Isobella Caroline Boucher, Looking at the Future in the RearView Mirror: Advancing to the Forefront: Interview Part III

The Interview Part III – Some International Recognition and a Video

As we watch someone reach for the Stars one sometimes has to take a step back and establish some distance to achieve the perspective neccesary to make a judgment. Such is the case here…..

 

Some seem to rise to their destiny as they transcend their fate; others seems to take their success as the licence to destroy themselves.

 

And others take it all in stride, and never seem to waver…..

How does one maintain ones balance when the heights make everyone else so dizzy???

These are the questions we hopefully will find the answers for…

 

 

 

 

The Interview: Isobella Caroline Boucher, Part III

Isobella Caroline Boucher discusses a few videos of her songs, shows her fans the true heart that beats in the beat……and tells us how she ended up in the press at Torino Italy, semi-finalist at the Film Festival at Secrets…...

 

  / CWD
 *
In this song; what inspired you to pick these lyrics??  Was it a personal Encounter; a memory… a Dream???
 *
 / Isobella
 *
With Tell me How,  the song and melody came to me.
As my mom had bought me a new mic and video creator.
I had been listening to a bit of Lana Del Ray,  she is very inspirational to me and the song, my song, came to life.
.
 *
  / CWD
 *
This song has been picked up by San Mauro Film Festival to the status of Semi-Finalist…..
How do you feel about the reception it’s received in only a few days after global release??
 *

 / Isobella
 *
I am more than thrilled that my song and music video for Tell Me How is a semi finalist in the San Mauro Film Festival.
I can’t say why it affected them, I just know I entered the film music video competition.
In this festival, they have certain categories and Music Video was one of them.
They judge on many levels, I am just honored I am a semi finalist in this competition which will be held in Rome Italy.
*
  / CWD
 *
Could I get the lyrics of this one???
 *
 / Isobella                 
                         
Sure…here they are…
Lyrics, Tell Me How
********************

Tell me how

Tell me how

Tell me how

to go all over it again,

Tell me how

Tell me how

Tell me how

To go all over it again

Oh once again,  we turn and turn away

Oh once again like no end no beginning

Oh oh tell me how to go all over it again

Oh again it seems to fall to the ground for no apparent reason

So tell me how to go all over it again

Again

Ten thousand thoughts keep going thru my mind

 

So tell me how

Oh just tell me how

To go all over it again…

Ten thousand thoughts

  / CWD
 *
Wow !!!  This seems to be pretty profound in initializing the states of a relationship as it goes from being..,,,.hmm……….rather nebulous, problematic perhaps  ???  ….. to something way more cohesive……..something entirely …. substantial….  ???
 *
 / Isobella
 *
Tell me how,  is about those lifechanging relationships. 
Sometimes we wonder,  why did we fight, ??? How did it happen???  
And it’s about….what causes problems,  so you go thru it all over again. 
Looking for the spots,  the moments that caused a disruption ….. so you know how to put it back together.
*
  / CWD
 *
Now that you are being internationally recognized I was going to ask you about some of your female influences and faves that gave you ideas or whose style you dug….
 *
((  coming up in part IV ))
Bonus….
Links Below….
Muse in the Garden
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A Symposium on the Forgotten Saying: “United we Stand, Divided we Fall”: some Mythic Perspective that lends Philosophic Depth to Mystic Insight | Light of the Path ~ #2

The Nemesis of the United States is Division

The Inscription upon the Vesture and the Thigh 

“…KING OF KINGS

LORD OF LORDS…”

………………………………………………Fascism Arrives in the USA…………………………………………………..

“…Who Borrows the Medusa’s Eye, 

Resigns to the Empirical Lie

The Knower Petrifies the Known

the Subtle Dancer

Turns to Stone…”

William Blake

 

The Fasces of Rome,                      Image result for fasces: lictors                                                                                             

the Power of the Magistrate:

                                                         and the Power of the People

When the People are United; then Nothing Can Stop Them”

Bernie Sanders

Related image

The US Capitol Building 

“The Old Man and his Sons”

Bernie Sanders and the Fable of Aesop:

An Object Lesson in the Need for Unity.

So why is it that we must not let Donald Trump…or anyone for that matter; divide us into little petty factions, races, classes, and groups?? What is the danger of this divisive agenda promoted by Trump, and the Foxes he has put over each Henhouse ???

Bernie Sanders and his surrogates like Nina Turner and Tulsi Gabbard have often said that “when the People are United, then there is nothing that can stop them“.

But the origin of his saying goes back much further.

The Old Man and his Sons, sometimes alternatively titled The Bundle of Sticks, is one of Aesop’s Fables .

 The actions described in it have been attributed to several later rulers and its political moral that there is strength in unity has been consistently commented on over the centuries.

Here is the Tale:

The Bundle of Sticks

An old man had a number of sons who constantly quarrelled with each other.

He grew worried that unless he could get them to come together as a family once again, that their surrounding enemies would soon pick them off, one by one.

As he neared death he called them to him.

Having bound a bundle of sticks together (or in other accounts, either spears or arrows), he asked his sons to break them.

When they failed, he undid the bundle, and taking each stick, one by one, he broke each stick singly.

In that same way, he taught them this lesson, that though each can be easily overcome alone, they are invincible when  combined.

The Nemesis of Our Destruction

United We Stand: Divided, We Fall

The bundle of wooden sticks, bound together, and sometimes including the axe blade, has Etruscan beginnings but became prominent with its adoption by the Kingdom of Rome, then the Republic, then Imperial Rome. 

The fasces were carried by Lictors (attendants), and their presence signified the power of the magistrate being attended.  

Added in Republican Rome, the axe meant that the power of that particular magistrate included capital punishment.  

When the fasces were brought into Rome’s center the axe was removed, a sign that power resided with the people, rather than with an arbitrary and capricious magistrate.

Image result for fasces: lictors

Part I:  The Lesson of the Forgotten Warning: the Fasces and Facism

The lessons of history are repeated by those who choose to ignore them, as has been said many times. One of the best examples could be said to reside with Hitler, who boasted about his encyclopediac knowledge and understanding of history as few others could claim:

“…A man who has no sense of history,” declared Hitler, “is a man who has no ears or eyes..”

Yet our little historical genius then went and repeated the Total Blunder of Napoleon by invading Russia; and ended up in Napoleons exact same predicament, when; once again, the Russian Army and the Russian Winter proved more than a match for his dreams of world conquest, just as they had for Napoleon…

Brother: Can You Spare a Dime???

“Out of Many, One”

“E Pluribus Unum”

 

Image result for The Fasces

Mussolini’s Fascism took its name from fasces.

 

For a long time fasces connoted collective power, strength through unity,

“E Pluribus Unum.”

 

 

Is not the Aesop’s Fable of “The Bundle of Sticks” just the right explanation  for an American nation constructed from a wide variety of religions and immigrants groups and states with different interests. ???

 

…Yes, that’s the United States House of Representatives, and, on each side of the central podium, fasces, complete with the wreath that symbolizes victory.”  

Fasces (that’s the English word, “usually construed as singular,” according to my dictionary) also appear on the reverse side of the Mercury dime, on the doorways of the Oval Office, on the US Capitol Building, on the Supreme Court Building, on Lincoln’s chair at the Lincoln memorial …”

The origins of the symbol are Italian, using that designation broadly.  The bundle of wooden sticks, bound together, and sometimes including the axe blade, has Etruscan beginnings but became prominent with its adoption by the Kingdom of Rome, then the Republic, then Imperial Rome. 

