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January 8, 2021 · OPINION

We must reflect on how we got here — and do better

By Harriet Hodgkin
Warrenton

To all those in Fauquier County who voted Republican:

As we have seen, the United States is not immune to dictatorship, fraud and leadership that is not morally responsible. We must, as voters, always be on the lookout for public servants who follow the law, tell the truth and do not put themselves above the country or the Constitution they have taken an oath to uphold.

Donald Trump was not created in a vacuum. All those who voted for him, as well as the party that supported him, are responsible for his actions. His lies were never checked by his own party; the laws he broke were encouraged by those he put in power beside him.

Is the president really above the law? Do we want someone in power who stated: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”?

Are we really surprised he incited a mob to stop the certification of the election? That he supported anarchy and violence if it would further his agenda?

I would ask everyone who voted for him to ask themselves why.

Why did you support a man who lied before he ever got into office, was a business fraud, had no respect for women and bullied anyone who disagreed with him? Why would you vote for the person he is — as leader of the “free world?”

Was it because your tax rate was lowered? You got a subsidy? You believed in the wall to stop immigration? You ascribe to conspiracy theories promoted on the internet? What was your reason, and was that enough to burn down the Capitol building in an attempted coup?

I hope this is a time for reflection. Do we continue to support those who can only put their own self-interest above the community and country? Do we wear a mask for the benefit of those we do not know, or do we only care about ourselves and our own families? Is that what freedom is? The freedom to do harm to others?

I hope we are better than what we have seen over the last four years, and that we heal these dangerous divisions and start the work of becoming bigger than our own self-interest. It is my hope that we can start the work of living up to the ideals of this nation, despite party and politics. We can do much better then Donald Trump.
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Linda Ward · January 20, 2021 at 3:46 pm
Trump can now take his Kingly dumps in exile in Florida.
Tony Bentley · January 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm
18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government -

"Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons."

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Fined and 20 years, time to take out the trash.
Mark House · January 15, 2021 at 4:24 pm
BestKeptSecrets- Get your story start before spewing on here like you know ANYTHING.

"First of all, former President Barack Obama didn’t give “150 billion in cash” to Iran.
The nuclear agreement included China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, so Obama didn’t carry out any part of it on his own. The deal did lift some sanctions, which lifted a freeze on Iran’s assets that were held largely in foreign, not U.S., banks. And, to be clear, the money that was unfrozen belonged to Iran. It had only been made inaccessible by sanctions aimed at crippling the country’s nuclear program.

Secondly, $150 billion is a high-end estimate of the total that was freed up after some sanctions were lifted. U.S. Treasury Department estimates put the number at about $50 billion in “usable liquid assets,” according to 2015 testimony from Adam Szubin, acting under secretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence.

The part that the meme gets right, though, is that the deal didn’t get congressional approval. The Obama administration had maintained that the agreement wasn’t a treaty, which would have required approval by the Senate. Republicans did try to block the deal, but they weren’t able to get enough support to pass the legislation in the Senate.

However, the U.S. is now no longer part of the deal. Trump pulled out in May 2018."

Quick Take -
"A viral meme distorts the facts about the Iran nuclear agreement. The deal, approved by six countries and the European Union, gave Iran access to its own frozen assets."

Tuck Frump and his lies, and lies, and lies! Good riddance to the corpulent spoiled rotten brat. His parents should have let him go to Vietnam, friendly fire gets rid of misfits like him.
BestKeptSecrets · January 15, 2021 at 11:57 am
Anarchy...Obama gave $15 billion to Iran. There are public schools accepting large amounts of monies from foreigners. However you twist what Obama did, it still no matter what the radical left states, lies about was very dangerous.
Tony Bentley · January 15, 2021 at 10:42 am
"Nevertheless, in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a fervent mob hoping to overturn Trump’s electoral defeat, a litany of commentators invoked one notorious incident surrounding the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as a cautionary tale for Washington in 2021.

In November 1923, Hitler, then a young leader of a still-fringe nationalist movement in Weimar-era Germany, hatched a plot in Munich to capture the regional Bavarian government and, from there, provoke an autocratic transformation of the German state. Appealing to a sense of national humiliation after World War I, he peddled conspiracy theories and lies about the treachery of Jews and schemes of socialists that galvanized an aggrieved minority. On Nov. 8, Hitler and his associates interrupted a political rally in one of the largest beer halls in Munich, took a leading regional politician hostage and announced their intention of seizing power in Bavaria and provoking a “national revolution.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/15/trump-hitler-us-capitol-beer-hall-putsch/
Mark House · January 13, 2021 at 6:50 pm
"The House of Representatives could move to strip Trump of his pardon power -

Congress’s own interpretation of the pardon power may matter greatly, especially since the Supreme Court has never definitively decided the extent of the impeachment exception. Recent news reports indicate that members of Congress also understand impeachment to strip the president of his pardon power. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), for instance, indicated that he is open to the view that the phrase gives the House the power to strip a president of the powers of pardoning in matters related to the insurrection

This matters, too, for how courts ultimately decide the question. Courts have a history of deferring to Congress on matters they deem inherently political. That deference is especially prominent in matters of impeachment. The Constitution grants the House the “sole power” of impeachment."
Mark House · January 13, 2021 at 6:48 pm
"The president’s constitutional power to grant pardons is limited by impeachment

The Constitution makes clear that the president has the power to grant pardons, “except in cases of impeachment.” Some scholars have long seen that clause as an anemic power, only preventing a president from pardoning someone from facing impeachment or undoing the penalties that result from a Senate conviction."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/13/no-trump-cant-pardon-himself-impeachment-would-strip-him-that-power/
farmbum · January 13, 2021 at 12:57 pm
SaveFauquier's talking points are those that destroy a democracy. Based on lies and innuendo.

Meanwhile these people ignore current state of events. 375k+ dead Americans, and an insurrection against the government. All under the Leadership of a failed President and a Republican majority rule.

But Obama...Hillary...
karl engels · January 13, 2021 at 10:51 am
Absolutely no context whatsoever, straight out of left field, “ask Hillary about the uranium” she has lived rent free in y’all’s heads for the last 4 years grow tf up. There are articles that go back to before Christmas that discuss COVID-19 and it’s potential threat to the world, but instead of acting and ensuring the safety of a nation the president pretended like it didn’t even exist until he caught it himself. I know for a fact that I knew what it was in the first week of January. Everybody knew it existed before March you dipshit
Savefauquiercounty2019 · January 13, 2021 at 10:13 am
Another attempt to divide Americans. You can continue to slam republicans but the radical left, like yourself need to take ownership as well. Let's not forget when Obama was leaving office, he sent in the middle of the night a plane filled with 15 billion AMERICAN dollars which were turned around and used against us. Do you know what yellow cake is? Ask Hiliary what happened to the uranium. You have no clue what is coming down on America right now. Explain in your next article why the radical left started colectiva and how this organization supports socialist leaders. Why is it ok to use tax payers monies to fund planned parenthood who turns around and gives our monies to socialist leaders? Watch the movie on netflix which is glorifying a communist who was a director in hollywood years ago who went behind the scenes and continued making movies which provided a narrative to brain wash Americans. It is called messaging. How come you only surface issues? Why not go scuba diving and start investigating unethical practices to undermine every federal and state and county agency? Netflix, which is a liberal netflix has a documentary series on scientology. The documentary provides information about how these guys took over clearwater, florida. They have infiltrated all the agencies in the surrounding communities to push their agenda. If you don't think this is happening across this nation, explain why the CDC knew the COVID existed way before March and told medical doctors to test for the flu twice. Many people were spreading the virus when the WHO knew existed long before March. If you like leaders in the Independent party, Ralph Nader warned against germ warfare to every administration for the past decades. He warned Americans we would not be prepared. Yet when anyone says anything about the lack of resources that were never available before Trump, he is at fault. You'd blame him for your cancer if you contracted it. Hospitals have caused 5000 deaths a week in our nation because of preventable medical errors and gross neglience reported by JHopkins long before Trump took office. These errors have been ignored by every administration. CEO's have cheapened down care and yet I don't hear or witness you or any other racial left highlighting these horrific behaviors. Fauquier hospital has a 2 star rating as well as UVA. Yes, they highlight their money making programs such as orthopedics but the hospital care is questionable. And yet, you blame Trump for the COVID deaths. If you are admitted to a poor hospital, you probably are going to suffer from the care. Stop watching the media programs that are owned by 7 men. They are all in cohorts together to push their agenda.
JohnQ · January 12, 2021 at 8:26 pm
https://youtu.be/4Pjs7uoOkag

Fauquier Now Censorship ??
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 6:28 pm
DeutscheBank dumped Donny. Wonder why?
These golden calf folks? False idol, hell.
Trump cares? Yes, himself only.
Jerome Fields · January 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm
bade - Think Trump cares? Nah, I don't think so either.
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Truepat, these people have guns.
Sadly, they are leaving their wives messes.
Popcorn I guess, just sad.

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/christopher-stanton-georgia-capitol-arrest-dies/85-60ef1a14-804c-4fa7-8aa9-f63e85b8bff8
Truepat · January 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm
I believe Hitler also paid his party members to turn in those that disagreed with his party, but he did dispense of them once he was done with them, this could be a popcorn situation, LOL
Linda Ward · January 12, 2021 at 10:08 am
The 14th Amendment, Section 3 -

"No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."
Tony Bentley · January 12, 2021 at 9:48 am
Putin is laughing his ass off at all the stupid Americans.

His puppet Donnie is doing all his work for him without Russia having to fire one shot.
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 7:07 am
Poor Deno. Must be sad.
Didn't you post that same line earlier?
I'm in mom's basement. Better???
Denosthenes · January 12, 2021 at 6:39 am
No matter how much crap you paste here, bade, you are still a little Nazi boy. Did you move out of your mother's basement yet?
Linda Ward · January 11, 2021 at 7:27 pm
"Yes, Trump could be convicted after leaving office -

Even if Democrats impeach Trump on Wednesday, a Senate trial wouldn’t start right away. The earliest a trial is likely to start is Jan. 19, per a letter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent to senators on Friday. House impeachment managers could head to the Senate side to read out the article of impeachment on Jan. 19 or 20, with the actual trial beginning on Jan. 20 or 21. The Post’s Seung Min Kim reports that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is exploring using emergency powers to bring the Senate back early, but barring that, the Senate won’t be back until next week.

But what’s the point, if he’s removed from office? The exact ramifications for Trump seem to be an open question, but he would be barred from running for president again in 2024. He would also lose his $200,000-a-year government pension, his travel allowance and his Secret Service protection.

It’s not a sure thing Democrats would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate right away; Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday that Democrats could choose hold onto the impeachment articles for as long as a few months, allowing President-elect Joe Biden to start his presidential term without the distraction of his predecessor being on trial — and a Senate too busy holding a trial to confirm nominees."

I dislike that SOB! I'd rather he was burned at the stake, but if Impeachment/Indicted will punch a hole in his grifting, I'm all for it.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Calypso knows his word salad.
I thought the DEEP STATE stopped transmitting.
Only Calypso receives the signal.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm
Linda. I'm surprised with you!
Rhetorical yes, I know. Trumpists are dingbats.
Not all, but most. Crazy!
Calypso · January 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm
People like you Harriet are exactly why I no longer live in the Commonwealth... YOU are blind to the Deep State attempt at trying to take over our country....YOU are siding with people who lie, cheat and steal and pay people like BLM and Antifa to start violence....You are a Baby Killer........YOU are one of the people who has drank and embraced the Kool-aid of Communism....YOU are one who has chosen the Darkside over the truth of Light and Justice and it is YOU who will cry and grovel when your time comes for retribution
Linda Ward · January 11, 2021 at 4:12 pm
I'm reflecting on how could this have gotten so bad. If Trump asked his supporters to rob banks for him, would they?
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 10:44 am
Cry me a river folks.
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" Oh NOOOOES!!!!
I hope Fauquier is ready.

https://cybernews.com/news/70tb-of-parler-users-messages-videos-and-posts-leaked-by-security-researchers/
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 9:20 am
https://twitter.com/ExpertMilkshake/status/1348356778082373632
I am also crying tears.
Tears of joy over this 'patriot' self-owned.
Jail awaits, just bend over.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 7:19 am
Hundreds of insurrection idiots arrested!
Deno can't understand. Sadz. Sixth grade drop-out.
Poor, poor, ignorant soul. Pity.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 7:16 am
Dear Farmbum. Deno equals dolt.
Even Jeannie Pirro call these scumbags out.
Stupid is as Deno is.
farmbum · January 11, 2021 at 7:11 am
Deno:

You are flaming seditionist methods.

