Brian Higgins, public enemy number 1?

Full disclosure, I first met, and started to do work for Brian Higgins around 2010, when he opened the Sidebar, first in the 130 W. 2nd tower, and then in the old Pacchia location in the Oregon District. He is a fellow veteran, paratrooper, and one of my closest friends. That being said, I’m as interested in truth as you should be, and as someone who has been around him through the last 11 years of turmoil, I’m trying to share my interpretation of the truth.

Brian Higgins is either the most unlucky person you’ll ever meet, or, he’s a hardened criminal mastermind. A mortician by training, he’s also a master of hospitality, listening and compassion. He was there for me when both my parents died, and knew exactly what to say. Probably comes with the training, but, it’s also just the way he’s built. When it comes to insurance claims, he seems to have a lot of them- and if I was an underwriter, I’d probably steer clear- a break in at the restaurant, not one, but two fish tanks leaking in his home, a classic VW Beetle up in flames, a house fire. Like I said, unlucky when it comes to insurance things. However, I’ve also been to the casino with him, and watched him parlay $200 into $4000 playing blackjack for a few hours.

When I first met him, he’d already lost the contract to pick up deceased bodies in Chicago. He was living large in Dayton, living in a mansion, driving a Range Rover, and hanging out at his restaurant with Dave Chappelle. He then lost the body pickup contract in Montgomery County- which wasn’t near as lucrative as the Chicago deal. It turned out, he’d had a side business with one of the top employees in the Coroners office here- and even though he claimed it never got off the ground, the optics sucked.

Brian had been trying to tell anyone who would listen that the Chicago contract had been illegally awarded to a shell company- run by a registered sex offender pedophile, John Klaczak. No one seemed to care, and despite the FBI going after powerful Alderman Edmund Burke for pay to play, and Higgins assertion that he’d refused to pay Burke’s vig, which caused him to lose the contract, no one cared.

Somewhere in between all this, he got connected to another veteran, Mike Marshall who owned a company that supposedly could do home repairs- and they were talking about setting up an Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business to bid on government contracts. He introduced Marshall to Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams and Dayton Human Relations Council head Roshawn Winburn– and they all plotted to get government demolition contracts. Williams and Winburn accepted a patio and cash respectfully, and Higgins- well, Marshall never fixed the damage from the fish tank leak that he was contracted to do.

Supposedly, unbeknownst to Higgins, this is how the FBI found him- because Marshall was a “confidential informant” for them. No one seems to care that Marshall has a long track record of being a low level criminal- and crappy drywall guy. Marshall actually bragged to a friend of mine that he was a CI- over 7 years ago in her backyard. She was a journalist at the Dayton Daily at the time- and didn’t say anything. Note to criminals working for the feds: don’t tell journalists you are a CI.

She wasn’t Lynn Hulsey, who wrote a sloppy story in today’s paper about Higgin’s case. She’s already been told by Higgins’ lawyers to print a retraction for part of it: there are no charges in the Second Superseding indictment for wire fraud. But the real issue is that the Feds are trying to charge Higgins for revealing that their CI is a crook- who ripped him off. Higgins filed in County Court against Marshall for not fixing his house- for which he was paid in full. That money, probably was what was used to build Williams a new patio. The reality is, even if Higgins did defraud the insurance company- that’s not the FBI’s job to enforce- it’s a civil matter between the insurance company and Higgins.

The only notable thing about this whole “culture of corruption” investigation by the feds is that they only seem to find Black folks and Steve Rauch guilty– but only the Black folks go to prison. Rauch pays a fine and gets to keep the old Dayton Daily News Building he screwed up the demolition on- and no one at the city is held responsible for the millions that were wasted- or disappeared in the “Student Suites” project on S. Ludlow.

As I’ve said before- it takes 3 votes on the city commission to approve anything- and if Williams got money for United Demolition on his own, something is really wrong in City Hall.

