Saturday, July 30, 2016

Three More Reality-Based Court Decisions on Vote Suppression

Three more courts have ruled strongly in favor of what we all know to be true-throwing out the Republican vote suppression bills in three more States.  Let me again say what I have said before on recent occasions like this:  There is not a single informed person of any political stripe that did not know that these laws were not intended to protect us from voter fraud, an essentially nonexistent phenomenon, but were intended to prevent Democrats from voting.  It is a sign of the malignant power that the corrupt intellectual bully Antonin Scalia held over the entire nation's jucidiary, that the fear of being overturned by the Supreme Court, and in a humiliating, insulting decision, caused them to leave this patent lawbreaking alone.


With the court split 4-4, we can already see the amazing progress that has been made in restoring some shred of decency to our judicial system.  We should all observe this and realize the stakes involved in deciding whether Hillary or Trump gets to pick the next couple of Supreme Court justices.

And it is not only on these voter suppression laws that courts need to act.  We all know that corporations are not people; no one dared stand up to this ruling for fear of the wrath of the worst judicial tyrant in memory; and the same can be said about climate laws, Obamacare and a host of other issues.

The very top of our judiciary has been infested with corrupt Republican Justices for decades now.  Hillary will absolutely put a stop to this; Trump will see to it that it continues for decades longer.

Trump Takes the Gloves Off

What?

You can read this story anywhere, but here's the coverage from right wing propaganda site Breitbart:

"Donald Trump said he’s done being a nice guy"

I'll just pause right there for anyone who had to run to the bathroom to lose their lunch.

"and is “taking the gloves off” for the general election.

“I’m running against a crooked person,” Trump told an over-capacity crowd that gathered to see him in Colorado Springs, Colorado Friday afternoon

Trump added that Hillary Clinton is “a dishonest person” and blasted her for her “average” speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night."

An average speech, as opposed to Trump's acceptance speech, which Republican leaning Gallup reports received the lowest positive ratings of any speech they have ever tested.  Well, that's not average, I guess.

“You know, I’ve been saying lets just beat her on Nov. 8, but you know what? I’m starting to agree with you. Every time I mention her, everyone screams ‘Lock her up!’” Trump responded. “I’ve been nice, but after watching that performance last night — such lies — I don’t have to be so nice anymore. I’m taking the gloves off.”

So now he is openly going to lead his mob in demanding Hillary's imprisonment, apparently because she won't praise him, and because she thinks she will make a better President than he would, and has said it out loud.  That is a crime in Republican world, of course, and may explain the basis on which he calls her crooked.

As Talking Points Memo reported:

"During a rally in Colorado Springs, Trump said he tuned in to Clinton's speech "out of curiosity" to see if Clinton would mention his name and was disappointed she didn't congratulate him for winning the GOP nomination.

"I was curious to see whether she'd do a class act and not mention my name," Trump said. "Or mention it with respect, like, say, 'I'd like to congratulate my Republican opponent for having done something that nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation.'"

Something nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation- i.e. collaborating with the spy service of our biggest enemy to win an election.

I guess Trump is much classier than Hillary, since he did mention her name- to demand that she be thrown into prison.  

Sorry, this is more than thin-skinned behavior.  The really minor attacks on him in Hillary's acceptance speech have driven Trump into a nearly uncontrollable fury.  He is seriously on the point of what used to be called a nervous breakdown.  I don't see how he can make it to November without a colossal unraveling totally unparalleled in American history.

And what then?  Because even a psychotic episode in front of the American people will not dislodge the voters who support him despite what he has shown so far.  The Republican party has really created a monster, and it is not Trump; it is the hateful, violence hungry base it built over the last few decades.
I'm still waiting for some small sign that they regret having done that.



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Update:  I want to thank Digby for finding this short video clip of the way John McCain responded to Barack Obama's nomination:

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Bundys- It Figures

Not all that surprising or important, but as I like to follow these things, I was very amused this morning to learn from Think Progress that the Bundys have filed legal papers in the criminal case involving their behavior in Oregon, which are a complete garbage pile of Sovereign Citizen gibberish:



“i; ryan c, man, am an idiot of the ‘Legal Society’; and; am an idiot (layman, outsider) of the ‘Bar Association’; and; i am incompetent; and; am not required by any law to be competent; and;,” Bundy wrote in one legal filing submitted Thursday.

“i; ryan c, man, accept no offer of representation, as no man is qualified to represent i; and; i; ryan c, man, will hold any man liable, in his/her private capacity, for any burden, placed upon i, man, by any man, by way of representation of i; and;,” he wrote in another."

For those who may not recognize this sort of talk, it is a classic specimen of one of the more brain-dead forms of Sovereign Citizen nonsense.  Sovereigns regularly besiege the courts with hundreds of pages of this crap, knowing the courts do not have the freedom to just throw it on the dungheap where it belongs.  I'm not even going to begin to explain what it is supposed to mean; click on the link, where Think Progress author Alan Pyke deals with it briefly.  

This is not a harmless eccentricity.  Beyond their use of this nonsense to perpetrate endless financial and property crimes, Sovereigns are the most deadly political terrorists in the country, having been responsible for numerous deaths of police and other government employees; most recently the three Baton Rouge policemen lured into an ambush and killed a couple of weeks ago.

Wingnut Wrapup

Here's what I've collected the last few days.  I kind of want to clear the decks in preparation for the tsunami of garbage we are going to see from the right trying to argue away the fact that the Dems beat the Republicans black and blue in their conventions.  So, like a trip to the dentist, might as well just put up with it and get it over with.  You know it's good for you.

Four years ago I posted an absolutely ludicrous Romney song by some lunatic who calls himself "Third Eagle."  Well, he's back!!  Here's his Trump song:



"Mike Pence and Donald shooting like stars!"  Well, at least they are shooting.

And now, the Fox News response to Donald Trump's treason:

Fox News:  "Charles Krauthammer said on "Special Report" tonight that Trump set a trap, and the Clinton campaign fell right into it.  He explained that the Clinton campaign statement said it would be a "national security issue," which contradicts Clinton's repeated asserted that the missing 33,000 emails were all of a personal nature, not work-related.

"If that's what's really in the 33,000 emails, then there's no national security to be involved at all," Krauthammer said. "So the Clinton campaign ends up admitting that perhaps there really is work-related - if not classified - stuff on the emails which she deleted."

Because, the fact that a Presidential candidate is suborning espionage from our number one enemy wouldn't bother anyone who didn't have something to hide.  And of course:

"Krauthammer said that could be grounds for a charge of obstruction, declaring that the Clinton campaign has been caught in a "complete contradiction."

Being concerned about Trump's treachery is all the evidence we need to throw her in jail.  Get it? Trump is a traitor, so the right thing to do about it is throw Hillary in jail.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Don’t Let Liberals Destroy Fox News...With the resignation of Ailes – the merits, if any, of the claims against him will be litigated elsewhere – liberals are gleeful that this might finally be their chance to silence the one great television voice of conservatism."

You know, I haven't heard a single liberal expressing any glee over their chance to "silence" Fox news. I've heard some that are gratified to see this public demonstration of what kind of a person it takes to work for a lie factory, and who hope that more people will see what a nauseating excuse for journalism Fox news is.  But as for destroying it, well we are enjoying the spectacle of its destroying itself.

Terry Paulsen, Town Hall:  "Some police may have harbored racist beliefs that helped fuel unjustified use of force with innocent black civilians. Racism remains, but harping on the past and the few officers who live out their bias cannot be the answer. Most Americans detest racism of any color from police and citizens alike."

No more harping on the past, Liberals, even if the past was yesterday or the day before, or tomorrow, God knows.  As soon as one of the "few" officers who enjoys victimizing black people does what he does, it is past, and so we should just forget about it.  Time to let Charlie Manson out of prison, then.

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "First Thoughts on Rebuilding Conservatism...How do we come back from the Trump takeover?"

Well, here's a thought:  How about admitting that you have been lying about everything the last several decades, and facing the fact that your incitement of racism and hatred has to stop if you want this country to survive?

