Trump Is A Sideshow Distraction, The Kochs And Their Ilk Are The Real Danger To Our Democracy

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I’ve been saying this for months now. The Republicans already control Congress, the White House, SCOTUS, and have gained virtual control of the election process nationally and in most states.

Now their bosses, the Koch Brothers and others like them, having targeted the federal judiciary system. If they are successful, the Democrats will never, ever win back anything again and no “liberal” laws will ever be enacted. Those in effect now that the Kochs oppose will be struck down in the lower courts or be declared unconstitutional by the Koch employees on SCOTUS.

Stop focusing exclusively on the idiocy of Trump. It’s now clear he was intentionally put into office not only to do their bidding but mainly as a sideshow distraction.

The Kochs and their ilk have been pursuing this complete takeover for the past 45 years. They’ve been unwittingly aided and abetted by the neoliberals who seized control of the Democratic Party: the Carters, the Clintons, the Obamas, the Nacy Pelosis, the Debbie Wasserman Schulltzes, the Chuck Shumers, the Harry Reids, the Heidi Heitcamps, the John Warners, the Joe Manchins, the Jon Testers, the Chris Dodds, the Barney Franks, the congressional Black Caucus who backed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, etc.are all responsible for this. All the center of right gutless wonders who converted the Democratic Party into the Republican Lite Party.

We’re now paying for the fixation on building their own financial success as they pursued business-friendly legislation and warmongering at the expense of working to help make this country and the lives of the people who voted them into office better. If the Republicans are successful in further marginalizing and castrating the Democratic Party into total governmental impotence, then it will be our children and the ensuing generations to come who will continue to pay the price as well. I place full blame for the current state of this country, not on the Republicans but on the Democratic Party who enabled this to happen.

 

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The Impeachable Hypocrisy Of The Congressional Democrats

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I’m proud to be one of the prescient millions who foretold the almost immediate crash and burn of Donald Trump in the White House. If a wink is as good as a nod to a blind man, even the blind could see this coming from the onslaught of winking eyes as far back as the primaries. Make no mistake, Trump will turn the heat up on the Republicans so high they’ll have to doff their ongoing participation in providing cover for him and stand out alone in the cold light of common sense and allow themselves to be blown toward the inevitable: either the impeachment and conviction or the resignation of Donald John Trump, destined to have the shortest tenure in the White House of a tenant (I will not refer to him as the president) who was not forced to leave due to serious illness or death.

But, being the faIr-minded Farlefty that I am, it’s now time to out the Democrats for the partisan, opportunistic hypocrites that they are. Granted, Trump has committed more impeachable offenses in the shortest period of time after moving into the White House than all the other real presidents. But, his treasonous, unethical, and illegal transgressions haven’t cost any lives—so far. Contrast that with the treasonous, unethical and illegal transgressions of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. They conspired to concoct a lie that would not only result in thousands (and counting) of American troops and the deaths of millions (and counting) Iraqi troops and citizens, and led to the total destabilization of the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Peninsula regions. They assassinated Saddam Hussein without having a single coherent and workable plan in place on how to fill the governmental vacuum left by his death.

And I said this was all built upon multiple lies, right? And from those lies they started multiple wars, decimating an entire part of the world for their own personal gains and those of their business cronies. Yet, in 2006, with the Democrats once again the controlling majority after winning the midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi made the announcement that impeachment of Bush &n Co. was off the table. The Democrats weren’t even actually in power until January 2007 yet she still kicked the shovel out of all liberals’ hands. And Harry Reid was right there with his foot on the shovel to make sure it remained impotently on the ground.

So, all this public outcry calling for the impeachment of Trump over his dangerously immature, illegal and treasonous activities has a very hollow ring to it. I want the guy out of the White House and relegated to an existence of public disgrace and humiliation, as well as the butt of stand-up comic and late night show host jokes for the rest of his miserable and hopefully less wealthy and connected life. But again, the high crimes and misdemeanors he’s perpetrated up to this point don’t even rise up to the level of the Bush administration outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative through a Robert Novak column just to wreak revenge on her hubby Joe Wilson. But I digress.

