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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Can Donald J. Trump End the American Experiment??

The American experiment is a simple idea: When a group of citizens of good will gathers and agrees to place their personal interests second to the common good, they can create a Democracy where everyone has an equal voice. 

However, if a group among them does not agree that the common good comes ahead of their own personal good, the Democracy may be short lived. 

Donald J. Trump has attempted systematically to fire all the people in Government service who serve the country and dismantle all the United States Institutions created to support the elevation of country over self.

If he were to retain control over a national party, he could use his power and influence to stymy a candidate who opposed his personal corrupt aims.

The GOP has the responsibility of endorsing and supporting only the candidates for office who will place country over self-interest. 

At the least, that means to challenge every trump candidate at the primary level. 

That can and will happen, IF, and it is a BIG IF, the GOP removes the cancer that is trump and his cult from the GOP. Let them pursue their agenda without the support of a responsible, national party.




Sunday, November 22, 2020

Will trump Play the Armed Insurrection Card??

Many trump supporters have guns and have indicated they will take their guns to the streets as soon as trump tells them so.

What are the odds he will make that call? 

It may be more and more likely as he perceives he is running out of options to retain power. 

The best response is to arrest and jail any person participating in or threatening any such insurrection.

That may require a declaration of a State of Emergency in open carry States. It's a good idea. 

And, police should respond with deadly force if they are fired upon. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Whither GOP



The Republican Party in the United States faces a crossroads. One path leads to a stronger party and a stronger country while the other path leads to potential disaster for both country and party.


Some Republicans seek personal power and fortune at the expense of the country.  Some seem so needy that they will accept abhorrent behavior from trump in the hope of staying in office. 


This behavior may well lead to great weakening of the country. 


Since trump probably will not change his behavior, then perhaps it is time to separate the party from him. 


I hope for a group of Republican campaign financiers who can place our country above their personal fortunes. If we look we might find some office seekers who are willing to serve with honor instead of serving with greed. Those folks will need campaign financing in order to become elected. 


With such a group the United States may be able to correct our course and become stronger. And, trump will probably divorce himself from that party group once he finds he cannot control their behavior. 


Friday, November 13, 2020

Things I want to Know from Political Candidates


Here is a list of some questions I want to ask all candidates. It's a bit sad that we have to ask, but things are different now. It will be good if your candidate publishes his/her answers to these questions.

I do not mean to be encyclopedic and all readers can add questions at will.

ABORTION - Do you think a government has the right to decide whether a woman can have an abortion?

GUN LAWS - Shall citizens be allowed to possess assault rifles and other weapons designed for military purposes?

RULE OF LAW - Can a President circumvent the law if he decides it is necessary?

FOREIGN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS - Have you ever taken anything of value from a foreign donor?

INEQUALITY - Do you think current inequalities of income and wealth are bad for the country?

RACISM - Can our country deny Muslims entry while immigrating to the USA solely on their religion?

FEAR - Are you afraid of black people? Or Muslims? Or Mexicans? Or anyone else?

EQUAL JUSTICE - Do you think that the justice system treats black people and other people of color differently than white people. 

POLICE - Should police officers treat all people identically based on the circumstances they see?

HEALTH CARE - Do you think that all citizens are entitled to health care?

SOCIAL SECURITY - Do you think Social Security should be privatized? In addition, do you think it will go bankrupt soon?

STIMULUS - Do you want the Federal government to provide financial assistance to workers, businesses and local governments to prevent a recession?

FACE MASKS - Do you support a national mandate to wear facemasks if scientists recommend it?

ELECTORAL COLLEGE - Do you support abolishing the Electoral College and accepting the ballot count only in Presidential elections?

INCOME TAX - Do you pay Federal income taxes?

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE - Have you released your tax returns?

CHILD RAPE - Do you think it is OK for an adult to have sex with a minor child?

NATO - Do you support NATO as a deterrent to Russian expansion?

CLIMATE CHANGE - Do you think climate change is real or a hoax?

IMMIGRATION - Is it OK to take infants from their parents to deport them?

LABOR UNIONS - Do labor unions have too much power?

BLIND TRUST - Will place all your assets into a blind trust while in office?

VOTING FAVORS - Is it OK to place a vote because you think it will help a contributor?

INSIDE INFORMATION - Is it OK to make decisions to buy or sell assets based on information you receive while in office that is not publicly available?

WHITE COLLAR CRIME - Should we put white-collar criminals like convicted bankers in jail?

MONOPOLIES - Do you think that monopolies hurt the economy because they restrict competition?


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Resignation Pressure Campaigns: Republican and/or Greedy Useful Idiots and Siloviki


A 'useful idiot' is a person in any country including the United States who willingly believes in ideas which can help Russia and/or hurt his/her own country. As used here, the term can include greedy persons who are bribed into specific actions and those who see a personal financial gain for themselves from an action. A 'Russian asset' is an employee of the Russian state residing in another country. 

A 'siloviki' is a private person or government employee who owns and/or controls companies or state organizations in any country for the benefit of Vladimir Putin and shares in the benefits at Putin's discretion; that control is usually obtained by criminal methods which can include murder. 

It is fair to say that some Republican and other United States Senators, Representatives and bureaucrats fit into one or more of these categories.

Since some of this cohort have real political power to affect or stall legislation, Biden's task is to find a way to enact legislation benefitting the National Interests of the United States with the cooperation of some of the Russian cohort; it is likely that they will impede actions which do not benefit Russia or their personal fortunes. They will probably not support actions which benefit the interests of only the United states. 

Unless, one or more such persons - if they are enough to tip the scales and pass a proposal - can be convinced to do the right thing, it is probable that the United States will be compromised. 

Perhaps some may be encouraged to support a proposal through a resignation campaign. Such a resignation campaign might consist of a dossier enumerating factual cases of illegal or morally repugnant actions.

