Political gridlock: Based on the indignities from the people affected by the government shutdown you would think that gridlock just started. Far from the truth. We the people have allowed this for many generations; on all levels, local, state and nationally.

The lack of ethics has played a tremendous role in this mess. No backbone or sense of justice has been evident for a long time. Other families have suffered just as much as any now are suffering because of crooked elected officials. Maybe not the volume, but if you're the one who's affected it's huge.

Talking about change will not work anymore. Our fate will be determined by our sense of honor and integrity. Nothing else. Taking real action requires sacrifice. Prepare to reap the whirlwind.

Gaylon Ray

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John E Sr. Macrini

Spot on Gaylon ! " The lack of ethics has played a tremendous role in this mess. No backbone or sense of justice has been evident for a long time." Very evident in the period of 2008 to 2016. Not only elected officials but a plethora of appointments have completely ignored or circumvented Federal Law and have created disruptive situations to promote their own agendas, Global Liberalism and an increasing demise in the American Republic.

Dan Freeman

Why have you focused on 2008 to 2016? Without question all politicians tell lies or at least half truths. But Mr. Trump’s number of falsehoods is impressive. Politifact has made a reasonable effort to count them. For President Trump they have counted 219 in two years (https://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/?page=10). For President Obama they reported 71 in 8 years (https://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/statements/byruling/false/?page=4).

Ethics can be measured in indictments and criminal convictions. We have indictments: Obama 2 in 8 years vs Trump 37 so far. Convictions or guilty pleas: Obama 2, Trump 9 so far and more to come. Mr. Trump’s DoJ has failed to obtain a single indictment of previous administration officials after two years.

I think Mr. Macrini needs to look to our current leadership for the ethical failures which is marked by a “...plethora of appointments {that} have completely ignored or circumvented Federal Law and have created disruptive situations to promote their own agendas … and an increasing demise in the American Republic.”

Carlos Ponce

Politifact again???? Not trustworthy.
Obama 2 and more to come. Why not so many for Team Obama? COVERUP!
They plead the Schultz: "I know nothing, I see nothing, I hear nothing."
Count the number of time Secretary of State Hillary has used a similar reply in Whitewater, Travelgate, and her email investigation. We're talking about HUNDREDS! Either she is a liar or has a faulty memory. Neither look good on a Presidential résumé. "I do not remember, I do not recall......."

Jim Forsythe

First of the President's Men
Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, sentenced to three years in prison.
Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments to women alleging affairs with Mr. Trump. Cohen will serve his term concurrently with a two-month sentenced imposed for lying to Congress over a proposed Trump Tower Moscow project, a charge brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. The court is fining him $50,000 each for the separate cases.

One of the charges Cohen pleaded guilty to, lying to Congress about his dealings concerning a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. The other eight — involving tax evasion, lying to financial institutions and violating campaign finance laws by hiding payments to a porn star and a Playboy Playmate who claimed they had affairs with were Trump — were brought by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

Michael Cohen may have not taken a bullet for the president, but has decided instead to tell all.

Carlos Ponce

"In acknowledging the charges against him, Cohen said he was directed to violate campaign law at the direction of a candidate for federal office. At the same candidate’s direction, he said he paid $130,000 to somebody to keep them quiet, which was later repaid by the candidate."
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-21/michael-cohen-appears-in-court-over-hush-payments-plea-update
That does not violate campaign finance laws. Cohen may be a lawyer but either he is unfamiliar with campaign finance laws or he is incredibly stupid. The media portrays him as Trump's "fixer" but Trump does not. He was hired by Trump to deal with real estate legalities.
Paying someone to keep quiet is not uncommon nor does it imply a sexual tryst occurred.
In a MASH episode, a South Korean woman accused Radar of sexual misconduct and was demanding money. The MASH doctors took up a collection to pay her. Was Radar guilty? No.

Emile Pope

And now Roger Stone...tick...tick...tick...

Carlos Ponce

Roger Stone? [yawn][yawn][yawn]
Another process crime indictment with NOTHING to do with "Russian Collusion". Just another of Herr Mueller's thumbscrews.
"Ve vill make you talk!!!!!!"

Jim Forsythe

Roger charged with lying to Congress.
Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested Friday morning in the special counsel's Russia investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe.

Jim Forsythe

Jail time is jail time, lying is lying.
Cohen will serve his term concurrently with a two-month sentenced imposed for lying to Congress over a proposed Trump Tower Moscow project,
Also lying to financial institutions and violating campaign finance laws by hiding payments to a porn star and a Playboy Playmate

Jim Forsythe

Paul Manafort
He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in Washington in September and was convicted of eight financial crimes at a Virginia trial last year. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month in the Virginia case and faces years behind bars.
Attorneys with special counsel Robert Mueller's office say Manafort breached his plea deal by repeatedly making false statements after he began cooperating with them in September.

John E Sr. Macrini

Dan, I focused on the period of 2008 to 2016 because that spans the period of “Fast and Furious “ to the ore recent revelation of corruption in the FBI and DOJ. Inclusive is Brennan and Clapper lying under oath to Congress , Rice lying to Congress about Benghazi and unmasking operatives, Clinton denying the use of Blackberry and personal E-mail to conduct classified Government. communications and disperse to Uma Abedeen, Anthony Weiner et al. Said devices were bleach bit and / or destroyed. Bill Clinton’s tarmac meeting with Loretta Lynch . Comey’s wishy washy involvement letting all this stuff slide and usurping the power and duties of the Attorney General. The creation of the Russia Russia Russia hysteria from Glen Simpson, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Peter Strozk, Lisa Page Rod Rosenstein et al involvement in promotion of this fake dossier which was created by lying by omission to FISA judges to frame Donald Trump. When in fact , it was Hillary Clinton who was involved with Russia Uranium One as well as deliveryman Robert Mueller.
Now that Mueller’s in the catbird seat he can use his Crime Boss tactics to intimidated anyone who befriended Donald Trump, by Grand Jury indictment, rather than hard facts of dealings with Russia. In effect he is running interference into the discovery of anymore crimes committed by the previous administration and is stonewalling any action or discovery by past ( Sessions ) and Current DOJ The ridiculous crap that emanates from The Mainstream, Drive By and Fantasy Social media just increases the thirst for Kool Aid .and false allegations What is laughable is the Clinton Uranium caper and the Billion Dollar Obama Kerry gift to Iran is of little or no concern. While I realize that you would probably like to gloss over all of this , I feel that things like this will help the left wing of the Democrat party achieve their goal of Socialism. I look at our past and current Democrat leadership in Washington.for their ethical failures in the promotion of NYC and Califorinia lackadasia for the rest of the country which is sandwiched in between. Mister Macrini is currently looking into the circumvention of the enforcement of Federal Law regarding illegal immigration by failure to secure our southern border from the stonewalling of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Thousands of previously convicted criminals ,drug dealers, sex-traffickers ,human traffickers continue to re-enter this country as well as illegal immigants from a myriad of European, Mid East and Asian countries by the NEGLECT and REFUSAL to properly fund ICE, U.S. Customs and Immigration, U.S. Border. Patrol and the items that these experts need to effectively perform their jobs. As log as Mueller names anyone as an interest in his folly and neglects the one who have already been shown to be guilty of crimes they have committed ( the ones who are funding him ) they will be exempt from any serious action from the current DOJ. Gridlock

Carlos Ponce

BORING! Post when you have SOMETHING of value, Jim. Nothing here on Russian Collusion. They call it "nit picking".

Jim Forsythe

Another one of the Presidents men. Lying, lying, lying.
Flynn's sentencing for lying to investigators was scheduled for December 2018, but when Flynn appeared before the judge, he asked to delay receiving his sentence in the hopes of helping prosecutors more with other criminal investigations, including possibly testifying at Kian's trial.

Jim Forsythe

Rick Gates anther of the Presidents men. Lying.
Rick Gates, a former deputy campaign chairman for Trump, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

Carlos Ponce

I see Jim Forsythe is nit picking again.
Rick Gates: 16 counts related to false individual income tax returns, seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy, and four counts of bank fraud. Again nothing to do with Trump or the campaign.
Conspiracy against the United States - "Gates knowingly lied when he told the special counsel that Manafort, after a March 2013 meeting with a lobbyist and a member of Congress, had said that Ukraine had not been mentioned in the meeting."
Anything to do with Trump or the campaign?????? No.
Trump selected Paul Manafort. Paul Manafort selected his friend Rick Gates. He was removed from the organization after his involvement with Manafort's overseas ventures was exposed.
Nit picking Jim.

George Croix

Still, through all the sand sifting of THIS Admin., not a ‘smidgen’ of collusion with the ‘Russians’ turned up. Nothing but ‘crimes’ that anybody else in govt. routinely get a pass for. Lying to the FBI and Congress was all the rage of the ‘new normal’. NOW, though, the FBI/DOJ pulls early morning RAIDS and arrests on people who would at any other time be told to turn themselves in. A farce. Total coverup shame to protect the FBI/DOJ from the consequences of their own malfeasance during the last Admin. and last election.
Counting ‘lies’ as proof of collusion must mean that the last election loser colluded over 30,000 times.
Just another smokescreen by people who know better but no they can say whatever they want and get the unfixables to believe it. The ‘resistance’ in all it’s glory.....
Commit thousands offedral felonies, run for the Presidency, lose....get out of jail free.
Can’t fix that...

Emile Pope

It was when you were using it...

George Croix

Don’t fib again Pope. I didn’t count the number of baracks lies, just reminded you of the really prominent ones. Which of course were ‘garbage’, and the video of him doing so ‘faked’. 😀🤔🤷🏼‍♂️🐖
I don’t care if you like the messenger or not, the messages are only arguable to someone like...well...you....🐎

Mike Zeller

[beam] [beam] [thumbup] "The Art of the Deal" [thumbup] [beam] [beam]

Carlos Ponce

Strange, Mike is promoting Trump's book.

Gaylon Ray

Fast and furious, Iran uranium deal, promoting racial tension, usurping God’s laws, lying under oath, a string of murder victims, paralyzed economy, White water drug deals, and this only the stuff about the Democrats that is clean enough to put in print. By the way several of your democrat leaders were spotted with ElChapo during his reign, Pelosi and Beto to name two. None of the ruling parties are faultless but the trail of blood is on the Democrats. Carry on Gaylon Ray

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