Drain a Swamp, Find a Cesspool

This is what happens when you legitimize a once marginalized populance. When you invite them to take a seat at the big boy table and give credence to their message, provide a platform for their voice.

Their hate metastasizes disproportionate to their representation. Their rot spreads; infects neighbors and associates until the stench takes over the greater whole.

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17525860/nazis-russell-walker-arthur-jones-republicans-illinois-north-carolina-virginia

The Apostle Pence

If our Comrade in Chief and his caravan of the corrupt read books perhaps they’d know that Jesus was a dark skinned peace loving community organizer of questionable descent who handed out healthcare and food to the poor. Without turning a profit.

That Jesus hated the aristocracy not because they were rich and had plenty, but because so many were poor and had nothing

That Jesus was a pacifist, who preached against the 1%, and respected “working women,” foreigners and the disenfranchised.

That Jesus preached first and foremost that it was impossible to serve both money and God.

It makes you wonder how those who disagree will ultimately be judged #Resist #Karma #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou

The Mockingjay Calls

The oncoming conflict was so obvious. Heck the most notorious American conman alive was the opposition. Did anyone with even half a brain really believe he was there to save America.

It’s truly laughable! We knew he was a pawn…the overwhelming majority of us. A man so repugnant that his own reflection screams back “ImPeach.” Some of us chose to turn a blind eyes for selfish reasons, others out of fear they’d be labeled an alarmist, but we knew he had the stench of caviar and old fashioned American whiskey all over him…a pawn for the rich and putinful.

Even Obama…chose to put his faith in our institutions…The dreams of his ancestors and the audacity of hope…til the end. We would have listened to him. The majority, the military, all of us had he taken a stand. Had he taken that microphone on January 20th and said what the FBI had told him…how the Russians had interfered in our elections…attacked our most fundamental institution…an act of war.

We would have listened had he appointed an independent commission. Had he given them 90 days to confirm one question and one question only…had he conditioned the peaceful turnover of power on that one condition and that one condition only…

One question…ninety days.

Was Donald Trump fairly elected by and if he were to assume office would he be working for the American people?

In the interest of national security we would have listened. Ignored the rantings and protestations that would have followed. It wouldn’t have been easy but we would have listened.

I honestly believe Obama considered it. It was his duty to protect our security interests until his very last day in office. McConnell and the GOP efforts to strip him of his power a year early notwithstanding. A known and imminent threat slithered into the most powerful office in the world, it was not off caravaning many thousand miles away.

Perhaps it was our fault, the majority of like minded Americans who hold the ideals of this nation so sacred. Perhaps it was our responsibility to push this great experiment in individual freedoms forward. Perhaps Obama would have fought harder had it not all been so difficult. Had we fought more for Garland he may have believed he had a play. Instead he put his faith in hope.

There’s still a chance he is right. That we avoid the worst of this.

It’s not the institutions that will save us though. As nice as it is to see the lowest branch of Congress flex it’s oversight muscle the truth is they hold absolutely no ability to hold this caravan of the corrupt to account. Try as they may I’ve seen this story enough times to realize that the legislative branch is no longer a separate and equal branch.

The same is now true of what once was our independent judiciary. Two Supreme Court Justices hoisted into lifetime seats by a perhaps illegitimate leader. 25% of the jurors who will ultimately determine the limits of Executive Privilege hand selected by the Defendant. It still boggles my mind that our defenders of the constitution allowed such a blatant coup to take place.

That’s not all. The rot even more prevalent at our lower levels of justice. As of February 6, 2019, our Senate has confirmed 85 Article III judges nominated by a man who is an active target of a counterintelligence investigation, this includes 30 judges for the US Court of Appeals and 53 judges for the District Courts.

Yet here we stand debating about the need for the extreme vetting of already extremely vetted refugees of war. We restlessly await the unilateral declaration of a “national emergency” to contend with the unprecedented threat these war ravaged women and children pose to our national security.

Meanwhile the very men hired to defend our national security, the ones we actually rely on to keep us safe day in and day out remain largely unvetted. Rather than worry about a future theoretical threat or systematically failure perhaps Americans need to turn their attention to the present day actual threat.

Our system of checks and balances has failed. The constitutional crisis is here. The head of our National Security Agency was an ACTIVE agent of a foreign adversary when given the position. He remained in that role with unabated access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets for 19 additional days after the President learned that this was the case and that Flynn had lied about it.

For more than three months the man who has led our Department of Justice, charged with enforcing and overseeing our nation’s laws in accordance with the Constitution, has gone unvetted. When he finally appeared in front of Congress it was clear that he was an unqualified buffoon and clear benefactor of some type of presidential quid pro quo.

These examples aren’t outliers. We all know of the historic turnover and corruption that has taken place at the highest levels of this administration. We know of at least 30 examples of high level advisors receiving security clearances despite the recommendations of our intelligence agencies. We know of the advisory ethic opinions that have been ignored and disregarded. Forget extreme vetting, there isn’t even routine vetting of these protectors of our freedom.

We are past that point where we can rely on the vote as a legitimate check and balance. Yes, the Blue Wave was real but take note of the corruption and controversies that took place at the State levels. Pay attention to the widespread and overall successful suppression efforts that took place in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Carolina, key battlegrounds.

Our Comrade in Chief finds safety and job security in the chaos he stokes. He uses it to his advantage. Time is not on our side. We must continue to rally the vote and identify strong candidates for 2020 but more importantly we must act Stop turning a blind eye. Take to the streets in peaceful protest and make clear who we are. We are the majority.

To move forward the dreams of our ancestors we must demand answers. Take comfort in the audacity of hope and hold those who wish to trample on our ideals to account. The spirit of the American people has been a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world for over two centuries. Our diversity our greatest strength, the backbone of our success.

There are days the optimism swells and it feels like we’re getting closer. Days when the news of the Mueller investigation inspire or public rallies prove effective. When Michelle Obama made her unexpected appearance on the Grammy’s stage it was one of those moments. When she walked out between Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and JLo, in that moment it was as if they held a giant Mockingjay pin up to this administration. A symbol of hope, defiance and resistance.

And over the swell of the applause which reached all the way to my Virginia living room carried the voice of the Mockingjay with a welcomed and unmistakeable reminder…

Yes we can, yes we can, #YESWECAN

Banana Republic

I had a boss who was fond of the phrase “perception is reality.” He used it as an excuse to justify his inaction for almost any employee related conflict. No point in meeting to explain whatever employee issue was being raised that day “perception is reality” he’d say. It drove me crazy each and every time.

While true perception is an individual’s sense of reality. Let’s also be clear, reality is reality. I may perceive the Earth to be flat, but science tells us otherwise.

That’s the thing. Facts exist. There is such a thing as truth. A good leader understands this and knows that one of their most important jobs is to shape perception to match reality.

They rely on facts, science, logic and reason to persuade the majority to get in the boat and row towards a common goal. When JFK announced America would put a man on the moon within years hardly anyone perceived it possible. Good leadership not only got the majority to believe it but made it a reality. Pushed the naysayers to the margins.

Then there’s another kind of leader. Still skilled communicators but the arrogant narcissistic types. The ones who don’t take “no” for an answer. Who degrade, demean and harass their “subordinates.” Who talk a lot without saying anything of substance. Who take credit for the good work of others and shift blame when something goes wrong. Who surround themselves with ass kissers and “yes” men.

These type shape perception not to match reality, but to match what they wish their followers to perceive as reality. They use slogans, rumors, propaganda and lies to do so. Repeat them until they rise to the level of alternative fact. Feed on the discontent of the margins to spread their falsehoods. Power to the people. To those who could’ve been a contender, if only…

There are no two ways about this Russia business. Donald Trump, the so called President of the United States, and his corrupt caravan of criminals and enablers were working in cahoots with and for the benefit of Puppetmaster Putin and his henchmen of oligarchs.

Donald Trump is the subject of an active counterintelligence investigation and an unindicted coconspirator in a current criminal case. He’s about to deliver a “state of the union” that will ignore the consensus conclusions of our intelligence community and reject the proven findings of science and industry experts.

The entire production dependent on phony statistics, false equivalents and personal anecdotes unsupported by evidence. Absolutely none of it will be based on reality. Instead what we will hear is a mosaic of lies, propaganda and alternative facts all designed to craft the perception that America faces a national emergency that only our Dear Leader, Donald Trump is able to solve.

Welcome to the banana republic that is Trump’s America. Where reality no longer matters. When all the evidence points one way Donald Trump and his merry bannon of deplorables will insist you ignore your eyes and ears and believe otherwise.

This country was founded on the principle of informed consent. Informed meaning look it up yourself. Do some independent research. Trust but verify through multiple sources and corroboration. Tune out opinion. Focus on the facts. I double dog dare anyone to offer a plausible innocent explanation for all of the Russian ties;

The meetings, the selective memory, the soft talk, the financial ties, the server communication, the false equivalents, the sympathetic appointees, the obstruction, the lies, everything being done by the agency formerly known as State Dept., the intelligence gaffes, the lack of sanctions, the removal of sanctions, the ill advised withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, the revival of the nuclear race, the secret meetings, the refusal to criticize, the insults and slights of our traditional allies, the childlike denials and ensuing bouts of panic, the obstruction again, the dismantling of our democratic institutions…on and on it goes

Resign Ralph

Neither left nor right has a monopoly on poor leadership.

