Will This Impeachment Thing Be Fair?

If you listen to Trump and his toadies in the GOP then it will not be fair, If yoiu listen to the lap dogs of Trump, Jordan, Gaetz, Meadows, then this whle process has not been fair or transparent….but that is a lie….the so-called secret hearings that these slugs ran to a camera to bitch about were lying….there were 40+ GOPers on the committees that had access to the people and the testimony and yet to listen to the idiots with the mouths we had a flawed process.

And there is their attack…they are attacking the process and NOT one word about the evidence…..that to me is pretty telling.

If the impeachment process is to be fair and transparent then it needs to hold to four principles for the Senate’s trial…..

  • Trial procedures should be established before the trial commences. A trial can only be fair if the rules are agreed to in advance. For that reason, any supplemental rules or modifications to the existing rules should be agreed to before the trial commences.
  • The Senate should hear the full case before voting on the President’s removal. The Senate must allow members of the House to present the case for the President’s removal and the President should be afforded an opportunity to respond. Both should occur before a vote to dispose of or approve an article of impeachment.
  • The trial should be open to the public. An impeachment trial of a president is a matter of exceptional importance to the American people. They should be able to understand the case for the President’s removal and the President’s defense. The doors to the Senate chamber should be open and the American people permitted to witness the proceedings to the extent possible. Transparency should only be sacrificed to advance compelling interests such as the sanctity of Senate deliberations, the need to protect legitimately classified information, or the recognition of a whistleblower’s right to anonymity.
  • Each Senator should take seriously his or her oath to “do impartial justice” and to “support and defend the Constitution.” The question is not whether to support the President. The question is whether the President has committed treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors within the meaning of the
    Constitution.

Read CREW and Public Citizen’s full report here:

 

I have been reading the transcripts and so far those GOPers that have been the loudest and lying…..the evidence is mounting and the denials are looking more and more cowardly….

Like I stated earlier…..All the protests and criticism is about the process and so far NOT one word about the evidence.

That tells me the GOP is struggling to try and spin the truth into the bullsh*t of Trump and his Boyz.

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Session Will Try Again

We had Sen. Session from Alabama and then we had Jeff Sessions attorney general of the US….then we had a Session sent home to Alabama by Trump….and now we may see Session trying to recapture his legacy by running for the Senate from Alabama….AGAIN.

Sessions left DC because he was on the Trump “Sh*t List”…..and apparently he remains on that list even to this day……

Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump’s attorney general for 21 months, plans to file paperwork for a Senate run in Alabama before the Friday deadline. Sessions, who was forced out of the administration, repeatedly clashed with the president after recusing himself from the Russia investigation. A source tells the Times that after recent reports that Sessions was planning a comeback, Trump warned Sessions through allies that he would publicly attack him if he decided to run.

In the March 3 Republican primary, Sessions will compete against a crowded GOP field that includes Roy Moore, who lost the 2017 special election to replace Sessions after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney are also vying to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. One of NPR’s sources says Sessions, who will appear on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Thursday night, is “definitely acting alone,” without the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or the Senate Republican campaign operation.

Maybe someone should explain the concept of State’s Rights to our president for he apparently missed that class during his’ extensive’ education……or maybe they do not teach Civics where he went to school.

It will be up to the people of Alabama to decide who will represent them in DC…..Trump has little to say about it.

I have little use for Sessions and his policies but the people of Alabama will have to decide….will they be lead by the nose or will they act independently?

My guess is their knee pads await.

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Pleading With Beto!

2020 cycle has a “rock star” in the running for the Dem nomination……at least that is his feeling about his run…..but with the political climate changing in Texas these days….some are begging Beto to return to Texas and run for the Senate…..

The editorial board of the Houston Chronicle likes Beto O’Rourke. Which is why the editors are asking O’Rourke to scrap his presidential candidacy—and run for the Senate in Texas instead. In their editorial, the editors take note of the moment last week when O’Rourke went off-script and castigated President Trump and the media’s coverage of him in earthy terms after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso. “We aren’t used to seeing candidates act like real people,” says the editorial, noting that O’Rourke paused his campaign to be in El Paso. “Frankly, it’s made us wish O’Rourke would shift gears, and rather than unpause his presidential campaign, we’d like to see him take a new direction.”

That new direction? Challenging GOP incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. “Beto, if you’re listening: Come home,” wrote the editors over the weekend. “Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator. The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.” The idea that O’Rourke should run for the Senate instead of the White House has been percolating of late, but the candidate rejected it in an interview with the New York Times on Friday. “I’m running for president,” he said, when asked for a response to those pushing the Senate bid. (O’Rourke lost to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz last year, but the margin was surprisingly close.)

I have been saying all along that Beto was just a “pretty boy Floyd”….just a new flavor of an old reliable story……ego before country.

He is running for president because that is what this rich boy’s ego needs after his loss to Cruz in 2018…it is not what is best for the people of Texas but rather how his ego gets massaged.

Beto is not what this country or the Democrats need….we need someone who truly wants to help the American people not to pump their egos.

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Where Bills Go To Die

I have said many times that the US Senate is a waste of time….it is an old fart’s club that has outlived its usefulness…..

I was chastised a couple of times for calling for the Senate to be abolished and to stick with just the House for our bills and laws……one guy many years ago almost hit me with his cane…..

But I stand by my assertion that the Senate is where bills go to die….it does nothing to move this country forward.

To illustrate this is a report that came out the other day…….

Since January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prevented over 100 bills that have passed in the House from even coming up for a vote. His actions obstruct and ignore legislation that millions of Americans backed by electing a Democratic House majority in 2018.

