Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Dec. 14, 2018
By Marc Platt
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Here is what we know...
1. Flynn flipped very quickly after leaving the administration.
2. Flynn worked for Turkey and wanted to have a US resident returned to Turkey for a fee from Turkey.
3. Cohen flipped quickly after getting raided by the FBI.
Gates flipped and turned on his boss Manafort rather quickly after he left the Trump orbit.
4. Jared and Ivanka pressured Trump to fire Comey.
5. Pence was "In Charge" of the Trump Transition team, yet pleads total ignorance when questioned about anything having to do with the transition.
6. Trump directed Cohen to make payments to women he slipt with who were not named Melania Trump while he was married to Melania Trump just weeks before the 2016 Presidential election.
7. Trump was present with David Pecker and Michael Cohen in the late summer of 2015 when the decision to "Catch and Kill" stories with potential women who could come out during the election claiming they had affairs with Donald J. Trump.
8. Rudy Giuliani was a part of the 2016 Presidential campaign. He spoke at the convention. He went on air to defend Trump during the election.
9. Jared Kushner has had business dealings with many different countries that appear to be in direct conflict of his job.
10. Donald Jr. participated in the dissemination of information about Hillary Clinton in 2016 that helped to get his father elected. There is corroboration that Don Jr. had links to HRC emails and at the least gave that info to his father who had no problem using Twitter to publicize the negative information on his opponent.
11. Roger Stone never left the Trump orbit and played a major part in coordinating nefarious deeds to get Trump elected.
Trump may or may not have won the 2016 election with all this help, but I am reasonable certain that Robert Mueller and his team will present McConnell, Schumer and Pelosi all the evidence that supports these and many other things in the next few months. Whether they offer Trump a deal, that is another matter.
The question of "Indicting" a sitting US President is not settled matter. If Trump has been indicted "Under Seal," there is no statute of limitations for that day he finally leaves office. This is a fact that would make a deal and a possible pardon more attractive to the man who has only done his best to try and stay out of the slammer.
I would find it very difficult to believe that Donald J. Trump has upheld his oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Dec. 6, 2018
By Marc Platt
America is a country where optics are very important. They way things look are just as important as the way things are.
In 2015 Donald Trump jumped into the GOP race for President, NEVER expecting in a million years he would win. All of a sudden he realized that America LOVES reality TV and he is a master at reality TV. He started disposing of car. eer politicians one by one with his "Reality TV" style.
Anyone could tell that for him it was fun getting all this political attention and making a mockery of the establishment. The PR people he originally hired advised him to listen to a lot of right wing talk radio and follow the lead of these ratings-starved conspiracy theorists and he would shoot up in the polls. The original assessment was 12% in the GOP polls and then he would be able to renew his NBC contract for The Apprentice and re-brand himself as a former Presidential candidate.
A funny thing happened on the way top that outcome...America was becoming unraveled politically at the tail end of Obama's 8-year term. The political correctness and political norms America has always trusted were being challenged by Trump and Bernie Sanders on the left.
There was now breathing room for political thought outside the box. The Democrats put up a woman with a lot of baggage and she did get more votes in the end and likely even more than reported, but we will not know for years what really happened in November, 2016.
On Wednesday December 5th at George H.W. Bush's funeral, the world witnessed that Donald Trump is not a welcomed visitor to The President's Club. The other living presidents and their wives were respectful, but not warm towards the current occupant.
Trump has burned so many bridges in his rise to power, he will have to go it alone. That is by his own choice by demonizing all those ex-presidents and systematically undoing all their political legacies.
The most telling thing Trump recently said to someone in private regarding the national debt was the fact that "He" won't be there to feel the ramifications of what he and his fellow Republicans did to explode the debt and saddle future generations with that debt.
I wonder what the optics will look like at Trump's funeral. They may just show up to make sure he is really dead.
Sep. 2, 2018

By Marc Platt

First of all, the most important man in the world is not Donald J. Trump. By focusing on all the damage he has done is a much more micro look at what is really going on in our current dilemma on the world stage.

Remember that key moment in the 2016 Presidential debates when Hillary Clinton and Trump were squaring off about Vladimir Putin? Hillary explained “You’re Putin’s puppet.” Trump fired back “I’m not the puppet. You’re the puppet.” That moment really stands out to me, as does the moment 4 years earlier when President Obama and Mitt Romney had a debate in which Romney declared Russia our “Biggest” enemy and challenge at a time Russia was just gearing up to make their run on the world’s political institutions. Romney was correct in his assessment. Obama played it down and easily went on to win his re-election.

