Category: Trump

Give GA SECSTATE Raffensperger Praise Where Praise Is Due

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger, a Republican, supervises Georgia’s electoral system. The office came under even more scrutiny this year than in other presidential election years. The system faced serious stress because Georgia for the first time faced massive numbers of mail-in voting–and the stress increased exponentially when it became apparent that the Democratic candidate might win the state.

At that moment, Georgia became on of the principal targets of intense pressure from Trump and his loyalists to find someway to subvert the will of the people and throw the election to Trump. When Raffensperger refused to go along, Georgia’s two U.S. Senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue–both running to keep their seats–called on him to resign, in a flagrant attempt to appease Trump. They provided no evidence to back up claims of election irregularities

In IndieDems judgment, Raffensperger deserves much praise for showing the courage and integrity to take a stand against the Republican assault on our basic moral and democratic values. In the same GA GOP he comes from, Loeffler and Perdue are running for the U.S. Senate on the single issue of how committed they are to being Trump’s lap dogs, as he launches baseless “legal” challenges to the election outcome, endangers U.S. national security and American lives by blocking an orderly transition, and does nothing about the pandemic sweeping the nation.

(Read Raffensperger’s account here: “Georgia secretary of state: My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway.”)

Not surprisingly, they were two of the key players in in the Inside Trader scam earlier this year.

Further context: GA Republicans just elected to Congress Marjorie Taylor Greene, an avowed supporter of the crackpot QAnon, who has also posted racist and anti-Semitic messages on Facebook. Amazingly, all these Republicans declare they are devout Christians, as they wallow in the immorality of a Party for which God’s Commandments mean and Jesus’ Goden Rule mean absolutely nothing.

Hats off to Brad Raffensperger. We may have a dilemma when he comes up for re-election.

The Republican War on Democracy

The Republican Party as of November 2, 2020, was the most morally and intellectually corrupt political institution among Western democracies. With its refusal to accept Donald Trump’s defeat on November 3, the Republican Party entered a whole new dimension and became a threat to the survival of democracy itself.

Republicans are waging war against the basic moral and democratic values that define American democracy. The war is most evident in Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat and to issue the traditional concession speech affirming respect for a peaceful transfer of power according to the Constitution and the rule of law.

Trump delivered a second sledgehammer blow with his refusal to set in motion the formal mechanisms that allow the transition to proceed. He even denied classified briefings to the incoming team on matters of national security.

Trump and his Republican minions further showed their contempt for democratic norms and the rule of law by launching numerous lawsuits based on totally fallacious and unsubstantiated allegations of massive fraud and malfeasance in the electoral process. The worthlessness of those claims is shown by judges ruling against every single charge of massive fraud.

The most frightening aspect of Trump’s war against democracy is the widespread support it has among Republican officials. Most have fervently supported Trump, and only a handful of Republicans have issued even a mild rebuke. The frightening part? Come hell or high water, Donald Trump will be out of power as of high noon on January 20, 2021. His Republican lap dogs will remain in power, and continue their effort to undermine, weaken—and probably, destroy—American democracy.

Republicans are transparently demonstrating they accept the fact that the only way they can win elections is by using lies, demagoguery, and voter suppression. The 2020 elections show they are quite willing to do so.

The Racism Behind Trump’s Last Campaign Visit to Georgia

I’m stunned that the  main stream media–like CNN and MSNBC–paid so little attention to the fact that Trump’s visit to Georgia on the eve of the election took place in the Congressional district of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a racist and a leading disciple of the extremist outfit QAnon. Trump got headlines in August when he praised Greene and called her a future Republican star after she won the GOP nomination for the Congressional seat–a victory that ensured her election to Congress in the overwhelmingly Red district.

Trump’s praise for the QAnon advocate was viewed, correctly, as providing enhanced legitimacy to the one-time fringe group and heralding a closer Republican-QAnon alliance. During the past two months, increasing numbers of Republicans have, in fact, welcomed QAnon supporters into the Party’s ranks. See https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/15/qanon-trump-maga-movement-429739.

Remember, even before her QAnon ties gained notoriety, Greene had also been outed for posting overtly racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic messages on Facebook. Greene has remained resolutely unapologetic and unrepentant about any of her views.

