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Confederacy Reemergence by UglyGOP

Rewriting Constitution to Deconstruct Federal Government:

The UglyGOP is working hard behind the scenes on their ultimate goal of rewriting the US Constitution to their liking, which requires a two-thirds approval from the 50 states. To achieve that requires a significant increase in the current number of GOP new Confederate states. In essence, it requires the adoption of the new GOP Confederate Constitution by 34 of the 50 states in order to achieve the required so-called “super majority”. If they get near that goal they will call for a convention of the GOP new Confederate states to discuss and formulate that new ultra conservative White GOP Christian evangelical Constitution. 

Presently the GOP has control of approximately 25 of the states at most, and obtaining 9 more would be a colossal accomplishment (a 35-40% increase), but with the ever increasing propaganda spewed out as the GOP continually lies and disseminates misinformation and disinformation, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that this evil crafty group could achieve their goal of tossing out the current Constitution and replacing it with their White evangelical Christian warped version. After the Nov 2022 election, the GOP now has 22 state trifectas (GOP governor & both chambers of legislative) and 24 triplexes (GOP governor, atty general & secretary of state). Beyond that, there are four states with state legislatures that are almost evenly split (KY, LA, NC & VA, all slightly favoring Dems), which could easily flip over to GOP state control. So going from 23 up to 27 states under GOP dominance is within reach, and adding another seven more (25 – 30% increase) to reach 34 should not be looked at as impossible.

Some states (e.g., SC, NC, etc.) are already rewriting their state constitutions to their liking, regardless of whether it complies with the US Constitution, almost as if they are challenging the federal court system (based on law suits that may be subsequently filed) to challenge their GOP Confederate interpretation of what they believe constitutes the equal rights and freedom granted to citizens across the nation by the Constitution as established by our US founders.

During the Civil War era, there were thirteen Confederate states, primarily in the South. What the GOP is doing, or attempting to do,  essentially equates to a plan for the reemergence and expansion of the prior Confederacy to allow the UglyGOP to enact their backward changes, including the rollback of civil rights to the Jim Crow or pre-Civil War era.

Deconstruction and neutering of federal government consists of the following Goals and Objectives:

The goal of GOP as espoused by Trump, Steve Bannon and their ilk is to deconstruct the federal government and eliminate regulations and federal taxes to the greatest extent possible, with the exception of continually funding the military-industrial complex at current or greater levels. The whole of this strategy of course is to maximize benefits to large corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This type of system would let states operate independently from the federal government, and would allow private enterprise to exploit our natural resources (e.g., NPs, federal lands, etc.) and the labor market free of government regulations and restraints, with the primary and virtually sole objective of allowing businesses to maximize profits  and to privatize all aspects of society, including our current public infrastructure systems (roads, drinking water, airports, prisons, etc.), converting all of them to profit fee based systems paid by users/citizens to allow large corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals to maximize their wealth through exorbitant toll and fee systems at the detriment and cost to humanity and the environment as they selfishly reap huge financial rewards.

Having previously been discussed at length in YouReapWhatYouSow.org, but worthy of being mentioned again here, it should be noted that since the 1980s, industrial manufacturers have been allowed to freely pollute our land and water resources in blatant violation of the hazardous waste management laws under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and amendments thereof). The latter is steadily and insidiously polluting our drinking water sources with cancerous (carcinogens) substances that cause cancer to millions of Americans for which the ill effects are not detected in humans until decades of exposure. The US EPA safe drinking water standards have not been kept up to date for these carcinogens, and consequently the public drinking water supplies have not been obligated to issue health advisories to the public consuming this tainted water. The plants that are the worse are the Leaky CRIMe plants (Chemically Real Intensive Manufacturing establishments), of which there are 30 – 50,000 is the US that operate with unprotected and unmonitored leaky underground pipes and tanks, which only the state of California has outlawed. These companies that violate these RCRA laws do so because they were able to get their lobbyists and attorneys to argue that they were excluded from these regulations by some ridiculous argument (the exclusion applies to municipal sewage wastewater treatment plants and not industry).  And regardless, besides violating these RCRA laws that specifically targeted these CRIMe plants for ample reasons, these plants are still violating numerous other regulations under the Clean Water Act by freely and knowingly polluting our vital water resources. Testing is not done in the ground surrounding these plants because these plants are on a centralized public water system and US EPA and state EPAs do no monitoring around these plants, and in the meantime for a half a century and growing by decades, all this highly toxic pollution is spreading to the land and water resources surrounding these plants. The point being here, is that the Ugly GOP’s (UglyGOP.com) goal here in deconstructing the federal government, is to make it even easier for these Leaky CRIMe plants to continue to pollute our land and water resources for decades and a century more, while in the meantime, the public unknowingly is drinking so called “safe drinking water” that is tainted with carcinogenic chemicals that the ultra-wealthy don’t worry about, because they have sophisticated and expensive water treatment systems where they reside and consume water.

The deconstruction of the federal government will also remove all the safeguards that currently exist in various US laws to protect the health & safety of workers, and likewise will nullify those acts that exist now to protect the environment and wellbeing & health/safety of public (PEWHASOP.org), such as those who live nearby CRIMe plants. Additionally, the reductions in federal regulations and federal spending advocated by the UglyGOP will drastically reduce and perhaps eliminate some the social programs that currently exist for the purpose of providing healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.), housing (HUD) and food (food stamps) to the impoverished.

Existing Quiet Before the Storm:

Right now it is almost like a quiet period after the conclusion of the Nov 2022 midterm elections, but do not think for a minute that the evil, crafty Ugly GOP Trump MAGAs aren’t busy at work conjuring up a way to further expand voter suppression & purging and the tampering with the electoral college apparatus that will come into play in 2024 for the presidential election. And as they are able, you can be sure they are doing additional extreme gerrymandering of the US and state congressional districts to dilute out the voters in the urban areas in a contorted way to favor the GOP federal and state legislative candidates as they have done so with precision in the past. And you can be sure that the Secretary of State officials in the GOP new Confederate states are doing whatever they can get away with (and more) to make voting registration and casting of votes by Democrats as difficult and confusing as possible, and surely they are configuring and organizing the voting accounting system so it is good for them and bad for the Dems if and when questions arise on the election results in the event of a close election.

There is a lot yet to happen between now and the Nov 2024 election. But one thing you can be sure is that the UglyGOP will follow their numerous UGLY principles in how they operate, and number one to them is that “good guys always finish last” and they are very good at not being good. What we don’t know is whether Trump will be prosecuted for his many crimes, and whether he will be found guilty of any of the possible indictments forthcoming, and whether such action will be sufficient to deem him unfit and unqualified to run for president again. There are pending prosecutions against Trump on a federal level (requires action by US Atty General), and also on a state level in both Georgia and the state of New York. Talk of the GOP primaries will start appearing in the news more and more as we get towards the end of 2023 and early 2024, and time will go by fast.  The propaganda machine by FOX and others of their ilk will be spouting out lies, misinformation and disinformation at a furious pace, and will be consumed by the ignorant masses. Whether Trump leads the GOP ticket or not, you can still count on the ticket being occupied by an UglyGOP candidate like FL governor DeSantass or someone of similar ilk.

If Trump leads the ticket, the UglyGOP will get assistance again from Trump’s Puppeteer Putin as he did in 2016, and likely others in the ADC (Authoritarian/Dictator Club) besides Putin will be assisting Trump in whatever way they can to get the UglyGOP authoritarian autocrat candidate Trump re-elected.

Prediction for 2024 Election and the Thereafter:

In summary, the throwing out of the US Constitution by the UglyGOP new Confederate states between now and the Nov 2024 election is not very probable, although it is something that may subsequently occur. Looking at the big picture, if Trump or someone else from the UglyGOP like him wins the presidential election in 2024, the US may very well be an UglyGOP autocratic regime beginning in January 2025 and for multiple decades thereafter. The possibility of the latter is highly probable if the GOP at that point controls the US House, and more so if they also control the US Senate. Regardless if the UglyGOP controls both chambers, the executive branch will have a lot of power and leverage through Executive Order power, and by having the full backing of the US Supreme Court (6-3 favoring UglyGOP) and the US Armed Forces as Commander in Chief. If the Senate ends up being a 50/50 split, then of course the new UglyGOP VP would cast the tie breaking vote in the Senate.

So the outlook is grim for the Dems, and since they are the nice guys who typically play patty cake or footsie in their negotiations and tactics, they will probably prove once again, that nice guys finish last. Of course the Dem leadership under Biden will say that the Dem supporters must “vote like hell” and over power all the shenanigans deployed by the UglyGOP, and even if this “vote like hell” approach maybe works or comes close to working, you can bet that the UglyGOP will be disputing the election results and playing games with the slates of electors from the UglyGOP new Confederate states, especially now that VP Kamala Harris has no say so in the matter anymore since the Dems decided to throw her out of the equation, even though that was the strategy that was fully expected to be deployed by the Trump-Pence team until the Trump Insurrection Coup Attempt Capitol Riot broke out. So how the various slates of candidates will be counted by each state and in Congress will still be up in the air to some extent, and VP Harris sure won’t have anything to say. What is surprising on the latter, is that the Dems gave up that right of having the VP involved, and they got nothing in return, such as for example a new Voting Rights Act that would do away with the tactics deployed by the UglyGOP  by employing voting suppression & purging and election subversion.

You may view this essay as pessimistic; but on the other hand, it is not totally unrealistic to think that the UglyGOP may have a 60-40% chance at the January 2025 Inauguration of beginning their UglyGOP new Confederacy US Autocratic regime. And what’s amazing (and sad), is that the Dems in the US represent a 60 to 40% majority in the US. If, however, the election ends up in mass chaos and protests due to disputes in the election results, it may very well be up to our current President Joe Biden to issue an Emergency Executive Order as Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces, and to call off the election, and perhaps call for a new election at a later date after a new Voting Rights Acts is passed to correct the many issues that have arisen.

What Will POTUS Do Now That GOP Has Reached Confederate Tipping Point?

So What’s Happened and What’s Coming? The 2022 election is now over, and we now know that the GOP has taken over the U.S. House and the Dems have held onto a slight meager majority in the U.S. Senate. What impact all the anti-voting rights laws had in all the GOP controlled Confederate states is not known yet, but certainly it must have had some impact. And now the big question is: What is in store for US in the 2024 election regarding the use and likely increase in these unConstitutional anti-voting rights tactics, as well the employment of election subversion in those Confederate states, including manipulation and tampering with Electoral College apparatus? The latter has to do with the slate of electors in these Confederate states who are supposed to cast their votes submitted to the U.S. Congress in December 2024 in a manner matching the majority preference of the votes cast by the citizenry, which likely will not be the case anymore in some of those states who threw the US Constitution out the window a long time ago. And just recently (week of 12/5/22), the GOP’s genius leader, Trump says he thinks the U.S. Constitution should be done away with. And we know why he and the GOP do not like the US Constitution: Because it proclaims that we are a union of states having a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Trump and the GOP want that “people” word completely removed from the Constitution, and replaced with “Big Corps & Ultra- Wealthy”, which in practice in recent decades, has really occurred. In the Citizens United US Supreme Court case corporations were actually deemed to be a person, or have personhood. So in essence, this court case actually said it was legal and constitutional to substitute “corporations” for the word “people” in the Constitution – i.e., Government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations. Certainly our founding fathers did not have that in mind when they wrote the Constitution, but it is too bad, because the Ugly GOP is changing all that; and to a great degree, they already have. So with the 2022 election now over, a lot of the Dems, especially the Dem politicians, are celebrating and saying things could have been a lot worse in the mid-term election, so Joe Biden and a lot of them are patting themselves on the back and acting like everything is fine and dandy, which it is not.

Joe did not act Abe-like and come down on the Confederate GOP states (about 20 of them) who are repeatedly violating the US Constitution  and issue an emergency Executive Order (EO) and have the federal elections administered in those states by the US Armed Forces under his command, perhaps because he is putting that off until the last desperate minute, of the last hour, on the last day before the November 2024 election, which will be too late even if by some remote chance he is even contemplating that courageous and patriot act. Joe of course is mostly concerned about preserving his 40+ year long political career and legacy regardless if an authoritarian GOP autocracy begins in January 2025 following a successful GOP election in 2024. Joe Biden is indicating he will run again for the presidency in 2024, and hopefully Kamala Harris will be his running mate again, who may be our only saving grace. Kamala seems like an individual more poised to take on the GOP Confederates than her predecessor should she become the president in the future for whatever reason, and her getting elected at the polls is not a highly probable means for her to be elected to that slot. So the big question now is whether Biden or Harris (if she filled that slot unexpectedly) would take drastic action in the form of an emergency EO against the Constitution violating GOP Confederate states and administer the federal elections in those states, or otherwise just halt the federal elections for a period of time until anti-voting rights and election subversion in those states can be brought under control. Of course, this is not going to be a simple thing, and the country is going to be in a state of turmoil and chaos while this is going on, but the alternative is having GOP autocratic rule for a half century or more, which is far worse, and will have detrimental short-term and long-term impacts on the US citizenry while favoring the Big Corps and the Ultra-wealthy. It is getting to the point that the Ugly Republican party thinks they can just violate citizens’ rights that are supposed to be protected by the US Constitution whenever they choose, and using whatever egregious tactics they choose, and most of US are figuring they will be putting US in shackles soon on public display at the state or US capitols. If you are not a white evangelical GOP Christian right now, and wearing it on your shirt sleeves, there’s a good chance you will be getting punished soon for exercising your rights to get WOKE (means learning factual history) or if you are an atheist or practicing some other non Christian religion. There’s no limit what the Ugly GOP will do, and their Constitutional violations are mounting, and the state legislatures in those Confederate states will pass anything that furthers the wicked causes of the Ugly GOP, and does harm to the Dems and the urban population. It is truly to the point, that the Ugly GOP has gone over the Confederate tipping point.

The anti-voting rights Constitutional violations occurring in the GOP Confederate states does not just have to do with extreme gerrymandering of the US congressional districts by the GOP in these states, although the latter does have a significant impact on canceling out the urban Dem votes in those states, but it has to do with an assortment of anti-voting rights laws passed in their states to arbitrarily make it more difficult for citizens to register and cast a vote (called Voter Suppression), plus the GOP is unjustly and randomly purging registered voters from their polls.  Plus, it is common practice now for the Ugly GOP to intimidate citizens attempting to get registered, or while they are voting, and they also intimidate the individuals (many who are volunteer) who work at the voting polls. All of the latter GOP tactics are specifically targeted at the urban voters who traditionally vote Democrat. The GOP Confederate states contort the voting districts in a twisted conjured up manner so the GOP dominates the governmental jurisdictions in those areas on a state and federal level, even though Republican Party supporters do not even live in those areas, and that is clearly NOT representative government as it should be.

A majority of the voters (55-60%) in the US are of the Democratic Party, yet the minority Republican/GOP Party who are well positioned to control the elections and courts for the rest of the century and longer, make up only 40-45% of the voting public. It is not supposed to be this way in a democratic republic such as the USA. That is a small “d” which stands for democracy, which per our Constitution; the USA is a government of, by and for the PEOPLE. And we are supposed to have true representative government, with those US representatives voted into office by the people who reside in the areas who those representatives are supposed to serve, and not some twisted, contorted, conjured gerrymandered district. Our country is quickly going in the direction towards a GOP autocratic controlled government, and if it is not stopped in some manner, it will be here to stay for a long time starting in January 2025. The Ugly Republicans know that if the US truly operated as an actual democracy that did not allow Confederate states to do whatever they wanted in terms of violating the Constitution and civil rights, they would have a minority influence on how our government functions, as it should be. There are 67 million more people living in the counties won by Biden in the 2020 election (198 million/60%), compared to those counties won by Trump (130 million/40%). Additionally, it was shown in the 2020 elections that the Democratic counties represent 70% of the U.S. GNP (Gross National Product). The only way the Ugly Republicans can win is by cheating the system by violating the Constitution and buying votes by taking over the news and replacing it with FAUX news consisting of misinformation/disinformation and mistruths through a massively funded propaganda machine integrated into social media and every facet of American life. The Republicans are devilishly a crafty, greedy/powerful bunch, and right now the trump cards (both literally & figuratively) are heavily stacked up against the Dems in many ways. Some will say “now don’t be negative or pessimistic”, but those kind of statements right now are totally naïve and nonsensical. First, the GOP controls the Supreme Court of the US (called SCOTUS), 6 to 3, and they have a lot to do with politics, and very little to do with justice and the US Constitution that our Founding Fathers created as our political foundation. In the last year they stripped away women’s reproductive rights by overturning Roe v Wade decision that said women have a right to choose related to abortion. The GOP glommed onto the anti-abortion issue movement on the false premise that they care a lot about life, yet unwanted pregnancies are much greater among minority impoverished groups who they would prefer starve to death or die due to lack of healthcare, clean water and food to reduce public assistance and programs for these groups, yet these GOP hypocrites are all for the government giving huge handouts and tax relief to the Big Corps & Ultra-Wealthy who heavily fund GOP candidates and the autocratic cause. People need to take the time and just think about how heavily the odds are stacked against the Common Good of Humanity and the planet right now in the US because of the GOP non democratic (small “d”) dominance that has been allowed to occur over the last couple of decades:

  1. Entertainment has literally taken over news and realty, and replaced it with fake news;
  2. Republican Party has stooped so low that they nominated and elected one of the greatest (worst) con artist of all times by the name of Donald J Trump;
  3. It seems probable that we have a President of the US (called POTUS) right now whose Number One concern is protecting his multi-decade political legacy;
  4. The GOP Confederate states are successfully employing anti-voting rights laws and election subversion tactics in their states (tampering with the slate of electors for the Electoral College), which are multiplying and becoming more effective daily;
  5. The GOP has backing of the Big Corps & Ultra-Wealthy who are pumping billions of dollars into the GOP cause across the nation on a local, state and federal level; and
  6. The GOP is continually fostering and advocating violence by their supporters, and giving them unlimited second amendment rights and access to variety of artillery, which certainly are not intended for non human animal hunting.

