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Trump’s Making us Insane Over Putin

Why did someone greenlight a banned Russian spy, allowing him to enter the US?(*Quora Question)

I am going to assume you are referring to the meetings held last week between some of Trump’s cabinet secretaries/appointees & 3 Russian operatives who are connected to Russian intelligence. One person is the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin. He was banned from entering the US when sanctions were placed on Russia due to their invasion of Ukraine back in 2014 when Obama was in the White House. Naryshkin was placed on the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” list that is overseen by the Treasury Department.

The problem is no one is forthcoming with the name of who allowed Naryshkin to enter the US. It is a mystery (as of 12:06 AM 1/31/18). The other problem is that Trump, or his admin, didn’t announce they were going to or had met with Russians. The Russian sanctioned news source Tass reported the meetings and the US found out from Russia in a tweet which included some of Trump’s activities. A final problem is that the SVR has been specifically named as being directly involved with the 2016 hacking of the Presidential election in the US. Even Pompeo, a Trump appointee, has said he believes Russia will meddle in the 2018 elections. Yet a man who works for the agency whose hands are dirty from the 2016 election hacking was allowed back in the country mere months before the mid-terms & it was hidden, unsuccessfully, from the citizens of America.

The Secretary of State can clear someone on the Blocked list to enter this country on a case-by-case basis. So, did Tillerson allow Naryshkin in for the “secret meeting?” They won’t comment.

Did Trump think we wouldn’t hear about the visit by the Russians, therefore, didn’t think it was a big deal to just bring him on over and into the country? We don’t know. The word on the street they talk between the US & Russia was addressing terrorism at FIFA and also at the upcoming Olympics. Fair enough and sounds normal sounding and reasonable. Unfortunately,, normal, reasonable and Trump administration are not synonymous.

But why all the secrecy? The meetings with the Russians took place a week before Trump declared that he didn’t think additional measures via sanctions were necessary and decided to postpone additional sanctions that were to be placed on Russia/Russians. Further watering down the effectiveness of the bipartisan-backed sanctions was the Trump administration copying the names of rich Russians out of Forbes Magazine while the intent of the sanction’s Kremlin List was to get the names of people closely related to Putin and the Kremlin, not necessarily the rich or richest in Russia. This lame attempt at a Kremlin List further undermines the effectiveness of future sanctions and will probably include names of families that had nothing to do with the events in 2015–16.

Final thought is how the meetings were conducted. It is speculated that the Russians met with Pompeo and Coats, along with other unknown American politicos. When asked about the nature or reality of the visit by the Russians the CIA released a statement saying that while it does not discuss the schedules of U.S. intelligence leaders, “rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with U.S. law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies.” While in normal times this answer might actually give Americans some peace of mind with Trump it just allows more speculation about recent protocol with Russian meetings. Trump has notoriously slighted the norms of meeting with hostile foreign nations by not having the meeting correctly recorded or having a witness in the room while the meeting was being held. When Trump insists on side-stepping the protocols put in place for tried-and-true reasons he is guaranteeing he said/she said political dialogue where we may never know exactly what was or wasn’t discussed. He could be talking about absolutely anything, including personal business promotion, and no one will ever be the wiser. He is purposely excluding a valuable check and balance that has been put in place to assure not only the US administration is on the up and up but also that the foreign participants are not enticing diplomats to forego their allegiance to the political process of America’s democracy.

Trump is not known for his honesty, trustworthiness, good judgment or putting Americas needs in front of his own self-serving needs. He, of all people, need to let the voters know what direction our government is thinking of taking and why. Trump works for the citizens of the United States of America and he does not seem to realize we are his boss, not the other way around.

*An original answer to a question on Quora. Answered by myself and I alone am the sole author and have ownership of presentation and ideas presented in the raw form above.

