Funding AOC’s Green New Deal

If AOC (Alexandria Ocasio Cortez) stays true to herself and avoids being corrupted by the terminal cancer that corporate Democrats and most if not every Republican represent (and I’m talking about “EVERY” registered Republican, not just the elected ones. I mean every brain dead, biased, racist GOP voter), then here is my suggestion for paying for AOC’s Green New Deal.

The United States must pass legislation that limits defense spending to twice what the European Union’s member nations spend on their defense. When Illegitimate Fake President Donald Trump blames NATO nations for not spending enough on defense, it is safe to say that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

“In 2016, the EU’s 28 Member States earmarked €200 billion of public expenditure for ‘defense’ (That is $226.738-Billion U.S. Dollars).” Most if not all of the EU also belongs to NATO.

That means the U.S. would only be allowed to spend $453.4 billion annually on defense and military spending instead of the $716 billion Donald Trump wants to spend on defense for 2019 while drastically cutting all domestic spending including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

My suggested restrictions on military spending would free up $263 billion annually to pay for AOC’s Green New Deal.  That is my answer to all the conservatives that keep asking how AOC plans to pay for the New Green Deal.

Why does the United States have to continue spending so much money on defense?

According to Defense News, “Worldwide military spending is estimated to have reached $1.7 trillion in 2017 … This is the highest level of military expenditure since the end of the Cold War.”

The U.S. spends 35-percent of the worldwide total and China is #2 with 13-percent. If my funding suggestion for AOC’s Green New Deal was implemented, the US would still be spending twice what China does and 9x what Russia spends.

Then there is this. Trump lies and brags that he has the support of the military. No, he doesn’t. He has the support of some of the military but not all of the military, not even the majority of the troops support DT.

Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows. Trump’s support in the military dropped from 46.1% in 2016 to 43.8% in 2018. At no point has Trump had a majority (more than 50 percent) of the active duty military supporting him.

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The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance or The Oath of Office

Would you believe me if I told you the Oath of Office came first and is more important than the Pledge of Allegiance?

No one should be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school, before a football game, or anywhere else. Instead, we should be reciting the Oath instead of the Pledge that says we must be loyal to a piece of rectangular cloth colored red, white, and blue that hangs from a pole.

The Oath of Office is the same oath every incoming president of the United States recites as they rest a hand on a Bible and are sworn in.

In fact, all officers of the seven uniformed services of the United States swear or affirm an oath of office upon commissioning. It differs slightly from that of the oath of enlistment that enlisted members recite when they enter the service. It is required by statute, the oath being prescribed by Section 3331, Title 5, United States Code. It is traditional for officers to recite the oath upon promotion but as long as the officer’s service is continuous this is not required.

The U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3 says, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The first Oath of Office was given to those serving in the Continental Army, beginning in 1775. A candidate had to not only name the 13 states, but also swear to keep them “free, independent and sovereign states and declare no allegiance to George the third, king of Great Britain” as well as “defend the United States against King George, his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents.”

Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister, and author wrote the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance in 1892 — 117 years after George Washington recited the first Oath of Office to become the first president of the United States.

In its original form the Pledge of Allegiance said:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. At this time it read: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy’s daughter objected to this alteration.

I prefer the Oath of Office instead of the Pledge of Allegiance.  When I recite the Oath, I think of it as a patriot’s true oath.

The president’s oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

History House.gov says, “The founders decided to require an oath for federal and state officials—absent a religious test—in the Constitution, but the specifics—such as the wording of the oath—were left to the First Congress (1789–1791). In its first act, Congress specified the wording: “I, A.B. do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.” This oath was used for all federal officials except the President, whose oath was prescribed specifically in the Constitution (Article II, section 1, clause 8). …

“The oath used today has not changed since 1966 and is prescribed in Title 5, Section 3331 of the United States Code. It reads: “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

The Patriot’s Oath should read: I, ­­­[first and last name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Not once does the Oath or the Pledge say we must be loyal to the President of the United States, and I know without a doubt that I will not be loyal to President Donald Trump under any circumstances, because I think Trump is a domestic enemy of the U.S. Constitution.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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The United States is a Constitutional Republic with Limited Democracy

People power in the United States is often hijacked by mobs both small and big, but we are often saved by the fact that the United States is a Constitutional Republic that allows adult citizens to register and vote for their state and federal representatives who, when elected, take an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against enemies both domestic and foreign.

The oath says: “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Oath of Office | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives


How many of those elected representatives allegedly lied when they took the oath, just like Donald Trump did when he became president of the United States?

In the United States, adult citizens that vote have little or no power beyond their individual vote, unless they have a lot of money to buy elected officials. And even then, millionaires and billionaires that buy the loyalty of elected officials through campaign donations often run into the U.S. Constitutional when what they want done turns out to be unconstitutional.

In fact, at the state level, when voters pass new legislation/laws through Ballot initiatives, the litmus test is if that initiative is constitutional. If the majority of voters approve an initiative and it is challenged in court and the case reaches the US Supreme Court, the US Supreme Court has a long history of ruling against Ballot initiatives that are judged unconstitutional.

The list of state laws held unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court is long.
State Laws Held Unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has also ruled against legislation passed by the U.S. Congress.
Acts of Congress Held Unconstitutional in Whole or in Part by the Supreme Court of the United States

No matter what elected state and federal representatives promise their supporters, if the promise is unconstitutional, then they are lying and also breaking the oath they took to support the U.S. Constitution.

The three branches of the federal government are supposed to lead the country guided by what the U.S. Constitution says, not what the majority of voters or a few millionaires and billionaires want them to do.  That explains why the Koch brothers, their allies, and ALEC want a Constitutional Convention so they can rewrite the Constitution to change the United States into what they and a few thousand very wealthy Americans want the country to be.

Just like Social Security and Medicare are not pure socialism, the United States is not a pure democracy ruled by the majority of its citizens. If the majority of voters ruled the country as a pure democracy, what they wanted could not be ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

There is a story that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

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The Kremlin’s Agent Orange Donald Trump wants to execute all drug dealers

Trump has already fired his first “PURGE” round. He wants to execute all the drug dealers in the U.S. (not mentioned is that fact that Mao did this to end drug use in China – under Mao, over a million alleged drug dealers were rounded up and executed without a trial in a 24 hour period. All alleged drug users, the clients of those alleged drug dealers, were sent to special camps to dry out knowing that if they didn’t, they would also be executed).

In the next video, does this mean that Trump would be willing to execute the Sackler family that has been linked to the opioid crises in the US?

Forbes estimates that the combined value of the drug operations, as well as accumulated dividends over the years, puts the Sackler family’s net worth at a conservative $14 billion.  Richard Sacker had donated money to a neoconservative think tank called the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

On October 30, 2017, The New Yorker published a multi-page exposé on Raymond Sackler, Purdue Pharma, and the Sackler family as a whole. The article linked Raymond and Arthur Sackler’s business acumen with the rise of direct pharmaceutical marketing and eventually to the rise of addiction to OxyContin in the United States. The article implied that Raymond Sackler bears some moral responsibility for the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Discover more about the Sackler family:

Does Donald Trump know anything about what the U.S. Constitution says about due process rights? The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states.

In other words, ending up on a list that alleges you are a drug dealer is not enough evidence to get you executed.

Due process means “fair treatment through the normal judicial system.”

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There is no oath of office to serve the people of the United States

If you are reading this and you think the United States is a democracy, and when we elect someone to a state legislature, a governor’s mansion, or to the US. Congress, they are there to serve the will of the people that elected them, you are wrong.

Did you notice that I left out the president of the United States in the lead paragraph?  There is a reason I left out the president because that office is not elected by the popular vote. The president is elected by the Electoral College.

In fact, in this century, two of three presidents were elected by the Electoral College when they lost the popular vote. President G. W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore in 2000 by 543,895 votes but Gore lost the Electoral College 266 to GWB’s 271. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won a popular vote margin over Donald Trump with a total of 65,788,583 to 62,955,363 respectively, a margin of approximately 2.8 million votes (although Trump won the presidency by securing 306 Electoral College votes, 36 more than he needed to claim victory).

Has the Republican Party learned how to manipulate the Electoral College to win the White House, and does that mean the election was rigged as Donald Trump repeatedly claimed?

No matter how one is elected, elected officials do not vow to serve the people, or their political party, or whoever donated the most money to their campaign. When elected, the winners take an oath of office to defend and serve the U.S. Constitution because that document was written to protect all the people even from themselves. The problem is that too many elected officials don’t serve or defend the U.S. Constitution.

If the actions of an elected representative or even an appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice or any judge reveals loyalty to their party, a billionaire, a corporation, the people that elected them, an ideology, and/or a religion, then they lied when they took their oath of office.

How did they lie? An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, _______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”  – Cornell Law School

The President’s oath of office is similar: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” – National Museum of American History

The evidence is overwhelming that Donald Trump, and most if not all of his cabinet, lied when they took their oath of office, and they have already broken the oath repeatedly branding them traitors and liable for impeachment. Many members of both Houses of Congress are also guilty of violating their oath of office, because their actions and their votes brand them as loyal to billionaires, corporations, the political party they belong to, a religion, or an ideology.

Politico.com reports, “From early in his campaign, critics have been consistently astonished by his (Donald Trump) seeming indifference to the Constitution, as he has launched attacks on the press, on mosques, and on other institutions explicitly protected by the Bill of Rights. Or consider Trump’s private meeting with Republican members of Congress, when the candidate expressed his admiration for Article 12 of the Constitution, apparently unaware that there are only seven Articles.”

A little quiz to see if you learned anything from this post:

When it comes to being an American, who or what should all U.S. citizens give their loyalty to first? There is only one correct answer, and it isn’t “All of the Above,” because that is not an option in this quiz.

  1. The President of the United States
  2. The United States Congress
  3. The U.S. Supreme Court
  4. The U.S. Constitution
  5. The American Flag
  6. Apple Pie
  7. Your mother
  8. The state where you were born or where you live
  9. The Bible
  10. A corporation
  11. A billionaire
  12. A religion
  13. The political party you belong to
  14. The ideology you believe in: democracy, libertarianism, socialism, communism, conservatism, liberalism, Trumpism, etc.

The one correct answer also explains why the Catholic, libertarian Koch brothers want to rewrite and revise the U.S. Constitution that will match their interests and beliefs. PR Watch reports, “Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution.”

Why is this dangerous?

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Latest Evidence Reveals Trump and Russia Work Together

Recent government leaks reveal that Russians hacked voting machines in some U.S. states to revise the results. If true, Trump could be America’s first illegal president, but will the Republican Party that holds majorities in both Houses of Congress allow an investigation to find out the actual facts and not the alternative facts? The Intercept reports, “RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.”

Donald Trump, the allegedly first illegal president of the United States, recently returned from the Middle East where he made a deal to sell more than $100-billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, a country that has been linked to financial support for Al Qaeda and ISIS. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists that took part in the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City that brought down the World Trade Center came from Saudi Arabia, a country that is not on Trump’s list to ban Muslim immigrants (Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia). People.com reports, “Of this list, zero fatal attacks were carried out by immigrants from the seven (the 7th country was Iraq but Trump later dropped it from the list) Muslim-majority countries targeted by the ban.”

Trump then flew to Europe where he alienated the European Union and NATO, America’s long-time and most trusted allies that are also all democracies.

It is obvious that the United States could not have a worse enemy than Donald Trump. Thanks to the Kremlin’s Agent Orange, that serial lying, fraud, and malignant narcissist in the White House, who Tweeted credit for the latest crisis, a country in the Middle East that hosts a large U.S. airbase with 10,000 American troops, the U.S. now stands on the brink of losing that base and possibly seeing a new war break out that will be fought between its own allies.

OZY News reports that “US Says Russian Hacking May Have Sparked Qatar Crisis”.

The FBI’s reportedly confirmed that a Qatari news site was hacked last month to plant a story falsely attributing inflammatory remarks to Qatar’s leader, prompting several other Gulf nations to sever diplomatic relations. Officials say Russian sources were behind the hack, attempting to destabilize the region.

While Foreign Policy Magazine (June 7, 2017) breaks this news: “Qatar fallout. Operations at the massive Al Udeid air base in Qatar, which houses over 10,000 U.S. military personnel, appear to be running as normal despite the harsh — and unexpected — economic blockade put in place this week by five other Gulf countries, and president Trump’s Tweeted approval of the move, in which he took credit for the action.

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Will “Isolating America” and “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp” End the U.S. Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency?

What would happen to the U.S. dollar if Trump and Bannon succeeded in “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp”?

Trump has never defined what he meant by “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp,” but his closest advisor Steven Bannon has. Bannon has said, “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

The Lenin that Bannon referred to was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, who was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

And in the United States, the state is defined by the U.S. Constitution. That document is the law that guides America. To destroy the state means the end of that Constitution.

As long as the U.S. dollar is viewed as a stable currency, it will remain as the world’s reserve currency but trust in the United States is being quickly eroded by mentally ill, twitter fingers Donald Trump with advice from his handler, Leninist (Communist) Steve Bannon. But if Trump, and Bannon, causes the world to lose trust in the United States and that reserve status is lost, the results would be a major currency devaluation and a drastic standard of living adjustment down.  That could well be a catastrophe for the United States and for the nations that hold their wealth in American dollars.

What is Trump doing to lose trust in the United States?

Roger-Mark De Souza, writing for the Wilson Center, says, “A lack of U.S. government support for the Paris climate agreement will mean that the United States will further isolate itself from international collaboration and cooperation on multiple fronts. It will affect U.S. security, the provision of jobs; U.S. business operations, and U.S. diplomatic efforts. The agreement, because it has a broad basis of support, will continue with or without the United States.”

What else has Trump done to destroy America’s relationship with its long-time allies and friends around the world? Watch the videos to discover answers to this question.

Oil Price.com reports The Clock is Ticking On The U.S. Dollar As World’s Reserve Currency. “Nobody plans to give way as keeper of the supreme currency, so there is no schedule to follow and no way to know when the torch will be passed from the dollar to the Yuan … history has shown that the shift comes suddenly, usually in the heat or aftermath of war. … It should be clear now that the reserve currency status is neither a birthright nor a privilege that stays forever in one place, which means it isn’t a question of if China will replace the U.S. as title holder but when. … What should no longer be unthinkable is that the clock is ticking on America’s status as the holder of the reserve currency.”

“The demise of the dollar will also bring radical changes to the American lifestyle,” Victoria Crowmberg says. “When this economic tsunami hits America, it will make the 2008 recession and its aftermath look like no more than a slight bump in the road. It will bring very undesirable changes to the American lifestyle through:

  1. Massive inflation,
  2. High interest rates on mortgages and cars,
  3. Substantial increases in the cost of food, clothing, and gasoline and
  4. A much harder time financing its debt.

Right now, there is a huge demand for U.S. dollars and for U.S. government debt since countries around the world have to keep huge reserves of U.S. currency lying around for the sake of international trade but what if … the appetite for U.S. dollars and U.S. debt dried up dramatically? That is something to think about.”

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