Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The CPAC Follies of 2019

As has been the case for too many years to count, on the first weekend of March this year, the right wing met up in Maryland for their annual love-fest of craziness. The highlight of the event was the address given by Donald Trump. It was yet another undeniable example that the chief-executive has gone off the deep end is not-at-all a stable man. Considering that this is the guy in possession of the nuclear codes, this ought to really scare you. After it was over, so many commentators seemed completely taken aback by the fact that the president of the United States used the word "bullshit" twice. This seemed kind of strange to me. Weren't they paying attention during the campaign of 2016?
"You motherfuckers, we're gonna tax the shit outta you!"
That wasn't the case of being zinged by a hot mic. He made that statement at a campaign rally in front of a crowd of thousands and with the media present. To make matters worse, he was referring to the nation of China when he made it. At the time it was reported quite widely at the time - except by Rupert Murdoch's media empire of course. My own local paper, The Times-Herald Record of Middletown New York, quoted the line unexpurgated. That really shocked me more than the line itself.
It was quite an unusual gathering to say the least. According to one of these clowns, the liberals will be coming after your cows (or hamburgers) before very long. But the biggest treat of the weekend was, of course, the Donald's Speech. It was the longest speech he has yet made since checking into the Executive Mansion a little over two years ago; clocking in at just a shade over two hours. It was a little unsettling to realize that no one there seemed appalled by what was coming out of the president's mouth and mind. according to the people who check these things, Trump uttered over one-hundred falsehoods during the course of the speech. I hesitate these days to call them "lies". I'm at appoint where I'm starting to think that he's so bat-shit crazy, he actually believes the nonsense flying out of his mouth.

It jars the senses to think that we'll have to deal with this madness for another twenty-two VERY LONG months. I'm not optimistic that he will be removed through the impeachment process. The GOP in the senate don't give a damn about the country they profess to love so much. Maybe the results of the Mueller report will jar them into reality - but I doubt it. This will end up being the longest national emergency since the Civil War.

Isn't this amusing?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Here's a YouTube link to view the most extraordinary speech made by an American politician since Andrew Johnson's address at Lincoln's second inauguration on March 4, 1965. It was more unhinged than even I've come to expect. Watch as much of it as you are able to stomach:


An absolute scream fest.


At 3:00 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." ~~ attributed to Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, 1885-1951, and author of "It Can't Happen Here"

The hypocritical evangelical Christians continue to support this evil, immoral and racist thug. That's the cross.

Now, at CPAC, visual acuity brings the flag.

Welcome to the beginning of fascist America, folks.

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

ACLU blasts Democrats' election bill as unconstitutional....

The American Civil Liberties Union dealt a blow Monday to Democrats’ new election overhaul legislation, saying the bill does too much damage to the First Amendment and the storied rights group cannot support it.

ACLU officials said they support parts of the bill, such as making it easier to register to vote, but said the legislation attempts to control even the mere mention of a politician, which goes too far.

“They will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day,” the ACLU’s national political director and senior legislative counsel wrote in a 13-page letter announcing opposition.

Democrats plan to put the bill, H.R. 1, on the chamber floor for a vote later this week.

They’ve cast it as their top legislative priority, after saying last year’s elections were tainted by too many problems with voting, and too much money controlling the outcomes of elections and legislating.

The bill is going nowhere beyond the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he won’t even bring it to his chamber’s floor.

But opposition from the ACLU could damage the bill’s bona fides with the left.

“When groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who have traditionally supported the Democratic party, echo my concerns with H.R. 1, it underscores why election reform legislation should not be developed in a partisan manner,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, which approved the bill last week.

The ACLU said it objected to lobbying restrictions Democrats wrote into the bill, saying they’re so broad they could prevent a former official from communicating with a senior government policymaker in any agency for up to eight years.

The group also said new disclosure rules are so broad as to be unworkable, preventing independent organizations from taking political action based on something they’d read or talked about even before someone became a candidate.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

What the ACLU actually said:

Congress, Let’s Fix the Problems in H.R. 1 so We Can Enact the Bill’s Much-Needed Reforms

There is a lot to like about the bill.

To begin, its aim is to strengthen and expand participation in our democracy. We are at a crucial moment where our democratic institutions are not adequately protecting the will of the people, and we strongly support the goals of H.R. 1 to correct these infirmities.

But, as we detail in a recent letter to Congress, there are provisions within the bill that, while well-intended, are overly broad and vague. If enacted, they would violate the First Amendment rights of American citizens and public interest organizations. Unless those provisions are fixed, we will oppose H.R. 1 and recommend that members of Congress vote against it.

