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Intangible
#601 Posted : Sunday, January 3, 2021 9:17:03 PM
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Pennsylvania Lt Governor: Voter fraud? Projection! Trump received 100% of the dead mothers’ vote.

While Trump continues his projection about voter fraud, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor points out the dead mothers' vote all went to Trump.

Voter fraud in Pennsylvania is by Trump folk. Projection!

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is not backing down. In fact, he found more voter fraud in Pennsylvania. The thing is, it really seems that Donald Trump and his sycophants and enablers are projecting. All the fraud he found was for those voting for Trump.

In one of those states ― Pennsylvania ― a high-profile case emerged in which a man admitted to illegally casting a ballot for Trump in the name of his dead mother. The suspect also registered his dead mother-in-law to vote, with the intention of casting another ballot for the president. A similar case surfaced in the state in which a man sought to vote for Trump through his deceased mom.


The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#602 Posted : Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:01:26 PM
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The time has come for action!

Pelosi, Schumer call for Trump's immediate removal, threaten impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump following the breach of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters Wednesday, leading the charge by Democratic lawmakers to unseat Trump just two weeks before he is scheduled to leave office.

Pelosi demanded Vice President Mike Pence immediately invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump for what she called 'inciting sedition" by encouraging the rioters, threatening to start impeachment proceedings if Pence doesn't agree.

"I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th amendment. If the Vice President and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus -- and the American people by the way," Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill.

“I don’t think it will take long to get answer from the Vice President. It will be yes, it will be no. And then we’ll see," Pelosi said. She said she and Schumer have made their "interest" in this "known" to Pence world and hope to hear from him soon.

"So, again, we'll review what our options are in terms of the 25th Amendment ... if he wants to be unique and be doubly-impeached. That's kind of up to him and his Cabinet as to whether he should stay in office," Pelosi said.

Calling Trump "a very dangerous person," she said, "this is urgent. This is an emergency of the highest magnitude."

"By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed for office. While there's only 13 days left any day could be a horror show for America," she said. "The president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people."
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
paulwhut
#603 Posted : Friday, January 8, 2021 8:44:24 AM
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THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD IS BEING CRUCIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND MSM......

IT IS AMAZING TO ME THE BLINDNESS OF THE PEOPLE TO THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF GREAT PROSPERITY ON ALL FRONTS.

AND OF THE CONDUCT OF THE FAKE NEWS...........THE HISTORY BOOKS......WAIT.......THAT IS TURNING INTO FAKE NEWS TOO........

WELL THEN HOW ABOUT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT??????????

AND ZUCKERBERG.........THE PARAGON OF VIRTURE AND HONESTY???????????????
Many wonder today why the Republican party does nothing to defeat the treasonous
schemes of the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly
infiltrated the Republican party as well as the Democratic party. Many wonder why
the news media lie so much to support and protect the Democrats. It is because the
pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the news media. The news media and
schools and colleges, with their lies and propaganda, have so conditioned the
people of the country that they are unable to recognize what has been done to them.
Victory for the Jesuits seems very near. The Jesuits are like a cancer that has
pervaded nearly every fiber of the society of the United States. We are being
defeated by the enemy within.

For many years the Jesuits have prevented the United States from developing
additional sources of energy within its own territory. Exploiting the vast oilfields on
the Alaskan north slope, that probably contain more oil than the entire middle east,
is forbidden. New nuclear power plants, the safest source of electric energy ever
discovered, are not permitted. There is no end to the lies people have been made to
believe about Nuclear energy. The environment is used as the club to subdue the
people of the country into going along with this idiocy. Modern technology is able to
develop these sources of power without any damage to the environment. France
gets 80% of its power from nuclear power plants without any problems. Needless to
say, without sufficient energy, the United States will not be able to defend itself. All
the papacy has to do is cut off the oil supply from the middle east.

The United States is now starting to feel the pinch of the energy shortage the Jesuits
have created. People have experienced blackouts over large areas as power is shut
off to stay within the limits of generating capacity. Today, instead of constructing
additional nuclear power plants, some of these plants are being dismantled! Will the
people of the United States be able to wake up in time to prevent the coming
national tragedy?

Not only in the United States is this treachery being perpetrated by the papacy, but
they are secretly at work all over the world to subvert all the nations of the world.

