Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Party of No has No Clue!

Republicans, you gotta love them. For almost seven years they have been whining and carping about Obamacare and have repeatedly tried to repeal it without success. Now they control both houses of Congress and the White House and their big day has arrived. They can finally repeal Obamacare. Guess what though. In seven years they haven't even been able to come up with a plan to replace it with. That's right no plan to replace the demonized healthcare program.  They have proven beyond a doubt they are in fact the party of NO. They have no ideas, no plans and  a bucket full of lackluster leadership.

The Republican Party has become a malignant, malicious, mindless group the offer nothing positive or constructive. They stand for nothing and oppose everything. Their primary modus operandi is to be hate and fear mongers that galvanize the dump truck full of deplorables that support Donald Trump. It is always profits before people and there is never enough money to take care of people in our society whether it be seniors, the poor, the homeless or otherwise disadvantaged. They always can find more money to build more bombs though. They never found a war they didn't like because after all, that's good for the economy. It creates jobs in the Military Industrial complex. It provides a constant bogeyman to keep people in fear.

The fact that Republican's have nothing to offer on healthcare after all this time is evidence their only objective was to ensure Obama failed no matter what the cost. The best they can do is on the first day of their session was to try to figure out how to dismantle independent ethics oversight. I'm not even sure they know what the term "ethics" mean.

I grew up in a Republican family and was a registered Republican having voted for Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.  The Republican Party I knew then ceased to exist. What we have today is a sad commentary on just how far the system is sunk into the abyss of dysfunction and blood sport.  What a scary prospect the next four years is.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Legitimacy of the Election

Donald Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, a number greater than the entire population of 21 states individually and more than 5 of our states combined. He was aided in gaining barely enough electoral votes to win by a hostile foreign government (Russia) who committed espionage against our country using a known cyberterrorist (Julian Asange) to launch a smear campaign and false news stories against his opponent which went viral in social media and was never fully exposed or challenged by mainstream media who failed miserably in preserving the public trust. That hostile foreign government then celebrated their success in getting Trump elected in intercepted emails by our intelligence community. Complicate in that act of espionage was an unethical and unprofessional partisan director of the FBI who came perilously close, if not in fact did violate the Hatch Act with his ill timed and inflammatory announcements to Congress and members of Congress who were more than happy to exploit it. The announcements proved to be totally devoid of any substance but the damage to Hillary Clinton was enormous.

 Donald Trump loudly proclaims his skepticism of the hacking and even after being briefed by top intelligence officials he trivializes and minimizes it. He insists it had no impact on the election and that those who are complaining are just sore losers. Off course he denies it had any impact. To say otherwise would certainly indicate his election was tainted. Why should he complain about it. He was the direct beneficiary of the espionage and hacking. It is totally consistent with his win and at all costs mentality no matter how much damage is done accomplishing it. 

The legitimacy of the Trump Presidency is highly questionable and should cause every American great concern. Democracy without at least minimal integrity is not democracy at all. It is illusion. It has serious implications for future elections and whether in fact confidence will be undermined.