Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Sale of GOP's Soul Costs Us All

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Historically, the GOP has stood for a fundamentalist Christian view of morality. They put a high value on chastity, honesty, individual liberty, and rule of law. I’ve often disagreed with them on policy, but respected their Joe Friday-esc adherence to law & order. I can’t anymore.
| Subject: Senator Mitch McConnell | Date: 01/23/2009 |
| Photographer: United States Senate Employee |
| This photograph was taken by an employee of the
United States Senate and therefore is in the public domain. |
| Altered by me with Devil horns and beard |
Since he was inaugurated in 2016, Republican lawmakers have bent over backwards to support and defend a president known for lying, showing flagrant disrespect to minorities, and grabbing women by the hoohaw. Under the leadership of Mitch McConnel, the Republican controlled Senate has voted to end President Trump's trial without the inclusion of any evidence from witnesses and/or documents. So, why have they abandoned, even the pretense, of valuing the law?

Party loyalty doesn't explain their decision to crumple up the constitution like a used candy wrapper and chuck it into the wastepaper basket. While John McCain was still alive, Trump verbally beat the man like a rented mule, making fun of; his cancer, his war record as a POW in Vietnam, and his voting record in the United States Senate. Party loyalty didn't enter into it.

Trump delivered a package of tax cuts. Households making more than $480,050 will pay 2.6% less in income tax, while corporations will enjoy a 14% dip in their tax rate (21% down from 35%). In exchange for these cuts, and naming conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, Senator McConnell and company have pledged unconditional loyalty to Donald Trump.

I wouldn't mind if the stain was only on the Republican Party, but it's not. For well over two centuries, the United States of America has been a shining example of a working democracy. The sale of the GOP’s soul has cost us all our reputation around the world.

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Razzle Dazzle President

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"Give 'em the old razzle dazzle, razzle Dazzle 'em.  Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it, and the reaction will be passionate.  Give 'em the old hocus pocus, bead and feather 'em.  How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?  What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?  Razzle dazzle 'em, and they’ll never catch wise!" ~ Razzle Dazzle lyrics from the movie Chicago

| Subject: Map of Iran | Date: 09/15/2004 |
| Source: United States Central Intelligence Agency Factbook |
| This map was produced by an employee of the United
States Government, and therefore is in the public domain. |
Democrats and liberals, myself included, have a good time making jokes about President Trump being stupid. I’m not sure that's entirely fair. I think he’s; out of touch with the majority of the American people, dishonest, and selfishly immoral; but I don't think he's stupid.

If you've ever been to a magic show, you know the success of the show rests with the magician’s ability to look over here while he does something over there. Look at the rabbit, don’t look at the hands.

Trump's mastered the art of dazzling the masses. This is a guy who declared bankruptcy three times and still headed an NBC show based on the premise he was a great businessman one would want to do an apprenticeship under. This is a guy who was recorded bragging about grabbing women by their privates, and still got elected president thanks partly to evangelical Christian voters.

Not long ago, I couldn't turn on MSNBC without hearing the word, “impeachment,” umpteen times per hour. Then, seemingly out of nowhere we attacked Iran, killing General Soleimani, and the news cycle changed. Think about it.

While I can’t prove it, I think President Trump expected the assassination of Soleimani to give him as much positive press as the death of Bin Laden gave Obama. Instead, many Americans reacted negatively to being taken to the brink of another war, and our NATO allies are talking about pulling out of the area because we didn't clear the attack with them.

While it didn't work out that way, I think, he wanted it to, the military action did reduce the on-air talk of impeachment by, at least, 50%. Whether, or not, the reduction will be enough to help him in the next election remains to be seen.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Fix Is In And Nobody Is Surprised

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Back in September, in a blog called Devaluing The Constitution I wrote, "Plus, even if the House votes to impeach, Mitch McConnell will never put it before the Senate."

| Subject: Senator Mitch McConnell | Date: 01/23/2009 |
| Photographer: United States Senate Employee |
| This photograph was taken by an employee of the
United States Senate and therefore is in the public domain. |
OK, he WILL hold a trial. I got that part wrong. However, I knew the fix would be in. I didn't know what form the fix would take, but I knew that a Republican dominant Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, wouldn't risk ousting President Trump from office.

When talking to FOX News about the upcoming trial, Senator McConnell said point blank, “Everything I do during this, I will be coordinating with White House counsel.” It’s like a jury foreman working in lock step with the defense attorney during a criminal trial. JURORS AREN'T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT! That's definitely collusion.

Make no mistake, I’m not surprised McConnell will be protecting the President. I’m just surprised he said it outright on the News. The Senator was literally bragging about being willing to fix the trial.

I don't know if he was being incredibly honest or incredibly stupid. Maybe he was being both, but if that's the case then he was being incredibly honest about his intention to be dishonest during the trial. Can we give him credit for honesty if he was intent on being dishonest later?

Donald Trump isn’t going to be removed from office before the next election. I think he deserves to be removed from office, but he’s too well protected. Democrats & liberals will have to be satisfied with impeachment being a stain on President Trump’s record.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It Was A Time When Strangers Were Welcome Here


I wasn't going to write a blog today.  In fact, I was preparing to kick back and catch up on the adventurers of Ray Donovan, when I heard a song on the radio.  I’ve never heard it before, but I found myself shouting, “Yes, yes, yes!”  It’s what I’ve been trying to say since Trump started to close the borders.

Rather than droning on about it, I thought I'd simply post the lyrics, play the song, and let y'all soak it in for yourselves.  Keep in mind, this song, "The Immigrant," was sung by Neil Sedaka in 1974, decades before Donald Trump took office.  It just happens to be remarkably applicable now.
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The Immigrant sung by Neil Sedaka
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Harbors open their doors to the young searching foreigner
Come to live in the light of the big L of liberty
Plains and open skies, bill boards would advertise
Was it anything like that when you arrived?
Dream boats carried the future to the heart of America
People were waiting in line for a place by the river

It was a time when strangers were welcome here
Music would play
They tell me the days were sweet and clear
It was a sweeter tune, and there was so much room
That people could come from everywhere

Now he arrives with hopes, and his heart set on miracles
Come to marry his fortune with a hand full of promises
To find they've closed the door, they don't want him anymore
There isn't any more to go around
Turning away, he remembers he once heard a legend
That spoke of a mystical, magical land called America

It was a time when strangers were welcome here
Music would play
They tell me the days were sweet and clear
It was a sweeter tune, and there was so much room
That people could come from everywhere

It was a time when strangers were welcome here
Music would play
They tell me the days were sweet and clear
It was a sweeter tune, and there was so much room
That people could come from everywhere
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Source: LyricFind, Songwriters: Neil Sedaka / Phil Cody
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Trump's immigration policies center around five major areas:
*Completion of the border wall with Mexico.
*Deport immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. They are currently protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
*Restrict travel and work visas from eight countries.
*Increase screening of refugees while cutting the staff needed to do so.
*Curb legal immigration, but only from "shit hole" (dark skin commonplace) countries.
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Think about it.
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