Although I will be writing a lot more in the weeks to come about the historic Election of 2020, I just wanted to thank everyone for their dedicated support for America and the Biden/Harris team. Despite the rhetoric of the Fox News and Right Wing nut jobs, more Americans came out to vote to restore America than to continue the destructive path prescribed by the GOP. You see, the GOP used to be the Republican Party but they are now solidly the Trump Party instead. I submit future election ballots no longer list party affiliations as Republicans, just Trumpers. Only when the GOP formally recognizes that Americans have cast Trump aside, will they be respected for their "principled positions" as they relate to the America we once knew before Trump. Then and only then should the GOP be listed on ballots as the "New Republican Party" (one that detests racism, inequality and anti-science rhetoric).
Like many voters, I finally got a good night's sleep knowing Trump and his unqualified grifting associates will no longer be in control of the lofty positions as President of the United States and his sycophantic cabinet. Although it was four years in the making, the timing now in November 2020 is ever more sweet. Now on to defeating the spread of Covid and restoring our collective moral compass. Americans throughout the land celebrated in the streets over the Biden/Harris victory, as did countless others in nations across the globe. Fireworks were shot off in England, church bells rang out across France and congratulatory notes were sent from world leaders throughout. If only the imposter Trump could be so gracious. But we know he can't. We know and he knows indictments are just around the corner. Why else has Bill Barr suddenly disappeared from the public square? And no wonder Trump's leading loyal political mouthpieces are Ted Cruz, Lyndsey Graham, Foghorn Leghorn (aka Louisiana Senator John Kennedy) and Marco Rubio? And of course, the sharpest lawyer in his toy box, Rudy Guiliani leading the legal charge (off the cliff of insanity and legal mootness).
So, much more to come, but let's all relish this victory and the thought that Joe Biden will be at the Resolute Desk in the Oval in a matter of weeks. That alone is enough to allow us to all sleep better at night. Stay safe, stay strong and by the way - let's help lead Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff to victory in their January Senate run-off elections in Georgia. Making Mitch McConnell an impotent Minority Leader in the Senate would be the cherry on top of Trump's loss. It's Morning in America again! Enjoy!
After four long years, America is again at the doorstep of determining our president and in turn, the future of our country. Never before in our history has so much been at stake. Not because its just a "sign of our times", but because Donald Trump has from day one of his presidency, chosen to reinforce his radical base of dunderheads instead of choosing to bring America together as a united country. This fact can't be better borne out than his failure to warn us of the serious dangers of the Corona virus, instead opting to provide "cover" for his stock market. It has been revealed by Bob Woodward that Trump, Kushner and his entire team characterized this deadly pandemic only in terms of how it best suited Trump's re-election campaign. Regardless, millions of Americans still embrace Trump, even though the man has lied over 22,000 times and continues to lie throughout each and every day and campaign stop.
America, your fate is in your hands. We can either chose to embrace the nightmare that Trump has created and nurtured, or we can end the nightmare and bring our great nation back to its values of glory and democracy. Only the electorate gets to decide. And if the vote is close, you can bet Trump and the GOP will use the courts (as they did in 2000) to guarantee a Republican victory, no matter how many more votes Biden gets in the popular vote. Unfortunately, a recent study found every Federal judge that has ruled in favor of Trump and the GOP's effort to suppress voter participation have been a Trump appointee. So now those pre-confirmation nominees who were labeled "Unqualified" by the American Bar Association are having a direct impact on whether We the People have the right to freely vote in our elections. Is this why Trump is so confident any challenge brought to the High Court will result in him retaining the presidency, regardless whether Americans voted for him or not?
Before it is too late, vote! Vote by mail, but drop your ballots off at the polling drop box. Vote in person. Get your family and friends to vote. Will America choose to continue the Trump nightmare or end it? Vote as if this will be the last time you ever get the chance to. Hyperbole? Ask the millions of voters who have already cast ballots only to find the GOP seeking legal measures to have them tossed out and not counted. When a political party stands for suppressing the vote of all Americans, how can so many still support them?
As Ben Franklin once famously told a women following the Constitutional Convention - We created "A Republic, only if you can keep it." It's now or never. Save America before the nightmare becomes reality. Vote BLUE to Save America. Let's get this done!
