Category: Georgia

No Difference Between Democrats & Republicans? U Got to be Kidding

I have no doubt that many liberals and Democrats, including well-educated ones, are misinformed about Republicans and conservatives—and vice-versa. But let’s keep focused on the practical, every day consequences of how the two sides think and act.

Republicans are avidly supporting a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, anti-intellectual agenda. In fact, since Trump became president, the more extremist, demagogic, and unyielding Trump becomes in pursuing his extremist agenda, the more vociferously Republicans support him.

Trump tells baldfaced lies about Obama’s birthplace and about the degree of criminality among Hispanic immigrants, refers to the migrants as “animals,” and demeans the military service of John McCain, and Republicans scream their approval–and Republicans and Democrats are all the same?

If what Trump and the Republicans are doing is so noble and good, why do they have to constantly lie about it to defend it? Plus, name me the Democratic equivalent of someone who has:

  • Made over 10,000 false or misleading statements as President
  • Mocked a handicapped person
  • Locked up children in concentration camps
  • Praised neo-Nazi demonstrators chanting “Jews will not replace us”
  • Run a political campaign overtly supporting racism, xenophobia, and white nationalism
  • Used fear-mongering and race-baiting to support that campaign
  • Incited his followers to violence
  • Bragged about sexually assaulting women
  • Impugned the integrity of a respected judge on the basis of his ethnic origin.
  • Called various women bimbo, dog, ugly, of low intelligence, and “Miss Piggy”
  • Approved Howard Stern’s calling Ivanka “a piece of a–“
  • Belittled a Gold Star American mother
  • Praised the murderous thugs Putin and Kim Jong Un
  • Called foreign countries “s—holes”
  • Supported torture
Democrats and Republicans mirror image each other? What horse manure.

Trump & His Georgia Lackeys Rip American Values to Shreds

The meeting last week between President Trump and the murdering Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Japan provided another display of Trump’s obvious disdain for democratic rights and liberties—a disdain shared by Trump’s lapdog Georgia supporters, Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk.  They have shown, again, why we unabashedly refer to them as Trump’s three stooges.

Trump used the meeting to make light of Russian interference in our election and joked with Putin president about the nasty journalists who dare to criticize the two of them.

When Trump was asked if he would discuss election interference with Putin, the President turned to the Russian boss, smiled, and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Putin laughed.

IndieDems finds it appalling to see Trump’s bizarre fanboy admiration for Putin rear its noxious head. Trump is once more sucking up to the Russian thug—and sacrificing United States national security interests in doing so. One media commentator summed it up by noting Trump had followed up on

“the farce of Helsinki, when Trump embarrassed himself and America before the world with display of sycophancy so pathetic that you could barely read an article about it without finding a reference to Neville Chamberlain.”

At the Helsinki summit, of course, Trump had taken Putin’s word that he had not interfered in the U.S. 2016 elections over the unanimous judgement of America’s intelligence services that he had—a conclusion overwhelmingly seconded by the Mueller report.

How have Georgia’s three stooges Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk treated Trump’s kowtowing to Putin? They have doubled down on their support for him and are aggressively pushing for his re-election! And the interests of their  country be damned.  

Regarding journalists, Trump said: “Get rid of them. ‘Fake news’ is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” Putin responded, in English: “We also have. It’s the same.”

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, since Putin took power, 25 journalists have been murdered in Russia. Many of them were investigating his regime when murdered. All very funny, according to Trump and his three stooges from Georgia.

Which is worse: Trump, Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk’s seeming appreciation for the brutal control Putin exercises over his country, or the Russian leader claiming our two countries are “the same”?

Trump’s gushing admiration for authoritarian thugs was not limited to Putin. He also:

  • Lavished praise on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, while ignoring evidence that Mohammad directed the killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Flew from Osaka to hold a summit meeting with North Korean thug Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, once more fawning all over the North Korean dictator who presides over one of the most inhumane regimes on earth.

IndieDems long ago got sick and tired of those like Georgia’s three stooges who call themselves “constitutional conservatives” while ignoring Trump’s cavalier attitude toward liberty—and toward the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, and common human decency.

And remember: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making sure that no legislation that might secure the American election system against Russian intrusion will ever come to a vote in the Senate.

