This cliched Presidency

If you saw this in a movie, you’d think “This is so unbelievable and so cliched.”

President wins by a loophole after being supported by our cliched Russian enemy using underhanded and illegal means. The President is a reality show host who has a history of being a terrible landlord who has been married many times, mistreats and abuses woman while bragging about it, lies constantly, and has the maturity of a kindergarten child.trump evil

He then appoints the man most responsible for the foreclosure crisis to be in charge of the economy; appoints a woman who wants to destroy public education as Secretary of Education; appoints people who don’t believe in science in charge of science, appoints lawyers who have no experience in law to be judges; and gives the rest of his appointments to his family despite laws against nepotism.

He then channels government funds in a way to profit his personal businesses, which he refuses to place into a blind trust, and refuses to release his taxes despite promising to do so.

He tries to cut a popular health care program for no reason, wants to raise taxes on the poor and reduce them on the rich while letting his billionaire friends write off expenses like personal jets and yachts.

He has a propaganda machine concentrated in one network in particular and supported by many smaller stations and newspapers which repeat lies enough that eventually people believe them.

And to top this all off, he is supported by KKK members and literal nazis.

In a movie, this would be rejected as being too blatantly obvious. “These bad guys are just too evil — no one would believe it!”

All we’re missing is a maniacal laugh.

Are you on the wrong side of history?

I know I’ve lost some friends recently over this, and I know some people are tired of my anti-Trump posts, but seriously: These people are evil, and I don’t use that word lightly.

The racist, misogynist, homophobic people in the White House now care little about our laws and our system of justice, and are in the process of destroying what makes America great. A majority of Americans voted against them, a huge majority disapproves of what they are doing, and they don’t care. They are evil, and they’re encouraging other evil people to come out of the woodwork. Nazis, for god’s sake — in 21st Century America.

If you’re not fighting against them every step, you’ll have a lot to answer to for future generations.trump evil

Thoughts and Memes about Trump, the American Nazis, and the Klan Rally

If you ever said to yourself “If I had been around when the nazis started to rise, I would have fought them!” — now’s your chance to prove it.

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Tolerance is a good thing when we’re talking about people’s lifestyles which hurt no one else.

It does not mean tolerating hate, discrimination and bigotry that does hurt people.

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The two sides are not “equally at fault.”  Nazis and Confederate supporters are wrong. We fought wars with them both in the past. Wars they started in which millions died.

There is no way to claim that those who fought against them, who defended freedom, were at fault.

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Keep Exposing These Nazis

Keep exposing these nazis. Make their faces known, let people know where they work, make them lose their jobs.

No, it isn’t a first amendment issue. Look at it this way:

If you’re an employer and you have a far left employee, he or she may believe in universal health care and gay rights and maybe even communism if they’re way out there, and it’s very likely that will never come up at the job and won’t affect their employment in the slightest.

But if you have an alt-right nazi KKK member working for you, then they believe that people who aren’t like them are inferior, should be kept out of the country, should have no rights. And they’re probably going to be dealing with women and minorities and gays and immigrants in the job — and even your other employees. Their views absolutely affect not just their jobs but your reputation as an employer. How can a black person or a gay person or a Jewish person expect to be treated with respect from your business when you have people like that working there?

So yes. Expose them. Make them realize there are consequences to their hatred.

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This is Peter Cvjetanovic.  He’s a student at the University of Nevada.

Can the President pardon himself?

No.

That was easy!

I mean, come on — you don’t have to be a Constitutional scholar to figure that one out. A President who has the power to pardon himself is a king, a dictator, a tyrant. A President could murder his enemies and then pardon himself afterwards if that were the case.trump evil

The Constitution mentions the pardon power in Article II, Section 2. The president “shall have the Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for offenses against the United States.”

“Offenses against the United States” means for federal criminals, not state ones. So if, say, the state of New York brings charges against Trump, it doesn’t appear that he would have the power to pardon himself of those charges.

But even so, it’s a long-standing tradition in both English and American law that a person cannot judge themselves. A judge who commits a crime in his or her jurisdiction must have another judge appointed to rule over that trial. Clearly, a pardon is a type of judging and therefore a person cannot pardon themselves.

Usually no one gets pardoned until after they have been convicted and have served some time — the President may pardon them so they can have a clean record.  However, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon before Nixon had been convicted or even charged (even though those charges were clearly coming). This set a bad precedent, was highly criticized by many legal scholars, and surely played a part in Ford’s failure to win re-election. Since Nixon accepted the pardon, it also means that he agreed he was guilty, doesn’t it?

But there’s more to Section 2 as well — “except in Cases of Impeachment.” So a President cannot pardon anyone who has been Impeached (which would include himself). Impeachment, of course, is separate from criminal proceedings. Bill Clinton was impeached even though he had not committed any crime.

So can a President pardon himself? While the Constitution does not explicitly say, all precedent and logic state that he cannot.

Can I mention in passing how absolutely ridiculous this past year has been? If I had pitched this as a fantasy novel to follow Bloodsuckers, my agent would have said it was too outrageous and unbelievable. And now this lunatic President is talking about pardoning himself?

The Presidential Line of Succession

I’ve seen this meme or ones like it recently, and it’s quite misleading.18557060_10156192841743327_8267740641808002296_n

Someone has taken the line of succession (Vice President, Speaker of the House, Senate President, Secretary of State, etc.) and somehow has forgotten that holes can be filled in the meantime.

If Trump is impeached (Sorry — when Trump is impeached), then Pence becomes President.  He then names a new Vice President (approved by the Senate). If he names John McCain, then McCain becomes Vice President. And then if Pence is impeached, McCain becomes President, not Paul Ryan.

That’s what happened with Nixon. His Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned because he was a bigger crook than Nixon, and Nixon named Gerald Ford. Then Nixon resigned and Ford became President, and he named Nelson Rockefeller as his Vice President. We didn’t even need the line of succession law.

The only way this line of succession is important is if everyone was impeached at the same time. The reason we even have such a law about the line of succession is for the unlikely situation where there may be a terrorist attack or something and suddenly a bunch of these people die at once. We then go down that line to see who is next.

 

Trump’s approval rating is so tiny

The latest Gallup poll shows that only 36% of us approve of Trump’s performance as president. That is so very tiny. It’s unprecedented at how small it is, and it’s shrinking more each day. Seriously, any man would be embarrassed to have one that small.tiny-trump-2jpg

No president has ever had one that small this early in their presidency.  Usually, a president is given a “honeymoon” where the public says “Well, let’s give him a chance” and the approval rating is historically at its highest absent some unforeseen incident. Not Donald. He started small and just got smaller. He doesn’t get a honeymoon because this was an arranged marriage that most of us didn’t want.

But what did he expect? He’s done nothing except be childish. He hasn’t kept any of his promises, and even his supporters are bailing on him.

What a Big Loser.