This is your president speaking.

Number 233 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpThe Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward. The Fake News Media knows who he is but, being an arm of the Democrat Party, don’t want to reveal him because there would be hell to pay. Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!

8:33 AM · Nov 3, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Full disclosure: this is the lazy way to post a presidential take down. The congenital liar dug in at the White House has employed the term “Fake News” so frequently it has handles. When something is offered this freely, who am I to refuse?

Quid Pro Quo

Closing it Down, Number 2 in a Series

“These are times that try men’s souls.” No, they are not. These are times when the joy approaches a level of shamelessness. Never was schadenfreude rendered so starkly. These are the moments I have lived 79 years for. Yesterday I received this.

Official Trump Polling <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Nov 23 at 10:58 AM

John,

The Impeachment Witch Hunt is now OVER.

There was NO QUID PRO QUO.

There was NO BRIBERY.

President Trump did NOTHING WRONG.

It’s so obvious that these baseless hearings were a botched attempt by the Democrats to take down the Republican Party and your President. They wasted your time and your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a 3-year Witch Hunt only to FAIL. How pathetic.

President Trump knows the Do Nothing Democrats and Fake News media won’t ever tell the facts about him and his Administration, and that’s why he wants to know what a few respected Republican leaders, like YOU, think.

They may have gotten my name right, but I will reserve judgement until I investigate further. Not much else can lay claim to truth. However, watching a corrupt enterprise squirm in this manner is a pleasure beyond compare.

And may Jesus have mercy on my soul.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 28 of a continuing series

That’s Congressman Devin Nunes, representing California District 22. He is on the House Intelligence Committee, and he is seen here in clips from The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. He is commenting on the scheme by the Ukrainian government to work against Donald Trump’s campaign for president in 2016 and to support campaign rival Hillary Clinton. We see him making such remarks multiple times.

The problem is this is the definition of breathtaking inanity. The notions Congressman Nunes continued to push during the committee session are completely at odds with known facts.

Yeah, Ukraine was not the country working to tip the scales in 2016. It was mother Russia, which fact Mr. Nunes and multiple Republican officials in the government choose to ignore. Was ever our breath so taken away.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 27 of a continuing series

Yes, a lot of the stuff that comes my way will take your breath away. Here’s something new from Elise Stefanik, representing New York’s District 21:

Elise Stefanik <info@nrccred.org>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 16 at 6:15 PM

Fellow Conservative,

If you have watched any of the impeachment hearings, seen President Trump’s twitter feed, or seen the far-Left talking heads melt down on television over the past few days – then you know who I am.I am Rep. Elise Stefanik and I am a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between the Democrats and our American Democracy.

The House Democrats are trying to cover up the truth about President Trump from the American people! During this week’s first public impeachment hearings after weeks of secret meetings and depositions, Chairman Adam Schiff continuously interrupted and tried to block Republican members from asking questions.

The Leftist Democrats don’t want us to ask questions because they don’t want the American people to hear the answers: They know that their entire impeachment inquiry is based on lies and secrecy!

Far-left Democrats are pouring money into my district to defeat me, you, and President Trump. Donate NOW to stand up with me for our President and our country. 

Adam Schiff’s abuse of power is vile and disgusting! He is hijacking the impeachment proceedings and trying to take down President Trump by preventing Republicans from revealing the truth about the Democrats’ failing impeachment inquiry.

The Leftist Democrats know that America wants another four years for President Trump, and now they’re trying to overturn the will of the American people by hiding the facts.

Click here to donate to tell the Leftist Democrats that we will stand with President Trump against their lies and deception>>>

I was the first Member to call out Adam Schiff for having secret access to the whistleblower without notifying the Intel Committee. He is the only Member whose staff coordinated directly with the whistleblower, whose lawyer has been calling for a “coup” against the President of the United States since President Trump’s first day in office. We will not allow the Leftist Democrats to subvert the will of the people and destroy our American values!

