TRAITORS IN THE PARK

At some point prior to the 2016 presidential election, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin gave a direct order to state-sponsored hackers to invade the American electoral process and wreak havoc. In testimony by intelligence agencies before Congressional oversight committees, it has been confirmed that Putin’s directive was successful. The depth and width of that success continues to unfold with each breaking news revelation by the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It has also been confirmed that American citizens were complicit, by either knowingly, or by unwittingly participating in the conspiracy hatched by Putin. Such conduct is treason, of course, and the trail of evidence leads backward to members and supporters of the Donald Trump for President Campaign.

In his complaint against the King of Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws;”

If one is a patriot and truly believes in those words crafted by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, then a duty arises to protect the government which that historical writ demanded, and which our Constitution later created. Such duty includes identifying and branding as “traitors” those individuals who seek, by whatever means, to destroy our constitutional republic.

The “He” in the above referenced excerpt from the Declaration can be equated with Donald Trump and his “drain the swamp” slogan, and the “others” can be described as a nefarious coterie of self-righteous insurrectionists and their tag-along-supporters―in other words, traitors, one and all.

These traitors have embraced archenemy Russia, and boldly ply their treasonous craft from the grounds of a national park otherwise known as the White House. Furthermore, they persevere on the strength of enablers like Newt Gingrich, Fox News and a deliberately indifferent Republican majority in the United States Congress.

Back in 1998, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich explained what the crime “obstruction of justice” entails. It began as an investigation into a real estate investment by the Clintons into a project known as “Whitewater,” and ended with a president lying about what jokesters referred to as “Presidue” on a blue dress. Before a national viewing audience, Clinton declared, “I did not have sex with that woman.” In response, Gingrich stated:

“What you have lived through for the last 2.5 years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction-of justice cover-up, and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history.”

Led by Gingrich, the House of Representatives impeached Clinton. But the former president survived a trial in the Senate and finished out his term.

Fast forward to 2017, and legal chameleon Gingrich does a 180 and now claims, “Technically, the President of the United States cannot obstruct justice.”

In addition to his absurd and opportunistic divergence from past statements, Gingrich has been a leading proponent for “deep state” conspiracy theories.

Deep state, in theory, is a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. In practice, however, the term violates a well-known rule of logic, for no “deep state” secret manipulation conspiracies in the United States have ever been proven. Thus, the term has become an escape clause for subversive criminal activities and a propaganda tool for right wing extremists.

The closest we have come to “deep state” is the White House of Richard Nixon. However, Nixon was in control of government policy; as president, such was his duty. When second in command at the FBI Mark Felt (otherwise known as the legendary “Deep Throat”) uncovered evidence of government misconduct following the Watergate burglary, he began feeding critical information to Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein. Incriminating evidence continued to build until Nixon was forced to resign.

Now, Gingrich and his cohorts look at information leakers like Mark Felt and call them “deep state” actors. But the citizens of America look at the Mark Felts of our society as whistleblowers and patriots. Without Felt’s disclosures, Nixon would have finished out his term with nobody the wiser.

After he left office, it was discovered that Nixon was the orchestrator of a plethora of criminal activity. Nixon escaped via a pardon, but 40 other government officials were either indicted or jailed. The upshot is this: when someone uses the term “deep state,” he or she needs to be thoroughly investigated as to motive, because they are usually a surrogate or fringe player attempting to prevent damaging disclosures of ongoing criminal activity by government servants. A good example is the leak that exposed the perjured statements of several Trump administration officials on their security clearance documents. Amazingly, most of the “leaks” have come from Trump administration advisors, who are apparently engaged in a power-seeking turf war in the West Wing.

In May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate all matters related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The appointment was lauded by Democrats and Republicans alike. After all, Mueller is, and has been for more than a decade, the most trusted law enforcement officer in the United States. But Gingrich, in a pathetic effort to prop up the Trump presidency, has disingenuously labeled Mueller as a “spearhead” for the deep state.

Gingrich is just another opportunistic and less-than-charming panderer with a stake in the Trump presidency. His current wife, Callista Gingrich (with whom Gingrich had a six-year affair while married to his second wife) was appointed by Trump as Ambassador to the Vatican. This legal chameleon’s philosophy will change yet again when his third wife decides to kick him to the curb.

