’nuff said – with acknowledgement to Robert McGee on LinkedIn.com
’nuff said – with acknowledgement to Robert McGee on LinkedIn.com
I clicked on the day’s political news at Yahoo this morning, and here’s what I found:
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake issued a blistering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, announcing that he will not seek re-election in 2018. That speech followed weeks of scathing public criticism from another outgoing Republican Senator, Tennessee’s Bob Corker. Arizona Sen. John McCain has also regularly spoken out against Trump.
Now, technically these things really happened. But it’s the context that’s misleading. Flake and Cork are both leaving the senate because they are too unpopular in their home states to get reelected, and the aging McCain, bitter over his failed presidential bids, is sick and also will not be reelected. The story, at least the lead-in, makes it seem as if Republican leaders have turned on Donald Trump, when in effect it’s a handful of bitter people on their way (unwillingly) out.
But even that is not the main point. Yesterday’s political news was an explosion, where it was revealed that the Clinton campaign actually paid for an operative to collude with Russia to falsely implicate then-candidate Trump in a series of preposterous allegations about sex and money in Russia. I’m talking about the Fusion GPS report that has been discredited as a scam by just about everyone. Then they gave it to the Obama-era FBI who actually began the now pervasive Trump-Russia probe based on a phony set-up by the Dems and Clinton.
My amazement at this turn of events is overwhelming. But my point here is that YahooNews (motto: Fake News On Demand) ignores that and runs with a “Trump Dissed by Fellow Republicans” story instead. It’s designed clearly as cover for the Dems.
Is it any wonder nearly two-thirds of all Americans believe the media news about Trump is either fake, or they aren’t quite sure yet? Thanks, Yahoo, for proving the point.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution addresses what happens if a president of the United States of America is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” It was ratified in 1967 following the assassination of President Kennedy. It seems our original Constitution was somewhat vague, confusing and contradictory concerning how a president should be replaced when necessary. The amendment was passed to provide certainty and clarity.
It has come up recently because some pundits have speculated that President Trump, due to his unconventional behavior, could be removed from office without the necessity of impeachment. A Vanity Fair article explained…
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has privately confided that he believes President Donald Trump only has a 30% chance of completing his full term a source told Vanity Fair
The only problems are, the 25th Amendment is itself vague and in any event makes it especially difficult such that the removal of a president against his wishes is extraordinarily difficult and unlikely.
The death of a president is straightforward enough; the vice president succeeds him or her with a line of further succession should the veep be unable to serve, such as in the aftermath of a nuclear attack or some other deadly mass disaster. And most of us know how impeachment works: the House and Senate must authorize and conduct a trial finding the prez guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” It is not simply a recall process due to the president’s unpopularity.
But what if the president is, say, in a coma, or has advanced Alzheimer’s? He would be unable to act as Commander in Chief, unable to be trusted with the nuclear button. That’s where the 25th Amendment kicks in. And as we said in the opening statement, it’s complicated!
In all cases, if the president cannot serve, the VP takes over or the next in the long line of legal succession. If the president willingly declares in writing he is unable (perhaps dying of cancer, God forbid), he notifies Congress in writing and the vice president steps in. But if the president is unwilling to go, it gets interesting.
In that case, a majority of the president’s own cabinet plus the sitting vice president must notify both chambers of Congress in writing of the chief executive’s unfitness to serve (bearing in mind a president has the right to fire a cabinet member at will). The vice president then takes over. But the president can at any time notify Congress he IS able to serve and it’s all reversed. The president is in charge again (including his ability to fire people). His notification can only be overruled by a 2/3 vote of BOTH houses of Congress, an unimaginably difficult thing to achieve in today’s political environment.
Did I mention—it’s complicated? Even then, there could and would be court challenges all the way up to the Supreme Court, disputing the meaning and validity of the accusation “unable to discharge.” Remember, it’s not designed as a recall process for unpopularity.
In short, for President Donald Trump to be removed unwillingly due to his eccentricity or unpopularity, a majority of his own cabinet plus the vice president plus two-thirds of both houses of Congress plus the courts would have to agree. Unlikely to the point of impossibility in our view.
