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  • Writer's pictureGregory N. Austin

Mr. Baloney Meets the Grinders, the Jury

Abraham Lincoln quoted this passage from the bible, “offenses are bound to come but woe unto him from where the offense cometh”. The voter must not accept the disinformation constantly projected on MAGA television and radio. We are a nation attempting to embrace truth and honor, to maintain our dignity and respect for one another. Truth will set us free and restore a healthy vision for our future. Especially in the area of our Founding Fathers wonderful gift of the U.S. Constitution. We are safe if we stick to those Constitutional principles.

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A victim of a witch hunt ?!?

The legal history of ex-president Donald Trump is quite rank.

 The E. Jean Carroll jury cases starting in 2023 cost the ex-president over $80 million in awards. His New York State business fraud case of 2023 was over $500 million in penalties. His Trump university students that sued him over fraud, received a voluntary settlement of $25 million in January of 2017. In 2019 he paid a $2,000,000 fine to the state of New York for abuses over his Family Foundation wherein he was forced to dissolve the foundation. This is only a partial list of the cases against Donald Trump. In fact three major cases still remain that he is doing everything he can do to delay delay. Fear of a fair minded jury, perhaps?

 

Now on the “hush money” case, the jury just unanimously agreed on 34 counts of guilty against Donald Trump. That case was about hush money paid to Stormy Daniels so that she would not go public over a sexual encounter with Donald Trump. Did that pay-off, affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election? It was a very close race for the presidency, so who knows...

 

The two dominant figures in the hush money case trial were Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen. Donald Trump, as the jury trial began did his Shakespeare type routine and “protested too much”. He quickly started publicly making unfounded and hostile remarks about the judge, the prosecutor, the jury, Michael Cohen and President Joe Biden. His accusations were groundless. President Joe Biden had zero to do with the case. He did not mastermind any part of the DOJ's case. Those MAGA Republicans who suggest otherwise are goofy, desperate and full of disinformation. Don't forget going back to 2021 8 MAGA senators and 142 MAGA representatives on Jan 6th voted no on the electoral college tally over blessing of the election of President Joe Biden. Did they provide facts, evidence or any proof whatsoever to substantiate their no vote? Try zero! Ex president Donald Trump uses that same approach, lies and disinformation.

 

The Washington Post has fact checked over 25,000 lies told by Donald Trump since 2016. Lying by Mr. trump is an essential aspect of his personality. Why? Because he has learned that a substantial portion of the population is gullible and easily duped. Sadly, the easily duped includes the billionaire class, who believe their political position is enhanced if they give money to the Trump campaign, forgetting that he has zero loyalty to anyone in his political circle in the final analysis.

 

Michael Cohen on the other hand has lied less than 1% of those fact checked lies over Donald Trump. The difference is in the the admission of those lies by Michael Cohen. His jail time for lying over tax fraud was over a year in prison including 51 days in solitary confinement for the attempt at writing a book. Did he have remorse for the lies? Yes he did. He spoke with a minister friend. And he amended his life by fully cooperating with the New York State prosecutors on the Stormy Daniels hush money case. At the five week trial on this case did he withstand scrutiny? The Trump defense lawyers chastised, castigated, and attempted to relentlessly remove any dignity left in the life of Michael Cohen. Did those defense lawyers for ex president Donald Trump succeed in destroying any of the truths spoken by Michael Cohen? No they did not. The jury found Mr. Trump guilty on all 34 counts, despite all attempts to nullify the testimony of Michael Cohen.

 

Now are we in trouble as a nation because of so much political division? No. Especially as a nation of voters we must allow truth to emerge over all of the disinformation, and noise offered daily by self-serving politicians and pundits who could care less about their family name, a just God, or having to adhere to truth telling. They do not embrace good behavior by following conscience, but instead simply adopt political self-preservation by accepting any and everything connected to their personality-cult leader. Remember, the Bible says “you shall have no other gods before me”. Somehow this is not relevant to the MAGA Republicans, many of whom claim Christian values.

 

Abraham Lincoln quoted this passage from the bible, “offenses are bound to come but woe unto him from where the offense cometh”. The voter must simply not accept the disinformation constantly projected on MAGA television and radio.

 

We are a nation attempting to embrace truth and honor to maintain our dignity and respect for one another. Truth will set us free and restore a healthy vision for our future. Especially in the area of our Founding Fathers wonderful gift of the U.S. Constitution. We are safe if we stick to those Constitutional principles, and reject the noisy BS.

 

May God bless and assist us to maintain the rule of law, to ensure a safe future for our children and grandchildren.


Opening Image: Brookings.edu

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