Yogi Berra, the great Yankee philosopher, said in essence, “Predicting is hard, especially the future.”
But I am going do it because, as President John Kennedy said, ” . . . not because (it’s) easy, but because (it’s) hard.”
I predict the Senate will convict Donald Trump.
Follow my logic:
The greatest danger to the Republican party comes not from the Democrats, but from Trump.
He controls a vast bloc of ignorant cult followers, who have proven they will vote for him even, as he himself claimed, he were to “shoot someone on 5th Avenue.”
The danger to the GOP is that Trump will run for President four years hence, and split the party as he already has, only even more so, when all his high crimes and misdemeanors come into bright light. That party split will lose to the Dems.
The more imminent danger is that two years hence, he will interfere with the midterm elections, and essentially take over the party.
So, just on the face of it, the GOP part of the Senate would be wise to convict him, just to prevent him from running and destroying the GOP.
But why would Trump even want to run in four years or to interfere with the midterms? He hates to work, and would much rather spend his years playing golf.
Answer: Because he is the classic AFAB (Anything For A Buck) guy, and he has some serious financial issues coming up.
Trump doesn’t give a hoot about the Presidency and he doesn’t give a fig about conservatism.
He’s not even a conservative. Never was. He was a Dem most of his life. He has no political philosophy to pass down through the ages. He strictly is a me-first, me-last and me-in-between psychopath.
But, as the slimy Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham said five years ago, “I’m thinking about running for president. You get a house and a car and a plane. It’s a pretty good gig,”
The financially needy/greedy Trump already has seen how good a gig it is.
- He is one of the worst business leaders imaginable — nobody but Trump goes broke running casinos — three of them — plus other bankruptcies. He doesn’t know how to run anything, as the past four years have taught us.
- Everything he touches fails — Trump steaks, Trump water, Trump airline, Trump vodka, Trump winery, Trump Magazine — or is crooked, like Trump University and Trump Foundation. The list of failures is endless.
- He has survived, not by running anything, but by renting his name, which now has fallen apart. No one wants to touch him.
- And another lucrative TV show is unlikely, because, being exposed as a crooked loser, he has nothing to offer.
- He owes banks and other lenders hundreds of millions of dollars.
- His Trumpers have given him hundreds of millions of dollars to do with as he chooses, and that money will keep flowing in, so long as he can keep running for President. When he no longer a candidate or prospective candidate, his leverage disappears.
Clever Mitch McConnell knows all this, which is why suddenly he has “not determined whether Trump should be convicted in the Senate’s upcoming proceedings.”
And if clever Mitch McConnell knows this, then he is telling it to the other Senate Republicans. And though the GOP seems to have a near-monopoly on stupid Senators, enough of them will get the message to swing the vote — so long as Democrats don’t let their usual high-and-mighty, faux morality pull defeat from the jaws of victory.
The sole problem for the GOPers is how to get rid of Trump without looking like they want to get rid of Trump, and that will require piling on the evidence, i.e working with the Dems, rather than against them in the hearings.
So you are going to see a ton sh*t hit the Trump fan, so much that even the Hannityesque FOXy phonies “reluctantly” will opt to convict because “the Constitution and the good of the nation require it.” (As though these pols FOXies even care about the Constitution and the good of the nation.)
Having no electoral future, Trump will abandon the GOP like it was a poor, drunk uncle asking for a loan, and will try to work something out with Putin and the Saudis.
Good luck with that, Donald. They need you like a duck needs a raincoat.
Bottom line: Trump and his good-for-nothing-kids are finished, while the GOP moves on — perhaps with a good-looking, female (white, of course) Presidential candidate.
So that is what I predict. The Senate will convict Donald Trump, and he even may become “Convict Donald Trump,” and wear an orange jumpsuit to match his face.
But predicting is hard, especially the future.
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:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.