Category: Conservatives

You Can’t Support Donald Trump and Be a Christian

Republicans descend into sheer thuggery” – By Jennifer Rubin, conservative commentator

Excerpts:

Republicans in two dramatic ways demonstrated Tuesday (February 26) the degree to which they have descended into a party of bullying, brute force and contempt for the rule of law.

  • …a mere 13 Republican House members could muster the courage to vote for the resolution repealing Trump’s blatantly unconstitutional power grab (his fraudulent emergency declaration).
  • The voices of conscience and principle are too few on the GOP side of the aisle…all but the 13 have abandoned their oaths in favor of subservience to a zealous authoritarian who is willing to do just about anything to please his base and satisfy his ego, no matter what the facts.
  • Don’t expect much better from the Senate…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…deems the issue too tricky. He cannot reach a conclusion, he lies.
IndieDems Comment:

Talk about telling it like it is! Two years of the Trump presidency have provided the public track record and empirical facts to back up everything Rubin wrote as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Republicans, of course, know this, too. They just say: “we don’t care.” Can any of you Republicans show us what in the Holy Bible justifies your creation of the Church of I-Don’t-Care Christians? My preacher taught me that the words of God, Jesus, and the prophets were universal and required obedience at all times. Only sinners, hypocrites, and false prophets believed they had a right to interpret the Bible to suit their own agenda—like you Republicans are doing.

Jesus in his own words recognized the hypocrites in religious ranks and flayed them ruthlessly:

“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

Who better fits Jesus’ definition of hypocrites than the putative Christians who so zealously participate in the National Day of Prayer while zealously supporting a president who tramples on God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule with every Tweet and speech? The President who has borne false witness over 9,000 times in two years? Who just exculpated the monstrous dictator Kim Jong Un from involvement in the hideous treatment of Otto Warmbier?

Heed the denunciation of Republican hypocrites from the Jesus who had nothing to say about abortion or gay rights.

The Democratic Party Is the Party of Family Values

Democrats are already far head of Republicans in supporting family values. While not perfect, Democrats stand in stark contrast with Republicans under Trump and Mitch McConnell who are moving at warp speed to turn their backs on the whole concept of moral values.

Republicans have knowingly and flagrantly sacrificed God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule on the altar of sucking up to Donald Trump. The Commandments clearly forbid bearing false witness and committing adultery. Trump arrogantly and proudly violates both. He is, in fact, a congenital liar, who has made over 7,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president. Republicans roar their approval and call for his re-election.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Quote me a Trump Tweet that meets that standard. Meanwhile, Democrats’ bedrock policies remain support for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare—all of which are explicit expressions of the compassion Jesus calls for.

Democrats go even further and call for Medicare for all. Whatever it’s practical flaws, MFA is a pluperfect example of the Golden Rule. Republicans are eager to kidnap more migrant children and imprison them in concentration camps.

Republicans with their flagrant appeals to racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia are waging a war against our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Favor family values? Vote Democratic, hands down.

READ MORE: Democrats for Family Values

A Plea for Republican Lawmakers to Cease Enabling Trump’s War on Democratic Norms

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA): An open letter to my Republican colleagues

 In his letter, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes an eloquent, fact-based statement of the danger Donald Trump poses to the very fabric of our democracy—and how Republican silence about that danger can no longer be tolerated.

Schiff has produced one of the best summaries of Trump’s disastrous presidency yet written, followed by a plea for an end to Republican complicity, based on morality and common sense, untainted by a whiff of partisan politics.

We urge Georgia Republicans to sign on to his proposed remedies—or tell us why they cannot.

Here are excerpts from his letter:

“This is a moment of great peril for our democracy.”

“At last week’s Munich Security Conference, the prevailing sentiment among our closest allies is that the United States can no longer be counted on to champion liberal democracy or defend the world order we built.”

Schiff goes on to ask, who has led us to:

  • Distrust our own intelligence agencies or the FBI.
  • View our own free press as an enemy of the people.
  • Undermine the independence of the Justice Department or denigrate judges.

He provides the answer: “One force stands out..I speak, of course, of our president, Donald Trump.”

“..You should be deeply troubled by the president’s intent to obtain (the border wall) through a plainly unconstitutional abuse of power.”

More in sorrow than in anger, Schiff notes Republican silence when Trump:

  • Attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated
  • Attacked the press as the enemy of the people
  • Targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate

“And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.”

“The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out.”

The Increasing Alarm Over Republicans’ Trashing of the Constitution

Mitch McConnell, GOP Congressional Caucus Enable Trump’s Trampling on Constitution

“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy…it is Mitch McConnell.”

Mitch McConnell has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is an equal partner of Trump in waging the Republican war against the Constitution, the rule of law, our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Plus, Mitch McConnell is a world-class coward.

McConnell’s supporting Trumps declaration of a phony national emergency takes the Founding Fathers’ role for Congress, especially its oversight of the executive Branch, and rips it shreds. No U.S. Senator—and most certainly, no Senate Majority Leader—has ever come remotely close to such an abnegation of the Senate’s intended role. Congressional Republicans, led by McConnell, have dealt a body blow to institutional integrity. There is not one iota of true conservatism in what they are doing.

In a separate post on this Blog, we reviewed Trump’s mirror imaging of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power in Germany:Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook

Christopher R. Browning, an eminent historian of Nazi Germany, wrote an essay for The New York Review of Books which included a stinging reference to McConnell’s role in the mirror imaging of  the Nazi takeover. The New York Times magazine summed it up:

After the Kavanaugh confirmation, Browning revisited the story of Paul von Hindenburg, the feckless German president of the Weimar era. In an effort to shore up his faltering conservative coalition, and contain the German left, Hindenburg allied with and installed as chancellor Adolf Hitler, a man he considered a lunatic but a manageable one.

“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy” as von Hindenburg was to the Weimar Republic, Browning wrote, “it is Mitch McConnell. … Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump.”

It was the eternal pragmatist’s delusion: The assumption that politics ultimately belongs to them, and not to the demagogues and revolutionaries who so often pull them along in their wake.

Litmus Test for Congressional Republicans: Override Trump’s Veto

Does anybody who can tie their shoelace buy the idea that Mitch McConnell is some kind of hero for keeping Trump from torpedoing the agreement on on the spending bill that prevented another government shutdown? What McConnell and his fellow Republicans could have easily done weeks again would have been to pass a funding bill to keep the government running, send it to Trump, let him veto it—and then override his veto.

Congress can override a presidential vote within hours of the president’s signing it. Congressional Democrats are ready to go. All they need is a few Republicans to join them and, presto, the deed is done. Now, that would have been heroic.

Please, don’t send me reeling to my barth bag with this baloney about the cowardly weasel McConnell being a hero.

The names of McConnell and his Republican lackeys will live in infamy for far surpassing Joe McCarthy in doing grievous harm to our institutions and values. Their groveling abandonment of Congressional power to an incompetent fool will be their overriding legacy, the only thing they will be remembered for—except, maybe, the deficits they will create with their tax cuts for the rich.

This would be horrendous under any circumstance. To do so to serve a President whose declaration of a national emergency is based on a pack of bald-faced lies staggers the human mind. McConnell and his Republicans have betrayed the United States of America.

The Tentacles of Trump/Republican Racism Reach Far

Substitute teacher in NC reveals herself as exemplar of Republican know-nothing bigotry

News article:

‘She was trying to put us black kids down’: Sub resigns after class says she spread MLK conspiracy theory

(Summary) A substitute fifth-grade teacher in North Carolina berated a black student for his clothing and made other outlandish remarks — invoking President Trump and religion before falsely telling students the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. committed suicide.

IndieDems Comment:

Question of the day: if Donald Trump can base his entire illegal immigration policy on a pack of bald-faced lies and talk about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews; make 7,000 other false or misleading statements during his two years as President; run an election campaign based on a flagrant appeal to race-mongering; regularly use ethnic slurs in his public utterances; incite his followers to violence—

And still be considered by the Republican Party as fit to be President and still be considered a good Christian by the Christian leaders who invited him to be the main speaker at a ceremony observing the national day of prayer,

why would it surprise anyone that one of his yahoo followers, on duty as a substitute teacher, would use her platform to speak flagrant racism and to tell lies about Martin Luther King?

Give the teacher A+ for honesty: she revealed herself as a pluperfect example of what it really means to be a Republican and a Christian in current America. These Republicans/Christians have taken us back before the days of the Civil Rights revolution of the 1960s, back to the darkest days of segregation when the KKK was considered a mainstream movement whose members were the earthly servants of Jesus Christ.

The teacher was simply reflecting the mentality of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Brett Kavanaugh, and every elected Republican. Why was she fired while these other racists still hold office?

Republican Governance: It Just Keeps Getting Worse

Donald Trump’s Administration and the Republican Party–yes, the whole damn Party–have produced such a disaster, for IndieDems to bother to even marshal a critical commentary gives the Republicans more than their due.  A recitation of the bare facts suffices. Below, a mere 48 hours of media reports and commentary that show the depths to which Trump’s Republicans have taken us.

As you read, remember: this is what Georgia Republicans consider good government that is going to make America great again. Here is the level of ignorance, willful blindness, and immorality that define the hearts and souls of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, Brian Kemp, et al.

The shabbiest U.S. president ever is an inexpressibly sad specimen
By George Will

Trump Lays Wreath at Brief Visit to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
The visit lasted less than two minutes and had not been listed on his public schedule. He made it only after civil rights leaders had criticized his indifference

Government Shutdown Takes GA GOP Leaders’ Moral and intellectual Bankruptcy to New Heights

To no one’s surprise, Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation has rallied behind the pack of lies Donald Trump is spouting to trample all over democratic values, the rule of law, and common human decency to use blackmail to try to get his way on building a border wall that no one wants and will do nothing to solve our illegal immigration problem.

In the process, people like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk have taken their contempt for the average American to new heights of cruelty by shutting down the federal government, leaving federal workers with no way to pay for food, clothing, and shelter for their families—or for critical, and even life-saving, medical care.

Also threatened are other critical government services, like airport security and the air traffic control system. Government contractors and Americans who make a living servicing Americans using government facilities—like our national parks—share the burden.

Given the flood of media reporting, IndieDems will not waste time and words writing a whole new, independent summary of the shutdown and its implications. We’ll provide links to the flood of media reports that accomplish that task.

Trump’s Lies that “Justify” the Wall and the Shutdown

Georgia Republicans Support the Lies and the Cruelty—with Relish

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

We reported earlier that Georgia’s Republican contingent in D.C. was holding firm on the shutdown and Trump’s insistence that Congress…include $5.7 billion in funding as a first installment for a beefed-up physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Senator David Perdue said: “This is a new day and a new issue and the president is trying to deal with something that Congress will not give him a solution for.” Perdue has been Trump’s champion in the U.S. Senate.
  • In the House, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is poised to become another Trump champion. Collins is the ranking GOP member of the chamber’s judiciary committee.

Perdue earlier had written a paean to Trump in one of the most sycophantic propaganda pieces ever written—attacking newly-elected Senator from Utah Mitt Romney for criticizing Trump! Perdue sounds like Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels praising Hitler.

Prominent conservatives disagree with Perdue and support Romney.

Perdue also tweeted:

“The Democrats’ idea of compromise is, ‘give us what we want first… then we will negotiate to give you what you are asking for.’ That’s not how negotiations work in the real world and they know it.”

Senator Johnny Isakson: Newsletter:

“On Tuesday evening, the president addressed the nation regarding the resources needed to secure our Southwest border. I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and appreciate President Trump’s urgency in addressing it.”

But Isakson at least has qualms about a Trump declaration of a national emergency:

“I have a lot of trouble with any one person having that much power without a check and a balance, even in a crisis,” Isakson said. “I’m not (universally) opposed (to) it, but I’m also not without reservation for it until I know how much power it’s going to grant. And if it’s solely one individual, I want to know how they’re going to execute it.”

Isakson has also reintroduced a bill in the Senate which would permanently prevent future federal government shutdowns. He calls it the End Government Shutdowns Act. “It is wrong to continue the constant threat of a government shutdown.”

How Isakson can support the current shutdown while  condemning shutdowns in general, we leave to the Senator to explain.

IndieDems Comment

Wow. David Perdue, the coward who shivers in fear of Donald Trump, delivers a round house blow against Democrats. A gratuitous insult from one of Trump’s most slavish lapdogs, an avid apostle of Trump’s agenda of lying as a way of life. How can anyone negotiate with a congenital liar, the same person who has broken his word several times on the immigration issue?

Two weeks ago, Isakson and Perdue—along with all but two GOP senators—voted for the same deal the Democrats have on the table now, and Perdue, Isakson, and Trump now oppose.

Never forget: what the shutdown shows is the utter disregard of the affluent white males who control the Republican Party—this morally bankrupt minority of Americans—of any form of life that is not like them. They share the heartlessness of Communists & Nazis.

Perdue, Isakson, and the other white male Republicans who hold 90 percent of Senate seats gave not a damn about Trump’s:

  • Setting up concentration camps for children
  • Supporting laws that would deny Americans basic health care
  • Using racial slurs
  • Calling women bimbos, dogs, or fat, or bragging about sexually assaulting them
  • Mocking a handicapped person
  • Praising neo-Nazi demonstrators.
  • Calling foreign countries shitholes
  • Letting Kanye West use the Oval Office as a platform to say words like “motherfucker” and “shit.”
  • Lying about Obama’s place of birth, or his making 7,000 other false or misleading statements in the 2 years of his presidency
  • Inciting his followers to violence.
  • Approving calling his own daughter a piece of ass.

Senators Isakson and Perdue: Jesus says do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The man you most admire, Trump, has said all the above. Do you and Trump have fun spitting in Jesus’ face?

Senators Isakson and Perdue, how have you missed ever hearing about the 10 Commandments? God forbids bearing false witness and committing adultery. Trump does both with bravado. Your supine support for Trump mean’s you endorse trampling God’s commandments underfoot. Are you atheists?

Never forget: what the shutdown shows is the utter disregard of the affluent white males who control the Republican Party—this morally bankrupt minority of Americans—of any form of life that is not like them. They share the heartlessness of Communists & Nazis.

A better All-American analogy: the heartlessness of slaveowners and segregationists. Gerrymandering and the anti-democratic Senate have given Republicans power grossly disproportionate to their numbers. They’re wielding it like a tribal third-world backwater dictatorship.

The Republican masses now rally behind Trump and GOP Congressional leaders the way the German masses rallied behind Hitler and the Nazis.

The crueler and more vindictive Trump and his henchmen become, the louder the Republican masses shout their approval.

The Horrendous Impact of Trump’s Deregulated Rapacious Capitalism

And Georgia Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Representative Barry Loudermilk, and governor-elect Brian Kemp could not give less of  tinker’s damn.
On the American Worker

Recent headline:

As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions.

Here is Republican capitalism in full flower. A business goes bankrupt. Corporate owners and executives take their share of the money and run—leaving workers holding the bag. Another example of the truth of the old cliché: Republicans believe in socialism for the rich, and capitalism for the middle class and the poor. In other words, for the rest of us.

And, of course, this type of government and corporate culture has reached new heights under the Trump/Isakson Administration. This is what Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Johnny Isakson have devoted their political lives to achieving: the ability of corporate America to achieve more and more wealth while leaving less and less for the rest of us—with as little government regulation and taxes as possible.

Remember Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012? This is exactly how he made his millions.

The ugly demise of the Marsh Supermarket chain is what Republicans are applauding when they praise Trump’s success in doing away with government regulation. Maximizing corporate America’s opportunity to treat average Americans like specks of dust while minimizing the average American’s ability to do anything about gladdens Republicans’ hearts and souls. It lies at the core of the Republican assertion that the smaller the role of government, the better off America will be.

On Our Health

Americans will not only suffer the consequences of rapacious Republican capitalism as it produces a greater and greater inequality of wealth. It fuels the Republican effort to undermine and ultimately do away with Obamacare, thereby lowering Americans’ medical care. The most horrendous impact will be on Americans’ health, as Trump’s rollback of EPA regulations pours more and more pollution into the environment—all for the sole purpose of enriching corporate profits, especially for the coal industry.

And looming overall is Trump and his yahoo Republicans’ denial that climate change is a problem, based on their abandonment of scientific facts. Good news: Republicans like Trump and Senator Isakson are becoming increasingly isolated on this issue, as shown in the latest Wall St. Journal/NBC poll: Polling: Consensus Emerges in Climate Change Debate.  The most significant finding:

What more about Republicans needs to be said?

Read More:

Trump’s environmental policies could lead to an extra 80,000 deaths

New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air

Trump Rule Would Limit E.P.A.’s Control Over Water Pollution

 Trump adds to his ruinous policies on pollution

What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

What Do GA Republicans Look for in a President? Liar/racist/xenophobe/sexist/immoral/Etc.

After two years, the words spoken by normal Americans to respond to Trump’s daily assault on truth, honor, civility, and America’s basic moral and democratic values risk sounding like clichés, out of sheer repetition. To help add variety, Indie Dems thought it would help if we compiled a list of many of the words that have been used to describe him, from which to pick and choose on any one day.

As you read, remember: these words describe the qualities that Georgia Republicans look for in choosing a president. A person whom these words accurately describe is the type of person people like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel, eagerly support as their president and want to be re-elected.

Words to Describe Donald Trump

Liar – congenital liar – serial liar – racist – xenophobe – sexist – misogynist – bully – demagogue – serial adulterer – incompetent – narcissistic – hedonistic – amoral – immoral – unhinged – uncivil – hypocrite – fraud – morally and intellectually bankrupt – nepotism – coward – erratic – impulsive – hysterical – inciter of violence – crude – cruel – caravan of chaos – chaotic – chaos-creating – corrupt – corrosive – malfeasance – dishonest – non-functioning – no decency – indecent – unprincipled -no honor – no shame – shameless – vulgar – venal – boorish – coarse – selfish – undignified – slanderous – uninformed – anti-democratic – anti-intellectual  -anti-Christian – clueless – man-child – vindictive – malignant – malevolent – miscreant – pro-authoritarian – Putin puppet – ethno-nationalist – obnoxious – vermin – desecrated – degraded – denigrated – cynical.

Some Choice Phrases

“No shame, no honor, no conscience, no knowledge, no curiosity, no decorum, no imagination, no wit, no grip, and no nous” – “No president in my lifetime has been surrounded by such a populous crowd of scammers, grifters and shameless opportunists” – “He has bragged about using bankruptcy laws to exploit his investors” – “This is an existential constitutional crisis,” says historian Jon Meacham, “because it’s quite possible that the president of the United States right now is a witting or at least partially witting agent of a foreign power.” – Trump revels in creating constant crises because it gets him the money, power, deregulation, and judges he wants.

America’s Fate in Hands of Isakson, Perdue, Other GOP Senators. Prognosis Is Dire.

Let it never be forgot: the Republican majority in Congress are as guilty as Trump for letting the shutdown of the federal government continue. They could bring a measure to end the shutdown to a vote and override a Trump veto any time they choose to do so.

Instead, Senate Leader McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan–and their minions like Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representatives  like Karen Handel and Barry Loudermilk–continue to do what they do best: spend their day kissing Donald Trump’s behind and passing laws that benefit the rich. They do the former in order to accomplish the latter. And in the process, the American people in general, and federal workers in particular, be damned.

In a three days, the Democrats will take control of the House. They will be overjoyed to take steps to end our long nightmare of an incompetent, chaotic, debased Trump Administration. The onus for continuing the horror show will fall squarely on the 53  Republicans in the United States Senate. Will Mitch McConnell, Johnny Isakson, and David Perdue rise to the occasion, crawl out of their coward’s cave, and for the first time in their political life, do what’s best for the country?

I’m not holding my breath.