The Enemy Within

The Spanish Civil War took place between 1936 and 1939. During the siege of Madrid by four columns of Nationalist forces, one of the leaders in that conflict, General Emilio Mola, told a journalist that a “fifth column” of supporters within the city would support the Nationalist cause and seek to undermine the Republican government from within. Thus was coined the phrase “fifth column.” Now, like a teeming colony of ants, we can see a fifth column in America hard at work in an attempt to undermine the rule of law and replace our constitutional republic with an autocracy. Included in this conspiracy of subversion are a law professor, a drain-the-swamp president, Fox News and members of the Congress of the United States.

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The rule of law is a hallmark of free societies.  Representatives of the people pass laws, which, in part, are codified into criminal code. Upon complaint, investigators, such as rank-and-file citizens in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigate complaints and turn the facts found over to prosecutors. Prosecutors, and sometimes grand juries, review the gathered facts and make a decision whether to indict or exonerate. A citizen charged under a bill of indictment receives full panoply of defense rights under the Fifth Amendment, and a right to a trial by an impartial jury of peers as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. An unbiased judge conducts the trial, and among other duties, is charged with removing prejudicial evidence. Thus, even though an investigator indulges in what may seem like prejudicial bias, the gatekeeper judge will remove all bias from relevant facts and present a clear case to the jury. Upon conclusion of a trial, a convicted defendant has a right of appeal.

It should first be noted that under our Constitution, the rule of law is equally binding on the governing leader as well as the governed citizenry. As James Madison wrote in Federalist 57:

“If the American people shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty.”

As a country, we are now far past the point of caution raised by Madison, and deep into a full-scale assault on the rule of law.  Donald Trump and his “BIG nuclear button” is a clear and present danger to all of humanity.  Almost as dangerous as Trump are those who attempt to legitimize his authoritarian tendencies. Such a man is Alan Dershowitz.

Dershowitz, a renowned defense attorney and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School is now on the outside of the legal profession looking in after making the nonsensical claim that Donald Trump “could not be charged with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire former FBI Director Jim Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate and who not to investigate.” The most ignorant of laypersons understands quite well that even when one has the authority to fire, such as a supervisor in an “employment at will” state, if that supervisor fires a person for being black, he has broken the law. Likewise, if the President fires the FBI Director to end an investigation (as Trump admitted to Lester Holt), he has corruptly obstructed justice and broken the law.  The second part of Dershowitz’s claim is a practice that only takes place in banana republics,  and is hardly worthy of mention.   However, Dershowitz’s theory has been roundly condemned and critiqued by a number of legal scholars, most thoroughly in an article by scholars Daniel J. Hemel and Eric A. Posner.

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, much to the chagrin of White House staffers, obtained an interview with Donald Trump in the grillroom at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort during the Christmas break. In the recorded session, shortly after heaping plaudits upon Dershowitz, Trump stated: “I have the absolute right to do what I want with the Justice Department.” That claim should curdle the blood of freedom loving people everywhere.

Intelligence agencies inform us that we are living in a time where Russians have penetrated and affected the outcome of our elections. Donald Trump both ignores this fact, and furthermore fails to initiate the corrective action for which he is duty bound.  There is a reason for this malfeasance (treason in the eyes of many). Dating back to 1984, Donald Trump has been laundering ill-gotten Russian money through his condominium properties.

Most people live in one home, and some have a second vacation property.  Thus, for honest people the sirens like those sounding a seven-alarm fire would be set off when an itinerant Russian offers to purchase five condominiums in one building; but not Donald Trump. He took the money when David Bogatin (who was reported to have assisted North Vietnamese in shooting down American pilots over Hanoi during the Vietnam War) made such an offer. This and other matters were revealed by investigative reporter Craig Unger in a September 2017 edition of New Republic Magazine article entitled “Trump’s Russian Laundromat.”

