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Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.
    —    Albert Einstein
[Friday’s vote in the U.S. Senate…  I’ve been reading some of the press releases from the Republican Senators who voted to block all new testimony and evidence in the impeachment trial of President Trump:  We don’t need anymore new evidence because the House Managers have proven the President is guilty and we don’t want the American public to hear anymore evidence in “our” (Republican controlled) chamber.  We’ve closed the book on this case, so let’s get on with voting to dismiss the impeachment because we Republicans don’t care that he’s guilty of violating his oath of Office by abusing his power.  (paraphrasing Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander)  What Alexander didn’t say was:  “I’m not even willing to discuss the President’s guilt in obstructing Congress ’cause I just said he was guilty and why should a guilty Republican President have to provide evidence (documents or witnesses) about his own guilt just because a Democratic controlled House of Representatives wants us to fulfill our Constitution mandated oversight responsibilities.”
The above quote (from Einstein) was found at one of the blogs I follow:   https://aponderingmind.org
The specific link is:  https://aponderingmind.org/2020/01/01/three-great-forces-rule-the-world-stupidity-fear-and-greed-albert-einstein/
Please visit the site if you have a spare moment…    —    KMAB]
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Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we will find the way.
   —    Abraham Lincoln
[It now seems likely that John Bolton’s book (to be released in March) will open up the spillways on what (to now) has been the leaking dam of the corrupt and incompetent Trump Administration.  We are likely to see a continuing death by a thousand cuts throughout the summer and into the election and the cuts will get progressively deeper as #45 continues to lose court cases – particularly about his taxes and finances.
How long until the Senate Republicans give up their fear of #45?  A third of all Senators are up for up for re-election in 2020.  23 are Republicans and 12 are Democrats.  The Democrats must hold ALL of their seats and pick off four of the Republicans to take control of the Senate.  This is a tall order if we have a “normal” election.  It seems to me more likely the Republicans will hold their seats if they dump their dead weight now than if they continue their support and face a massive vote against Trump.  The two questions are:  1) will the voter purge (of likely Democratic voters) be enough to tip the scales to the Republicans in the critical states, and, 2)  will Republicans not show up for #45 (in protest) and / or not show up en masse to protect the down ballot candidates (the sitting Senators).
The lesson of Nixon, Bush (I) and Obama is to cut your losses, take your lumps in the short run and come back strong in Congress before retaking the White House.  Having impeachment witnesses and then convicting and removing #45 will be better for the Republicans than full retribution in November.  If they don’t call witnesses, they lose for cynical hypocrisy.  If they do call witnesses (and documents), the trial drags on until they convince Trump to quit (like Nixon).  If they wait too long, they will not have time to rally around whomever they finally fall back on as their candidate.  Their best chance for November is to lance the boil quickly and as cleanly as possible…     —    KMAB]
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Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.
    ―    George Bernard Shaw
[They won’t.  But they should…    —    KMAB]
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The Constitution is clear: the President sets foreign policy.  Congress provides “advice and consent” for the ratification of treaties.  Lawmakers should not undermine the President’s proper authority, but neither should the President cede that authority for temporary political advantage.   The President and Congress score points off each other every day, but if their gamesmanship undermines Washington’s credibility, the national interest will suffer.
   —    Ian Bremmer
From his editorial: “Credit Crunch Congress and Obama weaken the U.S. by playing politics abroad
The editorial appeared in: Time Magazine, 23 March 2015
[Actually, the Constitution says in Article 2, Section 2:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;  …”
The “He” mentioned is the President and the approving body is the Senate and not Congress.  The House of Representatives has no role in the treaty process.  —  KMAB]
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