Geroux earned her Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) designation from the Compliance and Certification Board. She also holds a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designation.
I have been immersed in the field of ADR as both a provider and practitioner for over 25 years. I am probably most widely known as the Executive Director of the Mediation Tribunal Association (MTA). MTA, the once pilot program that resulted in the case evaluation court rule (MCR 2.403), is the largest provider of court-ordered case evaluation in Michigan. As the ADR Clerk of Wayne County Circuit Court, my office also administers the domestic relations dispute resolution program and mediation rosters for the court.
Attorney Lisa W. Timmons is the chair-elect of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a member of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi), the Michigan Regional Chair of Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) a sub-committee of the ADR Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), and the ADR chair of the Wolverine Bar Association. Timmons arbitrates and mediates labor, employment, commercial, and consumer cases with AAA, USPS, New Era ADR, and MERC.
The decade 1900-10 was the subject of the second and third commentaries in this series.
As previewed in the fourth commentary, Trump’s interest in the 1950s as a period of “greatness” has nothing to do with government policies of the time; but, instead resides in the political playbook employed by Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy during the Red Scare.
This is the fifth and final commentary in a series examining two periods of American history that Donald Trump claims were “great” compared to the present era: 1900 to 1910 and the post-World War II era through the 1950s.
Samuel Damren is a retired Detroit lawyer and author of “What Justice Looks Like.”
Why? Once again, he was not rated the worst president in U.S. history by a group of American historians.
The first time came in 2021 and the scholars voted once more that Buchanan has been rehabilitated from that “honor.”
Who was rated the worst? Take a guess before you read the next paragraph.
For the second time in eight years, the fans of our 15th president, James Buchanan Jr., should be celebrating.
Berl Falbaum is a veteran journalist and author of 12 books.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine, Joe Smith (not his real name), was running for Congress (he won) and was seeking endorsements from officeholders.
He was approached by a member of the Michigan State Legislature, Jim Johnson (not his real name), who had a reputation for corruption, lying and womanizing (Yeah, just like Trump).
“Joe,” said Johnson, “I really like you. Really, I do and I want you to win. But given my reputation which, incidentally, is totally undeserved, I don’t know what to do. Should I endorse or oppose you? Which will help you more?”
My friend was in a quandary. He did not want to tell the man to forget about the endorsement because it would imply that he shared the view of others that the man was a scumbag, and an endorsement or opposition would damage his campaign. He managed to escape by lying that he did not have time to discuss the implications of the “kind offer.”
When Putin recently threw his support behind Biden, I wondered if the Russian leader had heard of my story.
In case you missed it, Putin was asked recently who he favors in the upcoming election. The Russian president did not hesitate.
Yes, he said, he would work with any U.S. president whom the American people elect. But he added he liked Biden better because the sitting president is “more experienced, predictable, an old-school politician.”
Asked about Biden’s age and mental acuity, Putin said he has not noticed any issues, or any decline in Biden’s memory or mental awareness.
Referring to a meeting he had with Biden three years earlier in Switzerland, Putin said, “Even then people were saying that he was incompetent, but I did not see anything of the sort. Yes, he kept looking at his papers, but to be honest, I kept doing the same. There was nothing peculiar.”
Putin certainly remembers that Biden called him a “killer,” “murderous dictator” and “pure thug.” Perhaps Putin has decided to let bygones be bygones.
So, was Putin serious or did he have a Machiavellian strategy in mind? Did Putin believe that the endorsement from a brutal, murderous dictator would hurt Biden and throw votes to Trump? Or does he really believe that Biden is suffering from a decline in cognizance and believes the president would be easier to deceive than Trump?
On its face, one would think that Putin would embrace Trump who has shown his admiration for the Russian leader for seven years, all but kissing him on both cheeks. He may even have sent him a Valentine’s Day card.
In responding to the endorsement, Trump seemed to forget his unseemly fawning over Putin, stating Putin has given him “a great compliment, actually. Of course, he would say that he wants to have Biden because he is going to be given everything.”
Now the question becomes whether Trump was strategically suggesting that he would be tougher on Putin than Biden, believing that Putin would understand his response. Trying to give his criticism of Putin some credibility, the former president added, “Putin is not a fan of mine.”
The most difficult question is how will Biden react. He surely must be grateful for having such a world leader commend his abilities and testify to his mental astuteness.
But can he quote Putin to the American public? Can he say, “Did you hear what Putin said about me?”
Other questions: Will he list the endorsement on his campaign literature? Should he thank Putin—privately or publicly? Does he call him an s.o.b. for the politically underhanded endorsement? If he does so on the record, would Putin sabotage Biden by revealing mistakes the president has made.