A clandestinely exposed tax return for the year 1995 reveals that 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.   At that time, his business empire was under water and he was insolvent.   However, he had at his disposal a carryover tax credit relevant to the reported massive loss for each of the next eighteen years, which in effect amounted to an annual grant of nearly 50 million dollars from the public treasury—all of which added up as an expense to the American taxpayer.  But he could play the American taxpayers for suckers only if he continued in business. Trump is a deadbeat who simply did not pay his bills, and often sued contractors to get out of paying for services performed.  Consequently, U.S. lenders would not touch his loan requests, so Trump went to foreign branches of Deutsche Bank (Cypress) and other known fronts for Russian mobsters to satisfy his financial necessities.  The Russia source of financing has been admitted by both of Trump’s sons (“Most of our money comes from Russians”).

Fox News is a media outlet with perhaps a couple of honest and reputable reporters. For the most part, however, the organization is a propaganda mill modeled after ITAR-TASS (Information Telegraph Agency of Russia), the official Russian state central information distributor and newspaper. 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. The leaders in this “fake news” cavalcade of dishonesty are conspiracy theorist Sean Hannity and soap opera judge Jeanine Pirro.

There are two variations of the conspiracy theorist. The first, like Alex Jones, who claims the Sandyhook massacre was staged by the government, suffers from paranoid delusion disorder (PDD).The politics of Jones and his band of some three million followers can be summed up by most psychiatrists as paranoia-tinged diatribe. The second type of conspirator, however, operates from a sound mind. Hannity, in a cold and calculating manner, delivers bald-faced lies to his gullible audience of old white people in wheelchairs and walkers. Indeed, if you are white, you dare not go to your grandparent’s house and say anything even slightly negative about the man who falsely claimed that Democrats were running a pedophilia ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria, or the likewise false claim that DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered for releasing Clinton emails.

Pirro, a former judge deluded by fantasy, used her bully pulpit to make wildly false and destructive accusations against every enforcer and prosecutor of law she could locate within the Federal Bureau of Investigation:  “Take them out in handcuffs,” she urged. As Pirro knows from her judicial experience, none of these FBI employees are perfect, but they generally follow facts to a proper conclusion, and when they do not, they are proper subjects for punishment.

Next comes subversive activities by United States Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), both of whom have requested a criminal referral of perjury against Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the now infamous “dossier.”

Donald Trump has made no secret of his unfitness for office: he demonstrates as much on a daily basis through tweets and pathological lies. Graham at one time was critical of the President when appropriate, but following a golf outing with Trump now appears to be “all in” on the Trump agenda (“Law is what I say it is”), and damn the means by which that agenda is attained.  It may be that Trump demonstrated his golf course mastery and tutored Graham on the finer points of using a “foot-wedge,” and now, Graham will be eternally grateful.

The Grassley matter is altogether different. Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, has been on a mission to trash Steele’s dossier, presumably to protect Trump. The criminal referral authored by Grassley and Graham follows other efforts that indicate the Republican controlled panel is playing tribal politics, rather than attempting to prevent another Russian incursion into American elections. Indeed, one Democratic source called it an “effort to deflect attention” from the Trump-Russia probe.

There has indeed been a major effort on the part of Republicans to trash the Steele dossier, believing that the dossier was the genesis of the FBI investigation, and further, that the entire Russia issue would fade away once this feat was accomplished. A large hole was blown in that theory when a New York Times article revealed that the FBI investigation began after an Australian diplomat reported to the agency that Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, during a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar, revealed that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Florida GOP Congressman Francis Rooney wants the FBI and Department of Justice “purged” of officials he says are politically biased against President Trump. A political purge, of course, is one of the more effective tools in keeping a dictatorship free of popular dissent.

It appears that a classic fifth column, an infiltration of malign elements, is presently occurring in the United States House of Representatives.  Along with the judiciary, Congress was intended by the framers to be a check on abusive power grabs by the Executive Branch. Nevertheless, subversives Devin Nunes (R-Ca) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both in open hearings, and behind the scenes with a secret committee, are attempting to undermine the rule of law and a legitimate investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It could not be clearer that Nunes (who was also a member of the Trump transition team) has abdicated his House responsibility through his frequent trips to the White House to rat out the results of the House probe. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already proven the validity of his appointment by securing indictments and guilty pleas, nevertheless, these two wayward House members continue in their attempts to destroy Mueller’s credibility and end the continuing investigation into Russia’s interference in the last presidential election.

