You want an impeachable offense for Trump? Here are three.

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s enshrined in our founding documents.

We keep hearing from the right as well as coward democrats that Trump hasn’t committed any impeachable offenses yet. They are full of it because frankly it’s not too difficult to find impeachable offenses that all parties can get behind. If congress had any backbone whatsoever, they would have impeached months ago and this national nightmare would be over. Instead, they ignore the impeachable offenses and continue to enable the worst president in American History(who would have thought this would be a sentence written on this blog 10 years ago during the last year of Bush?).

LIFE

Trump has shown absolutely no respect for human life during his time in office. Since being sworn in, he has repeatedly tried to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Life is a guaranteed right for Americans, and with Trump trying to take away and destroy people’s health care, he is trying to take that right away. He also continues to worship the NRA and do absolutely nothing about children being slaughtered and mowed down like blades of grass in class rooms as well as Americans being gunned down at places like concerts. We have had mass shooting after mass shooting under Trump, and his response every time is to double/triple down on his support for gun ownership and the NRA. I guess even more blood has to be shed at the hands of guns and gun owners until anything is done about it. These are two examples that Trump doesn’t care at all about the lives of Americans.

LIBERTY

Trump has also shown absolutely no respect for liberty during his time in office. The freedom of the press is one of our most sacred, enshrined rights here in America. Yet time and time again, Trump uses his various platforms to viciously attack the press in this country. This is something a genocidal fascist dictator would do(not saying Trump isn’t one). Every time a media outlet or figure dares tell the truth about Trump, out come the attack dogs unleashed via Trump. The press in this country has done nothing to deserve that but still get treated like garbage by Trump and his administration. Freedom of religion is also a cornerstone right in terms of liberty, and Trump has shown no respect for that either. Look at how he has treated Muslims, even before winning stealing the election. Since being sworn in, its been a non stop assault on the basic rights of Muslims, making them feel unwelcomed in this country with unconstitutional, racist policies like the travel ban. Two examples on how Trump doesn’t care at all about the liberty of Americans.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Lastly, Trump has shown absolutely no respect for people’s pursuit of happiness, and has done everything in his power instead to make their lives miserable. We have migrants from other countries here who have to live in constant fear because of Trump’s absolute hatred and disdain for people who weren’t born here. Strengthening ICE and border security and ordering mass deportations is the antithesis of the pursuit of happiness. People come here in pursuit of freedom, a better life, and happiness, and all Trump wants to do is build a wall to keep them out and then kick out everyone who is already here. Throw in Trump’s outright seething, burning hatred for anyone who isn’t a straight, rich, white, Christian, American Born male, and you have more people living lives of misery instead of happiness. Trump has ordered outright assaults and attacks on LGBTQIA+ individuals, minorities, the poor, women, and non-Christians that get cheerleaded by his rabid base of supporters. It’s kind of hard to pursue happiness when the leader of your country hates you simply because of who you are or how you were born, and his army of crazy supporters are right there to back him up and enforce the hate.

There you go. You want impeachable offenses? I just laid out 3 types of impeachable offenses Trump has committed. The sad part is that is just the tip of the iceberg. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to sit here and type up every single impeachable offense he has committed. My point is that Trump has committed dozens and dozens of impeachable offenses and the fact nothing has been done shows that congress are a bunch of spineless cowards that are enabling Trump’s destruction of this country with their inaction. Maybe we need to clean house and vote them all out in November and put butts in the seats of congress who will actually do something about it.

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What the hell are you waiting on, Mueller?

I get it.

Mueller and his team need time to put together all the evidence to build an airtight, open and shut, bulletproof case against Trump and his minions.

I get it.

Mueller and his team need to pay attention to detail to make sure all their bases are covered in their case against Trump and his minions.

I get it.

But let’s be honest. How much more evidence does Mueller need? Even us, the general public, have mountains upon mountains of smoking gun evidence proving Trump and his administration were guilty of working directly with Russia to hack the election and steal the presidency. The evidence is clear as day and irrefutable. And that is just evidence that we the people have. That isn’t even counting the avalanche of evidence Mueller and his team have, as well as congress.

So what the hell are we waiting for? Mueller, drop the hammer, and congress, impeach his ass.

