Category: Conservatives

Trump & His Georgia Lackeys Rip American Values to Shreds

The meeting last week between President Trump and the murdering Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Japan provided another display of Trump’s obvious disdain for democratic rights and liberties—a disdain shared by Trump’s lapdog Georgia supporters, Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk.  They have shown, again, why we unabashedly refer to them as Trump’s three stooges.

Trump used the meeting to make light of Russian interference in our election and joked with Putin president about the nasty journalists who dare to criticize the two of them.

When Trump was asked if he would discuss election interference with Putin, the President turned to the Russian boss, smiled, and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Putin laughed.

IndieDems finds it appalling to see Trump’s bizarre fanboy admiration for Putin rear its noxious head. Trump is once more sucking up to the Russian thug—and sacrificing United States national security interests in doing so. One media commentator summed it up by noting Trump had followed up on

“the farce of Helsinki, when Trump embarrassed himself and America before the world with display of sycophancy so pathetic that you could barely read an article about it without finding a reference to Neville Chamberlain.”

At the Helsinki summit, of course, Trump had taken Putin’s word that he had not interfered in the U.S. 2016 elections over the unanimous judgement of America’s intelligence services that he had—a conclusion overwhelmingly seconded by the Mueller report.

How have Georgia’s three stooges Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk treated Trump’s kowtowing to Putin? They have doubled down on their support for him and are aggressively pushing for his re-election! And the interests of their  country be damned.  

Regarding journalists, Trump said: “Get rid of them. ‘Fake news’ is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” Putin responded, in English: “We also have. It’s the same.”

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, since Putin took power, 25 journalists have been murdered in Russia. Many of them were investigating his regime when murdered. All very funny, according to Trump and his three stooges from Georgia.

Which is worse: Trump, Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk’s seeming appreciation for the brutal control Putin exercises over his country, or the Russian leader claiming our two countries are “the same”?

Trump’s gushing admiration for authoritarian thugs was not limited to Putin. He also:

  • Lavished praise on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, while ignoring evidence that Mohammad directed the killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Flew from Osaka to hold a summit meeting with North Korean thug Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, once more fawning all over the North Korean dictator who presides over one of the most inhumane regimes on earth.

IndieDems long ago got sick and tired of those like Georgia’s three stooges who call themselves “constitutional conservatives” while ignoring Trump’s cavalier attitude toward liberty—and toward the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, and common human decency.

And remember: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making sure that no legislation that might secure the American election system against Russian intrusion will ever come to a vote in the Senate.

The White House and our Congressional offices are now occupied by Republicans who have contempt for not only the interests of the United States but also every principle that is supposed to make us what we are. In the words of a political observer,

“If you can watch Trump yukking it up with Putin and not feel sick to your stomach, you might want to take a good hard look at your own commitment to American values.”

Barr as Trump Lapdog Attorney General: The Precedent for Trump’s SC Appointees?

Amazing, how even some members of the media treat Trump’s immoral, corrupt, and warped personal character as some sort of sideshow to the need to get on with the nation’s business. No democracy committed to the rule of law and Constitutional government can survive the onslaught being waged against those basic values, and against common human decency, by Trump and his Republican lackeys—meaning, 90 percent of all Republicans.

The in-your-face corruption of the Justice Department at the hands of Barr is a reminder of another horrible fact—two Barr-like Trump lackeys are sitting as Justices on the Supreme Court. Does anyone doubt that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are going to be any less the agents of Donald Trump than Barr is being as Attorney General?

And before you mount a defense of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh with a torrent of homilies about their sterling character and how their careers show they will make decisions on the basis of the law and the Constitution, not their personal political leanings, go back a few weeks and review those exact words being spoken about William Barr. Barr, you will find, was touted as a true-blue exemplar of a principled lawyer who could be depended on to maintain the independence and integrity of the Justice Department. Within a few days of assuming office, he showed himself to be nothing but another cringing Trump lapdog.

If you believe Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will be different, it’s up to you to prove your case. The Barr precedent puts the facts firmly on my side.

