If, in 2013, reports surfaced that members of President Obama’s re-election campaign had met, in 2012, with Russian officials to get “dirt” on Mitt Romney OR President Obama cut Vladimir Putin “slack” for human rights abuses, many Republicans would have demanded President Obama resign or be impeached.
Critically, the GOP would have declared President Obama—who obtained office by legal means—to have committed treason.
In early July, I wrote that Trump committed treason to…
Added by Mark Small on November 12, 2017 at 7:36am — No Comments
Today I step aside from political commentary to another matter of great importance.
Colleges and universities should not play football.
My soul mother, a/k/a alma mater, DePauw University, plays football today against our rivals from Crawfordsville, Indiana, in the Monon Bell Classic, the oldest rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains. (A colleague, last week on FB, wrote the rivalry is “moronic.” I corrected him: it is “Mononic” and stand by my correction.)
Added by Mark Small on November 11, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
Indiana went so “red” for Trump that Russia expended no direct effort, here, to “fix” the election. It is difficult to understand how people can deny what evidence clearly establishes: Russia put Trump in the Oval Office, through millions of bots, a weaponized internet, hacked election software, and collusion with Trump campaign officials,, almost like a sci fi flick.
No one with the IQ of a fig and awareness of Putin’s proclivities for violence and murder would spend a ton of…
Added by Mark Small on November 10, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
A mistaken belief is the Democratic Party speaks for those whom the GOP does not speak. “False equivalence” hardly does justice to this situation.
In 1968, Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic Party nominee for President, but never won a primary. The party’s rules were changed to give greater voice to the people. After 1980, in which incumbent President Carter struggled for the party’s nomination against Senator Ted Kennedy, the party created super delegates because party leaders…
Added by Mark Small on November 3, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
Vladimir Putin wants to damage, even destroy, the United States. If the occupant of the Oval Office creates chaos, Putin is happy.
Short-term chaos is nice for Putin. As the rest of the World—the area outside the borders of the United States—looks on, Trump careens from one policy position to another. Trump bungles this crisis and that. Trump becomes mired in disputes about a professional sports league.
Long-term chaos probably is Putin’s preference.
Added by Mark Small on November 2, 2017 at 7:56am — No Comments
A “fact” is defined as “something that actually exists; reality; truth.” Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, 2001, p. 691. There is no such thing as a “false fact.”
On the other hand, information can be “fake”: “a spurious report or story.” Id., p. 694. As The Washington Post reported almost a year ago, “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery—including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human ‘trolls,’ and networks of websites and social media…
Added by Mark Small on November 1, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
For a moment, imagine that on 11/8/16, a computer glitch randomly placed Vladimir Putin into the office of President of the United States. Putin hates democratic principles and has compared the United States to the Third Reich. Putin wants to destroy the United States.
Most people would have cried “foul!” and the election results made void.
Let us continue in this vein. Perhaps not enough people expressed outrage and Putin was sworn into office on 1/20/17. A lot of people…
Added by Mark Small on October 31, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments
Some say: respect Trump because Trump is President. Usually, and ironically, these same people used a horrible racial expletive for eight years at mention of President Obama, Blind obedience to authority is a quality against which this country was founded. The Framers of The Constitution created checks and balances in our system of government because The Framers knew about, and were all too familiar with history about, human frailties.
Yesterday’s indictments startled a lot of…
Added by Mark Small on October 31, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
This morning’s news is former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates have been ordered to surrender to Federal authorities as a result of the grand jury impaneled to investigate Russia’s interference with our 2016 elections in what amounted to a cyber invasion of the United States.
Why would Russia “invade” the United States?
Well, we invaded Russia in 1918 (U.S.S.R. did not exist until; 1922). President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner…
Added by Mark Small on October 30, 2017 at 9:14am — No Comments
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday that Russia’s interference in our 2016 elections was warfare. The Pentagon spends billions on cyber defense and nice chunks of change on ads that recruit by hyping how much people can learn about computers because we have cyber warfare.
Ambassador Haley’s statement reinforces the notion the 2016 elections should be declared void.