If we take this endorsement serious, the question is: how much is a Putin endorsement worth? Is there a pro-Putin faction in the U.S.? If so, how big is it, especially in swing states?
The more I thought about this conundrum, the more I speculated that Putin and Trump may have planned this together. Sure, I know cynicism has its limits, but nevertheless, it is sort of fun to consider that. Moreover, several investigations found there was Russian interference in the 2020 election.
The White House, tossing gratitude to the winds, issued a statement asking that Putin “stay out of American elections.”
One thing is clear: Biden cannot say that he doesn’t remember receiving Putin’s endorsement.
The actual award is beautiful, putting Oscars, Globes, Emmys to shame. It is a 12-inch tube light with colors, which are infinite, changing every five seconds.
—U.S. Senator Michael (Mike) Shumway Lee, the senior senator from Utah, became the 21st Republican senator to endorse Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination and, he told us gleefully, that he did so “wholeheartedly.”
In expressing his uncompromising support, Lee gushed:
“Look, whether you like Donald Trump or not, whether you agree with everything he says or not, he is our one opportunity to choose order over chaos and putting America first over America last. It’s time to get behind him.”
Well, Lee is someone who at one time did not like Trump very much. Thus, he may not only be worthy of my award, but he may also be suffering from convenient forgetfulness as well.
In October 2016, after the infamous Access Hollywood tape was revealed in which Trump brags, in profane terms, how he assaults women, Lee was appalled.
“It occurred to me on countless occasions today that if anyone spoke to my wife or my daughter or my mother or any of my five sisters in the way Mr. Trump has spoken to women, I wouldn’t hire that person.
“I wouldn’t hire that person, wouldn’t want to be associated with that person. And, I certainly don’t think I’d be comfortable hiring that person to be the leader of the free world.”
I read that statement several times and I found it to be fairly clear and unambiguous. There are no “in between the lines” messages.
Then, in another statement, he admitted, Trump “scares me to death.”
Lee’s decision to endorse Trump follows another hypocritical one: Publicly he did not agree with Trump’s lies about winning the 2020 election, but texts obtained by the January 6 committee investigating the insurrection revealed that Lee was on board in trying to overturn the election.
Lee’s messages to Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, endorsed support for Sidney Powell, a Republican lawyer who spread false narratives about an alleged stolen election. Powell was indicted, as were Trump and 17 others, for violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering law as it relates to her efforts to overturn the election. She pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors which charged her of conspiring to intentionally interfere with performance of election duties.
—South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who is Black. He endorsed Trump, a candidate who: Banned Blacks from Trump property; embraced white supremacists; and supported the death penalty for the Central Park Five (all Blacks) whom he continued to insist were guilty even after they were exonerated of raping a white woman.
In addition, Trump spread conspiracy theories on where Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, was born; called Haiti and African countries “s—-hole” countries, and labeled the words “Black Lives Matter” “symbols of hate.”
With his endorsement, Scott joined David Duke, a former Grand Wizard in the KKK who called Trump’s election in 2016, the happiest day of his life, and Richard B. Spencer, a white supremacist leader, who also celebrated Trump’s victory.
Scott is also the recipient of my special Et Tu Brutus Award. He endorsed Trump even though it was Nikki Haley, when she was governor of South Carolina, who appointed him to a U.S. Senate vacancy, thereby launching his political career.
—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum who was a presidential candidate this year but dropped out early. He has endorsed Trump even though he once stated that he wouldn’t even do business with him. Early on, Burgum acknowledged that Joe Biden won the election — that the election was not stolen — and now dances around the issue.
—Texas Senator Ted Cruz. You may recall, in 2016, Trump disparaged the appearance of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and also implied that Cruz’s father may have had a hand in the assassination of JFK.
That got under Cruz’s skin and he called Trump a “sniveling coward,” “pathological liar,” and “serial philanderer.”
In early January, Trump again attacked Cruz, this time privately — it really wasn’t clear why because Cruz was no longer a presidential hopeful — stating that the good senator from Texas should not even exist.
We can assume that Cruz was not offended because the attack was private and he has endorsed Trump. He probably is grateful that he does exist so he can give his support to the former president.
Those are my winners for the OHA at this writing. We will continue with our awards from time to time. But given, as I have stated, there are so many deserving of consideration that I need your help.
Thus, if you have a candidate who you believe qualifies for this special recognition, drop me an email here at the DLN.
I will give your recommendation serious attention. I can assure you, there is no shortage of candidates.
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