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Alabama’s Insane Special Election

I was truly disturbed by many aspects of the whole debacle. I mean, really, did we just have an election where there was an alleged child rapist actually running for Senate? Did we just have the so-called-leader-of-the-United-States tell us that a vote for an accused sexual malcontent was preferable to voting for a Democrat? Are we at that place, politically, where the Right just boldly says we need the vote for our policy because our millionaire donors have threatened to withhold future money if we don’t pass a tax reform bill that benefits them specifically and to hell with the American voter’s needs?
Yes, yes & yes.
With that said I absolutely had no problem at all with the results of the election. The election should have been a no-brainer on morality alone, but as many witnessed morality is of short supply in America these days. I knew that in this surreal quasi-political environment we exist in that Roy Moore could have possibly won the race in Alabama. The fact he didn’t made many things that have felt wrong with the world lately fade away for a few minutes restoring, albeit it briefly, faith in our government, the scale of checks and balances and the human race as a whole.
I thought the Democrats got exactly what they put into it – the win. This was a much needed dry run against this unique & ever-changing political landscape. With the ever-decreasing length of the ol’ attention span, seizing the moment as soon as it presents itself is critical to achieving success. The left, and I mean all facets of the left, from DC to Delaware to Detroit to Denver, has been not only discussing what was needed to begin to flip the Hill blue but has actively been engaging in activities that are laying the groundwork, on grassroots level, for potential continued success until the 2020 elections.
I say potential because this is going to be a race that requires constant focus, energy and unusual approaches that the DNC has not been comfortable in the past but seem to be more open to embracing with this new breed of GOP insanity. With this win in Alabama, the Dems remember the thrill of winning due to a job well done. Add that to the fact resuscitation of the left has been needed for a long time and with the unique challenges from a Trump GOP, we are training for a marathon. We just have to give back to the Right what they put out.
The GOP got what they put into the election as well. It was a half-arsed attempt to finish yet another unfinished “project” they have laying around that they keep tripping over. Even with their collective minds they still have too many pots boiling on the stove to keep track of them efficiently. They keep running here, there & everywhere trying to finish something, anything and end up looking the fool. The lack of any kind of flexibility in their mindset makes impromptu problem solving a deal breaker. The GOP has a set of policies they feel are imperative to their success and identity and seem unwilling to accommodate new approaches or ideas leaving them in an utter heap of unfinished policy.
Add to everything the rapid demise of mere warm bodies on the Hill due to scandals and lawmakers who no longer wish to perform beneath a wannabe leader whose numbers are rapidly deteriorating in the polls makes for an unknown factor of a solid headcount by the Right who has blown almost a year in the majority with very little to show for their #1 position.
The popular vote and polling numbers most incoming administrations have to feed off never gathered enough speed to take them through the special elections. Maintaining their election-year momentum was never an option because they never had any momentum, to begin with, and that is exactly what usually carries the incoming party through to mid-terms election successes. The lackluster showing by the GOP opens a huge door for the Democrats to take back Congress but they must never get comfortable, confident or matter of fact. They must continue to fight each battle with entire heart and soul and they may be able to continue this streak of ousting Repubs & taking back the direction of policymaking in America sooner than either party thought was possible at first glance a year ago.


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#Resist the Insanity

I had to stop trying to write to keep up with DJT’s insane trip through his so-called leadership attempt via the *MAGA* American “Pilfer & Carnage Tour,” 2017. I just couldn’t do it anymore. Trying to sort through his biggest gaffes, embarrassments and pure un-American rhetoric, not to mention the bold faced lies, had fried my brain.

My brain also hurt from the fact that we are still dealing with that Moron-in-Chief. I mean, really GOP? The inaction by the Republicans in order to preserve power over party OR Country still astounds me to insanity. I cannot even look at McConnell, Ryan or Sessions without my blood boiling, simmering with a hate. Yes, I hate them. They have sold out America, in its entirety, by pursuing RWNJ agendas while this Nation is literally melting into unrecognizable chaos.

Then I am perpetually pissed at SCROTUS supporters who pardon that misogynistic, racist, white supremacist, ignorant, insufferable, stupid, lying, narcissistic POS’s actions, words, and motives. Jesus Christ, enough already. The same people who are still pointing fingers at Bill when Hillary is running for President claiming lack or morality on Clinton’s part are the same Idiots that now turn the other cheek to indiscretions and sexist comments that might make Clinton (well, maybe Chelsea) blush.

