Category: Georgia

The Word that Won the National Spelling Bee has Georgia Connection

AJC:

Koinonia is a Winning Spelling Bee Word with Georgia Connections

You will also be galvanized by a book written a few years ago about the life of young Georgians who lived on the multi-racial Koinonia Farm and attended local schools during the era when racists were using violence to preserve segregation.

Idealism meets racism in south Georgia in ‘Class of ‘65’

IndieDems had recently referenced the book in the notification of a video watch party covering abuses at the immigration detention center  in nearby Lumpkin, GA.

Video Watch Party Spotlights Abuses at GA Immigration Detention Center

Event: Carolyn Hadaway’s Monthly Video Watch Party

  • Date: Thursday, May 24
  • Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Place: Private home near the intersection of Canton Hwy and Jamerson Rd/Shallowford Rd.; Woodstock, GA 30188. Close to Cherokee – Cobb County border.

Topic: Immigration. Special guest speaker is JoAnn Weiss, Chair, Board of Directors, El Refugio, a hospitality house located in Lumpkin, GA, providing assistance to the families of inmates of the next-door Stewart Detention Center, one of the United States’ largest detention centers for suspected illegal immigrants, run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • Ms. Weiss will discuss the growth of the immigration detention system since 1996 (especially since 9/11/2001) and the role of prisons for profit. She will examine the violation of civil and human rights at the Stewart facility and the work of El Refugio in running its hospitality house.

POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753chadaway.volun@gmail.com

Note from IndieDems proprietor, Tom Barksdale:

Lumpkin is “just up the road” from my hometown in Southwest Georgia, and even closer to the Jimmy Carter homestead in Plains. The El Refugio web page provoked a flood of personal memories by stating that “Partners from Koinonia Farm (www.koinoniapartners.org) offer hospitality for family members needing a place to stay overnight during the week.”

Koinonia Farm was born the same year I was, in 1942. It’s mission statement says “We are Christians called to live together in intentional community sharing a life of prayer, work, study, service and fellowship. We seek to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing. While honoring people of all backgrounds and faiths, we strive to demonstrate the way of Jesus as an alternative to materialism, militarism and racism.”

Meaning: Koinonia Farm was an interracial haven smack in the middle of segregated Georgia during the darkest days of segregation and on through the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s-60s. Its inhabitants paid a heavy price of having to endure the isolation, intimidation, and violence all too common in that era.

Koinonia communal living did not include schools, and “home schooling” did not exist even as a concept. Koinoia’s children had to attend the local, segregated schools, where living together on a farm with black people pegged them as stranger than space aliens. To most of the locals, they were literally Comminists, a term I heard leveled at Koinonia whenever the topic came up. The children endured unspeakable acts of mental and physical harassment.

In 21015, former AJC journalist Jim Auchmutey wrote a book centered on the experience of one of those students: The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness. It’s on Amazon with a five-star review. You want to read this book. Amazon sums it up well:

Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper’s life. Greg came from a nearby Christian commune, Koinonia, whose members devoutly and publicly supported racial equality. When he refused to insult and attack his school’s first black students in 1964, Greg was mistreated as badly as they were: harassed and bullied and beaten. In the summer after his senior year, as racial strife in Americus—and the nation—reached its peak, Greg left Georgia.

Forty-one years later, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and inviting him to return for a class reunion. Their words opened a vein of painful memory and unresolved emotion, and set him on a journey that would prove healing and saddening.

The Class of ’65 is more than a heartbreaking story from the segregated South. It is also about four of Greg’s classmates…who came to reconsider the attitudes they grew up with…

I have said to myself many times that the Trump era has left me feeling as if 60 years of presumed progress in America’s racial relations has been erased, and I have been transported in time back to the days when the “N” word was common currency, violence against minorities was normal, and anyone practicing equality for blacks, like Greg Wittkamper, had to be a Communist, not a “real” American. And you could become governor of Georgia by wielding an ax handle as a symbol of your noble resistance to segregation.

Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Karen Handel, and Barry Loudermilk don’t need an ax handle to symbolize their warped views. They’ve got Donald Trump in the White House.

Georgia Republicans Firmly in Ranks of Tut-tut Republicans

Headline: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasts White House aide’s McCain remark as ‘pretty disgusting thing to say’

IndieDems Comment:

The more despicable the Trumpists become, the more Republicans like Graham, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel fall all over themselves to plant another kiss on Trump’s behind. Just imagine: Graham his Republican colleagues criticize him for refusing to fire the aide or to issue an apology–and Trump does not fire the aide or apologize.

  • At one time, if someone had called Graham a sissy, I would have come to his defense. No more. His track record shows the term simply defines him.

The fact that Senator Graham’s anodyne response to WH staffer Sadler’s despicable remark represents the epitome of Republican criticism, demonstrates beyond the shadow of a doubt what a morally and intellectually corrupt, burnt-out case the Republican Party has become.

  • Just to mention three of the multitude of bellwethers that showed Republicans they were headed for the sewer: nominating for president someone who bragged about sexually assaulting women, approved calling his own daughter a “piece of a–,” and mocked a handicapped person.

The more that Republicans like Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel rally behind Trump as he intensifies his assaults on the moral fabric of American, the more one has to ask: are we witnessing the consequences of where all that Russian money that has been flowing into Republican coffers went?

It’s abundantly clear: Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel will remain Trump’s faithful lapdogs until he destroys America. Pigs will fly before they exercise any oversight of the Trump Executive Branch.

And Graham, once a critic of Trump, became more and more one of his lap dogs the more Trump engaged in lies, insults, and slander. Isn’t it likely that Trump is ensuring Graham’s fealty by dangling an important office in his face, like a cabinet position? Given the rate of turnover, an opening is always a possibility.

Nikki Haley has already sold her soul to the Trump devil to burnish her foreign policy credentials at the U.N. Why should Graham be any different?

Southern Baptists Discover–Gasp!–Misogyny in Their Ranks

On May 7, conservative columnist and  former GW Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, a vociferous critic of Donald Trump and the phony “conservatives” who support him, wrote an article “Evangelicals are having their own #MeToo moment.” An excerpt:

Paige Patterson — head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and icon of conservative Baptist belief — is being called out for a story he told in 2000. An abused woman had come to him for counseling. Patterson recommended prayer. Later, the woman returned with two black eyes. In Patterson’s telling: “She said, ‘I hope you’re happy.’ And I said, ‘Yes . . . I’m very happy,’ ” because the woman’s husband had heard her prayers and come to church the next day.

Gerson went on to point out a number of prominent Baptists had risen in criticism. [‘We are shocked’: Thousands of Southern Baptist women denounce leader’s ‘objectifying’ comments, advice to abused women]

Here is IndieDems comment:

My, my. Over 2000 years after Christ treated his female followers with dignity and respect, followed by the Apostle Paul (allegedly) telling women Jesus wanted them to keep quiet in church and to obey their husbands; followed by the Catholic Church’s declaring women unworthy to be priests, much less hold any higher rank; 18 months after evangelical females–and about 52 percent of all white women–voted for a serial adulterer who had admitted to sexually assaulting women, called women bimbos in his tweets, and approved of someone calling his daughter a “piece of a–“; after all this, Michael Gerson and Southern Baptist Women are shocked, shocked–again–to discover there is misogyny going on in their ranks.

Not because the womenhad an epiphany about the phony baloney balderdash they have been listening to, but because some Baptist preacher finally made a statement that even evangelicals couldn’t stomach.

Real life again presents an incident that, if presented in a Saturday Night Live skit, would have unleashed a torrent of criticism that SNL had gone too far in tarnishing the wonderful, God-fearing evangelical community, the sole preserver of the true faith and morals in our sinful society.

It’s all too rich for words. A piece of advice to Gerson and the female evangelicals: try to see the light and see Patterson, not as an aberration, but as the exemplar of evangelical preachers. Then do what other Americans are doing in droves: abandon organized religion for being the hollow, hypocritical shell it really is.

A Message for Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel

Now, calm down and try to understand this. That does not mean abandoning the teachings of Jesus or the 10 Commandments. It just means abandoning the false prophets who’ve already abandoned both but disguised it with demagoguery about how all you need to do is oppose abortion and gay rights and you are guaranteed entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. That ain’t what Jesus was all about, my friends.

John Bolton: The Foreign Policy Clone of Rudolf Giuliani

President Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, recently wrote an op-ed praising Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord. Comments on the article included:

  • This article is so wrong I don’t know where to start. So I won’t”
  • “…because your hatred of Iran and your desire for war, you don’t care that Iran was upholding its end of the bargain”
  • It’s too bad this…kook is anywhere near national security. He’s a xenophobic, Muslim-hating, climate denying loudmouth who sells patently absurd and paranoid b.s. to anybody willing to listen.”

To which IndieDems replied:

Shame on all you naysayers, doubting the judgment of Trump and Bolton. I have no doubt that Trump will show the same intelligence and judgment dealing with Iran that he demonstrated in dealing with the Stormy Daniels imbroglio. He doesn’t even need to repeat his brilliant move of bringing Giuliani on board and turning him lose to do TV interviews. He’s already got Giuliani’s foreign policy twin: John Bolton! Bolton unquestionably has the same mental acumen and verbal skills as Giuliani. Maybe even better. Aren’t we lucky to have a President who can call on such geniuses to advise him!

The same President who proved his mettle with his decisive response to Russia’s being caught red-handed interfering in American elections. In fact, has the insight to see that Vladimir Putin, far from being a murderous thug, is a great man worthy of great praise.

And never forget: Bush is the Republican ideal of a President, faithfully executing the Republican policies of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Nikki Haley, et.al. 80 to 90 percent of Republicans support their Republican President and the Republican agenda he is so faithfully implementing.

Republicans just love a President who brags about sexually assaulting women, supports calling his own daughter a piece of a–,” uses ethnic and religious slurs, mocks the handicapped, advocates torture, and calls African countries “s–tholes,” to name a few of the things Republicans hold so dear.

Including Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel.

Debates in Georgia Primary Races Available Online

The Atlanta Press Club and Georgia Public Broadcasting are making available debates among candidates in key races in the primary election scheduled for May 22. The debates are available either live as they occur or via on-demand streaming. The debates cover races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, State School Superintendent, Public Service Commission districts three and five, and Congressional Districts six, seven and ten. Visit the Atlanta Press Club site for schedules and details.

Or, go directly to www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub and GPB.org.

Georgia Republicans Continue Assault on Decency

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker today published a column Decent society is unraveling right in front of us.”  Her most immediate motivation came from the incident involving members of the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity, who simulated a sexual assault on a disabled student during an initiation ceremony. But Ms. Parker views the “fraternity gone bad” as “a symptom of a larger cultural disruption”—the waning regard for simple decency in American life.  The incident, she says, should horrify anyone with an ounce of decency, “assuming people still recall what decency is.”

Ms. Parker does not mention the Republican Party or Donald Trump, but her words describing an absence of decency leap from the page as explicit descriptions of Trump and his Republican minions:

  • “appalling and disgusting on many intersecting grounds””
  • “these overcast days of indecency, cruelty and behavior bereft of empathy”
  • “a fresh episode in what should be understood as a gradual unraveling of decent society.”

Remember Trump’s mocking of a handicapped person in a campaign speech?

Ms. Parker most telling words are these: “Permissiveness in the guise of non-judgment has aided in the triumph of selfish expression predicted by cultural historian Christopher Lasch in his 1979 book, ‘The Culture of Narcissism.’ ”

“Somewhere in his imagination, he may have envisioned a future president who would act out his infantile impulses on the world stage when he wrote that ‘the logic of individualism’ would be carried to ‘the extreme of a war of all against all, the pursuit of happiness to the dead end of a narcissistic preoccupation with the self.’ ”

What better description of Donald Trump has ever been written? Two companion pieces in today’s Post elaborate on the theme:

Helaine Olen: The Ronny Jackson mess perfectly sums up the Trump presidency

Trump can blame Democrats all he likes, but his nominee problems start with him

Since the dawn of the age of Trump-as-president nearly three years ago, IndieDems has pointed out that he and his Republican followers are creating an America bereft of decency. Trump’s allies include most particularly Georgia’s own Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel.