In today’s story- with mistakes- you should wonder how Higgins, who never got paid a dime from the city- still remains a high priority case for Brent Tabacchi, who seems to have a personal stake in this. His relationship with Tony Cicero, who was Higgins first attorney, and also a business partner of Higgins- should have been reason for Tabacchi to step out of this in the first place. There is also a questionable misdated letter that’s floating around that seems to misrepresent what happened in a discussion between Higgins and Tabacchi over a possible settlement discussion last year (the letter showed up in 2020 and was dated Jan 2021- as if we all write letters in the future). There are serious issues with how the FBI manages interviews- where they seem to trust their memory- and don’t run cameras or recording devices, but, that’s for another investigation.

Here’s Hulsey’s summation of what’s going on- with it’s factual errors:

One defendant, businessman Brian Higgins, remains to be tried in the federal investigation of Dayton region public corruption after prosecutors racked up guilty pleas from three individuals and two companies.

Documents filed in federal court in recent weeks outline some of the evidence prosecutors intend to use when Higgins, 49, of Dayton, faces trial on March 29 before U.S.  District Court Judge Thomas M. Rose.

He faces three counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of tampering with a witness, according to an indictment filed in December that replaces the two previous indictments.

Higgins previously pleaded not guilty to the three counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud but has not entered pleas on the new indictment.

Higgins allegedly defrauded insurance company Assurant out of more than $100,000 by falsely claiming that the money was being used to repair damage from a leaking fish tank on a home he co-owned on Meeker Creek Drive in Dayton. Instead prosecutors claim Higgins used the insurance money at a casino, and to pay for a planned restaurant and his phone bill.

Higgins allegedly sought assistance from a business identified in the indictment as Company A to conceal diversion of the insurance money for personal use.

Federal prosecutors recently filed motions seeking to introduce evidence, much of which his defense argues should not be admitted. Hearings on those motions are scheduled for March 10.

Higgins “inadvertently” came to the FBI’s attention in 2014 during its investigation of public corruption allegations in the Dayton region, according to prosecutors….

After Higgins learned through the mandatory evidence discovery process that Individuals A and B were witnesses in his case, prosecutors say he retaliated against them by filing a civil lawsuit claiming breach of contract and attempting to depose them.

“Detailing a scheme to sue and silence a complainant, this recording is probative of Mr. Higgins’ true intentions — namely, to harass and to retaliate — when he filed his March 2020 lawsuit against two government witnesses,” the motion says…..

The witnesses’ names are are not included in court documents but Higgins said Mike Marshall and Scott Waters, owners of United Demolition Excavation and Site Management of Dayton, were the witnesses against him.

Higgins filed a civil lawsuit against the men and United Demolition in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in March 2020 and that case is pending.

Marshall and Waters have declined comment.

A Dayton Daily News investigation found that Higgins introduced Marshall to former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, who then accepted a bribe in return for helping United Demolition get city contracts.

The company did such poor work that the city withheld payment on those contracts.

Williams was one of the seven people and two companies charged in the federal investigation, dubbed Operation Demolished Integrity.

Source: Evidence outlined in corruption probe – Dayton Daily News

Judge Rose seems to be willing to entertain this three ring circus for a bit longer, while Tabacchi and the DOJ seem to be unable to indict anyone else in this corrupt city. No one at Wright State has been indicted for the “misplacement” of $130M and the destruction of a critical institution. No one has looked into how United Demolition got a contract in the first place- or how Steve Rauch has made so much money from the city for so long- by tearing down everything in sight. The whole Schwind/Dayton Daily News/Student Suites deal is a spectacle of failure- and one they have to be aware of- yet- nothing. Millions at stake- and they got Williams for a $40K patio, Winburn for $6K of cash in a sack, and…

In the meantime, obviously, none of us are safe, while Brian Higgins is running the streets as Public Enemy Number 1.