The press, while doing a job that has kept me diversely informed of this 3 ring circus aka the Trumple Administration, I still blame a bit for this debacle we find ourselves in. When AgentOrange first tripped & fell onto this scene in 2015 the media was all over him with free coverage. The more insane he became the more insane the media became. Some outlets would obsessively cover him, I am thinking, in hopes that the American voters would see he was a whack-a-do and opt out of that vote, Thank-you very much. But in fact that coverage became, as we all knew by the numbers, a platform that was working in favor of Moron’s polling numbers yet the coverage continued & with a light touch as to not rustle the feathers of the thin-skinned man-child.

Add, Facebook & Twitter with the now admittedly fake news stories purposely placed to sway those mainstay people who really knew so little about life, and even less about politics. Easy marks who wanted an easy life without having to “think” about it too, too much. They don’t mind working hard, but they don’t want to think. That they needed to investigate if those stories were really false or not is laughable. If anyone really believes half of that propaganda garbage, must less all of it I am thinking mental faculties should be examined by a healthcare worker (that is if we still have healthcare when you read this).

And now mid-October 2017 not unexpectedly for the DNC and all points left of insanity, Trump is trying to lead America into fucked up places we don’t really need nor have to go. Nukes and name calling with North Korea; threats and disgust directed toward our beloved Constitutional Amendments; American citizens dying without so much as a mention from the man who claims such bigly intelligence – not a mention of California and the victims of the wildfires, Puerto Rico 3 weeks after a hurricane still struggling just to find food & water or 4 Green Berets who lost their life’s in Niger serving this Country; demolishing the EPA, ACA & every department that should act independently of Presidential considerations or monetary motives; with reckless abandon he’s disassembling anything created by, for, around or because of President Obama and to hell as to it’s positive v negative analysis of effectiveness; and of course the Russia/Trump love affair that began decades ago and is now the “other woman” to patriotic Americans who don’t want Russian involvement in our damn business especially our political business.

(No, I didn’t forget about Iran, China, the fucking Wall, DACA, LGBT & gender rights, the Women’s issues, emoluments, The hypocritical Freedom Caucus, nepotism, the KKK, his swamp, the GOP, his healthcare, his tax reform or budget – there just isn’t enough time left in my life to explode over it all at one time.)

So for now I am going to try and find my groove to rebutt the daily deluge of His Moron-in-Chief, try not to keep up in actual real-time for everything he utters or does and keep hoping the damn GOP will finally, albeit too late to do themselves any good when it comes to governing – but we already knew that was going to happen – call out that Orange blob squatting in the Oval Office out & kick him to the damn curb and I don’t care if it’s impeachment or the 25th Amendment, I ‘m flexible.

All of us left-leaners and anti-Trumpeters will keep doing what we do and flood America with the realities and atrocities this man is trying to create or has already created and try to pressure others to take notice and help us bring him down once and for all.

We have a job to do my friends. We have gotten a lot accomplished but we still have a long way to go. We got this. Remember who we are and what we stand for. Let’s make her proud. Resist.


