Away In DC For Father’s Day Weekend, Will Return On Tuesday

This author and blogger will be away in Washington, DC for the Father’s Day Weekend, and will return to commentary on Tuesday, June 18.

I hope all my readers and followers have a great Father’s Day Weekend!

Outrageous Miscarriage Of Justice In Tulsa Race Massacre 1921 Lawsuit!

In a time of much outrage on so many issues in public affairs, the decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court to dismiss the case involving compensation for the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, which killed about 300 African Americans, and destroyed a prosperous “Black Wall Street”, is infuriating!

After a century, there are still two women who are 109 and 110 years of age, who witnessed the horrors and the tragedy of that massacre, and wanted recognition and acceptance of responsibility, and symbolic modest financial compensation by the Oklahoma state government.

Instead, the state Supreme Court dismissed the case, failing to see the symbolism of those events, and the moral and ethical need to make a public accounting in a minor way of that horrible event.

In many states, including Oklahoma, with the attack on DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), the discussion in school of such a horrendous event puts teachers in danger of being fired.

This is a moment of great anger and fury as to the disgraceful dismissal of a legal case that even now calls for justice, but will never occur!

It adds to the horrendous record of the state of Oklahoma, not only against African Americans, but also against its native American indigenous population!

Rule Of Law Upheld By Joe Biden With Son Hunter Biden Conviction

President Joe Biden has demonstrated that he will promote the “rule of law” even when his own son, Hunter Biden, has been convicted on gun charges in a federal trial in Delaware.

This cannot be a happy moment for the President, who is very committed to his family, but he has made it clear there will be no pardon if his son is given prison time, which might not occur on a first offense on the charges he was convicted on.

One can be certain that Donald Trump, who has no ethics, morals, or scruples, would have no problem if faced with a similar situation involving his family, and certainly, did not prevent Trump from giving pardons to lawbreakers in his Presidency!

Donald Trump Rants A Sign Of Dangerous Mental Instability!

The mental state of Donald Trump is alarming, as he rants on Truth Social and at his campaign rallies with all kinds of weird, strange comments that have no relevance to reality.

While much attention has been given to Joe Biden’s verbal flubs now and then, most news media have tended to ignore the strange, odd behavior of Donald Trump.

More attention is starting to be paid to the crazy comments and threats that Trump has been displaying, growing ever more since his 34 felony convictions 12 days ago. His cognitive behavior is alarming to the extreme.

There are a whole slew of dangerous, authoritarian people surrounding Trump, who are only too willing to establish an authoritarian Fascist government if Trump somehow is elected.

The potential for violence and bloodshed is growing each day, giving sane, decent Americans a sense of great fear as to the future of the American Republic as we near the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence just two years away.

Trump Supporters Blind To Trump Selfishness, Many See Him As “Jesus”!

Over this weekend, Donald Trump spoke in Las Vegas in his first rally since his felony conviction ten days ago.

The weather was horrendous, over 100 degrees, and yet a crowd came out to see Trump.

His concern about himself came through, as he made it very clear, that he was more concerned about how the heat was affecting him, not his supporters, saying so openly.

As always, he was ranting, acting crazy and looney, and yet the crowd was not perturbed by his selfishness and his statement that he only wanted their vote, and nothing else.

Clearly, Trump has become a cult, and many of his followers and supporters are unable to distinguish the reality of how sick and self centered he is, and their lack of concern over his declaration of wanting to be a dictator.

The idea that many of Trump’s supporters see him as a “Jesus” indicates the extent of mental illness that is prevalent, and is a scary harbinger of the possibility of his winning the Oval Office once again.

The Massive Corruption Of Clarence Thomas

It is shocking how corrupt and greedy Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is, and has been in the past third of a century since his hearings for the Supreme Court in 1991 revealed sexual harassment of Anita Hill.

Selected to replace the only earlier African American Justice, Thurgood Marshall, by President George H. W. Bush, his appointment and career stand out as possibly the biggest blunder made by the 41st President.

Thomas has gained at least $4 million in “benefits” from conservative activists, most notably Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo, and has led the attack on the great advancements of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Court (1953-1969).

By all standards of behavior, Thomas should resign from the Court, and should be impeached, but of course, neither will happen, and his horrendous tenure on the Court as it moves far to the Right, undermines all respect for the Court as an institution.