When asked for their official support of a proposal or law that clearly benefits the United States, they can be presented with the dossier and asked to support the proposal in order to keep the dossier from the press. 

While some may argue that such actions are 'dirty' politics, perhaps they are justified in today's political climate where National Interests are sacrificed routinely for private gain. Who is there that can make those fine distinctions in a time of crisis? The only answer is President Joe Biden.

Of course it may be unethical and perhaps illegal to use public resources like the FBI or CIA to create such dossiers; however, private investigators do not have those restraints. 

And, many of the folks listed below are just personally political in their support and do not realize the effects of their actions, but some have considerable power and are worth pursuing. The underlying assumption is that support for trump and Russia will dissipate among some of these folks as Biden/Harris begin the change the political scene. 

Since the list is so extensive it may seem that it just a political issue; but, the more influential of these folks may act to damage the National Interests of the United States. 

Below is a list from wikipedia of some of the United States officials who MAY fit the categories above and thus be legitimate targets of such resignation campaigns:

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Donald_Trump_2020_presidential_campaign_endorsements]


CURRENT UNITED STATES SENATORS


Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee (2003–present) and 45th Governor of Tennessee (1979–1987


John Barrasso, U.S. Senator from Wyoming (2007–present)


Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee (2019–present)


Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator from Missouri (2011–present)


John Boozman, U.S. Senator from Arkansas (2011–present)


Richard Burr, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (2005–present)


Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Senator from West Virginia (2015–present)


Bill Cassidy, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (2015–present)


John Cornyn, U.S. Senator from Texas (2002–present) and Chair of the Senate Narcotics Caucus (2019–present)


Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas (2015–present)


Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas (2013–present)


Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana (2015–present) and U.S. Representative from MT-AL (2013–2015)


Mike Enzi, U.S. Senator from Wyoming (1997–present)


Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator from Iowa (2015–present)


Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator from Nebraska (2013–present)


Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator from Colorado (2015–present) and U.S Representative from CO-4 (2011–2015)


Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina (2003–present, U.S. Representative from SC-3 (1995–2003) and candidate for president in 2016


Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa and President pro tempore of the United States Senate (1981–present)


Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator from Missouri (2019–present)


Cindy Hyde-Smith, U.S. Senator from Mississippi (2018–present)


Jim Inhofe, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma (1994–present)


Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (2011–present) and Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (2015–present)


John Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (2017–present)


James Lankford, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma (2015–present) and U.S. Representative from OK-5 (2011–2015)


Mike Lee, U.S. Senator from Utah (2011–present)


Kelly Loeffler, U.S. Senator from Georgia (2020–present)


Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator from Kentucky (1985–present) and Senate Majority Leader (2015–present)[68]


Martha McSally, U.S. Senator from Arizona (2019–present) and U.S. Representative from AZ-02 (2015–2019)[69]


Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky (2011–present)


David Perdue, U.S. Senator from Georgia (2015–present)


Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio (2011–present


Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida (2011–present)


Rick Scott, U.S. Senator from Florida (2019–present)


Tim Scott, U.S. Senator from South Carolina (2013–present)


Richard Shelby, U.S. Senator from Alabama (1987–present)


Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator from Alaska (2015–present)


John Thune, Senate Majority Whip (2019–present) U.S. Senator from South Dakota (2005–present)


Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (2015–present)


Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (2011–present)


Roger Wicker, U.S. Senator from Mississippi (2007–present)


CURRENT FEDERAL OFFICIALS:

[Note - Footnotes can be found in the wikipedia line]


    Alex Azar, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (2018–present) and United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005–2007)[2] 


David Bernhardt, United States Secretary of the Interior (2019–present) and United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior (2017–2019)[2]


    Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2020–present) and Treasurer of the United States (2017–2020)[2]


    Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2017–present)[3]


    Elaine Chao, United States Secretary of Transportation (2017–present) and United States Secretary of Labor (2001–2009)[4]


    Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education (2017–present)[5]


    Richard Grenell, special envoy for the Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiations (2019–present)[6]


    Keith Kellogg, National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States (2018–present)[3]


    Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council (2018–present)[3]


    Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President (2017–present), Director of the Office of American Innovation (2017–present) and son-in-law to Donald Trump[7]


    Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary (2020–present)[3]


    Mick Mulvaney, United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (2020–present), White House Chief of Staff (2019–2020), director of the Office of Management and Budget (2017–2019)[8]


    Peter Navarro, Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (2017–present) and Director of the National Trade Council (2017)[9]


    Robert C. O'Brien, National Security Advisor (2019–present) and Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs (2017–2018)[10]


    Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture (2017–present)[11]


    Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (2018–present), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2017–2018)[3]


    Wilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce (2017–present)[2]


    Dan Scavino, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (2020–present)[3]


    Ja'Ron Smith, Assistant to the President for domestic policy (2019–present)[3]


    Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President for women's issues policy (2017–present) and daughter of Donald Trump[12]


    David Urban, Chair of the American Battle Monuments Commission (2018–present)[13]


    Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2017–present)[14]


    Robert Wilkie, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2018–present) and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (2017–2018)[2]



The wikipedai page includes several other categories as well. 


Saturday, November 7, 2020

100 Days

 100 Days

Here is my take on Biden/Harris first 100 days.

Fire every single person hired by 45 or his minions.

Reverse every single executive order issued by 45 and his minions.

Offer jobs to all the Americans fired by 45 and his minions.

Make no effort to impede court actions directed to 45.

Rejoin the Paris Accord, the Iran treaty, the WHO and the other international organizations 45 withdrew. 

If McConnell remains as Senate Majority leader, find areas of legitimate national interest and encourage him to cooperate; if he fails, then target him with a resignation campaign. 

Diligently work to find Republican Senators who will support legislation on critical national interests; they can be encouraged to cooperate with resignation campaigns. 

