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Old June 12th, 2018, 05:01 AM   #1
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The Pompous GOP Credo Was a Sham All Along

The Pompous GOP Credo Was a Sham All Along

Are you old enough to remember when the Republican Party had principles and a backbone? It seems so long ago.

If you do recall that bygone time, you might expect that said principles and backbone will assert themselves, sooner or later, against President Trump. Stop waiting, because it’s not going to happen. The pompous GOP credo was apparently a sham all along.

Trump has completely overturned what once was hallowed Republican orthodoxy on free trade. He has blithely ignored what used to be GOP holy writ about fiscal restraint. He mocks the party’s traditional foreign policy stance, enjoying better rapport with dictators than with the democratically elected leaders of nations that for decades have been our closest allies. He refuses even to pay lip service to the notion of universal human rights. He lies, constantly and shamelessly, to the people he is sworn to represent. In both his public and private lives, he acts as if he believes that personal responsibility — which Republicans so love to preach about — is for losers.

If a Democratic president acted this way, he or she would already have been impeached by the GOP-controlled Congress. Outraged denunciation from the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be loud and constant. But the party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan is now owned and operated by Donald Trump, and McConnell is as meek as a mouse.

Worse than that: McConnell proclaims how little he cares about the noble-sounding values he once claimed to treasure. “In my view, the last 16 months have been the single best period for conservative values since I came to Washington . . . in 1985,” he told the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference of religious conservatives on Friday. “And this is not hyperbole.”

The crowd of Bible-thumping hypocrites — I don’t know what else to call them — applauded.

Sorry, but I simply don’t understand how politically active evangelicals can reconcile devout Christian faith with uncritical support of Trump. Should all of his behavior be excused because he appoints judges who will restrict abortion and same-sex marriage rights? Then tell me, what is pro-family about a policy of forcibly separating asylum-seekers from their young children at the border? Where in the New Testament does it say that blessed are the cruel?

On Saturday, Trump took a sledgehammer to the alliance of industrialized democracies that has been a mainstay since the end of World War II. At the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec , he behaved like a bully and a brat — the iconic photo of his faceoff with German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it all — before finally agreeing to sign a customary joint statement acknowledging differences but pledging to work toward solutions. But as the president left for Singapore and his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, anodyne remarks by the G-7 gathering’s host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sent Trump into a rage.

The president withdrew U.S. support for the joint statement, essentially turning the G-7 into the G-6, and he excoriated Trudeau in a series of tweets, calling him “dishonest” and “weak,” and accusing the leader of the biggest market for U.S. exports of making “false statements.”

Trump administration officials were even more intemperate in their rhetoric. Chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau “stabbed us in the back” — by gently stating that he disagreed with the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump has imposed. Trade adviser Peter Navarro said there was “a special place in hell” for Trudeau and accused him of “bad faith.”

During the meeting, Trump had advocated that Russia be readmitted to the group, which was once the G-8. Russia was expelled when its strongman leader, Vladimir Putin, annexed Crimea after seizing it by force from a sovereign European country, Ukraine. British Prime Minister Theresa May was particularly alarmed at Trump’s position, given the recent attempt to assassinate a former Russian intelligence agent on British soil using a sophisticated Russian-devised nerve agent. And by the way, U.S. intelligence officials say that Russia is already trying to interfere in November’s midterm election, as it did in the 2016 presidential vote.

So this is now Republican foreign policy? Embracing Mother Russia and bashing Rogue Canada?

There was the usual criticism from Arizona Republican Sens. John *McCain, who is fighting brain cancer, and Jeff Flake, who is retiring at the end of his term next January. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) mumbled something about the closeness between Canada and Maine. But nobody actually did anything to constrain Trump. So he lurches ahead, dragging a once-great political party toward its own special place in hell.

by Eugene Robinson / June 11 at 8:15 PM


Robinson often writes and articulates what many of us feel every day. He's very good about making what is sometimes terrifyingly obvious, but difficult to successfully communicate. I don't believe he's ever been called out on falsifying facts or exaggeration.

I like his work alot!

Certainly, in this case, he's nailed the GOP spot on.

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Would-be dictators don't have principles, and the mugs and crooks who support them have at best half their wits.
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Old June 12th, 2018, 07:02 AM   #3
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Republicans have no moral values. All they care about is their own bottom line, screw the country and everybody else. They'll happily collude with enemies of the country if it puts more graft in their pocket (all the Repubs who received RUSSIAN campaign money via the NRA). They are turning this country into a shithole with Philippine-level infrastructure, and now they are doing the same to education and health care.

The stupidest Republicans of all, and that's a tall order mind you, are the low income morons who voted in overwhelming numbers for Trump and GOP candidates. They are racist scum and the racist platform of the GOP appealed to them so much they didn't consider that their welfare/medicaid would be cut. I know a welfare queen Republican in Oklahoma who voted for Trump and within a year he lost $350 a month in SSI benefits LOL, I loved that. There's a youtube video of a moron in coal country who voted for Trump, and said moron was crying in the video "please don't cut my medical Mr President". Hell, Trump PROMISED at every campaign stop to end Obamacare, and the stupid dipshit voted for him anyway, even though he knew he'd die if Obamacare was ended? I hope he dies very, very painfully and slowly. The same fate he visited upon others with his ill-considered and stupid vote. But he got the satisfaction of voting for another racist!
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