Category: Trump

The Neo-Nazi Trumpists, cont.

There are two examples of the foreign policies followed by Trump and his rabid Republican followers that conclusively demonstrate Republicans have delivered the United States into the hands of people whose mentality is about one degree removed from the mentality of Hitler and the Nazis.

First and foremost, of course, it’s those Hispanic children locked up in concentration camps along our southern border that Trump and his lapdog Republicans give not one damn about.

But let us not forget the children in Yemen suffering  unconscionable horrors in the war being waged by Trump and Jared Kushner’s good buddy, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.  The Saudis under MBS have waged a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine. The same MBS who ordered the murder of his critic, Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Senate Republicans recently, in a rare display of independence from Trump, voted to 54-to-46 to halt U.S. military assistance for the Yemen war, defying Trump for his defense of the Kingdom after the killing of Khashoggi.

  • Not surprisingly, Trump puppet Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, encouraged lawmakers to oppose the Yemen resolution, calling it “inappropriate and counterproductive” and warning them not to conflate their displeasure with the administration’s response to Khashoggi’s death with the broader issue of the conflict in Yemen. But in a show of defiance, seven Republican senators broke ranks to join the resolution.
  • Also not surprising, Georgia’s Senators Isakson and Perdue voted with the puppets, not the dissidents.

I stated that the mentality of Trump, McConnell, and Kushner is about “one degree” removed from Hitler’s in order to give the Republicans all the fairness they deserve. Personally, I believe two years of Trumpism have proven the Republicans totally mirror-image the Nazis. One simple fact: Trump’s praise for the pro-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville—followed by Republicans rallying even more fervently behind him.

Beyond a doubt, the Republicans under Trump have far surpassed McCarthyism in their assault on truth, honesty, and common human decency, and their willingness to use vile slander in pursuit of their ignoble aims. Like Trump’s continuing verbal assaults on John McCain—-followed by Republicans calling more fervently for his re-election.

Trump is, without a doubt, the Republicans’ Der Fuhrer.

Free Speech on Campus: Is Trump Moving in Right Direction?

Students with a leftist bent have stirred controversy in  recent years by protesting the speeches by right-wing advocates on their campus and, in some instances, barring the rightists/conservatives from appearing.

President Trump on March 2 Trump announced his intent to issue an executive order that would make federal research funding contingent on whether a given college adequately protects free speech.

A Columbia University professor, Musa al-Gharbi, responded with an op-ed “Trump’s proposal to enforce campus free speech will only hurt conservatives.”

Here is my comment:

I oppose Trump in general, but I share his concern that leftists barring their opponents from speaking on campus poses a serious danger to freedom of speech. An Executive Order, much less one from Trump, may not be the answer. But I am glad that a president is using his office in support of one of our basic rights.

And Mr. al-Musa has done his viewpoint more harm than good. He confuses his strong defense of his own self-interests with being a neutral observer offering an objective viewpoint. My judgment is shaped by being filtered through my experience of growing up in the segregated South.

This paragraph in particular caught my attention (redacted for space): “Conservatives have long appreciated that…the success of government initiatives is typically dependent upon local knowledge and local buy-in. Absent these, well-intentioned efforts tend to fail and often cause great harm…As a consequence, conservatives consistently assert that…top-down approaches to social problems are unlikely to yield the intended results.”

Let me substitute a few words that to make my point: “Southern segregationists have long appreciated that…the success of government initiatives is typically dependent upon local knowledge and local buy-in. Absent these, well-intentioned efforts tend to fail and often cause great harm…As a consequence, segregationists consistently assert that…top-down approaches to social problems are unlikely to yield the intended results.”

The segs claimed that laws passed in Washington would not change morality. Well, maybe not, but they did end legal segregation, assure blacks equal access to public accommodations, and significantly strengthen their civil rights. Please, Mr. al-Musa, don’t dust off the old arguments of the segregationist to explain to me why federal intervention to protect civil rights on college campuses is unnecessary and, in the end, self-defeating.

-Tom Barksdale

The Republican Legacy: 70 Years Spiraling into the Gutter

Two years into the Trump presidency, here is what the empirical evidence based on the track record shows.

Republicans are morally depraved people who not only give us corrupt, incompetent government over and over again, but who, since at least the days of McCarthyism, have no shame about doing so. Between McCarthyism and Trumpism, they gave us the criminality, corruption, and malfeasance of Watergate and Irangate. The former included the criminally corrupt Spiro Agnew and the latter was presided over by the only President ever to pay ransom to terrorists.

Republicans assure us they still have no shame and want to continue giving us lies, corruption, and malfeasance as the new political norm by wanting to re-elect Donald Trump in 2020. The Republican Party is the most morally and intellectually corrupt institution in American history.