While I understand the need to be thorough and build an airtight, bulletproof case, we don’t have time for that. Every day that Trump continues to occupy the White House is a day where more terrible legislation is passed, a day where more beneficial legislation is not enacted, a day where racism, hatred and bigotry continue to be normalized, a day where we continue to embarrass ourselves to the world, a day where the climate and environment continues to be neglected, a day where Russia continues to gain leverage on us, a day where the rest of the world continues to pass us by, a day where the middle class and anyone not in the Top 1% continues to struggle.

We can not afford to let Trump spend another day in the White House. His administration must be cleared out, now.

Mueller, I like you. I commend you for the job you have done and the task you have at hand. I know the intricacies and attention to detail that is required for your duty. But do you not understand what is at stake here? Where is the sense of urgency? You already have more than enough smoking gun evidence you need to, at worst, send Trump and his lackeys away and behind bars for life, and at best, execute him for treason. What is the use of spending even more time on this?

Each day that passes by I become less and less confident that justice will be served. I become more and more worried that the special counsel has been compromised and will not deliver the much needed justice to Trump and his administration that needs to be dealt. Time and time again Trump has gotten away with crimes and misdeeds that no other citizen would get away with. We can’t rely on the media anymore either because they all have been compromised too. We can’t rely on congress because too many of them have pledged loyalty to Trump. Mueller may well be our last hope until November. And who is to say Russia, with the help of Trump and the treasonous framework already laid in 2016, won’t steal our 2018 elections as well? We can’t even rely on the mid term elections anymore.

In a just world, Trump would have been impeached and either imprisoned or executed months ago, because the evidence is overwhelming against him. We have too many cowards afraid to take on Trump. Where is the American Spirit? Our founders are spinning in their graves right now seeing Americans too afraid to take on an oppressive ruling force.

Please Mueller, act.

Roseanne’s firing highlights the utter hypocrisy of the right. Hate speech does not equal free speech.

Last Week:

The NFL is awesome! A private organization totally has the right to fire or punish their employees for their speech. Freedom of speech only applies to the government, not to who you work for! Go NFL!

This Week:

HOW DARE ABC FIRE ROSEANNE FOR EXERCISING HER FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS! ABC CLEARLY HAS NO RESPECT FOR FREE SPEECH!

Absolutely ridiculous.

The right is trying to have their cake and eat it too. So which is it? Free speech good or free speech bad?

For a progressive, which side is right? Here is how I see it. Free speech good. Hate speech bad. Employers should be able to punish their employees for hate speech. Sportsball anthem kneeling isn’t hate speech. It’s peaceful free speech. What Roseanne said on Twitter is absolutely racist hate speech, and she deserved to get the axe.

Not only should employers be able to punish their employees for hate speech, but so should the government. We have come to a point in time in America to where it would do more harm than good to modify the first amendment to allow for the criminalization and prosecution of hate speech. Hate speech should have no place in a free society and should not be tolerated. When a government allows hate speech, the government is essentially enabling, sponsoring and celebrating hate speech.

As a non binary individual myself, I am subject to ridicule, mockery, and insults on a daily basis, even in a progressive city like Seattle. Hate speech causes me to feel unsafe and threatened, as well as drastically lower my self esteem. Fortunately I have a strong support system, but for others who don’t, the hate speech directed their way could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in terms of self harm or suicide. Therefore, hate speech is essentially a weapon being used and blood is on the hands of the hater if the target ends up committing self harm in any way. I have long championed for the criminalization of hate speech, but unfortunately a document written 230 years ago by a bunch of racist rich straight Christian white men prevent that from happening. The amendment process is in place, but not enough legislators have the courage to act. Any attempts to criminalize hate speech at the local level would be met with a swift strikedown by the courts. Therefore, all we can do is vote. VOTE! Vote for politicians who pledge to either scrap the constitution, or amend it to allow for the criminalization of hate speech.

As with many issues, Europe is showing us the way forward here. Many places in Europe do not have absolute free speech like we do here in the United States, and that is a good thing. Europe understands that not all speech should be tolerated, and have laid groundwork to prosecute citizens for speech they deem hateful or mean spirited. The alt right has rallied around racist bigot Islamophobe Tommy Robinson over the past few days, because the United Kingdom threw his ass in jail due to Islamophobia. Good on the United Kingdom for showing its people they will not tolerate any form of hate whatsoever. The United States now needs to take the baton.

The first amendment will still exist. You will still have the freedom to say what you want, as long as it is not filled with hate and malice. The only people who would possibly have a problem with that are people who have hate and malice in their hearts. If you are not a hateful person, you would not be affected in any way whatsoever. So why oppose such a measure?

