The Conservative Trump Bashers

Since Trump’s election, arguably the most effective political opponents he has faced are the conservative “establishment” republicans who routinely rip him to shreds on twitter.

There is John Schindler, a former NSA analyst:

Then there is Rick Wilson, who had his daughter threatened with rape from the “civil” Trump crowd during the election season:

And we have Steve Schmidt, who recently announced he is leaving the GOP, after having managed many high profile GOP campaigns, some with much success.

It is a sad commentary on liberals, progressives and establishment democrats that the most effective critics of Trump so far have been right-wing pundits and strategists.  While it’s been fun to watch the conservatives eat their own and see them savage Trump, people on the left tend to forget that the conservative Trump critics are conservatives.  They don’t agree with you, they didn’t like Obama, they want a right-wing radical on the supreme court, they don’t want Medicare for all, they don’t want more social services, because they are conservatives.

People on the left forget this and instead get their feelings hurt when their conservative political brothers in arms against Trump turn their fire to the left.  Don’t be.  Take a lesson from their effective attacks, but ignore all their garbage when they attack democrats and liberals.  The left has to come up with its own agenda, it’s own alternative vision for the country.  And while we can rely on conservatives Trump critics to attack Trump, they can’t be relied upon for advice on how democrats win or what democrats should stand for.

Take a page from Bernie Sanders and other liberals, and realize that you have to present a clear vision for the future of this country to get voters to buy in and support you.  You don’t have to be a socialist, but you do have to tell voters what you want to do if you are elected.  Being I’m not Trump is not good enough.

With the latest primary win by a democrat socialist, it’s confirmed.  She did not win because she is a socialist, she won because she was very specific on what she wanted to accomplish: impeach trump, medicare for all, college for all.  Her democratic establishment opponent (who himself is fairly liberal) didn’t even bother to show up for a debate and offered no clear plan (just like Hillary never bothered to show up at mid-west states she needed to win and never bothered to tell American voters specifically what she wanted to do as a leader).

Still don’t get what I’m saying?  Tell me three specific goals Hillary Clinton said she wanted to accomplish if elected president . . . if you’re like me you probably can’t even come up with one, even though you voted for her.  The only thing that comes to mind immediately is “not Trump.”

Now tell me three specific things Trump was for?  The Wall.  Mexico pays for it.  Fight China.

If the democrats can’t get their messaging straight and only take the position that they are not Trump and rely on conservatives to do the effective political attacks against Trump, then the democratic party doesn’t have much of a future.  The republicans play for keeps, they are willing to violate the constitution to ensure they get a Trump flunky appointed to the supreme court, prevent people from voting, and refuse to say one bad word against Trump.  But you know exactly what they stand for because they repeat it over and over again until you memorize it like a catchy commercial.  They want to win, whatever the cost.

Democrats don’t need to play dirty, but they need to start making sure people know by heart what the party stands for and they need to start playing tough and act like they actually want to win because they have something they actually want to accomplish beyond “I’m not Trump.”

 

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Democratic Failures Come Home To Roost

The Democrats are waking up this week to a bunch of Supreme Court opinions that have trashed their core: from a decision that allows Texas to impose racist boundries to elect more republicans, slamming public unions, allowing a ban against people just because they practice the wrong religion, and protecting anti-abortion businesses.

The reason why these bad decisions are coming down is because President Obama was illegally and unconstitutionally denied his lawful right to put a supreme court justice on the court.  The Republicans blocked him.  And instead of shutting down the House and Senate, democrats rolled over and let the Republicans screw over the constitution.

Now Democrats are rolling over and taking it from the Republicans once again by telling each other to be “civil” towards the evil Trump regime and their racist policy of separating babies from the border.  You have to be nice to evildoers, didn’t you get the memo from the Democratic party leadership?

Leading up to Trump’s election, Democrats lost an election against a slob (Trump) they should have won, and during the few elections before that they consistently lost elections and control even though they had a popular and successful president at the top.

Liberals–and independents–are waking up to the fact that something is very wrong in Washington, D.C., and it’s not just a garbage president and his ass kissing clown posse in the Congress, it’s also the Democratic party.  The Democrats have put forward no alternative to Trump other than to say “we’re not Trump.”  They have put no agenda on the table and have not told the American people what their alternative vision for this country is.  What do we do with healthcare?  What do we do with Social Security running out of money? What do we do about deeply cutting taxes for all the rich and their elite companies while choking the funding and life out of social services for the poor?

The Democrats don’t lead, instead they complain, and hope that Trump screws up so badly that people have no choice but to elect Democrats.

Well today, one of the Democratic pigs that has been sitting around with Nancy Pelosi losing elections and failing to do anything of substance, was kicked out by a young socialist firebrand.  The Democrats need to wake up: the Republicans are not the only ones that will be held responsible for Trump and all that he has done. And you, Democratic Party, will also be held responsible for your repeated failures and inability to lead or accomplish anything without Obama.

You are on notice.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.

An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley — the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House — outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.

Don’t Ignore the Evidence, Americans Are In Big Economic Trouble

President Trump was so eager to announce the unemployment statistics last week that he broke federal law and issued a Tweet talking about how good the numbers were before they were released.  This is the same president who said the employment statistics were “phony” a “fraud” and built on “lies,” when he was running for office and the Black Man™ was in the Oval Office.  Now that Trump is the man in charge, suddenly he can’t stop talking about how great the numbers are.

For millions of Americans that the economy is not doing well.  This is what Trump ran on–the anger felt by millions of Americans who believe their government, economy and business “leaders” have left them to suffer and die in poverty and unable to support their families.  Now that Trump is the president, he also ignores those Americans, and is putting in trade policies that hurt the very Americans who voted for him.  Instead of laughing in his face with his new lies, his supporters only become more eager to kiss his ring.

