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The unlikely story of a brilliant Jewish woman, Malcomb Chancey and her quasi-paramour sweetheart…an Irish Catholic meet for coffee to take on the world of political insanity and the intrigue of the 20th& 21stcentury. These conversations cover the time period from 2002 until 2016; the principle topics involve presidential records and the timely examination of history upon the accuracy of the record as it may apply to the rhetoric of a presidential campaign.
WELBY THOMAS COX, JR.
It was April 1st, 2002 when Malcomb and I met, as agreed for the first in a series of coffee clutches which wasn’t meant to change anything…nor would it, we thought.
“I agree with the concept of the book Wilbey, but I just can’t understand the selection of the word “Confraternity?” Malcomb said to me as an opening volley.
“Well Malcomb, as the author, I take certain privilege and stands.” I answered.
“Well if you intend to be obstinate about it…why even bring it up?” she asked.
“Well, shall we discuss my other books?” I asked
“No.” Malcomb said in a rather emphatic tone.
The Real Story:
Trump: The Man Against All Odds!
Not since Jimmy Carter has a president been so vilified by the liberal elite and the mainstream press. Carter rode in on the heels of Richard Nixon’s straw man, Gerald Ford who was a well-intended patsy of the republicans. Carter was an intellectual who set a course with young political neophytes whose lunch was stolen the first day on the job and thereafter, every bully in town kicked dirt on their clodhoppers.
If history tells us anything it is this…there is an ebb and flow between costly wars and a reduced interest in foreign policy. If there is any one issue which raises the ire of the average voter, it is a war with no meaning or purpose which can be explained in a simple paragraph. Why were we in Vietnam…Why were we in the Gulf…Why were we in Iraq?
Kennedy asked the flaming question about Vietnam, gave specific orders to withdraw…and was murdered. Big oil dictated the Gulf War and George Bush saved his presidency by attacking Iraq over weapons of mass destruction which did not exist.
Then along comes Donald Trump and the quiet majority which hated Obama and anything Clinton… finally got their beards out of a pint and began to energize a candidate who blasted the unspeakable…issues which rallied the masses; illegal immigrants taking over the jobs, NAFTA which sent blue collar jobs to Mexico from companies like Carrier and Ford, healthcare, infrastructure, clean water for Flint.
But the biggest issue which resonated among the voters was Trump’s irreverent treatment of world leaders, especially Europeans calling upon them to “pay-up” for NATO or shut it down as antiquated. No one on the national scene got it right. All the media and pundits projected Clinton as the winner.
(Permit me to wave my own flag…I published a book in May 2016, “A Confraternity for Change,” which said Trump would win the primary and general election…the press never asked me. They were too busy patting each other on the back and extolling how smart and chatty they were.)
But then, after Trump was sworn in as president… the pressure of real-world politics, simplified by fact (like world-wide terrorism) brings questions whether a limited world-view is sufficient to protect and defend? When push comes to shove even the Trumps of the pugnacious right… swings to the center, moderating on threats which questioned the status quo of the rich and powerful.
It is clear to this scribe… Trump was correct to demand a fair shake from Europe and China brought about by NAFTA. The loose purse strings of the Obama administration have left this country with a staggering debt and a weak economy which can no longer sustain a world role which all have come to expect of us. Only one of Obama’s useless legacies and a divided racist nation, more interested in “political correctness” than practical solutions to the question raised by urban predators and the stench of anarchy.
The Trump faithful asked the question, “Why should we take care of the world…acting as its world police, when we are hurting?” Trump responded by proposing that we back away from Europe, and was he suggesting a new partnership with Russia, China, Israel and Asia? (This author predicted a new alliance was in the best interest of America in my book, “A Confraternity for Change.”) Had the time come to put away the sword and concentrate on infrastructure…the wall, the health of our children? Has the time come for the congress to get off their lazy duffs and do something to support this President? The answer is coming in November 2018!
The foreign-policy debate doesn’t seem to change all that much…its guns and tanks which drive the notion that the United States has some predetermined responsibility to defend and protect those we have previously engaged for our independence. Today it is Islamic State and the spread of terrorism in a form we are unable to see or name. It comes from out of nowhere by an angry man with a gun, knife or truck filled with bombs. It is homegrown, and it is hard to defend.
Of course, the general’s love this debate just as President Eisenhower warned in the 50’s to “Beware of the military industrial complex.” The media does its normal job of stirring the pot and then squaring off against the continuation of any action which draws blood. But they are first in line to point out the responsibility to protect world citizens against the outrageous treatment and abuse of human rights. The press has it both ways…stirring up conflict and then condemning it. I believe we are going through a period when Americans are saying… “Enough of fighting other people’s wars!”
Trump is an unknown quantity…he is unconventional, has no background in foreign-policy and has a hair-trigger temper and mouth, not a good combination but thus far his prognostications have come true and Europe has gotten the message that this is no patsy and he has the devout backing of a majority of Americans. Many insiders believe Trump has no interest in the Clinton-Bush One World Order and he has called out our post-World War II allies on taking advantage of America’s best intentions and not paying their fair share of the tab to protect their interest. Of course, the hard liners use the line that Trump does not stand for the principles of forefathers since 1776. That this could be mentioned…most whispering the sentiment is a measure of how devastating was his victory.
Like it or not the repercussions on the Trump foreign-policy stand will not be felt for some years to come. But be sure, Trump has won the first round by beating the democratic coalition. Unfortunately, it is my opinion that Trump has erred in a major way by letting the freak show draw him into a battle he can’t win…unless he cuts its life line to the public by firing Mueller and any new appointment as a Special Prosecutor and by getting on with his agenda to make America Great Again.
Government Shuts Down
As the Nation fiddles, fumbles and farts it way through an ambiguous and arbitrary political pissing match, the nation’s employees and its constituents suffer. To his credit, the president has stepped forward with leadership offering various plans and explanations as to why he is insisting upon the wall for national security. This is why we elected him…not Pelosi or some other clown acting as parliament. Producing the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Trump took to the White House Diplomatic Room to deliver a proposal that, he promised, would “break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown.”
Before the fragrance of Trump’s cologne faded from the Diplomatic room, the protagonist threw ice cold water on the proposal. While the leadership in the Senate vowed to move forward with a bill to impact the deadlock this week.
Trump, who regularly lashes out at the problems associated with illegal, undocumented immigrants and has proposed drastic changes to the legal immigration system, chose to preside over a well-publicized naturalization ceremony for five new Americans from the Britain, South Korea, Jamaica, Iraq and Bolivia hours before the speech, in which he struck a notably softer and more inclusive tone than usual. He spoke sympathetically of the very real dangers faced by Central American migrants, particularly women and children, along the journey to the U.S.-Mexico border, and praised “our nation’s proud history of welcoming legal immigrants from all over the world into our national family.”
Although he described his offer as a “common sense compromise that both parties should embrace,” it was immediately criticized from both sides: by Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who rejected it even before Trump’s speech was delivered, and by immigration hardliners among Republicans, including Iowa Rep. Steve King, who earlier in the week had been stripped of his committee assignments over racist remarks.
Trump repeated many of the same funding requests for more border patrol agents, immigration judges and new drug detection technology. Those are considered more acceptable to Democrats.
Trump’s new offer includes extensions of legal protections for Temporary Protected Status holders — refugees living in the U.S. who face persecution or other dangers in their home countries — and the 700,000 beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, sometimes called “Dreamers.” The Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle DACA and end TPS for several countries have been derailed by several legal challenges. But in October, an activist federal judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the administration’s intention to stop renewing legal status of 300,000 TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. On Friday, the Supreme Court indicated that it will likely not consider the Trump Administration’s appeals of lower court rulings keeping DACA in place.
But he won support from Senate Republicans including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who has been critical of Trump and newly elected Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, as well as Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader.
Trump also proposed “measures to protect migrant children from exploitation and abuse” through a “new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries.” In fact, such a system was established in 2014 under the Obama Administration as part of the Central American Minors program, which was terminated by Trump’s Department of Homeland Security during his first year in of his administration.
In a statement following the president’s address on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intends to bring the president’s proposal to the floor, though key Democrats have already made clear that they are not interested.
Pelosi, who has repeatedly refused to accept a deal that includes any amount of money for a border wall and insisted that she won’t negotiate an immigration bill until Trump agrees to reopen the government, called Saturday’s offer “a non-starter.”
“Democrats were hopeful that the President was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much-need discussion to protect the border,” Pelosi said in a statement issued ahead of the President’s speech on Saturday. “Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”
“The President must sign these bills to re-open government immediately and stop holding the American people hostage with this senseless shutdown,” she said.
Many conservatives and liberals alike, gave positive statements on the validity of the Trump plan and chastised Pelosi, Durban and Schumer as negative agents of a select and angry constituency bent on denying the Trump administration with any measures which might re-elect Trump in 2020. They see the Democrats negativity as partisan politics in a total disregard for the suffering of loyal government employees who have endured a shutdown which has now gone on for a record month.
Welby Thomas Cox, Jr., Author
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Some Transportation Security Administration employees are quitting their jobs as the partial government shutdown continues through its third week, leaving more than 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees, representing about 44,000 TSA workers, says some TSA employees have resigned, and others are considering quitting after working one of the busiest air travel periods of the year without pay.
“Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardship and need for a paycheck,” said Hydrick Thomas, the union’s TSA Council president, in a statement. “Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of the shutdown.”
It’s unclear exactly how many TSA employees have left their jobs since the partial shutdown began on Dec. 22. But several workers have described the financial burden the shutdown has thrust upon them as many depend on each paycheck to make ends meet. TSA employees are some of the lowest paid federal workers, and, in interviews with MONEY last week, current employees said they are delaying car and insurance payments, and worried about paying rent and childcare during this shutdown. Employees also said morale among co-workers has hit a new low.
“As far as we’re concerned, a lot of us still live paycheck to paycheck,” Victor Payes, a TSA officer based in Los Angeles who represents his colleagues in the union, told MONEY last week. “It’s hard to plan a budget for these types of crises for any extended period of time.”
TSA employees have also been reportedly calling out sick — a trend dubbed the “blue flu,” regarding the color of their uniforms — to find other ways to make cash to better manage their bills.
Michael Bilello, a representative with TSA, said in a tweet Wednesday morning that the agency’s data “does not indicate a ‘spike’ in resignations for its officers.” There was also a 5% rate of unscheduled absences Tuesday — a slight bump from a 3.9% rate on January 8, 2018, when there was no shutdown.
The union has argued the shutdown and loss in TSA officers could “create a massive security risk” for travelers in U.S. airports. Bilello said in a tweet Wednesday that “security standards will not and have not been compromised.”
Representatives from the TSA and the AFGE did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22 after the Senate did not pass a spending bill that included $5 billion in funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president has said the government shutdown could continue for “months or even years.”
The shutdown has impacted nine federal departments and dozens of agencies and federal programs. Around 420,000 federal employees have been working without a paycheck since the shutdown began, and another 380,000 have been on furlough. If the shutdown continues past Jan. 12, it will become the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
There is no law that guarantees these federal employees receive back pay when the shutdown ends — though, historically, Congress and the White House have passed measures to provide them with it. But, for employees who work paycheck to paycheck, this back pay can’t come soon enough.
“It is completely unacceptable that the women and men who risk their lives safeguarding our airports are still required to report for work without knowing when they’ll be paid again,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement. “Working for weeks on end without being compensated — while already being short-staffed — only makes their situation worse.”
Welby Thomas Cox, Jr. Author
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Throughout my life, I have survived adversity by recognizing pivotal moments and events on which to attaché my life and my future. This God given extraordinary perception has served me well, (even in the short term) often causing trauma in my private life and pain for those I love.
I could not therefore begin without an acknowledgement of the presence of a higher force which has guided me along life’s path over seventy-four years on this earth. A path which has brought me the great joy and the love I share with six wonderful children whom I respect and revere above all else. My EIGHTEEN (18) grandchildren and two great-grandson whom I look forward to knowing. This book is dedicated as well to the memory of my beloved Mother who gave me life, love, respect and a lasting and deep friendship.
To Mary Catherine Simpson Cox; Jacquelyn Ward Cox Alvey, Melanie Ann Cox Weisiger, Thomas Welby Cox III, Abigail Cox Edds, Mia Welby Cox Teed, Laurel Welby Cox Smith, praise and glory for your faithful love and a special place in my heart, secure and certain.
As an inmate in a series of antiquated federal prisons which systematically denied access to research materials as well as to the computer, most especially the 21st century connection to the internet and the options for word processing, a Bureau of Prisons and county jail aggravated assaults by thugs posing as guards who deliberately destroyed all my legal work and manuscripts for three books, a special dedication is called for and I acknowledge your unbending influence in my life. Though the good book counsels us to “turn the other cheek,” I do not abide its counsel but I must say the seventy-three months which I spent under the heel of the BOP’s repression; hatred, cruelty and illegal acts against a citizen wrongfully convicted…I must admit it was the hatred I felt for the wardens, the counselors and the PA, Mrs. Endiffe who intentionally poisoned me at Manchester which got me through this horrible experience.