Donald Trump The Ghost

The indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III of 13 Russians for various election related offenses goes a long way toward explaining why Donald Trump has been sweating like a whore in church, and why House representatives Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz have been willing to indulge treasonous conduct in trashing Mueller and the FBI; Donald Trump’s presidency could be void ab initio.

In Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that there was an Equal Protection Clause violation in using different standards of counting in different counties in Florida and it ruled that no alternative method could be established within the time limit set by Title 3 of the United States Code.  One scholar (Louise Weinberg) argued that even giving the Court the benefit of the doubt that it acted appropriately in intervening in Florida state law, its actions should be deemed unconstitutional because its intervention was not coupled with any kind of remedy aimed at determining the actual outcome of the election. Consequently, Weinberg was suggesting that any remedy was possible, including invalidation of the election.

Special Counsel Mueller has been piloting an airtight ship. Up to now, every official announcement by his office has caught onlookers by surprise. He started at the very bottom, and began methodically working his way up the food chain. No one should be surprised if Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. end up in prison.

Forget about the previous indictments and guilty pleas secured by Mueller, and focus on the facts surrounding his recent indictment of Russians. The factual allegations appearing in the indictment are so intimate and detailed that it becomes clear that only a mole could have provided such information.  Consequently, if, at the very end of Mueller’s investigation he proves that Russians actually penetrated ballot boxes and changed the vote count by a sufficient amount in the three states (Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin) that gave Trump his electoral college victory, the Supreme Court would have no choice but to declare the election void.

This scenario would not be like a tied election, where the winner is declared by lot. A void election would have the same consequence as a void judgment. Equitable matters have no basis for enforcement.  A void judgment under federal law is one in which the rendering court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute or jurisdiction over the parties, or acted in a manner inconsistent with due process of law or otherwise acted unconstitutionally in entering a judgment, U.S.C.A. Const. Amed. 5, Hays v. Louisiana Dock Co., 452 n.e.2D 1383 (Ill. App. 5 Dist. 1983).

Every Executive Order would be null and void. A bill passed by both houses of Congress could become law without a presidential signature, and in fact would become an enrolled statute in the absence of a presidential veto. However, in this case, the bills passed to date during the Trump presidency have been signed. This would undoubtedly create a question of validity for the Supreme Court.

Imagine, if you will, a ghost presidency―one that never existed.  Robert Mueller is a finely tuned investigation machine, and America will just have to wait to see where the dominoes fall.

Poster Boy(s)

Some of the giants of literature have defined for us what constitutes an idiot. For instance, William Shakespeare, in Macbeth, Act V, Scene V, states:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

 

And then there was Benjy, the neutered idiot from William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929). For obvious reasons, Benjy couldn’t help himself, which brings us to the present day, and currently neutered idiots Sean Hannity and Devin Nunes. Living in a grotesque world of fantasy, Hannity and Nunes pass time as bootlicking Trump enablers, competing mightily for the title “Poster boy for village idiots.” Common sense directs us to bestow the award upon both.

Sean Hannity is a conspiracy theorist who styles himself as a “conservative,” but he is in fact an embarrassment to true conservatives. Now the garden-variety conspiracy theorist―like Alex Jones―suffers a paranoid delusion disorder (PDD), and actually believes the conspiracy he is promoting.  On the other hand, Hannity understands quite well that he is using blatant fabrications to roil up his viewing audience, which for the most part is comprised of harmless but gullible old white folks. What makes Hannity a dangerous idiot is the fact that his audience is a reliable bloc of voters come Election Day.

During the 2016 presidential election cycle, Hannity concocted and aired a large number of conspiracy theories, mostly about Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Primarily, Hannity focused on Clinton’s health and sobriety. All of his claims were subsequently proven false by fact checkers. Nevertheless, Hannity was undeterred in his parade of fabrications.

