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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vote XIII - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion





If you have been paying attention you would already know that Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is a Russian asset, a willing asset in Vladimir Putin’s campaign to undermine our republic, and our democratic way of life.


This week the Washington Post revealed the Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney was the target of a Russian Intelligence operation and has been for a least a year. Our intelligence services warned the White House that this was happening, and instead of intervening on behalf of the republic, the Trump administration let it continue, they even encouraged it.


Giuliani has been the target of a disinformation campaign, and has repeatedly passed the Russian disinformation on to Donald Trump, who takes the disinformation and amplifies it.


Be mindful, I am not suggesting that Donald Trump’s criminal acquiescence to the Kremlin has to do with anything other than the fact that he is in debt to Russian oligarch’s (read Vladimir Putin) something to the tune of 450 million dollars, but that is enough. It is happening and it is real.


Donald Trump is a traitor.




I am not a prosecutor, and this is not a court of law. I have looked at the evidence that is publicly available and drawn my own conclusion. If we are ever able to bring him up on charges he should be entitled to all of the protections our legal system offers any defendant, but this is the court of public opinion and I am telling it like it is.


I want you to consider this:


Donald Trump’s refusal to manage the COVID-19 pandemic defies reason.


He is the most well informed person on this subject and it was revealed in Bob Woodward’s that Trump knows how deadly the virus is, and that he has been lying to the public about what he knows from the outset.


Some people suggest that his refusal to deal with the pandemic, to put forward a rational plan for managing it has something to do with his narcissism, his inability to admit that he was wrong, or simply a completely backward political calculus.

I am suggesting something that I have not heard anyone else propose, but which I think merits serious consideration. I am suggesting that his failure to manage the pandemic is deliberate, that he is taking orders from Vladimir Putin, and the result has been the death of 220,00 Americans, projected to be 400,000 by February, with no end in site.


This negligence has to be more than a manifestation of ignorance, it is malfeasance and he must be held accountable for it.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Great Oligarchical Party of America - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

The Great Oligarchical Party of America

Watching the impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this week led me to conclude that the Grand Old Party, the GOP, has shed its final pretense to republican values.

We cannot call them republicans anymore.

The GOP has abandoned its commitment to the rule of law and constitutional government. It has succumbed to a cult of personality, they are cheering on an autocrat, clamoring for a dictator, trumpeting the rise of a tyrant.

The GOP now stands the Great Oligarchical Party of America. It has forgotten Lincoln, Teddy.

We watched this week as member after member of the House of Representative screamed in protest about the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump; he will be the third president in our history to be impeached, impeached for: abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

After soliciting foreign interference in 2016 to aid his campaign in his first bid to become president, after conspiring with Russia to help him over the finish line. After his personal Attorney went to prison for crimes he committed on Donald’s Trump’s behalf, to cover-up hush money payments to playboy models and adult movie stars, payments which amounted to campaign contributions that went undisclosed and unreported, after Tramp’s lawyer went to prison, pleading guilty to charges in which Donald Trump was named as “individual number one” in the indictment, and after his campaign chairmen went to prison as well, and his deputy campaign chairman, and his National Security Advisor and so on all went to prison; some pleading guilty some being found guilty at trial after all of that Donald Trump will now be impeached for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 campaign. He is doing it again.

Donald Trump is a loser, bankrupt, a fraud and a criminal. He cannot win if he campaigns fairly.

Even with the help of the Russian government he still lost the popular vote by millions of votes cast. On his first day in office he began breaking the law, ordering government agencies to falsify reports and lie to the American people about such trivial and mundane things as the size of his inauguration crowds.

He could have been impeached then, he should have been.

The FBI continued its investigation of the Trump administration after he was elected. The orange tyrant sought to interfere and intervene, he abused his power and authority by firing the director of the FBI, he admitted to it on national TV, and to the Russian Foreign Minister in an oval office meeting.

Donald Trump suborned perjury, intimidated witnesses, ordered executive branch officers and staff not to testify before congress, he did it all to please his Russian masters, he did it in the vain hope that he himself could become an American oligarch, styled after them.

He should have been impeached then. His GOP minions let him off the hook.

Now he is being held to account.

He used duly authorized foreign aid to extort the government of Ukraine, to solicit their interference in the 2020 campaign, and once again he did this to the benefit of his Vladimir Putin and his other Russian Masters.

Now he will be impeached!

However, Mitch McConnell, lovingly referred to as “Moscow Mitch,” The senior Senoator from Kentucky, and the current Senate majority Leader has promised to defend Donald Trump. The Fake President on the floor of the Senate at his trial. Mitch McConnell has promised to work hand in hand with the White House attorney’s to ensure that Donald Trump will not be held to account.

Mitch McConnell and the entire GOP have decided that it is okay to solicit foreign interference in our elections, to place the national security of the United States in jeopardy while doing so; that it is okay for the White House to refuse to respond to lawful congressional subpoenas, to withhold testimony and documentary evidence of his wrong doing, to stall investigations in perpetuity so that the American voter never has a chance to judge for themselves the rightness or wrongness of the tyrant’s deeds.

Moscow Mitch is taking the Great Oligarchical Party of America over the cliff, and if they succeed we will no-longer be living in a constitutional republic.

This is it my fellow citizens. We must oppose them. Put them out of office, Send them all home before they can do more harm.     

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving, the Via Negativa

Today is Thanksgiving. It is a secular holiday; nevertheless Thanksgiving is sacred to most Americans.

Many of us write reflections on this day, posting memes that express to the world the things we are thankful for.

That is nice, conscientious, appropriate. We have much to be thankful for as Americans, and we should never forget it.

A heartfelt expression of gratitude is always welcome, even the gratitude that is expressed in general for the many things we receive from those we love, by whom we are loved, for the things we are given that make our lives more comfortable, more challenging and more meaningful.

It is never inappropriate to thankful.

To express gratitude is to make one’s self humble; it is to acknowledge our reliance on others for making us into the people we have become.

Be humble.

Therefore, be gracious.

Be thankful…insofar as you are able, you will be following the way of the wise.

In theology there is something known as the apophatic tradition. In this tradition it is understood that God, by whatever name you call the creator the universe (of all that is and all we are), that God dwells in a mode beyond human understanding.

This tradition tell us that God is shrouded in mystery, described as the cloud of un-knowing.

According to the apophatic tradition, we are not able speak in the affirmative about what or who God is, because God, the eternal and infinite, God will not be circumscribed by finite constructs of human thought and language.

We are not able to offer positive assertions about the nature of the Divine, there is only the via negative, the way of understanding who God is by stating what God is not.

In keeping with the via negativa, I am in the custom of forgoing the traditional giving-of-thanks, even though I am truly grateful for my friends and compatriots, I am grateful for everyone in my life, grateful for all of those who inspire me, who love me, and are patient with me everyday.

I am grateful for you.

For this annual reflection I follow the via negative, the negative way, and express what I am not thankful for.

I am not thankful that there is no peace in the world,

In Yemen where the Saudia Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war, and hundreds of thousands of Children are on the brink of starvation. I am not thankful for this.

In Palestine, where the occupied territories continue to suffer under apartheid, where millions of people live in cities and towns that are in reality, nothing more than prisons, and the walls of their homes are the walls of a jail.

I am not thankful for the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria, I am not thankful that the President of the United States opted to abandon our allies the Syrian Kurds.

I am not thankful that in America we are divided by class, culture, color, by a pretender to the office of President.

I am not thankful for the dismal failures of our elected representatives who cannot discern their obligation to oppose Donald Trump or hold him accountable for the crimes he committed to become president, and the crimes he is committing to keep alive his hope of retaining it.

I am not thankful for their collective failure of Congress to protect the constitution, or for the individual members who have forgotten their oath of office.

I am not thankful that we have sold out our national interests to the likes of Vladimir Putin, or that our president dances on a string like a puppet for him.

I am not thankful for the failures of civilization to address our deepest problems such as the existential crises of climate change, destroying communities around the world, including the recent fires in California that have destroyed thousands of homes, killing dozens of people.

I am not thankful for our failures of leadership.

I am not thankful for white supremacy, and domestic terrorism.

