Are You “Never Trump”?

This is another of those slogans and insults that I find offensive and totally pathetic.  It is nothing more than mental midgets insulting because they are not sharp enough to argue the point.

I have been told that I am a “Never Trump” person and to that I just tell them to visit IST and see what I have written about the president.

For those lazy people and you know who you are I will summarize for your merger mind…..I have been criticizing the president on many issues…immigration, environment, governing style, taxes but I have also come down on his side on several other issues like ending our endless wars…..Trump has made an effort but he needs to go much further but for the most part his foreign policy needs some work and some people that will care for the country and not worry about massaging the genitals of the man.

So to call me a “Never Trump” person is just flat out wrong……I prefer to label myself as “America First” person….everything a president does should be to move this country forward not to the lap of luxury…..

I am not alone there are many GOPers that have left the GOP behind because of the twisting of the conservative faith into a pretzel that benefits NO one but the man at the top (The Man In The High Castle)…..

The phrase “Never Trump” doesn’t do justice to Republicans, or former Republicans, or any non-Democrat who speaks out against the lies, immorality, and nefarious activities of Trump’s Republican Party. It’s an intellectually lazy label born of the clickbait media culture. I guess that’s the reason why the Trump cult loves it, and maybe partially why journalists use it.

But you ask, why is it intellectually lazy?

Because every time Trump, or his sycophants use the term Never Trump, they imply that those Republicans who oppose Trump are corrupt and those who are apolitical are part of some sort of conspiracy. And the truth is, there’s nothing of the sort. David Frum and George Will and Rick Wilson all come to their antipathy toward Trump for different reasons, none of which was for self-gain. The unifying thread is that these people and others, believe that Trump represents such a danger to the Republic that it is important to sublimate their careers, their policy preferences, their tribal identities, in an effort to oppose him.

It’s Not “Never Trump.” It’s “Country First.”

I would never vote for Trump I have better things in mind for my country than what Trump offers.

Plus his reaction and response to the Covid-19 pandemic is just another reason I could not vote for Trump….even though he is trying to buy votes with the peon stim plan…..

WAIT!  I guess I am a “Never Trumper”……who knew?

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What Is Wrong With The GOP?

As I listen to the babble around the impeachment I am reminded that this is NOT the GOP of 15 years ago….they seem to have given up ideas that were big and sweeping…..they are NOTHING like the GOP of say 1956/

All this leads one to ask….what has happened to the GOP?

New York Times reported that viewership of those “boring” hearings was proving to be “as big as Monday Night Football.” That was the week when the world heard from, among others, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman on Donald Trump’s July 25th “perfect” phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky; from ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on how “everyone was in the loop” when it came to the Ukrainian quid pro quo (not to speak of his “Zelensky loves your ass” exchange with the president); and from the steely former Trump adviser on Russia, Fiona Hill, on how that country promulgated the fiction that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 American election.

That should have been enough to convince anyone paying attention that the president had indeed attempted to trade a Zelensky White House visit and U.S. military aid for an announcement that Ukraine was investigating its own (fictitious) interference in that election and the (equally fictitious) corruption of Joe Biden via his son Hunter. Clearly, however, the Republicans in Congress were anything but convinced.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/12/05/whats-wrong-republicans

I have not supported the GOP in past election but at least they held to some beliefs that I could appreciate if not support….but these days the GOP seem to hold conspiracy theories and BS as their rallying points for the base…and the base sucks it up…..

How do the horrific events of Charlottesville, the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a similar hate crime in California directly relate to the eye-rolling pronouncements by Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, and other Republicans in defense of President Donald Trump?

The answer can be found in the Republican id, where a toxic brew of conspiracy theory, urban legend, photoshopping, and comment-board trollery self-organize into an alternate reality. While this alt-reality has only burst into wider public view during the Trump presidency, like the monstrous space alien exploding out of the bodies of the infected scientists in John Carpenter’s The Thing, I was in a position to observe its germination, more than two decades ago.

It is therefore refreshing that finally, a former national security council employee, Fiona Hill, has given widely publicized testimony to the House intelligence committee decisively exposing as a lie one of the linchpins of the conspiratorial Republican world view—the assertion that it was Ukraine, not Russia, behind disruption of the 2016 election. Previously, the media had sporadically raised the conspiracy theory, disjointedly explained it, and weakly dismissed it, allowing it to hang like an incubus in the air for the credulous to half believe.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/12/05/protocols-elders-republican-party-0

NOTE:  For those that read every other word…this “protocol” has NOTHING to do with the anti-Semite publication of a 100 years ago…The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” or something like that…..so please DO NOT equate it with that despicable publication.