There is no sense sugar coating it to the American public, or pretending that we are not in a very serious and bad situation, essentially brought on by the overwhelming evil forces of greed and power. What make it even scarier, is that Trump’s Puppeteer and buddy, Putin has also glommed onto to the White Christian evangelical racist, isolationist, nationalist, superior race movement, and he surely is planning on helping the GOP and Trump in 2024 as he did in 2016 in whatever way he can so he and his Puppet Trump can get reunited in their authoritarian causes as advocated by the ADC (Authoritarian/Dictator Club), of which both of them active members and building coalitions with leaders of the new axis of evil.

So essentially, unless Biden puts the priority of preserving his long legacy aside and starts being Abe-like, the Dem party, and the USA democracy will soon be mothballed, and deemed subservient to the GOP Autocracy and a new second era of McCarthyism will emerge, as we all start seeking refuge from the new evil GOP autocratic empire who will be putting US all on a hit list. The occurrence of the latter does not seem too unrealistic, especially if the economy falters more in the next year as inflation is on a continual rise and Americans are stretching their budgets, and looking for someone to blame for their current situation, and you can be certain that person being blamed will be our current POTUS. So if the Dems lose the POTUS race in 2024, and the GOP strengthens their grip in Congress by retaining the majority in the House and taking over the majority in the Senate, it will no longer be the advent of autocracy in the US, but rather, the US GOP Autocracy will have arrived and been instituted in 2025 and will be with US for many decades to come, if not centuries.

The time we are in right now, is like pre-Civil War in the US, or like pre-WW2 in Germany or Italy. During pre-Civil War the Confederate states were freely and openly violating the Constitution in full defiance to the Union of United States. They were primarily doing so by continuing with their slavery practices and did not want the Union to interfere with this and other matters in their states, so they formed the Confederacy. Eventually the Confederates and the Union began battling each other, and the brutal Civil War began, resulting in fellow Americans (including family members, acquaintances, colleagues etc.) fighting and injuring/killing each other. The Confederates for the most part, believed in their cause and their leaders, so even with all the risks at stake, they went to battle so they could defy the Constitution as they saw fit, and they looked at the Union as northern aggressors who were forcing their way of life on them, even though the Union’s primary objective was to defend the Constitution handed down to US from our founding fathers. Realizing these are brief and simplified explanations for the wars, the situation in Germany also involved the advocacy of special privileges for a certain race or class of people over others. In the US Civil War, the Confederates viewed their slaves as not having the same rights afforded to other citizens. For Germany in the 1930s, the political leaders like Adolf Hitler advocated for the superior Aryan race (Nazism), and even worse, he and the Nazi party advocated and proceeded to annihilate millions of Jews (Holocaust) that they viewed as scapegoats for any of the social or economic problems that existed at the time. And Germany was also going to war against other nations out of a grievance (espoused by Nazis) that their nation was treated unfairly by the Treaty of Versailles (armistice treaty) that they were forced to be party to as a settlement after WW1. In Italy during the pre-WW2 era, Fascism existed as espoused by the dictator of the time, Benito Mussolini, which led to Italy partnering with Germany and Hitler, who together with the imperial regime of Japan, formed an evil axis determined to conquer and dominate all nations across the globe, including Europe, USA and other nations.

The point in mentioning all the above, is to emphasize that the US is now in a similar situation to nations like Germany and Italy in the pre-WW2 era, and more importantly, the US has individual GOP states who, like the Confederate states in pre-Civil War era, are acting contrary and in violation to the US Constitution.  Just like back then in the US in the mid-1800s (1850s before Civil War), the US democratic republic today will not be able to sustain itself structurally in accordance with its US Constitution if a high percentage of the states are not in line and in compliance with our founding principles (US Constitution). So what happened before, is happening again and people need to become WOKE to the fact our Constitutional foundation is being undermined by those publicly elected and Constitution bound state officials in the GOP controlled states who today are blatantly violating the US Constitution by passing anti-voting rights laws and practicing election subversion.  People have to wake up and recognize that if the majority of US citizens are lackadaisical and just let each day pass as before, and do not take this matter as seriously as it needs to be, we will be in another civil war before you know it. And right now the Commander in Chief for our US Armed Forces is President Joe Biden, and if we get into Civil War 2, it is very important that it not be citizens against citizens, but it needs to be the US Armed Forces against those who are against the US Constitution, as was the case in Civil War I, and it may (and should) happen again against the current violating “Confederate States”, which, as mentioned before, are those twenty or so GOP controlled states that today regularly defy the US Constitution more and more each day.

Many people were upset back in 2016 and 2017 when Trump ran and won the presidency. On the other hand, there were many who thought Trump was the “Chosen One”, and he would cure all are ills, and bring prosperity to everyone. Remember now, that Greed and Power is the central theme of the GOP, and so it wasn’t that hard to fathom that the GOP would welcome the Greatest Con Artist of all times with open arms to be their new leader. Trump saw a golden opportunity to rake in some cash before and after the election, regardless if he won or not. When he was first CONtemplating the US presidency in 2013, an associate of Trump, Daryl Dummkopf told him: “Donald, you think you had a good con going with Trump University and your many other schemes, wait until you open up campaign mass donations on social media – the money from the voting suckers will be pouring in like diamonds raining on Mar-a-Lago!”. As we all know now, that in fact happened, and is still going on even though Trump is no longer president. To no surprise, all that money that was pouring in for different Trump political causes (Elect Trump, Build the Wall, etc.) was not always used for those purposes, as was revealed about Steven Bannon who was using those funds for personal purposes (he was later pardoned by Trump), and Trump himself used campaign funds in 2016 as HUSH money related to his affairs with Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels as revealed by his former Attorney Michael Cohen who consequently served time in prison.

It was a time when many were upset with their family members, friends and colleagues/associates who voted for Trump, certainly partly with the help of Putin, Facebook and James Comey contributing to Hillary Clinton’s defeat. But it happened, and as mad as many people were, they accepted it, with the understanding that hopefully he would not be as bad as we all were expecting, but of course, he greatly surpassed our expectations, and was far worse than we could have ever imagined. Even some Dems at the time were saying “well he’s our president now, so we should give him a chance, and see how he does”. Well we have given him a chance and look what he’s done: Two Impeachments: (a) One after openly trying to bribe a foreign (Ukraine) national president with congressionally appropriated military funds that were already committed to Ukraine; and (b) then a second time impeached for openly orchestrating and planning a seditious/treasonous Attempted Coup in the form of the January 6, 2021 Insurrectionist Riot against the US Capitol to interrupt the orderly transfer of power after he clearly lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.  And in the process of the latter, Trump has violated numerous laws by continually trying to overturn the election results before and after the Jan 6 Coup Attempt, including in Georgia and elsewhere, and has also blatantly violated numerous tax laws in the state of New York. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the US that are of the GULLIBLE and intellectually VULNERABLE class who buy into all the anti-government and deep state rhetoric espoused by Trump and his ilk. Naively and unfortunately these individuals buy into all the fake FAUX news and anti-government and “deep state” rhetoric broadcasted by Trump and his ilk. As the GQP MAGAs have been continually going down the rabbit hole in a sheep-like fashion, unfortunately the rest of us will have to suffer the long-term detrimental consequences as our democratic republic gets dismantled, which the Big Corp and the Ultra-rich very much want. The greater public needs to recognize that this goal of ultimately maximizing the fulfillment of greed and power for Trump and the Ultra-Wealthy, will be contrary to and very, very  BAD for the Common Good of Humanity and our environment in the US and world.

This now brings up the topic on how you deal with your family, relatives, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, etc. who now still support Trump and his ilk after all the bad things he has done. So if the latter are called Group A, then secondly, how do you deal with the Group B, who are people that are also closely linked to you (family, friends, etc.), but in their case, they are APPEASERS to the Group A people, and cater to them as if everything is just hunky-dory, and not a care in the world? It is a perplexing problem, but it has to be dealt with as it was (and was not) in the pre-Civil War era in the US and pre-WW2 era in Italy and Germany. Individuals have to come to the realization and ask themselves: “Are you going to be with the US Enemies Within in our nation and be a part of the New Confederates, or be appeasers to these treasonous individuals, or are you patriotically going to be for the preservation of the US Constitution and our democratic republic of these United States of America?” If you do the latter, you will essentially have to divorce yourselves from the Group A because they are no longer just family and friends etc, but they are true enemies, and the Group B Appeasers are enablers to our enemies. We are simple at a point in time, when YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE A SIDE. Another way to put it is that you need to segregate and group your compatriots in your mind, regardless as to whether they are, or were, in your close social and familial inter-circle or not, into the following three basic groups, and you just have to accept the fact that you will have to disengage yourselves from the first two groups:

(A) Individuals who choose to support Trump & his ilk, that includes DeSantass & GOP turned GQP;

(B) Individuals who serve as sycophants to those in  Group A above, by just catering and appeasing them and being cowards, rather than taking a strong stance against these individuals who are plainly “the US enemies within”; or

(C) Individuals who are true US Patriots committed to preserving and defending our US democratic republic and Constitution, and are perceptive enough to recognize and call out the “US enemies within”.

Those in “A” are either just plain ignorant about USA & World history and past devastating past wars [which often repeat] and refuse to be informed by facts, or they have strong (or weak/selfish) connections to the Big Corps & Ultra-Wealthy and are just fine and going along for the ride with the latter who are leading US into another destructive Civil War or World War. It is not a time for “status quo” relationships with those in either “A” or “B” groups above. Just saying this is “politics as usual” and just another typical “political cycle we are going through” and that’s all it is, is an oversimplification and dead wrong!

As you continue to attend parties, class reunions and social gatherings at the homes, cottages or other venues of the “A” group, where they fly their Trump/GOP flags as they are “buying your friendship/participation” in their DJT/GQP cause in subtle ways, you are graciously accepting their gifts (food, drinks etc) of persuasion and allowing them to con you in a “Trumpian/con-artist” fashion. When you depart from these gatherings, take a minute and pat yourself on the back for assisting these “US enemies within” in their goal of having a GOP dominated US authoritarian Autocracy starting in January 2025 after Trump or DeSantass or someone of their Ugly GOP ilk is elected in 2024; or better yet, start having a SPINE, and quit catering to these internal ENEMIES.

For those in ‘”A” or “B”, your offspring themselves and many generations to follow will have to suffer the consequences for multiple decades because of your selfish and cowardice actions and inactions at this critical time in USA & World history, and it is something that will stay with you until your last living/dying breath. Something else those Groups “A” and “B” individual will have to think about on their death bed, is how they SPIT on their father’s and grandfather’s graves who fought in WW1 or WW2 to preserve democracy and freedom, as you went along day to day supporting the Ugly Republicans who were allowed to turn our nation into an autocracy. And these individuals will have many days to ponder in their later years how they gave their allegiance to the GOP who are continually getting UGLIER, all blasphemously in name of Christ (like Putin). So maybe you can receive Communion because you were against abortion and women having the right to choose on that decision, and you listened to your parish priests telling you to hold firm on your position on abortion, and not to get distracted by all the PEDOFILE offenses that have occurred unchecked over the centuries by the priesthood under different papacies.

By ignorantly pledging your allegiance to this UGLY and EVIL GOP, or by catering and being an appeaser to these individuals who worship at the ALTAR of GREED and POWER, you will be helping them achieve their goals of: (a) gutting the Constitution; (b) deconstructing government so it will serve public less, and serve capitalists more; (c) reversing civil rights for women, disabled, and others; and (d) continually defying and canceling the Constitution like our Confederate enemies of the past.

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Hapless Knahtsgnivig!

And

Merry Xmas

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11-24-22

Less Gloom Falling, By Giacomo B Fischiatore, 11/24/2022, Thanksgiving Day

The fall is now, passing quite soon ,

And with it, there will be less gloom,

Soon then will come, the bright snowflakes,

From it a white snowman she makes,

Soon she may fly south once again,

To warmth and comfort of a friend.

Dear GOP MAGA Famiglia/Siblings, We’re (you & I) Getting a Divorce

By James P. LaMancusa, aka Giacomo B. Fischiatore

DO YOU BLAME ME?

Please understand, people who have WARPED PRINCIPLES (GOP MAGAs), just do not qualify as worthy family/friends.

Many don’t grasp seriousness of US situation? “Ain’t no” different now than Confederates vs Union, or Allies vs Nazis/Fascists. As before, often family/friends end up on opposing sides maybe battling each other someday. IT REALLY COULD COME TO THAT! Principled people choose principles over family/friends. Trump loving GOP MAGAs should really give this some serious thought (watch some gruesome WW2 and US Civil War movies and think of your friends & family and the aftermath of war/battle that may be on the horizon).

Some say “But it’s your family and you have to STICK WITH THEM”, but for me and my Fascist GOP MAGA (not all of them) family & friends, I DO NOT HAVE TO STICK MYSELF TO THEM, AND I WILL NOT. The can go ahead and continue SPITTING on my Father, Carmelo’s grave, as they’re forgetting all about the fact that Carmelo fought as a US Sergeant in WW2 in Italy against the “Black Shirt” Mussolini Fascists, who were his former Italian motherland compatriots. Eventually the Allied Forces merged together from battles in Salerno/Naples (my father with that group), Cassino and Anzio/Nettuno, and proceeded to march into Rome and drove out the German occupiers. Not long after, the Germans retreated back to Germany and arrived there about the time the coward Adolph Hitler and his wife were committing suicide in the bunker where he was holed up. In that same time frame, Mussolini was on the run trying to escape from Italy, but before he got to the northern border at Switzerland in the Alps, an Italian patriot Fascist Resistance group captured Benito Mussolini and then executed him and his mistress. Their bodies were taken to Piazzale Loreto, near central Milan, where the Italian patriots hung the two bodies upside down at the public square for a number of days to celebrate his defeat and the end of Italian Fascist regime and his “Black Shirt” loyalists.

In the fall of 2022, if everyone is afraid to stand up to the Trump GOP MAGA “Red Shirts”, and worried about hurting someone’s feelings, or severing ties with family/friends, we’re doomed! My hope is that I will be able to get to my nieces & nephews and free them from the grasp and influence of my GOP MAGA siblings and their spouses, who are like a modern day Jim Jones brain washing their offspring, and getting the kool aid ready when it all fails when the realization finally hits them that Trump and all his GOP cronies and sycophants are a bunch of snake oil salesmen conning the populous into believing they, and they alone will make their lives better, when in fact, these con artists are just leaching off of the gullible citizenry.

Some say: “What’s the big deal Jimmy? Why do you care so much about future of humanity & planet? After all, your remaining years are dwindling quickly, and you ain’t got no skin in the game not having a wife or offspring?” Which is a real good moronic point? But what some are failing to realize is that I care about the LaMancusa & Donazzolo family of Carmelo & Nida LaMancusa, Bernardo & Clotilda Donazzolo, Giusseppe & Antonina LaMancusa and the great, and great great grandparents etc who came before them. And I care about the present & future of this family, and I dearly love all my nieces & nephews, and the great & great great nieces & nephews etc and those who are yet to come.

The latter is a lot more important to me than the stardom of local W MI Facebook (FB) account contributors, like the queen & king of W MI FB, one of my sister-in-laws, and my younger salesman brother. I know oldest sibling, my sister, doesn’t like to broach this subject, because she doesn’t want to create a rift in the family, and she really enjoys time with the principal MAGAs in the family at their lakefront properties, going out boating, swimming etc. But you know, the latter isn’t as important as the long-term survival of our freedom & democracy, our family, humanity as a whole, and the planet.

Some studying and comprehension of actual USA and world history is quite important right now (not Netflix or Amazon Prime Video etc), because you must recognize that former compatriots, acquaintances and family members fought against each other and injured and killed each other in the US Civil War. And as I said before, my father, Carmelo LaMancusa fought for USA ( Sergeant) in WW2 in Italy and fought and likely injured & killed some of his former fellow native Italians/compatriots who were in allegiance with the Mussolini “Black Shirt” Fascists. And now we have the Trump/GOP MAGA “Red Shirts”, proponents of US GOP Autocratic Fascist rule, which could come as early as 2024, after which, we will be stuck with it for multiple decades.

Now if that’s what you want and you want to follow in the footsteps of W MI FB queen & king, and become Marjorie Green, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, or Lauren Boebert, then that’s what you and your offspring will get, and believe me, you will regret it when the aftermath eventually hits US and your family. Just because you look like Marjorie Taylor Green (sister-in-law’s offspring), doesn’t mean you have to act like her. 

Take the time and watch some gruesome US Civil War and World War II movies so you can get a feel for yours and your offspring’s future if you choose the wrong path following your MAGA “Red Shirt” leaders, my highly vocal and opinionated (uniformed/misinformed/disinformed type) sister-in-law and younger brother. And I wish my brother to that sister-in-law recognized all the damage his spouse is doing by worshipping Trump like he is the Chosen One.

“Biden ABE-like (NOT) Legacy, fall/fail 2022″

Biden biding his time as 2022 fall/fail comes

G. B. Fischiatore; aka @JamesLamancusa

Listen here Mr Jay, don’t matta how much you pray,

Democracy must stay, ain’t no time to go astray,

We’s just work & play, no worry bout those on da fray,

Poor ole Miss May, won’t leave her house til things are okay.

1/6

Most people just think, public officials just plain stink,

Don’t matter what’s in ink, power & greed let’s others sink,

Before called em rat fink, and worse now dat we’re on da brink,

Seems ain’t nutt’n in sync, costs rise’n faster den a wink.

2/6

Voting rights going down, we got plenty reasons to frown,

Now election subversion, by GOPers [Goapers] seeking crown,

Evil grows in a mound, while pushing US to da ground,

Election Police now around, prompted by a clown.

3/6

Next’ll be burn’n at da stake, fear is what dey make,

Expect vote counts to be fake, who wins FOX will create, 

We have big stomach ache, now can’t even meditate,

Florida says if congregate, dey’ll incarcerate.

4/6

After all dat what’s left, stripped of rights like a real theft, 

Abe would see what duth crept, and what it is dat does infect,

Autocracy dey erect, cuz you’all blind to their accent,

Propaganda in effect, so twisted makes you deaf 

5/6

Now time for last draw, Exec Order for this BIG flaw,

One man needs to draw, it is meant as part of law,

Insurrection of US all, weighs BIG in RISE and FALL,

Legacy it duth crawl, now appears BRIGHT this very fall.

6/6

James P Lamancusa (aka, Giacomo B Fischiatore)

President/VP/Co-Founders

CommonGoodUnited .org/Inc

@GBFischiatore

Dahh Beginning of Dahh End! (democracy out, GOP Autocracy in)

By Giacomo B. Fischiatore, aka James P. LaMancusa

Dahh Trump GOP MAGA group are moving quickly to pave the way for complete takeover of US political system to bring US soon to dahh beginning of GOP Autocratic Rule starting in Jan 2025 after Trump is elected 2nd time in Nov 2024.

In their efforts to assure that GOP minority (35-40%) of US voters maintain control over the majority (55-65%) of US voters, they have perfected the voting district gerrymandering process to completely control state legislatures with super majorities in purple states (Dems = 55-65% of total voters), while at same time gaining enough gerrymandered seats in the US Districts to guarantee that they will for certain take control of the US House in 2023 by orchestrating wins in Nov 2022 election. 

Already, and especially after the latter, the GOP controlled state legislatures unConstitutionally are perfecting the electoral college system in their states, which allows these states to have their state “electors” vote in favor of GOP candidates for US President & VP in ’24/’25, regardless if the majority of voters in their state voted Democrat in the Nov 2024 election as mandated by their state legislature, governor or secretary of state.

Because of the aforementioned devilish, crafty and unConstitutional tactics of the GOP going unchecked by the cowardly US DOJ/AG and US President Biden (e.g., by Emergency Executive Order), our US democratic republic is being torn away from US by GOP plainly right before our eyes! And all the Dem Party and their leaders can do and say, is “citizens Vote Like Hell like your lives depends on it”. Well the latter, no matter how great, may not be enough, and even if it is, the GOP will dispute the results, and they have 67% to 33% control of the US Supreme Court, so any court cases regarding elections and other matters will surely be decided in their favor.

As always, the GREEDY & Power Hungry GOP and Big Corps & the ultra-wealthy are melding together for their self aggrandizement at the expense & detriment (rights, protections etc) of women, minorities, LGBTQ, the young, innocent, defenseless, impoverished, starving, shelterless, thirsty & mentally/physically ill; while at the same these greedy individuals & corporate officials line up for space travel and are staking their claims in advance on diminishing livable space on our planet.

The aforementioned Evil, Greedy & Power hungry GOP individuals and giant corporations, who have hoodwinked the gullible MAGAs, don’t care one iota about what’s best for humanity as a whole or our planet Earth; and they DO NOT ADVOCATE for GOOD/UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES such as working:

(1) CGU: For the betterment of Common Good in a United manner;

(2) PEWHASOP: To Protect Environment, Wellbeing & Health And Safety Of People;

(3) PACATO: In unison with Principled American Citizens & Allies from near & afar, who Together are Orchestrating in beneficial manner for benefit of humanity & our planet.

Instead, they pass unConstitutional anti-voting rights laws in their GOP controlled states along with enacting voting subversion tactics, as our cowardly US President Biden (not Abe-like) and US DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland (still banking on SCOTUS judgeship) sit idly (and safely) by, praying and hoping for the best for their historical personal US legacies, instead of concentrating bravely on saving our democratic republic from the GOP MAGA villains. How far do the GOP states have to go before Biden will take decisive and effective action? The Confederates of the past did not like the Union (so called “northern aggressors”) telling them they couldn’t own African slaves anymore, and perhaps the modern day GOP Confederates will want some other kind of modern day slave other than Africans? If they do that in 2022 or 2023, will that be permissible in Biden’s and Austin’s eyes? After all, these GOP controlled states believe they should be able to do whatever their GOP legislatures pass regardless of whether it complies with the US Constitution. Let’s face, with the GOP we’re moving BACK in TIME. For example women, if you’re thinking of dating one of these GOP guys, realize these CAVEMEN will soon be carrying clubs once again to get their way with you, and after they IMPREGNATE you, you’ll be forced to carry their DEVIL CHILD to term.

So, has BIDEN forgotten his Constitutional duties? He is after all, the US Commander in Chief of US Armed Forces. Both the US President (& VP Harris) and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have a Constitutional duty to protect & defend our Constitution, and if they don’t, they are considered US Insurrectionists! And state GOP public officials passing and enacting unConstitutional anti-voting rights laws and election subversion tactics are CLEARLY USA Insurrectionists! States (& local governments) must first and foremost fully abide to the US Constitution (not optional). What’s going on and allowed to continue IS SIMPLY WRONG, UNCONSTITUTIONAL & ILLEGAL, and NEEDS TO BE STOPPED! It is not a time for Biden to be cautiously trying to preserve his 40-year politician legacy, it should be more about President Biden acting now by issuing an Executive Order to save our democratic republic!

SO SO VERY VERY SAD and PATHETIC! 

That which is RIGHTEOUS & GOOD, simply being defeated by that which is WRONG & EVIL!

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Previous article submitted to, and ignored by, WaPo:

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:535c674a-5286-3ae1-9b91-4eb1efb69321

Giacomo B Fischiatore

[Aka, James P. LaMancusa, President/Co-Founder]

Vice President/Co-Founder

CommonGoodUnited .org/Inc (est. Nov 2019, FL)

Is President Joe an Abe, or Ain’t He?

Lesson No. 1: Remember USA & World History and That Math & Science Are Real

In the first (maybe last, but maybe not?) civil war in the USA in the 1800s (call it Civil War 1, or CW1), our President at the time, Abraham Lincoln (call him Abe) declared war against the Confederate states, of which there were eleven (mostly in the South). Following this declaration, the CW1 commences, with the Union soldiers battling it out in a bloody war against the Confederate soldiers. The term Union  was for the Union of the United States, which included the states that were abiding by the US Constitution, which call for equal rights for all its citizens, regardless of race, religion, gender, etc, and that equality rule applied to African Americans who were treated like agricultural livestock or worse. Well after Americans fought Americans, resulting in the death of many millions of American soldiers and civilians, the war ended in the Confederates defeat, after which reconstruction occurred after this devastating war to rebuild neighborhoods, cities, counties and states that had massive destruction of property and the civilian infrastructure (roads, bridges, hospitals, water systems, etc.). During this reconstruction period, those Confederate states had to give up their confederacy, and get back to abiding by the Constitution just like all the rest of the states in the Union.

Unfortunately, that lesson about Civil War 1 and other tough lessons won’t be taught in Florida anymore, because FL Governor DeSantis is making the schools in HIS state remove everything from the library and class curriculum that causes the least bit of psychological discomfort to the students, such as having to hear stupid history lessons about slavery practices or slaughtering of Jews during the WW2 era by Nazis/Fascists, or having to learn stupid science stuff and arithmetic as it relates accumulative negative climate effects of common gases on our atmosphere (whatever that is?) like carbon dioxide and methane, and other idiotic nonsense that serves no useful purpose in making profits and increasing wealth for the nice evangelical Christian rich people who watch over US as our good Christian leaders in our united Christian nation.

But for the few people that do have an opportunity in their state to learn a lessons or two, remember:

  1. Two plus two equals four;
  2. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF; and
  3. Extreme narcissistic behavior of national leader (aka Donald Trump or his clone GOP replacement), coupled with deceitfulness, selfishness & vindictiveness, serves only the narcissist and his sycophants (and corporations & ultra-wealthy), while destroying individual liberties & rights, as well as undermining and degrading civilized societies & their environs near & afar (local, state, regional, national, international).

Must admit, CGU (CommonGoodUnited) hasn’t had a post on its webpage for quite some time now, because quite frankly, NOBODY SEEMS TO BE LISTENING OR CARES, and there’s really not much more to say before the WHOLE WORLD BLOWS UP (WW3), the next great Earth EXTINCTION OCCURS, and our USA democratic republic EVOLVES INTO AN AUTOCRACY prompting CW2 (Civil War 2). GOP MAGA craziness seems to be prevailing now with a strong wind at their back, and time is rapidly running out by the week, day and hour to stop this insane group who are racing down the track on a runaway train destined for Doomsville USA.

We could summarize here for readers a lot more detail of what exactly happened in the Civil War 1 and World War II (WW2), etc, but what good is that going to do right now with less than two months to the November 2022 mid-term elections? Let’s lay out the facts real quick here:

There was a January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot/Insurrection/Coup Attempt orchestrated by Donald J Trump and his GOP cronies and supporters, the MAGA maniacs, who followed their orders from their supreme leader, Mr. Trump, to storm the Capitol and violently and illegally overturn the legitimate 2020 election.

And now let’s talk about how the GOP controlled states (about 20 states) have passed unconstitutional anti-voting rights laws (about 40-50 such laws) in their states with the blatant and flagrant purpose of suppressing & purging votes, and subverting the election process. It used to be in these United States of America, civil rights were steadily on the rise, decade after decade, granting more rights to individual citizens in the nation, such as ending Jim Crow era discrimination against Blacks even though CW1 had ended slavery, giving non-land owners, Blacks and women (& age 18 & older) the right to vote; making it against the law to discriminate against citizens for a variety of reasons (civil rights laws of the 1960s & after), such as gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, etc; making it against the law to deprive women of their reproductive rights as it relates to abortion; allowing same sex marriages with full rights granted to individuals in heterosexual marriages; etc.

Well, now women’s reproductive rights are gone, based on a recent Supreme Court ruling, and states are starting to reverse other laws, such as those that protect rights of individuals in same sex marriages, etc. BUT, what make this totally wrong right now, and on the same level as the Confederacy of pre-CW1, is that insurrectionist activities are rampant throughout many of these United States of America. Besides what happened on January 6, 2021, as led and planned by DJT-GOP, which is pure federal insurrectionist/seditionist/criminal acts, numerous state GOP public officials are violating the US Constitution by passing anti-voting rights laws and committing federal election subversion. If these states want to remain in the Union, they cannot have it both ways, just as the Confederates in pre-CW1 could not be part of the US republic if they didn’t abide by the US Constitution to its full extent.  

The Dems are now hanging by the skin of teeth hoping that somehow there will be a massive voter turnout (greater than 2020) against the DJT-GOP lunatics who will be intimidating voters (FL Gov. DeSantis Election Police) as they try to get registered to vote, try to drop off their mail-in ballots at scarce few drop-off boxes (& don’t put those ballots in the US mail because DeEnemy DeJoy is still running USPS), or they stand in long lines all day trying to vote on election day.

You add it all up, and you don’t have to be a math genius to see that the Democrats, and our democracy, are royally being screwed! Oh yeah, and if you plan to take it to court on illegal DJT-GOP tactics etc, you can go ahead and try, but all that is going to do is cost a lot of time in general, and attorney fees, as it lingers forever in the federal court system, that is presently controlled by the GOP; which is exactly what Trump is doing right now, as the US DOJ is trying to proceed with likely criminal charges against him related to highly sensitive/classified documents he absconded with when he left the White House in January 2021 and moved back to his Mar-a-Lago, former Jeffrey Epstein hangout.

Here’s the simple math: When Trump was in office he managed to appoint 174 federal District judges (26% of current total), 54 federal Appellate judges (30% of current total), and 3 federal Supreme Court judges (33% of total). And if his cases make it all the way to the Supreme Court, which is certainly his plan to eat up time, he’ll probably win because that highest court now favors the conservatives (GOP) six to three versus liberals (Dems).

Besides all the above, the GOP gained seats in the House of Representatives by virtue of the 2020 census results coupled with the extreme devious gerrymandering they have been doing for last couple of decades that contributes to cancelling or neutralizing a lot of the urban votes that traditionally tend to vote Democrat. Sure, whatever the GOP is doing that is within the current law and our Constitution is their right, and the Dems do a certain amount of gerrymandering of voting districts themselves. But the real kicker is, that since the advent of Trump world, the state GOP has been enacting and implementing anti-voting rights acts in their states that are downright unconstitutional (i.e., contrary to US Constitution that they must abide by), and as such, the current Democratic controlled House should call a vote, declaring these state officials as federal insurrectionists for violating the US Constitution. The latter likely would pass in the House, but it would be cumbersome and complicated because it involves a lot of state public officials, and even if it passed, it would never be able to get passed in the US Senate; and therefore, Democratic Congress members are not going to take such risky action just before the November 2022 Mid-term elections because, let’s face it, they care more about getting reelected.

Well, all that is left with less than two months before the election is for an Executive Order to be issued by the current President, Joe Biden, thereby mandating that the federal elections be administered by the US Armed Forces under the command of the Commander in Chief, President Joe Biden; and to continue administering federal elections for the duration of his term ending in January 2025, or until such time that the GOP states begin abiding by the US Constitution as it relates to individual voting rights for all US Citizens. It probably would be easier for Biden to proceed with this action if the House first called for a vote (& it passed in their chamber) against the state GOP US Constitution violators, but not sense holding your breath waiting for that to happen. See the document (an editorial submission to WaPo that they cowardly never published) below for further details on the mentioned constitutional violations, and the obligation of the US Congress, President, Vice President and the Military in taking such actions against insurrectionists to restore compliance to the Constitution in the violating states.

https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:535c674a-5286-3ae1-9b91-4eb1efb69321

Well, now the BIG QUESTION is, will President Biden take this colossal courageous step (as Lincoln did against the Confederates) , to save the US democratic republic from being taken over by state GOP insurrectionists? Or is this not going to be an Abe Lincoln – like moment for President Biden, and instead, is going to be a moment when President Biden takes a hands off approach in the best interest of his own interest of preserving his nearly half century-long legacy? This same question also applies to individual US Congress members in the House & Senate, who are also obligated by the US Constitution to take action against the state GOP insurrectionists by calling for a vote in Congress against these Constitution violators. As politicians, the President and those US Congress members naturally put their reelection, self preservation and livelihood for themselves & family first (i.e., rather than “US” first). The Dems & the President are TRULY IN A PICKLE – and so are a couple hundred million of US who are scared shitless about what the outcome may or may not be from this HORRIFIC TRUMPIAN NIGHTMARE TIME in USA history.

When you read this and ponder whether Biden will issue such as Executive Order at this critical time in US history to save our democracy and preserve our freedom and individual rights, also keep in mind that these same state GOP public officials are campaigning feverishly right now to elect or appoint public officials in key roles for administering federal elections now and in the future in their respective states, such as the Secretary of State positions, as well as county election officials, etc. The latter MAGA GOP individuals will be able skew and manage the elections to favor the GOP, and to appoint electors in the Electoral College in their state that will vote for GOP elected presidential candidates after the November 2024 election, regardless of who the majority of the voters favored in their state.

Unless Biden issues an Executive Order as described above, in all likelihood, the Democrats will take a bashing in the 2022 elections, and the GOP will take control of the House, and perhaps the Senate will remain the same at 50-50 with the Vice President carrying the tie breaking vote (which has seldom worked to the Dems advantage so far because of the “defacto” Republicans, US senators Manchin & Sinema, who typically vote with GOP). After a big win in Nov ’22 for the DJT-GOP, there will be no path forward for the Dems for a long time (i.e., rule by the authoritarian/autocratic DJT-GOP for multiple decades, beginning with a take-over and win in the presidential election for Trump (or his MAGA replacement) in Nov ’24, likely giving the GOP control of all 3 branches of the federal government simultaneously (executive, judicial and legislative branches), which if they did it in a fair, legal and constitutional abiding manner, we just have to accept it, and not complain; but the fact is, the DJT-GOP are a bunch of con-artist mobsters, led by a biggest shyster of all times (DJT), who conned the voting public into agreeing unknowingly to their long-term demise, likely leading to total societal collapse, and the next Great Extinction, that only the super wealthy will survive.

On the other hand, if Biden does issue an Executive Order as described, all hell could break loose, as South Carolina US Senator Lindsey Graham keeps saying: “If Trump gets indicted on federal charges…the MAGAs will riot”. Unfortunately, it’s kind of like either way (options A, B, C…), great civil unrest and possibly civil war (CW2) may occur (i.e., if Biden issues Executive Order to administer federal elections; US DOJ indicts Trump on federal charges; or the GOP trounces the Dem in Nov ’22 election, leading to election of Trump in Nov ’24 and the beginning of full-fledged DJT-GOP autocratic rule beginning in Jan ’25.

TO FINISH here, given below is a new GOP Horrific Principle (No. 22) that guides the evil DJT-GOP individuals in how they act/don’t act (go to the CGU Menu to see rest of GOP Platform); plus after that, a dozen or so new poems since April 2022 from Giacomo B Fischiatore are given (more at CGU Menu):

La Fine

GOP Horrid Principles (officially part of the GOP Platform): New one here – Go to CGU Menu for rest.

