Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Donald Trump Is Clearly Dangerous To America



A populist is a politician who keeps talking about saving "the people" from "the elite." And, populists frequently blame the current government for terrible mismanagement, corruption, etc. Moreover, populist politicians first and foremost want personal loyalty from their staff, associated politicians, and from the voters. 

A populist president could possibly become a successful.

But trump never had the necessary experience and he lacked the moral character necessary to be president. He's a well documented record setting liar who has been exploiting government for selfish reasons. He doesn't care about rules and never before has been held accountable for flaunting the usual rules of the game.

Trump succeeded in gaining popularity and he satisfied Far Right Republican agendas but damaged the Republican Party, American democracy, and American culture. Really?  Yes. 

As I've previously written, Trump has always been extremely self-centered, morally deficient, and willing to do whatever necessary to get himself elected. Unfortunately for American citizens--if this wasn't bad enough--he had never held public office, came to the presidency very ignorant of governmental process, and was uninterested in learning anything new about it (see Woodward, 2018, pages 231-233 for example).

Instead of courting good American citizens (with legislation we wanted), Trump courted enemy dictators! He applauded them as great men of good intentions. He floated fantasies of solving any world problems by consulting with them. He ignored and failed to condemn many of their actions which most free world leaders would condemn.

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia since 2012. Putin was formerly head of the KGB.

Xi Jinping, the Head of State of [Communist] China. He is the general secretary of the Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. 

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un


Moreover, Trump has modeled for American parents and children: selfishness, disloyalty, lying, insulting others, and being generally disrespectful. He has often expressed approval (his favorite words: "beautiful," "perfect") towards American insurrectionists and political bad boys.


Trump attacks and punishes any Americans who cross him. But, he has spent lots of time flirting with Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong Un.

And Trump as President was dangerous to America. He held many outmoded and uninformed opinions on how to react when he felt he or the country threatened. 

A year into his presidency he wanted to undo longstanding treaties with South Korea and other area allies; he was demanding major changes. But what he proposed would disrupt the balance of power and could have provoked a major war. 

At one point, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said to  the National Security Council Meeting, which included Trump: 

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III" (Woodward 2018, pages 304 - 308).

Woodward described the scene: "[Mattis] was calm but stark. It was a breathtaking statement, a challenge to the president, suggesting he was risking nuclear war. Time stopped for more than one in attendance."

Trump then left the meeting. Trump's staff was exasperated and wondered why they had to have such meetings to justify their reasoning. 

Woodward wrote: "Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like--and had the understanding of--'a fifth or sixth grader.'"


To help him skirt the rules and not be held accountable, he seeks personal loyalty and surrounds himself with enablers. He prefers this to the better informed advice from his staff.

Personal Loyalty Examples:

(1)  Former president Trump's first attorney general was Senator Jeff Sessions. When Trump was impeached, Sessions recused himself from working on defending Trump at his impeachment. This is what ethical attorneys do

Sessions could be loyal to Trump on anything except the impeachment. A different attorney would have to represent Trump at the impeachment.

But Trump, instead of accepting the correct legal and political action, insulted and shunned Sessions, continuing to bad mouth him for being "disloyal." Trump was brazenly unethical. Sessions was ethical and did the right thing

Eventually Trump without evidence of empathy fired Sessions via Twitter--without informing Sessions ahead of time. Such a high level of disrespect for staff was not at all unusual for Trump!

(2)   Directors of the FBI are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a term of ten years.

Trump, soon after he took office, privately questioned Comey to assess whether he would be personally loyal to Trump. Comey reported Trump said, " I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" (Comer, A Higher Loyalty, 2018). Comey's book makes clear Trump was conducting a loyalty test in a manner reminding Comey of a mob boss. Comey's "higher loyalty" was to the laws of the United States and the ethical standards of an attorney.

Trump soon fired Comey in a Tweet without empathy, without forewarning him.




When Trump became President, his ignorance and arrogance were so great that his comments were stunningly disturbing to his staff. 

He was too ignorant to lead. He was too arrogant and proud to be tutored. He preferred his ignorant ideas to what his very capable advisors would recommend, and he would often dismissively refer to advisors' real knowledge as "bullshit." 

Trump reportedly watched a lot of TV, as much as six to eight hours a day. He was always interested in what others were saying about him. 

He was not, however, interested in getting the daily intelligence briefings that were routine for presidents. Instead, he took intelligence briefings only twice per week

Trump, before elected president, was successful in his unique way. As soon as he became president he was in deep water way over his head. Trump's insensitive and out of line talk and his lack of common sense manifested in many places. For example, when he visited London, England he met the Mayor of London and referred to him [reasons unknown] as a "stone-cold loser" at the start of his state visit to the UK. In response, the Mayor of London likened Trump's maturity to that of an 11-year old. The mayor also asserted that Trump's racist remarks and far right ideologies were damaging to international relations. 



Bob Woodward interviewed many of the White House staff, whose characterizations revealed an unfortunate aspect of Trump's personality:

"Grievance was a big part of Trump's core, very much like a 14-year-old boy who felt he was being picked on unfairly. You couldn't talk to him in adult logic. Teenage logic was necessary" (Woodward, 2018, p299).


Since Trump's years in office, the Jan. 6th Committee, the subsequent Federal Criminal Justice investigations, and multiple State investigations have produced an enormous amount of evidence concerning criminal offenses. This has resulted in four separate indictments that include 91 separate charges

It is interesting that Trump's level of maturity has been estimated as that of:

    An eleven year old.

    A fourteen year old.

    And a ten year old.


Multiple politicians, both republican and democrat have commented on Trump's dangerousness to democracy. Many of both parties have said Trump does not have the character to be president. 

Trump remains a popular personality and is the leading presidential Republican candidate in national polls. Many commentators say he could be the Republican Nominee for president. And polls indicate he and  President Biden are at an approximately virtual tie as to which might win if both ran for president. 

According to Chris Christie, however, the current polls are "national polls" and don't mean much. He says it's the State polls which count and those polls indicate Trump's popularity is not as great as the national polls indicate.

My assessment is that it's a little less likely Trump can gain the Republican nomination. But he never gives up and he is very desperate. And he is increasingly making bizarre public comments and vicious threats like, "If you come after me then I'm coming after you."  

As Federal and State Courts come closer to beginning trials, Trump has continued to do whatever he pleases--even though multiple judges have warned him against biasing and intimidating jurors and judges. 

So far, judges have written two gag orders. Trump, however, has not stopped his usual misbehavior. He continues to shoot himself in the foot with what he says. 

He is desperate, increasingly unhinged. 

Many polled potential voters apparently deeply value Trump's personality output. Or maybe he's a successful "counter-culture hero." I believe there must be something meaningful explaining Trump's popularity. It's generally thought true about him that he's very good at reading the emotions of the public's values and inclinations. And he can read other politicians quite well. His verbal attacks on others are deviously stinging. His nicknames for enemies stick to the unfortunate victim.

But when we citizens are casting a vote for the Presidential candidate, it should be a vote for American democracy--NOT for the personality of any one man. It should be a vote for character and competence, not just for a personality packaging a serious lack of capacity to govern. After all, Trump can't adequately govern himself.


For references, see the relevant page on the powertomyvotes.com website.

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Saturday, August 19, 2023

Only Criminal Justice Will End Donald Trump's Reign of Chaos



Competitive games (think about simple Tic-Tac-Toe) and competitive sports (think about the more complex football) are useful to help us  understand politics—which is crazily complex and confusing. Politics can be understood as a type of competitive game which has rules by which voters, individual politicians, and political parties win or lose.

By fully understanding the rules of a game, one can understand why some players win more often and some lose more often. Everyone wants to be a winner—even in Tic-Tac-Toe!

Did you know that you can always win or draw in Tic-Tac-Toe?

I highly recommend you go to  https://www.wikihow.com/Win-at-Tic-Tac-Toe  to see a great example of knowing rules and strategies by which you can always win or draw when playing Tic-Tac-Doe.

Now let’s look at American football. It’s vastly more complex than tic-tax-toe, but it has specific rules to make it safer to play, make lots of people want to play it, and make it a huge spectator sport.

When there are no referees or judges then both kids and adults will try to cheat; they sooner or later get caught and folks get mad, fights can break out, and people quit! So for games and for all competitive sports there are referees/judges to insure all play by the same rules.





1. The stable rules of the game.

2. The players are the citizens and politicians in the game.

3. There’s always cheating and intentional bending or misunderstanding of the rules which make for blaming, denial, and conflict. Professional politicians routinely add conservative spin or liberal spin as they motivate support for their side of any issue.

The more complex the game and the more invisible the moves of the players, then the greater is the cheating and angry conflict. This plagues politics much more than American football where 95% of it can be seen on the football field.

4.  In politics, there are a wide variety of referees, judges, overseers, integrity and ethics committees, and complaint departments. This wide variety contributes to confusion and pessimism as to what actually too place and what remedies could have any practical significance.

In our further discussion, I use the term “referee-judges” to emphasize how in football someone is on the field of play watching the action to insure fair play. In politics the Supreme Court is the ultimate judge and there are other oversight committees with judgement powers (but they are less distinct or visible).





They are not the combination of:      

Impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction in the Senate.

These processes are inherently biased political events which reveal political agendas, secrets, and produce much drama. Three presidents have been impeached and all were acquitted by the Senate. Since the beginning of America, there have been just 21 impeachments; these resulted in eleven persons leaving the government. Two hundred years and just eleven problem persons culled out!


The frequent and effective referee-judges in American government are:

The Department of Justice (in the Executive Branch), which dutifully attempts to decide the law without bias. For example, the Department of Justice prosecutors are selected to be without any self-interest in the case at hand.

The Supreme Court (the Judicial Branch), which dutifully attempts to decide the law without bias. Of course, experts in the subject of bias inform us that everyone is biased and what's most important is one professionals to be aware of their biases in order to compensate for them. 

And in the House and Senate (Legislative Branch) there are numerous committees having varying degrees of oversight and power to ensure politicians are following the rules of the game. The members of these committees are Republicans or Democrats so partisan bias should be expected but is virtually immeasurable. These committees certainly have value. If nothing else, they force more transparency of decision-making.






Criminal Justice Deals With the January 6th Insurrection

From Politico  https://www.politico.com/news/2023/05/30/january-6-arrest-sentencing-00099158  :

“As of 5/30/2023, it’s been about two years since the Jan. 6th riot. Here are the results of the criminal justice efforts.

More than 1033 rioters have been arrested.

About 485 have received sentences.

Two-hundred twenty-seven have been sentenced to jail.

One-hundred thirteen have been sentenced to home detention.

The longest sentence [18 years] was for the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, for the sentence of seditious conspiracy. 

Another member of the Oath Keepers was sentenced to 12 years of jail time."


Civil Justice: Federal Judge Dismisses Trump’s Counter Suit Against E. Jean Carroll

Former president Donald Trump typically denies any wrongdoing.  After E. Jean Carroll successfully sued him for rape, Trump counter-sued her for defaming him. A federal judge dismissed Trump’s counter suit and clarified that: the verdict “established, as against Mr. Trump, the fact that Mr. Trump ‘raped’ her [.]”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/judge-tosses-trumps-counterclaim-e-jean-carroll-finding-rape-claim-sub-rcna98577


Some Politicians Are Exemplary American Heroes

I mention these politicians as heroes for quickly providing American citizens the truths about the 2020 election, the seriousness of the insurrection, and for their excellence in guarding our democracy. These are a few of the many heroes: Mike Pence (Trump’s VP), former representative Liz Cheney (leading the Jan 6th Committee investigation), George Conway (early on predicted Trump’s dangerousness to democracy), Attorney General Bill Barr and Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican Congressmen)  who immediately and publicly stated (Biden won and Trump lost in a fair election). And, of course, Senator Mitt Romney who was the first to boldly on prime time TV describe that Donald Trump was a fraud and did not have the character to be suitable as a president. I also mention President Biden, who had the self-confidence to successfully campaign for President and has honorably served as President. He has been a key player for avoiding greater damage to our country—he beat Trump and his personal strengths for effective collaboration were critical for restoring stability.


Republican George Conway Continues to Warn Everyone About the Dangers of Trump

Attorney George Conway since 2016 has accurately predicted the damage Trump would do to America and the Republican Party. The expert political writer Bob Woodward has detailed the damage in his book, Fear: Trump in the White House (2018). Conway recently said the Republicans have “addicted themselves” to Trump and Conway referred to the Republican Party as  “gone.”   https://www.huffpost.com/entry/george-conway-donald-trump-supporters_n_64d35837e4b0fa822c0ca9c8?ncid=APPLENEWS00001


Two-thirds of republican voters still believe Biden’s 2020 win was illegitimate!

Many recent polls shows that about two-thirds of republicans believe that President Biden’s election win was illegitimate. So, Trump has managed to delude both the Republican Party and two-thirds of republican voters.

But in recent months I have observed that the media, which used to present Trump and counter-Trump statements in a neutral manner, now suggest by well-selected words and nonverbal expressions that Trump’s ideas are not accurate—that they are part of a bold and dangerous conspiracy theory.

From CNN’s Harry Enten (2023): “GOP candidates and the Republican Party apparatus have allowed Trump to sell what is factually a fantasy to Republican voters. These voters have eaten it up and, in return, rewarded Trump with a large primary lead.”


Trump Claimed Election Fraud in the 2020 Election, But . . .

. . . Trump was the originator of fraudulent plots to keep himself in the presidency. Only in the last month or two have most of the details become public. For example, recently prosecutors in Michigan have charged Trump operatives with felonies related to wrongly accessing voting machines. Read more on this at: https://apple.news/AEbACxKUDRLa_xoUfKYiZNw

The 2020 was fraud free. No legitimate organizations or speakers alleged there were any voting irregularities which would change the results of that election.


The Most Important Summary of Trump’s Fraud and Dangerousness

“Why McConnell’s 2021 speech about Trump is suddenly relevant anew” (Benen, 2023).

The speech Mitch McConnell delivered after Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial was important at the time. It’s even more important now.” Trump could win the republican nomination and could win the presidency!

Find it at:


I have the highest regard for Senator Mitch McConnell as a very conservative Republican who is loyal to America, and to the Republican Party. He is a man of few words, but he has been one of the most powerful men in the Congress.

McConnell in his speech said, concerning the January 6th siege of the Capitol that:

“There is no question – none – that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. No questions about it. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president. And their having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on the planet Earth.”


I encourage everyone to click on the above link and read Senator McConnell’s speech. Back in 2021 he said that the “criminal justice system” should be the road to holding Trump accountable.


Never before in American history has a president ever been indicted. But former president Trump has been indicted in four cases as of 8/16/2023:

·        The Jan. 6th Insurrection (4 felony counts)

·        The Georgia Election Interference Case (13 counts)

·        The Classified Documents Case (40 felony counts)

·        The Hush Money Case (34 felony counts)

·        TOTAL COUNTS: 91

From Politico:  https://www.politico.com/interactives/2023/trump-criminal-investigations-cases-tracker-list/





The rule of law has been reinvigorated and is more in charge than misinformation, conspiracy theories, and  chaos.  Out of the many hundreds of offenses, each conviction is an effective lesson to the public on the rule of law.

America has a serious problem. Two thirds of Republicans still believe Trump won in 2020 and President Biden’s win was illegitimate. World history includes many centuries in which false belief systems controlled the minds of the majority. In the past there was a lack of scientific knowledge. Now we have plenty of scientific and political factual knowledge. But a large percentage of citizens are preferring misinformation and conspiracy theories.

I’ve read several authoritative opinions that the public’s preference for misinformation and rabid partisanship didn’t start with Trump; instead, it has increased over a couple different presidencies. I tend to believe this. Regardless of when it started, I don’t believe anyone has a good solution to this serious problem.





Benen, Steve. “Why McConnell’s 2021 Speech About Trump Is Suddenly Relevant Anew.”  MSNBC. 8-2-2023.


Enten, Harry. “The big reason Trump leads the GOP field: Republicans think he won the 2020 election.” CNN. 8/5/2323.


“Judge tosses Trump's counterclaim against E. Jean Carroll, finding rape claim is 'substantially true.'”  NBC News, 8-7-2023  ug. 7, 2023, 1:17 PM CDT    By Adam Reiss and Dareh Gregorian.


Moran, Lee. “George Conway Says 1 Brutal Thing Needs To Happen To GOP.” Huffington Post, 8-9-2023


“Tracking the Trump Criminal Cases: A definitive guide to the key players and legal risks in the four criminal probes of Donald Trump.” Politico 8/13/2023. Updated 8/16/2023.


Woodward, Bob. FEAR: Trump in the White House. Simon & Schuster, 2018.


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