Category Archives: Federal Politics

The Unfathomable Weight Of Official Secrets

There is no doubt that there are many secrets that must be kept in order for America to survive and thrive in a challenging world that is rife with official secrets.  All countries have them.  These secrets are not just expected to be kept but, indeed, demanded to be kept with the threat of severe punishment being held over the heads of anyone who would dare to share them with anyone outside of authorized circles.  And even within those authorized circles there is a “need to know” stipulation that is closely adhered to meaning that anyone who has the required clearance level and happens to stumble upon information during the course of their work responsibilities is also expected to adhere to this “need to know” stipulation.

The weight of maintaining these secrets falls on those employed from the highest levels of government to the lowest levels; from the President of the United States of America to the janitor or laborer with a high-level clearance who might be passing through or working in the office of someone with the highest level of clearance and by chance sees communications in a secret or top secret document.  While the weight of maintaining these official secrets is weighty for all of those who hold or have ever held a government clearance, the weight of maintaining these secrets and making decisions based on them is unfathomable for the person leading our country; The President of the United States of America.

I do not envy any of those who hold those positions but I especially would not want to be in the position of the President because he or she is the final arbiter who must make life or death decisions based on these secrets which contain information that oftentimes may fall into extremely gray areas.  And although those decisions might be based on secret information that skirts the very outer edges of those gray areas – or go beyond them, he or she must consider the big picture and the long view of what is in the best interest of the American people and the overall free world.  He or she makes many decisions that – if we knew how convoluted his or her decision-making had to be to arrive at what was in the best interest of the American people, America, and the free world – likely most of us as laymen would find it distasteful and bitterly complain about it.  However, if the president did not make those decisions and as a result in the long run the lack of making those decisions impacted negatively on the American people and America, we would bitterly complain…and maybe even vote them out of office.

But these are among the kind of decisions that the President of the United States of America must make.  These would normally be agonizing decisions for any American president: But this does not appear to be the case with the current Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  The President of the United States of America does not take these official secret so lightly that they would blurt them out to just anyone, let alone an adversary.  The President of the United States of America does not trash our allies and cozy up to strongmen; the President of the United States of America does not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with an adversary of the United States and take their side against the United States of America’s intelligence community; the President of the United States of America does not work tirelessly and relentlessly to tear down the great institutions of the United States which are an intricate part of the very foundation of our great, although fledging, democracy; the President of the United States of America does not trash the Constitution and thump their nose at co-equal branches of government and American people; the President of the United States of America does take joy in saying cruel things about American heroes, his fellow government officials and the American people at large just to get a laugh; the President of the United States of America does not spout Russian propaganda to the American people and encourage members of congress and others to do the same; the President of the United States of America does not spend every day in office working to divide the American people instead of to bring us together!  The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America does all of these things!

The impeachment of a president is a sad day in America even when such impeachment is necessary and well deserved.  And that is why it is so demoralizing and painfully sad to witness virtually every Republican in congress side with Mr. Trump and circle the wagons around him when they all know that he deserves to be impeached.  We know that they know this because none of them are trying to defend him based on evidence but, instead, they are defending him based on what they say they believe is an unfair process.  And even in defending him based on this so-called unfair process, it is painfully obvious that they are acutely aware that what they are engaged in is unadulterated sophistry.  The fact that the Republicans doing this only supports and advances what is clearly an existential threat to our democracy is sufficient reason as to why all of the American people whether they are Democrats, Republicans or Independents must come together and insist that our elected representatives vote to remove the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America from office.

All Americans can and should be involved in deciding whether or not Mr. Trump is guilty of the charges that have been leveled against him and whether or not he should be removed from office.  This decision cannot wait until the 2020 election by virtue of the fact that an effort to rig the 2020 election in his favor with the help of a foreign country is among the charges leveled against him.  Even if Mr. Trump is removed from office there will still be an election in 2020.  But to help assure that it will be a fair one and be viewed and accepted as fair by the American people, it should not in good conscience take place without a final decision on Mr. Trump’s status.

Finally, no matter which side of this argument that you support, always remember, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!  So despite any roadblocks that are placed in your path you must be completely determined to surmount them and vote in the 2020 election.  The fate of our democracy is in your hands!

Eulus Dennis –author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

A Democracy Cries Out For Justice

A democracy cries out for justice but will anyone hear her?  There are plenty of people listening but is anyone actually hearing and will anyone hear her?  America is listening, Democrats are listening, Republicans are listening and Independents are listening but will any of these listeners actually hear her?  Or are we – the American people, too busy with kitchen table items and other things in our daily lives to actually hear the cries of this fledgling (less than 250 years old) democracy?  Are the Washington congressional Democrats too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her?  Are the Washington congressional Republicans too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her?  Are the Washington congressional Independents too busy thinking about getting reelected to hear her?

States do not elect our federal politicians to go to Washington and check their brains at the door before they are sworn in as congressmen and congresswomen.  Sure they are supposed to represent their constituents but, since more often than not, they have access to information that we as their constituents do not have access to that allows them to be better informed on the facts of a situation than we are, they need to use their brains: we expect them to use their brains!  The American people do not expect these politicians to simply function as robots and act solely based on the polls; at least, I don’t.  And that is why they can’t check their brains at the door before being sworn in.  When we elect them we endow them with our trust and expect them to exercise good judgment, to the best of their ability, to do the right thing for our country and for us based upon all of the information that they have.

If our elected politicians fail to do this, if they fail to honor their oath and protect the Constitution and defend our country against all enemies – foreign and domestic – then what is the point; what is the point of them being there if they are not going to protect our democracy?  Far too much blood has been shed to sustain this democracy to allow anyone, regardless of their status or position in life, to undermine it.  That means that the impeachment of the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is not about party, it is not about personal political ambition and keeping ones job but it is about our country and preserving our democracy as we now know it.

It is beyond disconcerting for me, and it is reasonable to assume for all of the American people, to witness what is happening in America right now; it is frightening!  People have circled the wagons of their chosen faction and retreated to their chosen sub-groups within that faction.  They are hunkered down and prepared for war.  What people are not prepared for is to engage in reasonable discourse and work together to save a democracy – our democracy – that is crying out for help; that is crying out for justice.  We are not prepared to do this because just like Mr. Trump has hollowed out the State Department and gummed up any other means of solving America’s problems short of war, he has divided the American people and hollowed out the hearts of far too many of them and rendered them incapable of thinking clearly.

The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has proven and continues to prove that he is about dividing Americans, not bringing us together.  This is nothing new to him so he is extremely good at it.  He has so far lived his entire life this way and the odds are that he is not going to change.  This was not okay but it was to some degree acceptable for Mr. Trump as a private citizen.  But it is not okay for him as The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and it is not to any degree acceptable.

Mr. Trump is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United states of America, yet his language and actions are more often like that of a street thug than that of the leader of America!  Court records suggest that Mr. Trump has committed multiple felonies and the fact that his once personal attorney, Michael Cohen is currently serving time for something that he did for “Individual One” serves to help substantiate that.  But for the fact that he is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Mr. Trump would likely have been charged with and convicted of multiple felonies and serving time in prison.

Mr. Trump should be bringing Americans together.  Instead, he has successfully led us into the alienation of our allies and the cozying up to strong men and our adversaries, he has appeared to advocate for white supremacy and successfully divided us based on race, he has been instrumental in furthering the polarization of America, he is arguably instrumental in emboldening racist and the rise in hate crimes and he is systematically withdrawing America from her leadership role in the world.

Mr. Trump is brazenly stripping America of her esteemed position of being looked upon by the free world as the beacon of freedom, justice, dignity and fairness.  He is in the process of smothering the torch on the Statue of Liberty in much the same way that he has smothered the meaningful, warm relationship that America once had with the ally that gifted that statue to us.  The American people must put a stop to the rotting of America; we must do everything in our power to assure that the politicians we elected and sent to Washington will impeach and remove Mr. Trump from office before he can do any further damage to this great democracy, America.

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

Impeachment: Country, Party And Personal Political Ambition

Which should prevail, “American official foreign policy” or “domestic political errand”?  And who should the American people believe, honorable hardworking employees who have worked tirelessly – many for decades – for the State Department while shunning partisanship or the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and his cast of jailbirds, kowtowing Republican senators and congressmen and other cronies who compete to carry his water?  According to credible reporting, The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has told more than 10,000 lies since he took office.

Normally, whether or not in a court of law, a person’s credibility is based on his or her character and their record.  For some reason, this does not seem to apply when it comes to Mr. Trump.  Why is that?  It is unfathomable.  But for some reason Mr. Trump is able to convince even normally honorable people into following him down any rabbit hole and to contort and twist themselves into pretzels to cheat, connive and lie for him even when they know that it is wrong to do so: even to the point of completely abandoning their principles, honor and their duty to their country.

I read the Mueller Report and, up to this point, have watched all of the witnesses who have come forward – despite Mr. Trump encouraging, if not ordering, them to refuse to testify voluntarily and defy congressional subpoenas that are issued – in the impeachment hearings.  Although American foreign affairs specialist Dr. Fiona Hill who is an expert on Russia and who is acutely aware that the narrative that it was Ukraine that interfered in the 2016 election rather than Russia is a false narrative, expressly requested that the members of this committee conducting the impeachment hearings not further this narrative by repeating it, Republicans on the committee did it anyway.  They repeated it despite Dr. Hill’s warning to them that this narrative was started and promulgated by Russia to hurt the United States and drive a wedge between America and her allies.  And Dr. Hill’s warning came after the entire American intelligence community had determined that it was Russia that interfered in the 2016 election and had even briefed all of the senators on this!

Unfortunately, congressional Republicans have made up their minds that they will put party over country and protect Mr. Trump at all costs.  Notwithstanding the assumption by most of those in congress that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America will not be convicted by the senate and removed from office, the House Intelligence Committee has for all intents and purposes completed its impeachment hearings and is moving forward in passing evidence gathered during those hearings on to the House Judiciary Committee so that they can prepare Articles of Impeachment.  A formal vote will have to be taken in the full House before these Articles are approved and passed on to the senate.  The senate will then hold a trial to determine whether or not the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is guilty or innocent of these charges.

