Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

OUR GOVERNMENT IS IN CHAOS BUT IT’S NOT TRUMP’S FAULT

January 15, 2018

Our federal government is in organized and intended chaos, but President Trump is not to blame and I am not an apologist for the man. There are some people purposely entrenched within the bowels of bureaucracy who fight each and every attempt to restore civility and governance to Washington D.C. They sit at the desks within virtually every agency and within the offices of many of our representatives on Capitol Hill.

To describe him in the most kind terms, President Trump is blunt, curt, abrasive and even profane. He is direct and leaves little to question when he speaks. He refuses to adhere to the use of any foggy terms as dictated by political correctness. There are no subtleties about this man. He is as open and transparent as any person in the political arena because he is not a politician even though he is now the leader of the political U.S.

We recently experienced eight years of a president who ruled by edict, said one thing and did the opposite. He intentionally embedded subversives throughout the government to help him and his cabal destroy the American system. It reminds me of the Isley Brothers song from 1969…with slightly modified lyrics; It’s your thing, do what you wanna do. I’ll just tell you who to sock it to.” And we saw that happen live when American citizens were assaulted by the IRS, the DOJ, NSA, FBI, EPA, HUD, BLM, DHS and many of the other agencies and departments under Obama’s tenure and purview. Fortunately, because of the way much of the oppression was enacted, it can also be rescinded by similar action and Trump has already reversed many of those abusive executive actions.

I wrote some years back that President Obama, by using executive orders and memos, was setting up within the government situations that would take decades to unwind. Obamacare is but one example. By suckering the ignorant mass population into a scheme that would, and has, forced and enveloped them in a cistern from which there is no easy return, Obama set the stage for ongoing congressional pugilism. Some of the people have an entitlement and now believe it is their right. Thus, you cannot take it away from them. Dismantling the PPACA is now at least a five year battle and, other than removing the mandated tax penalty, nothing has been done to terminate it. Nothing about the costly act provides health care to the individuals who need it most. It only costs those who can barely afford care far more.

WOTUS (Waters of the United States) is another example. When a rancher is fined for collecting runoff from his rooftop in a barrel or other vessel or utilizing the water from a collective depression on his land as drinking water for his livestock, we are well under way to a communist state where the government owns and controls everything and hurts you if you try to act normal.

Yes, there is some turmoil within the White House. To identify and replace the operatives put in place to cause harm by anarchy is not a two day job. They are deceitful and difficult to pinpoint; it will take a while. Even some of those who professed to be on the side of right and good snuck in through the back door during the transition.

It may take the full four year term to overcome the Alinsky playbook set in place over the past eight years. It may even take longer. I’m personally convinced, however, that Trump will do his best to set the country back on the right course. He has done much in the past year and may yet erase the damage done by the radical Marxist/socialist that preceded him who continues to throw stones and build blockades.

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NOV. 6, 2018: THE DATE TO CLEAN HOUSE…AND SENATE…AND INTEL AGENCIES…AND, AND, AND…

December 2, 2017

The people we elect to the House and Senate must be the best possible representatives from each district and state. They should be leaders within their community. They must be of high morals and integrity. Their history might include volunteer work; graciously giving of their time without compensation. They may be, but should not be, chosen because they are the wealthiest, best known or most easily recognized unless they have a lengthy and demonstrated history of doing what is best for others. National celebrity is not a qualification for ranking government office. Career politicians need not apply!

Term limits is an expression we often hear regarding our legislative branch. Unfortunately, the ones charged with setting limits on how long a person is able to take taxpayer money without genuine responsibility for its proper use are those who want to keep doing it for as long as possible. Many have known no job other than politics or living off the public dole in some capacity, e.g. community organizer. Some are approaching a half century in office. One is beyond that mark. This is not service to the country, this is the cancerous growth of a government barnacle.