Fox News has been an obedient puppy dog for Trump, fawning over every “Fake News” stratagem leveled against mainstream media. Moreover, and typically, Fox was the platform chosen by Newt Gingrich to explain his newfound theory of “obstruction of justice.” With the exception of Chris Wallace, who has been described quite accurately by other media members as “one of the best in the business,” there is no need to castigate the various Fox News personalities, most of whom on a regular basis inoculate their viewing public against facts and truth. Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact declared that nearly 60 per cent of the statements it checked on Fox News were either mostly or entirely false. Another 19 per cent were only half-true. As an organization, Fox News is a traitor by subscription.

Recalling again congressional inaction during the Nixon presidency, likewise, there will be no action against a corrupt Trump administration by a weak-kneed Congress; at least, not until upcoming elections threaten their seats. In the mean time, tribal politics reign supreme.

So much for enablers, now to the players.

H.L. Mencken, one of the more influential authors from the first half of the twentieth century published an article in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920:

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Mencken’s “great and glorious day” has arrived.

The second definition of a moron in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is stated as a “very stupid person.” In consideration of the large catalogue of business failures by Donald Trump, one cannot place him in the higher echelons of shrewd judgment or advanced learning. Like a Ponzi scheme, which generates returns for older investors by acquiring new investors, Trump simply declares bankruptcy or obtains new loans to cover old debt. When a stupid, but otherwise clever manipulator is allowed to continue, eventually some of that “stuff” thrown against a wall will stick, and a profit is generated. Such is the Trump legacy. Mencken probably never envisioned profit arising from such moronic qualities.

Trump brings stupidity of the self-incriminating variety to an entirely new art form. Prior to the election, as intelligence agencies were gathering evidence of Russian collusion with members of the Trump campaign, Trump famously urged Russian hackers to “find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 lost e-mails.” Following the election, during an interview with Lester Holt, he admitted that he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the “Russia thing.” This man lacks all control over primal urges. At the same time, he raises the image of the so-called “Teflon Man” to an even higher level.

Donald Trump has an affinity for brutal autocrats. Both Trump and his advisors genuinely believe that the American people elected the President to a royal, totalitarian position, rather than as the administrative part of a checks-and-balances constitutional republic. This fact was never more apparent than when Trump held his first televised Cabinet meeting. Decent Americans were offended and embarrassed when the Vice President and Cabinet members delivered in succession a bootlicking pledge of loyalty to King Trump. Moreover, it could not be clearer that the entire Trump family has installed itself into this self-appointed kingdom. It is equally clear that a Trump business culture of “anything goes” has been brought to public policy and governance.

The only deviant from the sickening parade of Cabinet sychophancy was Defense Secretary Doug Mattis, who chose instead to honor his oath to the Constitution and pay homage to the men and women serving in the armed forces. For his part, Trump sat there basking in a triumphant glow that could have only been brighter if Ben Carson would have offered to shine Trump’s shoes at the end of the sordid affair.

Personality disorders as recognized by clinicians and researchers can be found in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). A sociopath is defined as a person with three of the following personality traits:

A. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following; having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.
1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing.

The modern term for a sociopath or psychopath is a person suffering antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). There is no requirement for any of those people who might be identified as “armchair psychologists”―obvious laymen―to suggest a diagnosis of mental illness. Those diagnoses may be ignored. This follows because the patient, our President, about whom any Freudian latency might be considered, has eviscerated every reasonable doubt concerning his soundness of mind by demonstrating on the public stage every one of the seven traits of ASPD listed in DSM-5, and therefore has exposed and proven himself as mentally ill. After all, even serial killers seem “normal” when not indulging their sick-minded atrocities.

The most notable “armchair psychologist” was former President Barack Obama, who famously declared Trump as “unfit” to serve long before the date of the last presidential election. That declaration of unfitness has now been supported by Chicago based psychologist and psychoanalyst Prudence Gourguechon. Gourguechon separated herself from the crowded arena of Trump critics with an article she published on July 10, 2017 in the Los Angeles Times. First, she posed the question “Is Trump mentally fit to be president?” and followed up with “Let’s consult the U.S. Army’s field manual on leadership.” From the field manual’s 135 pages, Gourguechon distilled five crucial qualities:

1. Trust
A leader who is deficient in the capacity for trust makes little effort to support others…
2. Discipline and self-control
The manual requires that a leader demonstrate control over his behavior and align his behavior with core Army values:…the disciplined leader does not have emotional outbursts or act impulsively…
3. Judgment and critical thinking
A leader with the capacity for critical thinking seeks to obtain the most thorough and accurate understanding possible.
4. Self-awareness
Self-aware leaders know themselves, including their traits, feelings, and behaviors.
5. Empathy
A good leader demonstrates an understanding of another person’s point of view and identifies with others’ feelings and emotions.