GOP Horrid Principle 22: Don’t ever hesitate to lie/deceive for intended future result, & if later either before/after you secured result you are accused of deceit, simply deny what you said or explain that you or listeners just misunderstood conversation.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/08/supreme-court-justices-misled-the-senate-gillibrand-said-00030900

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POEMS

Giacomo B Fischiatore (aka JPL) POEMS Feb-Sept 2022: New ones here – GO TO MENU for rest.

9/11 Twenty-One Year Anniversary (09/11/2022):

The enemy we now fear is so very near,

Since twenty sixteen, it is getting crystal clear,

The three thousand who died will not seem quite so big,

Compared to many civil war graves we will dig,

1/3

Now face domestic terror fueled by the rich,

Many will follow pided piper straight to the ditch,

Those being conned will regret following the herd,

As they crash over cliff’s edge for man who’s absurd,

2/3

So we still mourn for those we lost in Trade Center,

Now know our leaders put US at epicenter,

Decades and centuries ahead we will mourn more,

As capitalism and greed brings US blood & gore.

3/3

 GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Twenty Twenty-Two Count Down (07/28/2022):

Hickory Dickory Dock

Have Dems forgot there’s a clock

Soon they’ll have just one branch

Need AG to apply stanch

Our forces Prez he commands

Who act upon his demands

A vote Congress needs to call

Insurrectionists must fall

1/11

Traitors surviving this year

Will turn it into high gear

The autocracy we fear

Will then be more than just near

Democracy soon hijacked

Cannot fear that odds are stacked

Courage must overcome risks

Freedom it must top all lists

2/11

Ease to vote our US right 

Even playing field their fright

Cut of vote boxes unfair

It stands out with a glare

If Dems just let this pass by

Democracy it will fry

Those of US that care will cry

They say stand back & stand by

3/11

Days are numbered don’t you see

How much more must we all plea

Worry not about self but US

Don’t say we’re making a fuss

This must be a fierce battle

It’s not just a mere rattle

Public rights shouldn’t reverse

Such thinking is so perverse

4/11

It can’t just pass by unsaid

If we do we’ll forever dread

Not time to turn other cheek

Or time to be mild & meek

Cruel & mean don’t let up

Greed & power so corrupt

Time to act by Dems is now

Those in power can’t cower

5/11

If Dems give GOPers a pass

And be humble & kiss ass

The US will be their trough

They feed as we starve & cough

GOPers do not care for US

Our demise to them’s a plus

When will people see through them

For the greed & evil they stem

6/11

Those rolling with all the cash

Just scheming as they all stash

Your money and future hope

As they laugh, call you a dope

Some day soon we must all learn

Our true leaders must be stern

Those before put US ahead

Not GOPers, it’s them instead

7/11

Please see their deceit as crime

Don’t cloak them pure but grime

With populous deaf & blind

We and Earth coming to grind

Many died before to save

Kept US all from early grave

It is them we must stave off

They are mere wolves cloaked in cloth

8/11

The end justifies the means

To GOPers it allows extremes

Another’s demise is their rise

They see not tears in eyes

Nor do they hear sad sobbing

Or feel remorse for robbing

As they con donors to give

Just to enrich how they live

9/11

Don’t coat with sugar & spice

Plainly GOPers are not nice

Has been so for many years

Their wealth on rise with our fears

Wars to them are cash not tears

So what if extinction nears?

Profits pave way to exploit

We lose as they’re so adroit

10/11

After the brutal Civil War, safeguards were built into our Constitution through passage of following described amendments that allows action by Congress against Insurrectionists (local, state & federal) by simple majority vote:

11/11

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:535c674a-5286-3ae1-9b91-4eb1efb69321

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Terrible Two’s Days (not Tuesdays (02/22/2222):

The day will come, but few will be here to observe,

Habitable land for the rich they will preserve,

Billions migrate far in their attempt to survive,

Human Herd Reduction is what oligarchs’ strive.

1/6

Protections for the rich will be ample for them,

Includes highly treated water costing a gem,

Also rich will be safe from the weather’s fury,

As we all hopelessly seek safety in hurry.

2/6

Many will die of thirst, hunger and exposure,

As wealthy experience space travel for pleasure,

When many two’s all line up on our calendars,

Rich privileged class will be exploring the stars.

3/6

The strongest of us who survive will someday say,

Lust for greed and power of few brought us this way,

Our demise was destined by capitalism,

Rich shrewdly employ fascism and racism.

4/6

Naively thought that forces of good would prevail,

Entertainment frenzy helped to cause us to fail,

Plus we all have lust for materialism,

Lot to overcome with great political schism.

5/6

February (02) twenty-two (22), twenty-two, twenty-two (2222),

The rich few will be pondering their fate anew,

Zealots see seven two’s as Godly omen,

Pain and death to others is what God had chosen.

6/6

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Is He a Koch or a Dick? (5/7/22):

Hickory Dickory Dock,

She met a guy named Ed Koch,

Some things important to Ed,

Were getting regular head,

He’s a very simple man,

Not ever one to grand stand,

Just wants you to understand,

Now’s time to finish vows Jan.

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Kleptocrats’ (/oligarchs) Grand Plan (04/23/2022): 

Oh Hickory Dickory Dock

Hands spinning fast around the clock

Things here & world quickly unwind

And nothing real nor truth to find

1/6

At least that is what Russians say

Meantime Ukranians they pray

In their nation they vow to stay

World democracy on display

2/6

Genocide by Putin must end

That’s what it is, must not pretend

If he wins, this is just the start

Plain to see, this man has no heart

3/6

These acts we expected to see

So common for autocracy

Our future with Trump-GOP

Not a time for complacency

4/6

If Trump given another term

Nations bordering US will squirm

“Venezuela in our backyard “

“Ripe for the taking” & bombard

5/6

So autocrat club will soon meet

The sleepy world they will soon greet

This is the Oligarchs’ Grand Plan

To reduce [human]herd and take all land.

La Fine!

6/6

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4/1/2022

Contemporary Ding-dong Oz song rhyming with WARLOCK (as in DJT Shyster/Conman, who’s always accusing justice seekers pursuing his indictment as being on a Witch Hunt):

Ding-dong, the warlock’s a crock!

Which old warlock? The wicked warlock!

Ding-dong, the wicked warlock’s a crock!

Oddly he’s got a Christian flock,

Who take stock in all his BS that we mock!

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Blessed St Patty’s Day 2022 (03/18/2022):

I’ve been told

       I’m getting old

              No tome to be bold

                     Nobody likes a toad

I just don’t fear

        If you’re in my ear

               Okay to be queer

                      Let them sneer

1/6

They don’t have tact

       That’s plainly a fact

               They’re cruel to Black

                       With truth don’t have jack

So today’s Saint Pat

         Matters where you sat

                 For Jews it was splat

                        If White you’re a frat

2/6

So today beer is green

       Lucky to have a spleen

               Careful to avoid mean

                      If Christian, am clean

We’re equal so they say

        Kneel down, let’s pray

                For all people to stay

                       Hate we sweep away

3/6

Hey let’s continue story

       Irish part of our glory

             Had Celtics & signori

                   New Orleans Pietro & Lori

Boston was Cara & Paulo

      Italian & Irish they did flow

             In USA they both grow

                   Warn others of undertow

4/6

Continue with evolution

      Work to reduce pollution

             Europe, African & Asian

                   Equal rights in Constitution

5/6

Blend of races it’s diverse

     Intention of universe

            Many beliefs we converse

                  Better than hate & curse

Continue with evolution

      Work to reduce pollution

             Europe, African & Asian

                   Equal rights in Constitution

6/6

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Joe Knows (03/13/22):

Same verse, same as the first…..

Go Joe, Go Joe…

To, and fro

We know

This is all a TEST!

Just keep doing Your BEST!

Soon, you’ll be hitting a CREST!

Guaranteed you’ll win ’24 CONTEST!

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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ODE TO JOE (2/22/22 = 2+2+2+2+2 = 10, or = 2+22+22 = 46, or = 2x2x2x2x2 = 32, or 2 x 22 x 22 = 968, or 2 x 22 x 2022 = 88,968, or altogether = 10 + 46 + 32 + 968 + 88,968 = 90,024):

Means: Something BAD is going to happen in ’24 (DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!)

Listen Joe

       You never know

                  Until you go

                             To Kokomo

We’re banking on you,

        First it was the flu,

                 And we’re true blue,

                            Don’t misconstrue

1/3

Union has laws

          Not void of flaws

                   Ignore gaffaws

                               GOP are outlaws.

Take our rights away

           Hoping we won’t stay

                    This isn’t just play

                                Way beyond fray

2/3

Must issue Exec Order 

         To avoid disorder,

                  Rights are in TX border,

                          Some mixing mortar 

All plain to see,

    .    Autocracy isn’t glee,

                 We want to be free,

                       Time now for decree

3/3

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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Songs ringing thru my thick skull; more so now as we near ’24 (03/05/2022):

A)        “I just dropped in to see what condition, my condition was in”

B)        “Oh, when times get rough, and friends just can’t be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down”

C)        “Relax, don’t do it,

When you want to go do it”

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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SWEET TWEET, WW2 REPEAT? (02/24/2022):

Hey James, I much liked, & agreed with your tweet,

It made me ponder a lot, which was real sweet,

You said it well, no bother to be discreet,

The ilk you mentioned, just do not think too deep,

1/4

Too bad for Russians, who must live with that creep,

Trump & Republicans, worship at his feet,

Question Putin, he will pound & make you weep,

This is preview, if Republicans do sweep.

2/4

Soon we will have autocracy, which is a heap,

Say bad to dictators, they will grind your feet,

Only people to survive, will be the sheep,

Shame people must suffer, as oligarchs reap,

3/4

Please all hope & pray tonight, before you sleep,

Putin’s Republican pals, all think he’s sleek,

Venezuela next Ukraine, for US is not a leap,

It’s twenty-first century, World War repeat.

4/4

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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FREEDOM FLOATING FEATHER -w/Chorus below & verses that follow (2/23/22):

CHORUS: sing/recite as written right here below, and then 6 verses that follow:

Foul weather it is now brewing,

Time for republic renewing,

To avoid the people’s screwing,

Freedom does float like a feather,

Democracy hangs by tether,

Up to US to stand together,

We need strong leaders to take stand,

Failing to do this won’t be grand,

Please save your people & this land,

So now we pray every day,

Want equal rights for all to stay,

Will bring US blue skies, & not gray.

FREEDOM FLOATING FEATHER (Using Chorus above when indicated):

CHORUS first

We are always asking what is next, and on comes Ukraine,

No surprise, GOPers[goapers] are rooting for Putin unrestain,

For them, always comes down to their likely financial gain,

They truly do not care what is Real, as they are insane,

1/6

We ask always ourselves why Red People get bamboozled,

And we plead with them to not watch FOX, but get refusal,

It would truly help if they had history & gave it a perusal, 

For kids’ sake, thinking clear & doing right is so crucial, 

2/6

We are presently spiraling down a perilous path,

Axis is forming and we could feel Adolf Putin’s wrath,

Against Putin, Trump & Xi trio, we would all take a bath,

Concern too with India’s Modi, they’re all psychopaths,

3/6

CHORUS again

Imagine Russia-China-India-pact with U.S.,

All the people of the world under constant stress & duress, 

For current issues there certainly must be emphasis,

If things start to roll, it’ll be tricky to uncoil this mess,

4/6

So you could say this will never happen on our planet,

Fascism & Nazism of old is not now a habit,

We are just good Christians, hard as granite,

Just pure society, our self righteous facet,

5/6

It’s up to democratic nations to come together,

It almost seems like now, we’re just hanging by a tether,

Remember that freedom is not a mere floating feather,

A deadly storm is brewing now, with lots of bad weather.

6/6

Final CHORUS & end

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

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ALL THESE TWO’s ADD UP TO THE BLUES (6X2 = 2/22/2022):

Ought-Two, Two-Two, Two-Ought-Two-Two – CAME & WENT REAL SOON

What it will mean to all of US would make great new tune,

Our best hope in these present times is arrest of goon,

Much more important than another long trip to moon,

1/6

To indict Trump will preclude him from public office,

Exactly what is needed right now, chimed in, the chorus,

Thank God Congress has a good Democratic caucus,

And a Dem President who is extremely cautious,

2/6

At right time Prez will issue Emergency Order,

Backed by Armed Forces for any likely disorder,

Voting rights they do apply across each state border,

Having equal rights binds US together like mortar,

3/6

It’s now time that citizens think on lessons of past,

Brutality of Civil War makes US feel aghast,

To ignore these sad times of our nation would be crass,

Errors that led to these hard times, we must now surpass,

4/6

It would be foolish & reckless for voters to take a chance,

Look close at words & acts of candidates, don’t just glance,

Think carefully at polls of our current circumstance,

Now more than ever, it’s important to take strong stance,

5/6

So pray often, for our Dem Congress & President,

Must recognize our Constitution & its intent,

Abe & FDR served US well in time of need,

It is for this, we thank them for following our Creed.

6/6

GB Fischiatore (aka JPL)

Putin/Russia: USA’s Mirror into Trump/GOP Autocratic Future

By JPL, aka GBF

CommonGoodUnited (.org) Update, April 2022

Probably not doing our updates as often as we should, but rest assured, as time marches on, so do we. What has happened the most in the last few months is the emergence of the Putin-Russian unprovoked attack of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. As those genocidal atrocities began, including all the “false red flags of war” that Putin and his Russian sycophants made up as reasons for prompting the war, it clearly reminded US of the parallels in USA with the path of the Republican Party who are steadfastly moving closer to autocracy, as they too are using fake reality and lies as a basis for destroying our democracy. Consequently, we would be remiss in not meshing the two stories together, because both involve the onslaught of democracy: one on the global stage (western liberal world democracies versus autocratic regimes like Russia, China, etc.); and the other being the onslaught of our democratic republic by Trump and the GOP right here in the USA.

The message (e.g., mission/vision) of CommonGoodUnited is very basic and fundamental (strive for betterment of common good of humanity & planet), so viewers may question the need or reasoning for expending the energy in this effort? Our purpose here is not slamming political parties, although there are plenty of reasons to do so for the GOP, but it should be recognized that both of the two major parties in the USA often seem to lose focus of the fundamental purpose of our republic as set forth by our founding fathers in our Constitution. Our democratic republic is capitalism driven, both domestically and globally, and that is not going to change; and government is a part of it, for the primary purpose to assure that the forces of capitalism are executed in a fashion that takes into consideration possible beneficial (& neutral) and adverse impacts of marketplace measures on people and our environment. That really is not asking too much is it? Entrepreneurs, businesses, corporations and individuals can, and should, have incentive based goals as reasonably achievable of increasing their wealth (for themselves, family, community etc.), but coupled with that, is the need for a populous representative government to establish and enforce controls (laws/regulations) so it is done in a manner that is protective of the common good of humanity and planet. The legal and regulatory framework should be done specifically in such a way that it is protective of the environment, and wellbeing & health/safety of the public. Professionals (e.g., engineers, doctors etc.) have to swear to an oath/code to follow those basic principles, so why shouldn’t private business entities?

So you might be thinking that all of this is something you already knew, right? But you must realize, now more than ever, that this is a constant struggle that plays out between what is good for: (A) the expansion of power & greed & wealth of individuals & business entities; and (B) protection, preservation and improvement of society/civilization and our environs (=Earth). Today (& in past), even though maybe not typically saying it out loud, those in group A are pushing for autocracy because by doing so there will be fewer governmental controls protecting people and planet (they want to reduce their bottom line costs with no concern for the detriment to people or environment, and limitless profit margins); and those is group B want to have (or continue to have and improve) a representative democracy to be protective of people and their environment. We have all seen what happens when the direction of our societies move to, or closer to, the principles (or lack thereof) of the autocratic group A. For example, do you think Putin/Russia’s priorities are geared towards the betterment of the Russian people and their environment? (ans = NO). Or are their priorities structured primarily to benefit the oligarch Putin and his fellow Russian oligarchs? (ans = YES). Look at Russian’s economy under the Putin regime: it is heavily dependent on the energy (oil & natural gas) and defense sectors. This narrow source of GNP (gross national product) revenue has worked out quite well for the Russian oligarchs in past couple of decades, but it puts the Russian people and their nation in a highly vulnerable economic situation that could push them into a major economic recession or depression, if one or two parts of this undiversified economy falls apart or decreases significantly, which could easily happen to them in foreseeable future. And Putin, the autocratic oligarch (called a kleptocrat), who is making all these critical decisions in last few months regarding the slaughtering of Ukrainians and destroying their homes and community infrastructure systems (hospitals, schools, power plants, etc.), with no one in the Russian government (parliament, public ministers etc.) daring to discuss or question his judgment on these matters. The Putin’s loyal sycophants (butt kissers, like President Trump had) all refuse to outwardly question Putin’s reckless decisions, because they fear retribution to themselves or families for doing so, such as being poisoned or sent off to Siberia for the rest of their lives. Putin operates much like President Trump did when he was in office (remembers what DJT said: “only he alone has all the answers & solutions for everything”). The consequences of a Russian autocracy are plainly evident on the world stage, as we all see daily how Putin is orchestrating the slaughter and destruction of Ukrainians and their nation, which is exactly what has occurred in past world history (Russia under Stalin, Germany under Hitler, Italy under Mussolini, Japan under Hirohito), and is ongoing in other autocratic nations worldwide, or soon will be, or should be anticipated by those living under an autocratic government. Just don’t ever forget, that Trump was always complimentary of Putin (and still is, calling him “savvy” & a “genius” on how he is handling Ukraine genocide), just as he (Trump) was always cozying up to and aspiring to be in similar authoritarian positions as other members of the ADC group he belonged to (Authoritarian/Dictator Club, including Xi of China, Kim of N Korea, Modi of India, etc.). Could there be another evil world PACT/AXIS in the formation stage right now (Russia-China-India) like in pre-WW2? Maybe you think it is farfetched? India’s possible role in all of this isn’t talked about much, but keep in mind they are a very significant economic world power, and like Trump, Modi is an autocrat pledge for the ADC (like a pledge in a college fraternity: “you have to first prove you can be one of them”).

