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By REX HUPPKE
CHICAGO TRIBUNE |
OCT 05, 2020 AT 11:55 AM

As President Donald Trump continues to battle COVID-19, a number of questions have come up about the accuracy of health updates coming from his medical team and the decision to allow him to take a Sunday SUV ride to wave at supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center.

As a self-appointed member of President Trump’s nationwide team of citizen-physicians, I want to assure Americans the president is doing unbelievably fantastic and everything you’re hearing about him is accurate.

First, let me share my credentials. I am an almost-graduate of the Central Florida Institute of Therapeutic Clown Medicine and Exotic Dancing and a member in good standing of the Coalition of Ombudsmen Validating Information about Donald, or COVID.

On Sunday, Trump briefly left the hospital with a Secret Service detail in an SUV with windows closed. The president’s motorcade drove past supporters lining the road outside the hospital. He waved and then returned to the hospital.

I want to assure everyone that the excursion was both sensible and medically necessary.

Some so-called medical professionals disagree, including Dr. James Phillips, a doctor affiliated with Walter Reed. He tweeted: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

Fact check: FALSE! The last thing patriotic Americans and their president need is Dr. Donnie Downer claiming a COVID Car Ride is a bad idea.

I promise you, one of the leading treatments for COVID-19 is a quick outing or, if feasible, a short boat parade. It allows the infected person to “share the viral load” with healthier, more expendable people, and it also gives the ego a chance to reinflate.

Furthermore, by leaving the hospital for a joyride while suffering from a wildly contagious disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and decimated the economy, President Trump modeled sensible behavior that encourages others to put their emotional needs first while ignoring the health of others. Isn’t that what America is all about?

Another area of complaint involves the information White House officials and Trump’s medical team are sharing with the public.

For example, there was confusion Saturday about when exactly the president tested positive for the virus and whether he was given supplemental oxygen.

Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, explained Sunday that he had intentionally delivered vague answers about the health of the leader of the free world because: “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction.”

Based on my expansive knowledge of medicine (and exotic dancing), I can tell you Conley made the right move. Positive thinking and dishonesty are two of the best ways to defeat a virus, along with gargling bleach, telling other people to take hydroxychloroquine and sticking a week-old russet potato in your ear.

To save Conley and other physicians on Trump’s team from having to waste time updating the stupid media, I offer this summary of President Trump’s medical condition, which will stand until he is fully recovered and back in the White House making American great again:

Glorious God-King Trump continues to exhibit heroic manliness and tonight did many thousands of pushups before donating testosterone to lesser men.

He continues to be the best COVID-19 patient in the world, with many saying he is handling the virus far better than anyone they have ever seen, including former President Barack Obama. (The fact that Obama has never tested positive for the coronavirus is just another sign of his weakness.)

President Trump has had no trouble breathing, and in fact is breathing so well he has been teaching other patients at Walter Reed to breathe better. Many have applauded the president for his generosity and kindness and excellence in teaching breathing. He also has a beautiful singing voice, tremendous strength and weighs 180 pounds.

Since being admitted to the hospital, the president has thrice leapt from his bed shouting, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds!” This is a common part of the COVID-19 recovery.

While the president’s remarkably strong immune system could defeat the virus on its own — and the virus would consider it an honor to be felled by white blood cells of such vitality — doctors are giving President Trump an antibody cocktail made by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron along with remdesivir and dexamethasone. They have also offered a blót, or blood sacrifice, to Magni, the Norse god of strength, but that’s purely a precaution.

He recited the following and asked it be relayed to the American people: “The past and present wilt — I have fill’d them, emptied them. And proceed to fill my next fold of the future. I AM LARGE, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES!”

Also, on Monday morning, the president’s head briefly separated from his body, an expected side effect seen only in the strongest and most handsome of patients.

Is it possible the man in charge of America’s nuclear codes is on oxygen, taking drugs that can affect his mood and judgment and cause hallucinations, or recklessly endangering the lives of Secret Service agents so he can wave at strangers? Well, medically speaking, anything’s possible. But is that really information you want to know? Of course not.

That’s why it’s crucial you rely only on White House officials and the president’s therapeutically fibbing doctor, whose words sound reassuring as long as you don’t think about them too hard.