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Resist the Insanity

I had to stop trying to write to keep up with DJT’s insane trip through his so-called leadership attempt via the *MAGA* American “Pilfer & Carnage Tour,” 2017. I just couldn’t do it anymore. Trying to sort through his biggest gaffes, embarrassments and pure un-American rhetoric, not to mention the bold faced lies, had fried my brain.
My brain also hurt from the fact that we are still dealing with that Moron-in-Chief. I mean, really GOP? The inaction by the Republicans in order to preserve power over party OR Country still astounds me to insanity. I cannot even look at McConnell, Ryan or Sessions without my blood boiling, simmering with a hate. Yes, I hate them. They have sold out America, in its entirety, by pursuing RWNJ agendas while this Nation is literally melting into unrecognizable chaos.
Then I am perpetually pissed at SCROTUS supporters who pardon that misogynistic, racist, white supremacist, ignorant, insufferable, stupid, lying, narcissistic POS’s actions, words and motives. Jesus Christ, enough already. The same people who are still pointing fingers at Bill when Hillary is running for President claiming lack or morality on the Clinton’s part are the same Idiots that now turn the other cheek to indiscretions and sexist comments that might make Clinton (well, maybe Chelsea) blush.
The press, while doing a job that has kept me diversely informed of this 3 ring circus aka the Trumple Administration, I still blame a bit for this debacle we find ourselves in. When AgentOrange first tripped & fell onto this scene in 2015 the media was all over him with free coverage. The more insane he became the more insane the media became. Some outlets would obsessively cover him, I am thinking, in hopes that the American voters would see he was a whack-a-do and opt out of that vote, Thank-you very much. But in fact that coverage became, as we all knew by the numbers, a platform that was working in favor of Moron’s polling numbers yet the coverage continued & with a light touch as to not rustle the feathers of the thin-skinned man-child.
Add, Facebook & Twitter with the now admittedly fake news stories purposely placed to sway those mainstay people who really knew so little about life, and even less about politics. Easy marks who wanted an easy life without having to “think” about it too, too much. They don’t mind working hard, but they don’t want to think. That they needed to investigate if those stories were really false or not is laughable. If anyone really believes half of that propaganda garbage, must less all of it I am thinking mental faculties should be examined by a healthcare worker (that is if we still have healthcare when you read this).
And now mid-October 2017 not unexpectedly for the DNC and all points left of insanity, Trump is trying to lead America into fucked up places we don’t really need nor have to go. Nukes and name calling with North Korea; threats and disgust directed toward our beloved Constitutional Amendments; American citizens dying without so much as a mention from the man who claims such bigly intelligence – not a mention of California and the victims of the wildfires, Puerto Rico 3 weeks after a hurricane still struggling just to find food & water or 4 Green Berets who lost their life’s in Niger serving this Country; demolishing the EPA, ACA & every department that should act independently of Presidential considerations or monetary motives; with reckless abandon he’s disassembling anything created by, for, around or because of President Obama and to hell as to it’s positive v negative analysis of effectiveness; and of course the Russia/Trump love affair that began decades ago and is now the “other woman” to patriotic Americans who don’t want Russian involvement in our damn business especially our political business.
(No, I didn’t forget about Iran, China, the fucking Wall, DACA, LGBT & gender rights, the Women’s issues, emoluments, The hypocritical Freedom Caucus, nepotism, the KKK, his swamp, the GOP, his healthcare, his tax reform or budget – there just isn’t enough time left in my life to explode over it all at one time.)
So for now I am going to try and find my groove to rebutt the daily deluge of His Moron-in-Chief, try not to keep up in actual real-time for everything he utters or does and keep hoping the damn GOP will finally, albeit too late to do themselves any good when it comes to governing – but we already knew that was going to happen – call out that Orange blob squatting in the Oval Office out & kick him to the damn curb and I don’t care if it’s impeachment or the 25th Amendment, I ‘m flexible.
All of us left-leaners and anti-Trumpeters will keep doing what we do and flood America with the realities and atrocities this man is trying to create or has already created and try to pressure others to take notice and help us bring him down once and for all.
We have a job to do my friends. We have gotten a lot accomplished but we still have a long way to go. We got this. Remember who we are and what we stand for. Let’s make her proud. Resist.

 


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The GOP’s Insanity Over Obamacare

(This was written before the vote on the “Health Care Freedom Act” which was defeated 49-51. Sen McCain, Sen Murkowski & Sen Collins all voted against the GOP grain and put their constituents over their Party. Thank you, Senators.  I wrote this tonight waiting for the vote. It is not very well edited but is raw & true. I had to get it out so I could move on and start to write again.)

I feel politically dead. It seems as if we are up against an enemy that will stop at nothing to win. Unfortunately, the enemy is American. It is just not supposed to happen this way. I am not sure if I have been naïve all my 55+ years as an American or was content to not see things I didn’t want to see. I just don’t know. All I really know is I feel lost, broken and in the crosshairs of the entire political process.

