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Wed Feb 8, 2017, 05:58 PM

Either the GOP leaders don't notice Bannon/Trump is trying to convert the U.S. into a dictatorship,

Or they're actually OK with that happening.

This is the true "elephant in the room."

These people - the majority in the House and Senate - they can stop this in its tracks...and they're not. (at least no signs yet)

Are they waiting - and then they'll act? Or are they going to let it happen - and just fall in line behind a 21st century Hitler with nuclear weapons?

If they do - it's really astonishing. As bad as I have believed them to be - I still wouldn't believe they could be this bad.

The whole world can see what's occurring here - all the parallels with the formation of other totalitarian regimes.

And they can't really see it? Are they now so blinded by partisanship that they can't?

Loyalty to Party over Nation - even to this degree? Even over the survival of the Planet? WTF??

You know that not even any of them can feel secure with Trump having the nuclear codes!

The horror. The horror.

The resistance - the protests - they need to be directed at the GOP leadership - relentlessly - for they are enabling the Bannon/Trump monster.

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Reply Either the GOP leaders don't notice Bannon/Trump is trying to convert the U.S. into a dictatorship, (Original post)
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 OP
Initech Feb 2017 #1
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #2
Va Lefty Feb 2017 #17
stopbush Feb 2017 #3
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #6
wcmagumba Feb 2017 #4
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #7
LonePirate Feb 2017 #5
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #9
LonePirate Feb 2017 #11
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #12
LonePirate Feb 2017 #14
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #25
LeftInTX Feb 2017 #18
Phoenix61 Feb 2017 #8
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #10
lou ky dem Feb 2017 #13
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #20
CrispyQ Feb 2017 #15
LeftInTX Feb 2017 #16
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #19
VOX Feb 2017 #28
spanone Feb 2017 #21
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #22
spanone Feb 2017 #23
ElementaryPenguin Feb 2017 #24
AuntPatsy Feb 2017 #26
liberal N proud Feb 2017 #27
SamKnause Feb 2017 #29
Solly Mack Feb 2017 #30
diva77 Feb 2017 #31

Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:00 PM

1. They'd rather sink the US into a third world dictatorship than to face any real opposition.

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Response to Initech (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:04 PM

2. Evidently...

And even the "mavericky" John McCain is going to stick with them?? Jeez - it's incredible.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:50 PM

17. Yeah "Country first" my ass!

All he cares about is finding a camera to pontificate in front of.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:05 PM

3. Unfortunately, many people believe that "no American would do such a thing."

So Trump is given a pass. They imagine he's bullshitting, or grandstanding.

Those kinds of beliefs are right up there with "no sane person would kill another person."

Nope, that's not how autocrats operate. They tell you what they plan to do, and then they do it.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:06 PM

6. Closing their eyes as they lay the groundwork - it broad f-ing daylight!!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:05 PM

4. They don't care as long as they've got theirs...nt

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:07 PM

7. They DON'T care. Perhaps a handful do.

Pretty silent so far, though.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:05 PM

5. They need him to sign their grotesque legislation before deposing him for Pence.

They need him as a scapegoat. So until their government, budget and country destroying bills related to the ACA, the environment, voting, taxes and regulations are signed into law, they will keep the ignorant figurehead in office.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:09 PM

9. That may be the case...

HOPEFULLY, anyway. But they can get Pence to do the same dastardly shit - without the insanity baggage. (and Putin love). I wish they'd take him down now - or start making overtures about it. Who wants to wait to see what this lunatic is really capable of?

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:23 PM

11. It's his insanity which gives cover for Congress to pass that garbage.

They need that insanity to insulate and protect them. Pence doesn't offer that.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:30 PM

12. True.

But it's gamble. If they wait too long - we may all be fucked for good!!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:34 PM

14. We were f***** on October 28 when the Comey letter leaked. It's been downhill ever since.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:40 PM

25. What happened with that investigation of Comey?

Anyone know the status - or the findings? I missed it if anything was released.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:52 PM

18. I was listening to David Frum and

He basically said "Don't count on it". Because Trump is taking them down the toilet with him. They may not be able to climb out. He gave the example of McConnell and his wife's appointment. Now McConnell is in bed with Trump. Because of this appointmenr, Trump has more power over McConnell.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:08 PM

8. They falsly believe that they will be safe

These are not folks who read or study history. Dictators often turn on those who supported their rise to power. They are seen as competition. Better to destroy them and further cower any opposition.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:11 PM

10. Ignorant - anti-academic folks - most of them

Probably don't know history well it all - and not concerned. What dumb asses!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:33 PM

13. They can't cross him

Because I think he has the hacked RNC info.

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Response to lou ky dem (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:29 PM

20. But they'll inevitably be armed with incredibly damaging info on

the Orange Menace, courtesy of the intelligence community.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:38 PM

15. They are totally okay with it.

They've never believed in "all are created equal."

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:44 PM

16. You should read David Frum's article

"How to Build an Autocracy"

It is in the Atlantic

(I'm on my phone and can't link)

They were interviewing him on NPR. My jaw was dropping.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:26 PM

19. Thanks. I'll look for that.

Serious guy. When he's on MSNBC I think of him playing the Watergate Deep Throat role for today.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 09:00 PM

28. I used to loathe Frum, but he's been a paragon of sanity in all this mess.

He is a brilliant guy and knows his stuff. Strange bedfellows, and all that.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:30 PM

21. gop doesn't care if it's a dictator as long as it's their dictator

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Response to spanone (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:32 PM

22. That does seem to be the case.

What hypocritical assholes!!!!!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:34 PM

23. the gop hated trump till he won. now he owns them.

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Response to spanone (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:38 PM

24. He's going to double-cross them - as he does all his partners.

He's a thin-skinned, insecure, paranoid, combative asshole and a thief - and he really can't help himself!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:49 PM

26. Thier cowardice is being exposed daily....

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2017, 08:54 PM

27. The GOP are power hungry

They are seeing their opportunity to kill all social aspects of the government and pilfer the coffers.

They are willing to sell their souls to the devil.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 03:19 AM

29. Republicans are EVIL !!!!

They always put party and power over country.

Trump is EVIL !!!!!!!!!

They want to turn America into a police state Theocracy controlled by Wall Street.

Bush 43 was fine with dictatorships, as long as he could be the dictator. (You can Google his quote about dictators)

This is the mindset of ALL Republicans.

They are EVIL !!!!!!!!!

They hate democracy.

They hate equality.

They hate women.

They hate anyone who is not a white Christian.

Fuck Trump !!!!

Fuck Republicans !!!!

They hate the poor.

They hate the working poor.

They hate the disabled.

They hate facts.

They hate science.

They hate an economy that benifits anyone but the rich.

They are EVIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are the greatest threat this country and the world faces !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVIL, EVIL, EVIL, EVIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 03:39 AM

30. Congressional Republicans are OK with an autocrat as long as said autocrat

enforces their beliefs on the country.

Republican voters feel safer in a world where people know their place (that they determine), know their job/role, know to behave a certain way (that they determine) - where no one ever rocks the boat and causes them discomfort by thinking differently.

They need that order, that forced conformity, to feel good about themselves and to feel safe.

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 04:51 AM

31. Seems that they're obeying Koch Bros. orders -- since that's where a lot of their funding comes from

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