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Category: Phil Drucker’s Rant (page 1 of 12)

Phil Drucker’s Rant for 2-11-20: “From One Bonhomme Richard to Another”

One of the most curious assertions I keep hearing over and over is that the Founding Fathers never anticipated a scenario in which the Legislative Branch, refused to use its oversight power to check and if necessary remove a president of such low moral character to save the country from further harm, and tyranny. This is nonsense.

For one, the Founders were well-aware of rule by a mad monarch. His name was King George. The British Colonists didn’t vote to impeach and remove a president. They started a revolution to depose a king. An out of touch despot who was not capable of ruling in the best interest of or with representation of the people. Sound familiar? It should.

When the war was over, and we were a free nation made up of patriots, loyalist sore losers, religious zealots and a lot of people who still didn’t care one way or the other (sound familiar?) the persons who would shape our government met to decide just what the heck that government would be. In truth, they knew very little about the task ahead. They knew from the Declaration of Independence (see last week’s article) we the people would be entitled to exercise our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without undue interference from the government. They knew we the people consent to be governed, but only by a government of legitimacy, that at a minimum put the people’s interests and by extension the interests of the country, first. In short, they knew they didn’t want a king and so, in many ways, it would be perfectly acceptable at constitutional-themed cocktail parties to present the Founders’ primary goal as a shot-in-the-dark, it might work, experiment in the defeat of tyranny.

They knew from history the best way to defeat tyranny was to break the three central areas of government power into separate branches with no one person possessing simultaneously the power of the legislative, executive and judicial. Next, they created a system of dual sovereignty. The Federal and the States would co-govern the people, each having their own separate and distinct responsibilities to the people. Can a state constitutionally “fight back” against federal acts alienating us from our natural rights? The answer is yes. Can an individual state arrest a sitting president for his criminal acts committed while in office? I think they can, or at least, there is nothing in the Constitution that says they can’t.

Next, to facilitate the purposely segregated, perhaps more like fractured, and multi-tiered construction of government, the Founder decided a Republic, meaning government by representation in the form of elected, not necessarily by popular choice, mind you, and sometimes appointed officials, who, at a minimum, put their self-interests aside, would make, enforce and when necessary, adjudicate the newly enacted laws of the land.

Still, at the very top, and bottom of the pyramid (with or without the all-seeing eye) is the power of the people. Our primary governing document, the Constitution starts with We the People, and ends the Bill of Rights 10th Amendment with all powers not ceded to the State or Federal sovereigns residing with the people. With Democracy. This is big “D” Democracy.

So, to recap, the United States of America, a grand, noble experiment of social and political science, in an effort to defeat the rise of and takeover by a tyrant, was dividend to the Federal, itself being divided into three separate branches of equal power, then, placed parallel to the power to provide for health, safety and welfare of its citizens in a system of dual sovereignty, a Republic, meaning representation of the people by their chosen officials, all in an effort to protect our big “D” Democracy,  the power of the people, through one person, one vote representation (with I admit the Electoral College more on that later) to protect and ensure our natural rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Do you hold these truths to be self-evident and that all persons are created equal? If so, that’s what the American system of government of the people, by the people, for the people means, Charlie Brown. And so, as the Founding Fathers predicted, there will always be some insipid, boorish, bad, corrupt, maybe they didn’t anticipate orange, persons of low IQ, much like the so many despotic kings and queens of the past, who may rise to power through trickery, chicanery, fraud, and certainly as is now, the demagoguery of a pretender to a throne that does not exist.

In the final analysis, as the Founders intended it, all roads lead to the power of the people who in America always have the final say.

I close on a question modeled upon the famous quote of the great American seaman and patriot, John Paul Jones, “Have you yet begun to fight?” I don’t know about you, but when it comes to the inept, clown-circus, Jenga in the making take-down by if nothing else voting out the morally corrupt and bankrupt Trump administration, here we are at primary season and we’re just getting started. The power is yours. Don’t forget to use it. Vote. It’s the American way.


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Phil Drucker’s Rant for 2-4-20: “I Dissent”

In all honesty, how many of you have read, in its entirety, the Declaration of Independence (DOI)?


Originally intended as a formal statement justifying the 13 Colonies’ (though, really, only eight colonies had formally agreed to) break with Great Britain and become the independent United States of America.

Originally delegated to be written during the Second Continental Congress by a committee comprised of elderly northern elites John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman and the youngest of the bunch, the only southerner, a 33 years-old young pup by the name of Thomas Jefferson. At the time, TJ was noted as somewhat shy and not a good public speaker, but his skills as a writer were already well known amongst the earliest of Americans.

History tells us the earliest draft of the DOI was written in its entirety by TJ, with consultations and some additions by Ben Franklin and John Adams. Once completed the final draft was sent to the whole of the committee during which no correction or additions were made prior to its introduction to the Congress.

For the most part, Jefferson’s draft was a list of grievances directed at the numerous wrongs done to the colonists in the name of the Crown. However, it is TJ’s elegant, yet urgent, simple and universal in their meaning, words of the Preamble that are remembered today.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” -DOI

With these hallowed, famous words of justice and equality before them, by the time of the adoption of the DOI (July 4th,1776), 12 of the 13 colonies had agreed to permanently leave the British Empire. On the day of the formal signing, probably August 4th, representatives from all 13 former colonies, now the ‘united states’ signed. It was an act of defiance. It was an act of Treason. It was the actions of revolutionaries, and of those who dared and dreamed to live in a country free from arbitrary rule and the whims of a madman. It was intoxicating and so communicable. It was, after all, freedom.

In the year of our lard-laden of thought (if any) and body (much) president, 2020, we find ourselves faced with a similar political reality, of what we now call a Constitutional Crisis. A review of some of the earlier mentioned grievances in the DOI reveal a striking similarity to the problems at hand.

  •     He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  •     He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  •     He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  •     For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  •     For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  •     For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

The words of the DOI, with slight modification, again prove remarkably prescient;

The history of the present King of (Remove Great Britain) America a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

In America, we are not subject to rule by monarch or monarchy. We agree to a representative form of government (a republic), but only by government that derives its power from the explicit consent of those who would be governed. Anything less is abhorrent to the DOI, the US Constitution and the will of the American people. Anything else does harm to our unalienable rights and is, thus, an illegitimate government. A tyrant, a despot, or perhaps a mean, brutal, unthinking and uncaring orange thin-skinned sociopath, a mere pretender to a golden throne that does not, except in his own little warped mind, exist.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” –DOI

I believe that now is again one such time where our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are under attack by a madman who would be king. Who, in his own self-interest, means to inflict and maintain great injury, including by allowing the influence of foreign powers into our democratic way of life, upon the very people he has taken an oath to protect and to serve.

By my right as an American beginning with my rights under the DOI, I do not consent to be ruled by a monarch. As is my right as an American, I hereby demand we abolish this illegitimate reality circus show of a monarchy, the monarchy, if necessary extending to those in Congress or the Judiciary Branch who would aid and abet the scurrilous traitor who currently occupies the White House. As one American to another American, is there anything less we can do? I believe not and respectfully, by signing below, I dissent.



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Phil Drucker’s Rant for 1-28-20: “Astrosmurf (it may Look Blue on the Outside…”

As followers of my column know, I rarely directly discuss politics, much less local politics but something has just crossed my desk that is worth a second (and third) look. On March 3, 2020 there will be a special primary election for the California State Senate, 28th District seat vacated (none too soon I might add) by a scallywag if there ever was one, Jeff Stone.  He left the position of trust placed in him by the good constituents of the 28th mid-term for a job in the Trump administration. I told you this was good. And that is just the start.


One of the reasons I feel the necessity to comment upon all things in the 28th, a district that is roughly the size of and, in fact, looks like Tennessee is that I was the Democratic candidate for the position in 2014. In the traditionally ruby red district I ran against three very well-funded and well-known Republican opponents. Everyone told me I would be lucky if I got 5% of the vote. It was a fool’s errand if there ever was one. So, of course I was perfect for the job and for the record, although I did not win, I was the Democratic candidate who received the most total votes, garnering 17,635 votes for a 18.56% of the total votes cast. I missed getting into the general election by 1,500 votes in an election that, in the end, took a little over 40,000 to win.  So, I believe I did my time and earned my right to a say in this year’s election.


Concerning the 28th, as in all matters politics, I am not the type who votes a straight party or anything else) line. I certainly do not adhere to the policy of voting for the “best” candidate. I vote for the best person. How do I judge who is the best person? I start with a simple proposition. Are they who they “appear” to be? Or, are you asking me to vote for a façade hiding a different, often ugly reality? If you claim to be a Democrat, are you for the people you wish to represent? Or, are you for the special interests, big (often dark) money and government besieged at all levels by lobbyists? Are you for responsible social programs for those in need? Do you believe in clean water and clean air? Do you believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people? Or do you believe in government by consent? Or, do you believe in rule by a monarch. Speaking of which, do you believe in the rule of law?

It is unfortunate we are in an era of smoke and mirrors, infighting and gas lighting, mob rule and the rule of fools. But it is what it is. And whether it was John Philpot Curran, Wendell Phillips or Thomas Jefferson (nobody knows) who once said;

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Its timeless words are of no less value today regardless of when or in what context they were originally spoken.


as·​tro·​turf·​ing | \ ˈa-strə-ˌtər-fiŋ , -ˌstrō- \
: organized activity that is intended to create a false impression of a widespread, spontaneously arising, grassroots movement in support of or in opposition to something (such as a political policy) but that is in reality initiated and controlled by a concealed group or organization (such as a corporation). Source www.merriam-webster.com

So, who’s surfing or, in this case, smurfing (it may look blue on the outside…) the turf?