Trump Threatens U.S. Interests and World Peace–with Senate Approval

Trump’s actions regarding Iran over the past two weeks prove beyond a shadow of a doubt he not only is manifestly unfit to be president, he constitutes a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States, to world peace, and to the basic framework of the international order. He is going to stumble-bumble us into an unnecessary war, and a war with Iran will not be a brief shoot-out. The consequences, whoever “wins,” will be catastrophic, and generations to come will live with its dystopian aftermath.

The 53 Republicans who control the United States Senate will share with Trump the responsibility for the horror. This small number of the most pitiful wretches ever to hold public office in America are the only barrier to removing this incompetent, lying, racist xenophobe from office.

These morally and intellectually corrupt human beings who live every minute of their lives in mortal fear they may say something to offend Donald Trump are betraying their country worst than Benedict Arnold. They have no shame, no more than the Republicans of a previous generation who worshiped the lying demagogue Joe McCarthy. How they look themselves in the mirror is incomprehensible.

Georgia’s own Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, of course, are charter members of the “Trump at any cost” club.

Johnny Isakson’s Definition of Good Government

I set out a few days ago to gather about two or three days of headlines that show the incompetent, chaotic, and corrupt Trump government that Senator Johnny Isakson finds so acceptable, he intends to support Trump’s re-election, so the two of them can continue to give us such government for four more years. The idea is, the gross incompetence and malfeasance of the Trump Administration has become so flagrant and overt, the headlines alone tell the story. Putting together a critical commentary has become superfluous.

And I began before the fiasco of Trump reportedly ordering air strikes against Iran and then canceling the operation at the last minute!

Here are the fruits of my labors. Most of the headlines were published within about four days of each other in June. Some go back a little more, to give depth to the revelation of what type of government receives Johnny Isakson’s stamp of approval.

Trump ordered an attack on Iran, then called it off

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats

How Kellyanne Conway exemplifies the administration’s moral rot

Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff
…littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president.

Trump’s Temporary Cabinet and Vacancy-riddled Government


Hello! I’m Senator Johnny Isakson. All around me, you see headlines showing you
the type of government Donald Trump and I want to bring you for five more years.

Trump/Isakson’s Talk On Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match Their Administration’s Actions

How A Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Could Affect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Why Trump’s Cabinet vacancies, turnover threaten our government

   Paul Manafort’s transfer from Rikers Island shows how corrupt the DOJ really is

State Department official didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina

Trump plans to turn the Fourth of July into a political rally in honor of himself

Trump picked Kim Jong Un over the CIA. Is anyone surprised? 

Officials rejected Jared Kushner for top secret security clearance, but were overruled

‘These boys were on a holiday’: Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip

These gruesome new Khashoggi revelations reinforce the ugly bargain Trump has struck with Saudi

‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

//Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump in stunning new ad//
Uh, any comments, Senator Isakson? After all, this is Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.
Of course, Senator, your track record of the past three years shows you don’t give any more of a damn about traditional conservatism then you do about your country.  Politics is all abut staying on the good side of Donald Trump and your wealthy contributors, with the former taking precedent. After all, you Republicans have introduced the Der Fuhrer principle into American politics and follow it rigorously. Donald Trump is to you what Adolph Hitler was to a Nazi functionary.
What else would explain, for example, why your reaction to hearing Trump praise neo-Nazi demonstrators marching in a Nazi-style torchlight parade through the streets of an American city chanting “Jews will not replace  us” is to shout:
“Re-elect Donald Trump President for four more years!”

Sen Isakson: No Problem with Trump’s Growing Authoritarianism

ABC News on Sunday released a video of a series of interviews with President Trump by correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Trump at one point stated that Article 2 of the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want.”

And what will be Senator Johnny Isakson’s response to Trump’s claim that the Constitution gives him he  unchecked executive power? Our prediction: Isakson will give the stock answer he has given to every other Trump lie or statement that shows utter contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, democratic norms, and common human decency:

“We muster elect this man President for four more years!”

