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Lies, Trump And If His Lips Are Moving

As we grind our way to Election Day 2020, which is only 56 days away, Mr. Trump’s lips are continuing to move.  And if The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America’s lips are moving and he is not either eating or drinking then he is likely lying.  It does not matter if whatever ridiculous thing that he has done or said is on audio tape, video tape and was witnessed by one person or millions of people, if he believes that it is in Donald J. Trump’s best interest to lie then you can rest assured that he will lie.  He will lie without shame or any sign of discomfort and refuse to recant it or apologize for any wrongdoing that he obviously has done.  The word of The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is without weight and meaningless because he is a proven habitual liar!  It is reasonable to expect that any reasonable person would not trust him or have confidence in anything that he says without a myriad of unassailable evidence to support his claims.

Being associated with Mr. Trump in any way, no matter how minor that association might be, is absolutely exhausting and tends to wear all of those in his orbit down to a nub; down to the very substance of their existence.  Perhaps he knows this and it is just one of the tools in his toolbox that he uses to get his way in all matters Trump.  Having said that, it is not an excuse for those in his cabinet, his aides, senators and members of congress to duck out on their responsibility to the American people because most, if not all of them, took an oath to defend this country against enemies foreign and domestic.  Even if there are some among them who did not take an oath, the jobs that they hold demand that they uphold their responsibility to the American people.

I raise the issue of the responsibility of Mr. Trump’s cabinet members, aides and the senators and members of congress to the American people because The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America once again has found himself in a situation where, since it is in the best interest of Donald J. Trump, he is willing to lie.  And when he tells these boldface lies, he demands the loyalty and backing of all of the above mentioned people in supporting those lies if they are to avoid the risk of becoming the targets of his vicious ire, which could include having their careers cut short and having their lives completely ruined.  Unfortunately, and perhaps for this reason, the vast majority of these cabinet members, aides, senators and members of congress have sold their souls to him and become his personal toadies; even if it is at the cost of destroying our precious Democracy.

Specifically speaking, the situation that The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America finds himself in now is that he has referred to those patriots who are in the American military, some of whom are fallen soldiers, as “suckers” and “losers” and his remarks have come home to roost with the 2020 Election Day being just 56 days away.  And that was not all that he said.  He said that he “did not get it” as to why these men and women would offer such service and in the case of some, sacrifice their lives for this country: “what’s in it for them” he asked.  To make matters even worse, he is down in the polls.  Time to lie!  So he lies and all of his toadies are supporting him.  Among his most loyal toadies is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Although every Republican in the senate – with the exception of Senator Mitt Romney – is enabling Mr. Trump, because of the tremendous power that he wields, which allows him to drive Mr. Trump’s agenda almost singlehandedly, it is worth accentuating Senate Majority Leader McConnell by calling him out by name.

Those men and women in the military, whether or not they made the ultimate sacrifice, are not suckers for serving their country.  They are heroes.  And the only losers in the situation that we the American people find ourselves in are Mr. Trump’s toadies; those people who are enabling him to wreak havoc on America.  They are the ones who have chosen to forget what it means to serve ones country with honor.  On November 3, 2020, American voters can put an end to the incessant lies that this The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America continues to tell.  We can vote Mr. Trump out of office and replace him with a real president who will be someone who is fit to be the Commander-in-Chief of the United States military: someone who will treat our military men and women with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is not the only one who must be held to account on November 3, 2020 for what has been done under his watch to destroy our Democracy and the American way of life, all of those cabinet members, aides, senators and members of congress who have enabled him must also be held to account.  To paraphrase the words from a political ad produced by The Lincoln Project concerning Mr. Trump’s enablers; remember their names and never trust them again!  Let’s hold Mr. Trump and his enablers accountable for their decisions and actions.  On November 3, 2020, let’s vote all of them out of office.  Power recognizes power; it’s the only thing that Mr. Trump and his toadies truly understand.  That is why no matter how many obstacles that are placed in your path and how much effort it takes to surmount them you must make your voice heard.  You must vote!

The right to vote – one person one vote – is headed in the wrong direction under the watch of Mr. Trump.  The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is reinforced in his ability to erect all of these seemingly endless roadblocks to limit Americans’ right to vote, in large part, due to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court of the United States (SOCTUS).  The gutting of this major piece of civil rights legislation in 2013 came about not just under the watch of Chief Justice John Roberts, who has been trying to gut the Voting Rights Act for decades, but with his strong support.  He provided the deciding vote in this five (5) to four (4) decision gutting this Act that allowed this SOTUS decision to pass.

We, the American people, need to stop this march back to the days of Jim Crow initiated by Mr. Trump.  Again, we can do this on November 3rd by way of our vote: Let’s do it.  So whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent always remember, 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

 

Seventy-three Days Of Night; A Fight For The Soul Of America

There are seventy-three days left until Election Day 2020 and Americans are in one of the biggest, if not the biggest, fights of our life.  No matter which side of this fight that we are on we are in the fight for the very soul of America.  The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and his minions are battling to suck what serves as the life-giving blood out of America during this extended period of night.  Mr. Trump and his minions are virtual vampires that are trying desperately to drain America of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The Declaration of Independence specifically states that these unalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – have been bestowed upon all humans by their creator.  And although the Constitution stops short of specifically mentioning happiness, it specifically mentions life and liberty.  As Americans, we have long known that life and liberty allows us the opportunity to be the best that we can possibly be and that they are key components to our potential to pursue livelihood as we see fit and establish a free and happy life at whatever level in society that we choose and are capable of reaching…i.e., “the pursuit of happiness.”  So, although the Constitution does not specifically mention “the pursuit of happiness,” it without doubt implies that we are entitled to this.

What are these virtual vampires doing to suck the blood out of America and make those of us who would prefer to keep America great rather than join the Trump clan who want to participate in a so-called rebirth of America to “Make America Great Again”?  They are joined at the hip with Mr. Trump in all of his shenanigans to do anything and everything that it takes to hold onto power by:

  • According to the book “Hoax” by Brian Stelter (and long-held suspicions held by a large percentage of the American people), allowing Fox News to vicariously run the country by allowing Fox News to determine his decisions and policies many of which completely ignore science and are based on conspiracy theories
  • Pretending that Coronavirus/COVID-19 does not exist, misinforming the American people about this disease and knowingly and willingly putting them in danger
  • Spreading rumors, without evidence, that mail-in ballots will be rife with fraud and as a result…
  • Withholding badly needed funding for the post office that will help them to get mail-in ballots to the polls on time so that they will be counted
  • Removing mail sorting machines from post offices
  • Eliminating overtime at post offices
  • Firing post office managers or removing them from their current positions
  • Removing post office mailboxes from off the streets where they have long stood
  • Treating election mail (ballots) like bulk mail rather than first class mail
  • Refusing to address foreign interference in our elections and instead soliciting their help in his own reelection
  • Using the Department of Justice to punish his enemies and help his friends
  • Using the Department of State and other Departments to line his own pockets
  • Firing those who openly disagree with him or investigate any allegations against him even if an investigation is warranted
  • Replacing longtime, qualified civil servants with large donors/political hacks
  • Lying about almost everything…even when the truth would be as good or better…
  • And the list goes on

Right now The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is doing everything that he can to destroy the United States Postal Service, undermine the American election process by causing the American people to question its integrity and fairness and thereby lose confidence in the entire system and to suppress the vote in any other way possible so that he can be reelected.  He is emboldened by the fact that the Republican-led Senate refused to convict him, despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, after he was impeached by the House.  He is ignoring all of the norms associated with the position that he holds and is handing out pardons to his convicted friends like candy to children on Halloween!

