Bursting the Bubble …

I’ve talked and listened to a lot of people in the past few days who are convinced Donald Trump will be out of office before the 2020 presidential election.  Some are applauding, others are more concerned that the blatantly bigoted Michael Pence will prove to be more dangerous than Trump (highly unlikely).  A few nights ago, I said I would be writing more about the Manafort/Cohen situations after the dust settled and I had time to sit back and ponder the long and the short of it all.  Although the dust has not quite settled, I have pondered, and here is my take.

Donald Trump has undoubtedly broken the law, as confirmed by former lawyer Michael Cohen, and he is a sleazeball, to boot.  He has robbed this nation of many things, not the least of which is a fair and honest election. But folks … put away the party hats and put the champagne back in the fridge, because it doesn’t look as if Donald Trump is leaving the Oval Office any time soon.  Please … stop throwing the tomatoes at me … I know I am bursting your bubbles and raining on your parade, but that is no reason to throw rotten fruits at me.  Don’t shoot the messenger. Let me explain …

First of all:  impeachment.  As I told you in my post from July titled No Dancing in the Streets … Sorry! Donald Trump is very unlikely to be impeached as long as Congress remains divided almost completely along party lines.  Impeachment proceedings could be introduced in the House, and might even pass, depending on the demographics of the House after the November mid-terms.  But that does not remove him from office, does not even tie his hands.  Remember Bill Clinton’s impeachment?  It had no effect on his presidency, except to cast a dark cloud.

The Senate, even if every one of the 35 seats up for grabs in November goes to a democrat, still will not be able to garner the 2/3 majority required to remove the impeached president from office.  It would require a minimum of nine republican senators to find their cojones and vote to remove him, and at this point, I do not see it happening.

Next:  resignation.  I’ve heard a few say, “Well, he has to be feeling the pressure … perhaps he’ll just resign to save face”.  Sigh.  Think about it, friends.  Save face?  He lost that a long time ago, and his ego, his megalomania, keeps him convinced that he is Donald The Invincible, The Terminator, and The Incredible Hulk all rolled into one.  No, he is many things, but a quitter is not one.  He will not be like Richard Nixon and say “Good-bye” and ride off into the sunset.  He will stay until he is physically removed, dead or alive.

Third:  criminal indictment.  The Justice Department has taken the position twice that the president is not subject to indictment while in office and that no criminal charges can proceed against him unless he’s either removed from office by impeachment or has served out his term.  As a constitutional issue, it remains to be seen, but the precedent set by the Justice Department is clearly against indicting a sitting president.

The question then becomes:  Why are the republicans in Congress still supporting Trump, unwilling to even talk about removing him from office?  And the answer to that is simple … Trump’s base is as supportive as ever.  They have decided that he is their man, and thus far they haven’t heard anything that has changed their mind. Trump’s approval rating from Wednesday, when Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 of the 18 charges against him, and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 charges, until early this morning, dropped by … one-tenth of one percent … no more than the normal fluctuations of any average day.  And 80+% of all republican voters are supporters of Trump.Red state Blue stateNow, if you’re a republican senator from Iowa, a red state, and you’re up for re-election this year, the only way you stand a snowball’s chance in hell is if you are seen by the republican voters in your state as being a Trump supporter, for they definitely are.  And if the republicans won’t vote for you, who will?  Damn sure not the democrats or the independents, for you have been screwing them over for nearly two years now!  And thus, do not hold your breath waiting for any republican in Congress to do the right thing where Trump is concerned.

But why is he still popular?  His popularity with the republicans hinges on some of the very things we find most repugnant about him.  A Pew Research poll* released this month summarizes what Trump supporters most like about him:PEW pollAll of which goes to prove that the most ardent among Trump’s supporters are more interested in his personality than his policy positions.  Okay, frankly I don’t get it, for I find his personality thoroughly disgusting, but … different strokes for different folks.  But seriously … “he’s draining the swamp”?  NO … he has made it worse than it has ever been in the history of this nation!!!  And they’re still hung up on that old “he tells it like it is”.  NO … he has no clue how it is!!!  But anyway, all of this is irrelevant, for the bottom line is that his supporters still love him.