We the People” need to come together in an Article V Convention of States to formally amend the guidelines that govern our nation and those who administer the guidelines. The convention must set limits of tenure for our representatives and define responsibility and accountability for those people we authorize to make decisions on our behalf. The Convention must be a forum open to the citizens, not just the public parasites previously elected.

One such suggestion for serious consideration is three two-year terms for House members and two four-year terms for the Senate. After service, the departing members are entitled to the retirement they have funded along with a taxpayer match of $1 for every $3 they invest in themselves.

Additionally, we need an ethics committee made up, not of shoulder and elbow rubbing peers, but honest people from various walks of life who are interested in true public service with a sincere interest in the best, most honest and dependable government imaginable. Without regard for political mindset (however, political activism is a preclusion), it is possible to assemble intelligent people whose primary vocation is among the various construction trades, hospitality, sales, finance, transportation, agriculture, sports, education or any field other than law and politics.

Those people selected for the ethics committee must be thoroughly vetted by their community, local and federal law enforcement before their names are submitted for consideration.

The position on the committee should be a commitment termed at three years. For the sake of continuity, the first, and only the first, body having individual engagement commitment of 1, 2 and 3 years. The positions cannot be a predicate or stepping stone for political office. The committee might be made up of credible people currently out of work, those seeking a break from their field to assess the viability of changing to another calling or people simply interested in a strong, sound and honest governing body. The committee must have the capability and authority to remove corrupt, criminal or dishonorable elected and appointed individuals from the payrolls of the American taxpayer.

We need term limits to suppress the corruption that longevity breeds within our elected officials. These changes will not happen from within, they must come from and be controlled by “We the People”.

While lawyers might be the most knowledgeable about legalese, the laws need to be written such that the average person can read and understand them. The specificity of language by which we are expected to live our everyday lives can leave no doubt or be ambiguous. When it comes to obeying current laws, we find convoluted language with apertures so gross that any interpretation is possible.

Let us return to a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”.

TRUMP vs. THE SWAMP

October 30, 2017

I am not a Trump supporter. I did not vote for President Trump in the primary though I did vote against the lying, conniving and corrupt malefactor known as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election.

That said, I find myself tending to defend the president’s attempts to make America great again more and more with every attack on him from the left and established politicians of both parties. It is not necessarily because I agree with everything he’s doing, it’s just an innate need to counter-resist the insanity that is pushed into my face and senses every day.

I have, from before the beginning of his presidency, believed that he will do what he can to make the necessary changes to the political inbreeding of the past century. The eight year period prior to his inauguration was filled with Alinsky divisiveness to turn this country into a Marxist/socialist experiment. The Constitution was shredded with executive orders, underhanded and corrupt dealings, illegal and unnecessary regulations, fines and confiscations.  Many of President Obama’s actions and those he encouraged were contrary to our founding documents and laws passed by congress thereafter. The courts are just now getting around to ruling on and reversing those violations.

President Obama sliced and diced the country thinner than any Ginsu cutlery could and in more ways than one can count.  He pitted blacks against whites, poor and working Americans against their wealthier counterparts, workers against management, women against men, Latinos (even American Latinos) against other Americans, gays against straights and virtually every possible faction and subset of our society against those whose views were different. There was no compromise. Deep and wide chasms were formed where dialogue once existed. By his promotion and organizing, discussion became vitriolic and dislike became hatred.

The task of restoring our democratic republic is only made harder by those entrenched in government stalling and combating the president’s every effort. This is coming not only from those elected to congress, but from the career bureaucrats who view change as a threat to their existence. It’s as if they fear their effective tenure inoculation will be rendered deficient. In reality, any change to increase efficiency and economy is truly a threat to them. Some may even have to quit playing GTA and watching as much porn on our computers during the work day and get a little work done.

It happens to be Donald Trump, a man with a tendency to be direct and abrasive when demeaned or belittled. However, it could be anybody in the White House trying to make major changes and correct the course of the current and failing political structure in Washington, D.C. (the swamp). There are simply too many public functionaries anchored throughout the halls of all federal (now feral) entities for a small cadre to overcome within a few months. Congress stalls appointments and the intelligence and law enforcement arms refuse to cooperate for fear of indicting themselves. They seem to still be taking orders and directions from the immediate past president who forms and organizes public and private resistance just a short distance from the White House.

