Origins Of The “Big Lie”

The BS that the GOP wants to fuel instead of actually having ideas for governing they prefer to do NOTHING but obstruct and bring the government to a screeching halt.

The “Big Lie” where did this originate?

Was it when Donald the Orange read the handwriting on the wall that all was not well with his campaign?

Whose big idea was this large falsehood…..

It all began in 2018…two years before Trump’s monumental loss…..

Two years before the 2020 election, the conspiracy that Donald Trump won the election was part of a plot cooked up by a Texas Republican businessman, reported a Washington Post exposé.

In a shocking report, the Post revealed Russell J. Ramsland Jr. pitched an idea that “seemed rooted in evidence.”

The theory was that “voting-machine audit logs — lines of codes and timestamps that document the machines’ activities — contained indications of vote manipulation.” There was just one problem, they didn’t have a candidate to test the theory.

The problem was that in 2020 most races were clear, even the presidential race. U.S. Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) wanted nothing to do with it, nor did state Sen. Don Huffins (R). But Donald Trump didn’t want to lose and he certainly didn’t want to lose by the amount he did in 2020.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-2020-election-conspiracies-exposed/

Now you know where all this silly BS came from…..please share this information with all your friends…..hopefully it would make a difference.

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Liz In The Cross Hairs

If you follow politics then you bare aware of the problems that Liz Cheney is having with the cowards in the GOP……and now the leader of House Repubs is not the only party leader is gunning for Liz ……now the number 2, Steve Scalise, that Tea Party dullard that has NO idea to be a governing politicians….all he has a bedfellow (take that anyway you choose) of Trump and that ilk within the GOP.

The tide turned more sharply against Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday with the No. 2 House Republican publicly calling for her ouster from her post over her continuing criticism of former President Trump. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House GOP whip, said via a statement that he’s in favor of New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik taking over Cheney’s post. From the statement, per the AP: “House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for [House Republican] Conference chair.” More:

  • Axios calls the endorsement “a new escalation in House Republicans’ internal feud over Cheney” and observes that “the rift has threatened to derail Republicans’ chances of taking back control of the House in the 2022 elections.”
  • The AP notes that Stefanik, 36, is a big Trump backer, and one who now flies above the rest of the pack of potential replacements for Cheney thanks to the Scalise endorsement. But Axios cites data from FiveThirtyEight that shows Cheney voted in line with Trump’s positions 92.9% of the time, to Stefanik’s 77.7%.
  • The Hill reports there are gender politics at play in the decision to remove and replace Cheney, the highest-ranking woman in the GOP leadership and the sole woman on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership team. “It’s an awkward reality for a party vying to win back female suburban voters in next year’s midterm elections, at a time when there are fewer than three dozen women in the 212-strong GOP conference,” observes the Hill. Replacing her with Stefanik or another woman would mitigate some of that.
  • Kicking Cheney out of her No. 3 post would require two-thirds of the 212 House Republicans voting in favor to do so, and the process could begin as soon as next Wednesday. Fox News notes that in a secret February ballot, she cleared that 145 to 61. “That showed she had more rank-and-file support than the public battle would have suggested,” it observes, “but the animosity level has risen.”
  • The view of Stephen Collinson at CNN: “In the Hunger Games that is the House Republican Conference, Cheney was effectively pushed by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who made the opposite choice regarding fealty to Trump. … McCarthy’s trip to visit Trump at Mar-a-Lago weeks after the mob attack sent a clear signal that he sees the route to recapturing the House next year going through millions of Trump’s voters.”
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board observes that “the better part of political prudence would be for Ms. Cheney to ignore Mr. Trump”—but that’s easier said than done, as “Trump won’t ignore her. He issued four statements on Monday and three of the four were attacks on fellow Republicans, including one on Ms. Cheney. She may be ousted because she is daring to tell the truth to GOP voters—and at personal political risk.”

Steve Scalise is a spineless politician that has no principles only carries water for the morons that worship Trump.

Never thought I would ever be on the side of Cheney on anything….but I applaud her spine and her principles….and she proved that she will kowtow to the Orange buffoon from Florida…..

