Thursday, February 1, 2018

Three Cheers For The FBI

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

My Dear America:

Certainly I don't have to tell you, America, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has had a difficult and somewhat checkered past.  

I am old enough to remember some of the extremely disturbing and unethical, if not criminal, activities that went on in the Bureau when it was run by the incredibly controversial and powerful FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover.

I am also old enough to remember when the man who replaced J. Edgar Hoover as the Director of the FBI, L. Patrick Gray, was drawn into obstructing Justice by Richard Nixon and his White House Associates in Nixon's botched attempt to cover up The Watergate Affair.

Clearly The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not an American Agency that has been forever blameless and correct in all of its decisions and all of its actions.

What is happening now, however, in the United States Government is unprecedented and clearly highly unethical, if not illegal.

Donald Trump, even before his Inauguration, was dismissing information provided from nearly every American Intelligence Organization including the FBI warning him that Russia, and in particular, Vladimir Putin, had clearly been involved in the 2016 American Presidential Election.   

Instead of taking actions against Russia and Putin, Donald Trump instead clearly and brazenly obstructed Justice by firing his FBI Director, James Comey. Not only did Trump fire Comey but he bragged on his NBC Television Interview with News Anchor, Lester Holt, shortly thereafter that he fired Comey because of the FBI Russia investigation.  Also one day after firing Comey, Trump met with top Russian Officials in the White House Oval Office.  Those officials included Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and Russia's Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.  Not only was Kislyak the Russian Ambassador but he was well known to American Intelligence Agencies as Russia's Top Spy in the United States.

Although American Photographers were not allowed in the Oval Office Meeting, Russian "Tass" Photographers took many pictures and put them on the World Wide Web for all to see.

In addition to passing on highly classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office that had been obtained obtained through another country's intelligence agency and endangered intelligence officers and contacts, Trump discussed his firing of James Comey with the Russians telling them in his conversation that Comey was a real "Nut Job." Trump also informed the Russian Oval Office Guests that with Comey gone Trump was now relieved of pressure from the Russia Investigation.

Clearly Comey's firing has not relieved any pressure on Donald Trump.

Now, over a year after Trump began his term in office we have seen and continue to see that Trump, along with his Republican allies in Congress, among other outrages, are continually trying to denigrate and discredit the FBI.

After Watergate, Congress, the Courts and the Presidents have made significant efforts to learn from the Nightmares of Watergate how to control the excesses of Government Agencies including the FBI.

What we are seeing presently is an ever quicker erosion of principles in the Federal Government and particularly in Congress and the Presidency. 

It is clearly time for the American Citizens to rise up and tell their elected officials  

                      WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.

Unfortunately 2016 was a year in which the outrageous and bizarre seem to have become normal in America.  

It is not normal in America to sit back and relax as our Democratic way of life comes to an end.  

It is, instead, a time to get ready to go to the polls in America and begin to legally and sanely at the ballot box begin to throw out the trash.  You, America need to be cleaned up and revitalized and we, Americans, need to help you to really make you, America truly great again.  We don't need phony slogans we need every true American voter to get out and vote to take your country back.

It Can Happen.

It Will Happen.

It Needs to happen this year.

As "The Who" have so importantly expressed it:

                               "We Won't Get Fooled Again"

And as Tiny Tim has expressed it:

                                 "God Bless Us Every One"

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Big Sick Republican Tax Scam

Friday, December 15th, 2017

My Dear America:

It has truly been one hell of a year for your Democrats and Middle Class, America.  The Trump Administration has shown a lack of Compassion, Decency
and Common Sense, the likes of which we have never seen before. 

I would have predicted that no President could have been worse than Richard Nixon or George W. Bush.  I would have been wrong.

Two Important Congressional Democrats, Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers, have been forced to resign recently due to accusations of Sexual Misconduct.  

On the other hand, President Donald Trump, who was accused of Serial Pussy Grabbing during the 2016 Presidential Campaign shows no sign of apologizing to the many women he Sexually Assaulted.  

Trump even had the Gall to vocally support former Alabama Supreme Court Judge and accused Child Molester, Roy Moore, in his bid to win a Special Election to become a United States Senator from Alabama.

Thank God Roy Moore lost and Democrat Doug Jones won the Special Election.  But Senator Jones didn't win by much.  Still, the Doug Jones win, along with Democratic wins for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia are giving Republicans well deserved Panic Attacks.

What is giving Democrats Panic Attacks is the proposed Spectre of Republicans passing what Donald Trump has the gall to call "The Middle Class Tax Cut."   

The Tax plan that is being considered is a Scam of Epic Proportions.  Although the plan does propose some meager tax breaks for some middle class taxpayers what the Republicans are not advertising are the facts that these meager middle class tax breaks have an expiration date.

The massive tax breaks for Rich Americans and Rich American Corporations do not expire, however.  

There is no doubt that the effort by Donald Trump and his Republican Cohorts to pass this piece of crap bill will result in more money for Trump and his Rich friends.  It will also free up massive amounts of money for Republican Donors to keep the Republican Political Coffers filled so that the madness of Republican irresponsibility might continue unabated.

What Democratic and in particular Middle Class and Poor voters must learn from this past awful year is that Republicans are much more concerned about their Donors than they are about their constituents.

Democrats and Middle Class Republicans, as well, need to realize that after the "Middle Class Tax Cut" Bill begins to bankrupt our country, America, the next step in the Republicans Evil Plan is to weep and wail about how much Social Security and Medicare is destroying you, America.  

As we stand at the Front Gate of 2018 Democrats and Middle Class and Poor Republicans, as well, need to wake up and smell the Bull Shit.

While there are decent, dedicated and concerned Republicans, They are increasingly in the minority in the Republican Party.  

Those Republicans who continue to want to stick it to the middle class by eliminating or cutting Social Security and Medicare altogether need to go.

Those Republicans who are demanding the resignation of Robert Mueller need to go.

Most Especially, Donald Trump, who continues to be the Master of Distraction while he guts everything good that he can from your government and the lives of your citizens, needs to go.

What is incredibly clear to me is that those of us who are Democrats or Reasonable Republicans or Independents need to prepare during the coming year to seek out good Democratic Candidates for Congressional And Senate Campaigns and stump for them.

Hopefully it is still possible to rescue your American Democratic Government but Time is running out. If we don't move fast we may be joining the ranks of Donald Trumps favorite World Government Leaders, all of whom seem to be vicious thugs and Dictators.

Lets hope that 2018 Turns Out To Be A Truly Happy New Year.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, October 27, 2017

Carl Bernstein is Still Speaking Out

October 27th, 2017

My Dear America:

It was still a rather warm but windy October night this past Tuesday when I raced to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to hear Carl Bernstein speak.  I called right away when I found out about the "Lecture" from my wife who read about it in the Allentown Morning Call Newspaper.  Tickets were free but you had to order them in advance, so I did.  The talk was scheduled for 7:00 PM and I didn't arrive until 7:20, thinking I was late.  As luck would have it I wasn't late.  As I walked in the door of Johnson Hall on the Moravian College Campus Carl Bernstein was just being introduced.

I felt bad that my wife did not feel well enough to go with me but She encouraged me to go alone.  When I got home from Mr. Bernstein's talk my wife asked me if I learned anything new.  I told her that I didn't learn much that was new but that Mr. Bernstein had talked very seriously about the fact that nearly every Republican Lawmaker he had talked with recently had expressed grave doubts and concerns about the behavior and fitness for office of President Donald Trump.

I have, of course, lived through the Watergate Era and at the end of the lecture Carl Bernstein was kind enough to take a copy of my book about Watergate with him.  (My book, by the way is "Letters to A Lost Nation: A Watergate Chronicle" and is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions and on in other digital E Book Formats)

Having lived through Watergate and followed the Senate Watergate Hearings closely I was well aware on Tuesday night as I watched Carl Bernstein on the Johnson Hall stage that I was in close proximity to a Truly Historical Figure.  In my opinion Carl Bernstein was and remains one of the true Heroes of Journalism in the 20th Century.  When I talked with Mr. Bernstein after the lecture I asked him whether or not he still stays in touch with his Co Hero of "All The Presidents Men," Bob Woodward.  His answer was rather surprising to me.  He said he sees Woodward every week and they sometimes travel on lecture tours together.