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Go To The GOP Transcript

With all this impeachment stuff flying around these days I have tried to help my readers understand what is being said by the Congress and the witnesses.

I have posted the transcripts of the witnesses to the Intel Committee….. https://lobotero.com/2019/11/08/go-to-the-transcripts-4/

I try to be fair to the Repubs…..as much as I may not feel like it….it is important that we hear their side.

Now I would like to offer the so-called “Minority Report” (not to be confused with the Phillip K. Dick story) issued by the Repubs on that committee…..

A Republican report designed to counter Democrats’ impeachment case will argue that President Trump’s hesitation to meet with Ukraine’s president and provide military aid to the country was “entirely prudent.” The report, obtained by the AP, disputes that Trump was laying out a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine when he asked the country’s president to investigate Democrats. It says Trump holds a “deepseated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism” of Ukraine due to its history of corruption. The Republicans argue that Democrats are trying to impeach Trump because of his “outside the beltway” approach to diplomacy. The GOP report, which is 123 pages per CNN, is expected to be released Tuesday, the same day Democrats on the House intelligence committee will release their own report.

The House impeachment report will be unveiled Monday behind closed doors for key lawmakers as Democrats push ahead with the inquiry despite the White House’s declaration it will not participate in the first Judiciary Committee hearing. The Democratic majority on the House Intelligence Committee says the report, compiled after weeks of testimony, will speak for itself in laying out what Chairman Adam Schiff called the evidence of “wrongdoing and misconduct” by the president over his actions toward Ukraine. It was being made available for committee members to review ahead of a vote Tuesday to send it to the Judiciary Committee for Wednesday’s landmark hearing.

Below is the 123 page report issued by the GOP in advance to the start of the Judiciary Committee proceedings….

https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-12-02-Report-of-Evidence-in-the-Democrats-Impeachment-Inquiry-in-the-House-of-Representatives.pdf

I will post on the report when it is released by the Dems on the Intel Committee as soon as it is released…..

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Thoughts On Impeachment And The Trial

Part One in an IST Series……

As the hearings have wound down and built the case for impeachment before it is sent to the Senate for the trial…..most major pundits analyze the Repubs responses and say that in private the Repubs are disgusted and will do what is best for the country in the end.

This is a huge laugh. Optimism is a wonderful thing but it is in denial if anyone thinks the GOP will turn on Trump…regardless his crimes…..that would take principles nay, a spine.

There will be NO bi-partisanship and the MSM needs to stop using that term for good. What few incidents where there has been some cooperation is negligible and comes with renaming Post Office buildings and such.

It is humorous to listen to the on-air pundits try and spin this as something that will feed the headlines…not of it is reality.

I wish that the MSM would just step up and admit that the chances of the Repubs finding their spines in this process is laughable….

If this were a rom-com, instead of a constitutional crisis, I like to think the ending would go something like this: Senate Republicans, crashing through an airport departures gate (it always involves crashing through an airport departures gate) would catch up with Senate Democrats somewhere around the metal detectors and tearfully acknowledge that, yes, Donald Trump is not merely destroying America but also the soul of the Republican Party, and that although the party has been blind and shortsighted, it has also realized the error of its ways, and yes, it was you all along. And then there would be tears, and clapping and reconciliation, as underpaid TSA workers high-five one another and an optional dance number would break out. The whole thing would be a real Christmas blockbuster.

Despite the fact that this is indeed a constitutional crisis, this rom-com-worthy sentiment has still persisted far too long: Democrats are problematically in love with the notion that underneath all of their politics and posturing, Republicans in the U.S. Senate are still dashing heroes with hearts of molten gold, and, despite years spent playing the bad boys, they’re really just waiting to do the right thing. Once the right moment comes, they will wake up and realize how easy it is to change course, and then, in a blaze of bipartisan glory, they will dump Donald Trump, reinstate shattered norms, and knit the country together into a more perfect union once more. Country before party, Me Before You, Tears and Recriminations. But also Happily Ever After.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/11/stop-assuming-senate-republicans-will-do-the-right-thing.html

Spines are in short supply in the GOP side of Congress…..this whole thing will go down as a waste for it will be nothing but an exercise in partisan bullshit!

Trump will be impeached without a single GOP vote in the House and then it will go to the Senate for the trial where Trump thinks he will be cleared…..