In the meantime, due in no small part to the way that congressional Republicans are conducting themselves and the signals that senators are sending out to the public, Mr. Trump is continuing to lie and act out in ways that are extremely dangerous to our national security and highly detrimental to America’s reputation and ability to lead in maintaining world stability.  It remains to be seen as to whether or not the senate will convict or exonerate Mr. Trump.  With all of the evidence that has been amassed which points to his guilt and with the way that he continues to conduct himself, during normal times with a normal president the senate would have no choice but to return a guilty verdict.  However, these are no longer normal times and Mr. Trump is not a normal Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  The normalcy of times changed as soon as Mr. Trump took office and since that time he has behaved in a manner that is beneath the dignity of the office which he holds and he has worked extremely hard every day to convince the American people to normalize this behavior.

This is a watershed point in the history of our country and it demands that our elected officials reflect on and adhere to the clarion call of the Constitution of the United States of America!  It demands that they put country above party and their personal political ambition!  All Americans and arguably the entire world are now struggling to maintain our composure while America’s House finalizes Articles of Impeachment to forward to the senate and then wait to see whether these senators will choose to side with “American official foreign policy” or “domestic political errand.”

No matter which side of this issue you stand on your opinion counts and is worthy of discourse and civil debate.  In order to help insure that your opinion will be a part of such discourse and debate, you should always vote.  So always remember, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

 

The Hallowed Halls Of Congress And The Hollowed Men And Women Who Walk Them

It is painful for me as an American patriot to watch what the Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is doing to America and to witness the impact that it is having on the hallowed halls of congress.  And it is just as painful to watch those hollowed men and women who walk those halls and who swore an oath to defend America against all enemies foreign and domestic kowtow to someone who is – if not a domestic enemy, at the least, is trampling on the Constitution.  He is thumbing his nose at all of those in the legislative branch who are supposed to apply any required checks and balances to prevent him from doing exactly what he has been doing for more than three years now and saying so what, what are you going to do about it?  He is also thumbing his nose at the American people and asking us that same question.

What are we going to do about it?!  We will have an opportunity to make our collective voice heard in November 2020.  We will have the opportunity to decide whether we are going to be like those hollowed persons in congress that we elected to represent us or if we are going to stand up for what is right and do the right thing and defend America against all of her enemies regardless of our political preference.  To watch the Donald J. Trump of the United States of America use the United States Department of Justice to punish his political enemies and witness the United States Attorney General – the top law enforcement officer in this country willingly go along with such folly is astonishing and all but unbelievable!  And to watch him travel around the globe talking to our allies about an already completed investigation regarding Russia’s interference into America’s 2016 election in an effort to dig up dirt on the FBI, which he is in charge of, is breathtaking!  Many Americans must be asking themselves, is this really happening?!  I know that I have asked myself that question many times before and as Mr. Trump continues to become more bold and outrageous in his antics because the great majority of Republicans in the House and Senate continue to enable him, from time to time I can’t help but to continue to ask myself that question.

I watched recently as two past presidents, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, past First Lady, senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many others spoke about the life of the honorable Elijah Cummings.  During that time, I could not help but to reflect on those hallowed halls of congress, the oath that all of our congresspersons take and how after they are sworn into office, from that point forward when they are formally addressed, “the honorable” prefix is included with their name.  Normally when one thinks about that job, the hallowed halls of congress and the sacrifice that those elected officials in those jobs make to provide this much needed service to America and the American people, it conjures up patriotic feelings and a sense of awe and it is hard to imagine that they could somehow not deserve this “honorable” title.  However, these are not normal times.  Why?  Because Mr. Trump is the Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and the things that he and his enablers are doing are not at all normal.

Even if Republicans by some miracle come to their senses and decide that they have been wrong to put party before country and support Mr. Trump at all costs and that it is now time for them to support impeaching him and removing him from office, Mr. Trump has already done an enormous amount of damage to America and her domestic and global reputation.  Some of this damage might be indelible so cannot be undone.  Even that which can be undone will likely take a long time and America’s reputation at home and around the world will likely never be the same.  Even so, we the American people are no less obligated to perform our civic duty by voting than we would be in normal times.  If anything, under these current circumstances, our responsibility to vote is exponentially greater and that should motivate us more so to get out and vote!  No matter how great the effort to suppress our vote by those who believe in winning at all costs, let’s commit now to overcome any obstacle that they put in our way and get out and vote in November 2020!

So always remember, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

Republican Little Jerk Is Lost Without The Late Senator John McCain

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, the protégé of the late Senator John McCain and person whom Senator McCain used to affectionately refer to as “Little Jerk”, is completely lost without Senator McCain here to guide him.  Unfortunately, since Senator McCain passed Little Jerk has done a complete 180 in the way that he views Mr. Donald J. Trump and in how he views his responsibility to his oath of office, America, and the American people.  He has completely cast aside the “affectionate” and “Little” title of the moniker that Senator McCain affectionately tagged him with and literally become a big jerk!  He has gone from being Dr. Jekyll to being Mr. Hyde…and it does not appear that he will be making the transformation back to Dr. Jekyll anytime soon.

