THOUGHTS & MUSINGS ON POLITICS & THE UNIVERSE

A BLOG BY SHANNON FISHER

Are White House Leaks Illegal?

The first few leaks from the White House were investigated internally, with the president’s staff eagerly trying to find the culprit(s). They even checked staff phones for message-deletion apps. Trump has been immensely distrustful of everyone outside of his inner circle, saying staffers are on a need-to-know basis for every aspect of White House business.

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Donald Trump’s Leadership Strategy: Malign. Divide. Deflect. Conquer. Repeat.

When even the Richard Nixon Political Library distances itself from the Trump Administration’s actions, it is clear Trump’s America has taken a dark turn. The firing of (now former) F.B.I. Director James Comey has drawn swift and sharp criticism from both sides of the aisle, though the criticism has very little to do with unwavering support for Director Comey. The root of this public and legislative outcry is concern for the preservation of the integrity of the Trump Russia investigation. The very fabric of the method by which those in power are held accountable for their actions is at stake, and he perpetuation of our republic has reached a crisis point.

May 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Why Are People Bothered by Mike Pence’s Policy to Only Dine Alone with his Wife?

Mike Pence has an unlikely ally today: a socially-liberal feminist (me) defends Mike Pence’s policy not to eat dinner alone with a woman other than his wife.

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Petition Before SCOTUS Seeks To Nullify Election

A petition for a writ of mandamus seeking to nullify the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election sits on the SCOTUS docket. The main argument for the writ is that, per Article IV § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, it is the job of the federal government to keep U.S. territory safe from foreign invasion. The Constitution stipulates, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.” The petition cites evidence of such an invasion, namely the Russian hacking, and asks that the entire 2016 election be nullified, all the way back to the primaries, on the grounds that cyber-territory in the U.S. was invaded with the intention of altering the results of our Presidential election. The petitioners seek an entirely new election.

February 9, 2017 · 19 Comments

The Hacking of Leslie Jones: A Sledgehammer Through The Wall Of Human Decency

Jones was bombarded with racist tweets, but she stood up to the bullies, called them out and returned with her head held high. Then, when her popularity on the very medium on which she had been attacked earned her a trip to the Olympics, those trolls made it their mission to humiliate and violate her in a manner that that would affect her so deeply they would attain “victory.” Their method was hacking her website. No one wins.

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment