Loving thoughts of Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving week in the year 2020.

I am truly empathetic to those who have found this year to be a constant struggle. I am especially solemn in my thoughts for the nearly 300,000 Americans lost to this vile virus from China.

It seems like ancient history, though it was only 10 months ago that our nation was cruising along at break neck speed, with a growing, vibrant economy. We were making peace in the Middle East. Illegal immigration was dropping to remarkably low levels given the booming economy. The Wall was being built. And a President more efficient and effective in achieving his stated goals for our country than any in decades (perhaps ever) seemed well on his way to re-election in spite of the unprecedented opposition loaded up against him. Things were good and we had every expectation that they would get better.

But the problems that would mark this year as terrible in the eyes of many were all well on their way to combustion.

The year started with Democrats inartfully trying to impeach President Trump for essentially nothing. Sadly, all Democrats in Congress found zero need for Patriotism and national well-being in forcing through impeachment against a unanimous GOP opposing this embarrassing episode.

Corona Virus was already exploding in China. And the Chinese and the World Health Organization lied about its severity and subsequently enabled its escape into the world and our country.

Democrats fomented racial division by convincing the ignorant in our country that their President was a racist. And with the seed of hatred firmly planted racial battles infected nearly every major city on the U.S. after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Though called a murder by nearly everyone who commented on the incident, evidence that came to the public knowledge much too late indicated that Floyd had himself ingested a fatal amount of fentanyl along with 3 other illegal drugs. But this information came way too late and was not widely reported by an American news industry hell bent on pushing their own agenda.

Job losses from Corona virus lockdowns blew up the unemployment rate from record lows in February to over 22% in April. Cities and states around the country instituted policies prohibiting evictions and foreclosures. As a result 10s of thousands have not paid their rent or their mortgage in months. The catastrophe that looms when these eviction and foreclosure prohibitions comes to an end has not yet registered with the media or, it seems, politicians. It’s hard to imagine what’s going to happen.

And in a country that for decades has held life-long politicians at the same esteem level as that of a murderous pedophile has seemed to elect a life long politician who also seems to have a disturbing history of inappropriately touching and sniffing young girls to the office of President. The wisdom of putting a 78 year old DC statue into office during this difficult time will only be proven or disproven in time. Suffice to say, not even his supporters are enthusiastic about what Joe Biden might be or accomplish.

These dark and sad occurrences in our country belie the fact that this author individually, and in my immediate family has had a pretty awesome year.

First and foremost after nearly 7 months of negotiating and maneuvering we were able to achieve a life-long dream of mine in purchasing and moving into our house on a lake. While I’d never given up on this dream, I had come to the point in my life where I believed if such a home existed for me it would be somewhere in the boondocks far away from the higher priced homes and the big city. But as it turns out we’re only 20-25 minutes from Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and Snoqualmie Pass; otherwise known as the center of the universe…or at least…my universe.

We then proceeded to make the year all about improving our home; making it beautiful. Making it our own. We enjoyed the most spectacular 4th of July in my lifetime right on our own lake. And we enjoyed nearly daily walks on our 1+ acre property down to our lakeside. Needless to say, fishing and canoe rides occurred, frequently.

My wife and I were treated by her generous, loving adult kids to a trip to Disneyland to celebrate her milestone birthday at the start of this year. And we ended this year with a long, deserved, private get-away to the sun in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Two wonderful trips indeed. Both provided life long memories.

And in spite of all this, at this writing, we have more money in the bank than either my wife or I have ever had. No, we’re not rich. But we are very fortunate and very grateful.

We have been blessed by God.

I can’t believe we’re the only ones to enjoy a terrific year in spite of all that has transpired. My joy and enthusiasm has been significantly quelled by the knowledge that so many have struggled in our country and around the world. But my prayer for you is that you, like me, can find the gems that allow you to offer gratitude this Thanksgiving to God and all those for which you have received blessings.

It’s not as hard as you may think to be grateful during a year when so many tears have been shed. After all, the first official national day of Thanksgiving was declared by President Abraham Lincoln for November 26, 1863 while our nation had been at war with itself for over three years. Six-hundred thousand Americans would die by the time this conflict finally ended in April 1864. Yet, in spite of such horror and turmoil Lincoln found the ability to say To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and my you and your family be blessed, as have we.

Impeachment is a Problem

For only the forth time in United States history our President is subject of an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. The charges against President Donald J. Trump, according to Democrats, is that he used his office to ask the President of Ukraine to investigate his political opponent former Vice-President Joe Biden, who remains the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination. Democrats claim the President withheld military aide to Ukraine, which had been approved by Congress, until Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly announced the investigation of Biden, and Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings where Biden’s son Hunter Biden served as a highly paid member of the Board of Directors.

The number of things WRONG with the Democrats action in this matter are numerous. But let’s just list a few.

1. Article II of the US Constitution enunciates the powers of the President. It gives the President sole determinative power over foreign policy, and communications with foreign Ambassadors and Representatives. It also gives him sole power over commanding our military. Like it or not the July 25th phone call between Zelensky and Trump was part of the operation of foreign policy for which Trump is exclusively in charge.

2. Democrats can’t even articulate what crime(s) or to quote the Constitution, high crimes or misdemeanors, Trump committed. The closest thing you will hear to an actual claim of criminal conduct is “Abuse of Power”. But, as we have already established, since Trump has sole authority in the practice of foreign relations how he talks with foreign leaders and what he says is largely whatever he wants; within the bounds of reality. Not liking what he said or how he said it does not rise to the level of criminal conduct.

3. The money was delivered. Though Trump admits putting a hold on the military aide to Ukraine, the money was ultimately delivered. And, it was delivered before such time as Democrats made the world aware of this whole situation.

4. The investigation didn’t take place. The transcript from the July 25th phone call indicates that amongst other things Trump did ask Zelensky to “look into” the Burisma corruption situation. So, there is no arguing that Trump wanted the connection to Biden investigated. But, ultimately Zelensky ignored the request. And the money was still delivered.

5. The Biden’s CLEARLY did something wrong, if not illegal. Newly released emails show that Ukrainian officials sought a meeting with the Obama Administration using the fact that Hunter Biden was on the Burisma Board as leverage to gain such a meeting. Joe Biden famously brags about the fact that he ordered Ukraine to fire a Prosecutor who was investigating Burisma for corruption. At best Ukraine and Burisma specifically used Hunter Biden to gain favor with the Vice-President and the Obama Administration. THIS IS PERFECTLY CLEAR. At worst, both the Biden’s enriched themselves in exchange for using’s Joe Biden’s considerable influence and access to gain money and favors from the United States. Such corruption is illegal and possibly treasonous. On January 20, 2017 Donald Trump was sworn in as President and with his hand on the Bible promised to the best of his Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. By seeking foreign assistance in investigating corrupt and possibly treasonous activity by a past Vice-President and someone seeking the Presidency, Trump was certainly abiding by that oath.

I’m not naive enough to believe Trump wasn’t happy to investigate and smear his primary Presidential opponent. But that’s incidental to a legitimate investigation.

6. Trump will not be removed from office. Upon being impeached by the House, The Constitution requires that a trial for removal from office be held in the Senate, and that removal can only take place when 2/3 (or 67) Senators vote for the President’s removal. For that to happen 20 Republican Senators would have to join ALL 47 Democratic Senators in voting for removal. There is absolutely no indication that Democrats can get 20 Republicans to go along with such a vote.

The impeachment inquiry is purely political. It’s destructive to the country. It prevents other important matters from being discussed, and fixed.

Democrats have been boasting that they would impeach this President since the day he won election, before taking office. They have been pursuing it ever since. Now only 12 months before the next Presidential election they were forced to placate their zealous base and do it now or never.

On the good news side, upon impeaching and failing to remove President Trump from office I think his chances for re-election are pretty good; and I think the likelihood of Democrats trying this again in Trump’s 2nd term are slim.

But then again, Democrats have proven that they are simply crazy. So they might.

IMPEACHMENT: You are being manipulated

On Tuesday September 24, 2019 U.S. House Speaker Nanci Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. She did so based on the second hand, hearsay reports from a so-called whistleblower claiming Trump pressured the new President of Ukraine to investigated Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice-President Joe Biden’s involvement and motives in pressuring the previous Ukrainian President to fire a Ukrainian Prosecutor who was investigating alleged corruption in a Ukrainian oil company who happened to have Biden’s son Hunter as a member of their Board of Directors.

It’s pretty clear to fair minded individuals that this impeachment inquiry is pure politics and not based on substance whatsoever. It can’t be coincidence that once Trump knowingly took a step toward one of his biggest campaign themes, to drain the swamp, that Democrats finally went ahead with pursuing impeachment after having threatened to do so for nearly three years, since the day Donald Trump was elected President.

To properly examine this whole story, you have to start at the beginning. And the beginning starts with Hunter Biden. Joe Biden freely admits, in fact, he brags that he pressured Ukraine to fire the Prosecutor that was investigating his son’s company. So there is no argument that Trump’s inquiry into this fact has merit. Democrats argue that Biden’s actions were completely legitimate because the Prosecutor in question was widely believed to be extremely corrupt. The fact that the firing ended the investigation into the oil company, freeing Hunter Biden to profit enormously, was coincidental. Really? Ok. But just remember that making this judgment relies entirely on believing what Joe Biden’s claimed motivation was. Nothing to see here, move along…

The fact is the 49 year old Hunter Biden has been a troubled individual being held up by his powerful father for decades. He’s never done anything on his own to warrant the jobs, positions, and income he’s received. A July 1, 2019 article in the New Yorker Magazine entitled, “Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?” included these two paragraphs:

“At the same time, the gossip pages have seized on Hunter’s tumultuous private life. He has struggled for decades with alcohol addiction and drug abuse; he went through an acrimonious divorce from his first wife, Kathleen Buhle Biden; and he had a subsequent relationship with (brother Beau Biden) Beau’s widow, Hallie. He was recently sued for child support by an Arkansas woman, Lunden Alexis Roberts, who claims that he is the father of her child. (Hunter has denied having sexual relations with Roberts.)

On May 17th, the day before Hunter planned to appear at one of his father’s rallies, at Eakins Oval, in Philadelphia, Breitbart News published a story based on a Prescott, Arizona, police report from 2016 that named Hunter as the suspect in a possible narcotics offense.”

And Hunter Biden’s problems are not some decades old problems dug up from total obscurity by his father’s political enemies. In 2013 while serving in the Naval Reserve Hunter Biden tested positive for cocaine. He was booted out of the Naval Reserve in 2014 because of that failed drug test.

So helping out his troubled adult kid had nothing to do with Biden’s threat to withhold U.S. funds from Ukraine unless the Ukraine government did as he said? Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

Did President Trump withhold U.S. military/Defense funds from Ukraine and pressure the Ukrainian President in order to learn some dirt on his political opponent Joe Biden? Yes, I think it’s possible he did. Is that impeachable? Of course, it’s an abuse of power.

But here’s the thing, Trump says that wasn’t his motivation and the transcripts from the phone conversation don’t specifically reveal any instance where Trump threatened Ukraine in any way or specifically expressed a desire to harm Biden or “get” Biden. The transcript instead points to Trump saying during this July 2019 phone call that he wanted to learn more about the whole Biden affair and how it might have led to the Russian Hoax investigation that Democrats Championed for two years as the means by which they would topple his presidency. So, just like Biden, Trump had other motivations for asking for the President of Ukraine’s help. Harming his political opponent, Biden, was just coincidental.

Do you see what I’m saying? The media and Democrats readily agree to believe Biden’s motivation was pure and had nothing to do with saving his troubled son’s ass. They merely take his word for it. Trump had other motivations too. But according to Democrats and the MSM the only reason for the President of the United States to look into possible corruption in our country’s previous Administration was political. The hypocrisy couldn’t be more thick. And let us not forget, Hillary Clinton hired a British spy to gather dirt (or fabricate it) on Donald Trump from powerful Russian sources, allegedly including some in the government. Isn’t this exactly what they are accusing Trump of doing?

Trump isn’t a choir boy. I’m sure he was more than happy to have the side benefit of injuring Biden. But Trump has been harassed and defamed more harshly than any President since Nixon, and probably more than Nixon or anyone else. In spite of it all he has maintained a frenetic Administration hell-bent on keeping his campaign promises. And draining the swamp was a big one. Pelosi, Biden, Obama and the Clintons are powerful people, even now. It is not in any of their interests to allow Trump to look into their dealings. And Trump is getting close. The IG report will come out soon. Indictments could follow. Deals could be made. Secrets could be revealed. Trump’s gotta go. They can’t wait 14 months for an election…that they are increasingly likely to lose.

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