The spirit of Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew lives on in the hearts and minds of every Republican, embodied in such ilk as Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Lindsey Graham. They worship Trump the way Germans worshiped Der Fuhrer Hitler.

Republicans every day trample underfoot God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, America’s basic moral and democratic values–and common human decency.

The Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in February 2019 abandoned any pretense that the GOP respected the Constitution’s separation of powers or Congress’ role of exercising oversight of the Executive Branch by announcing his support for Trump’s declaration of emergency powers to deal with an alleged immigration “crisis”  on our southern border–a phony “crisis” manufactured out of whole cloth by Trump’s lies about the numbers of illegal immigrants, their motivations, and the degree of their criminality.

Republicans have just proven everything I wrote by applauding Trump when he stated at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that John McCain was dead.

And we once thought Republicans had reached the bottom of their sewer by mocking a handicapped person and praising neo-Nazi demonstrators.

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You Can’t Support Donald Trump and Be a Christian

Republicans descend into sheer thuggery” – By Jennifer Rubin, conservative commentator

Excerpts:

Republicans in two dramatic ways demonstrated Tuesday (February 26) the degree to which they have descended into a party of bullying, brute force and contempt for the rule of law.

  • …a mere 13 Republican House members could muster the courage to vote for the resolution repealing Trump’s blatantly unconstitutional power grab (his fraudulent emergency declaration).
  • The voices of conscience and principle are too few on the GOP side of the aisle…all but the 13 have abandoned their oaths in favor of subservience to a zealous authoritarian who is willing to do just about anything to please his base and satisfy his ego, no matter what the facts.
  • Don’t expect much better from the Senate…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…deems the issue too tricky. He cannot reach a conclusion, he lies.
IndieDems Comment:

Talk about telling it like it is! Two years of the Trump presidency have provided the public track record and empirical facts to back up everything Rubin wrote as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Republicans, of course, know this, too. They just say: “we don’t care.” Can any of you Republicans show us what in the Holy Bible justifies your creation of the Church of I-Don’t-Care Christians? My preacher taught me that the words of God, Jesus, and the prophets were universal and required obedience at all times. Only sinners, hypocrites, and false prophets believed they had a right to interpret the Bible to suit their own agenda—like you Republicans are doing.

Jesus in his own words recognized the hypocrites in religious ranks and flayed them ruthlessly:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men… But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6

Who better fits Jesus’ definition of hypocrites than the putative Christians who so zealously participate in the National Day of Prayer while zealously supporting a president who tramples on God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule with every Tweet and speech? The President who has borne false witness over 9,000 times in two years? Who just exculpated the monstrous dictator Kim Jong Un from involvement in the hideous treatment of Otto Warmbier?

Heed the denunciation of Republican hypocrites from the Jesus who had nothing to say about abortion or gay rights.

The Democratic Party Is the Party of Family Values

Democrats are already far head of Republicans in supporting family values. While not perfect, Democrats stand in stark contrast with Republicans under Trump and Mitch McConnell who are moving at warp speed to turn their backs on the whole concept of moral values.

Republicans have knowingly and flagrantly sacrificed God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule on the altar of sucking up to Donald Trump. The Commandments clearly forbid bearing false witness and committing adultery. Trump arrogantly and proudly violates both. He is, in fact, a congenital liar, who has made over 7,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president. Republicans roar their approval and call for his re-election.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Quote me a Trump Tweet that meets that standard. Meanwhile, Democrats’ bedrock policies remain support for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare—all of which are explicit expressions of the compassion Jesus calls for.

Democrats go even further and call for Medicare for all. Whatever it’s practical flaws, MFA is a pluperfect example of the Golden Rule. Republicans are eager to kidnap more migrant children and imprison them in concentration camps.

Republicans with their flagrant appeals to racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia are waging a war against our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Favor family values? Vote Democratic, hands down.

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A Plea for Republican Lawmakers to Cease Enabling Trump’s War on Democratic Norms

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA): An open letter to my Republican colleagues

 In his letter, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes an eloquent, fact-based statement of the danger Donald Trump poses to the very fabric of our democracy—and how Republican silence about that danger can no longer be tolerated.

Schiff has produced one of the best summaries of Trump’s disastrous presidency yet written, followed by a plea for an end to Republican complicity, based on morality and common sense, untainted by a whiff of partisan politics.

We urge Georgia Republicans to sign on to his proposed remedies—or tell us why they cannot.

Here are excerpts from his letter:

“This is a moment of great peril for our democracy.”

“At last week’s Munich Security Conference, the prevailing sentiment among our closest allies is that the United States can no longer be counted on to champion liberal democracy or defend the world order we built.”

Schiff goes on to ask, who has led us to:

  • Distrust our own intelligence agencies or the FBI.
  • View our own free press as an enemy of the people.
  • Undermine the independence of the Justice Department or denigrate judges.