The White House and our Congressional offices are now occupied by Republicans who have contempt for not only the interests of the United States but also every principle that is supposed to make us what we are. In the words of a political observer,

“If you can watch Trump yukking it up with Putin and not feel sick to your stomach, you might want to take a good hard look at your own commitment to American values.”

GA Republicans Unmoved by Dead and Suffering Migrant Children

In the two and one-half years of Donald Trump as President, Georgia’s two Senators—Johnny Isakson and David Perdue—and Representative Barry Loudermilk have shown themselves to be three of Trump’s more willing lapdogs.  Their stamp of approval for everything Trump has said or done is revealed by one simple fact: they support his re-election for four more years. Whatever Trump’s words and deeds, these three stooges want four more years of it, in addition to the remaining 19 months of his first term.

The most glaring example of the three stooges’ willingness to abandon any respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, and common human decency to keep Trump in power is shown by their support for his cruel immigration policy.

Here is the evolution of Trump’s policy that begin with a big lie and has become steadily more flagrantly racist, depraved, and inhumane, with the full support of the three stooges.

June 2015:

“Mexico not sending their best. They’re sending people bringing drugs, bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk (the three stooges): “Sounds OK to us!”

2016

“I’m going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.” The three stooges: “We support Donald Trump for President!”

2018:

President Donald Trump called immigrants “animals” during a roundtable with California leaders. The three stooges: “We support President Trump!”

2019

News report: Since he began campaigning (for his re-election), President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.” The three stooges: “We support President Trump!”

(Comment: Trump is simply lying about the relationship between immigrants and crime. Research has long shown that recent immigrants are no more prone to criminality that native-born Americans. In fact, studies have suggested they are less so. A new analysis by The Marshall Project, published May 13, has also found no connection between crime and increases in local populations of undocumented immigrants.)

June 2019:  News reports:

“A traumatic and dangerous situation is unfolding for some 250 infants, children and teens locked up for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation, according to a legal team that interviewed dozens of children at a Border Patrol station in Texas.”

 
The three stooges: “What’s the problem?”

“Three girls, ages 10 to 15, said they had been taking turns watching over a sick 2-year-old boy because there was no one else to look after him.”

 
The three stooges: “What’s the problem?”

“When the lawyers saw the boy, he wasn’t wearing a diaper and had wet his pants, and his shirt was smeared in mucus. They said at least 15 children at the facility had the flu, and some were kept in medical quarantine.”

 
The three stooges: “What’s the problem?”

“The children told lawyers that they were fed uncooked frozen food or rice and had gone weeks without bathing or a clean change of clothes at the facility in Clint, in the desert scrubland some 25 miles southeast of El Paso.”

 
The three stooges: “What’s the problem?”
June 2019

 
The three stooges: “Re-Elect Donald Trump!!”

Trump Threatens U.S. Interests and World Peace–with Senate Approval

Trump’s actions regarding Iran over the past two weeks prove beyond a shadow of a doubt he not only is manifestly unfit to be president, he constitutes a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States, to world peace, and to the basic framework of the international order. He is going to stumble-bumble us into an unnecessary war, and a war with Iran will not be a brief shoot-out. The consequences, whoever “wins,” will be catastrophic, and generations to come will live with its dystopian aftermath.

The 53 Republicans who control the United States Senate will share with Trump the responsibility for the horror. This small number of the most pitiful wretches ever to hold public office in America are the only barrier to removing this incompetent, lying, racist xenophobe from office.

These morally and intellectually corrupt human beings who live every minute of their lives in mortal fear they may say something to offend Donald Trump are betraying their country worst than Benedict Arnold. They have no shame, no more than the Republicans of a previous generation who worshiped the lying demagogue Joe McCarthy. How they look themselves in the mirror is incomprehensible.

Georgia’s own Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, of course, are charter members of the “Trump at any cost” club.

Johnny Isakson’s Definition of Good Government

I set out a few days ago to gather about two or three days of headlines that show the incompetent, chaotic, and corrupt Trump government that Senator Johnny Isakson finds so acceptable, he intends to support Trump’s re-election, so the two of them can continue to give us such government for four more years. The idea is, the gross incompetence and malfeasance of the Trump Administration has become so flagrant and overt, the headlines alone tell the story. Putting together a critical commentary has become superfluous.

And I began before the fiasco of Trump reportedly ordering air strikes against Iran and then canceling the operation at the last minute!

