Category: Georgia

Kill More Birds, and More: Trump’s (and GA GOP’s) Assault on the Environment

The latest: Cruelty without consequence is Trump’s way

Trump’s Interior Department has announced that it will no longer enforce key provisions of the 100 year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which, among other things, “incentivized industries to avoid the intentional or unintentional slaughter of North America’s native birds.” The result: “the unintended, though still perhaps foreseen, killing of birds, as in open waste pits, uncovered oil spills, lit communication towers and low-visibility power lines.”

Imagine. The ever-so-enlightened Trump Republicans discovered what no other Presidential Administration recognized in 100 years: a treaty designed to protect migratory birds imposes outrageous, burdensome regulations on American corporations!

This Trump breakthrough on killing migratory birds in service to corporate greed is gleefully brought to you by his Georgia supporters:

  • 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

“The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship”

We’re scooped! IndieDems has begun drafting an article on what a bunch of horse manure it is to claim that Republicans during Watergate, unlike those today, put country above Party and lent their support to bringing down Nixon and his thugs. The authors of this New York Times article beat us to the punch and did a much better job than we would have.  The Republicans of those days were every bit as non-caring about the Constitution, the rule of law, and common human decency as Georgia’s GOP Congressional representatives are today—most prominently, Trump’s lap dogs Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Representatives Loudermilk and Handel, and their staffs.

The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship

(Excerpt) In fact, when these critics refer back to the Watergate era as a time of bipartisan commitment to the rule of law over politics, they get it exactly wrong. Defending the president at all costs, blaming investigators and demonizing journalists was all part of the Republican playbook during the political crisis leading up to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. READ MORE

“Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy”

Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy

(Excerpt) Hackable polling machines, voter roll purges, refusing to register voters until after an election, the use of investigations to intimidate groups registering minorities to vote — Mr. Kemp knows it all…

Voter suppression keeps Georgia a red state. Since 2005, Republicans have controlled the State Legislature as well as the governor’s office. Now most of the congressional districts are Republican. So are nearly 64 percent of the state representatives and 66 percent of the state senators.

That political power, however, bears no relation to the state’s demographics. Whites make up less than 60 percent of the state’s population but more than 90 percent of people who voted Republican in the primary. The state’s gerrymandered districts, drawn and redrawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature, mirror the inordinate and disproportionate power of this constituency. READ MORE

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel & Staffs: Natural Swamp Dwellers All Along

Three days ago, I started drafting a post on how Georgia’s Congressional Delegations are deeply enmeshed in the culture of corruption that Trump and the Republicans have brought to Washington. The eager participants I focus on are:

  • 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

My approach was to simply provide a compilation of recent news reports and commentaries, together with some excerpts, that reveal with facts and figures the depth of the corruption, incompetence, malfeasance, and sheer criminality that the above people consider normal. A minimum of my own analysis, in other words.

The project is taking longer than I expected because the data, even in summary form, is so extensive.  But an even greater barrier to completing the task: new events are happening almost daily that graphically demonstrate the depth of the swamp that is the natural home of Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston.

So I decided to interrupt the larger project to provide this summary of some recent manifestations of the Trump/GOP swamp. Followed by a reminder of the real American conservatives who put country above party—unlike Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston.

IndieDems Comments are in italics.

Trump’s latest immigration injustice is a malicious travesty  (To which Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston have taken no dissent)

The Trump administration wants you to believe it’s devoted to protecting American taxpayers from supposedly welfare-mooching foreigners. Don’t. What President Trump   (And Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, and staffers) is really doing is shutting the door on all but a small sliver of well-heeled immigrants — while telling the “tired,” “poor,” and “huddled masses” yearning to put cheap food on American dinner plates to get lost. (Endorsed by Georgia Congressional Republicans

Three reasons Trump’s new immigration rule should make your blood boil

“Once again, the Trump administration is looking to punish immigrants. And once again, innocent children are getting hurt in the process. This time, however, many of those innocent children are likely to be U.S. citizens.”

Trump and Stephen Miller are now targeting legal immigrants. This will get uglier.

“Republicans become deeply offended when you suggest that their party is in the process of adopting a white nationalist agenda, and that many of their voters are motivated by xenophobia. No, no, they say, we acknowledge that America is a nation of immigrants; we just want a secure border and all the laws to be enforced. We welcome legal immigrants; it’s illegal immigration we have a problem with.”