Invite our allies' Heads of State to a formal White House reception. Make our positions clear to the Ambassadors of our rivals like Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Turkey and so forth.

Be prepared for a provocation requiring a violent response from one or more of our rivals - they want to see if Biden/Harris has the stomach for violence or not. 

Pass the Bills forwarded to the Senate by the House. 

Obey the law and treaties the US has signed about asylum seekers: build facilities to hold seekers while we adjudicate their cases; replace ICE with IRS agents so we can tax the corporations profiting from illegal immigrants. FIND THE CHILDREN'S PARENTS - this failure is simply shameful.


It will be a busy time.

May God bless the United States of America.


Two Negative Issues in the United States Today

 There are at least two negative issues in American politics.

GREED / INCOME INEQUALITY - The US has extreme inequalities of wealth and incomes; these inequalities harm the health and well being of much of the population today.

RACISM / FEAR / HATRED - People of color are treated more poorly than white people due to their skin color.

Both of these issues have found a home in the Republican Party.

Greed/inequality - Republicans have been at the forefront of weakening of worker's rights, health care, workplace protections and other issues. Republicans seem to take the position that anything which reduces business profits or increases costs should be eliminated. This trend became pronounced in the 1970's and has continued since then.

There appears to be an idea held by many if not most Republicans that greed and accumulation of riches is good for the security of the United States. The reverse is true - accumulations of material wealth actively harm the health and well being of the population. 

When legislators are encouraged to pass laws favoring wealth accumulations, that harms citizens by promoting monopolies, restricting essential services to those able to pay and etc., etc.

The inequalities today are not sustainable; they create conditions favoring revolution. However, there are minor policy changes which can ease the burden on citizens and, surprisingly, make the rich even richer. 

The United States had installed many of those polices until about 1975 approximately. Since then those policies have degraded.

Racism - It is my considered opinion that the white citizens who fear violence from people of color has led many Americans to hate all people of color. That hate has created policies that actively harm and/or murder people of color. 

This situation is both stupid and intolerable. It will create additional momentum toward revolution unless addressed. As before there are some policies which can reduce the effects of discrimination and thereby make the entire country more prosperous and secure. I believe that several of those policy changes are understood by most people but they are blocked due to fear.

Both of theses issues can be improved by encouraging some Republican Senators to resign. Several of them have taken material support from Putin and helped block policy initiatives passed by the House to benefit the citizenry. One way to encourage their resignation might be to find areas on national concern on which most voter agree and ask them to support legislation to solve those issues. They might face serious efforts to unseat them if they continue to block policies clearly in the national interest.  


Monday, August 17, 2020

Michael Moore, Absolutely, Positively MUST READ

 Michael Moore

 

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MY PLAN FOR HOW TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE AN ELECTION, TRUMP IS REMOVED, AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE GONE FOR GOOD
by Michael Moore

TRUMP HAS DECLARED WAR ON US AND OUR DEMOCRACY.
IT’S TIME FOR US TO PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE, IF NECESSARY, AND TO MAKE HIM THE LAST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT OF OUR UNITED STATES.

Trump, right now, tonight, is up to some very nasty, scary stuff — stuff we can’t even imagine — and of course we can’t imagine it because we don’t think like Trump. Our brains are wired for love, empathy, solidarity, compassion, freedom, person, woman, man, camera, TV.

You know like I know that Trump has a devious, wicked plan to destroy this Election. We need to declare, immediately, that it is he and the Republican Party who have to go, for the sake of this country’s existence, they must be crushed and removed.

Trump actually has an arsenal of plans already in action to ensure he never leaves office. He has them all in high gear — some visible, some not. If you could see them all you’d be so stunned, you’d have to immediately convince yourself that there’s no way he can pull this off.

We are all caught in Trump’s Matrix, a mad web, the work of a psychopath-in-chief with tricks so devious that fascists of old, if alive today, would marvel at what Trump has accomplished.
For the next 11 weeks — and then for the 12 weeks between the Election and the Inauguration — Trump is planning nothing but anarchy, chaos, a call to arms of his angry white male followers and the complete destruction of our democracy. You think I’m kidding? You think I’m overstating the case? Do you want to take the risk that I might not be wrong? Most of you understandably chose not to listen to me four years ago when I warned you Trump was going to win the Presidency by taking Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. May I please ask that you now give me your serious attention for what I am about to say — because if I’m right again this time, there won’t be a next time. There will be nothing left for me to warn you about. There probably won’t be much left of me.

Here’s how Trump plans to end our right to choose the next President and Congress. It will happen fast. I am also laying out here a battle plan for us to defeat this takeover of our democracy. We must act now.

HERE ARE TRUMP’S 5 PLANS ALREADY IN MOTION:

PLAN #1: Create Chaos. Instill Fear. Fire Up the Base with Racist Vigor. Pandemonium Ensues.
CHECK. DONE.

PLAN #2: Suppress the Vote
•Dismantle the Post Office.
•Create 4-Hour-Long Lines by Drastically Reducing Number of Polling Locations.
•Throw Black and Brown Voters Off the Rolls.
•Stop Those Who’ve Served Time from Voting.
•Place 50,000 “Poll Watchers” at Voting Sites Around the Country to Intimidate Voters.
VOTER SUPPRESSION IN ACTION AS WE SPEAK.

PLAN #3: Postpone the Election. Place the blame on a “legitimate” national tragedy or emergency — massive deaths from the pandemic, a terrorist attack, an assassination, a deadly hurricane, a civil war in the streets, one or both Presidential candidates falling ill to Covid-19 — anything that reasonable people, even people who are opposed to Trump, will agree that “we just can’t hold an election right now! We just need to postpone it for a couple days, a couple weeks (a couple months... a couple years...)” Or perhaps he’ll just cancel the Election outright and see if he can get away with it.
TRUMP READY TO PULL THE TRIGGER.

