Republicans/Conservatives and their phony family and religious “values”
It’s kind of funny in a way how the howl emanating from the conservative quadrant of the asylum related to Mueller’s investigation usually includes something along the lines of after a year no collusion has been shown between this administration and Russia or anyone for that matter is somehow proof that none exists and the investigation amounting to little more than a “witch hunt” should end.
This apparently ignores the fact the investigation remains ongoing for obvious reasons – there have been at least two notable defections from inside players like Flynn and Papadopolus and no one knows exactly what Mueller’s evidentiary files contain.
The congressional investigation has been constrained and those called to testify like Bannon and Kushner apparently have the privilege of Republicans on the panel running interference for them.
The possibility of more direct presidential intervention like the firing of former FBI director James Comey has been something of the sword of Damocles hanging over Mueller’s head but to his credit the investigation has not only pressed forward but expanded into areas like the financial dealings of the Trump cartel disregarding Trump’s personal threat that to do so would the crossing of a red line he would not tolerate, sort of his petty despot version of a line in the sand.
Trump may become desperate enough to fire Mueller, if so it would have to be an act of desperation as opposed to one of intellect as IQ has arguably come to designate Ignorance Quotient when applied to Trump and associates – but more than that it’s difficult to imagine such a scenario without all hell breaking loose or Huckabee Sanders trotting out to do her spinning dance of the seven “alternate facts”.
Pence is something of a wild card in all this, being the dutiful little minion as he reads from the script given to him while biding his time as visions of sugar plums and ascending to the throne dance in his head.
Should Trump be impeached and a national/global sigh of relief follow it won’t amount to much more than a momentary respite – sure the presidential verbal diarrhea would abate and twitter stock might incur a devaluation but Pence with his religious zealotry would soon dampen any celebration.
Trump really isn’t an aberration, he is the embodiment of long held Republican “values” they previously were hesitant to come all the way out of the closet about, and now having done so scared to offend the base by backing off.
Trump is their Manchurian Candidate and they’re going to ride his coat tails as long as they can and when it all unravels he’ll make the perfect whipping boy.
Immediately following the passage of the so called tax bill an infusion of thank you money from the wealthy and corporations has poured into Republican coffers – Paul Ryan’s campaign has been the beneficiary of a five hundred thousand dollar thank you “contribution” from the Kochs a mere thirteen days after passage.
Now maybe it’s just me but that sounds an awful lot like collusion and I believe in a principled democracy it would be – but the key word is principled and there is precious little of that in government.
We hear a lot about collusion isn’t actually a crime, this from the Trump entourage, but for collusion to occur a conspiracy has to be in place and no argument can be advanced that conspiring to defraud or commit a crime isn’t criminal.
But wait – what do you do if engaging in political collusion/conspiracy?
Simple, you decriminalize such activities, which is exactly what the Supreme Court did when passing Citizens United – they hung a giant sign out announcing that “payola” is a legitimate approach to governance – that government doesn’t belong to the people it belongs to corporations and the silver spoon set.
I recently saw “pastor” Franklin Graham the son of Billy Graham paying homage to today’s version of Caesar and it made me think of the Temple priests of old when Israel was under Roman rule who did likewise.
MAGA may be interpreted as Make America Great Again but more to the point it should be understood Mueller Ain’t Going Away.
Now there really isn’t any high ground in Citizens United Democrats can claim as they have embraced the same gravy train while sputtering and fuming about the need for campaign reform – their defense when pressed is something along the lines of they made me do it.
The need for corporate money in campaigns is a classic example of bullshit in capital letters – a need that only exists if as a candidate you’re acting as a proxy for others – Bernie Sanders campaign proved that – proved that if a candidate is of and for the people that democratic principles can be resurrected.
Campaigns are a huge money maker for the media, so much so it fuels boondoggles like Citizens United – one solution would be since the media is required to make public service announcements giving candidates equal airtime as a public service should also be the way of it – you can rest assured that’s an idea the media would fight tooth and nail.
The question isn’t whether you are a fan of any particular candidate, it’s about whether or not you believe elections and candidates should be bought and paid for?
Whether you believe foreign governments should influence elections with money or subterfuge?
For decades “Reds”, “commies”, and “pinkos” were a major talking point for the Republicans, a topic sure to rally their base – kind of funny now how in the midst of investigations into Russian hacking and collusion they’ve distanced themselves from “ the commie threat” isn’t it?
McCarthyism still exists, only with different targets now – targets like women, children, elders, the working and middle class, healthcare, education, minorities, free speech, a free press, truth, facts, and the environment.
To segue a little in case anyone hasn’t noticed the Dems blinked when it came to a government shutdown and immigration – call me psychic or just a lucky guess but I never had a doubt that they would.
Sure they postured and attempted to take the high ground but it amounted to little more than theater once they began to feel a little heat.
Now in an attempt, to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear it’s all about Senate Majority Leader McConnell gave his word and golly gee we haven’t a single reason to doubt him.
Kicking the can down the road has never been shown to be a viable option, in this particular instance the Dems have acted as enablers of a dysfunctional administration.
If McConnell etal do indeed find themselves in a political trap as some are suggesting it is one they volunteered for from the first day of Trump’s presidency demonstrated by their willingness to go along for the ride and refusal to call ignorance and lies what they are.
Immigration reform is a no brainer, even Canada our close neighbor has a merit based system – exceptions should be made for refugees and special cases.
Though I would rather eat my shoe than swear allegiance to either party I think it’s obvious on some level immigration is seen by the Dems as a vehicle to swell the party base …… a benefit of not having personally sworn allegiance to a party is my lack of hesitancy in saying so.
DACA is another no brainer, there is a national and moral obligation to honor it.
Ben Carson, also known as Sleepy and Dopey likens African slaves to “immigrants” while failing to mention they left good paying jobs constructing pyramids for Pharaoh to store grain in.
The first link is to an article written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz concerning “immigrants” – a copy of which should be sent to Sleepy/Dopey.
Immigration is one of those hot button topics, opinions vary from a complete amnesty to round’em all up and herd them back across the borders.
There’s a dynamic to this that makes just about any position a person elects to take onerous.
To begin with there are something like eleven million “illegal” immigrants in this country based on imaginary lines known as boundaries that have been drawn – the task of locating, detaining, and ultimately deporting them all would be monumental in both man hours and cost – a cost that would fall to taxpayers just as everything else does and probably run into the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars.
I don’t believe anyone should be denied medical access based on citizenship, nor should a family go hungry, another aspect of the dynamic as the costs associated with that also fall to the taxpayer.
The Dems want to allow those who fall into the category of “illegals” the right to vote, which I am opposed to and can’t think of another country that allows this, but it’s a purely political strategy as the Dems see it as a way to increase their base and hopefully win elections.
That no doubt is a major reason why the Reps are opposed as they know that such a voting bloc would find little if anything they have to offer worth voting for.
Proposals are modified depending on which way the wind is blowing, nonetheless both sides of the political spectrum seem to agree that any approach taken must be predicated on securing the borders.
No country wants to accept the criminal element of another, a lesson if previously unknown driven home during the Carter administration when Cuba emptied it’s prisons sending them to America.
Granted among those prisoners were those guilty of little more than dissent, but also rapists, murderers, and drug dealers.
Border walls are now being built that in some way are reminiscent of the Berlin Wall to me, though the explanation is they are intended to keep people out rather than in. The fact that while they do keep people out they also keep people in and was seen as efficacious by East Germany, sort of a side benefit.
Drones are also being used to patrol borders and that will surely evolve into a sky full of drones crisscrossing this nation as part of the domestic spying agenda.
In the end immigration is a thorny issue with opinions driven by a main stream corporate media that reflects either the conservative or liberal ideology of ownership and ultimately serves no other purpose than to stir the pot and advance said ideology.
I believe as a matter of necessity some form will be the way of it providing a “road” to citizenship.
But another reality of this dynamic is the economic one related to jobs, suppressed wages, and the undeniable truth that immigration floods the job market, creates competition for available positions, and keeps wages low as it becomes entirely an employer’s market.
The history of exploiting immigrants and “illegals” is well established, from the Irish to the Mexicans, the Chinese and Japanese, or any other ethnicity you can name, that hasn’t and isn’t going to change when a nations own working class is routinely exploited.
There are something like fifty million people on food stamps in this country, that is the direct result of an instilled poverty brought about by low wages, more applicants than positions, and the exportation of jobs to foreign workers supported by sweetheart legislation singularly designed to increase the profit margin of corporate gluttony.
If the immigration issue is to be addressed in meaningful fashion this exportation of jobs must also be part and parcel of the discussion – if not wages will remain stagnant and more families will fall through the cracks.
Regardless of a persons views on immigration it is what it is and will continue in some fashion, the approach can be either foolhardy, draconian, or reasoned.
I’m inclined to think that from a purely economic viewpoint a moratorium might not be a bad idea, a moratorium on future immigration that would allow the economy to stabilize and the inequity of wages earned to be rectified – in essence to address the very real needs of this countries own, to prioritize them over voting considerations and corporate profits.
America has enough poor as it is, it is both unjust and in fact cruel to expand that demographic under any pretense.
As nations the indigenous people of this country, this entire hemisphere, have been reduced to the immigrant status of exploitation and poverty, that doesn’t lend itself to a conviction that the approach taken to deal with immigration will be honorable one – what it should do though is to compel people to educate themselves, to become familiar with the nuances and ramifications, all of them, and set aside the flag waving frothing at the mouth and the myopia of devout partisanship to arrive at an informed and reasoned decision rather than allowing the media or politicians with agendas to steer them along.
And a final word – those flag waving , gun totin’, “patriots” would do well to remember they are the descendents of immigrants themselves, many of which were exploited and lived in poverty.
Immigration reform, a touchy subject and I won’t be surprised if my words are misconstrued either innocently or intentionally and welcome any related questions or comments.
There is a political subtext to the immigration reform issue, and it isn’t about “doing the right thing” or humanitarian in nature.
What it is about is the creation of additional voters with the intent to insure a party dynasty – as a non affiliated observer I am not burdened with party loyalty or dogma – I believe that lends itself to a different perspective.
The Republicans knowing the intent and well aware of a growing disfavor directed their way are desperate to block just about any proposed legislation presented by their arch rivals the Democrats who see a veritable gold mine to lay claim to.
Of interest to me is with a sluggish economy, a declining middle class, rising ranks below the poverty level, an increase in enrollment for food stamps and other forms of public assistance how does increasing the population, demand for such services, or non existent jobs translate to a remedy?
It doesn’t, and as I say it is purely about voter numbers and favors the one percenters in that it will insure competition for available jobs and result in keeping wages and benefits down.
Immigration reform is a complicated subject, and while unlike others I don’t profess to be an expert on the subject or know all the answers, what I do know is families should not be viewed as potential assets to manipulate for party or personal gain.
If this country has the where with all to absorb immigrants then it likewise has the where with all to insure a level playing field for them just as it should for those who are citizens.
Something it hasn’t done, and if history is prologue there is no reason to believe it will to any meaningful degree.
This ongoing quest for voters reminds me of “social networks” like Facebook – it’s all about increasing membership as it translates to gain – in FB’s case it is about additional members to data mine as a revenue source – for political parties it is about the wealth of a majority voting bloc…..both characterized not by “service” or user friendly intent but manipulation and self interest.
As an indigenous person the impact of the first immigrants hasn’t been lost on me, nor the hardships and aftermath we have endured.
Boundaries can be drawn, checkpoints established, and even fences erected, yet the fact remains this hemisphere is contiguous in mass , the true immigrants are those not of this hemisphere but of others , in my opinion that is something to think about when the subject of reform is raised.