First notice Congresswoman Stefanik does not know my name. She addresses me as “Fellow Conservative.” Maybe it would have been better if she knew my name. But she does have my email address, and with good reason. I have given it out to any number of conservative outlets, including Republicans in office. They say what goes around comes around. Apparently that is a true statement, one of the few floating around.

There is much to unload here. Start with this. “If you have watched any of the impeachment hearings, seen President Trump’s twitter feed, or seen the far-Left talking heads melt down on television over the past few days – then you know who I am.” Actually, we have seen far-left talking heads melt down, particularly concerning this tweet from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpEverywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.

9:01 AM · Nov 15, 2019Twitter for iPhone
Yes, that is President Donald Trump, the person you shill for, denigrating a witness while she is testifying before a congressional committee. This was a hearing where you participated, representing the Republican Party. Following the testimony of this witness, she departed the hearing to a standing ovation delivered by Democrats and Republicans. After lauding Ambassador Yovanovitch during your allotted time, you also stood and applauded her. Now I read your email, and I begin to wonder. What kind of double speak is going on here?

Also, this: “I am Rep. Elise Stefanik and I am a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between the Democrats and our American Democracy.” Correction; you are a 35-year-old Republican Congresswoman standing between a criminal president and any manner of justice—just to be clear on that matter.

Hey! The beat goes on: “The House Democrats are trying to cover up the truth about President Trump from the American people! During this week’s first public impeachment hearings after weeks of secret meetings and depositions, Chairman Adam Schiff continuously interrupted and tried to block Republican members from asking questions.” First of all, it appeared the Republican Party, during the two years it had control of both the House and the Senate, sat on the truth while the President of the United States engaged in a level of criminality unseen in that office for decades, if ever. The “secret meetings and depositions” were attended by Republican and Democratic members of the House.  I am hoping my private life is never that secret. Lady, you have been in Congress for how long? And you noticed during that time the practice in these hearings is that each speaker is allotted something like five minutes to ask questions (or to piss off their allocated time making speeches), and when that time is up the chairman (Adam Schiff) cuts them off. You noticed that? No? Where have you been?

Ugh on this: “The Leftist Democrats don’t want us to ask questions because they don’t want the American people to hear the answers: They know that their entire impeachment inquiry is based on lies and secrecy!” And when you had the opportunity to ask questions, you used that time to make statements and to complain:

When Stefanik was given time to question Yovanovitch, she instead accused Schiff of “duplicity and abuse of power” in his handling of the impeachment inquiry.

Stefanik accused Schiff of failing to keep a promise to allow the whistleblower who sparked the inquiry to testify before the committee. Schiff decided against it, saying he wants to protect the whistleblower’s personal safety.

“Based on lies and secrecy?”

That should do it for the “lies and secrecy” malarkey. We have a president who forbids witnesses to testify. When the President’s people, who have firsthand knowledge of what’s been going on, are allowed to come forward and testify, then we can talk about “lies and secrecy.”

Somewhere there must be a legal limit to how much fun I am allowed to have with comical conservatives, so I will shut this monologue down. Shut it down, that is, until something equally or more ridiculous comes my way.

Congresswoman Stefanik, we thank you for your service. Seldom has breathtaking inanity been so well illustrated.

People Unclear

This is number 89 of a series

Yes, there are many who have not gotten the message. One would be Margaret Smith of The Heritage Foundation. She sent me the following:

Maggy Smith <info@heritage.org>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comNov 14 at 3:34 AM

Hello John,

Your free eBooklet, “The Impeachment Process: The Constitution and Historical Practice,” has arrived!

Click this secure link to download your copy here >>

Like you, I’m tired of the progressives in this country thinking that they can bully us into giving them what they want. I’m tired of watching them bend or ignore the rules altogether to try to ramrod their policies into law.

If you oppose them, they have proven that they will stop at nothing to destroy you completely.

But I’m not backing down—and I know you aren’t either.

I’m looking for conservatives that will stand with me to fight back against the radical agenda of the Left.

We’re going to show them how they’re breaking the rules. And we’re going to take the facts about the impeachment process to the rest of the American people, too.

But I can’t do it alone. I need people like you to help us get the job done.

If you want to take a stand against progressive bullies in America, this is the chance you’ve been looking for.

Take a moment to learn about our plan to shut them down by clicking here: https://secured.heritage.org/_2019/impeachment-ebook/

I’m excited to hear your thoughts about “The Impeachment Process: The Constitution and Historical Practice,” and I hope that you’ll stand with us today.

Best,

Maggy Smith
Membership Programs
The Heritage Foundation

First of all I appreciate being addressed by my first name. It makes the conversation seem so personal.

So I ordered the free booklet, and it is most informative. It told me everything I already know about the impeachment process. It is well-informed and precicesely truthful. Thanks for the memories.

But then this: “Like you, I’m tired of the progressives in this country thinking that they can bully us into giving them what they want. I’m tired of watching them bend or ignore the rules altogether to try to ramrod their policies into law.”

Whoa! Breaking the rules. Maggy, please refer to the booklet you just sent me. It outlines the rules for impeachment of the president, and the House of Representatives is doing exactly what the rules call for. Whence comes this invective? Is this sentence what it appears to be, a bald piece of propaganda? As Shakespeare famously wrote, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Lady, the dirt bag president you are attempting to prop up has been whittling at the Constitution going on three years. The bit currently of concern to Democrats in Congress is a whiff of smoke from a smoldering dumpster fire. You are surely among the most of the unclear. Congratulations, you made the list barely breathing hard.

People Unclear

This is number 88 of a series

This series is devoted to people who remain unclear concerning any number of realities. One such would be Star Parker, who writes for The Daily Signal, apparently a conservative on-line newsletter produced by The Heritage Foundation. Any resemblance of The Daily Signal to a legitimate news source is illusionary. This is a propaganda outlet for American conservatism, which for the moment is President Donald Trump. You should not expect to find any item here that finds fault with anything this president does. Which is why I am now reading this:

This Impeachment Effort About Ideology, Not Constitution

Star Parker  / 

After some introductory about Representative Rashida Tlaib, Parker continues:

At a reception following the event, Tlaib, speaking about the president of the United States, said: “We’re gonna impeach the [expletive].”

It had to be unprecedented that a newly elected representative publicly used that kind of language about the nation’s president and expressed an intent to impeach him, with no support from leadership of her own party.

Were there grounds for impeachment? No.

The alleged basis was the Mueller investigation, which subsequently found that allegations that President Donald Trump and his campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the presidential election were false.

What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?

It will be interesting to break this down. First we need to review just what is “nice:”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpCorrupt Congressman Adam Schiff is angry that Ambassadors that he thought would be good for his fraudulent Witch Hunt, are turning out to be good for me – some really good! He’s got all meetings locked down, no transparency, only his illegal leaks. A very dishonest sleazebag!

8:28 PM · Oct 18, 2019Twitter for iPhone

So much for niceties. Now let’s review some precedence:

Yes, that will about do it with the “unprecedented” bit.

How about “grounds for impeachment.” Tlaib was referring to the findings of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, which did note numerous acts of obstruction of justice, likely grounds for impeachment. Still Parker posted this, not before but after a congressional panel interviewed a number of witnesses to impeachable offenses concerning the president’s efforts to use the power of the United States government for his personal, political benefit.

Following that, Parker echoes the popular refrain from Republicans in congress. “What happened to the sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty?”

Yes, whatever happened to that? At this juncture Parker is critically unclear on a major point. “Innocent until proven guilty” means you do not get your dish of punishment until a court has found you guilty. It does not mean we do not accuse and prosecute until a guilty verdict is handed down. If Parker’s logic were to prevail, then nobody would ever be brought to trial, much less convicted and punished.

There is a definite lack of clarity that is manifest here.

Parker is not finished. Recounting a charge by Tlaib that the Trump administration appears uninterested in people of her district, one of the nation’s poorest, Parker hauls up a favorite avenue of deflection.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just issued its October jobs report, which The Wall Street Journal called “impressive.”

