The Search for Truth and Meaning are the Bulwark for living well

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

Did he, or didn’t he

Lev Parnas has released documents and an interview that show The current president was soliciting assistance from a foreign government for the 2020 US presidential election. Clear criminal behavior on several levels that must be confronted by our leaders on multiple levels including legally. Should the senate fail to take the assault on our elections and Constitution seriously then the republic will be undermined. Send your senators a clear message that you demand a fair and impartial hearing of all the evidence available. There is an application called “5 Calls” that you can use to contact your representatives. Be a citizen and demand the US Constitution be defended and taken seriously by Mitch McConnell and every member of the US Senate.

Desperation or ?

It is not everyday that you see the president at an athletic event marching with the military representatives for the national anthem. That is a lot of symbolism at a major event that is not about politics or government. There was a time when we got a break from needy politicians facing impeachment proceedings, but not now. It is all Trump all the time, and I hope it is over soon. I look forward to sports without politics being inserted to divide the country, or win praise for insecure office holders.

What next?

Senators and representatives are saying they did not hear about an imminent threat in the briefing they received on the killing of an Iranian general. Reports are saying that the president had no legal reason to order the killing. In the coming days the debate over impeachment will intensify and the reasons for impeaching the current president will continue to grow. Events add up and have not undermined the idea that the current president may be beholden to a foreign power.

Impeachment and/or War?

Americans are living in a time of lies and delusion brought on by choices that have been made by angry and emotional people; both leaders and voters. The truth is out there but we are stuck with leaders who think everything is politics because they don’t respect the intelligence of the voters. When the truth is a commodity politicians will push the limits, and we are at a point where the price of lies will likely be disastrous. Multiple American institutions are under attack from the Constitution to the military. America’s enemies could not ask for more opportunities to diminish the country. American citizens have a lot at risk. The future possibilities for us are a hollow Constitution and chaotic government, another endless war, and leadership that is emboldened to degenerate criminality.

Thoughts on the new year

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2020 will be a pivotal year in world and US history. America will make a decision about it’s character, and future in a profound election between stark choices. Donald Trump cannot be confused for a statesman, decent person, or benevolent democratic leader. Everyone voting for him at some level realizes they have a target or two in mind for him to go after. The bad news is that by selling their liberty for perceived protection or benefits Trump voters risk losing them as Benjamin Franklin warned. The bad news gets worse when you consider The limitations of the current president. Four more years of not addressing the climate crisis and bowing to Putin could potentially weaken human rights and democracy around the world. The triumph of the oligarchs can be halted, but only if the truth is not smothered by lies and indifference.

A Real Constitutional Trial?

Will the United States Senate stand up for the American people and demand a real trial to hold the president accountable? It remains to be seen what will happen with Trump and his impeachment. If there are enough senators who revere the constitution and our way of life more than they fear not being re-elected we may have a chance to see our leaders pursue truth rather than a cover up. I am hopeful that there are enough good people to maintain our republic rather than allow the oligarchs to take over the United States. The shining city on a hill may be tarnished due to Trump, but it has not been burned to the ground yet and it can still emerge more beautiful than ever. I love the United States of America and what it ideally stands for. Christianity Today’s opinion piece asking for Trump to be removed hit a nerve of hope for our country. The fight for America is not over yet. Long live the republic!

Held Accountable?

Now that the House of Representatives has impeached the 45th President what will happen next? Will the president behave in a way that is more honorable? Will he cease attempts to bribe foreign leaders for help in the 2020 election and efforts to cover it up? From what can be observed in our partisan Congress so far the Republicans will not push to protect our elections or Constitution. Citizens of the United States should push hard for the protection of their votes in the coming election, and from foreign manipulation of voters coordinated or colluded with any candidate. Rudy Giuliani is reported to be in Ukraine working on an “investigation” and smearing former US ambassador Marie Yovanovitch via Twitter. The undisciplined presidency that we are experiencing shows no signs of being brought up to any standard that is acceptable for the leader of a republic. It will be ultimately up to the people to vote and make clear what their expectations for leadership are.