The Look

It looks like reality has finally sunk in. Following release of the sham Republican “memo” by Devin Nunes alleging abuses by the FBI, Donald Trump sat before cameras and reporters and whined like a second grade boy who had been sent to the principal’s office for beating up little girls on the playground. He said, “The GOP memo is a disgrace…but a lot of people should be ashamed.”  Trump was correct on both accounts, but not for the reasons he was thinking. In fact, he did uncharacteristically appear like a very ashamed person.

Donald Trump ran a presidential campaign aimed at destroying the pillars of democracy. While a majority of Americans rejected his divisive tactics, he was nevertheless elected and installed by an antiquated electoral college. Now, the founding fathers have risen from their graves and are striking back with the rule of law.

The king of grifters―a liar, thief, traitor, con man, sexual predator and a man who has generally bullied his way through life―now understands that the myrmidons of law and social etiquette are closing in. Some of his family members, and perhaps even Trump himself, are going to prison.

Unlike the rest of us, Trump’s avuncular patron has never been “Uncle Sam.” Trump was a five-deferment draft dodger, and thus avoided what could have been character-building instruction.  Rather, he was guided through life by a father who was arrested at a rally for the Ku Klux Klan, and reptilian practitioners of law like Roy Cohn and Michael Cohen.

Roy Cohn, it will be recalled, assisted Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy in his ill-founded crusade against communism. His later clients were mostly members of the American Mafia and Donald Trump. A federal investigation during the 70’s and 80’s has revealed that Cohn was charged three times with professional misconduct, including perjury and witness tampering. In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for life due to unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Michael Cohen―miraculously―is still practicing law. His law degree comes from what many describe as a “second-rate educator,” Cooley Law School. He has served as Executive Vice-President of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump; essentially, Trump’s pit bull. Consequently, he is the vanguard for many of the shady deals authored by Donald Trump, the most recent of which was his use of Essential Consultants LLC, a Trump pseudonym created for the express purpose of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence prior to the 2016 presidential election. In addition to dishonest, Cohen should also be considered dangerous. Following Cohen’s “Let’s gut her” threat, media megastar Megyn Kelly was compelled to hire private security for a full year to protect herself and her family.

Donald Trump spits out lies with the rapidity of a machine gun. A conservative accounting (addressing only a one-year period) by one media outlet registered the number of falsehoods to be more than 2000. That he is a thief can be confirmed by the many contractors and vendors he has stiffed for amounts due. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proved that Trump was a con man by successfully suing Trump University as a “fraud, and a phony university.” Trump’s failure to acknowledge that Russia interfered in our last presidential election (for his benefit, of course), and refusal to implement sanctions authorized by a nearly unanimous vote of Congress demonstrates that he is more interested in the success of Russia, than in the oath which he continues to violate; which obviously points to a conclusion of treason.  In addition, Trump bragged on taped audio and video that he was a sexual predator, and a large number of women have come forward to provide credible evidence of the same.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has pierced the veil surrounding Trump’s lifelong collaboration with mobsters. With constant chatter in the media concerning the idea that Trump will find a way to fire Mueller, it seems likely that Mueller probably has already obtained sealed indictments by the federal grand jury for prosecution of Trump family members. Furthermore, it is public knowledge that Mueller has been sharing evidentiary findings of his investigation with New York AG Schneiderman. Consequently, a presidential pardon will be of limited value to members and associates of the Trump family. The choice they will be left with is one of small distinction; either state, or federal prison.

So much for “shame” and “disgrace.” For a brief moment in a year of utter chaos, the viewing audience saw a vulnerable Donald Trump wearing that “hunted” look; the same look worn by Adolph Hitler as he crawled into his bunker, knowing both that the end was near, and that he would be held accountable for murdering six million innocent Jews.

Truman Goodspeed, February 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.

The Disease

There is a terminal illness sweeping across America. This apparent neurodegenerative disease primarily affects the older male population and is metastasizing before our eyes.  Greed appears to be one of a number of causative agents. The symptoms appear when men of previously sound mind get on their hands and knees and curry favor by licking the boots of a mentally ill sexual predator.  This disease, of course, is Donald Trump, and is transmitted like an STD to those who look into this man’s broken mind and like what they see. A final diagnosis for this disease is complete when the host-parasite symbiotic relationship has turned the willing subject into one of Donald Trump’s growing army of frighteningly submissive Stepford Wives.

Not every older white male has succumbed to this epidemic. The scholarly conservative George Will inoculated himself against this disease by leaving the Republican Party when it became apparent that Donald Trump would become its adopted leader.

We have seen the toxic effect of this disease before. During the first televised cabinet meeting of the new administration early in 2017, every department head, with the exception of Defense Secretary Doug Mattis, joined in a sycophantic tribute to Donald Trump.  Those Americans who still take pride in a government established by great men were deeply embarrassed and offended.

Visions of treason accompany this disease. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a spy who would know, has identified Donald Trump as an “asset” of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. He further stated:  “Putin knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with Trump.” Indeed, every democracy in the world knows of Putin’s attempts to sow hate and discord as part of his plan to divide and conquer the Western Alliance of governments.

This disease has infected the U.S. House of Representatives; to what degree is an open question. We know there are representatives in the House who would rather serve under the iron fist of an autocrat than under a government of, by and for the people. Fascist inspired representatives, like Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who presently in public hearings is purposely undermining the criminal investigation led by Robert Mueller into the Russian penetration of our election process, and Devin Nunes (R-Ca), who is holding secret meetings aimed at likewise discrediting Mueller, are ignoring the fact that Mueller has already secured guilty pleas and indictments against high ranking Trump administration officials for criminal acts.  Apparently no one has reminded these conspiracy participants that America executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg back in 1953 for the same kind of conduct.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), once a highly respected lawmaker from Utah, has succumbed to the disease. On December 20, 2017, Hatch forever destroyed his legacy on the south lawn of the White House following passage of the Republican tax overhaul bill by describing this disease as “one heck of a leader” and “the greatest presidency ever.” Presidential historians, of course, will be quick to dispute this disease-infested claim, as will the person on Main Street, America.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), who previously referred to Trump as “unstable” and warned that Trump’s threats (directed at North Korea) may set the nation “on the path to World War III,”   has had a change of heart and now has “empathy” for the man following disclosure of the benefits inuring to Corker flowing from his support of the recent tax bill.  This amazing reversal bears the strong flavor of greed and accurately fits the clinical description of an illness; in this case, a disease.

There is an antidote for this disease. You can bet your mortgage that impeachment proceedings will be the first order of new business when the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January 2019. The ensuing trial in the Senate will be a Watergate-type spectacle raising issues of conspiracy, treason and obstruction of justice. Only then will Americans be able to assess the real and far-reaching impact of this poisonous epidemic.

This disease-ridden cabal of old white men has abdicated its duty to provide reasonable and effective leadership. As a result, there is a permanent stain on all of the institutions of American democracy.  Our society is in irreversible decline, and now it is time to let women take over, and make a nurturing slide into oblivion as comfortable as possible. Hospice will be the order of the day.

Truman Goodspeed, December 2017

Pedophile Starter Kit

If you are one of those people who become aroused at the thought of intimate relations with children, following are some pointers to assist you in the advance of your prurient interests.

First, you will need appropriate employment; not just any job, but something that will allow you critical time to cruise malls, roadside rest areas and little girls dance recitals, without anything as mundane and interfering as a 40 hour per week regimen to hinder your desires.

It is suggested that you start your own foundation. Even better, make it an organization whose stated purpose is ministering to the moral needs of a wayward flock. After all, a self-righteous agenda is the best way to avoid the prying eyes of the Internal Revenue Service. This will allow you to solicit and receive donations from anyone–even neo-Nazis.  Next, you make public statements claiming that you do not draw a regular salary, but secretly arrange for yourself an annual stipend of $180,000.00. If the amount you have bilked from various sources falls short of your secret salary, then you simply take a note from the foundation for later payment. Thus, your cruising time, and the funds to support it, remains “unmolested.” As an addendum, it would be a good idea to pay your wife at least $65,000.00 per year so she can tell the world what a good Christian man you are when the victims of your cruising pursuits begin to surface.

Next, you will need support, so you may as well start at the top. History books will tell you that Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed in 1953 on charges of conspiracy for selling, among other things, nuclear secrets to the Soviets.  But things are different nowadays. The Executive branch has sold our government and leadership in the world to Vladimir Putin in exchange for a few billion in bank loans. Traitors and treason rule the day in Washington, D.C., so anyone with a desire to bash the LGBT community and people of color will not even make back page news.  Treason is foisted upon gullible citizens as “fake news.”

Likewise, you will find support with treason enablers in two-faced Senate Republicans. Only a few days ago, these glorious leaders were on their soapbox telling Americans how much more important that women and children were, when compared with alleged pedophiles.  But when a chance to honor their donors and the wealthiest corporations and individuals by brazenly raping the Middle Class arrived, they couldn’t jump at the opportunity to welcome a pedophile into their ranks quick enough. This sordid affair was best summed up by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), when he claimed that people like the Kochs and Mercers were entitled to unfair gratuities because they invest, while Middle Class Americans spend their money on booze, women and movies. The idea that transferring wealth from the Middle Class to greedy people as a way of creating economic expansion is pure myth, not to mention outright theft.

You will also have the support of the predominant Republican Evangelical clergy, no matter how unsavory the events of your past add up. All you have to do is attend church each Sunday and express fidelity to the Ten Commandments. But just think of the target-rich environment you might find there by becoming a Sunday school teacher.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy once quipped: “If you ever mow your lawn and find a car, you might be a redneck.” It appears that there are too many lawns in the state of Alabama that are in dire need of a manicure. This is the state that gave us their favorite sons, such as segregationist George Wallace and Liar-General Jefferson Sessions. Fear not, pedophile, if the myrmidons of law throw you out of office for refusing to submit to higher authority, your redneck brethren will find a new position for you.

Thieves, traitors, pedophiles…and two-faced Republicans; what an amazing team!

In The Beginning

What follows is not about the classic opening verse found in the Bible.  Much to the contrary, it is why Donald Trump is sweating like a whore in church. The indictments of Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates by a federal grand jury have revealed Robert Mueller’s starting point for a legal process by which Trump will eventually resign the presidency of the United States so he can receive a pardon from Mike Pence.  Mueller will follow the money.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including tax fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.  Even more damaging than these indictments, however, was the announcement that former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulus had secretly pleaded guilty two weeks earlier to charges of lying to the F.B.I. about contacts with Russian intelligence operatives; he has been cooperating with authorities, and may have even been wired during his conversations with former colleagues. Clearly, the walls are closing in, and it appears that members of Trump’s immediate family are in Mueller’s crosshairs.

Now we can look back at Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and understand the reason why. There are too many leads for a good prosecutor to pursue. Furthermore, following a business loss of nearly one billion dollars, as referenced on his 1995 tax return, U.S. Bankers considered Trump an extremely poor risk. Trump had to resort to overseas financiers, and both of his sons have publicly admitted that most of those funds came from Russia. No wonder Trump would not say anything negative about Russia; this seeming failure to admit the obvious demonstrates how a debtor-creditor relationship remains amicable.

Donald Trump is a TRAITOR, as are many of those who worked in his presidential campaign.  These people make Benedict Arnold look like a choirboy. They turned our electoral process over to archenemy Russia, which, no matter how you cut it, is a conspiracy against the United States and its citizens.

The truly sad part of this sordid affair is that approximately 30 per cent of the population, knowing that treason has occurred, will continue to support Donald Trump. Among this group is found human waste,  like Richard Spencer and David Duke, a propaganda machine which calls itself Fox News, Trump apologists in Congress like Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Peter King (R-NY),  and finally, those suffering the Dunning-Kruger Effect, which is the inability of stupid people to recognize their own stupidity.

Nevertheless, as Papadopoulus sings his heart out, we can take a lead from professionl singers, The Carpenters, and their hit song “We’ve Only Just Begun.”

The White Plague

 

Bubonic Plague (Black Plague) was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. The illness resulted in death to somewhere between 30 and 60 per cent of the European population in the Middle Ages. Now a “white plague” threatens the continued existence of  all normal life on planet Earth.  This is the consequence of a dangerous minority―an unhealthy combination of racists and lunatics―roaming the streets of America. With the most renowned member of this society of broken and diseased minds sitting in the Oval Office, Armageddon is getting too close for comfort. It is time for the Congress of the United States to use the 25th Amendment to halt this growing scourge.

Congress, living in fear of a supposed populist Trump coalition, has been reluctant to challenge destabilizing affairs that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump. The events that took place in early August 2017 on the University of Virginia campus at Charlottesville should provide a tipping point. A protestor was murdered, and nineteen others injured by a domestic terrorist at a white nationalist rally.

The racist group, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags and adorned in riot gear, gathered at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for a memorial service. When confronted by civic-minded protestors, a riot broke out.  Charlottesville authorities cancelled the license for the gathering and ordered the crowd to disperse.

Donald Trump was predictably silent about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-fascist, Nazi organizers of the rally. His genetic impulse was to blame “everyone in attendance” rather than the actual organizers. Following two days of intense, bi-partisan outrage over his failure to identify the event organizers, Trump finally capitulated and named the responsible parties at a news conference. Nevertheless, Trump appeared more like a hostage, than a president delivering a national message of healing and unity, and he proved as much the next day; he doubled down on the “everyone one in attendance” theory and blamed the news media for concocting the entire affair with “fake news.” Most of the loud and proud Trump coalition will continue to support this dysfunctional man. Thus, it is imperative for Congress to act.

Approximately 60 million Americans suffer some form of mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), prevalence for any personality disorder in the United States is 9.1 per cent. Specific prevalence rates for borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder were estimated at 1.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. Of the diverse groups identified in the Trump coalition of voters, this is the only one that is reliably quantifiable.  More to the point, this is the group that sealed his election victory.

Pennsylvania had 20 electoral votes up for grabs.  6.166 million votes were cast and Trump won by 44,000 votes.  Using the NIMH formula, 86,324 borderline psychotics voted, and 36, 996 full-blown psychotics voted.

Michigan had 16   electoral votes.  4.8 million votes were cast and Trump won by 10,700 votes.  Again using the NIMH formula, 67,200 borderline psychotics voted, and 28,800 full-blown psychotics voted.

Wisconsin had 10 electoral votes.  2.976 million voted, and Trump won by 22,000 votes; 41,600 borderline psychotics voted, and 17,850 full-blown psychotics voted.

To be elected to the office of President, 270 Electoral College votes were needed, which Trump won 306 to 232. Mental illness and number crunching  aside, the unprecedented upsurge in turnout  in the presidential  election  reveals  a compelling story: many  of the people in this group had never voted for anything or anybody —a rather wide  dragnet  which includes those who otherwise might be considered conservatives, liberals, independents, Democrats and Republicans. To be clear, these people were not even voting for a candidate; in their delusional minds, they were inducting a kindred spirit into the brotherhood of the insane. Without their vote, Hillary Clinton would have won both the popular vote, and the vote in the Electoral College by a 278-260 margin.

Racist culture, apparently festering unimpeded since the end of the Civil War, now is out of the closet and contemptuously displayed with Donald Trump’s nod and wink approval.  For many opponents of cultural diversity, Faulkner’s “ineradicable curse” of racism is analogous to the wedding vow―till death do us part.

Likewise, Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorists will never leave the Trump coalition for any reason.  The Commander-in-Chief of prevaricators spits out lies with the rapidity of a machine gun, and conspiracy theorists love it.

The only possible defectors from the Trump coalition are those identified as angry blue-collar Republican voters. Many of these individuals had legitimate complaints against a government they considered elite―Republican and Democratic leaders alike―and out of touch with the man on the street.  Normally, after witnessing the bizarre presidential events orchestrated by Donald Trump, these people would exhibit buyer’s remorse and begin to stray, but now they are hostage to the Trump coalition due to Stockholm Syndrome. They will eventually leave, but it will take something more cataclysmic than Charlottesville to force them out.

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.

Obviously, no person in the executive branch, including Vice President Pence, will attempt to have Trump removed from office.  However, Congress can enact legislation to appoint and convene a body of individuals for such purpose. It could not be more clear that Donald Trump, due to his mental state, is unable to discharge the duties of his office.

What we saw in Charlottesville was a violent assault by members of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Party against democracy loving Americans who were supporting their city’s decision to remove a racist, Confederate statue. These racists and fascists came from all corners of the country dressed in riot gear,  armed with clubs, ball bats and other weapons. The attack that occurred may be construed as war against a city or state, and therefore,  fits within the statutory definition of treason.

Philosopher George Santayana had a saying that is relevant here:  “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It will be recalled that the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecuted 22 major Nazi war criminals and sentenced 12 of them to death. Now we are confronted with a resurrected Nazi regime―a white plague which is self-described as racist white supremacists―that has fully bought into the most unthinkable and horrifying acts that one human can commit against another.  Legislation should be enacted, first, which brands these miscreants as domestic terrorists, and second, requires the death penalty for all participants and their sympathizers, which, of course, includes the President of the United States.

 

Opinion Editorial

Truman Goodspeed

August 2017

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
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