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The Donald Trump Presidency has been plagued by controversy from the moment he snatched victory, courtesy of the Electoral College.

Trump has consistently lied, broken alliances with friendly nations, insulted world leaders, and, it would seem likely badly mishandled the North Korea Nukes issue. His Presidency has been one misstep after another.

Now that impeachment proceedings against him are starting, my questions are, can Trump order White House staff or other senior administration people to not obey Congressional Summonses?

Can staffers refuse to respond to summonses?

Now that a court has ordered that he hand over tax records, can he refuse?

And the last, but obvious questions are, if Trump orders staffers to ignore summonses, or they refuse to appear when summoned, what happens?

Can Congress have them arrested and brought before the Chamber?

What happens if Trump refuses to hand over Tax records, as ordered?


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Yes, they can refuse.

What the consequences of that refusal are, nobody knows.

Trump did not snatch victory, Hillary snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  It was hers to loose, and she lost it.  There is some speculation that she will try for the nomination.

Trump and his popularity demonstrate that there are deep problems with American society.  Instead of trying to address these problems, the democrats are busy trying to address the symptoms, not the problems themselves.  GW. Bush barely won against Gore, and the democrats claimed that their guy should have won, then four years later and W. won decently over the democrat's candidate (forget his name), same thing could happen with Trump.  People don't like changing a horse midstream.  There is
some talk of Hillary running for the nomination at the convention, I guess she feels that she hasn't had
enough punishment.

I like Tulsi Gabbard as a candidate, don't agree with everything, but I believe that she genuinely loves and wants to serve this country, all this country.
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Cannot Congress enforce its' subpoena?
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They didn't help us in WWII': Trump dismisses plight of Kurds facing Turkish onslaught in Syria

ABC News 10/10/2019

Possibly sightly off topic, but probably the weakest, most disingeniuous statement that I've heard for a while made by Trump, as he orders troops out of the Turkish/Syrian/Kurdish mess.

Can he do this without consultation with Congress?
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Congress does not have law enforcement capacity, the Justice Department would normally enforce suppoenas.  But, of course the justice department is part of the Executive branch.

The president is the commander-in-chief.  If you haven't noticed, he does not need their approval (except the senate for appointments).  Legislation is another matter.
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Looking at this and other issues, it seems to me that the US is in need of a serious change.

The president alone should not have the power to over rule Congress on serious matters of state.

Congress should have the power to enforce it's subpoenas and other determinations, if by no other means, using the US Marshals Service, regardless of which branch it belongs to.

People elect Senators and Congressmen/women to represent their views, needs and values, one person should be able to ride rough shod over them.

Regardless of personal politics, one must admit that Trump is at present the greatest danger to world peace and good order.

Someone suggests that he should take a deal and quit. Sound advice in my view, but would he accept those terms?


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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Looking at this and other issues, it seems to me that the US is in need of a serious change.
Hi toyomotor. That's kind of vague. Change as in a new investigation into Trump?
After 3 years of 'Impeachment Inquiry' one wonders- WHY NOT VOTE on Impeachment? Hello- HOUSE of REPS? Anybody home? They have the votes but no confidence Cry
An official vote is not mandatory it merely forces the democrats to put up or shut up. Well, they can't shut up so they just keep shrieking. They have no intention of impeaching it's just a way to constantly cause disruption and strife bc democrats worry so about the Constitution.

The POTUS, does not have to respond to democrats pissing themselves either, nor does anyone on his staff as long as Donald J Trump says so. Commander in Chief, Diplomat in Chief which means he wears the pants. Democrats are sour bc Obama didn't wear the pants not with Putin, not in Syria, serious missteps.

All the D.'s can do is take him to court. You will never see US Marshall putting Trump in handcuffs- so sorry.
If D.'s try to get the Supreme court involved John Roberts will say-"take a vote"- Twitter does not move the US Supreme Court.

Quote The president alone should not have the power to over rule Congress on serious matters of state.
Please detail the serious matters that the Commander in Chief has overruled congress on, D's are not attending to ANY serious matters currently dwelling only on impeachment, obstruction and treasonous lying by Adam Schiff & co.