Hannity’s most egregious departure from the reservation of truth involved a young worker for the Democratic National Committee named Seth Rich. Rich was slain in what Washington D.C. police reported as a botched robbery attempt. Hannity immediately began reporting on his nightly program that Rich was slain by Democratic operatives because he was the source of leaked DNC emails that proved embarrassing to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Hannity only backed off on his outrageously false claims after his sponsors began cancelling advertising contracts, stating that he would “return to the Rich investigation in due time.” He then turned to other items in his infinite universe of conspiracy theories.

Devin Nunes is the ringleader of a scorched earth campaign aimed at discrediting the Department of Justice and FBI, apparently as part of a plan to deflect attention away from the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Nunes authored a “memo” which Donald Trump has been claiming “fully exonerates the Trump Campaign of collusion with Russia.” Problem is, the misleading and error-filled “memo” landed on the public as a dud.

One media outlet reported that the House Intelligence Committee chairman’s latest comments “underscored that he is either ignorant of, or fully willing to ignore basic facts concerning the Trump-Russia investigation.” The comment in question? Idiot Nunes appeared on a Fox News production of Fox & Friends and when queried about the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, Nunes suggested that George Papadopoulos was not “such a major figure” and questioned why he wasn’t a target of surveillance instead of ex-Trump aide Carter Page. Nunes continued: “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos had never even met with the president.” This claim, of course, was debunked by the Liar-in-Chief himself when he posted a photo on social media showing Trump and Papadopoulos sitting at the same table during a national security meeting at Trump Tower.  Everyone in the country, including Nunes, had seen the photo.

Nunes is a dangerous idiot because he heads up one of the more important committees in Congress. His job as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is to provide oversight over the  Executive branch, but with his “midnight runs” to the White House, Nunes has been caught red-handed acting as a lawyer and mouthpiece for a corrupt president.

If Shakespeare were alive today, the bard would be writing…not about Falstaff and discretion being the better part of valor….but how Hannity and Nunes are perfect examples of the unfortunate truth that the idiot’s mother is always pregnant.

Open Your Eyes, America

That pathetic excuse for a life-form we know as our president has been selling out America to the Russians for decades. Donald Trump is a Russian spy, and the incriminating evidence is overwhelming.

Trump’s insatiable love for money made him a perfect target for Russian spy recruiters following the collapse of his business empire (as revealed by his 1995 tax return). His debts far exceeded his assets.

The initial objective, insofar as Vladimir Putin was concerned, was to export and launder money obtained by Russian mobsters and oligarchs by purchasing condominium units―mostly from Trump―throughout the world. Estimates put the amount of money that has left Russia under Putin’s watch at $1.7 trillion.

The second objective, which has been likewise successful, was to obtain visas for Russian spies, followed by placing those spies into condominiums purchased with tainted funds in New York City and other intelligence-rich venues. A visa is obtained in this manner by simply flashing the half-million dollar or more purchase price. Mission complete―regardless of background.

Vladimir Putin was an integral part of the former Soviet Union’s secret police force, otherwise known as the KGB. Never in his wildest fantasies did Putin ever dream of placing an obedient operative at the highest level of American government, but now, the evidence demonstrates that he has done just that.

Donald Trump has been passing state secrets to the Soviets almost from the first day he began receiving daily intelligence briefings as a primary candidate for president. In a curious twist, this condemning information was mostly revealed by Russian government official news agencies.

Shortly after he fired FBI Director James Comey, and unknown to American media outlets, Trump invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the Oval Office. Trump claimed the pressure of the investigation into Russian meddling into the recent presidential election was “off,” after he fired that “nutjob Comey.”  Trump further revealed highly sensitive code-word intelligence to the Russians during the meeting. Photos and the substance of the meeting were released by Tass, Russia’s official news outlet. It seems a small wonder that former CIA head James Clapper has commented that Trump is an “asset for Vladimir Putin.”

Trump has at times used American news outlets for the release of highly sensitive top secret information. The New York Times reported in May that Trump revealed to Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte that Washington had sent two nuclear submarines to patrol waters off the Korean peninsula.

Likewise, during his first year in the White House, Trump, a self-exposed pathological liar, has arranged several personal meetings, and participated in several phone calls with Putin, all without witnesses, and most of which were first revealed by Russian news agencies.