PLAN #4: His September Surprise.
His October Surprise.
His November Surprise.
His January Surprise.
You think you can guess what it will be, but trust me, it’ll be far worse. We need to be ready. Stay on high alert, my friends. Millions of us will need to act on a moment’s notice. It’s the grim reaper of Democracy at our doorstep. We made the mistake of letting Trump get this far — why wouldn’t he now think he can get away with everything??
THE SURPRISE IS UNKNOWN. THAT’S WHY IT’S A SURPRISE.

PLAN #5: He Will Not Leave.
When Trump loses, he will declare the Election invalid, rigged, stolen — and he will refuse to step down.
So, what will we do then?

HERE IS OUR BATTLE PLAN TO REMOVE TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS:

1. Do Not Wait — Biden/Harris Should Start Running the Country Now.

We simply don’t have time to wait until January 20, 2021. Nearly 200,000 of us have already died from Trump’s reckless incompetence with the coronavirus. By Election Day it’s possible another 100,000 to 200,000 of us will have needlessly died. A total of 400,000 dead? That’s the equivalent of one hundred and thirty-three 9/11s! Or 532 planes being flown into 532 buildings. If something that horrific ever happened, and the President not only didn’t do anything about it, but tried to pretend it wasn’t all that bad - “it is what it is” - he would be run out of the White House by an angry mob of millions of Americans, lucky not to have his head put on a spike on the Key Bridge over the Potomac.
It doesn’t have to come to that. Biden and Harris should present to America a simple nationwide plan to end the pandemic — and then act on it immediately.

They should call a meeting of all the Governors and ask them what help do they need — and then find a way to get them that help, going around Trump and just making it happen. They should ask industry, in lieu of campaign contributions, to produce hundreds of millions of instant-result tests. They should call their Heads of State friends overseas and ask them to send all the PPE they can spare. They should get 250 million Americans to take the “Face Mask Pledge.” And they should promise the scientists in our top universities all the money and help they need once they’re in office. Ignore Trump. Treat him as if he’s irrelevant and get the job done.

2. The Republican Party Must Be Crushed and Destroyed. Trump Must Become the Last Republican President.

In the Michigan county where I live, the August primary this month set a record turnout for a presidential-year primary. In fact, more people this year voted by mail-in ballot than ALL those who voted in 2016 — by mail-in AND in-person combined. This is a highly encouraging sign for what we now need to do:
• We must create an historic massive turnout between now and November 3rd — a tsunami of voters the likes of which have never been seen, and may never be seen again. In 2016, 66 million Americans voted for Hillary Clinton. This time, though, we have to WALLOP Trump with an electoral concussion, a blow so profound he won’t know what hit him. This must be a defeat so crushing, so humiliating, a whooping of such epic proportions that he will be forced to leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with his tail between his legs on January 20th. This mammoth landslide must not only ensure that no president ever behaves this way again, we need to see to it that Trump is the last Republican president. The Election Day Uprising must put an end to this party of Trump enablers and traitors. They had a choice. They chose Trump over Democracy. They chose Putin and Netanyahu over fair elections and freedom for all. They chose the 1% over the 160 million working Americans. They chose the NRA over the massacred children of Sandy Hook. They chose to rig our elections, our textbooks, our economy. Democrats helped them along the way, and we’ll take the stick to them and fix that. The Republicans, though, chose to let hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens perish from Covid-19 because loyalty to Party and to Trump was greater than their duty to the American people. For that alone, the Republican Party must be put out of business for good. Vote out every last one of them. Conservatives will have to form a new party, much like when the Whigs were sent packing in the 1800s. The 
Republicans must pay for their crimes.

• We must flip the Senate —- and not just by the three seats we need for control. We should shock the pundit class and, as the Republican Party is reduced to ashes, grab a solid 55+ seat majority. Colorado, Arizona, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and even Kansas, South Carolina and, yes, Texas (a state that is now 57% non-white) — are all possible Democratic Senate wins. Think about spending a weekend or a week helping out in one of these states. The Republicans will wish they had managed this pandemic better and had everyone busy back at work by now. All this “free time” should make for their undoing.

• Finally, we have to vote the local Republicans out of office, too. State Houses and Senates will be drawing the electoral map for the next ten years. We can’t let the cheating Republicans do this again. Do what you can to elect Dems in your state and local elections. The punishment of the Republican Party — a certified terrorist organization for having helped kill at least 200,000 Americans — is an imperative.

3. Who Would Be Willing To, If Need Be, Put Their Life on the Line To Ensure This Election Is Held and EVERYONE Gets to Vote? I Would. Would You?
These steps must be taken immediately:

• The Secret Service, the FBI, the Capitol Police and the Joint Chiefs of Staff must be called before Congress and swear under oath that they will guarantee that the election will be held, they will enforce the Constitution they swore to uphold, and if he’s defeated but refuses to leave, they will escort the former President of the United States out of the White House.

• Biden and Harris must put Trump on notice that if he does one more thing to interfere with the Election or issues one more threat to suppress the vote, they will turn him and his crime family over to the new Justice Department for prosecution.

• Every single one of us must be strong in our publicly-stated resolve that there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON ON EARTH TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL THE ELECTION. That’s our unmovable and intractable position. No national tragedy, disease, threat or the melting of all of Greenland will cause us not to vote on or before November 3rd. Even if, God forbid, either candidate passes in their sleep between now and Election Day, the Election will continue — and the winner’s VP - or Nancy Pelosi - will become President on Inauguration Day.

• Let’s all pledge that, if Trump tries to cancel the election or if he refuses to accept its results, millions of us will go to DC and encircle the White House, a thousand deep, until he backs down, resigns or is removed.

• And, if you can, quietly make this commitment to yourself: “There are only a very few things I’d be willing to give my life for. This is one of them.” I know. That’s dark. And heavy. And awfully sad because it shouldn’t have come to this. But if we can’t even say that, then what good are we? If we aren’t willing to make that sacrifice, then America is already over and we might as well just fold our tent and see if Canada will take the non-racist, non-homophobic, non war-mongering ones of us who have manners and get satire.