“But then you get something like this…” (i.e., the new GOP immigration policy)

Rampant Republican Racism
(Not a problem for Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

Virginia GOP candidate attacks Muslim gubernatorial candidate as an ‘ISIS commie’

“Corey Stewart, a neo-Confederate and the Republican nominee for Senate in Virginia, called Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed an “ISIS commie” on Twitter Wednesday…Stewart’s own record and platform are in every way El-Sayed’s opposite. He has a history of defending the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments and also:

  • Supports the abolition of background checks and once raffled off an AR-15
  • Blamed the left for anti-Semitism
  • Once called members of his own party “flaccid” for supporting Medicaid expansion.

VA GOP Senate candidate praised southern secession in 2017 campaign appearance

(Unsurprisingly, Stewart has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.)

Laura Ingraham: America as we know it doesn’t exist anymore due to ‘demographic changes’ (Not one word of dissent from Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

The Fox News host on August 8 “lamented that the ‘American we know and love doesn’t exist anymore’ because of demographic changes in the country that she blamed on illegal and legal immigration.

Some Voices of Real American Conservatives
(An endangered species being hunted to extinction by the likes of Trump, Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel, Karr, Black, Dickey, Robinson, Day, Conklin, Adkerson, and Johnston)

Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it

George Will

William Kristol

“It’s sad that the national anthem has become, in the era of Trump, the first refuge of the scoundrel.” (Twitter, 8/10/18)

Trump’s GOP GA Lapdogs Support His Role for ACLU in Reuniting Migrant Families

Headline August 3, 2018: “Trump administration puts burden on ACLU to find deported parents separated from children”

What kind of people support using the full power of the federal government to kidnap children from their parents, detain them for weeks or months in inhumane conditions with no arrangements to reunite them with their parents–and then, when federal courts demand action, want to let the non-governmental ACLU take the lead in reuniting the families?

For starters, of course, there’s President Donald Trump, VP Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

And then there’s the following:

Sen. Johnny Isakson      Sen. David Purdue
COS: Joan Karr                COS: Derrick Dickey
LA: Michael Black          LA: Drew Robinson

Rep. Barry Loudermilk   Rep. Karen Handel
COS: Rob Adkerson         COS: Muffy Day
LA: Susannah Johnson    LA: Elisabeth Conklin

The Lies of Johnny Isakson

It is an established fact that Republicans accept lying as a way of life. The proof of this fact: Donald Trump has made over 4,000 false or misleading statements since his inauguration in 2017.  The approval rating of this congenital liar among Republicans has remained at about 90 percent. And, quick. Name a Republican elected official who has uttered one word of rebuke about this chronic liar.

Even more telling: Republicans are constantly asked in polls about Trump’s lying, as well as about his adultery; his racism; his Tweeted insults, slander, and bad mouthing; and his overall vulgarity (“African countries are shitholes”).  The Republicans’ reply: “We know about all of that. We just don’t care.”

Johnny Isakson is one of our Republican elected officials who accepts lying as a way of life. So far as I have been able to determine, Isakson has never mildly rebuked Trump for his congenital lying—much less stated that he cannot support anyone who brazenly violates God’s Commandment every day of his life. Or who approves of calling his own daughter a piece of ass.

But it is a specific issue that causes me to raise this issue of lying. That is the continuing pathetic issue of the kidnapped migrant children. We are now entering the fourth month of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that lead to the seizure of children from their parent(s) because the parent allegedly had committed a misdemeanor and keeping the children in detention for weeks, months, or permanently, subjecting them to a trauma  that that will have lasting consequences throughout their lives.

After the American people reacted in horror to this travesty, Isakson eventually got around to saying he opposed the separation policy. He cited a years-old 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.

Isakson said he supported an immigration proposal that would overturn this court order, and, in addition, provide funding for border security and a path to citizenship for those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Isakson supported Senate bill introduced on June 20, 2018, that would end separation of families at the border, allow families to be processed together, and require fair and humane treatment while awaiting immigration processing. The legislation also provided additional funding for family residential centers, set mandatory standards for care, and authorized 225 new immigration judges to expedite proceedings for children and families who are apprehended at the border.

The bill had merits. The problem? As IndieDems predicted, the bill has scarcely been seen or heard from again. Oh, I imagine it’s making its laborious way through the legislative process—exactly the fate Isakson intended. He offered a sop to show his compassion—and quickly exited the stage.

The bottom line: What has Isakson actually done to alleviate the suffering of the children and have them all returned to their families? Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Not one damn thing.