Next, Trump invited―secretly―the chief of Russian spy operations, Sergei Naryshkin, to Washington for consultations. Following Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Naryshkin’s assets have been frozen, and he was forbidden entry into the United States. Nevertheless, Trump invited him to a meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The meeting was first reported by Russia’s state television, Rossiya 1. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly demanded an explanation for the visit, but, quite obviously, he will not get one. Yet, even if an explanation were offered, who would believe another lie?

Trump had already turned over to the Russians all of America’s most sensitive intelligence information, with exception of the source and methods process involved in rooting out spies. With the assistance of Devin Nunes, he made this final bit of information available to the Russians.

Donald Trump saved his crowning “spy achievement” for when the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III got too close for comfort. He had lapdog  Nunes (a member of the Trump Presidential Transition team) construct a partisan “memo” which  cherry-picked events from a FISA warrant which had been issued and reissued several times to investigate the espionage activities of Trump presidential campaign member Carter Page. Thus, Trump made it possible for Russians to gain the last bit of intelligence they were lacking―which was the source and methods involved in outing spies.

Through information provided by Donald Trump and Edward Snowden, Russia is in possession of all of America’s secrets. To protect future intelligence assets, the primary collector of such information, the FBI, must refuse access to all Congress members. Consequently, if there is a real need to know, these individuals can go to a court to force release of the relevant documents, and face criminal penalty if they abuse in any fashion the access granted.

If Donald Trump is not a spy, find a better reason for his refusal to initiate sanctions which were nearly unanimously authorized by Congress, along with his refusal to acknowledge what every expert says was interference by Russia―both past and ongoing―in our elections.

It is painfully obvious that Donald Trump is a man whose only allegiance is to Vladimir Putin. We may as well put the Russian Federation flag over the White House, and call it a day. Congratulations, America;   this could not have happened without your indifference.

Donald Trump―Putin’s Spymaster

 

Vladimir Putin could not be happier. Through Donald Trump, he has complete control of the Executive Branch, and through Devin Nunes, he has partial control of the Legislative Branch of American government.

Donald Trump is one of the more loathsome specimens of humanity to inhabit not just the White House, but planet Earth. He is racist, misogynist and a pathological liar. During an interview with radio personality Howard Stern, Trump agreed that his daughter might be thought of as a “piece of ass.” Moreover, without Russian money, he would be a snake oil salesman with a traveling carnival, searching relentlessly among his gullible victims for the next skirt to slide his hand under.

Trump’s business record reveals that he is not the usual Benedict Arnold-type traitor; rather than ideology, his treachery begins and ends with money. This man will do anything for a quick buck―even sell out his country.

America, however, is not the only victim. Trump and Putin have an arrangement whereby Russian money finances the purchase of Trump condominiums and golf courses throughout the world, followed by Russian spies moving into those properties. Thus, while Americans are preoccupied with the thought that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, they are completely missing the larger picture: Donald Trump is not smart enough to train Russian spies, but he has the perfect network to embed them at vital places around the world. He is a Walmart-style distribution center for Putin’s spies. Under this set of facts, people do not have to wonder why Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge that Putin interfered in our last presidential election, or, that Trump has likewise refused to initiate the sanctions against Russia that Congress unanimously authorized.

Devin Nunes is a different story altogether. Nunes is indeed a Benedict Arnold-type traitor; he is a fascist ideologue who views Trump as a stepping-stone to a totalitarian government. Nunes decided to take the middleman (spies, such as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for selling state secrets to the Russians) out of the equation, and act directly as an agent for the Russian government in his legislative activities. This saved Putin time and money that otherwise would have been expended on espionage inspired lobbyist activities.

