Category: Republicans

“Don’t Get Complacent. Things Really Are that Bad Under Trump”

//Spelling out the moral & intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party//

Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post, today published a column that so cogently and eloquently sums up the colossal moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party, we post it here in its entirety, hoping for forgiveness for what ever copyright rules we may have violated.

As you read, remember: every horror that Hiatt describes is endorsed by Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk as the essence of good government. They like it so much, they are eager to re-elect Trump to continue doing it for four more years.

And to counter the inevitable Republican allegations that this is just more “fake news,” we provide at the  end of the the article some names of the plethora of real conservatives and even some Republicans who condemn the Trumpists  better than any liberal.

Don’t get complacent. Things really are that bad under Trump
by Fred Hiatt

The economy is humming. We’re not at war (much). So he can’t be that bad, right?

Steadfast NeverTrumpers may find it hard to believe, but I’m hearing that argument more and more lately, as people try to come to terms with the possibility of a second Trump term. It’s the “normalization” we’ve been warned about since Donald Trump’s ascension, but in a different form than we might have expected.

After all, many of the people telling themselves that things aren’t “that bad” insist they are as offended as ever by the racist tweets and sexist taunts. They’d prefer someone more civil in the Oval Office, of course.

But . . . the government, and the world, carry on. He insults our allies, but they remain on our side. He imposes tariffs, but unemployment stays low. He threatens defaults, but the debt ceiling is raised. Maybe, people think, a second term wouldn’t be the end of the world.

I’d argue such complacency is not justified. First, because a second term could be a lot more dangerous than the first. There would be more Trump judges on the courts to validate his lawlessness, no Jim Mattis or (God help us) Jeff Sessions in the Cabinet to curb his authoritarian whims, no worries of voter anger to restrain his bellicosity. A second mandate surely would embolden him; at worst, we could find that his jokes about a third term were no joke.

But complacency is misplaced also because — and here’s where the normalization comes in — things are that bad, even now. If people discount the damage, it’s due to a combination of fatigue and relief: fatigue, because it’s almost impossible to maintain outrage when the outrages are so incessant; and relief, because we are constantly aware that things could be worse.

Take North Korea’s missile launches last week, for example. Congress and the media would be scorching any other president right now for allowing North Korea to continue its nuclear and military buildup unimpeded. But we are so grateful that Trump has not blustered and stumbled into a war — into “fire and fury” — that we bite our tongues.

It’s the same around the world: Our ankle-high expectations for the man keep us from noticing how completely he is meeting those expectations. Our two key allies in East Asia, Japan and South Korea, are at loggerheads; a marginally competent president would be helping to mend fences.

Our most important allies in Europe are spinning apart as Britain plunges toward a disastrous Brexit; a normal president would be helping our friends salvage something workable for the future.‘

When Ebola emerged in West Africa, the Obama administration mobilized; now Ebola is spinning out of control in Congo, and the United States is absent. A Darfur-scale tragedy has unfolded among the Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma; Trump doesn’t know who they are. A human rights violation of epic scale has taken shape in western China — the cultural genocide of an entire people, with as many as 3 million people in concentration camps — and Trump takes no notice. Journalists are murdered and imprisoned, and Trump sides with their murderers and jailers.

To the world, it is not just Trump taking these positions. It is America. The damage will be long-lasting.

And his ignorance and cynicism reverberate through some of the biggest stories of our time: the confidence of authoritarian strongmen in China, Russia and beyond; their distortion of technology from a liberating force into a malevolent tool of surveillance and suppression; the destructive warming of the climate, which the United States ignores and abets. None of these is easily reversible.

The story is similar, if more familiar, at home. The constant, willful lying; the attacks on the press and on the very idea of truth — these are not harmless. They draw from but also foster a lack of trust that will persist long after his presidency.

So does the racism. So do the ugly attacks on immigrants. So do the contempt for science and the refusal to stand up to foreign attacks on our elections. So do the disparaging of public servants and the casual threats to wield the vast powers of the federal government against perceived political enemies. These things used to be not okay. Now they are okay. There will be no easy return.

Yes, we’ve avoided recession, the nation is (mostly) at peace, the government will not default. Naturally, we are thankful.

But when we need to be thankful for avoiding disaster, we don’t really have so much to be thankful for. Things are that bad. We have a right to expect better.


Conservative Voices Condemn Trumpist Republicans

IndieDems note: We begin with three columns by Max Boot. He is one of the strongest and most prominent of Republicans who left the Party in disgust over its direction under Donald Trump. Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007-08, Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011-12 and Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-16. He spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five as op-ed editor. He left the Republican Party because it had become “morally and intellectually bankrupt” under Donald Trump. He wrote a book about his disgust, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.” 

A Conservative Speaks: “Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.”

“Donald Trump Is the Worst Person Ever to be President”

True Conservatives Flee Trumpist Republican Party

  • Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist and former head of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign: “I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
  • Schmidt follows in the illustrious footsteps of Post columnist George F. Will, former senator Gordon Humphrey, former representative (and Post columnist) Joe Scarborough, Reagan and Bush (both) aide Peter Wehner, and other Republicans who have left the party.
  • You used to belong to a conservative party with a white-nationalist fringe. Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe. If you’re part of that fringe, what should you do?
  • A vote for the GOP in November (2018) is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.
  • Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.
  • Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers
  • What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed.

GOP-leaning Orlando Sentinel Eviscerates Trump/Isakson Agenda

George Will: Trump’s damage to country worse than Nixon’s (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)
The scathing voice of
Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name 

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Is Trump a Blackmail Risk?

Robert Mueller’s testimony before the Congressional committees has reinvigorated the question: Is Donald Trump susceptible to blackmail by foreign  countries? Trump and the Republicans’ refusal to take measures to counter Russia’s massive cyber war against the United States, focused on sabotaging our electoral system, raises alarming questions about Trump’s motivation.

A recent media report examines the issue: Is Trump a blackmail risk?

IndieDems Comment:

Gee. Just because:

  • Trump as a successful businessman is a sham and a fraud who was constantly going bankrupt
  • Relied on Daddy’s money to get started and to stave off total disaster
  • And when Daddy’s well ran dry, had to turn to a massive infusion of Russian money to survive, because New York banks wanted nothing to do with him;

Just because:

  • Trump has connived with both the American and Russian mafia
  • Established an American kleptocracy modeled on the one Putin heads in Russia
  • Slavishly declares his admiration of murderous thugs like Putin and Kim Jung Un
  • Has done absolutely nothing to block Russia’s massive cyber warfare against the United States, aimed at sabotaging our electoral system

Does not mean, for heaven’s sake, that Trump has an arrow above his head pointing to him as a prime target for recruitment by foreign dictators armed with mega bucks.

Now, about Jared Kushner. That’s another story…

Christians, Segregationists, & Trump: Onward Christian Cowards

//Back to the days when you could lynch a black person on Saturday and attend church on Sunday and be assured your immortal soul was headed for eternal salvation//

Trump’s launching of an overtly racist attack on four Democratic Congresswomen by calling on them to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” has inflamed the issue of how Christians should treat Donald Trump. The matter arose on day one of Trump’s presidential bid, and became more and more acute as he became increasingly wedded to a racist, nativist, xenophobic, misogynist, white nationalist agenda.

Three recent articles lay out the debate:

During America’s ‘most segregated hour,’ preachers grapple with President Trump’s politics

For Spewing Hate, Trump Should Quit, a Priest Tells Parishioners
In a recent sermon, the Rev. Percival D’Silva, an officially retired priest, spoke of how the “current occupant of the White House spews hatred, bigotry and intolerance” and must resign…attendees at the service said D’Silva also:

  • Talked about how racism is a sin and referred to the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism of 1979, which called upon the church at every level to confront the evil of racism and work toward full inclusion of racial and ethnic groups
  • Stressed the need to “respect one another as children of God”
  • Talked of racism as being rooted in fear

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
“Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.”

By Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

  • “…evangelical Christians should acknowledge the profound damage that’s being done to their movement by its braided political relationship—its love affair, to bring us back to the words of Ralph Reed—with a president who is an ethical and moral wreck.”
  • “Until that is undone—until followers of Jesus are once again willing to speak truth to power rather than act like court pastors—the crisis in American Christianity will only deepen, its public testimony only dim, its effort to be a healing agent in a broken world only weaken.”
  • “At this point, I can’t help but wonder whether that really matters to many of Donald Trump’s besotted evangelical supporters.”

Segregationists, Now Trump: Christian Tolerance of Evil Repeats Itself

For many Americans, the question of Christian relations with Trump evokes memories of the passivity of Christian churches as African Americans in the 1960s waged their struggle to end segregation and gain the full measure of the Civil Rights due them as Americans. I had thought that long ago we had settled the question of who was right and who was wrong in that struggle. Most southern Christian leaders either supported segregation outright or tolerated it by their silence.

Christian pulpits on Sunday remained silent as blacks endured violence, beatings, killings, bombings, attacks by police dogs and water hoses, and intimidation of all sorts. One photograph riveted in my memory shows Christian adults spitting in the faces of black school children as they walked to a recently desegregated school. It took incidents like the bombing of the church in Birmingham that killed four young black girls and the horrific beatings inflicted on innocent demonstrators on the bridge in Selma to finally move some Christians to point an accusatory finger—but Christian churches never experienced an epiphany that caused them to repudiate segregation and discrimination outright.

The idea that most pastors, reverends, and preachers did not take a strong stand in favor of those fighting for basic human rights will forever remain a stunning rebuke of those so-called Christians.

Finally, the outrage of Americans nationwide put an end to legal segregation and shunted the racists off to the fringes of American society. But now comes Donald Trump and his Republican minions who are working zealously to revive and nurture the racist mentalities and attitudes that we thought had been permanently placed on the dustbin of history.

Christians Rally behind Trump’s Decadence and Degeneracy

Trump’s Disregard for God’s 10 Commandments

Once more, Christians not only rise in support of policies that drive a dagger into the heart of the Judaeo-Christian ethos; like the deluded segregationists of old, they fervently declare that those policies represent the true spirit of Jesus Christ.

The deluded brains of people who call themselves Christians but support Donald Trump staggers the human mind. Two of God’s Commandments are explicit: thou shalt not bear false witness and thou shalt not commit adultery. Donald Trump has lived a life in wanton disregard of both of those Commandments. He started his political career by telling the whopping Big Lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president.

Trump not only has committed serial adultery, he has bragged about it and paid hush money to at least two adulterous partners to cover it up—and lied to the American people about doing it.

Trump’s Disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule

Trump has waged an all-out war against Jesus’ Golden Rule. Name one Trump tweet that reflects the spirit of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Instead, his words every day are full of hate, slander, insults, and invective.  Show us Jesus in mocking a handicapped person, praising neo-Nazi demonstrators, or calling women bimbos, fat, ugly, a dog, or Miss Piggy.

Besides lying about Obama’s birthplace in his announcement speech, Trump lied about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants and demeaned the military service of John McCain. During the campaign, he spoke racial and ethnic slurs and incited his followers to violence. As president, he has zealously promoted an agenda of racism, nativism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. He reached a new low early on by praising neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville in 2017.

His standard campaign speech in 2018 expressed unvarnished hate-mongering and race-baiting. He labeled Hispanic migrants as animals. As Americans united in paying homage to John McCain on his death, Trump insulted his memory by raising the White House flag even as the memorial services continued. Meanness and pettiness combined.

Trump Doubles Down on Racism—and Christians Applaud

Trump has now adopted a campaign strategy based on explicit racism, nativism, and xenophobia. He speaks about the four congresswomen—and Hispanic migrants—the way Hitler talked about the Jews.

Trump wages a daily war against God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’s Golden Rule—and so-called Christians praise him instead of condemning him? “Christian” preachers cannot denounce this hate-spewing person from their pulpits?

Our Christian denominations were already experiencing serious decline. The current crop of befuddled Christian leaders are sounding Christianity’s death knell.

The silence of our religious leaders in the face of the Nazi-like horrors being inflicted on imprisoned Hispanics is another nail in the coffin of organized religion. A big nail. You do have to ask: have the Antichrist already seized control of the Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches?

READ MORE (From our archives):

Republicans Mimic the Segregationists and Unleash the Wolves of Hate
“When the wolves of hate are loosed on one people, then no one is safe.”
–Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill, recognizing the broader truth behind the bombing of the Jewish Temple in Atlanta in 1958.

IndieDems Comment: President Donald Trump’s speeches during the final weeks of the 2018 midterm elections established an irrefutable fact: Trump and his Republican followers are overtly committed to a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, nativist, ethno-nationalist agenda, and will use lies, fearmongering, race-baiting, and demagoguery to advance that agenda.


The Bible and Immigrants

There are about 22 Bible passages about welcoming immigrants. A sample:

Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.”

Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress an alien, for you know the heart of an alien, seeing you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.”

And so-called Christian reverends, pastors, preachers, priests, bishops, archbishops, cannot find reason to denounce gthe immigrant-bashing Trump from their pulpits? And putative ordinary “Christians” not only cannot condemn Trump—they worship him like the second coming of Der Fuhrer?


Experts Fire Warning Shots Across Democrats’ Bow

The New York Times on July 19 published an article by an expert on electoral dynamics that has alarming implications for Democrat in the 2020 elections. After an extensive review of recent polling data and voting patterns, the author, Nate Cohn, concluded:

Trump has “a distinct chance to win re-election while losing the popular vote by more than he did in 2016, when he lost it by 2.1 percentage points.” It is even possible, Cohn says, that Trump could win while losing the national vote by as much as five percentage points.

In the article, Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign, Cohn says that Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016.

“That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.”

Cohn’s conclusions gained added credibility when they were echoed the next day by Rich Thau in an interview with the CNN TV newscaster, Smerconish. Thau is an expert on public opinion and messaging, and has conducted groundbreaking research in public policy, financial communications, insurance, trial consulting, and infomercials.

Thau discussed the results of his extensive research of swing voters, those who are not single-mindedly committed to one party or ideology.  He has conducted focus group interviews with swing voters all across the country. Thau’s main message:

Swing voters support Trump’s hardline immigration policies far more than is generally recognized. It is not simply the Republican base that rallies behind Trump.

Smerconish showed a clip of Michigan swing voters in one of the focus groups. They were people who had voted for Obama and then Trump.

  • There was strong sentiment in favor of Trump’s immigration stand and against letting “too many” immigrants into the country at one time.
  • Many of the voters wanted to build a wall, send people back.
  • They think that giving people food and shelter only encourages more people to come here, and the only thing standing between them and those migrants coming to their communities is Donald Trump.

Thau said it might be counterintuitive, but Trump benefitted politically from having all those migrants massed at the border.

Smerconish asked Thau if the Michigan swing voters were unique among the voters Thau had interviewed across the country. Thau said they were not unique at all. They are people who think Americans are not being put first. Among the Obama-Trump voters, more of them are now in the Trump camp rather than Obama’s.

Smerconish then quoted from Cohn’s NYT article: “The president’s views on immigration play to…pivotal Obama-Trump voters.” Smerconish noted that Cohn stated there is an argument to be made that Trump might lose the popular vote by 5 million and still win the Electoral College “because of the issues you (Thau) are discerning and uncovering in your focus groups.”

Thau replied: Yes. Because people like the president stylistically. They like what he is saying and arguing for. Specifically on the immigration issue. Thau noted that these same people had also liked Obama’s style. “Some people like Coke and Pepsi at the same time.”

Smerconish than put up his survey question. “True or False: This week, politically speaking, was a disaster for President Trump.” He asked Thau for his answer.

Thau replied “It’s false. Among the voters who matter most, the swing voters in the upper Midwest, this was a great week, because the president reinforced what he is doing to protect them.”

New Book Reveals Republican Hypocrisy in Embracing Trump

//REPUBLICAN=COWARD is as valid a scientific equation as E=MC2.//

Journalist Tim Alberta has written a new book, “American Carnage,” which compiles public reports and on-the-record quotes from prominent Republican officials who criticized Trump before his election, but then changed their tune after he won the GOP presidential nomination and the presidency. The book is not due to be publicly released until next week but some media have reviewed advance copies.

