January 2, 2019 · OPINION
Attempt to destroy Trump employs every tool possible
By John Green
No I’m not talking about a new Bill O’Reilly book. I’m talking about issues that can kill our country, that can kill our American system and do away with our freedoms. Our system does not run on autopilot. It only runs effectively when citizens are involved and we seek the TRUTH. The truth about what has happened and what’s going on now.
We have a unique form of government. We are a republic. We have a Constitution that defines the limits of government. We have two major political parties. Government is expected to treat all citizens equally. The justice system must be blind to race, rank and resources.
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, panic erupted within the Democratic Party. This was not supposed to happen. This could expose all the behind the scenes deals made by former President Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. They had to do something. What they did was use every tool they have, including 90 percent of the media, to destroy Donald Trump. They must oppose everything President Trump does. They must convince the public the president is unfit for the job. The Democrats will not let any Trump legislation pass. They will gridlock the government and investigate his entire family back to their preschool days. America and Americans be damned.
Let’s look back for a moment. On Sept.11, 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered in Benghazi. American assets in the area were not allowed to attempt his rescue. Why? And why was Stevens even in Benghazi? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama said it was all due to a video.
Operation Fast and Furious put guns in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. Border Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of those guns. President Obama claimed executive privilege to have the documents sealed. The IRS and Lois Lerner: Qualifying conservative organizations were not given tax-exempt status. When questioned she took the Fifth Amendment and would not answer. She retired with full pay and benefits.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch met secretly with former President Clinton while his wife Hillary was under investigation. A breach of ethics if nothing else. Hillary Clinton used an unauthorized home email server while secretary of state. This allowed her to delete any emails she wanted when all were supposed to be kept for government records. Many Democrats when questioned about these issues can’t remember much of anything. Hillary Clinton and James Comey are good examples.
Hillary, as secretary of state, approved the Uranium One deal and like magic Russians donated multimillions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton election campaign, through a third party, paid for the phony Trump dossier. The same dossier used to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. And the Department of Justice and FBI leadership said they were out to get Trump.
Attempts to get information on these issues thru the Freedom of Information Act have been mixed. Materials in some cases were highly redacted. In other cases, the information had been lost or destroyed (information that was by law to be saved). For some they were told it would take months or years to recover. Court orders were also necessary to recover information.
One thing for sure, the Democrats believe in the old adage: “The best defense is a good offense.” They must destroy President Trump in order to keep these questionable actions by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton secret. If they can’t, the Democratic Party may be set back 50 years and some high-ranking officials end up in jail.
The most important issue is how this impacts our form of government. When our leaders are no longer held responsible for their actions, our great Republic suffers and dies a little bit. The killing of America will only stop when the whole TRUTH comes out. It’s up to us to make sure this happens.
Tony Bentley · January 8, 2019 at 9:41 am
"Two key differences make Trump’s plan particularly risky. The first is that no actual emergency exists — no equivalent to Pearl Harbor, 9/11 or even economic collapse. Instead, Trump threatens an emergency to punish another branch of the government for constitutionally exercising its authority.
The second difference relates more directly to the president himself. U.S. courts have often left space for presidents to respond quickly to events threatening the country’s stability, with the assumption that the executive branch is considering all the available intelligence and will have the most informed perspective, a premise that simply does not apply to Trump.
Totalitarianism rises out of a process, not a single event. Declaring a state of exception in response to a political impasse would be a big step toward degrading an already vulnerable system. A fake emergency could trigger a real catastrophe — one that a split Congress would be unlikely to resolve and that a Supreme Court sympathetic to an imperial presidency might even worsen. We have more than a century of precedents at home and abroad to demonstrate all the ways things could go wrong."
nonewtaxes · January 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm
You cant have change without disruption.
martinkus · January 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm
I simply cannot support someone in power who lives in an alternate reality and is a chronic liar and will say anything (truthful or not [usually NOT] to gin up his misguided base of supporters. If there was ever a poster child for the 25th amendment (and yes, he does act like one more so than as an adult), Trump would fit the bill, plain and simple. I have worked for the Fed Gov't for nearly thirty years and have never, ever seen anything so bizarre and chaotic as the Trump Administration. What an embarrassment he is!
Jim Griffin · January 6, 2019 at 5:35 pm
My comment relates to the original column and your comment, and it says so, making it doubly relevant to both you and the author and the pseudonymous commenter.
To your previous point, I did not twist your words at all, did not say you said it was a defense. I asked it as a question -- "Is that some new defense ..." -- because it arises so often from Trump himself and those around him, and frankly it is common to parents with children and others.
As for the general nature of my comments, where are you, JohnnyD, when I observe the inherent socialism in conservation easements that have our county spending tax money on buying and keeping development rights?
I am delighted to support good Republicans, and we've lots to support. I mention them often. Our board of supervisors has more than a few, our Sheriff is terrific and I think highly of Michael Webert, to mention just a few.
Tony Bentley · January 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm
Change the Title of this opinion piece to "Attempt to destroy America, Trump employs every tool possible"
Jim Griffin · January 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm
JohnnyD, I stand by my words. Those from you and others reinforce my original point. When this administration arises in discussion, two things happen: Condescending insults fly (especially from the pseudonymous) and someone brings up Clinton and/or Obama.