I am in no way suggesting Romney would have made a great US President, but he did and does know the real danger to Democracy around the world…Vladimir Putin.

President Putin has his fingers in every major pie around the world. Everyone is his puppet right now because of the way he has taken his weak limited resources and masterfully played a chess match unlike any other dictator in history. His influence ranges from Asaad, Merkel, Kim Jung Un to Trump. He pulls the strings. He doesn’t like NAFTA, now Trump is bailing on NAFTA.  Putin practically funded BREXIT and not England is in the most unstable economic predicament because with limited resources, Putin funded a disinformation campaign in the United Kingdom that has now left them on the outs with the European Union..

Putin has allied his thinking with Trump on “US Trade Deals” and helped convince Trump to pull out of the NAFTA deal and set up shoddy trade deals with Mexico and Canada. Putin has sabotaged the US relationship with China and basically forced his puppet Trump to bail on the well-thought out Iran Deal.

If you want proof, use your common sense. EVERY one of these issues and events benefits one man and one country the most…Vladimir Putin and Russia. They have a tiny economy, yet they are calling all the shots by meddling in worldwide elections to benefit their own needs. France, Germany, UK, USA, Mexico.

So…While we focus on the “Trump Factor” for the next two years, look at the MACRO big picture. Who really ins and how do we Americans get our country back? THAT my friends is the real question. I purposely wanted to keep this short and sweet without tons of data. I just want us ALL to use our heads and realize it is not just the season of Trump 24/7. It is really the season of Putin all the time until that episode ends on the world stage. Not sure how long that will take. He is pretty great at eliminating his political enemies.

Jul. 17, 2018

By Marc Platt

What will it be like for anyone associated with Trump's campaign and administration after he leaves office in disgrace?

We recently saw Sarah Sanders derided and asked to leave an eating establishment in the Virginia area. WE seen Mike Pence booed at public events like "Hamilton." We have NOT seen Sean Spicer out in public, or Reince Priebus since they left the White House.

We have seen Mitch McConnell hounded by protesters in his home state of Kentucky to the point that his lackey wife Elaine Chow had to step in and yell at the protesters.

If you want clues to what the next 20 years will be like for these people, look at Richard Nixon's exile. Gerald Ford was respected, but dismissed by the public in the 1976 election.

Dick Cheney is pretty much restricted to GOP right wing events. George W. Bush rarely ventures outside his Texas ranch. Rumsfeld is a pariah after he was basically called out for his lies getting the USA into Iraq. There were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and history is correctly punishing the liars who got us into that mess.

On the OTHER side of the aisle...Barack Obama is able to freely walk this earth and is admired. Even Hillary Clinton marches in parades on public streets. I'm not saying that America has embraced her or Bill Clinton as much as Obama and Jimmy Carter, who has had a second life helping other people on the planet visibly.

The moral to this story is legacy. In the end, America does know right from wrong and does reward the people in political circles who TRY to make their lives better,

I will leave it up to you to figure out what will become of Trump, his family and all those in his circle for the next generation after he leaves the political stage in tatters.


Jun. 27, 2018

By Marc Platt

This is what happens when everything becomes all about hyper-partisan base politics. The hatred that the right spews in ugly ways will ferment just like in 1861 when the southern Democrats decided they had enough and the Civil War commenced.

This country is so divided right now. I hate to see eating establishments and other public places become volatile to these Red-Blue divides.

I am angry about what the elected GOP did in 2016 with the Merritt Garland nomination getting scuttled for partisan reasons. My question to all of you is whether violence will be the answer. Are we going to have rioting in our streets like the late 1960's?

What is it going to take in 2018 American society for a course correction since the illegal (allegedly) taking of the White House by this corrupt administration?

VOTING BLUE is how this will change. Yes, we are damaged, but America is not out for the count. Schumer and his senate senior people MUST grab their nutsacks and fight ANY nomination and grab a few moderate GOP senators to force Trump to nominate a more moderate candidate. They do have a few tools to slow the process down.

Get ready for a Battle Royale in the US Senate. It has to happen. Barack Obama and other Democratic personalities also need to step up and speak out at this point.