Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with Russia, giving tremendous detail into Trump’s business dealings. Trump consistently refuted the notion that he had any previous deals with anyone in Russia, but revelations from Cohen’s testimony to the FBI proves that he had in fact been in negotiations with Russia about a hotel as early as 2015. The master suite of the hotel would have allegedly been granted to Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes discusses the plausible argument Donald Trump has been compromised.
If these revelations are true, all of which are a part of Robert Mueller’s FBI investigation into Trump’s financial ties with Russia, it would prove in various ways that Donald Trump could be compromised by Russia, and also that information may be withheld from Trump that could significantly damage his reputation.
Perhaps we now know why Donald Trump didn’t want anyone to know he has conducted business in Russia.
While it grows to unite us, it tears us a part. The divisiveness of it all has become overtly disheartening. There are factions who want more for Americans, to include more healthcare and more education, and there are those who oppose those views, arguing that it would bankrupt the entire country. Some argue for a socialist agenda, others argue for capitalism to continue to reign supreme.
In the midst of all of the arguing and debate, The American citizen suffers. Their suffering, our suffering, it transcends just physical pain. It is also emotional. The imagery we see from neighboring states, the rhetoric of elected politicians, and our military involvement around the world can at times be too much for some Americans to stomach. For others, there isn’t enough defense spending and citizenry bashing to go around.
We are entering quite trivial times. Our economy may appear to be performing well, but the debt continues to climb. We are treating foreigners seeking asylum like enemy combatants, mobilizing thousands of Active Duty troops to defend us from a faux invasion. Citizens are dying from aid they cannot receive for lack of healthcare. Teenagers are signing their lives away to ever growing college tuition rates. The Government says that climate change is real, and that it will impact us all if we do not change our ways, and The President of The United States, Donald Trump, discredits it. He doesn’t believe it. At all.
We live in incredibly disheartening times. Of course, we will continue to be our best in this world. Many will suffer daily, and some will be successful. Others will aspire for success, while battling life’s many obstacles. The Republican narrative is that “hand outs” are a really bad thing, but many Americans are suffering beyond repair. Perhaps a hand-out wouldn’t suffice.
“The American Dream is dead.”
-Donald John Trump, 45th President of The United States of America
The time of the year is upon us, where citizens across The United States of America now have the chance to exercise their rights and vote into office the candidates they believe will best represent them as Mayors, Governors, and congressional representatives in both The House and The Senate.
This Tuesday, November 6th 2018 is Election Day. Commonly referred to as The Midterms, this marks a day where we’ll essentially see either The Republican party maintain their dominance across the country, or The Democrats gaining much needed representation and control in The House or The Senate, to begin their process of amending many of the decisions Republicans have made.
For The Democrats, it is crucial that enough representatives are elected to seize control of either The House or The Senate, or both. If not, and if their campaigning fails as it did during the Presidential Election of 2016, where Donald Trump managed to seize victory over long-time Government server Hillary Clinton, The United States of America could begin to see policy implementation by The Republicans ramp up. Americans could also see the eradication of The Obama Era Healthcare Plan, an end to Birthright Citizenship, and tremendous cuts to spending on Social aid (Medicaid and Social Security).
It is important to vote.
Regardless of your party affiliation, if you feel concerned about a topic, or wish for change in your neighborhood and society, it is important to vote. As a registered Democrat, I am eager to vote, and I hope to see The Democrats pull off significant power grabs in Congress. As someone who voted in 2016 for a Democrat to be President, I’ve learned that polls are are no longer a trustworthy source to grasp voter turnout demographics. This year, the message is clear: go out and vote.
Come Tuesday, we decide the direction our country moves in. Vote for what you believe in. If Donald Trump does not sit right with you, and if you demand change right now, go out and vote. Your voice can be heard, and your power to vote can and will change the entire course of this Nation. It is of utmost importance, and I urge anyone who reads this, to go out and vote.
Say what you will about The United States of America, you have to accept that it is now the strongest Country to ever exist. An unimaginable amount of money is spent on The Military, and victory after victory ensures the continuity of receiving upwards of 60% of Government spending annually, $500 to $700 Billion Dollars a year, more than the combined military expenditures of the next two most powerful nations combined. It is a trend that is likely never to change.
Since the year 2000, after George W. Bush assumed office, U.S. debt sat at $5.6 Trillion Dollars. Unfortunate events plagued Bush’s Presidency, and the cost of fighting wars on two fronts, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, would later take a significant toll on the country. Once Obama assumed office, the debt had swelled to over $9 Trillion dollars. The unfortunate circumstances of the rising debt crippled many Americans (citizens, banks and corporations alike), and of it’s effects forced the nation into a period economic depression. With no other choice, a Stimulus Bill of $800 Billion Dollars was passed, enabling Americans to escape the effects of the recession and keep the government afloat.
Jobs were created. Americans had truly regained hope.
But the debt by the end of Obama’s Presidency had skyrocketed. The Stimulus Bill and increased defense spending had left now President Trump with a National debt of $19 Trillion Dollars, with 76% percent being held by the public.
Since 2016, the U.S. has increased spending and continued to lower taxes on corporations and wealthy citizens, and they also continued their excessive trend of military spending.
The debt now sits at $21 Trillion Dollars, and some estimates argue that by 2028 it will climb to $28 Trillion Dollars, eclipsing WWII deficits and outgrowing the overall U.S. economy.
But, this is not what politicians talk about. What they talk about is how Medicaid is too expensive, how Social Security needs to be cut and how Healthcare is either never going to be universal, or needs to be universal. It is almost as if no one wants to discuss the rising debts, and how it could very well be the true catalyst toward plummeting the United States into economic straits similar to Venezuela or Greece, a situation potentially worse than the recession of 2008. While some politicians do discuss the issue, like long time Independent from Vermont Bernie Sanders, they are often written off by the elite, with the argument that any strategic plan to tax the rich exponentially more than the poor or middle class would be chaotic and socialist, and that socialism in any form will never, ever work. But of those arguments there never emerges answers to the looming and unforeseen future we all will one day face because of our Government’s excessive military spending and other increasing government expenditures.
The future is bright. It is because we’ll pave it that way. But, also in the future is the looming presence of great adversity. The debt of The United States of America is an actual looming adversity waiting to happen, and it is time that a true bi-partisan effort is set in motion to fix this problem before it grows out of proportion.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked by the media if President Donald Trump regrets any of his previous comments where he wishes harm on his opponents, states that The President has been against violence since day one.
Sarah Sanders, that is a lie. The President has in fact been promoting violence. He has insulted all of his political opponents, promoting violent rhetoric and conspiracies along the way. His political hyperbole cannot be discredited, or discharged as the work of a man with little political experience. Praising a politician for body slamming a reporter. Saying someone with 2nd amendment rights might shoot Hillary Clinton. Repeatedly saying you’ve wanted to punch someone in the head at your rallies. Calling the media the enemy of The United States. Claiming you could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue, New York and get away with you.
You have been promoting violence all along. Mr. President, please stop.
There are too many key issues plaguing The United States at this moment, and there is no room for violence of any form in politics. American citizens are currently holding out hope for change in their respective lives and communities, and many of them know that change can only come by supporting elected officials. That is why it is too important for we, the American people, to not have to deal with what has recently transpired.
Several pipe bombs have been sent to top Democrats. A blatant act of terrorism, it may perhaps be safe to conclude before any evidence is found of the perpetrators that this was in fact politically motivated. Whether or not this is domestic terrorism, we can at least infer that the motives behind these potential attacks were fueled by the aggressive and violent rhetoric of President Donald Trump, and societal members of the Republican Party.
Politics is amazing, and unique, in the fact that The Republican Party and The Democratic Party, and any other Party in the United States, has the right to stand up for the rights of American citizens and be the voice where sometimes voices cannot be heard. But politicians have to be careful how they use their power. The President has inadvertently been invoking violence with his rhetoric, and he has too much pride to force himself into guilt or change. To those that can amend there ways, do so. Do not stoop to the promotion of violence, for this is America’s history and future at stake.
Promote prosperity. End it now.
Any average american will tell you that border protection is one of the major problems facing our Nation today. Over the past decade, studies have found that an average of 1 million immigrants have entered the country annually. As of today, there are roughly 37 million immigrants now residing here in the United States. Recent Presidents have a history of trying to implement comprehensive immigration policies, from George W. Bush’s welcoming message to immigrants (much to the dismay of his party), to Barrack Obama’s prolific speech acknowledging that the government had failed practices of immigration and that immigration reform needed to happen.
