Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Jan. 4, 2018

by Marc Platt

This is not gloating or "I told you so," BUT.....

I wrote a bunch of blogs and posts during the election in 2016 explaining what Steve Bannon has now said in Michael Wolff's book about Trump's motives for running for US President.

I was crucified by many friends, family and people on both ends of the political spectrum. The truth is now slowly, but surely surfacing and is what I thought it was at the time.

I am not smarter than anyone else. I think I use common sense and try to stick to the facts. In early 2015 (I wrote in one piece) Trump met with a PR person who told him he could get to 12% in the GOP polls and improve his brand. He jumped on that and now we are here....

He had a lot of help and a lot of it was not kosher. Everything has stopped functioning properly (strictly partisan) in Washington, except figuring out how we got here. We are here and Robert Mueller is only the first part of the equation. When the congress turns over in November and the Democrats are hauling everyone into what will surely look like the Watergate hearings, the shit will really hit the fan. Will Trump find a way out before that happens?

I repeat...DONALD J. TRUMP NEVER EXPECTED TO WIN. HE DID NOT WANT TO WIN...We are screwed until he is removed. 
That is all.....except...You can go back into my political blogs all the way back to the beginning and read for yourself if you have any interest....

Dec. 1, 2017

By Marc Platt

I know Michelle Obama has expressed no interest in ever running for President or any elected office, but that fact doesn't mean that our country doesn't need her to reconsider that view.

I will try to simply state some facts that might help unpack a strong case to have Mrs. Obama reconsider and run in 2020.

We currently have a sitting U.S. President who was "elected" under strange circumstances (Russia Investigation) who had exactly ZERO U.S. Government experience. Our current government is being controlled by one party and is having a hard time getting anything passed through congress.

Our current POTUS defeated a former First Lady who DID have decades of experience in Washington DC.

So here we are 3 years out from the next presidential election with no credible Democratic message or candidate. Before your hair catches on fire and you start screaming how great our current Democratically-elected members of congress are so much better than the GOP members, I will point out that the current president did not come from Congress or s state house.

Michelle Obama knows her way around the Beltway. She was married to a (now popular) ex-president. Her kids are grown up and pretty much out of the house (soon). She HAS a message "When They Go Low...We Go High." That is a positive message that really resonated in every speech she gave. She CAN give a speech. She CAN move a crowd. She DOES care what happens to all Americans. People seem to love her.

The argument gets stronger by the fact that we now have a president who has unraveled a lot of Barack Obama's achievements and she can reinstate most of those policies in what will inevitably be a Democratically-controlled congress in January, 2021.

Ask yourself one big question.

Do you believe Michelle Obama and the United States can actually get more done than the current crop of White House dwellers?

Yes she can.
"Yes We Can"

Nov. 21, 2017
By Marc Platt
So here we are. America and Alabama has some big choices and a clear choice to make.
This US Senate race in Alabama is so fascinating on a political science level. When a completely unlikable and vile man like Roy Moore (and Trump, as well) can just keep denying these horrible allegations by credible victims and people will STILL support these "Candidates" we need to examine our society.
I truly believe that Alabama SHOULD decide who their next US Senator will be. That is how representative democracy works. Let the local GOP and Alabama establishment try to explain to America how they can side with a pedophile.
Congress has shown almost zero moral courage, as well as the current administration. If America really is on a course correction and the bad guys will get booted in disgrace, we will have to hit rock bottom. Have we REALLY hit rock bottom? hard to tell.
I think we are headed there. This Mueller investigation will eventually trigger a constitutional crisis. Either Trump will panic and fire Mueller after Mueller indicts Trump's family, or Mueller will surround Trump by sending many people to jail. I don't see any other way this goes down.
This Roy Moore situation is just the continuation of a symptom our horrible electoral process has made possible. Congress can really only shame its members into resigning. There really is no secure check and balance on bad behavior that has been tested since Bob Packwood in the early 1990's. It took 3 years to get him out.
We have had many different instances of bad behavior over the years and now it has bled into how we will survive as a republic. We live in the "Divided States of America" and Donald Trump is supporting his fellow sexual predator. No big surprise there my friends.
Nov. 9, 2017
By Marc Platt
I am a day late and many dollars short because our country elected a man who consistently erodes America's influence. One of my favorite movies of all time is Peter Seller's "Being There," a film about an imbecile who mistakenly is hailed a genius because of a series of events that propel him into possibly running for President at the end of the movie.
As we know (Reagan) life does imitate art and actors and reality (Trump) show stars can be elected to the highest (bad pun) office in the land.
The country CAN BE manipulated by people who know how to game the system through tools like social media.
The unfortunate collateral damage could be Japan or South Korea with one stupid Tweet or actually letting OUR imbecile speak on the world stage. OMG...That is actually happening right now.
Also talk about a rigged election. 2016 WAS rigged. That is why we have Mueller and other investigators are plowing through evidence to undue this mess. I personally want to know if they got into the voter rolls and voting machines in some of those swing states.
For now, we get to hold our breath and pray that our "Duly Elected" U.S. President doesn't do something too crazy that will cause the end of the world.
Nov. 2, 2017
By Marc Platt
Atty. General Jefferson Sessions is going to put Da Prez in a weird spot. Trump will have to fire him for lying to Congress and then have a free path to firing Mueller.
Congress will then have to rehire Mueller as the outrage sparks action. If Trump were to fire Sessions during the holiday recess, there will be less outrage because members of Congress will be in their home districts.
What will Trump do with Ivanka and Jared? He will jetison them back to New York, but that will not stop the Grand Jury in New York from indicting Kushner for his own business dealings.
They will not get Trump for collusion. They will surround him with all his campaign staff and administration people (just like Nixon in 1973). He will have NO ALLIES. Robert Mercer is already shifting his business dealings around. How long will he stick with Trump?
Looking back on the 2016 campaign, I see so many bear traps I missed. But I give myself a pass, because who in their right mind would think that one of our political parties would allow themselves to be infiltrated by a sworn enemy like Russia? How could I (or anyone) believe that a political campaign would actually team up with a political campaign to destroy the opponent?
It happened. It is being proven. I have always thought that the voting machines and voter rolls were tampered with in precincts that have always been Democratic. When I saw such small Republican margins in Midwest strongholds I was very suspicious. I texted a good friend who knows a lot more about these computer shenanigans than I do.
November 8, 2016 (7:38 pm) Text to my friend:
Me: "Hey something looks funny with these results. Trump is leading in counties in Ohio & PA that NEVER go R?"
Him: "Yep. Something is going on."
Me: "Can they get in the voting machines?"
Him: "LOL. For the last 30 years. It is easy. Voting mach. are so easy to infiltrate. Takes minutes if you know how to get in."
Me: "You can?"
Him: "a 15-year-old hacker can get in. Anyone can mess with a voter roll and a lot of old machines."
I want to believe that you can't fix an election. We are talking about 51 separate elections when you are dealing with a national election. Something smells and always has.
The problems we have will take years to straighten out when it comes to electing our leaders.