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Post-Kavanaugh: It’s a Great Day to be a Democrat

It’s a great day to be a Democrat.

We Democrats know that Hillary got 3 million more votes than Trump, and his approval rating for 21 months has hovered around 40 percent at most. Plus, Obamacare is more popular today than when Donald took office, as Americans began to understand what Republicans actually stand for. We Democrats have not committed the anti-Christian act of locking up kidnapped children in tent cities.

We Democrats are proud to be the antithesis of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price, and Ben “Furniture Guy” Carson. And Brett Kavanaugh, who is the soul brother of all the above.

Democrats have not attended a trump Tower meeting with Russians bent on subverting our electoral system. We Democrats are not in love with Kim Il Jong and Vladimir Putin. We don’t have an urge to touch women’s private parts, much less brag about it. Or call a female a dog.

We Democrats do not approve of inviting Kanye West into the Oval Office to deliver an incoherent, profanity-laden diatribe. We do not believe such acts will make America great again.

We Democrats are happy to see our opponents double down on proving how anti-Christian and out of touch with basic American values they really are.

The Nikki Haley Myth, Created Right in Front of Our Eyes

U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation has triggered a media frenzy of gushing praise of her as a person and politician, highlighted by hints–but little evidence–that she has stood up to her mentor, Donald Trump.

IndieDems not only does not share the positive view being spread about Haley, we consider it egregiously misplaced. Haley has struck us as one more Trump lap dog, different by only a few degrees from the rabid Trumpists who make up most of his base. She is a poster child for what we dub the “tut-tut” Republicans—the ones who effusively support Trump as President but who do manage to utter a few critical remarks over some of his most offensive words or deeds. In short, they’re cowards, desperately trying to have their cake and eat it too.

Let’s begin with Haley’s most important words at her joint press conference with Trump, where she announced her resignation:

“No, I’m not running for (president) in 2020. I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one. So, I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”

My. Nikki Haley just announced she is eager to inflict Trump on the United States for another six years, and will do her part to keep the lying, adulterous, racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, authoritarian-worshipping, demagogic, bullying thug in power. And the media and commentators swoon at her feet.

On about the same day that Trump declared Dr. Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her was nothing but a hoax—thereby dismissing the entire #MeToo movement as nothing but a sham and a fraud—Nikki Haley goes out of her way to repeat her effusive praise for Donald Trump and call for his re-election.

And this person is some sort of anti-Trump hero? What piece of the puzzle are we missing?

We look for Haley’s specific acts or words that set her apart from Trump. We find thin gruel. The media fall all over themselves citing the fall-out over her premature announcement in April that the Administration was about to impose new sanctions on Russia. Trump’s National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Haley had bungled the announcement out of “confusion.” Haley shot back: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

Wow. One of the few times Haley has publicly butted heads with her superiors, it was not to state a difference of opinion on policy. It was because she had been personally affronted. And she did not criticize Trump. She rebuked one of his lesser underlings. What a smashing act of courage!

Another overblown claim that allegedly set Haley at odds with Trump involved his words of praise for the participants in the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville. All she ever said publicly was that that she had a “personal conversation” with Trump about his response to the violent clashes and that she would “leave it at that.” In response to later questions from reporters, she would not confirm or deny whether Trump acknowledged he made a mistake with his racially charged comments.

As usual, Haley took the coward’s way out and avoided any serious criticism of Trump’s overt display of racism, while slyly implying dissent.

Climate Change

Haley has engaged in the same shuffle and jive on the critical issue of climate change. Trump has declared that the idea of global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese “in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord, the signature international agreement to reduce global warming by limiting carbon emissions According to media reports, Trump Administrative officials avoid using the term “climate change” altogether.

In a CNN interview in 2017, Haley said that Trump “knows that (the climate’s) changing and that the US has to be responsible for it” and that withdrawing from the Paris agreement would not change the country’s commitment to curbing climate change.

“Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment.” (One news service headlined Haley’s words: Watch Nikki Haley Lie Through Her Teeth About Trump’s Commitment to Fight Climate Change)

In the months since, the Trump Administration has rolled back a wide variety of regulations that protect our water, air, land, and public health in order to benefit high-pollution industries, with the carbon-producing coal industry among the biggest beneficiaries.

In august 2018, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency delivered its biggest blow to environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The EPA’s new plan would devolve regulation of coal-fired power plants back to the states, a move that would almost certainly boost the coal industry and increase carbon emissions nationwide.

