Truth in the Trump era. And why the president hates it.

In the 1992 film, Sneakers, the most chilling scene is as our hero, Robert Redford, slowly assembles tiles from a Scrabble game to spell out the phrase “TOO MANY SECRETS”. As it turns out this group of security experts had discovered a computer program that could hack any computer system. The scene ends with Redford lamenting, “No more secrets”, a more prophetic social commentary than any Orwellian future. In the Trump era, the future is now. Earlier this week the second stage of the impeachment inquiry began, while at the same time, world leaders were both seen and heard laughing about Donald Trump behind his back. A late night Comedian said it best, when Canada is trash talking you, you know you’ve done something wrong.

The implosion of secrecy among world leaders is only one tile in a longer word. The newly released Democratic report denotes details previously undisclosed to the public- twists and turns that no one could ever imagine about the Ukraine scandal. Shssssss. Listen:

It’s no longer a secret that Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is involved in the scandal.

It’s out in the open the number of phone calls Rudy Giuliani made to the White House, suggesting conversations with Trump himself.

The ensuing report also implicates Vice-president Mike Pence and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Let’s get one thing right. Impeachment is not only a word, but also a process. It is the counterbalance to the power that the president is privileged to hold through a free and democratic election process. Impeachment is the 11-letter word meant to anchor and protect this process when the Commander-In-Chief begins to drift.

America is an ideal, still a work-in-progress, and without end. While many argue that impeachment is a waste of time, as the Republican controlled Senate would never vote to remove Trump from office, that isn’t the point. Impeachment is intended to protect the integrity of the republic, including protections from judges, and yes, even its duly elected leaders such as Donald Trump. He is not the first. The impeachment process is never an exercise in futility, but rather one of the democratic process, as only a true democracy may hold their leaders accountable. Impeachment becomes the the counter-weight to the power of the president.

For Trump to balk at the very process and institution that gave him the presidency (along with Russian assistance) demonstrates a lack of understanding of leadership, and the constitutional norms upon which the United States was built. There’s no witch hunt here, Mr. President, only the reluctant unfurling of your secrets as the impeachment process brings the truth into the light.

No more secrets, Mr. President.

No more secrets.

 

k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

Opinion | Heather Heyer and the price of justice

Today, I can write that Heather’s Heyer’s assailant, James Field Jr., is a murderer.  Many had thought it, people had tweeted it, but now it’s official. At age 21, he will be sentenced as any murderer should.

In Trump’s long tunnel of madness, Charlottesville is but a speck in the rearview mirror. But many will recall the incident—the pain, the anger, the sudden sense of helplessness and loss that will not soon be forgotten. Still, some may argue that as Canadian living thousands of miles away, I’m on the fringe. No, I didn’t know Heather Heyer, but both our nations appreciate the stand she took, and the ultimate price that she paid. Continue reading “Opinion | Heather Heyer and the price of justice”

Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun

 

As the 60’s rock group, Buffalo Springfield once sang, “There’s something happening here…There’s battle lines being drawn.” The devastation at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the most recent mass shooting involving an assault-type rifle. The debate over gun control has been fueled by a combination of enraged and engaged students, a town hall meeting gone bad for politicians, and a White House listening session that resulted in crude and dangerous recommendations by President Trump. Add to the mix a CPAC meeting, where the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, gave a defiant speech warning that a perceived socialist agenda would strip away 2nd Amendment rights. Continue reading “Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun”

Opinion | Take a knee: What DOES Trump’s presidency really stand for?

When my father proposed to my mother, he did so on one knee. The Knighthood ceremony requires the candidate to take one knee before the Queen. When we bend down to speak to a small child, we often do so on one knee. I don’t know why Donald Trump hates one knee so much, but for the simple fact it challenges him— everything he is and ever wanted to become.

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Recap of Articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

 

Recap of articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

The Ugly “Truth” behind Niger, Chad, and Donald J. Trump

 

Special Report

The last week has held America’s emotions hostage. Outrage. Shock. Awe. The more we learn about the Niger incident are the more questions we have. Like a hydra, we chop off one bureaucratic head, only for two more to grow in its place. We look for leadership, moral or otherwise, and it’s not to be found. Trump obfuscates his responsibility as Americans and the families of four fallen soldiers are left to piece together the remains of the in Niger incident.

October 16, 2017 Press Conference

During President Trump’s Rose Garden press conference, he refused to answer the question about Niger and instead segued to whether or not past presidents contacted the family members of fallen Continue reading “The Ugly “Truth” behind Niger, Chad, and Donald J. Trump”

“The lights on at the White House, but President Alone and in the Dark”

Senator John McCain deals “death blow” to Trump’s Obamacare Bill

On Monday afternoon the president tweeted, “A great day at the White House!”, the social media equivalent of whistling in the dark. “I’m not afraid” it seemed to say. But the jig is up, Trump is scared. After Friday’s most recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, and with Trump’s own Republican member John McCain delivering its death blow, it should have been a quiet weekend, perhaps one of reflection for the president, or for any president.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has warned us that when the president gets attacked, Continue reading ““The lights on at the White House, but President Alone and in the Dark””