Was It A “Come To Jesus” Moment?

Opening thought–the title alone should generate some interest and most likely some negative comments.

Let the healing begin!

First it would be delusional to even consider that this situation can be “healed”.

Interesting that the Congressional Republicans are starting to call for a come together…a healing process….of our country.

And yet none seems to want to admit their complacency in the events in and around 06 January…..

Republicans have spent the past two months lying about the election being stolen from President Donald Trump and refusing to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden as the race’s winner.

But after thousands of Trump followers took what they were saying seriously and rioted last Wednesday at the Capitol, leaving five people dead — and as Trump faces impeachment for his role in inciting that riot — those same Republicans are trying to turn the page without any accountability for the role they played in poisoning the minds of their supporters.

“It’s not healthy for the nation,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said Sunday on Fox News of Trump’s possible impeachment. “I’m very concerned about where we’re at. I’m hoping we can come back together.”

https://www.vox.com/2021/1/11/22224872/trump-republican-election-lies-jim-jordan-ted-cruz

Seriously?  After months, nay years of lying to the people and enabling a crazed president to flaunt our Constitution they now want us to forget their crap.

The people with the Bulwark have an excellent idea how the Repubs can help with the healing….

So let us take them at their word. Let us provide them, and their colleagues, the opportunity to becalm the troubled waters.

Here’s how I imagine it might go:

At a joint press conference, a dozen or more of the most prominent figures in the “Stop the Steal” movement gather. There’s Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steve Scalise, Newt Gingrich, and a claque of Fox News primetime anchors. (Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are at a separate table, because no one will agree to sit with them.)

Yes, by All Means, Let the Healing Begin

I like some of their ideas but for me it does not go far enough.

I want these so-called people to suffer the way they made the country suffer.

I want them censured, a loss of ALL benefits then removed for office and banned from ever holding an office ever again.

This would apply mostly to all but the ones that need to be targeted are people like Josh Hawley the face of American fascism….

“No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday’s [January 6th] coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway.”

Sen. Josh Hawley: The Face of New American Fascism?

This stupidity needs to stop.

But if you think for a minute that this country will heal then you are deluding yourself…..the leaders are still in Congress and still on the air…..little will change in the next four years…..and then we will fight this fight again.

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Run The Country Like a Business

How many times in your lifetime have you heard that a business has the skill set to be a good and effective president?

For decades the GOP has been running businessmen as presidential candidates with the slogan that a successful businessman would be best for the country.

First let me say….It Is Bullshit!

I think the last GOP president that was a businessman proved just how much crap that promise is.

A business needs to turn a profit to remain alive…..the government cannot turn a profit when the very people that should know better spend their energy stopping the flow of revenue.

A lot of Americans think the country should be run like a business.

This is a problem on a few levels. Most obviously, a country isn’t a company. Businesses exist to turn a profit; countries do not, and competence in business rarely translates to competence in politics.

Treating the country like a business also encourages Americans to think of themselves as customers rather than citizens. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner spoke directly to this idea in a 2017 interview: “We should have excellence in government … The government should be run like a great company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers.”

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22150375/america-consumerism-shopping-ethan-porter-the-consumer-citizen

How long must we suffer the BS of the GOP…..apparently for an eternity….for the GOP continues to lie and scrape out a position in a country that needs more from the government than Repubs are willing to work for…..

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As The Worm Turns

After the Trumpian bullshit of 06 January….after 4 years of carry the water for Trump Republicans are starting to turn on Trump and his seditious acts and words….

Let me preface this post with a new YouGov poll….

The survey released by YouGov on Thursday morning found that 45 percent of Republican voters backed the attack on the Capitol building, while 43 percent said they “strongly or somewhat” opposed the protesters’ behavior.

Six percent of Republicans were unsure while a further 6 percent said they were unaware of the events.

Does that not worry you for the future of the republic?

Looks like the excuses and blame is starting to form….

As pro-Trump rioters broke windows and flooded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many Republicans called for an end to the violence and urged President Trump to condemn the mob’s actions.

Why it matters: Some Republicans came right out and blamed the president. Others withdrew their plan to object to the certification of President-elect Biden’s election win, including the outgoing Sen. Kelly Loeffler (Ga.), a close Trump ally, who said she “cannot now in good conscience object” after the riot.

https://www.axios.com/mob-violence-trump-republicans-condemn-d508f105-aa77-435f-bd81-f4e74b011694.html

Really?

You speak up now?

They are a the ships deserting the sinking RAT.

The circular firing squad and the finger pointing did not take long for the spineless to start….

Lots of people are laying blame for Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol on President Trump. But the Kansas City Star editorial board points to another Republican: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. The 41-year-old senator elected in 2018 “deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that’s been shed,” the board writes. Indeed, “no one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible.” More:

  • Hawley was the first senator to say he would challenge the 2020 election results. “That action, motivated by ambition, set off much that followed—the rush of his fellow presidential aspirant Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other members of the Sedition Caucus to put a show of loyalty to the president above all else,” the board writes. “This revolt is the result, and if you didn’t know this is where we’ve been headed from the start, it’s because you didn’t want to know.”
  • Apart from Hawley, Cruz was the “most ardent” Senate advocate for blocking certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, per the Dallas Morning News. After Cruz condemned Wednesday’s violence, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke noted “it is your self-serving attempt at sedition that has helped to inspire these terrorists and their attempted coup.”
  • Julián Castro, housing secretary under former President Obama, said Cruz “has embarrassed Texas and the entire nation” and “would watch democracy burn if he got to rule the ashes,” just like the president. He was joined by his brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, in calling on Cruz to resign.
  • Many onlookers have accused Trump of inciting the coup, including Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Bob Corker, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and Trump’s first defense secretary James Mattis. In a statement, per CNBC, Mattis said the “violent assault … was fomented by Mr. Trump,” who sought to “destroy trust in our election and to poison our respect for fellow citizens.” He “will deservedly be left a man without a country,” he added.
  • The New York Times editorial board says Trump must face “impeachment proceedings or criminal prosecution” for his role. “He summoned his supporters to gather in Washington on this day, and encouraged them to march on the Capitol. He told them that the election was being stolen. He told them to fight. He told them he might join them and, even as they stormed the building, he declined for long hours to tell them to stop,” the board writes.
  • It also faults the GOP. “The modern Republican Party, in its systematic efforts to suppress voting, and its refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of elections that it loses, is similarly seeking to maintain its political power on the basis of disenfranchisement. Wednesday’s insurrection is evidence of an alarming willingness to pursue that goal with violence.”
  • Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star editorial board puts some onus on supporters of Trump. “Those of you who have excused all of the brazen lawlessness of this administration can take a little bit of credit for these events, too,” it writes. “They couldn’t have done it without you.”

All these mindless sycophants are showing their true colors in my mind.

Trump politicos are fleeing a sinking RAT…..

A distressing scene for many Americans watching from home, the uprising at the Capitol followed two months of provocation from Trump — subversive rhetoric about America’s election, threats against GOP figures who didn’t agree, broadsides against his own vice president. And it followed four years of rabble-rousing by a president intent on keeping a grip on the GOP, resulting in a climactic moment on Wednesday that could come to define Trump’s political future and the direction of the Republican party after he leaves office.

“He screwed his supporters, he screwed the country and now he’s screwed himself,” said a 2016 Trump campaign official, predicting his former boss would cease to remain a popular figure in GOP politics after Wednesday.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/06/trump-loyalty-capitol-attack-455667

Cowards trying to distance themselves from Trump and save their political asses…..spineless toads that assisted Trump and his attack on the American republic now find their voice.

To that I say “F you….too little too damn late”!

Will there be a drastic realization happening?

What happens to a nation incapable of healing itself?

I ask as an American citizen concerned about our damaged democracy but also as someone with roots in Chile, which after many years of dictatorship suffered the harmful consequences of failing to fully complete its democratic transition.

It is just such a major transition that the United States needs today.

Most of my fellow Americans may find this idea puzzling, even insulting. Our country has no restrictions of freedom of speech or assembly. It just carried out an election that the sitting President lost decisively, despite his and his supporters’ many desperate efforts to overturn the result. It seems clear that by Wednesday, when Congress meets to officially acknowledge Donald Trump’s defeat, we should no longer be worried about the transfer of power, the successful transition, in effect, between administrations.