Since November 2016 a lot of questions have darted through my mind. All of them, if answered, possibly showing me the underbelly of an America I am reluctant to want to see. The hate & anger that Trump stirred up regarding so many topics haunt me and most of the answers lead to the truth that makes me wrestle with the only truth that would explain the chaos. America has not really moved on from a dark time & place that I thought or believed I thought, was in our rearview mirror. If the answer to these questions is what I think, it means we are still the racist, hate-filled, prejudiced, sexist, prudish white male driven mindset society that is sure to doom the advancement of the American political process & is crippling any possibility that the majority of voter’s concerns to be addressed.

My God, haven’t we been through all this already? Haven’t we moved on to equality of the races, ethnic groups, religion, sexual preferences and women’s rights in this society? How many times are we going to have to have the same battles over & over & over again? When will the fight be the good one and we can say we did it for our children, and their children, and their children, etc.? If what I hear, read and discern from opinions floating around this country it appears that the Presidency of Barack Obama did the opposite of what I have assumed it did. I thought it showed we had evolved as a country and that we were moving forward. Now, some of what I am getting seems to imply this is the backlash from the disgruntled citizens of this country that felt a black man was not worthy nor should ever occupy the office of the President of the United States. Are you fucking kidding me?

President Obama is a brilliant man (no, I am not going to dissect his Administration, I am simply stating his superb qualifications to be a statesman and his awesome brain). Not to mention he was so passionate about his job as President. He loved American. He loved the political process of America. He loved the citizens and voters of America. He LOVED America. He was beyond qualified. But, because he was black this ugly minority of America viewed him as a bad politician, unworthy to occupy the Oval Office? I am ashamed of those that would be a part of such narrow-minded, racist rhetoric.

My “friends” who are Republicans *sigh* refer to me as stupid, or a libertard….they verbally attack my political affiliations as if I was the densest, uneducated and politically ignorant person to exist since the beginning of time. The Left is either supporting or are themselves, lazy, uneducated leeches of society that have a sense of entitlement if not for others, then for themselves. In my opinion, this supersedes all political affiliations. This attack on personally held political opinions shows that diversity & personal opinion are not valued, or at worst, are not allowed. To not have human compassion for others, to view those in need as burdens, to judge simply bc of color, religion, sexual preference or simply bc of sex is an insult to all that humans are supposed to be. Compassion and rational thought are what separate the humans from others that roam this earth and now it is viewed as a liability to the GOP.

The thoughts that such ignorance exist in MY America makes my heart literally ache & hurt as if it is truly breaking. I don’t remember my heart feeling this way in a long, long time. When it happened last it was because of an unrequited love which I knew I could never have and my heart broke because I knew it would never be possible. Is that the truth I have failed to see? Is my version of America an impossible goal that I have to say goodbye to, forever & always? Am I saying goodbye to a love that isn’t possible?

And tonight the GOP is trying to repeal Obamacare, again. The Republicans have named it the “Health Care Freedom Act.” This is an ironic name for a piece of legislation that will “act” upon taking away “health care” for 15 million people. I have no idea where the “Freedom” came from – I can only speculate the GOP inserted it in the name because they will be “free” of Obamacare.

So, I will wait and see how this plays out. Even if the Senate fails to pass this really bad piece of legislation it does not change the fact that when I look in the mirror now I have to wonder if I have been looking through rose colored glasses?

 

 


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Trump is Head-Over-Insane for Putin

I hope SCROTUS (So-called Ruler of the United States) is brushing up on his Russian and going to the Mall for his new “Sunday-go-to-meeting” clothes because his honey is coming to visit.

Seriously though, Putin is meeting with Trump. Who, in any world or Universe, would think this scenario has a snowball’s chance in hell of ending in any manner but not good?

Putin has been SCROTUS secret (maybe not so much) crush for awhile. We really don’t know how long because Donnie claims the two have barely exchanged words while the many press accounts document endless comments, meeting & business dealings between the Orange Trumpkin and Russia/Putin. Putin, for the most part, has remained demure and rather quiet about the whole “affair.”

