Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
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.
Aug. 31, 2017
By Marc Platt
Try to wrap your head around the thought that we have a disrupt-or leading our country. This man is willing to provoke a kid who can destroy Japan and South Korea in two minutes.
This week the country saw a focus group of Trump voters who are having serious "Buyers Remorse," making statements like "I never thought," "This man is unstable," "Un professional" and "I don't like what he is doing."
There are THREE (3) MAJOR investigations going on to try and remove him from office and we are in year #1.
He is undoing decades of social programs that help feed and clothe our poorest citizens.
He wants to take our poorest citizens off health care.
He wants immigrants to have the hardest possible path for remaining in America. He wants WHITE people to get jobs before everyone else (his actions speak loudly on this fact).
He has left important State Department and Justice Department positions unfilled, setting America up to fail "Bigly" when certain crisis arise.
I will only mention the Tweeting and boasting of "big crowds" to go along with the apparent out-of-control corruption he is allegedly being accused of. There is a lot of smoke (Trump Tower Moscow), which would mean President Trump WAS dealing with Putin and his banks to get that project made, despite telling America he had "No Dealings" with Russia.
This is the "New Normal" created by Trump and a handful of plotters and voters who made him #45.
Jun. 1, 2017
By Marc Platt
Everything going on in the DC Beltway is Kabuki Theatre. #45 just took America out of a non-binding Climate Agreement that 189 other countries are supposedly sticking to. This is like an international Weight Watchers meeting. The countries "Weigh In' every year to show how they are lowering their emissions . Each country has "Targets." No one is penalized for not reaching those targets. This is a non-binding agreement.
I personally wish the USA would stick to the program. We do have a pretty good record ourselves of lowering these emissions. DJT threw a bunch of red meat at his base, but he will pay a price. MANY CEOs (like Elon Musk) will start to back the hell away from him. He is using up what little political capital he has left.
General Flynn seems to be chirping like a canary to the FBI. The Donald calls Mikey all the time, desperately trying to keep Flynn clammed up. It is not working. Flynn was a good soldier for many years. He always took orders from OTHER higher up generals. When HE was the man giving the orders, it went badly during the Obama administration. His life and emotional self esteem seemed to take a turn for the worse and he became a $$$ mercenary.
When this story is all told in the history books, we will all take a careful look at our own side of the street. Yes, the Russians tinkered and did what they do. The REAL story is our lack of institutional security. The Obama administration is at fault here just as much as anyone.
Barack Obama KNEW the Russians were doing these. He KNEW that the FBI was investigating Trump and his campaign in the summer of 2016. That means Loretta Lynch and the entire intel community are equally responsible for this all getting off the tracks so badly.
Obama is just as responsible for Trump becoming president as Comey, Lynch and the Russians. This was a total clusterf@%k from top to bottom.
Hillary Clinton looked dopey trying to go through the events and not take any real blame for her loss. We don't have a "Popular Vote." America is stuck with the Electoral College and she knows that. Jared Kushner was basically the man pulling the strings and figuring out how to suck out every last electoral vote from states that had been a safe haven for Democrats for decades.
I still maintain that Trump was shocked and sickened at the thought that he actually won and was going to have to govern. He does not know how to govern and proves that every day. He has undone so many positive Obama era policies that it will take the NEXT POTUS a full term just to put America back on EQUAL footing with the rest of the free world.
Trump is not a good executive. He is a good marketer.
We are screwed until he exits the stage.