Month: January 2019

Bill to Limit Trump From Launching Nuclear First Strike

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – Today Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressional Representative Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) held a press conference to announce the reintroduction of “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019” (H.R.669/S.200). The bill was first introduced by Representative Lieu on September 27, 2016, a few weeks before Trump was elected president. Shortly after Trump was inaugurated, Senator Markey and Representative Lieu co-sponsord “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.”

Numerous nuclear arms control leaders were on hand during today’s press conference, urging passage of the bill.

  • Representative Lieu stated, Trump’s brand is to be unpredictable and rash, which is exactly what you don’t want the person who possesses the nuclear football to be.”
  • Senator Markey commented, No American President, and certainly not Donald Trump, should have the power to launch a first use nuclear first strike absent such an attack without explicit Congressional approval.”
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington Representative Stephen Young was quoted as saying, Giving the president the sole authority to start a nuclear war – using one or even hundreds of nuclear weapons first — is quite literally the most dangerous policy possible. The explicit goal of that policy is to make global annihilation feasible in less than an hour. I wish I were exaggerating. I am not. While the policy is intended to serve as a deterrent, the reality is it leads to the current situation, where a fit of temper by the president could end the world. It is time to change that policy. The bill we are discussing here today would do just that.”

It’s unclear whether or not the Markey-Lieu Nuclear First Use bill is being reintroduced so quickly following the longest shutdown in U.S. history in light of Trump’s continuous threat that he’ll fund his unpopular Southern border wall by declaring a national emergency. By using this persistent threat, Trump is indicating an inability to differentiate between the literal definition of national emergency and delusional interpretation.

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.HillReport-mini

The Kentucky Plan | Boycott

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” ~Benjamin Rush

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report) – If McConnell is the obstacle causing so much pain and suffering, what’s the solution?

The traditional US negotiating tactic, dating back to pre-independence America and the Boston Tea Party, is that of boycotting products directly related to the subject being negotiated. We’ve seen this play out successfully in modern politics as well. For example, a large number of companies pulled ads connected to the NRA immediately following the tragic Parkland slaughter of 17 students on February 14, 2018. So effective was this boycott campaign, that the NRA is now on the verge of bankruptcy.

With that in mind, in an effort to block Senate Majority Leader’s aggressive efforts to advance Trump’s anti-American/pro-Russia agenda, despite McConnell’s sworn oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, it’s now time to flex our muscles in preserving our American principles and the institutions we hold sacred, the two pillars that are essential to the survival of our democracy.

The following is a short list of the top consumer product corporations headquartered in Kentucky, and are thus the top candidates for an effective boycott campaign.

  • Yum! Brands | $5.88 Billion in 2017, down from $13.08 Billion in 2013
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken
    • Pizza Hut
    • Taco Bell
  • Texas Road House | $2.22 Billion, 2017
  • Papa John’s Pizza | $1.78 Billion, 2017
  • Churchill Downs | $882.6 million, 2017

All five food chains are in every state in America. We can do this!
GallantGreenSmileGold-75

ST-SAGA-CovFrnt-72-350

Battle Lines Are Drawn | Know Their Names

The resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Thursday December 20, 2018, and the release of his resignation letter the next day, Friday December 21, 2018, is what kicked off the longest shutdown in U.S. history at midnight on the 21st. The shutdown is still continuing, with today being day 31.

Retired Marine General Jim Mattis, a courageous warrior, nobly warned the American people in his resignation letter: BEWARE. Enemy at the door.

As long as Donald J. Trump is in the White House, we must never forget this alarming, and burdensome acknowledgement. Mattis’ dutiful sacrifice was executed for our benefit. He outed Trump publicly, which can only mean that Mattis was very aware of how harmful Trump’s agenda was for our well-being as well as our allies. We can actually feel this now during the shutdown. Our president is continuing along a perilous course that continues to undermine our economy, our foreign relations, national security, environment, debt, financial strength, and unity.

The situation is very grim.

In light of this sobering reality, it’s mind-numbing that 43 United States GOP Senators voted down the Democrat-led initiative to stop Trump from ending the sanctions against three Russian companies connected to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska , who has deep ties to Paul Manafort. Both are connected to the election meddling investigation. The House on the other hand, in a bipartisan commitment to maintain these stringent guard rails that bolster our national security, passed by a vote of 362 – 53 to uphold these particular Russian sanctions.