Something along the line of three million people define the number of descendents of those whose land this originally was , every other demographic is a descendent of immigrants – a reality that lends itself to a great diversity of opinion, but isn’t it ironic that no descendent of the first people has ever led this nation, and it is only recently that a small number have held or been appointed to a national office?
White Christian supremacy is being challenged, the reality of becoming a minority has lent itself to alliances – alliances based on numbers regardless of how it is characterized.
A reality that says as a people, a minority being small in numbers, access for us will be minimal and difficult to obtain…..it’s one thing for a politician to claim some obscure distant ancestry and another for a dark skinned , long haired representative of our people driven by commonsense and respect for the environment to be elected.
Factor in the money required to wage a campaign and the influx of it by the vested interest groups supporting a different candidate who has been properly vetted by them and determined to be acceptable and the difficulty increases.
Is this country obligated to allow immigrants from countries we have waged war in trashing their social structure, infrastructure, and perhaps endangering their lives?
The answer to that for me is yes – either that or stay the hell out of other countries.
Once having leveled communities and infrastructure is this country obligated to assist in the rebuilding effort? Again yes in my opinion for the victims by and large are the innocents, the non combatant men, women, and children.
But if it can do so even to the extent of of providing free education and health care how is it the same cannot be done here?
The answer to that is greed and an indifference to the hardship people face within it’s own boundaries.
If these things can be done wouldn’t a better approach be to assist a country to “nation build” without first conducting a war?
Wouldn’t it be better to help them elevate the standard of living to such a point where it’s citizens wouldn’t have to leave in search of a better life, of a job, or personal freedom?
More to the point what about the concept of nation building within this country sans the greed and avarice, the gluttony of corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street?
Immigration reform – no easy answers, but whatever “solutions” are arrived at they should be equitable to one and all.
Ran across this on Annie’s fb page and think it should be displayed in as many sites as possible.
The intent isn’t to minimize events such as Sandy Hook, Columbine, or anywhere else but merely to add another perspective- one that speaks to a genocidal mindset directed at indigenous people and perpetrated by the government.
Modern day shooters such as those at Sandy Hook and Columbine have a twisted agenda that may never be understood-usually loners with a history of bizarre behavior-and while the governments deeds and approach to the “Indian problem” certainly can be characterized among other things as bizarre it has been a matter of policy and likewise qualifies as a murderous rampage.
At some point a shift in policy took effect, or perhaps merely an expansion that became known as the reservation system which exists to this day not only within the continental boundaries of the U.S. but elsewhere in such diverse locations as Gitmo.
That may seem a broad statement to some but if they consider that eighty plus prisoners still being held there have been “cleared” and yet remain confined the comparison becomes obvious and valid when you consider many of our people have likewise committed no crimes.
These prisoners may be viewed as “potential” terrorists, not for anything they’ve actually done but as a result of their unlawful detention- I think such was and may be the case with the reservation system and indigenous people in general.
We have been systematically stripped of our birthright, killed, and confined, and at least historically viewed as a potential threat that had to be contained.
An example of this is illustrated by the treatment of Apache “scouts” who in effect joined the military to assist in campaigns against their own people and then found themselves being shipped off to Florida following it’s conclusion.
Our people have fought in every war this nation has been involved in-yet were effectively denied the right to vote until the middle of the twentieth century.
Immigration reform is a current political topic, one no doubt driven in part by demographics being viewed as voting blocs- it is on the surface at least an attempt to integrate those who in one sense of the word are disenfranchised and allow them a level playing field- an act of assimilation.
The reservation system, boarding schools, and the outlawing of various ceremonies have also been an attempt to assimilate by brute force and at the point of gun.
Well and good to honor code talkers, to issue apologies, and stage photo op meetings, but in the midst of this the slaughter that occurred of our children is not be forgotten.
It isn’t a case of that was then and this is now.