Canada Doubles Down on Support for Abortions Abroad

Headline:
“Trump has cut U.S. support for abortions abroad. Canada’s Trudeau is now doubling down on that aid.”
Comment:
One of the great ironies of modern politics is all the energy that Republicans are putting into appointing right-wing ideologues to the Supreme Court, with the aim of someday overturning Roe v. Wade and putting an end to abortion, will not, in the end, put an end to abortion. I mean, a stunning characteristic of the Republican base is that they tell us they know what a lying, dishonest, racist, xenophobic, misogynist, demagogic bullying thug Trump is–they just don’t care, as long as Trump appoints the right stuff to the Supreme Court.
So, we have a generation of Republicans who invoke Jesus’ name in support of things He never said one word about–abortion and gay rights–while completely ignoring the central tenets of Jesus’ teachings: the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule.
The crowning irony: even if a right-wing Supreme Court should someday reverse Roe v. Wade, it will not end abortion. It will only throw  the issue into the laps of State legislatures–in a country where the pro-choicers are an overwhelming majority. Many states will undoubtedly allow abortions to continue. They will become the mecca to which residents of no-abortion states will flee to have the procedure performed.
And, of course, nearby foreign countries and territories will also be available to pick up the slack.
That is why Prime Minister Trudeau’s act to increase Canada’s funding to protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women in developing countries is so important. It is a harbinger of things to come. If Canada is willing to take this step now, what will it do to fill the gap if some U.S. States outlaw abortion?
Final question: what proportion of America’s female population will be within an hour’s plane ride of a state or country where abortion is allowed, if some states someday outlaw it all together? For that matter, how many American females will be a one hour or less car ride from a pro-choice state or country?
What a fool’s errand Republicans are on, This is where pure ignorance, and electing the village idiot president, will get you.

Johnny Isakson as Trump’s Acolyte: #2

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump’s Embrace of Kim Jong Un//

Georgia Senator Isakson has remained a faithful supporter of Donald Trump since Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The various vicissitudes of Trump’s presidency has brought only rare and minor rebukes from Isakson. Isakson has been in the forefront of Republicans shrugging off Trump’s epic misconduct and wrongdoing.

And now, Isakson is endorsing Trump’s re-election—meaning, Isakson is giving his stamp of approval to every word Trump has spoken and every deed he has committed.

IndieDems is so impressed with Isakson’s steadfastness, we have decided to honor him by linking him in separate posts to Trump’s words and deeds. We will present the facts, and then render what Isakson’s track record and previous stands seem to show is his current position.

On June 11, we linked Isakson with the Trump Administrations multi-dimensional corruption, as recently exemplified by Labor Secretary Chao’s flagrant exploitation of her official position to benefit her family’s business interests.

In this post, we show how Senator Johnny Isakson is inextricably linked to a deeper pathology — Trump and the GOP’s growing embrace of authoritarianism and oppressive foreign authoritarian leaders.

Here are the latest headlines:

Senator Isakson says:

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and the above headlines just warm my Trump-loving heart. I am ever so proud of President Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea or Kim Jong Un. This is a fine continuation of Trump’s other policy that I have so firmly endorsed—his rejection of the entire Intelligence Community’s findings about Russia’s massive interference in our 2016 elections. I and Trump intend to maintain our passivity, despite the Mueller Report’s uncontested finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election ‘in sweeping and systematic fashion’ and ‘violated U.S. criminal law.’ Trump and I are unimpressed that Mueller himself, in his swan song press conference, underscored the point by saying ‘Russian intelligence officers, who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system.’ ”

“Let me tell you, it takes courage for me and Trump to continue to take the word of Putin over U.S. Intelligence agencies!”

“And now Trump has chosen to kick the intelligence agencies in the butt again by shaming them for spying on his great love, Kim Jong Un! Oh, aren’t we lucky to have this man as our president!”

“Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea shows once more what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  After all, this is the same Trump that gave us Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen. Brings back nostalgia for those other great Republican heroes, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

Honoring Johnny Isakson’s Faithful Support for Donald Trump

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump Administration’s Corruption//

Georgia Senator Isakson has remained a faithful supporter of Donald Trump since Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The various vicissitudes of Trump’s presidency has brought only rare and minor rebukes from Isakson.

But now, Isakson is endorsing Trump’s re-election—meaning, Isakson is giving his stamp of approval to every word Trump has spoken and every deed he has committed.

IndieDems is so impressed with Isakson’s steadfastness, we have decided to honor him by linking him in a separate article to Trump’s words and deeds. We will present the facts, and then render what Isakson’s track record and previous stands seem to show is his current position.

We start with Elaine Chao, Trump’s Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senator Isakson says:

“I am ever so proud of Elaine Chao, and proud of my vote to approve her selection as the Republican Secretary of Transportation. As the headlines show, she is carrying on in the fine tradition of the Republican Party and the Trump Administration. She is a key player in our campaign to make America great again. She’s just the kind of leader America needs, and that President Trump and I have provided. Elaine Chao is what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  She is in the same league as Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

“In parting, let me pay my respects to some other Republicans who represent the heart and soul of the Republican Party: Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew, “

Isakson and Trump March Toward a Better America, cont.

Senator Johnny Isakson has never wavered in his support for Donald Trump to be President of the United States. Sure, he has taken an occasional mild dissent to some Trump policy, or to some aspect of some Trump, policy but has never come close to separating himself from Trump altogether. Isakson has a 92 percent approval rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood.

The litmus test of where a Republican politician stands on Donald Trump’s presidency is very simple: does he or she support Trump’s re-election as President in 2020? A “yes” vote, ipso facto, means the Republican gives a stamp of approval to every policy, Tweet, and statement emanating from Donald Trump. “Yes” means the Republican is quite comfortable with whatever Trump has done, and approves his continuing to do it for another four years. A rare vote against Trump, verbal dissent, or some other form of a rap on Trump’s knuckles does not amount to a pitcher of warm spit.

Let there be no doubt about it. Johnny Isakson really believes Donald Trump is making America great again and believes he deserves another four years to continue doing it. With that in mind, here are some recent examples of Johnny Isakson’s view of what constitutes good government.

White House asked Navy to hide USS John S. McCain during Trump’s Japan visit: report
“As recently as March, Trump was trashing the late Viet Nam war hero, former prisoner of war, and elder statesman.”

Mitch McConnell just proved he’ll do anything to pack the Supreme Court
“McConnell’s nakedly political aim of cramming the Supreme Court with justices who will undo more than seven decades of precedent. They’ll do the bidding of corporate interests, undercut voting rights and empower billionaires to buy elections.”

When will the Republican silence on Trump end?
By William S. Cohen, a former Republican congressman, senator and defense secretary who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.

  • “The silence of Republicans today in the face of presidential behavior that is unacceptable by any reasonable standard is both striking and deeply disappointing.”
  • “I can attest that Congress never intended to subcontract out its investigative powers to the executive branch.”

IndieDems note: Just out of curiosity, Senator Isakson. What makes you so much smarter then William Cohen?

But Johnny Isakson and Donald Trump today really struck a blow for good government and brilliant policies with the following announcement:

Trump Says U.S. Will Hit Mexico With 5% Tariffs on All Goods
“An across-the-board tariff on all Mexican goods would exact a serious toll on American consumers and corporations, and is likely to generate significant opposition among businesses. Rufus Yerxa, the president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents the nation’s largest exporters, called the move ‘a colossal blunder.’ ”

Comment: And to think, Senator Isakson, in the face of such brilliance, that even many prominent conservatives have been labeling the Republican Party under you and Trump as “morally and intellectually corrupt.” Congratulations on your fortitude in standing by Trump as he pursues his and your vision of America’s future.

Read More: See our recent report on the Isakson-Trump alliance.