Category: Democrats

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
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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

Trump Mimics Terrorists by Using Gov Shutdown as Blackmail.

A national newspaper recently published an editorial saying there is an obvious compromise to resolve the impasse over the shutdown of the federal government: Republicans support the Democrats’ proposal for solving the DACA children issue and Democrats provide $5 billion to build Trump’s wall.

IndieDems comment:

The Washington Post editorial board has become the last bastion of Inside-the-Capital-Beltway think. The facts prove it: we are not facing a crisis of criminals, rapists, drug smugglers, and human traffickers on the southern border. Trump and his Republican cabal are using a totally false argument. And whatever the problem, a wall will not solve it.

The American people are united in opposing the wall more than on any other major issue. A majority of Americans have never ever voted for anyone to build the damn thing. And many of those who might have, did so on the promise that Mexico would pay for it.

The 2018 elections constituted a total rejection of Trump on this issue. And only the blinkered thinking of  the beltway super minority would dismiss billions for this monstrosity as some sort of paltry sum. Even $2 billion would pay for the school supplies of every K-12 student in America or pay the prenatal cost for hundreds of thousands of expectant mothers, or both and more.

In short: Donald Trump and his isolated Republican wing nuts are practicing flagrant blackmail by employing presidential power to close down the government in order to thwart the will of the American people. That is the absolute essence of what Republicans are doing. This naked, anti-democratic blackmail cannot be allowed to succeed. It is not, as the Post blindly claims, a case of compromise on an issue. The survival of democratic government under law is at stake.

The Importance of Georgia’s December 4 Runoff Election

Georgia Runoff Election on December 4

The most critical office yet to be decided: Secretary of State, the official who will be in charge of Georgia’s electoral system.

Yes, the successor to Brian Kemp is undecided. The winner will be responsible for cleaning up the terrible mess bequeathed to us by the years of Kemp’s gross incompetence and misrule.

  • Georgia’s voting machines are antiquated and must be replaced.
  • Security and safeguards against hacking and misuse must be put in place.
  • The system must be run with integrity, honesty, and transparency.

But above all, the new Secretary of State must put an end to the Kemp-led Republican effort to suppress the minority—especially, black—vote. The nationwide Republican campaign has been underway for over a decade, and was in high gear in the 2018 elections.

The Republican effort to deny the vote to minorities is sure to gather force  as Republicans grasp at straws to stem the inevitable demographic trends that will result in a rising tide of Hispanic and black voters, as their proportion of the population expands.

PUTTING A DEMOCRAT IN CHARGE OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS THE NECESSARY FIRST STEP TO STIFLE THE GOP CAMPAIGN.

Vote for John Barrow, Democrat, in the runoff.

  December 4, 2018 General Election RUNOFF
  Advance Voting begins November 26thdownload flyer
  Sample Ballot

Democrats: Stop the Public Confrontations

IndieDems states without reservation: the public confrontations that some so-called liberals, progressives, or Democrats have staged with Republican officials as targets are wrong. They are dead wrong. These types of tactics have no place in a civilized society.

The most stunning fact about them is not only that they are morally repugnant–they are self-defeating. We cannot defeat fascists with fascist tactics. Our message gets lost in the process. Our Republican opponents are the most immoral denizens ever to hold public office. Led by Trump, they wage a daily war against America’s basic democratic, moral, and Christian value. Why in the world would we sacrifice our hold on the moral high ground by becoming more like them?

Our appeal to the American people is diminished every time some presumed liberal/progressive engages in the adolescent bullying that some have recently displayed against Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, and Sarah Sanders. Let’s keep our image clear: we are the antithesis of the Trumpists, not their copy cats.

America “Deeply Divided”? Says Who?

Ben Sasse, a Republican, represents Nebraska in the Senate and is the author of the new book “Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal.” IndieDems applauds Sasse’s attempt to damp down the tribal bitterness that divides us and believes he has offered some valuable insights into how to get there. He is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and we thought his overall role in the hearings was positive. The Washington Post recently published an op-ed adopted from the book. Here are IndieDems comments.

I am a Democrat who admires Ben Sasse’s effort to stand back and objectively analyze what ails the American body politic.

But let me state something for the record, not to directly differ from anything he says. I dispute the common refrain that our country is deeply divided on virtually all major issues.

Immigration? The polls consistently show that a majority of Americans want a solution that incorporates our traditional openness to accepting foreigners. The hate-filled depiction of foreigners as threats to society is an invention of Donald Trump and his Republicans, not something that reflects a deep division swelling up from grassroots America.

Health care? See Dana Milbank’s analysis that shows Republicans desperately trying to disguise their previous venom against Obamacare, now more popular than when Trump became president.

Detaining children in tent camps? What Americans other than Trump and his Republicans support such cruelty?

Unfettered tribal divisions? Hillary got three million more popular votes than Trump and his approval rating has never risen above about 40 percent. A 60-40 split represents deep division? Please.

A deep division over body-slamming people and repeatedly demeaning women? Please, don’t insult America by saying the trash who applaud such savagery are anything but a swinish minority.

Most importantly, Trump’s congenital lying. If Republicans have a valid agenda with deep popular support, why do they have to repeatedly tell lies in order to promote it? Name me the currently serving prominent Democrat who has made over 5,000 false or misleading statements since January 2017.

How many prominent conservative stalwarts have deserted the Republican Party? How many liberal stalwarts have deserted the Democratic Party?

Mr. Sasse’s call for a deeper look at what divides us is commendable. But let’s not lose site of the moral and intellectual corruption of the Republican Party that lies at its core.