Looking forward is the key, building respect the order of the day. No one is twisting your words, they speak for themselves, focused as they are on the Clintons instead of the current situation.
Besides, not only did I not vote for HRC, I encourage prosecution. If there is a prosecutor with jurisdiction and a supportive judge, it should happen.
As regards freedoms in a constitutional republic, I am a big fan, though we might differ about which ones. We'd certainly agree on supporting a reasonable Scalia-like view of the Second Amendment.
nonewtaxes · January 4, 2019 at 11:37 pm
What cause to investigate? Who was jailed for collusion with the commies?
Jim Griffin · January 4, 2019 at 9:28 pm
Prosecute the Clintons or anyone else; I presume it's been considered -- if not, it should -- but I'm not sure how it relates to this administration (and, yes, I think HRC should be prosecuted for not maintaining public records, but neither do I know all the facts, rules, precedents).
Is that some new defense -- hey, there were other cars speeding, other people thieving their employers, other robbers uncaught? Is this what justice has come to -- that if you don't catch, prosecute and jail every miscreant you shouldn't be able to catch any of them? Odd theory, but we've heard it before.
The DOJ bars POTUS prosecution, so the best hope of justice is public disclosure through a full report release and there's no certainty that will happen without a full court public press on the matter.
Already, the prosecutions, indictments, guilty pleas and jail sentences make clear there was cause to investigate, and today's court decision to extend the grand jury makes clear this isn't nearly over.
Tony Bentley · January 4, 2019 at 6:31 pm
JohnnyD - I believe that both Clinton's need to be held accountable for their actions, yet can we get the mess that is now happening in our government fixed first? That is of eminent importance at the moment. There is a statue of limitations for certain crimes, and those limitations haven't been reached. Right now the house is on fire, and we need to get the people out before focusing on the campfire down at the camp ground.
Demosthenes · January 3, 2019 at 8:14 pm
Griffin is right on this one.
Observer, why wouldn't you want a complete and transparent investigation into any of our potentially corrupt politicians?
Tony Bentley · January 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Using tool and Trump in the same sentence is hilarious.
Jim Griffin · January 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm
Let the full investigation proceed, results transparently released, run as it is by Republicans (Mueller) working for Republicans (at the Republican-run DOJ) in a government controlled by Republicans in the White House, Senate and -- until now -- the House.
BTW, rough day for local Republicans. The verdict from Tom Garrett's fellow House Republicans was harsh; The reports, ahem, sobering:
No endorsement of Democrats as alternatives, but it's hard to let blaming out-of-power losers pass as a mid-term election strategic review. Take responsibility, stand accountable and defend the use of the offices you won, or step aside for someone else. Little wonder voters transferred 40 seats to the other party.
Lead, follow, get out of the way -- these work. Continue to reflexively blame the other guy or gal or political party does not.
The deficit is bigger, government borrowing at all-time highs. The tax "cut" was a credit card cash advance -- not revenue neutral as promised. Now billions in trade-war relief, billions for walls, all add up to record budgets this President falsely claimed he would tame.
nonewtaxes · January 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm
Max out the total tax a citizen can pay at 10%. Let them do what they want after that. It'd be cheap entertainment.
Apply the BS meter. Hook all politicians up to lie detectors. When they lie let the detector send a small jolt of electricity to their private parts.
Tony Bentley · January 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm
JohnnyD - "It is time to clean up that mess with term limits, no exemption from laws they pass, no voting themselves pay raises, limits on lobbyist funds, no lucrative retirements, and other things before it is too late." Now I can get behind those sentiments for both sides of the aisle.
sharlene · January 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm
I think Mr. Green has been played for a fool. There is no massive conspiracy cover-up of the Democrats. What we're witnessing now is the cover being pulled back from the whole political process on both sides. The difference is Republicans are willing to sell their country out for a couple of conservative judges and some really small-minded policies and power grabs. They are willing to prop up a most unethical man to get what they want while embarrassingly spouting moral family values. It's hogwash. The truth will come out and the country will eventually evolve in a more inclusive and fair direction. I hope Mr. Green evolves his thinking too.
Demosthenes · January 2, 2019 at 11:18 am
Mr. Green states: "When our leaders are no longer held responsible for their actions, our great Republic suffers and dies a little bit. The killing of America will only stop when the whole TRUTH comes out. It’s up to us to make sure this happens."
I assume, based on that strong statement, that this is the reason you also support the Mueller investigation?
Or does that strong statement only apply to investigations into the party that is not your own, sir?
Tony Bentley · January 2, 2019 at 10:36 am
"Trump's political party affiliation has changed numerous times over the years. He registered as a Republican in Manhattan in 1987, switched to Independent in 1999, Democrat in 2001, and back to Republican in 2009. He made donations to both the Democratic and the Republican party, party committees, and candidates until 2010 when he stopped donating to Democrats and increased his donations to Republicans considerably."
Tony Bentley · January 2, 2019 at 8:47 am
Observer - except Trump and company.
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