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Will Last Century’s Crimes Against Humanity Be This Century’s Too? Robert Jackson’s Closing Arguments at Nuremberg

Padre Steven Dundas posted these views in his blog earlier today. The parallels between Hitler’s Nazi Germany and what appears to be Trump’s vision of the future of the United States of America under his authoritarian rule despite the results of our November 3rd election are quite chilling.

I do not know if Steve’s predictions will ultimately occur. I strongly hope they will not, for the sake of our government and the wellbeing humankind as a whole. Time will tell. I am convinced that our recent election will fail to eliminate the danger of Trump’s governing modus operandi or lead to a humanitarian, sympathetic and empathic dealing with each other. His consistent shrugging off of any and all criticism of his policies and proclamations and doubling down on the most abhorrent ramifications of his psyche cause me to doubt his ability to bring about positive change for the lives of the vast majority of people living here and everywhere else on the planet (and beyond, if we start spreading ourselves off-planet).

So far, Trump has done little to assuage the trepidation that many expressed in defeating him in the last election. Indeed, he appears hellbent on fueling increasing violence perpetrated by his supporters upon his opponents. This we must fight against with every fiber of our being. Once he has been moved out of the White House, I would strongly recommend he not be permitted to return. He and his cult-like supporters must never be permitted to run roughshod over the rights and liberties of even the most vulnerable among us as has been the case since his inauguration on January 20, 2017.

All this means that there are still many, many Trump sycophants and enablers occupying positions of power in all facets of our government, federal, state and local. We must fight them (metaphorically speaking, and sometimes perhaps even literally) in their attempts to reform our society to match his toxic vision of what Making America Great Again really looks like. Rather than letting him and his puppets line their pockets, we must be vigilant in preventing them from picking our pockets to undeservedly benefit themselves at our expense, which exactly what they have been doing for the past four years. -rjc

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I spent much of the past week, until I had my emotional and physical meltdown discussing the importance of the Nuremberg Trials to today’s world. To do so I went through the five parts of Supreme Court Justice and Chief American Prosecutor, Robert Jackson’s opening address to the Tribunal. Tonight I will begin to work through his closing arguments, which like his opening are considered to be among the most powerful and definitive legal addresses in history.

We cannot forget or we will be doomed to repeat them, for the Holocaust was not an anomaly, it is the ever present part of the dark part of humanity.

Historian Gerhard Weinberg wrote:

“It’s very, very important for people to get a sense of what the potentialities of people really are, what the dangers of ignorance can be. It is in this context, that a supposedly advanced…

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A New Strategy For The American Left, by Yanis Iqbal – Dandelion Salad

We must not allow ourselves to think that replacing Trump is a long-term solution to the many problems exacerbated by the Trump Presidency. We are, after all, still saddled with McConnell, Graham and a multitude of other anti-democratic political miscreants in both major parties.

The fraudulent claims by Trump and his morally decrepit elected GOP Congresscritters that any Biden/Harris Administration would leave us at the mercy of a socialist dictatorship could not be further from the truth. It’s time to end Trump’s foot-dragging and begin a true transition as demanded by the Constitution in accordance with the results of the November 3rd election. Too many Americans have fallen victim to his failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many more will also die before inauguration if Trump is allowed to continue with his utter refusal to do anything to remedy the situation. – rjc

Source: A New Strategy For The American Left, by Yanis Iqbal – Dandelion Salad

The Lights are Going Out: The Orwellian Future if Trump Wins | The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Padre Steve’s vision is stark indeed. We must not let this happen. If you are voting by mail but have not yet mailed your ballot, deliver it in person instead of mailing it to ensure it arrives before the polls close on Tuesday. If voting in person, don’t allow long lines and lengthy waits to deter you – vote. The future of our society depends on the outcome of this election more than ever. – rjc

Source: The Lights are Going Out: The Orwellian Future if Trump Wins | The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Article: Trump’s Durable Base and Rolling Coup | OpEdNews

A litany of policy decisions/actions taken by the Trump Administration which have barely scratched the surface in recent debates of the two major party candidates written by Paul Street for Counterpunch and also distributed by OpEdNews. These certainly provide plentiful reasons why voting Donald Trump out of office on November 3rd.

Like over thirty million others, my ballot was completed and taken to my local Post Office for delivery to my county elections office a few days before the final debate. I urge everyone who can vote early in their states, either in-person or by mail to do so as soon as possible. This election will, in all likelihood, be the most litigated election in US history. Donald Trump has strongly indicated that he will not accept any outcome other than one that sees him remaining in office.