Dayton Day-Old News – losing more institutional knowledge

The Cox sisters don’t want to be in the news business and are doing the best they can to kill off any chance of survival by producing a crappy product of day old news, printed in Indianapolis and delivered late daily in Dayton.

They are in the cable business- and think that their Cox cash cow is the cats meow. Only problem is it won’t be long before cable is passe, fiber is only okay and 6G is all anyone needs, and they aren’t in that business.

The idea of buying cable packages, bundles and the like will seem as crazy as using a typewriter or a cassette tape.

There is value in journalism- unfortunately, they have zero interest in journalism as a product. They believed that the stories were the things you used to fill in around the advertising- and in Dayton, they had the power package of print, radio and TV- the leader, and all that- but, now, all that’s left is the obituaries, legal notices and the few people stupid enough to buy ads in a paper that’s barely distributed- never mind read anymore.

I get the iPad edition, but, almost once a week I’m getting a delayed delivery notice in my email- and that’s not even on snow days. I haven’t touched a piece of their newsprint in years. The sad thing is, they can’t even get their digital product right. The NYTimes wisely invested in Automattic- the makers of the open source WordPress platform long ago, and got a content management system that worked. They went behind a paywall long ago, in the days when the rest of the industry was still giving away their work. The NYTimes hasn’t quite figured out how to digital advertising yet either- but, because they understand journalism, they have enough paying subscribers that they can afford to still practice their craft.

The secret to getting paid to do journalism is to have real news, well written, in a timely manner, and to make sure it’s really news. Sometime ago, the Dayton Daily made a shift to “news-light” where they believed their consumers cared more about coupons and the latest car accident or house fire. Actual investigative journalism, the kind that matters to news junkies, became sort of a thing they’d try to do once a week instead of every day.

With each round of cuts in staff, they tended to chop at the top, getting rid of the old hands, the ones that cost more because they know more. You can mark the start of their failings about the time they told their 2x Pulitzer Prize winning photographer/editor to cut half his staff- and he told them to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. I broke that story- and it went global.

Amelia Robinson

Amelia Robinson Packing her dinosaur and heading to Columbus

The latest loss- and I’m torn as to if it’s truly a loss, is the recently promoted Amelia Robinson who is abandoning the sinking ship for the Columbus Dispatch. After 21 years of reporting gossip and finding stories for the last ten years on Facebook, they’d promoted her to be the editorial page/”Community impact editor” and for the first time in a long time- those two pages were actually getting more interesting (although moving Thomas Suddes, the Statehouse beat guy to Monday from Sunday was a mistake). Actual opinions were making a comeback, letters to the editor showed up- and there was an attempt being made to actually engage with the readers about local issues- instead of just making pronouncements. Yes, it still had a lot of her friends facebook comments appearing  as content- but, compared to the pages under Ron Rollins- it was an order of magnitude better.

Here’s her DDN bio- before it disappears:

Amelia Robinson is a native of Cleveland where she learned all about sarcasm and aircraft repair as a student at the now closed Aviation High School. The graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism joined the Dayton Daily News staff in 2000 after a three-year stint at the Mansfield News Journal. Robinson is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter’s 2020 Camilla Warrick Award. The award honors journalists in any medium who use their professional role to make an impact on people in the community. Her Sunday column, “Smart Mouth,” has appeared in the newspaper’s Life & Arts section since 2005. It was recognized as the best newspaper column in Ohio in 2019 by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2020, the column won best column in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists General Interest Print Publications Over 50,000 Circulation category. She has been recognized multiple times by the Ohio Associated Press Managing Editors for feature and column writing as well as digital and social media skills. Robinson hosts, edits and produces the “What Had Happened Was …” podcast, a 2019 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award finalist. The podcast has earned more than 3 million downloads since launching in January of 2018. It won a 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland and the 2020 best podcast award from the SPJ Cincinnati Pro Chapter. The 2020 Kiplinger Program fellow is a founding member and former long-time president of the Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists and now services as sergeant of arms. She also serves on the Dayton Sister City Committee and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Dayton Man & Woman of the Year Committee. Robinson is president of the Oregon Historic District Society board of trustees.

Source: dayton-daily-news

Robinson is married to one of the few remaining journalists in the DDN newsroom- Anthony Shoemaker who grew up in this city. They will continue to live in their Oregon District home, while she commutes to Columbus as needed. Covid has helped make work from home journalism a reality- and apparently the Dispatch is ok having a “community impact” carpet bagger for an editor. Shoemaker is typically charged with covering and coordinating the political race coverage each year. I’d include his bio- but in true DDN fashion- it’s screwed up – and I’ll let him straighten out the page himself.

The reality is, good journalism comes from institutional knowledge. The ability to put current events into perspective via a lens that remembers the past and knows the players. With each departing writer, reporter, editor, the paper loses much more than a paycheck- they lose the knowledge to know who and what counts as news. More and more of the pages are being filled with press releases – masquerading as news, and with a city that’s already controlled by back room deals, we’re in an even greater need for good journalism.

Word is they are bringing Ray Marcano back as a temporary placeholder until they can find someone to take over. He knows the community, and enough of the remaining old hands to be able to know who to ask for help, but, in a newsroom that’s shafted and skewered so many of it’s own imports in the past (Leigh Allan and Eddie Roth both come to mind) it’s going to be hard to find someone to do the job justice- or to help the paper find it’s grove again.

If the Cox sisters and their red-headed step children had a half a clue, they’d start handing out Amazon Kindles with built in cellular to subscribers and skip the whole farce of print tomorrow. That’d be the first smart thing on the road back to a viable business model. Anymore insight, and they’d have to hire me to help them out. And both you and me know that ain’t going to happen.

And, note- this story is a fitting tribute to Ms. Robinson- I saw it on Facebook- and turned it into a story- just like she would have.

Mat Heck steals your kid’s lunch money

It was bad before the pandemic hit- and has been investigated before, but, during the pandemic, while so many people have lost their jobs, hospitality businesses have been strangled, and the courts have ground to a halt, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck was out there handing out bonuses to his employees, again.

Reconstructing Dayton, a 501(c)(4) non-profit (founded by yours truly) committed to helping eliminate duplication of services and waste in Montgomery County had been digging into Heck’s generosity and already found that he was breaking the law by not equally compensating public defenders as required by law by using his illegal bonus system. Yes, illegal, because as a public employee you aren’t allowed to receive gifts- even if they are from your boss. But, there has been no public outcry yet- because, well, if you cross Mat Heck, he’s a vindictive kinda jerk with power. That’s why no one has even challenged him since 1991.

As if Reconstructing Dayton hadn’t already proved that he was breaking the law- we dug in further- asking a bunch of other counties if they handed out bonuses- and compared salaries and crime stats- to see if Montgomery County was getting it’s money’s worth out of Heck’s office. One after another responded to our public records requests: mostly saying “Bonuses? Wouldn’t that be illegal?” and giving us salary data that was compiled and compared. You can read the whole post here: The Inefficiencies of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office: A Deeper Look at Bonuses

While it may be too long for some of you- let’s put it this way, Heck uses his bonuses to keep his employees in line. He rewards his friends- like Debra Armanini who got a $23,405.24 bonus. For the record- that’s more than the average income in Dayton of $19,872, you know the people she serves by putting them in prison. The county commission is in cahoots with Heck, somehow claiming that the budget they approve- with the personnel budget they grant- is his to do as he likes- instead of being like every other department and returning un-allocated funds to the general fund.

Of course, the criminals on the commission, who for years have clawed back un-allocated funds for veterans that went to the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission don’t see a problem with their double standards. And, the reason they get away with it? Because they too are terrified of le’enfant terrible Heck.

And, to make up for their illegal mismanagement of funds through Heck’s illegal bonus bonanza – they are raising your property taxes by as much as a whopping 43% for some folks– right in the middle of an economy wrecking pandemic.

We’ve still got yet another reason Heck shouldn’t be allowed to hand out bonuses- or be a member of the Bar- and probably be living behind bars- but, as usual, we save the best for last.

One of the reasons Reconstructing Dayton is a 501(c)(4) is so that we can collect donations without donors having to be disclosed, and that we can back candidates who advocate for consolidating and streamlining government in Montgomery County. There is no reason for the 7 local municipal courts- with separate websites- and rules. There is no reason for the citizens to give Mat Heck cash to buy off his minions and control them to do his dirty work either. We plan on continuing our efforts to bring transparency and accountability to public office in Montgomery County and the Greater Dayton area. To do this, your donations are needed and appreciated. Please consider donating to Reconstructing Dayton to help us continue this work: www.reconstructingdayton.org/donate

 

Wright State’s incompetence is Governor DeWine’s fault

Wright State- Wrong Leadership. No one got fired for the $130M that went missing from 2012-2017. No one got prosecuted for theft. No one went to jail. A few people left with fat buyouts and agreements to keep their mouths shut. The “Board of Trustees” who were complicit, remained mostly intact. And the same lack of a vision still plagues the university. The fact that the engineer of “Double Bowler” – Greg Sample, didn’t go to prison, but got promoted is the first problem that aches to be solved. For a “Chief Operating Officer” he seems absolutely incompetent by any standard- in that revenue and customers are both leaving by the boatload.

President Sue Edwards, who can’t even remember who pissed her off by sending an email to her personal email – after she refused to respond or meet with people trying to help her- drank the Greg Sample Kool-aide and is doing her best to take the university down, now hiring a henchman to do her dirty work as an interim provost (key in on “interim”) because she’s already lost the confidence to do much more than beg the Board to let her fire a fifth of the staff.

While Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin has navigated the Covid crisis with grace and class- every single message out of Edwards has been of gloom, doom and “retrenchment” and “failure” blaming everyone but herself and the board for going along with it. There was no better time to just cut athletics out entirely at Wright State, or at least put them on hiatus. Wright State’s mission isn’t to be an athletic powerhouse- it’s mission is to prepare kids to get an education that prepares them for lifelong success. I’m not saying athletics isn’t good for character building- but- division 2 works just as well and costs a lot less.

Edwards hasn’t done a thing to make the university stand out- except being the place where a strike embarrassed the school- and lost the trust of the students. I had lunch with someone working on their MPA at UD yesterday- she had started at WSU- but after the strike screwed up her schedule, she switched over to UD and never looked back. Actions have consequences. I gave up trying to present a real plan for re-launching Wright State to anyone there (they all act like knowledge is dangerous, and so am I) so I published it for free (of course, it takes more than reading a few thousand words to really understand how to implement it properly).

Here Edwards goes again, making sure there is NO reason for anyone to reserve their tickets on the Titanic’s maiden cruise- ie- enroll at Wright State.

Wright State University President Susan Edwards is expected to recommend the university eliminate up to 113 faculty positions in the school’s retrenchment efforts, according to a letter she wrote to the Board of Trustees.

The recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees on Friday. The Board will then make a final decision based on Edward’s recommendations.

“With the board’s approval of this recommendation, I will immediately engage the new interim provost to work with our deans to finalize a list of 113 specific faculty positions identified to be eliminated/retrenched,” Edwards wrote in the letter.

Affected faculty members will receive up to 18 months of notice and workforce displacement support, according to documents examined by the Dayton Daily News. The university has provided similar support to employees who were previously laid off, according to university documents. The institution cut 50 positions last summer, in addition to 30 employees who agreed to retire early.