4. Become an Election Defender.
Each of you should form an urgent action group - a rapid response team - in your neighborhood or town and do the following:
• Hold a daily protest at your local post office
• Picket the home of your local Postmaster (he/she may be on your side, so bring them some baked goods)
• Chain yourself to a local blue USPS dropbox if you can find one. Or chain it to something that won’t move.
• Sign up with the city clerk to be a poll worker on Election Day - especially if you’re young. Because of the pandemic, polls will be very short of poll workers. If you’re told they have enough help, then call the local Democratic Party and offer to be a “poll watcher”, the group of people from each party who get to oversee the voting to make sure there are no irregularities.
• Demand your city create more voting locations. Convince owners of arenas, theaters, ball parks, malls - places with large open spaces - to offer their facilities as polling places so that everyone gets a chance to vote.
• Canvas your neighborhoods over the next month to get people to fill out the form you’ll have them sign to get a mail-in ballot — and if they want to vote in person, let them know when the first day is so they can do that. Make a list of who needs a Covid-safe ride. The earlier the better!
5. The Uprising We’re In Is Only Getting Bigger. The People Will Now Call the Shots.
Why wait for the politicians to fix the mess of a country we’re in when they helped orchestrate the mess in the first place? Why don’t we just declare how we want to live — a new way to govern and function as a country — and we will finally fulfill the promise of the American Dream that has never been realized. Life, liberty, true equality, a sharing of the wealth, being good citizens of this world and kind stewards of a fragile Earth.
What have we learned from this pandemic? What we already knew: That employer-based health insurance can evaporate in an instant. Health care is a human right.
That being told “we can’t afford that!” (free college, free child care, free medical care - the things most advanced nations have) is total BS — the government CAN afford anything we decide we need!
We’ve learned that teachers, nurses, the mailwoman, farm workers, mass transit drivers and the minimum wage workers stocking the grocery shelves at 3 in the morning are our most important citizens and they need the respect and income they deserve immediately. 74% of the country now believes a guaranteed annual income is a great idea — fifty percentage points higher than when Andrew Yang proposed it 7 months ago!
We’ve learned to slow down, consume less — and that is what may be the path to saving the planet (when the 4% of its inhabitants [US] is no longer sucking up 25% of its resources and hoarding more than half its wealth).
We’re about to go elect more women than ever before — a time to turn the reins over to the gender that stands a better chance of getting us through the deadly viruses of Covid, Capitalism and Republicans(R.I.P.).
None of this will be launched by politicians. It will only come about through you and me taking action as part of the largest protest movement in our history — still growing, still going strong! — to end the racism, the abuse of the police state, the disgusting income inequality and the hateful misogyny that is going to come to an end in our lifetime.
America, post-pandemic, must become a very different place. Let’s make this happen. Doing the above will be the best cure for the trauma of these past four years.
Commit to being the change.
Organize your friends and family today.
Make your plan to campaign in a swing state Sept. or Oct.
VOTE AS EARLY AS YOU CAN—and take 5 people along with you!
We can do this. Trump - we’re coming for you. I’ll be in the first U-Haul truck that pulls up to your door.

October Surprise


Premise: trump tries to hijack the government with false claims of national security threats and election tampering. 


I like the idea that we game out alternative strategies to possible maneuvers in order to create an effective counter strategy.


Here's a possible scenario:


trump knows for sure he loses the election; that may occur before the polls close or perhaps after the polls close but before Biden/Harris take office.


A large Black Lives Matter demonstration happens in D. C. Several armed provocateurs in the demontration shoot at the Nazi armed militia standing near the demonstrators. The militia fires back killing several protestors. 


Barr calls in the heavily armed ICE and DHS secret police to 'secure order'. Police kill and/or beat hundreds.


trump declares a national emergency and declares election invalid. 


Federal troops surround the white house and prevent access.


trump announces a temporary suspension of the election in a national speech. He arrests Biden and Harris.


OR, another scenario:


A large bomb explodes at a Republican meeting killing 200 or 300 men, women and children.


A fake BLM spokesperson claims responsibility for the explosion. 


Repeat above:


Barr calls in the heavily armed ICE and DHS secret police to 'secure order'. Police kill and/or beat hundreds.


trump declares a national emergency and declares election invalid. 


Federal troops surround the white house and prevent access.


trump announces a temporary suspension of the election in a national speech. He arrests Biden and Harris.


DC Mayor can stop the coup by demanding the Federal troops exit the city and relying on city Police to control the situation.


My point is to prepare for the possibilities so we do not respond poorly. I hope we are doing this preparation now. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

trump is Russian oligarch


 Russian oligarchs amass great fortunes manipulating legal systems with Russian gangster help, then steal and murder for profit. 

trump is a Russian oligarch who answers to the FSB.

Here are some of his properties as per wikipedia:

Selected completed properties

    Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, Midtown Manhattan: A 58-story mixed-use tower, the headquarters of the Trump Organization, was developed in partnership with The Equitable, and opened in 1983. Trump bought out the Equitable's stake in 1986, and now owns the office and retail components of the tower. The building also contains the three-story penthouse apartment that was Donald Trump's primary residence until he moved to the White House. The value of the tower was estimated at $450 million in 2017. Trump took out a $100 million mortgage on the building in 2012.

    Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza, also in Midtown Manhattan: In 2006, Forbes magazine estimated "$290 million in profits and unrealized appreciation" going to Trump.

    AXA Financial Center in Manhattan and 555 California Street in San Francisco: Trump owns a 30 percent stake in these two office buildings, resulting from a property swap involving Riverside South. Trump's stake in the two buildings was estimated to be at least $850 million as of 2013.