Thomas, sadly, is on the path to the possibility of serving longer on the Court than anyone, if he stays a member for the next three years. If he does, he will surpass the 36 years of Associate Justice William O. Douglas (1939-1975). At this time, already, Thomas is the 10th longest serving member of the Court in its history.

Thomas’s impact on constitutional law is also the fact that many of his law clerks are now federal district court judges, so his right wing views will carry on beyond his own time on the Court.

And sadly, his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, was involved in promotion of the January 6 2021 US Capitol Insurrection, as indicated by research into the behind the scenes events of that tragic day.

Potential VP Picks For Trump Contrast With Kamala Harris

There has been relentless criticism over the years of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Critics have said she is not bright, that she laughs too much, and that she is difficult to work with.

What it comes down to, however, is that she is a mixed race woman of India and Jamaica ancestry.

Harris has had great experience as District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, California US Senator, and now the 49th Vice President.

If suddenly called upon to assume the Oval Office, she would be far better qualified by experience and accomplishments than many of her predecessors.

When one examines the potential VP choices of Donald Trump, none match her experience, intelligence, and concern for average Americans.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York is a lightweight sycophant, abandoning her once moderate views.

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott lost all respect when he said he “loved” Trump, while Florida Congressman Byron Donalds has made a fool of himself, in trying to justify “Jim Crow” racism. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is an embarrassment to be on the list at all.

Ohio Senator JD Vance, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton are among the worst MAGA Republicans in the Senate.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, mostly unknown nationally but very wealthy, is also on the list.

This list makes former Vice President Mike Pence look great, but unlike Pence, they are all willing to bend to every whim and fancy of Donald Trump.

More Corruption Scandals Under Donald Trump Than Any Other President!

It is, sadly, now clear, that when the entire history of the Donald Trump Presidency is written, that his administration will be seen as the most corrupt in American history.

Just the fact that Trump has been twice impeached, four times indicted, and so far, one time convicted of crimes, puts Trump in a special category.

But earlier Presidents also have had a tawdry reputation to different degrees, including:

Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877
Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
Richard Nixon 1969-1974
Ronald Reagan 1981-1989
George W. Bush 2001-2009

All of the above, along with Donald Trump, have been Republican Presidents!

But only Nixon comes across as personally involved in so many corrupt actions of this group, so was considered the “worst” President on corruption until Donald Trump came along.

Democratic Presidents, by comparison, have had minor, insigificant scandals, with the most prominent being the Monica Lewinsky scandal under Bill Clinton, but which was easily matched by Donald Trump with the Stormy Daniels and other scandals involving women.

And Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama had NO serious violations of the law in any way considered significant.

80th Anniversary Of D-Day Reminds Us Of The Constant Struggle To Maintain Democracy

Today is the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, arguably the most important day in modern world history for the survival and prosperity of democracy.

America and Europe were fighting the evil of German Nazism and Adolf Hitler, just as now America and Europe face the evil of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin in the third year of war in Ukraine.

And domestically, America is facing its greatest crisis in maintaining democracy at home, by the threat of Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans.

The Presidential Election Of 2024 is the most significant since the Presidential Election Of 1940, when Franklin D. Roosevelt faced a primarily isolationist Republican Party and its nominee, Wendell Willkie, who like Donald Trump, had zero government experience. However, Willkie was not as reckless and dangerous as Trump is, although most of the Republican Party was strongly unconcerned about the war in Europe and Asia.

D Day reminds us of the reality that democracy is never a given in any society, and that people need to be willing to sacrifice to insure its survival and sustaining nature.

Republicans In Congress Plan Wrecking Ball On Democrats, Presaging Civil War!

The Republican Party at large, in both the House of Representatives and Senate, are planning a “wrecking ball”, open revenge on Democrats, due to the felony conviction of Donald Trump.

The Republican Party is declaring war on civility, and advocating open insurrection against the Constitution, the judicial system, and the rule of law, and this is being led by Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and the multitude of MAGA Republicans.

In so doing, unstable American right wing extremists are being incited to rise up in rebellion, with the potential for mass bloodshed and violence throughout the nation.

The likelihood of a new wave of assassinations of public leaders, as occurred in the 1960s, but on a much greater scale, is becoming a reality, as we commemorate today the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, two months after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968.

This level of threat is a clarion call that could make for a level of violence reminiscent of the pre Civil War period in the 1850s.

This is no laughing matter, as the breakdown of law and order would also endanger America’s position in a world with major threats from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran.