Category: Corruption

Cakeism |Why Good People Support an Evil Leader (Trump)

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Opinion | March 19, 2019) –  This phenomenon that we’ve been witnessing for nearly three years now – friends, family and colleagues who we get along with very well, many of whom we even admire, supporting Trump, and we can’t figure out how they can be so blind – can be explained. Cakeism. We’ve seen it before. In fact, illustrations of this are everywhere. Securing a new credit card and jetting around the world. Buying a fancy car when the existing one only has $35,000 miles. Eating delicious cake. Cake is so delectable. Does anyone doubt this? It’s certainly my weakness.

“Let them eat cake.” ~ Marie Antoinette, 1789

When good things are good, they can’t be bad, right? Take low unemployment rate as an example. It’s certainly wonderful. No one can deny it. Who doesn’t love an excellent job market? I’ll take doubles, even triples. Trump announced at CPAC, that the unemployment rate is so low we don’t have enough skilled Americans to fill the open positions, so we need immigrants. Yes, Trump did emphatically state that we desperately needed immigrants, even though he’s demanding a wall to keep immigrants out. He clarified. According to Trump,  we need the right kind of immigrants.

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If a low unemployment rate is good, how can it be bad? Very easily. There’s always a downside to a short cut. Consequences are inevitable. Increasing our national debt by a trillion dollars a year, will lead to the death of America unless a fierce and noble leadership team steps in to quickly fix this disaster. Cutting environmental protections, as well as all the regulations that keep our landscapes and health safeguarded, will have very serious repercussions to our food supply, our tourism industry, and our physical well-being. Our crumbling infrastructure can’t be ignored.  Modernizing requires public funds. Taxes. The downside to our low unemployment will quickly become our worst nightmare in the not so distant future.

Cakeism. The belief that there’s only one side of the coin, the good side. The upside. The belief that there are never any consequences for bad decisions or short cuts.

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So yes, low unemployment rate is sensational, the same way chocolate ganache cake is to die for. We can absolutely thank Trump for this. Thank you, Mr. Trump.  But an increasingly polarized country, with the far right demanding a civil war (what they mean by this, is slaughtering innocent liberals and their families with assault rifles, the same way the New Zealand terrorist slaughtered innocent families at the Mosque) is a frightening traumatic reality. A corrupt cabinet that undermines our future. A president without a moral code, leading through fear, serving himself, bettering himself, at the expense of everyone else. Extreme weather conditions that will only grow worse, flattening towns, destroying thousands of square miles of personal property, killing thousands of Americans, eliminating our coastal communities and many of our most important military bases.

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Destroyed American landscapes. Unattended superfund sights. Gargantuan national debt. Crumbling infrastructure. An entire generation of undereducated. Alarming healthcare crisis. Our cherished institutions, the very pillars of our democracy, smashed. Extreme wealth disparity. Out of control white collar crime. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny,” ~Aristotle, 322 BC

Excellence is what America has always reached for. Excellence has been our collective purpose for two straight centuries. Excellence is what propelled us to become a global titan. Excellence, not cakeism.

I’m sure many of us have family, friends and/or colleagues who’ve made comments to the effect, “I like a lot of his policies, but I’m not a big fan of Trump.” We can now simply reply, “Cakeism. The belief that you can have all the advantages, and never have to deal with the disadvantages.” Cakeism isn’t rational of course. Bad decisions will always have negative consequences, despite the momentary short term gain.

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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?

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Disgraced Secretary of Interior Zinke, Gone | Who’s Bernhardt?

It’s the end of 2018, and embattled Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially moved out of his post amidst a spiraling storm of controversy surrounding endless ethics scandals:

  • Extravagant travel expenses for Zinke and his wife Lola at taxpayer expense
  • Violations of the ethics pledge Zinke signed in January 2017 before being confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
  • Montana Land deal while Secretary of Interior connected with Halliburton, personally benefitting Zinke
  • Consistently blending political events and official events, examples that include jetting off to luxurious destinations such as the Virgin Islands in support of gun-club
  • Attempt to remove the Interior’s Inspector General who was investigating Zinke

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Zinke rode into town on his horse back in 2017, literally, and is leaving in what amounts to a tornado of ethics violations… 18 formal investigation in all, according to Mother Jones on October 31, 2018.

So who’s been tapped to take Zinke’s place in light of all these controversies? Unfortunately, someone who appears to be cut from the same cloth as Zinke, Deputy United States Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.

Already confirmed by the Senate, Bernhardt could potentially step right in without delay. A power lobbyist for oil &  gas, as well as water in California’s Central Valley farm belt, Bernhardt is someone who’s worked closely with Nunes and the Central Valley’s wetlands and aligns himself with Nunes’ perspective.

Environmentalists have good reason to be very concerned about the Department of the Interior being led by this type of power broker with such strong ties to the oil & gas industry. Our National Parks are considered out most valuable natural resource, the heart of our trillion dollar tourism industry and must be protected without delay.

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Trump DC Hotel Lawsuit Moves Forward

The Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 9 state: …”No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any king, Prince, or foreign State.”…

On December 4, 2018, just 3 weeks ago, amidst the tidal wave of Flynn and Cohen news, the AP reported that U.S. District Court DC Judge Peter J. Messitte approved subpoenas alleging Trump profited off the presidency.

The lawsuits were filed by two Attorney Generals, one in DC and the other in Maryland. After the judge approved the subpoenas, the AGs were able to move forward and subpoena twenty companies and government agencies.

It looks to be a very strong case:

  • According to the Washington Post, Saudi’s paid $270,000 to fund 500 nights at the Trump International Hotel in DC for U.S. veterans
  • The nightly rate for these stays, $768
  • USA Today reported that the Trump Organization earned $40.4 million in 2017, Trump’s first year in office
  • $350,000 was of this Revenue was from campaign funds, 60% of which came from RNC USA Today went on to state
  • Hotel’s guests included representatives from: Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait
  • Numerous political events are held at the hotel, including one funded by the Philippine government
  • Trump is obligated to donate foreign government profits to the US Treasury, in light of the emoluments clause, but trump only donated $151,470 without supplying any documentation
  • Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut is actively involved in monitoring Trump’s International DC Hotel, along with the representatives of foreign governments who stay there, as well as the two lawsuits filed against Trump relating to profiting from his presidency

It’s been two years and Trump hasn’t be able to put this conflict to rest. Instead, it’s grown that much more significant, especially in light of Jamal Khashoggi’s grisly murder and how much Saudi money is tied into Trump’s DC hotel.

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