Category: Conservatives

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.

Republicans to Georgia on Disaster Relief: “Drop Dead”

From U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s latest newsletter, May 3, 2019:
“On Tuesday, Senator Perdue and I held a bipartisan press conference with several of our colleagues from other affected states to continue our push for critical disaster relief funding. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, and Congress has failed to provide assistance. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to provide this critical funding to our farmers. I’m going to continue fighting to see that we get it done. “

Comment: Imagine. We have a Republican President. A Republican United States Senate. Two Republican Senators. A Republican governor. A Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature.

Our Republican Senators have to go public with begging bowl in hand to try to convince the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to pass disaster relief for Georgians, for a disaster that happened six months ago.

What piece of the puzzle are we missing here? For two years and 4 months, we have argued that the idea that Donald Trump and his Republican minions give a two-bit tinker’s damn about ordinary Georgians is a lie, a Big Lie of monstrous proportions. And yet, Trump’s Republican base continues to support him, despite the fact that they are working against their own self-interests.

Please, you Georgia Trumpists. What piece of the puzzle are we missing?

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name

IndieDems.com
Bulletin – May 3, 2019
“At this moment in America’s history when the democracy to which my father pledged himself and the Constitution that he swore to uphold, and did faithfully uphold, are being degraded and chipped away at by a sneering, irreverent man who traffics in bullying and dishonesty, you stay silent.”—Patti Davis

IndieDems to Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Representative Barry Loudermilk: Reagan daughter Patti Davis obviously had you in mind when she wrote those heartfelt words. She joins the large and growing chorus of true American conservative voices who have done what any decent American should do and turn their backs on Donald Trump. Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk, meanwhile, remain steadfast members of the Trump lapdog club that wages a daily war on God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency.  

Can any Georgia Republican be so blind they truly do not see the sewer of a morally and intellectually corrupt Republican Party they are swimming in? Read Patti Davis’ words and see the light:  

Dear Republicans: Stop using my father, Ronald Reagan, to justify your silence on Trump
By Patti Davis

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READ MORE

As you read the following, remember that Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk have given their stamp of approval to every word and deed of Donald Trump.

President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims

The Republican War on Democracy
If you can’t win playing by the rules, you change them.

How conservatives rationalize their surrender to Trump
James Comey is right: The president eats their souls.
By Max Boot, former Wall Street Journal editorial writer

In Barr, Trump has found someone who licks his boots out of principle
William Barr has diminished the independence of his office.
By Michael Gerson, former G.W. Bush speechwriter

(IndieDems note: Substitute the names Isakson, Perdue, or Loudermilk for Barr, and you nail GA Republicans)

William Barr: Another Morally Corrupt Republican…

…conservative Christian white male–and Trump lapdog to boot.

IndieDems at the beginning of the Trump presidency predicted that he would combine the worst of previous Republican administrations suffused with lies, criminality, and demagoguery–McCarthyism, Watergate, Irangate–and the resulting toxic brew would be the Republicans’ guiding light.  Our only regret: we underestimated how right we would be.

The pattern is not only the repetition of the same depraved acts, but in who is carrying them out.  It’s the same culprits over and over again: Republican conservative Christian white males.

In assessing Attorney General William Barr, remember this: the only two Attorney Generals in U.S history forced from office on charges of corruption and malfeasance were the twins of Barr in his status as a prominent, respected lawyer. AG Daugherty under President Harding and AG John Mitchell under Nixon entered office as honorable men. Both Republican conservative Christian white males—same background as Barr—were kicked out covered in slime as craven malefactors.

Daugherty was done in for his part in the Tea Pot Dome scandal. Mitchell went to jail after being convicted of crimes connected to the Watergate scandal. In fact, as I recall, virtually all the officials convicted as criminals for their roles in Tea Pot Dome and Watergate were Republican conservative Christian white males with impeccable credentials prior to assuming office. As were the only two National Security Advisors in U.S. history forced out of office for wrongful acts, and in the case of Michael Flynn, convicted of criminal acts.

In fact, all those Trump officials convicted in the fallout of the Mueller investigation are Republican conservative Christian white males. Is there a pattern here?

Democratic Policies Have Always Reflected Christian Values

Media pundits are in full throttle trying to deal with the novel fact that some Democratic candidates are talking the language of faith in their messages. In IndieDems opinion, some are not getting it quite right. A prime example was a recent Washington Post column by Elizabeth Bruenig.  She included this statement:

“The crux of the (right-wing evangelical) alliance is opposition to abortion and liberal views on sexuality — but the religious left has no such unified identity, in part because it has no such unanimously agreed-on priorities.”

Here is IndieDems comment:

I take serious exception with Ms. Bruenig’s statement that the religious left has no unanimously agreed on priorities. The religious left, and the Democratic Party, agree unanimously on policies that are the most perfect expression of Jesus’ Golden Rule human beings have ever devised: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Those bedrock examples of compassion and concern for your fellow man—regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin—are the guiding lights of American progressives and liberals. Each of them was put in place in the face of bellicose Republican opposition. Today’s Republicans are more united than ever in wanting to destroy them. Their elimination is in Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

Republicans, in short, continue their decades-long assault on Jesus’ Golden Rule. They have simply added to that a war against God’s 10 Commandments, by supporting a President who lives every minute in wanton contempt of the Commandments against adultery and bearing false witness. After two years of flagrant corruption, you can add contempt for “thou shalt not steal.”