In watching the news this past week Carl Bernstein's words about Republican panic in the halls of Congress about Donald Trump are still in my head. I have begun to notice that although, for the most part, Republicans seem to remain united in public appearing to support Trump, the Dam is beginning to crack.  Unfortunately mostly those Republicans who have already chosen to leave the battlefield are those who are speaking up about their true feelings about life in President Trump's America.

Carl Bernstein has seen the Dam crack before when Republicans finally had enough of Richard Nixon and were instrumental in driving him from the White House.  Clearly Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake have had enough, and along with John McCain, they are encouraging their fellow Republican Lawmakers to speak up also.  The Truth is that any Lawmaker, whether or not they are Republican or Democrat, will certainly feel the Twitter Wrath of President Trump if they speak out against him. 

It wasn't that long ago that Donald Trump asked the question "Are We Living in Nazi Germany."

That is a question that Lawmakers as well as other American Citizens are beginning to ask themselves more often each and every day.

In the meantime I give thanks for Carl Bernstein, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times and all those designated as "Fake News" by Donald Trump.  

Although they may not get it right every time they try their best under very difficult circumstances to get it right.  And although they have been designated by Donald Trump as "Enemies of the People" we need to keep in mind that this technique of attempting to destroy Freedom Of the Press has been the beginning of the end of Freedom in many countries of the world including Nazi Germany.

Lets not let it become the beginning of the End of Freedom in The United States of America.  

NO, Mister Trump.  We are not living in Nazi Germany and never will be.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Repolishing The Repulsive Republican Health Care Turd Bill Hopefully For The Last Time

September 26th, 2017

My Dear America:

As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as other Devastated Island Regions, try to recover from Hurricane destruction damage and President Trump continues his foolish and dangerous war of words with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump has decided to start a Tweet Storm about National Football League players kneeling during the National Anthem.  

Talk about Tone Deaf.  Donald Trump is the Poster Child for that affliction.  

While all of these things have gone on Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have once again made an attempt to resurrect the awful, hated by all, worthless and shameless Health Care Bill that most sane Americans had hoped they had seen the last of.

Why did Graham and Cassidy try to bring this Turd of a bill back from the dead?  Good Question.

The only good answers that I can think of are the following: 

1) the fact that as of next Saturday the Republicans will lose their opportunity to Jam this bill through the Senate with only 50 votes needed.

2) The Republican Congress along with the So Called Republican American President have not passed any significant legislation since the inauguration of Donald Trump.

3) Although this Turd Bill was promoted as a Health Care Bill, certainly the real reason that it was presented and promoted by the Republicans in the first place was that by saving or taking away millions of dollars from Health Care it would provide an opportunity for Republicans to repay their Millionaire and Billionaire donors by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthy.

Right now it appears as though the Zombie Health Care Bill is finally truly dead with a stake in its heart and hopefully will no longer rise from the grave any longer.  But who knows really.  This is Republican Run America, after all and anything can happen here and as we have seen this year it usually does.

If the Republican Health Care Turd Bill is truly dead I think Americans have a few people to thank.

John McCain, for one.  McCain has shown once again that he continues to have the courage that he showed in Vietnam during his time living in the Hanoi Hilton.  Thank You, John.  We appreciate your courage and feel badly that your Friend, Lindsey Graham did not show you enough respect by putting you in the difficult position that he did put you in. 

Thank You Susan Collins for once again showing that you also have the courage to look past party loyalty to vote for what is best for average Americans, not just support for the Rich and Privileged.

I suppose that we need to be also thankful for the probable "No Votes" of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, even though their "No Votes" are probably only because the Republican Health Care Turd Bill is not Radical or Reprehensible enough to suit them.

Probably one of the most influential people in this latest Health Care Debate has been Jimmy Kimmel, who showed himself to be not only a very concerned father to his son who has heart surgeries in his future but very concerned about other parents and children in similar circumstances as his family.  Health Care Bill Sponsor Bill Cassidy apparently made the mistake of lying to Kimmel on air about what his bill would propose and Kimmel, thinking about those other parents who could not afford the surgeries his child will need, made it a point all last week and this week to point out the outright lies that Cassidy had promised him.
Thank you Jimmy Kimmel.