Liz Cheney does not hold back in a new Washington Post op-ed, in which she declares that the GOP has reached a “turning point” and must decide, as history watches, whether to remain faithful to the Constitution. Her words come as former President Donald Trump renewed his insistence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy did an about-face, reversing course from his initial stance, following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, that Trump was responsible for the mob attack. “I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative values is reverence for the rule of law,” Cheney writes. That means it’s well past time to accept the election results.

She calls for a three-part plan for Republicans: back Justice Department investigations into Jan. 6, “support a parallel bipartisan review by a commission with subpoena power to seek and find facts” into the attack, and go back to the “genuinely conservative” principles they stand for, rather than continuing to be taken in by Trump’s “cult of personality.” None of this means she’s veering to the other side—she calls out “the ridiculous wokeness of our political rivals, the irrational policies at the border and runaway spending that threatens a return to the catastrophic inflation of the 1970s”—but she believes Republicans can only move forward if they back away from Trump. “History is watching,” she writes. “Our children are watching.” Full column here.

I seldom agree with Cheney on much but I will give her props…..a GOPer with a spine…..

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GOP Has A Plan!

Now there is a headline that we have not seen in over 4 years…..and it is a good sign for the future?

I would not go that far but it is a small bit of good news…

Infrastructure is the new buzzword…..ours is in need of immediate addressing……Biden has offered his vision for our infrastructure…..https://lobotero.com/2021/03/05/our-failing-infrastructure/

And now the GOP has offered their compromise on the subject…..

Senate Republicans rolled out an $568 billion infrastructure plan on Thursday, kicking off Congressional negotiations on one of President Joe Biden’s biggest legislative priorities.

It was introduced by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia; Roger Wicker of Mississippi; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; John Barrasso of Wyoming; and Mike Crapo of Idaho. The amount is lower than the $600 billion range that Capito suggested last week.

“This is the serious, most robust plan we’ve put forward as Republicans,” Capitol said at a press conference on Thursday. “We see this as an offer that’s on the table.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/senate-republican-infrastructure-plan-breakdown-biden-2021-4

CNN offered a more concise look at this proposal.

Page 2 of GOP Infrastructure Plan

I am amazed that the GOP grew a set and has offered up this proposal…..personally I do not think that little amount will do much to solve too many of our infrastructure problems.

But at least they formulated a plan….nice to see they are attempting to re-join the governing process….but I think there will be push back within the party.

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Will Dems Slap Down McConnell?

Minority Senate GOP leader has been very vocal and threatening to the Dems over their policies……and most seem to think he can make good on his lame ass threats.

So what can the Dems do?

well a long forgotten obscure rule could be their answer……

According to a report from Politico’s Playbook, aides to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have found an obscure rule dating back to 1974 that will allow Democrats to fund President Joe Biden’s policy initiatives in such a manner that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can’t filibuster them.

As the report notes, Congress can only use budget reconciliation once each fiscal year to fund projects with 51 votes instead of 60. Having already done so this — using reconciliation left over from fiscal year 2021 — for the passage of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID aid package that the GOP turned its collective back on, Democrats would normally have to wait until next year to use reconciliation to fund infrastructure needs and social welfare initiatives.

However, according to Politico, Schumer believes he now can get the funding based on an obscure rule in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

“What if, buried in the rules of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, there were a magical parliamentary trick that Democrats could use to unlock a third reconciliation bill this year?” the Politico report states. “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer believes he has found it. It’s called Section 304, and you’re about to start hearing about it a lot. This section of the law that governs the congressional budgeting process essentially says that Congress may revisit and amend an already-passed budget resolution, like the one used to pass the Covid relief package. Or at least that’s what Schumer aides are arguing.”

https://www.rawstory.com/mcconnell-filibuster-2651243380/

I say do what you must to get the agenda passed those obstructionists in the GOP and the cowards that follow them in the Dem Party.

Made my thoughts known recently on the so-called filibuster…..

Kill The Filibuster

Can Policies Change?

We need something tom get bills through those Senatorial antics…..

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Money And Think Tanks

I have had no respect for so-called ‘think tanks’. Most of them find the conclusion they desire and they fit the dialog to help prove their conclusion…..and then there is all the cash that is funneled into these policy makers.

Millions upon millions find their way into these falsehood generators.

I do not have much good to say about the GOP but from time to time I find myself in agreement with their attempts…..and think tank cash is one of those policies….