Trump’s business failures expose the reason he was ripe for plucking by Putin and his cabal of Russian oligarchs. It is public knowledge that Trump has been laundering dirty Russian money since the day he met David Bogatin in 1984 and sold the Russian immigrant five condominiums in one transaction. Investigative reporter Craig Unger, in a revealing and explosive September 2017 article for New Republic entitled “Trump’s Russian Laundromat” exposed Donald Trump’s longstanding connection to Russian mob leaders, and among other things stated:

“How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. Also, it was stated that some 1.3 trillion dollars, presumably marked for laundering activities, had been exported from Russia since Vladimir Putin took control of the Russian Federation.”

A jury might be interested in hearing Trump explain how one Russian can live in five condominiums.

A clandestinely exposed tax return for the year 1995 reveals that Donald Trump mismanaged three Atlantic City casinos, lost money on an airline venture, and lost even more through the ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.  The sum of his misadventures totaled 916 million dollars; Trump was insolvent because his liabilities far exceeded his assets.

Any certified public accountant (CPA) would urge an executive in Trump’s position to make use of an Internal Revenue Service provision known as the “business carryover loss and credit against subsequent taxes owed.”  The regulation allows any business that has suffered a loss to recover the full amount lost over a period of twenty years.  The obvious rub is that a business must “stay in business” to receive the benefit.  But Trump had a history of bankruptcy, and of stiffing vendors and financers alike for amounts due, and for that reason, could not find a lender anywhere in the United States that would loan him a nickel.  However, Trump did get money from Russian oligarchs in exchange for an agreement to create a spy network.  After Russian spies began populating Trump properties, even more money was available from various lenders who based loans upon occupancy levels.  In this manner, Trump turned his insolvency into a continuing business and began charging his 1995 losses to the United States Treasury.

It is a felony when two or more persons conspire to commit a crime against, or to defraud the United States. The attempt does not even have to be successful (Title 18, United States Code, Section 371). The reason that Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns is obvious.  Nearly all of the profitable transactions listed therein can be traced back to the spies who purchased, and subsequently moved into his condominiums in furtherance of their espionage activities. In this manner, Trump pilfered large amounts from the public treasury; much more than a billion dollars when interest is compounded on the daily basis used by the IRS.  This money can be recovered―and should be―using the same statute (18 USC §1961-68)  that United States attorneys within the Justice Department used to largely put the American Mafia out of business.

Simply stated, using illegal means (money laundering) to accomplish something legal (a tax refund) is a federal violation of both conspiracy and racketeering statutes. Consequently, United States taxpayers are entitled to treble damages pursuant to 18 USC §1964(c), of the amounts, plus interest, that Trump received via tax refunds.

Winners and losers determine patriots and traitors. Donald Trump and Devin Nunes, for different reasons, are both traitors. However, if they are allowed to continue along their current path, America will become an autocracy. Trump and Nunes will be patriots, and those who still love a democracy will be traitors.

Dancing With Destiny

If ever there were doubts that we live in a society racing toward oblivion, Donald Trump and his minions have erased any such foolish thoughts.  America―once a paragon within the world order for moral high ground―is now a cesspool of filth, hatred and treachery. Every informed citizen standing on our planet has this understanding. Indeed, there was a time when the tools of depravity appeared only in Freudian thoughts or crude backroom whispers, but now they are given imprimatur as official policy by our “exquisite” leader. Donald Trump explicitly campaigned on this particular brand of demagoguery, and a large portion of the population bought into it.

In his seminal masterpiece on political philosophy A Theory of Justice (1971), philosopher John Rawls, while attempting to solve the problem of distributive justice, suggested the collapse over which Donald Trump is currently presiding by stating at page 436:

“…the representative member of a well-ordered society will find that he wants others to have the basic virtues, and in particular a sense of justice. His rational plan of life is consistent with the constraints of right, and he will surely want others to acknowledge the same restrictions.  In order to make this conclusion absolutely firm, we should also like to be sure that it is rational for those belonging to a well-ordered society who have already acquired a sense of justice to maintain and even strengthen this moral sentiment.”

In the arena of rational plans of life and moral sentiment, rather than philosophers, citizens have traditionally sought out religious leaders. But we have seen enough of America’s supposed “moral conscience” as represented by Catholic priests and Protestant Evangelists. For decades, priests looked upon choirboys and other young people in their congregations as a personal petting zoo for prurient desires. Evangelists―nearly all of them―continue in every bizarre way to support a thrice married moral degenerate who has no boundaries.  These are not men of the cloth, so to speak; they openly reject accepted theories of morality.  Fact is, all of these sanctimonious bastards of religiosity are cut from the same cloth as Jimmy Swaggart, the fire and brimstone Pentecostal evangelist who was discovered in a motel room taking penance from a prostitute―with his pants around his ankles.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 on October 3, 1965 at Liberty Island, New York.  The new law repealed the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924, which had imposed a racist quota system favoring Northern European whites. Johnson referred to the repealed law as “a cruel and enduring wrong, a harsh injustice and un-American in the highest sense,” and thus believed that hatred in immigration policy was forever banned. Johnson, unfortunately, could not have been more wrong. The current occupant of the White House prefers returning to a merit-based policy that opens the door to immigration for white people from Norway while denying admission to black people from “shitholes” like Haiti and Africa.

The so-called “House Freedom Caucus” is a fascist organization which in the past had been masquerading as members of the Republican Party. Now, however, they make no attempt to conceal their preference for a totalitarian state by viciously and unwarrantedly attacking the FBI and the rule of law with assistance from propaganda media outlet Fox News.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) knew quite well the treacherous agenda supported by the House Freedom Caucus. With leaders like Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Devin Nunes (R-Ca), the group opposed nearly every initiative proposed by traditional Republicans. Boehner also understood that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) was collaborating with, and lending moral assistance to these counterfeit Republicans. Boehner finally wore down under the fascist assault and retired. During a speech he later referred to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh,” and a “miserable son of a bitch.”

However, Cruz is not the only U.S. senator who has bought into the plan to destroy our constitutional republic. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis) appeared on Fox News and held up a paper; one that he claimed was from an informant and revealed evidence of a “secret society” within the Department of Justice and the FBI that sought to undermine and remove the president.  Johnson’s clumsy efforts to backtrack out of his thinly veiled conspiracy theory only proved to demonstrate what a fool the people of Wisconsin sent to Washington. Indeed, it was common knowledge within the Beltway that Devin Nunes was already convening meetings of a “secret society” of House Republicans aimed at discrediting the Justice Department.

There are nine states that have constitutions which authorize removal of federal officers. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided no case involving this subject matter, but most attorney generals of these states have issued opinions that deny such a right. However, in 1979 the Wisconsin Attorney General issued an opinion stating, “A state administration could not reject a petition for recall of a member of the U.S. Congress.” Thus, it would behoove the good people of Wisconsin to initiate a recall petition against the author of this Alex Jones-type conspiracy, Senator Ron Johnson (currently starting the second year of a six year term), and let the Supreme Court settle the issue.

Americans have been desensitized to the norms of decency and can ignore what is happening around them if they like, but that will not stop the relentless march into the realm of dead societies.

Truman Goodspeed, January 2018

Conspiracy At The Top

“We put out a lineand pulled in Moby Dick.” Testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Donald Trump’s preferred business associates have always been mobsters. The research conducted by Glenn Simpson’s firm into Trump’s business empire yielded the startling fact of Trump’s early connections to Italian mafia, and later dealings with Russian mob figures. Under federal law, this is what is known as an “association in fact.” It was also revealed that much of Trump’s wealth comes from trusts set up by his late father, and from Russian money funneled into properties located in Toronto, Panama and elsewhere.  Now, according to Simpson’s sworn testimony, it appears that even the National Rifle Association (NRA) was willing to sell its soul by acting as a conduit for Russian funds that found their way into the Trump presidential election campaign. The narrative that follows deals with Russian money invested into Trump properties so Donald Trump could con American tax payers out of nearly one billion dollars. However, Donald Trump is not the only person or entity in America participating in this conspiracy.