Finally, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson created quite a stir within the Beltway media when he referred to his boss as a “moron.” Here, it is useful to relate that Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), also known as the “Sage of Baltimore,” was regarded as one of the most influential American writers in the early twentieth century. Mencken, seemingly prescient, once stated:

“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.”

Now we have confirmation that both Tillerson and Mencken were correct through reviewing the recent bombshell release of “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolf. This book put into printed word what had previously traveled through whispers in the West Wing and the halls of Congress: that one hundred percent of the people in the upper echelon administration of Donald Trump considered the president entirely unfit for the position he holds.

Everyone―right, left, moderate, independent, even the politically indifferent―is missing the big picture. We live in a society in decline; the lights are dimming, and will eventually be extinguished. Nonetheless, there are people who no longer believe in that country born upon a Declaration of Independence and nurtured by a Constitution; they prefer a dictatorship.  They could care less about the boys who never had a chance to become men: those who sat next to us in class, lived around the corner and played on the same football team, but lost their lives defending freedom’s frontier in the jungles of Southeast Asia, while those of us lucky enough to come home from that ill-fated war had to endure being spat upon by hippies in airports.

If their fascist agenda is successful, the aforementioned subversives will be patriots in a new autocracy.  With much fanfare, those of us who still love the government of our founding fathers will be deemed traitors.

 

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.

Russian Lapdogs

A question for democracy loving citizens:  why would Vladimir Putin waste time and money recruiting and training spies to plant in the United States, when he already has willing American citizens fulfilling his espionage agenda? The institutions of democracy are presently under a three-pronged attack emanating from the White House, Fox News, and even the United States House of Representatives.

There is nothing complicated about Vladimir Putin’s agenda. His North Star is greed; the accumulation of money.  To feed his insatiable beast, he needs power. Putin received a prolific education during his tenure at the Soviet KGB on how to use propaganda to destabilize governments and is now using social media supported by turncoat domestic players to attack every democratic government on the planet.

Forbes Magazine claims the world’s wealthiest billionaires are collectively worth $7.05 trillion.   However, a strong case can be made that it is Vladimir Putin, and not Bill Gates (estimated net worth 89.2 billion), who is the richest man in the world. 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. It was stated that some 1.3 trillion dollars has been exported from Russia since Vladimir Putin took control of the Russian Federation.”

All of the money that left Russia under Putin’s watch is either deposited in hidden bank accounts outside of Russia, or held by oligarchs who, as a matter of self-preservation, report directly to Putin. Both of Donald Trump’s sons―supposed caretakers of the family business―have admitted in the past that most of their business capital comes from Russian sources. Reliable intelligence agencies have reported that the Trump campaign received Russian assistance in obtaining the presidency of the United States, which ongoing investigation Donald Trump continues to label as a “witch hunt.” This failure to admit the obvious brings us to an old adage: “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Next comes Fox News led by conspiracy monger Sean Hannity and acid-tongued trollop Jenine Pirro. These fascist-inspired Putin puppets desire a totalitarian government directed by an autocrat, and will use any subversive item in the traitor’s tool chest to achieve as much.

Conspiracy theorists fall into two categories. Most psychologists can diagnose the first type, like Alex Jones, as suffering from paranoid delusion disorder (PDD). It was Jones who claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre of 20 schoolchildren and 6 staff members by Adam Lanza never happened, and was instead a charade carried out by “government crisis actors.”

The second type, like Hannity, are outright liars who prey on the gullible instincts of an older viewing audience in furtherance of a fascist agenda. Out of a number of his conspiracies that insult even the most conservative members of the viewing public comes his knowingly false claim that Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich was murdered for leaking DNC emails. Hannity’s claim, of course, was clearly intended to throw both investigators and the public off the trail of the true leakers, which was the Russian government.