In an amazingly relevant conclusion, Gourguechon stated, “The Army field manual amounts to a guide for the 25th Amendment.”

Section Four of the 25th Amendment states in part:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

In consideration of the lengths to which the Vice President (not to mention his sychophantic tributes) has went to defend outrageous behavior by his boss, it seems unlikely that Pence would have the stomach or will to stage an attempt to remove Trump from office. However, Congress can appoint and convene a body of individuals for such a purpose, and if Trump remains on his current path of liaisons with the Russian government, they will be forced to do just that.

The players and their participation in the Trump for President Campaign unfold like a Robert Ludlum espionage novel. It began with a man by name of Peter Smith.

In approximately 1992, Smith, a well-heeled Republican operative and amateur sleuth discovered the “true evil” of the Clinton political machine after perusing a few articles in the magazine American Spectator, which had been funded by Richard Mellon Scaife and the Bradley Foundation. Smith became an activist. He was also one of the larger donors to Newt Gingrich political campaigns. Thus was formed the precursor of the Trump for President Campaign; the Smith-Gingrich cabal. Smith spent more than $80,000.00 over the next few years attempting to end the presidency of Bill Clinton.

Upon taking office, Clinton fired Jeff Sessions from his position of United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. In this manner, vengeance-seeking Sessions was drafted into the Smith-Gingrich cabal; thus is revealed the reason why Sessions climbed aboard the Trump campaign the minute it was launched, when every other Republican U.S. Senator considered Trump too toxic to associate with, let alone support.

The cabal chose a civil lawsuit against President Clinton by Paula Jones as the vehicle for the intended Clinton takedown. The case was one of first impression, and initially, the Supreme Court would have to rule on whether a civil lawsuit against a sitting president could stand. It was determined in a 9-0 decision that a civil action against a president could be maintained, and could proceed.

Paula Jones was ruthlessly used. When the case settled, she was cast away like useless litter. In addition, the lawsuit, as far as probative evidence was concerned, was ruled by a federal judge as the next thing to frivolous.

During the pendency of the Jones case, Clinton lawyers noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the legal filings. It was later revealed that other attorneys, including one George Conway III, were moonlighting on the case by directing the course of litigation and drafting supporting briefs. Conway kept his participation hidden, because at the time he was a partner in the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and likely would have been severed from his partnership contract by embarrassed partners had his involvement been known.

Conway surfaced again after his 2001 marriage to Kellyanne Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick apparently gained a penchant for dishonesty through her tenure in the office of Newt Gingrich in the 90’s. New York Times bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, in an article entitled “Unclaimed Territory,” on January 19, 2006 very unflatteringly reviewed the Conway’s new blog posted on National Review as a “Vile case study in GOP filth peddling.” Greenwald described―among other feculent matters―how George Conway passed on to Matt Drudge the distinguishing features of Bill Clinton’s love muscle.

The article went on to state that “Kellyanne is a perfect match for him,” (meaning George Conway) and further noted her disingenuous proclivities. Greenwald concluded his article with:

“This nice couple is a lovely little microcosm of sanctimonious Republicans who manage to live in the sewer while sermonizing to the world about the virtues of cleanliness.”

Thus, it should come as no surprise that Kellyanne Conway’s complicity in filth mongering comes from the same species as that of her boss with his celebrated “Access Hollywood” tape; they both have an unhealthy fixation with human genitalia.

Frustration set in during the years of the Bush presidency, for here was a cabal with an axe to grind, all dressed up for a party, with no Clinton-bashing party to attend. Then, along to the rescue came a populist movement led by Donald Trump, which breathed new life into the cabal and provided another opportunity to pursue the “evil” Clinton political machine. Smith, Sessions, Gingrich and subsequently, the Conways, all climbed aboard the Trump bandwagon.

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump came down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Shortly afterward, in another part of the same building, he issued the first of his multitude of controversial comments with a complaint about immigration and “Mexican rapists,” which was clearly a dishonest swipe at the entire Latino race. This charge was in the same vein as false claims he made two decades earlier against the “Central Park Five.” Thus, not surprisingly, but appropriately, Trump’s campaign began with what he knew was a lie.

In January 2015, Corey Lewandowski accepted an offer to run Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at a salary of $20,000.00 per month. Lewandowski had a checkered political background that appealed to Trump. There were three other people on Trump’s staff when Lewandowski was hired; Sam Nunberg, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone.

Lewandowski left the campaign on June 20, 2016 following an internal campaign power struggle, a problem that has dogged the Trump campaign and presidency up to the present. It was also believed that Trump’s children were not overly fond of Lewandowski’s middle-class upbringing.

In April 2016, the Trump campaign hired lobbyist Paul Manafort. It was a natural marriage, since Trump admired the controversial strongmen that Manafort had represented, such as Ferdinand Marcos, Jonas Savimbi and Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort took complete control of the Trump campaign after Lewandoski left.

On June 9, 2016, Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Russian attorney and others at Trump Tower, ostensibly to obtain damaging information concerning Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. The meeting was billed as an effort by the Russian government to assist Donald Trump in his presidential bid. Later that same week, cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee were announced by intelligence agencies.

On August 19, 2016, Manafort’s resignation was accepted by the Trump campaign after several embarrassing disclosures, among which were the failure to register as a foreign agent, and the acceptance of 12.7 million dollars in “off the books” payments from the deposed Yanukovych regime. Manafort is still under criminal investigation by several U.S. agencies.

Roger Stone maintained loose connections to the Trump for President Campaign. He reportedly officially left the campaign on August 8, 2015, but continued support in an unofficial capacity for the balance of the 2016 presidential election campaign. Throughout his political career, Stone has been regarded as a “political dirty trickster” and promoter of falsehoods and conspiracy theories. His skills dovetailed perfectly with the aims of the Trump campaign. Stone has admitted that he established the back channel between Russian hackers and Julian Assange for release of the Hillary Clinton e-mails through Wiki-leaks.

Another proven liar, former Lt. General Michael Flynn, in the beginning loosely associated himself with the Trump campaign, apparently in hopes of receiving appointment to an important position. Flynn was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in 2016 and led chants of “lock her up” (referring to opponent Hillary Clinton) before an inspired partisan crowd. On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted Trump’s offer to be National Security Advisor in the upcoming Trump administration. Flynn’s downfall came when he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his Russia connections. Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates informed White House counsel on January 26 and 27, 2017 that Flynn had been “compromised” by foreign agents, and was vulnerable to blackmail.

On February 13, 2017, Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor―his 24 day tenure was the shortest in the 63-year history of the office. More importantly, Flynn’s departure also led to the eventual firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to sort out the confusing flurry of events. The ongoing investigation includes a possible obstruction of justice charge against the President of the United States.

It turns out that Flynn’s connections to the Trump campaign were not quite so loose. Flynn was a top advisor. Cabal member Peter Smith had resurfaced with an effort to contact Russian hackers in relation to the purported 33,000 missing e-mails on Hillary Clinton’s servers, and identified Flynn as the go-to-guy in the Trump campaign for receiving results. Smith, 81 years old, was found dead on May 14, 2017 by suicide in a Minnesota hotel room just days after reporting his sleuthing efforts to the Wall Street Journal.

Likewise, in a July 15, 2017 edition of the Washington Examiner, it was reported that Smith used a recruitment letter through which he sought additional players, and cited connections to Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. Both Conway and Bannon denied complicity, but as with all other issues, few people in the Trump administration (which obviously does not include Conway and Bannon) are paragons of truth.

Donald Trump’s first effort at “draining the swamp” came immediately after inauguration when he rejected traditional methods of White House administration and settled on a Mafia template. Pursuant to this bizarre and unusual method of conducting public business, two divisions were created. Under the political arm, Trump was the boss, Jared Kushner the underboss, and Stephen Bannon the consigliere. The family business division was left to Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Business profits from foreign investors and consumers rose significantly following inauguration, especially at Trump hotels and previously fledgling golf courses. Thus, it is not surprising that President Trump faces lawsuits by at least two state attorneys general alleging violation of the Emoluments Clause. Nepotism, greed and treason will end the Trump administration.

This novel governing arrangement, which in essence ignored the office of Secretary of State, resulted in turmoil, unprecedented leaks to the media, and an ongoing turf war in the West Wing. In an October 17, 2016 issue of the New Yorker Magazine an unidentified Trump advisor referred to Jared Kushner as “a snaky little mother f—–r, a horrible human being.”

In addition to negotiating suspicious loans and credit lines with banks under punitive sanction for spy activities and various forms of financial misconduct, Kushner perjured himself by lying about contact with Russian operatives on his White House security clearance filing. He also conspired with foreign agents to violate the Espionage Act by attempting to set up a communications channel using Russian intelligence assets.
Kushner’s conduct unmistakably brings to mind the lyrics of a song Cat’s in the Cradle, written by Harry Chapin: “I’m gonna be like you, Dad, you know I’m gonna be like you.” Kushner’s father, of course, went to prison for fraud. Kushner will avoid prosecution and prison only as long as his father-in-law remains president.

Donald Trump expects loyalty, and loves when underlings kiss his backside. This would appear, as the President’s televised Cabinet meeting revealed, to be the only mission for which lightweight advisor Reince Priebus is suited.

Stephen Bannon is a different story altogether. Trump policy flows directly from the brain of consigliere Bannon. This was never more apparent than when Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord over the objection of other well-respected advisors. Bannon should be barred from the White House for ideology that is antithetical to American values; he is a proven white nationalist and draws too much inspiration from Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 Nazi propaganda film The Triumph of the Will. Furthermore, Bannon is a disciple of twentieth century philosopher Julius Evola, a fascist racist whose worldview looked upon progress and equality as “poisonous illusions.” The endgame for a white nationalist who loathes progress and equality is horrifically presented in the movie Schindler’s List. Therein, Amon Goth, the Nazi camp commander of the Krakow ghetto, picked up a sniper’s rifle and shot people from the window of his office if they appeared to be moving too slowly.

On the day after Inauguration, Americans discovered that Kellyanne Conway is even more dangerous than Stephen Bannon. It was on that day she took ownership of a patent on that Orwellian monstrosity we understand as “alternate facts.” If allowed to continue, she will establish truth as a delusion, and “alternate facts” and “fake news” as the law of the land. Then we can look back at Orwell’s masterpiece 1984, and the totalitarian regime of Oceana, where people were forced to keep two-way telescreens in their private domains. Citizens were summarily punished if the Thought Police found their ideas different from those of the established government. One can only imagine ironic echoes from Orwell’s grave: “I told you so.”

Michael Flynn will be singing like a scalded parrot when offered immunity for what he knows about Trump campaign collusion with Russians who penetrated our election process. For Flynn, this seems a better option than spending the balance of his life in prison. The FBI is methodically connecting the dots in this matter, and when the dust settles, Americans will realize they have not seen espionage of this magnitude since the Rosenbergs were executed in 1953 for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

The White House is the people’s property, an institution, and one of the cherished symbols of the constitutional republic created by our founding fathers. In tribute to those great men, it would be appropriate to remove from the premises those traitors who are attempting to overthrow our government. To place a finer point on it, Priebus and Bannon should be evicted, and Kushner and Conway should be taken away in handcuffs. Moreover, Donald Trump should be removed from the presidential institution he has so grossly stained and defiled pursuant to Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution―and placed behind the bars of a mental institution.

At the end of it all, the larger problem is not traitors, for such scoundrels have always been lurking―waiting patiently for the next opportunity. Rather, it is the reckless and passionate people in our society who empower traitors. In the grand scheme of life on this planet, societies come and go. Once thriving and progressive societies in Greece, Rome, Persia, Egypt and China are now found only in the pages of history. Obviously, humans still populate the regions once reigned over by great societies, but the current populations bear no resemblance to their progenitors.

Likewise, we live in a society in decline; H.L. Mencken, with his “inner soul of the people” predicted as much. Patriotism, like due process, is a singular concept. However, Americans have bifurcated patriotism into tribal politics; a dependence, on any given day, whether one is a Democrat or Republican. The concept is further diluted by closet racists, Alex Jones type conspiracy theorists and the mentally ill. Indeed, the decadence involved in selecting a leader who dispenses filth and lies with the rapidity of a machine gun ends the inquiry into the motives of these various groups; patriotism does not live there. But Americans are too arrogant and ignorant to believe they are subject to the same fate as those extinct civilizations.

Opinion Editorial
Truman Goodspeed
Copyright© 2017

2 thoughts on “TRAITORS IN THE PARK”

    1. Thank you. The only repeal and replace that seems appropriate in Washington these days would be for Donald Trump to remove the American flag from his lapel and replace it with a Russian Federation flag.

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