Among the most prominent of the quisling Republicans is Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who decided not to seek re-election in 2018. Ryan never wavered in supporting Trump for President, while occasionally voicing criticism of some of Trump’s specific acts or deeds.

Ryan reportedly told Alberta that, once Trump became President, he wanted to “scold” Trump “all the time” because Trump “didn’t know anything about government.” Ryan reportedly claims that he helped Trump to make better decisions, instead of acting on his ill-informed, “knee-jerk reactions.”

Whatever behind-the-scene interventions Ryan may have made, he aggressively pushed Trump’s agenda through Congress. He fully supported Trump’s efforts to gut Obamacare, and he was a key leader in securing Trump’s greatest legislative triumph so far: the 2017 tax cuts that were heavily skewed in favor of the rich and gave the middle class crumbs.

Regular readers of IndieDems will know we are not surprised that Paul Ryan’s exquisite hypocrisy receives prominent coverage in Alberta’s book and in its reviews. Vanity Fair sums it up quite well: “In New Book, Paul Ryan Admits He Was a Fraud All Along.” (Click here for our review of Ryan’s career)

But imagine: it takes a whole book to use Republicans’ own words to sum up how they have produced the morally and intellectually corrupt wreck the Republican Party has become. We leave the final word to The New York Times: “It isn’t really a Trump book at all. Instead it’s a fascinating look at a Republican Party that initially scoffed at the incursion of a philandering reality-TV star with zero political experience and now readily accommodates him… the Republican electoral plan currently consists mainly of riling up the base, gerrymandering and appointing the judges who will decide the gerrymandering cases.”

And remember: Republicans who continue to wallow in the hypocrisy, double-speak, and lies that allow them to continue to support Donald Trump while privately bad-mouthing him prove the ultimate truth about modern-day Republicans: they are a bunch of sniveling cowards. Imagine, being a Republican governor, Senator, or Representative—and living every day in mortal fear that you may say something that offends Donald Trump.

REPUBLICAN=COWARD is as valid a scientific equation as E=MC2.

Georgia Republican Patriarchs Find Another Warped Cretin to Rally Behind

//Another powerful Republican is caught pandering to a sex pervert. No problem, say Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk//

During the past few weeks, IndieDems has run a series of articles emphasizing the complicity of Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk in the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, incompetent, corrupt, chaotic Administration of Donald Trump. We refer to them as the three stooges, in recognition of their lapdog support for Trump no matter what slander, insult, crime, or misdeed he commits.

The three stooges, we have pointed out, were fully engaged in showing indifference  to the horrid conditions of imprisoned migrant children and to Trump’s trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law in his efforts to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census.

And now–another case of the three stooges putting loyalty to Trump and Party above concerns for their country. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been caught red-handed arranging a sweetheart deal, as a federal prosecutor in 2007, for billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Facing calls for his resignation, he held a press conference on July 10 to address his handling of the case.

Here is the consensus opinion of Acosta’s position:

Acosta defends wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal

The Latest: Ex-state attorney disputes Acosta’s account
Barry Krischer says Acosta’s recollection “is completely wrong.”
Krischer said that the U.S. attorney’s office’s always had the ability to file its own federal charges and that a lengthy indictment was prepared but “abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta.” 

The big question Acosta failed to answer 

Acosta does himself and Trump no good
“Acosta was unapologetic and weirdly unemotional during a nearly one-hour news conference.”
“Acosta refused to apologize to the victims…He refused to even express regret.” 

Instead of an Apology, Acosta Offers Epstein’s Victims Implicit Blame

The Jeffrey Epstein charges raise grave questions about Alexander Acosta

Here is Donald Trump’s opinion:

President Trump is standing behind Acosta and resisting calls for his resignation. “For two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of Labor. He’s done a fantastic job…I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him. I can only say this from what I know, and what I do is he’s been a great—really great—secretary of Labor.”

