How will Dishonorable Evangelicals Respond if Kavanaugh is Approved?

Kavanaugh has just been approved for a floor vote in the Senate. Before its too late, and hopefully he’s rejected, I want to make my prediction before the issue is decided.

[My analysis applies only to Evangelicals, the dishonorable ones, who have turned a blind eye to all the trepidations of those they support to get what they want.]

The facile view is that Evangelical Republican supporters of Kavanaugh will out of appreciation to Republicans for getting them what they want so much, rally to their support. That despite having given up their souls.

I am hoping that they want their souls back, or at least a rationalization to substitute for delusions that they have souls, that I very much doubt that they ever had. If Kavanaugh is put on the Court they will have gotten what they wanted. Hopefully, a guaranteed 5 – 4 on the Court will be enough. In November, some of them will have the chance to get back the appearance of having souls. They cannot be unaware of the stark contradictions between what they have always claimed to stand for. These people did not turn a blind eye to the character and deeds of Donald Trump. I believe that they were, and are exquisitely aware of every violation of themselves, or at least what they stood for – or imagined they stood for – that they made to get their pet desire.

My hope – from my mouth to Gd’s ear – is that to redeem their souls – or at least to believe again that they have souls – having gotten what they gave them up for, and not having the Court purpose anymore, will withdraw their involvement – or even vote morally – in the upcoming election.

That, unless they want to gild the lilly to insure a 6 – 3 Court.

[The above is not a broad brush applying to all Evangelicals, but only to those who have violated the moral positions that they have stood for since time immemorial to get what they want.]

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The Key to Trump Chanukah Slurring and Much, if Not All, and Possibly All, Else!

Trump’s slurring during yesterday’s Chanukah message was intentional.

Please notice that any time Trump says anything that he fears his base might not like, he somehow sullies the message. What “somehow” doesn’t matter. A clear message, e.g, honoring Jews, cannot go unfettered. Much of his 32% would not tolerate plain Trump involvement in celebrating a Jewish holiday. Likewise, honoring Navajo Code Talkers with a clean message would not do with supporters who are unsympathetic to American Indians, or outright antagonistic. Here, an insult to an honored Indian, Pocahontas.

This same analysis applies whenever Trump says or does anything politically correct that he may be forced by circumstances to say or do. Anything “right” that his base might not like must be taken back immediately, or soon thereafter, i.e., saying intolerable appropriate things after Charlottesville.

In all these cases, statements or actions offensive to his base must not be allowed to stand. Observe that it is hard to find examples of “politically correct” things being allowed to stand.

So why not apply this observation going forward or indeed, from yesterday. Why take for granted that Trump’s slurring was a genuine problem with his health, or his teeth, or whatever, and only discussing which one. One should know that  behavior sympathetic to Jews can’t be permitted to stand. Here, slurring, especially exaggerated on “God Bless America” is how he changed the subject from honoring Jews to anything else. The question should be, “Did whatever he did or said function to sully his statement or action?” If the answer is no, this would be the first time, perhaps ever, that he let stand something his supporters didn’t like. If yes, go on to explain how this slurring functions in the context. Note, if the slurring were honest, there would be some additional blight present to sully the message. The slurring having been unanticipated.

If the question isn’t asked at all it means our pundits haven’t learned from the virtually unbroken patterns since forever with Donald Trump. Unfortunately, our people haven’t figured this out yet, and I fear, just won’t.

So by slurring his speech in a statement honoring Jews, by acting, or pocketing his dentures, he changed the subject to anything other than honoring Jews. It doesn’t matter how he changed the subject. If he hadn’t somehow, it would set an intolerable precedent.

There is no doubt, he slurred his speech intentionally.​

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The Attack on Roy Moore is a Politically Motivated Witch Hunt: Please Stop Denying the Obvious

​Denying Roy Moore’s defense, by himself and others, that attacks on him are a witch hunt is a stupid gift to the guilty man, enabling deflection away from the  relevant subject: the APPROPRIATE delving into the history of an already known to be reprehensible person.

In answer to the witch hunt defense, don’t allow them to put YOU on the defensive, just say, “YES, it is!” Rather, put THEM on the defensive and say, “Yes, and here’s WHY!

Despite being manifestly disqualified for public office – the list of blatantly obvious reasons is not necessary here – not by things in the past, but by things in the present, and likely to be elected despite that, it is necessary and appropriate to try to stop him.

The witch hunt accusation is unfair and defense appropriate when, absent genuine cause to investigate a person further, or even at all, a search is made to find whatever trash can be found. This is clearly not the case with Roy Moore. It is an appropriate witch hunt warranted by his known contemporary behavior. By the way, don’t get distracted by, “Witches are women not men.” Say, “OK, warlock hunt if you like.”

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Trump Will Attack North Korea With Nukes!

I have been wondering for quite a while what Trump’s plan for war with North Korea is? None of these ideas are new and I have no reason to come to a conclusion now, but the reasoning just seems less and less escapable.

First of all, he has no plan. It is not in his nature to have a plan, not in the ordinary sense, but I am sure he has considered just two possibilities: nuclear war in retaliation or first strike nuclear attack on North Korea by him. Even a conventional war started by them would be followed by a nuclear attack by us. He has made that clear. But he will not allow them to start.

He has no detailed plan, but he expects that an escalation of his rhetoric and reaction by North Korea will lead to the imminent expectation that North Korea will attack, either with conventional weapons or nukes. Whether or not he anticipates or expects anything, his behavior will take him, them, and us to the same place. We will never know which because he cannot allow them to start the war. He will launch a nuclear attack before they can.

