Helsinki ? No Helsucki !

It’s clear.  Even Republicans are agreeing Trump committed diplomatic malpractice on multiple fronts.  One, he never reviewed any of the briefing books provided prior to the meeting; two, he didn’t bring note takers into the meeting; three, he didn’t bring subject matter experts into the meeting; four he didn’t come out of the meeting with any notes.  No one, not even the Director of National Intelligence, I’ll repeat for emphasis – THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, knows what was discussed.  His supporters will argue, “He’s Potus, he doesn’t need to answer to anyone”.  Wrong, he answers to me, to you, to every American citizen.  And, we want to know what the hell went on in there.

If Trump had one iota of intelligence, diplomatic savvy, or concern about American interests he would have covered, at minimum, the following topics.

Meddling in the 2018 Elections -Trump’s refusal to defend the intelligence community, retaliate other than sanctions, warn, no – threaten that it better never happen again is bordering on giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

NATO – Trump’s interview with his propaganda machine at Fox News, including Tucker Carlson, made NATO a weaker institution.  European leaders are experiencing difficulties in getting their defense budgets increased as European citizens simply revote against anything “Trump”.  This gives aid and comfort to the enemy.

Baltic States – when President Kennedy presented a less than aggressive approach to Khrushchev, the Russian leader built the Berlin Wall.  Trump’s practical cow towing to Putin emboldens Putin to increase his aggression in the Baltic Region.  This is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Syria / The Middle East in General – well, no one really knows what Trump agreed to other than to allow the Russians to enjoy further influence in the region.  This is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

“Incredible Offer” – to allow Russians to interrogate American citizens, essentially turning them over to Putin in exchange for sending American investigators to Russia to interview the Russian hackers.  The citizens Putin wants to interrogate (torture, and then make disappear) are, amongst others, Bill Browder, one of the backers of legislation that sanctions Russia and American ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul who has always been a touch critic of the Putin regime.  Trump thinks that is an “incredible offer”.  Indeed, incredible that an American President would even consider turning over American citizens to Putin.  If this isn’t giving aid and comfort to the enemy, I don’t know what is.

No one knows what went on in that room.  Maybe we’ll know shortly when Congress gets the balls to subpoena the American interpreter.  But, there are some guesses.  Putin reminded Trump of all the things he has on Trump.  Then he gave him a list of talking points.  Now, Putin isn’t dumb enough to think what ever Trump says goes, but he directed Trump to at least throw it out there.  Maybe Trump’s uneducated base will try to support Putin’s wishes.

Deal Maker – My Ass

Trump says there were no negotiations.  Putin says they had a good negotiation session.  So, what was negotiated?  We don’t know.  Trump wouldn’t let anyone in the room.

Trump says they discussed many things.  Like what?  Name one.

The only deal we know of is this:

Trump is to hand over an American Citizen to Putin for interrogation.  That citizen – a former US Ambassador and Putin critic.  What???  Are you fucking kidding me??  Oh wait, I’m sorry, I forgot the other end of the deal.  Putin will allow American investigators to go to Russia and sit in on the “interrogations” of the 12 Russian spy and hackers indicted by Mueller.

What??  Our guys get to “sit in”??  If this were a real exchange of “criminals” why aren’t those 12 being sent to the US to face charges?  Meanwhile an American patriot and outspoken critic of Putin is being handed over by Trump.

Trump’s horrendous news conference with his Russian handler by his side was treasonous enough.  But, to hand over an American diplomat, to the enemy, is far beyond giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Trump has gone even lower.  He’s gone from moron to traitor.

Dear the Rest of the World:

Please don’t believe the rule of “guilty by association”. The rest of the citizens in the United States do NOT share the same moronic philosophy of of weak and destructive president

Be patient. In two years that jerk is gone and we can fix everything he has broken.

Love, the citizens of the United States.

Ancient Justification for Democracy

The ancient Greeks fancied themselves the champions of Freedom while looking down upon the Persians as enslaving entire populations.

After the defeat of the Persians in the late 400s, a Greek known as Otanes asked: how could monarchy be a harmonious and coherent system when it permits the ruler to do whatever he wishes, to be accountable to no one? For arrogance will grow within him as he enjoys all the good things at hand…,

He went on to say: the rule of the majority, however, not only has the most beautiful and powerful name of all, equality, but in practice, the majority does not act at all like a monarch. Indeed, the majority chooses its magistrates by lot, it holds all of these officials accountable to an audit, and it refers all resolutions to the authority of the public.

You see, Otanes realized the single ruler is unconstrained and therefore a dangerously outrageous, jealous, and violent oppressor of his subjects.

Wow, it seems Herodotus, in Book 3 section 8, was commenting on something that would occur again one thousand five hundred and forty eight years later.

Red v. Purple

So, what was the Red for ED all about? It was about pay inequity – teachers who hadn’t had a raise in several years. When your pay isn’t even keeping up with the economy’s inflation, it’s time to speak up.
 
But, it was also about funding. Educational funding. Providing the necessary resources for districts to provide essential services. Like BOOKS. (I haven’t seen a text book in the hands of school children since 2004!!!!!!!) Like SUPPPLIES. (Why are teachers taking money out of their own pockets and why are districts sending home school supply donation lists?) Like physical education, art and music. Like after school sports and educational programs.
 
And for all of those morons on the Purple for Parents (anti Red for Ed protestors), idiotic bandwagon, I’ll leave you with this thought: almost EVERY dictatorship (Mao Tsa Tung, Lenin / Stalin, the entire Kim family of North Korea, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the “re-education schools” of Vietnam, etc) kills as many educators and intellectuals as possible. Thus, eliminating critical thinking, free thought, and educated dissent and making mindless slaves out of the population. So, you’re right – it is about politics because, you fucking morons, political action is the only way to get the funding. You might know that if you were, let me think, what’s the phrase I’m looking for – oh yeah, EDUCATED.
 
For the rest of us, don’t stand by and allow your children to be cheated out of quality education. Don’t believe in this right to work bullshit. Bring back the unions. Bring back the guilds (trade schools). And, finally, remember this: one day these children are going to be making decisions for US as we age and enter in the Autumn of Life. Let’s make sure they’re making EDUCATED decisions on our behalf.

Trump, Jr., I Know, It’s Hard When You’re Irrelevant

Hey, I’m big enough to say I’m irrelevant.  Let’s face it, out side of my little circle of friends, co-workers, associates and acquaintances, I’m no body.  And, that’s ok.  I’m anonymous, invisible and, well, irrelevant.  But, I don’t try to be something I am not.  Like Donald Trump, Jr.   So desperate to get his name in the conversation or on social media, he just picked a fight with Olympic Ice Medalist, Adam Rippon.

What is so glaringly obvious is that Trump, Jr. isn’t mad Rippon refuses to talk to, or about, Mike Pence.  He’s made because the Olympics are taking the spot light away from his idiot of a father.

I can’t wait for all the attacks on the athletes who will refuse to go to the White House after the Olympics.  That should be real interesting.

In the mean time, and forever more, Donald Trump, Jr. will remain – irrelevant.

 

 

Treason. Let Me Think About That a Sec ……

Trump, ala Kim Jung-Un, says it’s treason not to agree with him and clap for him. Hmmm.

Trump’s continued attacks on the Intelligence Community, the FBI, and the Justice Department have succeeded in casting doubt on them by the American public. Putin must be dancing in the Kremlin. Trump’s doing his job for him. Another collusion? Maybe. Or, is it providing comfort and AID to the enemy. Now THAT’s treason.