Posts tagged ‘State Department’

Holy Mackerel, or Republicans are Evil

I don’t know what to tell you. I started this blog to write about policy and the failed logic of conservatives and some Democrats and now I am reduced to trying to explain insanity. Oh, and I would have titled this particular blog Holy Shit, but I am trying to clean up my language. I listen to the news now and must say holy shit at least 50 times a day. Oh what I would give for a slow news day.

I have spoken of the fire and fury and then the doubling down, the myriad of contradictory messages coming out of the government, but the one that got me the most was the Village Idiot’s comments about the 755 State Department employees told to go home, actually thanking Vald:

“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Trump said. “There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.”

So people who have dedicated their lives to foreign service are just dead weight on a payroll? Now you know how he really feels just about all Americans, they are a means to an end and when they are no longer necessary, kiss your ass goodbye. If you did not think there was Russian collusion or some kind of a Russian hold on the Village Idiot, this should give you pause.

Republicans are living out a self-fulfilling prophesy. They claim government is incompetent and now, by cracky, they have instituted one that makes incompetent look absolutely first-rate. I have said many times, and been accused of hyperbole, that Republicans are evil. But step back for a moment and think about it. The Village Idiot is not an aberration, but the result of a long campaign to dumb down and lie to the American people. Then they are shocked, shocked I tell you at the monster they have created. Then when he got elected, they all fell in line.  How’s that for evil?

The critical evidence in their evilness was the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. They only needed 50 votes in the Senate and lo and behold, some of them figured out they had no solutions for the replace part of the replace and the repeal, and at least for some, was too cruel (and maybe career ending which is the only thing most politicians respond to). In fact Republicans have no workable solutions for almost any of our critical challenges we face today. They never had to have any as they opposed Obama and became ever more ideological, and now their ideology is a dead-end with no space to turn around. The difficult problems like economic inequality, global warming, failing infrastructure, education costs going through the roof, and loss of high paying middle class jobs are not solved “by the miracle of the market place”.

But we are faced with an increasingly insane* approach to North Korea which could kill millions and destroy much of the world’s economy, and no approach on the “nonexistent” global warming, both will have dire consequences for it now turns out, us, and our children, and we have insanity and evilness at the helm. Had we elected the establishment Hillary and a few progressive Democrats, both situations would have been in good hands.

And all of this makes no mention of a federal budget or the debt ceiling crisis looming. Once again ideology is going to get in the way. The Republicans will scream deficit, deficit, deficit and they will not authorize any more debt, except we already incurred it when they voted for things so now what they are doing is welshing on paying their bills. An it has become an article of faith with many Americans that debt is just bad and we should balance the budget. There is an element of truth herein controling our debt, but in general both are wrong and I have written copiously about why they are wrong so I won’t go into it again.

So they are poised to destroy America as a leader in the world, maybe start WWIII, do nothing about global warming that will destroy much of the world as we know it, destroy our economic standing in the world, and have no workable solutions for any of our domestic challenges except less government and cutting taxes, and you wonder why I know they are evil? They enabled everything we see before us. The people who pride themselves in believing hard work and discipline is all that is required to succeed, have been selling us a free ride for the last 50 years and nothing is free. Government leveling the playing field and making investments in our future, not our rich is what it is going to take. That would be heresy in Republican land.

One final thought. I watched the Village Idiot claim that Manafort is a nice man, but basically who knows. He knows. He put him in charge of everything for two months. He now knows that the government has the goods on collusion and illegal financial dealing and he is trying to distance himself, with the defense, “I had no idea.” It won’t wash which is why we should be very afraid about North Korea. It is the ultimate subject changer. Have a lovely weekend. I am stocking up on survival rations. That would be wine and lamb. Oh, and some beer and wings when I play my DVD recordings of all ball games. I already have a generator.

*You know I do have one crazy thought. While North Korea is crazy and unpredictable, maybe if they see that Trump is the same way, they might actually fear him. Then again they might actually engage him in a war. We will see.

The Destruction of America

Well, I guess you saw where that little pipsqueak, Jeff Sessions, at the Village Idiot's (VIC) command, is going to investigate colleges and universities for discriminating against whites. White nationalists arise. One has to wonder if the VIC is that smart or whether this is the agenda of minions around him. Make no mistake, this is an attempt to put all those other off color people in their place. One thing we know for certain is that when we live, work, and learn as an integrated society, we become more empathetic and connect. We will have none of that in this nightmare that a minority white mob have brought us.

Of course, who could forget the Boy Scout speech where for the first time in history of the United States the President politicized the speech and attacked his enemies. Again white nationalism at work with no understanding of the norms or standards that keeps us united.

