Trump Should Be Impeached – But How It Happens Matters

  Just 4 months since 45’s inauguration and already 2 serious national security breaches (Flynn and the ISIS Intel leak), a growing FBI investigation, and a special prosecutor. Aptly described as a “dumpster fire,” the crisis is burning so brightly that even some people on the left want to see it keep raging to cause an even greater disaster for the GOP.

As far as the 38% approval Trump has left, I think some of those people are hanging on because it’s hard to admit when you’re wrong and accept any “I told you so’s.” It’s hard to do a 180 from calling Hillary a crook to realizing the people who did that (Trump, Flynn) are likely crooks – or even traitors.

It’s also hard to open up to a different narrative when the right-wing media insulates trump from justified criticism, as well as the wider context of what is happening in its individual reports.

However, no matter how hard some might try, the disaster unfolding right now does not find an equivalent in Obama or Clinton, nor does bringing up any past wrongdoing by Obama or Clinton (real or perceived) have any impact whatsoever on the standard to which the actual sitting president must rise.

I mean, if you honestly didn’t want Hillary because of past national security risks, investigation meddling, suspect ties with foreign powers, and lies, how in the hell could you want trump at this point in the game? Because he promised to “make America great” by making it more militaristic and white, with heaping tax cuts for the rich? For that, you’ll gladly sell out the U.S.A to Russian influence?

Some people on the right ARE paying attention, as the new Reuters poll shows Trump lost 7 points with Republicans in 1 week. If you’re not one of these Republicans, can you do a reality check, please?

What I’m most worried about is Trump not going down without an ugly, destructive fight that further divides the nation (and families, friends, and neighbors) and erodes trust in U.S. Intelligence, the FBI, and The White House – not only at home but with allies as well.

I realize it’s very confusing to know who to believe if you’re not following the facts closely. What I find most disturbing is the way the trump administration and even Putin are describing journalists, government watchdogs, investigators, and the anti-Trump resistance (forces working to expose corruption) as the “enemy,” “dangerous,” “stupid,” and saboteurs. Ironically, these are the EXACT same words that in reality apply to Trump, Putin and their enablers, but Trump and Putin are turning around those labels and using them to smear the forces opposing them (the only exception is “stupid” doesn’t fit Putin). It’s gas-lighting 101 and it’s exacerbating a huge division in our country.

Putin is NOT our friend and he DOES have undue influence in the White House, which is obvious from stunning revelations this week about the intel leak and Michael Flynn.

This political disintegration of the past six and a half months seems necessary to rebuild a more just, people-centered political system. But that’s the long view.

The short view is: There is pretty strong circumstantial evidence there has been a cover-up of a crime. We’ll see how the actual evidence bears out.

Whatever happens, Democrats can’t lead the impeachment charge; that would be painted as partisan politics without broad support and would likely backfire.

To reunify the nation, we need Republicans to admit defeat, enforce the rule of law they claim to uphold, and clean up their own mess. The process needs to be bipartisan and as gradual as Trump’s incompetence allows.

No matter what the crime(s), a couple dozen House members and 19 GOP senators must vote to impeach.

The question is: Will they put country before party? And how much damage will be done to the nation before they do?

 

#Trumpgate #RussiaGate #TrumpRussia #SpecialCounsel #RobertMueller #trump #jimcomey #resist  

Trump Supports Those Who Attack Sandy Hook Survivors

screen-shot-2015-12-07-at-9-59-57-amI had no idea the parents of Sandy Hook victims are (STILL!) being viciously and violently harassed by fans of the fake news InfoWars site, which promotes that the massacre was staged. Here are the parts I found most shocking and troubling about a great piece by the Los Angeles Times.

– The family of Noah Pozner (killed at Sandy Hook) has received hate-filled calls and violent emails from people who say they know the shooting was a hoax. Photos of their son — some with pornographic and anti-Semitic content (the family is Jewish) — have been distributed on websites.

– Most of the families associated with Sandy Hook have removed or protected their social media accounts and unlisted their telephone numbers; some have changed homes.

– An unemployed waitress was arrested in December in Florida on charges of making death threats against Noah Pozner’s dad, with repeated phone calls to his home in which she muttered ethnic and racial slurs and profanities.

– It took [Noah’s dad] nearly a year to remove a video that featured photos of Noah over the soundtrack from a porn movie. He is currently pressing YouTube about a video with maps and directional arrows pointing to an apartment where he used to live, chillingly zooming in on him through a balcony door as though a sniper was aiming a shot. Fearful for his safety, he has moved six times since Noah’s death (he now lives in Florida) and has all mail sent to post office boxes.

– An unabashed Trump supporter during the campaign, InfoWars’ Alex Jones says he received a personal call of thanks from the president-elect days after the election. Chew on that for a while. The president of the United States supports, even relies on, InfoWars. 😳

Can you imagine people being so deluded in their thinking as to travel to Newtown to harass the medical examiner or destroy the children’s memorials or make death threats against their parents? Sadly, these people form part of Trump’s most fervent base.

#sandyhook #newtown #momsdemand #infowars #alexjones #truthers

A Constituent Letter to Senator Richard Burr

17021698_10208456393992939_9015458190756690954_nHello Senator,

I have been following the investigation of Russian interference in our election. I saw in January you released a statement with Sen. Warner saying that you plan to have hearings, interview many officials and publish an unclassified report. When can we expect to receive some news on this important investigation?

You seem to be a vocal supporter of this president you are responsible for investigating for unprecedented impropriety. You even made calls to reporters at his behest. You are not supposed to be the PR wing of the White House, sir. Even I know that’s not what the framers of the Constitution intended. You were trying to play down the story in the days after former NSA Michael Flynn resigned. Why weren’t you holding hearings instead of trying to sway reporters?

The trend is alarming. The Republican-held Congress is voting down in committee every effort to hold Trump accountable to the American people for his secret business ties and debts. Most – not all – Republicans are acting like the Russian interference was a ruse, or good for American diplomacy, or not worth investigating. Is the lack of appetite for this investigation (compared with Benghazi, for instance) because the Russian interference helped your Party, sir?

Are you a Patriot, sir?

I hope that for the future well-being of this nation and the integrity of our democratic electoral process you will hold Trump accountable the same way you would have with Obama if the circumstances had been the same.

I would love a reply that addresses my concerns without platitudes about how Americans were “clear about their priorities” in the election. Trump lost by 2.8 million votes. It’s clear to me that the majority of voters rejected Trumpism.

It would be a great benefit to the nation, sir, if you’d lead the way in taking a more bipartisan approach.

Thank you for listening,
Stacie Borrello

Are Protesters Being Paid? Is Obama Behind The Resistance?

16683849_10208414808353324_1746384067867939448_n There isn’t a payroll or an Obama conspiracy to this organic grassroots #resistance. How do I know?

I know because I’ve watched it grow from the inside. Locally in Raleigh, I’ve seen it blossom from Occupy crowds in 2011 (hundreds), to Moral March crowds in 2013 (thousands), to the Women’s March and HKonJ in 2017 (tens of thousands).

I have met many first-time protesters and heard from many friends that they are making their first calls to Congress.

Most of all, I’ve listened to the concerns of the people who are speaking up:
> They are informed about the Constitutional Crisis we are experiencing, with absurd attacks on the judiciary and a Congress that votes against the will of the majority of Americans.
> They have heard the lies and witnessed the attacks on Muslims, Latinx, and the free press.
> They seethe disgust when they discuss Trump’s unresolved conflicts of interest, payments from foreign governments, hidden tax returns, and the tens of millions already spent on Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower security.
> They see through the clumsy misdirection on Russia and the treasonous complicity of Republicans who are pretending that the #RussiaGate investigation is complete 2 weeks after Flynn’s resignation, although there have been NO HEARINGS!
> They know the clear and present danger our country faces with an incompetent, reactionary, narcissistic leader who is more focused on posting to Twitter than a raid in Yemen where dozens died.

>  And they know people will die and/or go bankrupt without access to healthcare that the Affordable Care Act provides.

You don’t have to pay people to speak out about these things.

We also hear the put-downs about being “paid protesters” or “violent,” “disruptive,” or “self-involved” when we stand up to defend the rights of others. Still we #PERSIST in defending our Constitution, our Country, and our fellow citizens.

Representatives and voters: Don’t tune out the concerns of millions of activists around the country just because you haven’t seen anything like this before.

You might not agree with our politics, but we are real and independent of the establishment and we are a force to be reckoned with — as you may have already realized.

CALL CONGRESS TODAY – 202-225-3121

#Resist #TheResistance #WeareUnited #ForwardTogether

I want to say something about the mass deportations.

16387320_10208267967162386_4198230921508368620_nImmigrant families, people who’ve lived here for decades, people with family who are citizens, are being deported to a place where they have no home, no opportunity, no safety.

I have read and heard about how a woman with a brain tumor needing surgery was removed from the hospital even as her condition deteriorated. Mothers separated from their children. Children sick in the detention centers. People are even being removed from restaurants. I heard from a local health department director how pregnant, old, or chronically ill patients are afraid to leave their homes to seek medical care.

These fellow human beings and community members also are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by others, since they cannot go to the police. Imagine if this was you.

A few days ago, an Indian man was murdered in a hate crime for being an immigrant, and others were injured. Imagine if this was your family.

And now the administration has removed limitations on using private prisons, so the for-profit prison industry, which invested in Trump’s campaign, will see a boon from imprisoned immigrants awaiting deportation.

This is not a humane way, or even a reasonable way, to handle immigration. To me, it’s barbaric.

Aside from the moral questions of compassion, equality, and tolerance, do you care about our ability to invite economy-stimulating tourism and the most talented and innovative workforce?

Claims that immigrants are responsible for crime or siphon wealth away from white people is a fallacy. In fact, the right-leaning American Action Forum estimated that the economic cost of deporting 11 million people is a $1.6 trillion drop in real gross domestic product: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/the-conservative-case-against-enforcing-immigration-laws/387004.  (This study is from 2 years ago, so it definitely wasn’t part of an anti-Trump push.)

It presents a challenging but defining moral question when you hear the call to cast aside fellow human beings…because you can, because white people have “the power” to do so, or because we (meaning our grandparents or great-grandparents) were here first…

Even though we weren’t really first here, were we?

Will you stand up for what’s right?

#ICE #fightignorancenotimmigrants #immigrantsarewelcomehere

#refugeesarewelcomehere #nohatenofear #nobannowall #resist

#istandwithimmigrants

Target these 23 GOP Reps on Trump-Russia Probe – RIGHT NOW

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 23 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee plan to put party before country and kill an investigation of Trump-Russia ties and financial conflicts of interest, despite strong support for these investigations among the American people.

Are you going to let the GOP get away with burying Trump’s corruption and possible treason – or ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SOME NOISE?

Below find the phone number and twitter handle of all 23 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee.

News reports say Republicans on the committee plan to kill the resolution, stopping it from moving to the House floor. http://ind.pn/2lJRdF9

Will you stand in their way?

This is our chance. Make sure they hear from you and PLEASE SHARE.

#ReleasetheReturns #InvestigateRussia #RESIST

*Remember to state your ZIP Code if you’re a constituent. If not a constituent, call main committee line: 202-225-3951, or the chairman if it’s busy.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)

202-225-5431, @RepGoodlatte

 

Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)

202-225-2901, @RepMarthaRoby

 

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)

202-225-4576, @RepTrentFranks

 

Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

202-225-2635, @andybiggs4az

 

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)

202-225-3906, @DarrellIssa

 

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04)

202-225-4676, @repkenbuck

 

Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06)

202-225-2706, @RepDeSantis

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01)

202-225-4136, @Rep_Matt_Gaetz

 

Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)

202-225-9893, @RepDougCollins

 

Rep. Steve King (IA-04)

202.225.4426, @stevekingIA

 

Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01)

202-225-6611, @Raul_Labrador

 

Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)

202-225-2777, @repmikejohnson

 

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

202-225-2216, @repstevechabot

 

Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)

202-225-2676, @jim_jordan

 

Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)

202-225-3731, @reptommarino

 

Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)

202-225-6030, @tgowdySC

 

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)

202-225-4236, @lamarsmithTX21

 

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

(202) 225-3035, @replouiegohmert

 

Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)

202-225-6565, @judgetedpoe 

 

Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)

202-225-7742, @farenthold 

 

Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)

202-225-6673, @repratcliffe

 

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)

202-225-7751, @jasoninthehouse

 

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)

202-225-5101, @JimPressOffice

 

Giving Up On Me?

I am back to write this post after a three-month hiatus. My motivation to write remains low. I am running on empty by the time I get to “me time” at 9 p.m. at night, after the kids are finally asleep and the kitchen is cleaned.

“Why bother?” I ‘m convinced there’s nothing I could write that someone else hasn’t eloquently covered somewhere else on the internet.

I wished I believed in my own value more.

The daily grind of caring for two young children wears me down. My mind needs to float, not focus, during any brief down-time.

But day after day passes and I am starting to realize that there is not much left of me outside of “mom.”

Lately, I’ve been thinking that I should just accept myself as I am, without needing to be a “writer.” It’s tempting to strive toward self-acceptance, but – in this case – it feels a little like complacency, or giving up on myself.

I used to travel the country and world, fearlessly, like a nomad. I catch a glimpse of the woman I am outside of motherhood every so often, when I do something daring or creatively productive.

But I feel I am morphing into someone new, as I am tugged at by my relationships with my children and husband. Someone who isn’t as ambitious, or maybe even as talented. I lay, spent at the end of the day, unable to muster the wherewithal  to spit some words out on the screen – and I wonder “Where have I gone, and will I ever get ‘me’ back?”.  I guess I can take the words here as some proof that I haven’t given up on me yet. I just hope I don’t wait so long before I meet up with my elusive inner self again.