Sunday, August 28, 2016

Matt Funiciello and the Giant Sucking Sound Coming Off Lake Champlain

There is a giant sucking sound coming off Lake Champlain.

It’s the sound of Bernie Sanders operatives sucking Bernie supporters back into the corporate Democratic Party.

Take the case of Matt Funiciello.

Funiciello is the Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st Congressional district, fifty miles across Lake Champlain from Sanders’ new $600,000 summer home in North Hero, Vermont.

Funiciello is one of those articulate Greens who can bring it – in 2014, he received 11 percent of the vote against a corporate Democrat – Aaron Woolf – and Elise Stefanik, a young Republican who worked with the likes of Paul Ryan and Joshua Bolton.

Funiciello is a Nader Green – against the war machine, for closing the wealth gap, for single payer and for the $15 an hour minimum wage.

He’s running again this year, against the incumbent Stefanik and the corporate Democrat and former Republican – Mike Derrick.

Funiciello refers to Derrick as “an air dropped Republican – a lifelong Republican who just switched parties and who has espoused some fairly conservative views along the campaign trail.”

Turns out that Bernie Sanders’ successor organization – Our Revolution – was holding an “Meet Your Progressive Candidates” Forum in Albany August 25.

“Hear what they stand for,” the event notice declared. “Ask questions. Find out how you can help make sure that they, along with progressives running for office across the country, can win their elections and continue fighting for all of us.”

One problem.

Invited to the event was the corporate Republican turned Democrat – Mike Derrick – but not the guy with the life long Bernie positions and activism – Matt Funiciello.

Funiciello said that he was “confused” by Our Revolution’s decision to invite the Republican turned Democratic candidate since Funiciello was “the only progressive in his race.”

“As the only progressive in the NY-21 race, I had hoped to be given a chance to talk about my campaign to other progressives and the Capital District Bernie Sanders network, especially since so many people in my district who had backed Senator Sanders have voiced support for my campaign,” Funiciello said. “Many of them have asked me why someone who has spoken out consistently in favor of a $15-an-hour living wage, single-payer health care, a 100 percent renewable energy grid, a massive government public works program to get us to full employment, and the need to end our imperial wars overseas, would be excluded from such an event and not be given an opportunity to speak to the rank-and-file of this group. But the leadership of this informal group has firmly decided to invite only the Republican-turned-Democrat, Mike Derrick to speak.”

“And if this ‘progressive’ group is willing to stretch the definition of ‘progressive’ to include Mike Derrick, they may as well invite Elise Stefanik to speak, as well.”

Funiciello said when he asked Our Revolution organizers why he wasn’t invited, he was told his campaign was too “aggressive and divisive.”

“I have called Mike Derrick an air dropped Republican who worked in the State Department on missile defense,” Funiciello said.  “I’ve asked – why is this air dropped Republican spoiling the race? That’s me being hostile and aggressive? I consider it being honest.”

Funiciello is not the only independent or third party candidate with doubts about Our Revolution’s pledge to support the most progressive candidate in the race – Democrat or not. (The fish rots from the head down, as they say, and it was Bernie himself after all who endorsed the war hawk Hillary over the peace candidate Jill Stein.)

But Funiciello is the first known qualified Congressional candidate to be excluded by Our Revolution.

Put your ear to the ground.

Hear that giant sucking sound?

It’s Our Revolution sucking disappointed Bernie supporters back into the Democratic Party to support the likes of Mike Derrick and Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dems Dropping the N Word

With the nomination officially sown up, Hillary Clinton supporters came out of the closet and started firebombing their opponents with the N word.


Ben Jealous
Even Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP, in a debate with Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein, dropped the N word on Democracy Now this week.


“We can talk about sort of fantasies, visions for the future, but we can’t deny the facts of the past,” Jealous said. “George W. Bush got into the White House because Al Gore lost by about 900 votes in Florida. Ralph Nader got 90,000. The reports, the studies that went back and looked at those voters said 60 percent of them would have gone for Gore if Nader wasn’t on the ballot there.”


That would be one discredited study -- not studies -- as Nader lawyers Oliver Hall and Theresa Amato have repeatedly pointed out.


But that won’t stop Hillary forces, including Bernie Sanders, from, starting now, and lasting until election day, firebombing all independent thinking voters with the N word.

Show even a hint of independence, and the Hillary supporters here in Philadelphia are all locked and loaded and ready to drop it.


Chris Hedges fired back on Democracy Now, in a debate against N bomber Robert Reich.


“Is Trump a repugnant personality?” Hedges asked. “Yes. Although I would argue that in terms of megalomania and narcissism, Hillary Clinton is not far behind. But the point is, we’ve got to break away from -- which is exactly the narrative they want us to focus on. We’ve got to break away from political personalities and understand and examine and critique the structures of power.”


“And, in fact, the Democratic Party, especially beginning under Bill Clinton, has carried water for corporate entities as assiduously as the Republican Party. This is something that Ralph Nader understood long before the rest of us, and stepped out very courageously in 2000. And I think we will look back on that period and find Ralph to be an amazingly prophetic figure. Nobody understands corporate power better than Ralph. And I think now people have caught up with Ralph.”


When Goodman asked Hedges what Sanders should have done instead of endorsing Clinton, Hedges said -- he should have run as the Green Party candidate.


But if he did, he would be N bombing himself, right?


Feel the burn?


“Let’s not forget that Bernie has a very checkered past,” Hedges said. “He campaigned for Clinton in '92. He campaigned for Clinton again in ’96, after NAFTA -- the greatest betrayal of the working class in this country since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1948 -- after the destruction of welfare, after the omnibus crime bill that exploded the prison population, and, you know, we now have -- I mean, it's just a monstrosity what we’ve done -- 350,000 to 400,000 people locked in cages in this country are severely mentally ill.”


“Half of them never committed a violent crime. That’s all Bill Clinton. And yet he went out and campaigned. In 2004, he called on Nader not to run, to step down, so he could support a war candidate like John Kerry. And I’m listening to Jealous talk about the Iraq War. Sixty percent of the Democratic senators voted for the war, including Hillary Clinton. The idea that somehow Democrats don’t push us into war defies American history.”


Reich said that he was actually all in favor of third parties -- but not now.


Maybe after Hillary is elected, Reich said.


Not in 2000.


Not in 2004.


Not in 2008.


Not in 2012.


Not in 2016.


But in 2020?


“I think political strategy is not to elect Donald Trump, to elect Hillary Clinton, and, for four years, to develop an alternative, another Bernie Sanders-type candidate with an independent party, outside the Democratic Party, that will take on Hillary Clinton, assuming that she is elected and that she runs for re-election, and that also develops the infrastructure of a third party that is a true, new progressive party,” Reich said.


Hedges kindly pointed out to Reich that for N dropping neoliberals, tomorrow never comes.


“There is a point where you have to -- do I want to keep quoting Ralph? -- but where you have to draw a line in the sand. And that’s part of the problem with the left, is we haven’t.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Rabble Rise Together Against Bernie, Barney, Elizabeth and Hillary

The place to be Monday night in Philadelphia was in front of the California delegation.

There, the rabble would not be silenced.

When Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for Hillary Clinton, the rabble began chanting -- “Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs.”

When Elizabeth Warren said that “Hillary will fight to hold big banks accountable,” the rabble responded with “release the transcripts, release the transcripts.”

When Bernie said he remembered Hillary “as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care,” the rabble, knowing full well that Hillarycare, like Obamacare, was written by the insurance industry, started chanting -- “Medicare for all, Medicare for all.”

When Bernie said “I served with her, in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children,” the rabble responded with “super predators, super predators.”

The rabble took the Hillary signs that said -- Stronger Together -- and blacked out the appropriate letters so that the signs read “Stop Her.”

The Hillary enforcers were besides themselves.

Young Ivy League men with two days growth of stubble, were eyeing the rabble while whispering to each other about what should be done.

In the hallway that rings the bowl, a young Hillary supporter disrupts a young man’s anti-Hillary performance art in the hallway and tries to rip his “Stop Her” sign out of his hands. (See video.)




And of course Bernie Sanders himself, texted his delegates before the convention “to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor.”

Bernie has switched teams.

He’s now on Team Hillary, while his supporters have joined Team Rabble.

Wall Street executive Barney Frank got booed as did comedian Sarah Silverman, who told the rabble they were being ridiculous.

But even the rabble who are Sarah Silverman fans were not placated.

Take college student, Bernie supporter and Silverman fan Willa Hahn.

“I don't think Bernie or Bust people are being ridiculous,” Hahn said. “It is ridiculous is to expect us to bow to the Democratic Party which, in its current state, represents the establishment politics we've been fighting so hard against."

“It’s especially ridiculous to ask us to bow to this party which we now know actually went against their own bylaws to work against our candidate. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. The DNC and Hillary's supporters seem to be willing to do anything, to accept anything, as long as their candidate wins. But if we let things continue this way, democracy is dead.”

“And if the Democratic Party wants Hillary to win in November, they're going to have to work a whole lot harder to get us to vote for her. They're not going to pressure us and they're not going to scare us, because we recognize that we have something to lose right now no matter who gets elected. Donald Trump is a huge threat to our country, to women and immigrants and Muslims and so many other groups of people, but Hillary Clinton and the DNC are a threat to our democracy and to the future of our country as well. And no speech from Sarah Silverman or Eva Longoria or Michelle Obama is going to change that -- only action will. And they don't seem willing to take that action.”

And that’s why the big question on Day Two is -- what will Hillary’s enforcers do?

Will they continue to whisper to each other as the rabble continue to boo the corporate Democrats?

Will they stand by as the rabble boo Hillary on Thursday?

Or will the whip come down?

With Trump up five in the most recent polls, either outcome doesn’t portend well for Team Hillary.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Bernie Delegates Take on Bernie Sanders

You knew it was going to come to this.

Bernie delegates taking on Bernie Sanders.

Karen Bernal
Sanders delegates for the most part don’t like the fact that he endorsed Hillary Clinton. They don’t like the fact that he is supporting her now. And they don’t agree with the leadership of their party that the most important thing now is to vote for Hillary Clinton so as to defeat Donald Trump.

This became embarrassingly clear this morning when Sanders appeared before his supporters in Philadelphia.

“We have got to defeat Donald Trump and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Sanders told the crowd.

No, said the crowd.

Don’t take my word for it.

Here’s the New York Times report on it.

“His words were immediately met with loud boos which lasted several seconds even as he tried to continue his speech,” the Times reported. “The senator then paused and waited for people to quiet down. But as he spoke many continued to loudly sigh and shake their heads.”

No, Bernie, you are wrong.

“Of course it was a mistake for Bernie Sanders to endorse Hillary Clinton,” Karen Bernal, leader of the largest Bernie delegation – the 200 strong Bernie delegates from California, told a press conference at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.

And many of those Sanders delegates were going to vote third party or not vote at all, she said.

Bernal said that members of the Sanders campaign were pressuring Bernal and other Bernie delegates to “not to be involved in protests, not to be so overt in our protests.”

“My message to them has been while the members of Bernie’s staff are managing affairs on the floor of the convention, as someone representing my state’s delegation, my job is to make sure that the wishes of my delegates are heard,” Bernal said.

Norman Solomon, who is heading up the Bernie Delegates Network, which was holding the press conference at which Bernal spoke, tried to counter Bernal by saying that no Bernie staffer had ever approached him about not protesting and that he would go public with such a request if he ever got it.

Solomon also said while it was okay to vote third party in blue or red states – it was not okay in swing states – with the imperative being to defeat Donald Trump.

But the Bernie delegates are not as convinced.

While Solomon might want Bernie delegates to vote for Hillary, Bernie delegates have a different take.

They have forced DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz out.

Now they have bigger fish to fry.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

As the Country Revolts Against Trump and Clinton, Police and Anarchists Dine At Cleveland Chipotle

Last night, at Chipotle in downtown Cleveland, police officers in bulletproof vests and anarchists wearing “Fuck the Police” t-shirts sat side by side eating from their burrito bowls -- looks like both got extra rice and beans -- with guacamole and chips. Not that it was all warm and fuzzy. It wasn’t. The police were eyeing the kids as they ate. Had my hand on my phone camera just in case all hell broke loose.

