Closing Thought–03Mar21

Well I see that the GOP is being busy these days…..43 states out of 50 are attempting to suppress the vote and now a couple of the more callous governors are trying to get more Americans to die from the pandemic….these states are Texas and my state of Mississippi……

“It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday, announcing that the state’s mask mandate is being lifted and businesses will be allowed to open at full capacity starting March 10. Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday rescinding earlier pandemic-related orders, including the mask mandate, CNN reports. Soon after he spoke, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican, announced that the state’s mask mandate would be lifted Wednesday, along with restrictions on businesses, reports NBC. “Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time,” he tweeted, adding that the state is “getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.”

“Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility,” Abbott said. “It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed.” Health authorities, however, warned Monday that this is a dangerous time to roll back restrictions. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard earned ground we have gained,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at the daily White House COVID briefing. Dr. Joseph Varon, chief medical officer at Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center, said he told hospital leaders after Abbott’s announcement that they would need more staff and ventilators, the AP reports. “I am just concerned that I am going to have a tsunami of new cases,” he said. “I truly hope I am wrong. But unfortunately history seems to repeat itself.”

I understand why Abbot of Texas is doing this ….he wants the news cycle to move beyond the disastrous cold snap in his state and since all pandemic news leads the cycle he wants some press other than the state’s failure of its people.

That brings me to Gov. “Tater Tot” Reeves of Mississippi….who knows?

If he cannot keep minorities from voting then maybe making the pandemic which hits minorities harder would solve the problem.  (I know a bit harsh on my part….but I can see NO reason for his action since our numbers are eeking up again)

Playing politics with human lives…does it get any more GOP than this?

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The Next Trump

Donald the Orange lost in 2020 and after months of antics and end runs…..Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president to the United States.

But Trump may have sealed his political demise for his actions and words on 06 January.

But say he dodges a bullet and returns to political activity…..which he will.

Now we can look forward to more antics by Trump and those slimy sycophants for the next challenge in 2024.

Whether Donald Trump runs again in 2024 or fades from politics, his enigmatic hold on tens of millions of Americans will be a lesson to the next demagogue. Much will be learned from Trump’s successes in manipulating huge swaths of the public, and also from his failures to translate his autocratic desires into practical power.

Just the fact that 72 percent of Republicans tell pollsters that they believe Trump’s discredited claim that he won the 2020 election is a mark of his perverse success in selling the Big Lie. His outsized personality, his ridiculous assertions, his coarse and insulting talent for channeling resentments felt by masses of alienated citizens placed him so far above reproach in so many minds that his obvious corruption and damage to the country’s reputation and national security made no impact on the committed. After four years of falsehoods, incompetence, and immorality, he won eleven million more votes than in 2016 (up from 63 to 74 million).

He has deftly played the dual role of tough guy and victim, of swaggering bully and persecuted prey. This is a skillful embodiment of the wishes and fears of the millions, mostly white working class, who feel marginalized and dishonored while yearning for the wealth and strength that Trump appears to possess. He has given them the dignity that many feel they have been denied by the liberal, urban, multiethnic society that their country is becoming.

The Next Trump

Let’s say Trump decides to NOT return to the campaign trail in 2024….who would care his torch forward?

(This may be a moot point for his CPAC performance Trump is hinting that he will run again 2024….this may put a halt to anyone trying to take up the hatred mantra of Trump by any of the sycophants that pray to him daily)

Who among the GOP are likely to be the next Trump?

There is speculative chatter that one of Trump’s children, perhaps his elder daughter Ivanka, could enter the political arena. But here are some other front-line contenders for the GOP nomination in 2024.

Nikki Haley

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/531796-five-gop-contenders-other-than-trump-for-2024

No matter whether Trump runs or not in 2024 his influence on the GOP will be felt for years.

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Was CPAC The End Of The Line?

CPAC was a joke for American politics……it had very little to do with conservatism and everything to do with the worship of an orange god.

You don’t think that he is a god?  Then are these mental midgets praying around the idol?

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How sick is that?

As I thought there was NO vision for the GOP….all they did was relive the 2020 election…and worship of the Orange god they created…..nothing on the GOP horizon for the future.

Could the GOP be wallowing in the muck and mire of an end stage?