Here are the fruits of my labors. Most of the headlines were published within about four days of each other in June. Some go back a little more, to give depth to the revelation of what type of government receives Johnny Isakson’s stamp of approval.

Trump ordered an attack on Iran, then called it off

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats

How Kellyanne Conway exemplifies the administration’s moral rot

Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff
…littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president.

Trump’s Temporary Cabinet and Vacancy-riddled Government


Hello! I’m Senator Johnny Isakson. All around me, you see headlines showing you
the type of government Donald Trump and I want to bring you for five more years.

Trump/Isakson’s Talk On Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match Their Administration’s Actions

How A Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Could Affect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Why Trump’s Cabinet vacancies, turnover threaten our government

   Paul Manafort’s transfer from Rikers Island shows how corrupt the DOJ really is

State Department official didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina

Trump plans to turn the Fourth of July into a political rally in honor of himself

Trump picked Kim Jong Un over the CIA. Is anyone surprised? 

Officials rejected Jared Kushner for top secret security clearance, but were overruled

‘These boys were on a holiday’: Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip

These gruesome new Khashoggi revelations reinforce the ugly bargain Trump has struck with Saudi

‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection

GOP-leaning Orlando Sentinel Eviscerates Trump/Isakson Agenda

The Orlando Sentinel—a historically Republican newspaper—has recoiled in horror against the America that Johnny Isakson and his Der Fuhrer, Donald Trump, are creating.

The Sentinel Editorial Board yesterday took the occasion of Trump’s visit to Orlando to kick off his 2020 re-election campaign to denounce in unmistakeable terms the warped and twisted agenda that Isakson and Trump have spent three and one-half years implementing—and want to spend another five years implementing.

Here are some excerpts:

  • …there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.
  • After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.
  • Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.
  • So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.
  • Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.
  • It’s the tolerance so many Americans (like Johnny Isakson) have for it.

And this:

  • Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts.
  • He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse.
  • He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN.
  • He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows.
  • He seems incapable of learning a lesson, telling an ABC interviewer last week — just two months after Robert Mueller’s report on election interference was released — that he would accept dirt on an opponent from Russia or China.

Remember: Johnny Isakson not only endorses all the above, he wants to give Trump four more years of doing it!

Here is the editorial in its entirety, with the hope that the Sentinel will show mercy toward any possible copyright violation.


The Orlando Sentinel – Editorial Board
June 18, 2018

Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign.

We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.

Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent.

Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.

After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.

Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.

So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.

Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.

It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.

There was a time when even a single lie — a phony college degree, a bogus work history — would doom a politician’s career.

Not so for Trump, who claimed in 2017 that he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally (they didn’t). In 2018 he said North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat (it is). And in 2019 he said windmills cause cancer (they don’t). Just last week he claimed the media fabricated unfavorable results from his campaign’s internal polling (it didn’t).

Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018

According to a Washington Post database, the president has tallied more than 10,000 lies since he took office.

Trump’s successful assault on truth is the great casualty of this presidency, followed closely by his war on decency.

Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts. He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse. He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN. He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows. He seems incapable of learning a lesson, telling an ABC interviewer last week — just two months after Robert Mueller’s report on election interference was released — that he would accept dirt on an opponent from Russia or China.

I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn’t they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019

Trump has diminished our standing in the world. He reneges on deals, attacks allies and embraces enemies.

This nation must never forget that humiliating public moment in Helsinki in 2018 when the president of the United States chose to accept Vladimir Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the 2016 election over the unanimous assessment of the American intelligence community.

Such a betrayal by a U.S. president would have been the unforgivable political sin in normal times.

As if that’s not enough, Trump declares his love for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, a genuine villain who starves and enslaves his people and executes his enemies with antiaircraft guns and flamethrowers.

But he wrote the president a “beautiful letter.” Flattery will get you everywhere with this president, and that’s dangerous.

Domestically, the president’s signature issue — immigration — has moved in fits and starts. Happily, he abandoned pursuing an outright — and unconstitutional — ban on Muslims entering the U.S., opting instead to restrict travel for people from a handful of nations, most of them majority Muslim.

He’s tried separating families, sending troops to the border and declaring a national emergency. For all of that, illegal border crossings are, as the president himself calls it, at crisis levels.