Earlier in the day, our press shuttle bus taking us to Quicken Loans Arena was turned back. The security guy tells us that there is a disruption on 9th Street and “out of an abundance of caution” we were turning back.

Thomas Frank
I get off the bus and walk over to the disturbance to see what’s going on. At the center of the scrum were a group of about five anarchists -- maybe the same ones eating dinner at the Chipotle? -- standing off with some Trump supporters. That rump group was surrounded by maybe 200 reporters. And they were encircled by a similar number of police, including fifty on bicycles and twenty on horses.

No riots in the streets of Cleveland -- yet.

But across the country, a revolt is brewing against both parties, with polls showing a majority of Americans opposing the both Trump and Hillary.

The more we see, the less we like.

Unfortunately, the elites want us to believe that it’s take Hillary Trump or leave it.

The best Republican campaign slogan is -- Not Hillary.

The best Democratic campaign slogan is -- Not Trump.

As Chris Christie puts it -- “it’s a binary choice” -- it’s going to be either Clinton or Trump.

“Every Republican who is not working for Donald Trump is working for Hillary Clinton,” Christie says.

Democratic liberals -- even left liberals -- are pushing the same line.

Noam Chomsky. Juan Gonzalez. Thomas Frank.

Gary Johnson
Frank, author of the best seller What’s the Matter with Kansas? and most recently Listen Liberal, appeared on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour and blistered Clinton and both parties.

“Hillary Clinton is a person who is temperamentally and ideologically aligned with the Wall Street way of looking at the world,” Frank says. “She doesn’t agree with Wall Street because they pay her for these speeches. She agrees with them because this is who she is. She is a woman of the meritocracy. She profoundly believes in it.”

Nonetheless, Frank says that he is “probably going to vote for Hillary this fall.”

Nader says -- “you are contemplating voting for Hillary, even though you have demolished her record and documented it because obviously you think Trump is even worse and more dangerous and unstable.”

“When she starts another war, when she knuckles under to Wall Street, and you already have voted for her, would you feel complicit in any way?” Nader asks.

“I’ve been voting for a long time,” Frank says. “I would have to feel pretty lousy about a lot of things. I did vote for Obama. I voted for Bill Clinton. Do I feel complicit, or bad when they do bad things. I really don’t."

“Let’s say you wrote a book denouncing Pepsi and Coke. You would probably recommend another drink,” Nader says. “For Thomas Frank to say to Hillary Clinton -- I’m yours take me -- there is something oxymoronic about that.”

“I probably will vote for Hillary,” Frank says. “But there is a big asterisk to this. You have two of the worst major party candidates ever. They are both deeply unpopular. The biggest issues of our time are basically off the table.  The middle class of this country is coming apart. The lack of power for workers. The power of Wall Street. Neither one of them is going to address it. Trump talks about it in this kind of bombastic, bigoted way. And Hillary hints at it, but neither one of them is going to do anything about it. This is the moment, if there was ever a need for a third party, this is it.”

“What is Thomas Frank going to do in the next five or ten years?” Nader asks.

“I just went out and invested in a big bottle of bourbon,” Frank says.

That’s the liberal solution in a nutshell -- expose the problem, condemn the problem, but vote the problem into office. Then drink away the problem --  and if things get really bad, move out of the country -- Vancouver or Nova Scotia are preferred destinations.

“Why not the Green Party?” Nader asks.

Maybe Frank says.

Carol Miller says -- maybe not.

Miller was a leader of the Green Party in New Mexico. She’s now supporting the Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson's running mate is former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.

Johnson is making the rounds here in Cleveland, as a recent CNN poll puts him at 13 percent, within striking distance of the 15 percent threshold needed to get into the Presidential debates.

Miller ran for Congress twice as a Green. In 1997, she won 17 percent of the vote and in 1998, five percent. She ran again as an independent in 2008 and garnered 15 percent.

Miller became an independent in 2006 and is now disillusioned with the Green Party.

Miller says she was offended when the presumptive Green Party nominee for President, Jill Stein, offered Bernie Sanders the slot at the top of the ticket. Miller believes that the Greens will cave to Democratic Party pressure and run a safe states strategy -- campaign only in safe Democratic or Republican states and not challenge for power.

“Jill Stein will never say it, but many Greens nationally have that attitude,” Miller said.

“Many of the Greens see themselves as a pressure group on the Democratic Party, rather than as an independent political party,” Miller says. “Many of the Greens I know here want to build a party the way it has internationally been built -- without being yo-yoed back and forth based on what the Democrats are doing.”

Miller is concerned that this year, the national Green Party will cave to the Democrats.

“Gary Johnson is going to do very well here in New Mexico,” Miller says. “The fact is that the Libertarian Party is serious, worked very hard to get on all 50 states. (The Greens won’t be on all 50 state ballots.)  I agree with Johnson’s anti-war policies. The most unregulated entity in government is the Pentagon. Nobody is talking about that. There is no anti-war platform coming out of the Democrats. The Republicans are promoting more wars.”

“The Green Party in New Mexico and nationally was so divisive,” Miller said. “It never established itself as a permanent party. It was like a yo yo. You could never imagine trying to convince people to vote Green Party."

“Very few of the Greens were committed to grassroots community organizing -- actually being out where people are,” Miller said. “It was too insular. It was like talking to yourself at every meeting.

“Other community organizations here host food banks, organize anti-war speakers, do other activities in the community that were real. The Greens mostly met and argued and turned off a lot of people who came to the Green Party."



“I haven’t found people who want to do the hard work,” Miller says. “Much of the Green Party platform is rhetoric without a plan. Gary Johnson took a stand on decriminalizing drugs in New Mexico and had cabinet officials quit his administration. The Republican Party rejected him. He didn’t bend to that kind of pressure. He insisted on holding public meetings. He acted on his idea. I don’t know Jill Stein.”

But Miller is involved with The Peaceful Skies Coalition -- which is organizing to stop the Air Force  from creating a Low Altitude Training Area (LATA) for military training flights over the skies of New Mexico and Colorado. Miller says that the Peaceful Skies Coalition approached Jill Stein and never got a response.

And Miller likes Johnson’s stand on ending military interventions abroad.

"And then, when it comes to terrorism, there is a very real terrorist threat,” Johnson told Amy Goodman on Democracy Now earlier this year. “But the fact that we put boots on the ground, the fact that troops are on the ground, the fact that we drop bombs, the fact that we’re flying drones and killing thousands of innocent people, I think that that is making the situation worse, not better. The unintended consequence of taking out Saddam Hussein, who was the check when it came to Iran—we take out Saddam Hussein, we cut off the head of the hydra, and, lo and behold, now we have Iran to deal with. But it’s on and on and on, when it comes to the unintended consequences of our military interventions."

Monday, July 18, 2016

Anybody But Trump and Clinton

This the nature of our predicament.

The majority of Americans want neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton.



That’s why our Trump Clinton 2016 election is a dumpster fire.

As my son explained – it’s not only trash.

It’s trash on fire.

And walking the hallways of the Quicken Loans Arena this morning, you realized that the riot is not outside the arena, but inside.

The majority of Republican delegates don’t want Donald Trump.

And this is being confirmed right now inside Quicken Loans Arena – as the anti-Trump delegates are in open revolt and in a shouting match with the Trump delegates. (The Trump forces refused to allow for a roll call vote on rules. A roll call vote would have threatened Trump’s nomination.)

The center of the Anybody But Trump movement -- Kendal Unruh – a high school history teacher,  has led the insurgency against Trump.

Unruh is a Ted Cruz conservative, but her view is – Anybody But Trump.



When I met Unruh this morning, a Trump supporter was interrupting an MSNBC interview with Unruh.

The Trump supporter asked Unruh – aren’t you doing this just to become a celebrity – isn’t that the reason you are doing this – to raise money – to just steal the nomination away from someone?

“If I didn’t love my country so much, I wouldn’t be doing this,” Unruh said to the Trump supporter.

Another Anybody But Trump activist – Mike McCrary from Washington, wants the primaries to be closed - open to only Republicans.

He believes the reason that Trump won the primaries was because so many were open primaries – open to Democrats and Independents.

“Open primaries made the difference for Trump,” McCrary said. “Many Democrats and Independents crossed over. Probably ten million Democrats and Independents were in that 13.5 million who voted for Trump. That was actually a minority of true Republicans who actually voted for Trump.”

“It’s my sense that there is not enough delegate support on the floor to give Trump the nomination,” McCrary said.

Even though the Unruh forces have been identified as part of the Ted Cruz machine, McCrary, who also supports Cruz, says that “our movement has not been about getting one particular man in there.”

“It’s been about preserving the delegate voice,” McCrary said.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Went Back to Ohio But My Pretty Countryside Had Been Paved Down the Middle

Driving into Ohio this morning, on my way to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, listening to the radio, on came The Pretenders 1982 b-side single – I Went Back to Ohio.



With the refrain – I Went Back to Ohio, But My Pretty Countryside Had Been Paved Down the Middle.

What’s striking about the song is the opening bass riff, which Rush Limbaugh for years has been using to open his nationwide radio program. (Akron native and Pretenders founder Chrissie Hynde reportedly let Limbaugh use it – she said because her parents loved and listened to Limbaugh and she did not mind its use.)

Pulled into the Ohio war zone (aka Cleveland), hopped the red line downtown to get press credentials. News had just broken about the three police officers shot dead in Baton Rouge. And a couple of stops before I got off, a young black kid gets on the train carrying a skateboard with a red bandana tied around his mouth. (I myself am wearing a suit, because I was told in a letter granting me press credentials that “all correspondents wearing a convention press pass must be engaged in the gathering and reporting of news, dress in professional attire, and adhere to journalistic standards of integrity and conduct at all times.” I asked what was meant by “professional attire” and was told suit and tie.)

Which reminds me. Driving to Cleveland this morning, I also listened to Krista Tippett’s show On Being in which she replayed an interview with Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

“When you breathe in, your mind comes back to your body,” the Zen Master says. “And then you become fully aware that you're alive, that you are a miracle and everything you touch could be a miracle — the orange in your hand, the blue sky, the face of a child. Everything becomes a wonder. And, in fact, they are wonders of life that are available in the here and the now. And you need to breathe mindfully in and out in order to be fully present and to get in touch with all these things. And that is a miracle because you understand the nature of the suffering, you know that all of suffering, that suffering play in life, and you are not trying to run away from suffering anymore, and you know how to make use of suffering in order to build peace and happiness.”

AT&T Rain Poncho
So, I take a deep breath, get off the train, walk past maybe 100 police officers in five blocks and enter the media credentialing center.

At the credentialing center, I’m told there is going to be a party tonight for reporters at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame downtown.

I’m handed the credentials for the week, including one for the party tonight.

As I imagined, the press party is being sponsored by a list of corporate lawbreakers, including FirstEnergy, which in 2006 had to pay $28 million and was granted one of those slap on the wrist deferred prosecution agreements after it admitted that its employees, acting on its behalf, knowingly made false representations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the course of attempting to persuade the NRC that its northern Ohio Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station was safe to operate beyond December 31, 2001.

According to the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First, since 2010, FirstEnergy has paid more than $393,000 in fines and penalties to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Another sponsor of the media party –  Parker Hannifin – was fined $44,000 by OSHA earlier this year for the severed arm of a worker. The company has been fined more than $3 million since 2010 by the Department of Justice, OSHA and the EPA.

Media party sponsor Sherwin Williams has been fined more than $1.3 million since 2010.

The goodie bag that reporters get – and a rain poncho – are sponsored by AT&T, which last year was fined $100 million by the Federal Communications Commission for misleading consumers about “unlimited” data plans. (AT&T is "the official communications, video and technology provider of the Republican National Convention.")

Which all made me wonder whether having major corporate lawbreakers sponsor the media party “adheres to journalistic standards of integrity and conduct at all times.”

Donald Trump said yesterday he wanted to bring law and order back to America.

Good idea.