The fasces were carried by Lictors (attendants), and their presence signified the power of the magistrate being attended.  Added in Republican Rome, the axe meant that the power of that particular magistrate included capital punishment.  

When the fasces were brought into Rome’s center the axe was removed, a sign that power resided with the people, rather than with an arbitrary and capricious magistrate.

Image result for fasces

 

 

 

A Symposium on the Forgotten Saying: “United we Stand, Divided we Fall”: some Mythic Perspective that lends Philosophic Depth to Mystic Insight | Light of the Path ~ #1

The Nemesis of the United States is Division

The Inscription upon the Vesture and the Thigh 

“….KING OF KINGS

LORD OF LORDS….”

……………………………………………………Fascism Arrives in the USA…………………………………………………..

“…Who Borrows the Medusa’s Eye, 

Resigns to the Empirical Lie

The Knower Petrifies the Known

the Subtle Dancer

Turns to Stone…”

William Blake

 

The Fasces of Rome,                      Image result for fasces: lictors                                                                                             

the Power of the Magistrate:

                                                         and the Power of the People

When the People are United; then Nothing Can Stop Them”

Bernie Sanders

Related image

The US Capitol Building 

“The Old Man and his Sons”

Bernie Sanders and the Fable of Aesop:

An Object Lesson in the Need for Unity.

So why is it that we must not let Donald Trump…or anyone for that matter; divide us into little petty factions, races, classes, and groups?? What is the danger of this divisive agenda promoted by Trump, and the Foxes he has put over each Henhouse ???

Bernie Sanders and his surrogates like Nina Turner and Tulsi Gabbard have often said that “when the People are United, then there is nothing that can stop them“.

But the origin of his saying goes back much further.

The Old Man and his Sons, sometimes alternatively titled The Bundle of Sticks, is one of Aesop’s Fables .

 The actions described in it have been attributed to several later rulers and its political moral that there is strength in unity has been consistently commented on over the centuries.

Here is the Tale:

The Bundle of Sticks

An old man had a number of sons who constantly quarrelled with each other.

He grew worried that unless he could get them to come together as a family once again, that their surrounding enemies would soon pick them off, one by one.

As he neared death he called them to him.

Having bound a bundle of sticks together (or in other accounts, either spears or arrows), he asked his sons to break them.

When they failed, he undid the bundle, and taking each stick, one by one, he broke each stick singly.

In that same way, he taught them this lesson, that though each can be easily overcome alone, they are invincible when  combined.

The Nemesis of Our Destruction

United We Stand: Divided, We Fall

The bundle of wooden sticks, bound together, and sometimes including the axe blade, has Etruscan beginnings but became prominent with its adoption by the Kingdom of Rome, then the Republic, then Imperial Rome. 

The fasces were carried by Lictors (attendants), and their presence signified the power of the magistrate being attended.  

Added in Republican Rome, the axe meant that the power of that particular magistrate included capital punishment.  

When the fasces were brought into Rome’s center the axe was removed, a sign that power resided with the people, rather than with an arbitrary and capricious magistrate.

Image result for fasces: lictors

Part I:  The Lesson of the Forgotten Warning: the Fasces and Facism

The lessons of history are repeated by those who choose to ignore them, as has been said many times. One of the best examples could be said to reside with Hitler, who boasted about his encyclopediac knowledge and understanding of history as few others could claim:

“…A man who has no sense of history,” declared Hitler, “is a man who has no ears or eyes..”

Yet our little historical genius then went and repeated the Total Blunder of Napoleon by invading Russia; and ended up in Napoleons exact same predicament, when; once again, the Russian Army and the Russian Winter proved more than a match for his dreams of world conquest, just as they had for Napoleon…

Brother: Can You Spare a Dime???

“Out of Many, One”

“E Pluribus Unum”

 

Image result for The Fasces

Mussolini’s Fascism took its name from fasces.

 

For a long time fasces connoted collective power, strength through unity,

“E Pluribus Unum.”

 

 

 

Is not the Aesop’s Fable of “The Bundle of Sticks” just the right explanation  for an American nation constructed from a wide variety of religions and immigrants groups and states with different interests. ???

…Yes, that’s the United States House of Representatives, and, on each side of the central podium, fasces, complete with the wreath that symbolizes victory.”  

Fasces (that’s the English word, “usually construed as singular,” according to my dictionary) also appear on the reverse side of the Mercury dime, on the doorways of the Oval Office, on the US Capitol Building, on the Supreme Court Building, on Lincoln’s chair at the Lincoln memorial …”

The origins of the symbol are Italian, using that designation broadly.  The bundle of wooden sticks, bound together, and sometimes including the axe blade, has Etruscan beginnings but became prominent with its adoption by the Kingdom of Rome, then the Republic, then Imperial Rome. 

The fasces were carried by Lictors (attendants), and their presence signified the power of the magistrate being attended.  Added in Republican Rome, the axe meant that the power of that particular magistrate included capital punishment.  

When the fasces were brought into Rome’s center the axe was removed, a sign that power resided with the people, rather than with an arbitrary and capricious magistrate.

Image result for fasces

 

 

 

Interview: Isobella Caroline Boucher ~ A View from the Cutting Edge: the Artistic World of Total Creative Expression

The Interview ~ Part I and II

Isobella Caroline Boucher

Artiste Extraordinaire 

                                                                                                                         
Angel of the Apocalypse 

“……The Work of Any True Artist is to Advance to that Creative Ideal of Making Art –                         Artlessly……”    CWD

This Interview is with Isobella Caroline Boucher, who was awarded Best Album/ CD of the Year 2018 in the Category of Electronica by Akademia Artists, and is now busy promoting her new CD “Secrets”, going even further into the uncharted realms of mesmeric Trance Dance and interstellar Electronika
 
She is a Painter, an Actress, a Playwright, an International Indie Music Artist, and is also currently a Model in NYC where she resides, and is represented by the local agency Model Mayhem.
 
She first started her career as what I have termed the inclusive description  of the Artistic World of Total Creative Expression that I have been obliged to coin to describe her multi – talented entrance into the ranks of those who simultaneously find fulfillment in dance, music, acting, painting and writing plays, which she is also presently engaged in for her own Acting Guild, Spotlight Productions
 
On Sunday, April 3, 2018, 6:16:14 AM EDT, christopher witt diamant <st.christopherthelast@yahoo.com> interview:</st.christopherthelast@yahoo.com>
christopher witt diamant
  / CWD
Let me first get a little insight into what you might claim as some of your inspirational sources, and then perhaps share some of your beginning influences, and then a few artists you admire in your field currently….
I have noticed you used some minor atonal chording evocative of Debussy in one of your songs, I was wondering if this was an early influence because you were exposed to his haunting repetitive music stylings when you were studying with the ABT ( American Ballet Theatre ) in 2016?? Did this start this progressive trend of the looping and repetitive style of your own compositions???
isobella caroline boucher 
/ Isobella
 
