Monday, January 2, 2017
Trump: We Will Not Move On!
You know the one, “I see a bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way”…. This song, written by John Fogarty, was released in 1969. It came at a time in the late 60’s when our country was in great turmoil over the Vietnam War, race relations, and the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Whether it was meant to be, this song sent an apocalyptic warning to the world by using the weather as a metaphor. This song could have been written yesterday, instead of nearly 48 years ago.
With the election results, I knew the bad moon was gonna rise. I just didn’t expect it to be before Trump even took office. His reaction this past weekend over President Obama’s sanctions on Russia and his expelling so called Diplomats (many were spies) was sophomoric. Trump blamed the hack on computers, then, he said, “We need to move on.” Even after incontrovertible evidence of Putin’s direct involvement in the hacks, Trump still is not willing to accept this. His schoolgirl tweets between he and Vladimir Putin should remove any doubt about Trump’s fitness to be a President of anything other than Trump Enterprises.
Move on? No way! We cannot move on from a hostile attack on our democratic process! We cannot let the love affair between Putin and Trump go unquestioned. If Russia does not suffer the consequence from this cyber attack, we have far more to lose than e-mails as Putin becomes more emboldened. We have too much at stake. If we let them get by with this, our country is theirs for the taking. We Americans will never have faith in our democratic elections again. All of our businesses’ proprietary information is subject to their hacking, including all research and development. Our electrical grids are all computerized. Our transportation systems depend on computers. Our bank accounts are computerized. You get the picture.
In 1972, we didn’t move on when President Richard Nixon’s re-election committee broke into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate hotel to wiretap and steal documents. This country had exhaustive investigations and a hearing lasting nearly a year, culminating in impeachment and Richard Nixon’s resignation as President. This was only an interrupted break-in. Nothing stolen. Our election was not affected. But, we did not move on until we learned the truth.
We didn’t move on when President Bill Clinton committed sexual indiscretions in the Oval Office. Kenneth Starr was appointed Independent Counselor (actually, a not-so-independent Prosecutor). Ken Starr made a fortune investigating the Clintons for any conspiracy theory possible—Whitewater, the suicide of Vince Foster, the Rose Law Firm, Paula Jones’ lawsuit, White House Travel Office, and failure to return their library books on time. For five years, there was a steady drip, drip, drip, but it was fizzling out until…Monica Lewenski fell in Starr’s lap (not literally, of course). Clinton was impeached (accused) for perjury and obstruction of justice. After $80 million dollars of our tax dollars, Bill Clinton was NOT convicted and served out the rest of his term. But, we did not move on until we learned the truth.
We didn’t move on after the Benghazi attack in 2012, even though there was no there, there. After many investigations with outcomes contrary to Republican dreams, Representative Trey Gowdy, opened the House Select Committee on Benghazi. After subpoenaing Hillary Clinton’s private emails, Gowdy made an inadvertent discovery and he thought he hit “pay dirt.” Secretary Clinton was using a private e-mail server! Like Starr, Gowdy moved on from Benghazi to e-mails. You know how that turned out. Gowdy had to put his signature on a letter that stated no wrongdoing was found. This result was after spending $11 million of our tax dollars. It didn’t stop there. Good ole, straight arrow FBI Director James Comey ran up a tab of $30 million of our tax dollars to tell us Clinton was careless. But at least we didn’t move on and we learned the truth.
You see, that’s the real reason Trump wants us to move on. He knows that Americans, our Congress, and our Senate do not move on until we know the truth. Trump knows that if we dig long and deep enough, the truth will come out. We Americans have to know the truth to get closure and be accepting of what the future holds. We have too many unanswered questions to move on. If Trump is not a legitimate President, we have to know. We need as many investigations as it takes to get to the truth, and we need to spend as much money as it takes to get to the truth, even if it means using Trump’s “wall money.” History has proven that’s the way we roll.