With Trump as president in 2016-2020, the USA has already got a taste of autocratic/kleptocratic type government. Just as Putin reaps financial gains (for self & other oligarchs) as a Russian oligarch while serving as Russian president, President Trump was doing the same thing for himself, family members and his GOP Crony Crooks. Examples include the Washington DC Trump Hotel, and it was reported recently that his daughter Ivanka & husband Jerod (both serving in Trump Admin w/no qualifications) made up to $640M while in the White House. Granted, that autocratic form of government has not formally been proposed/approved/adopted by the GOP, nor is it flagrantly touted by GOP yet (although it’s obvious they’re going in that direction), but it should be clear to the US citizenry, that the Republican Party (w/ or w/o Trump) is moving towards autocracy. The latter is evident by GOP’s many actions and talk to fulfill their dominance over all three branches of the federal government by any measures (including Insurrection; Jan 6 Capitol Riot/Coup Attempt), and if achieved at this point in our history, it (control of all branches of fed govt) will in essence be the formation of a US autocracy, which will not be easily reversible for decades or centuries. The GOP already has dominant control of the judicial branch (6 to 3 conservative dominance of US Supreme Court), and with all the unConstitutional anti-voting rights laws and election subversion measures passed in GOP controlled states since Jan 6 DJT-GOP Insurrection/Coup Attempt, it is highly probable, that the GOP will likely take control of the legislative branch (US House & Senate) in 2023 (w/Nov ’22 elections), which could very well lead to GOP finagling the system for a presidential win (with Trump or some other autocratic leaning GOP contender, like FL Gov. DeSantis or TX Gov. Abbott) in November 2024.

So it’s fair to say right now on Easter Sunday, that the US is at the “Advent of Autocracy”. There are, however, legitimate reasons and means by which President Biden and the current US Congress can take action in response to the latter described drastic unConstitutional GOP voting suppression/purging & election subversion measures, that would consist of the US Congress calling for a vote against the GOP state public officials who have committed these unConstitutional acts or US insurrection. And in addition to the latter, regardless of whether the US congressional vote passes in favor of denouncing the aforementioned insurrectional actions of state GOP public officials, President Biden may then, having the authority to do so, issue an emergency Executive Order to administer the federal elections in those GOP Constitutional violating states.  What it comes down to, is that the violating GOP states (acting like a Confederacy) as members of the union of the United States of America, must abide by the federal Constitution (it supersedes state & local constitutions) as it relates to equal voting rights for all US citizens. See the specific US Constitutional amendments in link below that were immediately drafted and passed after the Civil War for preventing the recurrence of insurrectionists (Confederacy) in any of the union/United States from operating outside of the federal Constitution which supersedes the individual state constitutions, just like the state constitutions supersede the constitutions of the state’s local/county jurisdictions.

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:535c674a-5286-3ae1-9b91-4eb1efb69321

It really is important that readers take all of this very seriously! Think about how Putin controls all those in the Russian government with no one there daring to debate or even discuss his decisions and thought process thereof (i.e., parliament, judges, public ministers, military, intelligence, etc.); and if there is any state/provincial or local government within Russian’s boundaries that does anything he objects to, those heading up those state/local governments immediately have a target on their back. And if you were previously in the Soviet Union prior to its dissolution in 1991 (e.g., Ukraine), after which your sovereign nation formed an independent government (democratic republic or other form of govt), it is likely that Putin/Russia will be coming after your nation and people to pull you back under their jurisdiction and control, whether you like it or not (e.g., Ukraine).

So now think of Trump in the US in 2025 as a Putin type GOP autocrat after he gets reelected in November 2024 after all kinds of unConstitutional state GOP shenanigans (state anti-voting rights laws/election subversion). So now Trump will start scheming to grow his oligarch financial account to take over land in Canada, Mexico, Greenland, or maybe he’ll have “HIS” Military and generals go down to oil rich Venezuela, which he said in his previous presidential term, was “right in our backyard, and is RIPE FOR THE TAKING (i.e., having political turmoil, etc.., and was vulnerable)”. Or maybe Trump will prompt his GOP Crony Crook state governors to take over adjacent Democratic states with the US National Guard troops, or bring in a private militia paid for and contracted by the US government (or with DJT’s mega supporter funded oligarch account) as run by his buddy Erik Prince (brother of Betsy DeVos, his former Education Secretary) from W Michigan who owns the Blackwater Company (or whatever it’s called now), who had big contracts with George W Bush & VP Dick Cheney during the fake-WMD-prompted-Iraq-War. So if you think about all of this for a while, maybe you’ll surmise, that the continually downward evolving GOP (w/ or w/o Trump) in their caveman thinking is not going to do the USA any good, and on the contrary, it is going to send US into a state/fate similar to that experienced in Italy (Mussolini/fascism) and Germany (Hitler/Nazism) in the pre-WW2 era, which is very frightening. Many innocent civilians died at the hands of the Fascists and Nazis of that time because they didn’t fit their criteria of religion or race, or they just happened to be rightfully occupying land in sovereign nations that the Germans and Italians wanted to conquer and take over.

If you are my brother or sister (literally – have many), and you are supporting the GOP, with or without Trump, now in 2022, and plan to in 2024, you might as well go spit on your father’s grave, and maybe engrave a stone to put next to his tombstone, telling him that his service in the US Army in Italy in the battle (came to shore in 1943 at beachhead S of Salerno) that rescued the City of Rome from German occupation, and drove the German military out of Italy, which led to the defeat of Germany and the suicidal death of Hitler hiding in a bunker (like Trump did in DC/White House during George Floyd/BLM protests), “was not the patriotic thing to do in your opinion, and had nothing to do with the preservation of freedom and democracies in the US and NATO member countries”. If you could talk to your father/USA immigrant from Commune of San Piero Patti, Messina Province of Sicily, Italy, you could ask him if he was involved with, or observed the killing of any of his native Italian brethren in WW2 who were among the Black Shirt Mussolini followers or in the Italian Fascist military who were the enemies of the USA, NATO, Freedom and worldwide democratic republic nations (that’s small “d”, not Democratic US political party – take a civics and history lesson RAPIDO). Oh, and by the way, did you know that you had a great uncle on your mother’s side from northern Italy (Cismon del Grappa, Province of Vicenza, Italy), brother to your great grandfather, that was murdered by a Black Shirt Mussolini/Fascist supporter because he stated at a local business establishment one night that he was “neutral” on supporting Mussolini and Fascist Party (stabbed and killed on his way home that night).

So besides all of the above, you may wonder if oligarchs/kleptocrats like Putin and his Russian yacht sailing oligarch buddies also exist here in the USA? Yes, of course they do. After seeing Facebook CEO Zuckerberg prance into the White House to have conferences with President Trump when he was in office, is it really too outlandish to say that oligarch Zuckerberg paid the president a visit? And what about other hugely economically powerful individuals located in the USA such as oligarchs Bezos of Amazon, or Musk from Tesla/SpaceX/Neuraling/The Boering Company? The US oligarchs list goes on and on, similar to Russia in many respects, and it includes other BEHEMOTH corporations that affect our daily lives, like Google, and the entertainment/news media corporations that control the airwaves/internet. And of course, included in these mega entertainment/news corporations is FOX News that is in essence a propaganda machine for Trump and the GOP in general. We have anti-trust laws (beginning w/1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Act) that have been in existence well over a century, that, as amended can impose penalties of $100M against corporations and $10M against individuals (both are pocket change to mega corps & billionaire individuals involved), along with up to 10 years in prison, but the US DOJ has mostly taken a “hands off” approach in pursuing Anti-Trust prosecution against corporations and individuals for multiple decades, which is true with a lot of white collar crime in the USA (e.g., such as 30-50,000 Leaky CRIMe plants that pollute our drinking water supply sources in violation of 1980s RCRA laws – see www.YouReapWhatYouSow.org or ask US Secretary Granholm, former MI AG & 2-term MI Gov. who plainly saw Whistleblower disclosure in yr 2000 on such a plant, as stated at time “’LACKS’” adequate environmental safeguards”).

Of course the issue of Leaky CRIMe plants, is a big subject in itself, and even after a ½ century of violating this law on hazardous waste conveyance, storage, treatment of highly toxic cancerous substances in huge mega volumes at these Chemically Real Intensive Manufacturing establishments (many CRIMe’s tied to automotive OEM supply chain), it clearly demonstrates that neither political party (GOP or Dems) put much importance on it, and it always takes the back seat decade after decade to other hot issues (now climate change, COVID pandemic, Russian Ukraine slaughter attack, etc.), and besides, the politicians look at it as a kryptonite issue that if brought up in their campaign, they will lose for sure on business/economic/employment grounds because it forces businesses to clean up their act and abide by the law (is that asking too much?), and not exploit people and the environment for financial gain; plus, these politicians are tied into the LOBBYIST GRAVY TRAIN which they ride on along with various appointed government bureaucrats, external professional consultants/contractors to govt, etc. (people move back and forth between being elected and appointed govt public officials, and from public to private sector and visa versa, and so while riding the train, they keep the lie and cover-up going for their own personal financial benefit and career – e.g., in order to buy a new Grand Holme, who wants to investigate and prosecute a flagrant illegal polluter when you’ll be running for a higher office in several months or a year or two? – Give California credit however, because they have recognized the Leaky CRIMe problem, and they have dealt with it properly because they have much higher regard for public health & safety and the environment than all the other states). 

Getting back to the prevalence of oligarchs/kleptocrats’ problem – as mentioned, it not only exists in Russia, it also is prevalent in the USA. It’s a case of market based capitalism in our civilized society in the USA being way out of whack. It relates to general makeup of corporations also, and how they operate predominantly with the mindset of maximizing profits at the detriment to almost everything else if they could get away with it. But of course, that’s not entirely possible, because usually they are obligated to deliver a quality product to the customer on time and, of course, within budget. But how they treat employees, the environment, and the surrounding community is a big variable, that is open to exploitation of all of the latter, unless there are some kind of levers or controls that keep the corps in line, either through government laws/regulations, workers’ unions, etc. As time has gone on in the last half century, many workers unions have disappeared or have been weakened, and almost likewise, there have been fewer new environmental laws and regulations, or there has been back-sliding or weakening of these environmental laws & regulations, and the lack of enforcement thereof. And consequently, because of the latter, the surrounding communities to Leaky CRIMe plants have suffered, because unless people are dropping dead (it takes cancer a long time to rear its ugly head), there is no sampling or testing around the CRIMe plant if the neighborhood is served by centralized public water system; however, it is still important that those CRIMe plants are not leaking because in an insidious, gradual, accumulative manner, all those leaky industrial plants are still discharging pollutants to the soil and groundwater below the plant, which finds its way down gradient polluting surface water in ditches, creeks, streams, rivers, and lakes, or just to a nearby groundwater aquifer, which is then being used by a home owner (domestic well) or by a public waterworks system, which has to deal with all the contaminants that combine together (and continually increasing in concentration) with other contributing CRIMe plant violators/ polluters who are doing the same thing. So the point is, it’s a problem that shouldn’t be ignored for a half century or more (& the next half century), when laws/regulations already exist that should be strictly enforced, and not be allowed to be skirted around by slick/slimy lobbyists/attorneys working for greed (their own & that of their clients) and not the common good of society. The public has to deal with all the after effects of the gross negligence by owners/operators of CRIMe plants and elected/appointed public officials who ignore the problem (worker health/safety big issue also), and the bottom-line corporation practices/mentality to solely satisfy shareholders to maximize dividends/profits by minimizing labor and environmental control costs. And the very BIG corporations also are forever increasing consumer prices, especially if they have very little if any competition. The point being made herein, is that capitalism is out of control in many respects, and as a consequence, there are plenty of oligarchs and monopolies & monopsonies gorging themselves on US and world wealth, while causing the US economy to be out of kilter and off the rails, resulting in ever rising inflation, huge income inequality between the top earners and the rest of society, and making modern day life unaffordable for huge swaths of the population (causing huge increases in the cost of living, and drastically increasing the number of people living at or below the poverty level). While a monopoly involves a company that sells a good or service, a monopsony involves one that buys a good or service (including labor). During the past several years, legislation has been drafted and proposed by various lawmakers from both political parties, but no significant changes in the anti-trust laws have been passed yet. The rest of this article covers the discussion of what could and has been proposed by US legislators to improve anti-trust laws and make them more enforceable.

In February 2021, at a time when US companies had engaged in more than $10 trillion worth of mergers and acquisitions since 2008, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced a bill, as summarized below, aimed at “making sure those deals don’t harm consumers or halt competition.”

It’s not unusual, especially in the tech industry, for big player to acquire a popular peer (e.g., Facebook buying Instagram, Twitter buying Vine, Uber buying Postmates; or in February 2020, a district judge allowed T-Mobile, with a premerger equity valuation of more than $50 billion, to acquire Sprint for $30 billion and gave control of the national wireless market to just three carriers.). 

Government shouldn’t only be wary of monopolies, but monopsonies too. Again, while a monopoly involves a company that sells a good or service, a monopsony involves one that buys a good or service (including labor). Both evoke concerns of predatory pricing (too high if there’s only one seller and too low if there’s only one buyer), stagnating wages and high barriers to entry for fledgling companies. 

While competition and vertical integration have been a recurring concerns in the ever-consolidating entertainment industry — the most high-profile example in recent memory being AT&T winning a trial after the DOJ challenged its $85 billion purchase of Time.

The bill submitted by Klobuchar amends the Clayton Act to lower the threshold from forbidding mergers that “substantially lessen competition” to those that merely “create an appreciable risk of materially lessening competition.” In some situations — like mergers valued at more than $5 billion or those that would give a company a market share of more than 50 percent  — it shifts the burden from the government needing to prove there is risk of harm to the company needing to prove there isn’t any.

It also establishes the Office of the Competition Advocate within the FTC and proposes civil penalties for antitrust violations of up to 15 percent of the company’s U.S. revenue or 30 percent of revenue of those “affected or targeted” by the unlawful conduct.

In order to enforce the changes, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ would receive $484.5 million and the FTC would receive $651 million.

No attempt will be made here to evaluate the merits thereof, but following the Anti-Trust legislative submittal by Senator Amy Klobuchar and the Democratic Party, GOP US Senator Josh Hawley also proposed an Anti-trust bill to the US Senate in April 2021 as given in link below:

https://www.winston.com/en/competition-corner/senator-hawleys-antitrust-bills-take-aim-at-mega-corporations.html?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=LinkedIn-integration

Additionally, given below are excerpts from an article published in The Atlantic, dated 02/25/2021, entitled “ Ban All Big Mergers. Period – A simple law would stop the U.S. government from rubber-stamping corporate consolidation”, By Robert H. Lande and Sandeep Vaheesan ( https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/ban-all-big-mergers/618131/ ):

As evidence mounts that corporate consolidation and concentration raise prices to consumerseliminate jobsdepress wagesmarginalize independent businesses, and breed economic and political inequalityDemocrats in Congress, possibly in collaboration with some Republican colleagues, appear poised to crack down on monopoly and prevent further consolidation. At the top of this agenda should be a law that simply and unambiguously prevents all megamergers—which we would define as transactions in which the acquirer and the target each has more than $10 billion in assets.

“…the Sherman Act was designed to be a comprehensive charter of economic liberty” that aimed to provide “an environment conducive to the preservation of our democratic political and social institutions.”

The history of consolidation in the oil industry is revealing and suggests that an ExxonMobil-Chevron merger is not far-fetc.hed. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the FTC permitted very large oil and gas corporations to merge on the condition that they sold off gas stations, refineries, and other assets to “preserve competition” in markets where they were head-to-head competitors or in a position to exclude rivals.

The tolerance of mergers has spread corporate concentration and its attendant inequality into virtually every corner of the economy: health care, airlines, cable TV, and now the internet, where Amazon, Facebook, and other sprawling new monopolists reign. A small clique of executives and financiers makes key decisions in our economy. Many figures across the political spectrum are now urging a return to the kind of antitrust enforcement that once helped preserve a variety of independent businesses in every community.

Under the legislation we propose, a future merger between Chevron and ExxonMobil would be plainly illegal. Even if they agreed to sell some assets to a third party—as many merging companies do—the two oil titans would not be able to get their transaction past the antitrust authorities. The companies probably would not even contemplate such a combination in the boardroom.

Senator Elizabeth Warren called for tight merger restrictions for companies that have more than $40 billion in annual revenues. In a fall 2019 presidential-candidate debate, she said: “We need to enforce our antitrust laws, break up these giant companies that are dominating Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Oil; all of them.”

