Category: Georgia

GA GOP Congressional Delegations Sink Deeper into Trump’s Sewer

(Editor’s note: This post first appeared as a  Newsletter on July 7, 2018)

Within the last 24 hours, a plethora of headlines have highlighted the implosion of Trump’s Republican Party into a corrupt, intellectually and morally burnt-out case, with nothing positive to offer America. Trump, with his speech in Montana, shows every sign of being unhinged. And the speech is simply the latest of a growing pattern of flagrant lies and false claims. It’s no longer a Republican swamp. It’s a Republican sewer.

But, Georgians, note this: your Republican Congressional delegations in Washington are swimming happily in this sewer. Our Senators, Representatives, and their staffs remain among the most slavish lackey supporters of Donald Trump. They are eagerly helping Trump to wage his war against America’s basic moral and democratic values, against God’s Commandments, against Jesus’ Golden Rule, and against common human decency.

But let’s get specific. IndieDems provides below the headlines that will lead you to articles that provide sentence by sentence and paragraph by paragraph the facts about the debased Republican agenda and its debased supporters.

As you read, remember this: the following Republicans endorse every word and deed that is being condemned:

  • Senator Johnny Isakson and his Chief of Staff Joan Karr and Immigration Legislative Assistant Michael Black.
  • Senator David Perdue and his COS Derrick Dickey and Immigration LA Drew Robinson
  • Rep. Karen Handel and her COS Muffy Day and Immigration LA Elisabeth Conklin
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security LA Susannah Johnston

What human being could listen to a President of the United States in a public speech insult George H.W. Bush and John McCain, call a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas” and then devote hundreds of words to discussing how, in a debate, he is going to have her DNA tested—and not conclude that the President is unhinged? All the people listed above, that’s who.

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Trump Assails Critics and Mocks #MeToo. What About Putin? ‘He’s Fine

In a speech July 5 in Montana, Donald Trump mocked or insulted: John McCain, former President George H.W. Bush and his Points of Light, the #MeToo movement, Elizabeth Warren, and Maxine Waters. He did not attack the latter two for their policies. He leveled a racist slur at Warren and a personal insult at Waters. In the same speech, he praised Vladimir Putin—a now consistent Republican policy of attacking friends and allies and decent people, while heaping praise on Putin, Kim Un Jong, and fascists copying Nazi parades by marching through the streets of Charlottesville bearing torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us.”

Trump Administration in Chaotic Scramble to Reunify Migrant Families

These reports of the Trump Administration’s continued chaos and confusion in reuniting the kidnapped refugee children with their families—including an inability to provide accurate numbers—surfaced on the same day that Trump delivered his Montana diatribe. Look at the names of the Republicans above. They give not a damn about what this shows about the state of their debased and incompetent rule.

Scott Pruitt is out, far too late

“The most dishonest and corrupt administration in about a century is only marginally improved by the departure of Pruitt.” A conservative columnist speaks. Georgia’s elected Republican and their staff remain speechless, clear evidence of their acceptance of massive corruption.

Senator Isakson and the Kidnapped Refugee Children

In a separate post, IndieDems publishes Senator Johnny Isakson’s reply to our criticism of Trump’s implementation of the “zero tolerance” policy regarding immigrant asylum seekers and illegal border crossers, resulting in the separation of thousands of children from their parents and their detention in inhumane and un-Christian circumstances.

We applaud Isakson’s recognition of the wrongfulness of separating children from their parents and his efforts to end it. The bill Senate Bill 3093 (S.3093) he is co-sponsoring—Senator Elizabeth Warren is one of nine Democratic co-sponsors—is a step in the right direction toward a more on long-term solution to the immigration imbroglio.

But there are many lose ends that Senator Isakson needs to continue to address to bring to an end this shameful episode in American history:

Time frame. The Senate bill is making its laborious way through the Congressional process. It will take weeks, if not months, before it passes the Senate. And then it must get House approval, And President Trump must then sign it into law.

The imprisoned children are suffering trauma and emotional distress every single minute they remain in custody.

Senator Isakson needs to be more pro-active in expediting the process. The children’s release needs to be separated from the longer-term issues and brought to a quick solution. Whatever funds are needed to accomplish that task should be immediately appropriated.

The Trump Administration’s obfuscation of the numbers issue. There is still no authoritative statistics on: the number of children detained, where they are being held, what contact they are having with their parents, how many have been reunited, the timetable for the reuniting of those that remain in custody.