Next to free speech, the rule of law is one of the supporting pillars of a democracy. Pirro used her bully pulpit to make wildly false and destructive accusations against every enforcer and prosecutor of law she could locate within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  As Pirro knows, none of these FBI employees are perfect, but they generally follow facts to a proper conclusion, and when they do not, they are proper subjects for punishment. The former prosecutor in the infamous “Duke Lacrosse” case learned this lesson the hard way. Sensible people should not bother tuning into this Putin Puppet.

The most dangerous infiltration of malign elements is presently occurring in the United States House of Representatives.  Along with the judiciary, Congress was intended by the framers to be a check on abusive power grabs by the Executive Branch. Nevertheless, Putin henchmen Devin Nunes (R-Ca) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both in open hearings,  and behind the scenes with a secret committee, are attempting to undermine the legitimate investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It could not be clearer that Nunes has abdicated his House responsibility through his frequent trips to the White House to rat out the results of the House probe. Indeed, the Special Counsel has already secured indictments and guilty pleas, nevertheless, these two wayward House members continue in their attempts to destroy Mueller’s credibility and end the continuing investigation into Russia’s interference in the last presidential election.

Take an objective look at the aforementioned “Americans.”  What do we call them―other than spies for Russia?

Sign of the Times-Codified Robbery

With the possible exception of the John Dillinger era, Americans have long held confidence in a system of justice which brings swift and certain punishment to those who decide to rob banks.  But Congressional Republicans have now shown that our national bank, the U.S. Treasury, can be robbed via the stroke of a president’s pen with nary a whimper from party faithful. Call it the biggest heist of all time.

For decades, the mostly wealthy Republican members of Congress have been adept at disguising their utter contempt for America’s working class. But no more. These savvy politicians have seen the handwriting on the wall–indicating their impending demise–and along with their mega donors and lobbyist friends have decided to openly and brazenly plunder the national treasury to the tune of 1.5 trillion dollars on their way out of office.  The only matter left open for discussion is the confusing logic of why blue color Republicans continued to act against self-interest by supporting and electing people who had planned all along to stab them in the back.

Following an embarrassing procedural gaffe on the previous day, Republicans in the House of Representatives on December 20, 2017 gave final approval to a major upheaval of United States tax code.  The bill was passed by a 224-201 margin, with no Democrats voting in approval. Likewise, the bill had passed in the early morning hours of the same day in the Senate by a 51-48 margin, again, with no Democrats in support of the measure.

An earlier CNN poll revealed that 55 per cent of Americans were opposed to passage of the bill, while 33 per cent supported it.  Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN that Republicans would try to sell the bill to the public in the coming months. McConnell further said: “My view of this, if we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work.” As of now, a majority of Americans stand ready to show him the way to the unemployment office.

Among other things, the plan reduces the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent, repeals the corporate alternative minimum tax, doubles the standard deduction for individuals and restructures the way pass through businesses are taxed. Further, the bill keeps seven personal income tax brackets and lowers tax rates for most brackets, including dropping the top rate from 39.6 per cent to 37 per cent.

The Joint Committee on Taxation found that all income groups will, on average, see a tax cut in 2019, but projections worsen over time. In 2019, all taxpayers would see an 8 per cent tax cut.  However, the JCT found that by 2027 taxpayers earning up to $75,000 would receive a tax increase–this would stem from the sunsetting individual rate cuts in the final GOP bill, along with the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate.

The compiled document consists of more than 1,000 pages. Most of the Republicans who voted for this bill had only a general knowledge of what the document contained, but in a specific sense, were entirely unaware of some provisions added at the last minute by lobbyists intent on feathering the nest of wealthy individuals at the expense of middle class taxpayers. Absent a repeal of the entire piece of legislation, these secret, last minute addendums will cause nightmares for honest people for years, or perhaps even decades.