Quote Congress should have the power to enforce it's subpoenas and other determinations, if by no other means, using the US Marshals Service, regardless of which branch it belongs to.
 
Hey you sound like a man who knows how to get things done. And wouldn't you have done it already if you had Evidence? Congress can enforce subpoenas through the Dept of Justice but it would require Evidence. It's exactly the same as Mueller's Probe -micro-soft no hard drive. Did you know that Trump declined to offer Mueller the role of FBI director? Before the probe Mueller went to interview for that position and Trump declined to offer him the position. 

Quote People elect Senators and Congressmen/women to represent their views, needs and values, one person should be able to ride rough shod over them.
That is not happening, once again consider the source or detail the particulars you are referring to please.

Quote Regardless of personal politics, one must admit that Trump is at present the greatest danger to world peace and good order.

Someone suggests that he should take a deal and quit. Sound advice in my view, but would he accept those terms?
Hell No!
Do you think KJI is the ONE decision maker in NoKo? He has a congress of Generals to deal with, it's not a one man show.
How is Trump making it worse in NoKo? 

He's not going to quit, too many people love what he is doing and we are keeping quiet about it. No one who supports Trump will tell pollsters bc of last election. Keep them guessing right until the end with Trump winning the Popular Vote just like GW Bush.

Mueller Probe spectacle was pathetic and sad, hard to watch that farce after 3 years of "Oh, big insurance policy Trump's going down"
What a bunch of jackasses! Congressional circle jerk! Your friend Hillary is the treasonous liar who sought help getting "dirt" on her opponent. And her day is coming the investigation won't stop now Biden's whole freaking family is getting called out for bribery and illegal profiteering. This is going to be fun.


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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

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They didn't help us in WWII': Trump dismisses plight of Kurds facing Turkish onslaught in Syria

ABC News 10/10/2019

Possibly sightly off topic, but probably the weakest, most disingeniuous statement that I've heard for a while made by Trump, as he orders troops out of the Turkish/Syrian/Kurdish mess.

Can he do this without consultation with Congress?
A US President can do this. I'm glad our guys are out. Did you expect the US troops in Syria to defend that entire country? Forever? No, Trump is right we do need to get out of the endless wars. 

I know AU Prime Minister Scott Morrison wouldn't send Aussie kids to go die in that hell.

I notice the media has just become aware of the Kurds, how very grown up of them.


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No, I'm not talking about D.Trump personally, I was referring to what I see as failings in the US political system.

Mind you, I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but in comparison to other Westminster systems of government, my view is that the US has strayed from the path.

I acknowledge your comments on media bias, but many of the international decisions emanating from the WH do add to world tensions.

The US, over the past two years has sent out far too many confused signals, to the extent that long time friends are visibly shaken, and some are taking stock of their relationships.

I don't agree with the US being involved in some of the conflicts that it currently is, but, one which is demanding attention is China's moves in the South China Sea, ad in quite a few small nations bordering on western US allies.
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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

No, I'm not talking about D.Trump personally, I was referring to what I see as failings in the US political system.

Mind you, I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but in comparison to other Westminster systems of government, my view is that the US has strayed from the path.

I acknowledge your comments on media bias, but many of the international decisions emanating from the WH do add to world tensions.

The US, over the past two years has sent out far too many confused signals, to the extent that long time friends are visibly shaken, and some are taking stock of their relationships.

I don't agree with the US being involved in some of the conflicts that it currently is, but, one which is demanding attention is China's moves in the South China Sea, ad in quite a few small nations bordering on western US allies.
Plenty of failure in the nuts and bolts handling of how government is run, that is very noticeable and it used to only happen in banana republics. Starting with Obama the "rules" have just been dropped and bc the chaos is everywhere it's impossible to keep up with the daily dump of nonsense.

Traditionally there is a two party balance in the subpoena portion of congress's theater. Now democrats use rules which allow for the appearance and existence of inequity on TV broadcasts, we only see D's on the offensive until AG Bill Barr and Cory Lewandowski types, so well versed in the facts forced the D's into defense mode publicly. 

That made for some nervous D's and so the onslaught of accusations was again ratcheted up somehow and no reprieve from this nonsense. I can't imagine anyone else who could function in this madness.