In short: when Nikki Haley states Trump is going to do something about climate change, she is either a consummate liar or God’s pure fool.

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Nikki Haley’s Cold, Cold Heart toward Child Abuse

One other specific current issue on which Haley shows her lack of a moral conscience is her acquiescence in President Trump’s incarceration of hundreds of kidnapped migrant children in tent cities on our southern border. Trump began the detention plan in May 2018 but modified it under outraged public opinion, and Federal courts forced the Trumpists to release hundreds of those originally detained.

But here is the chilling report on October 1 by Fortune.com:

A record nearly 13,000 migrant children are currently detained in shelters across the United States.

  • But while most of them have been housed in private shelters or foster homes to date, hundreds are now being shuttled to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas.
  • Around 1,600 children from across the country have been moved in recent weeks, loaded onto buses in the middle of the night that are headed toward Tornillo, reports The New York Times.
  • They are reportedly moved in the middle of the night, with minimal warning, to offset the likelihood that they will try to escape.
  • The move is reportedly intended to make room for additional children that are being detained, with the older ones who are expected to be released sooner being sent to the tent camp.
  • But unlike in the other facilities, in Tornillo, the children do not receive the same care or access to facilities.
  • The camp in Tornillo is not licensed, nor is it monitored by state child welfare authorities.

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In June 2018, the U.N. human rights council called on the U.S. to stop separating migrant children from their parents and the council’s chief called the Trump administration’s policy on migrant children ‘unconscionable.’

In response, Ambassador Haley accused the U.N. of “hypocrisy” for calling out the U.S. “while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council…Neither the United Nations nor anyone else will dictate how the United States upholds its borders.”

The United States then officially withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council, claiming its overall record was one of hypocrisy and tolerance for human rights abuses.

Report: Nikki Haley Has Up To $1 Million in Debt, Which May Explain Her Resignation

A Google search indicates the cruelly detained children are a dead letter as far as Nikki Haley is concerned.

The Haley Myth

The gushing praise of Haley since her announcement of her resignation is proof positive that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Trump has become such a caricature of an unintelligent, uninformed, unfit right-wing fanatic, and Republicans as a whole nothing more than his lackeys, some Americans and the media desperately grasp at straws to find a Republican hero to champion, and Haley satisfies their need.

But her track record—and her effusive continuing endorsement of Trump—shows what inflated nonsense this is. Nikki Haley is not the American Joan of Arc, by a country mile.

The Real Lessons of the Kavanaugh Fight

I urge my fellow Americans to lift themselves above the partisan rancor over whether Ford or Kavanaugh is telling the truth and view Kavanaugh’s victory in the larger context of the Americans who put him on the Supreme Court, i.e., the Americans for whom it is commendable to:

–Brag about sexually assaulting women and call them bimbos
—Commit serial adultery
—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
–Call a female a dog
–Call a Miss Universe “Miss Piggy”
–Approve of calling Ivanka “a piece of ass”
–Demean the military service of John McCain
–Mock a handicapped person
–Mock and demean a woman who accused a powerful male of asexual attack
–Belittle a Gold Star American mother
—Praise the murderous thugs Putin and Kim Jong Un
—Call foreign countries “shitholes”
–Accuse Obama of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to hide his real birthplace
—-Lie about undocumented immigrants being mostly rapists and criminals
—Tell 5,000+ other lies as President

The above represents the hearts and souls, the innermost character, of Brett Kavanaugh and his Republican constituents. This mentality is now embedded in the Supreme Court. Mark it well.

What the Pro-Kavanaugh Cabal Ignored

The flawed, circumscribed, and almost worthless FBI “investigation” received wide publicity. The other factors Republicans ignored in order to make Kavanaugh a Supreme Court Justice:

—Kavanaugh’s lies to the Judiciary Committee about his drinking and comportment as a young man
—His lie about his references to Renate in his yearbook being innocent fun, devoid of sexual content, and his debased character for writing them
—The statement by Renate herself about how hurtful his words were
—Kavanaugh’s unqualified declaration of being a committed right-wing zealot in his last speech
—The call for a no-vote by Kavanaugh’s former college drinking partners
—The petition calling for “No” signed by, I believe, thousands of legal professionals
—Former SC Justice Stephens’ call for a no-vote
—Trump’s outrageous speech mocking Ford. Nothing better revealed the true hearts and souls of Kavanaugh’s Republican supporters. Collins’ silence amounts to de facto endorsement.
—The speeches by McConnell, Grassley, and other GOP Senators calling for a yes vote. They sounded as if Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Moonves, etc., etc. never existed.