More than 600 people currently teach at the university, but not all of them are faculty members. Notice was sent to the AAUP-WSU executive committee and the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, the university said.

In her letter to the board, Edwards said she was provided separate detailed recommendations.

One set was submitted by Interim Provost Douglas W. Leaman and the others were provided by the Joint Committee on Retrenchment.

Wright State has seen enrollment decrease over the last few years that has led to large revenue losses.

In his report to Edwards, Leaman, who is leaving the university on Feb. 21, said “the recent declines in firstyear enrollment make it virtually certain that our overall enrollment will continue to decline through at least 2023. At that point, multiple forecast models indicate that enrollment will be approximately 8,000 to 10,000. Peer institutions with enrollment in that range employ circa 375 faculty; Wright State currently employs 489. Simply put: the size of our academic workforce is greater than what is necessary (or even customary, among our peers) based on our current and expected enrollment.

The university must adapt.” The school’s enrollment in 2017 was around 17,000 students. Enrollment has declined by more than 30% in the last five years, according to the university.

Oliver H. Evans was named the new interim provost Wednesday. Evans has more than 30 years of administrative experience in higher education, including through major organizational changes, faculty and staff reductions, academic reorganizations and issues with enrollment, a Wright State press release said.

Source: Wright State may cut over 100 jobs – Dayton Daily News

At this point, there is only one solution for Wright State, DeWine should remove the entire Board of Trustees, and establish a turnaround board. My recommendation would be to get the presidents of all the other local State run educational establishments to either sit on the board or send a trusted proxy. That board would be Dr. Jo Alice Blondin from Clark State, Dr. Doreen Larson from Edison State, Dr Steve Johnson from Sinclair, Dr. Gregory P. Crawford of Miami of Ohio, Dr. Jack Thomas of Central State. For an interim president, to help right the Wright State ship, and someone who knows the area players well, I’d tap Dr. Daniel Curran. The goal would be to quickly restore faith in the leadership and faculty- ensuring stability in transition to a new leadership group that’s hand picked by these proven professionals.

We don’t have time for any more landscaping company owners to decide on the fate of a university that’s failing miserably, nor can we expect the current board including people like Michael Bridges and Douglas Fecher to be able to even comprehend the mess they made without incriminating themselves.

Of course, DeWine picked a majority of these people and has stood by them as the ship sank- so, ultimately, the buck stops with him. Time to act Mr. DeWine- before it’s too late.

Oaths and Laws and Burger King

Donald Trump is the Burger king of Presidents- a cartoon kingToday, 100 senators will be asked to judge Donald J Trump for his actions on Jan 6 2021, a day that will come to surpass any “Day of Infamy” in our history. Previously, that phrase was aligned with the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor or more recently, when Saudi Nationals hijacked four American airliners to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Yes, the death toll of Americans in both those cases was in the thousands, 2390 at Pearl Harbor, 2,996 on 9/11, whereas the death toll from the raid on the Capitol on Jan 6, was only 5 with a few suicides after to bring the total to 7.

Why this day will go down in history isn’t about the body count, but about the leader of the attack on our Capitol- it is the first time an American, sworn by oath of office, became a domestic enemy of the United States:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Source: Inauguration of the President of the United States | USAGov

Our leaders, both the President, and the members of Congress, swear an oath to follow the constitution, which lays out a system of how we transfer power at the ballot box, not by brute force. We follow rules, with laws and courts to decide the validity of elections, not by using fire extinguishers and hockey sticks. We wave our flag, not use it to beat police officers. We understand that our system relies on trust in the value of our money, and the rights of our citizens and even the right to bear arms to protect us from a government that wants to trample our rights.

What we don’t value is a traitor to our country. That’s what Donald Trump is. And any senator who does not see how Trump used his position of ultimate power, one for which they try to claim is absolute and uncheckable while he’s in office- that he is free to commit any crime against any one, without suffering any consequences, goes against their oath of office and everything we stand for. If a Senator refuses to see the danger of a President who is allowed to ignore the will of the people through the same elections that put them in power- their duty is to resign, form a militia, and march up to the steps of the Capitol under their own flag- be it the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy (the last group that thought they had a better idea of how to run our country) or some other flag- and see how the public backs them.

