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Trump has been indicted. So let's talk about political weaponization of the justice system.

And that means talking about investigations into Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden.

I mean, isn't that weaponization of the justice system?

An open letter to my Republican friends...


Let's talk about where your party is headed after Trump's Waco rally. It appears that actually winning the Presidency is no longer the goal of your party, or your apparent leading candidate. Glorifying a seditious, or treasonous, attack on the United States Capitol has told us everything we need to know. He's not aiming for election, he's aiming for a fraudulent coup because he knows he can't win enough votes to win. He might as well just come out and say that he'd like to set the constitution aside and become dictator, since that was the gist of his rambling, boring address on Saturday.

That's not going to happen. If you nominate him as your party's candidate for President, if that's his message, and he made it clear on Saturday, he is going to lose. Frankly, I think he opened the door for almost anyone else to win the GOP nomination if they decide to give it a try and run as a traditional, Reagan-Bush-Romney style Republican candidate. He'll derail that by running third party and ruining those chances but if he gets the nomination, your party is through, anyway.

I'll agree that there are millions of people in this country who have fallen victim to its lack of quality public education, the selfishness that has come with its prosperity and have little capacity for the truth. Selfishness and greed have eroded the value that Americans once placed on community and patriotic sacrifice that has allowed a base to form a MAGA party, draining the GOP of its resources, energy and leadership. Trump stays in the news cycle and lives off of their support. But there are millions more, including millions who voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020, who see how bad this has become, and are, at the very least, not going to turn out to vote him back in, if they don't actually cross lines and vote for the other party. A growing number of Republicans are now doing just that. Ever heard of Nicole Wallace? The Lincoln Project? Michael Steele? Steve Schmitt? In the polls and at the ballot box, a growing group of self-identified Republicans, in double digit percentages now, are declaring they've had enough of Trump and are moving on.

The Republican Trump MAGA Desantis Anti-Woke Agenda is a flop


It gets a lot of media attention, and that's really been the whole point of just about everything Ron Desantis, and Donald Trump, have done over these past few months. Trump declared he would be arrested on Tuesday, and anyone who knows his record of accuracy for making such predictions knows that had no chance of happening. But it got him several days of feverish news coverage and kept the GOP race for the party nomination in the news cycle. It covers up the good stuff that the Biden Administration is doing.

I have not heard one thing, in the whole time that the media has been focusing on the Republican 2024 nomination, that is an actual plan for the benefit of the American people, or that anything they are doing will help, or will demonstrate leadership and governing ability. Nothing. Zero. Nada. It's all about trying to use the government to force a particular worldview on the country. The Republicans are proposing an oppressive, ideological tyranny.

And there are more than enough Americans willing to set aside partisan loyalty and see how dangerous this is to their freedom. More than enough, if we all use our minds and get our bodies to the polling places.

Posted by SigPres at 11:14 PM

Republicans have already put the means to steal an election in place.


We need to make sure our people, the reasonable, free thinking, democracy loving, patriotic Americans who care about this country and our collective interests, get out and vote every time there is an election. City council, school board, county supervisors, judges, dogcatchers. It doesn't matter who is running, make sure there are no election deniers who get elected.

Working to get election deniers out of county supervisor positions in Arizona


Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva asks the DOJ to investigate illegal activity committed by the two Republican, election denying members of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.

The two Republican supervisors were quite the election deniers. They refused to certify the vote count by the deadline, which is a violation of the law. Then, not trusting the vote counting machines, they ordered the county election supervisor to count the ballots by hand, something like 55,000 of them. That was also deemed illegal, so she refused, so the two supervisors sued her, costing the county more than a hundred thousand dollars in legal fees, and the elections supervisor who resigned. Following that, the two supervisors tried to roll the duties of the supervisor into the county recorder's office, currently held by another election denying Republican. That action is illegal as well, and so the Congressman who represents the district in which the county seat, Bisbee, is located, has asked the DOJ to get involved.

With counting ballots falling to county election supervisors, it is possible for politically motivated deniers to cause problems that would wind up disenfranchising voters who cast ballots for candidates they've targeted for defeat. Congressman Grijalva is claiming that Cochise County's supervisors have violated the law, particularly in rolling the duties of the county election supervisor into the job description of the county recorder, which is illegal. The duly elected and long-serving election supervisor in the county resigned, citing a hostile work environment when she was harassed by Crosby and Judd for not giving in to their orders to conduct an illegal hand count of the ballots. So the job now belongs to a partisan, Republican election denier.

If it didn't work for this election, they've set things up for down the road. And if something isn't done about all of this very illegal activity, it will change the course of electoral politics in Arizona.

If a Democratic representative's child had done this...


Let's just think of that possibility for a moment. What kind of holy horror would prompt the screams and shrieks and flapping of lips by Republicans if a Democrat with a "holier than thou" reputation had publicly attempted to justify their child's sin of fornication? They would already be appropriating funds for a full investigation of the incident, to see if this really was sexual abuse, given the ages involved, or worse, a case of covered-up rape.

It's not hard to imagine. Republicans have been apoplectic over Hunter Biden and his alleged laptop. In that case, they have nothing to shriek about, but that hasn't stopped them from trying to keep it in the news cycle or hint that there might be something incriminating, though they've been digging and searching for years, now, with no results. Hunter Biden is an adult, and the President has never worn his Catholic faith on his sleeve, or used it as a campaign slogan.

It's been incredibly disappointing to see individuals who claim to be conservative, Evangelical Christians, who are looking to be examples and leaders, not only as people of faith, but as political leaders, set aside the values of the Christian gospel, or demonstrate inexcusable ignorance of it, or try to change it, once they achieve their goal. It's been even more disappointing to see Evangelical Christians give them a pass on their immorality, greed and lack of integrity simply because they agree with a few political points, or can get them something politically in exchange for their support. That's an even worse apostasy.

Grumblers and Malcontents:A warning to Christian churches about the intrusion of extremist politics


I can think of several, "loud mouthed boasters" among the maga cult.

A present day application of the New Testament book of Jude would be to consider the book a warning, in fairly harsh terms, against infiltration and perversion of the message of the gospel by what Paul references as "philosophy and empty deceit," and the "elemental spirits of this world," in his epistle to the Colossians, which bears some similarity to Jude's message. In that aspect of its interpretation, Jude is a Biblical warning to Christians in American churches of the infiltration of malcontents and loud-mouthed boasters who are leading Christians astray into alliances with extremist right wing political philosophies, mainly the MAGA cult of Trumpism, that are, indeed, bringing heresy right into the church's pulpits and rendering congregations apostate because they are, indeed, perverting the gospel message of Jesus Christ. And it is being done, as it was in Jude's day, by trusted leaders of the church who don't know any better.

There is no question that the MAGA cult has completely disrupted American politics, bringing, as Jude says, it is these scoffers, worldly people following their own passions who have caused division in government. They worked themselves up into a mob and attacked the Capitol with the intention of pulling off a coup against the American constitutional republic. And they are dividing the churches which they are infiltrating, setting their feet on the path to destructive heresy and declared apostasy.

The book of Jude is a warning against intruders in the church, bringing in false teaching and worldly influence when it comes to righteous living according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can no longer read the book and not see images of what's going on in American politics today.

Is one of the conditions of these federal bank rescues cutting the executive salaries down to size?

Or is the rescue money still paying for their incompetence?

The combination of Trumpism and white, Evangelical Christian nationalism is a "monstrosity"


I've said it multiple times, and will say it again, glad to see that there are others who not only also see it, but dig in and find the facts to support their view and help those of us who struggle with it to understand it and remain completely committed to eradicating the evil from our churches. The dependence of white, conservative, Evangelical Christians on the political power of right wing extremism, including the worldly and secular Trumpism, and white, Christian nationalism, instead of reliance on the divine spirit of God produces a theological monstrosity."

The sharp decline of younger generation participation in Evangelical Christianity, and the decline of their church membership numbers means that they are not likely to "win" their culture war democratically. They don't understand that their ability to practice their religious beliefs is guaranteed by the constitution and that a religiously, racially, culturally diverse and pluralistic America is no threat to their freedom, though they don't get it that some of their more extreme ideology, which is not rooted in the Christian gospel, is what is helping drive members, especially younger ones, completely away from their churches.

So they are willing to support the politics of lying, character assassination, election denying, fraud, and the overturning of democracy to achieve their own ends and force their perspective on everyone else. Robert Jones says that is "mortgaging their future." I say that it is the destruction of the Christian church in America because they've let the enemy come in and are now dependent on his support.

The "I" word is getting thrown around a lot and we're teased with the Stormy Daniels affair

but still nothing. Georgia, Manhattan, Jan 6.

News media upping their coverage of a Presidential election just under two years away. No mention of any consequences for crimes.
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