Here are the opinions of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, and Barry Loudermilk…

…on a powerful Republican who arranged a sweetheart deal for a  cretin who committed serial sex offenders against minors and, this week, looked the American people in the eye and told flagrant lies about what he had done:

 “RE-ELECT DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!”

 
Sen. Isakson  Sen. Perdue      Rep. Loudermilk
The three stooges: We are absolutely convinced that Alexander Acosta represents the same Republican standards for public service that we asked of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates,  George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Scott Pruitt, and Wilbur Ross.  That is to say, what’s a little pedophilia, sex trafficking of minors, and pornography compared to, say, Jared’s having access to the country’s most sensitive information even though national security agencies considered him such a risk, they denied him a security clearance.

We Georgia Republican conservative Christian gentlemen expect Acosta to continue to carry on in the fine tradition shown by President Trump in his embrace of lies, ruthless authoritarian dictators, insults to our chief allies, jokes about Russian interference in our elections, and needless trade wars. We are proud to be a part of a government that exhibits such fine Christian values, as exemplified in the moral  character of Donald Trump. We and Donald Trump are soul brothers, no doubt about it.

GA GOP Supports Trump’s Lies, Obfuscation on Census Citizenship Issue

//Georgia’s Three Stooges Remain Firmly in Trump Corner as Federal Courts Eviscerate His Citizenship Case//

IndieDems continues its series making sure Georgia’s three Donald Trump stooges—Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk—are closely linked to the words and deeds of the President they so admire. IndieDems provides their response, based on their track record of three years of unstinting support for Trump—and their desire to re-elect him.

Census farce: Trump, Barr and the Justice Department make a mockery of the law

The Supreme Court ruled last month that “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied when he said the Justice Department had initiated the process (of including a citizenship question in the 2010 census) to enforce the Voting Rights Act.” (It was) “a blatant misrepresentation.”

 
Isakson          Perdue           Loudermilk
The three stooges: What poppycock. William Barr sends his Justice Department mouthpieces to tell a little fib about why we want the citizenship thing, and the Justices throw the case out of court? Our President has spent two and one-half years making America great again by telling over 10,000 lies, and the Justices make a big deal out of this? Heads should roll!

Justice Department lawyers went back to federal court in Maryland to state the Administration was still looking for ways to include the citizenship question. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel was having none of it.

  • Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe observes, “The district court’s refusal to go along with the antics of the Justice Department’s legal team has been a reassuring reminder that this dictator-admiring president has not yet succeeded in breaking the judicial guardrails completely.”
  • Tribe argues that Trump “has left little doubt about his willingness to do so if he senses at any given moment that it would serve his theatrical or political interests — interests that he seems incapable of distinguishing.”
  • Ian Bassin, executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy, said: “There’s a term for trying to create a structural political advantage for ‘Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,’ and that term is ‘white power.’ And we now know that’s been the purpose all along for adding a citizenship question to the census.”

 
The three stooges: So the citizenship question would deal a heavy blow against minorities gaining more power, influence, and federal largesse. What a fine companion to the decade-old campaign we Republicans have waged to to find ways of suppressing the minority vote. This is exactly why we Republican conservative Christian white males elected this serial liar and adulterer as President and want to keep him there four more years!

Not surprisingly, Trump and his Republican minions for whom it is no big deal to lie to the Supreme Court, and who are obsessed with limiting the political influence of minorities and suppressing the minority vote, were not going to give up.

Justice Dept. Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders
Judge Rejects Justice Dept. Request to Change Lawyers on Census Case
  • “The sharply worded order, by United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman, may further hobble an already struggling battle by the administration to save the citizenship question…”
  • “Judge Furman barred the old lawyers from leaving until they met a legal requirement to satisfactorily explain their departure and show that it would not impede the case. “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” he wrote.”
  • “Multiple people familiar with the case have said that the lawyers resigned from the lawsuit out of ethical concerns and a belief that the suit was unwinnable.”

 
The three stooges: We want to assure the people of Georgia that we stand solidly behind our lying, racist, xenophobic President and his lackey Attorney General as they wage this noble fight against those disreputable federal judges!

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!!”