Jean Sickler of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was asked last week how she would rate Trump’s presidency. She gave him a 9 out of 10, and when asked why he lost a point, her reply was, “A little bit of the things in his tweeting.”  This, folks, is what we are up against.

Then what will it take … ??? 

The only thing that is going to see Trump leaving office before January 20th 2021 is if his base finally turns the tide against him.  Once his base, his loyal supporters realize that maybe, just maybe he isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, then the dominoes can begin to fall, the republicans in Congress will play to the masses and step back away from Trump, and we can begin to have serious discussions about impeachment.  I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking these past few days, and I have concluded that there is only one thing that is going to sway his base:  jobs and the economy.

When Trump’s policies start to hit his base in an up-close-and-personal way, they will open their eyes, stretch, yawn, and enlightenment will begin.  I say it will begin, because even at that point – and make no mistake, that day will come – if Trump can blame it on someone or something else in such a way that his followers buy his excuses, they may still support him.  It’s hard to say, for my crystal ball is in the shop this week, but I truly believe that when, due mostly to the tariffs he has imposed on friends and antagonists alike, jobs are lost, prices of food and other goods rise, the cost of health insurance goes up, and they suddenly find they are struggling just to provide the basics for their families, their eyes will begin to open.  I do not see anything else that will have that effect, for they frankly don’t care about his morals, they don’t care about his honesty or lack thereof, and they don’t care that he is a crass, vulgar cheater.

So, no my friends, much as I wish I could claim otherwise, Trump will not be leaving the White House soon.  I leave you with two parting thoughts:

  • Trump registered on the day after his January 2017 inauguration to run in 2020. He could very well actually win that election.
  • I’ve been wrong before … remember that I was the one who swore there was no way he was going to win in 2016. Let’s hope I’m wrong this time too!

* The article from which I took the Pew data has a number of other graphs and some interesting information about Trump supporters, so here is a link in case you’re interested.

92 thoughts on “Bursting the Bubble …

  1. Either way the future seems bleak for all of us. I’ve lost all confidence in mankind’s ability to lead and govern. Everyday I turn on the news and see the truth of Ecclesiastes 8:9 that “man has dominated man to his detriment”. This is true all over the world. My hope is in God’s Kingdom to replace the corrupt with government that actually cares about people (Daniel 2:44; Psalms 37:10,11). Only then will we see true peace and security.

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    • Ah, well … since I am not Christian and believe that we all have it in ourselves to make a difference and that there are a heck of a lot of good people doing just that, then I must respectfully disagree with you. But thanks for the comment.

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  2. I would say that the Democrats need to reinvent themselves. They need to be environmentally minded, they need to give human rights fair consideration, they need to recognise Hispanic population as a major, if not predominant population within the US. They need to appeal in exactly the opposite direction to Trump if they are going to swing voters. They need to give people a true choice rather than ‘better stick with the Devil they know!’

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  3. It sure looks like end of line for agent orange. But, as you say, he will fight impeachment and probably stay in power for a while. I was always convinced he owes money to Putin’s buddies, and we’ll soon find out the dirt. If only the press and Republicans had pressured him about tax returns, maybe we would have saved ourselves all this aggravation.

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    • There is little doubt in my mind that the Russians have a hold on him, be it financial, moral, or otherwise. But in this, the Reign of Trump, none of it seems to matter. The thing that has to happen is that his supporters must finally wake up and see that he is NOT their saviour. When that happens, then our efforts to remove him from office will have teeth. I hope this happens before 2020, else he stands a good chance, by hook or by crook, of winning another term.

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  4. We are screwed..Dutchll said is best. You can get rid of the bad apple, but not the barrel. His cult carries a lot more weight than one man and a few corrupt cronies. His cult deserves the real blame here.

    Which is more dangerous and can assure more power to a corrupt leader? A small minority of self serving wealthy smart men or masses of ignorant, politically unsavvy , simple minded easily influenced dimwits?

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    • Well … I wouldn’t say that we are screwed, for if we believe that, then we quit fighting and we cannot quit fighting. Granted, we aren’t exactly in the lead in this ball game, but we haven’t lost it yet. Dutch is definitely right, that there is more to the problem than just a corrupt president, but that he is the result of certain dissatisfaction that must be addressed in this nation. The trouble is that the dissatisfaction is, in large part, racially and religiously motivated … many who blindly support Trump would like nothing better than to live in a lily-white, Christian nation, and that is not going to happen. Or at least, if it does, I will not live in it, for I will have no place in that schema. It’s a lot to figure out, but we cannot simply throw our hands up and say, “We lost”. Not yet we haven’t!

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  5. I think your assessment is on the money Jill. Robert Vella, I hope you are right, but that’s a lot of IFs and frankly, I think the Republicans like having themselves a pet wrecking ball. Everyone is assuming the GOP is loyal. Maybe that needs to be questioned in a big way.

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    • Thank you, Cherilyn! Robert makes some good points too, and likely neither of us is 100% spot on. As for the GOP … today there is no GOP, but only the party of Trump. The GOP sold its soul to the devil Trump and I don’t see them ever being a credible organization again, once this is all over and the dust settles. At that point, I look for a new party to emerge from the ashes of the GOP. Such interesting, ulcer-inducing times we are living in, yes?

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    • Cherilyn, a comment you posted yesterday on my blog makes a lot of sense. From: https://thesecularjurist.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/critics-fear-trumps-attacks-are-doing-lasting-damage-to-the-justice-system/comment-page-1/#comment-22345

      “Be patient, let Mueller build his case. He strikes me as a very methodical man. If laws have been broken he will uncover it. While Trump may have a cult of followers, he also has a lot of people around who know what he is and won’t go along with it. Combine that with most of his lackeys being the type that would turn on a dime to be first in line to sell their own mothers….he is going to go down. It is just a matter of time.”

      Laws have indeed been broken. Trump is already an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal case and he is facing implication in a growing list of criminal and civil investigations/trials including the upcoming Manafort trial in D.C. regarding alleged involvement with Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the ongoing federal prosecution in New York regarding the now-corroborated Cohen conspiracy allegation, and New York state probes (which are virtually immune from Republican interference) into vast financial crimes allegedly committed by family members in the Trump Organization and the Trump Foundation. As you alluded to, this is a very serious situation which will likely bring Trump down eventually.

      Regarding Trump’s cult followers, they have a bigger voice than is proportional for their numbers. On their own, they cannot dictate the course of this nation. They have been empowered by the GOP, but that political support is fragile. Republican politicians will stay on the bandwagon until the point where doing so is no longer in their self-interest. Then, the whole deck of cards will collapse. Everyone has their limit of tolerance, even Republicans. In the recent jury verdict on Manafort, one juror (named Duncan, I recall), who is a strong Trump supporter, publicly chastised the lone holdout juror who prevented a guilty verdict on the 10 charges which were “hung.” She simply could not ignore the weight of evidence against Manafort even though she is ideologically allied with Trump.

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      • Robert,

        Yeah….thing is there’s just too many variables in play to try and predict which one of you is likely to end up being more right, yourself or Jill. Personally, I hope you are. My more cynical side says this is all a dog and pony show to keep us all busy and not rioting in the streets. This is also why I am not popping any champagne tops and tossing around any congratulatory messages….I don’t know for absolute certain that this guy is going to prove untouchable because of the Presidential position or not. I lean toward not BECAUSE of the GOP (I don’t trust them. On SO many levels I don’t even want to begin to get into right now, I don’t trust them).

        I say be patient…wait and see. Worst case scenario, we are stuck with this guy per Jill’s assessment, at least until 2020, and gawds, possibly until 2024, which case….we will have to suck it up and hope like hell we are still in one piece afterwards. Best case scenario, we see a sitting President go on trial for some very serious crimes for the very first time in our history. Possibly, not until he either loses in 2020 or gets out of office in 2024, I don’t know what we are looking at here. I am a ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and please nobody burn the damn city down, we kind of need the city’ kind of gal.