As a medical (and exotic dancing) expert, I can tell you thinking is VERY unhealthy.

Especially when it involves this administration.

rhuppke@chicagotribune.com

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Could this be a political tactic to suppress the vote? It seems that we must suppose that we are dealing with criminals in suits whose sole objective is to “Bernie Madoff” us, so they can stay in power. WE already know TOTUS is not wealthy but billions in debt to someone. The miscreant Congressional leader(just another hooker) is in bed with who knows who. The vote is our power to correct this debauchery. MA

Ken Alltucker

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David Rohlfing, a Queens resident and high school English teacher, attended outdoor picnics, an outdoor bar and a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this summer. Though he did not feel sick, he wanted to get tested for COVID-19 before visiting his sister in Connecticut.

On July 6, he was tested at a New York City-run site and was told results could take a week. He checked a patient testing portal every day. On July 23 – 17 days after he took the test – he learned he did not have the disease. 

Now Rohlfing wonders whether there will be enough testing when he returns to the classroom in September. He wants a guarantee he can take a test with quick results if he interacts with an infected student or staffer. If there is no such assurance, and testing has not improved, he might not go back to class.

“I’m not going to do it,” he said. “I will join any effort to not open the schools if that part of the piece is not in place.”

The slow turnaround time for patients like Rohlfing could harm efforts to curtail outbreaks. Professional athletes and private businesses that purchase lab testing can get access to quick tests. Teachers, students and others who rely on traditional retail clinics or doctors’ offices, however, might wait days for results.

Federal officials and private labs acknowledge they must prioritize the nation’s limited supply of coronavirus tests for hospitalized patients, health care workers and other high-risk individuals. But many Americans worried about contracting the sometimes deadly virus often must wait in long lines and several days for results. 

Without a national plan on how to best allocate hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests each day, there simply is not enough capacity now to screen Americans who might unwittingly pass the virus to others.

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And some warn the problem will be further strained when universities and K-12 schools resume classes, more companies bring employees back to the workplace and influenza testing spikes this winter.

Dr. Howard Koh, a professor at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and former Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary during the Obama administration, said the testing shortage has created a pattern of unequal access.

“Some privileged parts of our country are getting daily access and others have no access at all,” Koh said. “We’re never going to solve this pandemic until we give everybody access, particularly high-risk groups. That’s the public health principle we always try to follow.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said testing delays are “totally unacceptable” and need to be fixed.

Speaking at a forum hosted Wednesday by the Harvard public health school , Fauci said in some communities “the gap between the time you get the test and the time you get the result, in some respects, obviates the reason why you did the test … We’ve got to correct that.”


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A STATEMENT BY FORMER REPUBLICAN NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS

The statement below was issued by over 70 former senior Republican national security officials on August 20, 2020, and 60 additional senior officials have now signed on, including many who served in the Trump Administration.  Since its release, Donald Trump has continued to demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as president, reportedly calling Americans who served in our armed forces “losers” and “suckers,” admitting that he deliberately downplayed the threat from the coronavirus, and, alarmingly, now refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

We are former national security officials who served during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump, or as Republican Members of Congress. We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump. Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President.

For the following reasons, we have concluded that Donald Trump has failed our country and that Vice President Joe Biden should be elected the next President of the United States.

  1. Donald Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader. Trump has disgraced America’s global reputation and undermined our nation’s moral and diplomatic influence. He has called NATO “obsolete,” branded Europe a “foe,” mocked the leaders of America’s closest friends, and threatened to terminate longstanding US alliances. Other global leaders, friends and foes alike, view him as unreliable, unstable, and unworthy of respect.
  2. Donald Trump has shown that he is unfit to lead during a national crisis. Instead of rallying the American people and the world to confront the coronavirus, Trump has spent the past half year spreading misinformation, undermining public health experts, attacking state and local officials, and wallowing in self-pity. He has demonstrated far greater concern about the fate of his reelection than the health of the American people.
  3. Donald Trump has solicited foreign influence and undermined confidence in our presidential elections. Trump publicly asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to assist his 2016 campaign, called on Chinese president Xi Jinping to “start an investigation” into his current political opponent, and pressured the president of Ukraine to act against his opponent. Citing exaggerated claims of voter fraud, he has challenged the integrity of this year’s election, even suggesting that it be postponed.
  4. Donald Trump has aligned himself with dictators and failed to stand up for American values. Trump has regularly praised the actions of dictators and human rights abusers. He proclaimed his “love” and “great respect” for North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, endorsed “brilliant leader” Xi Jinping’s move to serve as China’s president for life, repeatedly sided with Vladimir Putin against our own intelligence community, and pronounced himself a “big fan” of Turkish president Recep Erdogan despite his crackdown on democracy.
  5. Donald Trump has disparaged our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats. Trump has attacked Gold Star families, scoffed at American prisoners of war, interfered in the military justice system, and embroiled our military in domestic politics. He has ridiculed US intelligence agencies and falsely branded our nation’s diplomats as the “deep state.”
  6. Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law. Trump has compromised the independence of the Department of Justice, repeatedly attacked federal judges, and punished government officials who have sought to uphold the law. To protect himself from accountability, he has fired officials who launched investigations or testified against him, threatened whistleblowers, dangled pardons as incentives to stay silent, and blocked prison time for a political crony convicted of lying on his behalf. He has impugned journalists investigating his misconduct and has repeatedly denounced the press as the “enemy of the people.”
  7. Donald Trump has dishonored the office of the presidency. Trump engages in childish name-calling, mocks the disabled, belittles women, persistently lies, peddles baseless conspiracy theories, and continually embarrasses Americans in the eyes of the world.
  8. Donald Trump has divided our nation and preached a dark and pessimistic view of America. Trump consistently seeks to incite political, racial, and ethnic divisions, weakening our nation and delighting our adversaries. In contrast to Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill,” Trump speaks of “American carnage,” pits Americans against each other, and stokes fears that “angry mobs” and “anarchists” are destroying our country.
  9. Donald Trump has attacked and vilified immigrants to our country. Trump routinely denigrates immigrants and inflames prejudices as he seeks support for his reelection. Despite America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants, he has demonized Americans who come from other countries, even telling members of Congress whose families immigrated to the United States to “go back” to the “crime-infested places” from which they came.
  10. Donald Trump has imperiled America’s security by mismanaging his national security team. Trump has dismissed or replaced — often by tweet — the secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI, three National Security Advisors, and other senior officials in critical national security positions, many because they refused to cover for his misdeeds or demonstrate sufficient personal loyalty.

While we – like all Americans – had hoped that Donald Trump would govern wisely, he has disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.

In contrast, we believe Joe Biden has the character, experience, and temperament to lead this nation. We believe he will restore the dignity of the presidency, bring Americans together, reassert America’s role as a global leader, and inspire our nation to live up to its ideals.

While some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later. For now, it is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions and reinstate the moral foundations of our democracy.

To that end, we are firmly convinced that it is in the best interest of our nation that Vice President Joe Biden be elected as the next President of the United States, and we will vote for him.


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  • Kenneth AdelmanFmr Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Amb. Peter AllgeierFmr Deputy US Trade Representative
  • Mary Catherine AndrewsFmr Special Asst to the President
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  • Olivia TroyeFmr Special Advisor to the Vice President
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  • David WallerFmr Asst Secretary of Energy
  • Thomas WardFmr Director of Threats, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
  • Sen. John WarnerFmr US Senator
  • Matthew WaxmanFmr Prin Dep Director, State Dept Policy Planning
  • William WebsterFmr Director of the CIA and FBI
  • Wendell Willkie IIFmr General Counsel, Dept of Commerce
  • John WoodworthFmr Dep Asst Secretary of Defense
  • John WolfFmr Asst Secretary of State
  • Dov ZakheimFmr Under Secretary of Defense
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The “sudden” onset of Covid (which is a hoax) on TOTUS is again another part of the con game perpetrated on the voters. This administration is on par with a game of “Liars Poker” with the stakes being the health of the voters and the country. There are too many voters who are caught up in the entertainment of this administration while the miscreants in Congress continue to make deals that benefit themselves and their large money donors. The current National leader(?) is self absorbed and ignorant of the duties of the job but continues to bash real information that allows a leader to really lead instead of following flawed or misguided actions. This not a Drill! This the real world where people die based on the actions of their leaders. One can easily espouse ideas and promises but the follow through is more important than the words. This statement by Noted Conservative columnist George Will sums up this administration and it’s titular head: “Presidential Mortification”. The real story here is 3 years of “faking it until you make it” while the country’s voters are at risk economically and in their health. We cannot afford another 4 years of the same at 1600 Fraud avenue or in the Miscreant Congress.

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Trump Didn’t Disclose First Positive Covid-19 Test While Awaiting a Second Test on Thursday

An example of Presidential Mortification-no regard for anyone other than himself. MA

Michael C. Bender, Rebecca Ballhaus  11 hrs ago

WASHINGTON—President Trump didn’t disclose a positive result from a rapid test for Covid-19 on Thursday while awaiting the findings from a more thorough coronavirus screening, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Trump received a positive result on Thursday evening before making an appearance on Fox News in which he didn’t reveal those results. Instead, he confirmed earlier reports that one of his top aides had tested positive for coronavirus and mentioned the second test he had taken that night for which he was awaiting results.

“I’ll get my test back either tonight or tomorrow morning,” Mr. Trump said during the interview. At 1 a.m. on Friday, the president tweeted that he indeed had tested positive.

Under White House protocols, the more reliable test that screens a specimen from deeper in the nasal passage is administered only after a rapid test shows a positive reading. Based on people familiar with the matter, the president’s tests followed that protocol.

As the virus spread among the people closest to him, Mr. Trump also asked one adviser not to disclose results of their own positive test. “Don’t tell anyone,” Mr. Trump said, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

Mr. Trump and his top advisers also aimed to keep such a close hold on the early positive results that his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, didn’t know that Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest White House aides, had tested positive on Thursday morning until news reports later that evening, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Trump campaign said Friday evening that Mr. Stepien had tested positive.

The initial secrecy within Mr. Trump’s inner circle has created a sense of anxiety within the West Wing. Publicly, the White House has issued evolving and contradictory statements about the president’s health that has some officials worried about their own credibility.

“I’m glued to Twitter and TV because I have no official communication from anyone in the West Wing,” an administration official said.

The White House didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

The lack of clear communication about who was getting the virus has extended to reports on the president’s status as he undergoes treatment.

At a press briefing Saturday, the president, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday, watched as the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, told reporters that his symptoms were improving. Minutes later, Mr. Trump grew alarmed when another person familiar with the situation warned reporters that Mr. Trump’s recent condition had been concerning. An angry president quickly dialed an adviser from his hospital room.

“Who the f— said that?” Mr. Trump demanded, according to a person familiar with the call. The Associated Press later identified the person as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The president’s doctors said Sunday that his condition was improving and that he could be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday, but also said he was taking a steroid typically recommended for serious cases.

That fast-moving revelations began Thursday evening when Mr. Trump confirmed on Fox News that one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had tested positive that day, and said: “I just heard about this.” CBS News first reported that by that point, Mr. Trump had received his own positive result on a rapid test.

But Ms. Hicks had learned about her own positive test result that morning, and the information was kept to a tight circle of advisers, according to people familiar with the matter. Ms. Hicks’s positive test results were first reported by Bloomberg News later that evening. The White House offered no official statement on Ms. Hope’s positive test.

Mr. Stepien and the rest of the Trump campaign first learned of Ms. Hicks’ positive test from Bloomberg News, and weren’t consulted on whether to proceed with a Thursday trip to New Jersey, a campaign official said.

The White House has said the operations team deemed the trip safe. The president had tested negative on a rapid test that morning, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Meadows has said the White House learned of Ms. Hicks’ results right as Marine One was leaving for New Jersey, and said the administration pulled some advisers off the trip. The president left the White House just after 1 p.m. that day.

The decision not to cancel the New Jersey trip drew swift criticism from health experts. Lisa M. Lee, a public-health expert specializing in infectious-disease epidemiology and public-health ethics at Virginia Tech University, said “holding the [Bedminster] event in spite of knowing that one of the team was infected and had exposed others was a recipe for spreading disease.”

White House officials said their medical team is conducting contact tracing for staff that have tested positive, but uncertainty has also been infused into that process, people familiar with the matter said. Contact tracing is a crucial step, public health experts have said, to stem the spread of infectious disease.

