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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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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2020 GOP Convention–Day 3

***News Flash–Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana….only good thing is that it made land in a sparsely populated area….this limited the deadly surge from doing much harm***

There have been two nights down and two more to go…..so far I have seen NOTHING that would give me hope that Trump will be a better president if given a second term.

Two days of ass kissing and lies…and two more waiting in the wings….and the Old Professor is watching and writing…..

Night #3 is in the can and what was the third night like from the sidelines?

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara spoke Wednesday at the third night of the Republican National Convention, attributing this quote to Abraham Lincoln: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” The problem, as the Week explains, is Lincoln never said that; it’s been debunked multiple times, with one historian calling it a “corruption” of an actual Lincoln quote about “the perpetuation of our political institutions.” Another misstatement came from Sister Dede Byrne, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who said, per CNN, that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.” But infanticide is the killing of a baby after its birth, which is illegal and not the same as abortion. More from the evening, which was capped by Mike Pence formally accepting the vice presidential nomination:

  • Kellyanne Conway did in fact speak, despite the recent announcement she’ll be leaving her role at the White House at the end of the month. She, as well as what Politico calls a “host” of other females, worked to “humanize” the president and highlight his treatment of women. “For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men.”
  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem also spoke about Lincoln, saying, “He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?” She also said Republicans treat people “as Martin Luther King, Jr. wished—according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
  • In reference to the response to the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Marsha Blackburn said, “If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like Communist China to me—maybe that’s why Joe Biden is so soft on them.”
  • Speaking of China, Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who has long spoken out against Beijing, said, “The US must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop China’s aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future.”
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the story of how “blown away” she was by Trump’s phone call before she got a double mastectomy . “Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” she said. “But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children’s future, was the easiest.”
  • Lou Holtz, former head football coach for Notre Dame, called Biden “Catholic in name only” as he denounced the Democratic candidate’s support for abortion rights.
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik referenced Trump’s impeachment trial: “This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you—your voice and your vote.”
  • At the last minute, an appearance by the CEO of Goya Foods was canceled due to what organizers called “a logistical problem.” Some boycotted the food company after its CEO expressed support for Trump.
  • Fox 10 Phoenix says that, when compared to the first two nights of the convention, Wednesday’s program was “low energy, with no major headline speaker beside the vice president and few boldface names. And it lacked some of the production elements that had made previous nights memorable, including slickly produced videos and surprise announcements, such as an unexpected presidential pardon and a citizenship ceremony.”
  • Before her husband spoke, second lady Karen Pence offered a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, per the AP. The amendment granted many women (overwhelmingly, white women) the right to vote.
  • In his own speech, Pence promised he and Trump would “make America great again, again.” He also promised a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months: “Last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming,” he said. “Well, what Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. And I’m proud to report that we’re on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year.”
  • He echoed Trump’s calls for law and order, and decried Biden for saying there is “systemic racism” and an “implicit bias” against people of color in America. “The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with African American neighbors to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns,” he said. “The hard truth is … you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Let me be clear: The violence must stop—whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.” He added: “Law and order are on the ballot. … The choice in this election is whether America remains America.” Trump joined him on stage to close out the night, then mingled with the crowd at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry without wearing masks, per CNN.
  • Trump is, of course, due to formally accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday during the convention’s final night, though Conway acknowledged to reporters that Hurricane Laura’s impact on the Gulf Coast could force a postponement. Campaign organizers say no changes are currently planned.

Pence gave a speech that is given at every GOP Convention……it was boring and a snooze……not the controversy of the second night but a night that could have been mailed in…..the dog whistle issue of Law and Order…..do not address the unrest just need for more cops to keep doing the same things over and over…..I will say that for those with the IQ of a garden slug it is a winning issue.

I have heard nothing in 3 nights that speaks to an inclusive party…they talk only to their slobbering supporters,…the rest of us be damned!

Laura approaches the coast and that is the biggest story of the night…..not much new was ever talked about during the course of the  night…..

I personally still have not heard anything that I think would be good for the country or that would give me a reason to support the GOP

Three down and one more (mercifully) left to go……and the big night when Trump speaks to his adoring supporters.

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2020 GOP Convention–Day Two

First night was predictably dull…..with chest thumping and exaggerations and the spreading of FEAR and a bleak description of the future……no serious conservatives just lots of Trump sycophants kissing ass…..but will Night Two be anything different? (NO seriously…..that is a real question)….

As promised here is the action for Night Two…..

Before night two of the Republican National Convention had even begun, there was controversy: Mary Ann Mendoza, who had been scheduled to speak on President Trump’s efforts to stop illegal immigration, was pulled from the schedule after retweeting a Twitter thread that included anti-Semitic and conspiratorial messages. As the AP reports, Mendoza’s son was killed in 2014 in a head-on crash with an illegal immigrant who was driving under the influence. “Do yourself a favor and read this thread,” Mendoza wrote atop the series of tweets that included what Politico calls “nearly every anti-Semitic trope of the last century to portray a Jewish cabal set on taking over American government.” She later deleted the post and tweeted that she had “retweeted a very long thread earlier without reading every post within the thread.” She apologized and said the Twitter thread “does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever.” More from the night:

  • Another Tuesday night speaker, anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson, made headlines due to her own past statements. Johnson has advocated for “household voting,” in which wives defer to their husbands on all political decisions. She also said earlier this year that it would be “smart” for police officers to racially profile her biracial son, whom she and her husband adopted at birth, Vice reports: “Statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons,” she said in a YouTube video following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. “Right now, Jude is an adorable, perpetually tan-looking little brown boy. But one day, he’s going to grow up and he’s going to be a tall, probably sort of large, intimidating-looking-maybe brown man.” Johnson is white, and said her biological children would grow up to look like “white nerdy men.”
  • Per CNN, much of the two hours went by with no mention of the coronavirus pandemic—until the night’s final speaker, first lady Melania Trump. “My deepest sympathy goes to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill and suffering,” she said during the rare speech. “I want you to know you are not alone. My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine for everyone.” She also said that while “we are not proud of parts of our history,” she encourages Americans “to focus on our future, while still learning from our past. We must remember that today, we are all one community, comprised of many races, religions, and ethnicities.”
  • Speaking of the lack of COVID-19 mentions, NBC News notes top economic adviser Larry Kudlow actually spoke about the crisis in the past tense: “It was awful. Health and economic impacts were tragic.”
  • The president himself made two “surprise” appearances, one to issue a pardon (more on that here) and the other to preside over a naturalization ceremony for new US citizens. “You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned our history, embraced our values, and proved yourselves to be men and women of the highest integrity,” he said at the White House ceremony, per Fox News.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made what CNN calls an “unprecedented” appearance from Jerusalem to highlight Trump’s foreign policy achievements; Democrats were decrying the move. “Here’s the weirdest aspect of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech,” EJ Dionne tweeted. “He broke all sorts of precedents, politicized the State Department, and ran into a storm of legitimate criticism for a short and unmemorable speech that may not have moved even 10 votes.”
  • Trump’s son Eric and daughter Tiffany also spoke, and a video highlighting how Trump has empowered women featured his other daughter, Ivanka; Melania; his daughter-in-law, Lara; and his other son’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. (Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. spoke Wednesday; Ivanka will introduce her father before his acceptance speech Thursday.)
  • Nicholas Sandmann, the teenage star of the infamous Covington Catholic viral video, spoke out against cancel culture. Vox has an explainer on him here; for more on his appearance, see Yahoo News.

The night was a bit more professional than the first.  FOTUS made a speech that the president should be making…..it was a good speech for the most part.

All in all the night went off as much as the first….kissing ass and making up crap….

Night Three to come….will we have a repeat of Night One or Two?

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2020 GOP Convention–Day One

It is that time again…..this time it is the wonderful GOP Convention…and yes it will also be a virtual convention…..and another political circus for the pundits to enjoy.

How much fear can be spewed?   How much hate can be regurgitated?

