Whom does Donald fear? It should be the public

Tom Camfield
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Posted 2/26/20

Amy Klobuchar started out with little name recognition and not much money and she’s still a strong contender after a few lesser states have been heard from. In the Democratic primary the …

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Whom does Donald fear? It should be the public

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Amy Klobuchar started out with little name recognition and not much money and she’s still a strong contender after a few lesser states have been heard from. In the Democratic primary the front-runner is an older guy in a bandwagon who is promising everything to everyone, but yet hasn’t told us exactly how we’re going to pay for any of it. He’ll be 79 by election day and would be 87 by the end of a second term; he had a heart attack at age 78. I’m saying that Amy should not withdraw and get out of his way. The time for any sort to realistic assessment will be on March 3, when party nomination votes will be cast in 14 states, including California and Texas.

But every time I hear Bernie talk, the many IFs in the background of his remarks seem to fade behind the rebirth of Democracy he vigorously paints. For instance, whom would he choose as his vice-president? He says it “would not be an old, white guy.”

And in the meantime, the biggest problem remains Donald Trump, and I will vigorously support whomever the Democrats choose to run against him.

TRUMP GRANTS CLEMENCY TO POLITICAL, CORPORATE CRIMINALS. That was the page-one headline in The Seattle Times last Wednesday on the story by The New York Times. THE 11 CRIMINALS GRANTED CLEMENCY BY TRUMP HAD ONE THING IN COMMON; CONNECTIONS was the headline on another New York Times story on Yahoo! Elsewhere on the Internet Thursday: TRUMP RENEWS ATTACK ON JUSTICE SYSTEM . . . RUSSIA BACKS TRUMP’ S RE-ELECTION . . . TRUMP ATTACKS ‘DIRTY COPS’ FOR GOING AFTER HIS FRIENDS . . .

Attempting a display of individual power to salve the sting of the impeachment of which a weak-kneed Senate found him innocent, Donald took some of the following action. He said it was on the advice of friends and business associates. Bernard Kerik, for instance, was found guilty of tax fraud and lying to the government. He was a frequent guest at Trump’s private club Mar-a-Lago and a Fox News pundit. More than a dozen people spoke on his behalf, said Trump, including Rudi Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer; Geraldo Rivera, a Fox TV personality and Eddie Gallagher, former Navy SEAL and accused war criminal, whose demotion last year was overturned by Trump.

And, of course, there was Rod Blagojevich, former Illinois governor freed after serving 8 of a 14-year sentence for attempting to sell former President Obama’s Illinois senate seat for personal gain. He, also, once appeared on TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” hosted by Trump.

The sudden timing of this clemency and pardoning maneuver seems aimed at lessening in the public mind the severity of crimes against our Democratic society—such as, say, something for which a president might be impeached.

Others included Michael Milken, famous investment banker of the 1980s (“Junk Bond King”); long-time friend and billionaire (real estate) Richard LeFrak; Nelson Peltz, billionaire investor who just last Saturday hosted a $10-million fund-raiser for Trump’s 2020 campaign . . . Donald also pardoned four others and commuted several more, including the final 27 of the 35-year sentence given to Judith Negron for Health Care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

All seem to be wealthy friends of one sort or another of Donald Trump who have been found guilty of major types of corruption against the public. It would be more meaningful if he unlocked the cell doors of a few thousand of the young Blacks and Latinos so readily found guilty of minor marijuana crimes.

In 2017 Trump issued a “full and unconditional” pardon to Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, reputed to have been involved in the deaths of various Mexican immigrants. Arpaio eventually was found guilty of contempt of court. He is on the ballot again this year at age 87.

Of the 1,654,282 arrests for drug law violations in 2018, 86.4% (1,429,300) were for mere possession of a controlled substance. Further, 40.1% of drug arrests in 2018 were for marijuana offenses—663,367. Of those, an estimated 608,776 arrests (36.8% of all drug arrests) were for marijuana possession alone. By contrast in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana offenses, of which 646,042 (40.9%) were for possession alone. Despite similar usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

Tuesday night’s debate has not been factored into the foregoing remarks, which were submitted Wednesday. I’ll see what I can hunt-peck-and-squint out for a week from now. I’m also holding my ballot until after “Super Tuesday.”

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Justin Hale

As usual Tom presents only a portion of the story, here is a link to a site that lists Trumps pardons, they are not all "connected criminals".

