From the outside, it appears that the NRA is one of the most powerful non-profit and lobbying intuitions in the United States. But, like any image, what we see may not always be the complete truth.
Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA, by Tim Mak, was published earlier this month. Back in the day, the NRA was simply a grassroots organization whose goal was to encourage gun safety among its members. But over time, it morphed into a company that has had a stranglehold over the nation and any attempt by those in power to enact reasonable gun control laws. Led by Wayne LaPierre, the book reveals internal conflict, misuse of funds by those at the top, and the idea that they are above legal and legislative reproach.
The first break in the chain came right after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Instead of working with the powers that be, LaPierre and the NRA doubled down on their perspective on gun rights and gun control. This opened the door to the revelations about how low it would sink to retain power. Even if that meant working with Russian spies and manipulating those at the top of the political food chain.
It has been said that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. To say that this fall is spectacular is an understatement. If we are to balance the rights of gun owners while protecting the lives of Americans, the NRA must be dismantled. Mak’s book, I believe, makes this clear. If we don’t, we will continue to be a fractured nation that is continually grieving over loved ones lost to gun violence.
If there was ever a text book definition of a reason to impeach a President, this is it. After the impeachment proceedings connected to the Russia investigation, it seemed as if nothing could top those accusations. We were wrong. The easier path is to try to muzzle him, but that would be not be enough. The only way forward is to get him out of office, even if it is for a few days before the inauguration.
It is the only way we can move forward as a nation.
When someone is looking for a job, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is to do research on the company they are applying to. If, for any reason, there is a high rate of turnover, it is usually a sign that something is not right.
Four years ago, when you know who unfortunately won the election, he claimed that he had the ability to hire “the best people” for the myriad of positions that needed filling. But yet, many of those who have worked for him have either resigned or have been publicly fired.
History has a way of judging our action in ways that few things can. We can only guess how future generations will look upon our present. That being said, I have a feeling that the political perception of the last few years will not be a positive one.
The general job description of a public servant, regardless of status or title, is to serve the public. But for the last four years, you know who has had the idea that those in public service are there to serve his needs. As a result, those in the higher levels of government have either become brownnosers or are employed elsewhere.
Among those might need to find another job soon is Bill Barr. After months of being you know who’s stooge (Russia investigation anyone?), Barr is now getting heat for saying that claim of election fraud is just that. When he spoke to the AP, he said the following:
“to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
The question is, how long before Bill Barr is fired? You know who is not known for keeping people around him who publicly disagree with him. The truth is that no matter what Barr’s future is, there will be a new President and a new administration in January. But either way, I have a feeling that there will be a new Attorney General for the month or so.
When one is elected to the Senate, he or she takes the following oath:
Ido solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
In short, they promise to do everything they can to protect this country and its citizens. These days, I have to wonder if certain members of the government have forgone this oath to protect their careers?
If Senator Kennedy was someone sitting in their basement with an internet connection and too much time on their hands, that would be one thing. But he is a United States Senator who was hired by the voters to represent them. If I lived in the area that he represents, I would wonder if he truly represents me or is looking to save his own skin? I would also wonder if he is loyal to this country or to Putin, who has not been exactly shy about wanting to mess with the United States.
As far as I am concerned, the evidence is clear. Russia played a hand in the results of the 2016 Presidential election. Whether someone else believes that or not is their right. However, this man took an oath to protect this country. By blindly going along with Russia, he is violating that oath.
It’s not up to me to decide if Senator Kennedy will be re-elected. But if I lived in his area, I would think twice about a Senator who supports another country above his own.
There are few things that can either bring citizens together or divide them like politics. In the United States, there is doubt that politically, culturally and socially, we are becoming a divided nation.
This morning, former Special Prosecutor Robert Muellertestified in front of Congress and millions of Americans about his report and the conclusions in regards to the accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.
Several points hit me as I listened:
Mr. Mueller is an honorable man who has served his country for decades. Though it would have been easy to cross a moral or legal boundary to reach his conclusions, he chose to stay within the barriers of his position and Department of Justice protocol.
