Saturday, February 11, 2017

Alabamians tweeting for censure

[Revised 3/31]
ALABAMIANS TWEETING FOR CONGRESS TO CENSURE DONALD TRUMP

TO: As many Alabamians as we can tweet to

President Trump is unique in not having been an elected politician previously and not having come from the military.

In the election campaign, as President-Elect, and as President for two months, he has conducted himself in ways that are outside the norm for politicians. Not changing his ways as President is becoming disturbing for many Americans, because his conduct seems threatening to undermine the Presidential office and impair the country's governance.

This is for consideration by Congress. Given how President Trump's conduct is outside the norm, Congress needs to debate whether the Presidential office is being undermined and whether the country's governance is being impaired. If so, at a minimum, Congress should adopt a formal resolution of censure of President Trump's conduct.

Here are ways in which President Trump's conduct are outside the norm, and which need to be considered by Congress:

1. Government officials are subject to "conflicts of interest" rules, because of important policies underlying representative government. President Trump is taking the position that the exemption of the President in the "conflicts of interest" statute means he can do whatever he wants with his businesses, and he can act in a way contrary to the important policy served by "conflict of interest" rules. This is exacerbated by President Trump not abiding by the norm of releasing his tax returns, as provides transparency for discovering conflicts of interest. Congress needs to decide whether President Trump is entitled to operate outside the norm of those rules and if not, Congress needs to delve into President Trump's myriad conflicts of interest and pass a resolution censuring President Trump for wrongful conduct as Congress deems appropriate in the circumstances. This would cover determining whether "pay to play" corruption, such as candidate Trump crucified the Clintons for in the election, has been or will be fostered. [Edit 4/15: President Trump's recent decision that the White House visitor logs shall be kept secret gives more reason for Congress to be concerned about President Trump's conflicts of interest and lack of transparency.]

2. President Trump is outside the norm in the way he speaks with disregard of "truth" and "facts" and his constant use of hyperbole that is grossly inaccurate.  Most people do not understand why President Trump does this. Good communication is important for conducting the Presidency, and Congress needs to consider whether President Trump is so far outside the norm that it is impairing President Trump in executing his office, including by losing the trust of the American people. 

3. President Trump's gratuitous, insulting, hyperbolic, and vitriolic verbal attacks on individual persons, on organizations and institutions, and even on foreign countries and officials are excessive in the extreme. These attacks exacerbate divisions in the country and can adversely affect foreign relations. Congress needs to decide whether President Trump is so far out of bounds that Congress needs to tell him to stop it.

4. Politicians are known to lie, be hypocritical, and have double standards, but politicians generally seek to minimize this happening, they squirm and sweat when they are called out, and there is ultimately some constraint over them. President Trump, however, is outside the norm in the outrageous brazen extremes of his lying, hypocrisy and double standards, he does not squirm or sweat, and he gives the impression that everything he does is perfectly ok. If President Trump is incapable of recognizing some things he does are wrong, and he thinks only other people are wrong, Congress needs to decide whether it should formally tell President Trump otherwise.

5. President Trump's lack of self control and impulsiveness are outside the norm for Presidents. This could cause serious problems, and Congress needs to decide whether it should call this to the attention of President Trump.

6. President Trump is evidencing an autocratic and authoritarian mode of governing that is outside the norm (such as his implementing his America First policy by directly contacting companies to tell them not to move plants outside of United States). This may improperly transgress the proper separation of powers. Congress needs to consider the same and tell President Trump what Congress thinks. [Edit 4/15: President Trump's recent decision that the White House visitor logs shall be kept secret gives more reason for Congress to be concerned about President Trump's autocratic and authoritarian mode of governing.]

7. In the election, candidate Trump publicly asked the Russians to interfere in a way to help him get elected. Although he was not President at the time, Congress needs to decide whether asking the Russians to interfere was a sufficiently wrongful act that President Trump should be censured for it now. (See Smartest colluders.)

President Trump is 70 years old. He may be fixated in old ways from his business career, and these ways may be very bad for the Presidency and impair the country's governance. His aides appear unable to tell President Trump that he is doing anything wrong, and the country is witnessing the spectacle of his aides having to defend the indefensible of President Trump's conduct. When the press tries to point out wrong things President Trump does, he just says "fake news" and press "totally dishonest." This all begs for Congress to consider President Trump's conduct in a formal way and for Congress to speak up.

To get Congress to censure President Donald Trump, we want as many Alabamians as possible to request Senators Shelby and Strange and Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell, to take action to have Congress censure President Trump. See Step One below.

We want recipients of our tweets to join in a "pyramiding" of tweets so that many thousands of Alabamians receive tweets. See Step Two below.

Step One
If you agree, send tweets to Senators Shelby and Strange and to Alabama Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell by clicking on the below links. The tweet you send will say "I think Congress should censure President Trump" and will have a link to this blog entry (Alabamians tweeting for censure).  Also your tweet will contain, and show up under, the Twitter hashtags #AlabamiansforCensure and #alpolitics.

Tweet here to Senator Shelby
Tweet here to Senator Strange
Tweet here to Rep. Byrne
Tweet here to Rep. Roby
Tweet here to Rep. Rogers
Tweet here to Rep. Alderholt
Tweet here to Rep. Brooks
Tweet here to Rep. Palmer
Tweet here to Rep. Sewell

Step Two
send individual tweets to other Alabamians, which tweets have a link to this page. This will be to try to get other Alabamians to come to this page and send their own tweets to Senators Shelby and Strange and to Representatives Byrne, Roby, Rogers, Aderholt, Brooks, Palmer and Sewell. and, after that, to join in sending tweets to more Alabamians. The goal here to get a large amount of "pyramiding" of tweets going.

A suggested tweet message to send to other Alabamians is:
Our AL reps in Congress should get Congress to censure President Trump.
http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2017/02/alabamians-for-censure.html
Then you need to find follower lists of other Twitter accounts in your geographic location that have a lot of followers. For example, if you live in the Jefferson County/Shelby County geographic area, the below would be examples of good Twitter follower lists to use:
https://twitter.com/GreaterShelby/followers
https://twitter.com/OTMJ_Life/followers
https://twitter.com/HomewoodHigh/followers
https://twitter.com/TrussTribune/followers

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR TWEETING
A. General
This tweeting involves a non-standard use of Twitter, namely, the sending of large numbers of individually directed tweets to followers of other Twitter accounts (not your own followers).
A ground has been staked out with Twitter for this method of tweeting. See letter to Twitter @Support.
The object of this method of tweeting is to get a "pyramiding" of tweets going in Alabama.
(For questions or discussion about this tweeting, go to Google group topic Tweeting for Trump censure.)

B. Your tweet message
A suggested tweet message to send to other Alabamians is:
Our AL reps in Congress should get Congress to censure President Trump.
http://al6thcongdist-ihaveuntiljan13.blogspot.com/2017/02/alabamians-for-censure.html
C. Persons to send your individually directed tweets to
The object is to find Twitter accounts in your area have a lot of followers. If a person's twitter profile indicates the person lives in Alabama, be selective or indiscriminate as you choose in sending the person a tweet or not.
Do not worry about redundancy and whether others participating in this tweeting bank may also be tweeting to the same person.
For example, if you live in the Jefferson County/Shelby County geographic area, the below would be examples of good Twitter follower lists to use:
https://twitter.com/GreaterShelby/followers
https://twitter.com/OTMJ_Life/followers
https://twitter.com/HomewoodHigh/followers
https://twitter.com/TrussTribune/followers

D. How to send your tweets efficiently
In doing your tweeting, you are repetitively sending the same tweet message. This can be done very efficiently, at least on a laptop computer. Get the tweet message on your mouse clipboard, go to the follower list  you are using for your tweeting, start with the first person on the list you want to tweet to, and do this:
1. Right click on person's Twitter name.
2. Choose "open in new tab"
3. Go to the new tab.
4. Click on the "Tweet to" button.
5. Paste the tweet message in the box.
6. Hit the "Tweet" button.
7. Close the tab, which takes you back to the list
8. Go on to next person, and repeat above steps.
You should be able to send 35 to 70 tweets in a half hour. Send as many tweets as you are willing to. Don't worry about any duplication that you think may arise.

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