Welcome to the Trump Economy. Good luck!

The Trump Economy is here, and it’s bad news for everyone not in the Top 1% of the Top 1%.

While CEO pay soars to record highs, 51 million U.S. households are an unexpected $400 expense away from financial ruin.

CEOs admit they won’t invest tax cuts into higher wages for their workers.

As anyone with a brain could have predicted, the Trump economy exists to prop up the ultra wealthy at the expense of everyone else. While CEO pay rises so they can purchase their 21st home, 9th yacht or 7th private jet, the middle class is scraping by and having to scavenge and scrounge just to make it to the next day.

The middle class has never been worse off, which just makes it extremely shameful that they bought Trump’s lies hook, like and sinker. Trump ran his campaign on appealing to the rust belt middle class workers that he would be their ally, but instead he is using them to enact his economic agenda that makes them expendable in order to prop up the super rich even more. We tried to warn the middle class that this would happen, but they could not be reasoned with. Trump played them for fools.

While Russia was the main reason Trump stole the election from the far more superior, qualified candidate, the middle class also has to shoulder some of the blame as well for being so stupid to fall for Trump’s smoke & mirrors. Shame on you, middle class. Shame on you. This is why education matters. We hear all the time about how not everyone needs to go to college, how joining a trade is a worthy, viable career, and how college isn’t for everyone. Well, the middle class that helped elect Trump is a good argument against that. If they had been property educated, they would have been able to see right through Trump’s lies. Instead, the lack of education made them vulnerable to Trump, his lies, and his racism.

We must do a better job ensuring every American is thoroughly educated by any means necessary, which can be accomplished through universal, free education all the way through college. No American should have to miss out on a college education due to a lack of funds. Had universal college been in place, I guarantee these blue collar working class whites would have instead gone with the more qualified candidate.

Until then, we must drill it into the minds of these working class blue collar types that they were fooled by Trump and shame them into not making the same mistake going forward. Don’t sugarcoat it either. Give them a good scolding shame. They deserve it. They should not be able to get away with this. Once properly shamed, then we can get on the road of re-educating them to make better political decisions going forward.

Wolfgang Lammerkugel is a retired professor and former co-host of The Professors Are In, who enjoys emeritus status at Public Radio Seattle.

Yes, I want to take your guns.

Fellow progressives, please listen.

Stop telling gun nuts “We don’t want to take your guns. We just want common sense gun regulations”.

ENOUGH!

Half measures won’t get anything accomplished. What have background checks gotten us? What has the assault weapons ban of ’94 gotten us? What have these half assed measures gotten us? Nothing but more and more deaths and more and more children slaughtered in classrooms.

You really want to make an impact? There is only one path forward – and that is the outright ban of all firearms in this country. Nothing else is going to do. If we simply ban assault rifles, the mass shooters will simply move onto handguns. Once handguns are banned, mass shooters will move onto shotguns. You get the idea. Only a full scale gun ban is going to solve the problem of gun violence in this country. If you are too afraid to state your support for such a position and use coward tactics like “We don’t want to take your guns! We just want common sense regulations”, then you are not a true progressive. You are a coward who is too afraid of the right.

This war against the right won’t be won with cowardice. It will be won with bravery, boldness and courage. We are in dire times in this country, with a fascist racist tyrant occupying the Oval Office and the most destructive political party on the planet in control of both the House and Senate. We don’t have time for games. We don’t have time for cowardice. Either you stand in full throated support for progressive policies and action, or you are enabling the right. There is no middle ground. You are for us, or against us.

This isn’t just limited to guns. This is limited to all facets of the progressive agenda. You have to stand in bold support of all progressive action without wavering. That’s the only way we are going to win this war. The right may have won the current battle. But if we stand in solidarity, we will win the war.

History is on our side. Time is on our side. The up and coming generations are on our side. The world is on our side. Why be afraid? The only thing opposing us are the right and the media. That’s nothing if we stand together. So dig your feet in, take up your positions and get ready to fight it out in the trenches. The future is at stake.

Bring it.

Trump is utterly embarrassed on the global stage….. again.

World – Infinity.

Donald Trump – Zip.

That is what the scoreboard looks like right now. Time and time again, Donald Trump has been utterly embarrassed and humiliated on the global stage, and this time at the hands of North Korea. The United States has become a total laughing stock in the eyes of the rest of the world. Let’s hope that there are no extra terrestrials out there who have the ability to listen in on our global affairs so the embarrassment remains quarantined to Earth.

