We continue to honor Senator Johnny Isakson for his unstinting support for the Presidency of Donald Trump by substituting his name for Trump’s in media headlines. That conveys all you need to know about Isakson without the filter of IndieDems’ editorial perspective. Here’s the latest:
IndieDems is embarking on a new way to show respect for Georgia Republicans, especially those in Georgia’s Congressional delegation. After two years, it’s an established fact that Georgia Republicans and Donald Trump are joined at the hip. Especially after they supported his racist, xenophobic, fear-mongering and race-baiting 2018 campaign, it’s clear they will support Trump no matter what he does.
So we said: why keep reporting the facts of what Trump has said or done, and then offering our editorial comments? Why not eliminate the middleman step–and just substitute the Republican politician’s name for Trump’s as it appears in a headline? That would give the unvarnished story about the Georgia Republican’s position–without IndieDems’ intruding verbiage!
We have decided to honor Senator Johnny Isakson by making him the first in our new endeavor. Below are some of today’s headlines, with Isakson’s name substituted for Trump’s. Readers can continue to do the substitution as they read the body of the article.
(Don’t worry, Senator David Perdue and Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel. We’ll do the same for you shortly.)
The Washington Post on November 23 published a column headlined “How the Khashoggi Killing Ruinously Defined Trump.” Since Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson staunchly supports Trump as President, and that support has not wavered despite worldwide condemnation of Trump’s position on the brutal murder of Khashoggi, we thought we would simply substitute Isakson for Trump, as a depiction of Isakson’s position.
As you read the article, keep substituting “Isakson” for “Trump.” You’ll get the picture. Example:
“The Khashoggi affair similarly confirms several fundamental truths about Isakson. The first and most obvious is that his narrow, idiosyncratic and sometimes personal interests take precedence over the defense of traditional American values and even the expectation of honest treatment by an ally.”
The Senator’s putting love of Trump above love of country becomes more untenable every day
In the recent election, the American people delivered a loud and clear message: they are sick and tired and fed up with the disaster of the Trump Administration. They’ve had it with a President who is hypocritical, incompetent, corrupt, criminal, mentally unstable, racist, misogynistic, self-aggrandizing, and self-dealing. A President who disrespects allies and embraces dictators. And is a congenital liar.
I said when Trump announced his candidacy in 2015 that he represented the heart and soul of the Republican Party. When he was elected, I said a Trump Administration would combine the worse of McCarthyism, Watergate, and Irangate and inflict the resulting toxic brew on the American people. My only mistake was to underestimate just how bad it would be.
The 2018 campaign magnified Trump’s faults. He ran an overtly racist, xenophobic, fear-mongering, hate-mongering campaign, including outright incitement to violence. Trump is the living, breathing embodiment of the morally and intellectually corrupt Republican Party. The Republican Party that has turned its back on the principles embodied in God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule.
But Trump is not acting alone. His Republican supporters share equally in the blame. Rather than focus on multiple Republican lapdogs on multiple issues, IndieDems is going to focus on one or two lap dogs and issues at a time.
Senator Johnny Isakson is one of Trump’s lackeys who degrades his office with his support for the President who embodies all the above. But let’s focus today on the Trump’s abandonment of any claim to U.S. moral leadership by his abject sell-out of justice in the case of the murder of U.S. newspaper correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi.
To his credit, Senator Isakson in October did sign a bipartisan letter that triggers a “Magnitsky” investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Magnitsky Act requires the president, upon receipt of such a letter, to investigate and determine, within 120 days, if a foreign person is responsible for the death of a newsman like Khashoggi. It also authorizes the president to impose sanctions for any foreign person found to be involved.
That was Isakson’s only public act involving Khashoggi. His web page makes no mention of the affair, even his signing of the letter.
Meanwhile, other Congressional officers and commentators have been unstinting in their condemnation of Trump’s trampling on the rule of law and common human decency. The media’s saturation coverage makes the case beyond our poor power to add or detract:
- President Trump released a 633-word statement on Tuesday about the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
- President Trump made clear that jobs outweigh values and friends are excused for abhorrent acts, our correspondents write in an analysis.
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman: “I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
- Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC): “When it comes to the (Saudi) crown prince, it is not wise to look away.” He is a “wrecking ball” on the global stage. Graham is a co-author of pending legislation to impose a blanket ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “I’m pretty sure this statement (by Trump) is Saudi Arabia First, not America First.”
- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): “Great allies don’t plot the murder of journalists, Mr. President…Great allies don’t torture their own citizens into a trap, then kill them.”
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Our foreign policy must be about promoting our national interests. Rubio argued that human rights violations drive the sort of unrest that fuels instability and terrorism. “It is in our national interest to defend human rights.”
- Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.):“This is an utterly absurd, irresponsible, and repugnant statement from (Trump). No amount of money justifies the betrayal of our principles and values as Americans.”
(Click HERE for a compendium of media articles on the Khashoggi affair)
Senator Isakson’s lackadaisical approach is a further dereliction of duty regarding Trump that makes him a disgrace to his office and insults the people of Georgia–and America.
The litmus test of any American today is whether or not he/she supports Trump to be President of the United States. Rapping his knuckles for some specific act does not suffice.
You cannot love your country and support Trump. You cannot be a Christian and support Trump.
Political eradication, of course.
Trump’s supporters are beyond redemption. They embrace and revel in Trump’s words and deeds that any normal person finds repulsive. They have abandoned God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule. Many, like Paul Ryan, embrace the explicitly atheistic, anti-Christian doctrines of Ayn Rand.
