The Death Of Political Courage

I would like to report that my area dodged a bullet….the storm that was headed our way actually came ashore 30 miles East of me…..so we were on the West side so a little rain and wind and no damage…..I survived to write another day.

In the days of Trump and the GOP I see NO political courage….I see No one standing up to the leadership of the GOP with the exception of those cowards that refuse to run again and have tried to become the soul of the GOP….in that they FAILED!

Just last week John McCain died.

There are more issues with McCain that I disagreed with than agreed….but I will say that he did have the political courage to take on his party on some issues……

Senator John McCain sought to stop the Bush administration’s attempt to weaken the protections offered by Geneva Conventions. The provision at issue was obscure, the matter legally complicated, and the White House was ready to fight. But McCain was determined.

At the time, I served as the senator’s foreign policy adviser. Talking in his office, we went over the issue one more time. It’s important, I said, but few understand it. You may well lose if you choose to fight this. Even if you win, you’ll get no credit for the victory, and the matter will soon be forgotten. But, I added, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“They are threatening to weaken the Geneva Conventions,” McCain responded. “I can’t let them do that. I’ll fight them to the end—even if it costs me everything.”

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2018/08/death-political-courage/150820/

A sad day…..for with the death of John McCain came with the death of political courage.

Think about it…who do you see as having the courage to step up and buck the president other than the Dems….no Repub has a spine to do that these days…..

A nice tribute was written by H.R. McMasters to McCain…..

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-08-29/john-mccain-and-meaning-courage

He, McCain, will be sorely missed in a town of soulless drones he was an individual….and in a Building filled with spineless cowards he was a bright light that is gone forever.

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Birds Of A Feather?

The “Flock” is getting larger.

It is interesting to see all the legal allegations swirling around the GOP and its leaders….(I need to say here that the situations that I post here are just allegations and not a done deal)…..

Of course the most loud news is around the Dear Leader and his knowledge of what Russia has done and if he was part of the attacks….then there is Our Dear Leader’s children and what they knew about any tampering that may have occurred….and the people that were part of the campaign that are in legal jeopardy as I type….

Now let’s go to the Trump administration….the cabinet…..corruption runs deep from Zinke to Ross to Pruitt…all of whom were part of the GOP legislative institution…..that are now under investigation for their misuse of taxpayer funds on purely personal things.

What about the House of Representatives today…..well there is the sexual abuse allegations that Rep. Jim Jordan is said to have been aware of but failed to act……many wrestlers from the Ohio State team have come forward and Jordan was an assistant coach at the time……(more info from a post I wrote)…….

https://lobotero.com/2018/07/10/closing-thought-10jul18/

Then just yesterday another member of the House of Representatives was arrested for insider trading……

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., has been arrested on insider trading charges lodged by the Justice Department, law enforcement officials said Wednesday morning.

An indictment obtained from a federal grand jury also charges Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky.

The indictment relates to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member.

In June 2017, Collins passed nonpublic information about Innate’s drug trial results to his son in order to help him “make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment alleges.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/08/gop-congressman-chris-collins-to-be-indicted-on-insider-trading-charge.html

This GOP is a greedy, corrupt lot……my personal opinion.  Most no longer have any integrity that they can mortgage….

Let me say here that these are allegations against some politicos….no one has been convicted……and in this country contrary to what most Righties feel….everyone is innocent until proven otherwise……(that unless you may be Liberal then all allegations are spot on)

So I Have Written!

Turn The Page!

Closing Thought–23Jul18

They say humor is where you find it……and last week the GOP showed just what they will say in pursuit of voters……

I always knew that GOP is loaded with mental midgets…..I have been saying that for a long time and recent a couple of GOPers proved it yet again…..

Sacha Baron Cohen, the controversial comedian behind the movies Borat and Bruno, has tricked multiple GOP congressmen into supporting a fake initiative to arm toddlers with guns as a part of his upcoming show Who Is America?

As part of the show, Baron Cohen goes undercover as an Israeli agent who pitches the idea of arming toddlers to combat school shootings in the United States, according to The Daily Beast. The fake program, which Baron Cohen calls Kinderguardians, won the support of Republican House of Representative members Joe Wilson and Dana Rohrabacher.

https://www.newsweek.com/gop-congressmen-support-arming-toddlers-new-sacha-baron-cohen-show-report-1024760

Come on that is damn funny and you know it.

These political types seem to always get pranked by comedians…..I say call these fools out in public as often as they screw up…..maybe eventually the public will see these imbeciles for the fools they are…..but then I may be asking for too much.

But do not take my word for it….watch the vid…let’s go to the tape……

https://thinkprogress.org/sacha-baron-cohen-who-is-america-dana-rohrabacher-joe-wilson-trent-lott-joe-walsh-d5a1e484f8e2/

Would you just know that one of my Senators got caught up in this….Trent Lott…..I always knew he was not that sharp…..

Have a good evening…be well, be safe  chuq

I Knew It All Along

74 years ago today the allies attacked what had been called “Fortress Europe” that began the death of Nazi Germany……we should never stop thanking the “greatest Generation”….

I have been analyzing politics for many years (yep I am an old fart) and all that time I have said that modern day Repubs are not conservative….but rather something else all together…

For instance they, GOP, espouses their acceptance of a small government and yet do nothing to make it so when in position to do so…..take this expansion of the military under Trump….he has undercut some of the institutions in Washington but I am nor sure that it was planned that way.

Morality…..the GOP has claimed to speak for the so-called “moral majority” and yet have turned a blind eye to many “moral” transgressions if it meant that they could win an election.  Most recently their claim to the moral high ground has evaporated…..

Champion of a free trade world…..and as Trump turns that concept on its ear the GOP is silent on the very idea of free trade….as long as they stand silent they can NO longer claim the mantle of a free trade party.