Progressing in my sound. I am not sure of the word “progressive”, it’s limiting to one’s growth if you forget your roots, because the true avant-garde springs from the Classical. The true progress comes from the doing. As in what is accomplished while doing. There is no progress unless you are learning. I think every day you learn something new is progress. You learn a little more, maybe notice ways you can perfect what you are creating:  that’s progressive.
/ CWD
Where do you begin in your composing??? Do you start with a melody, a lyric…or just a feeling…???
/ Isobella
I see my music more in ” moments” of being. The moments of the time each piece was created. I have progressed tremendously because when I first started my music journey I was scared to sing
  / CWD
You?  I find that hard to believe !!! How did you overcome this …inhibition ? …this mental block ??? Did anybody help you get past the rather sterile atmosphere of the studio, give you some guidance on transcending the pressure that was put on you to perform to fulfill the producer’s, or even your own labels expectations of you???
/ Isobella
Well, going back to when I started I initially got my confidence by what happened when I was starting out taking a music class, and at the audition I felt inspired. I knew my voice was good. When I was done they all just sat there….they didn’t know where to put me. Finally they decided to skip me ahead to the advanced classes, and they told me I was already singing at a professional level.
  / CWD
 Okay, so it’s obvious that you were having a bit of stage fright or the jitters at the first session…..so how did you get into the recording aspect in the first place? I mean, like what were the circumstances leading up to you finally getting to release that stratospheric voice of yours  and start realizing your potential???
/ Isobella
Well, taking the music class was just getting my feet wet. Like a baby step. At that point, even though I was very innocent to it all I knew I had something developing; especially because of the immediate reaction I got around that time when I had met a producer, Anthony of Riddem Factory. He liked my lyrics right off. Then he asked me to create a melody. I did. I was still rather uncertain of it all, but my confidence was boosted by friends in the neighborhood.
  / CWD
So your friends were like your cheerleaders??? They had heard you sing, maybe around the house, walking down the street, maybe doing some karaoke at a club or something???
 
/ Isobella
They knew how good my voice was, and told me, seriously; that I had to record my songs, and I saw that Anthony could see that my music captures the essence of feelings. As my lyrics present, but expressed without artifice, naturally. So they were right: it was time for me to make that first step.
  / CWD
So what happened with Anthony??
/ Isobella
Well he told me to come down and check out the whole deal with recording and how the whole process works Anyway, I went to the studio in Brooklyn. Another singer sang my song. I got to sing back up. It was named Lilac Tree, the singing being perhaps reminiscent to one of my early inspirations, the singer Nina Simone.
That day, wow; what an eye opener. I was in love with the whole process,  but I was into trying the song but with me singing. I was not going to leave without giving it a shot. Anthony picked up on my vibe, and I actually was told to come back in and sing. So I did. I had my hands holding on to the back of my jeans and broke the belt I was wearing. I went a little over the top….so obviously I wasn’t ready. But I was getting there…..
  / CWD
But this just made you all the more determined, am I right??? You must have seen that you just had to get that voice of yours under control when you have a million volts of electric adrenaline zipping through you… am I right???
/ Isobella
Oh yea. Like I put together a band around that time called DSI, which was a blast, but short lived. DSI???  It stood for Daniel Sketches Isobella
Anyway, my own voice was getting stronger and more refined, and I was doing a lot of work with it. I knew I could cut it….I thought to myself. “…Wait a minute! I can do this! …” Because it was all coming together.
  / CWD
Well of course…. mean: live is where it’s at. The dynamic of being center stage wth your own crew, no filter; standing right in front of a crowd, ……. wow !!! just feeling the energy, dealing with directing the sound of the band….it’ s the whole shebang, for real…. ha ha ha !!!
Plus the’s the feedback from others cats on the scene, checking out your band… making suggestions…the whole riff
/ Isobella
Oh yea….absolutely. And I was meeting many artists. Then something really big happened, I caught a break…
In the fall of 2016 I met another music artist. Bobby Craymer. I was helping him with videos and music promotions. That was the first time I sang for myself in the studio. It went well and opened a whole new door for me. My sound was good. I was inspired!! The CD called “Was it all a Dream?” came out. It won best pop electronica album for 2017.
(   Part I )
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Second Interview ( Part II )

“…… An Artist is A Dreamer Consenting to Dream of the Actual World …” 

    George Santayana

This Second Interview ( Part II ) with Isobella Caroline Boucher, attempts to find what steps she first took  into her current career, and to hepefully discover how she became a rsing phenomenon on the emerging Electronika / Trance / Interstellar Music Scene; and who was awarded Best Album/ CD of the Year 2018 in the Category of Electronica by Akademia Artists, and is now busy promoting her new CD “Secrets”, going even further into the uncharted realms of mesmeric Trance Dance and Interstellar Electronika Music
She is a Painter, an Actress, a Playwright, an International Indie Music Artist, and is also currently a Model in NYC where she resides, and is represented by the local agency Model Mayhem. I have already shared the fact that Isobella is fluent in the realms of dance, music, acting, painting and writing plays, in which she is also presently engaged in for her own Acting Guild, Spotlight Productions, as well as starring in the Gothic Horror Series “Providence”.
She first started her career by originating an all-encompassing expansion movement now entering what I have termed the Artistic World of Total Creative Expression.
At this time in this Second Interview I am asking her some backround questions and then more questions on some more topical issues dealing with her new CD titled “Secrets”, and what it is all about; which is a dangerous question indeed, as we will shortly see. !!!
On Sunday, April 8th, 2018, 6:16:14 AM EDT, christopher witt diamant <st.christopherthelast@yahoo.com>
christopher witt diamant
  / CWD
You got into music through your love of dance…. a strange journey from Classical to Electroika and Trance….
What age did you start???  What were your areas of exploration ???
isobella caroline boucher 
 / Isobella
I would say to me, music and dance go together. Although , classical music was first introduced to me in ballet class at 8, it definitely was not the only music I listened to. I love all kinds of music, from classical to hard rock.
I first started ballet at ABT. I would practice down the basement after school daily. Then I went to Harkness Childrens School. After that, I studied at NDG, Martha Graham and Jennifer Muller “the works”. The most exciting was “Jennifer Muller the Works” because it was a very closed group of dancers, as I was an apprentice company dancer.
She taught us the art of exploration in movement in art.
I learned alot about music there actually. * To me, learning comes in the most unusal ways.  My venues opened up to many artists * music artists, since our class music was so unique and out of the ordinary  Taking the leap from classical dance to doing electronica trance music , is actually something I never thought of, in the difference of genre. I guess I liked it and found it easier to create that way. The beats and vocals. I find it more a matter of exploration. I was not raised playing piano. I had no interest. I wanted to dance!
So, doing music was and is a new venue of learning, exploration , and experimentation.
  / CWD

So you went into Dance starting with the classical forms…. studied ballet, then went and took modern dance …,,,expressive or interpretative dance…… was that what they called “Jazz” dancing, right ???

/ Isobella
Jazz today  is more Bob Fosse style , 1920’s avante guarde. Jazz is a style of dance. I would say, I was more into modern dance-which has a place of its own. Although I studied jazz, the distinction of modern is in a class of its own. Although during our interview, as that part was cut short. Alvin Ailey and their production of Carmen I was not familiar of. My first viewing of the ballet “Carmen” was with the NYC ballet. My mom took me and I fell more in love with ballet! My first love.
I also recall prior to this written interview you asked me a question on Barishnikov. Yes, he did teach some classes when I was in the Harkness Childrens School. I was so excited and honored. I was more in awe than anything to be taught by such a master .
  / CWD
 Whoa !!!  Misha…. wow !!!  Mikhail Baryshinikov…..   the legend…must have been right…hmmm…. so you were being taught by him waaaay after he defected to the West in…what year was it he left the Kirov. …1974???  Hmmm….  I could be wrong….
What did he say, “….The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure…..” Baryshnikov
/ Isobella

 To be honest, I did not know when Barishnikov defected from Russia and yes it was many years after, decades. I really at that time, was very into learning dance and was blessed to have been around such gifted and idolic artists in the dance world. I never really looked up the history of dancers at that time because, I just , well was busy. I think I could look up when he defected now. I have no clue!