The 2016 election that placed in office the least fit candidate to perform the duties of the Presidency must not be duplicated in 2020. Every vote counts. Trump’s policies and actions aimed at utterly destroying our democracy have left him far short of receiving majority support of the American People. They obviously do little or nothing to improve the lives of any but the top 1% of Americans whose bank accounts have flourished while the rest of us face greater obstacles to our achieving our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than has been the case for decades. Vote to remove Trump and the anti-democratic Senate GOP leadership from office. – rjc

Source: Article: Trump’s Durable Base and Rolling Coup | OpEdNews

PolitiFact | 7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

A guide for weeding the truth in planning and voting for or against any candidate in this era where facts and the truth are often given a back seat by unscrupulous candidates and their campaigns when producing advertising, delivering stump speeches, participating in “debates”, etc.

Tonight’s dueling town halls being broadcast on competing mainstream media networks is an anti-debate – insofar as it is even more difficult to glean useful information from both major party candidates when they are talking at the same time about different issues. This is even worse than the farce first Presidential debate, where Trump spent the entire time talking over both the moderator and Biden.

My personal preference is to watch the Biden Town Hall for two main reasons:

  1. It was scheduled first, due to the fact that Trump had tested positive for the virus and was refusing to participate in a debate where the health hazards of a face-to-face confrontation would be minimized and greater ability to reign in Trump’s rants, interruptions and refusal to answer any direct questions could be brought to bear.
  2. Experience shows that basically everything Trump says in relation to the campaign issues is tainted by his refusal to even pretend to tell the truth about either his own or his opponent’s policy positions. Listening to him is virtually a waste of time at this point. NBC scheduling a free Trump infomercial to compete with a serious Biden town hall was a big mistake. Watch Biden so NBC’s rating’s are pitiful by comparison. TV ratings are perhaps the one thing Trump cares about here. Show him his decision not to debate did not help his cause, but actually hurt him. – rjc

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

Source: PolitiFact | 7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

Donald Trump’s Lax Taxes

Donald Trump’s tax information has been leaking at a glacial pace for years now. One thing is clear, however – his tax attorneys and accountants make Jackson-Hewitt and H & R Block look like rank amateurs. The man sounds like the most brilliant businessman in the history of mankind when boasting about the vast fortune he has amassed through his corporate schemes over the years building upon a paltry inheritance he received from his father. At the same time, he is telling the IRS and other tax collecting agencies at state and local levels that his holdings have left him virtually penniless and unable to pay even as much in federal income taxes as an average middleclass wage earner, let alone the real estate mogul who made hundreds of millions of dollars from a TV reality show.

Whereas Presidential candidates for decades have been releasing their tax documents to intense public scrutiny as a signal that they are being upfront and honest in their dealings and not subject to potential blackmail or extortion by creditors leading to possible abuse of the powers granted them in their lofty office, Trump issued a flimsy excuse of “my taxes are being audited and I can’t release the documents until the audit is complete.” This excuse was exposed almost immediately for what it was – one of the many lies that comprise the house of cards that Donald Trump has fabricated in order to remain a step or two ahead of both his creditors and legal authorities hoping against hope  to uncover the truth behind his business empire.

There is no such prohibition against releasing tax documents while an audit is in process. Trump took advantage of the fact that there is no law requiring Presidential candidates to divulge that information either. This systemic shortcoming will hopefully be rectified in the not-too-distant future similarly to the manner in which term limits were instituted for the office after FDR successfully ran and won four successive terms in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Trump has notoriously undervalued his assets and overvalued then to suit his needs, whether to avoid taxes or get loans from bankers to expand his commercial empire.

Our current President has conned his way all the way into the White House and is pulling no punches in his effort to remain there for at least another four years. He has flouted the Constitution to the extent that earned him the honor of being only the 3rd person in American history to be impeached. He remains there still because he was saved from removal through that process by a GOP majority in the US Senate that held a sorry excuse of a trial on the Articles of Impeachment in which no witnesses were heard and the charges summarily dismissed. In the wake of that, he has not skipped a beat in merrily going about his business with little regard for the concept of being under any obligation to subject himself to any legal constraints whatsoever.

In the meantime, historically speaking, a case can be made that Donald Trump’s business dealings and tax avoidance have often been questionable legally and perhaps would be grounds for authorities to file legal criminal charges against against him and his accomplices. That may yet happen after he leaves office. Several of his businesses have undergone bankruptcy. Others have been closed down due to fraud. He goes to great lengths to sign people to non-disclosure agreements and/or waivers to absolve him from legal culpability or keep his misbehavior a secret. He bought silence from at least two women prior to the 2016 election to keep his morally questionable behavior from damaging his prospects. It worked. He now lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

The grand total of $750 he paid in federal income taxes in the years of 2016 and 2017 apparently entitled him to the top-notch medical treatment he received to deal with the Covid-19 infection he went out of his way to contract recently. The sort of treatment denied nearly all of his fellow American citizens. He has been going out of his way to use his influence to positively impact the financial balance sheets of as many of his properties and businesses as he can get away with regardless of the conflicts of interest such behavior exposes.

Donald Trump is undoubtedly the most corrupt President this country has ever had. Even Nixon knew when he was crossing lines unbecoming the holder of the office. It took awhile, but he eventually resigned when he realized he had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Enough is enough. Trump’s mishandling the pandemic, his attempts at rigging the November election to retain the powers he has been abusing ever since he falsely swore his oath of office back in January of 2017 and his constant divisive rants against what most of us value as human beings needs to end and be replaced by an administration that works with and for all of us, rather than for the benefit of an overaged schoolyard bully seeking nothing more that the aggrandizement of himself, his own family and his oligarchic peers.

Three weeks from today is the official day of our national election. Millions of Americans have already voted, either in person or by mail. Millions more will do so between now and then. American voters will hopefully make their voices heard in record numbers before the polls close on November 3rd – resoundingly renouncing the antics of Donald Trump and those member of Congress who have gone out of their way to encourage his outrageous behavior. Make his reign a bad memory of a time never to be repeated. For the misery and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans and the inhumane treatment of untold others punished by his inhumane policies, say for once and for all, “Donald Trump – You’re Fired!”

Suggest Further Reading:

Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 — and nothing in 10 of the last 15 years: NYT bombshell

New York Times: Trump paid no income taxes in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000

Opinion  – The President’s Taxes

Want to see just how tiny Trump’s $750 tax payment really is? Watch this video.

President Is a ‘Walking Scam,’ Says AOC as Records Show Trump Paid Just $750 in Federal Income Taxes in Both 2016 and 2017

Congress’s Best Professors Teamed Up for a Free Lesson On Trump’s (Allegedly) Crime Taxes

Analysis Shows Trump’s Covid-19 Treatment Would Cost Regular Folks $100K

Trump’s Tax Returns Reflect Undue Privileges Given to Real Estate in Tax Code

Make Them Pay

The closer we get to election day, the more determined President Trump appears willing to go to new depths of political chicanery to retain the office the powers of which he abuses  on a daily basis. The death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given him an excuse to politicize in a way to bolster his fading chances of winning the election outright in order to bull his way to a rigged court ordered victory after claiming his loss has come about due to voter fraud on the part of Democrats via a massive surge of voters choosing to cast their ballots via mail.

The hypocrisy of a man casting aspersions on the reasons why people would follow his own loudly proclaimed voting method is right in line with his constantly proclamation that he is above the law of the land and entitled to act as he pleases. The hypocrisy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to hold a vote on another Supreme Court nominee within a month of an election determining which candidate will win that election to serve as President and which party will have a majority in the Senate going forward is likewise not a big surprise. #MoscowMitch  faces possible loss of his own seat and enough of his GOP Senate colleagues to lose his majority leadership status as to give him plenty of motive to aid and abet Trump’s treason.

Lindsey Graham, alleged Senator representing the voters of the great state of South Carolina and current Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee charged with vetting such nominees, is also on record as saying such a Supreme Court nomination should await the outcome of the election, is taking a stand directly opposed to the very words that came out of his mouth in plain English just a few short years ago. He is running to keep his seat in the Senate as well. Make him pay in November as well.

Trump has not revealed any proof that such voter fraud using the United States Postal Service and easily recounted paper ballots. He knows he cannot win an election which has a historically high turnout. Every poll conducted so far consistently shows this. Voting by mail is less risky to the health of voters and poll workers alike in this age of Covid-19 which has been mismanaged to the tune of over 200,000 dead American men, women and children. It also eliminates the need for many voters to wait for hours to vote at an incredibly fewer vote-in-person poll locations. Dropping large numbers of polling stations is one of many examples of GOP legislatures practicing blatant voter suppression – often aimed at minority voters more likely to vote for Biden than Trump (as well as Democrat Senate and House seats).