So, by any criteria, Trump’s pick of the major city in Greene’s district to stage one of his final rallies was meant to send a clear signal of his and the Republican Party’s firm commitment to his racist, xenophobic, white supremacist agenda. If there were any doubt, Trump erased it by including Greene among the names of all the major GA GOP candidates attending the rally–including those running for the U.S. Senate and House–in his praise of local candidates. They all applauded.

Another Self-righteous Christian in High Office?

Today’s headlines:

Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg seat 

I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s what people get wrong about her faith. By John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, a former dean of the Boston College Law School and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.


IndieDems Comment:

The idea that religion provides an anchor for leading a moral life has been blown to bits by America’s experience under Donald Trump and his Republican “Christian” know-nothings. My questions: How in God’s name can anyone claim to be a Christian and support a President who lives in willful, even gleeful defiance of two of God’s commandments, the ones that say thou shalt not bear false witness or commit adultery? And quote me at least three Trump tweets that reflect the spirit of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

I’ll avoid philosophy and theology and get down to facts about why I oppose people like Amy Barrett being appointed judges, much less SCOTUS justices. I grew up in the South when segregation reigned supreme. Every rabid segregationist who ever lived thought like Barrett. Every one of them believed that the Holy Spirit moved within them and instructed them to maintain segregation and discrimination against blacks. Every segregationist attended church on Sunday and believed God and Jesus approved what they were doing.

Every segregationist was a self-righteous prick who believed they inhabited some moral universe beyond the understanding of ordinary human beings. Not a single one of them had enough brains to figure out they were a hypocrite who was using religion to legitimize their hateful, wrongful, criminal acts.

See those people gathered around a lynched black man laughing and smiling, or wielding a club to beat the hell out of people on the Edmund Pettus bridge? God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christians all.

Want to know who else thought like Amy Barrett? Try the Nazis and Germans who sent 6 million human beings to concentration camps and the gas chambers because Jesus told them it was OK. Same for people who hunted down witches and burned them at the stake. (God in the Bible explicitly instructs his followers to do so). Same for those who carried out the Inquisition.

I do not understand this recusal stuff. The United States Constitution explicitly forbids decisions based on someone’s religious beliefs. Why would anyone who believes their choices are ipso facto the will of God be a judge to begin with? Could someone be a Communist and be appointed to the SCOTUS, declaring to recuse themselves when a case involved Communists? A member of the American Nazi Party? A member of the Ku Klux Klan?

Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Listen to them.

Republicans Revel in Their Immorality and Incompetence

Trump’s daily display of gangsterism—consisting of lies, slander, libel, and insults—shows there are two sets of rules: one for Republicans, another for everybody else. Trump is not singlehandedly vulgarizing, coarsening, and degrading America’s political culture. It’s the fact that the Republican Party as an institution vigorously supports every word Trump speaks and every deed he commits that has taken us into a moral sewer. It’s the 85 percent of Republicans who proudly support Trump and want to re-elect him who are destroying everything America stands for.

Republicans support Trump as he wages war against God’s 10 Commandments, Jesus’ Golden Rule, the Constitution, the rule of law, our basic democratic and moral values—and against common human decency. And so far, they have gotten away with it.

We decent Americans must destroy the Republican Party the way we destroyed slavery, segregation—and Republican-supported McCarthyism. Republicans deserve no mercy.

Trump’s Legacy: Republican Bad Manners in the Gutter

News story:

A Cape Cod ice cream shop reopened — and faced harassment so bad one staffer quit

Comment: I never even buy a lottery ticket, but if the truth could be known, I would lay bets that the people engaging in this outrageous bad behavior are Republicans. You know, the people who avidly support a President for whom vulgarity and bad manners are a way of life. The Republicans whose president has

—Bragged about sexually assaulting women and called then bimbo,fat, ugly, Miss Piggy, and dog
—Mocked a handicapped person
—Constantly spewed invective, insults, slander, and libel
—Conducted a smear campaign against Amb. Marie Yovanovitch
—Just recently, referred to the people who legitimately prosecuted Michael Flynn as human scum
—Made racist statements, like saying Hispanic migrants are animals and telling Congresswomen of color to go back where they came from
—Proven himself to be a pathological liar

The above, of course, just a small sample of Trump’s assault on common human decency. For Republicans who give their stamp of approval to all this, atrociously bad behavior in an ice cream parlor is small potatoes.

