Below are the House Judiciary Committee members responsible for Drawing Articles of Impeachment.
The Committee System is not in the Constitution, so any member can begin the motion, but this is the way we do it.
House Democrats can start if the Republicans are too blind and slavish. We will void the 2016 elections due to Russian interference and election fraud, so the wind will blow a different way for their whislin’. They will face re-election. The Supreme Court case is granted mandamus by the Supreme Court, and is to appear February 21, if there still a Court by then. They are very busy with much more important matters, and cannot be persuaded to speed this up due to the emergency.
The grounds for impeachment are, possibly treason, but certainly Bribery (emoluments), High Crimes (election fraud) and too many misdemeanors to count. The violation of his oath of office occurred just after the election, when Mr. Spicer intimidated the press, violating the free speech clause of the first amendment. Mr. Bannon intimidated the press more seriously later in the week. Every manipulation of the media in an election is fraud, and far more serious than false advertising in business. He is proud of and openly admits to much of this, such as the public intimidation of Meghan Kelly.
These grounds are discussed in more detail in previous blogs here on this WordPress website.
Although today it seems like it happened a million years ago, it was only a few days ago when some very brave American Congressmen and Congresswomen stood up for America. On Friday, January 6, 2017, the following Patriots stood up for America to protest Electoral College votes:
Congressman James McGovern,
Congressman Jamie Raskin,
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal,
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee,
Congressman Raul Grijalva, and
Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Not a single, solitary United States Senator had the guts to stand and add his or her voice to the protest. Had only one done so, it might have been possible to stop Donald Trump in his tracks. As the Senators know, more than 50 Electoral College votes for Donald Trump were cast illegally. The Electoral College vote was conducted improperly and should have been discarded on January 6, 2017.
Donald Trump must not become President of the United States. He is a Russian Spy and much, much more.
In a previous blog, Thomas Paine 1776, I selected the very famous quotes as: “These are the times that try men’s souls…,” and one from Common Sense. Here, Paine explains much about the slavishness of the Trumpsters and those who do not oppose them when their nation is in danger, and brings more encouragement to the struggle. But first a bit of Socrates on the point he has in common with Lao Tzu and Jesus about revenge:
Socrates: From Plato’s Crito (49c-d):
Socrates: Then no human being should do injustice in return or do evil, whatever he suffers from others…this seems and will seem so only to a certain few. So there is no common counsel for those who hold this opinion and those who do not; it is necessary that they will have contempt for each other when they see each other’s counsels.
Translated by Thomas G. West (my teacher!)
Tom Paine: The American Crisis:
I once felt all that kind of anger which a man ought to feel against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “well! give me peace in my day.”** Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, “if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace,” and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to his duty.
…The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves his conduct will pursue his principles unto death.
…I should suffer the misery of devils were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being who, at the last day, shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.
There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly to expect mercy from those who refuse to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war;* the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.
I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up the truth to your eyes.
By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils- a ravaged country, a depopulated city, habitations without safety and slavery without hope, our homes turned into barracks and bawdyhouses for the Hessians, and a future race to provide for whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.
*Note: reverse this in the proper way, and see the ground of our argument against torture. If “War is over” when ISIS fighters surrender to us, the 1/2 that do not want to be there may leave, and may help us voluntarily. But torture, and many more Americans captured will be tortured by them, us having failed to show that torture is wrong.
** “Peace in our time” is, shockingly, what Lord Chamberlain said after placating the Nazi invasion of Sudetanland Czech German speaking Austria- as in “Sound of Music.” Then They did not help Poland (if my History is right). But Winston Churchill was right, and when this was demonstrated by further Nazi advances, Churchill was elected Prime Minister.
Recently on Twitter we received a query from a lovely woman in Canada, let’s call her Betsy to help protect her identity. She asked, understandably, “How in the world did a Russian Spy (Donald Trump) get elected President of the United States?”