The Republicans who do all of this and proclaim themselves to be Christians are, in my opinion, committing outright blasphemy. They certainly display the hypocrisy Jesus condemned when he stated that it’s the ones who make the most of praying in public who are the biggest hypocrites:

“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

Democrats Appealing to Religion: What’s Up for Christianity?

The media are paying increasing attention to the Democratic presidential candidates who are using the language of religion as a key part of their message. (See Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump).   The reports focus predominantly on South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose numbers are rising in the polls. In my opinion, some of the media are misrepresenting what Buttigieg is saying by presenting it mainly as a question of his fidelity to the Christian religion. But in reality, he has put it in the more general context of his faith and his interpretation of the true meaning of Christian doctrines. That is something that increasing numbers of Americans identify with.

The fact that more and more Americans do not claim membership in any Christian denomination does not at all mean they have abandoned their religious longings. It simply means they no longer believe that organized religion adequately reflects their religious longings—in fact, are antithetical to them. Christian churches help bring about their own demise by proclaiming that Christianity required being anti-abortion and/or anti-gay. Mankind took a mighty step away from that Dark Ages mentality when individuals said, if that’s the choice, to hell with your religion.

The same way previous generations rejected the idea that Christianity required the Inquisition, burning witches at the stake, supporting slavery, and supporting segregation. The Republicans—and especially evangelicals—who still live with that medieval mentality are reaping what they sowed. His Truth continues to march on, putting militant anti-abortion and anti-gay rights stands on the dust bin of history. And we can thank God for that.

Nielsen Firing Portends New Heights for Republican Misgovernance

The firing of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, one of Trump’s most faithful lap dogs, because she could not implement his image of a perfect illegal immigration policy has dire implications for democracy and the rule of law in the United States, not only for their immediate consequences, but for what it will tell us about the bankruptcy of Republican governance.

What Nielsen’s firing shows is that there is no way to accomplish Trump’s goals according to the rule of law and democratic norms. His lies, demagoguery, inhumanity, and refusal to face reality have hit a brick wall. Nielsen’s departure, of course, changes nothing. But we know what it portends: Trump will simply double down on his lawlessness and demagoguery. Surely, there are more children and entire families he can place in wire cages in concentration camps —and he will find lackeys even more willing than Nielsen to follow his whims. Attorney General Barr, given his despicable precedence handling the Mueller report, will be the first to fall in line.

But the most chilling of the likely results: Congressional Republicans, led by the ilk of Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Lindsey Graham, will once more roll over and play dead as Trump roars ahead with his contempt for the rule of law, democracy, and common human decency toward the suffering of innocent human beings. Any semblance of hope that Republicans will finally rise in support of what we used to think of as America’s basic values will go by the boards. Only the Democratic House of Representatives may save us from total degradation. The rest of us can only pray for its success—and the results of the 2020 tions.

 

The Equivalency Principle Rears Its Misguided Head

A recent decision by Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, to change Senate rules on limiting debate set off a verbal battle between him and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about which bears more of the blame for this and other changes undercutting the Senate’s historic filibuster rule. Once more, some media voices are raised in support of the equivalency principle:

McConnell and Schumer argue over Senate rules change to shorten debate

Others argue the contrary:

Mitch McConnell undid 213 years of Senate history in 33 minutes

IndieDems Comment:

For those always arguing equivalency between Democrat Schumer and Republican McConnell, pray, name me the Democrat supported by Schumer who has gone out of his way to:
–Brag about sexually assaulting women
—Praise neo-fascist demonstrators marching in a Nazi-inspired torch light demonstration chanting anti-Semitic slogans
—Kidnap migrant children and detain them in tent cities, with no regard for reuniting them with their families
—Mock and demean a woman who accused a powerful male of sexual assault
—Mock a handicapped person
—Call various females a dog , “Miss Piggy, bimbo, ugly, of low intellect
–Approve Howard Stern’s calling Ivanka “a piece of a–”
–Demean the military service of John McCain
–Praise the murderous thug Putin
–Call foreign countries “s—holes”
–Accuse Obama of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to hide his real birthplace
–Lie about undocumented immigrants being mostly rapists and criminals
—Tell 8,000+ other lies as President
—Proclaim his love of Kim Un Jong
—Direct his Justice Dpt to go to court to destroy Obamacare, thereby depriving millions of Americans of health care
—Gut Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid while passing a massive tax cut for the rich

The above represents the heart and soul, the innermost character, of McConnell and all Republicans. Mark it well.


The Cowardice of Mitch McConnell

Never before in the history of the Republic have we had a coward like Mitch McConnell in a top leadership office, a man who lives every day in mortal fear that he may offend Donald trump. What is really gut-reaching about McConnell’s cowardice is that he so obviously enjoys being Trump’s lap dog.

A President who practices lying as a way of life being pandered to by a Senate leader who practices cowardice as a way of life. The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party made manifest.