As Trump dumps out illiterate tweets while sitting on the toilet and the senile and inept democrat “opposition” sits around doing nothing, Rome burns.

The reality for millions of Americans is this:

  • Forty percent of American adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense such as an unexpected medical bill, car problem or home repair.

  • Forty-three percent of households can’t afford the basics to live, meaning they aren’t earning enough to cover the combined costs of housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cellphone, according to the United Way study. Researchers looked at the data by county to adjust for lower costs in some parts of the country.

  • More than a quarter of adults skipped necessary medical care last year because they couldn’t afford it.

  • Twenty-two percent of adults aren’t able to pay all of their bills every month.

  • Only 38 percent of non-retired Americans think their retirement savings is “on track.”

  • Only 65 percent of African Americans and 66 percent of Hispanics say they are “doing okay” financially vs. 77 percent of whites.

Even though people are not doing well, they seem to think they are doing well, and as a result are no longer “saving for a rainy day“:

in the last few years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the savings rate has fallen nearly to pre-recession lows, and many of us are back to our old habits.

As people spend more, save less, and fail to increase their earnings, they are more reliant on the government to bail them out when they get old.  But the news keeps getting worse for the American sucker, as we learned today that Medicare will be completely broke by 2026, and Social Security will be completely broke about ten years later.  There will be no safety net left for people like Millennials (who already are far worse off financially than their parents thanks to the Great Recession).

The Medicare trust fund will be depleted in 2026, the administration said. By contrast, the government said last year that the trust fund would be exhausted in 2029.

In a companion report, federal officials said the Social Security Trust Funds for old-age benefits and disability insurance, taken together, could be depleted in 2034, the same year projected in last year’s report.

Wave of Republican Retirements Grows

We’ve heard recent news that there is a “wave” of Republicans retiring from Congress and refusing to run for reelection in 2018.  In fact, some are calling it a record number of retirements, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a hundred years.  The conventional wisdom is that there is a Democrat “wave” coming in the mid terms and the Republicans would rather go back to the private sector (or wherever) rather than battle it out.

But buried in this news story is the fact that, in addition to low level congress critters, high level and extremely powerful committee chairs (and even the Speaker of the House!!!) are also announcing their retirement at an extraordinary pace.  The committee chairs usually come from safe districts, are very well funded, and stand a very strong chance of winning reelection even in a tough political climate.  So why are 9 of the most powerful politicians in the U.S., including the the person third in line to be president, also retiring and walking away?

It could be the “wave” everyone is talking about.  Or it could be that these more powerful Republicans, who see a lot more information than the low level congress critters, know that there is big trouble brewing for the Republican party in terms of the Mueller investigation.  Could it be that a slew of indictments against the President’s team are coming down such that they will destroy Republican chances of reelection and fundamentally destroy Trump’s presidency?  Could it be that for congressmen like Nunes and Gowdy, two retiring chairmen who were also members of Trump’s political campaign and/or “transition team,” also see that they may personally have some exposure if Trump’s team goes down?

We don’t know, but there is a strong possibility that these retirements are due to something far more interesting than an upcoming “tough election.”

Trump’s Immigration Race Purge

The debate on immigration started with the “dreamers” and “illegals.” But as it began to look like Republicans and Democrats reached a very conservative deal, Trump blew the deal up and said he also wanted restrictions on legal immigration from “shithole” countries that happen to have a lot of black and brown people.

Suddenly we went from no “illegal immigrants” to “no immigrants,” but since Trump used foul mouthed language to make that point, people focused more on the curse word than the message.  Trump is now demanding that we put immigration law back to the 1950s, where only white people could get in. That changed in 1965, during the civil rights era, when immigration rules became more race neutral.

The Democrats for their part are in chaos. They don’t know what their own position is. Hell, I don’t know what their position is on immigration. All we know is they want to save the “Dreamers” (people who were brought here illegally when they were young children and who only know the US and no other country as home). The Democrats drew themselves into a box by saying they’d shut down the government if they did not get a Dreamer deal.  Hard to make a bargain when you take an extreme position up front.

The Democrats need a unified message on what they stand for when it comes to immigration, and they need to make sure every American knows what they stand for on the issue. The 2018 elections are going to simply be whether people like Republicans or not, and the Democrats just need to present an alternative. It’s crazy that so far they can’t even do that.

 

Attorney General Wants Trump To Fire Him

The morning started with reports that president Donald Trump is very angry at attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump is angry that Sessions refused to take control over the investigation into Russian hacking and campaign spying, and instead “recused” himself, or in other words, removed himself, from the investigation.  Trump was probably angry because he thought Sessions would be there to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia:

“I thought that was a pretty damning report for the president,” Miller said. “Why would the president care if Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation or not unless he wanted him to exert inappropriate influence over it. It shouldn’t really matter who’s leading the investigation unless you want the person in charge to somehow steer it in a way that benefits you.”

Article after article kept coming, talking about how pissed off Trump was at Sessions, and explaining that the Trump’s tweets about the “travel ban” were really a way for him to blow off some of the steam he has built up about Sessions.  Trump effectively strangled the justice department’s case before it ever had a chance of making it before the supreme court:

The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

After all the bad stories about Sessions, it then was leaked to the press that Sessions actually offered to resign.  He’s had enough with El Trumpo, and seems to be who Trump is taking out his anger on these days.  Could it be that El Trumpo is getting scared?

As for Sessions, he’s ready to retire and pursue his life-long dream!

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