I am not thankful for terrorism anywhere. I am not thankful for the religious fundamentalism that drives it. I am thankful neither for the fear that spawns it, nor for the fear it generates

I am not thankful that there is hunger in our bountiful world. I am not thankful for the greed and the sloth and the bad public policy that fosters it.

I am not thankful that my friends have to beg on the internet to be financially supported when in the natural course of their oives they come down with cancer, and other debilitating illnesses. I am not thankful for the gaping holes in the social safety net.

I am not thankful for willful ignorance, for anti-rational, anti-intellectual, demagoguery. I am not thankful for the cultural relativism that has promoted it, for anti-objectivism, for liars.

I am not thankful for Donald Trump. I am not thankful for my fellow Americans who voted for him, his allies in congress or anywhere who continue to support.

I am not thankful for the media outlets, the reporters, the editorialists who failed to take him seriously. I am not thankful that they abdicated their responsibilities as the gatekeepers of our society, as the so called 4th Estate, and allowed his criminal regime to hold the seat of power.

I am not thankful that they have not collectively figured out a way to redress their failures.

I am not thankful and I am ashamed everyday because of his antics as the President of the United States, for his capitulation to murderous regimes, and strong-men anywhere who Donald Trump thinks he can profit from at some future point beyond his presidency, I am not thankful he has sold out our interests to them.

I am not thankful for his corruption of the rule of law.

I am not thankful for the on-going and continuous assault on the working class, the threats that are levied against the average citizen in the spheres of public policy like health care, and taxes.

I am not thankful for our government’s continuous assault on our population of immigrants and refugees, for the way we have abdicated our responsibility to care for the asylum seeker.

I am not thankful for these things.

I am not thankful that there is so much more to add to this list.

I am not thankful for the shortsightedness of liberals and progressives who cannot stand united in the face of the social forces that threaten us all.

Did I say that I am not thankful for white supremacists? I did, but let me say it again…I am not thankful for them or their apologists, both their soft supporters and their ardent advocates. I am not thankful that they have a seat at the table in the administration of Donald J. Trump.

I am not thankful for them.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bribery - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


Let’s just call it bribery, bribery and extortion.

I am with all of the other analysts and pundits who are calling for the talking heads to stop using the latin; quid pro quo. The exchange of things is not a crime, though it may be an element of a crime, if the crime is bribery, or extortion.

Let’s just call it bribery. Donald Trump himself, and indirectly through his agents, solicited a bribe from a foreign power, the nation of Ukraine, asking for an investigation into his political opponents, one based on unfounded rumors, misconstrued facts, and baseless conspiracy theories.

It does not end there.

He also demanded an investigation into the election interference that took place in 2016, as well the so-called missing e-mails belonging to Hillary Clinton. Unsatisfied with the conclusions of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and his own intelligence chief, he sought a new investigation that would cast a shadow on his rivals, and exonerate Vladimir Putin and the Russian government for their assault on our democracy.

Donald Trump is fond of calling the Press the enemy of the people, all the while he himself is playing the part of the traitor.

The orange menace has no intention of fulfilling his oath of office, he only wants to advance his own pathetic ambitions.

Donald Trump does not know how to separate the truth from all of his lies. He is mentally ill, before he became president of the United States he was just another television clown, now he is clowning around in the oval office, and putting the republic in danger.

The impeachment must go forward. The Senate must act to remove him. Every day he is in office he is threat to the world, an existential threat.

Let’s call his crime bribery, it was a shake down, it was extortion.

His crimes were the shortsighted schemes of a petty crook and a fraud, and that is all Donald Trump has ever been.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Impeachment - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


It is about time, and not soon enough. The impeachment of the orange tyrant has begun.

I am grateful for it.

All people of good conscious must get support it. Donald Trump’s criminal pursuit of the presidency began before the 2016 election, and he has continued his criminal enterprise throughout his tenure in office.

The American people must demand his impeachment and removal from office, and his disqualification from seeking the office in the future.


This is not a court of law, we are in the court of common sense, the people and our representatives in Congress and the Senate must act to protect to protect the country and the constitution from the corrupt machinations of an impulsive, illiterate madman.

Speak up, make yourself heard, tell the pundits in the media, the news anchors and analysts, tell everyone who speaks and writes on public affairs that we have had enough.

We cannot fret about the political fortunes of our preferred political parties, we cannot give any weight to those who tell us “let the voters decide.” We cannot let this man remain in office one day longer than we have to. On any given day Donald Trump’s rash and impulsive character has the potential to do irrevocable harm to the country, the American people, and our allies. Witness the pain and suffering he has visited on our allies the Syrian Kurds, as proof of this claim.

He sold them out.

He sold them out to benefit Turkey and Russia, and by extension murderous Regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria and his benefactors in Iran. The man cannot be trusted to make decisions on behalf of the broader interest of the American people. He only sees his future economic interests at play, his Twin Trump Towers in Turkey, his long standing desire to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

It did not and still does not matter to Trump that our allies the Kurds are being subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Turks, squeezed between them and Russians, having to turn to Syria for help. It does not matter that two weeks before he sold them out our Kurdish allies provided us with the intelligence that allowed us to take out the leader of ISIS. The Fake and Corrupt President has no loyalty to anyone or anything but his own narrow self-interest.

Impeach him, remove him now, disqualify from holding any federal office.

He employed illegal extortion and bribery tactics against our ally Ukraine, he did it to benefit his 2020 presidential campaign, and his benefactor Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator. Donald Trump will do worse if we do not hold him accountable.

It is the duty of all American patriots to stand against him.

Every single day the man is profiting illegally from his office, taking money from both State governments and foreign powers, in violation of the emoluments clause of the constitution.

He has been exercising an abusive and criminal influence over every branch of his government from the first day he took office, lying to the American people directly, and through his political appointees in government.

We cannot trust anything he says.

Impeach him now.

Censure all of his allies in and out of government, those feckless apologists and cowards who pretend that the things he is do are normal and okay; vote them out of office.

Get rid of them, they are no good.

This is a time for all American people to act. To be outraged. Our republic is in danger of going off the rails.

America, we deserve better than this.

We cannot suffer a man who courts the support of dictators, strong-men, and tyrants around the world, who asks them time and time again to interfere in our democracy, we cannot allow him to destroy our republic.

He is not worth your support! Drop him like a bad habit! Let’s move on!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Moscow Mitch - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Moscow Mitch

I have said it before and I’ll say it again; the senior senator from Kentucky, the Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, that man hates America.

Mitch McConnell just like T-Rump, loathes representative democracy and abhors the rule of law. He hates the men and women of this country; our wounded veterans, the victims and survivors of 9/11, coal minors from his own state, you name it he hates them.

That man is single-handedly trying to tear our country apart, applying a ridiculous argument in order to refuse to hold hearing on a Supreme Court Justice nominated by President Obama, and suggesting that he would abandon that argument in a Kentucky second, to appoint justices for the Fake President, Donald Trump.

Mitch McConnell refused to sign on to a bi-partisan warning that Russia was attacking the American electoral system in 2017, and is refusing to allow a bill to go to floor of the United States Senate for election security the upcoming and all future elections.

Mitch McConnell hates America, he hates democracy, he has sold out the country to Russia and Vladimir Putin’s stoogies in the White House, Donald J. Trump and family.

You can draw no-other conclusion.

Mitch McConnell the Moscow Mule has to go, vote him out Kentucky.

Vote him out America.

Vote like the future of our democracy and the American Dream depended on it, because they do.

Vote Blue!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Truth - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


All politicians lie. Even my favorite ones.

They lie about their intentions, they lie about their motivations, they skew the data to support their position, the promise what they know they cannot deliver.

Such is the nature of politics.

We lie to ourselves when we give credence to them, when we take the hand that we are offered as they lead us down the primrose bath. We slip on the shaded lenses, focus on the technicolor dream, narrow our criticism while they slip on the blinders. We are willing accomplices in all this.

Have we entered a new era? It seems that we have.

Truth itself is under attack, our ability to understand it to predicate policy on it, to cleave to its norms, those things too have seemingly been swept away.

We used to be able to acknowledge and appreciate a difference between the elected (political) leadership in government, and those career bureaucrats who keep the institutions running, year after year, through all of the ups-and-downs in the political fortunes of either party.

The safeguards that protected those structures have been undone.

We are in a dangerous place.

I listened to Mitch McConnell coyly suggest that if a vacancy in the Supreme Court were to appear in the presidential election year he would seek to fill the seat, he laughed as he said it, remembering how he refused to have hearings on President Obama’s last nominee on the grounds that it was a presidential election year, and the voters should decide.

He was lying about his motives then, he gave a deceptive rationale. He overturned constitutional norms to have his way, and now he would gleefully go back on himself.

President Trump nominated men to the highest court who told bald faced lies to the Senate in their confirmation hearings, perjuring themselves before the bar of justice, so that they could ascend to the highest place.
They had no regard for the truth.

The truth is under constant assault.

All politicians lie, but none have ever lied as much as Donald Trump, or dragged so many with them into the morass of lies as he has, just because they fear for their political life, or things they might enrich themselves from the little crumbs that he might drop from the table.

How did we get to this place where a bankrupt TV star, the World’s biggest loser, one Donald J. Trump, conspired with our adversaries, the Russians to get himself elected President of the United States, and nearly half the country does not care.

He get up on TV and lies to the American people everyday, and they do not protest.

They repeat his lies when he says that Mexico will pay for his wall, that China is paying for his tariffs, that he cut taxes for the average people,

They accept his love affair with the leader of North Korea, and the unreciprocated bro-mance he has going with Vladimir Putin.

What has happened here?

Where are the patriots among the republican electorate?

Why don’t they abandon him?  

The republican party is anathema to America. They do not want a constitutional government, they are not worthy of the name republican. They do not want to live in a representative democracy, they are afraid of the people and an informed electorate. 

They lie, cheat, and steal, because they hate America.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Run on Your Strength - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Run on Your Strength
          Not by Undermining Your Opponent

The primary season is just getting and the field is not yet set.

Democratic Party politics is much different now than it was four years ago, the race t be the party’s nominee for president in 2020 is wide open. There are more than a dozen candidates that have jumped in, and a few more who are expected to announce soon.

In the last cycle HRC had all of the structural support locked up, and though BS ran a campaign that made her have to work, her victory was never in doubt, not to me at least, not to most observers, though it was to some self-deluded folks and even though there numbers might be in the tens of thousands they are still just a tiny minority of the voters who participated in the caucuses and primaries.

It seems however, that there bitterness at having lost has not gone away. The BS campaign fizzled out. And the principle eventually endorsed his opponent, though many of his followers opted to resist until the very end, they eagerly pushed all the rightwing and Russian propaganda that was trolling HRC, they refused to support her or even vote for her many even went over to cast ballots for Jill Stein, a Russian stooge, a useful idiot of Vladimir Putin’s.

BS is running again. He never released his taxes, he promised he would but he still hasn’t. He has broken other promises as well. In the last election cycle he gave up his status as an Independent when he sought the nomination of the Democratic Party, he said he would remain with the party but then, in 2018 he ran for his Senate seat in Vermont as an Independent again.

Now he is singing the same old song.

The BS team is different this time, it is as if they were still riding high on their “almost-won” campaign from 2016. They are acting much like HRC did, BS and his campaign staff, his surrogates and supporters, they are acting as if BS should be anointed and they are running down candidates who they feel might be a threat to them; Beto O’Rourke, the latest with Joe Biden, they are poisoning the well.

I say let things shake out with positive campaigning and no dirty tricks; the dirty tricks are disqualifying. The Democratic Party needs unity. We need to win the house, we need to win the Senate, we need to expand our hold on congress, and in state houses across the nation.
We need to win if we hope to get the plethora of Constitutional amendments that candidates are proposing passed, but more importantly, we need to win if want to control redistricting, and the upcoming apportionment of congressional districts.

There cannot be any Green new deal litmus tests, nothing of the sort, democrats need to support democrats in districts where they can win, there cannot be any ugly and divisive purity tests, and primary challenges, anyone who thinks that is a good idea needs to sit down.