Walking to the beat of an entirely different drum from his predecessors, President Trump ran his entire campaign with the promise of dismantling any immigrant’s ability to cross into the U.S. illegally, and throughout his campaign demanded of the government to build a massive 2,000 mile long wall, reinforced with border agents along it’s mammoth divide between the United States and Mexico. The Wall is a campaign promise that has yet to be met, and different factions of the government are squabbling with one another to figure out just how this wall is going to be funded.
Although the process is taking longer than President Trump would have liked, it does appear that funds are accumulating.
The Wall has a proposed budget of around $18 billion dollars, yet legislation has never been implemented for a project of this caliber before (except for military projects). Given the sheer size and ramifications of it existing, key officials and lawmakers are still scrambling to find a way to fund the wall without the approval of The Democrats, who currently stand against the construction of the wall and still advocate for immigration reform. A recent proposal by Representative Bradley Bryne, Republican from Alaska, introduces legislation aimed at allowing Republicans to circumvent votes from Democrats to pay for the wall. The proposal has the same build as a proposal from 2017, which was used to pass a Tax Overhaul Bill. If the proposal works, and Republicans are allowed to pass legislation with around 50 votes, a request of funds from The U.S. Treasury at the tune of $25 billion dollars will be allocated to The Department of Homeland Security for both a security trust and border protection.
The United States now remains split on immigration policies. Republicans led by Donald Trump argue that immigration is a problem, and that it has led to illegal immigrants effecting our laws. Recently Republicans passed a measure prohibiting non-citizens to vote in U.S. elections, as there is a growing fear that immigrants are illegally voting. That was a major consensus by now President Trump after losing the 2016 popular vote to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Trump ran on the proposal of a massive border wall, a protective measure he feels is necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He ran most of his campaign on the promise of building the wall, but although his resolve for the issue remains the same, funding for the wall remains gridlocked as Democrats unanimously voice against its creation, and Republicans fall short of coming up with a way of paying for it. The nearly 1000 mile long border wall could end up costing the U.S. $18 billion dollars.
Just this week, sentiments have been expressed in regards of the massive group of people now traveling across Mexico with the hopes of reaching the United States. Republicans are arguing that this is an overall atrocity, some stating that no one has a right to enter the U.S., while President Trump declares the migrating group of foreigners a National Emergency, cautioning the Military and further expressing the group of migrant’s countries of origin that all aid will be stopped because of the massive caravan heading toward the United States.
While Democrats argue that the president is fear mongering when discussing the caravan of immigrants, the republican controlled government stands united with the argument that immigrantion is not a right and that something has to be done about the oncoming group of migrants, and immigration as a whole.
The United States of America and The Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR) were nations who had known the effects of war. They both were participants of WWII, and both of their military might combined, coupled with the efforts of various other nations, helped to take down the axis powers and defeat Nazism from taking over Europe. What sprung from WWII was another test of might, one that would last decades up until December 5th, 1994, a war The USA and Russia will always be known for. The Cold War. This decades long display of nuclear power created an instability in the world, and although neither country formally attacked the other, the threat of nuclear war greatly loomed over both nations. Today, both the USA and Russia are a part of a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as S.T.A.R.T., which ultimately led to an armistice between the two powerful nations which led to the end of the Cold War.
It appears things may soon change.
A call to the end of the armistice between Russia and The USA appears to be President Trump’s latest battle cry, and it comes in the wake of many other events taking place in the political spectrum. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 Presidential election by The Democrats and other government officials, and while many republican officials refuted the notion, to include President Trump, now President Trump himself is accusing Russia of attempting to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections.
At this point, it is tough to understand what will come next. A pullout from this armistice with Russia, because they are indeed testing long range nuclear missiles, may perhaps ultimately mean that The USA will now continue to embark on tests as well. It wasn’t too long ago that world leaders were arguing for an end to nuclear weapons altogether (this argument still exists), but this latest move by President Trump may be an inadvertent show of strength. Perhaps before his time is up as President, he will enact an agenda to institute more nuclear armament testing, unlike the world has ever seen before. One thing is true, and it is that President Trump does not like to be outdone. He likes his stuff bigger, and he likes his stuff better.
We may be witnessing the start of a new nuclear arms race.