I promised Betsy an answer and here it is:
Donald Trump was aided and abetted by senior people in the Republican party. These people pushed legitimate, non-Spy candidates out of the way during the Republican primary in order to push Donald Trump forward. In other words, they colluded with a Russian spy against their own party: self before party.
Donald Trump was aided and abetted by other traitors who hold United States passports and who have served, or are currently serving, in senior government positions on the federal and state level: greed before loyalty.
Donald Trump was aided and abetted by Putin and his henchmen in Russia. They gave him…
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from service of their country, but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of men and women. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
For I have sworn on the Altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have and will arise which are not local but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected and in the event of which their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders therof from the face of the earth is the concern of every man to whom nature has given the power of feeling, of which class, regardless of party censure, is the
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them…Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is that they are touchstones of sincerity and hypocricy, and bring things and men to light which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man and hold them up in public to the world
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
Our current crisis has been a while brewing, built up of many problems long railed against without effect- The internet integrity problem, payoffs to offices called “campaign Contributions,” prescription drug abuse, violations of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, education that aims only at wealth and power, the intimidation of organized crime, etc. We have warned of this coming tyranny, and now it is upon us. Our elected leaders have been deaf to our foresight, and now the blood will be on the pavement, as seems necessary for democracies to react. Perhaps now these things can be fixed, if we have a future in which to fix them.
Friday was the 60th anniversary of the savage killing of Emmett Till.
Till was a black 14-year-old Chicago boy who was visiting his great-uncle in Mississippi during the summer of 1955.
It is said that the boy said something to, and whistled at, a white woman.
This was a line not crossed in those parts in this country. As I wrote in June when Dylann Roof killed nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church after complaining that black people are “raping our women”:
“There is the thread of couching his cowardice as chivalry, framing his selfish hatred as noble altruism in defense of white femininity from the black brute. So much black blood has been spilled and so many black necks noosed in the name of protecting white femininity, and by extension, white purity.”
That thread seems altered but unbroken from Emmett’s time to ours.
In the wee hours of the night, two white men kidnapped Emmett from his family’s home, mercilessly beat him, took him to the banks of the Tallahatchie River and shot him in the head, then tied the metal fan of a cotton gin around his neck with barbed wire and pushed him in.
When Emmett’s body was fished from the river three days later, it had already begun to decompose. He was unrecognizable. His body was identified because he was wearing a ring that had belonged to his father.
His body was sent back to Chicago for burial. His mother, Mamie, collapsed at the sight of the coffin, just two weeks after she kissed her son goodbye.
His mother insisted that the coffin be opened so that she could see her son. As she recalled: “I saw that his tongue was choked out. I noticed that the right eye was lying on midway his cheek. I noticed that his nose had been broken like somebody took a meat chopper and chopped his nose in several places. As I kept looking, I saw a hole, which I presumed was a bullet hole, and I could look through that hole and see daylight on the other side. And I wondered: Was it necessary to shoot him?”
His mother insisted on an open coffin so that everyone could see what had been done to her baby.
According to Devery S. Anderson’s book about Emmett published this month, the night of the wake alone, “between 10,000 and 50,000 people” filed past Emmett’s glass-covered coffin to gaze at what was left of his face.
A little over two weeks after Emmett was buried, the men who killed him were acquitted, after only 67 minutes of jury deliberations. One juror is said to have told a reporter that the deliberations wouldn’t have taken that long if the jurors hadn’t taken a break to drink a pop.
After the acquittal the killers kissed their wives, lit cigars and posed for pictures.
And unfortunately, Emmett’s case was far from the only one. As the law professors Margaret A. Burnham and Margaret M. Russell wrote in The Times last week, there are hundreds of “disappeared” black people in this country “who were victims of racial violence from 1930 to 1960.”
But Emmett became the most pivotal. His death was immeasurable in its effect on young black people at the time. It activated and mobilized them. That is not so dissimilar from today.
Jesse Jackson is credited with calling Emmett’s murder the “Big Bang” of the civil rights movement.
But in an interview published earlier this month, a University of Illinois professor, Christopher Benson, co-author of the 2003 book “Death of Innocence” about the case, made a more direct comparison:
“Before Trayvon Martin, before Michael Brown, before Tamir Rice, there was Emmett Till. This was the first ‘Black Lives Matter’ story. It is no wonder, then, that each time we read about another young unarmed black male being shot down in the street — unjustly — by an authority figure, there is the mention of Emmett’s name. What we come to see with the loss of Emmett is just what racism has cost us in this country. What it costs us still, in the loss of so many bright, gifted kids. Partly through untimely deaths. But also in the limited opportunities many have to excel, because of mass incarceration or even unwarranted tracking in schools.”
“When we begin to see the Emmett Till story in this context, we realize that we all lose something to racism. And we see that we all have something to gain by overcoming the obstacles to full participation that still exist. So, Emmett Till is a vital American story.”
Yes, Emmett’s story is a vital American story, and it feels like an all-too-present one as we see this cycle repeating itself: young lives are lost, the body itself is desecrated or neglected, killers are acquitted or not even brought to trial, and the effects of the feelings of terror and injustice galvanize a generation of young people who have taken as much as they plan to take.
The greatest threat to our Liberty is not even ISIS anymore, but Vlad Putin and Bright Bart, who want to check to see if Russia is allowing KKK immigrants from America. Ya, Syrian refugees is difficult right now ’cause some declared war on us, but Russia just got caught doing cyber-invasion! Hijacking our election to have us seat a friggin’ four year old atop US weapons, and we fell for it-we are still falling! Impeach Trump. Void the election of 2016, or find out what Putin has in store- war v. Islam, not just ISIS for US, while he tramples over Europe. Get out of the Ukraine! Take back Twitter. Send back spy-tech. Restore our Constitution!
The Republicans have shown themselves fools and slaves unworthy of leading a free people. I am not a Democrat, but Centrist: CLC.
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We need to help settle the sane Syrians, and protect them from evil. We will be repayed tenfold. Aleppo is a Russian Sin.
Donald Trump is not a republican, and the “republicans” do not need Donald Trump. We are lobbying the centrist republicans, those who do believe in the republican rather than tyrannic form of government, to join the Democrats in impeaching this man before a national crisis becomes a national catastrophe. All can see that he is guilty of the intimidation of the press, violation of his oath of office, conflicts of interests amounting to bribery, allowing and benefiting from foreign interference, and election fraud- much of which is indicated by his pre-emptory accusations. The many fall for these tweeter escapades one after another, though we need not. Conversely, Trump will destroy the Republican party, if not America, if there still is an America that is not a province of Vlad. Your sons will do his bidding in the Middle East and lay down their lives, while he rolls over Europe. Or, we could stand up and END THIS CHARADE!
We have been invaded through the internet by a foreign power. We need to free communications and the press first. We need only step away from the corrupted internet companies, and turn to competitors with integrity, after we impeach Trump and the American president pushes the Russians off Twitter, Kaspersky out. Off Google, off Microsoft. Thanks Vlad, but we did not need your friendly help with ISIS quite that badly. See what happens when we let the FBI walk in and take over Microsoft and Google, Yahoo and Bing? Twitter and U- tube, WordPress and things? Where is George Soros when we need him? Warren Buffet, you wanna make some dough? Our trust of you is worth billions. Come and save free speech and free government. And don’t let Donney grab Putin! The latter thinks he’s the butch!
So, the Trumpsters now control the executive branch to some extent, and have openly begun to control the media with intimidation. We need to secure the First Amendment first, by re-opening the media and the internet. Some very odd things have been occurring on Twitter which demonstrate Trumpster control of that media. Perhaps a free bazillionair will see the opportunity to begin a competitor that promises not to allow naked Russian chicks and hackers popping in behind ones pages. Then we can get on with real American politics through this thing.