“The current job market is attracting middle- and working-class workers who have been on the sidelines for years,” reported the Journal.

And, black unemployment ticked down a notch to 5.4%, another new historic low.

But just as legal facts mean nothing to Tlaib, economic facts mean nothing.

Again exhibiting a woeful lack of clarity. the American economy, as of this writing, is showing signs of wear around the edges, but employment remains at historical levels, and there is no sign this year’s holiday spending will take a dive. American farmers seem to be on government life support due to inexplicable actions taken by the president.

However, all this has nothing to do with impeachment. Go back and read Parker’s headline. The impeachment drive is about ideology, not about the Constitution. Is she really that clueless? I’m thinking not. I’m thinking what is visible here is unvarnished soapbox rhetoric. We are not looking for the truth here.

The truth is this is all about the Constitution:

5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

7: Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

3: The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

The foregoing are excerpts from the Constitution that mention impeachment.

In total, the House of Representatives is doing what the Constitution mandates it should do. It should bring charges against the president in cases of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Testimony from credible witnesses before House committees has bolstered allegations the president used the power of his office in an act of bribery, an impeachable offense. To not pursue this matter would be dereliction of duty.

Yet Parker continues her efforts to convince us she is stone cold clueless:

Tlaib is a poster child for her party. Despite the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report, Democrats have not given up looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate.

Now we have the ridiculous claims from a tainted whistleblower about a conversation Trump had with the president of Ukraine.

It’s not about Russia or Ukraine. It’s about Haley or Tlaib; loving our free country or hating it; citizenship or victimhood; rule of law or guilty until proven innocent.

“[T]ainted whistleblower.” Really? Let’s pretend the government employ who blew the whistle is a notorious bank robber, a drug dealer, a Nazi, a child rapist—all of that. What does it matter? If somebody like infamous bank robber Willy Sutton (now deceased) were to come into the police station and tell the desk sergeant about somebody attempting to set fire to the station house, they might arrest the unfortunate Mr. Sutton, but if they decided to investigate, and they found that somebody had been attempting to burn them out, they would launch an investigation. It’s a basic principle of logic. The truth of a statement is conditioned on the facts and not on the character of the person making the statement. Parker is way unclear on this point.

Extending her efforts, Parker speaks of “the Russia conspiracy charges discredited by the Mueller report.” No, the Mueller report did not discredit any charges of a Russia conspiracy. She needs to read the report:

But the anodyne description belied what would soon be released. Mueller’s report, despite redactions, offered a stunning account of how Russia worked to help the Trump campaign and how Trump’s associates were willing to accept Russian assistance, and it presented an explosive and detailed narrative of how Trump sought to shut down the investigation as he worried about its impact.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

I would love, in my lifetime, to be so discredited.

You want to see lack of credibility, consider reading more from Star Parker. Consider reading The Daily Signal. Consider reading anything produced by The Heritage Foundation.

Regarding “looking for an excuse to impeach a president they hate,” how about the constitutional requisite the House of Representatives do their jobs and hold a criminal president accountable?

With that in mind, it’s worth evaluating the merits of the case against President Trump. Multiple government employees have come forward and given consistent accounts that demonstrate presidential malfeasance, and they have made their statements under oath—under penalty of perjury. Nobody, but no body, has come forward to testify under oath to repudiate these witnesses.

Whether Star Parker is sincere in her beliefs or merely pushing the party line, I cannot ascertain. If she is reflecting her personal convictions, then she is morbidly unclear on some basic facts.

This is your president speaking.

Number 229 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 15 at 1:20 PM

John,Can you believe this? Adam Schiff is a TOTAL FRAUD!

He knew about the “whistleblower’s” report long before it was officially filed, and it’s obvious that he probably helped write it too. TREASON!This isn’t the first time that Adam Schiff has fabricated stories about YOUR President to try and take him down, and it won’t be the last.

The truth is, Adam Schiff is a lying disaster for our country. He should resign.President Trump has publicly called on Adam Schiff to resign, but the Democrats are choosing to IGNORE the FACTS to protect this lowlife.

First of all, it’s good to know Adam Schiff is a TOTAL FRAUD. We missed that point. And now we also know the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee knew about the President’s attempt at bribery before somebody in an American intelligence agency blew the whistle on him. That Chairman Schiff helped write the report is an amazing revelation, and for that we need to thank President Trump.

And now TREASON. TREASON! Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. There’s treason in our fair land.

Found it!

People Unclear

This is number 84 of a series

Not news: I’m on Ben Shapiro’s news feed. See the following:

Ben Shapiro <ben.shapiro@dailywire.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 24 at 8:53 AM

Hey gang,

I don’t know about you, but I encounter leftist tears almost every day—my show seems to trigger a lot of them.

And he goes on to tell of how “leftists” are crying tears, and he will give me a free Leftist Tears Tumbler, presumably to catch these tears and drink them.

A big oops! Ben, listen up. I am what you may be calling a leftist, and I’m not crying. I and others like me are laughing. Our tears are ones of laughter, and you are cordially invited to capture them and to drink them. And you don’t need a special tumbler. A gallon bucket will do.

The truth is, the Trump opposition is currently in the throes of jubilation. We are watching this criminal fumble monkey in the process of taking himself down by thunderous measure, and we see American conservatism following him straight into history’s dustbin.

You want to see me cry? You will see me cry when I no longer receive priceless gifts such as yours in my mailbox.

This is your president speaking.

Number 224 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpLike every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress……

5:53 PM · Sep 29, 2019Twitter for iPhoneDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber. He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason…..

5:53 PM · Sep 29, 2019Twitter for iPhoneDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

….In addition, I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the “Whistleblower.” Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!5:53 PM · Sep 29, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Obviously these are some startling words coming from a sitting President of the United States. Putting it in a different perspective. President Trump has a right to make such claims. After all, who is more adept at the art of prevarication than Donald Trump.

And that will about doing for lying accusers of Donald Trump.

This is your president speaking.

Number 223 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpHow do you impeach a President who has created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, entirely rebuilt our Military into the most powerful it has ever been, Cut Record Taxes & Regulations, fixed the VA & gotten Choice for our Vets (after 45 years), & so much more?…

5:00 PM · Sep 28, 2019Twitter for iPhoneDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

….The conversation with the new and very good Ukraine President, who told the Fake News, at the United Nations, that HE WAS NOT PRESSURED BY ME IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, should by and of itself bring an end to the new and most recent Witch Hunt. Others ended in ashes!5:00 PM · Sep 28, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Yes, these are the words of the President of the United States, and they are really great words. Except this is not the greatest economy in our history, money appropriated for the military has been diverted for one of the President’s pet projects, that was not the the greatest tax cut ever, and the VA is not fixed. That said, here are some more—not verbatim—words from the President of the United States:

Well it is very nice of you to say that I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you.

This is from a phone conversation on 25 July this year, initiated by President Trump. The Trump administration had previously put a hold on some $390 billion in military aid to Ukraine, appropriated by Congress. More:

All they do is talk and I think it’s something that you should really ask them about. When I was speaking to Angela Merkel she talks Ukraine, but she doesn’t do anything. A lot of the European countries are the same way so I think it’s something you want to look at but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine.

Now the President gets down to what has become obviously the purpose of his phone call:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people.

Yes, the President of the United States, who holds under his control a massive military package for Ukraine, asks for help in producing bad press for candidate Joe Biden. There is more. Please read the entire transcript, or, better yet, wait for the official, verbatim, transcript to be made public. You will have to admit our president certainly has a way with words.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 11 of a series

Forget about Gregg Jarrett and his book. This is about witch hunts.

Ted Cruz is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but he now has a Houston address, hence the title of this series. He serves as the junior senator representing Texas. And we are so proud. His offerings pop up on my Facebook feed, such as this item.