A Mother’s Warning: White Supremacists Are Attempting to Recruit Your Sons

//The Republican encouragement of the white supremacist agenda gains force and spreads its tentacles among teenagers.//

“A mother’s warning: If you have white teen sons, listen up …”

Joanna Schroeder has a message for parents of teen and tween white boys: If you don’t pay attention to their online lives, the white supremacists will.

“I’ve been watching my boys’ online behavior & noticed that social media and vloggers are actively laying groundwork in white teens to turn them into alt-right/white supremacists”

…”terms she tells parents to listen for include snowflake; kek, a form of “lol” that sometimes refers to an ironic white nationalist ‘religion’; cuck; chad; femenoid; beta; “Blood and Soil,” and the numbers 14 or 88, for their association with Hitler and Nazism.”

IndieDems Comment:

Does it surprise anyone that this is the legacy that Donald Trump and his Republican minions are creating for America? We have a President and a Republican Party that openly espouse racism, bigotry, and xenophobia—a President who had words of praise for neo-Nazis marching in the streets shouting “Jews will nor replace us” and uses ethnic slurs in his speeches, most prominently in his campaign speeches in 2018. A President who talks about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews.

IndieDems noted early on Trump’s rise to power mirror-imaged Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. (See Republicans & Nazis: The Photos that Explain the Connection). The Republican mirror-imaging of the Nazis has gained substance and content throughout almost the three years of Trump’s presidency. It now leaps out at us from the daily headlines reporting Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to serve his domestic political prospects by threatening to withhold American military aid if Ukraine did not undertake an investigation of Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in Ukrainian-based corruption.

The Ukrainian imbroglio has also highlighted once more another of the key practices Trump and the Republicans have adopted right out of the fascist playbook: the flagrant and arrogant use of lies to further their agenda. Statements to a Congressional committee by a plethora of honest, truth-telling U.S. military officers and professional diplomats has exposed Trump’s lies beyond a shadow of a doubt. (See Federal Bureaucrats Are the Saviors of America)

The use of social media to lure teen-aged white males into white nationalist or outright neo-fascist organizations is an inevitable progression of the degradation of our values at the hands of the Trumpists. The Trumpists have revived and re-invigorated the mentality of the Republicans who viewed Joseph McCarthy as a hero and then proceeded to bring us the White House-based criminality and corruption of Watergate and IranContra.

Seventy years after McCarthyism, Republicans still have no morals and no shame. The only difference: there are much fewer Republican dissenters willing to speak out against the travesties of the majority. Most particularly, there is no Dwight David Eisenhower putting his stature on the side of honesty, democratic values, and common human decency.

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Trump’s Immorality, Criminality, Incompetence, & Corruption-On One Newspaper Page

Make sure you check out the home page of washingtonpost.com today, October 11, 2019. Article after article spells out the total incompetence, corruption, and criminality of the Trump administration. Take a snapshot or preserve it whatever way you can. It’s a classic.
 
Below are some of the individual articles, but the page needs to be viewed online for its full impact.
As you  read them, you might be asking, “what kind of human beings would support this morally and intellectually corrupt cretin and advocate his re-election?” Here are six of them:

  
Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chief of Staff Joan Kirchner Carr

 
Sen. David Perdue and COS Megan Whittemore

 
Rep. Barry Loudermilk and COS, Robert Adkerson


The WashingtonPost.com home page 10/11/19
MORE COVERAGE
By 17 former Watergate special prosecutors

In Recognition of Georgia Senators’ Chiefs of Staff

//Georgia’s two female Senatorial chiefs of staff: Loyal Trumpists to the end!//

It occurred to IndieDems that probably few average Georgians know that both our United States Senators have female chiefs of staffs: Megan Whittemore for David Perdue and Joan Kirchner Carr for Johnny Isakson. (Her husband is Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, himself a former Isakson aide).  Now, we don’t know exactly how unique this is, since we don’t know how many other Senators have female chiefs of staff. But–let’s celebrate it for what it is, an affirmation of growing women’s power in politics.


Joan Kirchner Carr                    Megan Whittemore

In fact, IndieDems thought it was a good time to give credit where credit is due by devoting a post to how these two achieving females have joined their bosses in showing unqualified loyalty to their President, Donald Trump. Their fidelity has not wavered, even as Trump critics point out that he is unique in being the only President who has reached this chronological point in his term without ever gaining at least a 50 percent approval rating.

Along the way, Whittemore and Carr have given their stamp of approval to Trump’s bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling various women bimbo, fat, ugly horse-faced, of low intellect, Pocahontas, and dog.  Whittemore and Carr, of course, have also stood by Trump despite his demeaning the military service of John McCain, lying about Barack Obama’s birthplace, making 12,000 other false or misleading statements, locking up migrant children in wire cases, having words of praise for neo-fascist demonstrators marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and mocking a handicapped person.

Out intention to bring you up to date on Whittemore/Carr’s endorsement of Trump’s recent words and deeds that have led many to conclude that he is psychologically unhinged has been made easier by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. His column Let’s ‘gut check’ all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements provides the item-by-item list of Trump’s actions that Whittemore and Carr have accepted as normal.

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Let’s ‘gut check all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements
by Dana Milbank
It was an exemplary week for presidential misbehavior.

  • President Trump had an international tantrum over Denmark’s refusal to sell him Greenland.
  • He invoked the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.
  • He proclaimed himself the Messiah.
  • Along the way, he used shooting victims for self-promotion, said he wanted a medal for military valor, and more.
In this divided land, there is broad agreement on one thing: Our president is unpresidential.A Post/ABC News poll released last month found that two-thirds of Americans find Trump “unpresidential” and only 28 percent say his actions are “fitting and proper.” Trump himself has acknowledged that some of his behavior is “not at all ‘Presidential’.”


Carr & Whittemore say: Re-elect that man President!

It’s hard to say for sure whether Trump was more undignified this week compared with most others. This is, after all, a man who boasted publicly about his genitals, uses words such as “bull—-,” “p—y,” “goddamn” and “little Schitt” in public, misspells tweets, talks of women bleeding, proclaims himself a “stable genius” with a “very large brain,” “fell in love” with North Korea’s dictator, paid hush money to a porn actress, shoved a prime minister, wore an ill-fitting vest to visit Queen Elizabeth and praised the “shape” of France’s first lady.

He also let Kanye West loose in the Oval Office, prayed for higher ratings for “The Apprentice” at a prayer breakfast , spoke of “raking” forests, hugged an American flag, dragged toilet paper from his shoe, suggested the Clintons murdered Jeffrey Epstein, described neo-Nazis as “very fine people,” and, when told by a rape victim that the Islamic State killed her family, replied: “Where are they now?”


Carr & Whittmore say: Re-elect that man President!

But maybe there is a way to calibrate vulgarity. Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler and his team have documented more than 12,000 false or misleading statements by Trump using the Pinocchio system: from one Pinocchio for “shading” facts to four for “whoppers.” Rare, unexpectedly true statements earn a Geppetto.

Instead of a fact check, I propose a “gut check” of how unpresidential Trump is. Instead of Geppetto and Pinocchio, this uses Beauty and the Beast. Where Kessler’s work is objective and researched, this will be arbitrary and slapdash — like Trump’s policies.

  • One Beast: Routinely unpresidential.
  • Two Beasts: Extra gross, vulgar, narcissistic.
  • Three Beasts: Downright beastly, uncouth, uncivilized.
  • Four Beasts: A wild rumpus. We weep for our country.

On the rare instances when he behaves in a “presidential” manner (usually a teleprompter is involved), he will be assigned a “Beauty.”

This week, the Gut Checker awards Trump one Beast each for:

  • ● Again describing the “evil” free press with the Stalinist phrase “Enemy of the People.”
  • ● Promoting Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • ● Boasting about breaking Elton John’s crowd-size record.
  • ● Badgering the Federal Reserve chairman he appointed as the “enemy” and “a golfer who can’t putt.”
  • ● Describing Fox News’s Juan Williams as “pathetic,” sycophantic, “nasty and wrong.”
  • Threatening not to let Fox News host a presidential debate because he didn’t like his favorite network’s latest poll.
  • ● Threatening to release Islamic State fighters into Germany and France.
  • ● Claiming Google “manipulated” some 16 million votes in 2016.

All routine breaches of decorum for Trump. All unpresidential.


Based on their track record, Carr & Whittmore say: “We
just love our unpresidential President!”

The Gut Checker awards two Beasts each for:

  • ● Telling reporters he might not vacate the White House for “maybe 10 or maybe 14” years — regardless of what the Constitution says; and using imaginary powers to say U.S. companies are “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to Chinese markets.
  • ● Resuming his attacks on four nonwhite women in Congress, mocking one’s “tears” and accusing her of being “violent.”
  • ● Calling former aide Anthony Scaramucci a “highly unstable ‘nut job’ ” and a “mental wreck” guilty of “gross incompetence.”


Carr & Whittmore say: We look forward to four additional years of this!

Three Beasts:

  • ● Saying hospitalized victims of mass shootings paid tribute to him. “They love their president,” he said, in an “unparalleled” way. “They were pouring out of the rooms. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms.”
  • ● Expressing desire to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor against an enemy force, despite draft deferments for bone spurs. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify. . . . I’d say, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ ”
  • Tweeting the words of a racist conspiracy theorist who said Israelis view Trump like “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” He later claimed he’s “the chosen one.”


Carr & Whittmore say: Four more years! Four more years!

Four Beasts:

  • ● Canceling his trip to Denmark and twice calling its prime minister “nasty” because she labeled as “absurd” Trump’s absurd plan to buy Greenland.
  • ● Accusing nearly 80 percent of American Jews of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” and after an outcry by Jewish leaders, repeating the slander.

One week, zero beauties and 31 beasts — a full herd and, by any measure, an impressive stable of rude, crude and undignified behavior. But if we as a nation can agree that our president is unpresidential, experience should also allow us to agree on this: Next week might well be worse.


Carr & Whittmore say: Somebody’s got to tell it like it is!

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IndieDems comment: We believe you will agree with us. Joan Kirchner Carr and Megan Whittemore represent the very epitome of Republican Woman 2019. They reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party. The Party would not be what it is today without women like them. No matter how many racist, misogynist, xenophobic, white nationalist statements Trump might make, he can count on the Joans and Megans of the world to remain his faithful subalterns. After all, it takes a  real man to call those shithole countries what they are–and to call for sending those four Congresswomen back to them.

GOP Mouthpiece: Use Defense Budget as Pork Barrel

//The more unhinged Trump’s statements become, the more GA Republicans rally to his side//

Republicans view the Washington post as second only to the New York Times as a purveyor of “fake news,” meaning, anything that differs with what Republicans think. But two of the Post’s regular columnists, Marc Theissen and Hugh Hewitt, are gushing supporters of Donald Trump. Hewitt recently reached new heights of propaganda with an article titled “How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s chances in 2020.” Hewitt unabashedly calls for the use of the Navy’s budget as pork barrel to help Trump’s re-election prospects in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In our comments, IndieDems points out how this naked call to use the defense budget as Republican pork barrel is a perfect fit for the rest of the Trumpist agenda. We also seize the opportunity to again recognize Georgia Republican leaders support for that agenda:

IndieDems supposes a decision by the Trumpists to openly declare that the defense budget is just one big pork barrel bonanza was inevitable, given the fact that:

1) This is already the most corrupt administration in our history—and the more evidence that piles up establishing that fact, the more corruption Trump and his benighted followers commit. Without shame.

 
Senator Johnny Isakson 
Based on his track record,
Isakson says: I don’t give a fig
about corruption. I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

2) The Trumpists have sent the federal debt spiraling out of control, with not one iota of a plan to bring it under control


Senator David Perdue
Based on his track record,
Perdue says: Who cares about
deficits? I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

3) The tax cut for the rich that was supposed to be the spark that ignited massive investment in our economic future has failed miserably to achieve its goal. Our corrupt corporate class has spent most of it on buying back their companies stocks, sending their stock prices upward and thereby enriching their own pockets. And even this con game seems to have run out of steam.


Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Based on his track record,
Loudermilk says: We need more
tax cuts for the rich! That’s why
I endorse everything Trump
has said or done and will avidly
support his re-election.

4) Most craven of all, Trump and the Republicans are now overtly espousing a racist, xenophobic, white nationalist, Islamaphobic agenda as the basis of their 2020 campaign strategy.

           
Sen. Isakson      Sen. Perdue             Rep. Loudermilk
Based on their track record, Georgia’s three stooges
say: racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, Islamaphobia?
Music to our ears! More than ever, we intend to support
Trump’s re-election.

All of this depredation presided over by a warped and twisted demagogue, a serial liar and adulterer, who lives In daily contempt of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule. Someone who more and more mirror images Adolph Hitler in his capacity for evil.

So it’s not surprising that some little Trump lackey like Hugh Hewitt now openly tells us that Republicans view the defense budget as pork to bolster their election prospects.