Monday, February 19, 2018
2018 is supposed to be the year the Democratic Party wins back control of the Congress.
Operative words being “supposed to be”.
I know the liberals will tell you that things are going great for them and they can’t wait until November for their much-needed victories in the mid-term election scam. They believe that Americans are pissed off enough with the orange-skinned narcissist in the White House and with the GOP and their sociopathic games that they are hungry for change. They dance with glee with every stupid Twitter-tantrum Donald Trump throws, and with every screwjob his White House gang enact, and with every embarrassing moment that goes on in the White House with Trump’s “best people”.
And yet... there is a very good chance that they will fail to accomplish this. There is a very good chance that come November, the mid-term election scam will leave the Dems exactly where they are now, powerless and impotent.
And, if they do, they will have nobody to blame for their failure but themselves.
There are many reasons why the Democratic Party have been on the losing side of politics of late. One of the chief reasons is the fact that their chief spokeswoman, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is so despised by everyone outside of her district that the GOP actually use her as a straw candidate to campaign against in other areas… and win… frequently. But rather than to throw her out on her ass, or at least convince her to gracefully retire like so many GOP legislators have of late, the Dems keep on trotting her out in front of the cameras for all to see and cringe.
Another reason is the lack of a coherent alternative for whatever issue is up for discussion. Everything of late has been simply a “Never Trump” campaign. Whatever Trump proposes, they’re against it. But they don’t come up with a better alternative. Trump’s plans and those of the GOP may suck, and they may even be outright kleptocratic in nature, but if all you’re doing is giving a Grump Cat “no” to those plans without an actual alternative, people cannot consider the Dems to be a good alternative to the GOP.
Remember that the biggest allure to Trump in the eyes of the voters is that he supposedly would be an agent for change. When you have a system like healthcare that is severely flawed, that is still screwing people over, and one side says they can change that, and the other side says to stay the course no matter what, which side do you think the people being screwed over will take?
But perhaps the biggest failing of the Democrats rests with three simple words:
“The next election.”
Everything that they do or don’t do is focused on “the next election”. Opportunities to stand up and stand out are missed because the Democrats are fixated on that “next election” that keeps coming up. It seems as if they have stopped caring about how to properly govern and instead are focused on that “next election”.
It’s been established that many of Trump’s choices for department leadership are people who are the most un-qualified for the position. Either they don’t have the comparable experience, or they’ve been on record saying that the very position they’re nominated for should be abolished. But when such a nomination is offered for confirmation, rather than make a public stand against them, the Dems seem to sit on their hands and keep their mouths shut and let the confirmation go through. Why? Because they feel they can use that in that “next election”.
Now I can understand when the Dems keep quiet because the GOP are openly sabotaging their own efforts. The recent budget shutdown is a great example of the GOP’s self-sabotage. When you have one GOP senator throwing a temper-tantrum and shutting down the government overnight in defiance of both Trump and party, it would be stupid for the Dems to jump in on that. But afterwards, they were pretty silent about it. They failed to use the opportunity after the shutdown was over to point out that it was GOP that sabotaged itself, or to point out that the GOP are the only party that have used shutdowns as political tools for the past twenty years. That should have been a key point made in Sunday morning shows and the late-night “comedy” shows. But it wasn’t.
That’s what I mean by failed opportunities.
Another failed opportunity was the tax plan that Trump and the GOP managed to get through. Yes, the fact that they did manage to get their act together and pass one of Trump’s key points did come as a surprise even to this commentator. We all got so used to the gang that couldn’t legislate that we just took it for granted that the GOP would continually let Trump down.
But here’s where the Democrats failed on it... first, they put Nancy Pelosi’s nasty face in front and complain about “crumbs”, which allowed Vice President Pence to school her on criticism and make the phony promise that it would be “Christmas”. (I’ve talked about this previously when it came to those so-called “$1000 bonuses”.) Then they failed to point out that this much-promised “Christmas” would not be the $4000 income increase that Trump and the GOP originally promised. Not only that, but House Speaker Paul Ryan, aka “Mister Budget”, actually stepped in the mess by telling one struggling American that she should be proud of her meager $1.50 increase because it would supposedly pay for her Costco membership. Of course, “Mister Budget” quickly retreated on that and deleted his own Twitter-twit post, but, again, nothing from the Democrats to follow through. Just another failed opportunity.
Let’s get brutally honest here… the Democratic Party have gotten so used to being the fallback party for when the GOP screw up that they just presume that the voters will automatically flock to them at some point. If not for this election, then for that infamous “next election”. So why should they do anything to get the voters to support them?
Unfortunately for America, the lazy complacency of the Democrats is costing them in ways they are not yet aware of. The orchestrated insurgency of the GOP during Obama’s two terms in office resulted in numerous judicial vacancies. Vacancies that are now being filled by the GOP in record speed with their judges. That’s not something you can fix come “the next election”.
With every department head filled by a Trump appointee, previous policies that protected Americans are being dismantled. The Federal Communications Commission, now under the control of a Trump appointee, dismantled common-sense Net Neutrality regulations in favor of big corporations and their parasitic philosophy of plunder at all costs. Protections that cannot be simply walked back into place come “the next election”.
There was a very good reason why the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was created, and that was because of the rampant parasitic greed that was present during the Great Recession. But now that Trump has neutered that agency and turned it from protecting Americans to protecting corporations, Big Corporate is free to prey on Americans with impunity again. That, too, cannot be simply walked back come “the next election”.
In short, the damage may already be done thanks to the GOP. Imagine if the Dems do take majority control of the Congress and they somehow manage to neuter the GOP minority from their insurrectionist ways and they start walking back all of those Trump changes. How many of those will be blocked in the new conservative-leaning judiciary thanks to all of those newly-appointed judges? And, again, they can’t walk those back with an election. Let’s also not forget that the justices in the Supreme Court are not getting any younger. The moderate and liberal-leaning justices will either start retiring soon or else they’ll pass away on the bench. The pool of available nominees is no longer as “progressive” as it used to be.
This is why I and several others have argued that the Democratic Party needs to die in order for America to survive. They have become lazy and complacent, thinking that everything will go just fine and all they have to do is wait until that “next election”. They don’t have to sell an alternative. They just say that the GOP’s programs won’t work. That is not leadership. That is the mentality of a slacker.
There are really four choices in every election, despite the lies of the media and paid political “experts”. There is the GOP, the Democrats, an independent or third-party or write-in candidate, or not voting at all. As long as the media and the paid whores who call themselves “political experts” continue to spread the Orwellian lie that there are no independent alternatives, the voters will either choose between the fascistic and sociopathic GOP, a slacker party of losers, or else they will not vote at all. Unless the Dems clean up their act, or else they end their party and allow another to take its place, the pissed-off voters will choose to not vote at all, and thus cement the GOP’s virtual one-party rule.
And that is something that cannot be fixed come “the next election”.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Do Not Count On Mueller To Rid Us Of Trump
– by David Matthews 2
– by David Matthews 2
Once upon a time there was a professional wrestling organization called World Championship Wrestling. Owned at the time by Ted Turner, the WCW was supposed to be the alternative to the sports entertainment juggernaut of World Wrestling Entertainment, and it featured an eclectic combination pf newcomers and legends. For those drummed out of the WWE, the WCW would always await them, and vice-versa.
For a while, they gave the WWE a run for their money. They even had very public “wars” between the two groups, each saying they’re going to destroy each other. And they’d have some entertainer from one group switch over and they play up that it’s part of some “invasion”. In reality, there was no “invasion” or a “war”. It was just hype.
The WWE had fun with it for a while, and then got tired of it and moved on. WCW, on the other hand, transitioned the whole “invasion” into their “New World Order” gimmick, and then they played it until everyone got sick of it.