New legislation introduced by three Republican members of Congress would set a new bar for transparency in funding from think tanks receiving foreign funding. The legislation — “Think Tank and Nonprofit Influence Disclosure Act of 2021” — aims to “root out foreign funding behind America’s policy research institutions” by requiring disclosure of foreign governments and foreign political parties that contribute in excess $50,000 per year to think tanks.

The requirement for think tanks to disclose their foreign sources of funding is particularly focused on revealing the extent of Chinese government-linked funding of think tanks, but the bills sponsors — Reps. Lance Gooden (R-Texas), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) — emphasized that the extent of foreign influence in U.S. think tanks is a far reaching problem. 

“Experts believe there are numerous foreign governments backing American think tanks and nonprofits, and that the Chinese Communist Party and Russian government are among those who seek to influence U.S. policymakers in this way,” said a press release from Gooden’s office.

The Republican bill closely closely reflects the policy recommendations in last year’s report by Ben Freeman, director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, which found that $174 million in foreign funding went to top U.S. think tanks between 2014 and 2018, and advised that  “think tanks should be required, by law, to publicly disclose funding from foreign powers.”

A Responsible Statecraft and American Prospect investigation in January found that the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Wilson is a member, was regularly briefed by experts affiliated with think tanks that refuse to provide transparency into their funding sources. 

GOP lawmakers move to expose foreign money in US think tanks

I agree with this attempt….at least in principle…..

My question is….does apply to all think tanks or just those with liberal/progressive policies?

Will this include ALL think tanks?

Even the policy makers like Heritage?

If you would like to see where this bill goes then maybe a good place to start is with the bill itself…..

Click to access Think%20Tank%20and%20Nonprofit%20Act-Text.pdf

I want to see all ‘dark money’ out of politics and policies.

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Closing Thought–24Mar21

I recently wrote about the possibility of DC becoming the 51st state…..and of course the GOP is trying hard to stop this from happening…..because they will mostly be Dem voters and we know the GOP does not want those people voting……for those that missed my post…..https://lobotero.com/2021/01/28/our-51st-state/

Most Americans did not realize that the people of DC have not participated in our democracy…..they have had to watch from the sidelines for over 200 years.

There is a real desire to see that District to gain statehood….

A new national survey out Monday morning shows that a majority of U.S. voters support granting statehood to Washington, D.C. and full congressional representation to the district’s more than 700,000 residents, a finding released just ahead of a historic House hearing on Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s proposal to do just that.

The poll (pdf) from Data for Progress and Democracy for All 2021 Action finds that 54% of voters—including 74% of Democrats, 51% of Independents, and 34% of Republicans—back the push to make D.C. the nation’s 51st state, the highest level of support recorded to date.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/22/democracy-dc-horizon-poll-shows-support-statehood-all-time-high

Not all Americans want statehood for DC……most are conservs that are afraid of the voter in in the District.

I have heard some interesting reasons why they should not be given statehood……some are sound reasoning and then there are the stupid that falls from the mouths of GOPers….but then once in awhile their reasoning is more moronic than usual.

A member of a conservative think tank argued on Monday that residents of the District of Columbia don’t deserve statehood because they already have yard signs and bumper stickers.

Zack Smith of the Heritage Foundation made the remarks while testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

“Framers also wanted to avoid one state having undue influence over the federal government,” Smith said. “There’s no question that D.C. residents already impact the national debate.”

“For the members here today, how many of you saw D.C. statehood yard signs or bumper stickers or banners on your way to this hearing today?” he asked. “I certainly did. Where else in the nation could such simple actions reach so many members of Congress?”

https://www.rawstory.com/dc-statehood-yard-signs/

Seriously?

Yard signs?

Is this not the absolutely moronic thing you have ever heard?

But then I expect stupid from the mouths of today’s GOP…..and some conservs…..

Even with the stupid spread by the GOP there is still overwhelmingly support for statehood…..(yes I know I have said this before….but it needs to be repeated)

A new national survey out Monday morning shows that a majority of U.S. voters support granting statehood to Washington, D.C. and full congressional representation to the district’s more than 700,000 residents, a finding released just ahead of a historic House hearing on Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s proposal to do just that.

The poll (pdf) from Data for Progress and Democracy for All 2021 Action finds that 54% of voters—including 74% of Democrats, 51% of Independents, and 34% of Republicans—back the push to make D.C. the nation’s 51st state, the highest level of support recorded to date.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/22/democracy-dc-horizon-poll-shows-support-statehood-all-time-high

This issue is popular with the people and yet it is a sticking point because it is about politics and not what fair and right for a people that have NO representation in our government.

