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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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 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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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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Thank President Trump and his Deplorable supporters for a future without Chocolate and Coffee

My January blues didn’t kick in until I read these stories.  All chocolate lovers and/or addicts take a long, deep calming breath before reading further … especially if you are young enough to be still around in thirty-two years.

The Mirror reports, “World could RUN OUT of chocolate by 2050 as cacao plants struggle to cope with effects of climate change.”

Sigh, and Business Insider says, “Most of the world’s best places for coffee will be gone by 2050” because of the climate change that isn’t happening according to U.S. President and Liar-in-Chief Donald Trump (who made 1,950 false or misleading claims over 347 days).

After all, Trump is the deplorable idiot that is convinced global warming and climate change is a hoax. Do you think he will be around in 2050?

Imagine a world without chocolate and coffee.

That’s just 32 years from now.

Wait, I don’t think I will be around in 2050. I’d have to be 104 to reach 2050. Maybe I won’t have to live without chocolate and coffee during my lifetime. but I think I should start stockpiling a supply now so it lasts to my last breath even after the shortages begin and the prices skyrocket until only billionaires — that are getting most of the tax cuts from Trump and the Republican Party — will be able afford the luxury of chocolate and coffee.

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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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Found on Quora: What’s the best Donald Trump joke you have heard?

I could not resist. I had to share these. I read them on Quora and roared with laughter. Because they also are so close to the truth, maybe I should have cried.

 

“Donald Trump and Barack Obama ended up at the same barber shop. As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were both afraid to start a conversation, for fear that it would turn nasty. As the barbers finished their shaves in silence, the one who had Trump in his chair reached for the aftershave. But Donald was quick to stop him, jokingly saying, “No thanks. My wife, Melania, will smell that and think I’ve been in a brothel.” The second barber turned to Barack and said, “How about you, Mr. Obama?” Barack replied, “Go right ahead, my wife Michelle doesn’t know what the inside of a brothel smells like.” – Jeff Kelley, Pint glass political philosopher

 

God asks Bush: “What do you believe in?”
Bush answers: “I believe in the free market, and the strong American nation!”
“Very well”, says God. “Come sit to my right.”

Next, God asks Obama: “What do you believe in?”
Obama answers: “I believe in the power of democracy, and equal rights for all.”
“Good”, says God. “You shall sit to my left.”

Finally, God asks Trump: “What do you believe in?”

Trump answers: “I believe you’re sitting in my chair.” – Brad Jensen

 

Trump and Hillary go into a bakery on the campaign trail. Hillary steals three pastries and puts them in her pocket.

Hillary: “See? No one noticed and I don’t even need to lie. That’s how I’ll win.”

Trump: “No, Crooked Hillary. I’ll show you an honest way.”

Donald goes to the baker: “Give me a pastry and I’ll show you a magic trick.”

The baker gives him a pastry. Trump eats it and asks for another one. The owner gives him another one. Then Donald asks for a third pastry and eats that, too.

The baker: “Where the magic trick?”

Trump: “Look in Hillary’s pockets.” – Oleg Atbashian

 

 

Be very Aware of ALEC’s Minions; Trumpist Lies and Propaganda

Freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke to an almost empty House of Representatives Wednesday in order to side with Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) to demand that Robert Mueller either resign or be fired. “We are at risk of a coup d’état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected President of the United States,” Gaetz said. “And I would offer, that is precisely what is happening right now with the indisputable conflicts of interest that are present with Mr. Mueller and others at the Department of Justice.”

Where is the lie in that quote from Gaetz?

Mr. Mueller must go in front of a Grand Jury that will examine the accusations against persons charged with crimes and if the evidence warrants it, the grand jury will make formal charges on which the accused persons are later tried in court.

A Grand Jury plays an important role in the criminal process, but not one that involves a finding of guilt or punishment of a party. Instead, a prosecutor will work with a Grand Jury to decide whether to bring criminal charges or an indictment against a potential defendant — usually reserved for serious felonies.

Gaetz alleged that Mr. Mueller is unaccountable and has no oversight. That was a lie because a Grand Jury is the oversight to decide if the alleged criminal goes to court where that alleged criminal will be judged by a jury of his or her peers that are guided by a judge and the U.S. Constitution.

That Grand Jury and the justice system is the oversight. Mr. Mueller must prove guilt with evidence.  All Gaetz has is the Alt-Right lying, conspiracy theory generating media machine to support his allegations against Mr. Mueller.

And who is Robert Mueller?

Mueller was accepted for officer training in the United States Marine Corps in 1968, attending training at Parris Island, Officer Candidate School, Army Ranger School, and Army jump school.

In July 1968, he was sent to South Vietnam where he served as a rifle platoon commander with Second Platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division; he eventually became aide-de-camp to 3rd Marine Division’s commanding general. In April 1969, he received an enemy gunshot wound in the thigh, recovered, and returned to lead his platoon until June 1969. For his service in and during the Vietnam War, his military decorations and awards include: the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

He was the second-longest FBI director in history, only behind iconic and controversial director J. Edgar Hoover. Congress passed legislation in 2011 to extend Mueller’s term from the usual 10 years, giving him a 12-year tenure. Mueller, 72, oversaw the FBI from September 4, 2001, just days before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, until September 4, 2013.

Mueller is widely seen as a nonpolitical, dogged investigator, respected on both sides of the aisle. The extension of his term passed the Senate 100-0, and he was also initially confirmed in 2001 unanimously, 98-0.

BDG Media reports, “As he (Muller) was considered for FBI director by the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported that he was a registered Republican. In the same report, though, it was noted that he is considered by most to be ‘apolitical,’ and that he had a history of pushing Democrats for temporary openings, even under a Republican president. … That could be why Democrats and Republicans have resoundingly supported his appointment as the special prosecutor.”

Who is Freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)?

He is an American attorney and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district since 2017. A Republican, he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 4th District, which includes most of Okaloosa County, from 2010 to 2016. Gaetz was born in Hollywood, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2003 and from The College of William and Mary in 2007 with a juris doctor.

In 2008, Gaetz was arrested for a DUI as he was driving back from the Swamp, a nightclub on Okaloosa Island, Florida, in a 2001 BMW SUV registered to his father. While he was arrested and refused to take a breathalyzer test, “he didn’t have his license suspended for a year when he refused the breath test — as Florida law dictates. And he didn’t have that refusal used against him in a criminal proceeding.” At the time of his arrest and consequent criminal proceedings, his father was serving as a local politician. The attorneys agreed to drop the case, despite the fact that the police reported that “Gaetz fumbled for his license and registration, his eyes were watery and bloodshot, and he swayed and staggered when he got out of the car,” and Gaetz cited the dropped charges as proof that he was innocent.

Matt Gaetz is also a Koch-Funded Congressman and he was behind the bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

Eco Watch reports, “The four GOP representatives have raked in campaign cash from some of the biggest corporations peddling fossil fuels, including Koch Industries, Duke Energy, Chevron and ExxonMobil. What’s more, an independent political spending group funded by an oil and gas company stepped in with ad buys to aid in Gaetz’s recent U.S. House race.”

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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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Fake President Donald Trump’s 32-Percent and His Love Affair with Putin

James Kirchick writing for Brookings asks How the GOP became the Party of Putin.

In his Op-Ed, Kirchick points out that 32-percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Putin, who was a career KGB officer that still hates America.

Kirchick says, “Russia has been targeting the American right since at least 2013, the year Putin enacted a law targeting pro-gay rights organizing and delivered a state-of-the-nation address extolling Russia’s ‘traditional values’ and assailing the West’s “genderless and infertile” liberalism. That same year, a Kremlin-connected think tank released a report entitled, ‘Putin: World Conservativism’s New Leader.’”

That 32-percent represents #FakePresident Trump’s rabid fan base. These are the Americans who would stick with him even if he appeared in San Francisco, or New York, or Los Angeles, or Seattle with an AK-47 and roughed up and/or slaughtered dozens. #FakePresident Trump would just say the people he shot deserved to die because they were immigrants, liberals, or gay.

The 32-percent (identified as Republicans) is also where #FakePresident Trump and the Alt-Right Republican Party will recruit their brutal police-state army. Then it will be open season on anyone the Trumpists don’t like or who dares to speak out against them.

Now, how about actual numbers, not a ratio or percentage.  How many people are in that 32-percent that not only love #FakePresident Donald Trump but also approve of Putin, who hates the United States.

About 139 million Americans, or 60.2 percent of the voting-eligible population, cast a ballot in November’s (2016) elections, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

“Overall, 48% of all registered voters identify as Democrats or lean Democratic compared with 44% who identify as Republican or lean toward the GOP.”

  • 48-percent of 139-million Americans that voted in 2016 = 66.72 million
  • 44-percent = 61.16 million
  • 32-percent of 61.16 million = 19.57 million.

Those almost 19.6 million Americans are #FakePresident Trump and Putin’s fan base.

According to the U.S. Census Population Clock, there are about 325.5 million people living in the United States.  That means #FakePresident Trump and Putin’s  supportive, rabid fans, the ones #FakePresident Trump and Putin pander to, represents 6-percent of the total population or about 7.8 percent of the adult population.

These are the Americans that will support an autocratic, totalitarian, racist, fascist, police state, and who are willing trash the U.S. Constitution so the rest of us lose our Constitutional protections and rights.

The 19.57-million people seduced by Putin are the Americans that will build the death camps and prisons for the rest of us. They are the extreme Alt-Right that will bow down to conservatism’s world leader, Putin, and his puppet, #FakePresident Trump.

This will only happen if we don’t stop them before it is too late.

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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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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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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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