His choice is between them first, in whatever manner, and our nuclear retaliation, or our first strike. Retaliation will not do! It must be our first strike because only that will invade the most minds with his presence, even after he and the rest of us are all dead and gone. He has no presence in his own mind; his presence exists only in the minds of others. That is his pathology and our plight.

He will be compelled by his nature to dominate world history – if there is to be any world history – FOREVER!!!

A frightening thought: His competition is not with President Obama, but with the famous and infamous of history. That is, Alexander, Caesar, Gengis Khan, Napoleon, Stalin and … !!!

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The 25th Amendment – Section 4 – Encapsulated (Edited Slightly for Simplification)

– Pence and eight (of fourteen) Cabinet members can declare the President unfit to serve, subject to objection by the President and ratification by Congress:

Whenever … Vice President [Pence] and a majority of … the principal officers of the executive departments [the Cabinet] … transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, … Vice President [Pence] shall IMMEDIATELY ASSUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE AS ACTING PRESIDENT [my caps].

– If the President objects, the VP remains acting President and has FOUR days along with the Cabinet majority to resubmit their declaration:

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

– If the declaration is resubmitted within 4 days, Pence remains acting President until the Senate and House decide the issue. Congress has 21 days to decide by two-thirds majority vote in both Houses. If not in session, Congress has 48hrs to convene. They then have 21 days to decide while Pence remains acting President. If Congress fails to uphold the declaration, Trump resumes the Presidency:

Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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The Possibility, Even Likelihood of Pence and the Cabinet Removing Trump Increases Day By Day!

1. Pence wants to be President.

2. Congressional Republicans would prefer a President Pence.

3. President Trump is providing more and more pretext for them to get rid of him.

4. Another international precipice is inevitable, especially when the distraction provided by the aftermath of Charlottesville ebbs, and inevitably the Russia investigation returns in full force.

We can expect from experience that the next distraction – as we observe from the pattern – will be an escalation from the last. Considering that the last international distraction was the threat of nuclear first strike on North Korea upon verbal threat – NOT EVEN ACTION – it is hard to imagine what that escalation might be. Expect the international community, at least, to be soiling themselves.

Note that if Republicans aren’t really frightened, they will nevertheless be able to pretend that they are, and use the pretext, even in the House, to ratify a 25th Amendment Section 4 Application to determine Trump unfit to serve and make Pence President.

5. There is probably no love for Trump in the Cabinet. Consider the humiliation each went through when in turn they disgraced themselves kowtowing to Trump in Kim Jong Un style.

6. Cabinet members by acting in concert can escape the personal quandary they each face in resigning separately. Having lost the opportunity to not serve at all, or to have resigned quickly enough before being tarnished or disgraced by association, see John Kelly, it is a difficult choice to leave now, when they, having already lost face, can continue claiming that they can still restrain him. However absurd that argument, a valid reason to stay would be to stave off the danger that their replacements would not just be unable like themselves to do any good, but could very possibly have no interest in restraining Trump at all.

We have observed the subject of removing Trump via the 25th Amendment grow from academic info re the Amendment to activity by Democratic Congressmen, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), to take action to invoke it by declaring Trump incapacitated. This plan would require Congress to get two-thirds majorities in both Houses, Cabinet participation unnecessary, in advance of getting Pence on board. The possibility of this so far is ZERO.

The possibility of invocation by secret cabal is REAL and the possibility that both Houses would ratify it will grow until possibility becomes probability, probability becomes expectation, and expectation becomes behind the scenes agreement to end the Presidency of Donald J. Trump.

We must keep our fingers crossed. Success depends on secrecy!

The 25th Amendment – Section 4 With Plain Language

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Why Steve Bannon Must! Remain in the White House

I started with “Might Need to Remain,” but our need depends on our appreciating that Bannon might be able to influence Trump against a first strike. “Might” makes “must,” even if “might not,” because “might” could make the difference between living and dying. Bannon’s voice – one we believe Trump listens to, at least for despicable things – might be the only one he might listen to if he wanted to strike first against North Korea, or even Venezuela. Where Bannon stands on belligerent continuation of the Korean War is not publicly known. On the one hand he is sympathetic to “the generations theory” propounded by two amateur historians, Neil Howe and William Strauss, that major confrontations take part in a cycle of history. On the other hand, Josh Green, says in his book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump …” Bannon has an “almost isolationist view of American foreign policy.” Let’s hope it’s that. But how likely is a first strike by either Kim Jong Un or Donald J. Trump. A first strike by Kim Jong Un is – I’m not exaggerating – unimaginable. Not unimaginable in some rhetorical sense of words formed in the mind, but in the sense that that possibility has zero, absolute zero likelihood. Jong Un’s purpose is survival under continuing attack by us, the U.S. His posture is that of a cat puffing itself up, standing taller than thought possible, with fur spiked, hissing. We don’t expect it to attack – the point being we expect it not to – but its hope is to stave off attack, like Jong Un. Kim, like his father and grandfather before him, is not a nihilist. He does not want to die. Kim Jong Un will NOT strike first. He wants to live. Trump on the other hand does not think that he himself will die, and for him nothing but that matters. Being President, at worst he expects to have the best shelters in the world and survive a sort of natural life until he, and his family, dies underground. It is not Jung Un that should concern us – that is, scare us out of our cotton picking minds – but President DONALD J. TRUMP. His survival counts to himself too, but not his mortal survival since he doesn’t expect to die. It is his survival as President, afterwards his survival out of prison, or whatever it is that he is so afraid of that he will put everyone else at risk to save himself. When he is itching to push the button as Mueller is pounding on his door – probably just to change the subject when his imagination has run out of subjects to change to – Steve Bannon’s is the only voice he might possibly heed. That is why, if only for that possibility, Steve Bannon must remain close enough to Trump’s ear to save us from disaster!

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