So, save me from all this self-righteous chest thumping of the Democrats (albeit rightfully) demanding Trump’s head on a platter held by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. They had and blew their chance at positioning themselves as the sole guardians of the Constitution and safeguarding our democracy and governmental institutions. And following on the heels of the Republicans impeaching Bill Clinton over virtually nothing, they not only wimped out, they sold us out.  Yes, Trump deserves to be both impeached and convicted. But spare us the dramatic posturing and the self-righteous indignation, Democrats. You sound just as phony and self-serving as the Republicans back in 1998-99.

Why Obama Will Win

Yes, I know.  Can’t predict Obama will win or I’ll jinx it. Still 36 days to go till Election Day and anything could happen.  That’s the current thinking among the liberal media.  I bow to Rachel Maddow, Norman Goldman, Lawrence O’Donnell, Thom Hartmann and others of their high caliber in respect of their professional experience and expertise in analyzing political situations and trends.  But sometimes, too much experience can get in the way.  It’s like having a problem with the audio speakers connected to a computer.  The husband, who knows all about computers, checks for missing drivings, file corruption, registry errors and decides the audio card has failed.  His wife comes over to the computer and asks if he checked if the audio cable from the speakers became unplugged from the computer.  He hadn’t thought of that. He checks and by golly, the cat must have pulled the cable out of the audio jack on the back of the computer.  Problem solved.

Sometimes it takes someone with the lesser experience to clearly see the simple answer.  That’s why I think I have an observation that all of the professional, paid political pundits missed.  Obama will win the election because the Republican Party has decided to hand it over to him.  Look at the evidence logically: they fielded the worst slate of candidates ever seen during the Presidential primaries.  Either the candidates were flavors of the month or they never stood a chance. Every one fatally flawed and some were outright buffoons. Romney outspent every one of them and he was never able to attract more than about 25% of Republican voters.  He simply outlasted everyone else. Then he picks a running mate who is poison to senior citizens and women.  The team is quickly sinking into the dustbin of presidential campaign history.

Why is no one asking why Jeb Bush, the heir apparent to his brother, didn’t enter the race? The door has been held open for him since 2009. What about Mitch Daniels, the other much bally-hooed future front runner.  Chris Christie? He would have been more at home in the clown circus of this past year and will I guarantee he will be no more than a footnote by 2016. But why no heavy hitters, no Republican stars running for President this year?

The answer is as simple as checking to see if the audio plug was pulled out of the back of a computer: the Tea Party.  The movement started out in 2009 as a protest against the banks and taxes but for the most part what it was protesting was about as formalized as the Occupy Wall Street movement when it first started out.  But the Republican Party fairly quickly saw that the Tea Party was driven by racism and fear and was composed of low-information people with easily malleable minds that could be controlled, and just as quickly subverted the Party to suit its own needs. The Republican Party set the agenda and funded candidates for state offices and for Congress after President Obama took office.  It even promoted the birther offshoot.  The Republican Party’s goals were realized when in January 2010, the Tea Party took over control of the House and de facto control of the Senate.  This is what gave John Boehner the confidence to declare the Republicans would create jobs and Mitch McConnell to declare that the Senate Republicans’ most important job was to hold President Obama to one term.  The mistake both men and the Republican Party made was in thinking the Tea Party once in Congress could remain under their control. They were wrong. Oh, boy, were they wrong.

I truly think that both McConnell and Boehner thought they could stymie Obama’s “liberal” agenda while forwarding their own. And why not? Hadn’t the Democrats, who had lost their spine after 1981 while voting Antonin, Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito onto the Supreme Court, also voted for TARP and to approve George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq? Hadn’t they always rolled over when it counted? The three things that scuttled both men’s grand plans were: 1. The no new taxes pledge.  2. The Tea Party had plans of its own.  3. Harry Reid grew a spine.

