It’s time for him to go!

nixonThere’s a lot we don’t know about Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia. We know that the FBI and other agencies have been looking into any contact Trump’s campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone might have had contact with the Russian government during the election. We know that intelligence agencies suspect those three might have worked the Russian officials to coordinate the release of hacked emails. We know that disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions all lied about or failed to disclose communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

We don’t know how all these pieces fit together. We don’t know exactly what Donald Trump Sr.’s direct involvement is, or how aware he was of his advisers’ efforts, or the nature of his business relationship with Russia. That’s provoked a lot of very valuable investigative journalism, as well as a lot of outright conspiracy theorizing.

But focusing too granularly on the details of Trump’s personal involvement risks setting the bar too low for him. It risks suggesting that unless we find undeniable proof of collusion between Trump and the Russian government, he’s in the clear.

The fact of the matter is that without any more information than we already have, we already know Trump’s conduct is at least as outrageous as what Nixon acknowledged in the smoking gun tape.

In Nixon’s case, what crossed the line, moving top leaders from his own party to go to the White House and tell Nixon that his presidency was over, was Nixon’s attempt to hamper the FBI’s investigation into Watergate.

And we now know that before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he asked Comey to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Flynn. This is exactly the same kind of FBI investigation interference that forced Nixon out of the White House and shocked his Republican allies out of defending him.

As of now, Trump’s Republican allies in Congress are standing by him and not demanding a independent prosecutor, let alone impeachment.

But this is not a “where there’s smoke there’s fire” situation. We don’t need to know much more to know that the president has committed conduct that was once thought sufficient to warrant removal from office.

The Comey firing isn’t smoke. It’s fire.

 

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Let’s make some money together!

Of all the books I have written JAKE has received the most critical acclaim of them all. I am amazed at the wonderful reader reviews I receive almost daily, and most of them include a phrase to suggest that JAKE would make a terrific movie.

I agree, but how do I get the book into the hands of someone in the movie business?

Here’s how you can help.

That old cliché that says you have to know somebody is very true when it comes to the movie business, so rack your brains and search for a friend or acquaintance who might know someone. Just get the book into their hands and ask them to read it. The rest as they say will be history!

You will be my agent and I’ll be happy to pay you 10% of any compensation I receive. Could be a substantial amount for simply passing along a copy of JAKE.

 

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The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Anthology.

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I have finally succumbed to the pressures of my friends and peers who since they discovered that I write books, have being saying to me every time unusual incidents occur, “Derek, you should write a book about that!”

‘The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Anthology’ is an eclectic collection of short stories, poems and articles all pertaining to the people and the topics common to the Town. It is humorous, informative and thought provoking and is available as a paperback ($9.95) or as an EBook ($3.99) from Amazon.com.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1521095590

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Don’t let Trump destroy our culture.

Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice. Experience has taught me that education, trusted institutions and civil discourse are the lifeblood of a great nation.

Public broadcasting plays a special role with young children. More than half of all kids in our country do not have the opportunity to attend a preschool program. I’ve also seen research that PBS local stations reach more children ages 2 to 5 than any other children’s network, and the new dedicated PBS Kids channel is the only free national programming for children that is available anywhere and anytime.

Public television works hard to engage young learners and build the skills needed for a jump-start on life. We need our youngest to be curious, resilient and empathetic, and prepared for the jobs of the future.

Public, noncommercial broadcasting is also giving kids social-emotional skills like persistence and self-control that are fundamental to success in school. In our society, I see public media as a lever. It pushes people by elevating them and their sights. It brings them into more thinking and understanding, and it brings us together. The federal appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — about $445 million annually — supports more than a thousand television and radio stations at a cost of about $1.35 per citizen. President Trump has proposed scrapping the corporation.

We need public media that acts as our largest classroom. We need broadcasting that treats us as citizens, not simply as consumers. We need a strong civil society where the connection between different people and groups is firm and vibrant, not brittle and divided. We need to defend against weaknesses within and enemies without, using the tools of civil society and hard power. We don’t have to pick one over the other.

 

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From United States to Divided States.

‘By the end of the week, Trump will be the president. I wish him the best; I wish him the worst. The dilemma is how to separate loathing for him from love of country. I am leaving it to time to work that out. Meanwhile, Trump will have his moment, that’s for sure, but when things go wrong he will be chased from office — just like Lyndon Johnson once was. The ancient Greeks knew why: A man’s character is his fate. In that case, Trump’s presidency is doomed.’

He’ll be impeached within 2 years for conflict of interest and violation of the constitution.
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Thank you, who ever you are?

Good reviews are the life-blood of any Author and I would like to thank those readers who have enjoyed and reviewed my books.

Top Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Book

I had voted for this book on kindle scout but it didn’t win. I really don’t know why. Once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. Yes it is a mystery but I just loved all of the history. It was so rich with it throughout the story. The story just flowed so beautifully. I highly recommend this book.  

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read

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The author’s in depth knowledge of the Bahamas and Spanish Wells makes this a great book. The characters come to life and the plot is realistic. Could not put it down. Buy it now!  

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Well written with a happy ending. You will finish the read before you finish your cigar. Spanish Wells is a special place. Google it and visit it.

 5.0 out of 5 stars Best I’ve read in ages.

Every once in a while a book by a new Author comes to my attention and I’m blown away. This writer is one of those. I can’t wait to read more of his books. 

 

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