As a spectator and amateur historian to the Nixon Presidency, including the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation-in-shame of the crook-in-chief, I can tell you of no better way of ascertaining the truth than:

“Follow the money” –Deep Throat, played by Hal Holbrook

Ever since it’s appearance in the 1976 film All the President’s Men these sage words have guided the investigative process of many a reporter into the halls of truth. A quick check of the Internet is all that is needed to get your “follow the money” on.


Elizabeth Romero, “Democratic” candidate for the 28th has a problem. An astroturf problem.

Just so we are clear, I do not begrudge any person, group or thing the right to support the candidate of their choice. The Chandi, and his, let’s call it “Collective” (in addition to the person, it has quite a few moving parts- see the now defunct Integrity PAC) builds things. This is good. “They” also support Trump. That is bad. It’s only my opinion, but I smell astroturfing.



Of course, there will be more. There is always more. And when it comes to money and last minute negative television ads, well, let’s call it business as usual.

In conclusion, let me give you another few words of possible wisdom to live by. Big money = little justice. I will not vote for the candidate of little justice. I will not vote for a “Democratic” candidate that takes an endorsement from a Chandi. Oh, and by the way, Astroturfing sucks.

In the interest of disclosure, I have already publicly (where such a thing should be done) chosen to endorse Joy Silver (D) as our next State Senator from the 28th.  Check out her Facebook page. It’s kinda cool.



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Phil Drucker’s Rant for 1-21-20: “Is Mitch Trying to Blind Us With (Political) Science?”

I love physics. E=MC2, cause and effect, adding nitro to glycerin. The whole thing. I wonder what would happen if we applied some of the principles of time, space and matter to our current political situation, the Senate Trial. I’m game. How about you?

Physics tells us the universe can be broken into three basic components. 1. Space, 2. Gravity and 3. Dark Matter. Recent developments in science have indicated dark matter (it’s the stuff that is there, but we can’t see it) may account for approximately 85% of all matter in the universe. Not very much else is known about dark matter. Is it mass? Is it energy? A combination of the two? No one knows for it is hidden from the harsh glare of research and opinion, unable to reflect sunlight from the giant mostly gassy, hydrogen and helium spotlight we call the Sun. Sounds a lot like politics already.

Dark matter of whatever it is, can’t be seen by us mere mortals because it does not reflect light. Except for stars like our sun, physical objects do not generate their own light. What we see is not the rock or the tree or even the sea or the sky, but the reflection of light bouncing off the let’s call it a solid, tightly bound group of molecules, atoms, quarks, etc…beneath it. Well then, you may be asking yourself, how do we know dark something or other exists? Gravity. Although it cannot be seen by the naked eye, dark matter is matter because it has mass, and mass, if large enough, has gravity. It pulls other objects toward it. It us the unseen, but strangely powerful force. It can (and does) influence the path of planets and virtually the trajectory of every cosmic event (think meteors and comets).

Not unlike the smoke-filled, whiskey drenched backroom dealings of villains, thieves and politicians alike, it’s there alright and, in most cases, the only way we find out about these often dastardly deals with the devil is when the “gravity” of these quid pro quo’s (Clarisse?) begin to influence and erode our democratic values and rights, often sending us spiraling into an orbit we hardly know we are on. Until it’s too late. Like fascism.

Despots, dictators and Dick Nixon’s all have their place in the political universe. Tyrants all, they are the blackest of black holes for they seek to take from us our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, leaving in their place nothing but the empty void, an unsure future, possibly filled with chaos produced by the absence of democracy and the rule of law.

Today is a day that will live in infamy. Tyranny on full display in the press and overtly visible to the public eye. I say infamy as today, January 21, 2020, the day right after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be remembered as the day the sham Impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump began. Only the third president in history to face such a tribunal of supposed justice. Of the people’s right to be free from a rogue president who is unfit and unable to faithfully carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position entrusted to him by the people he has sworn an oath to protect. The day an old, decrepit and way past his expiration date greedy, racist Senate “Majority of One” Leader took us to the brink of an event horizon leading to the political darkness of the abyss.

Will there be witnesses? Documents and things? Evidence? What happens when the world’s foremost deliberative body refuses to deliberate? Colludes with the very power it is sworn to check, balance and, if necessary, defeat? But even if it’s “not there” it’s there. Bolton will be there. Parnas will be there. Mulvaney will be there. The undoctored and/or unredacted transcripts will be there. Adam Schiff will be there.

The dark matter is coming to the surface. Fortunately, sunlight is still and will always be the best disinfectant. Let’s wait and see what the sun turns up. My guess is whatever the actual outcome, removal or not, there will be no turning back.

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