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More Stupidity From The GOP

I know what to pick since every time they open their mouths stupid flies out.

This may become a regular post for IST….we need to know the level of stupid that one party can sink to….

Let’s start with Minority leader in the Senate….McConnell……

The big issue for the Senate is the filibuster…..

Abolishing the filibuster is not a road Democrats should even consider going down, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday. The Republican said that if Democrats do away with the legislative filibuster, as some progressives are pushing for, the Senate would become a “100-car pileup.” He vowed that Republicans would bring the chamber to a standstill by withdrawing consent on routine issues. “Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin … to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said, per the New York Times. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity, and this is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon.”

McConnell’s warning came the day after Sen. Dick Durbin said the filibuster, which requires most legislation get at least 60 votes to pass, was “making a mockery of American democracy” and should be abolished, Axios reports. McConnell said that if Democrats get rid of the filibuster and Republicans regain the majority, they would erase liberal policies and bring in “all kinds of conservative policies with zero, zero input from the other side.” Abolishing the legislative filibuster would require 50 Democratic votes, and Sens. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin have said they would oppose the move, the Hill reports. When asked earlier this month if he would reconsider, Manchin told a reporter, “Never! Jesus Christ, what don’t you understand about ‘never’?”

Once again this is about party and not the country…..typical for a group that lies continuously about their love of the country.

Then their is one of Wisconsin’s senators, Ron Johnson, trying to defend his wildly racist statement….

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin took much flak last week when he told interviewer Joe Pags that he was never concerned about his safety during the Capitol riot. “Now, had the tables been turned—Joe, this could get me in trouble—had the tables been turned, and President Trump won the election, and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned,” said Johnson. Critics accused him of racism, but Johnson is now defending himself in a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “I Won’t Be Silenced by the Left.” For starters, Johnson argues that the vast majority of those at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were peaceful protesters, and he accuses Democrats “and their media allies” are pushing a false narrative that “all present were ‘armed insurrectionists’ determined to overthrow the government.”

These “false narratives” extend to BLM protests in various US cities throughout 2020, Johnson writes. He argues they were more violent and destructive than his critics are willing to acknowledge. “It was also sadly predictable that liberals would hurl the accusation of racism,” he writes. “This isn’t about race. It’s about riots. The rioters who burned Kenosha weren’t of any one ethnicity; they were united by their radical leftism.” Read his full column. For a counterpoint, see Chris Cillizza at CNN, who thinks it’s ridiculous to argue that BLM protests were more dangerous than the Capitol riot. For him it boils down to this: “The vast majority of rioters on January 6 were White. The crowds at the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 were not predominantly White. That’s it. That’s the difference Johnson is talking about.” Read Cillizza’s column.

My thought if this turd did not fear the crowd then why not show leadership and try to calm the situation…..or is it that he agreed with their insurrection?

More Ronnie lunacy…..

Let’s move to the games being played in the House…..

Since the GOP is afraid to attack the success that Biden has had they choose to go South to the border….

The pandemic may still be issue No. 1, but another topic is fast becoming a major issue for both parties—the border. Republicans say looser immigration policies under President Biden have created a crisis, while Democrats blame Donald Trump for leaving behind a broken system. Coverage:

  • GOP critics: “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy upon a visit to Texas on Monday, per USA Today. McCarthy said border patrol agents told him suspected terrorists were trying to cross, and Newsweek reports that GOP Rep. John Katko echoed that claim.
  • Pushback: Democrats disputed the allegations about terrorists and demanded evidence, reports the Washington Post. “Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat. “Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying,” he said of McCarthy.
  • The politics: NBC News sees this as a strategic shift by Republicans to turn immigration into a hot topic ahead of the 2022 midterms. That makes sense given that Biden is getting generally high marks for his handling of the pandemic, notes an analysis at the Post. “The Republicans will turn around and use this for a political weapon against Democrats—that we’re weak on the border, we’re not doing enough, we’re letting everybody in,” says moderate Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar. “I’ve been warning the party and the administration: Don’t let this get out of hand, because all you’re going to do is you’re going to give Republicans an issue.”
  • Democrats, too: Cuellar isn’t the only Democrat worried, notes the Hill. “Whatever message was sent—it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” says West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, referring to Biden’s unwinding of some Trump immigration laws. “It’s a crisis—oh, it’s a crisis.” In terms of signals from Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week that Central Americans “see him as the migrant president.”
  • Numbers up: Illegal crossings are way up since Biden became president. More than 100,000 detentions were logged in February, up 28% from the previous month. And as of Sunday, the Border Patrol was holding 4,200 unaccompanied minors, up 31% from the previous week, reports CBS News. (The issue of minors is particularly acute.)
  • In defense: “The Biden administration is trying to fix the broken system that was left to them by the Trump administration,” Nancy Pelosi said Sunday House press chief Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the administration is facing “a significant problem and a significant challenge, and I think we haven’t … been hiding about that.”

They have NOTHING else.  So they will return to the lies and misinformation on the border…..it is easier than having policies.

Move to the state of Alaska…..and the GOP vs Murkowski…..

The Alaska Republican Party previously censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting to convict former President Trump after his impeachment trial and now doesn’t want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday. “The party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate,” said Tuckerman Babcock, immediate past chairman of the state party. The vote to censure Murkowski was 53-17 at a Saturday meeting in Anchorage, he said. “It went further than censure, which was strong,” Babcock said. “But it also directed the party officials to recruit an opponent in the election and to the extent legally permissible, prevent Lisa Murkowski from running as a Republican in any election.”

The censure resolution also faulted Murkowski for supporting Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary and for demanding Trump’s resignation after the riot at the Capitol. It’s a watershed moment for GOP politics in Alaska, the AP reports. Murkowski has been in the Senate since 2002, when her father, former Sen. Frank Murkowski, selected her to finish his unexpired term after he was elected governor. A Murkowski has represented Alaska in the US Senate since 1981. Babcock said he couldn’t speak about how the party will recruit a candidate, but said he would wait to see who Trump might endorse in the race and see if that person is a viable candidate. Murkowski hasn’t said whether she will seek another term in 2022. In 2010, she won as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican primary.

I say screw them….she should do what her conscience tells her to do….something the GOP cannot tolerate….a thinking politician.

Then there is the idiot from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, who has a hard on from Columbia University for their graduation ceremonies….

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton caused an uproar Tuesday by blasting the multicultural graduation ceremonies offered by Columbia University as “segregation.” He was apparently outraged by a Fox story that said the university would host “six separate graduation ceremonies based on income level, race, ethnicities.” Cotton and other commenters seemed to believe the university was separating students by race and income for different commencement ceremonies, when the different ceremonies are in fact optional additions to the main April 30 commencement ceremony and have been offered for years at Columbia and many other universities, the Columbia Spectator reports. Cotton slammed Columbia as a “woke university embracing segregation” and said it was part of a bigger “problem” that also involved schools, corporate HR departments, and the Biden administration.

The six extra ceremonies at Columbia, which do not overlap with each other or with the main ceremony, include Native, Asian, Latino, and Black graduations, along with the Lavender graduation for LGBT students and one for first-generation, low-income students, USA Today reports. Members of the latter group spent years pushing for their own ceremony before the first one was held in 2017, the Spectator notes. Columbia tweeted that the separate ceremonies, which will be held virtually this year, are voluntary and in most cases “evolved from ceremonies originally created by students and alumni.” Fortune reports that Columbia chemical engineering professor Faye McNeill strongly criticized the “disingenuous and bile-filled” take on graduation events. “It takes a special kind of negativity” to target these events, especially after the very difficult year students have just endured, McNeill tweeted.

Seems the GOP is still rudderless as always…..and they continue to play games instead of formulating policies to move this country forward.

Most are motivated by hate disguised as concern for the country.

Time for Americans to kick these useless slugs out of government and never let them return.

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More GOP Lunacy

The once proud political organization we know as the GOP has become a comical bunch of old white guys desperately trying to look like they are relevant……they are not….not anymore.

Their decline began with the conservative god, Reagan…..and it has been in steady decline from 1994 and came to a head with the election of that other guy.

Let’s begin with recent lunacies…like Wisconsin’s senator, Johnson…..

