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Are Trump & His Cronies Guilty of Mass Murder?

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All across America this past year-and-a-half people have been dying an agonizing, terrifying, drowning-in-their-own-fluids death, their relatives helpless, saying goodbye using zoom or FaceTime. Families broken and shattered; husbands, wives, children and grandchildren left bereft; doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants dying along with them or holding their hands as they draw their final, tortured breath.

Many of those deaths were absolutely unnecessary. They happened because of decisions made by a small group of people led by Donald Trump.

If you or I made a decision, grounded in the desire to gain a political or other type of benefit, that caused even one single person to die we'd be on our way to prison.

Trump not only caused over 130,000 Americans to die (according to Dr. Deborah Birx's sworn testimony before Congress last week), but there's a pile of evidence - which I'll lay out below - that he did it because he believed the virus was hitting Blue states and Black people the hardest.

If this is true (and I'm building a case here that it is), it's called second-degree murder, which, to use the definitions of the State of Florida where Trump lives (there is no federal homicide law) constitutes:

"The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life""

From the first case in the US on January 20, 2020 until the week of April 7th of last year, Trump and his team were actually trying to do something about the Covid pandemic.

Trump put medical doctors on TV daily, the media was freaking out about refrigerated trucks carrying bodies away from New York hospitals, and doctors and nurses were our new national heroes.

By March 7th, US deaths had risen from 4 to only 22, but that was enough to spur federal action. Trump's official emergency declaration came on March 11th, and most of the country shut down or at least went partway toward that outcome that week.

The Dow collapsed and millions of Americans were laid off, but saving lives was, after all, the number one consideration. Jared Kushner put together an all-volunteer taskforce of mostly preppie 30-something white men to coordinate getting PPE to hospitals.

They even had a plan for the Post Office to distribute 650 million masks - 5 to every American household - to stop the pandemic.

But then came April 7th, when the New York Times ran a front-page story with the headline: Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States.

Other media ran similar headlines across the American media landscape that day, and it was heavily reported on cable news and the network news that night. Most of the people dying from Covid, the report found, were Black or Hispanic, not white people.

White conservatives responded with a collective, "What the hell?!?"

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More people have died under Biden with a vaccine than under Trump without one. But I'm guessing you won't Biden responsible for that, amirite?!?!?

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Maybe you should hold neither one responsible. Maybe you should hold the people responsible who refused to take the vaccine.I'm no big Biden fan, but his approach to the pandemic seemed a lot more sane than Trump's.

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I don't see that Biden or Trump did a very good job handling the pandemic.

There is so much disinformation out there (some of it attributable to Fauci) that we plebes are arguing over Ivermectin. I heard a rumor that the House is going to investigate America's Frontline Doctors for fraud. The refusal of so many pharmacies to prescribe Ivermectin just "because", I mean it isn't as if taking that drug is going to kill you. I'm not saying it works, the studies on it that say it works are ridiculous, but that's no reason not to let someone have it when it has been used for decades, apparently without side-effects. At least no one has published anything that suggests it is bad for you.

I know people who refuse the vaccine. They have very good reasons. I was not at all happy about the EUA even though I've been vaxxed.

The "evidence" that the vaccine is effective is very, very weak. Every other article about it makes excuses for why it isn't working. I make no claims pro or con. But I do suggest that anyone who is "pro" or "con" hasn't spent much time determining the "truth".

In the end, the only conclusion is that there are too many people in the world.

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More Hartman Bullshit.

Trump Derangement Syndrome no longer persuades anyone of anything.

If you can't acknowledge the crimes of the Democrats, why should anyone listen to you?

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I agree that any assessment should be balanced. No one is perfect. And very few people see things with perfect clarity.

To balance out you 'dis' of Hartmann, I would recommend his extraordinary books, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight and his autobiography, The Prophet's Way.

His other books and Youtube clips reveal a man of great compassion, relative clear-sightedness, and deep perspicacity.

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Yes, but they were all written before he contracted TDS. Now everything has changed. Left is right and down is up. Peace means war and cancel means love. Everyone is encamped on a moral plateau that exists only in there own minds. They just don't know it, yet.

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John,

Disagree. Nothing much has changed. Trump is merely an exemplification writ large of the politics and milieu of the past decades (or longer) . TDS syndrome is obviously a creation of the human mind. Although it points to certain characteristics (please define them, if you would) - it does not exist, except as a linguistic construct.

The fact that we are living in a 1984-like reality far precedes Trump. The fact that morals are twisted is a function of our current consciousness structure. (If you wish, see my current OEN article entitled: "We are Giving Birth to a New Level of Awareness").

I believe our situation needs to be seen within a larger context. Trump is a blip (though a dangerous one), as humanity struggles (often blindly) toward maturity.


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Nothing much has changed.

I guess one would have to ask "since when"? Or maybe "who"?

Hartman has changed.

Maddow has changed.

Sam Seder has changed.

Lawrence O'Donell has changed.

Lionel has changed.

I'm not sure where Al Franken stands since he got kicked out of the Democratic Party, I do get emails from him once in a while, but they don't say much.

They are all selling various versions of TDS. Geez, even Rhandi Rhodes was trying to tell me a couple hundred thousand spent on Facebook ads, half of it after the election, was the reason Hillary lost. It had nothing to do with the disillusionment so many of us felt at the way Bernie was treated in 2016. And NOW, even Bernie has changed. Am I seriously to believe he's going to vote against the BIF and reconciliation bills after everything that Biden promised the Middle Class has been striped out and all that remains is privatization and benefits for the Oligarchy? Yet, Hartman, et. al. are still shilling for this betrayal. They've refused to acknowledge the fraud of the CARES act and still tell us what a great deal Obamacare is.

Trump is not a "blip". He is the future and the past of America's Political Economy.

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Yeah, his book "the Crash of 2016" was so insightful it caused me to lose an enormous investment potential.

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I used to listen to him all the time (along with Rachael Maddow and the other Air America shillbots) but now I recognize that he's (and the others) just selling "vote blue no matter who".

I could forgive his "Crash" book, but the constant refrain of Trump hate followed up with excuses for the Democrats and continued promotion of the Democrats against all evidence, is just too much. My cousins who voted for Trump are not stupid. At least not any more stupid than anyone who believes their vote counts.

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I hear your concerns/feelings. You make some good points.

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If you have a subscription to Matt Taibbi, be sure to read "Rachel Maddow's Shocking New Low", especially the comments.

I'd post it, but it is for subscribers only (which may be an indictment of Taibbi, hard to say.)

In summary, the article reviews Maddow's promotion of the Steele Document and Trump's "(non) collusion with Russia" showing how feckless Maddow has become. The comments rage at one another about Trump being cheated in the last election or whether or not Jeffry Epstein was actually guilty of anything. It is quite enlightening to see how deep some have gone into their respective "rabbit holes".

Then there was this:

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back." - Carl Sagan

We live in an era of Charlatans making it impossible to know who to believe.

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John,

Thank you very much for your wickedly accurate and on-point articulation of our predicament. I especially appreciate Carl Sagan's observation re- confirmation bias and have copied it.

Speaking of bamboozling - I can recommend the following:

1) "Cosmic Hoax" by Steven M, Greer on Youtube (and his website). And former Canadian minister of defense - Paul Hellyer (also on Youtube).

2) All 22 installments of Francis Shure's piece:

ae911truth.org/ component/ search/? searchword= Shure&ordering= newest& searchphrase=a ll

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3) And, last but not least, two book recommendations by author Duane Elgin (who also has a website): Awakening Earth and Choosing Earth.

Thanks again for writing.

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John,

Thank you very much for your wickedly accurate and on-point articulation of our predicament. I especially appreciate Carl Sagan's observation re- confirmation bias and have copied it.

Speaking of bamboozling - I can recommend the following:

1) "Cosmic Hoax" by Steven M, Greer on Youtube (and his website). And former Canadian minister of defense - Paul Hellyer (also on Youtube).

2) All 22 installments of Francis Shure's piece:

ae911truth.org/ component/ search/? searchword= Shure&ordering= newest& searchphrase=a ll

Fran Shure Digs into Operation Mockingbird in Part 22 of 'Why Do Good People Become Silentor WorseAbout 9/11?
In the latest installment of her series for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, "Why Do Good People Become Silentor WorseAbout 9/11?," author Frances Shure tackles the question, "Was there really an ...
January 25, 2020
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9/11 Free Fall: Fran Shure on the Media and the CIA
On this week's episode of 9/11 Free Fall, host Andy Steele is joined by licensed professional counselor Fran Shure to discuss the upcoming installment of her series, "Why Do Good People Become Silentor ...

3) And, last but not least, two book recommendations by author Duane Elgin (who also has a website): Awakening Earth and Choosing Earth.

Thanks again for writing.

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"We had the American president of the United States not accepting a peaceful transfer of power, abusing the vice president and then calling for his supporters to incite an insurrection and storm the Capitol Building" - Anthony Scaramucci.

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Sorry Lance, I agree that all you posted is true, I still come away with "so what?"

I'm wondering why Pelosi's impeachment trial of Trump was such a scam. She could have nailed him but she didn't. I have no respect for those who testified against Trump because I just don't believe they were telling the "whole truth". I'm not even sure that they were telling anything that might be "the truth".

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Yes, indeed, John, your "She could have nailed him but she didn't" rings so true and Pelosi did the same thing for Bush - on his Iraq War "Fraudulent Justification" Article II and Pelosi had 35 more Articles of Impeachment on Bush that this 'disinclined' Democrat House Speaker had 'ignored',

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Bush's AUMF 2001 and AUMF 2002 had never authorized 'all the big lies he told about Iraq and Afghanistan'.

no Hearings held, no Inquiries held, no Voting on Impeachment held - "she could stop me", House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to OpEdNews Publisher Rob Kall, "Pelosi"? - when "she could have" easily "nailed him" with her Super Democrat Majorities in the House and Senate.

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