Amy Coney Barrett, the judge Trump has nominated to replace Ginsburg on the Court, could not be further from her in terms of political and judicial ideology. She would likely vote to further Trump’s anti-human agenda than even his other two Supreme Court appointments. He would not have chosen her otherwise. Her confirmation before the election would obviously be a boon to Trump’s win-at-any-cost campaign strategy, as the chances of legal proceedings to dictate the legitimacy of large numbers of ballots reaching the High Court are very great. She would also likely tip the Court’s stance on reproductive rights and the health care provided to millions of Americans by the Affordable Care Act would also be jeopardized.

There is no way that a Trump/McConnell tainted Supreme Court would follow the interests and desires of the vast majority of the American people, millions of whom would be left without affordable health care due to loss of health care lost when they lost their jobs. The virus would further exacerbate inequality by allowing private health insurance companies to discriminate against people with such pre-existing conditions such as having been infected by Covid-19 or born a female. The logic McConnell used in denying President Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland to even receive a hearing let alone a confirmation vote to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Scalia much earlier in 2016 should apply here as well – if the GOP were not more determined to alter the course of SCOTUS for decades to come than meeting the needs of the American people (whom they do an absolutely horrific job of representing).

Tomorrow’s debate between Trump and Biden will likely touch on these issues. It will also likely be largely overshadowed by discussion of recent allegations concerning Trump’s taxes. That, my friends, I will address in more detail soon. In the meantime, please plan and carry out a strategy to cast your vote (as early as you legally may do so) and encourage family, friends and associates to do so as well. Make Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and others of their ilk pay dearly for trying to strong arm us and consolidate their political power to the detriment of our democracy and the fate of the rest of the world as well.

Further Suggested Readings:

How To Best Honor the Notorious RBG

With the Passing of Justice Ginsburg, Democracy Just Got Harder, Again

If McConnell Packs the Court on behalf of Minority Rule, Dems must Expand and Reform it

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Says She Won’t Vote For A Supreme Court Justice Until After Inauguration Day

The Danger Grows: Justice Ginsburg’s Death, McConnell’s Treachery and Trump’s Opportunity to Use the Supreme Court to Steal the Election

Democrats’ constitutional Jiujitsu: How the party can  out-maneuver and decisively vanquish Trump’s GOP

‘This is for the people to decide’: Jaw-dropping CNN supercut lays bare the GOP’s stunning hypocrisy on SCOTUS

‘You don’t see any hypocrisy?’ Chris Wallace flattens Trump Supreme Court shortlister Tom Cotton by replaying his Merrick Garland speech

Lincoln Project releases devastating new ad against vulnerable Republican Lindsey Graham

Murkowski & Romney: No Supreme Court Justice Confirmation Until After Inauguration Day

\5 times McConnell said we shouldn’t confirm a SCOTUS justice in an election year

A long list of GOP senators who promised not to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during an election year

Sen. Bernie Addresses The Nation: Trump’s Threat To Our Democracy

Warning US Democracy Under Threat ‘Like Never Before,’ Sanders Outlines Plan to Stop Trump’s Authoritarian Takeover | Common Dreams News

November 3, 2020 will doubtless be a turning point for American democracy. Trump does not intend to do anything for the American people. He intends to be ensconced in the White House with absolute power as America’s President until the day he dies.

We must ensure that Donald Trump does not get what his over-inflated ego demands. He was supported by a minority of Americans in 2016. His actions since inauguration have left him with an underwater approval rating for his entire term. He can only stay in power as he has since his impeachment – with a majority GOP Senate that refuses to make him abide by the Constitution he swore to protect and defend with his oath of office. The coup he seems determined to execute in order to maintain power must not be permitted to emerge victorious. This is 2020 America, not 1933 Germany.

Vote like your way of life (indeed, your very life itself) depends on this election, because it does. – rjc

Source: Warning US Democracy Under Threat ‘Like Never Before,’ Sanders Outlines Plan to Stop Trump’s Authoritarian Takeover | Common Dreams News

It Is What It Is

Most politicians make promises. Donald Trump issues threats. He continues to insist that the only way he can possibly lose the upcoming election on November 3rd is some sort of illegal and unfair shenanigans on the part of people willing to go to any lengths to thwart the will of the American people who overwhelmingly desire that he remain their exalted ruler for at least another four years upon the completion of his current term in office.

From a trial balloon speculating that we may need to postpone the election to deal with the dangers of conducting elections during the current Covid-19 global pandemic(which he has, for all intents and purposes, acted in such a way as to aggravate the state of affairs rather than alleviate it), to unfounded allegations that absentee voting by mail would suddenly be fraught with massive voter fraud, he is setting the stage to declare any scenario in which he is defeated as null and void. Exactly as he speculated had a similar outcome been reached in 2016.

