Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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Trump’s Witness Tampering, Treason, Civil War According To United States Law

Image of Judge's Gavel and the text: "Grounds For Impeachment; Witness intimidation, tampering, treason and incitement according to U.S. law"

  By Lynda Bryant Work   Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. Laws regarding witness tampering also apply to proceedings before the U.S. Congress, executive departments, and administrative agencies. To be charged with witness tampering in the United States, the attempt to ALTER or PREVENT testimony is sufficient. There is no requirement that the intended obstruction of justice be completed. In situations where intimidation or retaliation against witnesses is likely (such as cases involving organized crime),…

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Gun Violence In America – The Show Must NOT Go On

Young woman kneeling at flowers left and mourning after El Paso shooting.

  by Jennifer Keller Puebla   We’ve had another mass shooting in America. And another. And another. We say “in America” even though that’s pretty much a given. We say it in order to imagine we aren’t the only ones. But we know we nearly are. We’re the only ones making gun violence normal. The only ones making it part of the routine to just get on with our lives when hundreds of others can’t. The dead, the injured, the mourning, and the traumatized will never return to the lives…

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America … No, I Won’t Love it Or Leave It

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                                                                                                                            Jennifer Keller Puebla   The whole “not my president” or “he’s still your president” argument is nothing new. It happens every time we have an election. Democrats say…

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The United States is Backsliding Towards Autocracy and Taking the World With Her

The United States ranks behind 51 of the 87 free nations of the world.

by Tony Wyman “Democracy in Retreat.” That was the headline for the annual assessment of global freedom completed recently by Freedom House, the independent watchdog group founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to expand freedom and democracy in countries around the world. The year 2018 marked the 13th consecutive decline in world freedom recorded by the group and included declines in the majority of nations the world depends upon for the defense of liberty.  The report blamed populism and nationalism as the major forces reducing freedom in…

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Trump’s Wall Emergency is Just Another Example of How He Uses the Powers of the Presidency to Protect Himself

by Tony Wyman Make no mistake about it, President Trump didn’t declare a national emergency to build a wall to protect you.  No, he declared a national emergency to build a wall to protect himself. If illegal border crossings of poor and desperate Latinos was really a national emergency, as President Trump claimed Friday before going off for a weekend of golf at taxpayers expense, he and the Republican-controlled Congress would have found $25 billion or more in 2016 to start throwing up barriers before the Democrats knew what hit…

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The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause – The Case Against Trump?

Night time photo of the Supreme Court building from the outside front looking up the steps leading to the entrance

by Paul Hamlin Emoluments, seems like a strange word in modern conversation and it is a confusing word when applied to modern politics.  This idea has come back to the forefront of the national political conversation, and as always there are several interpretations and several different solutions based primarily on what side of the political isle you find yourself on. If we try to take off our partisan hats and look at all sides of the emoluments clause and the constitution, what does that look like? Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox European…

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“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way

by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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Collusion – Where Is The Actual Crime?

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   Collusion. Collusion. Collusion. The collusion drama plot thickens. The tangled web between President Donald Trump and Russia continues to get darker and the Jerry Springer-like antics of the president on Twitter and misinformation cloud the issue. As most know, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, revealed that he, along with Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chairman for his 2016 presidential election campaign, met with a Russian government lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June of 2016. Prior to the meeting, a mutual…

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Up In Flames – The Impact Of Party Politics

by Paul Hamlin Our system is broken.  The way we do elections, our political party system and the expectations placed on our congress people is so flawed that we need to make considerations about, not just how we fix it, but who should be permitted to fix it. Congress has become a divisive and divided group of people with an eye on the next election and the other on harming their “enemy”.  Remember that elected officials are the employees of the people, not the other way around.  We do not…

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