        😉

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        • I am neither arguing that Trump will be booted anytime soon, nor am I arguing against Jill’s prediction that his presidency will survive. Rather, I am simply detailing the serious legal trouble that Trump is in, and explaining why this year’s midterm elections will likely be pivotal in determining the fate of his presidency. There is no controversy here. Nobody knows for certain how this situation will inevitably be resolved.

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  6. While my brain accepts your logic, my heart is still trying to hang onto a small glimmer of hope for the end of Trumptopia. I can never quite understand why a sitting president can not be indicted, all should be held accountable for their actions, starting at the top. If just cause for his being indicted is established, will he be allowed to continue to seek re-election? Impeachment seems too impossible to even be considered a possibility at present. I fear that I can hear my tiny bubble bursting and my heart is broken. Thank-you!

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    • You are not alone, my friend. I have a number of friends who say they prefer to remain optimistic, and as I told David, that’s fine by me, for it is you guys who can bring me a glimmer of hope and help pull me up from the rabbit hole when I get stuck down in that dark place, as I often do these days. Not being able to indict a sitting president is not written in the Constitution, but rather has been interpreted that way by the Justice Department. Personally? I call bullshit on that, for it says the president, no matter how corrupt, is above the law until the day he leaves office. Now, upon walking out of the White House on that last day, he is now fully indictable, but many times by that point the statute of limitations has run out. But no man or woman, president or not, should be able to thumb their nose at the rule of law. What if he committed murder? Something to think about, yes? Impeachment needs to be put out of everyone’s mind, for it simply ain’t gonna happen until or unless his followers wake up. And if the democrats have a majority next year, they would be foolish to try it, for it would only make the republicans push back that much harder.

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  7. Posting my previous comment appeared to fail. Here’s what I wrote; but if the original reappears, please delete this one. Thanks, Jill.

    People were very pessimistic during the Watergate scandal too. When Nixon acted to quash the criminal investigations into his corrupt presidency (i.e. the “Saturday Night Massacre”), hope of removing him from office seemed lost. After all, just a year earlier Nixon had won a landslide reelection. But, less than ten months after the massacre Nixon was forced to resign.

    In the case of Trump, the upcoming midterm elections will be pivotal. If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, and even better if they win the Senate, two crucial things will happen: 1) Republicans will lose some of the levers of power they now hold, and 2) surviving Republicans will be motivated by their own self-interest to abandon their support of a president who had just been rejected by the voters. Remember, Trump barely won the 2016 election while losing the popular vote. He does not have the electoral mandate that Nixon enjoyed.

    Either way, this is far from over. The system needs time to work. Hopefully, it will.

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    • I didn’t get a chance to look at comments until late tonight, and I found your other in Spam, though I have no idea why. Usually they will only go to spam if they contain more than a single link, and yours had none. That said, I approved the other before seeing this one, but I will leave this one up because it has likes. I already commented on the other one. 🙂

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  8. People were very pessimistic during the Watergate scandal too. When Nixon acted to quash the criminal investigations into his corrupt presidency (i.e. the “Saturday Night Massacre”), hope of removing him from office seemed lost. After all, just a year earlier Nixon had won a landslide reelection. But, less than ten months after the massacre Nixon was forced to resign.

    In the case of Trump, the upcoming midterm elections will be pivotal. If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, and even better if they win the Senate, two crucial things will happen: 1) Republicans will lose some of the levers of power they now hold, and 2) surviving Republicans will be motivated by their own self-interest to abandon their support of a president who had just been rejected by the voters. Remember, Trump barely won the 2016 election while losing the popular vote. He does not have the electoral mandate that Nixon enjoyed.

    Either way, this is far from over. The system needs time to work. Hopefully, it will.

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  9. Jill, good post. What I surmise is the President’s followers primarily get their information (I will not call it news) from the President’s tweets and like minded followers on Facebook. Since he has a modus operandi of patting himself on the back for all things that look good and denigrating anyone or any source who criticize him, these views saturate his followers.

    Here is an example. A letter to the editor this morning talked about what a wonderful job he has done restoring America’s image in the world. That is what he says, but those outside the US would tend to disagree with that statement. We are less trusted, we placed tariffs on many including our allies, we have pulled out of agreements that others implored us to remain in and we have bullied our allies.

