Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Hopelessness of It All

So the nation was treated yesterday to nine hours of evidence that Donald Trump is nothing but a cheap, brazen criminal.  But of course, sad to say, every sentient person in the country already knew that; there has never in our whole history been anyone more manifestly guilty that Trump.  So will this further round of national humiliation and disgrace be the tipping point that we have waited so long for, the point at which we all understand how much we degrade and disgrace ourselves by allowing it to go on for another day?

Forget it.  Regardless of how incontrovertible the signs of Trumps guilt are, the Republicans will go right on denying the truth until their dying days.

I have no intention of resurrecting Wingnut Wrapup at this time, but I did look briefly at a few of the biggest right wing sites to see how they were reporting yesterday's Congressional hearings.  Here is a brief sample:

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Reps. Jordan, Meadows Believe Cohen Committed Perjury During Latest Congressional Testimony"

Sidney Powell, Town Hall:  "Michael Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Show His Irrepressibly Lying Ways"

Roger Simon PJ Media:  "Dems Reelect Trump by Staging Partisan Cohen Hearing During Nuke Negotiations"

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Top GOP Lawmakers Refer Michael Cohen For Criminal Investigation For ‘Committing Perjury’ During Congressional Testimony"

In other words, the exact same tack taken unanimously by Republicans on the House committee: an endless attack on Cohen, and absolutely zero consideration of the nature or truth of his charges.

And a number of other sites had nothing at all about the hearings.  Some blogs did find room for this kind of story; a sample from Red State:

Streiff, Red State:  "President Trump Pulling the Plug On the Hanoi Summit Was Necessary To Progress"

Failure is success, lies are truth, good is bad, throwing a tantrum is great negotiating...

And this is why not a single person in the deranged cult that is today's Republican party is going to wake up to the monster that they keep feeding. 

Supernegotiator Strikes Again

Remember this picture?
This is a photo of a Republican President doing what was unthinkable just months before- meeting face to face with a dictator who had engineered the most massive Communist takeover in world history.  This dictator was the head of the largest country on earth, which was a potential threat to any other nation, including ours.  This President went on to become the most disgraced President in our history, but in this act of diplomacy he managed to utterly and permanently change our relation to China forever, and pave the way for a land which is still under authoritarian rule, but which has joined the general community of nations, and is now tied to us by a web of common interests.

Now, let's move forward to yesterday:
No, this is not a sick parody of the above picture, but it might as well be.  Here we have an American President meeting with a vicious dictator of a pathetic, backward country whose population is less than one tenth the size of ours, and beginning to make free concessions to this thug before being totally humiliated by him on the world stage.

Listen, I care very little about the fate of Otto Warmbier, an American student who appears to have been tortured to death in North Korea, but once again, it served as an occasion for Trump to publicly state his belief in the words of a murderous dictator over the united opinion of our intelligence services:

"I will take him at his word": President Trump says he believes Kim Jong Un didn't know what happened to Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died days after returning to the U.S. in a coma.

President Trump’s refusal to blame Kim Jong-un for the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died in 2017 after being imprisoned in North Korea, set off anger and sympathy for the young man’s family among political leaders in the United States on Thursday.

Before their summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly, Mr. Trump said that he and Mr. Kim, the North Korean leader, had discussed Mr. Warmbier and that Mr. Kim felt “badly” about what happened to the American...Referring to Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump said, “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”  He also said: “I don’t believe that he would have allowed that to happen, it just wasn’t to his advantage to allow that to happen."

The Hanoi summit meeting between Trump and Kim has now ended, with absolutely no progress on any front, except in so far as it provided more legitimacy to Kim's status on the world stage.  Trump humiliatingly fled from the meeting, and from the country of Vietnam altogether, cancelling a planned joint statement and press conference, heading to his plane and hightailing it back to the United States.  The World's Greatest Negotiator flew halfway around the world and got zero, except another massive humiliation from a cheap thug.

Maybe the luckiest thing that ever happened to this pathetic criminal is that his gigantic failure at the hands of a 32 year old ignorant jerk came on a day that was devoted to evidence that the aforementioned President is nothing but a corrupt con man of the lowest type; I cannot remember a President of the United States ever having a summit meeting go so badly.

Unfortunately, when it comes to Republicans, enough is never enough if they are getting what their rich donors want, so the combination of foreign policy collapse and domestic criminality, which in the first two and a half centuries of our country's existence would have resulted in the immediate removal of this guy from the White House to the big house, will mean nothing to them.  They will deny his incompetence and moral bankruptcy to their dying days, because they are, every single one of them, as bad as he is.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Both Sides

It will never stop.  From a Washington Post article today about the Republican electoral fraud in North Carolina:

"Republicans, led by President Trump, have alleged widespread voter fraud, particularly among noncitizens, and have advocated strict ID laws and criminal prosecutions. Democrats have argued that the kind of in-person fraud Republicans have targeted is rare — and have accused their opponents of ignoring actual evidence of campaign-driven fraud in Bladen and Robeson counties because it benefited them."

"Republicans alleged...Democrats argued..."  Impossible, of course for the reporters to discover which one of the two parties was telling the truth.  Impossible for them to say that in-person voter fraud is almost unknown in this country, and is as likely to come from Republican voters as Democrats.  And just beyond the pale for them to notice that the Democratic accusations against Republicans, who have constantly resorted to a whole host of crooked electoral schemes, over and over again, which have resulted in at least one stolen Presidency in 2000, in countless rigged House elections, and in two stolen governorships this year alone, are true.

We report-You's not just for Fox News any more.

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.