I’ve been watching politics since the mid 1970s, perhaps a bit before, and this is the first time that I can recall former presidents and congressional members (without respect to party) attacking a duly elected president outright. Yes, there have been one-off snide comments, snipes and innuendos over the years, but nothing like the unmitigated onslaughts that happen on an almost daily basis. This year and last has been a circus of has-beens, wannabes and other losers trying to one-up each other and take their 15 minutes of celebrity by shooting the captain in the back before scuttling a seaworthy ship.

To restore law and order, the filthy swamp must be drained, dehydrated and incinerated.  We voters must then refill the void with new and hygienic resources in Washington, D.C. and our local governments.

LET’S AVOID RUSHING TO A FOOLISH CONCLUSION

May 19, 2017

For a week and a half we’ve heard a trickle of information and a flood of speculation regarding the dismissal of James Comey. The social media meme thread includes questions and accusations involving coercion, bribery, extortion and private threats.

First the Democrats began crying for Comey’s head because he caused Hillary’s presidential demise with his public announcements. Next they gloated and praised his performance for a while after he publicly announced the conclusion of an investigation into Email Gate. Then they turned on him like rabid and starving rats when he stood before another microphone to proclaim his investigators found new evidence and he was reopening the case.

James Comey was the Federal Bureau of Investigations Director from September 4, 2013 until his last day on May 9, 2017. Comey’s career includes government affiliation from 2002 when he became a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a stint as United States Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush. Thereafter, for eight years, he chose the private sector where he was employed as council for Lockheed Martin and Bridgewater Associates before returning to public service as Director of the FBI.

According to his bio, Comey was a registered Republican until 2016. At that time, he changed his party affiliation to Independent. Was this move made due to distrust for the Republican nominee at that time?

As of this publication, it has been eleven days since Comey’s discharge and there still is no definitive explanation for why it happened when it did, only conjecture and opinion. Yet, depending on viewpoint or political bent, there is angst and anger on behalf of both Trump supporters and “the Resistance”. Half want the president to be impeached (but that started about midnight EST on November 8, 2016) while the other side supportively praises his actions.

Neither side has sufficient information to know whether the move was warranted at that time, prior to then or not at all. There seems to be nary a fact available. All judgments at this point appear to be made on innuendo, speculation, allegations, wants and wishes. It is simply another opportunity for the resistance movement to call for resistance. News stations and print media claiming unbiased reporting are all knee deep in the hog pen mire that is national politics today. Social media offers highly charged opinions which become gospel as they twine their way through the web to hand-held electronic devices.

It is said that James Comey, like his predecessor, wrote down the important points of meetings with ranking political officials in case he needed them to testify before congress. Is the wording of those notes influenced by his emotions, fears or ambitions? Does he also have notes of meetings with President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Adam Schiff, Elija Cummings and others? Can/will they be subpoenaed? Will the notes become a tell-all memoir worth millions of dollars to a publisher as with most of the recent politicians upon leaving the political arena? We’ll have to wait to see.

Echoes for a special counsel resounded through the halls of congress and microphones of the media until one was appointed. Shouldn’t they also call for special prosecutors and independent investigators to look into such things as Eric Holder and his Fast and Furious scheme and the Clintons (both) including sexual assault, national security breaches, the Clinton foundation – fraud and influence peddling. Perhaps someone should take a serious look at President Obama and why he made public announcements of troop movements and assault planning days, weeks and months before they occurred. Do you remember Extortion 17? How about seeking more information regarding how it was that James Comey took it upon himself not to prosecute Hillary Clinton? This decision usurped the authority of his boss, Loretta Lynch, though she didn’t object.