    So, pouring knowledge into a closed source proves difficult. I did note that a second Fox reporter left over all-things Trump coverage. That does not include Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters who left as a commentator for similar reasons.

    Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! What is even more disturbing, is that apparently this works both ways. If Fox says it, his followers (the only people who watch Fox on any regular basis) believe it, but … if Fox says it, Trump believes it too! I’m working on a post now where he slammed the president of South Africa over something that he heard on Tucker Carlson’s Fox show, and the “facts” that Carlson stated were all wrong, but still, Trump tweeted them as if he had them on the highest authority! Another nation he has now turned against us. But sadly, none of this matters one whit to his loyal supporters. Only thing they care about is the perception that he is making their lives ‘better’, though they define ‘better’ only in monetary terms.

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  10. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I cannot believe, for the life of me, that ALL may have to contend with this ‘nincompoop’ for a possibility of 2 full terms … I just can’t!! Consider all the damage he’s done so far … amplify that to 8 years!!
    ‘The only thing that is going to see Drumpf leaving office before January 20th 2021 is if his base finally turns the tide against him. Once his base, his loyal supporters realize that maybe, just maybe he isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, then the dominoes can begin to fall, the republicans in Congress will play to the masses and step back away from Drumpf, and we can begin to have serious discussions about impeachment.’

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  11. This is why I having been writing about insurrection. Not carrying arms, but carrying numbers. Step into the streets, and stay there. Don’t let him out of the White House. Take away his Twitter. Turn off the infrastructure that allows him to communicate wiyh jis base. Don’t bother waiting yo use your botes, they won’t do much gor you. Action is your only hope. Numbers are your biggest weapon. Use them!

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    • Okay … I mostly agree with all you say, but … I have no idea how to go about doing any of this. For example … how, exactly, do we take away his Twitter? How do we not let him out of the White House? If we all go to jail, then that doesn’t help us much. I still think there is power in the vote, and still think we are doing the right thing in keeping a bright light on his actions and words. Basically, I think he is working on sinking his own ship, but … I don’t know … his big money donors may be patching the holes as fast as he is making them.

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      • To take away his twitter, force them to shut him down. I know nothing about twitter, or how it works, but it gets it money from somewhere. Interrupt the money flow, and they will stop giving him a direct line to his followers. To keep him in the White House, have a sit-in around the fence, 100,000 plus strong. He’ll try a helicopter, so fill the skies with balloon enthudiasts. They can’t arrest everyone, and if they try shooting their way out, that shows the world gheir true colours. Besides, if the army or whoever is ordered to shoot at civilians, they should just stand down.

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        • Twitter makes its money by the sale of ads, same as Facebook, et al. One might almost think you had experience with such things, especially the sit-in! I think the military would likely just stand down, unless their training is so ingrained that following orders is simply a natural response. Some ideas to ponder.

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  12. A very sobering and realistic assessment Jill. I too am planning on him still being around for the 2020 election. I hope I’m wrong but we just can’t assume otherwise. If the economy is still doing well, he’s got a chance. That’s why it’s so important the Dems find a great candidate to go up against him. He will ridicule… he will lie…he will cheat…. he will label whoever we nominate and define them early on. It’s going to be a heavy lift no matter who it is. We need a fighter and we need someone who is beyond reproach. Squeaky clean. No baggage. Visionary. All of the above. We can’t drop the ball on this one!!

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    • We need a fighter — Truer words were never spoken. If a namby-pamby Demo tries to outwit, outsmart, or out-insult tRumpsky, he’ll lose. Big time. It won’t be enough to simply present ideas and/or policies that Demos support because tRumpsky will rip them to shreds. The chosen candidate MUST be able to stand toe-to-toe with him.

      I know she’s said she’s not interested, but I tend to think someone like Elizabeth Warren would be a worthy contender.

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      • I suspect that Warren is not the one who could win over the voters, for she carries some baggage and is not much more popular than Hillary was. Plus, I’m torn between whether a woman would stand a chance at this time, or whether a woman is the exact right answer. Personally, I like Kamala Harris.