North Korea and Kim Jong-Un performed the equivalent of giving Trump a giant wedgie, hanging him upside down on a flagpole, then dunking his head into a toilet and flushing it over and over before strapping him to a metal slide in the dead of summer and covering him with honey and fire ants. This isn’t just humiliation and embarrassment, its a complete and total dress down from head to toe.

It’s funny how Trump and his supporters were beating their chests and gloating about his peace making deals a few weeks ago. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. They even claimed Trump was a lock for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now? They all have egg on their face.

See, this is why electing politicians with experience matters. We could have had a seasoned, experienced, over qualified president with a deep and thorough resume on all matters including foreign policy. Instead, with the help of Russia, we got a president with no experience apart from ripping people off and bankrupting businesses. It’s no wonder Russia worked so hard to elect Trump – because of happenings like this. Happenings that embarrass the United States and make us look like a laughing stock. That projects weakness, which makes it easier for other nations to do what they want. But honestly, those countries deserve it. They deserve to take over America’s place in global standing. America is a land of racism, hate, bigotry and backward policies like no healthcare, a lack of human rights and no economic justice. European countries have earned the right to take over as the leaders.

The only thing we can hope for is that Mueller moves quickly so Trump can get impeached and we can get back on track to healing our image in the eyes of the planet. Let’s just hope Trump’s rampage of destruction comes to a halt until then. Unfortunately, it probably won’t.

Dear Republicans: Open. Your. Eyes.

I used to be a Republican.

I wasn’t just any other Republican.

I was a Rush Limbaugh worshipping, gun toting, liberal hating, ultra evangelical, deep dyed in the wool red blooded conservative Republican.

There was no one more conservative than me. And I was proud of it.

If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would eventually become a far left progressive democrat one day, I would have not only laughed, but probably punched you in the face. Yet, here I am.

What changed? What changed was the fact that slowly, over time, I realized how unreasonable, irrational and narrow minded my fellow Republicans were. It started with the backing of idiots like Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin and Richard Murdouck. And how Republicans would go down with those ships in the name of ideological purity, throwing the elections away. It caused me to take a step back and examine why my fellow Republicans were clinging so tightly to conservative purity. That caused me to further examine my issues and become a bit more grounded.

Then the refusal to back common sense gun control after 6 year olds were mowed down like grass in a classroom at Sandy Hook. We had the chance to lead and show not just the rest of the country, but the whole word that we are ready to do what is necessary to prevent gun violence. Instead, we stuck our fingers in our ears and refused to budge, basically pissing on the graves of the dead kids.

2014 was close to my last straw. We had droves and droves of migrants coming to the border in a border crisis. We had plenty of Republicans willing to show they had a heart and pass the DREAM Act as well as common sense immigration reform. Yet, the hardliners shut that down. Once again, showing that Republicans were careless, heartless monsters who refuse to help others in need. Very “Christian” of them.

The 2016 election was my last effort to find any common ground with the Republican Party and Conservatism. I backed John Kasich as he seemed to be the only reasonable candidate in the field with a chance to win. But once it was clear that Republicans were jumping onto the orange faced buffoon named Donald Trump, I was done. I refused to remain in a party that supported such an idiot. I refused to remain in a party that further embraced racism, bigotry, hate, and idiocy. I refused to adhere to a political ideology that seemed to require no critical thinking, empathy or compassion. Not only did I leave the Republican Party, but I did my research and became a progressive democrat. I consider myself to be a critical thinker with a heart, and there was no better place for me to go.

What happened? I opened my eyes. I was willing to unchain myself from the shackles of ideological conservative purity. Once unchained, it was like I saw everything in a different light, from a different angle, in a different scope. My adherence to conservative purity and ideology was like a road block, and once removed I was able to have a sense of direction. It all finally made sense. I wish I had become a progressive democrat sooner. I threw out all my Republican gear, I married my wife, I hyphenated my last name, and begin to work hard for Hillary Clinton and Pramila Jayapal. I became a volunteer for Kshama Sawant. I became very involved in local Seattle progressive politics, joining arms with people I once despised due to political differences.

This is my message to all you Conservative Republicans and Trump supporters out there – don’t be afraid. Open your eyes and take a step back. You owe it to yourself to critically examine your beliefs and why you hold those beliefs. Think critically. There is a good chance you will come to the conclusion that conservatism isn’t all it’s hyped up to be.