Leon H. Wolf, PJ Media:  "CHAOS: Bernie Delegates Plan to Block Kaine Nomination, Disrupt Democrat Convention"
Didn't happen, but boy the Republicans were desperate to see the Democrats screw up their convention even a tenth as badly as the Republican one went.  Sorry, guys, guess you didn't pray hard enough to your miserable hate-filled right wing God.

Kyle Foley, PJ Media:  "#DNCLeak: DNC Sides With Trump, Asks if TED CRUZ’s Dad Assassinated JFK"

Sorry, this was just a complete lie.  One member of the DNC asked about Cruz's father's history working with Castro.  He said nothing about him being involved in the JFK assassination, and the DNC never did a thing about it.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Ted Cruz arrogance - bitterness and judgment just ended his political aspirations"

Hey Laurie, maybe you guys should have noticed his "arrogance - bitterness and judgment " several years ago, before he made the fatal sin of suggesting Republicans vote their consciences?  No, that was a step too far, as it forced most Republicans to look up the word "conscience" in the dictionary, to see what it might mean.

Tom DeWeese, Renew America:  "The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a "social injustice." The government now claims that it's unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn't matter whether they can afford such a home. We're told that it's racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don't have the money for it. White privilege, don't you know."

Everyone has to live in exactly the same sort of house.  Believe that one?  They really are taking leave of their senses, as they realize how malicious their lies are going to have to be to have any chance of convincing people that Trump is the best choice for President.

Andrew McCarthy, Renew America:  "It's not my party"

And you'll cry whether you want to or not.  Anyway, it damned well is your party.  You spent four decades building your hate filled, racist base, and we are not going to let you just walk away from it and play innocent little Miss Muffet.

Paul Bremmer, World Net Daily:  "Blacks are now Democrats' happy house slaves"

Okay then, just so you know.

“Today you find the African-American community saying, ‘Why should I go to people that are going to make me self-reliant when I can just stay here in the Democrat Party and they will reward me for doing nothing?'” 

And I am sure that there is so much evidence to back that up.  "Self-reliant," by the way, being Republican talk for "Take everything away from the n*****s, and let them starve to death in the streets, while our gestapo guns them down at will if they complain."

As if you didn't know that.

Kayleigh McEnany, Daily Caller:  "DNC Leaks: Proof Democrats Manipulate Voters With Religion, Race"

Something the Republicans would never stoop to.

Scott Greer, Daily Caller:  "Trump Is Ushering In A New Political Force...Nationalism looks to live on after The Donald's campaign"

Well, maybe new to this country.  Not to, say, Germany.

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller:  "Socialists And Communists Gather At Democratic Convention"

Grow up, Alex, and start worrying about the Nazis at your own convention.

Christine Rouselle, Town Hall:  "Man, People Are Really Starting To Hate Hillary's Campaign Anthem"

Boy, they've got us now.  That's so much more important than Trump collaborating with a foreign dictator.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: Folksy, Impeached President Endorses Scandal-Plagued, Disliked Wife"

Yeah, that's what we all took away from it.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "The DNC’s Leaked Emails Show They Were Helping Push Narrative Against NC’s Bathroom Law, Too"

Because it is a gross crime for a political party to stand up for what they believe in.  Well, at least if one of the parties does it.  Actually, now that I think of it, the other party doesn't really do that either.  They just stand up for what they get paid to stand up for.

Stephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  "Boxer Trots Out Tired 'Back Alley Abortions' Nonsense at DNC"

Tired.  True, but tired.  So, shut up, Barbara.

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media:  "Who's Hillary's Hacker and Why?  You sure it was the Russians? Ever see a false flag?"

More lies from one of the biggest foreign policy liars of the last several decades; once the confidante of our nation's leaders, now reduced to making a living writing for one of the worst right wing lie factories on the internet.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Hah! Donald Trump Urges Russia to Release More Hacked Hillary Emails During Presser"

Treason, hell yes!  Treason is patriotism!  Hooah!

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "If you reject Trump, will you elect Hillary? Bible says no"

Well, glad we got that settled.