“I want a trial.” President Trump went on Fox & Friends Friday morning and said he looked forward to a Senate trial on impeachment to clear his name, reports Mediaite. After Trump made the statement, host Brian Kilmeade asked, “You want a trial?” And Trump doubled down: “Oh, I would! Look, number one, they should never, ever impeach.” He said Democrats on the House intelligence panel failed to make their case—”there’s nothing here”—and cited analyses he’s heard, including on Fox, to back him up. (Indeed, the testimony does not appear to have changed any Republican minds.) Related:

  • Repeats theory: In the Fox interview, Trump also repeated his belief that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election and did so to benefit Hillary Clinton, taking the focus off of Russia. “Are you sure they did that?” asked Steve Doocy, per the Hill. “That’s what the word is,” responded Trump. This comes a day after former White House adviser Fiona Hill ridiculed the theory in her impeachment testimony and called it Russian propaganda.
  • An accusation: Trump dismissed the testimony of Ukraine embassy staffer David Holmes, who said he overheard a phone call in which Trump asked diplomat Gordon Sondland about Ukraine investigations. “I guarantee you that never took place,” said Trump.
  • What’s next: The House intelligence panel will write up a report and give it to the House Judiciary Committee in the next few weeks, per Axios. The judiciary panel will then draft and vote on articles of impeachment and send them to the full House. The timeline remains very much up in the air, but a vote to impeach could come by the end of December. The matter would then move to the Senate for a trial.
  • Wild card: As of now, the House Intelligence Committee has no more scheduled hearings. But that could change if the courts compel big names such as former national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify, notes the Washington Post. However, it’s not clear when any such ruling might come, and Democrats have suggested they won’t wait for it.
  • GOP strategy: Republicans are expected to draft a counter-report in the House. And GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has sent a letter to Pompeo asking for information on Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as other Obama administration officials, suggesting a “conservative counter-investigation” is in the works, per the Post.
  • Another option: In the Wall Street Journal, conservative columnist Peggy Noonan think it’s crystal clear now that “Trump muscled Ukraine for political gain.” She doesn’t think senators will convict, but she thinks “they should take seriously the idea of censuring him for abuse of power.” This hasn’t happened to a president since Andrew Jackson. Of course, Trump has been compared to Jackson before, and “in the end he will probably be proud of a tightening of the connection.”

And the sycophants will dance!  And the peasants will bow down and kiss the shit covered boots of the leader!

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Save Your Souls!

From the VOMITORIUM

Then there is Jeff Flake….this GOPer was one of the few that would not be silent on Trump….sadly he decided not to run for re-election before he became vocal….and now his mouth is running again…..

He has decided to weigh in on the upcoming impeachment process….

Former Sen. Jeff Flake has his own take on how the Senate would respond to President Trump’s impeachment, Fox News reports. “At least 35” Republican senators would support impeachment if the vote were held privately, he said Thursday at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. “I heard someone say if there were a private vote there would be 30 Republican votes. That’s not true,” he added in a Q&A. “There would be at least 35.” The frequent Trump critic talked more about it Friday, telling WBUR that “anybody who has sat through two years, as I have, of Republican luncheons realizes that there’s not a lot of love for the president.”

“There’s a lot of fear of what it means to go against the president, but most Republican senators would not like to be dealing with this for another year or another five years,” he went on. “So yeah, a private vote would go a lot differently, but that doesn’t matter because that’s just a hypothetical.” Asked what he thought of Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry, he said, “That was a pretty damning transcript. That was not anything you want your president to be doing. So I think we need to wait for the investigation to conclude and wait for likely testimony from the whistleblower him or herself before drawing conclusions.”

Do you really believe that these so-called “35” will decide to put country above politics?

I do not!

Then Flake decided to keep his mouth running with a new op-ed in the WaPo…….

In a Washington Post op-ed published Monday, Flake pleaded with members of his party to oppose Trump’s 2020 reelection, even if they cannot back impeachment.

“If the House decides against filing articles of impeachment, or the Senate fails to convict, Senate Republicans will have to decide whether, given what we now know about the president’s actions and behavior, to support his reelection,” Flake wrote. “Obviously, the answer is no.”

Flake has been a frequent critic of Trump, refusing to back him in 2016 and declining to seek another Senate term in 2018, citing the president’s behavior as “dangerous to democracy.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jeff-flake-republicans-souls-trump-reelection_n_5d922ca7e4b0e9e76050c82f

Sorry but if Flake and others like him truly wanted to defy Trump why then did he not stray in Congress and do so?

He reminds me of that kid that gets bullied and then when the bully’s back is turned he bows up and talks tough.

Save their souls?

If is way too late for that.