On a radio program Thursday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he wasn’t scared during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five dead, but his reasoning for why he wasn’t in fear as supporters of former President Trump stormed the building has led to accusations of racism and prompted calls for him to resign. CNN reports his most recent remarks on the matter came Thursday during The Joe Pags Show, when he revealed he “wasn’t concerned” and “never really felt threatened” as rioters rushed the Capitol. “Even though those thousands of people that were marching to the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they wanted me to vote, I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law,” he said, not acknowledging that more than 300 people have since been charged for actions that day, which included violence such as police officers being assaulted.

Johnson continued: “Now, had the tables been turned—Joe, this could get me in trouble—had the tables been turned, and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.” The outcry over Johnson’s remarks came swiftly. “What, white people love this country and Black people don’t? That’s exactly what he’s saying,” Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson (no relation) tells the Journal Sentinel. Jessica Floyd, head of the American Bridge Democratic super PAC, wants Johnson to resign, calling his comments “racist and unacceptable.” “Apparently for Ron Johnson, simply being Black is a bigger offense than launching a violent insurrection,” she says, per the Hill. Johnson tried to defend his remarks to the outlet by citing a report showing 570 protests last summer turned violent. The Hill notes those only made up 5% of the protests, which were overwhelmingly peaceful.

Out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

Then there is that freshman Representative. Taylor Greene…..the court jester of the House…..she tries to play a game that she has no idea what she is doing other than running her worthless mouth.

When Democrats took the rare step of stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments last month, she responded with a defiant tweet. “I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats … are for giving some one like me free time,” she wrote. Greene, it turns out, has been making good on her threat—through repeated use of a procedural maneuver that’s gumming up the works in Congress, if only for an hour or so at a time. Coverage:

The move: Greene has forced the House to vote on a motion to adjourn four times in recent days, most recently on Wednesday, reports USA Today. Any member of the House can call for such a vote, which requires all members to drop what they’re doing, report to the House chamber, and cast their vote.

Defiance: Greene, who accuses Democrats of “ramming through” legislation too quickly, tells the Washington Post her critics can expect more of the same. “These are tactics I will definitely use, and I’ll have more tactics to use,” she says. “You see, the difference in me is I’m not one of those that gets in line and says ‘Yes sir’ and does as I’m told.” Greene has been naming Republicans who vote against her and labeling them members of the “Surrender Caucus.”

Possible target: A post by Allahpundit at HotAir wonders if Greene’s real target isn’t Democrats, giving that she’s publicly naming fellow Republicans who vote against her motions. “Is it really the libs she’s after, then? Or is she just looking for an excuse to provoke a populist/moderate squabble within the party?

Again….out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

Let’s go to the House and the GOP leader Kevin McCarthy……a Trump sycophant that looks for games rather than policies…..

His newest stupidity is around a harsh critic, Eric Swalwell…..

The Republican House leader says he’ll call for a vote to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell from the chamber’s Intelligence Committee, saying his relationship with a suspected spy for China makes him a security threat. Rep. Kevin McCarthy tweeted Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had again named Swalwell to the committee. “Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation’s secrets,” he posted. McCarthy said he’ll introduce his resolution next week. Pelosi has said she has no worries about having the California lawmaker on Intelligence, the Hill reports. A Democratic aide said McCarthy’s request is a “waste of time,” noting that no one has accused Swalwell of wrongdoing, per CBS.

Axios had reported in December that Christine Fang, or Fang Fang, working for China’s civilian spy agency, established herself in Bay Area political circles, raising money for Swalwell’s reelection campaign. US intelligence officials did not think she obtained classified information. Swalwell ceased to have any contact with her after being told of her activities in 2015, and she left the US after an investigation of her had begun. After McCarthy’s tweet, Swalwell answered with: “I’m eager to continue the important work of protecting Americans and supporting the hard-working heroes of our Intelligence Community, and I thank Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff for their support and confidence.” Last month, Pelosi also put Swalwell back on the Homeland Security Committee, per Fox News, which he’d served on previously for one term.

After hearing this I think it is a good idea.

Why?

It would set a precedent so we could remove some of the influence that all lobbyist hold over the actions and votes of the politicians.

We could remove people from committees with deep ties to the defense industry or the oil industry and so on….

BY now everyone knows about the attempts of the state GOP leaders to limit voting ……but as they say….not to worry there is more…..

