New Covid Stim

It has been months since the last Covid stim package….McConnell wanted to wait until after the election and the hope that Trump would win re-election…..that plan did not work out….so now the gutless GOP has a plan for more funds to help out during the pandemic….but who will they help the most?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is issuing an outline of the latest COVID-19 relief plan.

The legislation would provide additional funding for coronavirus liability relief, unemployment assistance, and the Paycheck Protection Program under small businesses.

But here is what is in this newest plan to save the nation from economic ruin during the pandemic…

  • It would set enhanced federal unemployment insurance at 70% of a worker’s previous wages, replacing the $600 per week which states stopped paying out this week.
  • The GOP would set the benefit at a sum of $200 per week on top of what recipients would normally receive from states through September, slashing what they got from April through July. In October, the 70% replacement would take effect up to a maximum of $500 per week.
  • The proposal would send direct payments of $1,200 and $2,400 to individuals and couples, respectively. It would set the same qualifications as the checks approved in March: the payments started to phase out at an average of $75,000 in income per person, and individuals or couples making an average of $99,000 or more did not receive one. It would offer an additional $500 per dependent of any age.
  • The legislation would shield entities such as businesses, doctors and schools from lawsuits, except for cases of “gross negligence” or “willful misconduct.” 
  • It would set aside $190 billion for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The bill would allow small businesses with fewer than 300 employees that have seen revenue fall by more than 50% to apply for a second round of aid. It would also authorize $100 billion for loans to seasonal businesses and companies in low-income Census tracts that can show revenue reduction of more than 50%. 
  • The bill provides $105 billion to help schools reopen in the fall. Roughly $30 billion of that amount would go to colleges, according to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Most of the money would go to schools physically reopening to help them with the costs associated with safely restarting. 
  • It includes $16 billion to help states boost Covid-19 testing capacity, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. 
  • Shelby said it would put $26 billion toward the development of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics. 
  • The plan includes 100% deductability of business meals, according to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. 
  • It includes several tax credits, including an enhanced employee retention credit and a credit for expenses such as upgrades to workplaces and testing that help businesses operate safely. 
  • The bill also authorizes an unrelated $1.75 billion for construction of a new FBI headquarters building in downtown Washington D.C., a short walk from President Donald Trump’s hotel. His company worried plans to demolish the FBI’s current home, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, and move headquarters to the suburbs could allow a competitor hotel to move downtown, according to The Washington Post.

Now the president-elect has done what I thought he would do….jumped on the bandwagon for this stim plan…..

President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the congressional session speeds to a close. Biden said the developing aid package “wouldn’t be the answer, but it would be the immediate help for a lot of things,” the AP reports. He wants a relief bill to pass Congress now, with more aid to come next year. Biden’s remarks followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer of New York in support of an almost $1 trillion approach as the “basis” for discussions. The announcement appeared aimed at budging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who so far has been unwilling to abandon a $550 billion Senate GOP plan that has failed twice this fall.

The Democrats embraced a $908 billion approach from moderate Sens. Joe Manchin and Susan Collins among others. It would establish a $300 per week jobless benefit, send $160 billion to help state and local governments, boost schools and universities, revive popular “paycheck protection” subsidies for businesses, and bail out transit systems and airlines. “In the spirit of compromise we believe the bipartisan framework introduced by Senators yesterday should be used as the basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations,” Pelosi and Schumer said. McConnell wouldn’t respond when asked about the Democratic statement. His top deputy, Sen. John Thune, said GOP leaders might agree to merging the bipartisan proposal with McConnell’s bill.

What will this do to help the average person?

Just who will this save from economic ruin?

Of course I have an answer for my reader…..

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday began circulating a coronavirus relief proposal whose contents offer so little assistance to the tens of millions of jobless, hungry, and eviction-prone Americans that critics warned the Kentucky Republican is actively working to ensure the U.S. economy remains mired in deep recession as Biden administration takes charge next month.