He blames House Democrats because casting blame is Trump’s forte. But Republicans controlled the House and the Senate for two full years. That seemed like an ideal time to fix what the president believes ails our immigration laws.

Even with Democrats now controlling the House, where is Trump’s much-touted deal-making mojo, an attribute he campaigned on?

“But the economy!”

Yes, the market has done well since Trump’s election.

The S&P 500 was up about 21% between Trump’s inauguration and May 31 of his third year in office. Under President Obama, it was up about 56% in that same period.

Unemployment is headed down, as it was during seven straight years under Obama.

Wages are up, and that’s a welcome change. But GDP increases so far are no better than some periods under Obama. Deficit spending under Obama was far too high, in part because of the stimulus needed to dig out of the Great Recession. Under Trump, it’s still headed in the wrong direction, once again pushing $1 trillion even though the economy is healthy.

Trump seems to care nothing about the deficit and the national debt, which once breathed life into the Tea Party.

Through all of this, Trump’s base remains loyal. Sadly, the truest words Trump might ever have spoken was when he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose his supporters.

This non-endorsement isn’t defaulting to whomever the Democrats choose. This newspaper has a history of presidential appointments favoring Republicans starting in the mid-20th century. Except for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Sentinel backed Republican presidential nominees from 1952 through 2004, when we recommended John Kerry over another four years of George W. Bush.

As recently as 2012 we recommended Republican Mitt Romney because of what seemed at the time to be Obama’s failure to adequately manage the nation’s finances.

If — however unlikely — a Republican like Romney, now a senator from Utah, or former Ohio Gov. John Kasich successfully primaried the president, we would eagerly give them a look. Same if an independent candidate mounted a legitimate campaign.

We’d even consider backing Trump if, say, he found the proverbial cure for cancer or — about as likely — changed the essence of who he is (he won’t).

The nation must endure another 1½ years of Trump. But it needn’t suffer another four beyond that.

We can do better. We have to do better.

More Lies from Trump. “Right on,” Says Johnny Isakson

//How does Senator Johnny Isakson react to the lies and chicanery found in Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff  speech? He says: “Re-elect this man president for four more years!”//

The Washington Post Fact Checker has documented the false and misleading statements (lies) made by Trump over the years. Here is the Fact Checkers take on Trump’s Orlando speech kicking off his 2010 campaign.

“Trump’s campaign kickoff speech in Orlando was littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president,” including:

  • Phony numbers on trade.
  • Unfounded claims about immigrants.
  • False statements about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.
  • Fishy economic statistics and wild exaggerations about his presidential accomplishments.

Read the Fact Checkers point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s lies on:

  • Who initiated the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, long before Robert Mueller came along
  • The Obama Administration’s energy policies
  • The border wall and illegal immigration
  • Who pays for the tariffs imposed on China
  • African-American employment
  • The size and impact of the Trump tax cuts
  • The alleged construction of new auto assembly plants
  • The status of U.S. steel mills
  • The creation of manufacturing jobs
  • Wait time for veterans
  • Coverage of pre-existing conditions. (Fact Checker: “The Trump administration in an ongoing court case is arguing that the entire law should be scrapped, including the guarantee for patients with preexisting conditions.

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

//Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump in stunning new ad//
Uh, any comments, Senator Isakson? After all, this is Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.
Of course, Senator, your track record of the past three years shows you don’t give any more of a damn about traditional conservatism then you do about your country.  Politics is all abut staying on the good side of Donald Trump and your wealthy contributors, with the former taking precedent. After all, you Republicans have introduced the Der Fuhrer principle into American politics and follow it rigorously. Donald Trump is to you what Adolph Hitler was to a Nazi functionary.
What else would explain, for example, why your reaction to hearing Trump praise neo-Nazi demonstrators marching in a Nazi-style torchlight parade through the streets of an American city chanting “Jews will not replace  us” is to shout:
“Re-elect Donald Trump President for four more years!”

Sen Isakson: No Problem with Trump’s Growing Authoritarianism

ABC News on Sunday released a video of a series of interviews with President Trump by correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Trump at one point stated that Article 2 of the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want.”

And what will be Senator Johnny Isakson’s response to Trump’s claim that the Constitution gives him he  unchecked executive power? Our prediction: Isakson will give the stock answer he has given to every other Trump lie or statement that shows utter contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, democratic norms, and common human decency:

“We muster elect this man President for four more years!”