Governor Northam is but the latest hypocrite to be exposed on the left and should serve as a lesson.

Poor leaders destroy a culture. Whether it be a national, state or local leader, or an office boss or head of household, a strong, trusted voice is required for sustained success. Groups crave the security that a good structure and clear direction provide. To establish routine, social responsibility and community requires an inherent trust in a decision maker.

Regardless of size, once a majority of members lose faith and trust in their leader, the tribe begins to unravel. Productivity wanes, what once were minor snafus begin full blown catastrophes. Communities unravel, factions form, and before long the whole is toxic and dysfunctional.

Governor Northam has irreversibly lost the confidence of the majority of his constituents. The longer he remains in office the worst it will be for Virginians. The reason he must resign has little to do with his views on race, but mostly on his ability to effectively lead. Simply put he is unable to deliver a key job requirement of a governor.

I for one will never trust the judgment of a white man who can only remember the other time they dressed in blackface, not the one for which they are now maybe accused (he may have been of the klansman.).

Accusations that seem pretty credible seeing as how the picture appeared on his medical yearbook page and he had never mentioned this colossal potentially career ending fuck up before. Accusations that are further strengthened when you consider that in his prior yearbook his nickname was also com incidentally listed as “Coonman!”

Alas, that is not the point. This should be an easy decision for Northam because he is unable to lead and his party has asked him to do the right thing. His Lieutenant Justin Fairfax is a fellow Democrat and capable successor.

Interestingly, though he shares Northam’s political views, Fairfax does not share his skin color. Is it fair to wonder if that has far more to do with the decision to remain in the office than the sudden cries of innocence. Perhaps Ralph hasn’t evolved quite as much as he claims #ResignRalph

Alternative State of the Union

The so called President, who happens to be the subject of an active counterintelligence investigation and unindicted coconspirator in a current criminal case, is about to deliver a “state of the union” based on lies, propaganda and alternative facts.

His report to Congress will ignore and dispute the consensus conclusions of our intelligence community. The realities of the world stage and current threat assessments of career apolitical diplomats.

It will reject the proven findings of science and industry experts. Mock the need for regulation or alternative energies. Rely on phony statistics, false equivalents and personal anecdotes not supported by evidence.

So riddle me this why allow this farce to take place at all? Does anyone really believe it will fulfill the President’s constitutional duty that from time to time they are to deliver to Congress “information of the State of the Union.” Of course not.

The President of the United States is a clear and present danger to the safety and security of our nation. Stop extending him a platform from which to spread his propaganda and lies. Stop extending the courtesies, respect and traditions that typically come with the office of the Presidency when it is well established that they will not be reciprocated or honored by the man who sits in that position.

Start by holding an unannounced boycott of the “alternative state of the union” in its entirety. Democrats, progressives and those who aren’t interested in delusion and conspiracy theory should simply not show up. Leave half the chamber empty. Strip away the politics from the spectacle and leave it for what it is, a rally for Trump.

Let those who wish to identify as a dinosaur expose themselves to the world. Each time the crowd stands to cheer their Dear Leader, appease his authoritarian instincts to advance their self serving agendas let the camera zoom in on the scarlet letter they wear on their sleeves. The mark that this outdated way of thinking and very belief system will soon be relegated to the history books. A cautionary tale in history’s annals #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou

Suck it up Buttercup

Listen, I get it. It sucks to be duped. To get your hopes up believing that someone is the real deal. That they are going to fight the rigged system, the very one they got rich off of, to level the playing field for the common man.

It’s easy to believe in hope when it’s packaged correctly. Don’t feel bad. Young and old, rich and poor, black or white all of us are susceptible to a good con. It’s truly one of life’s great equalizers that knows no prejudice.

As for Trump, well he is the ultimate con man. He identified a weakness and took advantage of it. Spun a yarn and sold America a big heaping turd of a promise to make us great again.

Now is the time to face reality though. It may sting a bit but suck it up buttercup. Pull on your big boy pants and get out of the grift now, before we lose everything. Understand Donald Trump is not on your side. He’s never been on your side. He’s not even a real Republican. Without regards to morality or values he simply follows whatever path he believes leads to power and money #Resist #TheResistance #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou