Democrats Need To Keep Their Issues Clear!

By Donald A. Collins | 5 February 2024
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Wars in the Middle East and Ukraine, crisis at or Southern border, anger over Israel’s continued Gaza blitz, attacks by Iran’s proxies on Suez Canal traffic daily gets defined by the media as urgently in need of corrective action. Biden is doing a remarkably balanced job of dealing with circumstances which were in no way his making. No one including Trump wanted to go into Iran but hitting its proxies hard is the best way to keep the war from keeping everyone focused on another issue of women’s health is paramount for Biden and Harris.

Another issue urgently in need of action is immigration which now impeded by the refusal to govern by the GOP House and its controller Donald Trump!

His primary motivation at this point obviously is to win in November to stay out of jail. His major crime was his elaborate scheme to stay in power by staging a coup.

His claim of immunity now before the Federal court seems likely to defer his trial perhaps until after November where he could be elected!

His obvious guilt on the coup and his other crimes seem far from resolution, based in large measure on the inability of our legal system to deal with the obvious, in this case simply acting on obvious law in a timely manner to avoid a Constitutional crisis which could destroy our democracy.

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus in her 2/2/24 op ed entitled “Slowpoke federal apparels court puts the 2024 election in jeopardy”.

As she writes,

Without strict court supervision and swift action to prevent Trump from running out the clock, his trial could easily collide with the party conventions and the height of the general election campaign. It is not at all far-fetched to imagine it being postponed until after the November election — Trump’s ultimate goal, so he can win, take office and then order the case dropped.

Failing to try Trump before the election would be a terrible disservice to voters. They are entitled to know before casting their ballots whether they are choosing a felon, especially one guilty of election interference. Polling suggests that a Trump conviction would matter even to many Republican voters.

Trump’s bid to manipulate the system is evident from the pace of his filings. Trump’s lawyers first raised the notion of his supposed immunity from prosecution in late August. It wasn’t until Oct. 5 that they finally filed the promised motion to dismiss; U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan rejected the claim on Dec. 1.

Read the full sad story here.

Spending as Trump has $55 million on his legal fees from funds collected for his campaign seems not offend his MAGA base but keeps his legal avoidance strategy going successfully.

Currently Trump’s instructions to House Speaker Johnson to refuse to back the strongest immigration reform bill in decades after extended bipartisan negotiations in which Democrats gave up many of their cherished positions will give Trump something with which to attack Biden.

On January 28th an immigration deal was agreed to by the bipartisan group now dismissed by Trump and about which Speaker Johnson claimed no political motive on Meet the Press on 2/4/24, an absolute lie which Johnson told with a completely straight face.

Read here how much the Democrats ceded to get this compromise which is now in limbo.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress is on the verge of striking a deal with the Biden administration that would enact sweeping new border controls, including the authority to pause asylum processing during spikes in migrant crossings, three people familiar with the talks told CBS News.

After weeks of closed-door negotiations, the White House and a trio of senators could unveil an agreement as early as this week, the sources said, requesting anonymity due to the private nature of the conversations. The bill is designed to reduce the unprecedented levels of illegal crossings recorded along the southern border in the past three years.

While GOP Sen. James Lankford, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are close to finalizing the compromise with the White House, any bipartisan immigration proposal would face an uphill battle in the House, where Speaker Mike Johnson and other conservative lawmakers have pushed for even stricter changes to the asylum system.

But don’t hold your breath as compromise is not a GOP trait.

Young people allegedly per current polling won’t vote for Biden, but they are not stupid, and the effects of Biden’s policies have reined in inflation, reduced consumer prices, and kept unemployment low.

Women both young and old will bridle at the Dobbs decision which attacks their right for safe reproductive health.

The election campaign already well underway will be historically vicious. Biden and VP Harris need to be out among voters to tell the story of how successful their term has been despite events over which they had no control.

The immense and obvious dangers of a Trump Presidency hopefully will frighten enough voters to make the right decision in November. Our allies in NATO and around the world are watching with extreme dismay as Butin’s preferred candidate will likely be the GOP nominee almost certainly to be confirmed at its convention in July.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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