Poems After DJT-GOP Jan 6 Coup Attempt

LIST OF JPL/GBF POEMS (actual full poems to follow):

  1. GOP HERD REDUCTION PLAN (By JPL, aka GBF, 10/18/2021); p 01-03
  2. DECEMBER 13 Good Luck (By JPL, aka GBF; 12/13/2021); p 03-04
  3. PLEA TO SAVE DEMOCRACY (By JPL, aka GBF; 12/23/2021); p 04-05
  4. 2021-2022 HOLIDAY SEASON (By JPL, aka GBF; 12/25/2021); p 05-06
  5. New Years Eve, Dec 31, 2021 (By JPL, aka GBF; 12/31/2021): p 06-06
  6. New Years Day 2022 (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/01/2022); p 06-07
  7. 2021-2024 USA Constitution Collapse (By JPL, aka GBF; 12/30/2021); p 07-07
  8. JANUARY 6 DJT COUP ATTEMPT 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/06/2022); p 07-08
  9. Time Stopped During USA “democracy” Renaissance (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022); p 08-10
  10. AS WE GET OLDER JUSTICE IS CLEARER (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022); p 10-10
  11. Looking Way Yonder (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022); p 11-11
  12. Machiavellian Manchin (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022) p 11-11
  13. SINema CINEMA (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022); p 11-11
  14. NINE SHORT MONTHS to Election (By JPL, aka GBF; :02/20/2022); p 11-12
  15. USA Stopped at the Crossroads (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022); p 12-13
  16. 9-Month Count Down democracy Prayer (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022); p 13-14
  17. WILL RICH BULLY TYPES DWINDLE? (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/27/2022); p 14-15
  18. TIME Ticking, Lives Flicking (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022); p 15-16
  19. Putin’s Expanding Tangled Web (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/31/2022); p 16-17
  20. Price of Trump & GOP INSURRECTION (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/30/2022); p 17-17
  21. rUSsiA’s DYNAMIC DUO (By JPL, aka GBF; 02/02/2022); p 17-19
  22. Stopping & Cropping Seditious GOP by Blue in 22 (By JPL, aka GBF; 02/06/2022); p 19-19
  23. No TIME for CERTAIN or CURTAIN (By JPL, aka GBF; 02/04/2022); p 19-21
  24. THE TWITTER ZONE (By JPL, aka GBF; 02/06/2022); p 21-21

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(#1) GOP HERD REDUCTION PLAN (By JPL, aka GBF, 10/18/2021):

To US Government (PLEASE PROTECT & SAVE US from DJT GOP):

Don’t be a DUMB ASS!

Running out of time

Day coming near & FAST!

Running out of time

Don’t want 2nd Civil War!

Running out of time

Don’t want 3rd World War!

Running out of time

PROTECT US

SAVE US

__________________________1/6

TRUMP & Party ILLICIT

Don’t be CHICKEN SHIT

They’re surely CORRUPT

TIME to LOCK THEM UP

Please don’t now FAIL

Duty says they get JAIL

Democracy is at STAKE

Freedom THEY WILL TAKE

And AUTOCRACY & FASCISM

Will be our NEW BAPTISM

If REPUBLIC TO STAY

GOP must CAST AWAY

__________________________2/6

History it does REPEAT

There’s always a MISCREANT

Benito & Adolf both KNEW

POPULOUS they would SCREW

DICTATORS they’re so EVIL

For them only they FULFILL

They ignore COMMON GOOD

Their end comes if we STOOD

Careful not to wait too long

Must now listen to our song

__________________________3/6

Voting Rights they PLUNDER

Lightning it follows THUNDER

Biasing of ELECTORAL VOTERS

Is warning to our SOLDIERS

They’ll follow our POTUS

When they get his NOTICE

Abe & Franklin they did RISE

To clear WARNING in their EYES

SAVE US

PROTECT US

__________________________4/5

It is each day that we PRAY

We ask Dear God DON’T DELAY

Humanity & Planet at STAKE

HARMONY we wish to MAKE

To fulfill human rights & NEEDS

And avoid suffering & MISDEEDS

New generations must survive

For this we must strive

Act now & they’ll be alive

Come year Twenty Ninety-Five

__________________________5/6

Finale:

Aye Yai Yai

Oh my my

Time does fly

We don’t know

Ying Yang Yo

Time runs low

Ain’t no glee

If US not free

Time does flee

Beyond the fray

Clown does play

Time won’t stay

He’s pure insane

The Orangutan

Must stop pain

Not being a fuss

Must Protect US

And now Save US

__________________________6/6 GBF

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(#2) DECEMBER 13 Good Luck

(By JPL, aka GBF; 12/13/2021):

Thirteen does not mean sad

Ain’t No time to be mad

A time to discover

Perhaps a new lover

Or it’s time to reveal

What others do conceal

Much better than a six

That’s related to prix

One & three equals four

Oh & there is much more

Six repeated times 3

Tells US time to flee

1/3

But through it we must stay

Lest the goons turn US gray

Near now is 2 & 2

We are red, white & BLUE

And prefer what is true

They will suppress & purge

Gives commander the urge

To be there to oversee

And avoid their dishonesty

Past guy as House Speaker

Couldn’t get much bleaker

2/3

13 day is our luck

Progressing from the muck

We must avoid lunacy

Brings forth autocracy

If two two they do win

Two three will come too late

They stand at flaming gate

Two four decades do bring

An everlasting sting

Pray Prez & Congress Dems

See basis that oath stems

3/3

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(#3) PLEA TO SAVE DEMOCRACY

(By JPL, aka GBF; 12/23/2021):

Demagogues they always come and go,

But while here death & destruction grow,

Many aspire to their twisted path,

Willingly done to avoid their wrath,

Such sick behavior is glorified,

Feelings absent towards those who’ve died,

1/3

One thinks that history it will teach,

Ignorance and evil past its reach,

Great leader with forces they could end,

With fortitude & courage they send,

Strong desire to uphold foundation,

And keep intact our Constitution,

2/3

To save our precious democracy,

That encourages diversity,

For We the People from sea to sea,

Please avoid autocracy We plea,

Either way death & destruction occurs,

Pray & hope our great Union endures.

3/3

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(#4) 2021-2022 HOLIDAY SEASON

(By JPL, aka GBF; 12/25/2021):

It is that time of year for happy cheer,

With our friends & family we embrace,

Together we dine & drink wine & beer,

Sitting together with gifts to unlace,

1/8

What we truly wish for cannot be wrapped,

The world we live in is a complex brew,

High above us human gases are trapped,

With animal markets diseases grew,

2/8

Diverse melting pot becoming so vast,

Yet homogeny forces still object,

Quickly forgetting freedom fights of past,

And instead ignoring after effect,

3/8

So the holidays are not dark or bright,

Nor is the world full of love without hate,

Really hard to say past year was alright,

And not expecting new year to be great,

4/8

Anti vaxxing problem is so vexing,

Plus we had government insurrection,

Trump’s failed coup attempt it was perplexing,

He tried hard to destroy our foundation,

5/8

Democratic republic almost lost,

This was merely first of a practice round,

Must see what enemy within will cost,

Excuses for these actions won’t be found,

6/8

Voting Rights Plunder his party achieves,

Next lining up false slate of electors,

The Constitution our nation believes,

Says time is now to put behind steel doors,

7/8

Rebelling U.S. treasonous traitors,

President forces must administer,

In states violating rights of voters,

Autocratic options are sinister.

8/8

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(#5) New Years Eve, Dec 31, 2021

(By JPL, aka GBF; 12/31/2021):

Thirty-one is our luck

Must crawl out from the muck

Must avoid lunacy

Brings forth autocracy

If two-two they do win

Two-three will come too late

They stand at flaming gate

Two-four decades will bring

An everlasting sting

Pray Prez & Congress Dems

See basis that oath stems

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(#6) New Years Day 2022

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/01/2022):

Two-two now arrived but don’t be blue

GOPer Voting Rights plunder in view

We always have Commander in Chief

And Military to stop our grief

Fake dominoes abroad they defend

Now toppling here we can’t pretend

Republican New Confederate

These state officials are what we fret

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(#7) 2021-2024 USA Constitution Collapse

(By JPL, aka GBF; 12/30/2021):

Twenty-One, -Two, -Three, then comes -Four

Autocratic opening door

First Trump’s attempted Congress coup

Next came Voting Rights wrecking crew

Which gives seditionists House rule

And their state electors will cheat

Bringing democracy’s defeat.

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(#8) JANUARY 6 DJT COUP ATTEMPT ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/06/2022):

January 6, twenty twenty-one,

Then president Trump still crying he won,

Filling mindless mob with his hate & lies,

Stirring anger seething forth in their eyes,

Trump’s Crony Crooks rouse MAGAs for the hour,

Plan to stop peaceful transfer of power,

1/8

Confederate flags they brought as their spears,

Stabbing police as elector count nears,

It was the Capitol dome they must reach,

Quickly breaking windows completing breach,

Days before Congress reps showed them the way,

To chamber where House action would play,

2/8

Clearing their path through halls they desecrate,

Smearing the walls after they defecate,

With glee Trump watching all this on TV,

Feeling proud for having created this spree,

It was clearly his planned Insurrection,

Coup attempt failing like his election,

3/8

Losing twice to get back into office,

Not following legitimate process,

His party now conjuring other schemes,

Seeking to fulfill autocratic dreams,

Realizing now they’re the minority,

They choose fight now against diversity,

4/8

Many states violating voting rights,

Ignoring Constitution in their fights,

Pretending states not bound to U.S. laws,

Instead use own statutes with many flaws,

Besides voter purging and suppression,

Now Electors biased for election,

5/8

They have path now for election midterms,

Bringing new Speaker when Congress adjourns,

By twenty-four they will have all branches,

And gone will be democracy’s chances,

In eight years Trump will get autocracy,

Odds rising for this world emergency,

6/8

Soon will be up to executive branch,

We hope and pray he will take a strong stance,

If fed voting rights fails in the Senate.

It will destroy nation’s founding tenet,

We don’t want repeat civil or world war,

Because with it comes misery and gore,

7/8

Fed elections in violating states,

Are what executive order abates.

Now reaching the point that options are few,

Something to ponder while in the pew,

Our great hope now is in our President,

And Armed Forces during this embroilment.

8/8

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(#9) Time Stopped Again During USA “democracy” Renaissance (By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022):

Our country is now at critical stage,

Importance now is manner we engage,

Politeness not a high priority,

When red party stripping equality,

1/10

Our founders created detailed premise,

Checks and balances to ward off menace,

It is now time to employ those safeguards,

Or saving republic not in the cards

2/10

We must protect our justice & freedom,

To avoid reverting to a kingdom,

Unequal now is gerrymandering,

Senate filibuster blocks law making.

3/10

Red party cares not about common good,

Corporations now have personhood,

No limits now on business donations,

Elections based on financed promotions.

4/10

Chorus:

The Republican New Confederates,

Ignoring our Constitution tenets,

Using Voters’ purging & suppression,

And Electoral College subversion.

5/10

We’re now at point for autocratic rule,

What is to stop that which will be cruel,

This situation has happened before,

It took drastic steps and began a war,

6/10

To an oath all public officials swear,

Constitution & Union they must care,

This applies to federal, local & state,

To do otherwise, chaos they create,

7/10

To reverse suffrage for progress achieved,

Backward thinking shouldn’t have been conceived,

Abe acted to save our democracy,

The Union won and ended slavery.

8/10

So now as mega entertainment corps,

Brings US so called news that warps,

We must just pray & hope our President,

Remembers the Abe Lincoln precedent.

9/10

Chorus:

The Republican New Confederates,

Ignoring our Constitution tenets,

Using Voters’ purging & suppression,

And Electoral College subversion.

10/10

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(#10) AS WE GET OLDER JUSTICE IS CLEARER

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022):

As we get older justice is clear
For rich not poor it’s always near
We keep wishing things will be equal
Just fairytale and so magical
To report CRIMe plants to state AG
Who had delegated authority
And Constitution obligation
First priority was re-election

https://YouReapWhatYouSow.org

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(#11) Looking Way Yonder

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022):

Most of US tend to look way YONDER

For those things we hope may be FONDER

Often times much better to LOOK NEAR

To those we should realize are MOST DEAR

So important now more THAN EVER

Powerful people NOT SO CLEVER

Too bad for US they HOLD the LEVER

Which could END things FOREVER

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(#12) Machiavellian Manchin

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022):

Machiavellian Joe Manchin

Sitting on his yacht with big fat grin

Tells US no worries on voting rights

Was so full of filibuster frights

Says with government, voting just fine

Just ask coal baron friends sipping wine

Or his daughter rich on EpiPens

Now celebrate with GOP friends

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(#13) SINema CINEMA:

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022):

SINema CINEMA where art thou?

Those Dem votes at polls forgotten now?

Your acts against People as traitor

Will work against you in disfavor

You now belong to UglyGOP (.com)

A deep dark red stain you cannot flee

Along with greed that envelops you

Forever more you’ve lost true blue

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(#14) NINE SHORT MONTHS to Election

(By JPL, aka GBF; :02/20/2022):

What happens between now and election?

And what are chances of intervention?

Will GOPer (goaper) confederate states prevail?

Won’t that cause our democracy to fail?

1/5

Seems Constitution no longer applies?

In Trumps’ and Republican Party’s eyes?

Unlawful odds stacked against Dems now great,

GOPer state officials dooming our fate,

2/5

Twenty-two win will strengthen their deceit,

And lead to twenty-four big Dem defeat,

This won’t be solved now in congress or courts,

And will be different than days of forts,

3/5

So what lies ahead for US we ask?

It is certain to be humongous task

State laws for our federal election

Must all adhere to the Constitution

4/5

To purge & suppress votes is illegal

Contrary to being fair & equal,

Must prevent Electoral subversion

So there is no autocratic conversion

5/5

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(#15) USA Stopped at the Crossroads

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022):

Because of covid, we’re doing way too much thinking,

And mostly whining, and perhaps not enough drinking,

Just thinking this is all just going to work out fine,

Maybe you should just stop drinking all that beer & wine,

1/8

And just when we decided we better imbibe much less,

We find out that our votes the GOPers plan to suppress,

So now we are on course for autocratic type rule,

Being led by big corps, super rich, & the cruel,

2/8

Democracy and freedom will be gone for long time,

And anyone who objects will be accused of a crime,

So lesson to be learned is not to vote for a clown,

And if you do, the next thing he will want is a crown,

3/8

Because of this, many dying as we show a frown,

Must recognize that racist male WASPs bringing US down,

Basic problem is disregarding the common good,

If only big corps and ultra rich knew where we stood,

4/8

For democratic government, people meant to rule,

With decisions and leaders chosen by majority pool,

And electors for states should represent people’s choice,

Rather than forced to vote for the state’s biased voice,

5/8

Corporate personhood is total nonsensical,

It was horrible decision by our judicial,

It skews the elections in favor of corps and rich,

And throws US and We the People in a deep ditch,

6/8

All in our diverse makeup should be equally counted,

It is unlawful to segregate groups so votes discounted,

All citizens count equally as one qualified vote,

Depriving this basic right creates a kingdom’s mote,

7/8

Which for gains made in our history, turns back the clock,

And creates tremendous unease and strife in the flock,

So now USA at crossroads has suddenly stopped,

We now seek Prez emergency EO to be propped.

8/8

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(#16) 9-Month Count Down democracy Prayer

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/21/2022):

GOP Confederates they have employed,

Their sure Hook or By Crook election ploy,

Which certainly has gotten the Dems annoyed,

And has brought super wealthy tremendous joy,

1/7

Constitution demands equal protection,

Which includes equal voting rights for the public,

And states suppressing votes is violation,

Which is sedition act against republic,

2/7

So Congress new fed voting rights law has failed,

No vote against state insurrectionists yet,

High level Insurrectionists not yet jailed,

As days nearing fall election we all fret,

3/7

With advent of autocracy coming near,

The options to prevent it now are so few,

Autocratic rule in twenty-four we fear,

It is now up to President and his crew,

4/7

Must plan to admin fed elections this fall,

An act needed for voting rights to restore,

To organize this undertaking must not stall,

Please do this to save our nation we implore,

5/7

Putin’s Ukraine actions with GOP friend,

Also ploy to distract from internal need,

Autocrat-Dictator Club, let’s not pretend,

Put saving democracy here first, we plead,

6/7

As we look back to hard choices Abe had made,

We pray daily that God will guide our POTUS,

His strength and fortitude both fulfill his grade,

And will save and strengthen the freedom for US.

7/7

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(#17) WILL RICH BULLY TYPES DWINDLE?

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/27/2022)

Republicans good at throwing the dice,

In combination with not playing nice,

Dems however try to accommodate,

Which typically short changes our fate,

1/2

Bullies often dominate for quite long,

But hopefully in end, they end up gone,

That might just simply be wishful thinking,

Especially now when land is shrinking.

2/2

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(#18) TIME Ticking, Lives Flicking

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/20/2022):

CHORUS:

TIME coming near

Most of US fear

TIME it has stopped

Worst must be cropped

TIME running out

Who has the clout

TIME to restore

Don’t close the door

TIME then to heal

We must congeal

TIME soon for calm

Soothing oil balm

Verse 1/6:

GOPers plunder our voting right

We hope POTUS will take on fight

Constitution they violate

GOP so full of hate

Verse 2/6:

Must not impede Majority

We want to be equal & free

Male WASPs desperate as tide turned

These racists now feel they are spurned

Verse 3/6:

Democracy works against them

From this autocracy will stem

By Hook or Crook tactics they launch

To oppose this, Dems will be staunch

CHORUS (Time, Time, Time…)

Verse 4/6:

So now we sit in awe and wonder

What will it take to stop plunder

To avoid sounds of manmade thunder

This big storm cause to crawl under

Verse 5/6:

Abe knew how Civil War began,

The cause was slavery back then

After war, Ku Klux Klan emerged

And Jim Crow to allow rights purged

Verse 6/6:

GOPer states now reverse suffrage

Suppress votes that FOX encourage

Our hope now is POTUS Order

To avoid massive disorder

CHORUS (Time, Time, Time…)

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(#19) Putin’s Expanding Tangled Web

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/31/2022):

Don’t think Putin & Trump aren’t still cajoling & talking,

And maybe Russian troops on Ukraine border is balking,

It’s as though former Soviet Union is now stalking,

Back in Moscow at Kremlin, Putin & Sergey chalking,

1/3

They have future visions of creeping Russian tentacles,

That kleptocratic oligarchs foresee as pentacles,

Small GNP and disgruntled masses are spectacle,

Because of their large nuclear military, we’re skeptical,

2/3

Most autocrats often align with others of their ilk,

Putin was nurturing ugly Trump party with his milk,

This is menacing potential partnership that will bilk,

World must be cautious of these spiders, and their web of silk.