There was a time when Senator Graham believed that Mr. Trump was completely unfit to be president and that he would only drive America into a ditch.  He believed that Mr. Trump was a conman and said as much.  On May 3, 2016 Senator Graham said on his Twitter account that “If we nominate Trump we will get destroyed…and we will deserve it!”  And according to a May 6, 2016 article by Dana Bash of CNN, Senator Graham said “I don’t think he’s a reliable Republican conservative…I don’t believe that Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief.  I think Donald Trump is going places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”  Say what?!  Based on what I’m looking at today, October 22, 2019, that was either a flat out lie or it depends on what the definition of the word “there” is.

Look at the things that Senator Graham is saying and doing to protect Mr. Trump despite all of the things that Mr. Trump has said and done already let alone the things that he is currently doing.  Would someone please help Little Jerk to find his bearing?  To be frank, Senator Graham cannot turn to any of his Republican colleagues in the Senate or House for help because they too have sold their soul to the devil: and he sure isn’t going to listen to any Democrats.  After all, Mr. Trump – “in his great and unmatched wisdom”, has labeled all Democrats as “do nothing and unpatriotic.”  And since he seems to be all of the congressional Republicans dear leader, they will stand by him no matter what he says or does.

Republicans demonstrate this every day as the list of high crimes and misdemeanors that Mr. Trump continues to commit gets longer: they continue to defend him no matter how obviously ridiculous their arguments are.  Just like Mr. Trump has always been a “me first” rather than an America first person, if congressional Republicans have not already become just like him they are perilously close to crossing that line.  They have to realize how dangerous the situation has become under Mr. Trump’s leadership and, therefore, must immediately stop placing their job above the Constitution and our democracy.  Until Republicans decide to do this America will remain in grave danger of losing our democracy as we know it if not losing it completely.

Impeachment seems to be the only way to stop Mr. Trump from completely destroying America and congressional Democrats need the Republicans’ help in order to impeach and remove Mr. Trump from office.  We, the American people, must accept the fact that we too have a responsibility to do our part to correct the situation that America currently finds herself in.  And if congressional Republicans refuse to accept their responsibility to step up and do their duty to protect and serve America then we, the American people, must send them a clear message in the 2020 election by removing them from office.  It is incumbent upon us to do our civic duty and vote.  So always remember whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

The Great Obama Tan Suit Scandal

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent persuasive, and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Remember how indignant the Republicans became when President Obama wore a tan suit to a press conference?  The Republicans were really mad and they made public appearances to let American voters and the world know how disrespectful this was to the office of the presidency.  Now that the current Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is trampling on the Constitution, dividing Americans into factions by stoking hatred and fear, belittling our allies and praising our enemies, destroying America’s reputation domestically and abroad, denigrating immigrants, separating children from their parents at our southern border and putting them in cages, giving the rich a massive tax break while giving the middle class and poor the crumbs off the table, calling climate change a hoax and digging his heels in on an altered map that he displayed regarding the path of Hurricane Dorian, trying to destroy all things Obama whether or not they are good for America; and the list goes on, the Republicans remain silent!  Where are they and where is their collective voice?!

Oh yeah, before I move on I have to mention that many of Mr. Trump’s top-level cabinet members are under indictment or in jail, he just fired John Bolton – his third national security advisor (at least he says that he fired him although Mr. Bolton says he resigned) and Mr. Trump himself is faced with a truck load of legal problems.   Further, according to an article by Nicole Gaouette of CNN, he “has plowed through a secretary of state, a defense secretary and an attorney general.  He’s worked his way through an FBI chief, a director of national intelligence, a homeland security secretary, two White House chiefs of staff and five deputy national security advisers.  He’s seen an ambassador to the UN come and go, as well as a Mideast peace negotiator.”

And recently the media has been talking openly about a person who lives in the Washington DC area who was extremely close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that was spying on Mr. Putin for the CIA.  The kicker is that the media has also reported that this CIA asset was exfiltrated from Russia because of the fear that Mr. Trump might out him to Mr. Putin.  With a normal president, the media would likely not even report on something like this because on its face it would be ludicrous; but not so with Mr. Trump.  Why?  Because Mr. Trump is not a normal Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  He has cozied up to Russian president Vladimir Putin since the day that he was installed into office, refused to say anything negative about him or Russia, refused to implement sanctions against Russia that congress wanted implemented, and publicly sided with Mr. Putin against his own intelligence agencies.  And what have congressional Republicans done in the wake of all of this?!  They have remained silent!  Oh for the days of the Obama tan suit scandal!

Although Mr. Trump blatantly continues to lead America down a rabbit hole via his Kafkaesque style of leadership, if one can somehow muster the cojones to call it that, Washington Republicans continue to remain silent and enable him!  All of these so-called powerful politicians that Americans have perceived as walking the corridors of power with their hands always on the lever of power in order to protect America against all enemies foreign and domestic is a complete myth: they have been exposed by a neophyte, Mr. Donald J. Trump, who has literally brought them to their knees.  They are kissing his ring and anything else in the vicinity that he wants them to kiss while they are in this posture, in order to keep their job.

