Trump Fallacy & Mueller’s Tasking = Uncover Alternative Facts, Collusion and Obstruction of Justice

Very sorry in advance. This paper started out as a brief half-pager but the more thinking put into this paper regarding Mueller’s investigation and Trump himself, ummm, errrr, the paper grew a bit… The two areas are too intertwined. This is not a ‘dog whistle’ but a thought paper, one for which it is hoped that those few people who do read even a small part of it will start their own expanded thought process and create a cascading effect within their circles (filter bubbles or not).

 

Well, whaddaya think…?  Here we are, still, at the crossroads of historical significance with the current American president. And no, we are not using the term United States, because we are not united – there is too much divisiveness in America, too much selfishness. Coming together only during disasters and shootings is not nearly enough to say the country is united. We have to think about everyone; from the rust belt, to the mid-west – in addition to the west and east coasts, from the farms to the cities, from the poor to the rich.

We are here with Trump and his merry gang of, ???, others?  Not sure what to make of these folks and really do not want to just parse out any puerile knee-jerk name-calling.

The ‘Trump Fallacy’. Yes, there it is, the Electoral College missed the boat on “believing” they were voting in who the American people wanted as the next American president. As many people who did their own research and thinking know, the Electoral College was wrong, many of the Electoral College members just voted too soon and did not wait for more vote counting. (Or, and these are only guesses here: a) they voted on Trump out of fear of some of the more rabid Trump supporters or b) a really wild guess here, some of the Electoral College voters were paid to vote for Trump {let’s hope this really was not the case}). The American people voted for the other presidential candidate by ~2.9 million more votes. Simply put, more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in American history… {Clinton’s votes = 65,844,954 / Trump’s votes = 62,979,879}

The Trump fallacy is that too many people believed Trump was their salvation. That Trump was going to restore a dying industry (coal) to its former black lung and asthma inducing glory. That Trump was going to make America the single greatest power on Earth. That Trump was going to put a chicken for every pot in America (do your research please, this is a Truman reference) while at the same time; putting in unqualified individuals in the nation’s highest offices, individuals who really had no business being placed in these positions. America was actually growing prior to Trump being selected by the Electoral College. As a result, Trump put in place individuals who wanted to take America backwards or did not know how to move America forward:

Ben Carson – HUD Secretary, installed because, as he stated, he used to live in the projects (so did this writer)

Betsy DeVos – Education Secretary, installed because she ran some Charter schools and since taking office, never visited some of the worse national school districts (ask Michigan if DeVos even contacted them) – DeVos wants to have more charter schools and leave the public schools to die off – that is the image we perceive. The problem, public schools are important and they need funding and improvements (too many teachers are buying their class supplies with their own small amount of money they earn)

Scott Pruitt – EPA, installed because he is a friend of the oil industry…? (what EPA secretary ever attempted to obtain a sound proof phone booth in their office, or bullet resistant office furniture and seats in bigger armored limousine…?) This individual also wants to continue making oil a dominate energy source when green energy (Wind, Solar, Ocean waves, etc.) is continually growing, even energy companies are buying up 10 – 20-year green energy contracts (but not making much noise about it).

Zinke – Interior, a person who claims to be a geologist but did not go the complete route a real geologist takes to gain that title of being a geologist (yes, he did take geology courses as an undergraduate but that is not all it takes)

Let’s just stop here, you get the picture. Right? RIGHT….??

But, as many people are now fully aware, not just across America, but across the planet – Trump never was qualified to sit in house of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Many people have known that since the 1990’s. Many of his base have been finding out the painful way over the past 17 months that the current president is not and never was qualified and is incapable of being qualified. Now, the remainder of his base, for whatever reason(s), they may never recognize that fact – but they may, after America goes through more harm, damage and ridicule over the next 12-24 months…

Just because someone has the loudest voice or biggest bull-horn, it does not mean that person has the right take or the best solution on anything. Listening to someone like that may just take you on a very bad bus ride… People have to learn to keep an open mind with the possibility that someone else’s opinion may be better or even right. People have to be better and learn to adapt to a changing global landscape by keeping an open mind and boosting their own intellect rather than relying on others to spoon fed what may be contrarian information (i.e. egregious or little lies).