Let’s first begin with what’s good with the legislation. H.R. 1 includes numerous federal protections for the right to vote, which has been under laser-like assault since the election of our first African-American president. The ACLU has long-supported many of the proposals H.R. 1 seeks to advance, especially the provisions aimed at unobstructed and equal access to voting.
In this regard, H.R. 1 addresses several of our top federal voting rights priorities, including:

Restoring the Voting Rights Act: We commend Congress for reaffirming its commitment in H.R. 1 to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act.

Restoring Voting Rights for Those Formerly Incarcerated:The inclusion of The Democracy Restoration Act in H.R. 1 is a powerful expression by Congress that the right to vote should be reinstated to the formerly incarcerated.

Supporting the U.S. Election Assistance Commission: A fully funded, empowered EAC is crucial to supporting state and local election administrators in the performance of their responsibilities to run fair and accessible elections.

Redistricting Reform: To achieve the constitutional principles of equal representation, redistricting reform must be enacted at the federal level.

Stopping Unfair Purging of the Voter Rolls: The SAVE VOTERS Act corrects a recent Supreme Court decision by clarifying that the National Voter Registration Act does not permit states to remove voters from the rolls simply for failing to vote for a period of time.

Voting Modernization: H.R. 1 would enact a series of proposals that ensure more Americans who want to cast a ballot are able to do so. These common sense proposals include early voting, no excuse absentee voting, same-day voter registration, online voter registration, and automatic voter registration.

In addition to voting rights, we also support a voluntary system of public campaign financing that would provide sufficient support for all eligible candidates to mount viable campaigns. H.R. 1 would take important steps to creating just that, including by matching small dollar contributions to federal candidates’ campaigns at 600 percent. The ACLU has long championed and fought for these reforms, and we will continue to work with Congress to design legislation that achieves them.

But even with all the good H.R. 1 would do, if enacted in its current form, it would unconstitutionally infringe on the speech and associational rights of many public interest organizations and American citizens. It is incumbent upon the drafters of H.R. 1 to correct these issues.

While there are many aspects of H.R. 1 that we strongly support, the provisions outlined above must be changed to avoid unconstitutionally burdening political speech.

We urge the Rules Committee to allow floor amendments that would specifically address our concerns.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Vern, you've plagerized again, haven't you?

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"This will end up being the longest national emergency since the Civil War." ~~ Tom Degan

There is speculation, should Trump be removed from office -- whether through impeachment, which ain't going to happen, or by losing in 2020 -- that he will not leave. There will not be a peaceful transfer of power.

Already Trump has blown the dog-whistle to his crazed gun-toting and stockpiling base that he may not leave office or want to leave office.

So like the "Great War", which it used to be called before they started numbering world wars, our Civil War of 1861-1865 just may have a numeral indicator after it when cited by future historians.

At 3:17 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Clucky, do you EVER have any opinions of your OWN?

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The white nationalist is plagiarizing again.

The ACLU enthusiastically supports most of the bill, and will endorse it with a couple changes.

Does anyone wonder why white nationalist Con-servatism is so opposed to a Civil Liberties advocacy organization?

They are enemies of democracy, freedom, truth, and decency. They are the real enemies of the people.

They are the American face of fascism.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Ilhan Omar Withdraws Support From Bill To Save The Earth After Learning That’s Where Israel Is.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Is anyone alarmed about this?

The Washington Post reports on an interview a Delaware newspaper conducted with Joe Biden in 1975. On the subject of race, Biden stated:

"I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that.

I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.

The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with. What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist! Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?"

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I thought I saw the pinnacle of hypocrisy, but I guess not.

When Trump recently toured the tornado-ravaged areas of Alabama, he was asked by some victims to autograph their Bibles.

As one Twitter account correctly pointed out, having Trump sign Bibles is akin to having Hannibal Lector autograph cookbooks.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to pass sweeping tax hikes on the wealthy, but the freshman lawmaker might want to take care of her own unpaid tax bill first.

Brook Avenue Press, a company she founded in 2012 to publish children’s books in The Bronx, owes the state $1,870.36 in corporate taxes, public records show.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...


what's your take on AOC calling your hero FDR's New Deal racist? Also, how does it make you feel knowing that AOC owes back taxes to your state?

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

White wealthy liberal leftists caught using white privilege to get their kids into top ranked university's. Bribes for starters. Blame the Russians.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Is this obstruction of justice? By the Obama team?

Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB

— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

"Andrew Johnson's address at Lincoln's second inauguration on March 4, 1965" you ok Tom?


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