Love him or loathe him, it looks like we’re stuck with the Tweeter-in-Chief for the duration, barring some physical calamity. Keep America Great Again, baby; full steam ahead!
The HardWired News staff is back from a two-week vacation in Ireland just in time for the NFL “taking a knee” histrionics.
To set the record, we have no problem with First Amendment free speech, as long as it is legal and does not physically harm others (it doesn’t mean we agree with all protesters). Riots such as seen in Missouri or Baltimore or North Carolina (to name a few) involving beatings, firebombing, looting, other personal property destruction and the like are another thing altogether. Assaults on police or other public officials are sickening. There is no constitutional right to harm others to make a point.
But like it or loathe it, disrespect for symbols has a long tradition in America. Remember flag burning during the Vietnam era? How about flying the flag upside down, defacing historic statues or monuments, or simple graffiti on public buildings? Or burning your draft card. You can name others. We at HardWired News have no training in psychology or sociology. But we have plenty of good old-fashioned experience with people and situations. And it seems to us the knee-takers are trying to do something so offensive to the public that their message is noticed, whether the action makes sense or not. After all, if they were distributing handbills, marching around with signs or posting on Facebook, there wouldn’t be much if any national media hysteria. This way their message is heard. Still, and ironically, this type of offensive behavior, while attracting attention, undermines public support for their cause.
Don’t get us wrong. We are deeply offended by the affront to America, her flag and anthem. And protesting police behavior, which is controlled by states and communities—not the federal government, by denigrating our nation is preposterous. The knee-takers are, in our view, disloyal and their animosity toward our country misplaced. But their protests are still peaceable and legal.
The concerns of black people in general with the issue of disproportionate severe enforcement by police is understandable. We doubt that there is any generalized behavior by police as an institution that is hostile to African-Americans, although individual malfeasance is always a possibility. But if it is your son or cousin or nephew, father or brother, or you that is roughed up or worse, it naturally assumes gigantic proportions. Doubtless many if not most African-Americans know someone personally who has had these experiences with police, justified or otherwise. And the legacy of slavery, segregation and blatant discrimination that is part of their history must be difficult to shrug off. Clearly, there is a problem in the black community itself that makes that population statistically more likely to be convicted of serious crimes, drop out of school, or have children out of wedlock, all things that can lead to misery. And in our view, the long-term solutions need to come in large part from changes within that community. Nonetheless, we can understand their concerns about the treatment of blacks at the hands of police, even if we don’t always agree with their conclusions as to the causes and remedies.
In short, taking a knee appears to us as a legal if offensive way to protest. In our view, it should simply be ignored as rude and inappropriate. Elevating the behavior in the media as tantamount to a national crisis (not to mention blaming it on Trump) is silly and unnecessary, and our outrage at the disrespect shown our flag and country plays right into the hands of the protesters’ need for a platform. For those of us who are offended, the best thing would be to ignore it. And if you’re like me, move on to patronizing something other than professional football, at least until this stuff blows over (which it surely will, as all the theatrics before have done).
It’s well known that journalists and their cozy industry organizations fall all over themselves giving each other pointless awards. Winning them is a big driver for what and how news is covered. HardWired News has obtained an exclusive preview of the award categories and their standards for the upcoming year.
2018 Journalism Awards
CNN Award for Excellence
best story bashing Trump
CBS “Ceebies” for Outstanding Reporting
best on-air reporter who only covers Trump stories that can be spun negatively
Broadcast Journalists Organization
longest consecutive timeline mentioning nothing favorable about Trump or his administration
Best Fantasy Journalism Awards
for the reporters who publish the best and/or most unsubstantiated and baseless stories about Trump and Russian collusion, because they so desperately want it to be true (1st, 2nd, 3rd…100th prizes)
National Organization for Women: Courage in Feminism Writing Award
best articles bashing Melania and Ivanka Trump or their children, and pretending to be pro-women
Television Late-Night Comedy Patriotism Trophy
most foul names, crude jokes, and offensive skits about POTUS
The Pullitzer Prize for Journalistic Excellence
no standards, just best Trump bashing
The field is large, the competition fierce. I can’t wait to see the gala award shows on TV!