The dichotomy is stunning. And in the face of the fallout of the undermining of our national security, it’s important to know exactly who sold out our country, for they will certainly do it again, as we can so clearly see during the shutdown.

These are the eleven GOP Senators who voted with the Democrats to maintain hefty Russian Sanctions on the three Russian companies connected to Deripaska; the “*” indicates that they’re up for re-election in 2020:

  • John Boozman (AR)
  • Susan Collins (ME)*
  • Tom Cotton (AR)*
  • Steve Daines (MT)*
  • Cory Gardner (CO)*
  • Josh Hawley (MO)
  • John Kennedy (LA)
  • Martha McSally (AZ)
  • Jerry Moran (KS)
  • Marco Rubio (FL)
  • Ben Sasse (NE)

Sadly, this is a very short list. The battle lines have thus been drawn. The other 43 GOP Senators voted against the United States of America, and against the American people in support of Russia. And they did so despite Mattis’ dire warning. Thus, to keep ourselves safe and alert in the upcoming months, we can never forget Mattis’ ominous warning, and we must be forever mindful of the short list of 11 GOP names who reached deep inside themselves and found a way to break with their party, and wear their patriot hat. Can they do this again to end the government shutdown?

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.
HillReport-mini

How About This Wall Deal, Mr. Trump?

Washington, DC – It was mind-boggling today to learn that Trump is expected to stay dug into his “must have a border Wall no matter what” position, deaf to what the Democrats have been saying for months (“we’re absolutely for border security, let’s protect Americans using modern technology; it’s far more effective, takes less time to install, can be moved around very easily, and is a better match for how drugs and illegal migrants enter the country”). This traumatic impasse is now expected to last until the end of the month, January 29, 2019 apparently, when Trump’s State of the Union Address is scheduled.

If the shutdown continues past thirty days, there are some who predict that the negative impact on the 800,000 furloughed federal employees may become catastrophic. This simply cannot happen. We have to move quickly to shake things up so that obstinate Donald J. Trump can see the light and reopen the government.

The most baffling part of the this bizarre showdown and shutdown is that Trump is very aware of modern technology. He’s the one who demanded the U.S. establish a Space Force. Even before that, right out of the gate in March 2017, Trump launched the White House Office of American Innovation. But the absolute penultimate technology advancement example, that’s dawning on the 2019 horizon, that Trump surely has been briefed on monthly, even weekly, is the huge technology revolution that will change society as we know it – the 5G revolution – that will kick-off an enormous surge in product innovation, many devices that will be specifically designed to address personal security, home and corporate security, and border security. CES 2019 debuted many of these new products just last week.

So what’s going on here? What is Trump really up to? How can he be trashing the lives of 800,000 Americans when he’s fully aware that the technological awakening has arrived and will be mushrooming though everything we do, and everywhere we go.

Does Trump have a mental block about technology? Do we have to craft some type of “learning experience” to help him understand how valuable these innovative border security options are?

Actually, maybe we do. So… Let’s Make a Deal, Trump? If you don’t want to use modern technology to secure the border after you’ve been bragging for two years about all these modern advancements, well then fine. Perhaps you’ll realize the benefits of modern technology if we take away yours.

Would you agree to giving up your cell phone forever, and only using a landline, and never being able to tweet again, and never using a computer, in exchange for Nancy Pelosi agreeing to your demand for $5.7 Billion Medieval Wall?

No? I didn’t thing so.

Mr. Trump, you have absolutely no justification whatsoever for shutting down the government of the United States of America. You know it, the American public knows it, and the world knows it.  You should be charged with a crime for shattering the lives of 800,000 Americans. No more wall, Mr. Trump. The shutdown has been your worst ruse yet.

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.
HillReport-mini

Impeachment is Easier Than It Seems

“A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.” ~Aristotle

The world has been traumatized by Trump’s delusion, and McConnell’s support of Trump’s delusion, for two painfully slow, long years. This feeling of continuous cognitive dissonance while we’re forced to endure these two self-serving cowards as they pretend to lead our massive nation, in the midst of defrauding us, ignites that effervescent American spirit that fills us with motivation, and the “can do” determination, on these toughest, darkest days.

