There is little doubt that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should be censured and expelled for abuse of power…
The second impeachment of former President Donald Trump is clearly an abuse of Congressional power for purely political purposes having nothing to do with protecting the U.S. Constitution or the Office of the Presidency. Since the former President cannot be removed from office, that leads only to disqualification from holding any future government office. Which, in and of itself, maybe construed as interfering in the 2024 presidential election.
The document accuses President Trump of "high crimes and misdemeanors" — specifically, for inciting an insurrection against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol. A charge that could be levied against numerous members of Congress based on their utterances concerning attacks on federal property in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere.
It is unlikely that the charges contained within the Articles meet Constitutional standards. It is unknown how the speech and debate clause applies to the presidency. It is undetermined if the United States Senate can try a private citizen for their actions as a former elected official. It appears that President Trump was denied any semblance of fairness or due process as he was not allowed to defend himself against the charges in the House of Representatives.
The good news is that this is a two-edged sword. If a former president can be called to account for their actions while in office, former President Barack Obama, the darling of the progressive socialist democrats, is also at risk for investigation and impeachment over activities during the Trump/Russia collusion matter. Not likely, but somewhat fun to speculate about.
Should this trial end in anything but an acquittal of all charges and specifications, it will precipitate another constitutional crisis.
The Articles of Impeachment
Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
ARTICLE I: INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION
The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Further, section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any person who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States from “hold(ing) any office … under the United States”. In his conduct while President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States, in that:
On January 6, 2021, pursuant to the 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Senate met at the United States Capitol for a Joint Session of Congress to count the votes of the Electoral College. In the months preceding the Joint Session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, DC. There, he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide”. He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.
[OCS: Conveniently, those who drafted this screed overlooked a key statement: “We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
And overlooked evidence that the disrupters included members of radical leftist organizations who were trained agitators and wearing ballistic vests, gas masks, and possessed improvised weapons. That there appears to be evidence of pre-planning, collusion, and coordination on the part of some attackers. Also that the unruly individuals acted before the speech ended and could not have participated in the attack as a certified timeline will prove.]
President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Those prior efforts included a phone call on January 2, 2021, during which President Trump urged the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to overturn the Georgia Presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do so.
In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. Donald John Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. <Source>
[OCS: Since he is out of office, the only goal, a dishonest goal, appears to be disqualification from future office in 2024]
There comes a time to say thank you and goodbye…
While America has much to be thankful for a Trump presidency, it was not without its downsides. A loosey-goosey ever-shifting organization, populated with inexperienced family members and dodgy self-serving characters -- filled with rivalries and insider leaking that impaired the effectiveness of a cohesive message. The cultivation of the “Brand of Trump” to the exclusion of increasing the GOP's power and down-ballot challenges to progressive socialist democrats. A president who believed that any publicity, even negative publicity, was good if he dominated the news cycle. A man who has a tenuous association with the truth and absolutely no shame when it came to Biden-like story-telling.
Enough! We made it through 2020, net positive on many fronts – but lost the big picture and support mechanisms that resulted in a radical Biden/Harris administration.
I, for one, am not willing to risk the entire existence of the GOP on one man who can not or will not inform himself about the issues and operates at a gut level as if he were still heading the Trump Organization. I wish him well in retirement but will not support any “comeback” effort or commercial venture he may propose.
There is absolutely no “upside” in allowing an off-season Trump campaign to distract from the dangers of a Biden Administration and allow the media to focus on Trump rather than Biden.
It appears the campaign to keep Trump in politics and the media is alive…
Trump to lead national election integrity drive as first post-presidential move, says adviser
Trump's goals for next two years include "winning back the House and the Senate for Republicans in 2022 to make sure that we can stop the Democratic craziness," said adviser Jason Miller.
Top Trump adviser Jason Miller told "Just the News AM" on Thursday that he expects former President Trump to "emerge as the nation's leader on ballot and voting integrity" in the coming months.
[OCS: Election integrity is a local and state issue, each of the state’s political parties being in charge of the primary. Even when he was President, he could not obtain the cooperation of his Department of Justice and the FBI to issue a finding of widespread fraud that could potentially change the outcome. His legal team was a clown show, and most of the fights were procedural and designed to invalidate large numbers of ballots. They mostly failed because the judiciary refused to intervene in what was a “political” matter.]
Miller said that he believes Trump's forthcoming plan, which will take fuller shape in the coming months, will entail working closely with individual states and their legislatures to ensure the validity and integrity of future American elections and the votes of the country's citizens.
[OCS: It is unlikely that even state legislatures would be willing to work with Trump as he has little or nothing to offer other than media attention – and being a lightning rod for negative or fanciful stories that re-litigate the 2016 or 2020 elections -- unhelpful as conclusive proof of fraud was never found.]
Though he says the former president has not yet made a decision about 2024, Miller hopes to see Trump return to the White House for a second term in 2025. <Source>
[OCS: I remember when professional communications strategist Jason Miller was recommended by Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon to become the White House communications director in 2016 but needed to withdraw two days later due to an extramarital affair with another Trump staffer that resulted in an unplanned child -- and a visit to a strip club with members of the press. <Source>
Is Parler a “Russian operation?”
Unlikely as it sounds, there are progressive socialist democrats making a circumstantial case that the recently Amazon-de-platformed free-speech equivalent to Twitter, Parler, has a curious tangential relationship with Russia. Specifically, co-founder and CEO John Matze is married to a Russian, Alina Mukhutdinova, from Kazan, Russia.
“John and Alina were married December 2, 2017 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. They were married in a government facility overseen by Alina’s mother, Gulnara Mukhutdinova, a longtime government functionary. Gulnara’s mother was an “Honored Builder of Russia” in Soviet times.” <Source>
Matze did spend time traveling in Russia and allegedly met his wife while she was on a road trip vacation across America. The assertion also mentions that Parler uses a Russian digital infrastructure company, DDoS-Guard, to filter and protect Parler’s new website from attack.
“But it doesn’t add up. Non-descript tech bro randomly meets ostensible Russian honeypot, travels to Russia, marries her, then returns to US to start a whacko social network with explicit political aims, in partnership with Russia aligned ops? Uh, ok”. <Source>
We do know it is a coordinated Democrat censorship operation…
The chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), asked the FBI to conduct a “robust examination” of the alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege of Parler, the now-disabled social media site that bristled with violent chatter before and after a mob stormed the Capitol in a rampage that left one police officer and four rioters dead. What was not mentioned was a credible study that indicated that the preponderance of planning, coordination, and direction occurred on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
“Questions have also been raised about Parler’s financing and its ties to Russia, which the
Who knows? But it does seem unlikely as former Secret Service Agent on the Presidential Protective Detail and upcoming media star, Dan Bongino, certainly has the credentials and connections to do his due diligence before risking his hard-won reputation and investing his own money in Parler.
It appears that "Trump Derangement Syndrome" is either getting worse, or the mainstream media is trying to rebuild their audience while hiding Biden's un-American actions.
We are so screwed.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS