Sunday, October 25, 2020

Should President Biden pardon Trump’s crimes against humanity?

“…wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” – Thomas Jefferson

When Biden becomes President, he must not pardon Trump without a public trial. Americans must know the extent of his crimes before any pardon is provided.

It is traditional from the incoming President to pardon the previous President for misdeeds committed. There is a monstrous political struggle that happens around the Presidency. Mistakes and stumbles get exaggerated for political purposes; and it makes the office holder seem much worse than he actually is.

So, the incoming President usually pardons the outgoing President “to preserve the dignity of the office and the unity of the country.” But Trump’s numerous offenses include crimes against humanity. Crimes against humanity are attacks directed against civilians such as dehumanization, deportations, extrajudicial punishments, kidnapping and forced disappearances, unjust imprisonment, political repression, racial discrimination and other human rights abuses.

Americans need a public trial of Trump to realize the extent of his crimes. They need to be properly informed so they can understand what happened under Trump’s watch. Only then can we pardon his crimes while in government office (but not any personal business or civil violations).  

Trump has committed two clear crimes against humanity:

1) Trump contradicted the medical leaders to minimize coronavirus, leading to tens of thousands of preventable deaths. By his words and example, even in the face of ever-increasing deaths, he encouraged people to ignore governor's mandatory masking directives to stem transmission of the disease. Evidence of his criminal wrongdoing: The USA has the worst record of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the world.

2) Trump directed separating children from their parents at the border, which he stated was to scare away others seeking asylum. Every psychology professional in the world will tell you that child separation from parents causes Reactive Attachment Disorder, which results in lifetime suffering with delayed physical growth, delayed learning, and challenges in school that lead teens to drop out of school, and display delinquent or antisocial behavior. Trump’s harmed innocent children for life.

After holding a public trial so Americans can grasp his crimes, then perhaps Biden could pardon Trump, but only for his actions in government office, not for his private transgressions as a civilian.  



Saturday, October 17, 2020

The missing part of Dobson’s story

This is in response to an electioneering video published by James Dobson, Christian evangelical conservative:

Lincoln’s Republican Party was significantly different from today’s Republican Party. Lincoln led to free the unpaid black laborers. Today’s party opposes organized labor and fair wages, which cuts into profits and makes more people into wage slaves. In the last 43 years, the formerly balanced portions of income garnered by each class has shifted so that the middle class is disappearing, and we have megalomaniac billionaires in a race to see who will be the first trillionaire.

During the American Civil War, Lincoln’s party passed major progressive legislation in Congress to promote modernization, including the first income tax, many excise taxes, a huge national debt, free homesteads to farmers, and aid to education and agriculture.

In 1896, under McKinley, the GOP guaranteed a sort of pluralism arguing that prosperity would be shared by all ethnic and religious groups, clearly a Democratic position today.

In 1907, Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed, “But during the last few years it has been the wealthy corruptionists of enormous fortune, and of enormous influence through their agents of the press, pulpit, colleges and public life, with whom I've had to wage bitter war." Today, Republicans are the party of the wealthy. 

Lincoln’s Republican Party that Dobson refers to, was progressive.

Now, Dobson’s party is one that threatens armed revolution, the overthrow of American freedoms in support of an extreme right agenda that will continue to oppress the poor, and make the average American dependent on corporations and government.

Dobson wants us to vote (in the order he listed them) …

For the second half of the 2nd Amendment, which gives gun rights ... without the first half of the Amendment which conditions gun rights on being “well regulated.”

Wants not just a 6-3 extreme right-wing court, but even the next supreme court justice.

To maintain a college of elite electors ... to change a 3-million-vote majority into a loss for the people and a win for the rich minority.

A republic ... with democracy in chains or even free of democracy.

Police enforcing law and order .. instead of peace officers and social workers operating community outreach programs that prevent most crime and ensure everyone gets a fair chance at prosperity.

To grow what is already the most powerful military on Earth and the military-industrial complex that provides 75% of the weapons to the world. Jesus teaches this, you know.

The right to speak his opinion ... which is handed to him by misinformation agents of the Koch political organization and its minions.

To secure the borders ... against hungry people seeking a chance at a normal life.

The right to praise God without fear ... and to write laws that enforce Dobson's version of God’s will on others.

To prevent all abortions by law ... even those that would save a mother’s life, even though the Republican Party controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency twice in the last 20 years.

For freedom ... to not wear a mask, spread disease and disrespect the vulnerable,

and the American Dream ... the liberty to lie, cheat and steal in a cut-throat competition to accumulate more dollars than the next guy at the expense of anyone who gets in the way.

For good and against evil ... good being whatever benefits the rich and powerful, and evil being people who cry out for a fair chance and a decent life.

For the future of the country ... restoring it to what it was 150 years ago.

For candidates who will exercise sound judgment ... like Trump who dismisses the advice of Department of State, FBI, CIA, CDC, his military leaders, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and uses his Justice Department as a personal legal team, 

     in favor of embracing dictators around the world, interference with our elections, misleading Americans about the pandemic and proper precautions, and pardons convicted felons who are his friends. A candidate who will deny aid to a state on fire, and use funds from a federal health insurance program to distribute cards with his name on them during an election campaign. Someone who got caught illegally withholding Congressionally authorized military aid to a country at war in the hope of manufacturing a scandal against his political opponent.

Support Israel ... especially by keeping Palestinians locked in hopeless poverty.

Protect children from leftist curricula ... instead of our religious indoctrination programs, which religious oppression the Pilgrims fled. 

For the nation’s fiscal integrity ... including the $3.1 Trillion deficit this year alone, which could have been avoided if people were paid a fair wage and could actually save some money.

For parental rights ... to continue the pandemic of child neglect and trauma that results in virtually all depression, anxiety, drug abuse, and crime.

For the right to fund our private schools with money meant for public schools.

For freedom (from poor, oppressed people) in the suburbs.

To vote for Christian organizations.

For racial unity ... without equal rights and without admitting – much less resolving – systemic racism.

In support of In God We Trust ... because God can’t deal with these issues by himself.

For school prayer ... so everyone can learn our religion and minority religions will feel minimized.

For freedom of conscious for physicians ... like they can’t already refuse to do abortions, and haven’t been forced to deny the abortion of a dead fetus in Texas.

For marriage ... loveless relationships that are harmful to the children, and against any other actually loving relationship beside the one we ordain.

For life in all its dimensions ... except those of which we morally disapprove or evils we choose to ignore.

For wisdom in handling the pandemic ... because God knows we haven't seen that yet.

For protection for the church and oppressive politicians, because … wait: for protection of oppressive politicians? Wait, wait … government protection of the church? Well, we knew he wasn’t thinking things through completely.

Against euthanasia and physician assisted suicide ... because everybody deserves to suffer hideously, screaming in pain for three days until they final pass.

And against socialism ... because the government really is trying to take over ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods. And like social responsibility is a problem that the church and government don’t already address with major resources. Like the government never supported railroads, electrical wiring, interstate highways, and the Internet. Like insurance isn’t about sharing the financial risk of illness, death and property loss.   

This election is about you. It’s about our kids and grandkids.

This election is about our Constitution and the immutable God-given rights that it protects ... like protection for our churches and our guns.

It is about truth, values, greatness and hope.

Choosing a president based on frivolous personality characteristics is so unfortunate ... because we certainly prefer a president who has a personality disorder.  

Pray that God will spare this nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty … so we can dictate that everybody else live according to our religion.  

Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions … as they’ve been taught to you.






Monday, October 5, 2020

Answer to Trump-supporter: "Why do you want Joe Biden as your President?"

Jill and Joe Biden
By TonyTheTiger at English Wikipedia
A friend on Facebook (who happens to be a staunch Trump supporter) asked me ‘why I want Joe Biden as my president?’

