Sunday, May 9, 2021

God Save The Republican Truth Squad

 Sunday, May 9th 2021


My Dear America:

It is certainly a sad state of affairs that out of the Hundreds of Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate that only Three individual Republicans are willing to stand up and tell the truth about the November 2020 Presidential Election.


Those Individuals are:

Utah Senator Mitt Romney

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney

and 

Illinois Representative Adam Kinsinger


This Three Member Republican Truth Squad is made up of people whose credentials are those of Genuine Conservative Republican Lawmakers who can obviously recognize Truth from Fiction and are having a difficult time recognizing what happened to the Republican Party that they grew up in.  That Party has changed in ways that Cheney, Romney and Kinsinger would never have dreamed possible

When there is so much progress going on in the White House and the Democratic Party these days I find it difficult to continue to talk and write about Donald Trump.  I thought by now that after four years of Trump Insanity capped off by the dangerous attempt to genuinely steal the 2020 Election by the January 6th Mob that Donald Trump would by now be a bad memory growing more distant every day. 

After all, he is still off Facebook and Twitter, Thank God.  But inexplicably he seems to continue to remain like a Reckless Ghost on the minds and in control of the emotions of Republicans in Congress and in the State Houses all over the Country.

It is not hard to figure out how and why Trump lives in the hearts of his Cult Members.  I try to tune in to Fox News at least a couple of times a week just to find out what Republicans are hearing on that Desperate and Deficient Television Network.  On Fox, as well as on Newsmax and on (OAN) One America News Networks it would be easy for anyone tuning in who didn't know the score to believe that Donald Trump was still the legitimate President who has been Royally screwed by the Democratic Party under the influence of Reckless Bands of Blacks and Jews.  On the Trump Cult News Networks Reality doesn't seem to exist.  Only Dangerous Democratic Enemies who have stolen their Golden President from his Legitimate Presidency seem to be worthy of discussion.  

The Trump Cult News Networks are becoming somewhat more reality based however as they are presently facing the prospect of some very significant financial losses from being sued by the Voting Machine companies that they unfairly disparaged during the 2020 Election.  Those Networks don't seem to be as inclined as they had been to put Madmen like Mike Lindell, the My Pillow Guy or The Russian Collaborator Guy, General Mike Flynn on their networks to spew their 2020 Conspiracy Theories.

As Republicans in Congress have become more Looney in the past few months Joe Biden has hit the ground running and has been doing what he can to get the country back on track.  He has tried to reach out to Mitch McConnell and other seemingly less radical Republicans but despite the fact that Biden and McConnell have been friends for a long time, McConnell seems to have gone fully over to the the Dark Side.  Just as McConnell had vowed at the beginning of the Obama Administration to make Obama a one term President, McConnell, who pissed Trump off by announcing in January 2021 that Biden had won the Presidential Election, now seems to realize that nearly everyone in the Republican Party is singing the old Eighties Hard Rock Anthem, "Mama, We're All Crazy Now."

I feel somewhat sorry for The Republican Truth Squad.  They are, after all, the most sane individuals in a legislature and a Party that has gone completely off the rails.  I do salute their bravery and spirit in standing up for the truth in a Party that is presently all in on telling "The Big Lie" That Donald Trump really won the 2020 Election, not Joe Biden.  

The sad truth for Republicans is that there is no basis for telling "The Big Lie."  Donald Trump will never admit that he lost the 2020 Election but the actual honest to God truth is that Donald Trump did lose the Presidency in 2020, whether he admits it or not.  

I feel bad for the thousands of Americans who did their Patriotic duty in 2020 and whether it was by mail in voting or marching to the polls they cast their ballot.  Yes, Trump voters are undoubtedly disappointed that their candidate lost but that does not give them the right to do away with the long voting history and tradition of America whereby when the voting is over the person with the most votes wins. That is called Democracy and a Democratic Tradition of voting has been with us since the days of George Washington and will be with us for as long as Democracy lives in the American Democratic system.

For the four years that Donald Trump was in office we were not living in a very Democratic system.  When Donald Trump was in office he did what he wanted, whether it was proper or legal didn't much matter to him.  He was a Power Mad Authoritarian and he is still a Dictator in Waiting and the Republican Party seems to be in Waiting with him.  

Nobody in the Republican Party other than the Republican Truth Squad seems to be willing to point out that The Emperor has no clothes, or that The Republican Party has no clues or class anymore about what is or is not Democracy.

The Republican Party also seem to have no principles anymore.  

Republicans voted for a man in 2020 who was OK with doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin, who was OK with Saudi Arabia killing and dismembering Jamal Khoshoghi, who was OK with separating Immigrant children from their parents and not maintaining information that could help them connect later on, who was OK with downplaying the worst Pandemic in my lifetime just so he could get himself re elected, who was OK with Rioters attacking the Capitol to look for and hang a Vice President who had been nothing but Loyal to Trump.

When it comes to Legislation and Principles I have very little in Common with Romney, Cheney and Kinsinger.  During the Trump Administration all Three of Them were almost in Lock Step with Donald Trump every step of the way just like all of their Republican Congressional Colleagues.  They, like the rest of their Party created Trumpzilla, the Monster Who Ate The Republican Party.

Unlike Their Goose Stepping Comrades in Congress, however, they are unwilling to Lie about the 2020 Election simply in order to appease Trumpzilla.

Good for them for not joining in on the Chorus of "Mama, we're all Crazy Now"


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Revenge Of The Cyber Ninjas

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021


My Dear America:

As usual, on last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel blew my mind once again, as she seems to be able to do every night.  The truth is, though, that it is not difficult for Rachel to keep coming up with incredible stories concerning Donald Trump and the Republican Party.  

Quite frankly I would prefer not to write anything at all anymore about Donald Trump.  I would be happy never to write his name or hear his name spoken ever again in my life.  I know that Trump would hate it if the American Media would actually forget about him and never write about him or talk about him on Television or Radio. 

But Donald Trump is a clever devil.  He knows how to constantly manipulate his image.  He is, after all is said and done, just a Simple New York Real Estate Businessman who has figured out how to not just be successful in Real Estate but also be a successful enough Politician to become President of the United States. 

How the hell did that happen?  

He has three News Networks that make everything he does seem like works of  Political Genius.  You have to give the guy credit for balls.  He doesn't have much else going for him but he does have balls.

Getting back to Rachel Maddow.  Rachel has had the best Political Show on Television for a long time now.  She seems to have a knack for finding out and exposing stories that other journalists have either missed or just didn't think were important enough.  I remember hearing Rachel Maddow on Air America Radio.  Rachel was on a Morning show, at first with two other Co Hosts.  Chuck D. of the Hip Hop Group, Public Enemy was one of the hosts. The other Co Host was  Lizz Winstead, who was the Co Creator of The Daily Show that Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah hosted for many years. It seemed to me that Rachel's Co Hosts were hardly ever on the Air America Program but Rachel was always on and always interesting and always had Relevant Political Stories to tell.  Following the Cancellation of the Air America Morning Show it wasn't long after when The Rachel Maddow Show ended up as a Three Hour Radio Program in a better time slot on Air America Radio  

Keith Olbermann was the host of the "Countdown" Program on MSNBC when he began featuring Rachel on his program more and more.  Unfortunately for Keith, he ended up losing his show but Rachel Maddow and also Laurence O'Donnell, who were both often Olbermann's guests on "Countdown" ended up with their own MSNBC Political Shows.

It seems as though I've gone off on a tangent here about the history of Rachel Maddow in broadcasting.  That's OK Though.  I love Rachel Maddow and I have for a long time admired her broadcasting skills.

Anyway, I will try to get back on track here.  

Rachel had one of her unusual stories on last night's Television Broadcast that blew my mind.  She revealed that some Republican Party Leaders in Arizona have taken steps to try to try to recount the votes from the November 2020 Election in Maricopa County in that state.  

Why are these Qanon Conspiracy Theorists  only wanting to count the votes in Maricopa County? Because that county was largely responsible for Donald Trump losing Arizona to Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. 

The Unhappy Arizona Republicans want to pay for their effort to Recount the 2020 Election with Arizona Taxpayer Funds, along with generous donations from Unnamed Sources.

But here's the Kicker.

The Company that the Arizona Republicans have hired to do their Dirty Deed is called Cyber Ninjas.  Yes, people, you heard that right.

CYBER NINJAS

Rachel also revealed that one of the prime movers in getting Cyber Ninjas on the job in Arizona and other states which Trump legitimately lost is OAN (One America Network) .

The worst of it is yet to come.  Cyber Ninjas has been required by the Arizona courts to produce documentation of how they plan to conduct the Recount.  Cyber Ninjas has advised the courts that they cannot reveal their business secrets so they just want to have Arizona trust that their methods of counting votes will be above board.

What in the hell has happened to this country?  Are we living in a Third World Country now?  Is Democracy and choosing a President by legitimate counting of votes a thing of the past. I hope not.  

It is time for Americans to wake up to the insanity that seems to have taken hold of our Democracy and won't let go.  

I would suggest that all of us start tuning  in to Rachel Maddow and follow the true story of our shameful Republican Party Meltdown.  

I thought for many years that It can't happen here that we could lose our Democracy.

I was wrong.  We are in an all out press by the Republican Party to return a Dangerous Dictator to Power in any and every way possible.  

Since we have a President who is doing the right things every day it is possible to be complacent and not worry about the Death of Liberty and Democracy in America but I am very worried that if we don't start taking these maniacs seriously that we are in for an incredibly Rude Awakening.

Start Watching Rachel if you haven't watched her before and call your Congress Person and your Senator and tell them you have not given up on Democracy and that you never will. 

  

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher


 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mondale

 Saturday April 24th, 2021


My Dear America:

Minnesota is a state that has produced some really Outstanding Politicians.  Some of those Minnesota Politicians were considered Eccentric and Unusual.  Governor Jesse Ventura and Senator Paul Wellstone were certainly out of the ordinary Politicians.  Although he was not ultimately successful in his pursuit of the Presidency, Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy set the 1968 Presidential Race into a tailspin.  His successful entry into the Democratic Party Primary Race for the Presidency resulted in Lyndon Johnson abandoning the race, Bobby Kennedy getting into the race and eventually being assassinated in California on the verge of the 1968 Democratic Convention and another Minnesota Politician, Hubert H. Humphrey eventually becoming the  1968 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate eventually being beaten by Republican Party Candidate, Richard Nixon. 

Hubert Humphrey was, in my estimation, one of the most outstanding Liberal-Progressive American Politicians of all time.  He had an important role in implementing much of the important legislation responsible for Social Welfare Benefits, Civil Rights and Fair Employment Protection which continue to protect Americans today. 

While Walter Mondale became an accomplished Democratic Politician on his own in Minnesota Politics, the fact that Hubert Humphrey was a personal friend, as well as Mentor to Mondale was certainly beneficial to Mondale's Political Career.

When Hubert Humphrey was elected Vice President to Lyndon Johnson and his Senate seat opened up, Humphrey advocated that Mondale be appointed to fill his seat.  Since Mondale had some significant experience in Minnesota Politics and Humphrey was in his corner Mondale got the nod.  

During Mondale's Senate Career, unlike Humphrey who was an unabashed and unashamed Liberal Politician all his life, Mondale recognized that he might be a more successful politician if he maintained a more Centrist position in the Senate and he did so, although he was a strong advocate for Civil Rights.  Although Mondale initially supported the War in Vietnam, Like many Democrats his support for that war faded over time.

When Senator George McGovern ran for President against Richard Nixon in 1972 he asked Walter Mondale to be his Vice President but Mondale turned him down.  Mondale had been advised by his mentor, Hubert Humphrey what the realities were with regard to being Vice President to President Johnson.  Humphrey had advised Mondale that it was largely a ceremonial job with little or no power and little or no appreciation from anyone, especially the President.

In 1976 when Jimmy Carter came out of Georgia to win the Democratic Party Nomination he talked with Walter Mondale about being his Vice President.  Mondale advised Carter that if he accepted the Vice Presidency that he would expect to actually be Carter's Political Partner and be involved in all aspects of the Presidency.  Jimmy Carter agreed to Mondale's request and the two were elected and for the most part had a positive and productive Presidential and Vice Presidential Partnership.  

Unfortunately in 1980 when Carter and Mondale Ran for Re Election the Iran Hostage Crisis had soured the country on Carter and the Carter-Mondale ticket failed to win a second term.  

While few knew it at the time Ronald Reagan's Campaign Manager and eventual CIA Director, William Casey, had reportedly made a deal with the Iran Government behind Carter's back to provide guns to the Iranians in exchange for their releasing the American Hostages that Carter had been unsuccessful in getting released.  Oddly enough the Iranian's released the American Hostages on the day of Ronald Reagan's Inauguration.

In 1984 Walter Mondale was once again on the Democratic Ticket, This time running for the Presidency.  His Vice Presidential choice was Geraldine Ferraro, a spunky and talented New York Congresswoman, whose choice had been suggested by Speaker of the House "Tip" O'Neill.  Mondale and Ferraro lost the Presidential Contest but Mondale's choice of Ferraro for the National Ticket had shown that Women had totally arrived in National Politics.

Walter Mondale went back to Minnesota after his 1984 defeat and although he kept a low profile he still kept his hands in politics.  Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose first job was as an intern with Mondale when he was Vice President, would credit him with being a Mentor and a Friend and someone who she would miss terribly following his passing.

Many people in Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States will Miss Walter Mondale.  He was an institution in his state and unlike many politicians these days, he was loved by almost everyone.  Walter Mondale was the kind of Centrist Politician that used to be the norm.  He was a throwback to another era when Politicians respected and admired each other even when the other person was of a different party and had different views.  We were all lucky to have him for a little while and we will all miss him and politicians like him terribly in the coming years. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Monday, April 5, 2021

Matt Gaetz: Portrait Of An Entitled Fool

 April 5th, 2021


My Dear America:

If you find a Copy of "The Book Of Rich, Obnoxious, Entitled, Egotistical, Right Wing, Trump Loving Assholes" you will find a picture of Florida Congressman, Matt Gaetz on both the Cover and the First Page.

Gaetz has dedicated his public life so far to just two things.


Getting Himself Noticed 

And 

Kissing Donald Trump's Ass.


I have to admit that Matt Gaetz has been enormously successful in both Pursuits.

The first time I remember hearing the name Matt Gaetz was the day that Michael Cohen testified to the House Oversight Committee, for which Elijah Cummings was the Chairman.  Although not all Congressional Committees were televised there was a  lot of interest in what Cohen, Donald Trump's Long Time Personal Lawyer and Fixer, would be saying in the Committee Hearing which was going to be televised. 

At this point in time it was obvious that Cohen who had used his own money to pay off Porn Star ,Stormy Daniels had been hung out to dry by Donald Trump.  Cohen had attempted to cut a deal with the Southern District of New York's U.S. Attorney to avoid Jail time but by the time of his Oversight Committee Testimony it was understood that Cohen would be going to Jail for aiding Trump while Trump was facing no charges at all for the same Porn Star Payoff Incident that had occurred shortly before Trump's 2016 Election. Trump was also dissing Michael Cohen every chance he got.  Trump was conveniently out of the country in Vietnam meeting with Kim Jong Un on the day of Cohen's testimony.  It was correctly assumed that Cohen would have some very damning things to say about his former Employer who was now the President of The United States.  

At some point in the proceedings on the day of Cohen's Testimony one of the Television Commentators talked about an E Mail that Florida Congressman, Matt Gaetz had sent to Cohen that was making threats about exposing something about Cohen's Father in Law.  It was also noticed that although Gaetz was not a member of the Oversight Committee he had been striding around the Committee Room making obvious angry looking faces at Michael Cohen.  It was something that got him noticed and not in a good way.  It would not be the last time that Matt Gaetz would go out of his way to get himself noticed.

During the Closed Hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee chaired by California Congressman, Adam Schiff that were investigating Donald Trump's extremely questionable and possibly impeachable conduct with regard to Ukraine once again Matt Gaetz got himself noticed by leading a rather large group of Republican House Members to conduct what amounted to an extremely inappropriate Republican raid on the closed hearings.  Once again Matt Gaetz went out of his way to get himself noticed.

On another occasion during the Pandemic Gaetz apparently in an effort to protest the fact that House members were being required to wear masks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Gaetz had himself photographed sitting on the floor of the the House in a full and overly bulky Gas Mask Once again getting himself noticed.

In an HBO Documentary that I watched recently Gaetz seemed to be the star as the documentary showed the lengths that Gaetz had gone to to be admired by and close to President Donald Trump.  In that documentary Gaetz proudly admitted to being Donald Trump's biggest fan in the House even though the documentary showed that Gaetz was derided and despised on the streets of Washington and New York by those individuals who were not fans of Donald Trump.  Noticed Again.

Certainly Matt Gaetz has also been noticed in his many Trump Fawning Appearances on several Fox News Programs extolling not only his own Republican Virtues but also those of Donald Trump.

Within the past week, though, Matt Gaetz has become noticed once again and not in a good way.  Gaetz and his Florida Buddy, Joel Greenberg (A dethroned Florida Tax Collector who seems to be trying to get himself named "The Most Corrupt Public Official Of All Time") are apparently being investigated.  Although Greenberg's activities seem to be far more wide ranging, it seems as though the United States Department of Justice is looking into the possibility of charging Matt Gaetz with transporting an underaged Minor across state lines for the purpose of sex.  Supposedly the incredibly brilliant Congressman has left Apple Pay and other online receipts that he used to pay sex partners to be picked off the internet by the FBI. He has also been known to show pictures of his sexual conquests to other Congressional Colleagues on the floor of the House.  This is not too strange since when he was in the Florida legislature he was known to have set up a game where he gave himself different points for the kind of women he slept with including Lobbyists and married women.

All I can say is that this scandal couldn't happen to a more deserving Congressman.  

After all, Gaetz is only following in the footsteps of his All Time Political Hero and Favorite President.

Donald J. Trump. 


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

G. Gordon Liddy: The Mysterious Oddball Figure From Watergate Is Dead At 90

 March 31st, 2021


My Dear America:

Quite Frankly I haven't thought much about G. Gordon Liddy for a long time.  With Donald Trump in the White House doing his best to wreck the Country for the past four years it was hard for me to concentrate on anyone beside Trump or one of his Flunkies.

But today my wife while reading the newspaper advised me that Gordon Liddy just died.  Suddenly I was back there in the Seventies again thinking about Watergate and specifically thinking about G. Gordon Liddy, one of the most controversial figures involved in the Watergate Scandal.  Indeed, if it was not for Gordon Liddy there probably never would have been a Watergate Scandal.  

I realize that there a a lot of younger people who do not remember Watergate and a lot of older people who might have forgotten about it or never paid much attention to the details of Watergate.  During the Seventies in America it was difficult, if not impossible to avoid hearing about or thinking about Watergate during and after the Nixon Years.  