Because this isn’t about Donald Trump anymore, it’s about America, the Stars and Stripes, and duty, honor and country. Senators swore the oath, just as our soldiers do, to be willing to lay down their lives to protect the Constitution- and if you don’t believe that Donald Trump was the leader of the clan that raided the halls of YOUR offices- the Capitol, looking to kill Trump’s own second in command, you are one of them, and aren’t fit for office.

Had the rioters succeeded in killing Vice President Pence, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would you still be saying Trump wasn’t responsible? Had the Capitol police not risked their lives to protect you, would you have been brave enough to go join them, because then you’d have to actually take sides, and risk being charged with treason.

Which brings us to the very next thing that must happen if you vote to not impeach Donald J. Trump, you should be charged as a  co-conspiritor in the riot. The ultimate penalty for that is death:

§2381. Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

US Code, House.gov

This ain’t tiddlywinks we’re asking you to play as a Senator. The stakes are high, because the duties and responsibilities are high.

The reality show host as president was never a good idea in the first place. Yes, it did prove that anyone can become President of the United States, but, supposedly that was never really a debate. Sadly, our founding fathers never foresaw the power of television anymore than they thought there could be a doomsday weapon when they wrote the second amendment. Would they have worried that a simpleton would have control to end life as we know it, or that 75M Americans would think Trump was the second coming? Probably. They were men who believed they were creating a new hope, a more perfect union, a system of government that was worthy of the trust and respect of the people. One where there would be no taxation without representation. One where all men were created equal. Never in their lives would they believe it to be the “American way” for the President to take up arms because he thought he won an election which every court said he did not.

And if any of them had decided to march on the Capitol as leaders of an insurrection, they wouldn’t have said “I’ll be there with you” they’d have been in the front, with their arms linked with their supporters, much like Martin Luther King walked in protest, but instead, Trump stayed back after saying:

And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down, we’re going to walk down.

Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.

Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.

I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard….

But I said something’s wrong here, something is really wrong, can have happened.

And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.

Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans, for our movement, for our children, and for our beloved country.

And I say this despite all that’s happened. The best is yet to come.

So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give.

The Democrats are hopeless, they never vote for anything. Not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help. We’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.

So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Source: Transcript of Trump’s speech at rally before US Capitol riot

The question of who is there with Trump, will be answered today. Impeachment has nothing to do with removing him from office, the Republican’s are right about that, the people did it in the same election that put them in power. Impeachment is to charge someone with a crime- and secondly to cast doubt on or to question the values that they stand for.

Donald Trump betrayed his oath of office and tried to stop the election results from being accepted because he didn’t like losing. Anyone who sides with him, and suggests he didn’t do that, and shouldn’t be censured and banned from future office is in effect, agreeing with him- that the election no longer matters nor does their oath of office. There can be no having it both ways, or your way, or my way. Running our country isn’t Burger King, you have to follow the rules, and you just can’t have it your way.

It’s fitting that the Burger King is a cartoon character, with reddish blond hair- and kind of creepy, because that’s exactly what Donald Trump was- a cartoon character president. Time will show there were many other crimes committed under his watch that should have ended his presidency much earlier, but, for now, we’ll ignore his mishandling of the pandemic which has killed more American’s than died in all four years of WWII in one, and focus on one thing- did Donald Trump betray his oath of office and try to unilaterally throw out the election results to keep his office- and to that, the answer is clear- and the vote should be easy. Yes, he’s guilty.

And if you are a Senator or Congressman who still stands by the malarkey that the vote was a fraud, you are free to resign and take up arms against our country- making you a traitor, just like your false idol.

 

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