Global Protests 1.21.2017

ABQ CivicPlaza11am
Albuquerque, NM Civic Plaza

MILLIONS marched in nearly a 1,000 worldwide rallies reacting to the Trump presidency. It FAR exceeded the original plans for the #Women’sMarch ♀️. The media keeps asking WHY. My thoughts…

Everything is wrong about the way this creep lied and cheated his way into our Oval Office. He did not win “fair and square” no matter how many supporters say so. And, he’s still lying! He can’t accept that only a small percentage of Americans actually “bought” his con job. His campaign suppressed the vote, invited Russian hacking and influence, mocked and insulted almost everyone, and consistently lied about everything. That is NOT an exaggeration and that’s why such pent up resistance poured into the streets EVERYWHERE today– literally worldwide.

DenverCrowd
Denver, CO

Aerial shots from London, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Manila (the Philippines), even a ship off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula prove crowds gathered literally everywhere! Of course HUGE, massive crowds continue (as of this writing) in Washington, New York City, and L.A. I felt so proud participating in this peaceful movement myself and seeing the breathtaking crowds around the world– nearly all peaceful. (1000% I’d say if I was… )

And what is the “official” White House response? Sean Spicer (Trump’s new PR flack) just came to the press room (approx 5:30 ET, Saturday, now as I’m writing) and literally YELLED at reporters reprimanding them for “false reporting”!  First about removal of a bust of MLK and then for “minimizing” crowd estimates from Friday. Really? The first press briefing is to tell us we can’t trust our own eyes? Now that truly is gaslighting!  He didn’t take any questions, he just yelled at reporters!

We simply cannot stand for a Minister of Propaganda in the “people’s house.” We’re not Russia YET, even if Trump wants to be our “strongman.” It’s sickening and it’s a primary reason why people took to the streets here in the USA.  We won’t tolerate a fascist liar in the White House. Other countries are protesting that, plus his isolationist policies. And, of course women are marching for health care, equal pay and human rights. My goal? We must drive this crazy clown out–  just as we did with Nixon who lied and abused the office. (One of my favorite reporters, Matt Taibbi, titled his new book “Insane Clown President“– so crazy clown is actually a compliment.)

I had no intention of getting so upset, or resorting to name-calling, HOWEVER hearing henchman Spicer yell about the media’s “shameful lies” while his boss– our so-called president– IS the ultimate LIAR was just too much.  So, yes we will POUR into the streets, and hopefully into state capitals and city halls.  Eternal vigilance is the only hope to preserve our democracy!

Treason?

As political tensions continue to escalate in these final hours leading up to the scheduled Trump “inauguration”, I felt compelled to clarify why Representative John Lewis, and MANY others, say he’s not a legitimate president. As I worked through the following five issues, I’m now convinced it’s much more than a discussion about boycotting the inauguration– the event must be cancelled or at least delayed until we get resolution on the following issues, especially Treason:TreasonPunishment

1) TREASON (collusion with Russia) during the US election process (elaboration below)
2) Lying and “dirty tricks” by Trump during the election process
3) Constitutional Violation (s)
4) Failure of the Electoral College
5) Failure of the FBI (disparate treatment of the candidates)

Russian Influence is becoming more and more apparent and it extends far beyond the cyber “hacking” and leaks that have been discussed. I’m not talking about Trump’s alleged kinky sexual preferences which got a lot of play on social media when the secret MI6 dossier was revealed.  The real issue is collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. It’s fact that Trump’s appointees and former employees were in Russia during the campaign. What were they doing? They give all kinds of excuses, but investigations are pending and until that issue is resolved, TREASON is on the table.  At the very least, there’s the Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953) and espionage to consider.

How can someone involved in foreign collusion take our most sacred oath? Trump was not elected “fair and square” with such issues unresolved. At least postpone the inauguration until we have answers.  Once Trump has the Ultimate power, who can contain or control him? He could launch nukes and/or take unfathomable Executive Actions putting us all at risk. This is not a joke. It’s essential to pause and fully investigate these matters. So much so, that the other issues and accusations pale in comparison. However, if he’s exonerated from the Russian problems, the other four still matter. I’ll come back to Treason and its penalty at the end.

There are entire databases devoted to tracking the daily, hourly and sometimes moment-by-moment LIES tweeted and repeated by Trump. He cannot open his mouth without more lies pouring out. During the recent press conference, I lost count. While it may not be illegal to lie (which seems ridiculous), it certainly destroys the moral authority of a leader. Dirty tricks resulted in the eventual impeachment of Richard Nixon. Again, we don’t know where the investigations into Russian influence will lead, but DNC information was compromised. That was enough to take down Nixon.