The deliberate confusion—or just gross incompetence—gives the Big Lie to claims that the reunification process is proceeding expeditiously. Activists who have managed to make contact with some children or parents report Trump officials are lying about the ability of children to contact their parents and the rate of reunification.

Senator Isakson needs to take the lead in resolving the numbers issue. He should use his office as a U.S. Senator to find out what agency is keeping the statistics up to date. He should demand a daily accounting of what is going on regarding the children—and make the findings public.

Trump and Sessions’ sick, slick game regarding detention. They claim that a new court ruling ordering that separated children be promptly reunited with their parents amounts to a green light for federal officials to detain them — together. A decades-old court accord, known as the Flores ruling, requires immigrant children be released from custody “without unnecessary delay,” and that when they are held, it be in state-licensed day-care facilities.

The Trump administration now insists that if the new ruling requires the government to reunify and keep families together, then the government will keep the families in detention pending the outcome of their immigration or asylum cases, which typically take months or years to resolve.

But there is no legal requirement that migrant parents be detained while their cases are resolved, and previous administrations used alternative, effective means of ensuring that immigrants who are released pending the adjudication of their cases show up for their court hearings — they include electronic ankle bracelets; telephonic contacts with voice-recognition technology; and mobile phone app check-ins. These methods worked.

A Washington Post editorial summed it up: “That’s a neat bit of lawyerly jujitsu. It attempts to turn a federal judge’s reunification ruling last week…into a rationale for extending the current administration’s cruel crusade against migrant families. As a legal matter, it’s also unsupportable…antithetical to American values, offensive to the law and an affront to decency.”

Other matters Isakson should demand answers to: Are the legal rights of the parents being protected and respected? Do they have adequate legal representation?  How is it to be paid for? What about the parents who have already left the United States? What are the procedures to reunite them with their children?

Recent media reports state that even parents who have the clearance to reunite with their children face massive transportation costs to make the connection. Senator Isakson should take the lead in appropriating funds to meet these travel costs. They would be tiny fraction of the recently passed Agricultural Subsidy bill for rich farmers that Isakson championed and loudly praises.

The potentially horrendous future of some of the children. People knowledgeable about what can happen to children once they are in the clutches of the “authorities” tell us there is no guarantee that all the kidnapped children will ever be returned to their families. Some of them, for example may end up being legally and permanently separated from their parents and placed in the U.S. foster care system. They will then be treated like any child in that system. The parents, at a minimum, would face a long and costly legal battle to get them returned. And, of course, virtually none of the parents who fled their home countries have the money for such a battle.

It would be an unspeakable shock to the conscience for the U.S. Government to kidnap children from a parent because the parent was arrested for a misdemeanor; keep those children in inhumane conditions for months or years; and then use the full majesty of government to find a legal excuse for keeping some of those children from being returned to their parents, family, or legal guardian.

Senator Isakson should take the lead in preventing this Big Brother future from happening. I presume his Chief of Staff, Joan Kirchner Karr; and his Homeland Security and Immigration Legislative Assistant, Michael Black,  are already working overtime dealing with the above issues. IndieDems will closely monitor Isakson, Karr, and Black’s actions to make sure all kidnapped children are returned safely to their families. Any American who failes to use the full power of their office to expedite that solution would reveal themselves as totally lacking a moral conscience.

That reputation would follow them all the days of their lives.

Senator Isakson’s Reply on Child Immigrant Crisis

IndieDems has roundly criticized Republicans for creating out of whole cloth a crisis involving the kidnapping of thousands of  immigrant children ,imprisoning them in wire cages, and moving many of them around the country in the dead of night, with no mechanism in place to reunite them with their parents.

This inhumane, un-American, and un-Christian action was loudly condemned, forcing President to sign an executive order that technically put an an to further separations. But thousands remain in custody, and confusion and chaos blocks speedy resolution.

We publish below Senator Johnny Isakson’s reply to our criticism of his role.

Thank you for contacting me regarding immigration and children. I appreciate hearing from you and am grateful for the opportunity to respond.

Our country is a nation of immigrants, and it is my belief that those who seek to come to this country through lawful channels to share in the pursuit of the American dream should be welcomed. However, I have always drawn a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration. Illegal immigration places a great strain on our institutions and in turn burdens the American taxpayer. For this reason, I believe immigration reform is one of the most significant domestic issues facing our nation today.