Long time friends have been picking US pockets for decades(not AU) , things have been shook up so I understand the concern world wide. 

On China this president does what no one else would do, takes a swipe at their financial security and tried to force them to acknowledge the situation in Hong Kong. Trump publicly supports the protesters  in China. Our entertainment/pro-basketball industry is now the handmaid of China, NBA will not allow coaches or players to offer support to Hong Kong in any way. Today you cannot wear a t shirt that supports Hong Kong protesters at an NBA game. 

In tv and film no references to any subject that embarrasses China are allowed, such as the Dali Lama- imagine that! Trump has not made everyone happy partly bc the Never Trump people cannot stop attacking the POTUS. 


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The democrats are gambling that the impeachment will help them, some it might, but when the Republicans impeached Clinton, they lost in the next election, and the Senate never gave Bill Clinton a sentence.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows that it is a gamble.

Ever since Bill Clinton was impeached there has been a fringe that has called for an impeachment of the President (W. Bush or Obama).  Now that "fringe" is Congress.  Question is will this open up a more active war of impeachment of "whomever" occupies the office?  Why stop with just Trump?

But, look at the democratic candidates for President.  None of them are strong enough to insure a victory against Donald Trump in the voting box, which is one reason for the democrats to try to hobble Trump beforehand.  It would be nice if they had a decent moderate that they could put up.  Biden is fairly moderate, but his heart doesn't seem to be in it.  He and Sanders and what's her name (the front runners) are all over 70.  I think that Tusli Gabbard is a decent human being, but she is towards the bottom of the pack.  
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Regardless of who the office holder is, IMHO, they should not be able to defy Congress and micro-manage government departments. Employees should have some certaintity of tenure unless of course they commit some unpardonable crime or offence.

While the US Constitution and various statutes give the President some extraordinary powers, these should always be used with caution and transparency.

I note that the US has voted for itself the right of rendition, no-one else has. I wonder why it's been allowed to continue? 
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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Regardless of who the office holder is, IMHO, they should not be able to defy Congress and micro-manage government departments. Employees should have some certaintity of tenure unless of course they commit some unpardonable crime or offence.

While the US Constitution and various statutes give the President some extraordinary powers, these should always be used with caution and transparency.

I note that the US has voted for itself the right of rendition, no-one else has. I wonder why it's been allowed to continue? 
The admin can defy this kind of harassment. The branches are co equal. There are rules if the politics turns into theater and it has, take a vote, impeach. Why do they just stir the sh*t day after day?

 The congress are acting like bafoons! Include a number of republican charlatans-Mitt Romney. 

The employees that turn out to be tools of the democrat party machine or CNN fluffers can find new life away from the white house. IMO it's no comfort or security to know these people are trying to undercut Trump at any cost. We have enough to deal with as a nation he is president they won't accept. 

Therefore applause, applause for ignoring democrat theater.

Please explain " the US has voted for itself the right of rendition"

Also detail the examples of lack. The foreign policy? Kurds are peacefully getting out of Syria,hopefully all goes well. Did you see that coming? Think Hillary would have done it?




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The AG is digging into Ukraine, the Russia Hoax, (and it was a bit fat hoax) and the FISA court shenanigans. Comey, Brennan, Clapper and members of congress are obviously panicked they look like fools. The first two democrat debates got between 14-15 million viewers to watch all 3 hours. This last one a couple days ago dropped off to 8 million. 

CNN is recently exposed by multiple "whistle blowers" who actually do go on the record with video and audio of Jeff Zucker telling reporters that impeachment is the only story. He's a former associate of Trump from the Apprentice tv show and he obviously hates Trump. 

That doesn't make any of this crap true its an attempt to sway public opinion nothing more. Where is the big bomb that was going to drop on Russian Collusion? Democrat Dillusion.