Read More:

Georgia Republicans Comfortable with Colleagues’ Racist Speak
Georgia Republicans Follow Trump into the Sewer
Georgia Republicans’ Separation from Basic American Values
Georgia Republicans Welcome Dr. Strangelove as National Security Chief
The Known Facts about the Crime and Malfeasance in Trumpgate
Republican Family Values in Full Flower
How Does David Perdue Betray America? Let Us Count the Ways…
     (You can substitute any Georgia Republican’s name for Perdue’s)

Georgia Republicans Comfortable with Colleagues’ Racist Speak

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has addressed President Trump’s recent words referring to immigrants “breeding” in America’s sanctuary cities. He points out that the use of the term and its companion, “inbreeding,” has been a staple of racist bigots and anti-Semites throughout history,  most notably by Hitler and the Nazis, e.g., Nazi propaganda from 1944:

“Jewry is the product of the inbreeding of asocial, criminal, sick, degenerate, and rejected elements. . . . [It] leads a rootless, parasitic life at the expense of the host peoples. Its current homeland is largely the criminal neighborhoods of the great cities of the world.”

Milbank goes on to provide examples of current Republicans likening immigrants and minorities to breeding animals:

  • Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigned after the publishing of his earlier complaints that black women think “breeding is a form of government employment.”
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) has spoken of immigration policy as “allowing any kind of vagrant, or animal . . . to come in.”
  • Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a Trump ally, described the screening of immigrants: “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog.”
  • Dan Stein, the president of the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform, famously said immigrants are conducting “competitive breeding” to dilute the white majority.
  • White nationalist Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute frets about white “displacement by the subject race through differential fertility rates and interracial breeding.”
  • Alex Jones’s Infowars, which Trump has also celebrated, has published headlines saying things such as “Top Imam: Muslim Migrants Should Breed With Europeans to ‘Conquer Their Countries.’ ”

The most significant aspect of all this for Georgians is the fact that Georgia Republicans like Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel–by their silence–show that they are quite comfortable with such speech. But do not doubt Georgia Republicans’ innate morality. Why, any day now, they are likely to erupt with a denunciation of Nancy Pelosi as the embodiment of all evil.

And–gasp!–have you heard about Hillary’s private email system?

How Does David Perdue Betray America? Let Us Count the Ways…

“With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump’s chaotic will.” –Michael Gerson, conservative (traditional) newspaper columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter, in his column “The Cowardice among Republicans is Staggering,”  February 5, 2018.

IndieDems note: The following by no means covers all the acts and words by Donald Trump that Senator Perdue has supported, condoned, or tolerated. But…who knows what might follow—or what more research might reveal—that could delay publication? So, here’s the first draft of what is likely to be a continuing serial.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who has thrown God’s Ten Commandments overboard—especially the ones about not lying and not committing adultery.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President whose virtually every tweet and utterance shows disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

David Perdue betrays America by abandoning any semblance of exercising Congressional oversight of Trump’s Executive Branch and by joining the Republican herd in displaying staggering cowardice toward Donald Trump.

  • What may have begun as Perdue’s temporary political compromise with Trump has become an indelible moral stain.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who praises Vladimir Putin and delayed taking any action against Russia’s flagrant use of cyberwarfare and disinformation to interfere in America’s elections. President Trump for months explicitly ignored a law passed by the U.S. Congress calling for sanctions against Russia for election meddling and aggression against Ukraine.

  • David Perdue violates his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States and does nothing while the United States #1 enemy delivers hammer blows against U.S. national interests.

Editorial note: On February 13, 2018, the six chiefs of our intelligence services appeared before a Senate committee to report: Russia Likely to Meddle in 2018 Races, Officials Tell Senators. Here are excerpts that show what David Perdue has done little about:

  • “In an effort to deepen political divisions, U.S. intelligence chiefs said, Moscow is using fake accounts on social media — many of them bots — to spread disinformation.”
  • The warnings were striking in their contrast to President Trump’s (and David Perdue’s) views on Russia.

Continued: David Perdue betrays America and his office by continuing to support a President whose assertion that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a hoax was blown to smithereens by the facts in Mueller’s indictment of 33 Russians for waging a massive covert campaign to distort America’s democratic process by inciting political conflict and discord.

David Perdue doubles down on his betrayal of America and his office by continuing to support a President who, in response  to the indictments, issued an irrelevant statement  that the indictments showed no collusion between his campaign and the Russians—while refusing to propose any concrete actions to punish Russia for waging war on the United States.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who compounds his inaction against Russia by lavishing praising on the dictatorial, murdering thug Vladimir Putin.