Brian C. Joondeph, Amereican Thinker:  "Trump's Speech: Optimistic, Not Dark"

This just in:  Hitler calls for world peace.  And now, a helpful bit of advice for Democrats:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Democratic Delegate: Stop Shouting USA, 'That's A Trump Chant'

Chanting USA is reserved for traitors from now on.  This was allegedly overheard by a Fox news reporter.  So it must be true, huh?

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "Racist, Anti-Semitic DNC Opens Convention by Denouncing Trump's 'Bigotry'

Another sage observation from one of the Republicans' favorite house negroes.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Russia Disrespects Obama Once Again, Joins Chinese Navy in South China Sea for Joint Training"

Two countries that share a long border, working together on mutual security:  It's all about disrespecting Obama.

Streiff, Red State:  "Will Someone Please Buy FBI Director James Comey A Freakin Clue?"

Okay, Green Eagle will take the job:  James, don't you understand that, no matter how much of a hero you are to the right, if you do one honest thing in your life, they will spend years trying to destroy you? I hope that satisfies you, Streiff.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Trump’s Dumb Remarks About Russia Were Part Of His Intentional Campaign Plan"

Seven dimensional chess, that's what he's playing.  Treason is just part of the plan.  Well, that's comforting.

Sara Gonzales, Red State:  "Trump: I was Being “Sarcastic” About a Foreign Government Committing Espionage Against America"

Dahmer:  So I was hungry after I got done killing those boys.  What's the big deal?

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Giuliani: Hillary’s Deleted Emails ‘Can Be Used to Extort Her’

Of course, that's only if there is anything bad in them, which given the evidence so far, is as likely as Harry Potter turning out to be a real person.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Who Is Putin's Real Ally?"

Thoughtfully illustrated with the following picture, in case you needed a hint about where Roger is going here:

So just shut up about Trump's real, literal treason, because Roger has come up with this wonderful photoshop job.  And in case you are wondering about Roger's reasoning, here it is:  There are some guys that own a Canadian mining company.  These guys (totally legally) sold some uranium mines to the Russians.  And some of these same guys MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLINTONS' CHARITY!!!!!  That apparently makes Hillary a collaborator with Putin.  On the other hand, Trump using Russian espionage in his campaign and then promising not to defend Europe if Russia invades it- well, that's just politics as usual, and just fine if you are a Republican.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Bill Clinton's Sad, Surreal Speech...I can't be the only one who was thinking about Hillary's husband's serial adulteries."

No, Roger, I'm sure you weren't.  There are plenty of sex-obsessed assholes out there.  The rest of us, well, we can get our minds off of our penises long enough to spend a minute or two thinking about the future of the country.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WOW! PROTESTERS BREAK THROUGH DNC BORDER FENCE – Throw Coffin at Police"

Keep your eyes on the important stuff, Jim.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Red Francis Still Clueless About ISIS"

That would be "Pope" Francis to the rest of us.  I guess "Red Francis" is like Lying Hillary, or Tinkerbelle- if you keep repeating it often enough, it will come true.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Hillary and race baiters will be held to account"

By whom, Larry?  By the seventy or so people who showed up at your last two attempts to drive Obama out of the White House by the will of the people?

Jack Cashill, World Net Daily:  "How you get to speak at the DNC"

Well, one way is to be a current or former President of the United States.  That accounts for three speaker slots.  What happened to the Republicans' former Presidents?  I guess they were all out fishing, or washing their hair.

World Net Daily:  "The ugly history of Democratic suppression of…"

Sorry, you had to click on a link to see any more.  Couldn't be bothered.

Jack Hellner, American Thinker:  "Why should I believe what Bill said about Hillary at the DNC?"

Yeah, what does he know about her?  And while we are on the subject, why should we care what you claim to believe, Jack, seeing as how you are a paid liar and all?

Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller:  "Defeating ISIS Will Only Make It ’10 Times’ More Dangerous"

You see, as it becomes clearer all the time that the coalition including the United States is destroying ISIS, it is now necessary to explain that defeating it is actually a tremendous disaster for us.  It is far easier for Republicans to believe that a dead crocodile is more dangerous than a live one, than it is for them to accept that Obama is doing something right.

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller:  "US flags disappear from atop Philadelphia City Hall as they are added to Democratic Stage"

The Democrats stole them, I guess.  The bastards.

And in closing, forty years watching this sort of thing, and I still can't understand how people who are essentially traitors to this country can wake up every morning and churn these lies out, without, apparently, a second of remorse.  These people are evil- very banal evil, but they are doing everything they can to promote evil in the world, and we would do well not to forget that fact.  I try to present these things as humor, because otherwise neither you nor I could take it for very long, but in the end, they are not funny, they are despicable acts of betrayal, not just of our country, but of everything that decent people are supposed to embrace.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Last Person on Earth That Should Have His (Small) Hands on Nuclear Weapons

Donald Trump, speaking today about the Democratic convention:

"I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard. I would of hit them...no no.. I was going to hit them...I was all set...Then I got a call from a highly respected governor that said "how's it going, Donald?" I said "it's going good, but they are saying very bad things about me. I'm going to hit them so hard". I was going to hit one guy in particular. A very little guy. I was going to hit him so hard his head would spin; wouldn't know what happened."

How can anyone want that running the country?  How can anyone think he has the capacity to make rational decisions?  How can people imagine that the country could survive this sort of a leader?

One thing that has been bothering me is the suspicion that there is actually an almost overwhelming urge toward self-destruction among Republicans; they don't just want to destroy their enemies, they actually seem to have an apocalyptic longing to bring everything down around them, crushing themselves too.  The scary thing is that there is absolutely no way to reach people that mad.  We can only hope that in the end, a lot of them will back away from the cliff.

Donald Sweetens the Deal

And now, Donald Trump is offering Vladimir Putin more in return for Russian espionage on his behalf:

"Trump to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, lifting sanctions...The United States, along with the EU, has refused to recognize the annexation"

So, here is how the deal between Trump and the Russian dictator now stands:

Trump got:  the product of Russian spying on the United States, which caused a momentary, minor embarrassment to his opponent in the Presidential race.

Trump gave up:  The security of Europe, our nation's word about its foreign commitments, the Constitutional guarantee that treaties will be honored, and now the independence of an area the Russians invaded, and the freedom of its people.

Does anyone see this as the work of the World's Greatest Negotiator?  There has never been a greater sham in the history of American politics, and man, that is saying something.

Well, That Was Quick

From the Wall Street Journal, although the news is lots of places by now:

"PHILADELPHIA – Bernie Sanders said he plans to return to the Senate as an independent, despite winning 13 million votes in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary contest."

The jerk couldn't even wait to the end of the convention to sing adios to the party, after milking them for all the support and attention he could get.  This is exactly why the DNC and the superdelegates were against him from the beginning- he was nothing but a parasite on the party, using it for his own purposes, and if the party does not protect itself from being used by such people, it won't have any reason to exist.

However great many of the policies Bernie supported may have been, he has revealed himself during the last six months to be a self-serving politician with little grasp of what it means to be a Democrat, and no concern for the welfare of the party. What possible reason could there ever have been for the party to allow him to be their candidate?

A Real Analogy to Putin

Of course, we have seen Vladimir Putin compared to every dictator that anyone can think of, but it occurred to me that no one has mentioned someone who forms, I think, a true analogy to Putin- Napoleon.

As in Russia, France in 1787 experienced the sudden collapse of a totalitarian government, followed by a period of political and economic chaos that lasted several years.  In the vacuum, a strong man emerged who, at first, seemed to have limited goals for himself, but gradually decided that he would rather be an emperor than a more ordinary political leader.

French rationality and relative liberalism asserted itself in Napoleon's case.  Yes, the French people had to endure the rule of a couple of Napoleon's incompetent descendants for a few generations, but they managed to extricate themselves from that, and went on to become a democracy.  Russians seem to have a far more autocratic streak than the French, so we will have to see how long they let Putin get away with his behavior.

Your Republican Nominee

I'll be reposting this occasionally, since apparently the mainstream press has already pretty much lost interest:


In the New York Times today:

"The Clinton campaign immediately accused Mr. Trump of both encouraging Russian espionage against the United States and meddling in domestic politics."

I see.  The Clinton campaign accused Trump of doing this.  Nothing but a partisan claim, right?  No way of knowing if it is actually true or not.  That's their position and they are sticking to it.  For the one day until they forget Trump's monstrous abomination, and go back to bitching about Hillary's e-mails.

Trump is a traitor, and Debbie Wasserman Schulz was mean to Bernie.  Exactly identical, except that Trump's treason can be forgotten after a day.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Up is Down

And black is white, right is wrong and, well, you get where I am going.

Here is the Trump campaign's response to the third day of the Democratic convention, and hold on tight- it's a bumpy ride falling into a black hole:

"Tonight was a sad night for the Democratic Party. They offered no solutions for the problems facing America - in fact, they pretended those problems didn't even exist."

Those problems, of course, being too many black and brown people, with way too easy lives, a problem which the Democrats certainly do not acknowledge.

"They described a vision of America that doesn't exist for most Americans, including the seventy percent of Americans who think our country is on the wrong track. Never has a party been so disconnected from what is happening in our world."

"Instead of dealing with reality, they spoke in cheap, petty terms beneath the dignity of a convention."

Did you hear that from the Democrats, or did you, maybe, hear that exact thing last week from the Republicans, cursing Hillary and calling her Satanic and demanding that she be sent to prison?

"Their entire message could be summed up as: things are perfect, let's not change a single thing."

Really?  Free college education, more medical care, prison reform and an ever more respected foreign policy are not changes, I guess.  Well, that comment was just a setup for the following preposterous blaming of Democrats for their own failings:


"So they resorted to the politics of fear,"


The politics of fear.  Something the Republicans, and particularly Trump, would never resort to, I guess..  And if this seems strange to you, let me explain.  For a couple of decades now, whenever the Republicans have resorted to low, dirty dealing with the American people, they have systematically screamed that the Democrats are doing the same thing.  This is an attempt to give the press the excuse they are always looking for to portray the evil behavior of the Republican party as something indulged in by both parties- a strategy that has worked amazingly well for them, and will continue to do so as long as the press is in the tank for their Republican owners.


"trying to convince Americans not to vote for change -- they spoke on behalf of the big banks and the big elites, not on behalf of suffering Americans. They want to keep the system rigged for their donors. Period."


Did you hear any of that on Wednesday?  Did you notice that the Democrats had not a word to say about suffering Americans?  Did you ever notice that it is the Republican party that is owned by their rich donors and has done nothing for a hundred years that does not benefit them?  And in the meantime, the Democrats have brought us Social Security, deposit insurance, civil rights legislation, environmental protection and now health care for twenty million more Americans, with the Republicans fighting them every step of the way.  The Republicans, of course, brought us Citizens United and a near depression brought on by revoking Democratic regulations on rich investors.


"Rigged trade deals, a rigged economy, and open borders that benefit the few at the expense of the many."


More bullshit.  Right now, I've had about enough explaining.


"Our campaign offers a bold, exciting, detailed vision for the future. Tonight, the Democrats' offered only more rewards for the rich, powerful and well-connected, and more angry, demeaning, sniping attacks against all decent Americans who want change for their families."


It is Trump and the Republicans that offer massive tax cuts for the rich, and equally massive destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and every other thing on earth that benefits anyone but the rich.  Every one of us knows that perfectly well, but here's the thing:  For every person who actually watched the Democratic convention (or the Republican one, or the debates that will come) a hundred hear about them via these Republican lies.  And a certain number of them- the same ones that believe that Hillary is a corrupt liar and that Trump is a great businessman, not a cheap criminal, will eat these lies up.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TRAITOR

The only campaign against Donald Trump, which should be repeated by every Democrat over and over again between now and November:

Donald Trump currently has over $600 million in debts, compared to about $170 million in liquid assets.  After his ability to borrow money from American banks was severely curtailed by his four bankruptcies, he had to go overseas.  He borrowed a fair amount from the Germans, but also a great deal from Russians, which means rich oligarchs aligned with Vladimir Putin.  If these Russians call in his debts, his entire empire will crumble away to nothing, in a fifth disastrous bankruptcy.

Suddenly, Julian Assange has released thousands of e-mails that are being reported as damaging to Democrats.  Remember that Assange lives in Russia, where he could be ejected at any moment, to face long prison terms in other countries, so Assange is under threat, and no one could  want to be under threat from Putin.

There is virtually no question that these e-mails were stolen by Russian state security agents, who hacked into Democratic servers.  They have now been delivered to Trump, via Assange, for him to use in his campaign, which he is thrilled to do.

In return, the absurdly self-named "greatest negotiator on earth" has now stated and today restated that he is willing to walk away from the United States' most sacred treaty commitment, to protect the other members of NATO if they are attacked.  Trump states that, unless European members of NATO pay the United States unspecified amounts of money, we will not come to their defense.  Of course, President Trump could make the amount so great that no nation could pay it, and then blame them for our treachery.  This is nothing but extortion, and under the worst possible circumstances.

Trump has improvidently fallen into debt and then, like the victim of a loan shark in some film noir movie, is being forced to do the criminal's bidding.  To be blunt, he is a traitor, enslaved by a hostile foreign dictator.

And this is who the Republicans want as their President.

Let me repeat this:  I am not throwing around the word "traitor" the way Republicans do every day at Obama, Hillary and anyone else they are mad at.  I am saying this entirely seriously:  This is a man who is prepared to destroy the rule of law and betray this country and its allies, and allow Russia to seize untold territory in Europe, undoubtedly precipitating the greatest war since World War II, in order to save himself from financial humiliation. He is a traitor.  And this must form the basis for the campaign against him.  Half truths will not do any more- we must state the whole truth, and stick to it.


UPDATE:

Donald J. Trump:  "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."


Well, it's a couple of days later, and I think we can drop any pretext about what Trump is up to.  In a press conference today, Trump called on the Russians to hack into State Department files to release more e-mails which he alleges to exist.  That is, he has called on a hostile foreign government to commit espionage against the United States.  At this point, this act of treachery seems to be one hundred percent fine with Republicans across the country.  Trump is an open traitor at this point, and the self-styled patriots who support him are hardly any better.  Can our country have really gone this far off the rails that this is acceptable to one of our main political parties?

And let me reiterate what is at stake here.  This is not some minor ideological dispute.  Trump is openly promising not to intervene if the Russians invade Europe, starting a massive war.  He is just fine with that.  And not one single Republican leader that I know of has really repudiated him.

The country has had plenty of bad Presidential candidates over the years, and some of them have sadly been elected (remember that last Bush guy,) but never have we been faced with the prospect of a traitorous, power mad and openly insane person with a real chance to get into the White House.  This country has never really faced a crisis like this.  Can the Republicans and the mainstream press sweep this under the rug?  We'll wait and see.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Treason

Real treason?  Not the phony kind that Republicans are always raving about, but real, Reagan style treason?  I guess it depends about what counts as an enemy when the Constitution talks about adhering to our enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

So, here is what we know today:  Trump has committed himself to abandoning the United States' long standing treaty obligations to defend NATO countries against attack by Russia, and in return, the Russian dictator has had his people hack into Democratic party e-mails and release embarrassing information, right before the Democratic convention.

This is, at best, skating right up to the edge of treason, and depending on how you feel about what Putin is up to, real honest to God treason.

But the press, which has made a years-long story about two innocuous e-mails from Hillary Clinton, until a large number of Americans think she belongs in prison, will not care about this story.

You see, both sides do not do it.  If it's bad, only Democrats do it, even if it's only sending a perfunctory e-mail to Kofi Annan.  From Iran-Contra to the Iraq aggression and Cheney's outing of Valerie Plame, to Republican Senators conspiring with another country to destroy the administration's ability to conduct foreign affairs, to this latest outrage, sedition or even treason is just fine if a Republican does it.

And that is why we are not going to have a country much longer.  If the press and the Republicans (and a foreign dictator,) working together as usual, fail to elect Trump, the Republicans will only start the next day to undermine the Democratic Presidency, and four years from now, they will undoubtedly produce an even worse traitor to offer the country.


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I need only add to this that the World's Greatest Negotiator gave away the United States' sacred treaty obligations, and the safety of Europe, and in return got a few semi-embarrassing e-mails.  Even the weak Obama would have probably gotten a few bottles of vodka in the deal.