Hillary Clinton said very recently that Democrat candidate Tulsi Gabbard and former candidate Jill Stein are "Russian assets" who plan to get into the race and create a third party vote thus enabling a Trump win in 2020.
She's living in a bubble. 
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Quote Extraordinary rendition, also called irregular rendition or forced rendition, is the government-sponsored abduction and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another with the purpose of circumventing the former country’s laws on interrogationdetention and torture. Such renditions have been carried out (for example) by the United States government, with the consent of the other countries involved.[1][2][3]-from - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_rendition 

As I understand it:

a. The Rendition Power is provided by the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984;
b. Technically, the country in which the person is found must consent to the rendition, as I said, technically;
c. No other country has such a law - AFAIK;
d. That these powers were granted to the US by it's own government shows a disregard for the laws of other countries; and
e. The technicality of the laws, their original intention has been ridden rough shot, for example, rendition to countries which condone torture, while prisoners of the US and having not been actually charged with a crime of offense.
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Yes you say technical. Rendition is legal when others countries agree to release prisoners wanted for crimes in the US. Extraordinary rendition is when a prisoner is released to US be tried even when he has committed a crime in say UK. Is that Correct?
Doesn't the UK traditionally allow this?
Would the UK cut a child murderer lose, who was wanted in UK? I doubt that it would. And UK won't turn this bird over to US-


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Yes you say technical. Rendition is legal when others countries agree to release prisoners wanted for crimes in the US. Extraordinary rendition is when a prisoner is released to US be tried even when he has committed a crime in say UK. Is that Correct?
Doesn't the UK traditionally allow this?
Would the UK cut a child murderer lose, who was wanted in UK? I doubt that it would. And UK won't turn this bird over to US-

Extradition is when a warrant has been issued in one country/state and the offender has been arrested, on the terms of the warrant, in another country/state. They appear before a court in the second country/state and are ordered to be extradited to the place where the warrant was issued.

In the case of rendition, technically, the second country agrees that the person should be returned to the US, ostensibly for trial, but not necessarily. I say  technically, because there have been highlighted cases where the CIA has rendered a person without the knowledge of consent of the second country, or, the second country is in no position to oppose it anyway. In these cases, the person subject to rendition has not appeared before a court in the second country.

How many prisoners originally detained in Guantanamo had been before a court before they were transported to the US. The US has some pretty good laws for time allowed between arrest and appearance before a court, but these don't apply to Guantanamo prisoners, many who were held for years, interrogated but did not appear before a court. There also have been cases where people have been subject to rendition to third countries which openly permit torture.

The power of Rendition was granted to the US by the US government. I don't know if any other country has taken on this power.

Let me be clear on this, I don't necessarily see the power of rendition to be a bad thing-it does away with potentially long and involved court cases and the probability that if they appear in local courts in their own or a third country which is not aligned with the US, they could well be released and sheltered.

I'm not sure if Pablo Escobar was rendered or not.


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Quote In the case of rendition, technically, the second country agrees that the person should be returned to the US, ostensibly for trial, but not necessarily. I say  technically, because there have been highlighted cases where the CIA has rendered a person without the knowledge of consent of the second country, or, the second country is in no position to oppose it anyway. In these cases, the person subject to rendition has not appeared before a court in the second country.
Can you be sure that MI5 has not worked out prisoner exchanges that circumvent the usual procedures?

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How many prisoners originally detained in Guantanamo had been before a court before they were transported to the US. The US has some pretty good laws for time allowed between arrest and appearance before a court, but these don't apply to Guantanamo prisoners, many who were held for years, interrogated but did not appear before a court. There also have been cases where people have been subject to rendition to third countries which openly permit torture.
I don't think they are entitled to court hearings unless Red Cross or other Human Rights organization makes an appeal. Yes, some have been falsely detained in that sense.

Many Gitmo prisoners were denied entry back into their home countries, so what then?

US has extradition treaties with 100 EU countries, there is reciprocity. Roman Polanski is running around France free as a pervert can be. Julian Assange was living it up in Ecuador Embassy Hotel until the new Boss drop kicked him right back to the US.

Personally IMO, if UK wants to feed our prisoners better food and give them a cozy cell to live in, they are foolish and are welcome to the unwanted lawbreakers. 

BTW all over the world old, young and in between are committing crimes to get into prison. 

3 hots and a cot! Better than living on the side wok!






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Quote Can you be sure that MI5 has not worked out prisoner exchanges that circumvent the usual procedures?

MI5 or MI6, no I can't. But in the the world intelligence scene anything's possible-or even probable.

