Category: Conservatives

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

A Mother’s Warning: White Supremacists Are Attempting to Recruit Your Sons

//The Republican encouragement of the white supremacist agenda gains force and spreads its tentacles among teenagers.//

“A mother’s warning: If you have white teen sons, listen up …”

Joanna Schroeder has a message for parents of teen and tween white boys: If you don’t pay attention to their online lives, the white supremacists will.

“I’ve been watching my boys’ online behavior & noticed that social media and vloggers are actively laying groundwork in white teens to turn them into alt-right/white supremacists”

…”terms she tells parents to listen for include snowflake; kek, a form of “lol” that sometimes refers to an ironic white nationalist ‘religion’; cuck; chad; femenoid; beta; “Blood and Soil,” and the numbers 14 or 88, for their association with Hitler and Nazism.”

IndieDems Comment:

Does it surprise anyone that this is the legacy that Donald Trump and his Republican minions are creating for America? We have a President and a Republican Party that openly espouse racism, bigotry, and xenophobia—a President who had words of praise for neo-Nazis marching in the streets shouting “Jews will nor replace us” and uses ethnic slurs in his speeches, most prominently in his campaign speeches in 2018. A President who talks about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews.

IndieDems noted early on Trump’s rise to power mirror-imaged Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. (See Republicans & Nazis: The Photos that Explain the Connection). The Republican mirror-imaging of the Nazis has gained substance and content throughout almost the three years of Trump’s presidency. It now leaps out at us from the daily headlines reporting Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to serve his domestic political prospects by threatening to withhold American military aid if Ukraine did not undertake an investigation of Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in Ukrainian-based corruption.

The Ukrainian imbroglio has also highlighted once more another of the key practices Trump and the Republicans have adopted right out of the fascist playbook: the flagrant and arrogant use of lies to further their agenda. Statements to a Congressional committee by a plethora of honest, truth-telling U.S. military officers and professional diplomats has exposed Trump’s lies beyond a shadow of a doubt. (See Federal Bureaucrats Are the Saviors of America)

The use of social media to lure teen-aged white males into white nationalist or outright neo-fascist organizations is an inevitable progression of the degradation of our values at the hands of the Trumpists. The Trumpists have revived and re-invigorated the mentality of the Republicans who viewed Joseph McCarthy as a hero and then proceeded to bring us the White House-based criminality and corruption of Watergate and IranContra.

Seventy years after McCarthyism, Republicans still have no morals and no shame. The only difference: there are much fewer Republican dissenters willing to speak out against the travesties of the majority. Most particularly, there is no Dwight David Eisenhower putting his stature on the side of honesty, democratic values, and common human decency.

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Trump’s Immorality, Criminality, Incompetence, & Corruption-On One Newspaper Page

Make sure you check out the home page of washingtonpost.com today, October 11, 2019. Article after article spells out the total incompetence, corruption, and criminality of the Trump administration. Take a snapshot or preserve it whatever way you can. It’s a classic.
 
Below are some of the individual articles, but the page needs to be viewed online for its full impact.
As you  read them, you might be asking, “what kind of human beings would support this morally and intellectually corrupt cretin and advocate his re-election?” Here are six of them:

  
Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chief of Staff Joan Kirchner Carr

 
Sen. David Perdue and COS Megan Whittemore

 
Rep. Barry Loudermilk and COS, Robert Adkerson


The WashingtonPost.com home page 10/11/19
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By 17 former Watergate special prosecutors

In Recognition of Georgia Senators’ Chiefs of Staff

//Georgia’s two female Senatorial chiefs of staff: Loyal Trumpists to the end!//

It occurred to IndieDems that probably few average Georgians know that both our United States Senators have female chiefs of staffs: Megan Whittemore for David Perdue and Joan Kirchner Carr for Johnny Isakson. (Her husband is Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, himself a former Isakson aide).  Now, we don’t know exactly how unique this is, since we don’t know how many other Senators have female chiefs of staff. But–let’s celebrate it for what it is, an affirmation of growing women’s power in politics.


Joan Kirchner Carr                    Megan Whittemore

In fact, IndieDems thought it was a good time to give credit where credit is due by devoting a post to how these two achieving females have joined their bosses in showing unqualified loyalty to their President, Donald Trump. Their fidelity has not wavered, even as Trump critics point out that he is unique in being the only President who has reached this chronological point in his term without ever gaining at least a 50 percent approval rating.

Along the way, Whittemore and Carr have given their stamp of approval to Trump’s bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling various women bimbo, fat, ugly horse-faced, of low intellect, Pocahontas, and dog.  Whittemore and Carr, of course, have also stood by Trump despite his demeaning the military service of John McCain, lying about Barack Obama’s birthplace, making 12,000 other false or misleading statements, locking up migrant children in wire cases, having words of praise for neo-fascist demonstrators marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and mocking a handicapped person.