The debates are (finally) done. Early voting is breaking all existing records for engagement by the electorate. Donald Trump continues to claim the election is "rigged" unless he wins. Joe Biden's lead in the polls now just 12 days out from Election Day continues to hold. Donald Trump has a secret banking account in China and when disclosed by the NY Times, Trump claims he closed it prior to becoming president in 2015 - only to have evidence prove he did not close the account and personally withdrew $15 Million from it in 2017 (while acting as President). When asked if he would do anything different in the fight against Covid-19 (in an effort to give him an easy "out" for his disastrous handling of the pandemic), Trump replied there was little to nothing that he would do differently by responding, "not much." Now he claims Obama and Biden created the cages at the border for illegal immigrants, yet when confronted with the fact over 500 children were separated from their parents and little information was kept to ensure their return to their families he some how says that's "good." I could go on and on, but none of this would make a difference to MAGAs, as they have permanently put their brains into neutral in an effort to support Trump, even at the risk of their own lives (Covid deaths now exceed 221,000 Americans and is predicted to reach over 400,000 by the end of the year).
So, no long winded arguments here. I'm not even including citations to support the above facts - as they are readily available on line for the fact checkers. I am telling you, we have waited long enough to purge this ass from our Oval Office. In 12 days we can tell Trump he's "Fired!" Plus we can begin to tell our MAGA supporting Americans, THEY too must leave the public arena because they are the real culprits of the damage inflicted on American values by accepting everything the Con-In-Chief spews. Turn the other cheek? MAGA and the GOP broke that norm a long time ago. And as predicted, we will soon begin to see Fox News and the Right Wing attack Biden from day one by claiming "we can't afford anymore spending." Watch what they do when a much needed effort to correct the imbalance on the Federal Courts happens. We will see in plain sight the open and hostile hypocrisy a large segment of the population maintains - all while improperly clinging to their self-righteous tag of being real "Patriots."
On November 3, we can all put an end to this farce know as MAGA and Trump. G-d willing, Americans will come to their collective senses and put Trump out to the curb - along with his treasonous GOP followers. Try to be safe and have a great week! American Redemption is right around the corner! Hallelujah.
At this point, what is left to debate? Donald Trump continues to lie and spin conspiracy theories while Joe Biden continues to talk and act presidential. Why would anyone even think Trump is a better alternative to Biden? After 4 years, what's left to decide? As if Trump will finally begin to act like a real president in another term? Riiiight.
Many on the Left side of the aisle think if there is a "Blue Wave", the Democrats should really begin to stick it to the GOP and MAGA. Some ideas are to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate, increase the size of the High Court, and work to eliminate the Electoral College. All decent notions in this era of divisiveness squared under Trumpism. I do have one suggestion though. Joe Biden should step out of the fray and allow the Dems to work on their proposals without being the face of the changes. How? You do know legislation becomes law even if the president doesn't sign the Bills, right? By not allowing the Right Wing media to attack his presidency straight on, Biden should remain "above the fray" by allowing the Representatives and Senators to work with little interference. This way he can't be blamed for actions undertaken that the GOP and their supporting media will attack - and you know they will be merciless for as long as anyone still listens to them. This is what Biden meant when asked if the DOJ should investigate Trump post-election. His answer was perfect. The DOJ works for the nation, not the president. So why not let things "run its course" independent of presidential interference? Sounds good to me.
The list of things needed to be done remains lengthy. I say allow Biden to be Biden and bring consensus. Let those elected in Congress to do the real heavy lifting. That way, Biden and Harris can perhaps convince the public that Trumpism was horrible for the nation and the "New Blue" is the real American wave that will sustain us all. After all, as Republicans often remind us, "Elections have consequences." Let's prove them correct. Vote Blue to Save America! Let's get it done! Try to have a safe and great week!
Have you voted yet? I did. So did my wife. Here in Florida, we get to vote early. We also get to request our ballots be sent via the mail and have the option to either mail in our vote or physically drop it off at an Elections Drop Off Box at one of the local government offices. Hard to believe so many are denied access to vote early, let alone to be able to drop off ballots. Even more difficult to believe is our local elections chief is a Republican! Streaming behind me after dropping my ballot, were a number of like-minded voters, all wearing masks. Go figure!? Hopefully, enough of us voting early will have our ballots counted prior to Election Day so Florida can declare a winner as early as possible. Now that would be something Trump would not like. Same goes in Pennsylvania. Any swing state that can count early votes prior to Election Day will diminish Trump's rhetoric that the election will be "rigged" unless he wins. Oy!
With GOP Governors declaring "Mask Off" to "Open Up", infection rates for Corona have been rising. Despite real science around wearing masks, the GOP seems to think "Herd Immunity" is all we need to beat back the disease (which correlates to over 2 Million dead Americans). Besides the 210,000 plus dead Americans, who else is willing to step-up to "take one" for the GOP team? Now that Trump himself has "the Corona", maybe he is the real standard bearer of all those "Covidiots" unwilling to help themselves to help others? What's worse? Seeming evidence that Trump himself, the most protected person on the Earth, refused daily testing because it was "Uncomfortable" for him. Tell that to the front line first responders, health care providers, teachers and staff that have been begging for more testing. Contact tracing? Forget about it. Instead of acknowledging the ravages of the virus, Trump now is trying to claim his "strength" proves we should not let the virus "dominate" us. Tell that to my fellow Americans that have had their lives put on hold since March or over 215,000 that lost their lives because they believed Trump when he told us it was nothing to be concerned about. Trump has not learned a damn thing (and neither have his supporters).
So, if you haven't voted, please do so. Plan to vote early or in person. But plan to vote, get out and do it to make sure the Covidiot in Chief is rejected so badly, his threats of challenging the results can only be deemed like his response to Covid-19, "Too little, too late!" Stay safe and try to have a great week.
America last night had a front row seat to the real Donald Trump and how he feels about the process involved in electing an American president. After agreeing to the ground rules of the debate, "Mr. Law and Order" proved once again, that only his laws and his sense of order are to be considered. Like millions of Americans tuning in, I found myself and my family repeatedly shouting "shut up" towards Trump - as if he could hear us any better than the athletes we scream at while watching sports. Except unlike sports, this was real and not just for entertainment. This was a true reflection of how unfit Trump is to serve as President, let alone for two terms.
Joe Biden certainly is no rock star on the charisma scale to lure in the public with starry eyes and wonderment. But Biden was solid enough to prove his mettle when dealing directly with a feckless immature bully that Trump illustrated time and time again for the World to witness. Instead of actually being prepared for the debate, Trump bullied, interrupted, and yes, incessantly lied while talking repeatedly over Biden. My wife was timing the responses to see if both actually were afforded equal time to present their arguments. Chris Wallace, the moderator was straight out of Fox News casting - allowing Trump to interrupt Biden just as he was about 40 seconds into his two minutes of allotted time. Instead of insisting Trump shut up, Wallace failed to control Trump and even interjected his own subjective questions towards Biden on the costs of the "New Green Deal" (which is not the role as a moderator). As the debate went off the rails, so did Chris Wallace and so did any effort to have this "Debate" rise to the occasion it was meant to be. Instead of educating the public on where the candidates stood on issues important to America, Trump dragged us all down into a rabbit hole of third grade tirades and name-calling, To think 41% of Americans thought Trump did well in this debate reflects just how ignorant our country really is. We are in a bad way here in America, only with a real leader will we find our way back to our accustomed pre-Trump "normal."
One thing though will stand out more for the historians from this debate - Trump's very obvious refusal to tell White Supremacists they have no place in our society or politics. Instead of attacking them, especially The Proud Boys (an all male, misogynistic, white supremacist Anti-Semitic terrorist group), Trump told them directly to prepare for the election loss - by gearing up their violence. "Stand back and stand By" has now become the rallying cry on social media for The Proud Boys and the KKK. Trump and the GOP must be really proud that Trump actually came out and admitted what they have only been willing to say in private for all of these years. The GOP and Trump are a party of, and for White Supremacists. What can Biden do? Win baby, just win.
On that note - vote early and encourage everyone to also vote. My wife and I cast our ballots yesterday, dropping our ballots off at our local elections office. Count two votes in Florida for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Stay safe and try to have a great week. The end of this American nightmare is within reach. It's time to make Trump and Trumpism go away - forever.
As if things couldn't get any worse for America, we have lost one of the most important judicial icons in our Nation's history - the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Instead of honoring her legacy, Trump and the GOP have again determined her death to be an "opportunity" to steer America backwards towards their delusional memories of times gone past, instead of looking towards the future our Framers once could only dream about.
