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Ancient Rome’s Migration Disaster

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We have it good here in America.  We need to appreciate that.  We live in a world that is interconnected.  We need to appreciate that.  In the late period of the ancient Roman Empire when migrants encroached on their borders, the people in charge thought much like Trump thought.  The Romans called them “barbarians,” gave them a label, made them an enemy, a target people could blame for all their troubles (the “Bad Hombres” of their time).

That thinking cost the ancient Romans an empire.  The ancient Romans completely forgot what their ancestors, just two hundred years prior, had brilliantly done to manage migration.  We need to appreciate that too, understand it and study it.  There is a way to solve our migration woes but what’s happening now, mismanaging how the money is allocated, misappropriations, inhuman conditions along with a sideshow of unacceptable bigoted Facebook postings by a small segment of CBP officers, this unthoughtful zero tolerance administration policy, this unchristian administration policy, is just going to make things worse.

We need to quit looking at migration as a negative and start looking at it as a positive.  Fortunately for my Irish ancestors, we had Presidents dedicated to unifying the country with ideas of liberty and justice for all.  There was no demagogue elected to the Presidency, to such a powerful position, who had any desire to fuel the fires of the prejudices and misconceptions Americans had at that time towards the caravan of Irish immigrants during the 1840’s and 1850’s.  The Irish were the “Bad Hombre’s” in the eyes of many Americans who felt threatened by this influx of foreigners to their country but they weren’t.

My Irish ancestors helped make our nation great.  We need to realize we are a nation of immigrants.  Once we do that, there are some real policies that can be put into place.  Rather than being that 30 foot multibillion, very expensive Band-Aid, they are cost effective policies that can help to address the sources of the problems.  It will give the CBP what they really need, what they really want and what America really needs.

We are America, the land of the free, home of the brave, with emphasis on brave.  We aren’t the home of the frightened little citizens threatened by caravan people who are only hoping to escape their unbearable conditions to make their lives better.  We need to start acting like the country we were meant to be, what we used to be, full of honor and integrity and fearlessness, before we end up losing our republic in a way similar to the way the ancient Romans lost theirs’s. We need to grow up, learn and, most of all, be decent human beings about it.

Mr. Mueller’s Peculiar Legal Gaffe

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Robert Mueller stated he couldn’t indict a sitting President because it is “unconstitutional.”  It was a bold statement to make especially since it is not true.  This OLC opinion that I presume Mueller is basing his own conclusion upon has not been tested in the courts.  Furthermore, there is nothing in the Constitution that says that the President is above the law which is effectively what such a conclusion asserts.

In fact, I would argue the Constitution states the exact opposite:  the President is not above the law.  And I would probably win my argument dependent only upon the number of beer drinking judges on the bench that might not be totally impartial.  When our Constitution was written our founders had just a few years earlier fought a war to end the rule of a man who was legally above the law.  That would be the King of England for those who missed the memo.  When considering that our founding fathers would not ever want any man to hold that much power ever again, the statement Mueller makes seems absolutely absurd.

It is generally understood that Mueller is basing his conclusion on an untested opinion by the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) that was offered in 1973.  Ken Starr’s team in the 1990’s offered a more recent opinion.  Starr’s team asserted that a sitting President can be indicted.  Around that same time, a Supreme Court ruling affirmed that a sitting President can face some civil lawsuits (Clinton v. Jones, 1997).  And prior to that ruling, in 1982 (Nixon v. Fitzgerald), the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, Warren Burger, in his concurring opinion that favored protecting Presidents against being sued if their actions were directly associated with official duties, stated this:

“The dissents are wide of the mark to the extent that they imply that the Court today recognizes sweeping immunity for a President for all acts. The Court does no such thing. The immunity is limited to civil damages claims. Moreover, a President, like Members of Congress, judges, prosecutors, or congressional aides — all having absolute immunity — are not immune for acts outside official duties. Ante at 457 U. S. 753-755. Even the broad immunity of the Speech and Debate Clause has its limits…”

“In United States v. Brewster, 408 U. S. 501 (1972), we held that the Speech and Debate Clause does not prohibit prosecution of a Senator for accepting a bribe designed to influence his legislative acts…”

“When judicial action is needed to serve broad public interests — as when the Court acts not in derogation of the separation of powers, but to maintain their proper balance, cf. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, or to vindicate the public interest in an ongoing criminal prosecution, see United States v. Nixon— the exercise of jurisdiction has been held warranted. In the case of this merely private suit for damages based on a President’s official acts, we hold it is not…The Court has recognized before that there is a lesser public interest in actions for civil damages than, for example, in criminal prosecutions…”

If the Supreme Court ruled that sitting Presidents are not immune from all civil lawsuits (Clinton v. Jones) and if an earlier 1982 ruling included statements by the Chief Justice that indicates civil lawsuits are less worthy of interest than criminal offensives when perpetrated by elected officeholders, then there should be no question that a sitting President can be indicted for criminal offenses. The integrity of the office demands that we have people holding that office who have respect for the law.  Presidents are required to face criminal prosecution just like any other citizen, and, in fact, they should be held to a higher bar than any other citizen given the importance of the office.

Failing to prosecute whenever egregious criminal offenses are perpetrated by occupants of our nation’s highest office damages the integrity of the office itself and damages our nation’s credibility as preserver of justice.  The arguably errant 1973 OLC opinion was rendered by a likely Presidential apologist at a time when another more infamous President to date faced the threat of criminal prosecution.  Had Mueller explicitly stated his intention to follow a traditional standard set by previous Presidential Investigators to refer the matter to Congress then I do not believe many, absent the political pundits, would find fault with that.  However, when evaluating the incredible amount of dissention, past Supreme Court opinions and the quality of arguments made against that infamous OLC opinion of 1973, it is all the more reason to believe that Mueller’s assertion that his failure to indict a sitting President is settled constitutional law was a very peculiar legal gaffe to make indeed.

References:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mueller-report-trump-crime-office-legal-counsel_n_5ceed501e4b0508c91e0f282?ncid=yhpf

https://www.justsecurity.org/44264/supreme-court-justices-president-indicted/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_v._Jones

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/us/politics/can-president-be-indicted-kenneth-starr-memo.html

 

Foreign Power Presidential Validation

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Chicken and a Wall

Only half the country sees the obvious and disturbing irony that Trump is receiving validation from Putin regarding his assessment of the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.”

Another portion of the country is blissfully unaware that they are co-conspirators in a plot to ensure that the chicken is fully plucked.

Yet another portion is totally oblivious to the irony because they are too busy posting their food pictures to Facebook or liking the jumping moon cat video to care.

But the remaining portion, along with the pleasing approval of adversarial foreign powers, won’t rest until every feather is theirs and we are left with a country absent of a democracy and absent a republic.

Applying the AG’s New Recursive Investigation Rule

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It’s not just the Mueller investigation that needs to be investigated, the revenge seeking mission to expose all those rats who had the gall to suspect the President was a crook, other investigations requiring investigation into their shameful waste of tax payer money are also now being considered:

  1. O. J. Simpson – no conviction in the 1990’s – was it a waste of money?
  2. Fatty Arbuckle – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  3. William Kennedy Smith – no conviction– was it a waste of money?
  4. John Hinckley, Jr. – not guilty by reason of insanity – was it a waste of money?
  5. Robert Blake – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  6. Michael Jackson – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  7. Amanda Knox – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  8. Casey Anthony – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  9. George Zimmerman – no conviction – was it a waste of money?
  10. Fat Election Hacker Guy in New Jersey Eating Pizza – waste?

The families of these people who had their lives turned upside-down by “Prosecutors Gone Wild” and who also participated in no collusion can now get their revenge thanks to their new Attorney General allies in the Justice Department.

The Party

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Some political parties are good at eating their own, throwing their members under the bus.  This often happens whenever political parties run into members who think that “The Party” should take second place to ideals based upon American justice and ethical behavior.  So, “The Party” leaders construct lies and false narratives based upon half-truths and innuendo that will protect “The Party” against unwanted public relations incidents destine to negatively affect the “The Party” and their stated political agenda.  “The Party” becomes more important than American Justice.  “The Party” becomes more important than America itself.

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, James Clapper, John Brennen and Robert Mueller have all been victims of these vicious and false narratives.  It is especially disheartening to learn that members of “The Party” who happen to also be associated with law enforcement and our Judicial System (either present or past) have succumbed to the corrupting effects of “The Party” narrative.  Many, disturbingly, have bought “The Party” line without questioning its soundness.

These are people who should know better given their own experience within their own agencies regarding how political motivations can fuel injustice that unfairly damage or even ruin careers.  The reputations of good people can be unfairly called into question as a result of these false narratives being peddled.  Don’t judge a book by its cover—especially when that book cover is being fraudulently maligned by political malware distributed by members of “The Party” bent on distorting reality. It is malware that may even be threatening to malign the integrity of all who come into contact with it.  Tear off the maligned cover, open the book and read it to find the real truth.

2,000 years ago there was another Party of people who dedicated their lives to maligning the reputation of an innocent man.  Palm Sunday is today.  It marks the beginning of the week where that Ancient Party of religious scholars was able to turn a crowd that initially celebrated the man’s entrance into Jerusalem into a crowd that was calling for his crucifixion by the end of that week.

So manipulated was the crowd by that Ancient Party that the people even refused to set the innocent man free when the Romans made the offer to honor their tradition of freeing one prisoner of the people’s choosing.  Instead, the crowd elected to have a recognized criminal who committed murder set free in the innocent man’s place.  And the Ancient Party was behind all of this because the man dared to challenge their authority, question their righteousness and examine and investigate their religious honesty.

These party officials felt threaten by the truths that the man had revealed about themselves. How easily the crowd turned upon the innocent man after party officials sought their revenge with their false accusations. The people were willing participants in accepting the lies of these so called religious people without considering their own responsibility in finding out the real truth. Has much changed in 2,000 years?  There is a higher loyalty.  We need to think about that before we jump on the bandwagon of contempt and ridicule against people of integrity who are actually speaking the truth.

Answering with Full Metal Integrity

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The Republicans’ baseless accusations against Adam Schiff and their ridiculously tacky call for his resignation is not only “Grandstanding” of the worst kind but it is also the most vilest form of projection I have ever seen by one group of individuals in an attempt at projecting their own unapologetic twisted behavior onto somebody else.  Not only is this an underhanded political maneuver on the part of these Republicans, it is also way beneath the integrity of even the most civilly debased political being that anyone might imagine can exist.

Adam Schiff, chairman of House Intelligence Committee, is way above the Republican’s dirty tricks.  On Thursday, 3/28/2019, Schiff turned the tables on his accusers by highlighting the Republican’s own unethical behavior of not providing the proper oversight of their equally civilly absent President.  Schiff convincingly outlined the evidence for collusion in his response to their inane request that dispels any myth that this evidence could ever be interpreted by anyone as “lies.”

Meanwhile these same Republicans fail to consider their own egregious misdeeds of participating in suspect memos tainted with political misinformation and running clandestine missions back and forth between the White House in order to contribute to the ample incidences of obstruction that has been made so public in its presentation by the President and his cast of Reality TV minions.  The President’s `actions and the efforts by those in his campaign to coordinate with the Russians while, perhaps, not criminal under today’s laws as opinioned by the Attorney General, is still not OK.  It also is certainly not OK for the President and his party line Republican soldiers to continue their vindictive, petty crusade of seeking revenge on their targeted political enemies who had every right to petition for an investigation into the odd behavior of this sitting President towards Russia and into the other strange choices this President has made.

This assertion is especially poignant when you consider that the President’s vindictive actions since the Attorney General released his summary report of the Mueller Investigation seem more representative of a Third World Country Dictator insecure in his own power than it is of a dignified American President who has any understanding at all of what it means to maintain even a minuscule measurement of integrity and decency.  We need a return to civility and integrity.  It should start with the President in a normal universe.  Since that is an impossibility given this Reality TV Star’s DNA, we instead need more people of integrity like Adam Schiff in Washington to shut down and to call out those who apparently are absent any actual integrity of their own.

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