By Patrick Donovan – Author/Screenwriter
US Navy Disabled Veteran – 1980 – 1991
Seattle, WA (The Hollywood Times) 11/3/2019
“I am so appalled by what’s happening today that I felt I needed to write this article. It is important to know that the Republican Party sold its soul to the Germans (Nazi’s) in 1940 when Germany meddled in the re-election of Franklin Roosevelt!”
– Patrick Donovan
Over the past 59 years of my life, I have lived through many presidencies. I was born under the election of JFK and here I am about to go through the third Impeachment of a President in my lifetime. Donald J. Trump.
How did we get here and is America’s constitution strong enough to prove itself worthy?
Let me answer the second question first: Yes, I believe America has undergone many changed in its young life and the Republic shall stand firm. The Constitution of the United States is our guiding principles and they shall not be put asunder. Now, as far as the first question, How did we get here? Well, that’s a long story in and of itself.
Let’s examine what we were, where we are and what we will become.
Where we were:
- We had just come out of 8 years of a scandal free presidency with Barack Obama, the first elected black man.
- He was a man with little experience and a ton of hope and change.
- He fixed problems that he inherited and long story short, he was well liked among the ranks of most Americans. Well liked? No, loved and sorely missed today.
- Although he had his faults, Barack Obama helped the country in many ways.
Where we are:
Donald J Trump was elected as a man with NO EXPERIENCE, LITTLE DESIRE TO HELP AMERICA, NO HOPE FOR THE COUNTRY WHATSOEVER and with only a desire to HELP ENRICH HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY! PERIOD. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt shall we?
- He’s embroiled in a presidency with Over 100 Charges, 34 People and 3 Companies indicted, arrested, investigated, under investigation, in jail, going to jail or soon to be indicted. The Investigations Surrounding Trump are numerous broad and wide.
- As of today, Donald J Trump has told well over 12,000 lies and counting
- 85 rules protecting the environment have been removed
- Told us Mexico would pay for a wall which, as of this writing, no check has nor shall ever been written by Mexico for a big beautiful wall with a golden door and a large “D” on it. Not happenin’
- Gutting Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act)
- Tax cuts for the middle class (the WEALTHY) I mean, sorry.
- Has not done a single thing to rebuild the failing infrastructure of the country: Roads, Bridges, Electrical grid, high-speed rail, etc…
- Promised to bring back jobs for the coal industry, which by the way, is a dying breed with the bankruptcy filing by Murray Energy a major coal producer today.
- Promised to DRAIN THE SWAMP when in fact, the SWAMP was enlarged to the size of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans instead
- Is a racist, narcissist, sociopath, dictator: authoritarian wannabee, who’s enriching himself and his family to the tune of over $33.8 million in 2016 to $60.5 million in 2017 for his Trump Hotel.
- Makes money at various Trump properties banked at least $720,000 from Trump’s own campaign events.
- After Trump was elected, Mar-a-Lago doubled member fees to $200,000 before taxes.
- Secret Service golf-cart rentals alone cost taxpayers $137,000 in nine months. The payments go to Trump’s business.
- The Republican National Committee (RNC) spent over $300,000 at Trump properties in 2016 and 2017.
- Disclosures reveal 2017 real estate income at $168.5 million, the highest amount recorded of any listed year.
- The Trump Organization opened an online store in November 2017.
- Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s party tickets jumped to as much as $750 per person in 2017.
- If you’d like more information on Trump’s profiting, check out this: https://www.opensecrets.org/trump/trump-properties
- and the list goes on…
What is going on here? Last week a decorated AMERICAN, Col Alexander Semyon Vindman (né Aleksandr Semenovich Vindman) and his identical twin brother Yevgeny were born to a Jewish family in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union. After the death of their mother, the three-year-old twins and their older brother Leonid were brought to New York in December 1979 by their father, Semyon (Simon). They grew up in Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa” neighborhood. A photograph of the twins with their maternal grandmother briefly appears in the Ken Burns documentary The Statue of Liberty. Vindman speaks fluent Russian and Ukrainian. (Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Vindman)
Colonel Vindman was SLANDERED by Fox News by questioning his patriotism. The reason why Colonel Vindman was so concerned about Ukraine getting United States aid, approved by Congress, was not because of his heritage, but because this was US Policy. And now they are attacking a member of the military a huge chunk of the country is getting it. They feed that audience rage, hate, and racism.