A despot learns early on that in order to retain absolute power that can be bequeathed to his/her heirs and to even become beloved among the people you have to give the people a little something. They may grumble about wanting more, but they will also fear losing what they have.  This is the way you keep them under control.  Every despot who after seizing power with the intent of taking everything away understood that in order to retain power he/she had to employ fear, violence, imprisonment, torture, and murder.  And every despot—or his/her heirs that employed these same tactics, eventually was deposed. This is consistent throughout history.   You gotta give the people something to keep them under control, whether it be steady job with decent wages and healthcare, homeownership, retirement, or welfare.

In January 2011, the Tea Party took over Congress and state governments with one agenda: to have it their way.  Power, wealth, absolute control over every aspect of society that wasn’t signing on their agenda. And the Republican Party sat back and let them give it a try just to see if it would work.  By the end of 2011 the Republican Party could see the experiment was a dismal failure, its approval ratings were in free fall, and people in and outside its base, were getting very, very restless.  John Boehner tried to bring the Tea Party back under his control, but those horses had left the barn way back in January.

The Tea Party became the Republican Frankenstein’s monster.  I don’t think Boehner and McConnell had planned to drive the U.S. to the brink of bankruptcy over the raising the debt ceiling, and I don’t think they had planned on the Super Congress which mandated would cut off the udders of the sacred cow/milltary budget, and the push to pass the anti-abortion bills might have caught them by surprise.  What probably angered them was the Tea Party monster’s refusal to introduce or consider any jobs bills at all. In the entire history of Congress, both parties had typically found ways to compromise and work together for the greater benefit of the country.  But the Tea Party refused to be budged off its ideology and it was plain for all to see that Boehner lost control of the House in 2011 and that Eric Cantor, who had re-made himself in the image of the Tea Party, was calling the shots.

As this rupture within the Republican Party widened, its approval ratings began to tumble. When the presidential primary season rolled around, it was clear Republican voters were searching for and running to the newest Messiah, only to find the person was no more than a snake oil salesperson.  They rejected every one of them until the only non-Messiah left was Mitt Romney.  The Republican Party has not so much embraced Romney as settled for him. Settling for has no deteriorated into writing off the Presidency and hoping to retain control of at least one chamber of Congress.

The Republican Party sees that the record lowest approval ratings for Congress in history coincide with the Tea Party takeover and the move so far to the right the base and independent voters are being made to feel like they’re liberals, a feeling uncomfortable and alien to them.  It knows that if it ever hopes to regain control in D.C. and elect Jeb Bush president, it needs to kill (figuratively speaking) the Tea Party and its sycophants like Sarah Palin.  So, it is allowing Obama to be re-elected and Obamacare to remain to be a thorn in the side of its base. The base will be riled up over how the Tea Party did nothing but gridlock Congress AND enable Obama to be re-elected that it will return to electing mainstream Republicans to Congress.

Yes, the Republican Party wants to the Tea Party to die so it can be the Republican Party again and start winning presidential elections.  It’s like a phoenix which must die by fire in order to be reborn from the ashes.  There is no other logical explanation why it has fielded two absolute incompetents to run against Obama.  Romney’s falling approval ratings are bad enough but his most unforgiveable sin is that he is bringing down the ratings for Fox News, and that cannot be countenanced.  The best evidence of the Republican Party abandoning Romney is Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group moving money out of the Romney campaign and into selected Congressional races, like those for Todd Akin and Scott Brown.  Of course Rove has aligned himself with the Tea Party and perhaps there are powers greater than him who want him gone with the Tea Party as well.

Remember that unlike the Democrats, the Republicans think long term.  They were planning their takeover of American politics back in the 70’s and they achieved that goal. Even Bill Clinton was more Republican than Democrat. So they are perfectly happy to write off eight years of Obama, who is similar to Bill Clinton in quite a few ways.  Their new four-year plan starts next year in preparation for the midterm elections in 2014. The Republican Party always believes, despite the panic it instills in its base, that it has all the time in the world. Except of course, if the Mayans were right about the world ending 12/21/2012. But I think Karl Rove bought the rights to the Mayan calendar and reset the date to 2016 if a Democrat wins the White House again.

