Category: Republicans

Sen. Perdue Clinches Title of Dumbest Senator

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) has called Donald Trump “America’s Winston Churchill.” On August 20 he tweeted @sendavidperdue a fawning accolade of Trump that clinches his position as our dumbest Senator.

“In my business career, I learned the tone at the top matters. @POTUS has demonstrated that he takes seriously his job to uphold & defend the Constitution of the United States. He’s fighting for all Americans.”

This, mind you, one day before Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws at Trump’s direction, and his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was found guilty on eight counts of felony law violations.

I’m pleased to report that Perdue’s total flight from reality produced, by my count, over one hundred comments—only two of which expressed approval.

The frightening aspect of Perdue’s words, of course, is their demonstration of the almost total separation from reality—the Alternate Universe—in which Trump’s supporters exist. We can only hope that the Republicans’ growing success in slitting their own throats will help defeat them in the November elections.

Needed: A Fresh Look at the Kavanaugh Nomination

The Catholic Church has been roiled by another chapter in its sex abuse problem. A Pennsylvania grand jury this month issued a sweeping report saying that more than 300 Catholic priests across the state sexually abused children over seven decades, protected by a hierarchy of church leaders who covered it up.

The investigation, one of the broadest inquiries into church sex abuse in U.S. history, identified 1,000 children who were victims, but reported that there probably are thousands more.

The revelations have sparked more commentary on what the Church should do about its sex abuse crisis, including this one in the Washington Post:

Catholic bishops and priests, I need to know how you’ll fix the church you broke

The grand jury findings come a few weeks before Senate hearings are to get underway on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In its comment on the Post article, IndieDems explored this dimension.

Downes has written a hard-charging analysis of the Catholic Church’s horrifying inability to rein in it horrific sex abuse problem. He asks the core question: what are Catholics to do? But another question faces all Americans and the U.S. Senate: what are we to do about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

Judge Kavanaugh comes to us as a devoted, practicing Catholic. The Church is a central part of his life. His daughters attend a Catholic school, where he coaches their basketball team. The reason a Republican president nominated Kavanaugh and Republicans cheer his nomination is because of his ant-abortion stand. He is expected to cast a vote someday to overturn Roe vs. Wade. His life in the bosom of the Catholic Church no doubt shaped and molded his outlook. All well and good.

And the very first question he needs to be asked at his Senate hearing derives from that very fact of his Catholic background: “Judge Kavanaugh, what have you done to bring the Catholic predators to justice and to finally rid the Church of the stain of sex abuse of children?”

The sex abuse problem has existed pretty well for Kavanaugh’s whole life. The same Catholic Church that is militant in its opposition to abortion has turned a blind eye to its massive sex abuse problem. In what way has this shaped and molded Kavanaugh and will influence his decisions as Supreme Court Justice? Has it made him more tolerant of criminals, even vicious sex fiends? Is he a real Christian, or just a hypocrite like the predator priests and the other prelates that tolerated them?

Senators, don’t just heap praise on Kavanaugh for being a religious person. Probe the dark side of that experience.

Isakson, Perdue, Handel, and Loudermilk’s Betrayal 0f America Nakedly Revealed

If you want a quick summary of why IndieDems has nothing by scorn for Donald Trump and his Georgia Republican lapdogs, drop down to Admiral William  McRaven’s letter. His indictment of Trump will ring through the ages. 

Since the day Donald Trump emerged as the front runner to become the Republican presidential nominee, IndieDems has pointed out how his character, personality, and anti-intellectual viewpoint made him unfit to be president. Trump’s lies and his racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and sexist attitudes have become more extreme with every passing week since his inauguration. His lack of intelligence and willful refusal to inform  himself on policy issues have become more pronounced. His daily tweets reveal the personality of an adolescent guttersnipe.

I will not attempt to present here the full indictment of Trump’s disastrous presidency. I have done that in other posts, but much more telling are the voices of true American conservatives who have condemned Trump more virulently and eloquently than any liberals or Democrats. Let me cite some of Trump’s more egregious transgressions:

His utter failure to respond adequately to Russia’s waging in 2016 of cyber attacks and a covert propaganda campaign against the American electoral system in an attempt to sway the vote in favor of Trump. U.S, intelligence services report that Russia is continuing its assault in an effort to influence the November 2018 elections.

