Trump’s alliance with Putin

Donald Trump’s recent European tour was undoubtedly a smashing success, at least for him and his loyal Trumpkins. “He’s opening up lines of communication.”

Well, here is a news flash: those lines have been open already, for many years, even well before he announced his candidacy for president in 2015. Eric and Donald Jr. spilled the beans about that long along. We are just waiting now for the documentation.

Trump continues his obsession with his election in 2016 and questions of its legitimacy. Trump comrades, like Congressman Chris Collins, are still re-litigating the election too. So let’s play along with that line of thinking.

Ring master Vladimir Putin is out in the open with his 2016 Trump campaign efforts. “Yes, I did. Yes, I did” were his answers at the press conference on Monday when asked if he wanted Trump to be elected and if he directed his government to assist in that effort.

He helped with the hacking. Trump asked the Russians on July 27, 2016 to find Hillary Clinton emails, and that same day the Russians went looking.

We may someday see that Putin also helped with the money too when the story about the Russians and the NRA plays out. Such things are, to be technical, illegal in these United States.

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Axios, July 16, 2018

As to collusion, take your pick of Manafort, Stone, Donald Jr., Jared, or Carter Page, etc., etc. Or just look at the stage where this week’s press conference was held to see sycophant Trump mouthing Putin’s lines. Trump has chosen sides, but he does not seem to be on our team. Whatever happened to “America First?”

The United States Constitution spells out the oath of office of the president. It includes the line, “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

We saw Trump trying to walk back his audio-recorded British interview where he trashed Prime Minister Theresa May, so it would not be surprising for him to try to walk back his oath. Fortunately there’s lots of video of it, and of course, all those millions who attended the inauguration can serve as witnesses.

Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states in part, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

This week we witnessed the most direct and specific evidence (there has been much more) that Donald Trump has adhered to our “Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

In the spy business when a person comes under the influence and control of a foreign government, that person is referred to as an “asset.” We don’t know for sure just yet how true that is about Donald Trump, but his words and actions consistently point to his loyalty and commitment to Vladimir Putin. He has not spoken a single negative word about Putin. His responsibilities as president to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution are being ignored.  His priorities, for whatever personal or financial reasons Trump may have, seem to lie elsewhere.  Why?

Unions in 21st century politics

I began my active involvement in politics when I was in college in the late 1960’s. A lot has changed since then. Here are a few things that come to mind:

  • From what I hear from some party leaders, it is harder than it used to be to recruit members for their committees
  • In Buffalo and other places we paid attention to the local news cycle, which meant that in major campaigns in days gone by we had to have separate press releases each day for the News and the Courier
  • And last, but not least, we checked nearly everything that was going on for reaction or comment from leaders of organized labor

Things are different now. Continue reading

It’s time to cool things down

To say that things are getting crazy in this country is certainly an understatement. It’s hard to find a precedent in our history. The Vietnam era? The great depression? The civil war?

The word of the day or the month or the year is tribalism. We are mostly gathering personally or through social media into tribes of all sorts – political, religious, and racial. It is a strange development, since there are so many things like cross border economies, personal contacts, and mutual interests that should draw people together. But they are not. It is very discouraging. Continue reading

Oh Canada!

People living in Western New York have a very unique opportunity. Some of us can, from our offices, actually see a foreign country – like Sarah Palin, only for real. We can drive in to work in the morning, take a quick glance to our right, and see another nation.

Some of us live in that foreign country for the summer. Many more of us drive over for lunch or dinner. Trips to see the Blue Jays play in Toronto or a theatre production are just a couple hours’ drive away. Or maybe it’s a trip to see a play or to have dinner in a picturesque little town a short distance across a river from a fort that that once defended America. Continue reading

On dreamers and food stamps, congressional confusion and the rule-of-law

Paul Ryan must be anxious to get back to Janesville, Wisconsin and to join all those well-paying corporate boards that await most former speakers of the House of Representatives. The job he has now certainly isn’t any fun.

Ryan became speaker mainly because no other Republican House member wanted the job after they saw what happened to John Boehner. (Is former Speaker Denny Hastert out of jail yet?) Boehner’s grand finale was to put a deal together that settled some budget and debt problems for a couple years. The Hastert rule about requiring a majority of the majority to sign off on legislation more or less went out the window as Boehner worked his magic. Continue reading

Schneiderman resignation shuffles the deck

We live in a time when news, real news, flies by us at warp speed. It is often hard to digest and analyze a story before the next big one comes along.

That being said, the Eric Schneiderman story that broke yesterday must have set some sort of record. The New Yorker article appeared online at about 6:45 pm. Schneiderman resigned by about 10 pm. Gee, there was hardly any time for other pols to call for him to resign before the deal broke. Continue reading