Category: Conservatives

Republicans to Georgia on Disaster Relief: “Drop Dead”

From U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s latest newsletter, May 3, 2019:
“On Tuesday, Senator Perdue and I held a bipartisan press conference with several of our colleagues from other affected states to continue our push for critical disaster relief funding. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, and Congress has failed to provide assistance. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to provide this critical funding to our farmers. I’m going to continue fighting to see that we get it done. “

Comment: Imagine. We have a Republican President. A Republican United States Senate. Two Republican Senators. A Republican governor. A Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature.

Our Republican Senators have to go public with begging bowl in hand to try to convince the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to pass disaster relief for Georgians, for a disaster that happened six months ago.

What piece of the puzzle are we missing here? For two years and 4 months, we have argued that the idea that Donald Trump and his Republican minions give a two-bit tinker’s damn about ordinary Georgians is a lie, a Big Lie of monstrous proportions. And yet, Trump’s Republican base continues to support him, despite the fact that they are working against their own self-interests.

Please, you Georgia Trumpists. What piece of the puzzle are we missing?

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name

IndieDems.com
Bulletin – May 3, 2019
“At this moment in America’s history when the democracy to which my father pledged himself and the Constitution that he swore to uphold, and did faithfully uphold, are being degraded and chipped away at by a sneering, irreverent man who traffics in bullying and dishonesty, you stay silent.”—Patti Davis

IndieDems to Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Representative Barry Loudermilk: Reagan daughter Patti Davis obviously had you in mind when she wrote those heartfelt words. She joins the large and growing chorus of true American conservative voices who have done what any decent American should do and turn their backs on Donald Trump. Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk, meanwhile, remain steadfast members of the Trump lapdog club that wages a daily war on God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency.  

Can any Georgia Republican be so blind they truly do not see the sewer of a morally and intellectually corrupt Republican Party they are swimming in? Read Patti Davis’ words and see the light:  

Dear Republicans: Stop using my father, Ronald Reagan, to justify your silence on Trump
By Patti Davis

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As you read the following, remember that Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk have given their stamp of approval to every word and deed of Donald Trump.

President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims

The Republican War on Democracy
If you can’t win playing by the rules, you change them.

How conservatives rationalize their surrender to Trump
James Comey is right: The president eats their souls.
By Max Boot, former Wall Street Journal editorial writer

In Barr, Trump has found someone who licks his boots out of principle
William Barr has diminished the independence of his office.
By Michael Gerson, former G.W. Bush speechwriter

(IndieDems note: Substitute the names Isakson, Perdue, or Loudermilk for Barr, and you nail GA Republicans)

William Barr: Another Morally Corrupt Republican…

…conservative Christian white male–and Trump lapdog to boot.

IndieDems at the beginning of the Trump presidency predicted that he would combine the worst of previous Republican administrations suffused with lies, criminality, and demagoguery–McCarthyism, Watergate, Irangate–and the resulting toxic brew would be the Republicans’ guiding light.  Our only regret: we underestimated how right we would be.

The pattern is not only the repetition of the same depraved acts, but in who is carrying them out.  It’s the same culprits over and over again: Republican conservative Christian white males.

In assessing Attorney General William Barr, remember this: the only two Attorney Generals in U.S history forced from office on charges of corruption and malfeasance were the twins of Barr in his status as a prominent, respected lawyer. AG Daugherty under President Harding and AG John Mitchell under Nixon entered office as honorable men. Both Republican conservative Christian white males—same background as Barr—were kicked out covered in slime as craven malefactors.

Daugherty was done in for his part in the Tea Pot Dome scandal. Mitchell went to jail after being convicted of crimes connected to the Watergate scandal. In fact, as I recall, virtually all the officials convicted as criminals for their roles in Tea Pot Dome and Watergate were Republican conservative Christian white males with impeccable credentials prior to assuming office. As were the only two National Security Advisors in U.S. history forced out of office for wrongful acts, and in the case of Michael Flynn, convicted of criminal acts.

In fact, all those Trump officials convicted in the fallout of the Mueller investigation are Republican conservative Christian white males. Is there a pattern here?

The Incredibly Shrinking Johnny Isakson

IndieDems has noted numerous times the fact that Senator Johnny Isakson has remained a faithful lap dog for Donald Trump throughout his presidency, giving the Senator’s stamp of approval to Trump’s litany of lies, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. Only occasionally has Isakson risen to at least rap Trump’s knuckles, most notably when he rebuked Trump for bad-mouthing John McCain.

What makes Isakson’s toadying to Trump even more inexplicable is that he is virtually immune to the disease that afflicts other elected Republicans: he does not have to live in mortal fear that if he says something that arouses Trump’s ire, Trump will see to it that Isakson has opposition in the next Republican primary. Isakson was re-elected to a six-year term in 2016, and he has health issues that almost certainly will make this his last term in office.

Isakson by now is well situated to serve as a senior statesman in the Republican Party, able to speak freely in support of the basic values of America and traditional conservatism. Instead, Isakson has given unwavering support to a President who is waging a war against those values and against God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, and common human decency.

And now comes the Mueller report—at least, the version as redacted by another Trump lap dog, Attorney General William Barr. The facts Mueller has collected in two years of extensive investigation reveal in bold detail the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Trump Administration and the Republican Party.

Rather than prove our point by repeating the extensive media reporting, we simply give you the words of the newly elected Republican Senator from Utah and former GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney:

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia—including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

And more from George Conway, a prominent conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who said he believes the evidence collected by Mueller is so “damning” for President Trump, he should be impeached immediately.

“What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump,” Conway wrote in a scathing op-ed published in the Washington Post on April 18. “Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”

(Also check out IndieDems’ post The Moral Bankruptcy of Johnny Isakson’s Republican Party, written before the release of the Mueller report)

But—despite these condemnations of Trump from fellow Republicans, Johnny Isakson continues his lap dog support of Trump and remains silent about the Mueller report.

Isakson is a disgrace to his office and does a disservice to the people of Georgia equal to Donald Trump’s disservice to America.

Democratic Policies Have Always Reflected Christian Values

Media pundits are in full throttle trying to deal with the novel fact that some Democratic candidates are talking the language of faith in their messages. In IndieDems opinion, some are not getting it quite right. A prime example was a recent Washington Post column by Elizabeth Bruenig.  She included this statement:

“The crux of the (right-wing evangelical) alliance is opposition to abortion and liberal views on sexuality — but the religious left has no such unified identity, in part because it has no such unanimously agreed-on priorities.”

Here is IndieDems comment:

I take serious exception with Ms. Bruenig’s statement that the religious left has no unanimously agreed on priorities. The religious left, and the Democratic Party, agree unanimously on policies that are the most perfect expression of Jesus’ Golden Rule human beings have ever devised: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Those bedrock examples of compassion and concern for your fellow man—regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin—are the guiding lights of American progressives and liberals. Each of them was put in place in the face of bellicose Republican opposition. Today’s Republicans are more united than ever in wanting to destroy them. Their elimination is in Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

Republicans, in short, continue their decades-long assault on Jesus’ Golden Rule. They have simply added to that a war against God’s 10 Commandments, by supporting a President who lives every minute in wanton contempt of the Commandments against adultery and bearing false witness. After two years of flagrant corruption, you can add contempt for “thou shalt not steal.”

The Republicans who do all of this and proclaim themselves to be Christians are, in my opinion, committing outright blasphemy. They certainly display the hypocrisy Jesus condemned when he stated that it’s the ones who make the most of praying in public who are the biggest hypocrites:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men… But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6

Democrats Appealing to Religion: What’s Up for Christianity?

The media are paying increasing attention to the Democratic presidential candidates who are using the language of religion as a key part of their message. (See Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump).   The reports focus predominantly on South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose numbers are rising in the polls. In my opinion, some of the media are misrepresenting what Buttigieg is saying by presenting it mainly as a question of his fidelity to the Christian religion. But in reality, he has put it in the more general context of his faith and his interpretation of the true meaning of Christian doctrines. That is something that increasing numbers of Americans identify with.

The fact that more and more Americans do not claim membership in any Christian denomination does not at all mean they have abandoned their religious longings. It simply means they no longer believe that organized religion adequately reflects their religious longings—in fact, are antithetical to them. Christian churches help bring about their own demise by proclaiming that Christianity required being anti-abortion and/or anti-gay. Mankind took a mighty step away from that Dark Ages mentality when individuals said, if that’s the choice, to hell with your religion.

The same way previous generations rejected the idea that Christianity required the Inquisition, burning witches at the stake, supporting slavery, and supporting segregation. The Republicans—and especially evangelicals—who still live with that medieval mentality are reaping what they sowed. His Truth continues to march on, putting militant anti-abortion and anti-gay rights stands on the dust bin of history. And we can thank God for that.

Nielsen Firing Portends New Heights for Republican Misgovernance

The firing of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, one of Trump’s most faithful lap dogs, because she could not implement his image of a perfect illegal immigration policy has dire implications for democracy and the rule of law in the United States, not only for their immediate consequences, but for what it will tell us about the bankruptcy of Republican governance.

What Nielsen’s firing shows is that there is no way to accomplish Trump’s goals according to the rule of law and democratic norms. His lies, demagoguery, inhumanity, and refusal to face reality have hit a brick wall. Nielsen’s departure, of course, changes nothing. But we know what it portends: Trump will simply double down on his lawlessness and demagoguery. Surely, there are more children and entire families he can place in wire cages in concentration camps —and he will find lackeys even more willing than Nielsen to follow his whims. Attorney General Barr, given his despicable precedence handling the Mueller report, will be the first to fall in line.

But the most chilling of the likely results: Congressional Republicans, led by the ilk of Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Lindsey Graham, will once more roll over and play dead as Trump roars ahead with his contempt for the rule of law, democracy, and common human decency toward the suffering of innocent human beings. Any semblance of hope that Republicans will finally rise in support of what we used to think of as America’s basic values will go by the boards. Only the Democratic House of Representatives may save us from total degradation. The rest of us can only pray for its success—and the results of the 2020 tions.

 

The Equivalency Principle Rears Its Misguided Head

A recent decision by Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, to change Senate rules on limiting debate set off a verbal battle between him and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about which bears more of the blame for this and other changes undercutting the Senate’s historic filibuster rule. Once more, some media voices are raised in support of the equivalency principle:

McConnell and Schumer argue over Senate rules change to shorten debate

Others argue the contrary:

Mitch McConnell undid 213 years of Senate history in 33 minutes

IndieDems Comment:

For those always arguing equivalency between Democrat Schumer and Republican McConnell, pray, name me the Democrat supported by Schumer who has gone out of his way to:
–Brag about sexually assaulting women
—Praise neo-fascist demonstrators marching in a Nazi-inspired torch light demonstration chanting anti-Semitic slogans
—Kidnap migrant children and detain them in tent cities, with no regard for reuniting them with their families
—Mock and demean a woman who accused a powerful male of sexual assault
—Mock a handicapped person
—Call various females a dog , “Miss Piggy, bimbo, ugly, of low intellect
–Approve Howard Stern’s calling Ivanka “a piece of a–”
–Demean the military service of John McCain
–Praise the murderous thug Putin
–Call foreign countries “s—holes”
–Accuse Obama of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to hide his real birthplace
–Lie about undocumented immigrants being mostly rapists and criminals
—Tell 8,000+ other lies as President
—Proclaim his love of Kim Un Jong
—Direct his Justice Dpt to go to court to destroy Obamacare, thereby depriving millions of Americans of health care
—Gut Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid while passing a massive tax cut for the rich

The above represents the heart and soul, the innermost character, of McConnell and all Republicans. Mark it well.


The Cowardice of Mitch McConnell

Never before in the history of the Republic have we had a coward like Mitch McConnell in a top leadership office, a man who lives every day in mortal fear that he may offend Donald trump. What is really gut-reaching about McConnell’s cowardice is that he so obviously enjoys being Trump’s lap dog.

A President who practices lying as a way of life being pandered to by a Senate leader who practices cowardice as a way of life. The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party made manifest.


For God’s Sake, Democrats. Stop Playing Trump’s Collusion Game

To those of you Democrats enmeshed in endless debate over details of the Mueller report: please drag yourselves out of the weeds, stop just preaching to the choir, and start delivering the American people a message to win the 2020 elections.

Yes, the next step must be to make sure the whole report is released, along with supporting documents. But, please, stop arguing over whether collusion occurred or whether Trump (or his subalterns) did or did not commit a crime called collusion. Whatever you’re going to say about Mueller’s report and Barr’s memo, just drop the word collusion altogether. Whatever the nuances, Mueller is clear: collusion did not occur.

What message relevant to the 2020 do Democrats need to deliver about the Mueller report? Here’s my minimalist version:

“No collusion” in the 2016 presidential campaign? So what? Here’s what we know from the Trump/Republican track record of the past two years:

  • Trump is an asset for Vladimir Putin. Trump is implementing the foreign policies that have Putin’s stamp of approval. He is destroying the Western alliance nurtured by every President since WWII and insulting the leaders of our strongest allies, leaving the United States increasingly isolated internationally. Trump does all that while ignoring the deeds of the murderous thug Putin.
  • Trump’s willingness to kiss Putin’s behind reached its current nadir in his obsequious kowtowing to Putin at their summit in Helsinki
  • Trump accepts the word of this tyrant over the conclusions of U.S intelligence services about Russian interference in our elections. This act, alone, poses a threat to U.S. national security far beyond colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
  • Trump, to this day, has not implemented one serious measure, much less passed a law, to strengthen our defenses against Russian cyber warfare designed to warp our elections.
  • Trump showed his willingness to sacrifice American interests on the altar of pandering to Putin by ushering Russian emissaries into the Oval Office and bragging to them that firing Comey served the cause of good U.S.-Russian relations–and revealed sensitive intelligence reports in the process.
  • The whole Trump organization’s dependence on Russian money is staggering in its implications for posing a threat to U.S. national security. Any individual so financially beholden to an enemy country would be denied a security clearance, and giving him a job would be unthinkable.

    What American exposed to the above empirical evidence would not believe it’s why our national security agencies deny Jared Kushner a security clearance? And what ignorant yahoo would fail to see the frightening implications of Trump’s going ahead and giving Kushner a clearance?

    It’s not just that Jared is a potential security risk. Trump’s decision brazenly displays the extent to which he is a Russian puppet and poses a threat to U.S. national security far surpassing any collusion in the 2016 election.

Other Voices

Just as I was marshalling my plea to Democrats to get themselves out of the muck and mire of the Mueller/Barr imbroglio and start delivering a forward-looking winning 2020 message, other voices more elegant than mine have already spoken.

George Will, one of America’s prominent conservative voices who quit the Republican Party in disgust over what a moral and intellectually bankrupt party it had become under Trump.

Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won’t be about 2016

(Excerpts)

Thanks to Mueller, the 2020 campaign will not be about the 2016 campaign. It will be about a post-Trump future — if unhinged Democrats can stop auctioning themselves to their party’s most clamorous factions, thereby making Trump seem to be what Mueller’s report does not say that he is: acceptable.

… Russia could pursue its ends without coordinating its activities with a campaign rife with lowlifes and bottom-of-the-barrel Republican operatives.

(Mueller’s report) is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive’s unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin’s, is more a dereliction of taste and judgment than evidence that he is under that regime’s sway.

An embarrassed nation aches for a president who is one thing: normal. Democrats, however, are looking weirder and weirder while cooking a bouillabaisse of indigestible ingredients…

And, Lo and Behold, President Obama

Obama cautions freshman House Democrats about the price tag of liberal policies

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Former president Barack Obama gently warned a group of freshman House Democrats Monday evening about the costs associated with some liberal ideas popular in their ranks, encouraging members to look at price tags, according to people in the room.

…some people in the room took his words as a cautionary note about Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal, two liberal ideas popularized by a few of the more famous House freshmen, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“He said we [as Democrats] shouldn’t be afraid of big, bold ideas — but also need to think in the nitty-gritty about how those big, bold ideas will work and how you pay for them,” said one person summarizing the former president’s remarks.

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The Neo-Nazi Trumpists, cont.

There are two examples of the foreign policies followed by Trump and his rabid Republican followers that conclusively demonstrate Republicans have delivered the United States into the hands of people whose mentality is about one degree removed from the mentality of Hitler and the Nazis.

First and foremost, of course, it’s those Hispanic children locked up in concentration camps along our southern border that Trump and his lapdog Republicans give not one damn about.

But let us not forget the children in Yemen suffering  unconscionable horrors in the war being waged by Trump and Jared Kushner’s good buddy, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.  The Saudis under MBS have waged a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine. The same MBS who ordered the murder of his critic, Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Republicans recently, in a rare display of independence from Trump, voted to 54-to-46 to halt U.S. military assistance for the Yemen war, defying Trump for his defense of the Kingdom after the killing of Khashoggi.

  • Not surprisingly, Trump puppet Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, encouraged lawmakers to oppose the Yemen resolution, calling it “inappropriate and counterproductive” and warning them not to conflate their displeasure with the administration’s response to Khashoggi’s death with the broader issue of the conflict in Yemen. But in a show of defiance, seven Republican senators broke ranks to join the resolution.
  • Also not surprising, Georgia’s Senators Isakson and Perdue voted with the puppets, not the dissidents.

I stated that the mentality of Trump, McConnell, and Kushner is about “one degree” removed from Hitler’s in order to give the Republicans all the fairness they deserve. Personally, I believe two years of Trumpism have proven the Republicans totally mirror-image the Nazis. One simple fact: Trump’s praise for the pro-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville—followed by Republicans rallying even more fervently behind him.

Beyond a doubt, the Republicans under Trump have far surpassed McCarthyism in their assault on truth, honesty, and common human decency, and their willingness to use vile slander in pursuit of their ignoble aims. Like Trump’s continuing verbal assaults on John McCain—-followed by Republicans calling more fervently for his re-election.

Trump is, without a doubt, the Republicans’ Der Fuhrer.