Mr. Trump was an extremely dangerous and freighting man as a regular American because of the power that he commanded due to his wealth and influence as a celebrity.  But he is even more dangerous and freighting now because of the enormous power that he wields as The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  He is the most powerful man in the world and holds the potential to almost singlehandedly destroy our democracy!  It is unfortunate but it appears that that is exactly what he is trying to do.  And that is why that no matter how many obstacles that he and his Republican minions place in our way in an effort to keep us from voting, we must surmount those obstacles and vote anyway!  I literally cannot say this too many times before Election Day 2020!  Hopefully I will not need to continue to say it after Election Day because we will have voted him and all of his enablers out of office.

Let us not become complacent and not vote due to the obstacles that Mr. Trump and his minions place in our path and we feel that they are too hard to deal with.  Let us not become complacent because Vice President Joe Biden currently has a comfortable lead according to the polls and that his running mate Senator Kamala Harris poses a formidable challenge to whomever Mr. Trump’s running mate might be: The stakes are just too high.  Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris need you!  America needs you!  So always remember, 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

Important Americans…And Then The Rest Of Us

Have you ever tried to get information of any kind to what America considers to be “important” Americans?  Let me be clear, I mean people like past presidents, past first ladies, past Senators and Representatives (current Senators and Representatives?)…and cable news talk show hosts?  I have.  It is virtually impossible!  In my case, it doesn’t matter whether I use high-tech mail or snail mail it just can’t seem to find its way to the person that I am sending it to.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that “important” people have to be protected from gadflies, unlike the rest of Americans who can receive tons of junk mail each year and be subjected to salespeople or anyone else who wants to plug a bogus name into our caller ID – no matter how much we might complain to our elected officials about it and ask them to fix this problem, because they are “important.”  I have come to grips with the presumed fact that the rest of us are not “important?”  So I think that maybe I accept it?  However, I’m not yet sure about all of this so I am still working on it…it sure can be confusing!

I was moved to write this piece because I was so filled with pride and happiness when Mr. Barrack Obama was elected president that I wrote a poem about him and the First Lady.  I knew how I felt and I believed that virtually all Black Americans held these same feelings so I wanted the President and First Lady to have this poem and have the opportunity to read it, hear my interpretation of it and possibly vicariously feel the overwhelming pride and exhilaration that all of us Black Americans were feeling as a result of them leading our great country, America.  I was so filled with pride and excitement that I gave this poem to the head of the Democratic Party in Denver and asked her if she would see to it that the President and First Lady received it; she said that she would try to see that this happened.  In addition to giving my poem to her, I gave it to the major television stations in Denver and tried to convince them that it was newsworthy.  They didn’t buy it.  So here it is twelve years later and the President and First Lady still have not had an opportunity to read this poem or had the opportunity to be exposed to or even try to experience the great happiness and pride that overwhelms me, and I believe all Black Americans, every time that I think about them.

I acknowledge that there cannot be even the slightest comparison to what President and First Lady Obama tried to do during President Obama’s term in office – and are still trying to do – and the overwhelming pride that I feel and have expressed in my poem, but it is the most eloquent way that I can come up with to express the agape love and great pride that I, and I believe all Black Americans, have for him and our First Lady…so I ask that you will please indulge me this one time.  My point is that I have tried to the best of my ability to get this poem to President Obama and the First Lady but have been unsuccessful.  This leads to the perfect segue into the other “important” Americans, past and current Senators and Representatives and the cable news talk show folks.  Whenever I have tried to reach them my snail mail has come back to me marked “return to sender.”  How sentimental, I can’t help but to reminisce about an old Elvis Pressley song…you know it; “Return To Sender.”

Sometimes I can’t help but to wonder if it is not only because I am not on the “important” Americans list but maybe it is because I am on some “important” Americans’ bad guy list.  I do write a lot of articles about “important” Americans and I have heard that if you use certain names or words on the phone, via electronic mail or via any articles that you write on your computer and/or post to a website, that those names and words are picked up by those monitoring for them and may generate scrutiny by the monitors.  Whoa, just thinking about that scares me!  Just for the record, I’m not a bad guy.  Anyway, this regular American can’t seem to get in touch with “important” Americans: Maybe some regular Americans can but even if they can, they don’t seem to have any impact, especially with our elected officials.  If they can get in contact with them and have some impact, why are we having all of these protests and why does nothing seem to effectuate any change without such protests; why doesn’t it at least stem the endless tide of the divisive statements and incitement to violence based on race by The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America?!  Obviously, it has neither brought about his removal from office nor has it stopped him from publically exhibiting this shameful behavior, which makes his unfitness for the highest office in America painfully obvious!

Protests in every state in our country; with the way that things are going in our federal government right now, who would have thunk (not misspelled) it?!  I mean, just because the checks and balances on the Executive Branch of government have been pushed over the edge of the cliff – by the Executive Branch – and are hanging on solely by their metaphorical fingernails does not mean that the American people should panic, does it?  And that The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has become completely unhinged, in large part, as a result of observing this, and attributed it to his grip on power; that should not give Americans pause, should it?  After all, he says that the coronavirus pandemic is under control and that the things that the press is saying about Russia placing a bounty on the heads of American soldiers is a hoax, that Americans should discount this “fake news” and move on with our lives.  With his track record surly we can believe and trust him…right?!

Think about it.  America is in very deep trouble and even if all of us do our civic duty and vote Mr. Trump and all of his enablers out of office in November, we will still be faced with a long and arduous uphill battle.  This is indeed a battle for the soul of America; and if we don’t vote him and his lackeys out of office then America will continue to be drawn by the siren call of The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America until she crashes upon the unseen rocks and her pieces will be carried away by the whim of various currents to a myriad of unknown places.  True, Sirens should still exist only in folklore; but Mr. Trump exists in a Trump World bubble and has become the siren of folklore personified in our modern day world.  He has lured many other elected and appointed officials into his orbit, mesmerized them and they now belong to him: they have completely failed to honor the oath of office that they took and have utterly failed to move America in the direction that the majority of the American people want her to travel.

Before I close, let’s address paragraph two of this article, a paragraph that to some might appear to be somewhat incongruent to this piece, and determine what in the world the poem that I wrote in honor of President and First Lady Obama has to do with the rest of the article.  Okay, here we go.

President Obama:

  • Was the President of all of the people, not just those who voted for him
    • I’m proud of that
  • Worked to pull us together as Americans, not to divide us and pit us against one another
    • I’m proud of that
  • Was pensive, he put a lot of thought into what American policy should be
    • I’m proud of that
  • Listened
    • I’m proud of that
  • Valued all civil servants, their experience and expertise and thoughtfully weighed the advice given to him by heads of their departments and his cabinet members
    • I’m proud of that
  • Did not tweet his way through domestic and foreign policy
    • I’m proud of that
  • Was the first African American President of the United States of America
    • I’m proud of that
  • As President, placed the interest of America above his personal interest…and the list goes on
    • I’m proud of that

I was extremely proud then and remain extremely proud now of President and First Lady Obama.  The fact that I am an African American only intensifies that sense of pride.  I really wanted to get that poem to them, especially, sense I was inspired by them to write it and wrote it in their honor.  I could not get it to them then and, to this day, still cannot get it to them: it’s sort of like the rest of the unimportant people who can’t seem to get through to the “important” people who represent them in order to bring about desired change.  Hence, protests and demonstrations.

Now that those of you who were scratching your head about paragraph two of this article know why it is there, your mind should be free to focus on and dwell on the final and urgently important message that I want to leave you with.  That message is this: whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, always remember, 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 Donald J. Trump Strain: Democracy Under Siege

Since the day that Mr. Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, the democracy of the United States of America has been under siege.  To my knowledge, no democracy has ever lasted longer than that of the United States of America.  My hypothetical equation as to how much damage that our democracy will sustain under the so called leadership of Mr. Trump, if we will recover from it or whether it will even last is this: (18000 L + TIO + IATIO)/3.5 Y x DJT Lifespan = DJTDTD.  In this equation “L” = lies, “TIO” = time in office, “IATIO” = influence after time in office, “Y” = years, “DJT” = Donald J. Trump and DJTDTD = Donald J. Trump damage to democracy.  So to state the equation, it is: the sum of 18,000 lies plus time in office plus influence after time in office divided by 3.5 years times Donald J. Trump lifespan = Donald J. Trump damage to democracy.  In other words, the democracy of the United States of America could hinge on this hypothetical equation and whether or not, by way of our vote, we will cut that “TIO” short.  If we cut it short, America stands a much greater chance of continuing to survive as a democracy.

What did we get ourselves into when America elected Mr. Trump – according to the American intelligence community, with Russia’s help?!  Only history will reveal the complete story.  Unfortunately, many of us will not be around when the final chapter of this occupier of the Oval Office, The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is revealed.  Whether or not we are around for the final chapter, we are all witnesses right now to the unfettered carnage that Mr. Trump has unleashed and is continuing to unleash on America.

With the Novel Coronavirus that has America in its grip – and to date has killed almost 120,000 Americans – and protests in every state of the United States and around the world because of the rate at which the police are brutalizing and murdering black men and women as if our lives do not matter, The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has chosen to move on from the coronavirus pandemic and focus on his reelection campaign.  He has moved on from the coronavirus problem by pretending that the pandemic no longer exists in America and is in essence discouraging Americans from wearing masks and from social distancing. He and his Republican minions in the House and Senate are pushing “reopening” America with little to no regard given to advice by scientists and health experts as to how to handle such a reopening.

As regards the brutalization and murders of black men and women by police and the need for transformational reform in the 18,000 police departments throughout the United States, Mr. Trump and almost all congressional Republicans insist that there is not systemic racism in the police departments around the country and that a “few bad apples” in these police departments are causing these problems.  They insist that the problems in police departments can be solved with more training and a bit of tweaking.  Those in the United States and around the world who have been protesting and demanding change because of the way that the police in America treat black people obviously disagree.  And they are continuing to express that disagreement.

Mr. Trump and his administration have failed miserably to provide America and the American people with the leadership that we deserve.  The United States State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ) have succumbed to Mr. Trump’s influence and have now become completely possessed by him.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo eagerly carries Mr. Trump’s water and DOJ head, William Barr, is nothing more than Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer.  He has done nothing to act as the American peoples’ lawyer and he has lost the confidence of his predecessors, his peers and many of those civil servants who, unfortunately, fall under his auspices.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Trump former National Security Advisor John Bolton.  Mr. Bolton, for whatever reason – I believe it was for consideration of future potential profit from a book that he wrote, was also among those who protected and enabled Mr. Trump: he refused to testify in the House impeachment proceedings and said that he would only testify before the senate if subpoenaed.  With the Republican-led senate, guided by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hell-bent on clearing Mr. Trump of all Impeachment charges to the point where they chose to have a trial without calling any witnesses, Mr. Bolton did not have to concern himself about being subpoenaed.  He likely knew this in advance.  And although Mr. Bolton’s testimony probably would not have changed the final result of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, it would have put more pressure on the senate to avoid presenting a sham trial to the American people.  I agree with Congressman Adam Schiff; former National Security Advisor John Bolton might be an author but he is not a patriot!

The failed well-warranted attempt to impeach and convict Mr. Trump allowed him to remain in office to complete his first term.  And there is no doubt that The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America can do a tremendous amount of damage between now and the time that he leaves office if he should lose.  But he can do far more damage if he is given another four years.  Whether you support Mr. Trump or feel that America needs a new president, it is incumbent upon all of us to vote this November.  And if we all vote no matter how many roadblocks that Mr. Trump and his Republican minions place in our paths, I am confident that America will have a new president in office in January 2021.  I believe that that new president will be a Democrat.  I also believe that all of those elected officials who placed their personal and political ambition above their oath to defend America against all enemies foreign and domestic and blindly followed The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America will be held to account and will be replaced.

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

Is Justice Truly Blind Or Does She Just See White?

With the handling of the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, the effort by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss all charges against General Michael Flynn, the reduction of the sentence of Roger Stone and the release of Paul Manafort from jail to complete the rest of his sentence at home under house arrest, it does cause one to question whether lady justice is really blind or if she only sees white; especially if those “ones” are people of color.  This applies even more so to those “ones” if they are Black.

Heck, right now The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is even trying to get President Barrack Obama investigated under a trumped up (pun intended) charge that he is calling Obamagate.  When reporter Phil Rucker from The Washington Post asked him what the specific crime was that he was referring to The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America responded “you know what it is, just read the newspapers – except yours; you’re fake news.”  I’m pretty sure that the so called crime that he was referring to was PWB or President While Black.  Why Not?  If you are going to have a trumped up charge, why not pair it with a trumped up crime?  That would make perfect sense to any self-proclaimed stable genius, right?

With the deaths from COVID-19 approaching 90,000, The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is promulgating the news that “vaccine or no vaccine, we are back.”  He is not only encouraging all of the states to completely reopen but he is pressuring them to do so.  He is also advocating that all of the schools reopen.  He says that, in the scheme of things, COVID-19 is impacting on a very small number of the American people and that among those who get this virus, many of them end up with only sniffles.  Further, among those who get it, he believes that the vast majority of them not only recover but they become immune.  Problem solved!  So in the mind of any self-proclaimed stable genius, there is no need to do any further research on this virus, right?

Most Americans – whether they are Democrats or Republicans are afraid to begin to return to work, eat at restaurants, go to bars, go to beauty solons, go to barbershops, attend sports events or do anything else that involves close contact with other people without first hearing the truth about the current status of COVID-19, whether America has it contained and/or controlled and what her plan is for reopening our country.  The American people are hungry for leadership and guidance from all levels of our government.  And although governors are striving to provide it, they are struggling due to a dearth of leadership at the federal level; especially at the very top level!  Bottom line?  The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has abandoned the American people – including state and local elected officials – in an effort to assure that he will be reelected.  How ironic.  But it makes perfect sense to a self-proclaimed stable genius, right?

With a weak-kneed senate led by weak-kneed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it is obvious that the American people are going to have to take the lead to save America.  Mitch McConnell led the senate in its successful effort to avoid convicting The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America of those things that were leveled against him in his impeachment trial and removing him from office although the evidence against him was voluminous.  He and all of his fellow Republicans are continuing to protect and enable Mr. Trump amid this terrible COVID-19 crisis by circling the partisan wagons around him.  They eagerly kowtow to him for political reasons rife with greed and personal gain.  The oath that they took when they took office has long become empty words whose only worth is to serve as fodder to fuel the fire of their own personal ambition and greed and to fuel the fire of the reelection campaign of Mr. Donald J. Trump.

All of those who support and enable Mr. Trump and The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America himself must be held to account for what has happened in America during Mr. Trump’s tenure as the occupier of the Oval Office.  It is crystal clear that those of his supporters who now hold office as representatives and senators are not going to honor their oath of office and step up and protect America against “enemies foreign and domestic.”  But “we the people” can still uphold our duty as American citizens.  We can do this in November 2020 by voting those out of office who have forgotten why they were elected and have with bold arrogance flagrantly trampled on and trashed their oath of office.