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      • Someone has mentioned Avanatti, but I don’t know about any skeletons or any experience enough to even qualify for the job. I really don’t think he’d be suitable, but he is the only one I can think of that could dish it back and withstand trump’s barrage of lies, bullying and coarseness and tweets. He’s a tough cookie.

        So realistically…who? I think not a women at this point nor an African American …too much racism on steroids out there…perhaps a Latino.

        Michelle Obama could stand up to trump, but she has two counts against her at this time in our history. But she’d be great! I don’t think Kamila is strong enough.

        It’s a serious problem. Can the country survive trump for 6 more years? I don’t think so….it’s quite unnerving.

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        • It is a conundrum, for certain. The upside is that the republicans are more divided than ever, and that people are leaving the party, so by 2020 they may well be in the minority. One thing that is essential, if we can manage a democratic majority in Congress in the mid-terms, is to address some of the problems with our elections: gerrymandering, voter disenfranchisement, foreign interference, faux news, and voter apathy. If we address those, we can at the very least be assured of an honest election. Trump supporters are still, and I think will remain, a minority. A very noisy and crass one, but nonetheless, a minority. Six more years and this country will no longer be recognizable as a democratic republic. It almost isn’t now.

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    • Until recently … oh, say the last 2-3 months … I swore that he would be out of office long before the 2020 elections. But as I came to realize that the loyalty of his followers is truly blind faith and that nothing he says or does will turn them around, then I had to re-assess. This week when so many were dancing in the streets, saying this was the end for Trump, I knew they were over-simplifying and not understanding the logic.

      I absolutely agree with you … we need a strong candidate, one who is tough, yet charismatic when needs be, and one who is squeaky clean, who comes with no baggage. But, you and I both know there is nobody like that on the horizon at the moment, and we don’t have all day! I like Kamala Harris, but I’m not sure this is the right time for a woman to run. Then again … perhaps that is exactly what is needed. Do you have anybody in mind?

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      • I do have someone in mind but I don’t know if she’s even interested in running: Sally Yates. There’s something about her that resonates with me. Very smart. Strong. Sort of heroic actually in how she stood up to Trump and tried doing the right thing by warning him about Michael Flynn. She doesn’t have any baggage whatsoever. But again, who knows if she would take on such a big task? Can you picture her standing on a debate stage with Trump? His corrupt, lying, criminal presidency vs. a stand up lifelong justice department official who would bring law and order back to the Whiy House. I can see it. Maybe she would consider a VP run with someone like Joe Biden? We’re a long way off but she’s worth a look. What do you think?

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        • Hmmmm … I hadn’t thought about her since a week or so after Trump fired her, but yes, I came to both respect and admire her during that time. And I am a Biden fan! I’ll look a bit more into Sally Yates. Thanks for your take!

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                • Sigh. Look, Jamie … let me try to explain myself, for I sense you are annoyed with me, and for that I am sorry. Think of it this way … If the potatoes on the stove are boiling over, your child just fell and blood is pouring from his head, the dog is puking on your feet, somebody is pounding on your door, the phone is ringing incessantly, and the smoke alarm is going off … are you going to worry overly-much about the load of towels in the dryer that need to be folded? I just cannot take these guys seriously … they are a small minority, I believe, and right now there are new crises every day to consider. And frankly, what could be done anyway? I simply do not see them taking over the world, or even Monaco in my lifetime or yours. Hugs and Cheers, my friend.

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                  • Annoyed? Not even close.

                    I do feel, you are not looking at the cause of the fire, though. The main players are wealthier, than you or I can imagine. They did not accumulate that wealth, without preying on you and I. The same for the future. What you make of it? Is not really relevant. They go on with or without, our approval. Their families are much more important, to worry overly much about us.

                    You raised the subject. I am merely responding to point out the obvious. Example, the Medici family have been in the forefront of intrigue since 1400’s. Same for Breakspear though earlier.. You and I barely notice them, yet they influence our world more than we would care. They are bankers and they stay in the background. Shunning publicity and any spotlight. You do not see them taking over the world? It’s already been taken. Using the Jesuits as their policemen and bankers.