Treason is defined by the Constitution. Art. III, Sec. 3.
The evidence mounts,…
Added by Mark Small on October 20, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has investigated Russian interference in our 2016 elections for a few months.
Unfortunately, Special Counsel is part of the Executive branch and can be “removed” from office by the Attorney General (“AG”) of the United States. 28 C.F.R. 600.7(d). The AG is subject to summary dismissal by the President. AG Sessions recused himself, thus Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein is responsible, for matters related to Russia. At any time, a la the 1973 Saturday Night…
Added by Mark Small on October 19, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
If we only address only the horrible things Trump has done since he assumed the Oval Office, we risk loss of focus on the illegitimacy of his election.
Americans have a right to vote for whomever we choose. Inherent to this right is the right to vote for a dumbass.
Some people never will believe Trump does or says anything wrong. When shown real audio or video of Trump’s antics, these people will deny reality.
There are other people who “tune out” the possibility…
Added by Mark Small on October 17, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
“What stupid f*****g thing did Trump do today?”
That is a good way to start a conversation these days. The always is an answer.
As Trump approval ratings in the demographic of his “solid” base—white males over 45 with high school diplomas or less, in education—have slipped, and as Trump has made statements either silly or dangerous, more people discuss the possibilities of impeachment and also removal under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.
Neither of those options is…
Added by Mark Small on October 16, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments
There have been insane leaders of countries in history. Caligula named his horse a Senator in Rome. George III of England ran about the palace raving. Stalin, when extremely drunk, ordered his Politburo to dance.
Until the mid-Twentieth Century, the impacts of mentally ill heads of state could be disastrous. With the advent of nuclear weapons, an insane leader of the most powerful countries could destroy the planet.
On Saturday, October 14, “more than 100 psychologists…
Added by Mark Small on October 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Indiana once again has pushed the envelope for regressive thoughts.
A member of the Indiana House of Representatives, Jim Lucas, who is from John Mellencamp’s home town of Seymour, has drafted a bill that would require professional journalists to be licensed by the Indiana State Police, according to the Indianapolis daily newspaper.
Lucas bragged that he was a year ahead of Donald Trump on this issue. Trump earlier had said it is “frankly disgusting” that the press can write…
Added by Mark Small on October 13, 2017 at 6:09am — No Comments
If Russian Bots in the 2016 campaign were used to jam the internet to preempt human beings from posting or obtaining information about the candidates that was true, those bots were not engaged in meaningful speech protected by the First Amendment.
First, the bots invaded our Nation’s cyberspace. Cyber warfare is a major “front” today. At half-time (or between innings) of televised sports events, United States armed forces recruit, with some commercials focused on cyber warfare.…
Added by Mark Small on October 10, 2017 at 7:31am — No Comments
The Declaration of Independence says all are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The right to freedom of speech, particularly political speech, is amongst those most protected of our rights. The Declaration does not distinguish between nationalities.
We need not delve into rights of people here legally yet without status as citizens and the rights of those here illegally to resolve the issue…
Added by Mark Small on October 9, 2017 at 6:12am — No Comments
Department of Justice (“DOJ”) was unsuccessful, in part, in its effort to identify people who “liked” an anti-Trump Facebook page.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to associate. Political speech—even of a conservative guy like Paul Ogden—is the most highly protected speech. “Whatever differences may exist about interpretations of the First Amendment, there is practically universal agreement that a…
Added by Mark Small on October 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments
I shall write more later. At the moment, I need to contemplate.
Added by Mark Small on October 2, 2017 at 1:35pm — No Comments
Today we should hear whether SCOTUS will hear Bailey, et al v U.S., et al, dkt no.16-1464, the only action to seek: (1) independent investigation of the 2016 election and, (2) if Russia illegally affected the results, the election be declared void. Disclosure: I am counsel of record for Petitioners in Bailey.
A matter addressed in the Petition is standing, a “party’s right to make a legal claim or seek judicial enforcement of a duty or right...” (Petition at pp. 21-24; para.…
Added by Mark Small on October 2, 2017 at 6:34am — No Comments