There is without a doubt, something not right about the way you know who and those around him acted during the campaign. It felt like the win was more important than following the rules or established political traditions.
Depending on where your political beliefs lie, you either believe that you know who is guilty and should be impeached or is a victim, as he calls it, a “witch hunt”.
Based on today’s testimony, I am still not sure that impeaching him is the right thing to do. Impeachment does not always mean that the President is forced out of office. Former President Bill Clinton was also impeached, but remained in office to complete his second term.
However, if the decision is to not find a way to force you know who out of office, that leaves the door open for him to possibly win the 2020 Presidential election.
Readers, what do you think? Do you think today’s hearing exonerates you know who or is just another reminder that he is unworthy of being President?
I was up until about 1:00 in the morning reading the report and now have a migraine, so this is going to be a fairly brief post. I just want to share a few thoughts. 1. The 148 page report is split into two volumes. The first deals with conspiracy/collusion, the second, obstruction of justice. […]
After nearly two-years of speculation and news reports, the Mueller Report was finally released earlier today.
I have to admit that the results, even in this preliminary stage are a bit disappointing. While Robert Mueller‘s team was not able to conclude without a reasonable doubt that you know who or his team colluded with Russia, they have not been completely exonerated of the charges either.
In spite of the disappointment, there are three silver linings.
There have been a number of convictions based on the information that Mueller and his team was able to find.
The judicial system works. Free from Presidential control, Robert Mueller and those who reported to him were able to do a thorough investigation.
Because you know who and his aides were not exonerated, there is still a chance that somewhere, someone slipped up.
The next step is for the full report to be submitted to Congress and the American people.
What’s done is done. We cannot go backwards, we can only go forwards. My hope is that this is enough that come time for next year’s Presidential election to sway the voters to someone who is not a corrupt, snake oil, used car salesman with the temperament and maturity of a four-year old.
While many who get into politics as a profession will often state that they are doing it for altruistic reasons, the reality is that some get into politics purely for personal gain.
Ever since you know who was elected in 2016, there have been questions about his reasons for running and who was really behind his successful campaign.
The new book, Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, by Seth Abramson, lays out in excruciating detail how you know who and those around him conspired to win the Presidency through less than honest and legal means. Written in chronological order, the book starts in 1987 and ends in the present. The narrative that Mr. Abramson created is almost like a legal briefing: stark, to the point and very well researched.
The thing that struck me about this book is that it’s nearly impossible to believe that Mr. Abramson is making it all up. The evidence presented only reinforces my belief that we, as a country have had the wool pulled over our eyes. The problem is that too many Americans are unwilling to see that.
According to the American Constitution, a political leader at the federal level may be forced out of office via impeachment if he or she commits “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
Like many of you, I did not vote for a certain person in the 2016 Presidential Election and I have yet to agree or approve of the policies he has put into place. I also believe that the evidence that so far has been presented is legitimate and solid.
As much as I would love to see him out of office, I believe that for the short-term, we should not be discussing impeachment. My reasoning is the following:
Unlike a certain President who shoots his social media mouth off at every turn, Robert Mueller and his team are only showing their hands when they have concrete evidence. Without concrete evidence, it proves that the Russia Investigation is indeed a witch hunt and a waste of tax dollars. This of course, feeds into the idea that he is innocent and being persecuted for no reason.
If he is impeached, then Mike Pence becomes President. From my perspective, Mike Pence would be a political nightmare.
Unless it is proved that this person has committed a crime, starting impeachment proceeding over political differences starts a dangerous precedent that would destabilize this country in ways that I dare not even consider.
Impeachment subverts the will of the people, but again, that depends on how solid the proof is that a crime was committed.
Only time will tell if and/or when a certain person is removed from the highest political office in the land. I only know that at this point in time, I believe that we should not be talking about impeachment until it proved without a shadow of a doubt that an impeachment offense was committed.
Words, words, words... well said Hamlet! A little blog to go off on tangents within the worlds of history and literature that interest me. From the Tudors to Tom Hardy's Tess, or from the Wars of the Roses to Wuthering Heights, feel free to browse through my musings to pick up extra ideas and points for discussion!