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

Democrats Bring Knives To A Gunfight

For as long as I can remember all Republicans and a lot of other people regardless of their party affiliation, have expected Democrats to be the grownups in the room (a.k.a. doormats?) whenever there was a political disagreement and Republicans refused to budge from their position no matter the cost.  And that is still the case today.  Despite the fact that many American lives have been lost as a result of Donald J. Trump’s refusal to take the advice of medical professionals, scientists and other professionals that are advising him about how to handle the coronavirus pandemic and instead follow his gut, the Republican party continues to support him.

Even now with Mr. Trump suggesting to Americans that they should either ingest or inject themselves with things such as bleach or Lysol or to somehow introduce ultraviolet light into their inner body to rid themselves of COVID – 19, his base and Washington congressional Republicans still continue to support him.  While this coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the United States, The Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is completely focused on himself: he is concentrating all of his effort on his reelection campaign.

Secretary Hillary Clinton got it exactly right when during the time that she was running against him to become president she said that Donald Trump would indeed run this country just like he did his businesses…he would run it into the ground!  She said that he would alienate us from our allies and destroy everything that the United States of America has worked hard over almost 250 years to build.  If we were to compare what Secretary Clinton said about Mr. Trump in 2016 to the things that he has done during his tenure up to this point in time (the date of this post) and the situation that he has America in today, it would appear that she was clairvoyant: she was spot-on!

America is reeling from Mr. Trump’s leadership (or more appropriately, the lack thereof) and world leaders throughout the world are shocked at how he is conducting himself.  As a result, America is disparaged by them and some seem to be reveling in the fact that our great country which has led the world for the past 246 years has come up woefully short during this challenging coronavirus pandemic.  To be clear, they are not reveling in the terrible economic and humanitarian damage that this pandemic has done but in the fact that the United States was totally unprepared for it, let alone prepared to lead the world in dealing with it.

Figuratively speaking, for far too long Democrats have brought knives to a gunfight as it relates to their relationship with their Republican colleagues.  It is one thing to be the adults in the room whenever there is discord and disagreement over various issues but it is another to let those with whom you disagree run roughshod over you every single time just to keep things moving.  It is obvious that Republicans in the House and Senate take these collegiate efforts by Democrats to help insure bipartisanship and keep things moving as a sign of weakness.  They have made this ‘weakness’ a part of their tactical arsenal.  Again, figuratively speaking, they have regularly pulled their suit coats back just far enough to show their Democratic colleagues their guns and remind them that they only have knives in order to intimidate them.

If there was ever a time for Democrats to get tough, dig in their heels and stand firm, this is it.  Mr. Trump has never simply pulled his suit coat back just far enough to show Democrats his gun, he has always brandished it.  Because he did this from the time that he was elected and still got away with things like ignoring longstanding traditions that previous presidents have followed such as honoring the emoluments clause and allowing up to 10 years of their tax documents to be made public, he decided to roll the dice with the Mueller Report and impeachment.  He got away with those things too when the Republican-led senate opted to acquit him despite the overwhelming evidence against him.  This further emboldened him and exacerbated the downward trajectory that led to America’s current situation.

There must be a robust bipartisan effort to save America from The Donald Trump of the United States of America and to put her back on the right track.  In light of the Republicans refusal to speak truth to power and subject Mr. Trump to the same checks and balances that all other American presidents have been subjected to, Democrats will have to take the lead to save America.  This is not the time for Democrats to dither with pundits’ label and definition of ‘the adults in the room.’  It is time to lead and go full speed ahead in doing everything that they can to save America and put her back on the right track.

The presidential election in November this year will illustrate how Americans feel about Mr. Trump’s and the Republicans’ leadership (or the lack thereof) and determine who will save and lead this great country on the long road back to where it should be; the best leader of the free world that it can possibly be: In the words of the late President Ronald Reagan, the “shining city upon a hill.”  Alas, what happened to the Ronald Reagan Republicans?  Republicans still love to quote him a lot…but they conduct themselves more like Trump Republicans whose only real goal is to destroy their party.