The rest of us normal Americans must see to it that the Trumpists go the way of slaveowners, segregationists, the KKK, and American Communists, to mention the most prominent of misguided Americans who had to be put on the dung hill of history.
Georgia Republicans like Senators Isakson and Perdue, Representatives Loudermilk and Handel, Governor-elect Brian Kemp, and their staffs should be among the first to go.
Republicans see the Oval Office as a place to bring Kanye West to use words like “motherfuckers” and “shit.” That defines the morals of Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Nikki Haley.
In a recent back-and-forth debate on the web, one participant said Trump was a coward for refusing to listen to the Turkish tape that reportedly records the brutal murder of Saudi dissident Khashoggi. Someone responded that even Trump’s Republican base would not tolerate cowardice. My comment on the exchange:
My friend, for three years Republicans have shown they absolutely revel in cowardice. As they do with telling lies. They’ve stood for it for three years. What would they change now? Remember: they won the 2018 elections. Der Fuehrer—er, der Donald—done told them so. Who you gonna believe—Trump, or mere truth?
There is something wrong with Republicans, seriously wrong with their moral compass, if they even have one.
But why is this surprising, coming from people whose Party’s chief legacy to America is McCarthyism, Watergate, and Irangate? Trump, Pence, McConnell, Ryan, Haley, Hatch combined the worst of all three and fed the result steroids. Voila, Trumpism.
Remember the connecting link: Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s chief thug and enforcer, a true psychopath—and Donald Trump’s chief mentor. Remember: the Republicans of the 1950s never had an epiphany and turned their backs on McCarthyism. They had to be forced to do so by the weight of public opinion, with President Eisenhower heading a behind-the-scenes action to further the process.
Republicans revel in cowardice and lying. It’s the Republican way of life. In this year’s campaign, they added racism, tribalism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. The more Trump supports that platform, the more Republicans roar their approval. Just like Germans roared their approval of Hitler the more he denounced the Jews and threatened war.
Need I remind you? Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue, Representatives Loudermilk and Handel, and their staffs are part of the roaring mob.
I would hope U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s stamp of approval to Trump’s transparent tolerance of the brutal murder of Khashoggi to serve his own twisted ends has put an end to any idea that Haley is some sort of alternative to Trump. She recently reaffirmed her support for his agenda with a gushing declaration that she wanted him to remain President for six more years. A fitting statement from someone who has been his most faithful lap dog for two years.
An op-ed by prominent conservative and former Republican Max Boot: Vote against all Republicans. Every single one
INDIEDEMS COMMENT: IndieDems has reported in depth on the growing chorus of prominent Republican and conservative voices that are repelled and appalled at what Trump is doing to their Party and to America. Many of them have left the Republican Party in disgust. (Our most recent post: Georgia Republicans Plunge Deeper into their Trumpian Extremism)
One of the most prominent and outspoken dissenters is Max Boot, a lifelong Republican with sterling conservative credentials. He was editor of the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, by the time he was 28, and advised the presidential campaigns of John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio. Boot has written a book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.”
On the eve of the mid-term elections, Boot has written an op-ed, “Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.” It is one of the most powerful indictments of Trump and his Republicans ever written–because, like any good analysis, it rests on solid facts. Boot begins 20 paragraphs with the words “I’m sick and tired of…” and then states the specific deed or word of Trump or his Republican sycophants that has attacked America’s moral and democratic values.
- I’m sick and tired of a president who pretends that a caravan of impoverished refugees is an “invasion” by “unknown Middle Easterners” and “bad thugs” — and whose followers on Fox News pretend the refugees are bringing leprosy and smallpox to the United States. (Smallpox was eliminated about 40 years ago.)
- I’m sick and tired of a president who cheers a congressman for his physical assault of a reporter, calls the press the “enemy of the people ” and won’t stop or apologize even after bombs were sent to CNN in the mail.
- I’m sick and tired of a president who presides over one of the most unethical administrations in U.S. history — with three Cabinet members resigning for reported ethical infractions and the secretary of the interior the subject of at least 18 federal investigations.
All normal Americans will already know the truth which Boot speaks. It’s Trump’s supporters who need to get the message. Suggestion: send this to all your Trumpist family members, colleagues, and acquaintances. No need to be provocative. Just attach a comment “Just FYI.”
Also: Put it in an e-mail to your elected Republican politician and ask them for their comment. Just think: everything that Boot is sick and tired of, Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue; Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel; and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp find perfectly acceptable.
Another of Trump’s Republican Cabinet Secretaries shows his absolute contempt for any semblance of ethical standards. Zinke threatens to surpass Scott Pruitt in flagrant flaunting of corrupt behavior. The Scott Pruitt, you remember, who bathed himself in corruption while head of the EPA–and whom Trump never fired, but who resigned because of family matters–and left office with Trump’s praise ringing in his ears.
As you read, remember: Zinke and the President who appointed him continue to have the full endorsement of Georgia Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue; Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel; and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. They keep proving over and over again that they will follow Trump into the deepest levels of moral and intellectual corruption.
For Isakson, Perdue, Handel, Loudermilk, and Kemp, being lap dogs for Donald Trump takes precedent over the interests of the United States and its citizens.
No a single Georgia Republican has bothered to criticize Trump’s flagrant, craven demagoguery conveyed in these latest reports. Their silence tells all you need to know about Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Karen Handel, Barry Loudermilk, Brian Kemp, Nathan Deal, etc.