"And all the world wondered after the beast." Rev 13:3 last part.
Intangible
#604 Posted : Friday, January 8, 2021 9:06:30 PM
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ANYONE that still supports Trump is an anti-American, seditious criminal!

Paulwhut supports sedition, treasonous actions against this nation and supports the worst person to ever occupy the White House. It is time to put this sedition down and to round up the treasonous mob that stormed the Capitol building.



paulwhut wrote:
THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD IS BEING CRUCIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND MSM......

IT IS AMAZING TO ME THE BLINDNESS OF THE PEOPLE TO THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF GREAT PROSPERITY ON ALL FRONTS.

AND OF THE CONDUCT OF THE FAKE NEWS...........THE HISTORY BOOKS......WAIT.......THAT IS TURNING INTO FAKE NEWS TOO........

WELL THEN HOW ABOUT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT??????????

AND ZUCKERBERG.........THE PARAGON OF VIRTURE AND HONESTY???????????????

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
paulwhut
#605 Posted : Sunday, January 10, 2021 8:11:48 AM
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GOOD MORNING!!!!!!! TODAY IS THE FIRST WORKDAY OF THE WEEK!!!!!!

PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP IS THE FINEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY MAGA HAS EVER HAD!!!!!!!!

THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAS BEEN A FANTASTIC WONDERFUL CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS 12 YEARS!!!!!!!!!

MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS THE MAN AND HIS FAMILY IN THE COMING DAYS AND YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was sooooo good to see the military built up again!!!!!!

to see the SWAMP EXPOSED!!!!!!!!

TO SEE THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD RESPECT THIS USA AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Yes Jesus is coming soon, the current events in the world show us that time is short!

No sin. no sin in heaven.

we must clean up our acts.......

NO PRACTICING HOMOSEXUALS......NO LIARS, NO THIEFS........NO CROOKS......NO IDOLATERS.......NO MURDERERS

ONLY SWEET NICE PEOPLE WILL BE RESURRECTED AND THOSE ALIVE WHO ARE TRANSLATED........ALL WILL BE SWEET JESUS LOVERS!!!!!!!!!

at the end of the thousand years the wicked will be resurrected and brought before the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT........

THEN THE WICKED WILL BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT FOR ALL OF THEIR WICKEDNESS..........NOTHING HIDDEN THEN.........ALL WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE LORD!!!!!!

AND WE WHO LOVE JESUS WILL LIVE FOREVER MORE TRAVELING THE UNIVCERSES )PLURAL)..........FOREVER LEARNING MORE ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many wonder today why the Republican party does nothing to defeat the treasonous
schemes of the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly
infiltrated the Republican party as well as the Democratic party. Many wonder why
the news media lie so much to support and protect the Democrats. It is because the
pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the news media. The news media and
schools and colleges, with their lies and propaganda, have so conditioned the
people of the country that they are unable to recognize what has been done to them.
Victory for the Jesuits seems very near. The Jesuits are like a cancer that has
pervaded nearly every fiber of the society of the United States. We are being
defeated by the enemy within.

For many years the Jesuits have prevented the United States from developing
additional sources of energy within its own territory. Exploiting the vast oilfields on
the Alaskan north slope, that probably contain more oil than the entire middle east,
is forbidden. New nuclear power plants, the safest source of electric energy ever
discovered, are not permitted. There is no end to the lies people have been made to
believe about Nuclear energy. The environment is used as the club to subdue the
people of the country into going along with this idiocy. Modern technology is able to
develop these sources of power without any damage to the environment. France
gets 80% of its power from nuclear power plants without any problems. Needless to
say, without sufficient energy, the United States will not be able to defend itself. All
the papacy has to do is cut off the oil supply from the middle east.

The United States is now starting to feel the pinch of the energy shortage the Jesuits
have created. People have experienced blackouts over large areas as power is shut
off to stay within the limits of generating capacity. Today, instead of constructing
additional nuclear power plants, some of these plants are being dismantled! Will the
people of the United States be able to wake up in time to prevent the coming
national tragedy?

Not only in the United States is this treachery being perpetrated by the papacy, but
they are secretly at work all over the world to subvert all the nations of the world.

