Impeding the inquiry
EDITOR: With constant pressure from the Trump administration on the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to close the Russian investigation, it is important for everybody to be aware of what is going on.
President Donald Trump is doing as much as he can to destroy the checks on his power. Investigators who are trying to do their jobs are being fired or forced out of their jobs. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are putting out a memo of disinformation that the Trump Justice Department has said would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release. This memo supposedly discredits the FBI and the Russian investigation. Yet the Republican committee majority isn’t allowing an opposition memo from the Democrats validating the investigation.
These investigations are successful. They have already gotten two guilty pleas and two indictments with multi-million dollar bonds on former members of the Trump administration and/or campaign.
Trump also is resisting action on Russian election meddling by refusing to implement sanctions voted by Congress with an overwhelming majority.
Talk to friends in so-called red states. Tell them things they might not know. They may vote out Republican representatives who allow Trump to destroy our constitutional protections. Be informed. Speak out. Resist. Vote.
EDITOR: I’ve watched many State of the Union speeches. They all have things in common. It’s a chance to tell everyone what a great job the sitting president is doing, true or not. The speeches are also full of bon-bons that the chief executive says he will serve up off the large government silver tray. Of course, none or very few make it beyond that podium.
The whole show of constant rising and sitting down and the incessant clapping reminds me of Stalin’s speeches, but in his world, the first comrade to stop clapping was shot.
What I enjoy most is watching the opposition party members as each statement or bon-bon is offered up for applause. A larger group of grouchy old people has never been assembled. The Black Caucus just sat there staring forward. Nancy Pelosi was constantly looking over her shoulder to see if anyone was smiling or standing at the wrong time. It was a sad exhibition by a bunch of rich old people. Speaker Paul Ryan was actually mocking them toward the end of the show.
Watching the feds
EDITOR: The words from Tom Homan, the acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the recent actions of local ICE agents give cause for great concern on the part of all law-abiding citizens here in California and Sonoma County in particular.
These seem to be more revenge-based than based on citizen security. In an effort to not let this continue unchecked, the legal observer team concept has been developed. If ICE activity is noticed any time of day or night, a simple call to the hotline — 707-800-4544 — will bring into action a team of trained observers to document and ensure the activity is within the scope of the law and the policies of our local government.