Watergate was the name of the Residential and Office Complex in Washington D.C. where the Democratic Party Offices were located in 1972.  In June of 72 a Security Guard at the Watergate Complex found tape keeping one of the main doors from locking.  The Guard called the police and the police came and surprised and arrested several men inside the Democratic Party Offices. What became obvious very quickly was that the men inside the Democratic Offices worked for the Committee To Elect The President (CREEP) and as they say the rest is history.

Anyone looking to find out more about Watergate might do well to obtain my book, "Letters To A Lost Nation: A Watergate Chronicle" which is available in a Paperback and Kindle Edition through Amazon.com.  The book is also available in several other E Book Platforms through Smashwords.com.  A better known book about Watergate is "All The President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who reported for the Washington Post during Watergate.  Their excellent reporting dug up much of what the Nixon White House tried to cover up.  "All The President's Men" was also made into a very excellent, exciting and revealing movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the Washington Post Reporters.  In addition, several important Watergate Figures including G. Gordon Liddy, John Dean and many others wrote their own books about Watergate and their involvement in the scandal which dominated much of the early Seventies.

Watergate left many of the Watergate Scandal Figures stripped of their Law Licenses, Dignity and Virtually Unemployable following the National Scandal known as Watergate. 

What came to be known as "Watergate" began and ended with the establishment in the Richard Nixon White House of The "Plumbers".  The Plumbers were a very Shady Group of Individuals working in the White House charged by Richard Nixon, and Assistants, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, with plugging "Leaks", namely leaks of information that Nixon and Company did not want to be released to the press or the public.

The Watergate Burglars and many Nixon White House Aides including Ehrlichman, Haldeman, John Dean, E Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy all spent some time incarcerated  mainly due to crimes associated with Watergate.  Liddy was convicted of Conspiracy, Burglary and Illegal Wiretapping and received one of the Harsher Watergate Sentences which was 20 years in Prison (and a 40 Thousand Dollar Fine) primarily due to the fact that he refused to Cooperate with the Government and Testify at his Trial.  Howard Hunt and others cooperated with the Justice Department and the Special Prosecutors Office and received far lighter sentences than did Liddy.  Liddy  served 4 and a half years of a 20 year sentence until President Jimmy Carter, apparently recognizing the unfairness of Liddy's unusually long sentence compared to other more cooperative Watergate Defendants, commuted his sentence to 8 Years, which allowed Liddy to apply for Parole and be released from incarceration.

Liddy and the plumbers not only Broke into Democratic Headquarters but also broke into the Office of Daniel Ellsberg's Psychiatrist.  Ellsberg was a former Defense Department Analyst who released the contents of a Top Secret Report prepared by the Defense Department on the Vietnam War.  Although that report was prepared during Lyndon Johnson's Presidency, President Richard Nixon was incensed that Ellsberg released the Top Secret Report to both the Washington Post and The New York Times and pushed for Ellsberg's arrest and trial.  Due to White House Shenanigans the Judge at Ellsberg's Trial declared a Mistrial.

Gordon Liddy was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Hoboken and West Caldwell, New Jersey.  His father was a Lawyer and Irish and Liddy's mother was Italian.  

Liddy Graduated from Fordham University in 1952.   After his Graduation Liddy joined the U.S. Army and served for two years as an artillery officer during the Korean War, although he remained stateside during his stint in the army.  In 1954 Liddy began attending Fordham University School of Law.  While there he earned a position on the Fordham Law Review.

following his Graduation from Law School in 1957 Gordon Liddy began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, initially serving as a Field Agent in Indiana and Colorado.  He became one of the youngest Bureau supervisors at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C.. Liddy was a Protege of FBI Deputy Director, Cartha DeLoach.  Liddy became a part of Director J. Edgar Hoover's Personal Staff and became his Ghostwriter.  Among his fellow FBI Agents Liddy had a reputation for recklessness, a reputation that Liddy Proudly wore like a badge of honor throughout his life.

Liddy resigned from the FBI in 1962 and worked as a Lawyer in New York City until 1966.  He was then hired as a Prosecutor in Dutchess County, New York where in 1966 he led a drug raid in Millbrook, New York in which he arrested Timothy Leary.  His prosecution of the LSD Advocate Professor was unsuccessful, at least partially because Liddy accidentally shot a hole in the ceiling during the courtroom proceedings 

Liddy tried his hand at politics by running for District Attorney and running for U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 28th Congressional District.  He was unsuccessful in both attempts.  

Rolling Stone Magazine wrote an article about Liddy at one point stating that he bungled his way to the White House.  Certainly somehow or other Liddy got hired in 1970 as an aide to White House Domestic Advisor, John Ehrlichman.  He also served as General Counsel to the Finance Committee of the Committee to Re Elect The President from 1971 to 1972 while also serving as one of the Leaders of the Plumbers Unit.

In 1971 Liddy was moved to the 1972 Re Election Campaign in an effort to extend the scope of the White House Plumbers "Special Investigations Unit" to further improve control of damaging leaks to the press.