On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the U.S. Department of Justice would prosecute every person who illegally crosses into the United States along the Southwest border. As a result, when adults with children illegally enter the United States, authorities would detain the adult pending a hearing on their immigration status. Meanwhile, the child would be placed into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which coordinates and implements the care and placement of the children as appropriate. This distinction is due in part to a court order that prohibits minors from being detained for more than 20 days in immigration cases, meaning that in most cases children cannot stay with their parents if the parents are being held pending an asylum hearing. Earlier this year, I supported an immigration proposal offered by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that would have overturned this court order, in addition to providing funding for border security and a path to citizenship for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

While I firmly stand behind enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, I believe Congress and the administration should work to keep families together whenever possible. I am also a cosponsor of S.3093 (Senate Bill 3093), the Keeping Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, introduced on June 20, 2018 by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). (IndieDems note: the bill is co-sponsored by 6 Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren). This bill would end separation of families at the border, allow families to be processed together, and require fair and humane treatment while awaiting immigration processing. Additionally, the legislation provides additional funding for family residential centers, sets mandatory standards for care, and authorizes 225 new immigration judges to expedite proceedings for children and families who are apprehended at the border.

Following the introduction of S.3093, President Trump issued an executive order to end the separation of families in the course of enforcing immigration laws. However, legislation is still needed to address the 20-day limit on keeping families together. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to secure our borders and advocate for immigration policies that strengthen our nation and benefit the people of Georgia.

Thank you again for contacting me. If I can be of any assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to call upon me.

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

Cobb Democrats’ Video Watch Party June 28

Event: Carolyn Hadaway’s Video Watch Party

Topic: “Do you Trust this Computer.” How politicians are mining massive data from our social media postings to try to manipulate our behavior.

Date: Thursday, June 28

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Private home just east of Johnson Ferry Rd., and just south of Cobb County’s Roswell Rd.

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

RSVP: Please include names, phone #s, and addresses.  Bring finger food if you like.

Time to Highlight GOP Staffers Complicity In Crimes against Humanity

It’s Tuesday, June 26. We are approaching the three month anniversary  of the Trump “No Tolerance” policy that led to the cruel and inhumane separation of thousands of refugee children from their parents and placing them in legal limbo with no procedures in place  to reunite them with their parents.

Despite widespread outrage over the depraved  treatment of innocent children, every news report continues to state that the Republicans are continuing their inhumane treatment of the children. Senators and Representatives who finally were able to visit some of the detention facilities under highly restrictive conditions report traumatized and crying children are being kept in wire cages and sleeping on the floor. There is no letup of the type of treatment meted out by Republicans that the medical profession states un-categorically will result in permanent harm to the children.

I  presume all decent Americans have  complained to their U.S. Senators and Representatives about the treatment of the children.  If you telephoned, you probably got some young staffer (intern?) who promised to pass your message on to their boss.

It’s time to start holding our Congressional staffers responsible for their complicity in the Trump Republican Administration’s crimes against humanity.

I have in recent days made it a point to include in tweets about the children the names of Congressional staffers working for Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel, as representatives of Metro Atlanta’s Republican Congressional delegation. I have included the words in follow-up email messages to their offices.

I do not believe this will change the minds of the staffers or their bosses. They have established beyond the shadow of a doubt they are content to be nothing but obsequious lackeys of Donald Trump. But we need to start establishing a public record of the individuals involved in these heinous acts and the flagrant racism that underlies the acts.

Below is a compilation of my words. I hope you will use them in social media and in your own contacts with the Congressional offices.

General

#GOPstaffers Do all you Congressional staffers realize you are mimicking the German bureaucrats who enabled the Nazi persecution of the Jews? Presume you flunkies mean to use the classic Nazi defense: I was only a cog in the machine and was only following orders. Like ICE.

The flood of reports of children being moved throughout the country in the dead of night, beyond the reach of any legal oversight, proves conclusively the United States Government is committing crimes against humanity. All those complicit will face a day of reckoning for their participation in acts that shock the conscience. I use those words in their literal meaning. I trust Republicans know the context.

Office of Senator David Perdue

Derrick Dickey, COS for Senator Perdue (R-GA): Republicans’ unvarnished racism shown in Trump lies about illegal immigrants’ crime and their numbers, calling Sen. Warren Pocahontas, using “infest,” M. Huckabee photo comparing Pelosi’s staff to MS-13 gang members. What’s your opinion?