A good example of the foregoing fiasco is the last minute sweetener inserted during the reconciliation conference, which personally benefits Bob Corker (R-Tenn). The “Corker Kickback” provision (so named by critics of the Senator), according to International Business Times allows owners of real estate businesses to take a special 20 per cent deduction for so-called pass-through income.  The deduction had originally been designed to exclude businesses like real estate partnerships, which often have few employees. The publication also pointed to several real estate partnerships Corker has stakes in and estimated the tax bill could save him more than $1 million. Who said it doesn’t pay to change your vote from a “no” to “yes”?

Ominous warnings are even coming from wealthy Americans. In an opinion editorial dated November 30, 2017, Abigail Disney, the grandniece of film giant Walt Disney, stated:

Although I was raised amid privilege and good fortune, I have always been cognizant of income and wealth inequality. It has never sat well with me. Since the election of Ronald Reagan, the gap between rich and poor has grown dramatically and “trickle down” economics has turned out to cause more of a trickle up. But nothing has brought the problem of inequality into sharper focus for me than the current proposals by Republicans to overhaul the tax system.​Right now, under both House and Senate tax plans, the result of the overhaul will be to increase the proportional burden of public spending on an already strained middle class, to decrease the responsibility of the wealthy to contribute to the common good, and to further widen the gulf that already separates the two. Republicans insist this plan will cut taxes for the middle class, but the truth is that any meager savings will be offset by losses elsewhere — in deductions no longer allowed, loss of Medicaid and Medicare coverage, and less funding for education, all of which are on the chopping block in order to provide a tax cut for a few very wealthy people like me.

Beginning in 2018, middle class taxpayers will notice a bump of about 20 to 40 dollars in weekly take home pay as a result of the “Tax Reform Act” of 2017.  This will allow them to purchase pizza for their family one night a week. But this paltry annual sum of perhaps two thousand dollars pales in comparison to the millions that wealthy individuals will receive each year from this greed inspired act.

Wages have been stagnant since the 2008 recession, and contrary to the fear mongering tripe of malign nationalists, Americans have never objected to immigrants crossing our borders to pick pickles and harvest apples. White Americans don’t want those jobs.  What they do want is something better than the $30,000.00 per year job with which they now attempt to support a family of four.  Republicans continue this harangue about jobs being exported to other countries, when the real culprit is automation.  Experts legitimately claim that 80 per cent of the jobs lost in America are the result of computer driven automation.

What Americans have objected to is employers importing foreign nationals to fill jobs that pay over $100,000.00 per year instead of training Americans to fill the positions. Common sense tells us that even this administration’s much heralded coal miners would rather have a decent education and a job that comfortably supports their family. But Republicans, as this “tax reform” indicates, are not interested in education–unless it somehow lines their pockets with a new windfall.

Nevertheless, appropriate retribution will be exacted in the national elections slated for 2018. Democrats have already shown an ability, both to unseat indifferent Republicans holding gerrymandered districts in Virginia,  and to deny a disgustingly unfit candidate federal office in Alabama. 2018 will be a political blood bath. But preparations for this reversal should come immediate.

There are nine states that have constitutions which authorize removal of federal officers. No case involving this subject matter has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, but most attorneys general of these states have issued opinions which deny such a right.  However, in 1979 the Wisconsin Attorney General issued an opinion stating that “a state administration could not reject a petition for recall of a member of the U.S. Congress.” Thus it would behoove the people of Wisconsin to initiate a recall petition against one of the authors of this unconscionable transfer of funds from the poor to the rich, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (currently finishing the first year of a six year term), and let the Supreme Court settle the issue.

These self-absorbed merchants of greed are intent upon proving a new theory; that one can wear more than one suit at one time, or, one can eat more than one mouthful of food at one time. So John Q. Public will enjoy pizza for a few short years, while the real beneficiaries of this scam will not be creating jobs as Republicans claim, but instead, will be purchasing new interest bearing investments with funds derived from the most corrupt legislative act in the history of this constitutional republic.

 

Truman Goodspeed, December 2017