I’m not of BS, I think he is a ridiculous candidate with a vision for America, that would be good if it could obtain, but for which there is not a broad enough constituency to pass. He is enamored with his good ideas, and that makes him a dangerous man.    

I don’t want Joe Biden in the race either, Or Elizabeth Warren, let the old guard stand down, but if the win the hearts and minds of the voters then they have my vote and that is that, I’ll even vote for BS.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Russia is Threatening Nuclear War - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Russia is Threatening Nuclear War

Vladimir Putin issued another threat.

He suggested the United States and Russia might reengage in another missile crises. He threatened to use his warships and submarines to position his new “hypersonic” missiles off our coast.

Many analysts have stated that Russia has no such weapons, but any repositioning of their arsenal off our coast, and any targeting of American cities with nuclear missiles is dangerous.

Putin was nonchalant, as if he was playing a game, boasting and issuing a mild bluff. Justifying these threats on the grounds that Trump has unilaterally pulled out of the INF treaty, but nuclear war is no joke.

It’s a motherfucker.

How did we get to this place where the President of Russia is playing coy with threats of a nuclear holocaust.

We are here because our own president is weak, compromised, and so intellectually stunted that he does not understand the stakes.

The anticipation is that the Trump administration is going to recognize the legitimacy of North Korea as a nuclear state; a total capitulation to their interests and a complete abandonment of our long term objective to de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula.

The Trump administration is under investigation for a plan to illegally transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

These policy, glibly put forward by T-Rump, reluctantly enacted by his regime, against the recommendations of our national intelligence services, represent a long term threat to the republic, and an existential threat to human civilization.

The sad thing is that most Americans no longer care. They are not connected to the reality of these dangers; either because they do not remember the Cold War, or they do not understand it.
How can you get the generations that have come along after mine to get it?

These generations struggle with the concept of the spherical globe. They are liable to believing claims that the earth is flat, or that it is only six thousand years old. What can we do when so many millions of them do not have the critical thinking skills to appreciate the danger.

These are not insignificant developments.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Emergency, Danger America…Danger! - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

          Danger America…Danger!

Never mind, there is no danger, even in his speech from the Rose Garden yesterday Donald Trump could not keep the rationale for his declaration of a national emergency straight.

“There is a crisis at the border!” Followed by, “I didn’t need to do this right now.”

There is no crisis at the border, with the exception of the humanitarian crisis caused by the inhuman policies of the T-Rump’s administration.

Don’t panic, not over that. That does not mean you should not worry. The republicans in congress are enabling this mad-man, giving up every pretention that they have any core beliefs at all. They are allowing him to take the country over the cliff, and the American way is in tatters.

Even my father, who served twenty-two years in the military, Marine Corps and Airforce combined, and followed that up with a second career as a federal law enforcement officer, even he makes excuses for T-Rump, demands that people should respect him, simply because he is “Our President,” he does this with no shame even as T-Rump operates his criminal regime out of the house, demonstrating that he prefers the intelligence assessment of Vladimir Putin over our own institutions, on a host of issues pertaining to national security and our alliances. He gives that orange monster a pass while watches the man attack and undermines the institutions like NATO that have kept the world safe and which my father spent his entire life serving.

It is mystifying, and an example of how disgraceful rank partisanship can be.

How is it that roughly one third of country cannot tell that they are being lied to, they cannot tell, and the guy lying to them doesn’t even try to hide it, he just lies, and lies so profusely, that it all comes off like a bad joke.

Wake America, abandon this guy. It is time to put an end to this foolishness. What we are dealing with in Donald Trump, the challenges that his administration is putting the country through, it is not game.

It might feel like a game when you are having a friendly argument with your pals and your family members; issue a couple of witticisms, tell a couple of jokes, maybe you think you have scored a point or to if you successfully argue someone down.

But this is not a game, it is the American way of life that is on the line. It’s our constitutional republic, democracy itself that is at stake. We cannot allow the chief executive to usurp the authority of congress, to ignore the demands of the courts, to profit from his business dealings with foreign governments, and to sleep with the enemy.

Donald Trump is a traitor, he is an agent of the former head of the KGB. This is not a game, it is not a joke or some kind of weird comedy, it’s a tragedy, and there are lives hanging in the balance.