The “New World Order” gimmick revolved around a whole bunch of scripted screwjobs, where the WCW would count on some wrester or some wrestling team to step up and defeat the NWO, only to have it come out that the match was rigged for the NWO to win, and people would get pissed. And it wasn’t just a screwjob here or there. It was a screwjob every single time. Every pay-per-view event had some kind of screwjob, either through outside interference or because of some scripted “heel turn”, and that much-needed and much-promised victory would turn into yet another “shocking” defeat. Your hard-earned money spent on pay-per-view events that became pay-per-screwjob.
Then people got sick of it all and they stopped paying for the pay-per-screwjobs and they stopped going to the events and they stopped watching the shows. So management let the “good guys” win one. I remember it too, because I was there live when it happened. But, by then, the “revolution” had its own “revolution” and another after that, and splinter groups on top of splinter groups, and people just got tired of all the games. This is when WCW started to truly lose its support and eventually it would be bought out by and assimilated into the WWE.
Well another screwjob is in the works, but this time it is in the equally-over-scripted world of politics.
We know who the heels are: President Donald Trump and his GOP cronies have formed their own “New World Order” gang, complete with goon squads, propaganda mills, and even biased officials. They’re rude, crude, obnoxious, and they just don’t give a damn what we think of them as long as they get their way. And, yes, they have their fans who are cult-like in their adoration and support.
That makes the liberals and progressives and free-thinkers and scientists and the Democrats and the non-conservative media and pretty much everyone else who are not “for” Trump’s NWO (such as yours truly) as the so-called “babyfaces” of politics. They mean well. They do their best, but they just can’t seem to get that crucial win.
But we are all told not to worry, because there is “hope” in the form of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Mueller is being painted as a “hero” for the anti-Trump crowd. He would supposedly be their “savior”. Mueller will do what the voters and the Electoral College will not, and that is to remove Trump from office... somehow. All he has to do is find the “dirt” on Trump, to prove some kind of collusion or interference or some kind of wrongdoing, and then “the system” will step in and either impeach Trump and force him out of office or get him to resign like Richard Nixon did back in 1974.
And there are some that truly believe that it is that simple.
Liberal commentator and sometimes sports broadcaster Keith Olbermann is so convinced of Mueller being their “white knight” that he has declared the whole mess with Trump to be over with and he retired from his commentary role. There’s nothing more that needs to be said, Olbermann said on his final YouTube broadcast for GQ. All roads lead to either impeachment or indictment or both. Game over. The end.
And if you believe that, then I have some paper degrees from Trump U to sell you.
Let’s get brutally honest here… if you really believe that Trump’s removal is as easy as Robert Mueller simply indicting the President of the United States, then you are in for a classic political screwjob. Mueller has no more power to remove Donald Trump and his MAGA red-hat fascists out of office than you or I have.
For all of the charges that Robert Mueller and his office can put together, no matter how many indictments he can get, no matter how many witnesses he can bring, no matter how much evidence he can amass, he cannot get Donald Trump out of office on his own.
The only way that Trump can be removed from office is either through the ballot box, through impeachment in the House of Representatives and conviction in the U.S. Senate, or through his own cabinet invoking the specific clause in the 25th Amendment should they deem Trump to be “unable to carry out the duties”. Two of the three methods require activity from members of Trump’s own political party, which is something that they are outright unwilling to do. And the third requires us to wait until November of 2020, barring all-out nuclear war, and then we’d have to convince enough voters in enough states with enough electoral college representatives to vote for someone other than Trump.
Think you can wait until 2020? No? Then you better have the biggest political upset in the 2018 mid-term election ever in political history, because impeachment and conviction requires not only a majority of votes in the House, but also two-thirds of the Senate. A simple majority will not suffice with the Senate. And that’s not taking into account the inherent and well-documented obstructionism of the GOP. This is a sociopathic party that has demonstrated time and time again that they will see the country burn just to prove a point.