These Republicans and those in the news media continue to regularly talk about how Republicans need political cover so that they can do the right thing by carrying out their responsibility to apply the necessary checks and balances on Mr. Trump.  And they are doing this while our democracy is in danger of being completely destroyed or, at least, damaged to the point to where it is unrecognizable.  Please…give me a break!  I’m sick and tired of hearing about ‘political cover’; how about talking more about the real responsibility of these politicians and saving our democracy?!  The real responsibility of these politicians is to always hold the Donald J. Trump of the United States of America to account; not to curry favor with him unless political cover dictates otherwise.  Their sworn duty is to protect the Constitution and fulfill their responsibility to the American people!  And to do this does not require political cover; it simply requires a backbone and courage!

Mr. Trump has been successful in recruiting Attorney General William Barr and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to assist him in his quest to, as he puts it, “Make America Great Again” and it appears that he has successfully acquired the assistance of all of the congressional Republicans to assist him as well.  It does not matter whether these Republicans were recruited or intimidated into helping him; they are still complicit with him in his attempt to destroy America and her hard-gained Reputation of being the leader of the free world.

I have no doubt that many Democrats continue to respect and support Speaker Nancy Pelosi even if they might be starting to question why she remains so determined not to impeach the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  I am among those Democrats.  Although I question why she is so reluctant to impeach Mr. Trump I continue to support her and her decision not to impeach because of her outstanding record as a competent and effective Speaker.  Unfortunately, the decision not to move forward with impeachment is exacerbated by the confusing mixed messages that Democrats are sending.  They are obviously not all on the same page in their messaging because far too many of them are saying different things about whether they have begun impeachment proceedings, whether they will wait until polls show that the public supports it or whether they will bother with impeaching Mr. Trump at all.

Whether you are a Democrat who supports Speaker Pelosi’s decision not to impeach Mr. Trump or you are among those who do not support her decision it is obvious that something must be done to hold Mr. Trump accountable now before he completely ruins America.  The American people continue to be divided on what that ‘something’ should be and, as a result, it also continues to elude congressional Democrats.

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

The Trump Netanyahu Nexus

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, have come together and agreed to bar two U.S. members of congress – both of whom are women of color and Democrats, from entering Israel.  There has been talk about why Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were denied entry that ranged from them not following customary protocol to an Israeli law that bars anyone from entering Israel who promotes a boycott of Israel.  They ultimately settled on the Israeli law that prohibits anyone who promotes boycott legislation against Israel from entering the country.

Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu certainly could not go with the talking point that Representatives Omar and Tlaib did not follow customary protocol because that would have immediately exposed Prime Minister Netanyahu as a complete hypocrite: do you remember when he came to the United States and spoke on the floor of the United States Congress without informing the White House when President Obama was in office?  I do!  And I also remember that he went there with the specific purpose to undermine President Obama’s efforts to make a deal with Iran regarding nuclear weapons.  He was lobbing our congressmen to vote against their own president!

Prime Minister Netanyahu is well aware that the majority of Americans believe that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is a racist and that many of us believe that he is also a white supremacist.  Mr. Trump has publicly stated that “I am a nationalist…but not a white nationalist.”  It is very unlikely that Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that Mr. Trump is a “Nationalist but not a white nationalist!”  Prime Minister Netanyahu is also aware of how Mr. Trump has treated and continues to treat people of color in America yet-and-still he willingly works with him hand-in-glove while he implements his xenophobic agenda against the poor, women and anyone who is not white.  Prime Minister Netanyahu knows that this is not the right thing to do but he still does it in order to achieve his personal political goals.

American Republican politicians are just as bad as Prime Minister Netanyahu when it comes to their fear of Mr. Trump.  This fear fuels their willingness to continue to enable him and wink at his antics no matter how much they degrade the Office or how disgusting they are.  Furthermore, virtually all congressional politicians whether they are Democrats or Republicans are afraid to say anything negative about Israel even when chastisement is well deserved and despite what Prime Minister Netanyahu does in the way of kowtowing to Mr. Trump.  Although they know that Prime Minister Netanyahu is indulging Mr. Trump for political purposes while he accuses the two previously mentioned congresswomen of hating Israel, these American politicians remain virtually silent for their own political purposes.  They have also remained quiet for the same reason when Mr. Trump has accused his other political enemies – including American voters who didn’t vote for him, of hating Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and all of these congressmen know that those people that Mr. Trump is accusing of hating Israel don’t hate Israel.  They know that this is just a political ploy that Mr. Trump is using to keep his base excited in order to enhance his chances of getting reelected in 2020.  These congressmen should not stand by silently while Mr. Trump blatantly keeps his foot on the collective neck of people of color, women, and the poor.  Mr. Trump has proven time-and-again that he is incapable of being shamed.  But these politicians who are enabling him should be ashamed of themselves.  And if they have even a grain of dignity left, a desire to live up to the oath that they took when they were sworn into office, and any empathy whatsoever for those whom they were elected to serve and humanity in general then they should speak up.

They should speak truth to power to both the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and to Prime Minister Netanyahu!  After all, Israel, which is headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, receives billions of dollars in aid from the United States so he should be held to account also!  All of those tax dollars that provide that aid to Israel come from American tax payers and that means that a part of that is my money too!  Prime Minister Netanyahu should not be baring U.S. congresswomen from entering Israel at the urging of Mr. Trump simply to please him.