I’m all for a special prosecutor and Robert Mueller has the potential to do the job. Let’s find out the whole story about Russian involvement into our election process. Let’s seek the truth about all aspects of government. Let’s quiet the whining. If there is need, censure or even impeach and remove the president. If nothing is found we can announce the idiocy of the call.

As we’re spending thousands of person hours (*note the PC reference), frittering resources and tens of millions of dollars with independent investigations and special prosecutors trying to prove negatives, why not look into the ties between Adam Schiff and organized crime? Perhaps there should be a special prosecutor investigating Eric Stalwell and his connection to child trafficking, enslavement, prostitution and surgical mutilation. There is currently nothing tying these men to the crimes indicated, but how do we know for sure no crimes were committed without a thorough investigation? You’ve now seen their names linked to crimes and both are bred from the corrupt politics of California.

If there’s truly an interest in election tampering or fraud or influencing an election, why isn’t there more attention given to illegal aliens and felons and dead people voting or computers changing votes? Where is the outrage about people voting two and three times in different districts under different names? Where is the concern about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC denying Bernie Sanders equal opportunity?

Who can assure, in this politically charged environment, that even Robert Mueller is unbiased and able to do the job without malice? After all, Director Comey was heralded as “as honest as they come” until he became known as corrupt.

THE PENDULUM SWING-IS IT A GOOD THING?

March 6, 2017

Over the past few decades we (the attentive few) have seen our Executive branch take on more and more power and authority. The executive branch is now just shy of dictatorial. The body congress is intimidated, highly partisan and sheepishly resigned. Our courts are directing legislation.

The constitution doesn’t allow for it, congress isn’t granting it and the courts are capitulating. It’s happening before our eyes as we sleep and while we’re blindly awake. The news we receive, the little real news and the fake news, feeds us only what those at the top want us to hear.

Politicians have lied to their constituents since time immemorial. It’s nothing new. However, within my short span of time and awareness, it has become most blatant. It is done without regard for your intelligence and without concern for being called on it. “I can assure you that the United States has no intention of using force to overthrow the Castro regime.”…“I am not a crook”…“Read my lips”…“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”…“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised”…“The misconceptions are that we are conducting spying operations on US citizens, which is of course not the fact. That is absolutely not what we do.”… “I have no recollection of that”…“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”… and of course, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period”.

The overlapping, redundant and duplicitous alphabet agencies (NSA, CIA, FBI, OIC, NSC and even the IRS) within the government now control our elected and appointed officials. Be it by intimidation extortion or bribery, the spooks are in charge. They also hold a very strong influence over the run-of-the-mill mid level bureaucrats with citizens who step out of their overlord defined box immediately become subject to enhanced repercussion. <link>

Our new president is in feud with the miscreants of all the above named agencies and departments. He agrees with many of us who believe the inner cabal has either been fraudulently awarded, or usurped more supremacy than authorized by the citizens. President Trump claims commitment to reining that jurisdiction and restoring the federal government to its rightful limits of privilege and dominance.

Doing so, might be the world’s greatest challenge because only he and his relatively small team are taking on an extensive and deep seated resistance. It’s David fighting a Goliath force of three actual factions.

First are those who desire to keep their seats of assumed authority and clout. Second are the ignorant lemmings who do not recognize from whom they receive their marching orders or even understand what they mindlessly “protest”.

This layer is under constant bombardment and encouragement of the broadcast, print and peer social media. They are organized by charismatic figures with a devious agenda. It’s a cultist engagement. The goals of the leaders are not shared with the devotees. The worshipers will only find out the last batch of Kool-Aid is spiked with poison when cocktail time is announced. Society as we know it will be doomed by the heedless group-think of the devotees if we allow them to reach that hour.

So then we have to question; Is a rapid and forceful pendulum swing the best thing for the country and the world at this time? Will quickly righting the course of the country from its errant direction of the recent eight years upset the tenuous balance of the nation and the world? Or, will a slower, more methodical natural change keep the ship from capsizing as we come about?