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Saturday, July 11, 2020

America's Shame

Well of course you've all heard by now what the GOP's "president" did yesterday.

He commuted the sentence of convicted felon and dirty trickster, Roger Stone, who lied to cover up Trump's corruption.

Think about this miserable presidency headed by a treacherous liar, cheat, and con man:

Every president has early pardoned people because of personal connections and such. And some pardons/commutations are given to correct injustice. Can anyone recall any president who pardoned someone before they served their sentence at all?

Trump's usurped the judicial branch of government. That's unconstitutional, and he's doing it because he has the emotional stability of a elementary schoolyard bully. He's pissed at SCOTUS and pissed because his rally in New Hampshire for this weekend was cancelled.

Now think about the corrupt and malignant man who's currently profaning the Oval Office:

He fired Lt.Col. Vindman for complying with a lawful subpoena and for telling the truth under oath. Not only did he fire Lt.Col. Vindman, he sent Vindman's bother packing as well. Army infantry officer, Lt.Col. Vindman, who is a Purple Heart recipient,  was up for a promotion and Trump was not happy about it and interferred with it and  made it clear that "...his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Vindman's attorney, David Pressman, wrote in a release.

“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career,” Vindman's attorney wrote. “Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it.”

During Lt.Col. Vindman's testimony at the impeachment inquiry hearings, Vindman said that he told his father that he didn't need to worry about testifying because "this is America" and "right matters" here.

This Purple Heart recipient was wrong. During the Trump regime, "right" doesn't matter, only corruption does. 

We are not the country we once were, but maybe we never were that country. Maybe all that nostalgia for love of country and flag waving was nothing but an delusion to cover the rot festering beneath the naive idea of "liberty and equal justice for all."  

George Floyd's cruel murder as well as the others like his dispelled that delusion.

A raging pandemic that has been stupidly and recklessly politicized by Trump to the detriment of American lives -- 130,000 dead and more infections rising, dispelled that delusion. 

Trump's commutation of a convicted felon and dirty trickster dispelled that delusion. Trump rewards lies, corruption, and even murder.  He agitates to have statues of men who committed treason against the United States preserved and put in a "heroes park." He punishes and mocks men and women who've bled for and served their country with distinction and honor.

These are facts. The GOP's president is a dishonorable failure of a man and president, and he is the GOP's shame.

But worse, Trump is America's shame.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Dr. Fauci, chief advisor to the president on Covid-19, says he hasn’t briefed the president in two months and isn’t being allowed on TV because of his warnings about the pandemic are so dire. Just think about that.

Ray Cranston said...

What with the cases of Cohen, Vindman, Fauci and Stone, I think we can safely say that honesty and unflattering facts under this admin are treated harshly and with scorn, while silence, obedience and lawlessness are rewarded.

R.D. said...

According to The New York Times, “President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.”

Romney described Trump’s move as “unprecedented, historic corruption.”

Les Carpenter said...

MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN throgh lying,corruption, and state propaganda,

Sure sounds a lot like those commie regimes Dotard adores. Putin, Kim Jong Un.

Fed up said...

Shaw, its interesting that your resident troll skurunner has nothing to say about Trump pardoning a convicted felon who lied and covered up for Trump but skudrunner keeps whining about the loss of naming army bases after traitors. The wingnut blogs are all ignoring what Trump did to American justice yesterday. Trump will live to regret his crimes. Believe me!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ray, R.D., RN, and Fed Up,

Don’t forget what U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said about Stone: "He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the President. He was prosecuted for covering up for the President." The coverup continues.

trump commuted the sentence for a guy who covered up trump crimes. Corruption continues!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Under the Constitution, the power to grant clemency is a core function of the Presidency. For this reason, there is no real option for prosecutors, or even members of Congress, to impose consequences on Trump for the commutation. But, as the saying goes, in the United States, the people still rule, and they will have a chance to render the verdict on Trump’s commutation, and his entire sordid Presidency, on November 3rd. -- Jeffrey Toobin

Trump is within his right as POTUS to do what he did. No other POTUS, not even Richard Nixon, did this during Watergate to reward the men who covered up for him.

Trump is an unprecedented crook. And, yes, the American peopl WILL have the last say.

Les Carpenter said...

I say proecute the GD bastard for any and every thing possible once the PEOPLE boot his HUGE orange ass out of office.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN, it looks as though that is very likely to happen!

Clearwater, Florida said...

As unethical as much of the republican leadership has become, not even most of them would have pardoned Stone. This is a trump action, although it is done with the permission of trump supporters, it is primarily a trump action intended by him to show that he is above the law.

He ain't and he's gonna pay for his crimes.

skudrunner said...

Fed up, cleaver name. Much like another president who pardoned his crooks so did trump. I have nothing to say regarding the actions of trump. He does what he wants to do especially when it is disgusting and will continue to do it until January 21st when another incompetent assumes the title.

Question, we have to sit through the inauguration of biden Janury 21st, then we have to be subjected to impeachment hearings starting January 22nd. In March when he is declared incompetent to serve do we have to sit through another inauguration.