Quote I don't think they are entitled to court hearings unless Red Cross or other Human Rights organization makes an appeal. Yes, some have been falsely detained in that sense.
 

That's the whole point, the US "awarded" itself the power of rendition, not the UN or NATO or even other western countries. I'm surprised that Julian Assange hasn't been rendered.

Quote Many Gitmo prisoners were denied entry back into their home countries, so what then?

Yes, I know. Australia is one of the countries which bans Al Qaeda or ISIS fighters from returning to Australia. There is a currently a debate about allowing their wives and children to return to Australia. What exactly do you do with "stateless" terrorists? I don't know.

Quote BTW all over the world old, young and in between are committing crimes to get into prison.

A sad sign of the times, I agree. Even sadder is the TV footage of ex military amputees living on the streets, or those struggling with mental health issues, we have that here too, but the government is making some inroads to help them.

Quote Roman Polanski is running around France free as a pervert can be.

I could never understand how that was allowed to happen. The countries where he mostly lived are so-called allies of the US. (Or is there some sneaky reasons that the US government didn't want him back in the US? Who knows?)






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Quote That's the whole point, the US "awarded" itself the power of rendition, not the UN or NATO or even other western countries. I'm surprised that Julian Assange hasn't been rendered.
The US took pow's or "combatants" during the Iraq occupation years. Turns out they were gathered from all over the world including the US.
John Walker Lyndh "the American Taliban" was released this past summer. He served 17 years, hard to believe it's been that long. He is still babbling about Jihad he just made a few alterations to his spiel and he's free as a bird. POTUS & state department Very Unhappy about it.

Assange was literally dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy Hotel, when the new president Corriea was elected this past July. Assange starting collecting information on Corriea before the election, spread negative stories about Corriea and then felt Corriea's boot soon after the election. Trump also forgave loans owed to the US by Ecuador to get the slippery Swede in custody.

Polanski is 85 years old now, Hollywood won't touch him ever since they all got "woke." The woman he assaulted (when she was 12) is willing to press charges if he comes back.
 During the last two years, the academy has ousted Polanski, film producer Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby for breaking its newly implemented code for “(compromising) its integrity.”

The court documents also assert that Polanski’s ejection violated a California law requiring businesses to offer unbiased hearings before removing a member, calling it a “prejudicial abuse of discretion.”

https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/ny-roman-polanski-asks-judge-to-negate-expulsion-20190420-x73w3ba3hjh6tej2wwruscoyce-story.html





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I thought Assange was Australian.

I didn't know that the Academy had any integrity.  Does this mean that they have gotten rid of the casting couch?

I think Polanski should come to the US so he can defend his "good name".  Although kicking him out now, seems to be too little, too late.
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

I thought Assange was Australian.

I didn't know that the Academy had any integrity.  Does this mean that they have gotten rid of the casting couch?

I think Polanski should come to the US so he can defend his "good name".  Although kicking him out now, seems to be too little, too late.

  1. Julian Assange is an Australian citizen. He was "evicted" from the embassy after having overstayed his welcome, and following complaints from staff. Once evicted onto a British public Street, he became fair game for the English police who were in possession of a Warrant for his Arrest. I don't have much doubt that he will be extradited to the US where he'll face trial, and if convicted (which I think he will be) a lengthy prison term.
  2. The Academy has lost a lot of credibility over the years, and, IMHO, is now seen as an elitist club.
  3. There are two schools of thought on Polanski and his good name. His flight from US justice seems to me to be an admission of guilt, and he is in fact guilty of sexual acts with minors. Perhaps it would be better to refuse him re-entry to the US, rather than allow him to return and then kick his ass out.


 I don't see the connection between Congress, Trump and the above post. None of it can be placed at Trump's feet.


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From which ever support base you look at his, I think you must admit that Trump has singularly made the world a more dangerous place, if for no other reason than long term allies can no longer rely on the US to do the right thing, and for not standing up more firmly to various opposing nations, such as Russia, North Korea, Iran and China. 

Granted, he kick started the Trade War with China and imposed sanctions on all three of the above, but they're not working as well as one might have hoped. One journalist questions how Kim Jong Un is able to drive around in new Mercedes cars-how did they slip through the sanctions?