It is true that Trump continues to deny his loss and to recklessly try to undermine his successor, President-elect Joe Biden. He may yet inflict more havoc and pain on our country and the world before he is gone, but at least this specific nightmare will end on January 20, when Biden is sworn in as the 46th President.

America Can’t Hide From This Drastic Reckoning

Will these cowards for the last 4 years find the Constitution again?

I say screw them….they made their bed with Trump now time for them to pay the piper from their sedition.

There should be NO place for them in the Congress of the United States…..EVER!

But they will find a home in the GOP and be welcomed back as wayward sons/daughters….

There needs to be some form of punishment for their deceit and actions.

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06Jan21–What To Expect

The Georgia election and the the theater of the absurd in the Congress…..

Today is the big day….the day when idiots will try to shanghai the Constitution and attempt to not certify the Biden win of the presidency.

But what can we expect from the Congress/

By now, everyone knows the drill: Congress meets Wednesday to formally certify the electoral college results, with VP Mike Pence scheduled to preside. This is normally routine stuff, with the joint session lasting all of 23 minutes in 2013 and 41 minutes in 2017, notes CBS News. But the 2021 version is expected to last all day and possibly into the wee hours of Thursday morning because of Republican objections on behalf of President Trump. Coverage:

  • The schedule: Congress convenes at 1pm Eastern, and Republicans are expected to challenge the results in six states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), per NBC News. Each objection can be debated up to two hours, meaning it’s possible the session will go longer than 12 hours.
  • The process: States are called one by one, alphabetically. If things follow the normal procedure, a clerk will hand Pence an envelope with the state’s electoral vote count, and he will read it aloud, explains the Washington Post. Congress then votes on whether to accept the results.
  • Objections: For the six states in question, one member from the House and one from the Senate must raise an objection for a challenge to proceed. At that point, the chambers break off to separately debate it. Then each chamber votes on whether to sustain the objection, with a simple majority prevailing, per NPR. It’s possible an objection might clear the Senate, though it’s all but impossible in the Democratic-controlled House. Because an objection must clear both chambers to succeed, the effort is widely seen as a futile one for Trump’s allies.
  • So far: As of Tuesday, we know this of the GOP senators: Ted Cruz will object to Arizona’s results, Josh Hawley to Pennsylvania’s, and Kelly Loeffler to Georgia’s, reports the Post.
  • Pence’s role: President Trump and his allies think otherwise, but an explainer at New York concludes that Pence doesn’t have the power to override results in favor of the president. “According to law and precedent, Pence is confined to the merely administrative chore of opening the certifications state elected officials have sent to Congress, arranging for their tabulation and then noting any challenges to a given state’s announced electors from members of Congress.”

There you have what to expect today…….more on this Day of Infamy next post.

Let the circus begin!

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Carte Blanche Spending

Ever notice that the GOP is only concerned about spending when the Dems are in the White House?

Since Trump took office in 2017 the GOP in Congress has given him carte blanche on spending with seldom a challenge.

Ever since he took office I have been saying that the GOP would back to the days of their biggest stupidity….deficit hawks.

I have written about this idiocracy in the past……https://lobotero.com/2010/06/24/cut-spending-now/

In January 2021 the new president will take office and the gutless GOP will once again start their constant whining about federal spending……

Republicans are preparing to re-embrace their inner deficit hawk after greenlighting big spending bills under President Trump

GOP senators say they expect to refocus on curbing the nation’s debt and reforming entitlement programs starting in 2021, as the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the debt has surpassed the size of the American economy. 

“I think that’s kind of getting back to our DNA. …I think spending, entitlement reform, growth and the economy are all things that we’re going to have to be focused on next year and, yeah, I would expect you’ll hear a lot more about that,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican.

he shift could pose a significant headache for a new Biden administration that will need GOP support in the Senate to move its agenda. It is also likely to complicate efforts on a debt-ceiling deal.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is poised to become the chairman of the Budget Committee if Republicans keep the Senate. He said he wants to create a new commission to propose ways to reduce the deficit and address the country’s debt.

“I think we’ve got to understand that we’re going to be raising the debt ceiling in perpetuity if we don’t find a way to bend the curve,” Graham said.

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/527197-republicans-ready-to-become-deficit-hawks-again-under-a-president-biden

Of course they will return to their stupidity.

It is all they have is opposition…..for they have NO plan to move this country forward.

I told you to watch for this…..and here it is……

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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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The Issues That Divide

Tomorrow is the big day…will it be Trump or will it be Biden?

There are those issues that divide our people….but in reality those issues are not all that ….

Here is a look at some of the more pressing issues and the so-called “divide”…..the site fivethirtyeight.com takes a look at the divisions….

  • A public health insurance option: 45 percent of Republicans supported a government-operated health insurance plan that all Americans could enroll in, while 47 percent opposed this idea, according to the New York Times/Siena poll. This was also a popular idea overall — 67 percent of Americans, including 87 percent of Democrats, supported a public option.
  • State and local government policies to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as requirements to wear masks: 56 percent of Republicans said state and local governments are taking “reasonable steps to protect people,” while 43 percent said those moves are “unreasonable attempts to control people,” per PRRI. These policies were broadly popular — 76 percent of Americans, including 94 percent of Democrats, said state and local governments were taking reasonable steps.
  • A mini-Green New Deal: 46 percent of Republicans opposed a “$2 trillion plan to increase the use of renewable energy and build energy-efficient infrastructure,” and 45 percent of Republicans supported it, according to the New York Times/Siena survey. The question referred neither to Biden nor to the “Green New Deal.” (The former vice president has a $2 trillion proposal that focuses on both improving America’s infrastructure and reducing the nation’s use of fossil fuels. It’s basically a shrunken-down version of the Green New Deal.) It’s quite possible that support for this proposal would be much lower among Republicans if the question cast it as, say, “Joe Biden’s version of the Green New Deal.” But it’s interesting that the concept of a more modest Green New Deal is not that unpopular with Republicans. Sixty-six percent of Americans, including 89 percent of Democrats, supported this idea.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine: 54 percent of Republicans said they would “probably” or “definitely” get a vaccine for COVID-19 if it were approved by the FDA, and 40 percent said they “probably” or “definitely” would not get it, per the New York Times/Siena survey. Sixty-one percent of Americans, including 69 percent of Democrats, said they would “probably” or “definitely” get the vaccine.
  • The levels of discrimination Black and Hispanic Americans face: About half of Republicans (52 percent) said that Black Americans face “a lot” of discrimation, and about half (47 percent) said that they don’t, per PRRI. Forty-five percent of Republicans agreed that Hispanic Americans face a lot of discrimation, compared to 53 percent who disagreed. Most Americans overall (75 percent) and Democrats (92 percent) said that Black Americans face a lot of discrimination. The numbers were similar but slightly lower for discrimination against Hispanic Americans: 69 percent of Americans and 86 percent of Democrats said that they face a lot of discrimination.
  • Immigration policy: Republicans are about equally split on allowing the separation of families at the border (45 percent supported, 53 percent opposed), protecting people who were brought to the U.S. as children but are not citizens from deportation (45 percent supported, 54 percent opposed) and creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (48 percent supported such a pathway, 38 percent said they should be deported, and 14 percent said they should be allowed to become legal residents but not become citizens). A clear majority of Americans overall opposed separating families at the border (76 percent) and supported a pathway to citizenship (64 percent), as well as granting legal resident status to immigrants who would benefit from either the DREAM Act or DACA, commonly referred to as “Dreamers” (66 percent).
  • A universal basic income: 52 percent of Republicans supported guaranteeing all Americans a minimum income, compared to 48 percent who opposed such an idea, per PRRI. Seventy percent of Americans overall, including 88 percent of Democrats, supported a UBI.

Take a closer look….there is more room for compromise than you are lead to believe by the MSM…..

The next question is…..if the two political philosophies are that close together then why is the stupid allowed to continue?

Time for the parties that depend on donors cash and not the people to find their inner decency and start working for the people that they pretend to care about…..if they cannot do that then it is time to send them into retirement…..permanently!

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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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