 With his statement. …He means the gift of the essence of art. The essence itself is a pleasure, as it is the joy of the dance. The joy of the movement and what it represents. To me , it is heavenly and beautiful and Barishnikov has given an over abundance of pleasure in his craft / art of dance …
With my music, I hope and wish  I give people pleasure when they hear my music . The same as it gives me pleasure to create it.  Yet not piece of my music gives me pleasure since some of my pieces are intense , emotional and abstract.
My music is what I hear in my heart and soul. It reflects music I have heard before and sounds I created myself. It is a mixing , blending of sounds and loops, and my own beats since I am creating electronica trance music. It is how I perceive emotions.
You had mentioned that you felt I believe music is an art not a science. I believe it is both. I was also taught in dance, dance is also a science as well as an art.  I feel those trachings reflect in my music. It is both.
  / CWD
 Well….you’ve definitely opened yourself up for this next question:.
What is it that you want to say in your music ? Or with your music ??  I mean…what message…what kind of impact are you trying to achieve in your art??
/ Isobella
I guess I want to say “Hi…I am here” in my music, meaning I am doing my own thing, my music.
You ask questions I do not usually think of. What is it that you want to say in your music?
  I think, I am saying I believe in love and emotions. I express my inner feelings thru music, thoughts , feelings that may not come out, unless in my music. It is also a very soulful thing. I believe we learn to grow as an individual when you do music or any art. You can’t fool yourself. When you create a song, it is you creating it. You must go thru the process of creating. Practice, create. Stop. Do it again until you start getting somewhere . A song. The same goes with lyrics. It is coming out of you. You become responsible to your creation, then you grow.
Music to me is a symbol of freedom. A way to express yourself. You can scream a song into a mic and not hurt anyone. In fact, after , you may give a listener pleasure. You sang your heart out!
We cant forget, lyrics are poems actually. Maybe I am singing my poetry. Music also is precious, its a way to capture that essence. The feelings of emotions we have inside and music lasts. A person can leave, change, fade away, but to sentimentalists. A song, you can return to, go back to the spot, linger in it, in a song. So music to me is part of me .
My impact and achieve. I never think of the impact to others, I am always surprised in all the responses I recieve that are so lovely about my music. I am.:) I just love creating music. It is a passion and a desire.
 Maybe my impact is I move people to follow their dreams. Try harder, experiment and practice. I believe life is an adventure , a mystery and beautiful. I just have that desire and it comes out in my music.
  / CWD
 Fair enough…if they want to find, then listen..carefully hmmmm….well, did not the Nazarence say “ Seek, and ye will find…”  a ha ha ha !!!!  There it is…  as you yourself would agree???
 Yes ??? No ????
/ Isobella
As my lyrics present those states and evoke those feelings…..
Asking me about that,  now it reminds me…. One song “Golden Street” on the C Tiara Hotel album…. always reminds me of New York City. The theater area. My dance school, ….doing music, acting; ……. anything artistic. That is why I called it the “Golden Street“.
  / CWD
 Right…I can see that…you….you’ve…captured   the essence…something…almost …  evanescent…hold it…isn’t that the name of a band ???   Ha ha ha !!!   Well…there you go….
Now you’re making me remember things !!!
/ Isobella

Thats good! So interviewing me on my music is making you remember other moments.

Actually, Evanescence is a great band. “Wake me up Inside“, is one of my favorite songs.  The lead singer has a gorgeous voice. I guess that is what music does to me.  Awakens me to all life is 🙂
  / CWD
Hold on…so what you are saying..by not really saying it…but what it means to have a heart…what goes with it….  teaching in your own mudsic what has come with that knowledge…that life has to be experienced….
Lived at a deep emotional level…not emotionalism, but the true states of being…  yes ??? True?
/ Isobella
Perhaps.:)
I can’t say teaching because my songs are my experiences that I feel or have felt, expressed in a song. Teaching , would be showing how. I don’ t see any of my songs as teaching, more like , actually I don’t have a word for that… What is in my heart comes out in my music.
  / CWD
Are you saying I talk about teaching too much???
/ Isobella
No. You are the interviewer, you have to talk and ask questions.
I am just answering them and enjoying this avante guarde interview on music. It is very touching and thought provoking.
  / CWD
I’m going to really say thank you by referring to this interview as “thought provoking” in that last statement !!!
 Now this is the end of Part II, next I want to get into this new CD of yours “Secrets” ….  which has already got…2100 listens ???
/ Isobella
Yes, it’s even got another review already…very complimentary….
You did a great job with this interview so far….. and I think you should write a bio about yourself so people know what a great writer you are, and add the links to your music
  / CWD
Well thank you very much….  I will add some stuff about me after we finish our Interview…thanks for the plug !!!
Not too many people know about my band Thee Unicorns…..  but plenty of people all over the world from South America to Sweden seem to know about you !!!!
(Secrets…to be continued in Part III)

Full-Speed Ahead for Our “Dictator-for-Life” ? Why Amphetamine Makes Donald Trump Believe He Can Get Away with Overthrowing the American Government and Installing Himself as Absolute Dictator: an Overview of Trumps Coming “Crash” | Measure 144 ~ Missive 377

Hope Hicks Admits President Trump Used Drugs

That Helped With ADHD

 Speed Kills: An Alarming Revelation:
 Why Donald Trump is Exhibiting Signs of Mental Collapse and Paranoia

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, as well as a New York Times bestselling author, said that hspoke with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks by telephone, and asked her about President Trump’s use of amphetamines.

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Hope Hicks admitted that Trump used them, but said that he only took them for “a  few days”.

When Eichenwald said that records showed that he used them for eight years, Hicks then called him “a liberal” and hung up.

The question is, is Trump still using them? That would explain his changing and often erratic behavior.

Eichenwald was referring to an article published by Spy Magazine that exposed the practices of one of Trump’s personal doctors, Dr. Greenberg, who was giving him drugs for a ‘metabolic imbalance.’ That’s really a fancy way of saying Trump wanted a fat burner.

It was also published in biography Lost Tycoon by author Harry Hurt, that said the amphetamines prescribed to Trump contributed to “Donald’s mood swings” and “fits of distemper,” much like those expressed by people with ADHD.

Even though Trump wasn’t officially diagnosed with the learning disorder, it’s said that the amphetamines he took would give him focus and energy, helping to combat any mental fatigue expressed by ADHD.

“Donald was so delighted with the results that he started recommending Dr. Greenberg’s treatments to his brother Robert, various friends, and celebrity acquaintances such as Diana Ross.

The diet drugs, which he took in pill form, not only curbed his appetite but gave him a feeling of euphoria and unlimited energy. The medical literature warned that some potentially dangerous side effects could result from long-term usage; they included anxiety, insomnia, and delusions of grandeur.

According to several Trump Organization insiders, Donald exhibited all these ominous symptoms of diet drug usage, and then some.

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’ The first thing I would do when I got to the office in the morning,” recalled one former vice-president, “was to go see Norma Foerderer and ask her,

‘Is this a Dr. Greenberg day?’

If she said yes, I would do everything I could to stay out of Donald’s way.’

 

Delusions of Grandeur: A Parade for our Next Dictator???

