Jennifer Rubin wrote a column the other day: Dear Trump Enablers: Cry Me A River from the perspective of Never-Trumpers, those Republicans who immediately saw Trumpski as a narcissistic grifter (as Democrats universally did) and now according to Ms. Rubinare owed apologies from their whining GOP colleagues, those who regret enabling an oaf.
Let me start by saying I appreciate that there were 'some' voices out there, conservative intellectuals warning what a disaster Trumpski would be and ultimately is. However, the collective we cannot dismiss the false memes and propaganda promoted by Republicans for decades, all of which provided a clear glide path for the abomination known as Donald J. Trump.
Right-wing radio and Fox News has been shoveling pure horseshit for years, certainly since Gingrich's 'Contract with America.' Balanced budgets and austerity programs have been demanded when Democrats hold power, while wild spending sprees and tax give-aways for the rich are deemed perfectly acceptable when Republicans hold the reins.
Bush and Cheney nearly brought the country and the world to its economic knees with hollow ideology, unnecessary wars, deficit spending, corruption. And sheer neglect. Remember deficits-dont-matter-Cheney? Or we're an Empire now, we create our own reality?
Where were Republican voices then?
Even Romneyconsidered a moderate in Republican circles and in Ms. Rubins Universefelt compelled to reiterate the nonsense that of course, corporations are people, my friend giving shelter to the corrosive funding abuses weve seen since Citizens United was upheld by SCOTUS.
Where were the jeers, the objections?
As we watched, it was left to Obama to pick up the pieces, pull the truck from the ditch and get us back on the road. What did he get for the Herculean effort? Accusals of being foreign born, a Muslim, the Other. Or on the ACA, providing Americans with healthcare insurance, an issue that should never have been partisan. What did we hear? Screams of death panels and communist takeovers for a plan that was hatched at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.
Where was the condemnation from rational Republicans?
The list goes on through congressional obstructionism; endless, pointless investigations; obscene gerrymandering and voter suppression/voter fraud gimmicks.
Voices. Outrage. Anyone?
Dems are certainly not saints. Far from it. But we as a community believe in the notions of government and governance which is something Republicans surrendered long ago.
Now look at the mess, the sheer lunacy we're witnessing.
I've offered up kudos for Ms. Rubins columns in the past. She and others did call Trumpski out, pointed unabashedly to the incompetence, corruption, the withering unfitness. But when it comes to demanding apologies, there are a lot of mea culpas owed. The Never-Trumpers will have to wait their turn.
Right now, the biggest share belongs to the Republic that's being trampled by an unfit lunatic squatting in the White House. Apologies are owed to our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents, etc., those who bled for this country and for all the sacrifices made to keep the idea of America alive, each generation pushing for a better future.
Weve never been perfect. At best, as a society, as a Nation of laws and principles, were a work-in-progress. But hey, a work-in-progress is not a bad moniker.
All those lives, all the ideals and dreams as imperfect as they might be are now at the mercy of a conman, a grifter wiping his feet on the dead, the living, the yet to be born. Trumpski is urged on by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson et al, radio and TV jocks whipping their audiences into a frenzy with . . . lies and innuendo.
So many apologies. Too many to count.
Donald Trump will be a thing of the past in due time, sooner rather than later I hope. Once that happens, once the dust settles, well need to repair and heal. Many will swear they never saw the debacle coming. Yet the signs were all around. The cues were most profoundly obvious in the silence of Republicans who knew better, whispered among themselves but set aside principle for winning at all costs and those who acquiesced to the bullies screaming into the ether. All at the expense of the country for which they so loudly, so passionately proclaimed love.
Theres been treachery in our midst for decades.
Many apologies are owed. Take your ticket Ms. Rubin; its going to be a long wait.
While youre waiting, well have a Nation to rebuild, fences to mend, alliances to reestablish. Lets hope we all remember the past as it was, not the sanitized version many in Republican circles would have us accept.
Because we either learn from the past. Or we dont. If the latter is our fate, then this may be our last hurrah.
I sincerely hope that is not the case.
I've included a thread reader link to a fascinating rundown on what Maria Butina's plea today means, how her confession(s) link in to the overall puzzle that is Trumpski/Russia/NRA/GOP.
The ship is going down to the bottom of the Deep Blue Sea. And it's taking all hands on deck with it.
Sorry if this is a repeat but I just ran across this ad, presumably airing on Fox News:
From what I gather at other sites? This is in fact real as in horror time real--The Trumpy Bear.
Amazing how fast the Republicans soft whisperings of empathy for Dr. Ford has turned. Weve gone from: yes, we believe Dr. Fprd was assaulted to the whole thing was a terrible hoax (Trump just this morning). Or Susan Collins having voted for Kavanaughs confirmation now saying she believes Dr. Ford but surely the woman is mistaken about Bart O and how the whole event has a silver liningwomen will more likely report sexual assaults.
