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  • The GOP’s Just a Racket Now, and Trump Is Its Godfather, Barr Its Wartime Consigliere

    We see now with a new and oddly liberating clarity that these next 18 months may well be the most consequential and frightening time in living history.

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    It’s May Day, and this was a Mayday all right. May 1, 2019 will go down as one of the dark days in the history of this republic.

    You think that’s overstated? Then tell me another time when an attorney general went before a committee of the United States Senate and lied like that to protect a lying president. The day after being caught in another whopping lie as we learned about the existence of Robert Mueller’s letter taking issue with the way Bill Barr had characterized the Mueller Report, which Barr had lied about to Congress previously.

    And—tell me another time when the members of one political party participated in the protection racket quite like that. Why did Lindsey Graham think it was cute or cheeky to utter the word “****ing” at the beginning of this hearing? Fine, he had the excuse that he was quoting something. But that isn’t why he did it. He did it to de-dignify these proceedings. To signal to viewers that they didn’t need to take this hearing seriously. And, he did it for an audience of one. You think Orange Julius didn’t chuckle when he heard Graham go down in the gutter?

    I could go on in this vein. Barr was wall-to-wall dishonest and appalling, the way he tried to deflect questions by ****ling over a small matter, picking a tiny nit, running out the clock, wearing that “but I’m the Attorney General” cloak of slightly bored superiority.

    But instead, let’s step back and look at it like this:

    The Republican Party started life as a grand and admirable thing. Our anti-slavery party; our conscience. Its leader was assassinated, and in short order it became the party of Wall Street, and it remained that for a century, though it always contained within it conservatives, moderates, and even some liberals.

    Then, starting in the 1980s, it lost the liberals. Then, in the 1990s, it started to lose most of the moderates, as right-wing issue and interest groups and Koch money began to define what constituted “conservatism,” pushing it ever-further rightward so that today it really isn’t even conservatism, but just a collection of grievances that they can use to piss off enough white people to stay in power.

    Bill Barr came of political age in this period. He was a young, right-wing legal hotshot at the time of originalism, the Federalist Society, the rise of the right-wing arguments about a strong executive.

    Lindsey Graham came of political age in this period. He was first elected to the South Carolina state legislature in the 1990s defeating a Democrat, and then just two years later made it to Congress, beating one of those post-civil rights-era Dixie Democrats who, throughout the 80s and 90s, were turned out of office by Republicans who were pushing their party, and their region, much farther to the right than it had been.

    Their apologetics today are the natural consequences of their having marinated in these juices of resentment and rage for all the years they have. It’s what the party has become. And of course it’s the party that produced and elevated a gangster like Trump. It’s all of a piece.

    It’s one of the greatest political quotes of all time, from philosopher Eric Hoffer; I’ve used it before and I’ll use it again: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Barr and Graham were around I suppose to just catch the tail end of the movement phase. But mostly, they matured in Washington during the business era.

    But then, in late 2015, when it became apparent the party was actually probably going to nominate Trump, came the racket phase. And Barr and Graham have adapted to it with, we must confess, a kind of evolutionary impressiveness, like bedbugs that have developed an ability to repel pesticides. And not just them, of course—every single one of them.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-go...0StaRuEia8kNrw


  • #2
    Article nails it. The Republican Party is little more than a criminal enterprise anymore. Its sole purpose is the taking and holding of political power to benefit its members
    and ONLY its members. To further that end it will cause its elected officials to forego any oath of fealty to the constitution of the US.

    If civil war does eventually come it will be because of Republican lies and corruption, that deny citizens actual needs and desires. Exactly what they do.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ScottXray View Post

      If civil war does eventually come .

      people who want to ban guns talking about civil war.

      cant wait.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ShaneFalco View Post


        people who want to ban guns talking about civil war.

        cant wait.
        Civil wars aren’t generally fought with personal firearms lol.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
          We see now with a new and oddly liberating clarity that these next 18 months may well be the most consequential and frightening time in living history.

          Click image for larger version

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          It’s May Day, and this was a Mayday all right. May 1, 2019 will go down as one of the dark days in the history of this republic.

          You think that’s overstated? Then tell me another time when an attorney general went before a committee of the United States Senate and lied like that to protect a lying president. The day after being caught in another whopping lie as we learned about the existence of Robert Mueller’s letter taking issue with the way Bill Barr had characterized the Mueller Report, which Barr had lied about to Congress previously.

          And—tell me another time when the members of one political party participated in the protection racket quite like that. Why did Lindsey Graham think it was cute or cheeky to utter the word “****ing” at the beginning of this hearing? Fine, he had the excuse that he was quoting something. But that isn’t why he did it. He did it to de-dignify these proceedings. To signal to viewers that they didn’t need to take this hearing seriously. And, he did it for an audience of one. You think Orange Julius didn’t chuckle when he heard Graham go down in the gutter?

          I could go on in this vein. Barr was wall-to-wall dishonest and appalling, the way he tried to deflect questions by ****ling over a small matter, picking a tiny nit, running out the clock, wearing that “but I’m the Attorney General” cloak of slightly bored superiority.

          But instead, let’s step back and look at it like this:

          The Republican Party started life as a grand and admirable thing. Our anti-slavery party; our conscience. Its leader was assassinated, and in short order it became the party of Wall Street, and it remained that for a century, though it always contained within it conservatives, moderates, and even some liberals.

