Presidential Pardons

January 20, 2021

How is it possible, hypothetically speaking, a president can commit any crime they choose while in office, then grant him or herself a full pardon, exonerating themselves for every crime they may or may not have committed not only during their presidency, but from date of birth until date of pardon?

How is it possible that a president, or anyone, does not have to be charged with a crime, let alone convicted, to be pardoned? Making this scenario even more bizarre, is that a president can pardon a person who committed a crime on their behalf. Or a family member, or four who did so. How is it possible that a president can even pardon their own business(es)?

I’m no constitutional scholar, and far from knowledgeable, but there are only two restrictions to presidential pardons. One is that the crime must be federal, the other is that the crime must not involve impeachment proceedings. Making any such circumstances even more strange is that a president can pardon anyone, including themself in secret. Let me repeat that, a president can secretly pardon themself, and only be exposed if they were to be charged with a crime.

This cannot possibly be what our founding fathers had in mind two and a half centuries ago. Thankfully, this is just a hypothetical conspiracy and can never, ever happen here. Right?

Steven H. Spring

America’s Coup D’etat

January 13, 2021

The following is a copy of my letter to Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer regarding who really are the radicals that America now must defend herself against;


January 11, 2021

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Of The House
United States House of Representatives
1236 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Watching Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Jake Tapper’s Sunday morning show “State Of The Union,” I could not help but laugh at his comment about radical Democrats, after condemning the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capital last Wednesday in pursuit of a coup d’etat for their dear leader. That night, late in the Browns-Steelers game (I’m a life-long Brownie), I switched over to CNN during a commercial to see if any news was breaking (isn’t it always?) and caught a rerun of the Tapper-Toomey interview and heard the senator refer to Democrats as the “ever more radical left-wing party.”

I guess what that mob of conservative/Republican/terrorists (your choice of word(s)) did was wrong, but thank God they weren’t those damn ever more radical Democrats, or all hell would have broke loose. Republicans love throwing around the “radical” word now days, yet I never hear a single Democrat refer to Republicans, and especially the president, as radicals.

A decade or two ago, the Republican Party turned the word “liberal” into such a bad word that Democrats ran from it in fear of being labeled one. Today, Democrats call themselves “progressive.” Ironically, you cannot call a Republican a “conservative,” as that’s a badge of honor to them. Thus, the reason for my writing. I urge you to encourage your caucus to call out what Republicans have become, a party of ever more radicals.


Steven H. Spring

C.: Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer

Russia Cyber Attacks America And Not A Word Is Said About It

December 18, 2020

With the news getting ever more worse since breaking Monday regarding Russia (allegedly) pulling off a major cyber attack on America, involving maybe up to a dozen departments or agencies, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is responsible for maintaining this nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, however, some experts are predicting the news could get even more horrendous in the coming days when the full extent of the attack is known.

I’m no nuclear physicist, nor computer programmer for that matter, and maybe it was due to watching one too many science-fiction movie or television show, but my first thought was if it were possible for a hacker to launch our nuclear arsenal against every major metropolis in America?

Even more astonishing, is that there has been not a single word said about the attack by anyone associated with this administration. With up to a billion dollars in loans coming due in the next few years, I guess the president doesn’t want to piss-off his banker.

Steven H. Spring

Presidential Pardons

December 2, 2020

With Trump administration pardons dangling more frequently these days than mistletoe, not to mention the truly breaking news late Tuesday night that the Department of Justice is investigating a potential bribery scheme involving presidential pardons, I guess it is only fitting the most corrupt administration in American history would go out in a blaze of glory. Or is it gory?

How is it possible, or better yet legal, for a president to pardon all of his pathological lying, criminal associates, along with his family members, of all crimes they committed on his behalf and most likely orders? Surely this isn’t what our founding fathers had in mind nearly two hundred and fifty years ago. This is what third-rate dictators in third-world countries do (apologies to third-rate dictators and third-world countries). This is not what America, once the world’s beacon of justice and democracy does.