Really, Senator Collins?
After driving a shiv into the back of American woman, you have the gall to talk silver linings. Heres a silver lining just for you: your skinny ass will be defeated in 2020. Enjoy!
I know, Senator, you feel the money raising and the outrage is a form of domestic terrorism and blackmail. But heres the point:
Rather, its Democracy in action, something you and your Republican colleagues have decided is troublesome, quaint, soon to be replaced by a model more manageable where the Minority rules the Majority. Or as Colin Powell said Sunday morning: where the We the People is short-circuited, replaced by Me the President.
That being said, its unfair to attack Collins alone because the entire Republican Senate voted the same way, excoriating Democratic pushback as unseemly. According to the GOPs edit, we acted like savages, uncivilized, blind and deaf to the rules of decorum and civility. Oh, the irony! Let us not forget Judge Kavanaughs obfuscations, his slip and slide answers to reasonable questions or the pitching of snarky answers back to Judiciary Committee members. To underscore the attitude, McConnell sent out a tweet congratulating the women protesting Kavs confirmation, thereby winning it for the GOP. He referred to those protesting women as:
Ive mentioned Medusa several times in the last few days. Typically people think of Medusa as a monstrous deity whose only service was to turn good men into stone. Until Perseus arrived, the man who cut off Medusas head with the help of Athena and a shiny shield.
But did you know that Medusa, one of the only mortal Gorgons of Greek myth, was once a beautiful maiden? She was raped by Poseidon within Athenas temple and Athena, so outraged by the desecration, cursed the young Medusa for her crime.
Her crime. Because some things never change and annoying victims must be punished.
The Medusa myth is, however, multidimensional in nature. Throughout centuries, Medusa has been pointed to whenever the patriarchy is threatened, used to undermine women who seek power. Its no coincidence that Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Angela Merkel have been depicted as 'monsters' during political battles because Medusa is regarded as the original . . .
Nasty Woman (see Elizabeth Johnstons comments in the Atlantic).
But over those same centuries, Medusa has been regarded as a protector, a redeemer, the last of the Earth Goddesses who were so reviled by patriarchal societies, a threat to law and order. Of the masculine kind.
Despite all howls from the Right-Wing, the upcoming election on November 6th favors the Democrats, particularly in the House. With less than a month to go, we have the opportunity to sweep Republicans from the House, State legislatures and Governors mansions, as well as more local, down-home races. If the Senate comes along for the ride, all well and good. In addition, we have a historic number of women running this cycle.
And we have Medusas story echoing over millennia, a story, a script that belongs to us, not to the pretenders or imposters or Perseus wanna-bes.
We are the women with snakes in our hair. We are coming in droves, along with the men who love and respect us.
Watch for it. Mark it down. On November 6th, our opponents and accusers, their high-fives, their smirks will turn to stone.
And I for one will revel in it!
WaPo published the results of a poll in 69 House battleground districts where Dems lead by an average of 4 points. And before anyone says O.M.G., only 4 points! Please note the following:
By way of comparison, in 2016 these same districts favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by 15 percentage points, 56 percent to 41 percent.
Yeah, that's a definite shift in our direction, in a race where we need 23 seats to gain the majority. The biggest change?
Women are driving Democratic support in the battleground districts, favoring the partys candidates by 54 percent to 40 percent.
We can do this! And anyone saying that the Kavanaugh debacle will bring women home to the GOP is flat-out daft.
November 6th. We drive these suckers into the sea.
Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's memorable novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.. And in absurd fashion, Kavanaugh is compared to Tom Robinson, unjustly accused of rape by that woman Mayella Ewell.
Because there is no limit to the Republican's ridiculous justifications, even highjacking a novel that they no doubt would've banned back in the day for its unpleasant truths, primarily hatred, racism and the unequal distribution of justice.
Talk about flailing as they defend the indefensible!
However John McCain orchestrated his funeral services, the ultimate effect was remarkable, powerful. Admire him or detest him, McCain left his mark on the world. His final mark was on the countrys consciousness, a poignant reminder regarding our responsibility to one another and to America, a nation weve frequently taken for granted.
He chose his orators/chorus with care and purpose to actively demonstrate, I think, what it looks like, sounds like, feels like to come together despite our differences. It was a clarion call to regain our footing, get back on the path, take up the burden of citizenship, statesmanship, common decency.
McCain's memorial has underscored a change in the wind, a true weariness, even disgust with the bombastic strutting, the endless lies coming out of Trump and his zombie supporters. In comparison to what we've witnessed this past week, the Trumpsters churlish clan looks small, even more crass than before. Trump's early morning tweets/complaints yesterday were pathetic, hardly a blip on the radar.
Something has started to shift after months of revelations and investigations. The sheer cruelty, the petty meanness, the disloyalty, the greed, the gross incompetence have piled up and are now being exposed. Maybe not as quickly as we want. Yet the lid to Pandoras box is sliding open.
In contrast, we have McCain speaking from the grave demanding that we be better, are better, must be far better for our children and grandchildren and the future of the Republic.
I listened to an old man down in Texas the other night. He'd put together a meet&greet for Beto O'Rourke. He said, "Listen, I'm a conservative. But I'm not so conservative that I think being inhumane is okay. We need to treat one another better. We need to get back to being generous and big-hearted."
Now, that's what I call a shift! One for the greater good.
John McCain managed to pull this final performance together from his death bed. With a little help from his friends, of course. But still, I think this was his last gift to his family, his colleagues and countrymen. I wonder if he regarded the effort as a leaning-in to Lincolns line in the Gettysburg Address:
. . . the last full measure of devotion.
Dont know why but those words have been tumbling inside my head all week.
The Russians, I understand, were very happy, even giddy to hear about McCains passing. They considered him an arch-enemy, a constant thorn in their side. On their version of 60 minutes, they purportedly said, Good, hes gone. There wont be another like him because the United States is over, done.
I wouldnt place bets on that statement. In fact, I predict those Russian broadcasters will rue the day they said it. As Trump et al will rue the many days ahead.
I never voted for John McCain. His political positions often left me bewildered and angry. But this week he earned my respect. So . . .
Godspeed, Senator. Godspeed.
According to the Trumpster in a meeting with leading Evangelicals. If the GOP loses the House, there will be violence because his opponents are violent people.
From the article:
They will overturn everything that weve done and theyll do it quickly and violently, and violently. Theres violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups these are violent people, the president said at the Monday meeting.
The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable. Part of it is because of some of the things Ive done for you and for me and for my family, but Ive done them, he continued.
The IMPOSTER-IN-CHIEF is predicting an American uprising if he doesn't get his way.
How far is too far? What is the limit? And how can an American political party support this sort of trash talk that incites the worst instincts in people.
As far as I'm concerned, the Trumpster crossed that Rubicon 1000x already. But if Christian leaders buy into this, spew it in their churches, they are damned forever.
BTW, the Trumpster saved Christmas, the whole Merry Christmas nonsense. He received wild applause when he mentioned it.
The Trumpster has dismissed Putin's KGB/violent background as unimportant or on other occasions has offered a whataboutism excuse:
You think we're so innocent? We kill people, too.
However, the last time I checked we--meaning the US government--were not knocking off journalists doing their jobs, investigating awkward or politically charged material. I have no doubt the Trumpster would have no problem trying his hand at this because he has demonstrated his MiniMe proclivities and has a boy-crush on Vlad. He also hates the press. I think he's quite capable of ordering a kill on an enemy. If he thought he could get away with it, that is. Which is far harder in this country (at least so far) to pull off successfully, particularly when you've totally pissed off your intelligence community.
But in Putin-World, journalists and nay-sayers winding up dead happens at a mysterious, alarming rate. Journalists, dissidents, diplomats and critics of every shape, size and gender have died from gunshots, falls, inexplicable heart attacks and strokes, self-inflicted poisonings or mysterious beatings/assaults. The nature of these unfortunate 'accidents' always have a common denominator: the victims all have a critical eye on the Kremlin and/or possess information that could bury Putin's grand expectations.
Or maybe coincidence hangs around Putin like a bad smell. Poor guy.
Today's headlines of three dead Russian journalists is a case in point. They were in Central Africa putting together a documentary on a mercenary group linked to Putin. The sort of mercenary group that attempted to storm a US installation in Syria, a group Putin has never acknowledged. Because if you don't acknowledge it, it never happened.
The journalists' car was ambushed. All three were shot dead while their driver was left alive. Robbery is being broadcast as the official motive.
So strange though. How these incidents keep bubbling up, only to be tamped down with: Nothing to see here, people. Move long.
Another coinky-dink, I guess. Or not.
Hullabaloo has an interesting article up today regarding the current tariff snafu and the Trumpster's willingness to partially bailout US farmers. It's obvious that the move is for political reasons--the November elections, tumbling poll numbers and the blowback the Trumpsters are getting for their sheer incompetence. But the Hullabaloo piece pulls the threads together into a recognizable garment--the nature of the grift that is Trump:
The major challenge the Trump administration faces in creating Shakedown Nation is to properly calibrate the amount of protection. It's essential that the protection never be complete, making those "protected" ever more desperate to prove their loyalty in order to get what they can from a too-small pool of goodies. But it's also important that the protection not be so inadequate as to create an organized revolt.
Interesting theory considering all we know about the Trumpster: The Grift has always been the point because the Imposter-in-Chief knows no other way.
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