          Then, starting in the 1980s, it lost the liberals. Then, in the 1990s, it started to lose most of the moderates, as right-wing issue and interest groups and Koch money began to define what constituted “conservatism,” pushing it ever-further rightward so that today it really isn’t even conservatism, but just a collection of grievances that they can use to piss off enough white people to stay in power.

          Bill Barr came of political age in this period. He was a young, right-wing legal hotshot at the time of originalism, the Federalist Society, the rise of the right-wing arguments about a strong executive.

          Lindsey Graham came of political age in this period. He was first elected to the South Carolina state legislature in the 1990s defeating a Democrat, and then just two years later made it to Congress, beating one of those post-civil rights-era Dixie Democrats who, throughout the 80s and 90s, were turned out of office by Republicans who were pushing their party, and their region, much farther to the right than it had been.

          Their apologetics today are the natural consequences of their having marinated in these juices of resentment and rage for all the years they have. It’s what the party has become. And of course it’s the party that produced and elevated a gangster like Trump. It’s all of a piece.

          It’s one of the greatest political quotes of all time, from philosopher Eric Hoffer; I’ve used it before and I’ll use it again: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Barr and Graham were around I suppose to just catch the tail end of the movement phase. But mostly, they matured in Washington during the business era.

          But then, in late 2015, when it became apparent the party was actually probably going to nominate Trump, came the racket phase. And Barr and Graham have adapted to it with, we must confess, a kind of evolutionary impressiveness, like bedbugs that have developed an ability to repel pesticides. And not just them, of course—every single one of them.

          https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-go...0StaRuEia8kNrw
          This is pathetic.

          instead of moving forward on issues, these clowns keep leading us into a civil war mentality.

          Orange Man Bad is a plague.

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          • #6
            GOP has abdicated any claim to legitimacy as a n honest political party.

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            • #7
              1 in 3 Republican and Republican-leaning voters would like the GOP to nominate "someone other" than Trump in 2020. Gut check time. Do the Dems run a centrist like Biden who can sway over some of those voters who just don't really want Trump anymore and would tolerate voting for a centrist Dem, or do the Dems run a wildcard who could force those voters to vote for Trump again, even though they don't really want to?

              I think that will be the the most interesting thing to see in this next election.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PsychadelicWarlord View Post

                This is pathetic.

                instead of moving forward on issues, these clowns keep leading us into a civil war mentality.

                Orange Man Bad is a plague.
                Thanks for letting us know the thesis of the article was right on the money.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShaneSpicoli


                  people who want to ban guns talking about civil war.

                  cant wait.
                  Tiki Torch Boy with the “regulation = prohibition” straw man.

                  Better than having to actually try to refute the article, no doubt.

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                    • #11
                      Trump admires Putin. Why wouldn't he admire the mobocracy form of government Putin runs?

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                      • #12
                        Yep. I knew it. Another hostile article from another leftist, hostile news source: The Daily Beast.



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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ZONA View Post
                          1 in 3 Republican and Republican-leaning voters would like the GOP to nominate "someone other" than Trump in 2020. Gut check time. Do the Dems run a centrist like Biden who can sway over some of those voters who just don't really want Trump anymore and would tolerate voting for a centrist Dem, or do the Dems run a wildcard who could force those voters to vote for Trump again, even though they don't really want to?

                          I think that will be the the most interesting thing to see in this next election.
                          I would prefer an actual fiscal conservative who got rid of racial and gender quotas, but that would be asking way too much.

                          The DNC is doing everything in their power to prevent Bernie. And I don’t even think it’s about 2020, they pretty much know that, unless the economy tanks or there is an actual major scandal, they’re not going to win. They need to nominate a “moderate” like Biden, Bloomberg, or possibly Klobuchar to keep the corporate donations coming. If they nominate a real commie like Bernie, Warren, or Mayor Pete, that money is going to dry up quick.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by spdirty View Post

                            I would prefer an actual fiscal conservative who got rid of racial and gender quotas, but that would be asking way too much.

                            The DNC is doing everything in their power to prevent Bernie. And I don’t even think it’s about 2020, they pretty much know that, unless the economy tanks or there is an actual major scandal, they’re not going to win. They need to nominate a “moderate” like Biden, Bloomberg, or possibly Klobuchar to keep the corporate donations coming. If they nominate a real commie like Bernie, Warren, or Mayor Pete, that money is going to dry up quick.
                            Oh they know. But their voting base has been shedding its moderates for decades and they're left with left wing lunatic fringers who are trying to take over the castle.

                            The scandal manufacturing and the outbursts over hurt feelings are happening precisely because they have nothing to counter the economy with and can't directly run against it so are trying to distract away from it and get people to not look at the economic health of the country.

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                            • #15
                              The Trump economy thing is so overrated.


                              We looked at 15 common economic statistics, from unemployment rates to growth in gross domestic product to poverty, foreclosures, and bank failures.

                              They cover the period of the Great Recession until today. Where possible, we’ve highlighted periods under a Republican president in red and periods under a Democratic president in blue.

                              The bottom line: For virtually each of these measurements, we found that the trend lines continued almost seamlessly from the second half of Obama’s presidency into the first three years of Trump’s tenure. Trump’s claim that he turned around a failing economy is wrong.

                              "I do not think economic gains have been any faster or better under Trump than gains we would have forecast based on the steady improvements we saw in the economy and job market in President Obama’s second term," said Gary Burtless, an economist with the Brookings Institution.
                              https://www.politifact.com/factcheck...under-donald-/

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