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EASTER/PASSOVER 2021

March 31, 2021—Washington, D.C. Responding to bitter invective launched by the America First party, formed after the 2018 midterm elections, Adam Schiff reassured the nation that the White House’s annual Easter Egg hunt will be held this Sunday. “That I’m Jewish and just hosted a family Passover Seder in the White House should not and will not alter a beautiful tradition,” said the 47th president.

During his campaign, President Schiff pledged that being the first Jewish president would not affect his conduct in office “beyond holding to the high moral principles on which I was raised.”

Former president Mike Pence, interviewed on CNN, disavowed America First claims that the annual White House Easter egg hunt would be canceled or that President Schiff would not attend. Mr. Pence, whose 25-month presidency was marked by an inability to move forward initiatives first proposed by his predecessor Donald Trump—including health care, tax reform and infrastructure—has kept a low media profile.

However, he stated, “It’s my duty, especially after last November’s stinging defeat, to speak out against the hateful rhetoric with which a small percentage of Americans assaulted President Schiff during and after the campaign.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, himself Jewish, was “gratified that Mr. Pence stood up to this kind of anti-Semitic hatred that dishonors our country.” Blitzer sought an interview with former president Trump. A spokesperson responded that Mr. Trump “was busy.”

Since resigning in December 2018 after Democrats won majorities in both the House and Senate, Mr. Trump has spent almost all his time at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. His wife Melania visits from New York one weekend a month. Mr. Trump is only the second president in American history to resign his office. Richard Nixon did so on August 9, 1974.

In late-April 2018, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), current House minority leader, spoke out that Mr. Trump’s presidency was untenable following the White House’s failure to respond when Russia annexed East Ukraine. Holding fast, Mr. Trump proposed no U.S. response in early June when Russian agents fomented demonstrations in Latvia and Lithuania leading to the establishment over the summer of pro-Russian governments pledged to withdraw from NATO. “Why does NATO need those guys?” he asked.

Mr. Trump’s resignation proved inevitable when in mid-November, “Classic Republicans” insisted that the nation be spared further congressional inquiry and embarrassment. They responded to the joint revelation of a “smoking gun” by then-Representative Schiff (D-California) and then-Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who complemented Mr. Schiff’s winning ticket. Both played critical roles in confidential House and Senate reviews of Mr. Trump’s tax returns.

The Justice Department ordered Mr. Trump’s returns made available to Congress in August following media revelations that for over a decade, close associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin made major investments in, and loans to, various Trump companies.

Critics also noted that Mr. Trump wasted more than a billion dollars on the design phase of an unbuilt wall on the Mexican border. A pre-Thanksgiving Gallup poll placed Mr. Trump’s approval rating at eleven percent.

“Easter, like Passover, offers people hope for the future,” said President Schiff. “The United States is beginning a new day. It’s better that we hide colorful eggs children can discover on the White House lawn than bury truth in the Oval Office.”

Reality (absolutely): You can read the first two chapters of my new novel The Odd Plight of Adonis Licht on this website. I’ll host a celebration on Sunday, April 30, selling and autographing softcover books. Can’t be there? Go to Amazon for a copy in softcover or digital format.

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THE 28TH AMENDMENT

The 2016 presidential race was the most unsavory in my memory, which goes back to Eisenhower-Stevenson in 1952. The future remains uncertain. But one thing we can do now is amend the Constitution. And I’m not talking about the Electoral College.

I propose the 28th Amendment: No person may be elected or succeed to the office of President of the United States, who is the husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, former spouse, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of anyone having served as President regardless of length of term.

Having voted for Hillary Clinton, I’d still have been glad to see the 28th Amendment passed years ago. Now Chelsea is being promoted for Congress. Fine if the party and the voters in her New York district say yes. Groom her for President? What a travesty! The same goes for Donald Trump, Jr. and his siblings.

Granted, a president’s immediate relatives may possess sterling qualities. If so, let them pursue other opportunities to serve the nation. In the (possible) words of Ben Franklin, “If we wanted another King George, we wouldn’t have elected a President George.”

The problem? Members of “royal political families” tend to assume that their name or connection entitles them to office. Somehow they possess inherently favorable genetic characteristics and judgment. Or they’ve soaked up all the qualities needed to effectively hold office just by proximity.

Unfortunately, family members tend to avoid downplaying the progenitor’s mistakes and uphold a carefully crafted image along with what they deem a superior legacy. Political inbreeding advances policies that ignore past mistakes and fail to keep up with changing times while risking downright incompetence.

Why am I concerned? Some Americans believe that Michelle Obama should run against Donald Trump in 2020 or someone in 2024. I think Michelle is terrific. But being First Lady provides no qualification for office. She was never elected to her post in the first place. Some folks may peg Malia and Sasha Obama for future roles in the Oval Office. A name is not enough. And they’re kids!

Trump supporters may push Donald, Jr. for President. (First Lady to-be Melania Trump is a naturalized citizen and ineligible.) Grave responsibilities should rest on broad shoulders, not crowns on heads turned backwards. As for providing son-in-law Jared Kushner with the highest classified security information while the Trump offspring run the family business—that poses a dangerous conflict of interest.

Had this amendment passed decades ago, Bobby Kennedy would not have mounted a run for the 1968 Democratic nomination after Vietnam-war-stressed Lyndon Johnson passed on a second full term. Teddy Kennedy wouldn’t have been a presidential hopeful, either. Fine be me. I’ve had enough of Kennedys. George W. Bush would not have run in 2000, and Jeb would not have run in this year’s primaries. One Bush was enough. In the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders or someone else would have represented the Democrats. The country would have been no worse off and perhaps would face a brighter future.

What are the chances of the 28th amendment passing? Slim. Still, the presidency of the United States is far too important to become a matter of dynasty. And if you’re expecting a clever line to wind this up, forget it. The matter is just that serious.

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