Roger Stone Strikes Again

I have long been against the death penalty, but I think I could make an exception in the case of Roger Stone. On July 10, Trump commuted a 40-month prison sentence that was handed down to Stone after he was convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into 2016 election interference. Namely, Stone lied to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks, which released hacked emails with the aim of boosting Trump’s prospects. In the weeks leading up to the commutation, Stone made a number of media appearances where he asked Trump to grant him clemency and said that in exchange, he could be a more effective campaigner for the president’s 2020 reelection efforts.  Well, he is living up to that promise.roger-stoneLast Thursday, Stone made a video appearance on Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory program, InfoWars.  Stone declared that the only legitimate outcome to the 2020 election would be a Trump victory. He made this assertion on the basis of his entirely unfounded claim that early voting has been marred by widespread voter fraud.

Stone argued that “the ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshalls and taken from the state” because “they are completely corrupted” and falsely said that “we can prove voter fraud in the absentees right now.” He specifically called for Trump to have absentee ballots seized in Clark County, Nevada, an area that leans Democratic. Stone went on to claim that “the votes from Nevada should not be counted; they are already flooded with illegals” and baselessly suggested that former Senator Harry Reid (a democrat from Nevada) should be arrested and that Trump should consider nationalizing Nevada’s state police force.

Are you growling yet?  Just wait … it gets even better.

Stone recommended that Trump consider several actions to retain his power. Stone recommended that Trump appoint former Representative Bob Barr, a republican from Georgia, as a special counsel “with the specific task of forming an Election Day operation using the FBI, federal marshals, and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections and if necessary to physically stand in the way of criminal activity.”

Stone also urged Trump to consider declaring “martial law” or invoking the Insurrection Act and then using his powers to arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “the Clintons” and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity.”  Apparently, Stone defines “illegal activity” as anything that is not supportive of Donald Trump!  In essence, I am engaging in illegal activity by his definition simply by writing this post. roger-stone-3Now, it’s easy enough to write Stone off as the nutcase he is, but the danger here is that in the past he has been one of the people Trump listened to.  Is he still?  Are there saner heads in the Trump administration who would … or could … talk Trump out of following Roger Stone’s clearly unconstitutional advice?  Would the republicans in Congress finally grow a pair and understand that this behaviour is in essence burning the U.S. Constitution, breaking the highest law in the land?  Would the military refuse to do Trump’s bidding, should he decide to follow Stone’s advice?  Would William Barr finally decide to do his job instead of toadying up to Trump?

Yes, I hear you saying, “It’s not possible.  Even Trump wouldn’t act in such an irresponsible dictatorial manner.”  Think again.

The ‘norms’, the restraints on presidential power that are built into the Constitution, the checks and balances we once believed would ensure that we would not lose the democratic principles on which the nation was founded, have all been shattered in the past three years.  You also never imagined a president would turn on the people of this nation, calling them anarchists and criminals, simply because we don’t agree with him.  You also never dreamed a president would have so little regard for our lives that he would keep the secret of a deadly virus and encourage us to go out and be exposed, and if we die, well, “it is what it is”.  Think back … there are hundreds of things he has done that you never thought possible.

I told you this morning how the Trump administration is once again playing Russian roulette with our lives, altering and manipulating CDC data so as to not “make Trump look bad”.  The agencies we have always counted on to protect us are now agents of Donald Trump and are diligently seeking to undermine our freedoms, our Constitution, our alliances, and in fact our very lives.  So, is it really such a stretch to believe that Trump might impose martial law, or break the law to devalue our election?  Are we really so sure the safeguards are strong enough to hold against a corrupt president and his band of boot-licking sycophants?  Think about it.

34 thoughts on “Roger Stone Strikes Again

  1. “Are we really so sure the safeguards are strong enough to hold against a corrupt president and his band of boot-licking sycophants?” I am not sure at all. In fact, were I a betting man, I say they probably aren’t. 😡

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    • I’m not at all sure, for many of those safeguards have already fallen in the past 3+ years. The people who were tasked with maintaining and ensuring those safeguards have succumbed to some force greater than that of conscience. Any law is only as good as those whose job it is to enforce it.

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  2. Roger Stone reminds me of an annoying pimple on your butt that you can’t reach, but just can’t wait to pop. You bear the discomfort for a time until its unbearable and then ask your BFF to squeeze. That popping sound is exactly what I imagine Stone’s popping head would sound like. And the oozing pus….well…even my perverted imagination can’t visualize that. 🤣🤣😎

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  3. Jill, Roger Stone is a self-described “dirty trickster.” Two questions. 1) why would anyone brag that he is a dirty trickster? That is a bll board to say “do not turn your back on me.” 2) why should any rational person care what Roger Stone says?

    While the president commuted his sentence, Stone remains comvicted. The president has an unhealthy relationship and fascination with convicted liars, crooks and autocrats. Why? I admire Gandhi, MLK, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, eg. Trump admires Vladimir Putin and himself.

    Keith

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    • For his entire adult life, Roger Stone has been a “dirty trickster” and as you say, he seems to be proud of that status … so much so that he has an image of Richard Nixon, aka Tricky Dicky, tattooed on his back. No rational person should care what he says … except to the extent that what he says influences others who have the power to act on his ‘suggestions’.