Thumbs Down on Senator Susan Collins

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank on October 6 published “Susan Collins’s Declaration of Cowardice.”

IndieDems Comment:

Thank you, Dana Milbank, for epressing with more eloquence the thoughts I was ready to write. Susan Collins’ attempt to have her cake and eat it, too, long ago passed the limits of tolerance. She’s done this thing of criticizing Trump for some particularly egregious utterance while continuing to support him and his agenda many times too many. I call it “pulling a Paul Ryan.”

Cowardice is the correct definition. You cannot hunt with the hounds and run with the hare. With her pro-Kavanaugh vote, Susan Collins chose to hunt with the hounds while they tear the hare to shreds. She, like all pro-Trumpists, must be defeated, like the slaveowners and segregationists needed to be defeated to keep America great.

Why Democrats Are Having a Good Day

Republicans are having a field day celebrating their success in getting Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. Some even accuse Democrats of needing a shoulder to cry on.

My. What inflated nonsense. We Democrats know that Hillary got 3 million more votes than Trump, and his approval rating for 21 months has hovered around 40 percent at most. Plus, Obamacare is more popular today than when Donald took office, as Americans began to understand what Republicans actually stand for.

We Democrats have not committed the anti-Christian act of locking up kidnapped children in tent cities. We Democrats are proud to be the antithesis of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Scott Pruitt, Tom Price, and Ben “Furniture Guy” Carson. Democrats have not attended a trump Tower meeting with Russians bent on subverting our electoral system.

We Democrats are not in love with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin. We don’t have an urge to touch women’s private parts, much less brag about it. Or call a female a dog. We are happy to see our opponents double down on proving how anti-Christian and out of touch with basic American values they really are.

Outrageous Republican gerrymandering has created monstrous voting districts that give them a massively disproportionate amount of power that skews the popular will. Democrats as a whole get many more votes than Republicans in Congressional voting.

But Trumpists believe it’s the “leftists” who are failing? Please, keep dreaming.

Why do we Democrats need a shoulder to cry on? Are Republicans familiar with the phenomenon known as projection?

Kavanaugh Fight Reveals the Truth: Christian = Hypocrite

The Facts

The news this week confirms it: Donald Trump is the worst person ever to be president
By conservative columnist Max Boot

  • “It’s not too early to conclude that (Trump) is the worst person ever to be president.” Two recent stories…make that clear…“In neither case (did) he let morality, ethics or even the law itself stand in his way.”
  • An in-depth article in the New York Times “provides hitherto unknown details that demolish whatever remains of his business reputation.”
  • “…there are (also) his regular violations of the norms of human decency…The man who has previously mocked a disabled reporter, Gold Star parents and POWs has now mocked a woman for saying she was the victim of a sexual assault.”
  • “His heartless japery was greeted with laughter from his cult followers…These news items confirm what we already know about Trump: that he is a liar, a cheat and a bully without an ounce of dignity, empathy or decency. In place of his soul he has a black hole.”

Trump’s lying, mocking, despicable verbal mugging of Christine Blasey Ford
By liberal columnist E.J. Dionne

  • “When a leader can hold power only by dividing his country, stoking its anxieties and hostilities, ridiculing his opponents, and disrespecting every norm of decency, the result is a broken democracy and a demoralized nation.”
  • “Trump regularly and unashamedly reminds us of his vileness and thus single-handedly demolishes the everybody-does-it narrative.”
  • “Reading Trump’s attack in full is an enlightening education in the art of the demagogic and malevolent smear.”

Trump makes a mockery — of himself
Washington Post Editorial

  • It’s acceptable say the Post editorialist, to conclude that Christine Blasey Ford has failed to make her case that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. “But a decent human being could hold those thoughts and make those arguments without besmirching Ms. Ford, and without casting doubt more generally on the memories and accounts of assault survivors.”
  • “Mr. Trump apparently sees more political upside in belittling and insulting her.”
  • “The judge’s conspiracy-mongering and Mr. Trump’s mockery both serve to set back the nation’s progress in understanding this kind of crime and will discourage victims from coming forward. Maybe Mr. Trump sees that as a plus. It certainly reveals more to the nation about his character than about Ms. Ford’s.”