(https://www.businessinsider.com/who-has-trump-pardoned-so-far-arpaio-johnson-scooter-libby-2018-5#conrad-black-4)

You Trump hatters constantly are saying "crimes against our Democratic society" I keep asking for a list of those "crimes", as yet no one presents one.

Wednesday, February 26
Marge samuelson

Impeachment charges:

1. He abused his power by freezing U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Ukraine’s president into launching investigations into Trump’s domestic political opponents.

2. Obstruction of Congress for demanding that top level staffers at the White House defy the lawfully issued subpoenas they received from the House Intelligence Committee, compelling them to testify in the impeachment probe.

“President Trump thus interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives,” the article state, and he “assumed to himself function and judgments” that are constitution purview of the legislative branch, and specifically of the House. [MSMBC Published Wed, Dec 18 20198:24 PM ES TU updated Thu, Dec 19 2019]

House of Representatives Verdict: Guilty of those charges

Senate verdict: not guilty

Donald Trump will go down in history as being the 3rd president to be impeached.

History will call this period The Age of Rage.

Wednesday, February 26
Justin Hale

Marge,

1. The Impoundment Control Act gives the POTUS the power to put a hold on foriegn aid monies for up to 45 days, the House Democrats did not charge him with a violation of the I.C.A. Instead they charged Trump with "abuse of power" a very subjective term. No law was broken, none was cited. Under the term "misdomeanor" any difference of opinion on policy could be considered grounds for a misdomeanor charge.

2. Obstruction of Justice. The Executive believed the Houses impeachment to be illigitimate and therefore not obligated to respond to the Houses subpoenas, the House had the option to take the matter before the courts, they did not. Once again no law was broken, none was cited. By the way obstruction of justice was what Bill Clinton was impeached for.

If History calls this period the "Age of Rage" it should be noted that the Rage was in the Hearts and Minds of all of the Trump haters who didn't get their way in the 2016 elections and were looking for any way to undo the Trump administration even before he took office. If Trump wins again in November you haters will have another 4 years to btich and moan and try for another impeachment

Thursday, February 27
Tom Camfield

It's tough getting more than a few portions of things into the word limitation of a blog. I used every last word this time. I checked your link, Justin, which is way longer—and one of the comments I noticed was: "A number of Trump's clemencies fall in line with a recent trend of granting pardons to political allies, as well as people who have been championed by conservative media, prominent Republicans, or celebrities." Which I guess is sort of the point I was trying to make,

As for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, the same site noted that this "ex-lawman is best known for illegally detaining Latinos and keeping inmates in brutal jail conditions during his 24-year tenure as sheriff. His aggressive tactics ultimately led to a criminal conviction after he violated a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos." I did a blog on him around the same time, describing some of the deaths in his custody, etc. However, I have kept no file of blogs over the past 10 years or so and doubt if I could find it now.

One can only contemplate Trump's attitude toward Hispanics over recent years . . . his infamous wall, etc. His "full and unconditional" pardon of Arpaio in 2017. I was hoping Arizona might turn blue in the coming general election; but Bernie may be too liberal for them down that way. So we'll just have to wait and see how things work out.

Thursday, February 27
Justin Hale

"A number of Trump's clemencies fall in line with a recent trend of granting pardons to political allies,".....That's right Tom, but the way you put it in your blog leads one to believe that Trump only pardoned "connected" people, and that is just not the reality. The point you were attempting to make is that Trump only pardoned his 'connected" buddies, and that is a distortion of the truth.

"One can only contemplate Trump's attitude toward Hispanics over recent years".... Well Tom you could go to (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-hispanic-heritage-month-reception/) and find out. But I doubt that would feed your agenda.

Thursday, February 27
Tom Camfield

I checked that site. Nothing there to indicate who may have written it up or to what audience it may have been delivered. Apparently it's more of a propaganda essay than any sort of public gathering. If I'm wrong, it's apparently some small invitational group including the vice-president that opens with a "four more years" chant.

Saturday, February 29
Justin Hale

" I checked that site. Nothing there to indicate who may have written it up or to what audience it may have been delivered."..... Well, I don't know what to tell you Tom. You asked "One can only contemplate Trump's attitude toward Hispanics over recent years", and that link is to the White House website and President Trump presiding over the Hispanic Heritage month celebrations, It seems to me that he was honoring Hispanics. But then you and I seem to wear different glasses when it comes to anything regarding President Trump.

And just curious Tom, do you consider Sanders a Liberal or a Socialist?. Because I hear him referring to himself as a Democratic Socialist.

Sunday, March 1