Since the day President Trump was elected, congressional Democrats have been working to find any reason under the sun to impeach the president and undo the results of the last election. First, it was Mueller, then the Mueller report found no collusion. Now it’s Ukraine. Next month, it will be something else.

Despite the wild speculations from the media, career intelligence community staffers, and congressional Democrats, the actual transcript of the call reveals no illegal quid pro quo.

Nevertheless, the facts don’t matter to congressional Democrats. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will continue to call for the president’s impeachment, and Nancy Pelosi will continue to be hounded by the far left of her caucus to halt all other legislative work to focus on attacking the president.

Yes, there is a problem. A transcript, not verbatim, is now out. CNN has posted it, or a large part of it. Some excerpts are notable:

President Zelensky: Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I’m very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.
The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

Yes, President Zelensky, most obviously, is eager to retain the graces of the American President, who just previously put a hold on the sale of critical anti-armor missiles to Ukraine. The American President’s response, goes something like this: “That’s great, President Zelensky. We think your country has a great future.” No, that was not the President’s response. He immediately launched into an appeal (demand?) for the Ukraine president to stir up some trouble for American ex-Senator Joe Biden, quite possibly President Trump’s opponent in next year’s elections. People, I’ve been to a wedding, a mass shooting, and a rodeo, but that is the most fantastic thing I have heard of an American president saying to a foreign leader.

But what of it? Is there more? Here is one more item of interest, and then I will drop the matter for today.

President Zelensky: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name was Ivanovich. It was great that you were the first one who told me that she was a bad ambassador because I agree with you 100%. Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President well enough.
The President: Well, she’s going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is going to get better and better I predict. You have a lot of assets. It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible people.

Yes, President Zelensky, apparently at the favor of President Trump, has recalled the Ukraine ambassador to the United States, and now our president is submitting not only his personal attorney, but the Attorney General of the United States to work the matter of Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine. Here are some hard facts. The President, as an elected official, is allowed to work his own campaign, but he is not allowed by law to employ government officials on that behalf. There are a number of ways to spell “impeachment,” and this one is all caps.

And this is what Senator Cruz, formerly of Calgary, and presently of Houston, wants us to defend. We have to wonder when he is going to start doing what he was elected to do, uphold the law.

People Unclear

This is number 82 of a series

Yes, I subscribe to offerings from California Congressman Devin Nunes. I enjoy people like Devin Nunes, not just because he is one of those people unclear, but that he is one of the people most unclear of all. I call attention to the image that popped up in my Facebook feed. The wording at the top is:

The Fake News media is just a megaphone for their liberal allies in Congress.They must be held accountable for their biased attacks.

Biased attacks! Naturally I am outraged. Outraged! These attacks must stop. In particular, the following kinds of attacks must be stopped.

Yes, the liberal media must cease these biased attacks on our President. On that point we are all perfectly clear.

 

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 10 of a series

It has to go down as the understatement of the 20th century. James Lovell: “Houston, we have a problem.” He actually said, “We’ve had a problem,” but I prefer the present tense. Three men were aboard Apollo 13 on the way to the moon when an oxygen tank disintegrated, dooming the mission and threatening the lives of the crew. And James Lovell phoned in to say they had a problem.

Anyhow, I now apply the quote to any of a multitude of political disasters close to my home state. Here is the most recent.

John Cornyn <info@johncornyn.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Sep 12 at 11:41 AMNo,

Tonight, the Democratic Presidential candidates are in Houston for their big debate. Why did they choose Texas to have their debate?No, it’s because Democrats think they can flip Texas blue in 2020!

They think their policies can appeal to us, but they are wrong.

We don’t want abortion on demand, even after birth.

We don’t want to decriminalize illegal immigration.

We don’t want Medicare-For-All.

Above all, we don’t want to impeach President Trump! Democrats are trying to force all of these ideas on us. We don’t want them.

Let’s send a loud and clear message to Democrats: Don’t Mess With Texas! 

That is Senator John Cornyn of Texas making those various statements. Then he asks for money. And, yes, we do have a problem. Some dissection.

