Category: Democrats

Democrats’ Misguided Treatment of the Mueller Report

Are Democrats in 2020 going to again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory—or at a minimum lower their margin of victory?
We raise this question because of our unhappiness in how the Democrats have reacted to the Mueller report. Democrats had awaited its release with great anticipation, expecting it to deliver a heavy if not knock-out blow to Trump. Maybe even uncover an explicit crime that would provide the basis for impeachment.
Four weeks later, Trump’s approval rating has improved, and the report’s scathing indictment of Trump’s malfeasance, corruption, and incompetence has become obscured by endless Democratic palaver about the level of the report’s redactions and whether Attorney General William Barr committed perjury in his testimony to Congress should be held in contempt.
The Trump Administration is arrogantly resisting al Congressional attempts to elicit further testimony from Administration officials—with impunity.
The Democrats cannot even get Robert Mueller to come and testify.
Democrats, in short, instead of using the Mueller report as a platform to launch a powerful assault on Trump, are losing the attention and the patience of the American people.
But just as IndieDems was about to deliver its opinion, Walter Dellinger, Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University and former head of the White House Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996, wrote a commentary expressing our outlook better than we could: “Democrats’ obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crimes.” Excerpts:
  • House Democrats labeling the Mueller report as “inconclusive,” he says, is tepid and erroneous.
  • “They have not only allowed the president falsely to claim vindication but also left the public without a clear understanding of just how damning the report is.”
  • “The more I review the report, the more absurd and misleading the we-need-to-know-more response seems to be.”
  • “This report makes the unquestionable case that the president regularly and audaciously violated his oath and committed the most serious high crimes and misdemeanors” and also betrayed the president’s office.
Dellinger concludes: Instead of focusing focus on process, such as requesting redacted material, Democrats should be shouting from the rooftops that the available evidence is more than enough to prove Trump is unfit for office and deserves severe condemnation and sanction.
IndieDems heartily agrees.

Tomlinson Running for U.S. Senate Seat

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is running to be the Democratic nominee in 2020 for the United States Senate seat held by Republican incumbent David Perdue.  Here is her brief resume and request for support:

I have spent my entire career breaking barriers – I was the first female partner at my law firm, where I specialized in complex litigation, and I became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Columbus, Georgia. I have six times been named to the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and I hold a National Security Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense due to my roles as Public Safety Director and the Head of Homeland Security for the second largest city in the State of Georgia.

I’m an eighth generation Georgian with roots all across this state. Throughout my career, first as an attorney and then as Mayor of Columbus, I’ve been willing to take on bullies and stand up for justice. And, if you send me to Washington, that’s exactly what I intend to do for the people of Georgia.

I want to ask you to join me in this fight as one of my very first supporters by making your most generous contribution of the maximum amount of $5,600 TODAY. Can I count on you?

To make this contribution, you can find the link HERE.
You can learn more about my campaign HERE.

If you would prefer to give via check, please make it out to Teresa Tomlinson for Senate and mail to:

Teresa Tomlinson for Senate
Post Master Box 263
2525 Auburn Ave.
Columbus, GA 31906

Thank you so much for your support. I can’t wait to keep you posted on what is to come!

No Impeachment for Now

I understand where the Democrats and commentators who say the Mueller findings require Trump’s immediate impeachment are coming from. But I remain on the “ no impeachment now” side, for this reason: let the House committees proceed with their hearings. In particular, let Mueller testify. I firmly believe that calm Congressional testimony and questions will harden the case against Trump. After the hearings, Democrats could put before the House a resolution condemning Trump’s acts with all the charges that would be brought in a formal impeachment proposal. More spotlight on the charlatan.

By the time all the above is done, the 2020 elections will be only months away. Deciding Trump’s fate at the polls is the best way to get rid of him while undermining Republicans’ ability to fuel a backlash with claims of a Democratic coup. Unbelievable as it may seem, impeachment would strengthen Trump’s electoral prospects.

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.

By, By Biden

I’m a Democrat, I admire and respect Joe Biden, and I know this:
I don’t want to spend the next 19 months debating the Anita Hill hearings of a generation ago.
I don’t want to spend the next 19 months debating the rightness or wrongness of every man-handling move Biden made toward some female.

We have much more important matters a Presidential campaign needs to focus on. Like the total debacle of the Trump administration, and the grave damage it has wreaked domestically and abroad. Like immigration, infrastructure, the spiraling deficit the Republicans have bequeathed us, health care, and the Republican assault on Social Seurity, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

I also know this: Biden’s attempts to explain and apologize for his behavior has missed the mark. But Biden fell off my list of potential Democratic presidential candidates with his cringing attempts to milk humor out of the situation. That move showed me he still just does not get it and carries too much baggage to assume the role.

It’s not whether his past behavior can or cannot be defended. We just do not need the baggage of having to defend it—not with a plethora of worthy candidates without the baggage. Their time has come. Joe’s time has passed. We need him as our elder statesman, not as presidential candidate.

–Tom Barksdale

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.


For God’s Sake, Democrats. Stop Playing Trump’s Collusion Game

To those of you Democrats enmeshed in endless debate over details of the Mueller report: please drag yourselves out of the weeds, stop just preaching to the choir, and start delivering the American people a message to win the 2020 elections.

Yes, the next step must be to make sure the whole report is released, along with supporting documents. But, please, stop arguing over whether collusion occurred or whether Trump (or his subalterns) did or did not commit a crime called collusion. Whatever you’re going to say about Mueller’s report and Barr’s memo, just drop the word collusion altogether. Whatever the nuances, Mueller is clear: collusion did not occur.

What message relevant to the 2020 do Democrats need to deliver about the Mueller report? Here’s my minimalist version:

“No collusion” in the 2016 presidential campaign? So what? Here’s what we know from the Trump/Republican track record of the past two years:

  • Trump is an asset for Vladimir Putin. Trump is implementing the foreign policies that have Putin’s stamp of approval. He is destroying the Western alliance nurtured by every President since WWII and insulting the leaders of our strongest allies, leaving the United States increasingly isolated internationally. Trump does all that while ignoring the deeds of the murderous thug Putin.
  • Trump’s willingness to kiss Putin’s behind reached its current nadir in his obsequious kowtowing to Putin at their summit in Helsinki
  • Trump accepts the word of this tyrant over the conclusions of U.S intelligence services about Russian interference in our elections. This act, alone, poses a threat to U.S. national security far beyond colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
  • Trump, to this day, has not implemented one serious measure, much less passed a law, to strengthen our defenses against Russian cyber warfare designed to warp our elections.
  • Trump showed his willingness to sacrifice American interests on the altar of pandering to Putin by ushering Russian emissaries into the Oval Office and bragging to them that firing Comey served the cause of good U.S.-Russian relations–and revealed sensitive intelligence reports in the process.
  • The whole Trump organization’s dependence on Russian money is staggering in its implications for posing a threat to U.S. national security. Any individual so financially beholden to an enemy country would be denied a security clearance, and giving him a job would be unthinkable.

    What American exposed to the above empirical evidence would not believe it’s why our national security agencies deny Jared Kushner a security clearance? And what ignorant yahoo would fail to see the frightening implications of Trump’s going ahead and giving Kushner a clearance?

    It’s not just that Jared is a potential security risk. Trump’s decision brazenly displays the extent to which he is a Russian puppet and poses a threat to U.S. national security far surpassing any collusion in the 2016 election.

Other Voices

Just as I was marshalling my plea to Democrats to get themselves out of the muck and mire of the Mueller/Barr imbroglio and start delivering a forward-looking winning 2020 message, other voices more elegant than mine have already spoken.

George Will, one of America’s prominent conservative voices who quit the Republican Party in disgust over what a moral and intellectually bankrupt party it had become under Trump.

Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won’t be about 2016

(Excerpts)

Thanks to Mueller, the 2020 campaign will not be about the 2016 campaign. It will be about a post-Trump future — if unhinged Democrats can stop auctioning themselves to their party’s most clamorous factions, thereby making Trump seem to be what Mueller’s report does not say that he is: acceptable.

… Russia could pursue its ends without coordinating its activities with a campaign rife with lowlifes and bottom-of-the-barrel Republican operatives.

(Mueller’s report) is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive’s unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin’s, is more a dereliction of taste and judgment than evidence that he is under that regime’s sway.

An embarrassed nation aches for a president who is one thing: normal. Democrats, however, are looking weirder and weirder while cooking a bouillabaisse of indigestible ingredients…

And, Lo and Behold, President Obama

Obama cautions freshman House Democrats about the price tag of liberal policies

(Excerpts)

Former president Barack Obama gently warned a group of freshman House Democrats Monday evening about the costs associated with some liberal ideas popular in their ranks, encouraging members to look at price tags, according to people in the room.