Image result for Trump in military jacket

and his Imperial Fallen CNN-Made Mass Image:

…..as America’s Caesar

“…The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult….”

         

The End of Democracy and the Beginning of the Madhouse of Trump

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute

I’m not a fan of Communist China.

It’s a vicious totalitarian regime that routinely employs censorship, surveillance, and brutal police state tactics to intimidate its populace, maintain its power, and expand the largesse of its corporate elite.

Just recently, in fact, China – an economic and political powerhouse that owns more of America’s debt than any other country and is buying up American businesses across the spectrum – announced its plan to make its president, Xi Jinping, president for life.

President Trump jokingly thinks that’s a great idea.

Trump thinks the idea of having a president for life is so great, in fact, that America might want to move in that direction.

“Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” joked Trump.

The Bible of Trump: his personal copy of Mein Kampf, at which his bemused son Barron fixatedly stares is that hideous betrayal of America hidden in the Red Box

Here’s the thing: we already have a president for life.
Sure, the names and faces and parties have changed over the years, but really, when you drill down under the personalities and political theater, you’ll find that the changing names and faces are merely cosmetic: no matter who sits on the throne, the office of the president of the United States has, for all intents and purposes, become a unilateral power unto itself.
Although the Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers, in recent years, American presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.) have claimed the power to completely and almost unilaterally alter the landscape of this country for good or for ill.
The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts—powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler—empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

The presidency itself has become an imperial one with permanent powers.

As law professor William P. Marshall explains,
….“every extraordinary use of power by one President expands the availability of executive branch power for use by future Presidents.” Moreover, it doesn’t even matter whether other presidents have chosen not to take advantage of any particular power, because “it is a President’s action in using power, rather than forsaking its use, that has the precedential significance.
In other words, each successive president continues to add to his office’s list of extraordinary orders and directives, expanding the reach and power of the presidency and granting him- or herself near dictatorial powers.
So you see, we have been saddled with a “president for life”—i.e., a dictator for life—for some time now.

This abuse of presidential powers has been going on for so long that it has become the norm, the Constitution be damned.
The government of laws idealized by John Adams has fallen prey to a government of men.
As a result, we no longer have a system of checks and balances.

“…All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush—to kill American citizens without due process, to detain suspects indefinitely, to strip Americans of their citizenship rights, to carry out mass surveillance on Americans without probable cause, to suspend laws during wartime, to disregard laws with which he might disagree, to conduct secret wars and convene secret courts, to sanction torture, to sidestep the legislatures and courts with executive orders and signing statements, to direct the military to operate beyond the reach of the law, to operate a shadow government, and to act as a dictator and a tyrant, above the law and beyond any real accountability—were inherited by Donald Trump….”

These presidential powers—acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements and which can be activated by any sitting president—enable past, president and future presidents to operate above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.
These are the powers that will be passed along to each successive heir to the Oval Office.
This is what you might call a stealthy, creeping, silent, slow-motion coup d’etat.

Donald Trump has already picked up where his predecessors left off: he has continued to wage war, he has continued to federalize the police, and he operates as if the Constitution does not apply to him.
As tempting as it may be to lay all the blame at Trump’s feet for the totalitarian state of the nation right now, remember that he didn’t create the police state.
He merely inherited it, along with the dictatorial powers of the presidency.
If we are to return to a constitutional presidency, we must recalibrate the balance of power.
As I make clear in my book “Battlefield America: The War on the American People“, the only thing that will save us now is a concerted, collective commitment to the Constitution’s principles of limited government, a system of checks and balances, and a recognition that they—the president, Congress, the courts, the military, the police, the technocrats and plutocrats and bureaucrats—answer to and are accountable to “we the people.”
As historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. points out,
Holding a President to strict accountability requires, first of all, a new attitude on the part of the American people toward their Presidents, or rather a return to the more skeptical attitude of earlier times: it requires, specifically, a decline in reverence… The age of the imperial presidency has produced the idea that run-of-the-mill politicians, brought by fortuity to the White House, must be treated thereafter as if they have become superior and perhaps godlike beings.”
Schlesinger continues:
“If the nation wants to work its way back to a constitutional presidency, there is only one way to begin. That is by showing Presidents that, when their closest associates place themselves above the law and the Constitution, such transgressions will be not forgiven or forgotten for the sake of the presidency but exposed and punished for the sake of the presidency.”
In other words, we’ve got to stop treating the president like a god and start making both the office of the president and the occupant play by the rules of the Constitution

Fallen State of the Neo Nazi White House: the Current Status of the Sinking Trump Ship-of-State...

The Hour of Trumps Temptation

The White Messiah of the KKK: the 4th Reich of Hitler as Trump’s Own Dream   

The Neo-Confederate KKK Embrace of the Beast and his Image:

“…The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult….”

Image result for Trump in military jacket

The Adulterer-in-Chief and his Ivanka Sex Toy

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“…..He Didn’t Sign the Contract ????… He stiffed his own lawyer??

Trump Didn’t Pay Porn Star Hush Money

— Because He Stiffed His Own Lawyer: Report

By @MargHartman

Michael Cohen, the real-life Barry Zuckerkorn. Photo: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images

It appears President Trump may have dodged the consequences of one shady habit, conducting extramarital affairs, by indulging in another unscrupulous habit: refusing to pay his employees.

Last month Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, released a statement that seemed to suggest he paid Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimed she had an affair with Trump – $130,000 of his own money right before the 2016 election. Supposedly, it had nothing to do with his boss.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said.

Wall Street Journal report released on Monday suggests it’s possible Cohen wasn’t reimbursed for the payment — but not for lack of trying:

Mr. Cohen said he missed two deadlines earlier that month to make the $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford because he couldn’t reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign, the person said.

Ms. Clifford was owed the money in return for signing an agreement that bars her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter said.

After Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford, the people said.

In his carefully worded statement, Cohen said he used his own money to “facilitate” the payment to Clifford, and records show he set up an LLC in Delaware on October 17, 2016, to make the payment to her attorney.

While Cohen noted that he was not reimbursed by Trump’s business or campaign, he did not rule out the possibility that he was reimbursed by Trump personally.

The Journal also reported on Tuesday that First Republic Bank flagged Cohen’s transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department. It’s not clear when that occurred, but it was previously reported that the bank used by Clifford’s attorney, City National Bank in Los Angeles, launched it own internal inquiry in September 2017.

The year-long lag is unusual, and suggests that the bank may have received more information about the transaction — possibly a subpoena or a visit from regulators. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team would not comment on whether it prompted the inquiry.

Cohen and Trump might have violated the law even if Cohen was just acting on his bosses’ presumed wishes, and still hasn’t been reimbursed. Mueller probe aside, Cohen’s payment could be seen as an illegal campaign donation if his intent was to shield Trump from the political fallout of a porn star going public with her tawdry tale of spanking and Shark Week viewings just before Election Day.

There’s no limit on what candidates can donate to their own campaign, but if Trump eventually paid Cohen back, he might have violated campaign-finance laws by failing to report it.

Experts say, however, that it’s unlikely Trump and Cohen would see serious penalties for the crime. (Former senator John Edwards was tried on similar crimes, but the jury was deadlocked on most charges.) On the other hand, the president’s attorney seems almost determined to make the situation worse.

How did the Republican Party became a dangerous cult?

Desperate to halt a terrifying tide of social transformation, the political heirs of Jim Crow flooded into the weak and nearly empty infrastructure of the Southern GOP. Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult.

The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others.

They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce.