Then the VIC got caught (Fake News!) lying about knowing about the meeting last year with the Russians and the Village Idiot Jr. We now know he dictated a false and misleading statement and you have to ask why, unless you are part of the white mob who just thinks this is peachy. Add to that a White House that has become a laughing stock for its abuse of the truth and an expert at misdirection, and you wonder what ever happened to the shining city on the hill.

The VIC stands before police officers and encourages violence and then calls this humor. Humor that legitimizes violence toward suspected offenders is not the America we live in, and he as leader of the country should be setting standards, not tearing them down. Say your kid gets picked up at a party really doing nothing wrong and gets "roughed up", is that okay? Is our justice system just to become the Gestapo? In some parts of the country blacks already think so and he wants to make it worse?

Then there is their Director of "Communications" who gives an obscenity filled interview with lots of sexual allusions. Hate and venom pouring out of the White House against…wait for it…other White House staffers. Is this the standard of conduct for a democracy which demands respect to opposing points of view?

Now I hear that while the VIC and Tillerson are dismantling the State Department (who needs experts when you already have an opinion?) is taking the "promoting democracy" out of the State Department goals. Who are we again? Certainly not the shining city on the Hill.

Meanwhile, the VIC, whose wife, Melania, was going to represent the fight against cyberbullying, is cyberbullying his Attorney General and those who voted against the healthcare abortion the Republicans put forward. And let's not forget the cruel tweet to say transgenders could not serve in the military, backed up by no data and a lie about the costs. His trips to Florida cost more than transgender medical needs.

And this is all within one week. Yeah, thank you white mob. You have destroyed what used to make America Great. Oh, and you have to be a moron to think this is okay. You certainly are not an American who shares basic American values. How are those coal jobs coming along? A dull and fading city on the hill is what you and your Republican enablers have brought us. This is the new and great America the white mob brought us. Isn't it time to do something about it?

Try Not to Get Comfortable

I think the thing that stays with to me the most from last week is when the White House Press Secretary announced the new job numbers and made a joke out of Cheeto-Head telling us you could not trust the old numbers, but these were real and the press corps laughed.  I did not laugh, I was horrified.  We just normalized lying from the President of the United States.  I remember in elections past where a candidate would go off the truth track and the media pundits would tell us that is just the nature of politics in an election year.  Now we have Cheeto-Head and they seem to now be normalizing a whole new level of continuous lying.

The of course there has been the slaughter at the State Department where the Cheeto-Head Administration fired career diplomats who have been around for years in both Republican and Democratic regimes, seemingly wiping out decades of experience and knowledge.  I cannot make heads or tails out of that one unless you start to make the Russia connection.  Our diplomats is how we project power throughout the world and if you want to reduce that power, withdraw from Europe and leave everyone to fend for themselves, how best to do it but wipe out our diplomatic corps.  Add that to the budget cut of almost 37% and something bad is going on.

Then we have the Attorney General Massacre.  Sure past Presidents have replace the AGs with their own people, but in a structured way so as to not upset or derail ongoing operations.  So what was this about?  I have a theory.  It’s the Jeff Sessions thing at the state level.  Remember the report that Cheeto-Head was furious when he heard that Sessions had been force to recuse himself from the Russian investigation?  Ask yourself this:  If there is nothing there, what’s the problem?  Sessions lied under oath and note his lie was not a forced error.  The question he was asked had nothing to do with meeting Russians and he blurted out a line about being a Cheeto-Head surrogate and never having met with Russians as though that was a plan response and he just had to get it out there.  Draw your own conclusion here.

But now we have a mass firing of the AGs and one has to wonder why?  Is Cheeto-Head afraid of investigations at the state levels that could expose his fraudulent business dealings?  I think it is all about control.  Remember Sally Yates when she told them the immigration ban was unConstitutional?  He got the racist little sycophant Sessions in as Attorney General to control the investigations, and stymie where necessary.  Now he needs control at the state level.  It is all about control.

Cheeto-Head lies and nothing he or his administration say can be taken at face value.  He tells us with a straight face that the new Republican healthcare plan will be better and the facts belie it, yet our media continues their “fair and balanced approach to covering this issue by reporting lies without refuting them.  As Gloria Steinem “the liberal activist and writer, wrote in an email that she had grown tired of “false equivalency or even-handedness” from news organizations, which she blamed for aiding Mr. Trump’s rise.”

And that is where we are and we should not be normalizing this moron or his administration.  He is making lying and misdirection from the White House normal behavior and we should never accept it.  He is trying to delegitimize intelligence from both our intelligence agencies and our FBI so that he can define reality.  He has a head of the EPA empowered to deny science.  It is the logical conclusion of what Republicans have been up to for 50 years, reinventing reality so their nonsense makes sense.  Only now it is being taken to a whole new level and we should not be laughing, but rioting in the streets.  Our media is already a lost cause, but we aren’t.  Don’t normalize this crap, fight back.