Elections shouldn’t be about getting as many eligible voters as possible to choose a candidate, according to Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh, chair of the state House’s Government and Elections Committee. The Republican defended moves to restrict voting in the state Thursday by arguing that making it easier to vote leads to more fraud, CNN reports. “Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they’re willing to risk fraud,” he said. “Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote—but everybody shouldn’t be voting.”

“Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they’re totally uninformed on the issues,” said Kavanagh, who criticized Democratic voter registration drives. “Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well.” Kavanagh argued that ballots shouldn’t be sent out automatically because ballots sent to people who have moved or died could lead to fraud, though he admitted the concerns were “anecdotal,” the Hill reports. A bill to remove people who haven’t participated in two consecutive election cycles from the permanent early voting list is among 24 measures restricting voting rights Arizona Republicans have introduced since January.

Finally….out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

This silliness is far from over.

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The GOP Gets More Pathetic

Since 1980 I have thought he GOP was a pathetic excuse for a political party….they lean on cultural BS instead of policies.

But with the passage of the American Rescue Plan has brought about a news dimension of pathetic.

Like one of my Senators from the state of Mississippi, Roger Wicker. (of cortse he is a GOPer and a Trump sycophant)…..after the signing of the ARP he takes a victory lap…..

After voting against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, GOP Sen. Roger Wicker was singing its praises.

“Independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief,” he tweeted after the bill passed in the House on Wednesday, after previously passing the Senate.

“This funding will ensure small businesses can survive the pandemic by helping to adapt their operations and keep their employees on the payroll,” Wicker added.

https://www.businessinsider.com/wicker-praises-covid-19-relief-funding-after-voting-against-bill-2021-3

Typical!  Even though he voted against the bill he wants to head off any blowback for his vote since 75% of America likes the bill (trying to save his worthless political ass)….

The GOP just cannot accept that with all their misinformation and the bill is still extremely popular with ALL Americans…..

Acting as if these goodies have no added benefit to the average American—or, rather, hurt the average American—is absurd, and it’s an absurdity that the GOP’s own constituents aren’t even buying.

https://theslot.jezebel.com/republicans-arent-ready-to-admit-that-most-americans-re-1846451777

This from a party that claims to be the “party of the working class”….how damn absurd is that?

 

 

Are Conservative Principles Dead?

To answer my question….I think they are very dead and sadly they did not die a noble death.

For years I have pointed to the GOP 1956 platform as something that was issues that ALL Americans could support….

The Devolution of the GOP, From Eisenhower to Donald Trump

But let us look deeper into the party platform…

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Those were the good old days for the GOP……

If you watched the CPAC 2021 then you heard nothing about principles….onlyn hat the election was stolen and Dems hate the country and Trump is the second coming of a savior…..where were those conservatives principles?

WAIT!

What are those conservatives principles of which I speak?

So sad that Repubs NO longer embrace the principles that made the GOP a great party.

Principles that they, the GOP, seldom followed after they embraced them vigorously.

All the GOP has left is a deep hatred of any Liberal…gone are the days of noble principles.

But let’s look at those now defunct principles one at a time……

Strong Families–without a good education or a good paying job the family cannot be strong and BS about abortion or which bathroom one should use does nothing to make a family strong.

Principled Innovated Leadership–The GOP has had NO innovations since 1956

Limited Government–This is nothing but a tagline these days…the GOP has expanded spending for decades….especially with war.

Honest Compassion–All Compassion left the party in 1980 with the election of Reagan.

Freedom–Subjective at best and is nothing but a campaign slogan or some theatrics from Ted Cruz.

Quality Education–Education has been in decline since the 1990s…so this principle no longer applies.

Rugged Individualism–This principle died with Trump….and the importance of social media.  These days it all about “me”…..no concern for the country or its people….as long as they get what they want then screw everyone else.

Personal Responsibility–No longer important in the days of social media that controls all for the party.

Opportunity For All–as long as one is white….minorities continue you to suffer….so the compassion thing comes into light again.

Conservative principles are dead….and looks like will be gone forever.  All they have left is political games that smack of reality TV.

More thoughts on the death of true conservatism….

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/434216-is-american-conservatism-dead

https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/conservatism-dead-1914.html

https://newrepublic.com/article/61721/conservatism-dead

As a student of political philosophy I have been telling people that conservatism is no longer active or relevant….especially in the 21st century.

Any thoughts?

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