Whether or not these American congressmen will have the courage to stand up to Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu remains to be seen.  But I have no doubt that there are plenty of other people of color and white people who believe in truth and fairness who feel the same way that I do.  Even if politicians do not meet the challenge and speak up I am confident that those people of color and white people that were just mentioned will.  That notwithstanding, the fact is that it is incumbent upon our elected politicians to stand up to Mr. Trump and anyone else who challenges our democracy no matter how major or minor that challenge might be.

These politicians should be constantly working to pull all people – no matter the color of their skin, to the side of the ledger that our founders envisioned for America and not abandon them without leadership and guidance on Mr. Trump’s side of it.  They should not allow Mr. Trump to infect and corrupt everything that America stands for and has ever stood for in order to line the pockets of himself and his family.  We are Americans and, just like these elected politicians, all of us have a responsibility to America and our fellow Americans as well.

Therefore, we need to fulfill our responsibility, which includes the responsibility to vote, to insure that our democracy will remain strong by doing the right thing even when it is hard.  And with the ball of confusion that Mr. Trump has wrapped all Americans up in and with his helter-skelter leadership (if one can call it that) style, it is hard.  Too many of us have retreated to our comfortable corners where all of the people look and think like us, circled the wagons and are prepared for what we perceive to be the battle to come.  We don’t trust anyone outside of our circled wagons.

This is not the way that things should be.  Too many of us have allowed Mr. Trump to instill fear in us and either pull us over to his side of the ledger or so badly divide us that we find ourselves unable to function as normal, reasonable human beings.  Mr. Trump is used to all of this confusion and divisiveness because this is how he has lived his entire life and now he is trying to get the rest of America to normalize this madness.  Let’s not allow this to happen.  Instead, let’s use our power, which is our vote, to place someone in the Oval Office who is worthy of it and who as president will honor the Office and its long-held honorable traditions.

So always remember, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

Trump, His Minions, And Jeffrey Epstein

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

After the mysterious death of Jeffrey Epstein, the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and his minions are trying to get ahead of the curve on anything that might be said about Mr. Trump’s involvement with him.  Just like Attorney General William Barr did with the Mueller Report they want to put a Mr. Trump spin on any involvement that Mr. Trump had with Jeffrey Epstein.  They are attempting to do this by obfuscating and laying any potential findings of wrongdoing by those associated with Mr. Epstein squarely at the feet of everyone else; especially those among those ‘everyone else’ who are Democrats or who support Democrats.

Just like Mr. Barr’s promulgation almost a month ahead of time of his false narrative on the Mueller Report conclusion before the media and the public had the opportunity to read the redacted version of this Report and draw their own conclusion was misleading in favor of Mr. Trump and caused confusion; Mr. Trump and his minions are trying to do the same thing with the Jeffrey Epstein situation.  The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America kicked off his efforts to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein, obfuscate and create confusion around his own involvement with him by retweeting a conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein and former president Bill Clinton.

Shortly after Mr. Trump’s tweet, Mrs. Kellyanne Conway – Mr. Trump’s counselor, defended Mr. Trump’s retweet of this conspiracy theory by downplaying it and saying that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America just “wants everything to be investigated.”  To suggest that this is why Mr. Trump retweeted this conspiracy theory, on its face, is highly questionable since Mr. Trump has done everything in his power to block congress from getting to the truth about things concerning him (that could possibly exonerate him) in their ongoing investigations involving him.

And as far as the Department of Justice (DOJ) conducting an investigation into Mr. Epstein’s untimely death and Mr. Trump’s previous involvement with him, their credibility is currently barely above zero so why should anyone believe any conclusion that the DOJ arrives at?!  Mr. Barr has already proven that he is just a Trump toady!  And unfortunately, the FBI operates under his jurisdiction so no matter how honest, dedicated, professional and above board the individuals that are a part of the FBI might be, their collective conclusion can easily be tainted by him.

Based on documents that were recently unsealed by the court, there were many high-level US government officials and other high-level socialites and foreign officials that were associated with Mr. Epstein.  Existing news clips show that before he became the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America, Mr. Trump was aware of Mr. Epstein’s affinity for extremely young women and that he partied with him.  This does not mean that Mr. Trump was aware that Mr. Epstein was trafficking in young girls but by association the implication is there and that is why an honest, above board investigation needs to be conducted.

Such an investigation can serve to either clear or implicate Mr. Trump.  Should it indicate that he was aware that Mr. Epstein was involved in unlawful activities and that Mr. Trump continued to associate himself with him, then the proper persons or official organizations can determine how to proceed.  However, such an investigation would be made more difficult and its outcome harder to accept as fully credible if anyone attempts to obfuscate by putting up roadblocks or interfering in any other way.  This is why Mr. Trump, Kellyanne Conway and all of his other minions should refrain from putting forward conspiracy theories or doing anything else that will taint the Epstein investigation.