Out intention to bring you up to date on Whittemore/Carr’s endorsement of Trump’s recent words and deeds that have led many to conclude that he is psychologically unhinged has been made easier by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. His column Let’s ‘gut check’ all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements provides the item-by-item list of Trump’s actions that Whittemore and Carr have accepted as normal.

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Let’s ‘gut check all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements
by Dana Milbank
It was an exemplary week for presidential misbehavior.

  • President Trump had an international tantrum over Denmark’s refusal to sell him Greenland.
  • He invoked the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.
  • He proclaimed himself the Messiah.
  • Along the way, he used shooting victims for self-promotion, said he wanted a medal for military valor, and more.
In this divided land, there is broad agreement on one thing: Our president is unpresidential.A Post/ABC News poll released last month found that two-thirds of Americans find Trump “unpresidential” and only 28 percent say his actions are “fitting and proper.” Trump himself has acknowledged that some of his behavior is “not at all ‘Presidential’.”


Carr & Whittemore say: Re-elect that man President!

It’s hard to say for sure whether Trump was more undignified this week compared with most others. This is, after all, a man who boasted publicly about his genitals, uses words such as “bull—-,” “p—y,” “goddamn” and “little Schitt” in public, misspells tweets, talks of women bleeding, proclaims himself a “stable genius” with a “very large brain,” “fell in love” with North Korea’s dictator, paid hush money to a porn actress, shoved a prime minister, wore an ill-fitting vest to visit Queen Elizabeth and praised the “shape” of France’s first lady.

He also let Kanye West loose in the Oval Office, prayed for higher ratings for “The Apprentice” at a prayer breakfast , spoke of “raking” forests, hugged an American flag, dragged toilet paper from his shoe, suggested the Clintons murdered Jeffrey Epstein, described neo-Nazis as “very fine people,” and, when told by a rape victim that the Islamic State killed her family, replied: “Where are they now?”


Carr & Whittmore say: Re-elect that man President!

But maybe there is a way to calibrate vulgarity. Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler and his team have documented more than 12,000 false or misleading statements by Trump using the Pinocchio system: from one Pinocchio for “shading” facts to four for “whoppers.” Rare, unexpectedly true statements earn a Geppetto.

Instead of a fact check, I propose a “gut check” of how unpresidential Trump is. Instead of Geppetto and Pinocchio, this uses Beauty and the Beast. Where Kessler’s work is objective and researched, this will be arbitrary and slapdash — like Trump’s policies.

  • One Beast: Routinely unpresidential.
  • Two Beasts: Extra gross, vulgar, narcissistic.
  • Three Beasts: Downright beastly, uncouth, uncivilized.
  • Four Beasts: A wild rumpus. We weep for our country.

On the rare instances when he behaves in a “presidential” manner (usually a teleprompter is involved), he will be assigned a “Beauty.”

This week, the Gut Checker awards Trump one Beast each for:

  • ● Again describing the “evil” free press with the Stalinist phrase “Enemy of the People.”
  • ● Promoting Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • ● Boasting about breaking Elton John’s crowd-size record.
  • ● Badgering the Federal Reserve chairman he appointed as the “enemy” and “a golfer who can’t putt.”
  • ● Describing Fox News’s Juan Williams as “pathetic,” sycophantic, “nasty and wrong.”
  • Threatening not to let Fox News host a presidential debate because he didn’t like his favorite network’s latest poll.
  • ● Threatening to release Islamic State fighters into Germany and France.
  • ● Claiming Google “manipulated” some 16 million votes in 2016.

All routine breaches of decorum for Trump. All unpresidential.


Based on their track record, Carr & Whittmore say: “We
just love our unpresidential President!”

The Gut Checker awards two Beasts each for:

  • ● Telling reporters he might not vacate the White House for “maybe 10 or maybe 14” years — regardless of what the Constitution says; and using imaginary powers to say U.S. companies are “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to Chinese markets.
  • ● Resuming his attacks on four nonwhite women in Congress, mocking one’s “tears” and accusing her of being “violent.”
  • ● Calling former aide Anthony Scaramucci a “highly unstable ‘nut job’ ” and a “mental wreck” guilty of “gross incompetence.”


Carr & Whittmore say: We look forward to four additional years of this!

Three Beasts:

  • ● Saying hospitalized victims of mass shootings paid tribute to him. “They love their president,” he said, in an “unparalleled” way. “They were pouring out of the rooms. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms.”
  • ● Expressing desire to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor against an enemy force, despite draft deferments for bone spurs. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify. . . . I’d say, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ ”
  • Tweeting the words of a racist conspiracy theorist who said Israelis view Trump like “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” He later claimed he’s “the chosen one.”


Carr & Whittmore say: Four more years! Four more years!

Four Beasts:

  • ● Canceling his trip to Denmark and twice calling its prime minister “nasty” because she labeled as “absurd” Trump’s absurd plan to buy Greenland.
  • ● Accusing nearly 80 percent of American Jews of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” and after an outcry by Jewish leaders, repeating the slander.

One week, zero beauties and 31 beasts — a full herd and, by any measure, an impressive stable of rude, crude and undignified behavior. But if we as a nation can agree that our president is unpresidential, experience should also allow us to agree on this: Next week might well be worse.