Democrats think they can flip Texas blue. No truer words were recently said. And flipping Texas blue will mean voting Senator Cornyn out of office. Any sentient carbon-based life form will do as a replacement.

They think their policies can appeal to us. Wandering around and talking to a bunch of people, I am thinking that their policies find great appeal in Texas. We wait for November next year to find out.

Abortion on demand. Isn’t that like saying if somebody wants an abortion they will request a medical professional to perform the service? Even after birth. Dude, where is that coming from? After birth it is too late to abort a pregnancy, so the phrase is just stupid. Furthermore, it’s designed to scare the bottom of the barrel voter base, aiming to convince them people want to kill babies after they are born. And it’s really bad form. By now we are beginning to realize why people are turning against the Republican Party.

Decriminalize illegal immigration. Again, a contradiction of terms. Where does Senator Cornyn, and by extension the Republican Party, get these propaganda-laced snippets? For those who are not lawyers, something that is not legal cannot be decriminalized. Not speaking for all Texas voters, I will say that coming to the United States and requesting entry, even asylum, is not now illegal. This is not illegal immigration. Coming to this country without a valid entry visa and not reporting in to the proper authorities is a misdemeanor and needs to be handled as such. Beyond that, people in dire straits coming to this country and asking for help should receive real consideration and should not be demeaned as drug smugglers, rapists, and murderers. They are people who need help, and this country does have the resources to help them. That’s the Texas I grew up in.

Yes we do want Medicare-For-All. Expanding Medicare coverage to the entire population will result in a more healthy and more productive population. My take and also the view of many Texans is a population that receives necessary medical care will be a national asset, well worth the investment.

Above all, we don’t want to impeach President Trump! Don’t want to impeach President Trump? Are you out of your mind? You don’t want to impeach President Trump? We have to ask why. Here is a person who is running the United States government as his personal ATM, and you want to keep him in office? On the payroll? Are you out of your mind? Oh yeah. I already asked that. We definitely have a problem.

John Cornyn, quit messing with Texas.

Update

As a follow-up I sent the following by email to Senator Cornyn:

Senator Cornyn,

Yesterday I received an interesting email, and since your name was at the top I am assuming it is from you. The email contained a number of comments, and I will address two of them. First there is this, from your email:

“We don’t want Medicare-For-All.”

Actually, we do want effectively Medicare for all. Our economy will be more robust if everybody in this state has access to health care, and something modeled on Medicare will accomplish this. Don’t go off the deep end with phony scare tactics.

“Above all, we don’t want to impeach President Trump! Democrats are trying to force all of these ideas on us. We don’t want them.”

You don’t want to impeach President Trump? Really? Here is a low-grade criminal who persists in, among other things, using the United States Treasury as his personal ATM. Think about the reputation of the United States government. Think about your future electability. Quit standing up for a person who cares for little but his own gain.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 5 of the series

It’s only August, over a year before the next election, and the buzz is already ramping up. Stuff is coming at me faster than I can file it, and the best thing is I don’t have to make any of it up. It comes free of charge from an employee of the United States government. Recently:

Donald J. Trump <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Aug 1 at 3:06 AMJohn,

The 2020 Democratic Primary has turned into a complete SOCIALIST CIRCUS.

Democrats are infuriated by all of OUR incredible accomplishments over the last few years.

They’ve resorted to supporting big government SOCIALIST policies like open borders and raising taxes on working-class Americans just to try to pander to their radical left-wing base.

Last night made it clear that America NEEDS another Trump victory in 2020. With YOUR help, I know that we will win BIG in 2020 and continue our fight to Keep America Great.

Your guess is as good as mine what is meant by “incredible accomplishments.” Maybe we should examine some of them.

  • Worked with the Republican Congress to pass tax legislation that guaranteed to increase the deficit and to deepen the national debt.
  • Worked mightily at disassembling the Affordable Care Act.
  • Hired multiple political cronies and sycophants with no aptitude for the job and who subsequently to be fired or else resigned in disgrace.
  • Wrecked trade relations with stable trading partners, devastating areas of business that depend on foreign customers and suppliers.
  • Cozied up to foreign tyrants in private conversations not recorded for subsequent review and analysis.
  • Reversed years of accomplishments at improving the nation’s environmental quality.

Mr. President, in the future if you have plans for any more “incredible accomplishments,” will you please run them by a junior high school civics teacher for analysis first? I will be most grateful.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 4 of the series

And I may not need to remind you that I do not need to make this stuff up. There is a highly paid government employee who makes this stuff up for me. Here is something recent:

Donald Trump Jr. <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com

Jul 30 at 4:28 PMJohn,

The Democrats have become the party that:

  • Hates the American Flag and praises Antifa
  • Prioritizes illegal immigrants, at the expense of American people
  • Hates Israel and promotes terrorism
  • Chooses BIG GOVERNMENT socialism over American prosperity
  • And would rather see America Fail, than my father succeed

Their dangerous agenda would be a DISASTER for America if they were ever given the power to implement it. It’s up to YOU to make sure that doesn’t happen.We can’t sit by and let our country be overrun by big-government Socialists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or members of the America-last caucus like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

That is an impressive load the First Child is dumping on the political opposition. I’m guessing he was in a hurry and he forgot how much we want to erect a statue honoring Charles Manson. But let’s take one of his salient points and expand on it. “Hates the American flag and praises Antifa.” Who is it who hates the American flag and praises anti-American factions?

Don Jr., please send me another one of these. But wait until I finish laughing.

The National Divide

Number 13 of a possibly infinite series

As mentioned, I signed up for these newsletters, and I get several each week. Here is a recent one:

DonaldJTrump.com <contact@victory.donaldtrump.com>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com
Jul 3 at 4:08 PMJohn,

It’s almost the 4th of July – the best day in America!

Independence Day signifies a day of celebration for our Nation’s great history and freedom. It is a time to commemorate our Founding Fathers, and to acknowledge how far our country has come.

We know that the BEST way to show true American Patriotism is to wear your red, white and blue MAGA gear. So, in honor of the 4th of July, President Trump wants to give an exclusive offer to his top supporters.

I think I just got the message. If you want so show you are a true patriot you need to wear the campaign slogan for a man who lied to avoid military service and, upon becoming president, connived with a foreign government to undermine American interests. To be patriots we need to show allegiance to a president who fires justice department officials who insist on investigating his crimes.

There is more, of course, but one thing is demonstrated. There is a hard line that separates the American public. On one side are those who avow their approval of President Trump, with the rest of us on the other side. Mark the line and keep it in full view. We must never forget those who chose to sell out their country for some empty promises.

This is your president speaking.

Number 213 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

For two years all the Democrats talked about was the Mueller Report, because they knew that it was loaded up with 13 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, later increased to 18. But despite the bias, when the Report came out, the findings were No Collusion and facts that led to……..

….No Obstruction. The Dems were devastated – after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!

Before I begin to respond, a factual matter. The Mueller committee spent $25 million, not $40 million. Prosecutions returned something like $65 million from Paul Manafort, alone. Now back to the story.

First, McGahn’s clear recollection was that the President directed him to tell Rosenstein not only that conflicts existed but also that “Mueller has to go.” McGahn is a credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House.1884 McGahn spoke with the President twice and understood the directive the same way both times, making it unlikely that he misheard or misinterpreted the President’s request. In response to that request, McGahn decided to quit because he did not want to participate in events that he described as akin to the Saturday Night Massacre. He called his lawyer, drove to the White House, packed up his office, prepared to submit a resignation letter with his chief of staff, told Priebus that the President had asked him to “do crazy shit,” and informed Priebus and Bannon that he was leaving. Those acts would be a highly unusual reaction to a request to convey information to the Department of Justice.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

In June 2016, Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who, Trump Jr. was told, would share damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in an email.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

I could go on, but it would become tiresome. A few graphics, and I’m done.