      I wonder why Trump only commuted his sentence and didn’t give him a full pardon? Like you, I admire the people in the world who have tried to make the world a better place. In reading Michael Cohen’s book, he recounts a time shortly after Nelson Mandela’s death that Trump criticized Mandela, saying he had f*cked the country (South Africa) up and that he was “no leader”. He obviously has no respect for good people.

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      • Jill, I had forgotten about the tattoo. That speaks volumes about the person. As for Trump’s impression of what is “effed up,” he is not a good one to talk. Our country is in a less than desirable place and he helped us get there. Part of the narcissist defense playbook is to project your faults on to others. So, Trump’s criticism of others’ management is self-indicting. Keith

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        • You are spot on about that, my friend! The U.S. has lost much ground in the eyes of the world since January 2017. And of course he must project his faults on others, for in his mind he has no faults. Just like he must place blame and point fingers at others for his own misdeeds.

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    • Hello Keith. Good person Sir, I also respect most in your list even if I disagree with them. Please research Mother Teresa more. She is not what was portrayed. I looked into her. I seen the pictures. I read her quotes. She felt the poor should suffer, and the more they suffered the closer to her God they came. She had the money to care for them much better but did not. She was a classic definition of a sadist. But she also did not hold that for herself at all, she traveled the world getting the best care in the most modern hospitals, while denying even the basic sanitary conditions and assistance to the people she was in charge of even while she was hoarding millions of dollars donated to her order for the care of those she felt should suffer. I am not being anti-religion I simply looked into her and her mission, and her actions. Hugs

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      • Scottie, yours is the first opinion of Mother Teresa I have read that tears her down. I will do justice to your comment and opinion and poke around some, but do find it puzzling. There are no perfect people in this world, nor I would expect her to be such. Keith

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        • Hello Keith. I understand. It brings me no joy to bring these facts to your attention. I also long believed the myth of her. A woman of means who could have had a great life, turning from that life of ease to help the poorest of the poor. Unfortunately the myth was manufactured and created and did not match the truth I found. Best wishes. Hugs

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  4. Hello Jill. I want to echo and add to maryplumbago’s comment above. These tRump operatives are on these platforms to rally the cult base, which we have examples of what they are willing to do. Cesar Sayoc turned his loyalty to Donald tRump into a literal assault on the President’s Democratic enemies in 2018. Kyle Rittenhouse bought into tRump protect property nonsense and joined with militia people trying to intimidate people exercising their constitutional rights, ending up killing two and shooting another. 600 maga gang thugs gathered and then a bunch of them went to attack people supporting BLM demonstrators with no push back from local law enforcement. I do think these are deliberate attempts to plant fear in the anti-tRump voting public, POC, lower incomes, and also to generate a feeling in tRump’s cult that they need to act to protect their Dear Leader and his right to be the country’s ruler. Hugs

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    • I think that 90% of the people in this nation probably aren’t even aware of the extradition hearings … they seem not too interested in actual news or facts. But if they are, then at least half would be hoping they fail, for Assange is something of a hero to the far right, ie Trump supporters. And frankly, if he is sent back here, Trump will likely welcome him with open arms and issue him an immediate pardon! Sigh.

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  5. This is all political theatre from the White House. I don’t believe a single word from Mr. Stone and neither should you. He’s getting liberals all worked up for no reason than to get his jollies off. Pay no mind to these clowns, Biden will win in a landslide and Trump has nothing lame rhetoric and more lies.

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    • I think you’re over optimistic about Biden winning, unfortunately.
      And I’m not worried about what trump will do because of Stone’s remarks because, yes, they may just be getting their jollies off. But the cult base will take it seriously and then what? His cult is a dangerous bunch of nutcases just itching to kill people.

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      • Here’s a timely article from the Atlantic, you should read it – why a Biden victory is the most logical outcome:
        “In presidential elections, once is a fluke; twice is a pattern. I struggle to imagine how, beyond utter shock, millions of Democrats will process a Trump victory. A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change—at a time when disillusion is already dangerously high. If Democrats can’t beat a candidate as unpopular as Trump during a devastating pandemic and a massive economic contraction, then are they even capable of winning presidential elections anymore? Democracy, after all, is supposed to self-correct after mistakes, particularly mistakes as egregious as electing Donald Trump—whose unfitness for the nation’s highest office makes itself apparent with almost every passing day.”
        https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/09/democrats-may-not-be-able-concede/616321/
        As of now, the looting and rioting mostly taking place in liberal dominant communities & states. Imagine what will happen if Trump wins! I just can’t fathom that happening.

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    • While I love your optimism, I cannot share it at this point. This nation has been ripped apart, and new divisive tactics are occurring every day. No, Biden is not a shoo-in. If there is any justice in this world, Biden will win, but it’s not going to be a nice, easy win, nor a nice, clean transition.

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  6. Just yesterday, Saturday Sept.12th, on the tarmac at the Minden-Tahoe International Airport trump said this to a largely mask-less crowd : “We are going to win four more years in the White House and then after that we’ll negotiate, right, because we’re probably, based on the way we’ve been treated, we’re probably entitled to another four after that.” Does anyone truly believe that trump was only joking? Does anyone believe that trump will not consider Roger Stone’s suggested course of action? Thank-you!

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