  • Trump continues to assert that the allegations are a hoax and that he believes Putin’s denial of any intervention over the conclusions of his own intelligence services.
  • Trump has done virtually nothing to mobilize U.S. agencies to counter the Russian attacks, and he has not proposed not one single new law to provide the resources to counter Russian technical capabilities.
  • Trump’s sucking up to Putin reached a new nadir at a summit conference in July. In a joint press conference, Trump kowtowed to Putin so obsequiously that even Fox News, Newt Gingrich, and the Wall Street Journal issued ringing criticisms.
  • A paid Russian agent in the Oval Office could not have done a better job than Trump in furthering Putin’s strategy to weaken and ultimately destroy the NATO Alliance and the whole network of treaties and practices that have served the international order well since the end of WWII.

Trump in May implemented a disastrous policy of kidnapping thousands of innocent migrant children with no plan for releasing them, forcing the federal courts to intervene to bring about their return to their families.

  • Trump and the Republicans remain indifferent to the fact that over 500 children still remain in detention.

Trump and the Republicans remain indifferent to the massive corruption permeating his Administration (Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, Wilbur Ross, Tom Price, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, etc)

Trump’s anti-Christian assault on America’s basic moral and democratic values and on common human decency is demonstrated most strikingly in his issuing over 4,000 false or misleading statement since becoming president.

Trump’s by now widely recognized racism reached a new low recently when he called a black female a dog.

Georgia’s GOP Congressional Delegations: Unwavering Support for Trump

Despite Trump’s manifest demonstration of his unfitness for the job, the following members of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Congressional delegations have remained unstinting supporters of Trump. They 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

Most notably, Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston do not give a two-bit tinker’s dam about Trump’s daily violation of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule.

Senator Perdue spoke for his colleagues when he called Trump “America’s Winston Churchill.”


READ MORE:

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel & Staffs: Natural Swamp Dwellers All Along
The Rising Tide of Racism, Fueled by Trump and His Republicans
True Conservatives Flee Trumpist Republican Party


The Evisceration of the Georgia Republicans’ Apologias for Trump

But whatever twisted logic Georgia Republicans have used to justify their support for Trump and his disastrous Presidency has now been rendered null and void by the reaction to his lawless revocation of the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, and his threat to revoke the clearances of eight more former intelligence and security officials and one serving officer.

Brennan and some of the other officials have exercised their First Amendment right to publicly criticize Trump, without revealing classified information in the process. What all of them have in common is this: they are potential witnesses in Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

But another development has shown the what a bunch of hogwash is behind the Republicans’ apologies for Trump: 60 former CIA officials issued a statement objecting to the Brennan action and stating their belief “that former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so.”

The line is now drawn between, on the one hand, Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston and their defense of a corrupt, immoral, racist, sexist, and xenophobic President; and on the other, 61 of America’s respected intelligence and security officials who devoted their careers to the service of protecting the United States from it foreign enemies.

IndieDems has no problem choosing between the two groups.

Retired Navy Admiral Delivers the Damning Indictment of Trump

But-there’s more. A separate statement was issued by Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who commanded the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden:

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.

If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

It is on the words of Admiral McRaven that IndieDems rests (for now) the case it has made for over a year against Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston. McRaven has eviscerated these Republicans warped apologias for Donald Trump.

Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston are, truly, the sound of tinkling brass.

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Lawsuit: Kemp Left GA Electoral System Dangerously Vulnerable

6 million Georgia voters’ records exposed: ‘Could have easily been compromised’

(Excerpts) Georgia’s shotgun-toting, Trump-style Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp has sought to assure voters that his state’s election system is secure and that any allegations to the contrary are “fake news.”

  • But Kemp, who is also the secretary of state in charge of Georgia’s elections, is now being accused in a federal lawsuit of failing to secure his state’s voting system and allowing a massive breach that exposed voter records and other sensitive election information.
  • The suit describes how a private researcher discovered the records of more than 6 million registered Georgia voters, password files and encryption keys could be accessed online by anyone looking.
  • Days after the lawsuit was filed, technicians erased the hard drives of the server in question.
  • According to the lawsuit, it remains unclear if the state’s election system was infected with malware or breached by foreign hackers—which could have consequences for the midterm elections. (Emphasis added)

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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.
Immigration

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.