The only question remaining is; Will the president grant himself a pardon come the morning of January 20? As a former reality television star, why not do it live on TV?

Steven H. Spring

The Word For Today Is…

October 15, 2020

The word for today is: trumpery. According to Merriam-Webster (not a reliable source, some will undoubtedly say), the definition is; A.: worthless nonsense and B.: trivial or useless articles (i.e., junk).

Trumpery appeared in the English language during the mid-15th century, as spelt trompery, implying “deceit or fraud” and “worthless nonsense.” However, the word goes back a hundred years or more to the French word “tromper,” meaning “to deceive.”

The word for tomorrow will be: poetic-justice.

Steven H. Spring

Can America Survive November 3?

September 24, 2020

How is it in America, which likes to boast that it is the world’s all-time greatest democracy, that one of the two major political parties has for at least the past decade, if not much longer, is doing everything it can to ensure that registered citizens cannot exercise their constitutional right to vote? Their tactics include purging of voter rolls, eliminating voting machines in Democrat-heavy areas, or removing entire polling locations, again in Democrat districts. These last two acts have resulted in people being forced to stand in line to cast their ballot in past elections up to eight hours.

Now, the current occupant of the White House, who lost the 2016 presidential election by nearly three million votes, is upping the purge even further by declaring he wants to eliminate absentee voting entirely, despite the nation being in the mist of a world-wide pandemic, in which it leads the world in both the number of cases and deaths. If he cannot do that, he is threatening to shut down the counting of actual votes election night. With an attorney general, who will go down in history as the most corrupt, supporting his every move, it doesn’t take a political scientist to conclude that scenario entirely possible.

The president has even started talking to state officials about ignoring the vote of the people and directly declaring him the winner on the grounds of mass voter fraud. Republican leaders stand idly by, obviously lying to appease their dear leader, fearful of being ridiculed in official presidential tweets. Making matters worse, the president is constantly lying about how fraudulent mail-in voting is, despite no evidence supporting his claim. Compounding the situation even further is the fact that Russia is once again participating in our election process.

America should be doing everything possible to ensure that all citizens can cast their ballots, yet the Republican Party is doing everything possible to see that they cannot. With the president having recently declared there will be no peaceful transfer of power if he loses, we are facing a historic catastrophe come November 3, with the fate of the nation hanging delicately in the balance.

Steven H. Spring

Fireworks Over Mount Rushmore

Fourth Of July, 2020

In celebration of the president’s defiance of his own COVID-19 task force’s guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing of face masks by having a taxpayer-financed campaign rally Friday night at Mount Rushmore, complete with fireworks celebrating America’s 244th birthday, I thought it fitting to post my own version of fireworks over a mountain sacred to this country’s indigenous people, on land “appropriated” from them many years ago.

On June 30, 1980, in United States v. Sioux Nations of Indians, the Supreme Court ruled that the Black Hills did indeed belong to the Sioux Nation, declaring the government violated the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty of April 29, 1868. Every one of the more than five hundred treaties agreed to by the federal government and the indigenous people were broken in some manner by our government. One was broken by the rightful landowners.

Like most people that attended the campaign rally last night, my family and I were not wearing face masks, nor did we abide by the six-foot social distancing guidelines. Neither did any of the other people that were there among us. However, our blatant disregard of task force guidelines were not born out of civil disobedience, but judging by the size of my precious babies in other photos from this vacation, merely due to our trip out west occurred most likely in very late 1980s, possibly 1990.

Furthermore, I do not remember which month we made the trip, but there were no fireworks the night in which I shot this photograph. Judging by the size of the pyrotechnics in the original photograph, these fireworks most likely exploded over London. London, Ohio, that is.

Digital photography is truly an amazing invention.

Steven H. Spring


Will COVID-19 Help Elect Joe Biden Or Re-Elect Donald Trump?

May 6, 2020

With the president pressuring the fifty governors to open up their states from self-imposed stay-at-home economic shutdown, in an attempt to improve his probability to win re-election, steps need to be taken now to insure all Americans get the opportunity to cast a ballot safely in the November 3 election, an election that just might be the most crucial in this nation’s history.

All along, medical experts have been opining that a second wave of the coronavirus will strike come fall, and considering everyone of the thirty states that have started opening up their economies this past Friday are in violation of the president’s virus task-force guidelines (i.e., fourteen days of declining new cases (several states had their highest number the day before opening) and extensive testing (there isn‘t, as the U.S. ranks forty-second worldwide per capita)), the only thing that experts might be wrong about is that it will probably occur much sooner. During the 1918-1920 incorrectly named “Spanish Flu” pandemic, in which an estimated 50 million people died, including 675,000 Americans, it was the second wave that was responsible for the most casualties. That second wave was blamed on massive troops movements during the final year of World War I.

If these educated predictions come true, our state and national politicians need to start preparing for the coming election in which mail-in voting just might be the only safe way for all Americans to cast their ballots. Unlike Wisconsin, which forced its citizens to stand in line for several hours to cast a ballot during their recent primary, Ohio took the opposite approach, conducting their primary mostly by mail-in voting. Despite optimistic rhetoric espoused by members of the Republican Party, I tend to listen to medical experts and their warnings are dire. As such, I recently wrote Ohio’s Secretary Of State, expressing my concern regarding the November general election.

I concluded my letter to Secretary Frank LaRose with the assumption that mail-in voting, and especially mailing out ballots to all registered voters, in lieu of having to submit an application to receive a mail-in ballot, will never happen, and we both know the reason why. Let the president explain why; “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”

The following is my letter to Secretary LaRose.

Steven H. Spring


April 24, 2020

The Honorable Frank LaRose
Secretary Of State
The State Of Ohio
22 North Fourth Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Secretary LaRose,

Having submitted my mail-in ballot a couple of weeks ago, and especially after reading an article in the April 22nd Columbus Dispatch with the headline “Mail-in voter turnout looks low,” I wanted to write to express my concern regarding the upcoming November 3rd general election. As a life-long political junkie, growing up on the south-side of Columbus, the 1968 Hubert Humphrey vs. Richard Nixon contest was the first that I can remember, as I became a teenager eight days after that election.

Even though I watch roughly ten hours of news daily (less during weekends before COVID-19 put an end to all sporting events) and the first thing I do every morning is to read the paper, I had no idea that I needed to submit an application to receive a mail-in ballot until my next door neighbor told me. That might be because I no longer watch local news, with its “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality. Since the vast majority of Americans no longer read a newspaper or watches much televised news, if any, that might explain why only twenty-two percent of Ohioans who are registered have already voted.

Even during non-pandemic times, the percentage of Americans who vote is usually dismal, especially so during non-presidential election years. People in other countries risk their lives in order to cast a ballot, yet the majority of Americans could care less. If twenty-two percent of registered Ohioans have voted this primary election, what is the percentage of eligible voters having done so? I first raised this question with then Secretary Of State Robert Taft way back in 1996.

Our government officials, both national and state, should be doing everything possible to make it easier for Americans to vote, yet be it purging of voter rolls, eliminating polling locations and the number of voting machines, cutting back the number of early voting days or photo ID requirements, one political party is doing everything they can to prevent citizens from doing so. During the past two presidential elections, many Americans waited in line for hours, some up to eight, to vote.

What occurred up in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago during their primary was a disgrace, when the Republican-controlled legislature overturned Governor Tony Evers executive order instituting state-wide mail-in voting because of the pandemic, which was eventually ruled in the Republicans favor by the United States Supreme Court after going through first the Wisconsin Supreme Court and then the United States District Court.

With numerous medical experts opining that a second wave of coronavirus will attack our nation this fall, which based on the results of the so-called “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-1920, could be disastrous since we are barely capable of handling the initial wave, I write to urge you to have your office ready for another mail-in ballot election and have all Ohioans be aware of what it takes to vote in this manner. Instead of having voters submit an application in order to receive a ballot, why not just mail a ballot to all registered voters.

We both know that will never happen, and the reason why.


Steven H. Spring

Copy: Governor Mike DeWine
Representative Warren Davidson
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Rob Portman


March 22, 2020

As an American, I find this administration’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic appalling. As the father of a daughter who is a nurse, I find this nation’s lack of basic medical Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and shields disgusting.

How is it that China built two mobile hospitals (a total of sixteen hundred beds) in ten days, and yet we cannot provide enough N95 face masks or virus tests, telling medical personnel that they should use bandanas to cover their mouth and nose, only weeks into the virus coming ashore? Or that, in a pinch re-use their PPEs. How is this possible?

Why is it that this administration had nearly three months’ notice of the pending viral attack, but it seems more and more likely that it is the most ill-prepared (pardon the pun) and least capable of containing it? Maybe we should create some sort of government agency to handle such extreme circumstances. Oh wait, we did. However, this administration shut down the National Security Council’s Global-Health-Security unit (created by the Obama administration) and slashed Center For Disease Control And Prevention funding.

However, lets not place all blame on this administration. Does the health care industry, which is the most profitable industry in America, accept some responsibility as well. I’ve long said the health care industry should not be for-profit. My accounting degree from OSU reminds me that inventory cost money, not only the initial cost, but to store it as well. Just ask the Detroit auto industry, which found out the hard way. The Japanese standard is the just-in-time (JIT) method, eliminating costly inventory. This is evidenced by all the Japanese factories located throughout central Ohio in outlaying villages and towns, supplying Honda of America up in Marysville. This method works great when all is well, however when you throw a pandemic into the supply chain, problems arise, as we are desperately finding out.

America, and especially this administration, likes to pride itself with constant boasting of being the greatest nation of all-time, yet cannot provide paper face masks or cotton swabs to conduct testing. This is disgraceful.

Steven H. Spring

The Death Of America (God Bless Her Soul)

January 31, 2020

As a life-long political junkie, I watched probably ninety percent of both the House of Representatives impeachment hearings and the Senate’s “trial” of the president. Though I am not an attorney nor legal scholar, however this “trial” was nothing more than a kangaroo court, as Republicans prevented Democrats from subpoenaing eye-witnesses nor any documents. Trials without witnesses or documentation are what dictators conduct. To borrow a much over-used word by Republicans and especially the president, it was nothing more than a sham.

Republicans cried out numerous times over the past several weeks that Democrats produced nothing but hearsay witnesses, relying on third or fourth party testimony. However, this was due only to the president preventing nearly everyone from testifying nor complying with any subpoena for documents. In addition, the assertion is false, as European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified under oath that he had first-hand knowledge of the quid pro quo demand by the president’s merry band of shysters, hustlers, and grifters. If new claims by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, that was reported Friday afternoon turn out to be credible, this conspiracy and cover-up goes much deeper involving high ranking officials and longer in time than anyone could ever imagine.

This administration will go down in history as the most corrupt, most inept and most untruthful in American history. Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional scholar and member of the president’s defense team opined that Trump can basically do anything he wants, if it is done in pursuit of getting re-elected. It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that this president will do anything to get re-elected and with four more years in office, anything goes. Once Senate Republicans acquit him of all charges, the president will be free to do any and every thing he chooses, legal or not.

America has been slowly dying an immoral death the past three years, and this “trial” has pounded the last few nails into its coffin. We are a laughingstock on the world stage. The only hope for her is that Democrats and Independents come out in mass on the third day of November and take back both the Senate and White House.

If not, Vladimir Putin will have defeated this nation without firing a single shot.

Steven H. Spring