    The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street: Trump bought and renovated this building for $1 million in 1995. The pre-tax net operating income at the building as of 2011 was $20.89 million and is valued at $350 million to $400 million, according to the New York Department of Finance. Trump took out a $160 million mortgage attached to the property with an interest rate of 5.71% to use for other investments. Forbes valued the property at $260 million in 2006.

    Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago: The entire project is valued at $1.2 billion ($112 million stake for Trump).

    Trump International Hotel Las Vegas: A joint development with fellow Forbes 400 members, Phil Ruffin ("key partner"), and Jack Wishna ("minority partner"). In 2006, Trump's stake was estimated at $162 million. In Forbes in March 2017, the Trump International Las Vegas was described as a 50-50 partnership between Donald Sr. and Ruffin, with Eric as the primary manager for the Trump Organization.

    Trump International Hotel and Tower New York: Trump provided his name and expertise to the building's owner (GE) during the building's re-development in 1994 for a fee totaling $40 million ($25 million for project management and $15 million in incentives deriving from the condo sales). Forbes values Trump's stake at $12 million. In March 2010, the penthouse apartment at Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City sold for $33 million.

    Trump Park Avenue Park Avenue & 59th Street: It is valued at $142 million. Trump owns 23 apartments at Trump Park Avenue, which he rents for rates as high as $100,000 per month, and 19 units at Trump Parc.

    6 East 57th Street: Trump has a leasehold interest on this retail building, adjacent to Trump Tower, through the year 2079.The building was occupied by a Niketown store from 1996 to 2018.The value of Trump's interest was estimated at $470 million as of 2015.

    Mar-a-Lago: A historic estate in Palm Beach, Florida, most of which was converted by Trump into a members-only resort. The property was worth as much as $250 million as of 2013. Trump also owns two neighboring private houses, valued at $6.5 million and $3 million.

    Seven Springs: A 213-acre (86 ha) estate with a 13-bedroom mansion near Bedford, New York. Trump paid $7.5 million for the property in 1995. Local brokers put the property's value at around $40 million as of 2013. Trump had hoped to develop the land with a golf course or houses, but apparently abandoned those plans in 2015.

    Beverly Hills house: A 5-bedroom home purchased by Trump in 2007 for $7 million, and valued at $8.5 to $10 million as of 2013.

    Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.: The Old Post Office Pavilion, historically known as the Old Post Office and Clock Tower, is a property located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. The Trump Organization developed the property into a luxury hotel, which opened in September 2016.

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Federal government of the United States has failed.


5 million Americans and counting infected with a deadly virus. 


The death toll from that virus likely will reach 200,000 dead Americans by year's end. 


More than 40 million jobs have been lost. 


Masses of evictions, foreclosures and increased homelessness are likely. 


We wrote the Constitution to prevent a tyrant from seizing power. It failed.


The President and his accomplices have systematically violated the law and the spirit of the country in pursuit of personal financial gain at the expense of the American people. 


This pursuit of personal financial gain by the very people entrusted to protect the American people caused the deaths, illnesses and unemployment.


Now comes an election wherein the President will most likely ignore the results and declare the election invalid. 


It is time to hold them to account and prevent their confiscation of power. 


First, one million people should come to Washington DC and close the city and the government until our demands are met.


Second, adventurous Americans can inflict property damage on the personal holdings of those who enable tyranny. Perhaps powerful people will choose to resign in order to prevent further harm to their property. Many enablers own and operate retail businesses, which we can damage in various ways while carefully avoiding injury and death to innocents.


Vandalism and arson can destroy buildings and businesses. Hacking can compromise bank and investment accounts. Here are some property lists: 

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization#Selected_completed_properties] and 

[[https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/the-very-luxe-real-estate-holdings-of-trump-s-cabinet-picks-49856] and 

[https://donegood.co/blogs/news/boycott-trump-companies-to-avoid]


Third, we have demands:


A. Three Supreme Court judges occupy the White House immediately and countersign unanimously any and all laws and executive orders of any kind to ensure those laws and actions are Constitutional. All government employees are required to ignore any order not approved by those judges. The Judge panel expires when a new administration takes office.


B. We enact a national facemask order requiring all people in any public place wear a facemask; violators receive a $100 fine for each event.


C. Discipline records of all sworn peace officers in all jurisdictions are open to public view. 


D. We release immediately all immigrant detainees to humane camps while they await asylum hearings. 


E. All properties owned by Russian oligarchs/thugs are confiscated and sold on the open market and the oligarchs/thugs expelled from the country. 


Friday, August 7, 2020

Corruption and 'Grifting' Explained for Honest People


We read and hear accounts of corruption or 'grifting' behavior by government officials at any level; and, it can be hard to connect the dots and see the unethical and/or criminal acts.


To understand 'grifting', I will start with an honest or non-criminal action by a government. We all expect that governments behave legally and honorably, so what exactly does that behavior look like?


Suppose a government wants to fix a bridge used by thousands of people every day because the Civil Engineers' report says the bridge is unsound and can fall into the river at any moment killing hundreds of people.


The sensible thing to do is to fix the bridge, save lives and avoid lawsuits.


An honest government will have a list of pre-approved contractors for this type of work who are experienced and financially sound. The contractors will be private businesses since that is how our system works most of the time - except when the Army Corps of Engineers is involved.


Government will issue an RFP [Request for Proposal] which is detailed and lists exactly what needs to be done. Then the project goes out to bid to the pre-approved list.


Government will open all the bids in a public meeting. The job will be awarded to the low bidder in a public announcement.


In addition, the contract calls for an initial payment and progress payments throughout the process. A progress payment is earned when an inspector certifies that some part of the work is done correctly. After a few progress payments, the job is ready for final inspection. Usually there is also holdback amount of money around 10% of the contract total. That cash is held until the final inspection to ensure that the job is done correctly.


That is what we expect in government jobs - we just assume that will happen all the time.


Now, let us see some of the ways it can go wrong.


Suppose a grifter want to get the bridge repair contract. After all, it is $10 million!


Problem is that our grifter is not a contractor; so, he will find a contractor who is willing to play ball and offer him 10% of the payment.


Since the contractor is not qualified for the pre-approved list, our grifter goes to the person who approves contractors for the list and gives him an offer he cannot refuse: Take $10,000 to put my guy on the list, or I will kill you and your family.


Once that is done, now the grifter has to change the RFP. He modifies the RFP to provide an upfront payment of $ 5 million with the balance due on completion. Of course, he and his guy will take the $ 5 million and disappear. They will be happy with the $ 5 mil.


Government awards contract to our guy with no public announcement to avoid awkward questions. Any government official who wants to go public gets an offer he cannot refuse to keep it quiet.


 Of course, the grifters will not do any actual work; they will just hire a person to paint over a few things on the bridge so it looks like the work is being done; that way, no press or public will notice for a while. The public has a short attention span, so when the work is not done and the contract canceled, the public will just say 'That's the government for you!'


Or, here's a professional or Russian example: For the bridge repair above, Government awards the contract to a close friend for $100 million with no bidding or announcement. The work is done well and the grifter and the contractor split the extra $90 million. 

 

Here's another kind of grift.


Suppose a grifter has routine press conferences and also has many rich friends. Maybe one of his buddies runs a public corporation that is in the news a lot. Our grifter makes a proposal to the CEO:


'Here is what we will do. Next week I announce that your company will be investigated for illegal activity. Your share price will drop like a stone. Three weeks from now, I will announce the investigation has been dropped since there was no evidence. Your share price will rebound. So, you sell all your 100 million shares today, and then buy them back at the bottom in three weeks. When the price rebounds, you sell 100K shares and give me the proceeds. Deal?? Great.'


It requires a lawyer to determine if the action is unethical or criminal. 


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Our Future Under trump

 

Dystopian USA 2021

It is worth gaming out future scenarios for the US in the unlikely event trump installs himself as President, even though he will probably lose the vote. 

After all, he has installed Barr, Pompeo and others to help him stay in office. 

So, what will the country look like under trump?

Most Americans will assume that he has cheated his way into office - 80% of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction today.

November and December see an increase in peaceful protests involving BLM, Wall of Moms, Veterans, Antifa and others after trump declares the election invalid and seizes power. The government responds by increasing violence against the protestors. Thousands are jailed. Major portions of most cities are locked down due to demonstrations and DHS secret police activity.

US COVID deaths exceed 500,000 by June. Vaccine approved in March and government approves price to Americans of $1,000 per shot; proceeds go to Corporation after receiving exclusive license to vaccine for $1.00.

US invades Guatemala, occupies country, sells Guatemalan oil reserves to Russian company for $1.00

The US economy enters free fall as the government fails to address unemployment and evictions. The dollar loses value. [It has already declined 10% against other currencies since March 2020.] The good news is US exports surge; the bad news is foreign goods become more expensive in the US.  Millions are evicted. Homelessness and hunger increase. GDP falls by 30% and unemployment reaches 25%. 

The government responds by allocating billions of dollars for relief, but the money goes directly to corporations while failing to address hunger and unemployment. This has already happened with Mnuchin secretly directing billions to corporations from the COVID relief programs and away from the sick and poor. New programs suffer the same fate.

By the summer of 2021, the peaceful protests continue and increase in size and severity. A splinter group of protestors including veterans targets the properties of trump, his cabinet members, and other billionaires for systematic arson in an attempt to reduce their comfort. Mar a Logo and Trump Tower are torched first. Several people die. 

A subset of the splinter group undertakes the assassination of Russian oligarchs in the US. Those thugs want to control the US government so they can receive the proceeds of relief programs while failing to provide the services they agree to provide. This is exactly what happened in S. Petersburg in the 1990's when Putin ran the city. [PUTIN'S PEOPLE, Catherine Belton, 2020, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux]

Treasury bills issued to cover the deficits now carry higher interest rates since investors begin to doubt the stability of the government. The higher interest costs destabilize the Federal Budget and the US seeks to borrow money from the IMF to pay for Social Security and Medicare. The IMF requires that the budget be balanced with the result of mass government layoffs, reduced or canceled pensions, unemployment rates of 30% and increasing suicides. 

None of this will happen if Biden is President. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Revised Demonstration Strategy



Current demonstrations in Portland, Seattle, Oakland and elsewhere play into trump's election strategy. While both the rage and wish to send away federal troops are justifiable, broadcast cell phone videos on television of violent acts helps him justify troops' acting in defense of 'law and order'. That claim can justify martial law and overturn the election results. 

Perhaps it will be more effective to have the corporate CEO's apply pressure to the White House in favor of removing troops. 

We can do that. 

Since the West Coast ports are points of entry for goods shipped to corporations from Asia, perhaps demonstrators can impede those shipments. Once corporations see their bottom lines impacted, they may encourage a more peaceful resolution.

Demonstrations, which block train and truck traffic from collecting shipments for delivery to their customers, will be noticed immediately. 

Here's where: 

It seems that truck traffic enters the Port of Oakland through Martin Luther King, Jr. west of the Embarcadero. Demonstrators blocking that intersection would slow down the transit of goods from the port to the rest of the country.

Similarly, the main line for eastbound container train traffic crosses Bancroft Avenue in Berkeley at street level. Blocking that intersection also would slow down shipments.

The Oakland Airport can be shut down by blocking Airport drive west of Doolittle and west of Ron Cowan where the road splits to circle the parking lot. But, the airport is less critical to freight and thus less damaging to corporate CEO's. 

Probably there are similar locations in Portland, Seattle, Long Beach and other ports. 