For years I have warned people that when the Republicans tell us to be very worried about "others" they really mean that to distract us from looking more closely at their very own aims and objectives. Hypocrisy rules the GOP to its core. Nothing else really matters to them except to deceive and corrupt others for their ultimate desire for absolute control and power.
Instead of recognizing the death of RBG as a real opportunity to swing the nation back from the abyss of Trump and division, the GOP doubles down on forcing us further apart. Instead of acknowledging that their own rule about holding off nominations and confirmations of Supreme Court Justices in an election year (as they so clearly decided in 2016), they instead see an opportunity to force their "choice" upon us all. Why else have they so proudly proclaimed they have the numbers needed in the Senate to confirm Trump's nominee to the High Court- before a nominee has even been named? Are they going to forgo any confirmation hearings too? Just cast off any tradition of having a Confirmation process and instead, just rubber stamp the nominee - no matter if they are vetted or qualified to serve a lifetime appointment to the High Court? Are they really willing to give up so much to gain temporary political domination?
I have a list of things the Democrats must do if they are to win the House, Senate and the White House. Republicans and the citizens they represent be damned.
1. Pass legislation to increase the size of the Supreme Court to at least 11 justices (and perhaps 13). "Packing the Court" used to be a bad thing - but using "rules" to withhold a confirmation from one president while ignoring those very same rules when it comes to "their President?" Just raise the number of justices on the High Court and let the chips fall where they may. Problem solved.
2. Pass immediate legislation requiring all States comply with Federal rules relating to re-districting. Since the census is being completed (as required in the Constitution), Congress should dictate how each state determines the legislative districts and how they are to be drawn. Hence, require all states to create Independent Districting Commissions to determine Congressional districts. This will fairly eliminate gerrymandering that the GOP has long used to create "safe Seats", thereby making them more responsible to the people they represent instead of the Party overlords that control them.
3. Pass immediate legislation establishing the Right to Choose for all Women. Make legal abortion federal law. There is NOTHING in the Constitution that prohibits abortion - only GOP wet dreams make it a crime.
4. Immediately make health care a Human Right by passing legislation making it available to all citizens.
5. Immediately pass emergency legislation to battle climate change. Screw the GOP and climate deniers. If a "Caravan of Immigrants" is a national emergency, certainly climate change is a REAL one.
6. Require national standards for diversity in all law enforcement agencies - along with limits on their protection against liability if they negligently (or criminally) violate citizens' protected civil rights. Making police pay for their unlawful actions instead of the taxpayers may actually force law enforcement to put their "rogue" beliefs in check.
7. Weed out White Supremacists from law enforcement and the US Military. Democracy cannot afford them in our ranks.
8. Declare White Supremacy movements, including QAnon as National Security Threats. Tools they use to recruit must be regulated and monitored to protect Americans from their undemocratic influences.
9. Crack down on social media that allows violent groups oxygen. It isn't a First Amendment issue - its an issue of national security.
10. Require news agencies to label opinions when giving versions of "facts" that are not in line with reality. I would also recommend legislation be passed requiring all FCC license holders to meet the requirements of licensure standards. In other words, FOX News is a registered "Entertainment" outlet, not a "news" outlet. Until they revamp their hyper-partisan and distorting ways, they should no longer be allowed to promote "News" unless they are willing to be held accountable for their lies, distortions and misleading propaganda,
11. Legislate against Citizens United and wait for the New Supreme Court to uphold the new law. ALL political donations must be identified. All PACS must report every penny they receive in donations and a public list of contributors should be easily accessible to the public. PACS can no longer put advertising in any media form. They also must not be allowed to launder donations or bundle them. It's time to take dark money out of our political process.
12. Limit all political campaigns to six months prior to the next election cycle.
13. Beef up the Hatch Act and make all politicians abide by it (including the President and his advisors).
14. Eliminate all Statute of Limitations for political corruption.
15. Legislate criminal penalties for refusing to abide by Congressional subpoenas. This would include members of the White House.
16. Eliminate any loopholes allowing a sitting president to avoid criminal investigation or indictment while in office.
17. Eliminate the Electoral College by passing a Constitutional Amendment. One citizen, one vote.
18. Admit Washington DC and Puerto Rico as the 51st and 52nd States. It's about time. As they say in Washington, "No taxation without representation."
19. Eliminate the filibuster in the Senate. Force the GOP to be back seaters in the government they have created in their own image - ignoring the minority when in majority power. The only way to combat the GOP hypocrisy is to fight with the same power they have clung to since Reagan.
Vote Blue to Save America - before it's too late! Try to have a safe week!
Americans had a chance last night to either watch Bob Woodward with Anderson Cooper on CNN or view President Trump's Town Hall Meeting on ABC. Being one who gets irritated hearing Trump's voice, I chose to watch Woodward instead, who subsequently went on to absolutely destroy Trump with Trump's own recorded words. The man is truly unfit to serve as President, and proves why he should never have been elected in the first place. Although Woodward confirmed my suspicions about Trump, the ABC Town Hall would have been a better option considering fact checkers are showing Trump lied almost as often as he inhaled air. And the audience wasn't taking too kindly to it.
The best part of the Town Hall was Trump's lie about "always over-playing the Virus" while being hammered for telling Woodward he "downplayed it" and the incredible argument that Joe Biden should be held accountable for not enforcing a Nationwide mask mandate. Wait, what? (See: www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-biden-mask-mandate-abc-town-hall_n_5f617ac9c5b68d1b09c9541a). So if Trump really wants to blame Biden for actions not taken, perhaps we should all agree to let Biden win the presidency so we can actually see for ourselves what he will do as president, instead of letting Trump off the hook for his incompetence serving AS president?
On top of this nonsense, Trump claims Climate Change is not to blame for the wildfires burning our West Coast. Instead, he claims it's all due to poor forest management and that it will get "cooler", just wait and see. One point Trump always ignores - drought is not because of "weather" - it's because of Climate. 53% of the forests in California are owned by the Federal Government, not California. So why hasn't he done anything about correcting his own "poor management?" Because Donald Trump doesn't take responsibility for anything. Why else would he be blaming Biden for his own presidential mistakes? Yet, Trump supporters refuse to see what is plainly obvious to anyone with a working brain - that Donald Trump is a fraud and as Woodward has so publicly proclaimed after 19 hours of interviews - the man is UNFIT to serve! (See: www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/new-woodward-book-paints-donald-trump-as-unfit-to-serve-1313055299558).
Let's make sure Trump is a one term president by supporting Joe Biden and by encouraging voters to vote for Biden/Harris - For America! Try to have a safe week!
Now that we have proof that Donald Trump lied about the seriousness of the Corona Virus, which ultimately led to over 200,000 American deaths, what is the media doing about it? What they always do. Fox News offers excuses and distortions to make it appear Bob Woodward "misquoted" Trump and our local print media puts the story somewhere on Page Four (with the headline, "Author Claims..." Except no one claimed anything about Trump lying - he admitted it on tape. What do we have to do to force our media to just be honest with us and tell us the facts without messaging it with partisan opinion or bias? How in the hell did we come to the day when facts can be equivocated by opinion? If it's raining outside, how can anyone seriously argue and get media support that it's not raining? If the sky is Blue and someone says it's green instead, why would anyone even have to ask who is telling the truth?
Donald Trump lied to the American people in order to create an illusion of control - all for his personal benefit of deflecting blame from the damage he has caused to our economy and to the health of our nation. If labeling our military "Losers" and "Suckers" didn't move MAGAs to realize Trump is worthless as president, will the fact that he lied about the deadly virus change their opinions? Probably not when Fox News and print media always give him an offramp to escape the scrutiny he deserves for distorting, misleading and outright lying to us about a national health emergency - all under the muse of taking "No Responsibility."
Trump Lied and People Died. The GOP allows it to happen and still support his re-election. Clearly, caring for the nation is secondary to caring about their unbridled thirst for power and money. It's time to vote them ALL out of office. Otherwise, countless millions of Americans can count on more lies, deceptions and the ultimate death of our democratic-republic. Oh, and remember, we once were united after the 9/11 attacks on America that killed 2,996 Americans. Trump divides us when over 200,000 have died. Try to have a safe week.
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Key Note Presenter, Lecturer and Award Winning Author. He is a retired Adjunct Professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.