"And all the world wondered after the beast." Rev 13:3 last part.
Intangible
#606 Posted : Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:14:30 PM
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“The Board now resolves by a unanimous vote that President Trump has committed additional impeachable offenses, violated his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, and poses a ‘grave and imminent threat to civil liberties’ by engaging in an extended pattern of bad-faith conduct designed to subvert the results of a democratic election, thereby violating the core principles of our constitutional democracy: the right of the people to choose their representatives, and the obligation of officials to abide by the results of free and fair elections, and ensure the peaceful transition of power” — ACLU National Board of Directors.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#607 Posted : Friday, January 15, 2021 10:11:41 PM
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Trump is number one! He won the popular vote twice.

Of course, those 'winning' votes were for his impeachment. The first person to EVER be impeached TWICE in one year!
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#608 Posted : Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:40:36 PM
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Y'all better put on another blanket and dress warmly when you go out tomorrow.

We are going to be minus 45 tomorrow!
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#609 Posted : Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:44:01 AM
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Trump's 'American carnage' presidency will end in Palm Beach on Wednesday

President Trump is scheduled to arrive in Palm Beach and likely spend his final hour or so as president at the private club that served as the Southern White House during his one-term administration. He will be just the sixth American president not to attend the swearing-in ceremony for his predecessor.

Thus, the tumultuous upheaval of U.S. presidential norms by Trump will conclude with one last diss of a long-cherished American political custom — a bookend moment to how it all started.

On Jan. 20, 2017, Trump entered office by delivering a dark, nearly dystopian inaugural address in which he castigated the political establishment for creating “American carnage” — crime infested cities, forgotten ordinary people and hollowed out manufacturing might.

"How self-fulfilling," said presidential historian Robert Watson of Lynn University. "He talked about carnage, and now in fact he will leave that behind. How ironic."



It is, said one Florida member of Congress, anything but the "orderly" hand-off of power that Trump for months refused to commit to and then only acceded to in the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. Capitol. It was a riot by insurrectionists who now are increasingly telling law enforcement they acted on the president's command.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#610 Posted : Sunday, January 31, 2021 12:44:42 AM
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THIS is why I think Trump supporters are a clear and present danger to the United States and Democracy!

Woman saying she wanted shoot Pelosi 'in the friggin' brain' during Capitol riot arrested

Two women were arrested in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot where one of them posted a video on social media saying they were looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her,” according to federal prosecutors.

Dawn Bancroft and Diana Santos-Smith were arrested in Pennsylvania Friday after federal authorities received a tip about the "selfie" video, which appeared to be filmed by Bancroft, according to the criminal complaint. The video depicted Bancroft wearing a red “Make America Great Again” ski-cap style hat and Santos-Smith with a “Make America Great Again” baseball hat in the process of attempting to exit the U.S. Capitol building alongside a mob of other supporters of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.

“We broke into the Capitol … we got inside, we did our part,” Bancroft said in the video, according to the complaint. “We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.”







The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#611 Posted : Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:27:32 AM
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After just two weeks, Joe Biden has already reached levels of public support his predecessor can only envy.

Traditionally, new American presidents begin their terms with relatively high approval ratings, as part of a "honeymoon" phase that evaporates as they begin governing in earnest.

For the most part, President Joe Biden is enjoying similar public support. Here, for example, is the latest national Monmouth poll:

President Joe Biden begins his term with the backing of a majority of Americans.... Biden begins his term with a positive job rating of 54% approve and 30% disapprove. Another 16% have no opinion. The current presidential rating is already higher than it was at any point during Donald Trump's term in office.


A national Marist poll, released yesterday, pointed in a similar direction.

Nearly half of Americans (49%) approve of President Joe Biden's job performance. A majority of Americans (55%) perceive Biden to be doing more to unite the country than to divide it, and a plurality (47%) consider Biden to be changing the nation for the better. These findings are in stark contrast with the impressions of Donald Trump shortly after he took office in 2017.


But what's of particular interest is the comparison to Biden's immediate predecessor: Donald Trump is the only president since the dawn of modern polling to never reach 50% at any point in his term. It'd be a stretch to characterize Biden's current standing as some kind of impressive triumph -- it's good, but it's not that good -- though our new president has a level of support his predecessor can only envy.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#612 Posted : Tuesday, February 9, 2021 2:03:11 AM
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Trump's attempts to overturn the election have cost taxpayers more than $519 million so far, Washington Post finds


Trump spent the weeks following the election alleging mass election fraud.

His attempts to overturn the results have reportedly cost taxpayers more than $519 million so far.

More than $488 million was for Capitol security while another $30 million was in state costs.