Trump and McConnell appear to have a quid pro quo relationship. Kentucky is the largest coal producing state in the country. Trump has gone all in on promoting coal, and passing legislation that benefits coal producers while harming the health and well-being of millions of Americans. In return, McConnell has pledged his loyalty to trump in equal measure.

This is corruption. And this is why we have a twisted stalemate during this government shutdown that’s been a traumatic event for 800,000+ Americans.

According to The Hill today (Tuesday January 15, 2019), McConnell boldly blocked a “House bill to reopen government for second time.” Additionally, The Hill published the scoop that McConnell vowed “the senate won’t override Trump veto on shutdown fight.”

Which brings us to an historic crossroad. We’re forced to make a choice.

  • Unconvincing possibility? | McConnell and or Trump doing the right thing… proceeding forward with ending the shutdown because it’s what’s best for America.
  • Likely impossibility? | Expel McConnell so that we can impeach Trump which will end the shutdown. Perhaps Amazon and Apple and several states could front a loan to pay the 800,000 furloughed federal employees until this is over.

If Aristotle advises that it’s best to go with the “likely impossibility,” well then… let’s just do it. What do we have to lose? Absolutely nothing. The only way we can lose is by doing nothing, or by caving and letting a malicious bully weaken our resolve.

Impeachment is much easier than it appears. Just 3 steps:

(1)  House of Representatives debate the Articles of Impeachment against Trump and vote. They need a simple majority.

(2) Expel Mitch McConnell from the Senate. Senators must have 67 votes to succeed at this. McConnell has a super majority opposed to him right now, so this shouldn’t require much persuasion. Fourteen Senators have been expelled from the Senate since the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

(3) Once McConnell is expelled, the Senate will hold an Impeachment Trial:

  • House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Jerry Nadler, acts as prosecutor and submits evidence
  • Trump’s lawyers submit his defense
  • Chief Justice John Roberts presides as judge and rules on whether the evidence is admissible
  • The Senate acts as the jury, 67 need to say “Aye” to impeach

It seems a very likely impossibility that we can succeed at this if we move swiftly to expel McConnell as soon as possible.

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.
HillReport-mini

Longest Shutdown Ever | GOP Senators 2020

It’s Friday night January 11, 2019 just before midnight. Mitch McConnell is already back home in Kentucky, tucked safely away in his expansive homestead, sipping champagne perhaps, while 800,000 Americans are gripped with trauma as we head into the 22 day of the longest shutdown in American history.

This shutdown has no logical justification. It feels like we’ve been viciously attacked by a foreign enemy… similar to the perilous grip of a cyber attack that inflicts grave financial harm.

Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader and is ultimately the most responsible for this nightmare. After two years of enabling Trump to defy the U.S. Constitution, and two years of McConnell failing at his responsibility to be a check on the Executive Branch, the cumulative result is a treasonous president who’s a threat to American citizens and a danger to the world.

McConnell could easily rally his GOP colleagues to follow through with their oath of office, and yet he defiantly refuses. It’s galling.

The following are 21 GOP Senators who are up for reelection in 2020. May the self-serving, anti-American amongst them, who’ve corrupted their oath of office by their flagrant inaction and indifference that’s traumatizing American citizens, be the final straw that permanently marks them, and makes these their final days in office.

  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Mike Enzi (R-WY)
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA)
  • Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MI)
  • James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • David Perdue (R-GA)
  • Jim Risch (R-ID)
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Ben Sasse (R-NE)
  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC)

Below are what some had to say on the eve of the longest shutdown in US history… a shutdown that strongly resembles a Russian cyber attack.

Senator Mitch McConnell did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019 before heading home for the weekend.

Senator Susan Collins did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans.

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.14.52 AM.png

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.16.07 AM.png

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.16.53 AM.png

Senator Ben Sasse also did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans. But she did retweet  the GOP video on January 10, 219.

Screen Shot 2019-01-13 at 11.51.50 PM.png

Senator Lamar Alexander seems to have the right attitude, meeting with constituents on January 11, 2019 to discuss with them the best way to end the shutdown. He’s very atypical compared to his GOP counterparts.