Isakson’s do-nothing policy, of course, mirrors that of the Republican-controlled Congress—which, in the three months since the implementation of the cruelest acts against innocent people ever taken by an American government, has done absolutely nothing to end the cruelty.

It took the intervention of the U.S courts to force the Trump Administration to being about whatever reunification has occurred. And many—if not all—the cases that produced that result were implemented by the families, pro-bono lawyers, or by non-governmental groups like the ACLU, The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

At the end of July, the Administration reported that most of the  children had been returned to their parents, but over 400 remained in custody, over half of whom had parents that had already been deported.

Isakson lied when he issued a statement that he intended to do something about the children. Lying remains a way of life for him and his Republican Party.

MDJ Reports Georgia, Local Runoff Primary Results

From the

ATLANTA (AP) — With a damning secret recording of his opponent and a late endorsement from President Donald Trump’s White House, Secretary of State Brian Kemp won a decisive victory Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia governor.

The Rising Tide of Racism, Fueled by Trump and His Republicans

The Washington Post and the New York Times on Sunday published articles that deliver an alarming message about the extent of racist bigotry in America that is being inflamed by Trump and his Republicans. These are not, mind you, editorials or op-ed commentaries. The WP article provides extensive, direct quotes of Southern Baptists speaking racist jargon. The one in the NYT is the first-hand account by a mother of the racism her black child experiences while being raised in a Red Republican state.

Reading them will send shills up the spine of any decent American. Here is the IndieDems analysis of the WP article.

As a native born Southerner who grew up in the Bible belt during the years of the Civil Rights struggles, this article hit me like a ton of bricks. Not because I was surprised at the outlook of these Southern Baptists, but because it revealed the absolute worst case scenario of trends I have recognized for some time.

Beginning about one year ago, I summed my thoughts up this way: “It’s as if Donald Trump and his Republicans have erased the last 60 years of race relations and taken us back to the time when you could lynch a black man on Saturday and attend church on Sunday morning and be assured your immortal souls was assured eternal salvation.”

What this article tells me is: Southern Baptists have not retrogressed. They never went beyond that mentality to begin with.

Ms. McCrummen is dead-on in saying Christian pastors in the South either defended segregation or remained silent. She would have provided more insight if she had reminded her readers that the Southern Baptist Convention was founded explicitly to defend the perpetuation of slavery as an institution ordained by God and Jesus.

The sheer ignorance and blindness that the Baptists now repeat in defending Trump as an instrument of God is bad enough. Their hypocrisy about their own supposedly bedrock approach to the Bible is even worse. Every word they speak to give legitimacy to their defense of Trump requires massive amounts of interpretation of the Bible—contravening their professed belief that the Bible must be read as the literal truth. Where is there any passage in the Bible that says mortal human beings can sacrifice the 10 Commandments on the altar of banning abortion?  What words spoken or written by Trump reflect “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?

In December 2017 and last month I posted on my blog letters I had sent to the SBC and other clerics. Read them here and here.

Georgia’s Congressional Republicans Shrug Off Trump’s Treason in Helsinki

Georgia’s Congressional Republicans Continue Their Supine Support for Trump Despite His Treasonous Performance in Helsinki
Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel show they care not a tinker’s damn about Trump’s selling out America to Putin
  • Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel are betraying their country for Donald Trump the way Trump betrayed his country for Putin in Helsinki.

Newt Gingrich, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and George Will (details below) lock and load on Trump for his Helsinki press conference with Putin—and all Georgia Republicans can muster is a bunch of anodyne pablum! What a price to pay for having Donald Trump as your one constituent—having to be cringing cowards living in mortal fear of offending the Wizard of Oz, even after the curtain has been pulled back.

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel are engaging in a dereliction of duty unparalleled in Georgia’s history.


The AJC on July 16 publishes a review of how Georgia Republicans have reacted to Trump’s press conference in Helsinki that has been roundly criticized even by many Republicans.

  • “Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Reps. Karen Handel and Jody Hice underscored that they believed Russia interfered in the most recent major U.S. election. But they took care not to directly repudiate Trump or his comments.” (Emphasis added)
  • “Many of the president’s most vocal backers, including U.S. Sen. David Perdue and gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle, kept quiet.”

The Verbatim Statements

Isakson: “The Russians have been attempting to influence democratic processes across the world for decades. Russia has done nothing to deserve our trust, and they should receive no special treatment. Nothing from the meeting between President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki has changed this assessment. I was encouraged to see the July 3 bipartisan summary from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that supported the U.S. intelligence community’s 2017 findings that Russia’s cyber operations were extensive and sophisticated in their attempts to influence the 2016 election.”

Handel: “As I have said before, Russia is not our friend; Russia is not an ally. Based on U.S. intelligence community findings, as well as the findings of the House Intelligence Committee, it is abundantly clear that Russia did indeed interfere with the 2016 elections. Russia’s actions to undermine our democratic process and divide Americans must not be tolerated, and they must be held accountable.”

With these empty words, Isakson and Handel show they remain wedded to the same approach they have taken toward Trump and the Russian attacks on America for the past 19 months: they intend to continue to allow Trump and the GOP to do absolutely nothing to retaliate for the Russian attacks or to implement counter measures to prevent future attacks—attacks which our intelligence services tell us are continuing right now and will gain force as the November elections near.

Isakson and Handel are engaging in the same double-talk many other Republicans are playing in their treatment of Helsinki: they state they accept the obvious fact that Russia interfered in U.S. elections—but refrain from saying one word of direct criticism of Trump, or offering any concrete proposals to rein him in or to implement measures to block Russia’s ongoing cyberattacks on the U.S.

Isakson and Handel ignore the whole tone of Trump’s cringing sycophancy toward Putin and the broader implications of Trump’s recent words and deeds for the whole fabric of U.S. alliances and its international prestige.

Most of all, Isakson and Handel say nothing about the fact that Trump has betrayed America by not retaliating for the Russian attacks or implementing measures to frustrate future attacks. These failures, plus Trump’s gushing praise for the person who ordered the attacks, constitute providing “aid and comfort to the enemy”—the Constitution’s definition of treason.

Other Conservative Voices

While Isakson, Handel, Perdue, and Loudermilk cringe in fear of condemning Trump:

Newt Gingrich tweeted: “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.”

Even Trump-friendly news media found fault with Putin summit in Helsinki

According to The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed President Trump over his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it a “personal and national embarrassment” in a scathing editorial…The editorial went on to say that…Trump “projected weakness” and went “soft” on Putin.

Fox News: “Putin eats Trump’s lunch in Helsinki — This is no way to win against Russia…At their joint press conference, President Putin was calculated and in control. Conversely, President Trump seemed to lack authority, praising Putin when he should have been condemning him, and ceding opportunities to confront Putin on his most egregious actions of the past decade – including meddling in the 2016 election and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014…For a sitting U.S. president to say publicly that he believes a foreign leader over his own intelligence team is shocking and admonishable. At a time when our democracy faces grave threats, it is deeply troubling that the president would side with the very country who attacked us.”

George Will: This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man


While the cringing cowardice of Isakson, Handel others causes them to focus on the narrow issue of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, what answers do they give to the following questions:

  • Why do you not care that the Office of President suffer severe degradation when the incumbent stood next to an enemy who attacked us and displayed obsequious deference to that enemy?
  • Why don’t you give a damn that Trump has not confronted Putin head-on about his interference in the 2016 elections and his ongoing interference in the 2018 elections?
  • What is the impact on our European allies of watching this obsequious sell-out of U.S. interests? Won’t they ask: if Trump is so willing to sell out U.S. interests to Putin, why should we believe he will protect our interests?
  • Senators Isakson and Perdue and Reps. Loudermilk and Handel, please give us your assessment of the following: The past week has convinced our NATO allies in Europe that the United States can no longer be trusted.
  • Isn’t the security of the United States placed in grave danger by having the President of the United States openly ignore and insult our intelligence services and law enforcement agencies? What if the intelligence community concludes that the U.S is about to be attacked by North Korea—but Trump ignores the warning because Kim Jong-Un declares it’s not true? What if the IC concludes Iran is not about to attack the U.S.—but Trump overrides the IC and orders a pre-emptive attack?
  • Why should foreign intelligence services with whom we maintain critical liaison arrangements give our services any credibility?

Looking Ahead: Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk and Handel, Please Tell Us…

  • Do you intend to demand that Trump give Congress a report on what transpired at the private meeting between Trump and Putin? What concrete steps have you taken to bring that about?
  • What bill are you sponsoring or co-sponsoring to make sure that there is a comprehensive inter-agency effort to block Russia from interfering in this year’s elections?
  • Why has Trump never directed such an effort?
  • Why have you not cared that Trump never ordered such an effort?
  • What is you deadline for launching such an effort?
  • How many times have you phoned the White House to get an update on what the Administration is doing to put an end to Russian cyberattacks on the U.S.?

(Coming next: Georgia Congressional Democrats do their country proud)