Former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election by propagating baseless claims of mass voter fraud have cost taxpayers more than $519 million, an analysis by The Washington Post found.

The Post tallied the cost from reviews of local, state, and federal spending records, and interviews with government officials. The costs included legal fees, damage costs from the Capitol siege in January, military and security expenses, and more.

Not long after the election was declared a victory for President Joe Biden, Trump falsely claimed there was mass election fraud, saying, with no evidence, that the election was stolen.

Trump and his Republican allies spent the weeks leading up to Biden's inauguration filing dozens of lawsuits in swing states attempting to overturn the results, delay certification, or throw out votes. They failed to win any of them.

At a "Save America" rally shortly before Congress began certifying the electoral vote on January 6, Trump told a crowd of supporters to march to the Capitol and continued to allege mass voter fraud. He also falsely claimed that Congress and Vice President Mike Pence could "decertify" the election results and give him another term.

Not long after his speech, supporters breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement. The riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.

Costs for repairing the Capitol to clean up the damage of the attack, the cost for the US Park Police to clean up the National Mall, and costs for additional staffing, overtime, and medical bills from Capitol Police are also still unknown.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#613 Posted : Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:12:28 PM
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After seeing this video evidence...I don’t want any complicit, cowardly Republican Senator who votes against convicting Trump for inciting a rabid mob that cost lives, and could have cost many, many more, to ever lecture me about how the GOP is the “Law & Order Party”.

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas@ananavarro
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Feb 10
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#614 Posted : Sunday, February 14, 2021 7:59:03 PM
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McConnell ties his own hands and then complains!

McConnell, Denouncing Trump After Voting to Acquit, Says His Hands Were Tied


Senator Mitch McConnell said he believed that Donald J. Trump was undeniably guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” on Jan. 6, when he incited and then failed to do anything to halt a deadly assault on the Capitol.

“There’s no question — none — that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader, declared Saturday afternoon in an anti-Trump diatribe so scathing that it could have been delivered by any of the nine House prosecutors seeking a conviction.

But minutes before he spoke, when it came time for the most powerful Republican in Washington to hold Mr. Trump to account on the charge of causing the riot, Mr. McConnell said his hands were tied. It could not be done, he argued. He voted to acquit.

“We have no power to convict and disqualify a former officeholder who is now a private citizen,” Mr. McConnell, who said he reached that conclusion after “intense reflection,” said as he delivered a lawyerly explanation on the limits of Senate power.

Offering his most damning condemnation of Mr. Trump to date, Mr. McConnell accused the former president of spreading lies about a stolen election that he knew would stoke dangerous acts by his followers — though the senator said little about his own refusal for weeks to recognize President Biden’s victory, which helped create the conditions for Mr. Trump’s claims to continue to spread, unchallenged by top Republicans.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#615 Posted : Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:39:54 PM
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John Boehner on how history will judge presidents he’s known. Trump: ‘I don’t think very well’

Susan Page, USA TODAY

As with several other presidents, Boehner first met Trump over a game of golf.

Boehner was the House minority leader on a fundraising tour, scheduled to play golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, with two insurance executives. "Out of nowhere," they were informed that Trump himself would be their fourth.

"He was very friendly, but in an in-your-face, this-is-how-they-talk-in-New-York kind of way that I was not used to at all," Boehner recalled. "Direct, loud, intense." When a young aide to Boehner embarrassed Trump by giving him the wrong name for one of the insurance executives, Trump dressed him down in a way that Boehner said was "dark." He called the aide an "idiot" in an expletive-laced tirade.

"This was more than New York bluster," Boehner said. "This was real anger, over something very, very small. We had no idea then what that anger would do to our country."

Boehner retired from elective politics in 2015, as Trump considered a bid for the White House. Early in his presidency, Trump called him for advice. Among other things, Boehner urged him to stop tweeting, counsel that the president famously declined to take.

How will history judge Trump?

"Well, I don't think very well."
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#616 Posted : Monday, April 12, 2021 9:53:10 PM
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Sanity and decency are not a scandal. Republicans are pathetic for trying to make it one. After all the abuse and hate Trump hurled on Twitter for years culminating in an insurrection at the Capitol that could have gotten Cornyn and other lawmakers killed on January 6th— an attack that finally resulted in Trump being permanently banned on Twitter— Republicans should be commending Biden’s responsible use of social media. Instead, they are pining for hate-fueled meltdowns and personal attacks. Make no mistake, the GOP is still Trump’s party.

JOHN CORNYN COMPLAINS THAT BIDEN DOESN’T ACT LIKE TRUMP
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#617 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 10:20:02 PM
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Starting with Trump, It’s Time for a White Collar Crime Crackdown

This week, a federal judge slammed Bill Barr over the Mueller investigation. Hopefully, Merrick Garland’s Justice Department will stay on Barr and give financial crimes the attention they deserve.

by Jennifer Taub ~ May 6, 2021

This week, Judge Amy Berman Jackson delivered a significant victory to anticorruption advocates. The federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to hand over the March 24, 2019 memo that former Attorney General William Barr claimed to have relied on when he decided not to criminally charge then-President Donald Trump with obstructing the Mueller Investigation. In a fair, but brutal dressing down of Bill Barr, Judge Jackson confirmed our worst suspicions, that the fix had been in to clear Trump. “The fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” she wrote.

Now, Attorney General Merrick Garland is at an inflection point. He will either deliver this internal memo from the Barr Justice Department to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the watchdog group who brought the original Freedom of Information Act Request, or he can appeal Judge Jackson’s decision. The direction Garland takes here has huge implications, not just for this case, or for public corruption, but more broadly for addressing our current white collar crime epidemic. Here’s why.

No one is supposed to be above the law. But during Donald Trump’s presidency, we were more likely to witness a White, wealthy, and well-connected felon pardoned than perp-walked. This was, perhaps, a piece of Trump’s kinship if not admiration for these elite grifters.

First, the Justice Department must pursue the obstruction case against Donald Trump. Volume II of the Mueller Report provided detailed, persuasive arguments that Trump committed criminal obstruction on several occasions. To ignore this evidence simply due to his status as a former president would further the public’s suspicion that the most powerful are above the law. If the DOJ wins a conviction, they can deal with the problems of incarcerating a former president later. What they should not do, is simply fail to prosecute because the this is unprecedented territory.

Of course, President Biden must stay independent of any investigation touching on the former president. However, that recusal should not make either pursuing Trump or cracking down on white collar crime any less of a priority. The ongoing criminal investigations of Trump in New York County for insurance and bank fraud, and in Fulton County, Georgia for election interference should not absolve the U.S. Department of Justice from following the facts where they lead, even if they lead them to the former occupant of the Oval Office.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#618 Posted : Monday, May 24, 2021 12:32:10 PM
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Donald Trump envies Communist dictators!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#619 Posted : Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:47:38 PM
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This article first appeared in Salon.

The United States has never had a president go to prison. Neither a sitting president, nor a former one. Arguably there are a few who should have — although that's another matter.

Donald Trump could change that. Perhaps that's not surprising: Trump will already be remembered by history as the first president to be impeached twice, the first president to refuse to accept losing an election, the first president to lack any prior political or military experience and one of five presidents to be elected without winning the popular vote. He has racked up questionable distinctions like Tom Brady wins Super Bowl rings.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#620 Posted : Sunday, June 20, 2021 11:46:15 PM
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Facts revealed how Trump was able to spy on congressional Democrats' phone records despite DOJ safeguards: report

Sarah K. Burris ~ June 20, 2021

Ironically, Trump spent years claiming that former President Barack Obama spied on his campaign. He was never able to prove it with evidence.

It was revealed this week that President Donald Trump used the Justice Department to spy on two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and the White House counsel. New facts are becoming known about how Trump was able to do it through the Justice Department, which should be a check on illegally using spying against Democratic foes.

According to CNN.com, "the Justice Department's original secret subpoena to Apple, sources say, was an effort to identify people connected with the staffer. Apple provided names connected to the accounts the company had records for, including then-House Intelligence ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), two vocal political enemies of former President Donald Trump. This was potentially the first instance federal investigators knew they had records of the two California Democrats, according to the sources."

According to sources, CNN said that the Justice Department didn't even know that McGahn was being sucked up into its vacuum bag of corruption. The spying all went back to the leak of a story about Trump and Russia that the former president was furious about. So, he staged his own investigation to uncover who was behind the leak. He and his staff got phone records from CNN, the Washington Post and New York Times as well as members of Congres.

Neither Schiff nor Swalwell were found to have been the leakers, but it didn't stop Trump from going off on his own attack in speeches, at rallies and in television interviews.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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