This IS the GOP

I’ve sat up and watched the reactions to Trump make racist statements in the past.  This week, he did it again via Twitter.  Anyone who claims to not know that telling someone to “go back where they came from” is offensive is either under the age of 30 or they’re lying their ass off.

That wasn’t the only statement he made about that either.  These came later on still on July 14th.

Then, President Bigot went right back into that well on the 15th.  These are just two, and not even the first or last two on that day.

Once again, here’s the “go back” theme making its presence known.

This verbal diarrhea continued both on Twitter and in press conferences when he was asked about this.  Don’t expect Trump to apologize or admit that what he said was racist.  He’s already told America that he doesn’t apologize for anything because apologizing equals weakness in his view.  He is all about presenting strength, no matter how ignorant it appears.

Now, you would think that all Americans would find this kind of talk at least questionable if not outright racist and indefensible.  Well, let me introduce you to the modern GOP.  Not only do they not find this talk to be offensive, they are defending him and claiming it’s not racist at all.  If you don’t believe me, then listen to Trump voters yourself.

If you don’t believe me, then look at the reaction from Republicans in Congress and other elected Republicans.  You can count the number of elected Republicans who called his words racist on one hand.  There is a reason why you don’t hear many Republicans speaking out against Trump and his antics, and it is not because Republicans are scared if you ask me.  You don’t hear Republicans speak out against Trump because they agree with him.

I’ll say it right her and right now.  I believe the GOP is now pretty much a party that depends on white supremacist and racism to survive.  There may be a few individual Republicans/Conservatives who will claim they are not racist or bigoted, but the overall party ideology has been transformed over the past 40 plus years beginning with the Southern Strategy and culminating with the election of Donald Trump.  I’m not the only one that has come to that conclusion either.

At the White House, Trump defended his position. The bulk of the party said nothing. Why?

For Kurt Bardella, a commentator and former GOP congressional aide, it’s fairly simple. They share Trump’s views.

“Republicans agree with the president’s racist tweets,” he said. “At this point, it’s the only explanation. It’s a pattern of behaviour that the president engages in overtly racist rhetoric.”

Bardella highlighted examples including Trump’s attacks on African American football players who “take a knee” during the anthem to protest racial injustice; his pardoning of Joe Arpaio, a sheriff who discriminated against Latino people in Arizona; his drawing of moral equivalence between protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia; and his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries”.

“On and on we see this president insulting people who aren’t white,” he said. “The Republican party says nothing and they support the president. Not one is willing to challenge him when he blows these racist dog whistles. The only conclusion is they agree with him and his racism.”

Bardella argues Trump is giving voice to sentiments long seething in the party. “The agenda of Republicans has always favoured white people and now for the first time in contemporary times they have a leader who is willing to ascribe words to that agenda.”

While Republicans fear Trump’s base, the truth is “deeper and darker”, Bardella said.

“It’s not that they’re at Trump’s mercy; they agree with him. The Republican party practices racism and white nationalism. It’s not fear; they approve of it.”

Via The Guardian: Republican muted response to Trump’s tweets reveals party’s ingrained racism

This revelation came to me by looking not only at the non-reactions to what Trump said but the outright agreement the base shows to what Trump said.  Trump’s popularity within the Republican party increased after these comments based on polling data.

This is the result of the continuous purging of RINOs from the GOP.  The far-right has taken control of the party, and there are no longer any moderates left to temper the platform.  What we’re witnessing now is pure, unfiltered, right-wing ideology running unabated.  Trump is not the problem that people think he is.  To the GOP, Trump is their savior, their knight in shining armor.  Trump is the one who will say and do what needs to be done to ensure the survival of “America”.  By “America”, that means white culture.

As a country, we are at a serious point of inflection, but this is not the first time we’ve been here.  We were here in the 1780s, and the Three-Fifths Compromise was the temporary band-aid of the day.  We have stared down the barrel of this gun several more times in our history.  Each time, we applied a temporary fix to the monumental problem that has plagued America.  From the Fugitive Slave Laws, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, and other laws, we have never gone far or deep enough to deal with the root cause of all the issues which is racism.  Once again in 2019, we are dealing with racism yet again.

Democrats, especially the leadership and elder members, need to open their eyes to see what is happening.  There is no moderation from the Right that is going to tamp down the bigotry coming from Trump.  Trump, Graham, and others are going to do all they can to demagogue the Democratic Party.  If you don’t believe me, count the number of times you hear the words socialist, communist, or some other negative pejorative come from the mouth of Republicans and conservatives when they talk about the left.

We are at the point where we have irrational people in positions of importance making decisions that dictate the future of America, and it is downright scary to see the nonchalant attitudes of those in power.  Lincoln was right in that a nation divided against itself cannot stand, and we have been two nations within one from our existence.

I don’t expect anyone to admit to supporting racism.  Doing that requires a level of self-awareness and courage that is missing in America.  Those who sit on the side seeping in their apathy are the ones who can step forward to break this current cycle of racism.  I do not believe we will defeat it nor will we eradicate racism from America.  As we have done in the past, we will simply apply a temporary fix.  The only way to cure racism is for the racists to want to change, and there is no indications anywhere in this country that we will see that happen.

 


 

Add:  In defense of Trump’s words, racist word vomit is protected free speech.  He is free to spew that crap all he wants.  His supporters are free to agree with and support him as well.  That said, they all are free to deal with the repercussions of expressing and agreeing with said speech.

Republicans knew Trump was racist as well.  Republicans, under Paul Ryan, intentionally changed the rules of the House to make it verboten to call Trump racist and other things along that line.  That’s why they wanted Pelosi’s speech stricken from the records when she called Trump racist.  Some people love free speech, but not when that free speech is used against them.

In addition, Trump may have violated the rules of workplace harassment under the EEOC by using the “go back” statement.  Don’t hold your breath on the DoJ or Congress doing anything about that.

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America’s Day of Reckoning

I initially started this post on July 4th, but I deleted what I had started because I didn’t think it had the right tone.  Over the weekend, I’ve tried and tried to channel my thoughts into one coherent stream of thought, but there is so many different things going on that it’s hard to focus on any one issue.  That made me realize that at some point and time in the future, we, or our descendants, will have to deal with the ever growing pile of steaming bovine excrement that masquerades itself as American spirit.

For as long as I can remember, the GOP has sold itself on being the “Party of Law and Order”.  This is reinforced by party loyalists as much as possible by any and all means possible.  Disagreeing with a Republican president brands one as being an anarchist or against the law.  Disagreeing with a Republican president’s assault on a sovereign nation has resulted in people being branded as unpatriotic.  At the same time, this so-called “Party of Law and Order” has actively sought to undermine actual law as much as possible to increase financial gain and political power at any cost.

Since 2000, we’ve seen a war fought based on manufactured intelligence that was found to be outright lies.  We’ve seen a party abdicate their Constitutional duty in Congress and sandbag a Democratic Party president.  Now, we’re witnessing that same party turn its back on case after case of malfeasance uncovered by the current administration.  Our government is literally turning into one major scandal of grift what you can before you get caught, and the GOP acts as though Congress has no authority for oversight of the Executive Branch.  This is the same GOP that wanted to impeach Hillary Clinton over her email/server scandal even before she had a chance to win election in 2016

On the opposite side of the coin, the Democratic Party is not faring much better in their responsibilities.  I understand the desire to be cautious enough to cross every T and dot every I, but how much of our government has to be damaged before actions met out repercussions?  Mitch McConnell is actively undermining the role of Congress and the Constitution.  Donald Trump has openly violated his Constitutional oath of office several times with no repercussions to date.  Inaction by Congress leads to further lawlessness, and we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg at this point.

Our government is turning immigration law on its head in regards to amnesty.  We are allowing our government to treat people like crap when we’ve been vocally and physically against this very thing in the past.  On the southern border, private citizens are brazenly building fencing on public land and openly threatening the government with violence when they are called on their actions.  I thought threatening violence usually resulted in arrests and/or prosecution, but then again, that is only when law and order is respected.  When you respect neither, then there is no repercussions.

The Jeffrey Epstein case is another example of the absence of any law and order.  If reports are correct, how can someone be so brazen with their actions if they know there is no repercussions for breaking the law?  Epstein reportedly had a child porn collection that he labeled and organized the contents.  It’s not like he wasn’t already a sex offender as well as he was required to register based on the deal he got before.

People put their full faith and credit into the government because we are, in essence, the government ourselves.  We have considered ourselves to be a civil society, when some actions of late have been anything but civil.  If Republicans continue down the path of looking the other way at crimes, then neither the Democratic Party nor America will survive by playing by the rules.  That’s because the rules only work when everyone follows them.

A bully will continue to bully as long as they feel people fear them.  Punch one in the mouth knocking them down or out, and that bully will reassess the meaning of life itself.  The GOP has long been acting like a bully, and America, Democrats especially, have been acting fearful of upsetting them to keep things civil.  The problem is that civility has been on life support the entire time.  To return America back to sanity, the bully needs to get punched in the mouth (not literally but politically).  Democrats either need to take the gloves off and fight the GOP on their terms or let America suffer the repercussions of the actions coming from the right.

Democratic leadership has been hesitant on acting in response to actions done by the Executive Branch.  Calls for impeachment go unheeded.  Republican court stacking is running unabated and the effects will long outlast any of the current Congressional leadership.  We see tax cut after tax cut that allows income distribution and inequality to crush the low and middle income households while the wealthy benefit immensely.

Democrats need to find a spine and deal with the malfeasance themselves or they risk guilty by complicity for their acquiescence.  Ideas, like SCOTUS stacking, that were once thought of as incomprehensible should be used as not only threats but actual plans to stymie the effects of GOP court stacking.  Just as the GOP organizes people to fight their battles, the Democrats should be amassing armies by the millions to march on behalf of what is good and right for all Americans and not just the wealthy privileged few.  Based on the ever shrinking GOP base, it should not be hard to find people who support decency and equality in this country.

We cannot exist as a nation of laws by not punishing law breakers.  If we are going to allow people to openly violate the law without punishment, then maybe we should totally do away with laws.  Why not go down in an epic ball of flames if we’re going down anyway?  Or, let’s save America by dishing out punishment equitably against those who break the law.  Either way, America’s day of reckoning is coming and coming fast.  Correcting our ways and actions before that day may ease the repercussions we face, but we will still have to atone for our action and/or inaction.

On Civility

Here’s a letter sent to the office of Ann Kirkpatrick after the writer attended two protests over the conditions along the southern border. Read it and share it with friends as much as you can.

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[On Tuesday, July 2nd, I attended two protests regarding the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. This open letter to the office of Ann Kirkpatrick is the result.]

I am a protester who had what does not even rise to the level of a minor altercation with Mr. Ron Barber on July 2nd at the offices of Ann Kirkpatrick, 1636 N. Swan Rd., Tucson, AZ. However, I am given to understand that he did not appreciate the fact that I raised my voice and asked pointed questions. He requested that I be civil, even when discussing concentration camps with children in them. This was my second protest of the day in over 100 degree heat, and Mr. Barber persisted in speaking so quietly to the group of us that it was very difficult to hear him and find a good place to get a word in edgewise, so I may…

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Donald Trump and his OJ Simpson moment

In an extended interview session with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump had his very own OJ “If I Did It” Simpson moment.  Astonishingly, this moment came on the 25th anniversary of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  This could also be considered to be Trump’s 5th Avenue moment.  Remember that one?

In the interview with Stephanopoulos, Trump basically admitted that he was open to Russian help in 2016 and is open to that same help to win in 2020.  In his on babbling way, he admitted the “Witch Hunt” was not some fake news, made up crap.  The whole Russian collusion story was pretty much confirmed based on his mindset that he put on display in that interview.  Trump didn’t see Russian interference as a crime in 2016.  He saw it as “oppo research” as all politicians do.  He’s convinced himself that he didn’t break the law, so there’s no reason to investigate him for that.

Stephanopoulos: Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?

President Trump: I think maybe you do both. I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, “we have information on your opponent.” Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.

Stephanopoulos: You want that kind of interference in our elections?

President Trump: It’s not an interference, they have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research. Oh, let’s call the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it, but you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have. And that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.

Prior to this snippet in that part of the interview, Trump exonerated his son for breaking the law.  He then gives a justification for breaking the law in 2020.  Just as standing in the street and shooting someone would be an open violation of the law, this interview was an admission that he broke the law and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

As expected, Republicans in Congress are standing behind Trump.  They’re showing their spines have the rigidity of a cooked spaghetti noodle.  If they’ve even bothered to go on record with any statement about his interview, they’ve pretty much pivoted to either Hillary Clinton or the Steele Dossier instead of addressing the illegal act head on.  I’ve never seen such a large group of cowards who are afraid to address the implication of laws we’re supposed to live by.  The Democratic Party response has been what would be expected as well.  There’s the outrage over what he said with the total lack of any follow-up with the powers granted to them by the Constitution.

Different talking heads have been debating over a constitutional crisis in America, and I think they’re missing the big picture.  We are not in a constitutional crisis in as much as we have one party who simply refuses to uphold the oath of office they took when they started their terms in Congress.  We can’t have a constitutional crisis when part of our political apparatus pretty much ignores the Constitution and their responsibilities in defending it.

In a 24 hour period, we’ve had this interview drop with its criminal implications, Kellyanne Conway has been recommended to be fired for breaking the law, and Mike Pompeo has started sabre rattling at Iran.  This is no longer a constitutional crisis.  This is the destruction of the Constitution, or as it was promised at the beginning of this administration, this is the deconstruction of the administrative state.

This is what you get when you vote for a con man and allow him absolute control over the government.  Other countries would see people in the streets attempting to retake control of their country.  American “exceptionalism” leads to the complete opposite, a whimpering submission to the authoritative state.  Republicans are complicit with the destruction of America under Trump.  Democrats will join suit if they sit idly by and not try to put an end to this crap.

Droppin’ Roosevelts

Thanks to a suit filed by the Washington Post, we found out that Michael Flynn was droppin’ Roosevelts like there was no tomorrow while cooperating with the Special Counsel’s office.  While thinking of this post, I had to check my mirror to see whether I was wearing a tinfoil hat because of the thoughts going through my head.  I’ll take you on a short trip to give you an idea of why I think the revelations on Flynn’s cooperation is damning.  Also, Flynn’s cooperation shows why Barr and others do not want the Special Counsel’s report to be read un-redacted and in full.

From the WaPo:

The newly unsealed portions of court records showed Flynn was a deep source of useful information to the special counsel’s team in 2017 and 2018, helping it probe the Trump campaign’s effort to gain stolen emails and the question of whether Trump sought to criminally interfere in the investigation bearing down on him.

The records confirm the questions that Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former military intelligence officer, helped federal prosecutors answer after his guilty plea. Flynn admitted in 2017 that he tried to conceal the nature of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and then began cooperating with Mueller’s team to try to reduce and possibly avoid a prison sentence.

Flynn also provided the special counsel with information about efforts by the Trump campaign and Trump allies to seek out stolen emails during the campaign after WikiLeaks began publishing internal Democratic correspondence in July 2016, the records show. He also provided evidence of “multiple efforts” by people connected to Trump that could have impacted his willingness to cooperate with the probe, useful information as Mueller explored whether the president obstructed justice.

At the same time, Flynn assisted federal prosecutors based in Alexandria, Va., who were preparing criminal charges against his former business partner, Bijan Kian, for working as an unregistered agent of Turkey. Kianhas pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is expected to face trial in July, and Flynn is expected to be a critical witness for the government.

Release of this information makes one wonder why Barr claimed there was no obstruction found by Muller or his team when there is clear obstruction all around the whole investigation.  Here’s where things go all tinfoily (if that’s a word).

First of all, Barr is not an idiot nor is he willing to fall on a sword for Trump.  We’ve seen this because Barr has repeatedly claimed the Mueller report did not exonerate Trump nor was he going to exonerate Trump.  This is true as standing DoJ policy is the sitting president cannot be indicted or charged.  Barr simply avoids that topic whenever he can because he is not going to hammer home the fact that Trump is not in the clear.   What Barr has not said or brought attention to is the 12 sealed indictments that were mentioned in Mueller’s report.  That information is redacted, and I’ll bet that Barr will do everything he can to keep it that way because of the fallout.

I’ll speculate those 12 sealed indictments, in part or whole, involve a truck load of obstruction and other charges for individuals that were pointed out by Flynn.  Those indictments were never unsealed because of the fact that the DoJ will not seek charges against Individual-1, which all those charges are centered around.  If those indictments were unsealed, then they would also violate DoJ policy on discussing unindicted people.  Remember, the sitting president cannot be indicted.

People originally speculated that Mueller wrote his report as a road map to impeachment.  If that holds true, those redacted sealed indictments are likely a major component to paving and striping Pennsylvania Avenue.  In order to avoid the impeachment trap, Barr and others are trying their best to divert attention to investigating the investigators.  As such, we now have three different investigations into how the whole Russia counterintelligence investigation began.

Flynn likely played a major role in the Mueller investigation as he was able to bring light to a lot of things the SC was unaware of.  Flynn even had recordings of administration officials reaching out to him in regards to his cooperation with Mueller.  Those tapes likely provide damning evidence of obstruction, witness tampering, suborning perjury, and a host of other charges for those involved.  Since Flynn was no longer an adviser to Trump, there is no Executive Privilege tied to those conversations either if memory serves me correct.  Flynn was involved with direct conversation with Russians involving sanctions relief too, so there’s no telling of how far and wide his total contacts with Russians went.

Notice that you have not seen many Republicans going on public record in seeking information into the counterintelligence aspect of the investigation.  We’ve recently been told that hackers infiltrated Florida election systems, but we’re not being told how far they got or what they did.  This is after former Sen. Ben Nelson claimed that Russians hacked Florida voter rolls and the FBI basically called him a liar.  Now, the very same FBI is briefing members of Congress on Russian hacking involving Florida.  I’m not going to say the FBI is playing any particular role in all of this, but there is something peculiar about their actions.

The DoJ has until May 31st to make the information public based on the judge’s ruling.  Something tells me the DoJ will do everything within their capacity to not release the information as ordered.  Kudos to the Washington Post for filing suit to get public access to this information.  As we’re seeing, the government is not very willing to share things with us.  I don’t know if it is to avoid chaos and/or riots, or if it is an effort to cover up major misdeeds by elected officials.

Michael Flynn apparently made it rain on Mueller with all the dimes he dropped.  This would explain why he received a slap on the hand considering the amount of charges that he potentially faced.  As such, I think America deserves to know the totality of what he said as well as who he implicated.  If we’re going to say “Case closed” then we really need to close the case.  We do that by releasing all information to prove there is no “there” there.  Otherwise, we’re left to crafting tinfoil conspiracy theories.