While at the Committee to Re Elect Nixon Liddy developed some rather far fetched and in some cases downright weird plans and plots, some of which were rejected by Campaign Leaders such as a plan to kidnap anti war protest organizers and transport them to Mexico during the Republican National Convention in 1972.  Another Strange and Terrible Liddy Plan was to lure mid level Democratic Campaign Officials to a Houseboat in Miami where they would be secretly photographed in compromising positions with Prostitutes.  Most of Liddy's crackpot ideas were rejected by Attorney General who later became Campaign Manager, John Mitchell but a few were given the go ahead by Nixon Administration Officials including the Break In at Daniel Ellsberg's Psychiatrist's Office and the bugging of the Democratic Party Offices at the Watergate.

Unlike many other Watergate figures who went to jail followed by a life of obscurity, Gordon Liddy did his time but did not fade into obscurity.  Clearly Gordon enjoyed the limelight and once his prison time was over he returned to stake his place in history, as unapologetic as he had ever been.  Liddy received a lot of attention when he published his biography, "Will".  He wrote about his plan to kill Washington Columnist, Jack Anderson because of Nixon's statement "We need to get rid of this Anderson Guy".  Luckily for Jack Anderson White House Officials shut down this plan before Liddy was able to act on it.

In the mid 1980's Liddy began to have some success on the lecture circuit and in 1982 was actually listed by the Wall Street Journal as the top speaker on the College Lecture Circuit.  He was also involved in debates with Timothy Leary, of all people and also with Al Franken on College Campuses.  The Debates with Leary, who had been called "The Most Dangerous Man in America" by Richard Nixon, were featured in a 1983 Documentary Film called "Return Engagement", apparently in reference to Liddy's arrest and failed prosecution of Timothy Leary.  

Liddy also began to make a name for himself as an actor in several Movies and Television Shows including Miami Vice where he played a semi recurring role as a shadowy former covert operations officer who, Miami Vice Star, Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) knew from his military service in Vietnam.  

In the early 1980's Liddy, with the partnership of a former Illinois Policeman, launched a private security firm called G. Gordon Liddy & Associates.

In 1992 Liddy began to host his own radio talk show.  This show was controversial and led to national syndication  and success for over 20 years.  

Liddy also wrote Several Nonfiction and Fiction books over his career.

He was married for 53 years until his wife passed away in 2010.  Liddy and his wife had Five children.

Because of his Weird and Controversial history Gordon Liddy was the butt of many a late night talk show host's jokes for many years.  Although he was certainly a man who led Richard Nixon down a strange and terrible path, in the end things turned out Okay for Gordon Liddy.

One of the the more disturbing yet interesting things I read today about Gordon Liddy is that, Like Donald Trump, who studied all of Adolph Hitler's speeches, Gordon Liddy was also fascinated as a young man by Hitler's speeches. 

Controversial Birds of a feather, I guess.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher    

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

How Many Deaths Will It Take Till We Know That Too Many People Have Died

 March 24th, 2021


My Dear America:

Bob Dylan asked the question many decades Ago in his song "Blowin In The Wind."

Unfortunately we are still asking the same question: "How Many Deaths will it take till we know that too many people have died."

We have had over a year of intolerable deaths due to Covid 19 and Donald Trump's lack of response to it.  Trump told us just hang on and in the Springtime or Summer it will just go away. It didn't. Clearly Trump didn't want us thinking about Covid 19 because we might blame him for the deaths that occurred from it and not vote for him.  So he ignored Covid and Americans died in astonishing numbers.  

We Democrats won an important victory in November 2020 when Joe Biden was elected by a considerable margin.  Once Biden was inaugurated Gentleman Joe has done what Donald Trump should have done in the first place and faced up to the Pandemic Straight on.  Biden has hit the ground running and very quickly set up a plan that is working to get Americans Inoculated As soon as possible.  Already deaths from Covid 19 are finally decreasing as a result of the Covid Vaccinations.  

I've already gotten my two shots of the Pfizer Vaccine and my wife will get her second shot tomorrow on March 25th thanks to Joe Biden doing the right thing.

It is going to take awhile until we can feel safe in America from the Deadly Ravages of Covid but we are finally on our way back to health thanks to Government setting up a workable plan and following through on that plan.

Unfortunately Government has yet to come up with a solid bipartisan solution to another deadly epidemic that has caused so many of us to lose our lives in America. 

That epidemic is Gun Violence in America.

Within the space of a week we have seen 18 people killed in two mass shootings.  One in Atlanta Georgia where 8 people lost their lives and One in Boulder, Colorado where 10 more people lost their lives.

The shame of it all is that unfortunately we Americans have become numb to the continuing violence that we have seen over and over in these mass shootings and as we see the death counts get higher these shootings seem to bother us less and less.  

How many of these shootings have we seen at this point.  Hundreds of them. Thousands of innocent victims have lost their lives.  For what.

When Republicans were in charge of the Senate they seemed to have plenty of "Thoughts and Prayers" but offered very little in the way of solutions to the problems of gun violence.  Republicans, with the aid of Republican Leaning media outlets, seemed to be more concerned about the health of the NRA (National Rifle Association) than the health and the lives of American Citizens.

Clearly something is wrong in America when the lives of American Citizens seem to mean so little to Politicians.  Its just a fact of life in America the Republicans and the NRA seem to tell us over and over again.

The Democrats are trying to take your guns away the Republicans, The NRA and Fox news all tell us.

And it is true to some extent that Democrats are indeed trying to take away Some Guns Away from Some People but they are Not Trying To Take All Guns Away from All People in America.

It is time for Senator Joe Mansion to realize that the time for Sensible Gun Legislation is now.  After the devastating Sandy Hook massacre of toddlers in Connecticut Mansion, along with Pennsylvania Republican Senator, Pat Toomey, sponsored a bill together that would not have done a lot to curb gun violence but it would have done Something.  Unfortunately even that rather limited bill didn't pass through the Republican Senate and the gun violence and mass shootings have continued.

Sandy Hook, Parkland, Aurora, Columbine, Miami, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and now Atlanta and Boulder.  The list of Mass Shootings seems endless and two in one week should be a wake up call to all of us that it is time to end this monstrous problem, or at least do what we can to curb the violence and reduce the death toll.  

The truth is that in America it is going to be almost impossible to completely eliminate mass shootings because Americans do not want to give up their guns, nor should they.  

Clearly we should take a look at and take a lesson from other countries all over the world who do not seem to have the same problems with guns and mass shootings that we do.  Many counties such as the United Kingdom do not allow gun possession and have virtually no shootings. 

Although I am not one of them, I do have friends who derive enjoyment from going out into the woods and killing animals.  I don't like the fact that they do it but I still think that under the Second Amendment of the Constitution Americans should have a Legitimate right to own and  responsibly use a gun.

I also think, however, that there is not a legitimate reason in hell for anyone who is not a Police Officer or a Legitimate Member of the United States Armed Services to own or carry an AR 15 or AK 47 or a weapon like these in the United States of America.  They should be banned from sale to the General Public Now.  They were banned for some time thanks to Senator Joe Biden helping to push the ban through.  It is time for President Biden to work toward getting that ban back in place for our safety and the safety of our neighbors.  When that ban was in place America was safer.  Our country needs to be safer again. 

It is time for Senators Joe Mansion and Pat Toomey to get together once again to help get Responsible Gun Legislation passed.  Now that the Democrats control the Senate they should push for responsible gun legislation.  Even if the legislation fails at least Americans will find out which party and which Senators really care about their health.

Certainly Mental Health is another issue that is a factor in gun violence.  There are very few gun massacres carried out by individuals who are thought to be mentally stable.  For the most part, mass killers are almost to a man (There are very few women Assassins)  Anti Social Loners with few or no friends who might get picked on by others.  In other words they are people who need help and in many cases don't get it.

Lastly, when are we going to realize that registering the sale of guns is something  that could be a very positive thing.  Even most members of the NRA agree with that.  Background checks can and more than likely have prevented some people with problems from purchasing a gun and therefore might have prevented some mass shootings from occurring.

I have had two guns in my house for several decades which I have never fired.  I have no plans to fire them and if I am lucky I will never fire them.  But I do believe that the second amendment gives me and most Americans the right to bear arms Responsibly.

I am not now and never will be a member of the National Rifle Association but I and Joe Biden and most Democrats will continue to support the legitimate right of Americans to own and use guns Responsibly.

No, Ted Cruz, Democrats are not looking to take away all American Guns from all Americans.  We just want guns used responsibly.  What the hell is wrong with that.


Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Bloody Sunday Remembered

 March 7th, 2021


My Dear America:

I was 23 years old when "Bloody Sunday" occurred on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma Alabama 56 Years Ago.  A Group of Civil Rights Marchers crossed the bridge on March 7th, 1965 and were met by the Alabama State Police and a Posse armed with billy clubs and tear gas.  The marchers, including Dr. Martin Luther King and a young Future Congressman named John Robert Lewis, were scheduled to march to the State Capitol of Montgomery, Alabama.  They were stopped after crossing the bridge by the Police and Posse who beat the marchers severely in front of Television Cameras that photographed the bloodbath in which many marchers, including young John Lewis, were beaten within an inch of their life. The beatings stopped the Civil Rights March on that day and the March leaders returned with the group to the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma to begin planning their future moves.  

The Group Marched for a Second time across the Edmund Pettis Bridge on March 9th, 1965.  The State Troopers stepped aside to let the marchers pass but Dr. King led the group back to the A.M.E. Church to obey a Federal Injunction while seeking protection for the Marchers from a Federal Court.  That night one of the Marchers was beaten and murdered. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist Minister from Boston had been so outraged with the Bloody Sunday beatings he witnessed on Television that he had come to Selma to join the marchers along with many other clergy and sympathizers who had gathered for the second march.  Reverend Reeb would unfortunately never leave Selma alive.

