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Culleton: Trump's pal Putin violating Monroe Doctrine

Some time back this column suggested that impeachment of the president was not a good path. However, one recent move has changed that view.

The Monroe Doctrine was a United States policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas beginning in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to take control of any independent state in North or South America would be viewed as “the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.”

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At the same time, the doctrine noted that the United States would recognize and not interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries.

The doctrine was issued on Dec. 2, 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved, or were at the point of gaining, independence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires.

Vladmir Putin, President Trump's bosom buddy, has violated this doctrine. He has sent two planeloads of troops into Venezuela to back up the unpopular leader of that country who may have been chosen by a phony election.

Our president should set a 48-hour deadline for the withdrawal of these troops and the immediate cessation of arms shipments to Venezuela. If the deadline is not met, the USA should remove them by force. However, our president will not offend his Russian heartthrob. After all, Putin helped get him elected.

Tump and his Republican buddies threaten to wipe out the health system we call the ACA or Obama Care. They have already damaged it and also damaged Medicare.

That alone should keep him from being reelected in 2020. And the GOP can never put together an adequate replacement plan.

In my old age I use a lot of health care. I had a hospital stay of three days last week. My hands shake as I key this column. But while I can stay breathing I will do my civil duty and vote.

The Democrats have 20 candidates for president. Any of them would be an adequate replacement. Not because they are all great but because the incumbent is so bad.

Another change is needed in our government policy — the use of private contractors to replace genuine federal civil servants. When they are pushed out in a shutdown they lose money. When the contracts are rebid they lose their jobs altogether.

Sometimes they steal equipment on the way out the door. I saw this happen in the headquarters of Social Security at Woodlawn some decades ago when the guard force contract was rebid.

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