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June 30, 2020 · OPINION

November election critical to our national security

Photo/White House
President Trump at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 13.
By Max Hall

As a veteran and West Point graduate, I am once again disappointed in the current administration. We recently learned not only do the Russians continue to meddle in our elections, they have posted “bounties” on our soldiers in Afghanistan.

Our president’s public response since the intelligence community confirmed this information in March? He has advocated reducing our troops serving in Germany, weakening the NATO alliance; he has insisted the Russians and Vladimir Putin become a part of the G7 Summit, and he spoke at the West Point graduation for the Class of 2020 where he reminded the graduates of their “noble creed: duty, honor country” but neglected to mention they might also be the target of Russian-funded assassination attempts.
The new West Point officers swore an oath that day to protect our country against “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Our president took the same oath when sworn in but has shown little regard for it over the past 3-1/2 years. During his time in office, Mr. Trump has repeatedly insulted our allies and advocated on behalf of the Russians and Mr. Putin.

I don’t pretend to know why he does this. I do know it works to the disadvantage of the United States. Our position in the world has weakened and continues to weaken during his time in office. 
What can we, as citizens, do about this? The answer is simple. Vote in the presidential election on Nov. 3.

If you have not registered, do so now. If you believe you are registered, verify it through our local registrar’s office in Warrenton.  Make your plan to vote, whether absentee or in person. This election is too important to miss.
Our future safety depends on a strong and stable United States — a United States where oaths and commitments are kept. We as citizens have the power and the obligation to make this happen.
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Jeffersonian American · August 10, 2020 at 10:30 pm
Mr. Fields, you would benefit recalling Orwell's warning of a future where some people and some cultures and some history are more equal than others; as you seek to denigrate our American and Confederate heritage of honor, valor and sacrifice because you either don't like, don't know, or in fact, are threatened by the historic principles, lessons and even inclusiveness (of all blacks, whites, slaves and freemen who made those sacrifices for their native States and homelands) that the Confederate States of America actually represented.

Like those who claim to represent and champion multiculturalism, diversity, equality and social equity as they seek to deny me and all current American generations today of our rich and diverse cultural, spiritual and political inheritance- a heritage of honor- such as that embodied in the statues of not only Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other American founders, but of Robert Edward Lee and other great Americans having nothing to do with the preservation of slavery (look up the 1861 Corwin Amendment, passed by two-thirds majority of both houses of the U.S. Congress which clearly stated what the War WAS NOT about- and read this Act of Congress where the evil institution of slavery was tied to the Union itself- if the Southern states truly wanted to preserve slavery in the Spring of 1861, all they had to do was remain in the Federal Union). Look up the Crittenden Resolution to learn what the U.S. Congress stated Mr. Lincoln's War WAS about). The failure of our public schools and universities in recent decades has led to this widespread Political Correctness, Historic Ignorance on Fire and Bigoted Confederaphobia of the Very Worst Kind.

By the way- "Those People" of the Remington Town Council recently left our "Old Glory" flag on their Town signage- which in reality, by their standards, was the racist symbol which actually flew over the Yankee Slave Trading Ships and actual slave auctions in America, and not any Confederate States of America flags or Battle Flag, which actually was patterned after the Cross of St. Andrew- a Christian, religious symbol.

And therein lies the real evil and the real prejudice of our state of American education today.

May I recommend you consider reading the two truly outstanding American History Dessert Readings below, written by the scholar who many distinguished scholars around the world today consider to be "America's Greatest Living Historian." This overview will greatly aid your understanding of our Confederate American history; the true causes of Mr. Lincoln's War to Prevent Southern Independence; and the true nature of evil institution of slavery, which was a national blight in 1861 and not just a Southern problem. If you never read any of the nearly 100,000 books written about the late War Between the States published over the past 158 years, you will still have a masterful overview of this massive rupture of our American system by reading these two shorter history articles that bring this period history to life with great clarity.
Jerome Fields · August 10, 2020 at 9:53 am
Jefferson American - We get it, you are a Confederate lover, and a former owner of slaves lover. One of the misunderstood minority, whose American heroes weren't such heroes when we dig deeper into their past.
Jerome Fields · August 10, 2020 at 9:48 am

"Trump denies that White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore, but adds it ‘sounds like a good idea!’"

Ugh, No! Imagine that piehole up there for buzzards to make a nest.
Jeffersonian American · August 9, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Actually, Ms. Ward, you would immensely benefit from another history lesson. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) were both created as national societies in the late 19th Century to help celebrate the New Nationalism and growing empire in the aftermath of Mr. Lincoln's bloody War to Prevent Southern Independence. The DAR would have not have anything to do with the mission of the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy). And yet both organizations are comprised of the descendants of America's Founders and Patriots of both American Secessions- of 1776 and 1860-61 who strive to bring honor and memory to those Americans who sacrificed all for our nobler American ideals of liberty and independence as championed by Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.

Our proud and distinguished Revolutionary War Patriots and Confederate Veterans are indeed all spinning in their graves- because America and Americans- and certainly our native Virginians, and native citizens of the other Southern states today are so far removed from those ideals and sacrifices which established our liberty and our voluntary union of sovereign states in our original confederation- a republic of sovereign and independent states with a very tiny national government- and our most cherished Bill of Rights- which were recognized as being ordained by God, and not by some King, dictator or tyrant. Now, 155 years after that original federative polity of our American Founders was lost at Appomattox and Durham Station, it appears Mr. Lincoln's Empire has exhausted all of its remaining moral, political and spiritual inheritance; and it also appears to have exhausted its economic resources as well. This is foreboding regardless if you are a Democrat attempting to defend the indefensible of that Party's truly awful legacy and recent Evildoing; or if you are a Big Government Republican Party Establishment Type voting for more trillions of fiat digital currency we don't have. At some point in the very near future, the entire Lincoln Empire Federal/State/Local Government House of Cards will collapse, as the Laws of Economics are unforgiving- it won't matter who is in the White House at that time. I used to think The End of America as we've all known it was a few decades away in the future- but now having witnessed the last six decades, I think it is very likely now only a matter of years, not decades.

