Fri 1/31: Trump’s spineless supporters want him declared a king in all but name before the Super Bowl. Let them bow. We’ll keep calling!

Dershowitz’s defense argument transcript here.

Alan Dersowitz stated yesterday that extortion is fine if you’re doing it to get reelected.

As the Senate moves toward pivotal votes on witnesses and the articles of impeachment, Republican senators who decide that Donald Trump’s shakedown of Ukraine was sleazy, but not worth removing him from office, still have a problem. They risk angering a president who insists his actions were “perfect” and beyond reproach.

In the face of a such a dilemma, senators were offered an escape hatch this week by Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz: Don’t worry about what Trump did, Dershowitz assured the senators. You can tell your constituents that if the president didn’t commit a crime, he can’t be impeached and removed from office.” (USA Today)

However, Dershowitz is wrong, according to real constitutional scholars who are not political shills, as well as to Nikolas Bowie, the person he misquotes in his arguments.

What does this leave us with? A president who has reconfigured his Article II power to allow him to freely fire anyone he hates, build anything he wants, assassinate anyone who pisses him off, withhold any of the congressionally appropriated aid he likes, and recall any foreign ambassadors, even for corrupt reasons, or as he put it – “to “do whatever I want as president.” He might as well have said “I am now king.”

If you did these calls before, do them again! Call volume matters!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators! Get your friends and family to call theirs!

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Tues 1/28: America demands witnesses! The Senate is voting on this tomorrow. FLOOD their offices with calls now!

If you did these calls yesterday, do them again! Call volume matters!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators! Get your friends and family to call theirs!

Add “ I NEVER told John Bolton!” to your collection of Trumpian nonsense, right next to “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” and “PERFECT CALL!.

Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened”, has been marrooned in the White House since December, waiting for a “classified information review” that may never happen. However, a leak has occurred…the book reportedly states that Trump did exactly what we already know he did, that Attorney General William P. Barr and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney enabled him, and that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Meanwhile, reports from CBS news claim that GOP Senators have received strict warnings not to vote against Trump, “or your head will be held on a pike,” a phrase that so offended the delicate sensibilities of the GOP, that they’ve retreated to their fainting couches and are threatening to vote for Trump because of it, no matter what evidence says.

Minimal script to your senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to move to have John Bolton subpoenaed as a witness immediately, based on the information from his book detailed in the New York Times, along with other witness and documents necessary to ensure a fair and thorough impeachment trial.

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Mon 1/27: John Bolton is ready to rumble. Get that man a subpoena!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators and Chief Justice Roberts!

Add “ I NEVER told John Bolton!” to “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” and “PERFECT CALL!in your collection of Trumpian nonsense.

Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened”, has been marrooned in the White House since December, waiting for a “classified information review” that may never happen. However, a leak has occurred…the book reportedly states that Trump did exactly what we already know he did, that Attorney General William P. Barr and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney enabled him, and that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is presiding over the Senate trial, “can easily subpoena these folks on his own,” and he “can’t even be overruled by Republicans in the Senate.“, according to Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general. Parts of the 1868 Senate rules of impeachment, still in force, give the chief justice the power to issue subpoenas without being overruled by the Senate. Once a subpoenaed witness is deposed, and only then, the Senate has the final say on whether the witness also testifies, according to this op-ed. OK, then.

Ask Chief Justice Roberts and your legislators to call for Bolton to testify!

Minimal script to your senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to move to have John Bolton subpoenaed as a witness immediately, based on the information from his book detailed in the New York Times. Continue reading “Mon 1/27: John Bolton is ready to rumble. Get that man a subpoena!”

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Quote by Maya Angelou. Interview of John Bolton.

“We are America; we don’t torture. And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train.” –  Shepard Smith

(Trigger warning! The following video is a graphic depiction of the late author Christopher Hitchens voluntarily being waterboarded in the interests of journalism. Skipping to the end… “Yes, it is torture.”)

Republicans are preparing for a weeks-long battle as they try to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State and CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to succeed him.

Action: Read the “Open Letter” to our senators below from Indivisible chapters throughout California and ask our senators to issue strong public statements against the confirmations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel. Not only will they work together to enmesh the U.S. in morally reprehensible military actions, but our enemies, taking the measure of whom we’ve chosen to elevate, will respond in kind. Along with Trump and Bolton, we can not afford this “morally flexible” gang of four. Continue reading ““When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.””

Thurs. 3/29 – “Armchair warriors” dream of bombs…

Two things are happening. We are returning to the war cabinet of the Bush years, and we have a all-volunteer army…

This is the beginning of tragedy.

It has already started. Our president, whose apparently devasting but temporary heel-spur condition kept him from facing anything harsher than teen angst in a military boarding school, has already escalated US wars abroad.

John Bolton, his latest choice as national security adviser, is an experienced “armchair warrior” with no compunction against sending other people’s children to die in foreign wars. Like his new boss, and former Iraq comrades-in-arms, George W Bush and Dick Cheney,  Bolton avoided military service in Vietnam as a young man while openly supporting it, using the same National Guard gambit that served Bush so well.

“I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy,” he said in 1995. “I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” (For those confused, the National Guard of today, with 100,000 serving in hostile areas, is not the same as the Guard of the 1970’s, where former President Bush hung out, or didn’t. (slate))

Cadet Bone-Spurs has met his equal, a conservative arch-hawk who has become infamous over the years as a reckless advocate of pre-emptive, interventionist military actions. Bolton still supports the debacle of the 2003 Iran invasion, despite evidence that no link existed between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, that there were no weapons of mass destruction and our interference caused irreparable harm to the region and aided our enemies. He’s now advocating for a first strike on North Korea and the dissolution of the Iran agreement. He disdains international law and the UN and worked as Dick Cheney’s right-hand man. Like Trump, he questions the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Continue reading “Thurs. 3/29 – “Armchair warriors” dream of bombs…”