The intertwining of the relationship between the two is so vague, yet so publicly alluded to, that there has been commissions & councils created to try and find out the real scoop about their relationship. The councils are still council-ling and the commissions are still commissioning, verdict and fate still undetermined.

Another question is how is the Orange RWNJ (RightWingNutJob) going to handle access for the press, especially with a leader so revered by SCROTUS and so notoriously despised by not only the Republican party but, the country as a whole? Is he going to appease the naysayers and prove beyond all doubt there is no collusion of any kind? Or will he simply add fuel to the fire and hold most of the “intimate” meetings behind closed doors and away from America’s ears?

But, an almost bigger unknown is what is going to happen when they finally meet, again, face-to-face *blush*?

We all remember the success and public love the Idiot received on his last (1st) foreign visit (Donnie doesn’t like to sleep in strange beds, has some germ aversion and just generally is a bitch to travel with) to the ME (yes both of them) & Brussels. Good times. SCROTUS sure showed us what “presidential” meant, to an orange, delusional Martian maybe. He elbowed a man, insulted a woman, kissed Saudi Arabian ass (almost literally), rode in a golf cart instead of walking and pissed off every world leader he could remember the name of, and some he couldn’t pronounce. It sucked.

So now comes Round 2. Fuckery. All Vlad has to say is something along the lines of, “I admire you bigly brain contained in your good-haired Orange head,” and Trump will be a puddle of love and adoration ripe for the picking.

Goodbye, resolve. Goodbye, common sense. Goodbye State secrets. Goodbye nuclear codes. Goodbye strategic military planning. Goodbye America.

There is no way Trump will be able to resist those puppy-dog eyes, lingering looks, and a hand-shake that last just a sec too long. You know what I mean? Trump is in lust. This will not end well.

Any chance that America’s concerns about what we have been hearing from SCROTUS himself with the backing of a deluge of press releases (a lot from the Trump Corp itself) will be assuaged and laid to rest are nil to none.

Trump won’t take the advice from seasoned Repubs and try and at least appear to be removed from the TrumpRussia suspicions. If anything, after he quits melting and composes his hair, he will begin to blither all over himself in a “bigly manner, the likes of which have never been seen before.”

Vlad will see him for the idiot and fool which he is, and reports out of Russia will confirm this. SCROTUS will see it as a “very productive and satisfying meeting of which he can’t comment on further as it would compromise National Security (I won’t even touch the “satisfying” part).”

Funny thing is, we’ll have no more National Security after that meeting because our American souls will have been sold to the Russian Satan.

Trump is clueless to how viciously precise the former KGB leader of Russia is when “negotiating.”  The Orange embarrassment doesn’t realize he’s just a tool. He’s just a means to an end for Vlad who relishes nothing more than the day he can compromise the US in such a way that we may never fully recover.

Putin has finally found, in Donald Trump, the weakest link possible to begin to dismantle our Democratic Republic and he’s going for it and Trump will never know what hit him.

Sad.


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The Insane Take-Over of the White House Daily Press Briefing (DPB)

Since his tiny hands first opened up the door to the Oval Office #SCROTUS has quite regularly tweeted out veiled threats to either limit or stop the White House daily press briefings. His excuses range from the “fake news,” “fake media,” or the latest reasoning which alluded to the need to possibly hand out responses to maintain accuracy in information flowing out of his insane asylum of a White House.

Maintaining accuracy seems like a bit of a far-fetched excuse for a man who does not appear to care nor try to adhere to anything that resembles truthful continuity to any given situation occurring in real-time on planet earth.’

Another recent explanation has been that the White House is looking to replace the quite colorful yet tight-lipped Communication Director/Press Secretary Sean Spicer due to the recent departure of Mike Dubke who departed stating personal reasons. It has been mentioned that Spicer will move up and replace the duties that Dubke had formerly been in charge of.

I guess like all things Trumptarian only time will tell if this is another pouty moment because everyone is being mean to the Orange Delusion or if he is going to continue to try to dilute another backbone of America’s Democratic Republic.