Conflicts of interest that violate the US Constitution: Trump did nothing to resolve his issue with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution at his delayed press conference (01.11.2017) Even though his attorney claimed he’s not in violation, that is in dispute by several ethics attorneys including Republican attorney Richard Painter who advised President Bush (43) on ethics, Norman Eisen, a former US Ambassador and ethics attorney with long career as a government watchdog (investigated Enron), Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig and many others. Those three are on record saying Trump will be in violation the moment he takes the Oath.

Our antiquated Electoral College had one important job to do this past election cycle. That was to serve as the final “fail-safe” to over-ride the election of someone “not endowed with the requisite qualifications.” They failed. The EC had the authority to prevent this exact situation– to stop an unqualified demagogue like Donald Trump. Their “faithless” rubber stamp vote proves the EC must be eliminated. Over 73 MILLION Americans actively voted against Trump– 10 MILLION more than voted for him. 65.8 million for Hillary Clinton, and another 7.8 million voted for the Libertarian ticket, other third party or write-in candidates. Trump received less than 63 million votes.

We now know that FBI Director James Comey was investigating both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the election cycle. In what appears to be partisan pressure, Comey “reopened” the Clinton investigation (into the never-ending email issue), discussed it publicly, and then closed the case again in the final days of the election process. He still refuses, however, to confirm the Trump investigation. This is why we need a special select Congressional Committee to investigate Russian collusion and possible treason…  IMMEDIATELY!

During the drafting of the Constitution treason was punishable not only by death, but by an exceptionally cruel method of execution designed to enhance the suffering of the traitor. As described in colonial documents:
“ the traitor is hanged by the neck, then cut down alive, that his entrails are then taken out, and burned, while he is yet alive,” and “that his head is cut off, and that his body is then divided into four parts.”

Our Framers intended to limit a traitor’s death for alleged subversion to instances of “levying war against the United States, or adhering to enemies of the United States.” It layman’s terms, the latter means assisting a foreign enemy (according to several attorneys.) It certainly appears Trump’s campaign did that.

So, instead of a big gaudy celebration in a few days, maybe we’ll have a different sort of spectacle. As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says, “Watch this space.”

Seeing Clearly?

happy-new-yearEvery year millions of Americans make resolutions for the New Year, and sadly within a few weeks (or days) many will lose that resolve and revert to old habits and behaviors. This year let’s not see that as failure and throw in the towel.  Instead, see it as an opportunity to actually notice our patterns and work on those.  It’s the best way– maybe the only way–  to make real progress.

It’s been awhile since I discussed my books, thoughts on mindfulness and what it means to See Clearly.  I’m sure many of you who watched me rant on Twitter this past year wonder what  beneficial advice I could offer.  Most of us know what we “should do”, but often we forget or just don’t want to face it — myself included.  So, I wanted to start off this New Year with a post that hopefully can help us all, regardless of politics.

To elaborate on this concept of seeing our patterns, the first and hardest part is to recognize these patterns without a lot of judgement.  NO judgement would be best, but realizing that most of us are our own worst critics helps.  See, you’re not alone.  We all do it.  I was very critical of my snarky tweeting last year, but just couldn’t seem to stop.  I would read another person’s attempt at sarcasm and think, “hell, I can top that”  and then I’d spit out my best zinger.  Sure, some of them racked up a lot of views, but really, who cares.  Is it worth sacrificing my true principles for the momentary pleasure of tweeting? Isn’t that the question for all addictions? Is this drink worth it? Is this “fix” of whatever worth it? We know the consequences… we’ve experienced them many times before. But somehow we find endless ways to magically avoid seeing clearly.  So, that’s the trick. Noticing that we are ruled by our thoughts, desires and aversions.  And, of all things, that’s where meditation comes in 💡  (that’s a light bulb, not praying hands… but either works.)

It took me years to realize the real purpose of meditation.  It’s not to silence our thoughts (which is virtually impossible), but to notice them.  “Oh, now I’m reliving that episode again.”  And, don’t even think “I should stop.”  Simply notice that you’ve thought of that several times now or maybe it’s a new thought. Just notice the thoughts.  It’s quite a revelation in the beginning, like stepping back and seeing yourself in action. Maybe you’ve become aware of your habitual tendencies some other way, or you may be a long-time meditator and know there are many stages to the process, but this is a good one for starters. Just notice. It’s also called Mindfulness.

I would love to get more feedback and exchange thoughts here.  Sorry if I neglected to approve your comment(s) over the holidays.  I really do want more interaction here.  I’m going to post a poll with this on Twitter to see if people would prefer to read more nonfiction material like this, or want another fiction story (aka a novel.)  Maybe I should also ask if you like to listen to audiobooks, read eBooks or still like hard copy.  And, then there’s social media and virtual reality! Whatever way we communicate, here’s to a happier new year for all of us.