We are living in a time of bad metaphors. Everything is fascism, or socialism; Hitler’s Germany, or Stalin’s Soviet Union. Republicans, especially, want their followers to believe that America is on the verge of a dramatic time, a moment of great conflict such as 1968—or perhaps, even worse, 1860. (The drama is the point, of course. No one ever says, “We’re living through 1955.”)

Ironically, the GOP is indeed replicating another political party in another time, but not as the heroes they imagine themselves to be. The Republican Party has become, in form if not in content, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of the late 1970s.

I can already hear the howls about invidious comparisons. I do not mean that modern American Republicans are communists. Rather, I mean that the Republicans have entered their own kind of end-stage Bolshevism, as members of a party that is now exhausted by its failures, cynical about its own ideology, authoritarian by reflex, controlled as a personality cult by a failing old man, and looking for new adventures to rejuvenate its fortunes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/the-republican-party-is-now-in-its-end-stages/618132/

I love it!

After all the grief I took as a radical in the 60s and 70s the GOP is now being compared to the Russian Communist Party…how delicious is that?

There is NO unity within the GOP….we have wings…the intellectual wing and that of the ‘stump jumpers’…..

Will the party wither and die and be reborn as something unholy…more so than it is today?

Fueling the divisions within the party……https://lobotero.com/2020/11/02/gop-enemy-within/

The right wing is now wanting to control social media…if successful then real and true conservatives will no longer have that voice that this country needs.

The anti-tech fervor took center stage on Friday morning, with Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–Calif.), and Donald Trump, Jr., each of whom presented their case against social media with claims of censorship and bias against conservatives.

“With our base, across the country, this is probably a top 3 issue,” Trump Jr. declared. “It’s not free market, because they’re getting so many benefits and protections from the federal government that they cannot discriminate so flagrantly the way they have against conservatives.”

Hawley agreed. “We’ve got to make sure that we get the fair treatment that everyone else does,” he said, noting that Facebook, Twitter, and Google should not be getting “special deals from government.”

This was a reference to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which lets companies remove user-generated content without being held liable for the millions of daily third-party posts on their platforms. Anti-230 activists often claim that dead-tree publishers are legally responsible for the posts they put out, so Section 230 draws an unfair distinction between publishers and platforms. But that dichotomy is entirely false and remains one of the biggest misconceptions about the law. Section 230 does not delineate between “publishers” and “platforms”; it applies to anyone who runs a site with user-generated content.

‘Conservatives Will Cease To Exist Online’: CPAC Speakers Fret About the Tech Bogeyman

They want to control the content of the very platform that brought their worthless asses to prominence….

Will the GOP morph or just eventually disappear?

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The FBI’s Story

Insurrection Hearing–Part Two (or did I lose count?)

And the circus continues……

Not the 1959 movie starring Jimmie Stewart and Vera Miles….but rather the head of the agency and his testimony on the 06 January insurrection.

Many Congress people want answers as to why the notice of the possibility of a riot was not disseminated better….

FBI Director Chris Wray categorized the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as “domestic terrorism,” but made clear that the bureau has no evidence it came at the hands of far-left violent extremists. “We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribed to antifa in connection with the 6th,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. “That doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and we’ll continue to look, but at the moment we have not seen that,” he said. The Hill details some of the instances in which former President Trump’s allies pushed the antifa theory, including comments from Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz made on the evening of the 6th, in which he alleged some of those who breached the Capitol were antifa “masquerading as Trump supporters.” More:

  • The New York Times digs deeper, with a lengthy look at how the antifa speculation spread like wildfire, beginning with a 1:51pm tweet by a right-radio host with just 13,000 followers that made its way minutes later to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.
  • Wray was also asked about the cause of death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, days after reports emerged that video evidence allegedly shows a person going after Sicknick and other officers with a chemical irritant, possibly bear spray, during the attack. Wray said the FBI is “not at a point” where it can speak to the cause of death.
  • The AP reports it marks Wray’s first appearance before that committee in nearly 2 years and has his defending how the FBI handled intelligence it received in advance of the attack. Wray maintains that while he didn’t see a Jan. 5 report from the FBI’s Norfolk, Virginia, field office on web chatter regarding a “war” in Washington the next day, it was properly shared with Capitol Police and others.

For me there was more questions raised than answered.

Then there was the idiotic questions asked by the GOP slugs….they had little to do with the crimes committed by Trumpian toads and everything to do with trying to obfuscate the day….

There is more to come…..more questions and more antics…..

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