Frank Luntz, s republican pollster and a former critic of the republican President Donald Trump has been doing the rounds of the TV news shows as a guest bemoaning why the American peoples were not responding more favorably to the president’s State of the Union address that he delivered on January 30, 2018. (See: Frank Luntz, former Trump hater: ‘I owe Donald Trump an apology WashingtonTimes )
This is my response….
Dear Frank Luntz and Republicans, If you have to win elections with the help of the Russians, you don’t deserve any wins in the 2018 mid term November elections. The president cannot continue to constantly lie to the American peoples, talk with racist overtones about our fellow citizens, attack the pillars of our community like the FBI and the Department of Justice with impunity. This is just for starters.
Despite, the white House’s talking points, the Americans do care about the Russians having meddled with our elections in a major way.
Our democracy was attacked / invaded by a foreign entity Russia during the 2016 presidential elections and we are still under attack but now it is with the help of our US president and his republican sycophants operating in the White House and the US Congress.
The CIA Director Mike Pompeo has declared, that “I have every expectation that they (Russians) will continue to try’ to meddle in House and Senate races in November,” like this is no big deal. Oh, hum, like what else is new.
We can’t get a straight answer as to what steps are currently being taken to mitigate against future anticipated attacks on our election processes, voting systems in the 2018 elections because even the mere mention of this subject upsets our president.
Remember when the US Congress approved sanctions with overwhelming, veto-proof margins as punishment for Russia’s 2016 election interference, but the president displayed his reluctance to sign the bill in August 2017, and he has been observed as dragging his feet on the implementation of the sanctions. On January 29, 2018, the State Department issued a statement, saying it would not implement new sanctions against Russian entities, claiming just the threat of sanctions is deterrent enough.
Yes the economy has been doing great for the stock market participants which represents about 50% of the American peoples. It is also true that the economy was booming before President Trump stepped into the White House but with the president’s ample salesmanship skills, it is even doing better with consumer confidence rising. Still I do worry about income inequality and the deficit being exacerbated by the December 2017 GOP tax cuts bill but these concerns are just an obvious afterthought nowadays
The American peoples want to be treated with decency as well as being able to enjoy a decent economy. We don’t want to be constantly lied to by our president and the republican leaders in the US Congress. On January 31, 2018, we watched as the House Speaker Paul Ryan and two republicans from the House Intelligence Committee went on TV to look at the American peoples in the eye as they proceeded to lie to us without a second thought. They said specifically that the FBI Director Christopher Wray had reviewed the controversial Rep. Devin Nunes Anti-FBI memo and that he had not objected to it being made public.
In the face of these lies, the FBI Director felt compelled to issue a public statement, “The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
This is not the first time “we the people’ have been lied directly to our faces in January 2018. See: Dear Republicans, Stop Your Outright Lying About Military Pay During Shutdown /GrondaMorin
Incidentally, there is a suspicion that the White House worked with Rep. Devin Nunes and/ or with his staff with the creation of this memo as was previously done in March 2017.
Later, we learned that the Rep. Nunes anti-FBI memo voted to be made public by the House Intelligence Committee republicans had subsequently been materially altered.
It is no wonder why the majority of Americans describe the president’s behaviors, as disgusting. Mr. Edward Snowden had been branded a traitor and had to flee the country for acting in a similar manner as the republicans with regards to the Rep. Nunes memo. Remember when many of these very same republicans crucified Mrs. Clinton for potentially having placed classified data at risk of being compromised because of her sloppy email handling? This is worse! And we are watching a military hero, the president’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly assist in this process.
Mr. Luntz, A well delivered speech by the president on the “State of the Union” doesn’t undo all this harm done to the American peoples. Please do a focus group with peoples across the spectrum. You need to acquire a better feel as to what the vast majority American peoples are really thinking about the “State of our Union.