It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun).

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan. We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy.

Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of “The Politics of Crazy” and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

“…..On the night of March 23, 1997, Marshall Applewhite prepared to achieve his life’s mission. He had already supervised the successful “evacuation” of several followers. The leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult would be the last of the chosen few to join the alien spacecraft trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet speeding past the Earth.

As he mixed a lethal dose of phenobarbital into his apple sauce, did he experience doubt? Did he wonder whether his psychiatrists had been right? Maybe there were no aliens waiting to whisk him away. He had failed to uncover any empirical evidence to support his worldview.

Perhaps that was because his worldview was flawed and false. No, he probably ate his poison and slipped the bag over his head with a smile on his face.

Republican Roy Moore, removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his erratic behavior and banned from the mall for harassing teenage girls, has cloaked his campaign for the Senate in the language of “spiritual warfare.”

As such, he is the most apt representative of the Republican Party in our age of cult politics.

Moore is pitching himself as God’s candidate and his voters are slopping it up like poisoned applesauce. The party of “family values” is about to send a known sexual predator to the Senate because God wants them to.

This would be startling, except they already used the same reasoning to put a known sexual predator in the White House.

The same magical reasoning infects Republicans tax reform plans. We are in the eighth year of continuous job growth, the eighth year of economic expansion, and the eighth year of a head-spinning stock market boom. Corporate profits are at record levels and the economy has been redlining at full-employment for almost three years.

By any marginally credible economic reasoning, this would be an ideal moment to raise taxes, curb debt, make investments in public infrastructure, and just generally do the things one does at the peak of a long economic expansion.

At this moment, why are Republicans trying to slash taxes for the wealthy? Why would someone castrate themselves and commit suicide? Because that’s what the cult demands.

There are no bright economic minds suggesting that this is a good idea.

There is no difference of opinion among sane, credible people about whether America needs a massive tax cut for the rich.

An effort by Republican leaders to claim support among economists devolved into unabashed lying.

One of the “economists” listed as a supporter, Gil Sylvia, has yet to be identified and may not even exist. When one of the president’s minions pitched this idiotic tax plan to a panel of American CEO’s – men who will be getting fat tax cuts – they balked. In public.

On camera. Director Cohn’s stunned response after soliciting their backing should be etched on the tombstone of the former Party of Lincoln, “Why aren’t the other hands up?

Cohn didn’t pause to hear their answer, because that isn’t how a cult works. Like a Soviet Commissar, he wasn’t soliciting feedback but measuring loyalty. He noted the disbelief of the apostates and simply moved on in righteous oblivion.

No reasoning accessible on the plane of logical thought supports this plan, just like no one outside the cult would ever let Roy Moore make decisions on their behalf.

Tax cuts, along with slashing government services, ending government support for health insurance, burning more coal, and a whole collection of other loony ideas, are now unconsidered articles of faith.

Republican Jesus wants a tax cut. The faithful will comply.

Nothing in traditional Republican thought made this descent into madness inevitable.

In fact, most of what passes for current Republican orthodoxy contradicts the party’s ideological heritage.

Just twenty-five years ago, when Roy Moore was trolling the sidelines at homecoming for sweet young things, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

At the same time, Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Something happened, and it had nothing at all to do with the traditional priorities of the Republican or Democratic parties.

Countries experience moments like this from time to time. We are long overdue for such a crisis, as our last major partisan breakdown occurred in the 1850’s.

Rasputin: 1914

Faced with tumultuous cultural, technological and economic upheaval, political systems may find themselves bottlenecked, unable to keep pace with evolutionary demands. Parties and ideologies are contorted into strange shapes under the pressure of rapid transformation.

Communism, for example, began as a ruthlessly empirical, atheistic approach to politics and economics. Influenced by the turmoil of the 20th century and the urgency of revolutionary demands, it quickly took on the trappings of a fanatical religion.

By the time the Khmer Rouge unleashed their wave of slaughter on Cambodia, Communism had devolved into little more than ideological window dressing for a tribal death cult. Ideology does not constrain fanatics.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts.

There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others. They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

“...By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce. It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun)…..”

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan.

We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy.

Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of The Politics of Crazy and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult. The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.

 

A President-for-Life??? Why Donald Trump Believes He Can Get Away with Overthrowing the American Government and Installing Himself as Absolute Dictator: an Overview of the Coming Crash by Wall Street | Measure 144 ~ Missive 375

The Neo-Confederate Frankenstein of the GOP as the Trumpist Beast Hillary Created,

Image result for Trump in military jacket

and his Imperial Fallen CNN-Made Mass Image:

…..as America’s Caesar

“…The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult….”

         

The End of Democracy and the Beginning of the Madhouse of Trump

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute

I’m not a fan of Communist China.

It’s a vicious totalitarian regime that routinely employs censorship, surveillance, and brutal police state tactics to intimidate its populace, maintain its power, and expand the largesse of its corporate elite.

Just recently, in fact, China – an economic and political powerhouse that owns more of America’s debt than any other country and is buying up American businesses across the spectrum – announced its plan to make its president, Xi Jinping, president for life.

President Trump jokingly thinks that’s a great idea.
Trump thinks the idea of having a president for life is so great, in fact, that America might want to move in that direction.
“Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” joked Trump.

The Bible of Trump: his personal copy of Mein Kampf, at which his bemused son Barron fixatedly stares is that hideous betrayal of America hidden in the Red Box

Here’s the thing: we already have a president for life.
Sure, the names and faces and parties have changed over the years, but really, when you drill down under the personalities and political theater, you’ll find that the changing names and faces are merely cosmetic: no matter who sits on the throne, the office of the president of the United States has, for all intents and purposes, become a unilateral power unto itself.
Although the Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers, in recent years, American presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.) have claimed the power to completely and almost unilaterally alter the landscape of this country for good or for ill.
The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts—powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler—empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

The presidency itself has become an imperial one with permanent powers.

As law professor William P. Marshall explains,
….“every extraordinary use of power by one President expands the availability of executive branch power for use by future Presidents.” Moreover, it doesn’t even matter whether other presidents have chosen not to take advantage of any particular power, because “it is a President’s action in using power, rather than forsaking its use, that has the precedential significance.
In other words, each successive president continues to add to his office’s list of extraordinary orders and directives, expanding the reach and power of the presidency and granting him- or herself near dictatorial powers.
So you see, we have been saddled with a “president for life”—i.e., a dictator for life—for some time now.

This abuse of presidential powers has been going on for so long that it has become the norm, the Constitution be damned.
The government of laws idealized by John Adams has fallen prey to a government of men.
As a result, we no longer have a system of checks and balances.

“…All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush—to kill American citizens without due process, to detain suspects indefinitely, to strip Americans of their citizenship rights, to carry out mass surveillance on Americans without probable cause, to suspend laws during wartime, to disregard laws with which he might disagree, to conduct secret wars and convene secret courts, to sanction torture, to sidestep the legislatures and courts with executive orders and signing statements, to direct the military to operate beyond the reach of the law, to operate a shadow government, and to act as a dictator and a tyrant, above the law and beyond any real accountability—were inherited by Donald Trump….”

These presidential powers—acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements and which can be activated by any sitting president—enable past, president and future presidents to operate above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.
These are the powers that will be passed along to each successive heir to the Oval Office.
This is what you might call a stealthy, creeping, silent, slow-motion coup d’etat.

Donald Trump has already picked up where his predecessors left off: he has continued to wage war, he has continued to federalize the police, and he operates as if the Constitution does not apply to him.
As tempting as it may be to lay all the blame at Trump’s feet for the totalitarian state of the nation right now, remember that he didn’t create the police state.
He merely inherited it, along with the dictatorial powers of the presidency.
If we are to return to a constitutional presidency, we must recalibrate the balance of power.
As I make clear in my book “Battlefield America: The War on the American People“, the only thing that will save us now is a concerted, collective commitment to the Constitution’s principles of limited government, a system of checks and balances, and a recognition that they—the president, Congress, the courts, the military, the police, the technocrats and plutocrats and bureaucrats—answer to and are accountable to “we the people.”
As historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. points out,
Holding a President to strict accountability requires, first of all, a new attitude on the part of the American people toward their Presidents, or rather a return to the more skeptical attitude of earlier times: it requires, specifically, a decline in reverence… The age of the imperial presidency has produced the idea that run-of-the-mill politicians, brought by fortuity to the White House, must be treated thereafter as if they have become superior and perhaps godlike beings.”
Schlesinger continues:
“If the nation wants to work its way back to a constitutional presidency, there is only one way to begin. That is by showing Presidents that, when their closest associates place themselves above the law and the Constitution, such transgressions will be not forgiven or forgotten for the sake of the presidency but exposed and punished for the sake of the presidency.”
In other words, we’ve got to stop treating the president like a god and start making both the office of the president and the occupant play by the rules of the Constitution

Fallen State of the Neo Nazi White House: the Current Status of the Sinking Trump Ship-of-State...

The Hour of Trumps Temptation

The White Messiah of the KKK: the 4th Reich of Hitler as Trump’s Own Dream   

The Neo-Confederate KKK Embrace of the Beast and his Image:

“…The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult….”

Image result for Trump in military jacket

The Adulterer-in-Chief and his Ivanka Sex Toy

Related image

“…..He Didn’t Sign the Contract ????… He stiffed his own lawyer??

Trump Didn’t Pay Porn Star Hush Money

— Because He Stiffed His Own Lawyer: Report

By @MargHartman

Michael Cohen, the real-life Barry Zuckerkorn. Photo: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images

It appears President Trump may have dodged the consequences of one shady habit, conducting extramarital affairs, by indulging in another unscrupulous habit: refusing to pay his employees.

Last month Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, released a statement that seemed to suggest he paid Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimed she had an affair with Trump – $130,000 of his own money right before the 2016 election. Supposedly, it had nothing to do with his boss.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said.

Wall Street Journal report released on Monday suggests it’s possible Cohen wasn’t reimbursed for the payment — but not for lack of trying:

Mr. Cohen said he missed two deadlines earlier that month to make the $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford because he couldn’t reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign, the person said.

Ms. Clifford was owed the money in return for signing an agreement that bars her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter said.

After Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford, the people said.

In his carefully worded statement, Cohen said he used his own money to “facilitate” the payment to Clifford, and records show he set up an LLC in Delaware on October 17, 2016, to make the payment to her attorney.

While Cohen noted that he was not reimbursed by Trump’s business or campaign, he did not rule out the possibility that he was reimbursed by Trump personally.

The Journal also reported on Tuesday that First Republic Bank flagged Cohen’s transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department. It’s not clear when that occurred, but it was previously reported that the bank used by Clifford’s attorney, City National Bank in Los Angeles, launched it own internal inquiry in September 2017.

The year-long lag is unusual, and suggests that the bank may have received more information about the transaction — possibly a subpoena or a visit from regulators. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team would not comment on whether it prompted the inquiry.

Cohen and Trump might have violated the law even if Cohen was just acting on his bosses’ presumed wishes, and still hasn’t been reimbursed. Mueller probe aside, Cohen’s payment could be seen as an illegal campaign donation if his intent was to shield Trump from the political fallout of a porn star going public with her tawdry tale of spanking and Shark Week viewings just before Election Day.

There’s no limit on what candidates can donate to their own campaign, but if Trump eventually paid Cohen back, he might have violated campaign-finance laws by failing to report it.

Experts say, however, that it’s unlikely Trump and Cohen would see serious penalties for the crime. (Former senator John Edwards was tried on similar crimes, but the jury was deadlocked on most charges.) On the other hand, the president’s attorney seems almost determined to make the situation worse.

How did the Republican Party became a dangerous cult?

Desperate to halt a terrifying tide of social transformation, the political heirs of Jim Crow flooded into the weak and nearly empty infrastructure of the Southern GOP. Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult.

The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others.

They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce.

It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun).

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan. We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy.

Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of “The Politics of Crazy” and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

“…..On the night of March 23, 1997, Marshall Applewhite prepared to achieve his life’s mission. He had already supervised the successful “evacuation” of several followers. The leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult would be the last of the chosen few to join the alien spacecraft trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet speeding past the Earth.

As he mixed a lethal dose of phenobarbital into his apple sauce, did he experience doubt? Did he wonder whether his psychiatrists had been right? Maybe there were no aliens waiting to whisk him away. He had failed to uncover any empirical evidence to support his worldview.

Perhaps that was because his worldview was flawed and false. No, he probably ate his poison and slipped the bag over his head with a smile on his face.

Republican Roy Moore, removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his erratic behavior and banned from the mall for harassing teenage girls, has cloaked his campaign for the Senate in the language of “spiritual warfare.”

As such, he is the most apt representative of the Republican Party in our age of cult politics.

Moore is pitching himself as God’s candidate and his voters are slopping it up like poisoned applesauce. The party of “family values” is about to send a known sexual predator to the Senate because God wants them to.

This would be startling, except they already used the same reasoning to put a known sexual predator in the White House.

The same magical reasoning infects Republicans tax reform plans. We are in the eighth year of continuous job growth, the eighth year of economic expansion, and the eighth year of a head-spinning stock market boom. Corporate profits are at record levels and the economy has been redlining at full-employment for almost three years.

By any marginally credible economic reasoning, this would be an ideal moment to raise taxes, curb debt, make investments in public infrastructure, and just generally do the things one does at the peak of a long economic expansion.

At this moment, why are Republicans trying to slash taxes for the wealthy? Why would someone castrate themselves and commit suicide? Because that’s what the cult demands.

There are no bright economic minds suggesting that this is a good idea.

There is no difference of opinion among sane, credible people about whether America needs a massive tax cut for the rich.

An effort by Republican leaders to claim support among economists devolved into unabashed lying.

One of the “economists” listed as a supporter, Gil Sylvia, has yet to be identified and may not even exist. When one of the president’s minions pitched this idiotic tax plan to a panel of American CEO’s – men who will be getting fat tax cuts – they balked. In public.

On camera. Director Cohn’s stunned response after soliciting their backing should be etched on the tombstone of the former Party of Lincoln, “Why aren’t the other hands up?

Cohn didn’t pause to hear their answer, because that isn’t how a cult works. Like a Soviet Commissar, he wasn’t soliciting feedback but measuring loyalty. He noted the disbelief of the apostates and simply moved on in righteous oblivion.

No reasoning accessible on the plane of logical thought supports this plan, just like no one outside the cult would ever let Roy Moore make decisions on their behalf.

Tax cuts, along with slashing government services, ending government support for health insurance, burning more coal, and a whole collection of other loony ideas, are now unconsidered articles of faith.

Republican Jesus wants a tax cut. The faithful will comply.

Nothing in traditional Republican thought made this descent into madness inevitable.