That process is gaining importance since Mr. Trump and his senior advisers spent most of last week following their normal schedule rarely using other tools—safe distance and masks—to keep the virus at bay. In some instances, protocols were followed. At the New Jersey events, attendees had to test negative, complete a wellness questionnaire and pass a temperature screening. Guests were kept 6 feet from the president.

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor, said on Friday that he learned about the initial positive tests at the White House on Thursday through news reports. No one had contacted him even though he had spent much of the past week with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Christie tested positive for the virus on Saturday, he said on Twitter, and a few hours later checked himself into Morristown Medical Center.

Mr. Christie was part of a debate preparation team that met with Mr. Trump the morning of Sept. 26, which included Ms. Hicks, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Mr. Stepien. All four have since tested positive. The White House typically administers a rapid test to anyone who will be close to the president.

Others who participated in the debate practices have reported negative Covid-19 tests, including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser. Mr. Giuliani said he learned of Ms. Hicks’ positive test from news reports, though he received a call from Mr. Meadows when the president tested positive.

Mr. Christie and Ms. Conway were among hundreds of guests later that afternoon at a White House event where Mr. Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his latest Supreme Court nominee. Few of the guests wore masks as they were seated shoulder-to-shoulder in the Rose Garden or congregated inside the White House, where an ad hoc reception line emerged at one point as guests waited to meet Judge Barrett or take pictures together. Several other guests have since tested positive.

Minnesota state Rep. Kurt Daudt said Saturday he was awaiting a Covid-19 test after greeting Mr. Trump at the Minneapolis airport on Wednesday. Mr. Daudt and other greeters had been tested before meeting the president, and were instructed not to shake hands with him or get close to him, but when the president came down the stairs from the plane, he offered to take photos.

“You’ve been tested, right?” Mr. Trump said, according to Mr. Daudt.

Several of the greeters posed for photos with the president, with some standing less than a foot away from him, according to photos from the event. None wore a mask. Mr. Trump then attended a fundraiser at the home of Mike Davis, owners of a quartz countertop company, according to his campaign schedule.

Ms. Hicks had fallen ill by the time Air Force One departed Minneapolis for a campaign rally in Duluth, a person familiar with the matter said. She isolated herself from other aides for the short flight and again on the return flight home to Washington that night.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a news conference with reporters Thursday morning, unaware that her colleague had tested positive earlier that day, a personal familiar with the matter said. She had traveled with Ms. Hicks on Wednesday and Tuesday.

After she finished the briefing, and around 45 minutes before the president left for New Jersey, she was told she was no longer included in White House entourage flying with the president that afternoon to a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, but not given a reason why, according to the same person. She didn’t learn until later that afternoon that Ms. Hicks had tested positive, the person said.

Write to Michael C. Bender at Mike.Bender@wsj.com and Rebecca Ballhaus at Rebecca.Ballhaus@wsj.com

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By NEIL RIDGELY

CARROLL COUNTY TIMES |

AUG 03, 2020 AT 5:15 AM

Assessing the events of each passing day lately, I’ve pondered the question, “Have we finally hit the bottom of the barrel with the current president’s outrageous behavior, lying, speech, and tweets?”

I cringe when I read thoughtful conservative writers like George Will describe these times as “a national mortification” and “a national nightmare” and David Brooks as our president having prompted “a national humiliation” of a country now led by a person who’s devoid of empathy; concerned only with feeding his narcissism at any cost.00:1811:05

I thought we’d surely hit the bottom of Trump’s behavior when he used his position and the Oval Office to endorse cans of beans and seasonings produced by one of his large campaign contributors. No president before him has so defiled his office and the dignity of the place that is symbolic as the seat of the power of the presidency and the nation; a place where many pieces of historic legislation have been signed, a place used frequently to greet leaders of the world’s nations and negotiate with them. Only in third-world backwater countries would such a stunt be performed. It is one worthy of Philippine dictator Rodrigo Duerte.

Within a week of the above outrage I was proven wrong when we hit the bottoming out of the bottom of all bottoms when Trump sic’d his Department of Homeland Security federalistas upon the streets of Portland. Using the shield of the Department of Justice he’s sent federal agents from at least four divisions to violently police the city streets of a major U.S. city; then he threatened to do so again on the basis of a governor’s or mayor’s political party; both a violation of his oath of office and the Constitution.

President Bone Spurs has decided to pour gasoline on the embers of tensions felt throughout cities across the country by using the ill-trained DHS troops that he has at his disposal to go beyond their appointed duties.

These “agents” in camouflage are not accustomed or trained to deal with urban unrest. Only the Federal Protective Service is charged with protecting federal buildings and monuments. The FPS’s presence in Portland is understandable if confined to their limited mission and so long as they do not use any of its 13,000 contract mercenaries to enforce local laws

Personnel from ICE and Customs and Border Protection patrolling the streets of any city is using them for jobs that they did not sign on for. Both agencies are welcome help when requested by local authorities to help combat organized crime, human trafficking and the illegal gun and narcotics trade that are eroding our cities. DHS specialized agents are normally assigned to engage in low-grade warfare against heavily armed narco-terrorists; not provide civil patrol upon the streets of our country. As stands now they are accepting illegal orders by detaining civilians without a pronounced charge; and having both clear rules of engagement and the invitation of the local government.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge recently reminded us that the DHS was established to “protect the country from the ever present threat of global terrorism; it was not created to be the President’s personal militia. The federal government has no mandate to enforce local, criminal laws.

This self-serving president has intentionally managed to turn protests in the cause of Black Lives Matter into protests of the federal troops dressed in combat regalia and armed to the teeth with weapons intended for war against foreign enemies.

Those so-called protesters damaging and defacing property, looting, and hurling anything other than words at any law enforcement officer need to be constrained by the legitimate protesters who they disservice.

On the other hand, Trump is using DHS agents as his storm troopers because he can dictate to a political Secretary of DHS to lap up his ill-conceived orders whereas those managing our professional armed forces know the legal boundaries of their missions and would balk at performing his illegal directives.

It is up to the U.S. citizens to recognize this as a time for “Good Trouble” as the late John Lewis characterized the non-violent civil rights protests of the previous century. It is time for people of all color and political stripe to draw the line in the sand at Portland’s border. We cannot turn away from Trump’s bottoming out of our country to embellish his rapidly deteriorating political agenda at the cost of our civil liberties.

Neil Ridgely writes from Finksburg.

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Apparently the real truth is emerging or perhaps has emerged. The GOP seems to be set on reducing the population of the United States starting with the least of us (lower income and people of color). It should be considered that no one in the administration or Congress have lost a cent of wages during this pandemic while restricting funding for the millions affected by the pandemic. To be clear the funds that keep the Government running is all taxpayers dollars. There is no magic pot of gold sup[plying these funds. The way it works: the individuals, corporations and States pay money to the Federal government in the form of taxes. This money is then allocated to the various departments of the Government to finance the country’s needs (i.e. Military, park service, Congress, justice department etc.). So how is that Congress can dictate the usage while still getting paid and the providers of these funds cannot receive the benefits? There is no better reason for electing to terminate the job of any Congressional member and Executive branch member rather than voting by rote because it’s easier or simpler. As voters we need to abandon being entertained rather than being informed by the people we elect to serve. It is a clear message as to the direction we (voters) need to go when major backers of a party have formed independent groups to place ads against the sitting President and his abettors in Congress. The real power is in the vote by informed voters not in entertainment or single issues.

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It should be clear now that we have a con man masquerading a the POTUS. This con has encompassed the Judicial and Legislative branches. The executive branch was lost on day one (1) in 2017. The phrase: ” promises made promise kept” was and is just another catch phrase used by a consummate liar and con man. TOTUS has assembled a cadre of followers to do his bidding and to propagate his web of falsehoods to spread over his loyal base. The recent “debate” showed how inept TOTUS is at his job but how great he is at the “con”. It is unclear to me how so many “loyal followers” fail to comprehend their duplicity in the con along with the GOP. It must be understood that the GOP is using the big con to run the smaller con of lining their pockets now and for later. We (voters) have the opportunity to remove this cancerous administration in about 30days. While we may have issues with the opposition, it is a much better choice than what we currently have.

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