The Republican National Convention got underway Monday, a four-night affair that will culminate with President Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday night. Trump, though, is breaking with tradition and is expected to speak on all four nights. In fact, he made surprise remarks early during Monday’s proceedings after being formally nominated. (An AP fact check concludes that he “made a dizzying array of misleading claims about voting fraud” as well as health care.) At the end of the night, the AP declared Trump “omnipresent”; in addition to appearing during the night’s events, he of course also tweeted about them. Other big speakers included Donald Trump Jr.; Nikki Haley; Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black GOP senator; and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple from St. Louis who were initially charged after waving guns at Black Lives Matters protesters, per the Washington Post. Highlights:

  • Dire warnings: Per Politico, a major theme of the night was the warning of “chaos” if Joe Biden wins in November. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who kicked things off, called Trump the “bodyguard of Western civilization” who was “elected to protect our families from the vengeful mob that seeks to destroy our way of life, our neighborhoods, schools, churches and values.” A Cuban-American businessman compared Biden to Fidel Castro. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “We must fight to save America now or we may lose her forever,” saying a Biden presidency would be a “horror film” involving citizens’ firearms being taken away, prisons being emptied, and the MS-13 gang running rampant.
  • Emphatic speeches from Trump Jr. and his girlfriend: Trump’s eldest son called Biden the “Loch Ness monster of the swamp”; Fox News has more on his address here. His girlfriend, and Trump’s campaign finance chair, Kimberly Guilfoyle, also gave a passionate speech; both of them kept with the theme of dark warnings should Biden win. KTLA says they painted California, in particular, as a “dangerous, dystopian wasteland.” Many news outlets have made note of the particularly passionate delivery Guilfoyle used; the Hill says she delivered her speech at a “near-constant shout.”
  • Black Americans speak up for Trump: Former NFL player Herschel Walker, who has known Trump for nearly four decades, said, “Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close, I know what it is, and it isn’t Donald Trump.” As for Scott, he gave the last big speech of the night, per CNN. He mentioned George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and cited Biden’s history as a senator to claim he would not defend minority communities. “Joe Biden said if a Black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly Black. Joe Biden said Black people are a monolithic community. Joe Biden said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids. And while his words are one thing, his actions take it to a whole new level.” Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones said, per the AP, that he is a “lifelong Democrat” who is for Trump. “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave the mental plantation they’ve had us on for decades,” he said.
  • Strong words from Haley: Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, said, per Politico: “My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. It’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”
  • Health care workers speak up for Trump: A nurse and a surgeon both touted Trump’s coronavirus response. “Let me be clear, as a health care professional, I can tell you without hesitation Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19,” nurse Amy Johnson Ford said. Trump was also seen during the night thanking front-line workers including healthcare professionals, truck drivers, and small business owners.
  • Parent of Parkland victim blames the left: Andrew Pollack, whose teen daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, said, “Gun control laws didn’t fail my daughter, people did. Far-left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible.” He said of Trump, “I truly believe the safety of our kids depends on whether this man is re-elected.”
  • St. Louis couple speaks out: Among Mark McCloskey’s comments: “Not a single person in the out-of-control mob that you saw at our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were. They actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home.”
  • Biden’s camp responds: “If you tuned into the Republican convention tonight looking for some indication from President Trump that he has a strategy to contain the coronavirus, you’re still waiting,” said Biden’s deputy campaign manager, per Fox News. “What you heard tonight was a parade of dark and divisive fear-mongering designed to distract from the fact that Donald Trump does not have an affirmative case to make to the American people about why he should be re-elected.”

MS-13?  When was the last tine you heard that term?  My guess is around 2016.

What was that Guilfoyle woman shouting about?  Oh Yeah….most Trump’s supporters are over 65…does she think they are all deaf?

Do speakers get paid?  If not then why would some of them actually show up?

So far I have not been disappointed in what I thought would be part of this convention…..FEAR rule the night.

All this from a party that did not think the party needed a platform of policies to run on….other than to kiss Trump’s ass.

There you have the first night of the GOP Convention…..night two may even more ridiculous.

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Closing Thought–24Jul20

Today is my late Mom’s birthday……she would have been 99.

I was waiting for the GOP Convention to begin in August….I have this whole post about the riot in 1960….in case it is something that you know little about…..https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20100822/NEWS/801246165

But my attempt to educate will come to naught…..it appears that Trump as head of the GOP has called off the convention…..

“The timing for the event is not right,” President Trump said Thursday. “To have a big convention is not the right time.” So Republicans will not be gathering in Jacksonville next month for their national convention. Trump made the announcement during his coronavirus briefing at the White House, saying he wants to protect his supporters from the coronavirus and the protesters, the Washington Post reports. Florida reported 173 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, a record for a single day. Trump said that aides told him the convention could be held safely but that he told them the timing is “just not right with what’s happened recently.” Thousands of people, he said, “desperately” want to attend the event in Jacksonville. “The pageantry, the signs, the excitement were really, really top of the line,” Trump said. Around 10,000 people were expected, far fewer than would normally attend the party’s convention, per the AP.

The convention originally was planned for Charlotte, and Trump said the formal selection of the party’s presidential nominee will still take place there. Trump had pulled the main event from North Carolina after disagreeing with the governor about pandemic restrictions. Trump said he’ll still deliver an acceptance speech in some form. Fundraising for the Florida event also has lagged, per the New York Times. Instead, more than 2,000 delegates will vote by proxy, and 336 delegates will be invited to take part in person in Charlotte. A Republican lawyer in Jacksonville was glad to hear of the cancellation, saying the party hadn’t done any planning. “They were having trouble getting people to come here,” he said. “No one in their right mind would come here. This thing was a nightmare for our community.”

I am hoping that Trump has learned the error of not taking the pandemic seriously.

But wait!

Vote by proxy?

Is that not the same thing as mail in voting?

I thought that was riddled with fraud.

Maybe that is only for the general election when he will lose.

Just a thought.

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“F*cking Bitch”!

They say the the people in Congress are civil to each other even when they disagree….with such politeness as “gentlemen” and “gentle ladies”….when referring to each other……and then you have the MORONS like the Yahoo from Florida…..

Tensions flared on Capitol Hill this week when a Republican lawmaker challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on issues of crime and policing in an unusual — and decidedly personal — confrontation on the Capitol steps.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was coming down the steps on the east side of the Capitol on Monday, having just voted, when he approached Ocasio-Cortez, who was ascending into the building to cast a vote of her own.

In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho told her.

Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being “rude.”

The two then parted ways. Ocasio-Cortez headed into the building, while Yoho, joined by Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), began descending toward the House office buildings. A few steps down, Yoho offered a parting thought to no one in particular.

“Fucking bitch,” he said.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/508259-ocaasio-cortez-accosted-by-gop-lawmaker-over-remarks-that-kind-of

These people demand respect from others yet they allow a bonehead like Yoho to exist as a Congressman…..seems okay since it is Florida we are talking about.

These are the times we live in……no civility (evident here as well as the House)…..

We need to rid ourselves of toads and slugs in the government…..in other words…..

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Is The GOP Collapsing?

Good question.

After 3 and half years of the Trump presidency the collapse which was a long time in the making has sped up to a feverish pace.

I have tried to keep track of the demise……

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

https://lobotero.com/2020/06/29/what-is-happening-to-the-gop/

I have written many times that the GOP of my grandfather’s day (that would be the 1956 party) was a good and responsible party and then Reagan appeared and it has been in decline ever since…..

A political scientist at the beginning of the Trump residency stated that his, Trump’s, racism will help bring a demise of a once proud party.

Citing the work of a University of a Washington political scientist, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank said Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric has accelerated the decline of the Republican party in a country that is seeing major demographic changes and because white voters are increasingly turned off by it.

As Milbank wrote, four years ago Christopher Parker, who is Black, predicted a Trump candidacy would “do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”

Writing in the American Prospect, Parker explained, “Trump’s clear bigotry makes it impossible for whites to deny the existence of racism in America. . . . His success clashes with many white Americans’ vision of the United States as a fair and just place.”

With the rise of the Balck Lives Matter movement at a time when Trump’s political fortunes are collapsing Milbank suggested that a perfect storm in voting patterns is occurring faster than expected.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/07/trumps-presidency-has-accelerated-the-predicted-collapse-of-the-republican-party-columnist/

Has anyone noticed the the issue of racism is being slowly replaced by the call to protect history, even the history of slavery and racism…..

To answer my own question….I say yes it is….and the Old Guard is losing its hold on the party….eventually it will collapse without some major tweaking to keep it relevant in today’s political climate.

The Big Tent mentality has collapsed……it all began with Reagan then fueled by Newt and his soapbox then the Tea Party and finally the presidency of Trump….the party is NO longer the party of Lincoln.

Anyone have a comment or anything to add to this conversation…..please do so….I would like to hear from my readers.