Carr & Whittmore say: Somebody’s got to tell it like it is!

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IndieDems comment: We believe you will agree with us. Joan Kirchner Carr and Megan Whittemore represent the very epitome of Republican Woman 2019. They reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party. The Party would not be what it is today without women like them. No matter how many racist, misogynist, xenophobic, white nationalist statements Trump might make, he can count on the Joans and Megans of the world to remain his faithful subalterns. After all, it takes a  real man to call those shithole countries what they are–and to call for sending those four Congresswomen back to them.

GOP Mouthpiece: Use Defense Budget as Pork Barrel

//The more unhinged Trump’s statements become, the more GA Republicans rally to his side//

Republicans view the Washington post as second only to the New York Times as a purveyor of “fake news,” meaning, anything that differs with what Republicans think. But two of the Post’s regular columnists, Marc Theissen and Hugh Hewitt, are gushing supporters of Donald Trump. Hewitt recently reached new heights of propaganda with an article titled “How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s chances in 2020.” Hewitt unabashedly calls for the use of the Navy’s budget as pork barrel to help Trump’s re-election prospects in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In our comments, IndieDems points out how this naked call to use the defense budget as Republican pork barrel is a perfect fit for the rest of the Trumpist agenda. We also seize the opportunity to again recognize Georgia Republican leaders support for that agenda:

IndieDems supposes a decision by the Trumpists to openly declare that the defense budget is just one big pork barrel bonanza was inevitable, given the fact that:

1) This is already the most corrupt administration in our history—and the more evidence that piles up establishing that fact, the more corruption Trump and his benighted followers commit. Without shame.

 
Senator Johnny Isakson 
Based on his track record,
Isakson says: I don’t give a fig
about corruption. I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

2) The Trumpists have sent the federal debt spiraling out of control, with not one iota of a plan to bring it under control


Senator David Perdue
Based on his track record,
Perdue says: Who cares about
deficits? I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

3) The tax cut for the rich that was supposed to be the spark that ignited massive investment in our economic future has failed miserably to achieve its goal. Our corrupt corporate class has spent most of it on buying back their companies stocks, sending their stock prices upward and thereby enriching their own pockets. And even this con game seems to have run out of steam.


Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Based on his track record,
Loudermilk says: We need more
tax cuts for the rich! That’s why
I endorse everything Trump
has said or done and will avidly
support his re-election.

4) Most craven of all, Trump and the Republicans are now overtly espousing a racist, xenophobic, white nationalist, Islamaphobic agenda as the basis of their 2020 campaign strategy.

           
Sen. Isakson      Sen. Perdue             Rep. Loudermilk
Based on their track record, Georgia’s three stooges
say: racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, Islamaphobia?
Music to our ears! More than ever, we intend to support
Trump’s re-election.

All of this depredation presided over by a warped and twisted demagogue, a serial liar and adulterer, who lives In daily contempt of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule. Someone who more and more mirror images Adolph Hitler in his capacity for evil.

So it’s not surprising that some little Trump lackey like Hugh Hewitt now openly tells us that Republicans view the defense budget as pork to bolster their election prospects.

Trump Paves the Evangelicals Path to Hell

The Washington Post recently published an extensive, balanced analysis of Donald Trump and his relations with the evangelical community:

In God’s country: Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
By Elizabeth Bruenig

Opinion columnist focusing on politics, religion and morality in public life. Education: Brandeis University, BA in English & sociology; University of Cambridge, Jesus College, MPhil in Christian theology; Brown University, PhD candidate in religion.

IndieDems Comment:

Thank you, Elizabeth Bruenig, for a balanced article that cannot disguise the moral and intellectual corruption that lies at the heart of the evangelical movement, especially those parts of it that avidly support Donald Trump. The evangelicals damn themselves with their own words. The word “specious” was invented to describe the evangelicals’ attempts to use logic and rational thought to explain their position. The word “hypocrisy” was invented to describe how the evangelicals square their beliefs and practices with the teachings of God and Jesus in the Holy Bible. If the evangelicals are Christians, I’m the Easter Bunny.

The arguments that eviscerate the evangelicals’ positions have been so thoroughly expressed–especially by their real Christian critics—it would be superfluous for me to repeat them here. In fact, an evangelical, Ben Howe, has expressed them eloquently in his new book “Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values.” He  discussed the book in the Washington Post on August 8.

Two points never to be forgotten when examining whether the evangelicals are right or wrong. One of the chief agents of evangelicalism, the Southern Baptist Convention, was created explicitly to support the view that Jesus approved the perpetuation of slavery. And for 100 years after that, the States of the Confederacy that most rigorously practiced the evil of segregation were the ones that most rigorously practiced evangelicalism. And today, they include the redest of the red states that endorse Trump’s racism, xenophobia, and hate-mongering and approve his treating immigrants the way Hitler treated the Jews.

What else does any human being need to know to damn the evangelicals to hell?