Roger Ailes was a Nixon aide and created Fox News in 1996 and he created it to make sure Watergate never happens again. Donald Trump knows that and profits from it. Since 1994, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has conducted auctions of licenses for electromagnetic spectrum. These auctions are open to any eligible company or individual that submits an application and upfront payment, and is found to be a qualified bidder by the Commission. (taken from: https://www.fcc.gov/auctions).
Senator Mitt Romney (R) of Utah said, about Colonel Vindman that this is “It’s absurd, disgusting, and way off the mark. This is a decorated American soldier and he should be given the respect that his service to our country demands,” Romney told reporters when asked about criticism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official.
Cheney said at a House GOP leadership weekly news conference. “I also want to say a word about something else that’s been going on over the course of the last several hours and last night, which I think is also shameful, and that is questioning the patriotism, questioning the dedication to country of people like Mr. Vindman, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who will be coming today, and others who have testified.”
He and Liz Cheney (R), Wyoming, are the ONLY two Republicans that are saying this. When members of the military are being treated like instruments of hate, not just the people are watching but the military is watching and the ONLY reason is to sew descent and maintain the non-partisan aspect of the military. This country NEEDS to be that beacon of hope around the world like we used to be and Donald J. Trump is destroyed that.
I was there at the FCC in 1996 working at the FCC on 21st and M Streets NW in DC for Dyncorps. Roger Ailes applied for the Auction License to broadcast as Fox News. I worked there as an IT Developer and I’ve said this dozens of times pushing back on the Trumpers that LOVE what he does and fail to see what he’s doing this this country.
NOTE: “Fox News” is a brand name, just like “we report; you decide” is a slogan they have used. They are “Fox News” because they say so; that is the name they decided to call themselves when they debuted in 1996, and it’s still their name today. (We can debate whether they do enough news, or whether they do news at all, but they have every right to select a brand and then use it.)
While Fox News is best known for their commentators, they do have some actual news reporters (like Bret Baier, Shep Smith, and Chris Wallace). But as I have noted elsewhere, the main purpose of Fox News is to be the media voice of the Republican Party. However, the Republican Party does not own the network; Rupert Murdoch and his family own and operate it, and as private owners, they have every right to choose a format, choose a political stance, and broadcast those views. The first amendment says they can do it, since we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The FCC does not supervise a network’s content, nor does the FCC have a say over a network’s (or individual station’s) brand.
Personally, I am disgusted with this and feel that the Republican Party, of which I was a member when I graduated from High School in 1978, has lost its way. The Republican party of Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan is gone, warped, twisted and distorted into a glob of toxic waste, goo and something that what we knew is no longer something we loved and supported.
For the Republicans, they are claiming that they have not been party to the closed hearings and claim that this is a Soviet style scam, as well as a bunch of other colorful metaphors. That is sorely not true: 47 Republicans were part of the closed hearings where most of them checked out and never showed. Trey Gowdy said of, “…you can’t pick and choose which aspects of due process you’re going to use. It’s not just the privacy, I mean the reason we respect executive branch investigations isn’t because they’re behind closed doors, it’s because there are no leaks.” @TGowdySC says he still believes in the role of private testimony “100%” amid GOP outrage over Democrats’ closed-door hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry. This is from the former head of the same committee that Adam Schiff is now in charge of: https://www.newsweek.com/trey-gowdy-supports-house-democrats-private-impeachment-hearings-closed-door-testimony-1468022
What is sad, is that the Republicans took money from the Germans in 1940 and “they” meddled in the election of Roosevelt. YES, they most certainly did! You see, the British wanted Roosevelt to win re-election but they were smart and elected to stay out of American politics.
NOTE: Some of the following were taken directly from the NY Times article from, How Nazis Tried to Steer U.S. Politics – David Stout, July 23, 1997 – https://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/23/us/how-nazis-tried-to-steer-us-politics.html. They will be noted in quotes:
Let’s get started shall we?
“One day in June 1940, with much of Europe under the Nazi boot and Britain ready to fight to the death, a German diplomat in Washington wired Berlin on how to keep the United States out of the war by giving money to American politicians.”
This terrifies me as Trump, today, is baiting the weak Republicans with money “IF” they support him in the impeachment hearing (Senators and the House). It’s all about money, people.
“The timing was both auspicious and delicate for Germany, Hans Thomsen, the charge d’affaires at the German Embassy here, argued in his June 12 message to the Foreign Ministry. True, German troops seemed invincible, but their victories were stirring ”intervention hysteria” in the United States.”
And there’s more that seems as history is repeating itself.
“So, Mr. Thomsen said, ”a well-camouflaged lightning propaganda campaign might well prove useful” at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia two weeks later. He asked Berlin for $3,000 to help a Republican Congressman take about 50 isolationist members of his party to Philadelphia to push for an antiwar platform.”
This is very disturbing as it seems that money is the root of all evil and how to get the weak, yellow-bellied Republicans to cave. MONEY.
“What is more, Mr. Thomsen said, the Congressman, who was never named, was forming a committee that would publish full-page newspaper advertisements during the convention bearing the message ”Keep America Out of War.” The advertisements would cost $60,000 to $80,000, Mr. Thomsen said. (That would be hundreds of thousands of dollars in today’s money.)”
Re-read that last first sentence above: What is more, Mr. Thomsen said, the Congressman, who was never named, was forming a committee that would publish full-page newspaper advertisements during the convention bearing the message ”Keep America Out of War.”
The Republican Party is willing to sell it’s soul to MONEY as it’s better to hide, collude and conspire to commit crimes than to be loyal to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! They took an oath and they DEFIED that OATH, the sacred oath just like the one that I took when I joined the military which states:
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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So, help me God
But let’s continue to examine that what happened in 1940, is happening today. This next excerpt is very damning and extremely disturbing. (remember, David Stout is speaking in 1997 about 1940).
“With Washington today caught up in Senate hearings into possible efforts by China to buy influence in American political affairs, Mr. Thomsen’s words from long ago are haunting. They tell of an elaborate scheme to interfere in the American political system.
”It was at the time the most extensive foreign intervention — direct intervention — ever into an American election campaign,” said Gerhard L. Weinberg, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina who fled Germany with his family just before World War II. Professor Weinberg has written extensively about the war and is one of the few who have studied Mr. Thomsen’s dispatches.”
Did you read that? Are you seeing what happened in 1940 that Professor Gerhard L Weinberg wrote? This is what is and continues to happen in our elections today! And yet, the credibility of the American patriots that have come forward in the Mueller Investigation and now in the Impeachment Inquiry are being questions, discredited and smeared because they are telling the truth and refuse to swear allegiance to Donald J Trump and honor their sacred oath.
But wait, there’s MORE!
“Laws were different then, and American politicians who accepted foreign money would not necessarily have committed a crime. But the stakes for the country, and the world, could hardly have been higher.”
And here’s the piece de resistance…
“Realizing that he was asking for a lot of money in that June 12, 1940, communique, Mr. Thomsen assured his Foreign Ministry that half the money the Congressman needed for the newspaper advertisements ”will, in all probability, be borne by his Republican friends.””
Now, you can see with this last statement that the Republicans have a history of being influenced, conning the American people, lying and doing not for the Constitution of the America, but the by selling their souls and heart for their pockets. We need to vote with the heart and soul of, for and by the people for if we do not and Donald J. Trump gets re-elected, then the 243 year experiment we call a Democracy, will have failed.