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What Is Happening To The GOP?

This GOP is not the party that my grandfather supporter back in the 50s…..since the mid 60s it has been moving further and further away from the policies it supported back in the day.

But has Trump done anything to make the GOP a stronger party?

I say no….the reason is just watch the party nowadays….they do not seem to jump to defend the president…..only a few sycophants.

Politico reporter Jake Sherman explained in a PBS “Washington Week” discussion that it has become clear Republicans aren’t defending Trump anymore.

“Republicans have just basically decided, as we put it in Playbook, almost to just pat him on the head – Pres. Trump that is – and move on with their day. They’re no longer really twisting themselves in pretzels to defend him,” Sherman said Sunday.

Instead, they’re replying to reporters asking questions with, “we didn’t really see that” or claiming they need more information. While they still haven’t moved to be brave enough to criticize Trump, refusing to defend him is a huge step for Republicans who protected the president from a legitimate impeachment investigation.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/republicans-have-decided-they-arent-twisting-themselves-in-pretzels-to-defend-trump-anymore-report/

First I would not get too excited at this lack of defense….some of those are facing stiff elections and will do what they can to look as if they are showing some spine….they will slip back if they win.

Second there is another worrying situation within the GOP….those ultra far right candidates….

Openly fascistic candidates are gaining ground within the Republican Party, which is moving ever further to the right even as the working class and large sections of the middle class move to the left, as expressed in the demonstrations against the police murder of George Floyd.

In Georgia’s Republican primary election June 9, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy campaign was the leading candidate for the party’s nomination in the 14th Congressional District, a seat held by Republican Tom Graves, who stepped down after five terms in office. The district, which comprises the northwest corner of Georgia, along the Alabama and Tennessee borders, is considered a safe Republican seat.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, co-owner of a local construction company, won 41 percent of the vote, more than double the vote of her closest competitor, John Cowan, a neurosurgeon and businessman. Greene is heavily favored to win the August 11 runoff election.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/15/repu-j15.html

Like I said…..worrying situation for a once proud party that is sinking into the muck and mire of far right politics.

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Date For Acceptance

Since Trump has tuck tail and ran from North Carolina for the GOP convention…..a city has won the sweepstakes to be the place for his, Trump, acceptance speech and the place for more virus….Jacksonville, Florida…..

Jacksonville, Florida, has been selected to host the celebration marking President Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination for reelection, the Republican National Committee chairwoman said Thursday. Ronna McDaniel made the announcement a day after saying that Jacksonville was a front-runner to hold the event. The governor of North Carolina, the official host of this summer’s Republican National Convention, had balked at promising Trump a full-blown convention in Charlotte free from social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville,” McDaniel said, per the AP. “Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020. We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boon to the Sunshine State in just a few short months.”

McDaniel said the event would be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, which holds 15,000 people. She said more details would be released in the coming weeks. The party’s more mundane business, including discussions over the platform, will still be held in Charlotte because of contractual obligations. The RNC had spent the last week scouting locations after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper rejected Trump’s demand that the convention be allowed to take place Aug. 24-27 without social distancing measures. “Florida is honored to host this special event where we will celebrate the re-nomination of President Donald J. Trump,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “Jacksonville is a great city that will showcase Florida’s energy, facilities, entrepreneurship and commitment to bring together the delegates of the Republican Party at a historic time in our nation’s history.”

Trump’s speech should be on 27August and yet that date in Jacksonville is nothing to be proud of…..violence in 1960…….ever heard of “Axe Handle Saturday”?

On a sweltering summer day 50 years ago, the street outside was shattered with screams and spattered with blood.

Black youth, attempting to sit down at a whites-only lunch counter for hamburgers and egg salad sandwiches, were accosted by an angry mob wielding ax handles.

And suddenly, all of downtown became a melee, leaving dozens of bystanders wounded – and giving Jacksonville a national reputation for violence.

Aug. 27, 1960, now known as Ax Handle Saturday, became a turning point in the city’s race relations. Half a century later, some are hoping it again will be a rallying cry.

https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20100822/NEWS/801246165

(More on this historic event on the day…stay tuned)

The lack of empathy by Trump and the governor is illustrates and strengthen the narrative that the GOP is a racist group that holds NO care for the black population.

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