What we appear to have in the American psyche now, more than ever, are a lot of individuals who for some reason have subconsciously (or consciously) given up their prerogative to do their own critical thinking. We have more people in America (and other countries for that matter), who seem to prefer to let other, less informed and ill-meaning people do the thinking for them.

Not really clear why so many Americans do not do their own critical thinking, AFTER they do their own research of course. So many Americans seem to relish listening to whisper campaigns, conspiracy minded talkers (many of which appear to not do their own due diligence prior to trotting out their various topics/dialogues) or flat-out liars. And to put an icing on the cake, these narrowly focused individuals spread the untruths on social media, in their own filter bubbles or other venues, therein causing a feeding frenzy using the bad information.

What happened to the thinking process of these people along the way of their life? What is wrong with dissent and conflict in a civil manner? People do not have to physically attack others who do not agree with them but some do. All you have to do is go to some colleges where speakers are attacked, by thrown objects and even physically. This harkens back to those Salem days of witch craft and hysteria arose – all because the person being accused of being a witch had a physical disorder or thought differently. It is as if the control mechanism in the brains of so many people is in a state of permanent shut down and they do not know how to turn it back on… Is America going backwards because free thought is being shut down.

— Hate speech or racial supremacy speech or bullying does not count as being healthy free speech.

The Trump fallacy has lowered the bar for ethical standards and personal integrity. Too many people around the American president are picking up the bad role model habits of this president. For example, early last year, January 2017, we had a woman go on live television and tell the American public about ‘Alternative Facts.’ By now, nearly everyone on the planet should know that alternative facts are just lies. For those that do not believe this, hint: an alternative to truth is a falsehood, or a lie. Many of us do not know of any other alternatives, so if you do know of something concrete to describe or define ‘alternative facts’, please let the rest of us in on that little-known tidbit.

Or worse still, we have public officials in congress and the senate who knowingly and unabashedly spread falsehoods because they believe it is something the president desires. And as a result, we have deepening political partisanship, worse than ever (no, not pointing a finger at just one party).

 

Now, getting to Mueller and his investigation of collusion (Russians), his team is outstandingly quiet on what they have to date. That is the way it is supposed to be. No lawyer or prosecutor in their right mind is going to give up valuable information in advance of the conclusion of their investigation or prior to the convening of a court case.

What many are not thinking of is the possibility that Mueller, in his role of special prosecutor, may have quite a bit of evidence at hand to make a significant blow to those who mistakenly believed that they could do what they want with the political system and the constitution. Think about ‘fixing by your neighborhood fixer’ and flat out ‘bribery’, basically, think about corruption. Mueller may have extraordinary data to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Mueller ‘may’ also have an abundance of data in regards to ‘obstruction of justice’. The obstruction of data ‘may’ be aimed at those surrounding Trump, now and in the past – all those folks who have spat out and are currently spitting out lies, misleading information or other diversionary tactics, with the single goal of getting Trump out of hot water.

What is happening to ethics and integrity in the world? It seems a person’s word and bond are not as valued today in some certain circles. It seems that various people, highly educated people to boot, seem to have willingly and completely lowered the bar for their personal standard and do not mind the occasional bit of lying in the workplace or political/justice systems or even outrageous acts of corruption that we all see every week in the news in some city.

  

 

Disheartened yet? No, chew on this then. Here is something that some/many people may not talk about or even think of. There are so many Americans out there, in all levels of society and various positions of power who only think about pleasing themselves and those around them and to hell with everyone else.  This is where discrimination kicks in or continues to spread… And no, you do not have to go and do any copious and deep research on this, just look around and listen to the conversations of other people – on the train platform, in bars, at any sports venue, etc.  Especially when the talkers believe no one else is listening to them.

There are a large number of Americans who refuse to listen to other arguments and opinions, just because those arguments come from someone else. It does not matter if the other person making the argument is a highly educated expert in their field, or that other person may not have advanced degrees but is a well-known specialist. Or, it could just be a neighbor down the road. And please, do not let it be a valid argument from someone of color, or a woman, or someone from a different religion – because then, the one who refuses to listen to a different opinion digs in even more and is blinded by their personal discriminatory beliefs instead of considering that other opinion and having a dialogue.

The sad news for those kinds of thinkers is that we are all in this together, Americans cannot continue to have discrimination and keep putting in place, demarcation lines, visible or otherwise (you know, where people of one race moves out of a neighborhood because ‘certain’ kinds of other people move in…). We have to eventually “all” come together and recognize “others”. People of all colors are important. People of both genders and now, adding trans-gender folks to the mix are “all” important. Young and old alike are important to any society. The poor and the middle class are also important to any society, not just chattel to cast aside when the wealthy or the well-off are finished with them for the time being.

Enough people in America, and around the world, have been suppressed for too many centuries (yes, centuries) – we have to boot strap and bring everyone up, to improve standards in America and around the world.

 

So, work on thinking for yourselves and what is important to all of us. We cannot continue to have siloed (discriminatory) societies when we all breathe the same air and travel the same roads – doing so just makes it that much more expensive just to maintain all the various silos of – we need this or they (others) do not need that (this or that). Doing so only brings back (or keep in place) inequities that many of us want to see go away once and for all.

Let’s all think about actually draining the swamp of corrupt individuals who only want to aggrandize themselves and line their own pockets and do something real. Like vote out those who are corrupt and vote in others who want to help everyone, not just people who look like them…

If people out there choose to not think for themselves and continue listening to others who erroneously and intentionally misled them, we are all in trouble. We will continue to see this uptick in Fascist talk and actions; more talk and activity from white supremacists who believe the world (or certain portions of it) belongs only to them; more talk from nationalists/populists who only promote ideals that ‘appear’ to make their followers happy (think about Hitler).

Seriously, work on raising the bar on your personal ethics and integrity. Those two areas alone are something that would bring America back again instead of sliding down the magic rabbit-hole of lies and corruption in all areas and levels of government (and all other areas of life to boot). Seriously, again, stop condoning things that you know are wrong. i.e. there was one individual who stated “”You get a mulligan,” said Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council” in talking about the immoral behavior of Trump. Grabbing women by the “pu_ _ y” is not something one gets a mulligan over… Nor was the situation when Melania Trump had their child and Trump was galivanting around…

Would you rather have a role model with poor moral standards, who knowingly lies (i.e. in 1980 Trump agreed to turn over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art the gilded 20-by-30-foot nickel grillwork of interlocking geometric designs and a pair of 15-foot-tall Art Deco panels “depicting stylized, partly draped female nudes, from the Bonwit Teller building he was tearing down to build Trump Tower – but then reneged on the promise and destroyed the art work), and encourages physical attacks (recall the sports arena incident where a white guy, as he was walking up the steps to leave the stadium, went out of his way to punch a black guy who had stood up to wait his turn to leave) or would you rather follow a sanitation worker (or home care assistant) with a big heart, higher ethical and integrity standards as a role model to live and grow your lives…?

Hint: some of us would rather follow the latter role model and not someone who wants to perpetuate the past where honest public officials are cast out for working on the straight and narrow rather than allowing certain illegalities go unnoticed and unpunished (remember Sally Yates who was ousted from the DoJ and Preet Bharara formerly of the Southern District of New York)…

 

Lastly, please, for many folks out there – try to stop being malleable, weak-minded and easily manipulated individuals. Do not just jump on the very first thing you see or hear, look for corroborating information to make a more informed opinion. Try to think for yourselves and for the future of America, all of the Americans, not just certain groups of people or certain colors…

We need to bring America back from the fringes of becoming a true international laughing stock, for which we are to a small degree, thanks in no small part to what has been happening over the past 17 months.

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Be Aware Electoral College, in 2016, You Chose the Unpopular Choice

Be aware Electoral College, you made a conscious decision of voting for an unpopular choice to become this country’s next President. Now we, the people will have to live with it unless you change your votes.

You decided to select someone who explicitly said whatever he believed would win him votes. Facts Don’t Matter appeared to be the mantra of this individual who won your 2016 Electoral College vote.

The Republican choice for President knew that most of what he said was complete nonsense and a great deal of fiction. A vast amount of what he stated was not based in fact but emanated from bald faced nonsense from Twitter and from un-vetted/untrue Fake News stories.

To be clear, yes, the Democratic Presidential choice also made some untrue statements in regards to a certain email server. And yes, on the Clinton Foundation – before you (Electoral College) or anyone else explodes, do a bit more research and check out the foreign money aspects. Do not just believe claims from a single source (or two), do your own deeper research. Do more. Do more than just reading blog posts or Facebook postings or Twitter tweets, do something more substantial.

You are smart people, do better due diligence.

Most of you in the Electoral College should already know that the Republican Presidential choice came from a background of having no experience in:

  • Political affairs / Governance
  • Military (unless you wish to count his time as a youth spent in a military institution making him an expert in all things military)
  • Statesmanship / Diplomacy (do business dealings count towards diplomacy)

The individual you selected as the next President disregards nepotism standards. Yes, there are no explicit laws on this count for the President and Vice-President but do you want someone in that office who blatantly disregards nepotism.

Your choice is also ignoring (at least to this point) any rules towards putting his businesses into a blind trust – and that also means, outside of the family.

 

Your Electoral College Presidential choice is selecting individuals for cabinet postings that come from rather odd backgrounds. The following is not a complete list, but look at the  dearth of women and the disappointing racial makeup of the members:

  • Labor Secretary – an individual who wants to eliminate overtime and sick leave and a very vocal critic of minimum wages (which will significantly help the lower class members become better members of society as their economic lives improve) – this individual wants to do away with a large chunk of government regulation in the workplace
  • State Department – an individual that ran Exxon as a separate entity who chose to disregard current and longtime laws of companies having to work with the White House when dealing with other countries for foreign business dealings
  • Education – an individual that wants to somewhat destroy the progress made on public education for Vouchers and Charter Schools that do not embrace all children from all walks of life (when you choose who goes to a Charter School – i.e. restricting how many children with learning problems or from a background of poverty, of course, your Charter School success rate goes up)
  • Energy Department – an individual who wanted to eliminate the entire department and has no background in this area (look at previous heads who have deep backgrounds and expertise)
  • Attorney General – an individual who does not believe that Sentencing Reform is the right thing (primarily and most likely that the majority of folks affected by this are of a different race and economic status) – this individual also does not believe in Voting Rights and Civil Rights and would like to see most of the laws in these two areas rolled back (or eliminated)
  • HUD – an individual who claims his experience in this area boils down to “well, I grew up in the projects” (so far, this is the only Black on Trump’s list)
  • Treasury – an individual who basically kicked people out of homes in order to make money for the company during the 2008 housing crisis (the U.S. government bailed out his bank, IndyMacBank, in 2008) as well as other underhanded activities (I would have to do more digging on this one but you must do your own digging because you would not believe me anyway – but check out the Suffolk County judges’ statements on Mnuchin’s practices at that renamed OneWest Bank)
  • EPA – an individual who wants to eliminate regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan… what about bringing back ‘more’ fossil fuels to the U.S. – recall Black Lung disease, any of you…?

This list could go on for all the picks (Bannon, Priebus, Price {HHS}, etc.) but, well, you should do your own deeper research… Does this selection grouping have any semblance to “Draining the Swamp” or is this actually draining the swamp only to replace the draining with a replenishment of the same type individuals…?

 

So Electoral College, you voted for an individual to become the next U.S. President who in turn is selecting individuals who will cause long term irreparable harm to this country. And for which will take a decade or more to recover from if your choice becomes the next President and he gets all the cabinet choices he desires.

Some of those choices are looking at doing away with regulations that have killed thousands of people in the past. Do any of you recall the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which killed 145 (mostly women and children) due to the lack of regulations (chained and blocked fire escape doors and no effective firefighting tools – no safety and child labor laws). What about factory safety? What about general safety and health laws (OSHA anyone – is this entity on the chopping blocks)? Do you want to see sweat shops return to this country?

Do you Electoral College want to see ‘more’ dirty air, more harmful pollution because that is what you are going to get if you allow someone like your Presidential choice take office as that administration does away with ‘expensive and business stifling’ regulations. What about the Paris Agreement, do you want to see the U.S. pull out of an international agreement where the entire planet can possibly see cleaner air in our lifetime?

What is a human life worth when a company can make money for its board and executive staff…? Is that the new standard we Americans have to live by now?

 

So Electoral College, you voted for an individual who repeatedly stated he was going to clean up Washington by going anti-establishment. Well, look at his posse he is putting in place – individuals from Goldman Sachs, Generals and other non-experienced individuals to run the country.

   What do you think about your choice now…? Is this person who stated on tape “I just grab them by the P_ _ _ y” the person you wish to be a role model for your children or the public face to present to the world?

Will you, Electoral College members, be able to sleep at night, especially when at some point over the next several years, your family may be affected by the choice you made in 2016…