How the Left is Fomenting Hate and Violence
Just about everyone has heard the news of the sad events in Charlottesville over the past weekend. A violent clash of protesters from the political left and radical right occurred over the display of a Confederate statue. The events culminated in the death of a young woman and injury of many others. The deadly violence was perpetrated by a young man identified with white supremacists who intentionally rammed his speeding car into a group he believed represented the left, leaving the woman dead and others in critical condition.
The collective American consciousness could not but be horrified by this kind of murderous cruelty. But the aftermath of politically motivated and misplaced recrimination is symptomatic of a more pervasive and deeply rooted problem in our country. A problem of rampant bigotry perpetrated increasingly by the left.
The term bigotry is generally understood as the deep dislike or even hate of a group because of a belief, often self-serving and always false, that they universally share despicable characteristics. The most infamous case may be the persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany. But its targets have also included other peoples including African-Americans, Muslims, LGBT, and those with a particular ancestry or national origin viewed as problematic by the bigots. Of course, science and common sense tell us all such large groups include people of various abilities, morals and the like. It is patently false to characterize all or even most members in a particularly negative way.
Unfortunately, the extreme political left element is climbing on the bigotry train big-time. And they are doing it with violence. Conservatives—who usually believe that market capitalism and personal freedom advance the well being of most everyone—are labeled as haters and as such, fundamentally evil. Right leaning speakers invited to the University of California at Berkeley have been met with clubs, mace and firebombs in the interest of assuring peace and kindness on the campus. Hollywood is doing an excellent job of fanning the flames, as Johnny Depp asks if it is time for an actor to (again: John Wilkes Booth) assassinate a president (Trump) while Madonna declares to a gathered cheering throng she seriously considers blowing up the White House. And who can forget so-called comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a faux severed Trump head?
Institutional bigotry on the left has risen to a new high with the recent Charlottesville events. Donald Trump, seen by the media as the poster-child of the right, is being falsely accused of siding with the far right extremists. Anyone who has seen the film footage of the events knows that both sides came looking for trouble, donning helmets and wielding clubs. Violence between the groups quickly occurred, instigated in many instances by those demonstrators on the political left. Nothing justifies the horrible deadly assault with the automobile, and no one has even implied as much. But because President Trump said there was blame for the unrest due to the conduct of both sides, the left and their mouthpieces in the liberal media have branded him an apologist for the white supremacists.
It is noteworthy that Trump has consistently condemned and disavowed racism and associated groups, while speaking up for the rights of people of color and vowing to unite America. His concern with terrorism originating from the radical Muslim world, and illegal entry over our southern border is equated by the liberal media to racism, while his policies are clearly anti-crime, and not anti-people.
The constant and increasingly violent condemnation by the left of people with a more egalitarian political view on the right is nothing short of bigotry. And one of the problems with this type of institutionalized bigotry is that it legitimizes it, giving a sort of permission to those who would characterize other groups who they in turn hate, such African-Americans or gay people. In this way, the extreme element on the left is fanning the flames of division, hatred and violence in the country. And it seems to be spreading. Let’s hope and pray that bigotry can be ended on all fronts, or we face a very grim future.
Have you wondered about rumored election collusion between Donald Trump and Russia (HWN: Aug. 5) and how in the world we can know if it’s true? Well, the HardWired News staff of political and social scientists has been working on the problem. Here is their Top Ten List of Ways We’ll Know if Trump Colluded with the Russians:
Top Ten Ways to Know if Trump Colluded with Russia
10 Borscht & vodka replace hotdogs and beer at ML baseball games
9 Trump and Putin caught Cossack dancing in the oval office
8 U.S. Army issued Kalashnikov rifles
7 Former Soviet foreign minister Sergey Lavrov named Trump’s White House chief of staff
6 U.S. Constitution is amended to make Russian Orthodox the official U.S. religion
5 Carnegie Hall becomes the formal home of the Bolshoi Ballet
4 Official title of the American First Lady changed to “Czarina”
3 In Washington DC approved attire for women at State events includes babushkas and galoshes
2 Colorful onion-shaped lúkovichnaya glavá dome added to the top of the Capitol
And the Number One way we can tell if Trump has colluded with the Russians:
1 Sen. Schumer, Rep. Schiff and Rep. Pelosi are sent to an arctic-Alaska work gulag until they publicly confess their crimes against the State