In fact, most of what passes for current Republican orthodoxy contradicts the party’s ideological heritage.

Just twenty-five years ago, when Roy Moore was trolling the sidelines at homecoming for sweet young things, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

At the same time, Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Something happened, and it had nothing at all to do with the traditional priorities of the Republican or Democratic parties.

Countries experience moments like this from time to time. We are long overdue for such a crisis, as our last major partisan breakdown occurred in the 1850’s.

Rasputin: 1914

Faced with tumultuous cultural, technological and economic upheaval, political systems may find themselves bottlenecked, unable to keep pace with evolutionary demands. Parties and ideologies are contorted into strange shapes under the pressure of rapid transformation.

Communism, for example, began as a ruthlessly empirical, atheistic approach to politics and economics. Influenced by the turmoil of the 20th century and the urgency of revolutionary demands, it quickly took on the trappings of a fanatical religion.

By the time the Khmer Rouge unleashed their wave of slaughter on Cambodia, Communism had devolved into little more than ideological window dressing for a tribal death cult. Ideology does not constrain fanatics.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts.

There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others. They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

“...By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce. It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun)…..”

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan.

We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy.

Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of The Politics of Crazy and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult. The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.

 

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“…The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult….”

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How did the Republican Party became a dangerous cult?

 

Desperate to halt a terrifying tide of social transformation, the political heirs of Jim Crow flooded into the weak and nearly empty infrastructure of the Southern GOP. Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult.

The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others.

They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce.

It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun).

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan. We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy.

Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of “The Politics of Crazy” and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

“…..On the night of March 23, 1997, Marshall Applewhite prepared to achieve his life’s mission. He had already supervised the successful “evacuation” of several followers. The leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult would be the last of the chosen few to join the alien spacecraft trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet speeding past the Earth.

As he mixed a lethal dose of phenobarbital into his apple sauce, did he experience doubt? Did he wonder whether his psychiatrists had been right? Maybe there were no aliens waiting to whisk him away. He had failed to uncover any empirical evidence to support his worldview.

Perhaps that was because his worldview was flawed and false. No, he probably ate his poison and slipped the bag over his head with a smile on his face.

Republican Roy Moore, removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his erratic behavior and banned from the mall for harassing teenage girls, has cloaked his campaign for the Senate in the language of “spiritual warfare.”

As such, he is the most apt representative of the Republican Party in our age of cult politics.

Moore is pitching himself as God’s candidate and his voters are slopping it up like poisoned applesauce. The party of “family values” is about to send a known sexual predator to the Senate because God wants them to.

This would be startling, except they already used the same reasoning to put a known sexual predator in the White House.

The same magical reasoning infects Republicans tax reform plans. We are in the eighth year of continuous job growth, the eighth year of economic expansion, and the eighth year of a head-spinning stock market boom. Corporate profits are at record levels and the economy has been redlining at full-employment for almost three years.

By any marginally credible economic reasoning, this would be an ideal moment to raise taxes, curb debt, make investments in public infrastructure, and just generally do the things one does at the peak of a long economic expansion.

At this moment, why are Republicans trying to slash taxes for the wealthy? Why would someone castrate themselves and commit suicide? Because that’s what the cult demands.

There are no bright economic minds suggesting that this is a good idea.

There is no difference of opinion among sane, credible people about whether America needs a massive tax cut for the rich.

An effort by Republican leaders to claim support among economists devolved into unabashed lying.

One of the “economists” listed as a supporter, Gil Sylvia, has yet to be identified and may not even exist. When one of the president’s minions pitched this idiotic tax plan to a panel of American CEO’s – men who will be getting fat tax cuts – they balked. In public.

On camera. Director Cohn’s stunned response after soliciting their backing should be etched on the tombstone of the former Party of Lincoln, “Why aren’t the other hands up?”

Cohn didn’t pause to hear their answer, because that isn’t how a cult works. Like a Soviet Commissar, he wasn’t soliciting feedback but measuring loyalty. He noted the disbelief of the apostates and simply moved on in righteous oblivion.

No reasoning accessible on the plane of logical thought supports this plan, just like no one outside the cult would ever let Roy Moore make decisions on their behalf.

Tax cuts, along with slashing government services, ending government support for health insurance, burning more coal, and a whole collection of other loony ideas, are now unconsidered articles of faith. Republican Jesus wants a tax cut. The faithful will comply.

Nothing in traditional Republican thought made this descent into madness inevitable.

In fact, most of what passes for current Republican orthodoxy contradicts the party’s ideological heritage.

Just twenty-five years ago, when Roy Moore was trolling the sidelines at homecoming for sweet young things, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

At the same time, Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Something happened, and it had nothing at all to do with the traditional priorities of the Republican or Democratic parties.

Countries experience moments like this from time to time. We are long overdue for such a crisis, as our last major partisan breakdown occurred in the 1850’s.

Rasputin: 1914

Faced with tumultuous cultural, technological and economic upheaval, political systems may find themselves bottlenecked, unable to keep pace with evolutionary demands. Parties and ideologies are contorted into strange shapes under the pressure of rapid transformation.

Communism, for example, began as a ruthlessly empirical, atheistic approach to politics and economics. Influenced by the turmoil of the 20th century and the urgency of revolutionary demands, it quickly took on the trappings of a fanatical religion.

By the time the Khmer Rouge unleashed their wave of slaughter on Cambodia, Communism had devolved into little more than ideological window dressing for a tribal death cult. Ideology does not constrain fanatics.

Our politics has not always been so divorced from facts. It was possible to find room for logical arguments about the merits of Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. There were logical arguments on both sides of the 1986 tax increases Reagan realized had become necessary. People engaged in rational disagreements over priorities and potential consequences of those plans based on facts and reason.

No such basis exists for Republican policies now, explaining the absence of efforts at bipartisan agreement. Support for GOP plans is premised on cult allegiance and enforced by cult loyalty. Unbelievers would be no more likely to support Republican tax plans than to drink poison to catch a ride on a spaceship.

By all accounts, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were nice people who avoided harming others. They kept their sickness inside their ranks.

By contrast, Republicans are forcing an entire country, and to a certain extent the world, to choke down their poisoned applesauce. It is possible to see in Marshall Applewhite a suffering soul, tormented by mental illness, who drew a small number of similarly troubled individuals into his fatal orbit (pardon the pun).

It is increasingly difficult to extend the same sympathy to nice people like Paul Ryan. We don’t look back at Pol Pot or Jefferson Davis as “troubled souls” because the scale of the harm they inflicted obscures any sympathy. Those who survive the poison will one day look back on Republicans of this era with a similar disgust.

Chris Ladd, former GOP Precinct Committeeman, author of The Politics of Crazy and creator of PoliticalOrphans.

How did the Republican Party became a dangerous cult? Desperate to halt a terrifying tide of social transformation, the political heirs of Jim Crow flooded into the weak and nearly empty infrastructure of the Southern GOP.

Men like Alabama’s Roy Moore and Texas’ Rick Perry were the last generation of white Southern men to begin their careers as Democrats.

The flight of millions of Dixiecrats into the GOP shifted the balance of power inside the party nationwide. Their fear-soaked, delusional fervor converted that institution from a conventional political party into a white nationalist cult. The Party of Lincoln now exists to help Neo-Confederates win the Civil War politically, long after losing it on the battlefield.

Anyone evaluating Republican plans for tax policy, health care, climate change, immigration, or almost any other subject, will struggle to identify logical explanations for GOP positions.