TREXIT: Trump Needs to Exit the White House
I’m on a VirginAtlantic flight to Manchester, UK visiting a country that we have traveled to over the past 32 years. It’s business and pleasure, but that’s not what this post is about.
Coming to England for more than three-decades, we’ve (my wife and I), met and became friends with many British people. Over a year ago, the British voted to leave the European Union and the result was by a small margin. For many people, it was a shock, and not a welcomed outcome. For other friends that we know, it was a received well. And of course, we know that this action to get of the E.U. was abbreviated Brexit (Britains Exit from the E.U.). They are still not out of the E.U., and the Prime Minister has called for new elections this summer to see if the British still want to leave.
At 5:41 PM, my inbox was flooded with emails from various news sources that announced that President Trump had asked F.B.I. director James Comey in February to close the case on Michael Flynn. The President wanted Comey to shut the case down. Or as Trump put it, “I hope you can let this go.”
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“You Can’t Trust People in Power,” James Comey
James Comey’s abrupt firing as director of the FBI has led some legal experts to claim that Trump’s action represents an abuse of power by an elected government official. Even the president is not immune.
People in power need to be kept in check as the founders imagined by creating three branches of government. Trump either does not believe or disagrees with the Founders, or is being guided by alternative facts that puts the president above the other branches of government, including the Justice Department, and more specifically the FBI.
Comey believed that the FBI needs independence from political intervention. Without independence, the public can not be sure that people in power are held accountable according to the rule of law.
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Breaking News: I’m sitting at my iMac, and Wolf Blitzer announces that James Comey, Director of the FBI has been fired by Trump, the Authoritarian. The last time something like this happened was in 1973, when Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. The Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, who Nixon asked to fire Cox, resigned as AJ. The Deputy AJ, William Ruckelshaus was called to fire Cox. He resigned. Finally, Robert H. Bork did the deed (Nixon promised him a Supreme Court nomination). It created a Constitutional Crisis, and for the first time, the Watergate investigation led directly to the Impeachment of Nixon, and his resignation later.
Trump has done to the country what Nixon did. His paranoia led him to fire acting A.J. Sally Yates in February because her interpretation of the Constitution which led her say that the Department of Justice would not support in court Trump’s Muslim ban. Trump fired her. However, she is back. She testified, under oath, at the Senate committee investigating the connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian hacking of the U.S. election.
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Health Care Opposition Letter to Congressman Loudermilk, Georgia 11th District:
Today I wrote to my Congressman, Barry Loudermilk, 11th District, Georgia to voice my opposition to his support for the American Health Care Act, which will decimate the health care for people with insurance through the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), and those who can access health care through Medicare.
May 8, 2017
Dear Congressman Loudermilk
I know I can not convince you to change your mind and your vote on American Health Care Act which will not only replace The Affordable Care Act created under President Obama’s administration, but in so doing bring much harm to millions of Americans.
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The Principle of Tolerance: Curing Ourselves of the Itch for Absolute Knowledge & Power
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ: Think it possible you may be mistaken.’ We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people.
It’s difficult to think in terms of tolerance in the age in which America elected a president who doesn’t give one hint of being tolerant. What he does do is encourage violence, not only in his campaign rallies, but now after being elected he’s back on the road holding the same rallies, and encouraging hate, bigotry and racism. And now, with access to the most powerful military the world has ever seen, launching 59 Tomahawk missiles, unleashes violence with the push of a button. Even Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce secretary said at the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Syria missile strike was “after-dinner entertainment.” The “guests” found his comment humorous, and burst into laughter.
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