Described as a “targeted” relief proposal, McConnell’s plan is heavily geared toward providing corporations with immunity from coronavirus-related lawsuits; the offer includes a liability shield that Public Citizen’s Remington Gregg described as “breathtakingly broad.” The Kentucky Republican’s plan also contains a 100% tax deduction for business meals.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/02/critics-smell-economic-sabotage-mcconnell-unveils-covid-plan-0-unemployment-boost

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Is The GOP Approaching Authoritarianism?

I open with a thought….

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”
― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

I could end this post at this point….but since I am an opinionated SOB I shall continue…..

Donald Trump as president has ushered in a roomful of policies that are starting to look like the authoritarianism of such countries as Hungary and Turkey…..

The GOP is starting to look a lot like an autocratic party, a large study into political identity has found.

Experts from the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden said the US Republican Party had become more illiberal and populist in recent decades and that its recent retreat from democratic norms has left it resembling authoritarian ruling parties like Hungary’s Fidesz and Turkey’s AKP.
“What we see is that the disrespect of political opponents, the encouragement of violence and also the violation of minority rights … they have all clearly increased with the Republican Party in recent years, since [President Donald Trump] came in the leadership but also before that,” Anna Luehrmann, V-Dem’s deputy director and one of the lead authors of the study, told CNN.
 
The message is clear…..the presidential rhetoric is clear……only the ignorant it is NOT clear……
 
As the 3 November U.S. presidential election approaches, the country faces an unfamiliar danger. While Americans have grown used to a certain level of rancour in these quadrennial campaigns, they have not in living memory faced the realistic prospect that the incumbent may reject the outcome or that armed violence may result. That has changed in 2020 because of the emergence of risk factors that would spell trouble in any country: political polarisation bound up with issues of race and identity; the rise of armed groups with political agendas; the higher-than-usual chances of a contested outcome; and most importantly President Donald Trump, whose toxic rhetoric and willingness to court conflict to advance his personal interests have no precedent in modern U.S. history. The risk of unrest may ebb and flow as the final days of the campaign unfold, but it is almost certain to remain, and it will increase if either side forms the impression that the vote has been rigged.
 
And it is getting worse the closer we get to the decision of 2020…..

Experts are warning that political violence could erupt around the election, but some believe the early stages of a civil conflict have already unfolded.

A new conflict would look nothing like the first Civil War, more than 150 years ago, and instead would likely resemble an insurgency like those seen in Colombia, Ireland and Syria — and possibly already in the U.S., reported Vice.

“A conflict in the pre-insurgency stage is difficult to detect because most activities are underground and the insurgency has yet to make its presence felt through the use of violence,” the CIA Guide to the Analysis of Insurgency notes. “Moreover, actions conducted in the open can easily be dismissed as nonviolent political activity. During this stage, an insurgent movement is beginning to organize: leadership is emerging, and the insurgents are establishing a grievance and a group identity, beginning to recruit and train members, and stockpiling arms and supplies.”

 
Who would have thought the Party that wraps itself in the flag at every chance would be the Party that lead to the destruction of the republic that they pretend to care so much about?
 
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GOP–Enemy Within?

Before some irate loser gets his/her panties in a twist…..this is only a question treat it as such or go away.

A couple of years ago I asked the question….Where Has The GOP Gone?

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/06/where-has-the-gop-gone/

The GOP has become the party of Trump and in such I think it could be a danger to our way of life……

It sounds hyperbolic to say that American democracy is broken, but an honest glance at the country — at our institutions and the broader political culture — makes it hard to conclude otherwise.

As things stand, one of our two major political parties is committed to suppressing as many votes as possible, and the leader of that party, the president of the United States, has said outright that he won’t accept the legitimacy of the election process if he doesn’t win.

If, under those conditions, Trump either wins the election or loses and throws the country into a bitter, protracted fight over the results, it doesn’t seem all that alarmist to suggest the US will have descended into what political scientists sometimes call a “weak democracy” or even “competitive authoritarianism.”

https://www.vox.com/21496907/2020-election-republicans-american-democracy

One indication is the fact that the GOP and Trump have refused to call out QAnon and its moronic conspiracies….

Dangerous conspiracies are nothing new in politics. In previous presidential-election campaigns, people like Sabal were largely consigned to the sidelines, ignored by their parties and left to spin their tales on street corners and in remote internet forums.

But by openly spreading QAnon lies — and by discreetly adopting messaging that aligns with adherents’ obsession with false claims of child sex-trafficking — GOP leaders and institutions, including Trump, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and multiple GOP congressional nominees, are harnessing the energy of a violent cult for their political advantage.

http://archive.vn/97PxZ#selection-2433.0-2433.368

With all that said and the closeness of the election there is one final question that needs to be asked before the vote…..Can America Survive Another Trump Term?

The 2020 presidential election may be one of the most significant and far-reaching events of the 21st century. The stakes almost defy comprehension — suggestive less of a competition over who will become the president of the United States, but whether people will vote to either retain the ideals and promises of an already wounded democracy or to sanction a further slide of American society into the abyss of authoritarianism.

Noam Chomsky has argued that Donald Trump represents not simply a threat to democracy, but to the planet itself. Chomsky situates the possible re-election of Trump within an era that he terms “the most dangerous moment in human history owing to the climate crisis, the threat of nuclear war and rising authoritarianism.”

The editorial board of the New York Times argues that Trump’s “re-election poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.”

https://theconversation.com/can-america-survive-the-re-election-of-donald-trump-148239

This country has been on the downhill slide since Reagan….and NOTHING has been done to prevent the end of this experiment.

As the 3 November U.S. presidential election approaches, the country faces an unfamiliar danger. While Americans have grown used to a certain level of rancour in these quadrennial campaigns, they have not in living memory faced the realistic prospect that the incumbent may reject the outcome or that armed violence may result. That has changed in 2020 because of the emergence of risk factors that would spell trouble in any country: political polarisation bound up with issues of race and identity; the rise of armed groups with political agendas; the higher-than-usual chances of a contested outcome; and most importantly President Donald Trump, whose toxic rhetoric and willingness to court conflict to advance his personal interests have no precedent in modern U.S. history. The risk of unrest may ebb and flow as the final days of the campaign unfold, but it is almost certain to remain, and it will increase if either side forms the impression that the vote has been rigged.

At some level, it should not be surprising that the United States now faces the spectre of electoral violence. The U.S. has seen slavery, civil war, lynching, labour strife and the ethnic cleansing of indigenous peoples. The wounds of those legacies have never fully healed. The country is awash in firearms, has gun homicide levels unmatched by any other high-income country, and is home to a white supremacy movement that, as discussed below, is growing in virulence. Racial injustice, economic inequality and police brutality are chronic sources of tension, which periodically bubbles over into large-scale peaceful demonstrations and, sometimes, civil unrest. By way of recent example, the police killing of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, in Minnesota state’s largest city of Minneapolis on 25 May generated a wave of protests and counter-protests that has diminished but not fully subsided five months later.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/united-states/004-us-presidential-election-managing-risks-violence

Experts are of the same mind as myself…..a civil war is brewing…..and this election could be the tipping point…..

Experts are warning that political violence could erupt around the election, but some believe the early stages of a civil conflict have already unfolded.

“A conflict in the pre-insurgency stage is difficult to detect because most activities are underground and the insurgency has yet to make its presence felt through the use of violence,” the CIA Guide to the Analysis of Insurgency notes. “Moreover, actions conducted in the open can easily be dismissed as nonviolent political activity. During this stage, an insurgent movement is beginning to organize: leadership is emerging, and the insurgents are establishing a grievance and a group identity, beginning to recruit and train members, and stockpiling arms and supplies.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/experts-fear-us-is-on-the-brink-of-civil-war-millions-of-people-are-actively-prepared-to-their-countrymen/

I do hope that all this talk of violence is just news trying to create a story…..but the indications are there that there could be a way forward for violence if things do not go the way some want.

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Hunter Is A Biden

There has been lots of accusations about Hunter Biden’s business dealings…all of the theatrics and drama is just retaliation for the shots fired at Trump by Dems…..especially the impeachment BS…..all this is just silly and meant to divert attention of the low IQ voters.

The Senate, in GOP hands for now, will try to start the investigation process of Hunter Biden..

A search of Justice Department databases reveals that Hunter Biden failed to register as a foreign agent while promoting the interests of foreign business partners in Washington, including brokering meetings with his father and other government officials, and RealClear Investigations has learned that at least one Senate committee is investigating whether Joe Biden’s son violated federal laws requiring disclosure of such foreign contacts.

The Obama administration did not prosecute Hunter Biden for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, despite its much more aggressive pursuit of FARA cases relative to other administrations — including its opening of criminal investigations on no fewer than six Trump campaign advisers in 2016.

One of them, Paul Manafort, ended up in prison on charges that included failing to publicly disclose his lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian clients and partners. Newly discovered April 2015 emails show Hunter Biden appeared to be helping a Ukrainian energy executive meet with and lobby his father, who was vice president at the time. Hunter, who held a lucrative seat on the board of Ukrainian gas giant Burisma at the time, also sought meetings with State Department officials.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2020/10/27/senate_probes_hunter_bidens_failure_to_register_as_foreign_agent_125798.html

Trumpian sycophants are doing the heavy lifting for Trump while he tries to con the voters….

Former Trump adviser and former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Tuesday suggested that soon-to-be-released audio tapes will “prove” that Joe Biden was aware of his son Hunter’s business suspicious business dealings with foreign agents in contradiction of Biden’s earlier denials to that effect.

Grenell made that revelation while speaking with Just the News host David Brody on “The Water Cooler” on Tuesday afternoon.

“I understand that there’s some recordings that are going to come out of attorneys from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden … that prove they knew about this scheme,” he told Brody.

https://justthenews.com/trump-adviser-says-soon-be-released-hunter-biden-tapes-are-next-shoe-fall

The Trumpian news sources are trying to define the Biden story before the election…..

The Wall Street Journal and Fox News have both reported finding no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden benefited from the Hunter Biden business dealings that have drawn scrutiny. More explicitly pro-Trump media outlets — OAN, Breitbart, Newsmax — have mostly shied away from publishing fresher, more salacious allegations. And conservative talking heads — pundits, politicians and loud MAGA Twitter personalities alike — have been more focused on the meta narrative around the laptop, arguing that mainstream media, social media companies and the deep state are conspiring to prevent President Donald Trump’s reelection by suppressing the story.

When Breitbart did touch on new revelations, it preemptively distanced itself, carefully framing a fresh trove of emails as an independent investigation by Peter Schweizer, author of “Clinton Cash,” the 2015 look into the Clinton family’s extensive foreign financial ties that made several overstated or inaccurate claims.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/28/trump-conspiracy-theoryhunter-biden-433131

All this silliness and ignorant BS got me want to comment….but I found someone that had the perfect response to this bullshit…..https://rudepundit.blogspot.com/

The response begins….

Note to Republicans: No One Gives a Shit About Hunter Biden’s Business Deals

 
Yeah, Republicans and their right-wing media co-conspirators have tried to desperately rub the limp stories of the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, into a full-on scandal erection, but that dick won’t fuck this time. And it’s frankly shocking considering the record that the GOP has in fluffing flaccid fairy tales into career-killing crisis cum. Just in recent years, you’ve had the Swift Boat Vets lies about John Kerry. And you had the decades of utter nonsense about Hillary Clinton, Travelgate to Benghazi to But Her Emails. 
 
Encouragingly, no one is falling for it this time. And that’s a tribute to a few things.
 
Perfect response to the theatrics and the retaliation…..games played by immature garden slugs that pretend to be politicians.
 
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Don’t Count Trump Out Yet!

I know that most people do not want to think about the outside chance of Trump winning this election….but there are a few signs that could put him in the winner’s circle.