It should be noted that furious attempts by Fox News and certain congressional representatives to destroy the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its leaders began in earnest shortly after Simpson testified before House and Senate committees. Republicans tried to keep Simpson’s testimony under wraps while the likes of Devin Nunes (R-Ca) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) launched an all-out attack on the FBI. This leaves us to wonder whether these two congressmen are simply garden variety criminals, or treason-peddling fascists who are using their positions in the House Freedom Caucus in a larger attempt by that group to overthrow the government of the United States.  Either way, they are on the wrong side of facts and law, not to mention the better interests of the American people.

A clandestinely exposed tax return for the year 1995 reveals that Donald Trump mismanaged three Atlantic City casinos, lost money on an airline venture, and lost even more through the ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.  The sum of his misadventures totaled 916 million dollars; Trump was insolvent because his liabilities far exceeded his assets.

Any certified public accountant (CPA) would urge an executive in Trump’s position to make use of an Internal Revenue Service provision known as the “business carryover loss and credit against subsequent taxes owed.”  The regulation allows any business that has suffered a loss to recover the full amount lost over a period of twenty years.  The obvious rub is that a business must “stay in business” to receive the benefit.  But Trump had a history of bankruptcy, and of stiffing vendors and financers alike for amounts due, and for that reason, could not find a lender anywhere in the United States that would loan him a nickel.  Nevertheless, he could get money with strings attached from Russian oligarchs, and Simpson testified that Trump could also get funds if he could prove a certain occupancy level in condominium properties.  Simpson further testified that Russians began populating Trump condominiums in Panama and Toronto at a level that allowed Trump to borrow more money.  Both of Trump’s older sons have confirmed at various times that most of the money for the family business comes from Russians. Consequently, Trump illicitly turned his insolvency into a continuing business and began charging his 1995 losses to the United States Treasury.

It is a felony when two or more persons conspire to commit a crime against, or to defraud the United States. The attempt does not even have to be successful (Title 18, United States Code, Section 371). The reason that Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns becomes obvious through Simpson’s congressional testimony.  One can look at Trump’s inclusion of the “business carryover loss” on each of his information returns and use Simpson’s testimony to backtrack to the financial transactions that made them possible. Given the reality of Trump’s billion-dollar predicament, no honest person could have survived. The fact of criminality and number of perpetrators would at very least be a jury issue, and at most mean prison terms and divestment of criminal proceeds for many individuals. Nevertheless, in this manner, Trump pilfered large amounts from the public treasury; much more than a billion dollars when interest is compounded on the daily basis used by the IRS.  This money can be recovered―and should be―using the same statute (18 USC §1961-68)  that United States attorneys within the Justice Department used to largely put the American Mafia out of business.

Even the most ardent Trump supporters will be shocked into breathlessness when Special Counsel Robert Mueller III issues his final report. Mueller is an unbiased and straightforward investigator, and his finished product will expose Donald Trump, some of his associates, and much of his family to prison terms. Anticipating the possibility of a presidential pardon for the participants in Trump’s pattern of racketeering activity, Mueller collaborated with, and shared facts with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who in the past has been forced to prosecute Donald Trump for fraud (Trump University). This outcome explains why Devin Nunes, Jim Howard and their minions at Fox News launched vicious and unwarranted attacks against Mueller, the FBI and its leaders.

It is public knowledge that Trump has been laundering dirty Russian money since the day he met David Bogatin in 1984. Investigative reporter Craig Unger, in a revealing and explosive September 2017 article for New Republic entitled “Trump’s Russian Laundromat” exposed Donald Trump’s longstanding connection to Russian mob leaders, and among other things stated:

“How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. Also, it was stated that some 1.3 trillion dollars, presumably marked for laundering activities, had been exported from Russia since Vladimir Putin took control of the Russian Federation.”

Simply stated, using illegal means (money laundering) to accomplish something legal (a tax refund) is a federal violation of both conspiracy and racketeering statutes. Consequently, United States taxpayers are entitled to treble damages pursuant to 18 USC §1964(c), of the amounts, plus interest, that Trump received via tax refunds. Actuarial services would be required for a true and accurate accounting, but the final amount due, even without penalties, would have to fall somewhere between 10 and 20 billion dollars. This seems like an altogether fitting and proper end for the Trump Empire.

After a full year of never ending chaos, we can adopt a word recently made famous by our “exquisite” leader. At the present, there is only one “shithole” of any relevance in the world. It is a national park that may be viewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Truman Goodspeed, January 2018

Are You A Republican?

A new year is upon us. This is a time when people indulge that time-honored tradition―a New Year’s resolution―of resolving to change an undesired trait or behavior. It is in this spirit that the following survey is offered for politicians and their faithful supporters.

Has anyone ever called you a “miserable son of a bitch?  If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican.  Former Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, during a speech in 2016 called Texas Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh,” and further stated: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone. But I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Are you a white nationalist who believes that racial diversity is not our strength as a country? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, tweeted “Diversity is not our strength. Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” In addition, King has frequently questioned contributions to society by non-white people.

Have you ever supported, or voted for a person facing credible accusations of pedophilia? If the answer is yes, you could only be a Republican. Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who, as a man in his thirties only enjoyed the company of teenage girls, was endorsed by the Republican President and supported financially by the Republican National Committee, headed by Ronna Romney McDaniel.

For men: have you ever bragged that you are a “star,” and this therefore gives you the power to grab female genitalia without consequence? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican.  The infamous “Access Hollywood” videotape revealed only one out of a host of character defects in the Republican who resides in the White House.

For women: have you ever voted for a man who brags about his prowess in molesting women? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican.  There are two streams of thought here. First, you might be an introvert who has latent fantasies of bedding a billionaire, and second, you might be a brazen extrovert (also known as a tramp) who openly accepts an invitation to slither into the gutter and wallow in the filth and perversions of a Republican Commander-in-Chief.

For self-styled Evangelicals:  does your faith in God give you confidence to stand before a crowd of reporters and lie with a straight face? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders proliferates lies on a daily basis. A study by the Washington Post reveals that the number of lies in the first year of the current administration is over 1,000, as compared with 18 by the previous administration over a four-year period. The only time that Sanders does not lie, like her boss, is when her lips are not moving.

Have you ever attempted to subvert the rule of law? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican…not to mention a traitor. It is common knowledge that Russians interfered with our last presidential election. We also know that certain Americans assisted the Russians. At this time, we do not know what these Americans received in return for their treasonous acts. Nevertheless, Congressmen Devin Nunes (R-Ca) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are acting like lawyers for the Kremlin in their bold attempts to undermine the FBI and the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian collusion and conspiracy.

Have you ever accepted a bribe to vote in a certain way? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican.  Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) publicly admitted that their contributions from big donors would end following their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if they did not soon do something to enrich their political benefactors (“Get it done, or don’t ever call me again”). At the time of these statements, a “tax reform” package was on the legislative agenda.

As a legislator, have you ever voted in favor of a bill that would greatly enrich your finances? If the answer is yes, you might be a Republican. The recently passed Republican tax bill greatly enriched many of the senators and representatives who voted on it, not to mention the man who signed the bill into law. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Pundits referred to one of the more noteworthy Republican votes as the vehicle for a “Corker-Kickback.”

If you answered yes to one of the above questions, you have the necessary credentials to present yourself as a bona fide member of the Republican Party; this must be a great source of pride for yourself, your family and your community. If you answered yes to three of the foregoing questions, you are a contemptible person, and probably a traitor. If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you are a revolting specimen of humanity, and not even decades of successful New Year’s resolutions will eradicate your moral unfitness.

This year past has been a period of unprecedented tumult. Republicans have led a withering assault against free speech, the rule of law and the various institutions of democracy. They have poisoned the air, given corporations the authority to fleece the public, stolen  public lands, and in a final act of contempt for hard working Americans, lined the already deep pockets of wealthy individuals with a pseudo-tax reform act that future generations will be forced to pay for.

To those who are not Republicans, HAPPY NEW YEAR! And good luck with saving our democracy in the coming months. The storm is gathering.