But these developments, as awful as they promise to be (just look at the lawlessness and violence of 1968 and 2020 today), this total American collapse can and will represent an opportunity for a re-sorting and renewal across our American continent among those who wish to live under a constitutional republic envisioned by our American Founders which recognizes the sovereignty of the individual; and the opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness; and those who wish to live under Marxist-Communist Failed Doctrines in a cesspool of human misery and suffering. I for one- cannot continue to live with those people or even tolerate the very sight of them for much longer- and millions of my fellow Americans have suffered enough also. So it may all come down to another necessary moment in history. I know so many people that are so very ready to sort this out one way or another right now.

And so from your writing you and too many others have a lot to learn from the past if you would divine our immediate future. When it comes time for all of us to choose sides- and we are now racing to that day- I will plan to remain a Jeffersonian American- not a Clinton Hack or an Obama Bolshevik. And I will employ those lessons learned from my American Founders and Patriots ancestors from the First American Secession of 1776, and my Confederate States of America Veteran ancestors from the Second American Secession of 1860-61.

America was born in secession. And so it will be reborn again. Those who sacrifice in a great cause never fail. Lest We Forget.

Here is some recommended dessert history reading for all who may be interested to know what is a peaceful remedy to our vast and enormous differences as America races toward breakup and disintegration in the aftermath of our current, Raging American Culture War. Millions of Americans are not going to live under a Democrat Marxist-Communist Regime under any circumstances. Might as well separate ourselves peacefully, isn't that far better than the last choice alternative?
Linda Ward · August 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm
We received our applications for Absentee Ballots of the General Election yesterday. The applications are being sent out to all registered voters in Fauquier County and around Virginia. We had already requested our Absentee Ballots online so did not need to reapply. Check your ballot status at:
Linda Ward · August 1, 2020 at 9:18 pm
JEFF - The subject is the upcoming election not the PAST. Those people you keep bringing up are DEAD, and were long gone by the time the DAR rewrote history to make the south look like winners. Do you think ANY of THEM would not be rolling over in their graves with the current IMPOTUS?

"AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s election agitations and distortions
Heads snapped and eyes rolled when President Donald Trump made a case for considering an election postponement in the pandemic. Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who agree on precious little, said forget about it.

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press"
Jeffersonian American · July 25, 2020 at 10:48 am
Actually, the Modern Rabid Democrats below don't understand have more in common with Classical Liberals, which in the days of our American founders, were all quite revolutionary in their enlightened thought classical studies. Today, these same Classical Liberals are considered Paleoconservatives, for which I am one.

To help others distill through the chaos and many rants of delirium posted below, here are some dessert American history readings which explain why I choose to be a Jeffersonian American. The answer to the question, "What Does It Mean to be an American?" has both a Jeffersonian answer and a Licolonian/Hamiltonian answer- and both views are diametrically opposed to one another. Beginning with the Point of No Return- our upcoming 2020 national election, American citizens will have to chose one or the other for themselves, and for their children and grandchildren. Our immediate choices are far from perfect, but they are stark nonetheless- freedom, liberty and law and order, versus Committed Marxist-Communist Doctrine and shared misery for everyone except Radical Left Elites. The same fundamental issues that were present in 1776 in the American colonies and 1860-61 across the American states are still largely unresolved today.

More from "America's Greatest Living Historian"

The Lincoln Fable:

"Those People"

The Real Thomas Jefferson:

And God Bless our proud and distinguished Confederate American heritage, for had all of our nobler American founders lived long enough (Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, etc.), they too would have been Confederate Americans based on their convictions. "Deo Vindice," as the Confederate States of America Motto still notes today, translated from the Latin, "God Having Already Vindicated."

All Classical Liberals and "Little r" republicans in their day- which makes them Paleoconservatives in our current time.

That's it for today's Homeschool Lesson.
Tony Bentley · July 22, 2020 at 10:02 am
Don't infringe on their gun rights, but no problem with infringing on individual rights.
farmbum · July 21, 2020 at 8:36 am
Where is JA's ramblings on the deployment of little green men to Portland and soon to Chicago?

It's right up his alley, law and order, secret police forces, detainment of citizens and infringement of rights!
Jerome Fields · July 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm
JEFF- There is no one 'like" Trump that has ever been POTUS, he is a kind of CRAZY all to himself.
Jerome Fields · July 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm
More of the same from the Corrupt-in-chief:

"Donald Trump’s campaign spent nearly $400,000 in donations on the president’s businesses over a two-day period earlier this year, according to financial filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The money was paid in 43 transactions from March 31 to April 1, according to second quarter records filed by the Trump Victory Committee, first spotted by Open Secrets, an arm of the Center for Responsive Politics. The Trump Victory Committee is a joint fundraising committee of the president and the Republican National Committee.

The transactions were identified as payments for “facility rental/catering services” to the “Trump Hotel Collection.”

The president’s Trump Organization told Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on Friday that the money paid for a weeklong “donor retreat” at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort. The payments were broken down into several payments because the resort can’t handle credit card payments over $10,000, Fahrenthold was told. This “sounds odd, but it’s plausible,” he noted on Twitter.

That brings the total of funds paid to Trump family properties and businesses by the RNC and the president’s campaign and fundraising committees to $17 million so far, according to CNBC and Open Secrets.

Fahrenthold said that Trump’s promise at the start of his presidency to keep his businesses at arm’s length has “gone out the window.”

Trump is “using the presidency and his control over government money and over campaign money to put millions of dollars in the pocket of Donald Trump himself,” Fahrenthold told Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC. In the case of Trump’s campaign, “donors’ money becomes his private money.”

Taxpayers also pump money directly into Trump properties to cover pricey room rates at his golf resorts for his Secret Service agents. Trump properties raked in $500,000 from taxpayers for those costs from January 2017 to April 2018, the Post reported.

Business executives and foreign leaders also spend an untold amount of money at Trump’s properties, which critics warn can serve as thinly veiled bribes for special favors and federal contracts doled out by the president.

Shortly after Trump’s election, Saudi-funded lobbyists spent more than $270,000 to rent rooms for nearly 500 nights at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Post reported in 2018."
Linda Ward · July 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Time for a New America. The old one is as lost in the mire as Jeffersonian American.

Trump could have said let's "Make America Second Rate" and have been closer to what he has done. "American Carnage" is what he told us on Inaguration Day and that's what happened.
farmbum · July 17, 2020 at 5:40 am
What JA fails to comprehend is President Trump has no morals.

Attempting to compare him to other past Presidents is reprehensible. One cannot even compare him in good standing to the average American Citizen which his administration is failing miserably to serve.

To say that one knows President Trump is to say that one absolves ones self of truth and righteousness.
Jeffersonian American · July 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm
To clarify, there is no difference in President Trump WANTING to do (federalizing the National Guard if necessary during the massive civil unrest threatening the safety of all Americans and most immediately, in the District of Columbia by violent and destructive Democrat Bolshevik BLM/Antifa Rioters) what President Eisenhower ACTUALLY DID at Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, when Ike federalized the National Guard to restore law and order in Little Rock when state and local authorities there failed to do so. Privately, while President Eisenhower personally abhorred the Brown Supreme Court Decision and its many implications which mandated immediate, total, overnight desegregation of American public schools (he was correct- look at the violent legacy of the 1960s and the divided, scarred America we have today where so much violence could have been avoided with a decentralized, gradual approach to desegregation among the states on their own time-tables that would have resulted in a more peaceful American societal transition without all the racial strife). Near the end of his life, Eisenhower observed his elevation of former California Governor Earl Warren to the Supreme Court was "...the biggest mistake of my life." Yet, despite the Brown decision handed down as the law of the land and his own private misgivings of the draconian Court ruling, President Eisenhower also understood he was a co-equal branch of our government with the constitutional responsibility to uphold the law of the land as handed down by the General District Court. President Trump has also demonstrated this mindset- he has not governed in any way with a disrespect for the U.S. Constitution. He has not even gone as far as President Eisenhower did- by refusing to send in a federalized National Guard to restore law and order in failed, modern Democrat-controlled American states like Washington, Oregon and Minnesota. President Trump has respected States Rights even more than many of his predecessors have.

I agree with all of you that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the finest Commander-In-Chief of the 20th Century- and sadly, no successor to General Eisenhower has ever pulled together into one package all of the formidable statesman, military, leadership, humility, experience, sound judgment, and vast non-political and keen political skills as a unifying Chief Executive than exhibited by General Eisenhower as our 34th U.S. President. General Eisenhower, like President Trump, recognized his moral authority rested solely in the confidence of the majority of the American people placed in him to serve as President of all Americans, which President Trump has done- even without the careful, precise written and spoken words of a President Eisenhower. With his often blunt language, but also through his more eloquent, heartfelt speeches and messages, at least most Americans know what President Trump is thinking as he communicates with them directly (bypassing the Racid, Corrupt Democrat Old Media). Most Americans who voted for Donald Trump know he is no Dwight D. Eisenhower, but we know in his heart he loves our country and its people of all races, its constitutional form of government, his respect for law and order, and his determination to preserve our capitalist American way of life and our liberty and freedoms which all require great responsibility to maintain by each successive generation.
These attributes will carry President Trump to victory in a second term in November, but it will require the fortitude and determination of those law-abiding citizens OF ALL RACES AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, who still believe in immense promise and goodness of America, to carry him across the finish line to victory in November.

Repeating here the grating, tired, Spectacular Lies of the Old Democrat Media no longer work for the American Trump Coalition of all races and socio-economic backgrounds. (CONTINUED NEXT POSTING)
Jeffersonian American · July 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm

And by the way, the seceding Southern American states were right in 1860-61, and for anyone who cares to read the old history books and study the vast historic record to date, the War Between the States was waged between two Constitutionally-sanctioned governments. And President Eisenhower, to his great credit, kept portraits of his two life long heroes, General George Washington, and General Robert E. Lee, hanging in the White House Oval Office through all eight years of his two Administrations.

But we are so far removed from not only Dwight Eisenhower's America, but also the America of our founders and Patriots (and for which General Robert E. Lee understood they bequeathed to us a constitutional republic of independent, sovereign states in a voluntary union; and a federative polity where our allegiance began to God, then to our family; then to our community; then to our State; and then to the voluntary union of states- in that hierarchy). Indeed, Robert E. Lee understood our U.S. Constitutional republic better than President Lincoln did in the spring of 1861. The reasons for our preservation and remembrance of our historic monuments to our First American Secession from the British Crown; and the historic monuments from our Second American Secession from Washington, D.C. are precisely because both secessions tried to prevent America- and Virginia- from becoming what America and Virginia have become today- our founders and Patriots and our Confederate Veterans all largely failed. But it is precisely for these reasons that we should cherish, honor, remember, and most importantly- learn from their valiant efforts and the beautiful, heartfelt and moving inscriptions found on those monuments in our current time- their words and deeds forever etched onto History's Immortal Scroll. No BLM Bolshevik can ever change that by their lawless destruction of our American historic monuments.

If you would divine our immediate future, study the past. For some individuals posting here, the only new thing under the Sun is the old history book, the old document or the old letter they haven't read yet.

And those are the truths that shall set us all free.
Tony Bentley · July 16, 2020 at 8:01 am
Jeffersonian American - How can you compare what President Eisenhower did to what Trump is doing? Trump isn't even close to the same league as Eisenhower!

"....President Trump, understood his unique role as a constitutional co-equal branch of our Federal government as Chief Executive..." That's a LAUGH. Co-equal yeah right! He treats the judical branch like his own private ENFORCERS and his get out of jail free card. Trump treats the legislative branch like an irritating mosquito, swatting away all calls for accountability.
Jerome Fields · July 15, 2020 at 9:02 am
Who are the ones cheating?

"Kansas Republican charged with three felonies in voter fraud investigation
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported in December that Rep. Steve Watkins listed the location of a UPS store as his residential address on several government forms."
Linda Ward · July 12, 2020 at 8:13 pm
P.S. JEFF times have changed and unless you are willing to change with them, then there is nothing left for old fossils like you in the New America. The SOUTH lost get over it!
Linda Ward · July 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm
JEFF - You think Trump gives a damn about the Constitution? He only uses it when it suits him, otherwise he doesn't know squat about the Constitution. Someone is feeding him the information. Trump uses it like toilet paper to cover his backside whenever it comes in handy by distorting the words to fit his dictator's agenda.

Restore law and order by the someone who disrespects the law every day. Freeing known felons and war criminals. How is that RESPECTING the rule of LAW? Huh, JEFF, how is that respecting the RULE OF LAW?
Jeffersonian American · July 12, 2020 at 8:32 am
I don't have time to respond to all of the Spectacular Lies posted by the previous Democrat Commenter, but I will respond to Spectacular Lie Number One below. Miss Linda can't have it both ways- President Trump has the constitutional authority to restore law and order when local Home Rule District of Columbia officials failed to do so- including federalizing of National Guard troops and using active duty troops in an emergency situation where constitutional law and order has broken down. After all, he was following the same precedent of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, when General Eisenhower federalized the National Guard troops to restore law and order in Little Rock, Arkansas when both local and state authorities there failed to do so. President Eisenhower, like President Trump, understood his unique role as a constitutional co-equal branch of our Federal government as Chief Executive- to uphold the law of the land and to ensure the safe and orderly integration of Central High School in 1957. And so for modern Democrat Generals like MIlley and former SEC DEF Mattis to deliberately attempt to undermine the duly elected Commander-In-Chief with their public comments and dissentions are truly despicable- and I don't hear them condemning General and 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's actions when he federalized the National Guard troops also.

Besides that, the Democrat poster below can't have it both ways. Miss Linda can't support Mr. Lincoln's invasion of the constitutional, lawful, peaceful secession of the American southern states by bloody force of arms which destroyed our original constitutional republic and the old Jeffersonian order of things to be replaced by Mr. Lincoln's Empire- because all of our American history has been taught ever since 1865 in the public schools- if it is even taught at all any more- that because of the outcome of Mr. Lincoln's War- the rights of our Federal Government seemingly shall forever reign supreme over those rights of the formerly sovereign individual and the rights of their formerly sovereign, independent states that created our original republic- a voluntary union of sovereign and independent states that was lost at Appomattox and Durham Station in 1865. The original republic of our American founders established a voluntary union where an individual's allegiance began first to God, then to their family, then to their community, then to their State, and then to the voluntary union of sovereign States- the United States of America- in that hierarchy. Descendants of our American Founders and Patriots such as Robert Edward Lee understood this.

So the prior poster needs to make up their mind what kind of America they want to live in. You can't simultaneously Love Lincoln and Hate Trump. President Trump is only following what every President since Lincoln has established. Or could it be we have another Jeffersonian American who may emerge from her confusion to understand the Confederate States of America was right in their Second American Secession from Washington, D.C., based on the ideals and Natural Law Rights championed by Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence of 1776? You see, if George Washington is an American Hero, so it is that Robert Edward Lee cannot be a traitor.

America is headed for another Reckoning very shortly indeed. And I for one, am on the side of Thomas Jefferson and our Declaration of Independence. And God Bless Generals Washington and Lee- among our greatest Americans if you study our American history factually and truthfully.
Linda Ward · July 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm
If Trump does win a second term, legitimately or not, his words and actions of the past four years provide 12 indicators that he would seek to replace our democracy with a fascist dictatorship.

“1. Trump uses military power and federal law enforcement to suppress peaceful political protest. In June, he deployed the National Guard and federal officers to violently evict protesters in Washington, terrorizing them with two military helicopters flying low near the crowd. Trump also had 1,600 members of the 82nd Airborne on standby outside the capital and readied tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition. It’s reported that he wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to Washington alone. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took this so seriously that he got into a shouting match with the president over the prospect of deploying active-duty troops on U.S. soil.

2. Trump persistently lies about voter fraud, setting the stage for him to use emergency powers to seize control of the election or challenge the results if he loses. During a recent special election in California, for example, after a Republican mayor requested the opening of an additional polling station, Trump tweeted falsely that the Democrats “have just opened a voting booth in the most Democrat area in the State. They are trying to steal another election. It’s all rigged out there. These votes must not count. SCAM!” Trump has repeatedly tweeted that mail-in voting will lead to fraudulent and rigged elections. After winning the 2016 presidential election while losing the popular vote, he claimed a landslide victory and said that Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote was due to “millions of people who voted illegally.”

3. Trump has repeatedly suggested that he might remain in office after a second term and has offered reason to doubt he’d leave peacefully after this first term. “Under the normal rules, I’ll be out in 2024, so we may have to go for an extra term,” he said at a rally last September. A year earlier, he remarked, “President for life . . . maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.” It’s a joke he’s tossed off on several occasions, and the power of suggestion is so strong in Trump and his followers that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen have all expressed serious concern that Trump may try to steal the election or contest the results, and not leave the White House if he loses.
4. Trump appears to believe he has the power to outlaw speech critical of him, and he calls the free press “the enemy of the people.” He tweeted of the New York Times and The Washington Post: “They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People.” Former national security adviser John Bolton, in his new book, claims that Trump said of journalists: “These people should be executed. They are scumbags.”

5. With Fox News promoting Trump’s lies as truth, the president controls one of the most powerful propaganda machines ever created. During the impeachment trial, for example, Fox hosts repeatedly attacked the character and mental faculties of Democratic representatives and sworn witnesses, while focusing almost exclusively on the testimony of pro-Trump Republicans. When it did show footage of Democrats and witnesses, the network frequently used voice-overs to explain or interpret what was being said, rather than broadcasting what was actually being said.

6. Trump believes that he has the power to do what he wants, regardless of Congress or the courts. “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” he has said. He has also claimed to have the “absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department” and, in the event the judiciary branch disagreed, “the absolute right to PARDON myself.” His attorney general, William Barr, and his own lawyers have made clear that this is the administration’s position as they have rejected both congressional and criminal subpoenas for information during the past few years. Their arguments — including an assertion to a federal appellate court last October that the president could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and still be immune from prosecution until he left office — came crashing down with a Supreme Court decision Thursday. “We cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate under Article II or the Supremacy Clause,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
Linda Ward · July 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm

7. Trump acts as if he owns our government and can fire any official who defends the law. He has dismissed an FBI director and a deputy FBI director, as well as five inspectors general and U.S. attorneys, all of whom were investigating or considering either his abuse of power or the alleged crimes of his cronies. This past week, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a national security aide at the White House until earlier this year and was up for a promotion, resigned from the military, citing “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” after he testified under oath to Congress counter to Trump’s interests.

8. Trump uses federal prosecutorial powers to investigate his opponents and anyone who dares scrutinize him or his allies for the many crimes they may have committed. After the Mueller investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election, Trump’s Justice Department began a criminal probe into the origins of the inquiry — to, in Trump’s words, “investigate the investigators.” He tried to get the Justice Department to prosecute former FBI director James Comey and Hillary Clinton.

9. Trump viciously attacks his critics and has publicly implied that the Ukraine whistleblower should be hanged for treason. During a speech to diplomatic staffers in New York last September, Trump said: “I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

10. Trump has messianic delusions that are supported with religious fervor by millions of his supporters. He has “jokingly” looked up to the sky and said, “I am the chosen one” in relation to negotiations with China. Then-Energy Secretary Rick Perry echoed other evangelicals who’ve said that Trump was sent by God to do great things when he seriously proclaimed that Trump is the “chosen one.” A Guardian report described the evangelical response to Trump’s photo op in front of Lafayette Square’s St. John’s Episcopal Church, which many viewed positively: One evangelical supporter was so moved that she began speaking in tongues when she saw the footage, according to her son.

11. Trump subscribes to a doctrine of genetic superiority and incites racial hatred to scapegoat immigrants and gain power. He has rallied his base with dog-whistle attacks, calling Mexicans rapists and criminals. When he attacked a group of progressive members of Congress from diverse backgrounds, he stated that they should go back to the places they came from. Over the years Trump has frequently praised his “winning” genes, at one point telling an interviewer, “I’m proud to have that German blood — there’s no question about it.”

12. Trump finds common ground with the world’s most ruthless dictators while denigrating America’s democratic allies. The oppressive leaders he has praised include North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (“He gets it. He totally gets it”); the Philippines’s Rodrigo Duterte (“What a great job you are doing”); Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman (“You have done a spectacular job”); and, of course, Russia’s Vladimir Putin (“You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine”). Meanwhile, he has attacked traditional U.S. alliances and allies, like NATO and Germany’s Angela Merkel (“Stupid”).”
AmericanPatriot · July 10, 2020 at 6:31 pm
Two categories marxist democrats always fail in are history and science.
Jeffersonian American · July 9, 2020 at 8:59 pm
It appears the only new thing under the sun are the history books this Op-Ed Writer has never read. Marxism, Socialism and Communism have all failed miserably everywhere throughout our world history they have been imposed upon the human condition- and they will all fail miserably here across our American continent if modern-era Democrats are ever elevated to complete control over our local, State and national governments.

At the U.S. Naval Academy long ago, I also swore as a teenager to uphold our U.S. Constitution and to defend our nation against all enemies- foreign and domestic. This includes those Domestic Enemies who repeat Spectacular Lies about our duly-elected President Trump. President Trump has not been found guilty of any alleged charges of "Russian Collusion" or other Fake Media and Democrat Party attacks in their never-ending political witchhunt. Nor has the intelligence been corroborated about alleged Russian targeting of American soldiers in Afghanistan. While he is no General Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Trump is all that Americans who still respect our constitutional republic have left this election year to prevent us from losing our nation to the horrific rise of a dangerous Fourth Reich- with its promised total destruction of our federative polity of our American founders, to be replaced by another thousand years of darkness, bloodshed, feudalism and serfdom.

And so anyone who repeats the Spectacular Lies of the Democratic Party against a duly elected President Trump- particularly after a revealing incident, such as the completely fraudulent backing of the undocumented Committed Marxist, Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro- whose African Aunt and African Grandmother both gave sworn depositions in their native Swahili language to three American secretaries of states during the 2008 Presidential Election that they witnessed his birth in Mombasa, Kenya- is either very stupid or very dangerous.

I encourage this West Point Graduate to familiarize himself with a truly great American (who was also urged to run against General U.S. Grant in 1868 by many Americans both North and South- but refused as he disdained politics- yet it would have been so interesting to see how that election would have turned out had he been successfully drafted to run in 1868). There is so much American citizens can learn in our current time from this great Virginian, great American, and great United States Military Academy graduate:

AmericanPatriot · July 7, 2020 at 7:20 pm
And a scrofulous, snide ass.
AmericanPatriot · July 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Patraeus was a west point grad too
Linda Ward · July 5, 2020 at 12:40 pm
badelectronics - Agreed, anyone in that Administration finally doing something INTELLIGENT is refreshing.
badelectronics · July 5, 2020 at 7:49 am
@Tony, I do not care what she might say, but if her wearing of a mask changes the mind of just one person in re COVID-19, than I'll take it.
Tony Bentley · July 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm
Bad - I don't care one way or the other if Ivanka wears a mask. What gets me is that anyone listens to a word she says or cares about anything she does. Plastic Barbie!
badelectronics · July 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm
jim goodwin · July 4, 2020 at 8:51 am
Tony, you may be right that our days are numbered. That remains to be seen. I can tell you a couple things for sure. If the Democratic party continues on its current trajectory, if people continue consuming Marxist ideology with no thought for the consequences, you'll get your way. You'll be dancing on the graves of the "faux patriots" that tried to warn you.
But I can promise you'll live the rest of your life in fear and slavery to the ever growing State. You'll see what it's truly like when the new government ignores the 1st Amendment and establishes Leftism as the national religion.
Tony Bentley · July 3, 2020 at 10:39 pm
jim goodwin, DonkeyFarmer, AmericanPatriot, and Sonny Day -

As the British say "Bugger Off"! Go wave your flag and hold your prejudices close because your days are numbered as being anything more than faux patriots.

We all have the "Equal Opportunity" to succeed, sure we do..........
DonkeyFarmer · July 3, 2020 at 7:15 pm
I hope everyone here has a happy and healthy Independence Day. Yes, even Linda and Tony.

Maybe tomorrow everyone can take a minute to think about those signers of the Declaration of Independence, knowing that if they lost, their signature would likely be a death sentence. That you now live in the greatest country on earth is because of them. Yes, they were flawed, aren't we all, but we all owe a great deal to them. I am thankful beyond measure that I was born in this country. We all have privilege living in this country. Because we all have equal OPPORTUNITY to succeed. American privilege.
jim goodwin · July 3, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Social Security is a program that never should have been started. It is an unsustainable Ponzi Scheme. Maybe if we spent more time teaching students about budgets and saving instead of teaching them they're victims or white supremacists, maybe we wouldn't need Social Security.

And, Farmers Cooperatives and Community Supported Agriculture aren't examples of Socialism. They're voluntary programs. Socialist programs are enforced by people with authority and guns. Try not paying your Social Security and see what happens.
jim goodwin · July 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm
Oh, and with respect to the difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism: They are still products of Marxism and I will never support either platform. With respect to the Democratic party, they are the camel's nose in the tent.

jim goodwin · July 3, 2020 at 4:39 pm
Linda, all of the problems you name are behavioral problems that are enabled by Democrats. What you choose to focus on when you say this is how "America looks" is quite interesting. All those statistics don't mean anything with respect to what America IS. It doesn't detract from the idea of America. And the millions of people that immigrate here every year are a testament that no matter how hard Democrats and Leftists try to denigrate the true idea of America, half this country and half the world know it's a beacon of hope.

Tony, yes, I don't throw those terms around lightly. And if all you hear from both sides is "LOCK them UP", again a focus only on the negative. Leftists truly are the most negative, ungrateful and unhappy people on the planet.

You two should watch the movies Uncle Tom and No Safe Spaces. Maybe you'll learn something. If you PROMISE to watch them, I'll even pay for it.

Liberty. E Pluribus Unum. In God We Trust.
Tony Bentley · July 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm
jim goodwin - "truly insane" and "pitifully blind" to LW? What makes you an expert on insanity or blindness? It takes one to know one 'jim'.

You are the one who has forgotten what America stands for according to the preamble of the Constitution:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

How are our government and the citizens of this country promoting the general Welfare, establishing justice, and securing the blessings of liberty when all I hear is "LOCK them UP" from all sides?
Linda Ward · July 3, 2020 at 10:14 am
jim goodwin - How America looks........There are more than 85,000 rapes in the U.S each year, that’s almost more than double the number of rapes in the next highest country (South Africa), while the average in a country half it’s size is 2000–4000
Racism, while there are not many official Neo Nazis groups in the U.S, it is still a very very racist country
Around 32 Million Americans are Illiterate
The school system is disastrous
Gun culture is quite extreme, and it has a huge mass shooting problem
There are around 2.5 Million people currently in Prisons, Jails, and in other institutions, and when Probationers are included, that number goes up to 6.5 Million, also per every 100,000 people, 380 of those people are white, 966 are Latinos, and 2,207 of those are blacks, so there is clear racial inequality involved in the prison system, not to mention the shootings of unarmed black men.
Obesity is a problem, with 70% of Americans being either overweight or obese.
Around 55 Million Americans cannot afford, or have problems affording quality or sufficient healthcare. On the other hand, 70,000 Americans died from overdose in 2018.
40,000,000 Americans live in Poverty
In the U.S in 2018 there were 48,344 recorded suicides, and that number is constantly rising.
Systematic oppression keeps minorities from thriving or succeeding.
12. Half million Americans are homeless currently.

13. Almost 50 million Americans are smokers.

14. 42,037,336 Americans are alcoholics

15. 27.9% of Americans suffer from a debilitating mental health Issue

16. 1,018,000 Americans have HIV/AIDS

17. While America produces many smart minds, the average American is not very intelligent.

18. 7000 kids drop out of high school each day in the U.S

19. There were 15,498 murders in the U.S in 2019

20. 83% of Americans cannot, or have many struggles when trying to pay for college, and U.S colleges are very expensive.

21. Sexual Harassment/Assault According to Rainn, every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, 34 percent of women say it is an issue for them, 43% of women say they’ve been sexually assaulted at work, 30% of women said at work they suffered unwanted advances, and according to the Washington Post and Abc News, 95% of perpetrators are not punished. According to PEW, of the men surveyed, 10% said being male was negative for them, while 66% said it was positive, and 24% were neutral. Of the women surveyed, 51% said being a woman was negative for them, 23% said it was positive, 25% were neutral, and 1% did not answer.

22. Racial and religious inequality.

23. There were over 7,000 hate crimes in the U.S in 2018

24. According to Pew, Blacks in the U.S earn 63% on average of that of whites, and 64% of blacks had incomes less than 40,000$, while 40% of whites had incomes less than 40,000$ and, fewer hispanics 33% earned 40,000–120,000$ a year than whites (50%). Hispanics in the U.S earn 63% on average of that of whites, and 62% of hispanics had incomes less than 40,000$, while 40% of whites had incomes less than 40,000$ and, fewer hispanics 35% earned 40,000–120,000$ a year than whites (50%).

25. On November 4, 2020, the U.S will be the only country disagreeing to follow/ratify the Paris agreement, besides the countries of Syria, Angola, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Turkey, and Yemen. (However Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and South Sudan are are all war-zones, and impoverished), Syria, Eritrea and Iran are run by dictators, and Angola and Libya are also poor. Turkey, like the U.S does not have many excuses in that regard, besides being run by a semi-dictator, being right next to a war-zone, and not being particularly rich."
Linda Ward · July 3, 2020 at 10:03 am
"Socialism is a political, social, and economic philosophy encompassing a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership of the means of production and workers' self-management of enterprises. It includes the political theories and movements associated with such systems. Social ownership can be public, collective, cooperative or of equity."

"Democratic Socialism: The means of production are managed by the working people, and there is a democratically elected government.Democratic planning is used for common goods, such as mass transit, housing, and energy, while the free market is allowed to produce and distribute consumer goods."

"The term “socialism” has been applied to very different economic and political systems throughout history, including utopianism, anarchism, Soviet communism and social democracy. These systems vary widely in structure, but they share an opposition to an unrestricted market economy, and the belief that public ownership of the means of production (and making money) will lead to better distribution of wealth and a more egalitarian society."

We have Social Security, we have Farmers Cooperatives, we have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Aren't we already participating in a "socialist" society in one form or another?
badelectronics · July 3, 2020 at 9:33 am
I'll vote Republican only in local elections.
AmericanPatriot · July 3, 2020 at 8:56 am
Deworm America.

Vote republican 2020
jim goodwin · July 3, 2020 at 8:18 am
Linda, voting Democrat is tantamount to voting for Socialism at this point. If you'd rather have Socialism than Trump, you are truly insane. As I said, Trump is the lesser of two evils.
The Left seeks power in order to influence by force. The Right seeks influence to guide the individual to seek their own power.
The Left wants to consolidate power in the federal government. The Right wants to leave as much power in the individual states as possible.
If you can't see these truths, you are pitifully blind. You've forgotten what America stands for or have rejected it altogether in favor of a Socialist Utopia that will never happen.
Tony Bentley · July 2, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Sonny Day - Trump has been slamming his opponents (AND the Republicans) from day one. Everything he said he intended to do for the country has gone south, because the only thing he has done is take care of himself and his cronies.

P.S. Nowhere has Linda Ward said she supported Hillary. I believe somewhere she said she had to hold her nose to vote for her.

With Trump at the helm we are moving further from a democracy to a dictatorship. Hope you like your freedoms because if he gets elected it will be "all hail the King" and you will be one of the peasants serving your Lord and Master.
badelectronics · July 2, 2020 at 4:53 pm
Sonny Day: "Everyone knows..." Argumentum ad populum.
Linda Ward · July 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm
"The sycophants who continue to rationalize his conduct got practically nothing from the Faustian bargain. His Supreme Court justices did not overturn abortion precedent, undo protections for the “dreamers” or deny LGBTQ Americans freedom from discrimination. The tax cuts for the rich never delivered on promises of sustained prosperity (and surely did not pay for themselves). The price they (and we) paid was intolerable. We have suffered from a pandemic that has killed more than 124,000 Americans, an economy akin to the Great Depression, a Russian patsy masquerading as a friend of the troops, a self-dealer who corruptly promoted his own holdings as president and a racist entirely out of step with a country yearning for racial justice.

We dare not repeat the error of 2016. We know — because we know Trump — a second term would be equally if not more calamitous than the first. Character this twisted is destiny. Unfitness this severe is irreparable."
Linda Ward · July 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm
"Early 2020: SEAL Team 6 raids a Taliban outpost and recovers $500,000 in cash — an event which affirmed the intelligence community’s suspicions about Russia paying bounties.

February: Allegations of Russia’s bounties again make their way to the National Security Council.

Feb. 29: The United States strikes an initial peace deal with the Taliban, which includes a full withdrawal of U.S. forces in 14 months. But Taliban-linked groups would fail to comply with the deal, and further planned peace talks have yet to materialize.

Late March: U.S. intelligence holds a large interagency meeting to discuss the intelligence on Russia’s alleged bounties. The CIA would ultimately conclude that the information was credible and that there was little doubt Russia was targeting U.S. troops, while the National Security Agency would take a more skeptical view. The New York Times reported that Trump had been briefed on the matter at this time, which Trump and the White House deny. But sources have confirmed the information was contained in Trump’s written President’s Daily Brief (or PDB), which Trump reportedly rarely, if ever, reads. The administration still hasn’t lodged an official response to the alleged bounties.

April 18: Trump says, “I have a very good relationship with Putin.”

May: A converted version of the intelligence is distributed in the Wire, a regular CIA report that can be accessed by other government agencies and certain congressional offices.

May 8: Trump says of Russia: “We had no calls from Russia for years. And all of a sudden, we have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing, getting along with Putin and Russia is a great thing.”

May 8: Trump speaks with Putin and offers to send ventilators to help Russia fight the coronavirus outbreak there. The United States will send 200 ventilators as part of a $5.6 million humanitarian package.

May 21: Trump says: “Russia and us have developed a very good relationship. As you know, we worked on the oil problem together. I think we have a very good relationship with Russia.”

May 30: Trump postpones the G-7 summit and renews his calls for Russia to be reinstated into it.

June 5: Trump says of the ventilators, “We’re sending some to Russia. It’s good for relationship. It’s good for everything.”

Late June: Britain is informed of the intelligence on Russia’s bounties, given that its troops could also have been targets. Other coalition members are not informed.

June 24: Trump attacks the Obama administration for allegedly having been weak on Russia. After Polish President Andrzej Duda brings up Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Trump says, “I just want to add: 2014, which the president was talking about — that was a year where Russia had a good time with the United States. To the best of my knowledge, President Obama and Sleepy Joe Biden, they were in power. They were the ones that were doing it. This was before us. It hasn’t happened with us, and it won’t happen with us, either.”

June 25: One day before news of the Russian bounties and the lack of a U.S. response breaks, Trump repeats his claim to having been tough on Russia. “I was tougher on Russia than any president that’s ever lived — any president,” Trump tells Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. “Nobody has done what I’ve done with sanctions and all.”

June 26: The New York Times breaks the news about Russia’s bounties. It would soon be confirmed by The Post, the Associated Press and others.

June 28: Trump claims in a tweet responding to the reports, “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP” Mike Pence. Trump adds that it’s “Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax.”

June 29: Congressional Republicans are briefed on the intelligence at the White House, with many of them, unlike Trump, expressing grave concerns about it.

June 30: Congressional Democrats are briefed, but say they weren’t provided much information besides the White House’s spin.

July 1: Trump again repeatedly calls the situation a “hoax,” both in tweets and an interview with Fox Business Network. “From what I hear, and I hear it pretty good, the intelligence people didn’t even — many of them didn’t believe it happened at all. I think it’s a hoax. I think it’s a hoax by the newspapers and the Democrats.”

Don't you just love a Commander-in-Chief who cares so much about American troops he considers their killing a "HOAX"?
Linda Ward · July 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm
April 2017: Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, appears to confirm reports that Russia is arming the Taliban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis adds, “Any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law unless they were coming to the government of Afghanistan.”

February 2018: U.S. troops and their Syrian allies kill about 100 people, including Russian mercenaries who were working for an oligarch close to Putin, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, after coming under attack. The event marks the deadliest clash between Americans and Russians since the Cold War ended three decades earlier. U.S. officials have indicated that the bounties might have been in retaliation for this, according to The Post.
March 2018: Nicholson again cites “destabilizing activity by the Russians” in Afghanistan. The Taliban and Russia say the claim is baseless.

April 2019: Three U.S. Marines are killed and three service members wounded in an attack on an American convoy returning to Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The Taliban claims responsibility. Intelligence officials believe this to have been part of the Russian bounty program, according to Washington Post sources. The attack has also been connected to the bounties by the Associated Press.

Early 2019: The White House is first made aware of intelligence suggesting Russia was offering bounties, according to Washington Post reporting. The intelligence, which came from Afghan militants and indicated that the bounties might have dated back as early as 2018, is discussed within the White House’s National Security Council. The intelligence community and U.S. Central Command are told to find out more before any action is taken.

October 2019: Russia joins the United States, China and Pakistan in signing a statement on peace in Afghanistan.

Linda Ward · July 2, 2020 at 2:17 pm
Trump the King of Corruption. He'll be looking for his crown soon.
badelectronics · July 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm
Scene: Oval Office, The White House.

CIA Briefer: "Mr. President, it snowed last night."
President of the U.S. of A., D.J. Trump: "Do we have confirmation that it snowed last night?"
CIA Briefer: "Mr. President, there is snow on the ground."
President: "But how do you know it snowed last night? Maybe CNN put the snow there this morning, or MSNBC did it. Did you check with OANN???"
CIA Briefer, now in a state of befuddlement: "There was no snow on the ground yesterday, and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground now.
The President: "Until I get confirmation that it snowed last night, there is no snow on the ground."
CIA Briefer: "Yes Mr. President, as you wish."
Tony Bentley · July 2, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Not only is our national security at risk, so is our national decency. Trump has been bought and paid for IMO, Putin owns the President of the United States and only time will tell how disgraceful his Presidency has been.

AG Barr has to be scrambling. How long will it be before Ms. Maxwell is 'epsteined" while in lock-up? How soon will the cameras stop functioning in and near her jail cell?

"Longtime associate of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested
Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on federal charges stemming from New York prosecutors’ investigation of the disgraced financier’s sex trafficking."

Case 1:16-cv-07673-RA

"10. Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted. Exhs. A and B. 11. Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump, Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed. Exhs. A and B."

"screaming that he would do whatever he wanted"

That phrase has been said by Trump before. "Trump falsely says the Constitution gives him ‘the right to do whatever I want’."
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