But the stats I see tell me the election is a virtual tie nationwide…..don’t celebrate just yet.

There seems to be a rise in GOP voter registration…..that could be a boon to the Trump campaign…..

The polls continue to show Joe Biden with a steady lead nationally and in most battleground states, and the AP notes that President Trump himself has been publicly speculating about losing in November. Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, is busy warning Democrats about over-confidence. The race is a “lot closer” than people think, campaign chief Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote last week. A look at why that might be:

  • Registering voters: The No. 1 source of concern for Democrats is that Republican registration is up in crucial states, reports Politico. Yes, Democrats appear to have a clear edge in record-setting early voting, but will that be enough to overcome an expected large turnout of Trump voters on Election Day?
  • 3 key states: GOP registration gains in Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina, paired with hopes of the heavy turnout mentioned above, are boosting Republican spirits, reports the New York Times. “The tremendous voter registration gain by the Republicans is the secret weapon that will make the difference for the Republicans in 2020,” Dee Stewart, a GOP political consultant in North Carolina, tells the newspaper.
  • Pollsters’ blind spot? An analysis by JPMorgan Chase finds that the GOP has picked up 200,000 voters in Pennsylvania since 2016, when Trump won there by less than 50,000 votes, per Fox News. The analysis finds similar progress in Florida, North Carolina, and New Mexico. All of which has Guy Benson wondering at Town Hall, “Are Pollsters Missing a Key Factor That Could Benefit Trump?”
  • Other factors: Uncertainty of polling in swing states, the disqualification of mail-in ballots, and young voters failing to return their mail-in ballots also make Politico’s list of “hidden” reasons why Democrats are nervous. “I predict in the coming weeks the Democratic narrative will change from euphoria over the apparent large leads in early voting to concern that a disproportionately large number of younger voters have yet to return their mail ballots,” writes Michael McDonald in an analysis at the US Elections Project.
  • Not done? If Trump does indeed lose, that’s the end of his presidential aspirations, right? Maybe not. Steve Bannon tells the Australian that he thinks Trump would run again. “I’ll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from, or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” he said. “You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump.”

There is only one way to defeat Trump and his minions……

VOTE!

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Closing Thought–14Oct20

20 days from the 2020 vote……

What Happened To The Moderate Republican?

That was a question I was asked recently by a friend and it got me to thinking about the disappearance of this political beast.

Back in the Dark Ages of American politics there use to be moderate Repubs and yes even some they would call “liberal” Repubs….those days are gone and it looks like for good.

Over a decade ago here on IST I looked at moderate/liberal Republicans…….https://lobotero.com/2009/07/17/is-there-a-liberal-republican/

That post set up what to look for in a Repub candidate to see if they pass the test…..today’s crop there is NO such thing…..plenty of Neocons that are against Trump policies but that is because they loss control of the party not a change in stands.

The site fivethirtyeight.com has taken a look at the lack of moderate Repubs…..

So if Republicans were to lose on that scale — the House, the Senate and the presidency — that raises the question: Would the GOP change course?

This is a question I’ve thought about a lot, and it’s one of the reasons why I argue in my book, “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop,” that America’s two-party system is failing us. With the two parties now fully nationalized, deeply sorted by geography and culture, and locked in a tightly contested, zero-sum battle over “the soul of the nation” and the “American way of life,” it’s nearly impossible to break that cycle. And so I think it’s unlikely that Republicans will become more moderate even if they were to take the shellacking I’ve outlined above.

The problem is that political parties are not singular entities capable of easily changing course. They are, instead, a loose coalition of office-holders, interest groups, donors, activists, media personalities and many others, all jockeying and competing for power. Think of a giant tug of war in which all the tugs have been toward more extreme and more confrontational versions of the party.

Why There Are So Few Moderate Republicans Left

I do not see a change for the GOP no matter the outcome of the vote in 2020….there still way too many haters for the party to change…..but a better question is…will the GOP survive 2020?

https://lobotero.com/2020/09/14/what-has-happened-to-the-gop-2/

Some believe that the GOP can redeem itself when Trump leaves office……I am not one of them…..