Obama’s Two Mistakes

I have had my issues with President Obama.  To me, he has caved in so many times he has miners trapped inside him.  (A tip of the hat to John Fugelsang for that line.).  Well, I’m currently reading a book—which I highly recommend—by Noam Scheiber titled “ The Escape Arti$ts: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the [sic] Recovery”.  It’s been eye-opening.

Although it is true that Obama is a better chess player than poker player (although he strategizes long term, he tends to show his hand early) I now believe Obama has always been sincere in wanting to work with both sides of the Congressional aisle because that was his modus operandi in the US Senate.  It’s also very clear where Obama made his mistakes in this administration because he made two huge ones.

First, for some reason he idolized Bill Clinton and thought his economic team walked on international water, the way the averted global financial collapse and all back in the 90’s.  The fact that what Clinton’s team did led directly to the stock market and banking collapse of 2008 either got by him or by that time since he had his team in place all Obama could say was “Oops.”  What bothers me is the fact that Obama, acknowledging he knew next to nothing about economic policy, looked around and he thought he saw the best financial minds in Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase (to Obama, Jamie Dimon is THE guy), and career US Treasury guys.  The fact that these guys all placed the welfare of global economies, Wall Street and the banks over people (so what if a few million people lose their jobs,  as long as investors are happy and their dollars are safe) EVERY time, didn’t give him pause.  Well, he did pause long enough to appoint Christine Romer as his chief economist; she being the only one who didn’t consider John Maynard Keynes the economic  Anti-Christ.  But as it was, Romer advised a minimum $1.8 trillion stimulus but the Obama team decided $775 billion was all they could go and we all know how that turned out.  Like much with the Obama administration, it could have been better.

The 2nd mistake was in figuring that since he was being noble and sincere in his outreach to the Republicans to work with him in a bi-partisan manner, they would be, too.  It’s hard to believe that a politician as astute as Obama could have totally misread the Tea Party, but misread them he did.  Or maybe he thought that when Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly stated that Job One would be holding Obama to a single term as president he had his fingers crossed behind his back.  No, he didn’t have his fingers crossed behind his back, he had both hands in front of his body and was sticking the middle fingers on both hands up at Obama.

For me, “The Escape Artists” has rounded out the picture of the man.  I’ve made the mistake of assuming the image presented of Obama was the same as the man.  I believe Obama knows what he doesn’t know (but doesn’t take it to absurd lengths ala Donald Rumsfeld) but he needs to be less trusting that there’s basically only one small group of guys who do know what he doesn’t know and they know it the right way.  Obama chose the wrong Robert among the ex-Clintonites when he went for Rubin instead of Reich.  If Obama can be heard above the right wing noise machine, he should be able to fix his mistakes during his second term.

The (Un) Liberal Media

Talk about your corporate media bias against Obama, notice the opening line of the ABC OTUS story posted on Yahoo:

http://news.yahoo.com/boehner-charges-ahead-contempt-resolution-holder-155737438–abc-news-politics.html

“After a last-ditch appeal by the White House fell flat Tuesday…”  It’s a carefully worded partisan statement by writer John Parkinson/ABC OTUS News to make it appear that Obama is flailing and impotent against the might of John Boehner.  Look at the headline:  “Boehner Charges Ahead on Contempt Resolution for Holder”.  No flailing impotency on Boehner’s part there.  And the final, cliché partisan comment: “The contempt resolution passed out of committee strictly down party lines…” See? Politics as usual.  Not a word of the backstory to the whole thing to put the contempt witch hunt in perspective.

This is a textbook example of how the right wing-controlled corporate media controls and frames the message to the uneducated voter.

Ding! Dong! The Dems Are Dead

Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin as far as Wisconsin goes because the Democrats regained control of the state Senate.  This means that Wisconsin will be a negative image of President Obama and Congress in that it will be the Democrats blocking (hopefully) all legislation proposed by Republicans and Walker.