“We have multiple, House-passed bills awaiting action. Leader McConnell need only call them up for debate. But instead, the legislative graveyard, where good legislation doesn’t even get debated or amended — let alone passed — is upon us,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Monday.

Senate Democrats noted last month that more than 100 bills passed by the House “are awaiting legislative action in the Senate.”

A full 53% of votes cast in 2018 supported a Democratic agenda, versus 45.2% for Republicans. Democrats had a popular vote majority of more than 8.6 million votes, the most in 44 years (since right after Nixon resigned).

“The progressive agenda — ending pharma greed and making medicines affordable, ensuring students can graduate without debt, raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pockets of working families — delivered a Democratic majority to Congress,” said Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a statement to Shareblue Media.

The McConnell-engineered logjam includes popular legislation like H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which included a number of anti-corruption measures, as well as enhanced rules and guidelines to increase voter participation.

The House also passed the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which makes it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination, as well as the “Background Checks Act,” which protects children and families by expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Those bills all had support from Democrats and Republicans, yet McConnell has chosen to hold politically motivated show votes rather than take up bills with changes Americans want.

(shareblue.com)

This just illustrates how disconnected the GOP is from the rank and file human in this country.

As I keep saying…..”The Senate is where good bills go to die”….we do NOT need these old farts anymore…..time for them to take their place at the Smithsonian…..as a display of the political relics they truly are.

Maybe it is time to reconsider this bicameralism thing…….https://lobotero.com/2019/04/24/against-bicameralism/

Further reading:

Difference Between Bicameralism and Unicameralism

In closing ….a little history of the workings……

GOP Gets More Pathetic By The Day

Closing Thought–08May19

The GOP is doing what it does best…LIES!

They need to spend more time trying to govern than trying to belittle everyone that does not agree with them.

With that said the newest BS coming from the Senate’s leader is just a continuation of the comedy they call “leadership”.

Mitch McConnell summed up his view of the Mueller report in two words on Tuesday: “case closed.” The Senate majority leader criticized Democrats for wanting to continue related investigations and issued a plea to “finally end this Groundhog Day spectacle,” reports NBC News. “Remember, Russia set out to sow discord, to create chaos in American politics and undermine confidence in our democracy,” McConnell said. “But on that front, given the left’s total fixation on delegitimizing the president—the president Americans chose—and shooting any messenger who tells them inconvenient truths, I’m afraid the Russians hardly needed to lift a finger.”

This is pretty much total bullshit.

I have not heard one person in Congress say they want to overturn the 2016 election….they may believe the he is a criminal and a corrupting influence but they know he is the president…..especially the Dems…..So Mitch is just spreading manure the way he always does……

But Mitchy Boy did what all GOPers do….blame everything on Obama…..

On the Russian angle, McConnell also got in a dig at former President Obama. “Maybe stronger leadership would have left the Kremlin less emboldened,” he said. “Maybe tampering with our democracy wouldn’t have seemed so very tempting.”

My one question is…has Mitch read the report? The entire unredacted report? (My guess is he has not and will not for he is a COWARD)

Silly political theater…but then I expect that from politicians…ALL politicians

Was it over when the Benghazi investigation found nothing?  Was it nothing  about the Clinton emails?  These were the same were the same things they are accusing the Dems of doing…..but you see the GOP does stuff it is for the good of the country (read party) and not so when the Dems do something similar……that is as simple as I can break this stupidity down.

The GOP no longer has a soul…..not all it is the enabler of an imperialistic presidency….PERIOD!

Turn The Page!

Closing Thought–08Mar19–#2

The House has passed HR1…….and the peasants danced……

What is HR1?

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/text

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

BREAKING: The House just passed HR1, which includes: -Automatic voter registration -Public financing of elections -An end to gerrymandering -Election Day as a federal holiday -Support for overturning Citizens United This is the greatest victory for democracy in generations.

Victory?

Is that not a bit premature?

After all it must go to the Senate….and as we all know…the Senate is where good ideas go to die a slow death.

Maybe the media should hold off on proclaiming this a blow for democracy just yet…….maybe wait to see just how bad the Senate can screw this bill up…….

Just A Thought.

OMG! It’s Gun Control!

Closing Thought–28Feb19

For the first time in decades the US will enact a gun law……the NRA will call it gun control…..but in reality it is a commonsense approach to the problem of guns that are running rampant in the US……

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby’s grip on Washington and begin to address an epidemic of gun violence that kills thousands of Americans every year, the AP reports. The bill is the first of two the House is voting on this week as Democrats move to tighten gun laws following eight years of Republican control. The other bill would extend the review period for background checks from three to 10 days.

Both bills face dim prospects in the GOP-controlled Senate and veto threats from President Trump, who said they would impose unreasonable requirements on gun owners. The White House said in a veto message that the background-checks bill could block someone from borrowing a firearm for self-defense or allowing a neighbor to take care of a gun while traveling. Democrats called those arguments misleading and said gun owners have a responsibility to ensure firearms are properly handled. The bill includes exceptions allowing temporary transfers to prevent imminent harm or for use at a target range. The long-delayed bill would merely close loopholes to ensure that background checks are extended to private and online sales that often go undetected, Democrats said.

This will be a fart in a hurricane…….it go NO further than the Senate……the NRA has a lock on the Senate and will use their muscle to keep this from becoming law…..

I have no problem with these checks and neither should any American….keep guns out of the hands of the mental cases or as best we can.

Personally I would go with an assault weapon ban for they serve NO purpose……if a person feels the need to handle and shoot these weapons then the military is always looking for a few good people and they will allow you all the “playtime” with an assault weapon that anyone would want.

My day has come to an end…..I need to take a shower after the scummy stuff in the news….see you guys tomorrow.