But defeat — no matter how large or ignominious— probably won’t redeem the GOP, nor cure it of its Trumpist excesses.

A landslide victory for Democratic candidate Joe Biden “would turn the Trump era of nihilism, tribalism, and cruelty into a cautionary tale of extremism, illiberalism, and, above all, failure,” Andrew Sullivan wrote last week. He added: “And a landslide is the only thing that can possibly, finally break the far right fever that has destroyed the GOP as a legitimate right-of-center political party, and turned it into a paranoid, media-driven, fact-free festival of fear and animus.”

https://theweek.com/articles/943139/gop-ever-redeem-itself

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A Psycho Nurse

I watched the GOP convention and I remember a nurse that spoke and defended Trump’s response to the pandemic……I thought then that she was either lying or she was some sort of dangerous spokesperson……well news has come out that she is the later….

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A Williamson woman who made headlines after she traveled to New York to help treat COVID-19 patients has been charged after court records said she shot another woman.

Amy Jolene Thorn, 39, of Williamson is charged with malicious or unlawful assault, according to a criminal complaint from Mingo County Magistrate Court.

The complaint said Thorn shot another woman on Thursday, Oct. 8, near the 800 block of Vinson Street in Williamson.

Police Chief Grady Dotson said Thorn shot the woman in the abdomen and claims the shooting was self-defense.

Police confirmed that Thorn, who also goes by the name Amy Ford, is a nurse who traveled to New York to help COVID patients. Thorn also was invited to attend the Republican National Convention.

Dotson said the victim is doing well and has non-life-threatening injuries.

Thorn is out on bond.

(wchstv.com)

I guess she truly a Trump supporter…..she resorts to violence when ever possible.

Will this make the national news?

If she were a Biden supporter it would be a two day news cycle.

I must admit that 2020 has been a helluva year…..one for the books…..as they say……

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All The Evidence We Need

I have been saying for years that the GOP does not like democracy very much for their actions since about 1980 have been to curb any and all of the pillars of democracy…..like voter suppression and the Constitution as a whole….yes they use the document as a political prop but they do NOT think it should be followed.

Recently a GOPer from Utah, Mike Lee, has shown the country the real agenda of the GOP…….

A top Republican senator has said that “democracy isn’t the objective” of America’s political system, sparking widespread outrage at a time when his party has been accused by Democrats of plotting voter suppression and questioning a peaceful transition of power in November’s election.

The Utah senator Mike Lee made the inflammatory declaration in an early morning tweet following Wednesday’s vice-presidential debate.

“Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that,” he wrote, misspelling prosperity.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/08/republican-us-senator-mike-lee-democracy

Lee is articulating a view that has long been in vogue on the American right but which Republican politicians were generally hesitant to express openly. The premise is that liberty is a higher value than democracy, and they define liberty to mean a right to property that precludes redistribution. That is to say, the far right does not merely view progressive taxation, regulation and the welfare state as impediments to growth, but as fundamentally oppressive. A political system that truly secured freedom would not allow the majority to gang up on the minority and redistribute their income for themselves.

Sounds a bit authoritarian in content to me.

Lee was a critic of Trump in 2016 even prompting him to withdraw at one point….but since then he has donned his knee pads and graveled at the lap of Trump.

Lee needs to look at the agenda…..

From the perspective of the right, Trump’s assault on democracy has advanced the cause of freedom and liberty, on net. His regressive tax cuts and deregulation have returned property to their rightful owners. Republicans believe that the political system must retain, and ideally expand, its counter-majoritarian features: restrictive ballot-access rules that restrict the franchise to the most “worthy” citizens, gerrymandered maps that allow the white rural minority to exercise control, a Senate that disproportionately represents white and Republican voters, and a Supreme Court that believes the Republican economic program is written into the Constitution.

Lee employs an age old GOP talking point to curb democratic progress….

Lee, who is among a swath of Republicans who recently tested positive for coronavirus, wrote: ‘The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the Constitution, perhaps because our form of government is not a democracy. It’s a constitutional republic. To me it matters. It should matter to anyone who worries about the excessive accumulation of power in the hands of the few.’

He added: “Government is the official use of coercive force–nothing more and nothing less. The Constitution protects us by limiting the use of government force.”

Anyone that still supports the GOP after this is not a patriot or a true American.

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What Has Happened To The GOP?

I have been debating people about the GOP for decades….there were very few policies and issues of the party that I agreed with….but that was before the election of Trump and the sycophants in the GOP.

I asked the question several times in the past…..

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/06/where-has-the-gop-gone/

https://lobotero.com/2019/12/16/what-is-wrong-with-the-gop/

What happened to fiscal policy?

What happened to family values?

What has happened to the GOP?

I will admit that there have been what I call “liberal Republicans” that I could agree with on principle but maybe not on substance…..but then 2010 arrived and those member of the GOP have been driven out by the movements like the Tea Party.

Even the uber conserv Joe Scarborough asks the same question as I…..

“Perhaps Lindsey O. Graham was right when he predicted that Trump would destroy the Republican Party,” Scarborough wrote. “The question that remains is why the South Carolina senator and so many of his peers stay silent while the honor of our military leaders is under attack by America’s president. One wonders what the hard-hat rioters would have thought about that.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/09/trump-is-undermining-the-gops-claim-to-patriotism-and-republicans-dont-seem-to-care-joe-scarborough/

And then the election of Trump and all true conservs have found out that they are not the GOP but rather a tolerated group to gain power and influence.

The Mouth or Donald the Orange…seems to be losing his grip….his pressers are weirder and weirder……so what is wrong with Trump?

His transmission seems to be slipping, at least one of his cylinders is misfiring, the brakes are not grabbing and the stability of the “very stable genius” appears to be wobbling. Why? Did he really have “mini-strokes” in November?

Or are the reasons for his fantasies simply that he’s behind in the polls against Joe Biden and that neither his overdone baloney convention nor his desperation law-and-order campaign are getting much traction? Or all of the above?

What raises concerns about Trump’s state of mind two months before the election are his recent embrace of some wild conspiracy theories, his talk of “dark shadows” controlling Biden, his saying people were out to get him in a “coup,” his charging that “thugs” in “dark uniforms” were aboard a plane departing Washington, and his telling people to vote twice as a check on whether mail-in voting works.

What’s the Matter with Trump?

I judge a party by its platform, a statement of principles, and in 2020 the GOP has NO platform…..like the GOP platform of 1956…….

1956 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM 1 Provide Federal Assistance to Low-Income  Communities 2 Protect Social Security 3 Provide Asylum for Refugees 4  Extend Minimum Wage 5 Improve Unemployment Benefit System So It Covers More

So I ask again….what has happened to the GOP?

“The Republican National Committee (RNC) enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today … [and that] the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.”

A Party platform defines what a party stands for so, with no new party platform in 2020 the Republicans are admitting they have no new ideas or plans. With a worldwide pandemic in progress one would think they might have some official policy objectives, other than yielding to whatever their sitting president may feel are appropriate actions, like suggesting internal use of disinfectants, slowing down the rates of COVID testing, or assuming it will just “go away”.

The president has a long history of racist and religious bigotry that is now part of his America First Agenda. Since, as they have stated, the RNC enthusiastically supports him, they are willing to capitulate to his whims, his need for attention, adoration and his demand for total loyalty both from the party and his administration.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/08/party-formerly-known-republican

I ask again….what happened to the GOP?

I feel it all began to deteriorate with Reagan and culminated with the election of Trump…..and the destruction of the GOP is near complete.

The real question should be….can the GOP be saved from itself?