Here's how:

A good method of blocking traffic might be to conduct a single day, 12 hour blocking of the truck terminal at MLK and Embarcadero, perhaps from 2 am until 2 pm. A similar, single day 12 hour blocking of train traffic two days later might be useful as well. Cars parked in the intersections and on the tracks will ensure disruption. Setting the cars on fire is an option. 

Once established, the blockades can be made longer and more frequent in order to pressure trump against any future martial law considerations. 

It would be wise to notify police of the impending action so they would know it was of limited duration. That might reduce the incidence of violence. 

About the Federal buildings: I say, let the feds have them; continuing to protest there will be met by rising troop levels with possible injury and death.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Death of Sergei Magnitsky


Putin kills opponents - sometimes with assassins and sometimes with prison. 

If you go to a Russian prison, chances are you will die, slowly and painfully.

Now, trump admires Putin's methods and it is possible that trump is conditioning Americans to watching Americans being arrested  on the street by anonymous thugs without legal process. 

So far, most seem to have been released. So far.

Here's a lesson on how Putin does things:

 https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/preetbharara/episodes/death-sergei-magnitsky-bill-browder

I cannot tell demonstrators and protesters how to behave or what to do.

All I can say is that if they come for me, I will not go into the van. 

They will have to kill me or knock me out. And, if I can harm one or two of them, that's a bonus. 

A wise Mayor or Governor may wish to get ID's on all the thugs sent from Washington and then assign city police to ride along on all their patrols and missions to ensure that citizen rights are protected. 




Sunday, July 19, 2020

Stand Down November 4

In an interview on television show AM Joy today, Malcolm Nance raised the possibility that trump might conduct severely un-Constitutional measures after the November election. After all, he will feel no constraints if he loses the election.

Such actions may contain the real possibility of overturning the government of the United States and installing a dictatorship.

All branches of the United States military and Federal police will serve the country best by standing down from any Presidential orders between the election and the inauguration of Joe Biden as POTUS.

Absent any organized armed attacks, all domestic troops and police are ordered to stay in their quarters and all troops which can have international operations will stand by and react to direct attacks only - they will begin no campaigns. 





Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Essential Worker Sickout Every Wednesday



It is time for a weekly sickout by all essential workers to apply pressure on the United States to complete a few clear objectives:

1. Remove trump from office immediately - he must resign now

2. Provide free treatment of all Covid 19 infections.

3. Declare a six month rent and mortgage holiday with any arrears added to the end of the loan term or forgiven as rent.

4. Increase all essential workers' pay by 25% or more

All essential workers are called to take every Wednesday off without pay until these objectives are met.  Some hours can be made up by weekend or overtime work. All truck drivers, grocery store workers, auto repair shops, transit workers, others not mentioned and cops take the day off. 

The only exceptions are health care workers, standby cops for emergencies and firefighters. 

The government of the United States is weak and vulnerable due to trump's general incapacity and work as a Russian asset.

The United States will become stronger only when all Americans do better economically. America is not a zero sum game. 



Saturday, June 27, 2020

Why I May Leave the United States in 2021


One of the primary characteristics of dictatorships is intolerance for dissent.

While it has been said that all forecasts are wrong but some are useful, here is an outline of some of what can happen in the United States after trump takes office for a second term.

Step 1: Create en external enemy list. Since most of potential enemies within the Federal government are gone already, the next step will be neutralizing external enemies. External enemies include but are not limited to: specified journalists, critical elected officials, black agitators and their supporters and social media agitators.

Step 2: How to neutralize all external enemies. This is not an exhaustive list and the reader may be able to think of additional methods of silencing external enemies.

Media which reports facts - call them 'fake news' then buy out the company or nationalize it and fire all the staff and change editorial policy to support government.

Elected officials - kill them, make them an offer they can't refuse or change the electing process to eliminate them.

There are no appointed official enemies left, but if there are any, then follow the steps above for elected officials.

Protesters - Kill them. Already in place for black protesters, but needed for non-black folks.

Agitator citizens- See above. Those who follow or create anti-government media like this blog.

You live in a fantasy world if you think any of this is extreme and/or impossible - these are real.



Thursday, June 18, 2020

These Are Dark Times


The Covid 19 pandemic kills thousands of Americans every day. It is likely that the deaths will continue until a vaccine is proven to work. Perhaps a vaccine can be ready early next year. Death from the virus is painful and alone; it is preceded by agony.

We are in a recession; millions of workers have lost their jobs and many if not most of these jobs are gone forever. We will see falling prices, evictions and foreclosures in the housing market. Families are suffering now and will suffer more. Food is becoming scarce. People who need medical care are afraid of going to the hospital or doctor because of the pandemic. Many more are without insurance and must continue to work in low paid 'essential' jobs. 

President trump is an asset of Vladimir Putin and works tirelessly to sow confusion, falsity and death in the United States. Confusion about the pandemic kills people. trump touts cures that harm and do not cure; then he claims the virus is a 'hoax'; but, it is very real. Additionally, he pits state against state in bidding wars for PPE supplies and fails to direct PPE distribution: 'We're not shipping clerks....It is not my responsibility.'

Street protests against unjustified police violence continue for weeks. Protesters are met with additional violence, partly because foreign paid provocateurs incite violence in order to justify police violence. Police feel free of prosecution for unjustified murders due to political pressure. Police must reduce unjustified violence, or the pressure to take away their immunity from prosecution will become overwhelming.

Our National, State and Local governments are trying to fend off some of the dire consequences but they are hampered by lack of direction and conflicting theories about everything. 

Our hope is that we Americans work together whenever we can. We recognize that we are all under severe stress. And we cut each other some slack. 

As Ben Franklin said: '... at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence: "We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." '

Let us all hang together.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Here is Greatness


Text of Radio Address - Prayer on D-Day, June 6, 1944: Franklin Roosevelt

"My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.


Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen."

James Hastings, Shared with Members of Democrats FB