They sold their souls decades ago and will seldom look back.

Flake’s op-ed…….Wasted time, wasted words and wasted ink.

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GOP Is Cowardly As Well

I have written many times just how cowardly I think the DNC/DCCC has become…it tries to pick the candidates for the voter with the help of the MSM…..and now the GOP has joined into the undemocratic practice.

They are choosing the candidates for the voter……trying to head off any embarrassment for “you know who”……

Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus. They underscore the extent to which his allies are determined to snuff out any potential nuisance en route to his renomination — or even to deny Republican critics a platform to embarrass him.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/republicans-cancel-primaries-trump-challengers-1483126

This means the newest challenger to Trump will face a steeper hill to navigate……

President Trump just picked up another opponent in the Republican primaries: Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot challenge to the current occupant of the Oval Office, reports the AP. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who’s popular within the party, Sanford said: “I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think that as the Republican Party, we have lost our way.”

The 59-year-old Sanford has long been an outspoken critic of Trump’s. He frequently questioned Trump’s motivations and qualifications during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and called Trump’s candidacy “a particularly tough pill to swallow.”

That makes 3 challengers to Trump’s candidacy……

Tell me what you think….should the party decide who should represent the people and take it out of the hands of the voter?  Or should the voter be lead around by the nose?

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I Hate Cowards

Especially political cowards….and that is what we have now in DC…..a pack of spineless, whimpering cowards that will allow violations of the Constitution just to appease their donors, their controllers, their puppet masters.

Sorry but that is NOT who I want to run my government.

Of course I am talking about the GOP and Repubs/conservs……the elected reps and the supporting public are silent as the President violates the Constitution almost daily……all because the agenda is far more important that the nation and its people to the GOP.

That’s the rub, though. Most of the chickenbutt Senate Republicans looking to be re-elected in 2020 from safe red states aren’t sweating a potential Democratic challenger. What keeps them up late at night with Pepto in hand is the threat of a primary challenge from the right. All of them live in terror that some fire-breathing MAGA hat with an AR-15 strapped to his back will come along howling “Trump uber alles!” and strip their party’s base support down to the bone.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-republican-party-is-a-pack-of-cowards/

The GOP is not alone in the crowded cowards field…..the DNC/Dems/liberals are just as guilty as the GOP……they talk and talk and yet let it go on as it is….

…..modern U.S. politics can be summed up in seven words: Republicans are liars and Democrats are cowards. Today I propose the 2018 Corollary: Republicans are liars and cowards; Democrats are cowards and stupid.

It takes quite a bit to outdo the Democrats in cowardice, since Bill Clinton renamed it “triangulation,” but the Republican Congress and revolving-door Trump Cabinet members have done it: They have redefined cowardice.

The word not so long ago was regarded as a shameful trait for any human being: either simple fear, or failure to stand up for one’s rights and beliefs.

(Robert Kahn)

Then there are the evangelicals.  By far the largest conservative collection of voters and by far the most cowardly of them all……morality means nothing as long as the racist BS is pursued….that makes them the biggest cowards.

But the DNC comes in a close 3rd…….

The latest shakeup over a lack of diversity in senior leadership at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shows that House Democrats’ campaign arm remains out of touch with the values of its grassroots Democratic voters. 

This first became evident in March when DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos announced a “blacklist” policy, which sought to stifle the people-powered democratic process by requiring political consultants to sign a loyalty pledge to incumbent Democrats. Recent comments from black and Latino lawmakers about a lack of diversity in senior leadership, as well as complaints about a tone-deaf approach to issues relating to race, show that the DCCC continues to refuse to evolve and change. Instead, there seems to be an implicit policy of silencing new voices and sidelining historically marginalized communities in order to protect the power of the status quo.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/16/dccc-out-step-democratic-values

Beating Trump is the most important thing in 2020…if so then why is Schumer doing all he can to keep Progressives off the ballot?

Months after the DCCC formally announced it would blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers against incumbent Democrats, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee—controlled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—is reportedly taking the policy of its House counterpart “one step further” by undermining progressive candidates attempting to flip Republican-held seats.

The Intercept reported Thursday that Andrew Romanoff, a Medicare for All and Green New Deal supporter running for Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-Colo.) seat, has had “multiple consultants” turn down offers to work on his campaign due to “pressure from the DSCC.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/29/even-worse-dccc-blacklist-schumer-accused-effort-hamstring-progressives-trying

All the keep “corporatist” elected people in place….change will not come….so stop hoping.

In closing one thought……We need a political system that works for the people, not the deep-pocketed special interests.

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