One could reasonably argue for a number of reasons that Attorney General William Barr should recuse himself from this case.  How helpful that might be is questionable because of how badly the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Attorney General Barr have already tainted the credibility of the DOJ: no one knows how deep the political rot has already penetrated.  So although a recusal would be the right thing to do, it might not do much to enhance the credibility of the findings or ultimate conclusion determined.

The likelihood that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and those around him will allow an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s death to go forward without interference is already obvious.  They will not.  The investigation has only just begun and Mr. Trump has interjected himself into it by tossing a conspiracy theory up against the wall of things that will need to be investigated to see if it will stick.  This conspiracy theory has already gained traction and is spreading fast.  At the same time, Attorney General Barr is continuing to work hard to put the ‘Trump spin’ on things in advance of any actual findings and the final determination of the case.

Americans have been and continue to be given blaring warning signs that America is headed in the wrong direction and that our democracy is in imminent danger.  We have an election coming up in 2020 and through our vote, we can do something to change the situation and the direction in which we are traveling.  Hopefully we will have the courage to make that change.  So always remember, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

Welcome To The Inception Of Trump’s America

Conceived shortly after his unexpected 2016 election win, Mr. Donald J. Trump’s conception of Trump’s America has finally begun to materialize.  The record indicates via his sordid personal, business and political history that he has lived his entire life in the “Trump’s America” bubble.  And now as the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America he is trying to expand the “Trump’s America” bubble so that it covers, not just the echoes of his mind, but all of the real America.

Working out of the Oval Office with the strong support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans in the Senate and House, he is moving full speed ahead to implement his full agenda.  Because Mr. Trump’s self-proclaimed “I am a nationalist” proclamation appears to be an intricate part of his “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) crusade, which he is hell bent on bringing to fruition no matter the cost, and his base – that appears to espouse these white nationalist ideals and is strongly focused on the second amendment of the Constitution is also an intricate part of his MAGA crusade, and all of these things smoothly dovetail with his constant hateful rhetoric, the latest mass shootings are worth mentioning.

There have recently been shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that have involved the use of assault-type weapons that have killed at least 31 people and wounded at least 40 others.  So far the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has had very little to say about it that serves to console the American people and bring us together; and congressional Republicans have continued to eschew their responsibility to speak truth to power by failing to confront him for his lack of leadership.

Even the lip service that they have provided has been sparse likely due to their fear of upsetting Mr. Trump.  Senator Ted Cruise spouted some strong words denouncing white supremacy and hatred that might have had a stronger impact on the American people had the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America said them even though the majority of Americans would have known that they were the words of a proven liar and hypocrite.  They would have known that they were the hollow words of “Teleprompter Trump” and not the sincere words of “Trump bubble” Trump.

Neither Senator Ted Cruise nor any of the other congressional Republicans should be given a free pass for not standing up to Mr. Trump because they are afraid that they will not be reelected if they do.  What good are they to America anyway if they are reelected if they refuse to do their sworn duty to protect America against all enemies foreign and domestic?!  Are Americans supposed to reelect these politicians just for the sake of reelecting them?!  I don’t think so!

As the Trump train continues to barrel forward like some bizarre version of the train in the movie “Unstoppable”, without our elected politicians in Washington stepping up and doing their job, Americans can only hope and pray that the Trump train will have an ending as uplifting as the one in the movie…  Or – beyond hopes and prayers, we can wait until the 2020 election when American voters will have the opportunity to send these politicians a “no uncertain terms” message that we will not tolerate their cowardice and that they will pay dearly during elections for any dereliction of duty.  Hopefully, we will have the courage to do this.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many other Republicans have said that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is not a racist.  And even after the horrific events that recently took place in Texas and Ohio, their silence says that they continue to believe this; or at least, that is the way that they are going to continue to spin his racist behavior.  The definition of racist in every dictionary that I know of says that Mr. Trump is a racist.  And how all of his Republican minions can continue to say to the public that he isn’t without being challenged is a mystery to me.

How they can continue to say that he is blameless in the terrible situation of hatred and divisiveness that we currently find ourselves in is also a mystery to me.  If Republicans say that Mr. Trump is not a racist then someone needs to ask them what their definition of racist is!  And if they say that it is ridiculous to lay any blame on him for what these latest two shooters have done then should we not attribute any blame to those of foreign countries who radicalize foreign terrorist and urge them to wreak havoc in our country?!

By spewing the language of hate and divisiveness the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is radicalizing those who are committing the heinous acts like those that occurred in Texas and Ohio.  It can reasonably be argued as to whether he is doing this by accident or on purpose but it is obvious that he is doing it so to deny that would be farcical.  The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has said publicly that he is a nationalist and tried to spin his statement in such a way as to say he is a nationalist but not a white nationalist.

Most of the American people who heard him say that he is a nationalist but is not a white nationalist likely believe that this is a ludicrous statement.  After all, white nationalist certainly believe that he means that he is a white nationalist and they have made this known whether directly or indirectly.  But most importantly, this is not something that a president who knows and understands the importance of this office and what the impact of what he says has on America and the rest of the world should say.  They should know that words have consequences; especially the words of the most powerful person in the world!

If Americans intend to survive the situation that we find ourselves in while maintaining our democracy as we know it we must act now and in the 2020 election.  We must act now by holding Mr. Trump accountable for his lawlessness and the damage that he has done and is doing to America.  And we must hold him and those in congress who have enabled him and continue to do so to account in the 2020 election.  This article has spoken at length about the cowardice of congressional Republicans because they refuse to stand up to Mr. Trump and speak truth to power.  As American voters we too have a responsibility to do the right thing.  It is important that we do more than just provide lip service.  All eligible voters must fulfill our civic duty to vote; especially in light of America’s current situation.

Since Russia interfered in our 2016 election for the precise purpose of helping Mr. Trump to get elected, to pit Americans against one another and to create animosity and confusion, there is no doubt that they are thrilled with what is happening in America!  But we can fix things with our vote.  And once we have a president in office that is serious about upholding their sworn oath to protect America and to place her interest above their personal interest, we can demonstrate to Russia that they were wrong to interfere in our election and let them know that such interference will not be tolerated.

And once we fix things by way of our vote in 2020, it will serve to reinforce how important it is that you always remember that whether you are a Democrat Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

The Democrats’ Where To From Here Conundrum

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”  This is a quote from the late President John F. Kennedy that is strikingly relevant for the situation that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents find themselves in today.  Elected politicians and everyday Americans – whether or not they are of voting age – must make a choice as regards the position that they will take on the issue of “the great enemy of the truth.”

Washington congressional politicians have already decided which side of this issue that they will stand on and their decision breaks almost perfectly along party lines.  The Republicans, minus a few – the number of which can be counted on one hand, have chosen to accept the lies and to believe in myths while the Democrats have chosen to reject them.  To be fair, I must also state that there are a few Democrats who have sided with the Republicans.  I am not sure where Washington congressional Independents stand but they likely stand with the party that they caucus with.  Therefore it is crucial that the American people who are not elected politicians make it perfectly clear to our elected politicians which side of the issue that we stand on: will we accept lies and believe in myths or will we stand for truth and facts and protect the United States Constitution?

Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is at the epicenter of the conundrum that Washington congressional Democrats and all other Americans now find themselves in.  This “don’t believe what you see and hear, believe me” Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has capitalized on divisiveness, hate and fear and used it to lull Americans to sleep in his effort to reinforce and continue to grow his political power and personal riches.  And it is obvious that although he is a proven liar, many Americans believe and have accepted the things that he is telling them.  Washington congressional Democratic politicians and all other Americans who believe that Mr. Trump is leading this country in the wrong direction must find a way to successfully address this problem.

So far, congressional Democrats have had limited success in their efforts to fix it.  They have tried almost everything that they can think of, short of opening impeachment proceedings, to stop this Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America from continuing in his refusal to be a Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America to all of the American people and leading the country backwards in order to sustain the support of his political base.  His aide, Steven Miller, says that he already is the [Mr. Donald J. Trump] for all of the American people.  Although many of the previously mentioned congressional Democrats support impeaching Mr. Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has steadfastly resisted this option.

Many pundits say that Speaker Polosi’s opposition to impeaching Mr. Trump is a political decision and is not based on “the right thing to do.”  I believe that her decision is an efficacy decision and not a political one.  It is not that she is not interested in doing “the right thing.”  But instead, she is interested in effectively solving the problem while doing the right thing.  In other words, it does not do anyone any good who is interested in changing things to impeach Mr. Trump if the Senate fails to convict him and remove him from office.  If the Senate fails to convict Mr. Trump – which based on all of the information available right now they would not convict him, then the problem would not be effectively resolved; the process will only have reinforced Mr. Trump’s position and would serve as fodder against those running in the 2020 election who voted to impeach him.

Mr. Trump is a reality show Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and he likely knows almost everything there is to know about television ratings and manipulating those who generate those ratings.  As a result, he can assure that combined they will have the maximum impact on the audience that he is playing to at any given time.  He is very aware that we live in a world where people (his audience) are more interested in the drama of the situation and loud voices than they are in – to what the majority of Americans might find, the boring facts and the drudgery surrounding comprehending those facts, and then consistently applying them in order to effectuate effective governance.  Because he is a reality show Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America, Mr. Trump is a master of playing to his audience.  And in addition to this because he is amoral, cannot be shamed and has no bottom when it comes to how low he can go in order to win or get his way, this gives him a great advantage over all of his adversaries.  The situation that America finds itself in is just a part of the reality show that Mr. Trump stumbled into in 2016 while trying to create the world’s greatest infomercial; he did not expect to win the election!

As it turns out, winning the election was probably Mr. Trump’s worst nightmare.  And if it is not his worst nightmare, it certainly is that of the majority of Americans.  For those who do not agree with my perspective on America’s current situation, my perspective and the various perspectives of all Americans are something that deserves reasonable discourse by those politicians who we have elected to represent us.  But in order to have effective discourse that has the potential to effectively solve the problem, all constituents must be represented by those who they – by way of majority vote – elected to represent them.  These elected officials, including the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America, must represent all of their constituents; even those who did not vote for them.  We can and must assure that this is indeed the case.  The best way that we can assure that it is actually the case is through our vote.  So always remember, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote is the most important one of all…unless you don’t use it!

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line