Now can you get bidens handlers to come up with something original to campaign for. He takes trumps theme adds obama's actions and fumbles through. He has been in office in excess of forty years and has co-sponsored ONE bill. Now he is going to reinvent the US. As a country we should do better. Kanye for president sounds good to me.

RN as much as you would like it to happen it won't. They protect each other just like ford pardoned nixon. Even if they did won a guilty verdict he would never serve time because of our broken legal system

Fed Up said...

After refusing to wear a mask for more than 3 months and seeing the United States break
aLl kinds of coronavirus records, including the Thousands of deaths , we now see Donald Trump deciding to wear a mask.
Isn’t it amazing how bad poll numbers can change ones mind!

Les Carpenter said...

Ford pardoned Nixon because he believed it would facilitate healing America. It was the right thing to do and it cost Ford the election.

Nixon, as bad as Watergate might have been Nixon was now where near the egregiously horrible crook that tRump is. Nixon at least had the HONOR to resign because he knew he was no longer supported by the majority of Americans.

tRump has NO homor. Never did. Never will. He care ONLY about himself. PERIOD.

Les Carpenter said...

Yeah, tRump is destroying the rule of law. Glad you finalky recognuze that skudrunner.

Dave Dubya said...

I wonder what would cause someone like this blogger Franco, or Free Thinke and his followers to be so filled with hateful fury and lunacy, that such an odious, repulsive. method of drawing attention to oneself seems to be acceptable?
This Liberal blogger, has done nothing to deserve this ridicule. Proof again that the Republican party is full of Hateful Old White men. Yeah, I would vote Republican, maybe when the moon turns into cheese!
The only thing shocking about this is just how UNORIGINAL, and predictable all of these rants are.
So I have to ask, why all the insults? Why not state your reasons for disagreements instead of simply insulting people? And when you have a party who is represented by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, and Ann Coulter, you know you are in deep trouble.
So, Hang in there Shaw, and as for Free Thinke, I think you are a despicable, stupid, OLD man for hosting this hideous, despicable, negative attack blog. This only goes to show the lack of intelligence you Republicans have.
I am PROUD to say that I am one of Shaw's loyal readers.

Dave Dubya said...

We can count on a despot like the Big MAGAt to deny the result of an election he loses. If he can't win, or steal, the election, it WILL get ugly . He will likely incite his armed brown shirts to violence. Win or lose, he will go full Nazi. Count on it.

RepublicaNazis want voters to stay home or expose themselves to the coronavirus. They hate voter rights and fair elections. They are enemies of democracy and a threat to our lives. Wisconsin showed standing in line to vote spreads the virus. Republican judges refuse to allow the election to be postponed. The Trump Cult is pure evil.

I was for Bernie, but this is an emergency. Trump is a direct threat to our health. He threatens to withhold Michigan’s federal funding over vote-by-mail. He threatens the Post Office to stop mail-in votes. We choose to stop this fascist or allow four more years of destruction.

Many Nazis evaded justice. The Bush/Cheney cartel evaded justice for war crimes and torture. Trump will go free in an America gone rogue. This is a failed state. American democracy, justice and rule of law have been corrupted.

How is the Trump cult different from Nazis? They hate the same people. Minorities, liberals, educators, scientists, journalists, and yes, socialists are the targets of their hate. Time to call RepublicaNazis what they really are.

The Birther Liar tweeted: "It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!"

Leigh from W.V. said...

“But over time I’ve come to appreciate Trump in ways I did not expect. Now, I am thankful that we elected Trump. Because Donald Trump is exactly what America needed. Trump is a mirror, a warning, and ultimately a catalyst for change. Reflected in Trump is all that is wrong with the United States: the injustice of our broken social contract, the crassness of our politics, and the cruelty of our economy. Trump is also the shock that a mature democracy needs for action. To use a timely metaphor, Trump and his supporters are a virus, and they have activated our democratic antibodies. What we are seeing in the streets is the body fighting the infection.”

Les Carpenter said...

How is the tRump cult different from Nazis?

Essentially they are not. Perhaps there is some daylight between them. But not much.

tRump without a doubt would be a totalitarian dictator right now were it not for iur constitution. But tRump is working diligently to destroy that just as he's helped detroy thousands of lives due to his incompetent and inept handling at the federal level of Covid-19.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN, I fear even our Constitution is unable to stop Trump's destruction of our American decmocracy. Our founding fathers never foresaw someone like trump reaching the presidency, therefore, they did not put up enough "guardrails" to stop a criminal like trump.

Shaw Kenawe said...

>Leigh from W.V. That is a sad but apt description of what America has become under trump.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave Dubya We haven't seen you here in years. Nice to have you visit.

Thanks for the comments. Spot on on both of them. I don't read those that particular blog since there's nothing to learn on it. It's all about the blog master's ego and delusions.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Fed Up If you've noticed, trump finally wore a mask, months and months after Joe Biden wore one. That's because Biden is a leader and trump is not.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Clearwater trump pardons felons and murderers and mocks POWs and Gold Star warriors.

And his supporters think he's wonderful.

Ed said...

I need a definition of "America".
If I did business in the same manner as government does, and forced strangers to give me money, would you consider me a criminal?