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

The Impeachment Of Donald John Trump: History Will Chronicle And Judge All Of Those Involved In His Trial And Acquittal

The impeachment and impeachment trial of the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America is over.  All of the Republicans in the House checked their so called honor at the door and not a single one of them voted to impeach Mr. Trump.  He was impeached, primarily, along party lines.  Over in the senate, all of the Republican senators, with the exception of one, also checked their so called honor at the door; all except two of them voted against allowing witnesses at the trial and all except one of them voted to acquit Mr. Trump of the charges leveled against him by the House in their Articles of Impeachment although the evidence against him was overwhelming.

The two Republican senators who voted to have witnesses at the trial were Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins.  Senator Susan Collins deserves no credit as it relates to honor for her vote to have witnesses because she likely voted to have witnesses only with the permission of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  And Senator McConnell likely gave her permission to do this in order to provide her with political cover and in an effort to help protect his position as Senate Majority Leader: There was never even the slightest risk of losing the vote to deny having witnesses at this trial.  The one senator who voted to convict Mr. Trump on one of the Articles of Impeachment was Senator Mitt Romney.  All of these Republicans in both the House and Senate, with the exception of one, chose preservation over principle.  They chose their jobs – power, influence and money – over country, the Constitution and the American people.

Senator Romney has already paid and will continue to pay a great price for defying Mr. Trump for as long as Mr. Trump is the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  Mr. Trump demonstrated that this would and will be the case when he berated Senator Romney shortly after he was acquitted by the senate.  He further signaled his intensions to denigrate and, if possible, destroy those whom he labeled as his enemies when – also shortly after his acquittal – he verbally attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the prayer breakfast.

After the prayer breakfast, he gave a rambling one hour speech at the White House in which he praised all of those that he views as friends and continued to denigrate those whom he perceives to be his enemies.  As if that wasn’t already enough, he fired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Semyon Vindman, Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council and his twin brother Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman and had them escorted off of the White House grounds.  Lieutenant Colonel Semyon Vindman was fired for testifying truthfully during impeachment proceedings about issues regarding Ukraine.  In the case of his twin brother, it appears that Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman was fired for no other reason than he was Lieutenant Colonel Semyon Vindman’s brother.

Mr. Trump’s acquittal by the senate has put even further strain on the precarious tether that links him to the real world and as his enablers continue to cower in his long shadow the threat of him breaking free of all restraints and oversight loom menacingly large.  Out of their personal political ambition and lust for power these Republican senators who acquitted Mr. Trump, whether wittingly or unwittingly, have unleashed a powerful, frightening and unpredictable Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America upon America and the entire world.  They have become complicit with him in all of his actions and will throughout history forever be tied to him in whatever he decides to try to do, whether he succeeds or fails, to our fledgling democracy – this republic, if we can keep it.  What these Republicans seem to fail to realize – even with all of the obvious warning signs – is that if they fail to acquiesce to Mr. Trump’s will even one time, if they make even one slight misstep that in his eyes makes him look bad, they too will without fail become his enemy.

Because the senate for whatever reason decided to make excuses to avoid doing the job that they swore an oath to do we, the American people, must do it for them on Election Day this year.  In November it is imperative that we all overcome any obstacles placed in our way, get to the polls and vote Mr. Trump out of office.  And while we are at it, we should also vote all of those Representatives and Senators who failed to do their jobs out of office.

Mr. Trump has proven time-and-time again that he is extremely adept at manipulating his opponents into the long game and using the system and all other means available to him to wear them down.  There are polls which indicate that some of us have already begun to succumb to this favorite tactic of his.  Although this “long game” is exhausting, it is incumbent upon us as American citizens to do our part to preserve our democracy.  Tomas Payne said that those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  Let’s do that!  And every time that you find yourself feeling discouraged and exhausted by Mr. Trump’s bullying, incessant lying and “long game” tactics, 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 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