Archive for the 'Trump' Category

TRUMP EXPRESSES “THOUGHTS AND DESIRES OF AN AUTOCRAT”

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Since he assumed the office of President, I have been expressing disapproval of Donald Trump who, as you may remember, actually received fewer votes from the people of the United States than Hillary Clinton did and was only elected because of the outmoded system of the “electoral college” in the US.

Below is part of an article by Richard E. Frankel, Associate Professor of Modern German History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where we read:

“…Trump has proven unable to let go of his obsession with his defeated rival. In early November 2017—nearly one year after his election victory—he was not only continuing to attack Clinton, but also calling on the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate her. He was ‘very frustrated’ by the fact that he’s unable to order those agencies to ‘go after’ his former opponent—something he said he would very much love to do.

“It was a horrifying moment as the President of the United States, perhaps more clearly than at any previous time, expressed the thoughts and desires of an autocrat. And today, with the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will explore the possibility of creating a new special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, those thoughts and desires have moved that much closer to being realized.

“Such open calls for criminal investigations of political opponents are truly unprecedented in American history—and for good reason, since they would undermine the very foundation of liberal democracy. If the president could order the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton, where would it stop? Anyone who spoke out to criticize such a brazen act would be vulnerable to the same treatment. And then any individual or any group—regardless of whether they had actually done anything—would be at the mercy of Trump’s politicized justice system. The president would be able to exclude anyone he wished from the national community. The road to dictatorship would be wide open to him. We know this because it was such a system that helped destroy democracy in Germany and helped Hitler establish his Nazi dictatorship.”

Richard Frankel

Professor Frankel

I am indeed horrified by the revelation of these “thoughts and desires of an autocrat” who is the president of my country.  Since his election, I have been encouraging my elected representatives to institute impeachment proceedings against him.  I will continue to do that.

FAILURE OF THE RULE OF LAW

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Reading the story about Sufyian Barhoumi, prisoner at Guantanamo, on Andy Worthington’s website has affected me far more than I imagined I could be affected after all the years of reading about these prisoners.  I feel anger and outrage at the US government and its leaders for causing this man to have lost so many years of his life in that loathsome prison.

The title of the article on Andy’s website is “Sufyian Barhoumi, the Peaceful Algerian Cleared for Release But Still Trapped in Guantanamo.”  This poor man, pictured above,  is, like nearly all of the prisoners who have been incarcerated in that dreadful place, completely innocent of any aggression against the United States or anyone.

A young lawyer, new to working with the prisoners at Guantanamo, Noor Zafar, has written of her experiences on Andy Worthington’s site. She writes,

“The jurisprudence that has crystallized in the Guantánamo detainees’ cases is so deferential to the government that it ensures no detainee may be set free as the result of a court order. Beyond embodying the failure of the rule of law, Guantánamo is a testament to what three years of legal education did not teach me: the powerful can twist the law beyond recognition to validate unjust outcomes. There is no other way to explain why Sufyian is still detained today.”

Noor Zafar published her narrative of a first trip to the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Mother Jones, July 14, 2017. It was re-posted on Andy’s site where you can read the entire horrific story as well as Andy’s remarks.

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/

As always when I read about these prisoners and the horrible injustices done to them, even the few who unlike Sufyian Barhoumi actually were involved in violence, I am outraged that the United States is still engaged in this brutal and inhumane repression of human rights and of justice.

Donald Trump, as ignorant of the known truth about the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo as he is about so many things, brags about sending more people to the torture camp.

As an American citizen, I am horrified at the prison at Guantanamo, at the torture committed there.  What  can we do to stop it and close that disgraceful prison camp down?

GILLIBRAND OPPOSES TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS ACCORD

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Below is Senator Gillibrand’s statement on Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Accord:

“This decision by President Trump to leave the Paris Accord is irresponsibly shortsighted and harmful to the United States. There is no credible doubt that climate change is real and is caused by human activity. We have irrefutable data that temperatures are rising, Arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, and extreme weather is becoming more severe. This scientific question has been settled for years, yet the few deniers who are still out there have gained outsized and dangerous influence with our President at the expense of our safety and security. For the sake of our country and our future, President Trump must quickly embrace the truth that climate change is real, and act on it – by supporting investments in clean energy technology that will create good-paying jobs and drive innovation, and by restoring American leadership in this massive global effort.

“Our children’s generation will have to deal with the potentially catastrophic effects of this shortsighted and dangerous decision to leave the Paris Accord, and I urge all New Yorkers and all Americans who care about our health, our security, and our economy to raise their voices and speak out forcefully against this decision.”

I, for one, appreciate her speaking out so clearly.  I have contacted my Congressional representatives on this matter.  Let us hope that we see change in Trump and his administration.

 

NO ACCOUNTABILITY

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Prisoner at Guantanamo

A report on this blog about US torture exposed by Andy Worthington, authority on and advocate for those whom the US tortured and imprisoned in Guantanamo, included this statement:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report…must be the trigger not just for airing of apologies, but for those who instigated and authorized the torture program to be held accountable — up to and including President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.”

That was published in December of 2014.  It is now May of 2017 and no one has been held accountable for US torture.

There are many posts on this blog dealing with ongoing US torture.  Instead of closing the Guantanamo prison, Obama left it open, and torture of prisoners is still going on there now. I see no evidence of anyone in the new administration even considering closure.  I wonder if Trump even knows the prison exists, given his level of ignorance in general.

What can we do to stop all US torture, that in US prisons in this country and in its prisons abroad?

PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSISM

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

I read today that leading psychiatrists at a conference at Yale University “argued that Trump suffers from a particularly malignant case of pathological narcissism, which makes him a danger to the country and the world.

“Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” Gartner [one of the psychiatrists] explained. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.” Read about that here.

  Dr. John Gartner

It is uncharacteristic of professionals in that field to make such statements, but another of them, Dr. Bandy Lee, said that Trump, as a result of his mental health condition, poses extraordinary threats that have led them to speak out.

What do we citizens do in this case?  I have been contacting elected officials and asking for impeachment of Trump.  I protested outside Trump tower (post about that on this blog).  Is there more I should do?  What are you doing about all this?  Please feel free to share on this blog about it if you care to.

REQUEST TO IMPEACH

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

I have now sent letters to all 100 senators requesting that they work with the members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump.

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The US Senate Chamber

It remains to be seen what if any response there will be to that request.  What is sure is that I will not go to my grave having failed to do with I can in this matter.

FEWER THAN FOUR IN TEN VOTERS SUPPORT TRUMP

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Here is a link to a report about Trump’s very low level of support.

I continue to contact my senators and congressional representative with demands for his impeachment and removal from office.  His recent bombing without congressional approval is certainly an impeachable offense.

ILLEGAL ACT OF WAR

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Trump has bombed Syria.

“Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who cast the sole dissenting vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in 2001, tweeted Thursday, ‘This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session [and] hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility.’

“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) likewise tweeted, ‘Syria chemical attacks were horrendous. Yet our response can’t violate Constitution, which requires Congress’ approval for military force.’

By implication, Trump’s action violated the Constitution.

The quotations above are from an article you can read here and they are indications of the horror many of us in the United States are feeling at the barbarism of Trump’s action.  They also show us that Trump may be acting illegally.

Civil defense team members and others try to rescue those trapped under the debris of a Mosque after an aerial attack on it during prayer in the Cina village of Etarib district of Aleppo, Syria on March 16, 2017

What can we do to stop the monster in the White House?  I have written to my Senators and Congressional Representative (who often oppose Trump’s actions anyway) in order to encourage them to take action.  I am glad to see huge numbers of Americans rising up in protest.  I would love to see impeachment proceedings.

FOUR GOOD REASONS TO IMPEACH TRUMP

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Robert Reich published an article today listing four good reasons to impeach Trump and a possible fifth.

You can read that article here.

Briefly, these four reasons are:

  1. Trump is accusing his predecessor of an illegal and impeachable act without evidence
  2. In violation of Section 9 of the Constitution, Trump is accepting things of value from foreign governments
  3. By banning travel by Muslims to the US, Trump is failing to respect the freedom of religion
  4. By labeling the press “the enemy of the people” and by denying access to some members of the press, including those from the New York Times, Trump is abridging freedom of the press granted by the Constitution

If Reich can see these reasons, I am hopeful that our congressional representatives can as well and will act on this.

Robert Reich

Please read the four reasons on Reich’s article linked above and spread them.

 

IS TRUMP LIKE HITLER?

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

I have read at least two articles today that liken things in the Trump USA to those in Hitler’s Germany.  Scary. The most recent contains this:

“Depriving vulnerable people of health care [as a result of the proposed Republican health care plan] is disturbingly reminiscent of the Nazi-era “Lebensunwertes Leben”—Life Unworthy Of Life, based on certain groups being a drain on resources and thus disposable to the people in power. It’s a harsh interpretation of a troubled time in America. But it’s an apt description of reality. Health care is a human right, not just a privilege for those with money. The merciless attacks on low-income health care programs effectively condemn thousands of people to an early death.”

The above from the article here.

The author is Paul Buchheit, an advocate for social and economic justice, who wrote “Disposable Americans” which was published this year.