On March 21st the Marchers gathered once again and this time after marching proudly across the Edmund Pettis Bridge they continued on their march to Montgomery protected by 1900 members of the Alabama National Guard and many additional FBI Agents and Federal Marshalls.  The Marchers averaged 10 miles a day walking along U.S. Route 80 which was called in Alabama the Jefferson Davis Highway and arrived successfully at the Capitol with 25, 000 supporters as they entered the Alabama Capitol.  

The Route taken by the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Marchers is now designated as the "Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail." 

Certainly the Brutal Beatings shown on Broadcast Television and the Murder of Reverend Reeb put some serious pressure on President Lyndon Johnson and the United States Congress to wake up to the terrible reality of life in the Segregated South for African Americans.  LBJ addressed a Nationally Televised Joint Session of Congress on March 15th to ask for Legislation to be passed addressing the problem of Racial Justice not only in the south but everywhere in America.

In response to Johnson's call for legislation the Voting Rights Act finally became law on August 6th, 1965.

Bloody Sunday was not the end of Racism in the South and Elsewhere in the United States of America but it was an important move forward to an America that had taken giant steps toward Racial Justice.  There have been many giant steps taken since 1965 in what Martin Luther King Called a Stride Toward Freedom and Justice for black Americans.

Fast forward to today and we have seen in recent years some giant steps backward with regard to Racial Justice in America.  Certainly some Right Leaning Supreme Court Decisions virtually doing away with some established Voting Rights Standards is a disturbing and unwelcome addition to problems concerning voting rights.  The Trump Administration seemed to welcome all voting rights restrictions that seemed to limit Democrats and in particular black Democrats.

Black Lives Matter Protests were unwelcome in Trump World and the concept of Black Lives Matter during the Trump Administration was often met with a level of violence against BLM Supporters not seen since the days of  Reactions to 50's and 60's Civil Rights Protests.

Certainly Ex Civil Rights Advocates in Congress like John Lewis and James Clyburn have done all they could to remind all Americans to keep their guard up against efforts to turn back the Racial Clock to the Bad Old Days before Civil Rights Protests helped to improve Racial Justice for Black and Brown Americans.

We have seen in the runup to the 2020 Election Donald Trump and his Republican minions straight up blatantly trying to steal the election by any means they could. Trump almost destroyed the United States Postal Service to make it difficult for Democrats to vote for mail.  The many court challenges that went nowhere and Trump's threatening the Georgia Secretary of State are some of the most incredibly searing images of Political Corruption that we have ever seen in a Presidential  administration desperate to stay in power and out of jail.  

But on this 56th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the first one where John Lewis is not taking his Friends and Colleagues to Selma to celebrate the day he was brutalized for Freedom and Justice, we must remember for John what he went through and why he went through it.  

We have seen more than two hundred attempts throughout the United States by Republicans to push through Legislation that would make it more difficult for Democrats, and in particular Black Democrats, to vote in the coming years.  

We Democrats need to be more vigilant than ever in protecting the rights of All Americans to vote in every election that they are eligible to vote in.  If we don't protect our right to vote we may slip into an America that will look more like Nazi Germany than the land of the free.  

We must realize that although Donald Trump is out of office his Authoritarian spirit still haunts us.  Donald Trump did in fact encourage his followers to attack the Capitol Building on January 6th after refusing to accept the truth about the 2020 Election.  Trump is still telling the big lie.  He told his followers at C-PAC that he won the election in 2016 and in 2020 and was thinking of "Beating the Democrats a Third Time."  

The truth is that Donald Trump did beat the Democrats in 2016 not by number of votes but by the outmoded Electoral College System.  In 2021 he tried this time to encourage his Vice President to break the law and refuse to declare Joe Biden the legally elected President.  When Pence refused to break the law Trump threw Pence to the Trump Wolf Pack and we can be sure that if that group gotten hold of Pence on January 6th that they, indeed, would have hung him on the Capitol Grounds.  

Now inexplicably Mike Pence who did the right thing on January 6th and the Secretary of State in Georgia, Brian Raffensperger who also did the right thing in the 2020 election, as well as most of the Republicans in Congress are still pledging allegiance not to the American Flag but to the Trump Flag.

I will never understand how anyone who really believes in Freedom and Democracy can get behind a Dictator Wannabe like Donald Trump. 

It is time for Democrats to get involved in their state legislatures, many of them controlled by Republicans, and figure out how to keep voting alive and well in their states.  

We narrowly saved Democracy on Election Day in 2020 but we should have learned by that experience that we need to be as vigilant as John Lewis was throughout his life and do what he taught us to do to protect our right to vote.  It is a fundamental right that we should protect for as long as it needs protection.


Sincerely Yours 

Jerry Gallagher