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  • Writer's pictureGregory N. Austin

More Baloney from the Scorpion

In the history of the U.S. Constitution, we have never flirted with an autocrat or proclaimed dictator.  It is hard for many of us to believe that the American voter now wants to give up the U.S. Constitution and follow a wannabe autocrat. All voters must recognize that the United States is still the leader of the free world. Now we must maintain that position dutifully and patriotically. We cannot afford to become a divided Nation seeking retribution and paybacks against one another.

Trump as the Scorpian
A Russian Fable

I am 87, a grandfather, and a retired small business owner. I venerate God, the U.S. Constitution and our American flag. I am also an army veteran with two older brothers buried in Arlington cemetery. The oldest, William V. Austin, was decorated in World War II for valor. He was shot by a German sniper through the shoulder. He remained in the army through Korea and Vietnam before retiring.

 

I served in 1956 and 1957 in the Army in France as a draftee. I was sent for seven weeks to Personnel Specialist training school in Germany. I was fortunate enough to take a sleeper-car on the Orient Express to Munich.  I flew back on Air France. For a 19-year-old I knew I was very fortunate. My entire two-year career in the Army was all positive. Years later I visited Omaha beach at Normandy, France. I'll never forget my reaction at that time. It was that those men who died there really and truly died for a greater cause then just their country. They died for an ideal, a political concept called democracy. They did not fight for a man, they fought for their oath to the U.S. Constitution and for their American flag.

 

So how did ex-president Donald Trump describe those American soldiers when he was at a D-day celebration as President of our United States? He described the soldiers that died that day as “losers and suckers”. Now dear reader, feel free to fact check what I've just stated, and remember he also showed great disrespect toward Navy pilot John McCain who spent years in a North Vietnam POW camp. And we must also note that Donald Trump obtained false medical reports to stay out of the military draft in the middle of the Vietnam War.

 

What's my point? Mr. Trump has been fact checked as being untruthful over 25,000 times by the Washington Post, since 2016.

 

He wears a permanent mantel around his neck suggesting he is a victim over all the litigation and troubles. When he lost his bid for a second term in 2020, he said it was a rigged election full of fraud. He put together the Jan 6th insurrection when nearly 10,000 disgruntled followers attacked the Capitol Building. Now he calls those convicted felons who are now in prison, "hostages".

 

Trump suggests prosecutors in New York, the judges, the juries, and the witnesses, have all been participating in “witch hunts” against him to destroy his political career. Well, remember he voluntarily paid $25 million to get rid of Trump University students who sued him for fraud; he paid $2,000,000 to the state of New York for abuse of his Family Foundation which he was forced to dissolve; he was one of the only modern U.S. presidents to withhold his tax returns while running for office. Meanwhile he is the only U.S. President to be impeached twice.

 

Now he owes E. Jean Carroll over $80 million for losses in a civil rape case, followed by the defamation case he lost to her a year later. He owes the State of New York over $300 million from a business fraud case. He just lost the most recent hush money case wherein he was convicted of 34 counts of fraud to cover up paying a porn-star to keep silent in the 2016 Presidential election cycle. After that guilty verdict he protested and protested and protested that it was all a rigged deal by the prosecutor, the judge, the witnesses and especially his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Despite a chance to pick the jury by the attorneys that represented him, he still lost 34 to nothing. Now the Speaker of the House, Michael Johnson and many other MAGA political operatives insist that the New York hush money case was preconceived and rigged by Democrats et al. Did they produce any facts or evidence to support their loud protestations that the litigation was put together by Democratic opponents? Zero, none. Have they shown legitimate facts to substantiate their hostility, rants, and fake indignation over this matter? No! They seem to be simply poor losers casting illegitimate stones at innocent people. Meanwhile it seems to me that Donald Trump underestimates his audience's ability to distinguish between fact and fiction.

 

After the hush money case, he went on the campaign trail and said “…these people are sick and they will now come after you”. Donald Trump seems to believe his audience will buy any loud accusations that he throws at them.

 

Did President Joe Biden win the office of the Presidency fair and square? That election was never, and I repeat never, proven fraudulent by any facts or any evidence! It's all a “stop the steal” ring of baloney put together by more poor losers who have lost all respect for the U.S. Constitution. They have gone all in, placing their bets on the cult figure Donald J. Trump. They suggest everything is rigged by Democrats as if the louder they protest and the more often they protest, their followers will buy the disinformation. Remember Fox News sells soap, pillows and baloney nightly, based on disinformation, exaggeration, innuendo, and lies. They have lost over a billion dollars in defamation legal cases in which they voluntarily paid to get rid of the plaintiffs.

 

I am 87 years old, not in the best of health and I respect and venerate our U.S. Constitution. I also have great respect for our flag, the FBI, our Military, our institutions, and I respect our properly elected President of the United States Joe Biden. He is a decent and honorable man with 50 years of political experience in government. Finally, let's all remember you're not a sucker if you pay your taxes and honor your own government.

 

Many current MAGA Republicans speak highly of Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban. They remain silent, never speaking or boasting of our Founding Fathers. What gives? What's happened to us when we can't even embrace our own flag and the history of our Founding Fathers who gave us the 240 year old U.S. constitution? Now we see the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation, and 5 members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who have all drifted away from the Founding Fathers and replaced reason with their own jaded form of ideology which mostly venerates power and money. Now they even have a peculiar interpretation of the New Testament, wherein they do not recognize the love of God in the New Testament it seems to me. They seem to suggest the central meaning of the New Testament is all about abortions and gay bashing.  Huh? Have they not read the parable of the “Sheep and the Goats” in Matthew's chapter?  And the Beatitudes also in Matthew.  They should also read the “rich man and Lazarus” in Luke. Please do your biblical studies if you are boasting of being religious.

 

My heroes? George Washington and those 55 men in Philadelphia in 1787 who constructed the 240 years old active and proper U.S. Constitution. Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and all of the Presidents of the United States that battled for democracy, with the exception of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. History scholars earlier this year ranked President Donald Trump dead last of the past 45 Presidents. Do I agree with the scholars? You betcha! Trump is not a victim here, he made his own bed and why should we have to suffer his constant protests over his many losing cases? He admits without reservation his admiration for Vladimir Putin and Victor Orban, which leads me to believe he really is the scorpion in the tale of the Frog and the Scorpion, a Russian Fable.

 

I want to live until I can vote in November for liberty not for a vengeful, self-appointed wannabe dictator. I believe in a just loving God, not one created as a replacement by so many MAGA Republicans who venerate their hero above the real God. Do I believe that many of those folks who are currently misled, may change course and turn their backs on Donald Trump? Yes! In the history of the U.S. Constitution, we have never flirted with an autocrat or proclaimed dictator.  It is hard for many of us to believe that the American voter now wants to give up the U.S. Constitution and follow a wannabe autocrat. In my opinion that is gambling with the future of our children and grandchildren. A very, very dangerous gamble indeed!

 

All voters must recognize that the United States is still the leader of the free world. Now we must maintain that position dutifully and patriotically. We cannot afford to become a divided Nation seeking retribution and paybacks against one another. Let us gather at freedoms gate to do good political works, and stop the costly divide and conquer methods used by too many. We must vote for truth, not for party, to avoid a disaster.

 

May God bless the United States of America and keep our U.S. Constitution alive for 240 more years! Let a rebirth of freedom begin. We only have one President at a time, and we should pray for that duly elected Joe Biden and the brave country of Ukraine, struggling to fight back against tyranny. Lets keep our faith!


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