                    You see yourself as a liberal? Which allows for free manipulation of our world. As people who allow for their shenanigans, under the labels of “liberal”. You may be as liberal as you wish until it intrudes on someone else’s agenda. Then watch the freedoms disappear?

                    In BC. the Conservatives have been in power, yet everyone bitches about them. Funny how they stay in power? Maybe the voters do not admit, they keep them there? I have never voted for a “Conservative”. Yet I have voted for conservation.

                    In Canada. Go to any cemetery and see the Freemason section? Read the markers. See the obelisks. Tell me there is no conspiracy? Sure, hugs …. love the hugs … Cheers Jamie
                    https://www.equilibrauk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/The-Mythos-Mafia-The-Papal-Bloodlines-of-the-Jesuits1A.pdf

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  13. Seems no matter what …. he skates!
    “Truth isn’t truth!” Like he says…. he could shoot someone on 5th Ave and his base would still support him! They are blindly following him! Like with Jim Jones…they’re drinking the koolaid and asking for more! They don’t value morality , honesty or compassion! As for Congress…. their pockets are being lined and their positions intact! They’re getting what they want! Everyone is turning a blind eye! The base will not flip! I recently sat in my living room with an acquaintance…. who is a Republican. I gave it my best shot ….. citing trump’s illegal and immoral behavior! If they’re not moved by the image of children being put into cages…. all is lost! It’s a cult!!!! We’re up against ignorant, morally bankrupt , uneducated people in one group and the top two percent …who only care about their millions and the tax cuts that trump is providing.
    He needs to go to prison. He is evil!!!!! I am brought to tears! 😪

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    • I agree totally with you. He will be re elected for two reasons. His base is truly a cult of uneducated, simple minded, mostly racist and far right religious people and two; the Dems have no one to run who can not only absorb his bullying, lying and twittering ways, but dish it out as good as he can.

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    • Awwww … don’t cry, Patty! We have to keep on fighting, for the alternative is to lie down and let the greedy assholes have our country and rule our lives, and we aren’t gonna do that. We keep fighting … we keep shining a light on the evil … we keep voting and making sure we convince others to vote. And somehow, at the end of the day, we take our country back. Hang in there, my friend. Hugs!

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  14. I believe a common thread among his supporters (and they are not all stupid) is that they do not envision, nor want, a global presence in which Christian white is not dominant. You and I welcome and encourage integration of all peoples socially and economically. They do not.

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  15. Donald Trump is president because a percentage of this society is self-centered and denies change thinking only of themselves… they voted for him because they can feed his ego and he will do anything to help promote their ideology… removing Trump may get rid of a bad apple but it will not get rid of the barrel… 🙂
    The issues in this country lie much deeper than with one person and to make things better one needs to start in ones hometown and go from there… 🙂

    “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. Isaac Asimov

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  16. I have to agree with you, Trump will be around until 2020 and could be re-elected if the Domocrats select a weak candidate to face Trump. I am utterly amazed that his base hasn’t turned on him yet! Are American voters that stupid?

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    • That is my fear. Thus far, I am not seeing any really strong candidates within the Democratic Party, and the ones I do see who I think are qualified have at least one strike against them. I think Kamala Harris would fit the bill, but I’m pretty sure that at this juncture, a woman doesn’t stand a chance. Then again … perhaps this is exactly the right time for a woman in the Oval Office! And yeah … I won’t say they are stupid, but they are not thinking clearly, for sure!

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  17. Political analysts here in Britain are equally confident that Trump is a ‘fixture’ for now.
    One reporter warned that if the Democrats push for impeachment, Trump supporters will rally the Republican voters to rampage over the Democrats in mid-terms and have an almost resounding success in the 2020 election. The same reporter warned “Democrats and their supporters should be very careful what they wish for.”

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  18. I know you’re ‘saying it as you see it’ you little pessimist but I’m going to hang on to my optimism a while longer and see if things fall into place to oust the parentless drinks server. One way or another he has to go.
    Cwtch

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