3/3

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(#20) Price of Trump & GOP INSURRECTION

(By JPL, aka GBF; 01/30/2022):

So now it is becoming clear on how it all began,

On Trumps’ & his GOP crony crooks’ coup attempt plan,

Recruit fraudulent GOP electors from the states,

And get VP Pence at Capitol to mimic Trump’s traits,

1/3

Vice President Pence then wisely chose to not accept the lie,

As MAGA rioters chant “hang Mike Pence” in halls nearby,

Trump’s coup attempt was precisely planned seditious event

Now soon comes Insurrectionists’ criminal indictment,

2/3

Those indicted must be expelled and denied public office,

POTUS should get military ready to be cautious,

Need Emergency EO to admin fed elections in states,

Because these GOPers the Constitution they violate.

3/3

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(#22) rUSsiA’s DYNAMIC DUO

(By JPL, aka GBF; 02/02/2022):

Hickory Dickory & dock,

So damn quickly does moves the clock,

While Trump preparing his flock,

Without EO will be a crock,

1/9

GOPers are tightening the vice,

We all know they aren’t very nice,

And they’re good at being precise,

They prey and do it for Dear Christ,

2/9

Putin serves as Trump’s true partner

Forces staged on Ukraine’s border,

Will bring chaos and disorder,

Hoping the pawns will just scatter,

3/9

Dems trying to be so civil,

Tough to do against the evil,

Dealing with snakes and the weasel,

Don’t pretend they won’t be lethal,

4/9

Both of them have zero scruples,

Are devout Trumpism pupils,

Always seek Him for approvals,

Working as His true disciples,

5/9

Plan is new Soviet Union,

Two guys in sacred communion,

For greed and power, not human,

Exploit earth is their conclusion,

6/9

Two plan to work in unison,

Target those near revolution,

The resources is their solution,

No regard for the pollution,

7/9

Trump said Venezuela was ripe,

And in US backyard to swipe,

So for future this pair will snipe,

And next will be with all their might,

8/9

There is an umbilical cord,

Found in new East Euro accord,

Germans ponder, can they afford,

Must not forget Ukraine’s seaboard.

9/9

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(#22) Stopping & Cropping Seditious GOP by Blue in Twenty-Two

(By JPL, aka GBF; 02/06/2022):

If Congress Democratic CaucUS & POTUS don’t come THROUGH,

Our US democratic republic will quickly unglue.

It’s the US Constitution that holds US TOGETHER,

And there’s no denying the fact that it’s a FRAGILE TETHER.

https://t.co/mRGmKbveDZ

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(#23) No TIME for CERTAIN or CURTAIN

(By JPL, aka GBF; 02/04/2022):

We have little choice but to accept this our present time,

In years past there has always been prevalence of much crime,

USA mostly thought of nation of law & order,

Now greedy & powerful claim they’re protecting border,

1/9

Assault artillery gives much power to lower tier,

So now sinister wealthy do partner with them for fear,

Using that as they push people’s emotional buttons,

Expanding their wealth & estate is goal of these gluttons,

2/9

The wealthy male WASPs are leading insurrection & coup,

Along with Christian zealots, are racists making up crew,

Their hate runs deep, are misogynists & xenophobes too,

While violating laws, it is evil they pursue,

3/9

ChorUS: (As immigrants of past, …)

We are in a day when evil has a facade of good,

They’re all bunch of gas lighters claiming they’re misunderstood,

They have FOX and other propagandists telling their lies,

All this happening, as autocratic rule on the rise,

4/9

The Trump and GOPer’s ways are not anything Christ would condone,

And we are not a Christian republic and there’s no thrown,

We are immigrant diverse nation & are all equal,

We must prevent going backwards to civil war sequel,

5/9

We plead now for Congress & President to act fast,

For what GOPers are doing to US, we are aghast,

GOP state officials passed anti-voting rights laws,

Violating US Constitution oath, which was last straw,

6/9

ChorUS: (As immigrants if past, …)

Congress vote pass, or not, on state GOPer seditious acts,

And then time for POTUS & Military to tact,

What is needed is Emergency EO to react,

In response to clear & present democracy attack,

7/9

We do think POTUS admin of fed elections we need,

At least in GOPer Constitution breaking states, we plead,

Do this until our election voting rights are restored,

For common good of humanity & Earth we implore,

8/9

ChorUS: (As immigrants if past, …)

ChorUS:

As immigrants of past we sailed to this our great land,

Through the ages, we came to understand where we stand,

We strive now for justice and equality for all,

Learning from our wrongs & rights of past, and we stand tall,

“A” Verse

We know we’re an experiment and don’t want to fail,

This will not occur if our justice system prevails,

Through this all the guilty high & low must go to jail,

In accordance with French gift, Madam Liberty scale,

“B” Verse

We now prepare the sails and cargo for next voyage,

Where it brings US forth as written here in this passage,

Will never be something that is completely certain,

But make it through now, there will be delay in curtain.

“C” Verse

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(#24) THE TWITTER ZONE

(By JPL, aka GBF; 02/06/2022):

One thing for sure about this site

Is that it creates lot of fright

It also does keep US thinking

And leads US to excess drinking

Let’s not fret on things we can’t change

Some things not meant to rearrange

Money is ultimate power

Puts dummies on top of tower

La Fine

Re: Commencement of Leaky CRIMe Plant Citizens’ Sample & Test Program (CSTP)

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Re: Commencement of Leaky CRIMe Plant Citizens’ Sample & Test Program (CSTP)

ANNOUNCEMENT: After over 20 years of State of Michigan ignoring the leaky CRIMe plant problem (Chemically Real Intensive Manufacturing establishments), we are now going to initiate the “Citizen Sample & Test Program (CSTP)”. And we are not asking local and state public officials (elected & appointed) for your permission, we are simply telling you we are proceeding and doing what you all should have been doing for the last half century since RCRA & HSWA passed in 1976 & 1984 respectively. The former Michigan DEQ, never hesitated to clamp down harshly on Ma & Pa gas stations and dry cleaners under the 1988 UST program (Underground Storage Tanks), forcing many of these small businesses with noncompliant USTs into bankruptcies. While at the same time, when it came to larger “lobbyist protected” OEM supply chain leaky CRIMe plants (e.g., electroplating plants, leather tanneries etc ), they were all given a FREE PASS by MDEQ falsely based on some cockamamie attorney interpreted concocted inapplicable RCRA hazardous waste exemption/exclusion [40 CFR Section 261.4(a)(1)] intended for POTWs (and not CRIMe plants), that MDEQ naively were led to believe gave these plants with leaky underground pipes and tanks carrying hazardous wastewater full rights to freely pollute the land and water with no subsequent investigations and consequences.

We will start this Citizen Sample & Test Program (CSTP) with Leaky CRIMe plant in vicinity of 1648 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 700’ east of Grand River, that the MI AG (Granholm) was first made aware of in March 2000 (and State notified repeatedly thereafter). Next to be sampled/tested will be the Leaky CRIMe plant in vicinity of 4260 Airlane Dr SE, Kentwood MI, on Plaster Creek at a site which once was a “greenfield space” which has since turned “brown”. What will be obvious from test results from samples collected down gradient of either of these two sites, will be the presence of toxic chemicals that make up the “chemical fingerprint” (which ain’t rocket science) of the CRIMe manufacturing processes conducted at these two facilities. Keep in mind, that there are hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of highly suspected leaky CRIMe plants like these scattered throughout Michigan yet to be sampled/tested, and across the US there are upwards of ten thousand or more of these highly suspected leaky CRIMe plants that have been ignored by regulators for the mere reason that the area where they are located is publicly served by central water. The latter should not be adequate reason to let these CRIMe plants continually and freely pollute the surrounding land and water. Now getting back to the Monroe plant, don’t be fooled by the nice fancy painted metal facade on this plant – this is a very old plant with antiquated below-grade old pipes, sumps and tanks used to convey, store and treat hazardous process wastewater. Prior to 2000, leakage from this plant (hexavalent chromium etc.) was evident in a well located on the west side of plant, coincidentally installed while a UST (gas) was being removed off the property. Underground highly contaminated aquifer flow from this location flows directly to the Grand River just 700 feet to the west through a highly porous granular geologic formation (virtually acting much like an open conduit), which happens to be the upper reach of the planned and imminent Grand River commercial/recreational Restoration Project that is being touted as a “full-body contact” recreational surface water linear park for wading, swimming, kayaking, etc. Those downstream from this project, including the public at large, and the three public waterworks (Grand Haven, Grand Rapids & Wyoming) with several drinking water intake structures near the mouth of the river out in Lake Michigan, better take heed to the pile of toxic chemicals coming their way when all the dams are removed in the Grand River Restoration Project, which will certainly be releasing many tons of toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated for over a century on the river bottom behind these several dams. Michigan has never given the Leaky CRIMe plant much attention, because centralized public water is available, and detrimental effects of cancer caused by the toxic leakage (e.g., leakage into areas where children play, like basements, ditches, streams, contaminated ponds & in groundwater sprinkler irrigation systems) takes decades to occur and you all know full well it is difficult to impossible to legally to trace this dreaded disease back to the exact source.

So in the near future, when the groundwater test results are available from the CSTP, we will first share those results “live” at a regularly scheduled County and City Commissioners’ meetings so they can be heard out loud by concerned citizens and be part of the record, with the purpose of making it less likely that a public official sworn to protect the public’s wellbeing and health & safety will be able to put this information in the “circular file” or “recycle bin” or bury it deep in the government archives. It is often said, “If you want to get something done, sometimes it’s best to take matters into your own hands” rather than relying on those who are elected or appointed and sworn to perform those functions.

For anyone, anything and anytime, there are always consequences for your actions and inactions. An example of the latter would be someone (infant, toddler or adult) dying from cancer caused by Leaky CRIMe plant pollution. The latter is, and was, well known, and could have, and should have, been prevented if lobbyists, consultants, attorneys, public officials (latter and big corps are all on big conveyor belt where they continually swap jobs) and regulators didn’t let and enable CRIMe plants to arbitrarily contort exemptions/exclusions to falsely allow them to freely pollute our environment. For all of the aforementioned Leaky CRIMe plant enablers, think of all your actions/inactions as analogous to the recent high rise building collapse in FL: On any given night when you go to sleep after local and state public officials have repeatedly failed to enact and/or enforce building structural safety regulations (and condo assn boards fail to act on bldg repair recommendations), you reach over for your “very old To Do List of the morally and ethically right things you should be doing” and in the process you knock over your glass of water that shatters as it hits the tile floor, after which the whole building suddenly collapses from under you. Because of your procrastination, deliberate or otherwise, the list never got done.

People have been bamboozled into thinking that the hazardous waste (HW) pollution problem in the US has been solved in the distant past by the laws previously mentioned, which resulted in the creation of 4000 EPA licensed HW TSDFs (Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facilities) that now properly receive, store, treat (and recycle) and dispose of all the HW generated at some forty to fifty thousand CRIMe plants operated throughout the US. The latter includes about 20,000 metal finishing/electroplating plants in the US. The off-site TSDFs that manufacturers ship their HW to (in solid and liquid form) must meet strict requirements on conveyance, storage and treatment of the HWW (hazardous wastewater) they receive from the CRIMe plants, yet the CRIMe plants themselves do not meet these strict requirements for the high volume of hazardous process wastewater they treat at their industrial sites. The EPA permitted and enforced requirements that the licensed TSDFs must meet for HWW received, include: (a) all conveyance and storage systems must have secondary containment with a leak detection system between the primary and secondary containment (i.e., must have a “tank in a tank”, and a “pipe in a pipe”); (b) the latter systems must have continuous automatic monitoring for tank/pipe liquid level or pressure with an automatic alarm and shutdown system to prevent primary or secondary containment overflow or spillage/leakage; (c) surface water and groundwater must be routinely sample and tested around the site and at the property line for purpose of contamination detection and early notification on whether any groundwater contamination has occurred so corrective action can be taken immediately, and adjoining property owners can be notified of the problem; and (d) must perform extensive facilities and site inspections and monitoring reports, subject to EPA regulatory review.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE TOTAL OF ALL THESE CRIMe PLANTS IN THE USA TREAT A LOT MORE HAZARDOUS WASTE (in gallons or tons) COLLECTIVELY THAN ALL THE EPA LICENSED TSDFs, YET THE CRIMe PLANTS ARE NOT MEETING ANY OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS. How much more? We don’t know, but it could be a hundred thousand times more or greater. Additionally, the design and construction of the TSDF (performed and overseen by professional engineer), and the preparation of an operational plan thereof, is strictly reviewed for compliance to all the applicable EPA regulations. Whereas, in most cases across the US, there is no government entity that does the same for CRIMe plants when they are first constructed or modified/expanded (i.e., no regulatory review or requirements by the local, state or federal government relative to compliance with applicable hazardous waste RCRA or HSWA regulations). Some will say that the CRIMe plant must meet the CWA (Clean Water Act) requirements through the local POTW through their sewer CWA NPDES discharge permit for their discharge to the municipal sewer after first treating the HWW. But the problem with that, is that a Leaky CRIMe plant (say 10 to 15% leakage), more often than not, is not getting all the HWW generated from the manufacturing production process to the sewer because 10% or more of this process HWW is leaking to the soils and groundwater below the plant from these leaky buried tanks and pipes. Others will say that the CRIMe plant has to get a building permit from the local building inspector. But the problem with that is that the City building inspector only cares about how many parking spaces do you have, have you met handicap requirements and minimum requirements for fire safety, electrical and HVAC requirements, etc.  So as you can see, this is a major loophole, and please don’t think that all these CRIMe plants are going good at self-regulating and they have just been getting better and better and more compliant over the years even though there is less and less CRIMe plant regulatory enforcement and inspections, because in fact, a lot of them do plant construction/modifications without using a licensed professional engineer, and instead use in-house engineers, who aren’t college educated in engineering, and only got the title of company engineer because they got promoted to that position after being a plating technician, electrician or a plumber. On the point of underground leakage (also overflow spillage) from CRIMe plants, the quantities of HWW leaked to the environment in total over the years can be very substantial. For example, if a moderate size plater produces 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) of HWW from its manufacturing process (which would not be unusual), and has even 5 % leakage, that’s 5,000 gpd of HWW being released to the soils and groundwater. Annually with 330 production days, that amounts to 1.65 million gallons per year. Let’s say that half the CRIMe plants in the US that aren’t compliant (due to lack of state & federal regulatory enforcement) with the RCRA/HSWA hazardous waste laws have a similar amount of HWW leakage to the environment. First of all, realize that these CRIMe plants and their attorneys claim, through a warped interpretation of the regulations, that they are exempt from hazardous waste RCRA/HSWA laws because of an exemption/exclusion in the law for domestic sewage, which was intended for POTWs only (and not CRIMe plant HW generators) so municipal wastewater plants could accept sewer discharges from these hazardous waste generating CRIMe plants after they have treated HWW on-site. Again, if half the CRIMe plants in the US are leaking a similar amount of HWW to the environment as given in the prior example of a moderate plater, that would amount to annual leakage of HWW to the environment of 33 billion gallons (1.65 million gal X 20,000 CRIMe plants). Keep in mind that this is for toxic chemicals (hexavalent chromium, PFAS/PFOS, etc.) that have health concentration standards that are in the parts per billion or parts per trillion range (i.e., just trace amounts can cause cancer, especially to most vulnerable population, such as pregnant women, unborn, infants and toddlers).

So, in summary, I have no doubt that there is a steady faucet flowing from leakage from CRIMe plants that has been occurring unnoticed for half century, and is insidiously and accumulatively polluting our land and water resources, including the degradation of our drinking water supply sources, such as in the Great Lakes Region. This is a BIG HUGE PROBLEM that has knowingly (by perpetrators, and local, state and federal governments) been going on for over a half century and is negligently being ignored. The reason this problem I have described is not being detected, is because these CRIMe plants are located in areas served by centralized public drinking water systems and nobody is sampling and testing the groundwater around these plants for contaminants emanating from the CRIMe plant because nobody is drinking that contaminated groundwater directly and NOBODY IS DROPPING DEAD (the health effects of carcinogens often takes decades to appear in the human body). Realize that the hydrological system is all interconnected, so all the polluted groundwater from the tens of thousands of leaky CRIMe plants is now (or soon will be) collectively flowing together through all the aquifers, ditches, creeks, streams and rivers, and is insidiously accumulating in the lakes or aquifers we use for our public drinking water resources. You may ask: who would ever pay for the sampling and testing around a CRIMe plant? Certainly, the CRIMe plant won’t, and likely the local or state government won’t because they don’t want to upset local or state employment or the economy, and the politicians who represent these jurisdictions don’t want to get involved because they know for the same reasons stated, it would hurt their reelection potential. And the other thing that keeps local, state and federal public elected officials from supporting a sample and test program for these suspected leaky CRIMe plants, is that don’t want to upset the automotive OEM “just in time” supply chain from parts suppliers. Additionally, the property owners around the leaky CRIMe plant are hesitant to sample and test because they don’t want their property values to go down. So who does that leave to support and help finance the CRIMe plant sample and test program? The only possibility is the chance that philanthropists and the general public (small donations) will (and have) contribute to a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, management, administration, financing and implementing of such a program based on a priority system starting with those CRIMe plants that are suspected the most of having antiquated and poorly designed, constructed and maintained HWW conveyance, storage and treatment systems. In other words, if a CRIMe plant LACKS adequate environmental safeguards, leakage and pollution to the environment is occurring and those plants should be targeted in the Leaky CRIMe Plant Sample & Test Program.

If Michigan and other states cared enough about the public’s wellbeing and health & safety, they could end the Leaky CRIMe plant problem if they took action similar to state of California. After repeatedly noticing that the worse kind of HW violations in their state (Class I violations) were almost always associated with below-grade pipes and tanks carrying hazardous wastewater (HWW), CA decided to outlaw the existence of buried pipes and tanks for conveying, storing and treating HWW. It’s the obvious answer and the RIGHT ANSWER for ending Leaky CRIMe plants, and should be mandated in all the states. CA defines HW Class I violations as acts that are done Willfully, Intentionally, Knowingly and Negligently, and are often associated with CRIMe plants that are Chronic and Recalcitrant Violators and the violations they are committing represent a Significant Threat to human health or safety or environment due to volume of waste, toxicity of waste, and proximity of at risk population (e.g., pregnant women, infants, toddlers). And Class I violations enables the violator to benefit from noncompliance economically by either reducing costs or competitive advantage. So Michigan how do you get out of this Leaky CRIMe plant predicament? You adopt a program like they have in CA by: (a) first make it mandatory that these CRIMe plants not be allowed to operate unless all pipes and tanks carrying HWW are clearly above grade (not buried or below the plant floor or ground anywhere on site) with secondary containment and are readily visible for inspection at anytime, including mandatory hourly inspection reports be kept and available, and any evidence of leakage of pipes or tanks or overflowing/spillage from tanks must be reported immediately when observed; (b) in lieu of latter hourly inspections, CRIMe plant may install automated continuous monitoring devices with automated alarm and shutoff systems that activate shutoff when there is detection of possible or pending (high liquid levels in tanks, low pressure levels in pipes) leakage or tank overflow/spillage; (c) there be leak detection systems for pipes and tanks with secondary containment, such as a “tank in a tank” and a “pipe in a pipe”, so it is clearly evident when the primary pipe or tank has failed as is leaking; and (d) CRIMe plants have environmental monitoring systems surrounding the plants within their property lines, including for surface water as applicable (stormwater ponds, etc.) and most definitely, for groundwater, including groundwater monitoring wells, so early detection and notification of contamination of surface/ground water will be known, so public may be immediately advised that chemical contamination is migrating and needs to be stopped and contained.

ANNOUNCEMENT: After over 20 years of State of Michigan ignoring the leaky CRIMe plant problem (Chemically Real Intensive Manufacturing establishments), we are now going to initiate the “Citizen Sample & Test Program (CSTP)”. And we are not asking local and state public officials (elected & appointed) for your permission, we are simply telling you we are proceeding and doing what you all should have been doing for the last half century since RCRA & HSWA passed in 1976 & 1984 respectively. The former Michigan DEQ, never hesitated to clamp down harshly on Ma & Pa gas stations and dry cleaners under the 1988 UST program (Underground Storage Tanks), forcing many of these small businesses with noncompliant USTs into bankruptcies. While at the same time, when it came to larger “lobbyist protected” OEM supply chain leaky CRIMe plants (e.g., electroplating plants, leather tanneries etc ), they were all given a FREE PASS by MDEQ falsely based on some cockamamie attorney interpreted concocted inapplicable RCRA hazardous waste exemption/exclusion [40 CFR Section 261.4(a)(1)] intended for POTWs (and not CRIMe plants), that MDEQ naively were led to believe gave these plants with leaky underground pipes and tanks carrying hazardous wastewater full rights to freely pollute the land and water with no subsequent investigations and consequences.

We will start this Citizen Sample & Test Program (CSTP) with Leaky CRIMe plant in vicinity of 1648 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 700’ east of Grand River, that the MI AG (Granholm) was first made aware of in March 2000 (and State notified repeatedly thereafter). Next to be sampled/tested will be the Leaky CRIMe plant in vicinity of 4260 Airlane Dr SE, Kentwood MI, on Plaster Creek at a site which once was a “greenfield space” which has since turned “brown”. What will be obvious from test results from samples collected down gradient of either of these two sites, will be the presence of toxic chemicals that make up the “chemical fingerprint” (which ain’t rocket science) of the CRIMe manufacturing processes conducted at these two facilities. Keep in mind, that there are hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of highly suspected leaky CRIMe plants like these scattered throughout Michigan yet to be sampled/tested, and across the US there are upwards of ten thousand or more of these highly suspected leaky CRIMe plants that have been ignored by regulators for the mere reason that the area where they are located is publicly served by central water. The latter should not be adequate reason to let these CRIMe plants continually and freely pollute the surrounding land and water. Now getting back to the Monroe plant, don’t be fooled by the nice fancy painted metal facade on this plant – this is a very old plant with antiquated below-grade old pipes, sumps and tanks used to convey, store and treat hazardous process wastewater. Prior to 2000, leakage from this plant (hexavalent chromium etc.) was evident in a well located on the west side of plant, coincidentally installed while a UST (gas) was being removed off the property. Underground highly contaminated aquifer flow from this location flows directly to the Grand River just 700 feet to the west through a highly porous granular geologic formation (virtually acting much like an open conduit), which happens to be the upper reach of the planned and imminent Grand River commercial/recreational Restoration Project that is being touted as a “full-body contact” recreational surface water linear park for wading, swimming, kayaking, etc. Those downstream from this project, including the public at large, and the three public waterworks (Grand Haven, Grand Rapids & Wyoming) with several drinking water intake structures near the mouth of the river out in Lake Michigan, better take heed to the pile of toxic chemicals coming their way when all the dams are removed in the Grand River Restoration Project, which will certainly be releasing many tons of toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated for over a century on the river bottom behind these several dams. Michigan has never given the Leaky CRIMe plant much attention, because centralized public water is available, and detrimental effects of cancer caused by the toxic leakage (e.g., leakage into areas where children play, like basements, ditches, streams, contaminated ponds & in groundwater sprinkler irrigation systems) takes decades to occur and you all know full well it is difficult to impossible to legally trace this dreaded disease back to the exact source.

So in the near future, when the groundwater test results are available from the CSTP, we will first share those results “live” at a regularly scheduled County and City Commissioners’ meetings so they can be heard out loud by concerned citizens and be part of the record, with the purpose of making it less likely that a public official sworn to protect the public’s wellbeing and health & safety will be able to put this information in the “circular file” or “recycle bin” or bury it deep in the government archives. It is often said, “If you want to get something done, sometimes it’s best to take matters into your own hands” rather than relying on those who are elected or appointed and sworn to perform those functions.

For anyone, anything and anytime, there are always consequences for your actions and inactions. An example of the latter would be someone (infant, toddler or adult) dying from cancer caused by Leaky CRIMe plant pollution. The latter is, and was, well known, and could have, and should have, been prevented if lobbyists, consultants, attorneys, public officials (latter and big corps are all on big conveyor belt where they continually swap jobs) and regulators didn’t let and enable CRIMe plants to arbitrarily contort exemptions/exclusions to falsely allow them to freely pollute our environment. For all of the aforementioned Leaky CRIMe plant enablers, think of all your actions/inactions as analogous to the recent high rise building collapse in FL: On any given night when you go to sleep after local and state public officials have repeatedly failed to enact and/or enforce building structural safety regulations (and condo assn boards fail to act on bldg repair recommendations), you reach over for your “very old To Do List of the morally and ethically right things you should be doing” and in the process you knock over your glass of water that shatters as it hits the tile floor, after which the whole building suddenly collapses from under you. Because of your procrastination, deliberate or otherwise, the list never got done.

People have been bamboozled into thinking that the hazardous waste (HW) pollution problem in the US has been solved in the distant past by the laws previously mentioned, which resulted in the creation of 4000 EPA licensed HW TSDFs (Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facilities) that now properly receive, store, treat (and recycle) and dispose of all the HW generated at some forty to fifty thousand CRIMe plants operated throughout the US. The latter includes about 20,000 metal finishing/electroplating plants in the US. The off-site TSDFs that manufacturers ship their HW to (in solid and liquid form) must meet strict requirements on conveyance, storage and treatment of the HWW (hazardous wastewater) they receive from the CRIMe plants, yet the CRIMe plants themselves do not meet these strict requirements for the high volume of hazardous process wastewater they treat at their industrial sites. The EPA permitted and enforced requirements that the licensed TSDFs must meet for HWW received, include: (a) all conveyance and storage systems must have secondary containment with a leak detection system between the primary and secondary containment (i.e., must have a “tank in a tank”, and a “pipe in a pipe”); (b) the latter systems must have continuous automatic monitoring for tank/pipe liquid level or pressure with an automatic alarm and shutdown system to prevent primary or secondary containment overflow or spillage/leakage; (c) surface water and groundwater must be routinely sample and tested around the site and at the property line for purpose of contamination detection and early notification on whether any groundwater contamination has occurred so corrective action can be taken immediately, and adjoining property owners can be notified of the problem; and (d) must perform extensive facilities and site inspections and monitoring reports, subject to EPA regulatory review.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE TOTAL OF ALL THESE CRIMe PLANTS IN THE USA TREAT A LOT MORE HAZARDOUS WASTE (in gallons or tons) COLLECTIVELY THAN ALL THE EPA LICENSED TSDFs, YET THE CRIMe PLANTS ARE NOT MEETING ANY OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS. How much more? We don’t know, but it could be a hundred thousand times more or greater. Additionally, the design and construction of the TSDF (performed and overseen by professional engineer), and the preparation of an operational plan thereof, is strictly reviewed for compliance to all the applicable EPA regulations. Whereas, in most cases across the US, there is no government entity that does the same for CRIMe plants when they are first constructed or modified/expanded (i.e., no regulatory review or requirements by the local, state or federal government relative to compliance with applicable hazardous waste RCRA or HSWA regulations). Some will say that the CRIMe plant must meet the CWA (Clean Water Act) requirements through the local POTW through their sewer CWA NPDES discharge permit for their discharge to the municipal sewer after first treating the HWW. But the problem with that, is that a Leaky CRIMe plant (say 10 to 15% leakage), more often than not, is not getting all the HWW generated from the manufacturing production process to the sewer because 10% or more of this process HWW is leaking to the soils and groundwater below the plant from these leaky buried tanks and pipes. Others will say that the CRIMe plant has to get a building permit from the local building inspector. But the problem with that is that the City building inspector only cares about how many parking spaces do you have, have you met handicap requirements and minimum requirements for fire safety, electrical and HVAC requirements, etc.  So as you can see, this is a major loophole, and please don’t think that all these CRIMe plants are doing good at self-regulating and they have just been getting better and better and more compliant over the years even though there is less and less CRIMe plant regulatory enforcement and inspections, because in fact, a lot of them do plant construction/modifications without using a licensed professional engineer, and instead use in-house engineers, who aren’t college educated in engineering, and only got the title of company engineer because they got promoted to that position after being a plating technician, electrician or a plumber. On the point of underground leakage (also overflow spillage) from CRIMe plants, the quantities of HWW leaked to the environment in total over the years can be very substantial. For example, if a moderate size plater produces 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) of HWW from its manufacturing process (which would not be unusual), and has even 5 % leakage, that’s 5,000 gpd of HWW being released to the soils and groundwater. Annually with 330 production days, that amounts to 1.65 million gallons per year. Let’s say that half the CRIMe plants in the US that aren’t compliant (due to lack of state & federal regulatory enforcement) with the RCRA/HSWA hazardous waste laws have a similar amount of HWW leakage to the environment. First of all, realize that these CRIMe plants and their attorneys claim, through a warped interpretation of the regulations, that they are exempt from hazardous waste RCRA/HSWA laws because of an exemption/exclusion in the law for domestic sewage, which was intended for POTWs only (and not CRIMe plant HW generators) so municipal wastewater plants could accept sewer discharges from these hazardous waste generating CRIMe plants after they have treated HWW on-site. Again, if half the CRIMe plants in the US are leaking a similar amount of HWW to the environment as given in the prior example of a moderate plater, that would amount to annual leakage of HWW to the environment of 33 billion gallons (1.65 million gal X 20,000 CRIMe plants). Keep in mind that this is for toxic chemicals (hexavalent chromium, PFAS/PFOS, etc.) that have health concentration standards that are in the parts per billion or parts per trillion range (i.e., just trace amounts can cause cancer, especially to most vulnerable population, such as pregnant women, unborn, infants and toddlers).

So, in summary, I have no doubt that there is a steady faucet flowing from leakage from CRIMe plants that has been occurring unnoticed for half century, and is insidiously and accumulatively polluting our land and water resources, including the degradation of our drinking water supply sources, such as in the Great Lakes Region. This is a BIG HUGE PROBLEM that has knowingly (by perpetrators, and local, state and federal governments) been going on for over a half century and is negligently being ignored. The reason this problem I have described is not being detected, is because these CRIMe plants are located in areas served by centralized public drinking water systems and nobody is sampling and testing the groundwater around these plants for contaminants emanating from the CRIMe plant because nobody is drinking that contaminated groundwater directly and NOBODY IS DROPPING DEAD (the health effects of carcinogens often takes decades to appear in the human body). Realize that the hydrological system is all interconnected, so all the polluted groundwater from the tens of thousands of leaky CRIMe plants is now (or soon will be) collectively flowing together through all the aquifers, ditches, creeks, streams and rivers, and is insidiously accumulating in the lakes or aquifers we use for our public drinking water resources. You may ask: who would ever pay for the sampling and testing around a CRIMe plant? Certainly, the CRIMe plant won’t, and likely the local or state government won’t because they don’t want to upset local or state employment or the economy, and the politicians who represent these jurisdictions don’t want to get involved because they know for the same reasons stated, it would hurt their reelection potential. And the other thing that keeps local, state and federal public elected officials from supporting a sample and test program for these suspected leaky CRIMe plants, is that don’t want to upset the automotive OEM “just in time” supply chain from parts suppliers. Additionally, the property owners around the leaky CRIMe plant are hesitant to sample and test because they don’t want their property values to go down. So who does that leave to support and help finance the CRIMe plant sample and test program? The only possibility is the chance that philanthropists and the general public (small donations) will (and have) contribute to a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, management, administration, financing and implementing of such a program based on a priority system starting with those CRIMe plants that are suspected the most of having antiquated and poorly designed, constructed and maintained HWW conveyance, storage and treatment systems. In other words, if a CRIMe plant LACKS adequate environmental safeguards, leakage and pollution to the environment is occurring and those plants should be targeted in the Leaky CRIMe Plant Sample & Test Program.

If Michigan and other states cared enough about the public’s wellbeing and health & safety, they could end the Leaky CRIMe plant problem if they took action similar to state of California. After repeatedly noticing that the worse kind of HW violations in their state (Class I violations) were almost always associated with below-grade pipes and tanks carrying hazardous wastewater (HWW), CA decided to outlaw the existence of buried pipes and tanks for conveying, storing and treating HWW. It’s the obvious answer and the RIGHT ANSWER for ending Leaky CRIMe plants, and should be mandated in all the states. CA defines HW Class I violations as acts that are done Willfully, Intentionally, Knowingly and Negligently, and are often associated with CRIMe plants that are Chronic and Recalcitrant Violators and the violations they are committing represent a Significant Threat to human health or safety or environment due to volume of waste, toxicity of waste, and proximity of at risk population (e.g., pregnant women, infants, toddlers). And Class I violations enables the violator to benefit from noncompliance economically by either reducing costs or competitive advantage. So Michigan how do you get out of this Leaky CRIMe plant predicament? You adopt a program like they have in CA by: (a) first make it mandatory that these CRIMe plants not be allowed to operate unless all pipes and tanks carrying HWW are clearly above grade (not buried or below the plant floor or ground anywhere on site) with secondary containment and are readily visible for inspection at anytime, including mandatory hourly inspection reports be kept and available, and any evidence of leakage of pipes or tanks or overflowing/spillage from tanks must be reported immediately when observed; (b) in lieu of latter hourly inspections, CRIMe plant may install automated continuous monitoring devices with automated alarm and shutoff systems that activate shutoff when there is detection of possible or pending (high liquid levels in tanks, low pressure levels in pipes) leakage or tank overflow/spillage; (c) there be leak detection systems for pipes and tanks with secondary containment, such as a “tank in a tank” and a “pipe in a pipe”, so it is clearly evident when the primary pipe or tank has failed and is leaking; and (d) CRIMe plants have environmental monitoring systems surrounding the plants within their property lines, including for surface water as applicable (stormwater ponds, etc.) and most definitely, for groundwater, including groundwater monitoring wells, so early detection and notification of contamination of surface/ground water will be known, so public may be immediately advised that chemical contamination is migrating and needs to be stopped and contained.

Fortunately for YouREAPwhatYouSow.org  (Realty Environmental Action Proponents) and its parent organization, CommonGoodUnited.com (COMMONGOODUNITED INC) we have had plenty of support for our overall programs, and especially for the CSTP (Citizen’s Sample & Test Program), which has brought us to a point where we can now start bringing Realty to the public in the form of real test results so they can begin to learn how serious the Leaky CRIMe plant problem is, and how badly it has been swept under the manufacturing Lobbyist fulfilled rug.

Fortunately for YouREAPwhatYouSow.org  (Realty Environmental Action Proponents) and its parent organization, CommonGoodUnited.com (COMMONGOODUNITED INC) we have had plenty of support for our overall programs, and especially for the CSTP (Citizen’s Sample & Test Program), which has brought us to a point where we can now start bringing Realty to the public in the form of real test results so they can begin to learn how serious the Leaky CRIMe plant problem is, and how badly it has been swept under the manufacturing Lobbyist fulfilled rug.

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