Also thank you to all those individuals who showed up at Congress to demand that Congress should not take away their Obamacare lifeline.

These people may have finally kicked off The New American Revolution in which all of us who truly care about America and, like Jimmy Kimmel, care about our fellow Americans can band together to throw the Republican Bums out and vote in Democrats and Independents to Congress who will care more about Average Americans than they do about their wealthy Donors.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Friday, June 9, 2017

Echoes Of Watergate

Friday, June 9th, 2017

My Dear America:

It is with the greatest regret that I write to you today.  

It is one day after the Testimony of fired FBI Director, James Comey before the Senate Committee investigating the involvement of Russia in the 2016 Election of Donald Trump as your President.  I found the Testimony of James Comey to be fascinating.  I also found the testimony to be reminiscent of the Testimony back in the 1970's of John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House Counsel until he was fired by Nixon.  Nixon had obviously planned to make Dean the scapegoat for the Watergate Scandal as the Watergate bubble burst and set in motion a Senate Inquiry and Special Prosecutors.

Watergate was a Travesty and I would like to remind any readers of this post that I wrote what I consider to be a well researched book on Watergate that is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Websites.  My book is titled "Letters To A Lost Nation: A Watergate Chronicle."  It includes "A Brief History of Watergate," as well as a listing of a Cast of Watergate Characters, as well as a number of letters commenting on the Watergate Committee Hearings and other Watergate Happenings.  

What we are witnessing today is almost a mirror image of the Watergate Scandal, complete with Special Prosecutors and firings of high Administration officials.  Unfortunately for US the present day Scandal is far worse than Watergate.  Watergate was certainly a series of unfortunate political events topped off by the threat of imminent Impeachment Hearings and ultimately the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  There were dastardly deeds committed in the name of the Nixon White House.  That is true.  But Watergate had no hint of collusion with the Russians.  Watergate was strictly an All American Fiasco.

President Trump's less than Six Months in office has been a disaster for clear thinking Americans. Clearly a monumental mistake has been made in America And as we all watch Trump destroying America piece by piece it is time for the American Public to wake up as they did in Watergate and let their legislators know that it is time for impeachment.  

For God's Sake Donald Trump fired James Comey and within days was bragging to the Russians about how he got rid of Comey, the "Nut Job".  He also told the Russians in the Oval Office that he had taken care of the Russian investigation. This Treasonous conversation with the Russians alone should prove that Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses. 

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nightmare On Pennsylvania Avenue

Friday, March 31, 2017

My Dear America:

After more than 100 days of Donald Trump in the White House one thing is for sure.  We in the United States are sinking fast and at this point there is no sign of a Lifeboat arriving any time soon.  Trump's Freak Show Presidential Campaign allowed many Americans to feel rather calm and reassured that Hillary Clinton would win easily over Donald Trump in this past November's Election.  I am deeply ashamed that even in my normally Blue State of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump eked out a small but significant Election Victory.  I am proud, however, that in my Election District Trump lost to Hillary Clinton.

In the end, however, despite Hillary's vote count being nearly three million more than Trump's overall, she lost three significant normally Blue States and in so doing lost the Electoral College Vote.

Whatever the reason was that Trump won and Hillary lost, what has followed since the 2016 Election and later on the Inauguration has been, to use one of Donald Trump's favorite words, A DISASTER.

Although it is less than 3 months since Donald Trump was inaugurated, it seems to feel more like 3 years.  Trump has put into power in nearly all of the Cabinet Positions people who are not just unqualified but are well known enemies of the US. Departments they lead, for example Scott Pruitt in Environmental Protection and Rick Perry in Energy.  

Although members of the Republican Congress and Senate seemed to have fits and even sued when President Barack Obama issued Executive Orders, the Republicans this time around seemed to be cheering on President Trump when he continually issues his Executive Orders.  

In these relatively early days of the Trump Presidency we have all gotten used to hearing Trump distort, lie and distract over and over again to the point where Americans are almost numb to it.  

What has happened and is continuing to happen is that Trump's efforts to "Drain The Swamp" never happened and instead of Trump disposing of Individuals with Special Interests, Trump has hired them for his cabinet and other important Government positions.  So in the end the Swamp is far more dangerous and destructive than it had been before.

What has emerged as probably the most disturbing aspect of the Election of Donald Trump is the increasingly obvious Russian connection to the Trump Presidential Campaign and the Trump White House.  The House of Representatives Investigation into Russia's connection with the Trump White House seems to have stalled due to the bizarre behavior of its Chairman, Devin Nunes.  The FBI, however, is continuing to investigate the Russia-Trump Connection and the Senate Intelligence Committee seems to be also in pursuit of the Truth about Russia and Trump.

Although clearly there is a lot more out there to find regarding Russia and Trump, in my opinion most of the relevant information can be found by googling the following:
                                    Trump Russia Dossier

and click on    Trump Intelligence Allegations-Document Cloud 

After reading this 35 page Dossier good luck getting to sleep tonight America.  I guarantee this information will give you some well deserved Nightmares.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallgher

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Are We Living in Nazi Germany

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

My Dear America:

"Are we living in Nazi Germany."

President Elect, Donald Trump has recently proposed this question in one of his Tweets.

The answer to that question is as follows:

No, Mr. Trump, up to this point we have not been living in Nazi Germany or Russia or any other dictatorship or near dictatorship.

It is worrisome to me, however, that as we near the point where you will formally take the reins of Government in the United States of America that you would have the nerve to ask this question.

It was encouraging to me that you, at last, admitted that Russia was behind the hacks of The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Although all of the United States Intelligence Agencies have made it clear that they were all united in their belief that this was true, you seemed to be unconvinced up until yesterday's "News Conference."

Although you admitted that the Russians did the hacking you then praised what we had learned from the hacking and from Wikkileaks, which was, of course, not the point. 

You also took time to denigrate the Intelligence agencies who had taken pains to make you aware of the extent of the hacking.

No, Mr. President Elect, we are not living in Nazi Germany despite the fact that you seem to be making it an effort to make it look that way.  

We are, however,  living in The United States of America, the World's Greatest Democracy and we intend to keep it the World's Greatest Democracy despite your efforts to call into question and in some cases delegitimize important American Government Agencies such as the FBI and the CIA because their conclusions do not always agree with yours.  

It is also worrisome that in your campaign for the Presidency your Presidential Campaign had nothing but praise for the press and especially CNN which covered your every move with tons of free press in the early stages of your Presidential Campaign.  Clearly the press coverage of your controversial words and deeds in the Republican Primary Campaign led to your victory in that Primary.  

In your Campaign against former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton you changed your strategy of kissing up to the press and began your Nazi style bashing of the press and doing all you could to turn your followers against the press. Suddenly the same press people who had been responsible for helping you to gain a primary victory became "disgusting" and worse other such words.  

Delegitimazation and control of the press was certainly a successful hallmark issue in Nazi Germany.  Based on your incredibly rude and downright abusive and inappropriate treatment of Jim Acosta of CNN during yesterday's "News Conference" those Nazi principles may continue to be alive and well in the upcoming Trump Administration.

Clearly the cry of "Fake News" seems to be something that we are going to hear over and over during the Trump Administration whenever you are confronted with a report or an issue which is embarrassing to you or that you simply do not wish to deal with.

Clearly, Mr. Trump you seem to be fascinated by dictators.  Your first Wife, Ivanna some years ago when asked by a magazine writer what you read at night stated that you had a copy of Hitler's speeches on your bedside table and often read it before you went to sleep 

You have also been quoted as admiring Saddam Hussein, Bashar al Assad and, of course, Vladimir Putin. 

You will also have a noted White Supremacist, Steve Bannon, working in a White House office just down the hall from you and a great many problematic Cabinet Officials.

You have made your reputation during this past election by denigrating Mexicans, Muslims, Blacks, and Women.  

As Jewish Americans can attest to, Nazi Germany also made scapegoats of those races and religions which were "Others." 

Are We Living in Nazi Germany?

No, Mr. Trump.  We are not living in Nazi Germany.

Not Yet, at least, and although you have fooled enough people to get yourself elected you have not fooled all of the people of America and you never will.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher