Category: Conservatives

Give GA SECSTATE Raffensperger Praise Where Praise Is Due

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger, a Republican, supervises Georgia’s electoral system. The office came under even more scrutiny this year than in other presidential election years. The system faced serious stress because Georgia for the first time faced massive numbers of mail-in voting–and the stress increased exponentially when it became apparent that the Democratic candidate might win the state.

At that moment, Georgia became on of the principal targets of intense pressure from Trump and his loyalists to find someway to subvert the will of the people and throw the election to Trump. When Raffensperger refused to go along, Georgia’s two U.S. Senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue–both running to keep their seats–called on him to resign, in a flagrant attempt to appease Trump. They provided no evidence to back up claims of election irregularities

In IndieDems judgment, Raffensperger deserves much praise for showing the courage and integrity to take a stand against the Republican assault on our basic moral and democratic values. In the same GA GOP he comes from, Loeffler and Perdue are running for the U.S. Senate on the single issue of how committed they are to being Trump’s lap dogs, as he launches baseless “legal” challenges to the election outcome, endangers U.S. national security and American lives by blocking an orderly transition, and does nothing about the pandemic sweeping the nation.

(Read Raffensperger’s account here: “Georgia secretary of state: My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway.”)

Not surprisingly, they were two of the key players in in the Inside Trader scam earlier this year.

Further context: GA Republicans just elected to Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene, an avowed supporter of the crackpot QAnon, who has also posted racist and anti-Semitic messages on Facebook. Amazingly, all these Republicans declare they are devout Christians, as they wallow in the immorality of a Party for which God’s Commandments mean and Jesus’ Goden Rule mean absolutely nothing.

Hats off to Brad Raffensperger. We may have a dilemma when he comes up for re-election.

Squelching Rumors about Ivanka

I don’t believe the rumor that Ivanka looked at those miles of cars lined up to get food at food banks and said, “Let them eat cake.” Why, that would be as preposterous as a president doing nothing to control a raging pandemic, a Senate Majority Leader refusing to even debate a relief bill, or the president’s lawyer challenging election results in court with unsubstantiated charges of fraud.

Republicans are God-fearing, Jesus-loving, ordinary Americans, for heaven’s sake, not a bunch of lying, corrupt, dishonest snakes-in-the-grass who don’t give a damn about the suffering of their fellow Americans. That’s Antifa propaganda! COVID-19 disappeared with warm weather last April, just like Trump said it would. Sean Hannity just told me so, on Fox News.

The Republican War on Democracy

The Republican Party as of November 2, 2020, was the most morally and intellectually corrupt political institution among Western democracies. With its refusal to accept Donald Trump’s defeat on November 3, the Republican Party entered a whole new dimension and became a threat to the survival of democracy itself.

Republicans are waging war against the basic moral and democratic values that define American democracy. The war is most evident in Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat and to issue the traditional concession speech affirming respect for a peaceful transfer of power according to the Constitution and the rule of law.

Trump delivered a second sledgehammer blow with his refusal to set in motion the formal mechanisms that allow the transition to proceed. He even denied classified briefings to the incoming team on matters of national security.

Trump and his Republican minions further showed their contempt for democratic norms and the rule of law by launching numerous lawsuits based on totally fallacious and unsubstantiated allegations of massive fraud and malfeasance in the electoral process. The worthlessness of those claims is shown by judges ruling against every single charge of massive fraud.

The most frightening aspect of Trump’s war against democracy is the widespread support it has among Republican officials. Most have fervently supported Trump, and only a handful of Republicans have issued even a mild rebuke. The frightening part? Come hell or high water, Donald Trump will be out of power as of high noon on January 20, 2021. His Republican lap dogs will remain in power, and continue their effort to undermine, weaken—and probably, destroy—American democracy.

Republicans are transparently demonstrating they accept the fact that the only way they can win elections is by using lies, demagoguery, and voter suppression. The 2020 elections show they are quite willing to do so.

The Racism Behind Trump’s Last Campaign Visit to Georgia

I’m stunned that the  main stream media–like CNN and MSNBC–paid so little attention to the fact that Trump’s visit to Georgia on the eve of the election took place in the Congressional district of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a racist and a leading disciple of the extremist outfit QAnon. Trump got headlines in August when he praised Greene and called her a future Republican star after she won the GOP nomination for the Congressional seat–a victory that ensured her election to Congress in the overwhelmingly Red district.

Trump’s praise for the QAnon advocate was viewed, correctly, as providing enhanced legitimacy to the one-time fringe group and heralding a closer Republican-QAnon alliance. During the past two months, increasing numbers of Republicans have, in fact, welcomed QAnon supporters into the Party’s ranks. See https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/15/qanon-trump-maga-movement-429739.

Remember, even before her QAnon ties gained notoriety, Greene had also been outed for posting overtly racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic messages on Facebook. Greene has remained resolutely unapologetic and unrepentant about any of her views.

So, by any criteria, Trump’s pick of the major city in Greene’s district to stage one of his final rallies was meant to send a clear signal of his and the Republican Party’s firm commitment to his racist, xenophobic, white supremacist agenda. If there were any doubt, Trump erased it by including Greene among the names of all the major GA GOP candidates attending the rally–including those running for the U.S. Senate and House–in his praise of local candidates. They all applauded.

Another Self-righteous Christian in High Office?

Today’s headlines:

Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg seat 

I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s what people get wrong about her faith. By John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, a former dean of the Boston College Law School and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.


IndieDems Comment:

The idea that religion provides an anchor for leading a moral life has been blown to bits by America’s experience under Donald Trump and his Republican “Christian” know-nothings. My questions: How in God’s name can anyone claim to be a Christian and support a President who lives in willful, even gleeful defiance of two of God’s commandments, the ones that say thou shalt not bear false witness or commit adultery? And quote me at least three Trump tweets that reflect the spirit of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

I’ll avoid philosophy and theology and get down to facts about why I oppose people like Amy Barrett being appointed judges, much less SCOTUS justices. I grew up in the South when segregation reigned supreme. Every rabid segregationist who ever lived thought like Barrett. Every one of them believed that the Holy Spirit moved within them and instructed them to maintain segregation and discrimination against blacks. Every segregationist attended church on Sunday and believed God and Jesus approved what they were doing.

Every segregationist was a self-righteous prick who believed they inhabited some moral universe beyond the understanding of ordinary human beings. Not a single one of them had enough brains to figure out they were a hypocrite who was using religion to legitimize their hateful, wrongful, criminal acts.

See those people gathered around a lynched black man laughing and smiling, or wielding a club to beat the hell out of people on the Edmund Pettus bridge? God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christians all.

Want to know who else thought like Amy Barrett? Try the Nazis and Germans who sent 6 million human beings to concentration camps and the gas chambers because Jesus told them it was OK. Same for people who hunted down witches and burned them at the stake. (God in the Bible explicitly instructs his followers to do so). Same for those who carried out the Inquisition.

I do not understand this recusal stuff. The United States Constitution explicitly forbids decisions based on someone’s religious beliefs. Why would anyone who believes their choices are ipso facto the will of God be a judge to begin with? Could someone be a Communist and be appointed to the SCOTUS, declaring to recuse themselves when a case involved Communists? A member of the American Nazi Party? A member of the Ku Klux Klan?

Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Listen to them.

The Republican Chain of Command Runs Directly from Joe McCarthy to Trump

Larry Tye, the author of the book “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy,” in the Washington Post recently examined the McCarthy era in light of our current political turmoil: Five Myths about McCarthyism.

IndieDems Comment:

The media’s neglect of the direct line connecting Trump to Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism via McCarthy’s chief aide Roy Cohn is a major factor in the media’s nurturing of Trump. The media ought to be reminding us of it daily—since Trump employs McCarthy/Cohn’s tactics daily. But we are left with a media that glosses over the truth by leaving it up to rare commentary like this to make the point.

As Trump in 2017 began to be engulfed by the Stormy Daniels Affair, Russiagate, and AG Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation, Trump shouted “Where’s my Roy Cohn.” Cohn had been one of the young Donald Trump’s most influential mentors, teaching him loads about how to be a ruthless, immoral con artist and flim-flam man.

The media briefly noted Trump’s wailing for his old adviser—and then dropped the story. Why? It was one of the most revealing incidents in Trump’s political career. It proved conclusively that Trump lived in the sewer of our political life and would use lies, demagoguery, libel, slander, and insults to exercise power. Three years prove what a devoted disciple of McCarthy and Cohn that Trump is.

And here’s the other aspect of the story the media continue to ignore. The current Republican chain of command runs from McCarthy, to Cohn, to Trump—and then directly to 99 percent of all Republican office holders and candidates. We are literally living in the era of neo-McCarthyism.

LEARN MORE:
Where’s My Roy Cohn?
Bully. Coward. Victim: The Story of Roy Cohn
Get Me Roger Stone segment on Roy Cohn

Right-wing Extremists Likely Fomenting Violence

To all you Republicans who are crying bloody murder about alleged leftist-inspired violence, does the following logic escape you? Look at the mass of people in any of the current demonstrations. You see law-abiding citizens exercising their right to peacefully demonstrate. Whatever violence or burning has occurred was obviously carried out by a tiny minority of people. What does it take to set a building on fire? One person?Yet, you do the highly illogical, irrational thing and hold thousands responsible for acts maybe committed by 1-10 people.

Would’t this be a more logical conclusion: pro-Trump, right-wing extremists see a golden opportunity to use the peaceful demonstrations to their advantage. They infiltrate a handful of people into Portland, Seattle, wherever, to set fires and commit violence—and then loudly beat the drums about Antifa and leftist extremist committing the violence. This would be Exercise 101 in the play book of how to spread black propaganda.

That is my very rational conclusion about what is happening. If you know I’m wrong, please, give me the names of the Antifa adherents that you have proof committed the violence. Quote the FBI or DHS reports that provide conclusive evidence of leftist instigation. Give me the names of the leaders of the groups or adherents. Tell me why no arrests have been made.

It’s The Republicans, Stupid

//Let’s Stop Giving “Good” Republicans Excuses for Supporting Trump//

Donald Trump asserts himself so brazenly onto the media stage, even the mainstream media accused of anti-Trump bias fall short of reminding us of one striking fact: it’s the Republican Party, not just Donald Trump, that has saddled us with the most immoral, Incompetent, corrupt, racist, xenophobic, misogynistic president in history.

Republicans gave us a person totally unfit to be President—and 99 percent of them not only have no shame about doing so, they remain proud of themselves for doing it!

Prominent columnists, even while criticizing Trump, fall short of getting to the core of what’s wrong with Trump’s know-nothing Republican supporters. The commentators may state, for example, that GOP Senatorial candidates stand condemned by their silence over Trump’s increasingly flagrant racist and xenophobic pronouncements–but weaken the message by giving GOP  Senators like Susan Collins an undeserved get-out-of-jail pass for at least delivering a one-time criticism for one of Trump’s racist statements.

What the mainstream commentators are missing is one simple fact that proves all GOP candidates in 2020 have given their full stamp of approval to everything Trump has said or done in his four years as president: each Republican candidate is giving Trump their 100 percent, unqualified support for his re-election.

That is all anyone needs to know about where Republicans stand on every lie, slander, libel, insult, and racist and xenophobic statement Trump has ever made. They are unstinting in wanting to give America four additional years of whatever Trump has said or done for the previous four years.

In particular, that includes Susan Collins.

Republicans Revel in Their Immorality and Incompetence

Trump’s daily display of gangsterism—consisting of lies, slander, libel, and insults—shows there are two sets of rules: one for Republicans, another for everybody else. Trump is not singlehandedly vulgarizing, coarsening, and degrading America’s political culture. It’s the fact that the Republican Party as an institution vigorously supports every word Trump speaks and every deed he commits that has taken us into a moral sewer. It’s the 85 percent of Republicans who proudly support Trump and want to re-elect him who are destroying everything America stands for.

Republicans support Trump as he wages war against God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, our basic democratic and moral values—and against common human decency. And so far, they have gotten away with it.

We decent Americans must destroy the Republican Party the way we destroyed slavery, segregation—and Republican-supported McCarthyism. Republicans deserve no mercy.

Two Stunning Indictments of GA’s Ruling Republicans

//Georgia’s morally and intellectually corrupt Republicans continue their march through Georgia//

The AJC has recently published reports on how Georgia Republicans swim well within the mainstream of Trump’s Party by not giving a damn about the suffering of our less fortunate and elderly citizens.

Rural clinic(s) scrambles to provide care amid maternal death crisis

Medicaid limit, OBGYN shortage in Georgia hamper efforts

 Excerpts:

  • The U.S.’s maternal mortality rate is among the highest of the developed world. Georgia has consistently ranked among the worst of U.S. states and more often than not – 60% of the time, according to one recent state estimate – those deaths were preventable.
  • A recent state study estimated new mothers in Georgia were 52% more likely to die in the first year after giving birth than nationally…The situation is far worse for women who live in rural parts of the state or are older than 35.
  • The most glaring disparity is by race. Black mothers in Georgia are three to four times more likely to die than white women,
  • A bipartisan state House committee that studied the deepening crisis recommend that the state extend Medicaid coverage for poor mothers–but broader budget fights threaten to sideline it this legislative session.
Audit: State failing elderly victims of abuse, neglect

Excerpts:

  • A state audit identified damning new evidence that Georgia’s system to protect seniors and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation is failing and the breakdowns are causing additional harm.
  • Investigators from Georgia’s Adult Protective Services system are taking too long to respond to urgent cases
  • APS employees also were rejecting reports that should have been investigated, the audit found.
  • Failures of law enforcement to communicate with APS play prominently in the breakdowns