‘Wrong, vile, appalling’: Trump mocking Ford spurs outrage

Jeff Flake let down the GOP — and served the nation
By conservative columnist George Will


IndieDems Comment

I have on these pages (see Today’s Republicans & 1960s Segregationists: Peas in a Pod) and elsewhere pointed out the mind-numbing hypocrisy of people who call themselves Christians ignoring, excusing, or rationalizing the anti-Christian acts of Donald Trump in order to reach the conclusion that Trump and his Republicans are good Christians. The most brazen example of this weird and warped phenomenon is how these Republicans and putative “Christians” have thrown overboard God’s 10 Commandments—most notably the ones against lying and committing adultery—in order to support a president who will appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices.

Jesus’ Golden Rule? Quote me a Trump tweet or public utterance based on “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

But the actions of the Republicans denouncing the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaults take the cake. Their Christian faith compelled those Republicans to focus on the report alleged moral failings of Kavanaugh’s accusers, especially Christine Ford?

Please, show me the words and deeds of these fine Christians over the last three years condemning Trump’s trampling on God’s Commandments as Trump has told lie after lie, including over 5,000 false or misleading statements since becoming President.

Show me where whatever denomination or church they are members of have censured Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women, mocking a handicapped person, saying good words about neo-Nazi demonstrators holding torch-light parades chanting anti-Semitic slogans, insulting John McCain in life and death, and calling women bimbos, foreign countries shitholes, and Omarosa a dog.

And, please, while we’re at it, tell me the Baptist position on recent revelations that Trump/Republicans are detaining hundreds of kidnapped migrant children in tent cities on the border. Or the position of the Catholic, Methodist, Mormon, Episcopalian, or Presbyterian Churches.

Please, explain to me how Trump can be a Christian while doing all the above, or hand me a barth bag while I puke at the hypocrisy our supposed Christians now display.

For some time, I summed my thoughts up this way: “It’s as if Donald Trump and his Republicans have erased the last 60 years of race relations and taken us back to the time when you could lynch a black man on Saturday and attend church on Sunday morning and be assured your immortal souls was assured eternal salvation.”

What the controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination tells me is: Southern Baptists have not retrogressed. They never went beyond that mentality to begin with.

The sheer ignorance and blindness that the Baptists now repeat in defending Trump as an instrument of God is bad enough. Their hypocrisy about their own supposedly bedrock approach to the Bible is even worse. Every word they speak to give legitimacy to their defense of Trump requires massive amounts of interpretation of the Bible—contravening their professed belief that the Bible must be read as the literal truth.

Where is there any passage in the Bible that says mortal human beings can sacrifice the 10 Commandments on the altar of banning abortion?  What words spoken or written by Trump reflect “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?

McCain Imbroglio Reveals Extremism, Isolation of Trump & Republicans

Nothing has more graphically revealed the startling separation of the Republican Party from mainstream America than the Trump-created imbroglio over honoring John McCain. McCain’s death unleashed a universal chorus of praise and more praise for McCain’s life, his principles, his courage, his status as just about the best role model for a politician we have seen in the current era.

What was Donald Trump’s reaction? He refused to release an official White House statement drafted by his own staff praising McCain’s service to his country. Instead, he issues a tweet expressing condolences to McCain’s family—a petty but in-your-face insult by any standard. He then proceeded to double-down on his campaign of petty vindictiveness by:

  • Raising the flag over the White House back to full staff while the rest of the country continued to observe the mourning period
  • Ignoring for three times on Monday shouted questions to him about McCain from reporters, invited into the WH for official events

This pettiness by a President of the United States continued throughout the day—even as Americans’ TV screens were filled with near non-stop coverage of McCain, the public accolades continued, and even some Republicans rose in the United States Congress to praise McCain.

A turning point apparently came when the American Legion issued a sternly worded statement calling on Trump to treat McCain with more reverence. According to media reports, Trump’s closest advisers’ also urged him to be more praiseworthy of McCain.

Late in the afternoon, Trump grudgingly relented enough to state at a dinner for visiting evangelicals: “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

This anodyne utterance, of course, does not erase the fact that it took a firestorm of public opinion, including a strong rebuke from one of America’s premier veterans’ groups, to get the President of the United States to surrender his petty vendetta and issue some version of what should have been a standard statement on the death of a revered public figure.

Trump’s late and grudging act only served to reinforce what a debased moral character Trump possesses and the extent to which he has besmirched and degraded the Office of President. The Washington Post sums it up well:

“Shunned at two funerals (McCain and Barbara Bush) and one (royal) wedding so far, President Trump may be well on his way to becoming president non grata…Less than two years into first term, Trump has often come to occupy the role of pariah — both unwelcome and unwilling to perform the basic rituals and ceremonies of the presidency, from public displays of mourning to cultural ceremonies.”

The McClain imbroglio also highlights how the Republican Party, like Trump, is becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream America. The few Republicans who rose to praise McCain only highlight the fact that the overwhelming number remained mute or critical.  We ordinary Americans can only marvel (and recoil) at a political party whose members despise a man whom the rest of the country admires as one of the finest Americans ever. Republicans, like Trump, are blind to the gap.

In a few days, the McCain incident will die down, and Trump’s disgraceful and despicable actions regarding the Senator will not amount to a pitcher of warm spit in shaping Republican opinion of Trump.

About 90 percent of Republicans will continue to support this immoral, lying, adulterous, narcissistic, sexist, racist, slanderous, xenophobic, bullying thug as President of the United States.  (See “The Full-spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump” )

The rest of us can only look to the November elections and do our best to oust the corrupt and incompetent Trumpists.

Trump’s Craven Character Shown in His Pettiness Toward McCain

News story:

“Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain”

(Excerpt) “President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.”

IndieDems comment: We realize Republicans have abandoned any semblance of morality, decency, intelligence, or common sense in asserting their support for Trump. From the beginning, Republicans tossed Christianity itself aside and turned their backs on God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule in order to worship Trump.

Republicans today are to Trump what Germans were to Adolph Hitler. They state explicitly that they know all about Trump’s lying, adultery, and contempt for our basic democratic and moral values and common human decency. The Republicans tell us: they just do not care.

We now have had several weeks of sworn testimony in open court, guilty pleas, recordings, and revelations in books by his former associates that reinforce conclusions about Trump’s debased moral character. Some of Trump’s closest confidants and business associates have deserted him and are cooperating with law enforcement officials.

Trump’s poll numbers in his Republican base remain unchanged. We know that there is no act that Trump could commit or words he could speak that will provoke serious Republican criticism, much less cause them to abandon him.

BUT–the rest of us must continue to record his depredations,   not in any hope of changing Republicans’ closed minds, but to remind ourselves of the necessity of driving these people from power.

We must speak out very loudly when Trump’s words or deeds take us to a new low in debased human behavior. And for certain, Trump’s refusal to have any words of praise for John McCain after his death, while voices from across the civilized word sing his praise,  is an act that shocks the conscience of any ordinary human being. Which obviously does not include Republicans.

No other act of Trump so decisively defines the difference between ordinary Americans and the Republican Party. No Republican can defend this act of crass, personal pettiness on the basis that it is a defense against a “witch hunt” or “fake news.” Trump’s refusal to say good words about McCain lays bear his debased moral character–and the extent to which Republicans share and revel in  that debasement.

Many months ago, this would have been the point at which to ask the famous question Joseph Welch posed to Joseph McCarthy, “at long last, Senator, do you have no sense of decency?” Except, the question has been asked hundreds of time over as Trump’s perfidy has unfolded–like, when he bragged about sexually assaulting women or mocked a handicapped person, or told another of his over 4,000 lies, etc., etc., etc.

We now have conclusive proof that Trump and the Republicans have no sense of decency and never will.

The voters of the United States must now say to them what Oliver Cromwell said to the Rump Parliament in 1653: “Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. . . . Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance. . . . Go, get you out! Make haste! . . . In the name of God, go!”

“The Full-spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump”

A life-long Republican writes the (for now) ultimate word on the depths of Donald Trump’s moral turpitude–and of his supporters.

“The Full-spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump”
 – by Peter Wehner. (@Peter_Wehner), a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the previous three Republican administrations
Excerpts:
  • For Republicans (and many “Christians“), honor and integrity are now passé. We saw it again last week when the president’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen — standing in court before a judge, under oath — implicated Mr. Trump in criminal activity, while his former campaign chairman was convicted in another courtroom on financial fraud charges. Most Republicans in Congress were either silent or came to Mr. Trump’s defense, which is how this tiresome drama now plays itself out.
  • For many Republicans, this reality still hasn’t broken through…the moral indictment against Mr. Trump is obvious and overwhelming. Corruption has been evident in Mr. Trump’s private and public life, in how he has treated his wives, in his business dealings and scams, in his pathological lying and cruelty, in his bullying and shamelessness, in his conspiracy-mongering and appeals to the darkest impulses of Americans…Trump’s corruptions are ingrained.
  • The Republican Party’s as-yet unbreakable attachment to Mr. Trump is coming at quite a cost…the damage to the white Evangelical movement, which has for the most part enthusiastically rallied to Mr. Trump and as a result has been largely discredited.