David Perdue betrayed America by approving the release of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes, a memo roundly denounced even by some Republican as failing miserably to make its intended case that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.

  • The Perdue-approved effort ended in a pathetic fizzle. Nunes’ brief, amateurish document failed to demonstrate that FBI surveillance was triggered solely or mainly by a Democratic-funded dossier.
  • But for cherry-picking above and beyond the call of duty, Nunes and Perdue deserve their own exhibit in the hackery hall of fame.

David Perdue betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by approving Trump’s actions in the Rob Porter affair, in which someone known by Trump’s staffers to be a wife beater—including knowing that the charges were responsible for his failure to obtain a security clearance—was kept in his White House job until media revelations forced a decision by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

  • Perdue shows no problem with the fact that even after the revelations were made public, the first response of Trump’s Chief of Staff was to issue a press release stating “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.”
  • Just to make sure Trump, Kelly, and Perdue’s view was made clear, Trump press spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders—after Porter announced his departure—stated  that Porter still had the White House’s support and that the decision to resign was his own. She continued: “I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year, and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character. Those of us who have the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.”

Kelly and Sanders’ praise of wife beater Porter apparently had Perdue’s full approval. He has not publicly stated otherwise.

Only after the media followed up with a photo of one of Porter’s abused former wives sporting a horrible black eye did Donald Trump and John Kelly decide he had to go.

David Perdue showed his contempt for common human decency and morality by continuing to support Trump as President after Trump in a press conference praised Porter, wished him well—and said not one word about the two abused women.

David Perdue betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by continuing to support Trump even after, two days past Porter’s resignation, another Trump staffer—a speechwriter—resigned after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive.

David Perdue’s contempt for America’s basic moral values continues a pattern he showed when he by continued to support Trump for president after then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on video assaulting Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, and Trump described him as “a very decent man.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support Trump as President after incident after incident and tweet after tweet proved how rudderless and dysfunctional the White House remains—and how unfit Perdue’s hero Trump is to be president.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President whose son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, and dozens of other White House staffers spent over year without security clearance—but were allowed access to the most sensitive and highly classified information in the U.S. Government.

David Perdue doubles (triples?) down on his—and the Republican Party’s—hypocritical betrayal of America by tolerating Trump’s sellout of U.S. national security interests—after spending years in near hysteria claiming that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system posed a grave danger to U.S. security, even though nine years after its establishment, Hillary’s emails have caused not one iota of harm to U.S. national interests.

Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who was warned not to appoint Mike Flynn as National Security adviser, appointed him anyway, and had Flynn subsequently plead guilty to a federal crime.

Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who forged a close political alliance with Paul Manafort, despite his shady dealings with foreign countries and businesses, and has seen Manafort indicted on federal criminal charges—along with his associate, Rick Gates.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who hired George Papadopoulos as a foreign policy adviser—and has seen him plead guilty to a federal crime.

Perdue betrays America by supporting Trump as President after his COS, Kelly, stated publicly that young undocumented immigrants were “too lazy” to sign up for DACA and then doubled down after a public backlash.

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who has proven he is a congenital liar, responsible for over 2,000 lies or misrepresentations in one year.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who had words of praise for the racists and neo-fascists who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, bearing torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us,” in flagrant imitation of the Nazis.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who labeled Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” (Even Perdue’s Senate colleague, Johnny Isakson, managed a rap on Trump’s knuckles for this one—the supreme act of rebuke for Trump lackeys like Isakson and Perdue. House Speaker Paul Ryan is the all-time champion of issuing these meaningless verbal reprimands—which, of course, reinforce rather than diminish what a toady the “critic” is.)

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who prefers to surround himself with toadies constitutionally incapable of standing up to him and prepared to pay the price of slathering him with praise.

  • Perdue could have no doubt about the banana republic Trump is transforming the United States into after, at Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting in June, the attendees  attempted to outdo each other in delivering gushing, sycophantic  praise of their leader—a display reminiscent of a gathering of the top aides of Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini—or Idi Amin.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who endorsed a candidate for the U.S Senate who was an accused child molester who had also showed contempt for the rule of law by twice defying court-ordered restraints on his behavior.
Perdue’s Republican Party also officially endorsed the candidate.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who was forced to withdraw his controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, after even some Republicans questioned her credentials.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who was forced to withdraw three of his nominees for federal judgeships after their unfitness was revealed.