The GOP has been slowly but slowly putting the fix in on our elections……the GOP has been using our Constitution’s flaws to rig the elections……

Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since the early 1990s, when Republicans began waging a relentless, brutal, and completely one-sided war, systematically using their lawmaking power to disadvantage their adversaries in elections and political mobilization.

Gerrymandering, the Citizens United atrocity that declared money is speech, blocking US supreme court nominations and obstructing legislation are some of the Republican party’s tactics. Depraved, racist voter ID laws that obviously target people who are likely to vote Democratic, and the cruel way that many states prevent current or former felons from voting, are others.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/31/republicans-rigged-democracy-democrats-fight-back

I have been saying that there is nothing conservative about the GOP…..they played a Repub on TV with their outrage at government spending most of which they authorized.  Their idea of small government is NO social safety net……no medicare and god forbid that damn social security.

I would like to offer my thanks to Trump for without him they would still be trying to pass off as a conservative political party……

So if it barks like a dog, walks like a dog then it cannot be a duck.

Conservatism–Long Lost Theory

For years I fought against anything conservative….I thought that their policies were harming a large portion of the society…..but starting in 2010 I became afraid of what conservatives had become….a political tribe that had no real policies that benefited society and the conservs of old were not so bad after all……

It is no secret that I am not a fan of our current president…..I find is approach to politics as uncouth as it can get…..

Analysts of all stripes have been peering through the political dust of 2017 to figure out what the hell happened. The academic monographs and bombshell memoirs stand side by side on the already groaning bookshelf devoted to explaining the Trump phenomenon. In all likelihood it will take decades to get a proper perspective on the year in American history that has irrevocably transformed the political landscape.

That transformation is deep-seated. It has not only created a schism separating competing ideas; it has pried apart the very conceptual frameworks that shapes those ideas, a gestalt change that signals we have reached a turning point in history. What we are witnessing is a watershed shift in philosophical first principles. The first irony to be observed is that this sweeping philosophical transformation was occasioned by perhaps the least philosophically minded president in United States history.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/heres-trump-ushered-new-form-juvenile-angry-unsophisticated-punk-conservativism/

Before, years gone by, there was an intellectual component to conservatism….a component that had substantive debates with the Left….but those days are gone….now it is boiled down to slogans and insults…..the conservatism of old is dead….

Had conservatism a Cassandra, she might, amidst the current mood of triumph, point out that whereas 50 years ago the American Right boasted several political theorists destined to exert a lasting influence, today it has not one to its credit. In the 1950s and ’60s, James Burnham, Richard Weaver, Leo Strauss, Harry Jaffa, Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, and Willmoore Kendall (among others) were all at the apex of their powers. No figure of similar stature remains.

To be sure, this does not mean that conservatism has gone into intellectual decline. We may, on the contrary, be living through the high summer of conservative ideas in America. If in 1950 all the right-wing intellectuals in America could fit into a single living room, today they could fill Madison Square Garden; if in 1950 one could read their combined monthly output in a single sitting, today one could not possibly keep abreast of the voluminous popular and scholarly literature that they produce. From journalism, politics, and law to religion, economics, and international relations, self-identified right-wingers abound.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/defining-conservatism-down/

I long for the days of the intellectual conservative and I think conservatives are also longing for those days gone by.

Michael Steele Gets My Vote

Most of my life I have been a hardcore radical and according to some these days then that makes me a detested Liberal….but even in my most radical times I always had time for and would debate a conservative for there were some stands that I could understand and in a different day would have embraced their beliefs.

I find the conservs these days to actually have a good strong leg to stand on when addressing the public but they cannot fight the Twitter machine…..I find their stands conserv stands and do not confuse them with the policies of Trump they are not the same…..no matter how much Trump would like to claim the conserv mantle he falls short.

This recent CPAC, the big meeting of Trumpians made a big mistake in my opinion when one of the panel members attacked former RNC chairman, Michael Steele……

Yes, that’s the spokesman for the premier conservative confab of the year lamenting that his party once hired a black man as RNC chair. Walters apologized to Steele afterward, and Steele told MSNBC on Saturday he declined to accept it. Steele later called the comments “painfully stupid.”  Can you blame him?

CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters raised eyebrows at this year’s conference after telling an audience Friday evening that former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele only got the job because he was “black.”

“We elected Mike Steele to be the RNC chair because he’s a black guy; that was the wrong thing to do,” Walters said at the event’s exclusive Ronald Reagan dinner. Many dinner attendees greeted the comments with gasps.

Steele did more to expand the GOP during his tenure than any former chairman before him…..his legislative successes were unprecedented…so to dismiss his accomplishments by saying it was because he was a black guy is just wrong and just a bit racist.

Trump is overseeing the death of a vibrant and successful GOP….the party’s roots are drying up and rotting off….

Closing Thought–13Feb18

Last week the big story in the news was the Nunes  (Nunes is political speak for lapdog) Memo…….lots of blogs were dedicated to the memo and its effect on the country.  And guess what….they re still beating that dead horse…..

My problem is after reading many, not all, blog posts on the memo illustrates that there were lots of opinions but few that actually read the memo.

To avoid any confusion I will post the memo in its entirety for people to read and please do so….I mean it is not that much a page and a half or so……

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/02/politics/fbi-nunes-memo-full/index.html

The to/from line should tell you everything you need to know about this piece of toilet paper…..to wit:

January 18, 2018
To: HPSCI Majority Members
From: HPSCI Majority Staff
Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

There is nothing official about this memo….it is written by staffers for staffers.  It is NOT a official memo from the FBI.

But do not take my word for it…….read it and you tell me just what the big deal is……

Day is done…..I must have my one beer, Boston Lager, and relax for tomorrow’s post…..be well, be safe…..chuq