But despite all the handwringing and finger pointing, Walker’s victory was to be expected. The symbolism is clear: the Republicans—and by Republicans read the top 1%–control the United States of America. The top 1% controls the corporate media, the elections, both political parties, the courts, the military, the economy, and employment through the realization of plans carefully-laid some 40 years ago by David and Charles Koch and their cabal of wealthy and powerful friends and associates.

But don’t put all the blame on them because they didn’t accomplish it alone. Republicans alone didn’t put together the current panel of Justices that sit on the U.S. Supreme Court that gave us Citizens United, and Republicans alone didn’t give us the PATRIOT Act, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the Bush tax cuts, the 2008 financial meltdown and TARP, the thefts of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections from Democratic victors, and the wars on women and employee unions.  The Democrats have been there every step of the way voting to confirm all SCOTUS Justices, the wars, the totalitarian acts which violate the U.S. Constitution, and everything else. The Democratic Party itself has been missing in action when it came to supporting the unions, as was demonstrated in Wisconsin these past few months.  The Democratic Party is also partially culpable for the War on Women because through its ineptness and timidity, it allowed the Republican Party to control and frame the message to voters so that today, standing up for true personal freedom and economic equality is evil.  When people visualize the Republican Party they see it as standing tall with God on one side and the American flag on the other.

Where the rise of the Republican Party/1% began in the 1980’s, the slow decline of the Democratic Party can be traced to a specific date: November 22, 1963.  On that date before a worldwide audience, the conspirators and their hired assassinations showed both political parties—but especially the Democrats, that all politicians, including presidents, are expendable.  They proved they could assassinate an American leader in front of a city of eyewitnesses and TV cameras and get away with it.  The Democrats quickly got the message and signed off on the fictitious Warren Report.  As a reminder of the lesson, both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were dispatched within a couple of months of each other in 1968 with similar successful cover-ups.

Although LBJ and the Democrats pushed through “liberal” legislation creating Medicare and voting rights and such, LBJ and the Democratic Party were brought down for lying the U.S. into the Vietnam War as surely as George W. Bush lied the U.S. into the Iraq War almost 40 years later.  The Democratic Party continued its slide in 1968 with the villainization  and FBI harassment of antiwar protest and left wing groups and with the Democratic mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, waging violent and oppressive warfare against demonstrators protesting legally outside the outside the Democratic convention.  When public opinion turned to support of the antiwar protesters, it also turned against the Democrats and Richard M. Nixon was elected to the White House.

Even after Nixon resigned in disgrace in 1974 and was immediately pardoned by President and Republican Gerald Ford (who also sat on the Warren Commission), Americans briefly pouted by electing Jimmy Carter president in 1976 before forgiving the Republicans of all sins and happily ushered Ronald Reagan into the White House.  This is where the decline of the Democratic Party gained speed. Reagan’s victory, which completely demoralized the Democrats, who decided to join the Republicans since they couldn’t beat them.

Bill Clinton with the Democratic Leadership Council won the presidency in 1992 by mutating the Democratic Party into Republican-Lite and the Party hasn’t looked back since.  Despite all the rhetoric from both parties to the contrary, there is virtually no difference between the Democratic and Republican parties leadership or politicians.  Yes, the Republicans excel at dirty tricks and lies, but the Democrats accept scraps of money (compared to the bribes, er, paychecks the Republicans receive) from the same employers of the Republicans.  Every time the Democrats regained control of Congress (sometimes with simultaneous control of the White House) since 1980, they’ve done nothing to protect employees unions and women. They’ve done nothing to pass meaningful campaign finance reform, and they demolished the last vestige of consumer banking and investment protection when Clinton signed Democratic legislation repealing the Glass-Steagall Act, which ultimately lead to the financial meltdown of 2008.

While the Democrats continue to claim there is a vast and discernible difference between them and the Republicans, at the very same time they are continually trying to show the voters they are as God-fearing as the Republicans (by refusing to advocate the revocation of tax exemptions from politicized churches and tele-evangelists), as patriotic as Republicans (by voting to send troops to a phony war and continuing to fund the bloat and corruption of the military-industrial complex), and as pro-business as Republicans by voting for unnecessary tax cuts, free trade agreements, and turning a blind eye to the all the American jobs that have been shipped overseas.  The Democrats have done nothing to outlaw the electronic voting machines which enable the Republicans to steal two consecutive presidential elections.  The Democrats continue to speak softly, through Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and carry a very small stick, if any stick at all.  They talk support of employee unions but have stood by impotently as the Republicans roll past them in pursuit of making the union movement in this country and around the world extinct.  And just like the Republicans, they have actively enabled corporate mergers to decimate true market competition, as they refuse to enforce antitrust laws, and approve commissioners to the FCC whose goals were to de-regulate the public airwaves and cable industries, allowing a handful of companies to monopolize all televised and broadcast outlets in America, most of the staunch supporters of the Republican Party. Newspapers, or what’s left of them, are also in the firm control of a handful of corporations also aligned with the Republicans.

The Democrats can’t even get judges appointed to the many vacancies on U.S. District courts, judges who would be able to stem the tide and perhaps reverse the assault on personal freedoms and voting rights that are successfully being waged by the Republicans in the face of non-action by the Democratic U.S. Department of Justice.

The Democrats have abdicated their adversary position to the Republicans—despite self-righteous rhetoric in front of TV cameras—to be just about almost close enough like them so they can keep their phony baloney Congressional jobs.  Staying in office has become part important than actually doing anything beneficial and important in office.

Because of the way the Republicans have masterfully framed their message, and public opinion polls to the contrary, most voters see Republicans as representing the future and Democrats as history and irrelevant. Wisconsin proved that last night.  To Republicans, Obama’s 2008 victory was just a transitory blip on their radar screen.  They specialize in long term planning, and they have all the time in the world to make those plans a reality.  Just ask the Koch brothers.

Andrew Breitbart—Rest In Turmoil

I greeted the news of Andrew Breitbart’s timely death with leer and gloating. Ding dong the bitch is dead!  If I was a dancer I would be making plans to visit his grave after his corpse has been tossed into it.

This was a man who made a good living from ruining the lives of people he disagreed with politically although he would have surely done it for free. The only problem with his death is that it happened about three years too late.  Let’s imagine the United States without an Andrew Breitbart from January 2009 on:

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) would still be working for low- and moderate-income families on issues dealing with health, affordable housing, social issues, and most importantly—registering them to vote.

Van Jones would still be still be the Special Advisor for Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, working on developing a “green” industry and the jobs to fill it.

Shirley Sherrod would still be working happily as the Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the US Department of Agriculture.

Ronald Schiller would still be raising money for NPR.

It’s kind of like a reverse “It’s A Wonderful Life” where everyone’s lives would have been better had Breitbart never existed.

My concern now is for James O’Keefe, the Breitbart lackey who shot and acted in the videos that inexplicably brought most of these people down. Who sponsors him now? Who supplies the planning and repository for his venal video character and agency assassinations? The poor guy might have to shrivel up and disappear into the shadows or, gulp, get a job.

Breitbart was the very definition and personification of unhinged. Check out this video of his ranting at an Occupy protest:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/11/andrew-breitbart-losses-control-at-occupy-protesters/

And this was a guy who struck fear in the very core of the pillars of power at the White House and NPR. The last person to strike such fear was a man who never lost anyone their job. His name was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. but in his case, the pillars of power struck back, if one is to think conspiratorially.

Today, Rep. Louis Gohmert, the Texas Twit, honored Breitbart’s name on the floor of the House.  If he tries to get a federal holiday named after the guy, he’ll answer to me.

So, ding dong the bells once more, a coronary house fell on Andrew Breitbart today. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have his own Clarence the Angel to lift the house off him.