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.24.17 AM.png

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.26.58 AM.png

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.28.32 AM.png

Senator Tom Cotton, no mention of the shutdown on January 11, 2019, but Senator Cotton did bring up the border o January 9, 2019, approximately 24 hours after Trump’s failed Presidential Address.

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.34.25 AM.png

Senator Bill Cassidy actually has a good idea, but the cartel money should be used for modern technology rather than a pointless medieval wall.

Screen Shot 2019-01-13 at 11.58.27 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-01-13 at 11.59.42 PM.png

Senator Steve Daines didn’t tweet about the shutdown on January 11, 2019, but he did tweet about protecting public lands and working across party lines which seems to subliminally suggest he’d like to work with Dems to reopen the government.

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 12.07.53 AM.png

Senator Mike Enzi is another GOP Senator who showed an air of bipartisanship by cosponsoring bill to end government shutdowns forever. This works.

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 12.15.11 AM.png

Senator Joni Ernst did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019 about the shutdown, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans. But she did show complete indifference to the plight of the 800,000 federal employees by tweeting about her own pet project.

 

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 10.57.48 PM.png

Senator Cory Gardner did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019 about the shutdown, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans. But he did show complete indifference to the plight of the 800,000 federal employees by tweeting about his own pet project.

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 11.02.17 PM.png

Senator Thom Tillis did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019 about the shutdown, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans. But he did show complete indifference to the plight of the 800,000 federal employees by tweeting about his own pet project.

Screen Shot 2019-01-12 at 12.18.55 AM.png

Senator David Perdue did NOT tweet on Friday January 11, 2019, the eve of what’s to become the longest shutdown in US history, that will harm 800,000 innocent Americans.

 

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.
HillReport-mini

Turning Point | Trump’s Failed Presidential Address

After watching Trump’s Presidential Address this evening, and the Democrat rebuttal articulated by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, it’s very clear Trump has lost this battle. His justifications are hollow. The 800,000 Americans whose lives have been maliciously thrown into a tailspin, are an exponentially greater consequence than the few bad actors who may potentially slip through our Southern Border with an evil intent while we strategize about planning the installation of new border security technology.

There’s a bipartisan coalition in the Legislative Branch, both the House and the Senate, who have a list of very effective, and technologically advanced, methods and techniques to protect our borders. Done. The majority are onboard with spending money for these brilliant ideas. The senseless, degrading, horrible shutdown is just another example of how unfit Trump really is. We’ve been collecting all the red flags. One after another. Storing the red flags safely and reminding ourselves regularly that these are indeed red flags. Trump is unfit. This is scary. It’s actually more than scary, it’s terrifying, particularly for the 800,000 who are about to feel an extremely painful sucker punch.

The solution is simple. End the shutdown immediately. Pay the 800,000 on time. Remove both Trump and McConnell from office. In fact, Trump’s annual physical is supposed to be on January 12, 2019 (if the rule for “annual physical” is every 365 days). Trump absolutely must visit a real doctor this year. Further, Trump appeared drugged / incapacitated during the Presidential Address. This needs to be investigated. A drugged President who no longer uses advisers and has seven Acting Cabinet Secretaries is the most alarming National Security threat America has ever faced. McConnell should be expelled from the senate. It only takes 2/3’s. It seems like we’ve almost reached that number and with some effective lobbying, this can be accomplished relatively quickly.

So yes, both sides of the coin have been shared with the American public. Trump’s arguments fell flat. There’s no valid rationale for keeping the government shutdown. We’ve reached the turning point. Open the government, or declare Trump unfit for office. These are the two choices now.

Trump didn’t stop and tweet following the #PresidentialAddress . How unlike him. Is he impaired and thus unable to tweet?

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.22.07 PM.png

Mitch McConnell has been completely silent on the shutdown for nearly three weeks, but then suddenly tonight he had something to say:

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.27.22 PM.png

Senator Blumenthal is one of the steadiest, most patient and reasoned Senator in the Legislature:

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.30.41 PM.png

© Copyright 2017 – 2019. ALL Rights Reserved.
HillReport-mini