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Culleton: Seeking the vision of FDR, the courage of Eisenhower

Our current president seldom does his homework before sounding off. For example, he claims that some who oppose his presidency and seek to end it are guilty of treason.

If he were a king or a dictator he might have a case. Our founding fathers had had enough of this kind of autrocacy. They provided for two ways of removing an unsatisfactory president. The first was impeachment and the other was via an action of the vice president in concert with a majority of the Cabinet.

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Treason is defined thus in Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Consitution:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

“No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

Now, who are the enemies of the United States?

At this time we only have a declaration of war against North Korea. And who has given them aid and comfort? The name of Donald Trump comes to mind. He called off our scheduled maneuvers with the armed forces of South Korea.

North Korea is a communist state. Trump has cozied up with three Communist dictators, from North Korea, China and, most of all, Russia. Russia interfered with our last presidential election and is doing its best to interfere with the next one, in favor of the election of Donald Trump. Who says so? The CIA and the Defense Department say so.

You and I can vote for whomever we chose, in our party's primary election and, later in the general election. It is not my function to tell you who to vote for, so long as it isn't the treasonous Donald Trump. Both parties have excellent alternatives, candidates who have actually read the Constitution and follow it as best they can.

Some Trump supporters point to a booming economy. Well, any of us can live high on the hog if we borrow money and then borrow more money to make payments on the interest and principal. Eventually the lenders won't play this game anymore because we obviously can't pay back what we owe. When nations do this their currency loses all its value.

Some of us are old enough to remember Life Magazine. One cover photo sticks in my mind. The plump wife of a Chinese rice merchant is sitting on her front porch with bulging bags of rice on either side of her. On the street before her sits a starving child hoarding his pile of valueless paper money.

In that same era German families were using 100 Mark notes to patch their wallpaper. Hitler was about to get elected.

During the Great Recession many Americans were very poor. The Republican Administration thought that low taxes would solve the problem. Things got worse. Banks failed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected but things did not improve much. Then World War II came and required massive expenditures. Taxes rose on the rich and on corporations. Food was rationed. There were plenty of jobs, even for Rosie The Riveter.

When the war ended, we elected Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. Instead of cutting taxes on the very rich, he used the money to build the Interstate Highway System.

Now it needs rebuilding. But there is no money. Indeed we are already spending way more than we take in. Trump cut taxes, which was temporarily popular but over the long tern disastrous.

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What is the long-term solution for restoring our problems? We need the vision of an FDR and the courage of an Eisenhower.

Trump and his supporters have one huge advantage over their opponents. They are not bound by any moral code. As I was finishing this column one of their cleverer dirty tricks was accomplished.

A video of Nancy Pelosi was edited to make it appear that she was losing her mental facilities.This trick got wide viewership on the internet. I know of no legitimate way to counter this villainy. Hopefully the trick will not change a significant number of votes.

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