Trumps rudeness to leaders of friendly countries, combined with his off the cuff management, unstable employee relations, nepotism and downright lies (proven beyond all reasonable doubt) are forcing old allies to view the US with suspicion, not knowing what he'll do next. This latter fact also impacts on the old enemies.

His latest blunder was to withdraw troops from the Turkish/ Syrian conflict, and leaving the Kurds to fend for themselves against the additional military power of Russian. An absolute betrayal.

Meanwhile China's tentacles are spreading throughout the Pacific to Africa, South America and even Australia while the west sits on it's hands.


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I don't know, I think they (Trump, Polanski, Assange), are all masters of misbehavior and putting themselves before all others.

Trump definitely seems impulsive, but what we have is uncertainty, not clear danger.  Definitely uncomfortable, but it is not clear what the result will be in the future.

Talking about Trump and Congress, one thing, Trump has broken through the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum biopoly system of just Democrats or Republicans.  One should understand that 1) Trump is not really a Republican, and traditional Republican animals are not happy with him.  He disturbs the traditional flow of money and power for both the Republicans and Democrats.  Now I do believe he is horrid, but you gotta understand that on both sides of the biopoly are not interested in being fair to him.  Even the worst does some things that are good.  For example, Hitler created the Autobahn.  If the media says that someone is all bad, and only bad should you believe them?
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

I don't know, I think they (Trump, Polanski, Assange), are all masters of misbehavior and putting themselves before all others.

Trump definitely seems impulsive, but what we have is uncertainty, not clear danger.  Definitely uncomfortable, but it is not clear what the result will be in the future.

Talking about Trump and Congress, one thing, Trump has broken through the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum biopoly system of just Democrats or Republicans.  One should understand that 1) Trump is not really a Republican, and traditional Republican animals are not happy with him.  He disturbs the traditional flow of money and power for both the Republicans and Democrats.  Now I do believe he is horrid, but you gotta understand that on both sides of the biopoly are not interested in being fair to him.  Even the worst does some things that are good.  For example, Hitler created the Autobahn.  If the media says that someone is all bad, and only bad should you believe them?

I agree with your first comment.

But I don't agree with the second. Trump's impetuosity makes it damn near impossible for friendly countries to plan ahead, not knowing what the fool will do next. This is in fact dangerous. His dealings with China, North Korea, Russia and more recently the Ukraine cause uncertainty, and this of, and in itself is dangerous. Even Trump's closest advisors have warned him against some of the actions he has taken.

Why, in the name of all that's holy should people be fair to him when he espouses the policies and Presidential Orders that he does-all bringing the US into disrepute.

Under his leadership, the US can no longer be relied upon to do the right thing.
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I didn't know you were religious.  Trump is definitely not business as usual (in the politics sphere that is), but hey Obama promised people "change," and what they're getting right now with Trump is "change."  But, I will let him know, next time I talk to him, that he should have consulted you and other Australians.  If you want to get all worked up with it, that is fine, but I think that the only effect you will be having is to scare the children.  You can complain about the direction he is going, or you can try to conceive of it as an opportunity to change deep situations which sooner or later (and now sooner), need changing.
 
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Opps! Looks like I've trodden on some toes, but that was never my intention.

I've posted often on what I see as US government deficiencies, and you must agree that they exist.

But, make no mistake, I hold the American people in high regard, and particularly the military.

Nothing that I've written about my opinions on Trump and the US government in general should reflect on the population.
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sorry if I get touchy, but you are creating more heat, than shedding light.

Yes, he is a horrible human being, but there are reasons why people went for him, ignoring those people and ignoring those reasons is not going to help things get better.
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

I thought Assange was Australian.

I didn't know that the Academy had any integrity.  Does this mean that they have gotten rid of the casting couch?

I think Polanski should come to the US so he can defend his "good name".  Although kicking him out now, seems to be too little, too late.

In fact that is the thing Polanski complains about, being stripped of his 'academy' honors, he is trying by proxy to have them returned. Polanski seems a lesser offender than most in the current net, he will lose every penny if he comes back to the US.

Assange is wanted in the US and AU has a treaty with our government so No Australia for Julian.


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