Yes, there is fourth way. Trump can resign. He can walk away like he did to some of his businesses. But if he does it, it probably will not be because of any sense of “honor” or “duty” or love of country like Nixon did. Those concepts are alien to a narcissist. If Trump resigns, it would be because of his ego and out of fear that his all-precious image would be permanently damaged if were he to stick around like Bill Clinton did twenty years ago.
Speaking of which; Bill Clinton’s two terms in office actually gives us the best example of why Mueller will not save us from the Trump.
Remember Kenneth Starr? He was the special prosecutor that the GOP brought in to investigate President Clinton and his wife and their lackeys. He was hyped up by the conservatives as being their “white knight”. Ken Starr was going to “save the nation”. Ken Starr was going to expose the Clintons. Ken Starr was going to bring “justice” to the White House.
Ken Starr investigated every single possible charge and claim made against the Clintons from coverups, collusion, nepotism, corruption, to murder. Everything the GOP could claim was investigated and vetted by Starr. Everything. And the only thing that he could get Bill Clinton on... was lying under oath about oral sex from an intern. And even though that got Clinton impeached, the Senate refused to convict him.
All those years, all of that hype, all of the anticipation from the GOP and the conservatives and talk radio and their various propaganda mills from NewsMax to World Net Daily to Fox News, that all that they needed was to have Ken Starr come in and save the day and it would be over for Clinton. It was all a screwjob. All of it.
And guess what? Back then, yours truly predicted it! I predicted back in 1998 that Clinton would leave the White House exactly as he came in, quote: “with a waive and a smile”. And I was right. Starr pulled his screwjob and Clinton left the White House as I predicted on January 20th, 2001, with that waive and smile. Screwjob for the GOP.
Same thing happened with Bush Junior. The outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative was a blatant violation of federal law, but the people who should have been held to account for it were allowed to walk, and only one low-level person took the fall. And all of the talk of impeachment from the Democrats suddenly stopped as soon as they got control of the Congress. Like Clinton before him, George W. Bush was able to walk out of the White House exactly as he came in, with a waive and a smile. Screwjob for the Dems.
Same thing with Barack Obama. The GOP kept on demanding investigations, kept on promising indictments, kept on promising trials... if not for Obama, then for Hillary Clinton. What happened? Nothing. Obama left like he came in, with a waive and a smile. Screwjob for the GOP.
So here we are again... with another president being investigated by another special prosecutor, and people are putting all their hopes on the thought that this man will somehow right the wrongs of the election.
Spoiler alert: this will likely end with yet another screwjob.
While Trump is pretty much an unstable wild card, the true “deep state” people, the entrenched power brokers and party bosses, have decided to work with him. The GOP will continue to defend him and support him at the expense of the rest of the nation simply because Trump’s MAGA cult members help keep them in office. And for all of their complaining and hand-wringing, the Democrats will not take any real steps to get Trump out of office even if they manage to regain control of Congress; because they feel that they can use Trump for that “next election” that they always look out for.
If Trump seems upset or feels threatened about Mueller, it is because Trump is a narcissist, and his fragile ego will not tolerate anyone or anything painting him in a bad light. It’s the same reason why he attacks college students who question his political stances, or football players that “take a knee”, or anyone that does not applaud him when he speaks. His fragile ego demands total appeasement and awe from all he surveys. That is textbook narcissism.
Robert Mueller is no different than the babyface wrestlers of WCW being pitted against the New World Order. He comes in with hype and hope, but, in the end, he’ll take the loss. Maybe someone on the low-or-medium spot in the Trump hierarchy will be sacrificed. But Trump and his top players will remain unscathed. Because that is how it is all scripted. If Trump does leave before his tenure ends, it’ll only be by his choice and on his terms.
It's all just orchestrated drama, folks. Screwjobs no different than the kind seen in professional wrestling. All designed to keep you pissed, keep you feeling helpless, and to keep you coming back to them for more. As long as you keep playing their game and keep voting for those two dominant political parties, then that tells the party bosses and power players that it is just business as usual. It only ends when you stop playing their games.