It’s actually a good, reasonable question that deserves a reasonable, honest answer.

Admittedly, as a long-time former Republican, my support for Joe Biden is equally about my disdain for Trump as it is about any affection for Joe Biden.

There really is no way to compare the two men. Biden has demonstrated good, decent, honorable and ethical behavior for more than four decades. He’s squeaky clean; so squeaky clean that Trump had to send his man to the Ukraine to try to create some dirt to throw at him. Trump was caught seeking the aid of a foreign nation to influence our American election, just as some of his campaign staff were; and Trump was impeached.  

Biden’s politics and ideology are moderate, which I like. He will work to unite us, rather than to divide us. Biden will restore a level of dignity and rational behavior to the office of the president. He will foster unity once again in our nation, and civil relationships and healthy economic exchanges with other nations in the world. We will all prosper from Biden’s leadership.

But Joe Biden and I are not ‘perfectly aligned’ ideologically. He thinks our government and our economy are working fine; but I see clearly that our government is undermined by a radical-right, minority, rich movement. Biden is a participant in this government and is not likely to change it much. My support for Biden is not about ideology or partisanship, and especially not about emotionally charged issues like guns or abortion.

This election is about the very character and soul of our nation. It is about placing ‘love of country’ above ideology. It’s about saving our democracy, which has been severely undermined and disrupted. It’s about re-evaluating how successful we are being in providing for “the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.” It’s about whether we accept those in the office of President, Senator or Representative as nobility or entitled. Indeed, I see clearly that our democracy, government, and those who hold office are all corrupted.

Joe Biden is basically honest and will not insult us with a daily barrage of easily disproved lies, as Trump has done.

Joe Biden never has and never will tell us the 'free press' is the ‘enemy of the people,’ as Trump has done.

Joe Biden never has and never tell us we should trust Vladimir Putin more than we trust our own CIA, FBI, NSA or Department of Justice, as Trump has done.

Joe Biden never has and never cage families – separating children from parents, nor will he ever demonize immigrants with lies and hate-filled rhetoric.

Joe Biden never has and never will tell us that NATO, which has successfully maintained peace in Europe for the past 75 years, is obsolete.

Joe Biden never has and never will insult our closest allies (Germany, France, Canada) while flattering and fawning over dictators Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

Joe Biden will not start unnecessary trade wars with our major trading partners, but will work to end them, bringing prosperity to all of us.

Joe Biden never has and never will deploy federal troops against our own citizens, against the expressed wishes of the duly elected governors and mayors.

Joe Biden never has and never will 'tear gas' protesters to clear a path for a blasphemous photo op holding a Bible upside down against the backdrop of a church, the actual bishop of which expressed outrage at Trump’s actions. Joe Biden is a devout Catholic, and he won’t ever use Christianity as a prop under any circumstance.

And this is important ... respected (former) Republican leaders, men who I trust and respect, such as Gen. John Kelly, Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. James Mattis, Adm. William McRaven, Adm. Michael Mullin and Rex Tillerson will never feel compelled to warn me that Joe Biden is a threat to my nation, my constitution and our democracy, as they have done about Trump.

And finally, white supremacists, such as David Duke, will never endorse Joe Biden and tell us that voting against Joe Biden is betraying our white heritage. If any of these White Supremacists did endorse him, Joe Biden would immediately denounce their endorsement and their racist beliefs.

Joe Biden will never say, 'I take no responsibility at all.’ That is simply not in his nature.

I think you get the point. Joe Biden is my president because he is the ‘not Donald Trump’. I want Joe Biden because in many ways he is the antithesis of Donald Trump.

I want Joe Biden for my president because I love this country; because I believe in America, its citizens and the world. It is not ‘us vs them,’ as Trump keeps asserting in words and actions.

I could talk about the COVID response as well, but you already know that Trump is lying about his incomplete response, which was 1½ months after the first case.

I sincerely hope everyone will take the time to consider what kind of character we want for our leader, for America and for the world. And let’s really ‘make America great again.’