You cannot distinguish between social unrest and an attempted government coup.

You are oblivious to the problem at hand with your unfair comparisons.

You, your beliefs and messages are the most dangerous threats to our Republics
today.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 7:10 am
Deno. Oh I'm so sorry.
You meant to say "chutzpah" didn't you.
Two languages you lack spelling.
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 7:04 am
Deno: What is Chucpah? Sorry.
I don't speak gibberish even this early.
How are your English lessons?
badelectronics · January 11, 2021 at 6:56 am
Demo, is the FBI looking???
Over your shoulder, looking for who??? JAIL.
You took your own pictures.
Denosthenes · January 11, 2021 at 6:01 am
How many cops died over the four years fighting your Sturmabteilung troops - AKA BLM and Antifa? How many cities did you, liberal Nazis, burned down? And you have the chucpah to point fingers? As I stated before: liberals are disgusting sub-human beings.
Denosthenes · January 11, 2021 at 5:56 am
badelectronics · January 9, 2021 at 10:16 am
Blue line American flag stickers?
Punisher? Dixie Flag? You have been labeled.
Insurrectionist. Good luck job hunting!!!

You are good little Nazi, aren't you? What's next? Yellow stars? Concentration camps for reeducation? Liberals are truly disgusting sub-human beiings.
Linda Ward · January 10, 2021 at 9:25 pm
Go to http://www.fbi.gov. photos are available from January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. $1000 reward for verifiable information on anyone in the photos. $50,000 for information on suspect planting pipe bombs.
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm
After some time to reflect.
The FBI will track them all down.
This will bring me joy.
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 4:41 pm
https://www.tmz.com/2021/01/10/new-capitol-video-trump-mob-riot-beating-fallen-police-officer/

Look are the insurrectionists above.
They call themselves patriots beating a cop.
You 'patriots' condone this? Assholes.
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm
If CP was part, stop.
I want him dragged through the streets.
Spat upon. Traitor, Scum, feces.
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm
Time will tell Dear Mark.
Until then, I'll continue to send money.
Insurrectionists think Q-Flynn is Lee.
Mark House · January 10, 2021 at 3:57 pm
Another CP officer has died, this time by suicide. What was his part in this??
Mark House · January 10, 2021 at 3:55 pm
PEACEFUL protest????????????? That would be hilarous if it wasn't COMPLETELY NUTS!

Hero - Officer Eugene Goodman leading the rioters AWAY from the Senate chamber.

"It seems clear now that a Capitol police officer–who led insurrections away from the Senate Chamber in the early moments of the riot on Wednesday–prevented an even more dicey confrontation between rioters and authorities. As seen on previously reported video, a man now identified as United States Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman faced off with the group. He was by himself and only wielded a baton, so he had to give ground to the advancing group, which was led by a man in QAnon apparel. After turning up some stairs, he led them off toward their left, not right, away from an open doorway."

https://lawandcrime.com/2020-election/absolute-hero-capitol-police-officer-led-insurrectionists-away-from-senate-entrance/
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 2:33 pm
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Karl, common ground they have.
The commonality? Only hating libs like me.
Irrational and stupid. WHo knew?
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 1:53 pm
To be plain about Sarah.
Sarah has a dick. But keeps check.
A chick with dick! Dig?
karl engels · January 10, 2021 at 1:52 pm
There is and never will be any common ground to find with white supremacists and fascists
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 1:51 pm
Tongue was firmly in cheek.
Please reread my comments. But poor Sarah?
Sarah already has a dick.
karl engels · January 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm
If my language is what you’re concerned about instead of the defense and even support of armed, fascist insurrectionests that stormed the us capitol building with the intent of taking then you are very much apart of the problem. Keeping civil is something that has never even once been considered by anyone who was apart of the coup as they cheered on the cops as they beat largely peaceful protestors demanding that black lives are treated with the same care that white ones were as was on display wednesday.
badelectronics · January 10, 2021 at 1:32 pm
KARL!!!!! Such language! Keep civil!
Sarah and crew are products of interbreeding.
The master plan's master-race; idiots.
karl engels · January 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Sarah I’ve got a literal history degree hop off my dick
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