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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Party of Treason

Of the many things that came out of the Mueller hearings yesterday was this: Republicans are not perturbed by the fact that Russia not only sought to interfere with the 2016 election, but that the Russians are also interfering with the 2020 election.

The Motto of the Republican Party: We're Down With Treason If It Benefits Us.

On another note, Trump has been making one seriously outlandish and frightening claim: "I have an Article 2 where I have the right to do whatever I want as president."

That is frightening both in its arrogance and stupidity. Article II of the Constitution says no such thing. Go read it.

You may be familiar with your local zoning ordinances. They almost always have a provision that if a use is made of the property that is not permitted in the zoning code, then that use is illegal. Just because the zoning code doesn't say that you can't promote axe-fighting matches in your back yard, that doesn't mean that you can. You can't.

The Constitution is a little like that. The Federal government is a government of limited powers. If a statute does not fall within the boundaries of the Constitution, that law is unconstitutional. If the action taken by the Federal government pursuant to a statute that is constitutional is not authorized by the statute or is proscribed by the Constitution, then that action is unconstitutional.

The Founding Fathers were well aware of the evils of a monarchy. A fair number of them had risked their necks in a struggle to get rid of being governed by one. They had no intention of establishing another monarchy. Most of them had the benefit of a classical education; they were well versed in the idea that revolutions can establish greater tyrannies than the ones they displaced.

The Constitution does not give Trump the right to do whatever he wants. Those who are feeding him this line of reasoning are those who support the idea of a fascist or authoritarian state: An illiberal democracy, where liberty and freedom are words that have no meaning. Trump has already promoted the idea that freedom of the press should be limited only to stories that praise him. It's been pretty clear that he thinks that freedom of religion does not apply to Muslims. He's also been clear that he thinks that neither protections against illegal searches and seizures or protections against cruel and unusual punishments apply to Blacks or Latinos.

But the GOP goes along with all of this. Trump claims that he has the powers of a dictator, the GOP is silent. The evidence is there of Russian interference in our elections, the GOP looks the other way.

The Grand Old Party is the Party of Treason.


B said...

"Russia not only sought to interfere with the 2016 election, but that the Russians are also interfering with the 2020 election"

Got any cites or proof of that?

Not saying you are wrong, mind you, just that so far, all accusations to the contrary have been hearsay at best.

Unlike the interference that Facebook and Google HAVE done. (Or, for that matter, the IRS under Barry).

I'd just like something concrete to point to. So far, There hasn't been anything. No quotes from the Mueller report aren't valid, as they ahve no real basis of proof.

CenterPuke88 said...

“Of the many things that came out of the Mueller hearings yesterday was this: Republicans are not perturbed by the fact that Russia not only sought to interfere with the 2016 election, but that the Russians are also interfering with the 2020 election”, and add “against the Democratic Party” to make it correct. It is increasingly clear that the Republican Party has decided to hold its nose and run with Donnie in order the pack as many courts and districts as possible before the inevitable backlash. The Republican Party, as a whole, is nearing a need for life support, and because of this the old guard in charge have decided to ride this last wave for all it’s worth.

With the Judicial Branch securely Conservative for at least 20 years, the GOP can sit back and retool in opposition while the Democrats have to make the tough decisions on trying to abate climate change and an increasingly dangerous world. After several terms, say in 2032 (or 2036, if Donnie gets re-elected), the GOP will try to rise from the ashes with a new message and complexion, but likely as nationalistic as before. Until then, their cadre of judges will ceaselessly work to further the oligarchs and corporations that own them.

CenterPuke88 said...

B., do yourself a favor and read a few details of the Report that you believe ahve(sic) no basis in fact. Fact, Russian bot accounts planted false stories that were retweeted by members of the public and Donnie’s campaign and family. This is interference via social engineering, yet you constantly try to say this isn’t interference because your “standard” for interference is a changed vote.

Russians broke into numerous election systems and gathered data, data likely used for further social engineering. Why would they do that, because changing a physical vote will leave a trail of some sort that cannot be tolerated. But, because there was no “impact” (false), many individuals decide there was no interference, despite the fact that gathered data allowed a more targeted push for millions of bot activities. Of course, you will deny (and add a dig at President Obama’, so we await.

dinthebeast said...

Here you go, B:


-Doug in Oakland

dinthebeast said...

Heavily redacted 67 page report out of the Republican controlled senate intelligence committee confirms Mueller report's conclusions about Russia attacking our election in 2016, and penetrating individual state voting systems and databases.

-Doug in Oakland

Glen Filthie said...
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Dark Avenger said...

Glen, thanks for demonstrating you have nothing to add when it comes to intelligent dialog.

B said...

Thank you, D
THAT is what I was looking for. Of course, it is merely and indictment, and really just a set of accusations, but at least it gives SOME details as to who, when, and why.

CP: By your standard, we need to do something about Google, Faceboonk and, really the entire Media, all influence people TOWARDS the Left and against the Right. They influence people every day. "Influencing" is not yet a crime, How are you gonna fix "influencing"? You gonna put Zuckerberg and all of the Google/Alphabet management in jail?

CenterPuke88 said...

Ah ha, once again, whataboutism, eh, B.

Nope, firstly there is a clear difference between the Corporations who may legally be involved in the elections and the illegal activities of other countries.

Secondly, you are now needing to provide proof of this directing people to the left, because nothing of the accusations from the right that I have seen have any evidence associated. In fact, the complaints are usually that their speech has been abridged, usually for terms of use violations, and not a skew left.

Comrade Misfit said...

B, then are you going to do anything about ALEC, the Koch Brothers, the Chamber of Commerce or the rest of the Right-Wing lobbying machine?

As CP88 noted, there is a bit of a difference between American corporations and foreign governments. They are hardly analogous.

Comrade Misfit said...

Mr. Filthie, you've been warned before about your misogynism.

Red card.

Glen Filthie said...

Fair enough Misfit. I don't belong here and won't darken your door again. But in passing - may I leave YOU with a warning, Comrade? Speaking as a man who has had a bellyful of nasty women, cat ladies and purple faced rage heads?

At the rate you're going, Trump is in for an easy second term. Nasty women can't run a family, never mind a country. Further... if you hate Trump - just wait and see what replaces him in the days ahead.

MAGA later...."ladies"... :)

CenterPuke88 said...

Whoops, looks like Glen is off to rewatch The Handmaidens Tale and mastubate. Yea, I’ll take the yellow card proudly!

dinthebeast said...

B: The report from the republican controlled senate intelligence committee isn't just accusations, and I assume that since it came from the Republicans you are less likely to accuse it of partisan bias.


-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...

Mr. Filthis, sorry to burst your bubble, but conservative voices are indeed welcome here.

What is not welcome is racism and misogyny. You seem to have a problem with women who are not willing to be subservient to you and/or do not desire to play the role that you ascribe to women.

You're probably just a troll. But if you are indeed sincere, might I respectfully suggest that you may consider seeking out professional help.