Here are The Six Rules of Trump

Rule #1. All who touch Trump come away dirty

Rule #2. Eventually, Trump will stab you in the back

Rule #3. If it’s good, Trump created it. If it’s bad, you ruined it.

Rule #4. There is no discernable difference between a lie and a truth.

Rule #5. People who sacrifice without reward are suckers.

Rule #6. Trump is not the center of the universe; Trump is the universe.

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Attorney General William Barr did everything he could to ingratiate himself with President Trump. As Eric Zorn wrote for the Chicago Tribune:

Before this week, it was tough to identify the single most infamous act of William Barr’s tenure as U.S. attorney general.

Was it personally ordering the expansion of the security perimeter around Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., in early June, clearing out protesters with tear gas just prior to President Donald Trump‘s photo-op holding up a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church?

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Barr offered a flimsy argument for why Trump didn’t obstruct justice when he told Barr to remove special counsel Robert Mueller in the middle of his Russia probe.

Was it issuing a preemptive summary of the 2019 report of special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference that a federal judge later characterized as “distorted” and “misleading” for the way he downplayed Trump’s obstruction of justice and abuse of power?

Was it openly campaigning for Trump by parroting the line of right-wing hysterics that electing moderate Democrat Joe Biden would mean our nation was “irrevocably committed to the socialist path”?

Was it his amplification and endorsement of Trump’s charge that the Obama administration had “spied on” the Trump campaign even though Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had been properly predicated?

Was Barr’s most infamous act overruling his own prosecutors and seeking leniency for Trump pal Roger Stone after Stone’s conviction on witness tampering and lying to investigators? That move was infamous enough that four federal prosecutors quit over it.

Or, related, was it trying to drop the case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who’d pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI?

Was it having the Justice Department intervene on Trump’s behalf in a civil defamation suit filed by a woman who claimed Trump had raped her in the 1990s?

Was it declaring that pandemic-related restrictions such as stay-at-home orders were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” aside from slavery? House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., called that remark one of the “most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I’ve ever heard.”

Was it casting doubt in advance on the integrity of the 2020 election with a series of unsupported warnings about fraud and foreign plots to defeat Trump?

Was it ignoring long-standing Justice Department policies after the 2020 election and authorizing prosecutors to investigate allegations of voter fraud before the results of the race were certified? That move, which weakened a safeguard protecting elections from partisan interference, prompted the Justice Department official in charge of voter fraud investigations, Richard Pilger, to step down almost immediately.

Or was it writing this cringeworthy, fawning letter of resignation?

Here are some excerpts: I have bolded some of the “highlights.”

“Dear Mr. President,

“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General. I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people.

“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met by a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusing and deceitful, was out of bounds.

“The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your Administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”

Consider that this is a letter of resignation, not an obituary, but it is loaded with shameless adulation and applause for the boss, and not a word of truth to be found.

The unrelenting brown-nosing continues:

“Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country. You built the strongest and most resilient economy in American history — one that has brought unprecedented progress to those  previously left out. You have restored American military strength.

“By brokering historing peace deals in the Mideast you have achieved what most thought impossible. You have curbed illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation’s borders.

“You have advanced the rule of law by appointing a record number of judges committed to constitutional principles. With Operation Warp Speed, you delivered a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thoguht conveivable — a feat that will undoubtedly save millions of lives.”

This is not the place to argue why each of the bolded phrases actually is a misstatement of fact. Rather, the point is the butt-kissing, toadying nature of the so-called “letter of resignation,” that have little-to-nothing to do with Barr or with his resignation.

Ah, but Barr has even more butt-kissing to do:

“During your Administration, the Department of Justice has worked tirelessly to protect the public from violent crime; worked closely with leaders in Mexico to fight the drug cartels; cracked down on China‘s exploitation of our economy and workers; defended competitonin the marketplace, especially the technology sector; and supported the men and women of law enforcement who selflessly — and too often thanklessly — risk their lives to keep our communities safe.”

Far be it for us to point out that neither Trump nor Barr has done any of the above, nor will we be so discourteous as to point out how many of those under Barr have resigned in disgust.

He ends with a final bit of suckup:

“Wishing you, Melania, and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season. God Bless.”

Well, surely no one could possibly have done more to leave lip prints on the boss’s rear than Barr, not only with this bootlicking and mendacious letter, but with his ongoing job performance.

As House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said,

“From misleading the American public about the Mueller report to his dangerous efforts to overturn COVID safety measures, from his callous disregard for civil rights to his rampant politicization of the Justice Department, William Barr was willing to do the president’s bidding on every front but one.

“Barr refused to play along with President Trump’s nonsensical claims to have won the election. He is now out as attorney general one month early.”

And here was Barr’s reward for drowning his reputation in mud, hoping to please Donald Trump:

President Trump assailed Attorney General Bill Barr.

“Joe Biden lied on the debate stage he said there’s nothing happening, nothing happening, and Bill Barr should have stepped up.

“All he had to do is say an investigation is going on.

“But when you affect an election … when they are saying things, making statements and the press is purposely not reporting it, Bill Barr, I believe, not believe I know, had an obligation to set the record straight.”

Trump said that Barr should have acted more like then-special counsel Robert Mueller, who was heading the Russia probe, and disputed a 2019 BuzzFeed report that Trump directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

“But Bob Mueller stood up and he interjected that this article was false. Bill Barr should have done the same.” 

Barr, through sad experience, learned the Six Rules of Trump, though far too late to save his tattered reputation.

But I shed no tears for Barr, nor do I shed tears for Steve Bannon, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Wilbur Ross, Chris Collins, Duncan Hunter, Salvatore Testa, Tony Salerno, Roger Stone, Felix Sater, Jeffrey Epstein, Alexander Acosta, George Papadopoulos, Alex Van der Zwaan, Konstantin Kilimnik, Ralph Shortey, Timothy Nolan, et al.

Barr came in believing he could be the right-hand man to a king — perhaps even the controlling voice behind the throne. Instead, he became just another Trump joker, now discarded by the poseur.

Good riddance.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
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  1. Eliminate FICA
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  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
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