Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fascism Comes to America

And it is in the process of making another big march toward victory, with the ignorant traitor President deciding he can steal money to do whatever he wants.

First, let me remind you of what the Constitution has to say about appropriating money:

 "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives... 
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States... 
 No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law"

There is absolutely no question that the Constitution forbids what Donald Trump is doing in declaring a state of emergency for the sole purpose of spending money on something which Congress will not approve.  What he is doing is quintessential behavior of dictators, and if his party allows this action to stand, it will have dealt a near death blow to American democratic government.

Sad to say, that may be perfectly fine with them, and with their successful packing of the Supreme Court with corrupt justices it may well succeed.  Let's hope it is not okay with the rest of us.

The Most Abominable Thing Republicans Ever Did

“Do not call up that which you cannot put down.”- Howard Phillips Lovecraft

And as you know, there's a lot of competition for that honor from a party that caused a worldwide depression and was well on their way to causing another, fought to leave Hitler alone in World War II, but was all for the criminal aggressions in Vietnam and Iraq, in which we killed millions of innocent civilians, worked for a hundred years to impoverish the American people in order to enrich their true base of rich sociopaths, fought and continues to fight the equality that is supposed to be a central value of our country, works to deprive people of health care and basic economic security in order to enrich the owners of corporations, openly corrupts our electoral process without a concern, and on and on.

But there is one Republican scheme, and an almost unbelievably successful one, which is in a way the mother of all of these horrors, and which is proving the most irreversible: the deliberate moral perversion of a large segment of the American people, molding them into a mindless mob, capable of being driven in any direction by those who are themselves immoral enough to be willing to pull the right manipulative levers.

And realize what this means in our country today.  With thirty percent of the public seemingly haven given total control of their lives over to Republican demagogues, the Republicans only have to win over 21% more of the voting populace to win elections, while the Democrats have to win 51%.  And let us note that even this massively rigged game is too much for them to win, proven by the constant and universal Republican efforts to cheat in elections.

At some point in the last century, the Republican party realized that they could never win elections with their real program of stealing the nation's wealth to enrich maybe two thousand families who would agree in return to provide the financing for their miserable campaigns.  This has generally been seen as a political goal, but it was carried out by a moral, or perhaps immoral campaign, which required that their voters first of all be induced to have absolute contempt for the truth and anyone who dared speak it, and then to utterly abandon all notions of decency, equality and even self-preservation in order to cast their votes based on nothing but hatred and greed- things which, costing nothing, Republicans were willing to supply them in infinite quantities, as an alternative to a decent life in a country that any moral person could be proud of.

In setting about to do this, the Republican party found fertile ground in a group that already made up a quarter of the population, and had already been induced to give up their own moral judgment in favor of blind obedience to their leaders: Evangelical Christians.

I have made the point before that, as far as I can see, Evangelical Christianity is not a religion at all.  Anyone who can read a couple of pages of the bible knows perfectly well what Christ required of Christians:

"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

A challenging demand to his followers, and one which Evangelical Christians have totally abandoned, preferring instead to base their faith on things like stopping abortion, hating homosexuals, denying evolution, and a host of other issues that Christ never said one word about, but which have one common feature: they allow these people to claim that they are morally superior, while not demanding one shred of sacrifice from them.  And as long as they mindlessly accept this sick distortion of Christianity, and do and think exactly as they are told, they are rewarded with the right to regard everyone not like them as subhumans, who can legitimately be treated in any manner they please.  They thus turn themselves into easy pickings for crooked politicians:

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."- Lyndon Baines Johnson

A warning from Johnson, but a road map for Republicans.

Let me note here that this is where their Bond villainesque scheme went wrong, thus earning the quotation with which I led off this post.  For this group of ignorant, hate filled voters has now taken on a life of its own, and placed an open traitor, criminal and con man in the White House, for the sole reason that he is the person who was willing to stoop the lowest to stimulate their worst instincts.  And two years of this horror has barely convinced a single one of them to accept the truth; they may well be a permanent open wound on our country. 

Once they have these suckers on board, the Republicans only need the support of a few more Americans who are willing to stab themselves in the back without being told to every Sunday by a grifting con man in a pulpit, and they have an almost insurmountable control over the country.  It is proving to be a nearly impossible task to rid our nation of someone as monstrous as Trump; next time around the Republicans will replace him with a candidate every bit as criminal, but slightly more plausible, and then what will happen?

The Republican party has created the perfect conditions for the rise of something which, while not the same as the Nazi party, will be equally horrible.  And they are well on their way to realizing that dream: a country that they are free to ravage without concern that enough of its people will object to do anything about it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Green Eagle's Review of the State of the Union Address

Trump started out with some meaningless platitudes about bipartisanship, delivered in a listless manner which made it perfectly obvious that he was forced to say them.  He then reverted to a half hour or forty minutes of his absolutely standard bragging and lies.  Finally, he finished with what was supposed to be an uplifting conclusion, written by someone else, which again he clearly did not believe in any way.

Just to be clear, Green Eagle did not listen to one word of this speech.  I'm still willing to place a pretty large bet that this is what happened.

I have heard virtually not a word from the mainstream press about Stacy Abrams' response, which leaves me pretty sure that it was quite good and on point.

Now, back to the same old bullshit.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

In No Way a Concession

Donald Trump tweeted Friday night that the deal “was in no way a concession.”

In the same way that this was not a concession:
In case you are not sure, Nancy is the one who is standing up.

Friday, January 25, 2019

A Brief Comment on Nancy Pelosi

I do not want to take a thing away from Nancy Pelosi, whose actions have been virtually picture perfect since reassuming the role of Speaker of the House.  I do want, however, to point out one thing about her relationship with Donald Trump.

Throughout his life, Trump's success (such as it is) at being a dealmaker was largely based on the fact that throughout his business career, he always owned the business and had control of all of the money.  He could bully people into doing what he wanted, because they really had no choice.  It took no more skill for him to win an argument than it did for Hitler to beat down his generals.  Well, with Nancy Pelosi, that came to an end.  He had no threats to hold over her, so that, as long as she kept her temper and acted appropriately, she was bound to win.

I hope the Democrats realize this.  I hope that, at long last, after forty years cowering in the shade, they understand what kind of power they do have.  If so, our country is on a track to getting better, bit by bit, despite Republican dirty tricks, vote stealing, bad faith and treachery.  Otherwise, welcome to Trumpistan.

He Caved

He caved.  End of story.

Tell the Whole Truth, Ron

“This is your fault,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.“Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?” McConnell snapped back."

No answer from Ron.  He should have said this:  "Of course, you are enjoying it, you malignant son of a bitch.  There's nothing in your whole misbegotten life that you have ever enjoyed more than your chance to show your naked power and run roughshod over the interests of the American people.  You are now going down as the worst majority leader in the history of this country, in order to satisfy your lust to hurt people."

Yeah, Ron stuck his neck out to tell half the truth, but right now, half the truth is not enough.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Venezuela Prediction

A prediction that absolutely nobody will remember several years from now, when it is proven to be true:

First of all, let me remind you that Venezuela has the largest proven reserves of oil in the world.

Over the course of my lifetime, and certainly under the Chavez government, we have seen periodic spasms of anti-government violence in Venezuela.  As the years pass by, the tiny minority of Americans who even remember problems in other countries discover that the United States precipitated economic collapse in Venezuela, through means such as its currently unjustifiable sanctions against the country, massively financed opposition to the government from rich businessmen and their paid henchmen, and often open support for rebel (i.e. terrorist, in U.S. government terms) armies.

Why? Because the Venezuelan people repeatedly elect governments that are determined to see that a fair share of the revenue of its oil goes to the Venezuelan people, instead of having all of it taken by American oil companies. That, in US terms, is called socialism-the notion that ordinary people have a right to a shred of their nation's wealth. 

Oh, there is enough left over to pay off the requisite number of Venezuelan rich sociopaths to create an impression that the opposition to their government is a real phenomenon, but other than that, the Venezuelan people are expected to just shut up and do nothing while their only real source of national income is pillaged.

Well, based on a long past history in Venezuela, and in many other countries around the world, that is going to turn out to be exactly what is going on today.  The US government, which is determined to see that its own people are stripped of every bit of our national wealth, is, under Republican rule, doing exactly the same thing in Venezuela.  If the past is any sign, of course, it will be years before the full truth is learned, and by then the Venezuelan government will be long gone, replaced by a more compliant one whose leaders are willing to sell their country down the river if it enriches themselves.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Suggestion for Nancy

Not that she needs my help.

So Trump is threatening that, if she holds firm on no State of the Union address until after the shutdown, he will deliver a "State of the Union" address to one of his rallies, which will be almost verbatim the same belligerent, racist blast of hatred as always.

Go ahead, Nancy, and then accept that demagogic piece of garbage as his official State of the Union address, to be forever enshrined with every other State of the Union address ever given.  That will serve as a perfect reminder to those who come after us, what kind of President he really is.

Solomon and the Baby

I've been thinking of this biblical story of the wisdom of Solomon lately.
The Wisdom of Solomon, by Rafaello

I'm sure you are all familiar with the tale:  Two women appeared before Solomon, each claiming to be the mother of a baby.  To decide,Solomon said, "Well, let's be fair here; we'll cut the baby in half and give each mother one of the halves."  One of the women said, "Fine."  One begged Solomon to give the baby to the other woman, as long as it could live.  Thus, Solomon discovered which woman actually cared about the baby.

Well, of course I am talking about the government shutdown.  We have one party that is willing to kill the country to prevent the other side from winning a battle with him, while the other side is trying a succession of agreements to save the country.

I'm not a religious person, yet I thought of this story.  Funny that the bible obsessed Christians who run the Republican party apparently never heard it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The CEO President

Well, if nothing else, hopefully the reign of Donald Trump will finally disabuse the nation of the idea that being a CEO is great training for being President.

Being a CEO is great preparation to head a country, but only a certain kind of country.  A CEO does whatever he wants.  He is perfectly justified in running his company for the sole benefit of himself and his close associates.  He has no legal obligation to spend one minute concerning himself with  the welfare of the people that are under him, except to keep their condition a hair's breadth above what would induce them into open rebellion, or as we call it in the private sector, going on strike.  He can punish them or ban them at will.

As I said, these are indeed the characteristics of a certain type of national leader: a dictator.  A corporation is essentially a dictatorship, and running one is the perfect training to run a country the same way.  Funny, the people who tout the CEO President never thought of that.  Or, maybe they have.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dirty Trick?

In all the coverage of the Buzzfeed report about Trump's subornation of perjury, and the Mueller non-denial denial of it, I have yet to see a single mention of what, to me, seems to be a highly likely explanation of what happened: that this information was planted with Buzzfeed by Republicans to give themselves an opportunity to go on one more screaming tirade about the phony press, and in the process make this impeachable revelation radioactive, so it is just dropped.

The Republican party has, after all, a history of this sort of thing.  The Most notorious, and most successful of such schemes was the deliberate releasing, a couple of months before the 2004 election, of false evidence of George W. Bush's desertion from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war.  And let me be clear that the evidence that Bush did desert is and was at the time absolutely incontrovertible; but this fake scandal made the entire issue, which could well have derailed Bush's reelection, out of bounds to the mainstream press.

There have been other examples of such behavior from Republicans over the years, the most recent of which has been the widely publicized effort by Republican operatives to gin up a phony story that Robert Mueller was a rapist. 

So, why do we not suspect that we have the same thing happening here?  The Trump people, knowing that they have now strayed into incontrovertible impeachment territory, acted swiftly to use a tried and true Republican tactic to make the issue uncoverable by the mainstream media.  Buzzfeed, obviously, does not have the fact checking resources that, say, the New York Times or the Washington Post do, so they were selected as the patsies in this plot.  That, to my mind, is simply by far the most likely explanation of what happened with this report, and it may very well work.