…some people in the room took his words as a cautionary note about Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal, two liberal ideas popularized by a few of the more famous House freshmen, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“He said we [as Democrats] shouldn’t be afraid of big, bold ideas — but also need to think in the nitty-gritty about how those big, bold ideas will work and how you pay for them,” said one person summarizing the former president’s remarks.

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GA Senate Votes Today (3/13/19) on Disputed Electoral System Reform

The Georgia State Senate votes today, Wednesday, March 13, on a bill that provides for a new statewide voting system. The measure, House Bill 316, has already passed the state House, and is supported by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

FROM the AJC
Georgia voting machine debate pits election officials vs. tech experts

Excerpts:

  • Georgia lawmakers are preparing for final votes on a statewide voting system that’s strongly supported by government workers experienced in running elections and just as staunchly opposed by computing experts who see an imminent threat to election security.
  • The Republican majority in the Georgia General Assembly is siding with election officials who want to install the new voting machinery…
  • Democratic legislators are aligned with cybersecurity experts who prefer paper ballots bubbled in with pens, a voting method that avoids the inherent risks of a computerized system.

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FROM VOTERGA (voterga.org). VoterGA is an independent watchdog group headed by Garland Favorito that closely monitors Georgia’s electoral system.

Will Lobbyists Steer Georgia into $350 Million Boondoggle?

ATLANTA GA – Why would Georgia legislators force taxpayers to buy the most expensive, least secure type of voting system? Why would a governor take out a 20 year bond to pay for a system that has a 10 year life span? Why would a bill authorize new devices to tabulate embedded votes in unverifiable bar codes when six systems tabulate human readable votes? Where is the fiscal note? The answers might be found in which vendors have the most powerful lobbyists.

HB316 has vendor specific language that favors an expensive system proposed by the incumbent vendor, ES&S. The bill attempts to subvert Georgia’s official full face ballot by authorizing small receipts with barcoded voting selections called   “scanning ballots”. The small receipts that studies have proven to be unverifiable are produced by a system that ES&S wants to sell to Georgia and ES&S has doubled down on their lobbying efforts. Former lobbyist Chuck Harper is now the Chief of Staff for Gov. Kemp. ES&S also employs Georgia Link to lobby Speaker Ralston. Founder John “Trip” Martin is from Blue Ridge, the Speaker’s hometown.

In 2002, Lewis Massey successfully lobbied the state to purchase Georgia’s current highly criticized system. He then formed a partnership with Bruce Bowers and John Watson, the current chair of the Georgia Republican Party. They lobby for Unisyn a small voting system vendor that also proposed a system using a similar type of “scanning ballot”. These two vendors and their lobbyists could benefit if specific HB316 language tailored to their systems passes the Senate today.

VoterGA cost estimates confirmed by a new study from the Open Source Election Technology Institute show a statewide implementation costing taxpayers over $150 million initially and over $15 million annually. That is over $100 million more and $8 million more annually than systems which are more secure according to experts like Trump 2020 advisor Tony Shaffer. The $50+ million interest on the bond exceeds the entire cost of a more secure system preferred by experts. Total outlay surpasses $350 million over the next 10 years alone.

The state has already been notified that defiance of all cybersecurity experts will lead to extended federal lawsuits that will cost Georgia taxpayers millions more to defend. It also risks federal intervention into Georgia elections. These are just some of the reasons why HB316 has been dubbed a vendor bill, not a voter bill.

Garland Favorito
Voterga.org
404 664-4044 CL

Cobb County Events: Democratic Watch Party. – Tea Party Address.

EVENT: Carolyn Hadaway Video Watch Party
SUBJECT: “Reversing Roe”: The likely effort to overturn Supreme Court decision
DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2019
TIME: 6:30PM
PLACE: Private home near the intersection of Roswell Road and Sewell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30062
POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753, chadaway.volun@gmail.com
Please RSVP. Include names phone #s and addresses.  Bring finger food if you like.


EVENT: Carolyn Cosby, Chairman Canton Tea Party, addresses Madison Forum
SUBJECT: Cosby will discuss complaints she says are false that led to a $30,000 fine by the State of Georgia Ethics Commission
DATE: Saturday, January 26th
TIME: Arrive 8:00am for breakfast. Meeting starts 8:30am. Speaker 9:00.
PLACE: “Come-N-Get It” Family Restaurant, 1409 Church Street Extension, Suite E, Marietta, Georgia 30060
POC: Michael Opitz, President, Madison Forum. mopitz@mindspring.com. www.madisonforum.org