Derrick Dickey, COS for Senator Perdue (R-GA): Do you truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I list Derrick Dickey, COS for Senator Perdue (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

Drew Robinson, Immigration aide for Sen. Perdue: Republicans’ unvarnished racism shown in Trump lies about illegal immigrants’ crime and their numbers, calling Sen. Warren Pocahontas, using “infest,” M. Huckabee photo comparing Pelosi’s staff to MS-13 gang members. What’s your opinion?

Drew Robinson, Immigration aide for Senator Perdue (R-GA): Do truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I list Drew Robinson, Immigration aide to Sen. Perdue (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

Dear Drew Robinson, Immigration aide to Sen. Perdue (R-GA): Governors refuse National Guard participation and airline CEOs refuse use of their planes in the GOP-sponsored child abuse of refugee children. Why do you and your boss remain complicit in keeping them kidnapped?

Office of Representative Barry Loudermilk

Note to Rep. Loudermilk’s (R-GA) COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security aide Susannah Johnston: your names bear the stain of being complicit in the inhumane kidnapping of innocent children. The stain will magnify if you fail to act to reunite those children with their parents.

Rob Adkerson, COS for GA Rep. Loudermilk: Republicans’ unvarnished racism shown in Trump lies about illegal immigrants’ crime and their numbers, calling Sen. Warren Pocahontas, using “infest,” M. Huckabee photo comparing Pelosi’s staff to MS-13 gang members. What’s your opinion?

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I list Rob Adkerson, COS for Rep. Loudermilk. (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

Rob Adkerson, COS for Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA): Do you truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

Susannah Johnston, staffer for GA Rep. Loudermilk: Republicans’ unvarnished racism shown in Trump lies about illegal immigrants’ crime and their numbers, calling Sen. Warren Pocahontas, using “infest,” M. Huckabee photo comparing Pelosi’s staff to MS-13 gang members. What’s your opinion?

Susannah Johnston, Immigration aide for Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA): Do you truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I list Susannah Johnston, Immigration aide for Rep. Loudermilk. (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

#GOPstaffers To Susannah Johnston, Immigration aide to GA Rep. Loudermilk: What messages did you send to DHS and HHS demanding to know: how many refugee children have been seized, their contact with their parents, how many reunified, what procedures are in place to reunite them all.

Dear Susannah Johnston, Immigration aide to Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA): Governors refuse National Guard participation and airline CEOs refuse use of their planes in the GOP-sponsored child abuse of refugee children. Why do you and your boss remain complicit in keeping them kidnapped?

Office of Senator Johnny Isakson

Note to Senator Isakson’s (R-GA) COS Joan Kirchner Karr and Homeland Security aide Michael Black: your names bear the stain of being complicit in the inhumane kidnapping of innocent children. The stain will magnify if you fail to act to reunite those children with their parents.

Joan Karr, COS to GA Sen. Isakson (R-Trump): On the same day, Mike  Huckabee tweets photo comparing Pelosi’s campaign staff to MS-13 gang members. Trump calls Sen. Warren “Pocahontas,” lies abut illegal immigrants’ crime and their numbers at the border. Any comment on this GOP racism?

Joan Kirchner Karr, COS for Senator Isakson (R-GA): Do you truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I add Joan Kirchner Karr, COS for Senator Isakson (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

The U. S. Government’s treatment of the kidnapped children plainly constitutes crimes against humanity. All Republican Congressional staffers should be linked by name to these acts that shock the conscience. I list Michael Black, Immigration aide for Senator Isakson (R-GA). #GOPstaffers

Michael Black, Immigration aide for Senator Isakson (R-GA): Do you truly have no shame about supporting the kidnapping of children and placing them in legal limbo with no plans for reuniting with their parents? Did you lose a moral conscience, or did you never have one? #GOPstaffers

Dear Michael Black, Immigration aide to Sen. Isakson (R-GA): Governors refuse National Guard participation and airline CEOs refuse use of their planes in the GOP-sponsored child abuse of refugee children. Why do you and your boss remain complicit in keeping them kidnapped?

A Message to the Senators and Representatives

The following tweets sent separately to Senators Isakson and Perdue and to Representatives Loudermilk and Handel:

“You know that Trump lies about the number of immigrants entering the U.S. and the extent of their crimes. What scum tells Big Lies to justify keeping innocent children in brutal detention? You have lost any claim to be a Christian.”

“Every headline and TV news report screams ‘chaos and confusion’ in reuniting refugee children with parents. You do nothing. When did you acquire this Nazi mentality toward brutality inflicted on children?

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.