  • One nominee, during his Senate confirmation hearing, was unable to answer basic questions about the courtroom process, showed little familiarity with federal trial rules, and acknowledged that he had never prosecuted or defended a case.
  • Another also had scant trial experience and apparently had spoken favorably about the Ku Klux Klan under a pseudonym on a website.
  • The third once described transgender children as proof of “Satan’s plan.”

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, who resigned in disgrace in September after he was found to have spent $400,000 chartering private jets at taxpayer expense.

David Perdue betrays America by accepting as normal the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, after revelations that Pruitt was:

  • Living for $50 a day in a Washington condo owned by the wife of a powerful fossil fuel lobbyist whose client was recently given the green light by the EPA to expand a pipeline project. The lobbyist had previously donated to Pruitt’s campaign for attorney general in Oklahoma and even hosted a fundraiser for him.
  • Regularly flying first class and being accompanied by large security team, although there is no know threat to Pruitt that would warrant such expensive coverage
  • For a more detailed look at the corruption of Scott Pruitt, read “Scott Pruitt Is a Cartoon Villain.”

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned this past January after it was revealed she had recently bought stock in a tobacco company.

  • She had spent months recusing herself from various official duties because she owned shares in bio-tech and health-information companies.

(Read the report by a science writer and also Trump Could Help Curb a Potential Pandemic. Instead, He’s Been Silent, about how Trump’s disastrous choices for public-health leadership left the country woefully unprepared for this year’s virulent flu epidemic and will contribute to the flu deaths that will occur between now and summer—deaths for which David Perdue will also bear blame).

David Perdue betrays America and makes it more vulnerable to suffering a catastrophic pandemic by supporting Trump’s massive cuts in the CDC budget—and his proposal for even more cuts. (Read the above articles for details. Quote: “For a fraction of what the president (and Perdue) wants to spend on his pointless barrier with Mexico, we could make ourselves infinitely safer from infectious diseases.”)


Read more on what Senator David Perdue considers competent government:

At White House, 34% Turnover Rate and Many Vacancies

The good news for President Trump: He has set a modern White House record. The bad news: It’s for the high staff turnover in his tumultuous administration.

The Gang That Couldn’t Think Straight

The astonishing incompetence of Trump appointees.

In memoriam: One year in, a look at who’s been fired or resigned from the Trump administration


  • David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who used tweets to abruptly announce he wanted to bar transgender people from the military. Trump’s arbitrary act demeaned the office of President, short-circuited an ongoing military review of the issue, and inflicted emotional suffering on transgender troops who are serving their country with pride and distinction—something, of course, Donald Trump never did.
  • David Perdue betrays America by proving over and over again that Trump was correct when he said during the presidential campaign that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.
  • David Perdue betrays American values and morality by supporting a President who keeps Kelly as Chief of Staff after Kelly attacked Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica S. Wilson as an “empty barrel” and a video showed that Kelly had misrepresented her comments. Kelly vowed he would “never” apologize.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who demeaned the military service of John McCain.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by endorsing Trump for President after he berated and threatened a federal judge of Mexican heritage; falsely claimed that most illegal Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists; and called out to a black person at a rally, “Look at my African American.”
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who calls women bimbos and bragged about sexually assaulting them.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who mocks handicapped people.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who incited his followers to violence.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who foregoes any attempt to forge national unity and appeals to anger, hatred, racism, and frustrations.
  • David Perdue betrays America with his continued effusive support for Trump, which has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. Trump is using Perdue as a tool. The way Perdue is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool.
  • David Perdue puts his legislative agenda above his own professed principles and the good name of the country so someday he can say, yes, Trump got us into a ruinous trade war but I passed a tax cut for the rich and rimmed a bit off the Affordable Care Act.

Perdue’s response to the recent Mueller indictments, the wife abuse scandals, and the lawsuits involving Trump’s adultery, in short, has continued to display the flaws that have become the hallmark of Trump and Perdue’s character. The scandals have reinforced the fact that the Trump administration and its enablers like David Perdue suffer from a singularly morally bankrupt strain of Republican tribalism. Perdue prizes loyalty to President Trump above all else, and Trump’s failings are ignored.

 In short, Trump and Perdue deserve each other. Their country deserves better.