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“lego ergo scribo”

2020 GOP Convention–Day 4

Three down and one final day for the RNC and the GOP give a scenario for a united and secure nation….(spoiler alert:  they failed)

Tonight Trump will officially accept the nomination of the GOP as the candidate for president in 2020…..but not before the array of ass kissers……

Let me close down the posts on this convention…..broadcast news is sparse for the Hurricane has sucked all the oxygen out of news reports other than the storm.

And the night went like this…..

President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention Thursday night by formally accepting the Republican nomination for president, which he did from the White House—the AP calls this the first political convention ever to be held there, and CNN notes Trump’s was one of the longest acceptance speeches ever given. The end of the evening also included fireworks on the National Mall (some of them spelling out “Trump” and “2020”) and a performance by opera singer Christopher Macchio from the Blue Room balcony. Among Trump’s acceptance speech pledges was to put the first woman on the moon, a promise he made after touting his administration’s commitment to space exploration. More from his speech and the rest of the convention’s final night:

  • Trump’s speech lasted more than 70 minutes, NBC News reports. As expected, it also included digs on Joe Biden (he called him a “Trojan horse for socialism,” among other things), calls for law and order (he said “mob rule” must never be allowed), and a rosy outlook on the coronavirus pandemic and coming vaccine.
  • Others aligned with law enforcement also spoke during the night, and echoed Trump’s calls for law and order and the end of violent protests.
  • The AP reports hundreds of protesters gathered near the White House for a “noise demonstration and dance party,” hoping to drown out Trump’s speech, but there was no indication Trump heard them.
  • Trump was introduced by daughter Ivanka, who worked to humanize the president in her speech. “I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered,” she said. But “I’ve been with my father and I’ve seen the pain in his eyes when he receives updates on the lives that have been stolen by this plague.”
  • Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, suggested that Black Lives Matter, along with antifa, is pushing Biden to “execute their pro-criminal, anti-police policies” and had “hijacked the protests into vicious, brutal riots.” The AP fact-checks this (there’s no evidence of Giuliani’s claim), as well as several other claims made during the night, here.
  • Alice Johnson, the grandmother whose drug sentence was commuted by Trump said his criminal justice reforms are “just getting started” and that his First Step Act “brought joy, hope and freedom to thousands of well-deserving people.”
  • Housing Secretary Ben Carson, the highest-ranking Black member of the Trump administration, offered his sympathies to the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • UFC head Dana White said Trump is the man to get the economy back on track after it was ravaged by the pandemic; he specifically mentioned the president’s commitment to bringing back sports safely.
  • Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said, per the Hill, that Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
  • One line from Mitch McConnell: The Democrats “want to tell you what kind of car you can drive. What sources of information are credible. And even how many hamburgers you can eat.” That’s a reference to the mistaken belief that proponents of the Green New Deal would limit beef consumption.

For me the most memorable moment or should I say “line”……

“I stand before you tonight honored by your support, proud of the extraordinary progress we have made together over the last four incredible years and brimming with confidence for the bright future we will build for America over the next four years,” he said. Think of Trump’s speech as the sequel to his 2016 acceptance speech, in which he memorably declared, “I alone can fix it.”

Trump did nothing but move his mouth…..his rambling talk went on for over an hour……and hour that none of us can ever get back…..but beyond that he talked and yet said nothing to give the voter confidence that the country can be saved from itself.

Where were the deficit hawks?  Fiscal conservs were NO where to be heard.

According to CNN’s Chirs Cillizza…..

Now, there’s an element of this sort of gush-fest in every political convention. The goal of these four-day affairs is to shape an image of the president (or presidential nominee) that is appealing to the broadest swath of people. Voters, as history has repeatedly proven, tend to pick a president based in large part on how that person makes them feel. Are they proud of that president? Does he seem like the sort of person who understands their hopes, fears and desires? All that sort of stuff.

But never before — at least in the modern history of politics — have we seen a party that is so dedicated to blindly following a president, and abandoning many of the bedrock principles upon which it once stood. There was nary a word on Monday night about the ballooning federal deficit. The social conservative wing of the party was also practically nonexistent.

Mercifully the GOP Convention is over……and now the real circus begins in earnest.

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