He provides the answer: “One force stands out..I speak, of course, of our president, Donald Trump.”

“..You should be deeply troubled by the president’s intent to obtain (the border wall) through a plainly unconstitutional abuse of power.”

More in sorrow than in anger, Schiff notes Republican silence when Trump:

  • Attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated
  • Attacked the press as the enemy of the people
  • Targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate

“And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.”

“The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out.”

The Increasing Alarm Over Republicans’ Trashing of the Constitution

Mitch McConnell, GOP Congressional Caucus Enable Trump’s Trampling on Constitution

“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy…it is Mitch McConnell.”

Mitch McConnell has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is an equal partner of Trump in waging the Republican war against the Constitution, the rule of law, our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Plus, Mitch McConnell is a world-class coward.

McConnell’s supporting Trumps declaration of a phony national emergency takes the Founding Fathers’ role for Congress, especially its oversight of the executive Branch, and rips it shreds. No U.S. Senator—and most certainly, no Senate Majority Leader—has ever come remotely close to such an abnegation of the Senate’s intended role. Congressional Republicans, led by McConnell, have dealt a body blow to institutional integrity. There is not one iota of true conservatism in what they are doing.

In a separate post on this Blog, we reviewed Trump’s mirror imaging of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power in Germany:Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook

Christopher R. Browning, an eminent historian of Nazi Germany, wrote an essay for The New York Review of Books which included a stinging reference to McConnell’s role in the mirror imaging of  the Nazi takeover. The New York Times magazine summed it up:

After the Kavanaugh confirmation, Browning revisited the story of Paul von Hindenburg, the feckless German president of the Weimar era. In an effort to shore up his faltering conservative coalition, and contain the German left, Hindenburg allied with and installed as chancellor Adolf Hitler, a man he considered a lunatic but a manageable one.

“If the U.S. has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy” as von Hindenburg was to the Weimar Republic, Browning wrote, “it is Mitch McConnell. … Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump.”

It was the eternal pragmatist’s delusion: The assumption that politics ultimately belongs to them, and not to the demagogues and revolutionaries who so often pull them along in their wake.

Litmus Test for Congressional Republicans: Override Trump’s Veto

Does anybody who can tie their shoelace buy the idea that Mitch McConnell is some kind of hero for keeping Trump from torpedoing the agreement on on the spending bill that prevented another government shutdown? What McConnell and his fellow Republicans could have easily done weeks again would have been to pass a funding bill to keep the government running, send it to Trump, let him veto it—and then override his veto.

Congress can override a presidential vote within hours of the president’s signing it. Congressional Democrats are ready to go. All they need is a few Republicans to join them and, presto, the deed is done. Now, that would have been heroic.

Please, don’t send me reeling to my barth bag with this baloney about the cowardly weasel McConnell being a hero.

The names of McConnell and his Republican lackeys will live in infamy for far surpassing Joe McCarthy in doing grievous harm to our institutions and values. Their groveling abandonment of Congressional power to an incompetent fool will be their overriding legacy, the only thing they will be remembered for—except, maybe, the deficits they will create with their tax cuts for the rich.

This would be horrendous under any circumstance. To do so to serve a President whose declaration of a national emergency is based on a pack of bald-faced lies staggers the human mind. McConnell and his Republicans have betrayed the United States of America.

Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook

“The term ‘Reichstag fire’ has come to refer to false flag actions perpetrated or facilitated by an authority to promote their own interests through popular approval of retribution or retraction of civil rights.”  —Wikipedia

“Joseph Goebbels would undoubtedly thrive in Trump’s world.” –IndieDems

I said practically from day one of Donald Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid that his rise to power was a mirror image of Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. The lies, the demagoguery, the narcissism, the empty threats and posturing, the bullying, the racism, the incitement to violence–all were right out of the Nazi playbook.

And two years in which Trump’s unending display of lies and demagoguery causes the Republican base and Republican leaders to swoon ever more over this vulgar bully shows that my only mistake was underestimating the extent to which Republicans would eagerly rally behind a neo-Nazi demagogue.

I mean, not even I would have predicted Trump’s praise for neo-fascists in a Nazi-inspired torch-light parade marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” as the shining proof of Trump as the incarnation of Adolph Hitler—or the members of the Republican Party accepting Trump’s moral depravity as their new norm for acceptable behavior.

I am not talking about the madman Hitler in his bunker as the trains shuttled millions to their murder. I’m talking about the Hitler who began his rise to power in the mid-1920s and was LEGALLY appointed Chancellor in 1932.

  • The Hitler who, four years later, had his image burnished by having Berlin as the site of the Olympics and who presided over the ceremonies as just another normal world leader.
  • The Hitler who was honored by having Charles Lindberg travel to Berlin to proudly receive Hitler’s medal for his praise of the Nazis’ great achievements for Germany.

Sound familiar? Think of David Perdue, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham bending over to kiss Trump’s behind, every day.

By now, a cacophony of prominent voices have joined those of us who warned about Trump as Hitler. Here are a selective few; do a Google search to view many more:

And now, Trump’s use of lies to declare a National Emergency is right out of Hitler’s playbook of using the Reichstag fire as a phony issue to rally his base and burnish his credentials as his country’s savior.

An arsonist or arsonists set fire to the Reichstag, the home of Germany’s parliament, on February 27, 1933, just four weeks after Hitler became Chancellor. A known Communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, was quickly arrested and charged with setting the fire, followed later by the arrest of three other Communists. At their trial, only van der Lubbe was found guilty, but historians to this day disagree as to whether he acted alone.

The Reichstag fire played a pivotal role in consolidating Hitler’s still shaky hold on the levers of power. Regardless of ultimate truth, Hitler exploited the fire as a pretext to depict his enemies as traitors and to severely limit Germans’ civil rights. Wikipedia:

“The day after the fire, at Hitler’s request, President Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree into law…the Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, the secrecy of the post and telephone. These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause.”

“The term Reichstag fire has come to refer to false flag actions perpetrated or facilitated by an authority to promote their own interests through popular approval of retribution or retraction of civil rights.”

Need I say more?

–Tom Barksdale
February 20, 2019

The Tentacles of Trump/Republican Racism Reach Far

Substitute teacher in NC reveals herself as exemplar of Republican know-nothing bigotry

News article:

‘She was trying to put us black kids down’: Sub resigns after class says she spread MLK conspiracy theory

(Summary) A substitute fifth-grade teacher in North Carolina berated a black student for his clothing and made other outlandish remarks — invoking President Trump and religion before falsely telling students the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. committed suicide.

IndieDems Comment:

Question of the day: if Donald Trump can base his entire illegal immigration policy on a pack of bald-faced lies and talk about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews; make 7,000 other false or misleading statements during his two years as President; run an election campaign based on a flagrant appeal to race-mongering; regularly use ethnic slurs in his public utterances; incite his followers to violence—

And still be considered by the Republican Party as fit to be President and still be considered a good Christian by the Christian leaders who invited him to be the main speaker at a ceremony observing the national day of prayer,

why would it surprise anyone that one of his yahoo followers, on duty as a substitute teacher, would use her platform to speak flagrant racism and to tell lies about Martin Luther King?

Give the teacher A+ for honesty: she revealed herself as a pluperfect example of what it really means to be a Republican and a Christian in current America. These Republicans/Christians have taken us back before the days of the Civil Rights revolution of the 1960s, back to the darkest days of segregation when the KKK was considered a mainstream movement whose members were the earthly servants of Jesus Christ.

The teacher was simply reflecting the mentality of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Brett Kavanaugh, and every elected Republican. Why was she fired while these other racists still hold office?

Senator Isakson Breaks with Trump, Backs Democratic Bill on Shutdown

Credit Where Credit Is Due–However Temporary It Might Be

Senator Johnny Isakson on Thursday broke with his Republican colleagues and joined five other Republican Senators to vote for a Democratic-backed bill designed to end the 34-day government shutdown brought about by President Trump’s imposing the closure as blackmail to try to force Congress to pay for building a wall on our southern border.

The bill was one of two voted on by the Senate aimed at ending the impasse over the partial government shutdown. Both were known to be dead on arrival but the vote was considered necessary to signal an end to any prospect Trump would get his way on a demand for $5 billion to start construction and pave the way for serious negotiations to appropriate funds to allow government agencies to resume operations.

The vote on the Democrats’ bill was 52 to 44, short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

The vote on the Trump-backed bill was 50 to 47, meaning, the Democratic bill got more votes than the Republican one.

Media reports say Isakson had expressed frustration about the human toll of the 34-day shutdown and had announced plans to work with a bipartisan group to find a way out of the impasse.

In IndieDems’ opinion, a strong incentive for Isakson to come out against the shutdown derived from the toll it was taking on one of his major corporate constituents: Delta Airlines. And a unique event reinforced his concern: the Super Bowl scheduled to be played in Atlanta on February 3. Screwed-up air traffic and a royal mess getting Super Bowl fans into and out of Atlanta airport was the last thing Isakson wanted.

The profits of Delta Airlines and the NFL owners probably provided Isakson more reason to go against Trump than the combined suffering of 800,000 federal workers, their families, and the federal contractors and small businesses who were also taking a hit from the fallout of the shutdown.

But for now, let’s give the Senator the benefit of the doubt. He did the right thing. Maybe the disaster of Trump’s shutdown will prod Isakson to move away from his lapdog support for Trump and adopt a more independent position in which the interests of the average Georgian, not Donald Trump’s orders, guide Isakson’s decision-making.