Monthly Archives: January 2018

Tea-Publicans in Congress are accomplices to Trump’s obstruction of justice

I covered this topic in an earlier post, The GOP war on law enforcement and the rule of law to obstruct justice.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post adds, Republicans risk becoming accomplices in obstruction of justice (excerpt):

Republicans in Congress have shown none of the courage Comey, Wray, McGahn, etc., demonstrated. With the exception of chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Republicans have demonstrated little inclination to dig deeply into the scandal or to restrain Trump. Two bipartisan bills seeking to hinder Trump from firing Mueller remain dormant. Democrats should insist these get an up-or-down vote.

Moreover, the antics of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) should be seen in the context of Trump’s multiple efforts to decapitate the FBI and the Russia investigation. Nunes is plowing the way — cooking up conspiracy theories and propounding baseless allegations against Mueller and the FBI — to predispose the public to accept Mueller’s firing. He is encouraging, almost baiting, Trump to fire Mueller. He is also assisting Trump by tainting the jury (the American people), if you will, to accept or even applaud Mueller’s firing. From the unmasking stunt to his latest “memo,” he has tried to distract from the Russian threat and discredit law enforcement.

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Trumpism, moral relativism, and GOP tribalism (Updated)

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post had an interesting piece about the moral decay of the GOP the other day, Republicans redefine morality as whatever Trump does:

New evidence suggests that the damage [Trump] is doing to the culture is bigger than the man. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that two-thirds of Americans say Trump is not a good role model for children. Every component of society feels that way — men and women, old and young, black and white, highly educated or not — except for one: Republicans. By 72 to 22 percent, they say Trump is a good role model.

In marked contrast to the rest of the country, Republicans also say that Trump shares their values (82 percent) and that — get this — he “provides the United States with moral leadership” (80 percent).

And what moral leadership this role model has been providing!

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[L]et’s see what might have led 72 percent of Republicans to conclude Trump is a good role model:

His lawyer arranged to make payment to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, a month before the election for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.

He used a vulgar word to describe African countries during a racist rant to lawmakers at the White House.

He was mounting a campaign to discredit the “corrupt” FBI, the Justice Department and the special prosecutor, just as he previously sought to disqualify courts and judges.

He backed a credibly accused child molester for the Senate from Alabama.

And so on.

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Activate Your Commute!

“Work in downtown Tucson and want to know more about getting to and from your job using bus, bike, carpool or other alternative modes?

Drop by the Activate Your Commute lunch-and-learn on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will include lots of door prizes, demonstrations, exhibitors, and presentations, including one from our Sun Rideshare program (www.SunRideshare.org) at 12:30 p.m. Details here:
http://bit.ly/2DfPJIF. ”   Schedule below.

 

Political Calendar: Week of January 28, 2018

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Political Calendar for the Week of January 28, 2018:

Sunday, January 28 2:00 p.m.: LD 10 “How to Make Your Voices Heard” Workshop, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. WilmotRoad, Tucson. Learn about lawmaking and how you can influence the legislative process. Senator David Bradley and Rep Kirsten Engel will present the first part ( 2-3 p.m.) and Meg Pradelt will do a hands-on RTS (Request to Speak) training after the break (3-4 p.m.)   Bring a laptop/tablet if possible. It is suggested you set up a RTS account ahead of time either through the Tucson Legislative Office (400 W. Congress Street, Suite 201, 1-800-352-8404) or Sign Up for Request to Speak.

Sunday, January 28, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, January 28, 4:30 p.m.: Democrats of The Red Rocks Annual Meeting, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinion Drive, Sedona. It will be a pot luck so bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. Come and learn about other upcoming events, meet many candidates, and elect the DORR Board of Directors for 2018. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 212-1357.

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Cartoon of The Week

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The GOP war on law enforcement and the rule of law to obstruct justice

The Republican Party has abdicated its constitutional duties and patriotic loyalty to country, and instead has sworn fealty to an egomaniacal authoritarian madman who is the titular head of their party. GOP members of Congress are complicit in a conspiracy to cover-up and to aid and abet obstruction of justice by the Trump administration. They are accessories to a crime.

The Washington Post editorializes today, GOP leaders’ complicity grows as their members undermine the rule of law:

A FOREIGN power interfered in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. law enforcement is trying to get to the bottom of that story. Congress should be doing everything possible to make sure the investigation can take place. Instead, to protect the president of their party, who may or may not be complicit, Republican leaders in Congress are allowing and encouraging the baseless slander of the investigators.

It is a new low for the leadership, and one that could do lasting harm to the nation.

Cravenness in the Republican leaders’ response to Donald Trump is nothing new. During the presidential campaign, few stood up to his nativism and ugly ethnic slurs. Since he became president, even fewer have stood by their previous commitments to U.S. leadership abroad and fiscal responsibility at home. As he has trampled long-established norms, such as releasing annual tax returns, we’ve heard not a peep from the Article I branch.

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