Attempts at voter suppression are evident in many areas across the nation, instituted by state and local governing bodies controlled by Trump acolytes and making it more difficult for people belonging to groups which have been negatively affected by policies initiated under his Administration. Making voting safer by encouraging people to vote early by mail (using procedures which have proven to be secure and fair for years in many states) is anathema to Trump and those in his party wishing to retain and solidify their hold on political power indefinitely. Reducing the number and location of in-person poll locations forces more people to travel longer distances and face often interminable waiting lines at those locations that still exist. Arbitrarily removing legitimate voters from voter registration rolls is another common method of preventing potential and expected people from expressing their disapproval of Trump and his policies by voting against them.

A recent tactic, viewed by most to even be illegal, which Trump has publicly espoused to his followers, is encouraging people to vote twice by mailing in a ballot then showing up at their designated polling place to cast a second vote in person. Along with recent attacks on the United States Postal Service making it increasingly difficult to cast ballots by mail in a timely manner, such statements actually make Trump a key purveyor of the very election and/or voter fraud that he’s claiming to decry as making the entire election null and void.

Ever since his inauguration, Donald Trump has gone out of his way to do exactly as he pleases and not allow himself to be limited by the Constitution he has sworn to obey and defend. He barely batted an eye when the House of Representatives impeached him for such acts because he knew he could count on the almost unanimous support of the Senate GOP at trial. He has made the American people persona non grata when it comes to travelling outside of this country in most of the rest of the planet by his intentional mismanagement (or bungling, if you wish to be more generous) of the response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, which conveniently for him is disproportionally affecting those being negatively impacted by his other policy initiatives.

Trump appears to be angling for yet another last minute political stunt designed to even further advance his chances in the upcoming election with the unveiling of a new vaccine and mass inoculation effort to stem the tide of the pandemic in one fell swoop. For those old enough to remember, Gerald Ford’s attempt to do something similar during the swine flu epidemic of 1976 fell flat because the vaccine wasn’t properly tested prior to release. Ford lost the election that year to Jimmy Carter. Trump’s heavy-handed approach to dealing with issues great and small in important matters of foreign and domestic policies has met with stiff opposition in Congress, the judiciary and the court of popular opinion.

Contrary to the President’s persistent pronouncements to the contrary, his handling of issues such as immigration, health care, education, the economy, race relations and the overall treatment of people and the planet alike have been far from perfect. Portraying himself as the one and only solution to our problems as a nation, a society and as individual human beings would be laughable if not for the fact that, in many extremely important respects that portrayal is dangerously inaccurate and often deadly. I don’t personally know many – if any – who can objectively declare themselves better off than than they were when Barack Obama left the office. Trump no doubt does, since the vast majority of those who can do so belong to the rarified (though undeservedly so) social and economic as he does.

Trump’s cooptation of Richard Nixon’s campaign for law and order falls flat, since the last person he wants to ensure behaves in a lawful and orderly fashion is himself. We may have never been and possibly may never be Great Again as a nation and a civilization, but we can certainly do better than we have been at reaching such heights. But I can honestly say I doubt this is likely to happen with Donald Trump at the helm of our ship of state.

Further Suggested Readings:

Watch Obama’s full eulogy of John Lewis, ‘founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America’

Despite US law, Trump raises specter of delaying election

Trump’s Election Delay Threat Is a Coup in the Making

Trump Demands That All Election Results Be Known On Election Night

‘Our Obligation Is to Defend Democracy’: Bolivians Join Mass Marches Against Election Delay by Right-Wing Coup Government

‘We Are Teetering on the Edge of Autocracy,’ Warn Critics After Trump Suggests Election Delay

Postal Service says it has ‘ample capacity’ to handle election after Trump casts doubt

The Deaths of 150,000 Americans Are on Trump’s Hands

Leading Demand for IG Probe, Warren Accuses Trump and New Postmaster General of ‘Sabotaging’ Postal Service

‘Morally Obscene,’ Says Sanders as McConnell Adjourns Senate for Month-Long Recess Without Deal on Coronavirus Relief

Pelosi calls House back to act on Postal Service “sabotage”

Michelle Obama delivers epic speech on the opening night of the Democratic convention

The former First Lady had plenty of truth to deliver in the ongoing fight to chase Donald Trump from the White House. Might she have a future in elected office? -rjc

Source: Michelle Obama delivers epic speech on the opening night of the Democratic convention

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