The End is Nigh

This morning I was certain the House impeachment inquiry would plod on, only to be dismantled by the machinations of ol’ Mitch McConnell. I’ve changed my mind.

I believe after the events of today, McConnell’s calculations have shifted. With the Syrian debacle, which I believe was crafted during the 2018 Helsinki meeting with Putin, and wrote as much at that time, and this mornings off-the-rails joint press conference with the Italian President doing nothing to quell the world’s unease, added to the unstoppable impeachment inquiry, I believe the time has come.

*I’d like to point out, one of the presumptions I made about the Helsinki meeting with Putin which hasn’t yet fully come to pass, was that we would see an increase in Russian sanctioned assassinations. I believe that time is also upon us. It’s now or never to go after the big fish.*

Also today, Trump held a bipartisan meeting to discuss the situation in Syria and had yet another serious meltdown because he couldn’t take the pressure. A meeting from which the Democrats up and left in the face of his incoherence. Added to this, a truly bizarre letter written by Donny himself that is undoubtedly post dated to 10/9 but certainly more recent, if not today, written to Erdogan:

The time has come. Not that Donny hasn’t been crazy before, but because the real consequences are inevitable now. It’s really happening. We all knew this would happen; everyone knew. The GOP was just willing to pretend it wouldn’t, or willing to believe they could forestall the consequences until the end of Donny’s term, but it’s really happening. Immediate undeniable, world-altering consequences right now are unfolding in tandem with the beginning of Donny’s final breakdown.

Nothing is going to get better. We have always said things are going to get worse…and things are going to get worse than the awful they already are. Donny has truly lost his shit. There is nothing he won’t do now. Nothing. This is the final game, right now. He can get away with altering the world order via Syria. He can, because he just did. He is all powerful you see. He can do anything without consequence. people will cry, sure. They always do.

McConnell has reiterated again today that the Senate will take up the impeachment of Trump as constitutionally mandated (of course he lambasted the Democrats for this whole undertaking while saying this). I had presumed he would just rig it any way he likes, because he can: not call fact witnesses, truncate any questioning, and slam-bang it into a couple days of maddening avoidance of facts. But now, I think his perspective must have changed. Things will get worse and waiting until 2021 is simply too much to ask.

Hey, McConnell still gets to cram the courts full of unqualified ideologues, that’s all he cares about, and that’s all he’s doing anyway. So, if he just makes a deal with Pelosi and Schumer to allow them to present their most compelling evidence, if it’s iron clad, the Senate can be “resigned” to their duty, and he gets to keep the White House and keep his conveyor belt of judicial appointments. Everyone’s happy…or at least DC stays happy.

I don’t expect the House cult members to stop their goofy tirades and distractions, that’s their meal ticket with the cult whether it’s led by Donny or not; whether they remain in the House or employed by Fox News. That won’t change. What I do expect to change, is a suddenly more amenable Senate GOP to the ideas of “listening”or “hearing out the facts” or “doing our duty.”

The time has come, and we can only hope there isn’t any more irreparable damage done to our earth or geo-political stability, but I’m afraid more undesirable and unanticipated events are bound to happen as a part of the play, and they are as unstoppable as the impeachment inquiry.

UPDATE: After I completed this post I learned on the Rachel Maddow Show, that McConnell has told the GOP Senators to plan on spending 6 days a week during, or directly before the holidays on impeachment proceedings. This indicates:

1. He has consulted with Pelosi and Schumer on how they will proceed.

2. He plans on not gimping the trial entirely, but instead plans to take this seriously to some extent.

I believe my analysis is correct.

HR1: How to Undermine Legislation for the People

HR1 is a massive anti-corruption, single bill package of individual bills to: bring clarity to the effects of dark money in elections, remove gerrymandering, require tax filings of the President and Vice President be made public, enforce stricter lobbying requirements, make election day a national holiday, and address the many voter fraud/suppression issues of the last election cycle. It was passed strictly on party line in the House this week, and shall not even reach the floor of the Senate for a vote, because it represents what is contrary to the ideals of the GOP and what they believe a “democracy” ought to be.

Even if a super-majority of Americans support the concepts within HR1, which they do, the GOP is rolling out the false narratives with support of propaganda media, to describe to their base why they should continue to vote against their own interests or in defense of an honest democracy.

The tactics to discredit, malign, or misrepresent the contents of HR1, vary from the utterly idiotic to an almost admirable calculated evil.

Trump-style, “I’m rubber, you’re glue” argument:

Rep. Rodney Davis (R): “This bill is nothing but a bill that is for loading billions of billions of dollars into the coffers of members of Congress.”

-Which is clearly the opposite of the effects of this bill in both intent and in practice.

For fear of federal powers encroaching on our states and individual rights:

This bill is a massive federal government takeover that would undermine the integrity of our elections,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif .

Mitch McConnell wrote a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post on Thursday, characterizing the bill as a Democratic attempt to “grow the federal government’s power over Americans’ political speech and elections.

It should be called the Democrat Politician Protection Act,” he wrote.

-So, removing the GOP’s ability to undermine or suppress the will of the people through the various measures they have enacted for years, would undermine the will of the people, which is especially nefarious if placed into law by Congress. Worse, as Mitch pointed out, if the majority of people do or would vote for Democrats, then Democrats are clearly acting in bad faith for desiring their votes to be allowed and counted as such. What it should be called is the, “Democratic Protection Act,” Something Mitch’s party cannot abide by.

This little game played by House GOP is really fucking disgusting, and kinda clever- Didn’t you know HR1 is a bill designed to allow illegal immigrants to vote in federal elections?

Right? We all knew that was the plan all along. That’s why liberals are so keen on not disparaging all the gun-totting terrorist gang member drug dealing rapists just pouring in through the border. Because there are literally buses at the border picking up these gang members and driving them to voting booths in California! Voter fraud my friends. IT’S ALL RIGGED! And now they’re trying to legalize it. Oh this narrative fits so nicely into the grand scheme. It’s all coming together, isn’t it?

Yes.

This story was run by the Washington Times and picked up by all of the cult print propaganda outlets for consumption of the true believers, in hopes they keep the GOP in the Senate so nothing in HR1 will ever see the light of day.

Let’s take this apart.

First, I would like to say that the headline does not say, “in Federal elections,” although the word “voting” implies it, and if you think that isn’t the truth, go to that thread’s conversation and read the comments about “Civil war,” and, “They’ve gone too far this time!” Second, related to this, is the certainty that very few people will actually read the story, when the headline already confirms what cult members want to believe.

If you were to read the story, you would discover:

“The measure would have had no practical effect even if it had passed. Illegal immigrants — and indeed noncitizens as a whole — are not legally able to participate in federal elections.

Now you go into that thread and argue facts with the cult, because the bottom line is, liberals want “illegals” to vote, because it’s in HR1.

The thing is, it is NOT in HR1. There is no mention to allow “illegals” to vote. Neither the Democrats or the Republicans voted on a measure to allow the undocumented to vote. that never happened.

What did happen, was that piece of shit Dan Crenshaw, you know, the eyepatch guy that seemed like he might be reasonable, introduced an amendment to “recommit” the bill (sending it back to the committee) to rewrite the bill to include language to express the “sense” of the house that the undocumented ought not be allowed to vote under any circumstances by any States. Which means, he wants the Federal government to declare to the States that what has been their right, should not be their right to decide.

Crenshaw was asking the Democrats to vote to suggest to take away a right of the States. Understand? They were not voting to allow the undocumented to vote in the Fed or States, they were voting to take away that which already exists. The Democrats did not vote for this measure and did not vote to allow “illegals to vote,” and it is not in HR1.

We could go further into the weeds with this- The constitution does not expressly forbid non-citizens to vote, what it does do is outline in amendments how citizens shall vote in federal elections. It wasn’t expressly forbidden in Federal Elections until 1996, Not that any state was allowing non-citizens to vote in Federal elections at that time anyway.

In early US history, there really wasn’t any problem with this lack of clarification. We can imagine how circumstance would arise, especially during expansion, that input by non-citizens wouldn’t only be allowed in some States, it might have been necessary as some jurisdictions might have comprised almost entirely of non-citizens in various forms of naturalization.

We can also imagine how, currently, a locality might find cause to allow non-citizens to vote in referendum, special election, or locally appointed political positions. This was always a decision for the states to make according to their needs and dictate to their localities. Most states, over time have written their own laws to expressly forbid any non-citizen to vote in any matter, but there are eleven states that still allow it in some situations according to their own desires.

Now, we can agree with this or not. That is besides the point and it should be an issue we take up with our states. What Crenshaw was doing, was asking to take away an existing State’s right and creating the opportunity for a false narrative to undermine the entire package of laws that are designed for the benefit of the people.

How do you think this tweet is read by the cult?

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There are some problems with HR1, particularly as outlined by the ACLU in regards to 1st amendment rights. In reading their concerns, I think they have raised legitimate issues that would indeed be very difficult to correct. I would suggest splitting this bill into it’s disparate parts and deal with these issues one at a time in 2020.

What is very, very sad, is no one is even talking about this very important bill that would go a long way to correcting the sickness in our democracy. It’s considered dead.

What HR1 is:

  • H.R. 1 is a sweeping package of pro-democracy and anticorruption reforms to put power back in the hands of the American people by ending the dominance of big money in politics; making it easier, not harder, to vote; and ensuring that politicians actually serve the public interest.
  • H.R. 1 offers the most transformational and comprehensive democracy reforms in more than four decades, following through on Democrats’ election promise to clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington.
  • Oversight of federal elections is one of the chief tasks of the Committee on House Administration. Historically, the committee has had a hand in shaping legislation that touches on any and all aspects of federal elections. Issues concerning corrupt practices, contested congressional elections, campaign finance disclosures, and credentials and qualifications of House Members also fall under its purview.

H.R. 1 makes critical reforms across three key areas:

Voting Rights

  • Improve Access – H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at key institutional barriers to voting, such as burdensome registration systems, limited voting hours and many other roadblocks. H.R. 1 creates automatic voter registration across the country, ensures that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full rights restored, expands voting by mail and early voting and modernizes the U.S. voting system.
  • Promote Integrity – H.R. 1 fights back against Republicans’ assault on voting rights by committing Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act; prohibiting voter roll purges like those seen in Ohio, Georgia and elsewhere; and ensuring that discriminatory voter ID laws do not prevent Americans citizens from exercising their rights. H.R. 1 also ends partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters and lets American voters instead choose their elected officials.
  • Ensure Security – H.R. 1 promises that American elections to be decided by American voters without interference from foreign entities. The bill enhances federal support for voting system security, particularly paper ballots, and increases oversight over election vendors.

Campaign Finance

  • Guarantee Disclosure – H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in politics by requiring any organization involved in political activity to disclose its large donors, which will break the nesting-doll system that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide their spending in networks of socalled “social welfare” organizations.
  • Empower Citizens – H.R. 1 levels the political playing field for everyday Americans, empowering individuals with a multiple matching system for small donations and allowing the American people to exercise their due influence in a post-Citizens United world, while reaffirming that Congress should have the authority to regulate money in politics. The new system of citizen-owned elections will break special interests’ stranglehold on politics and enable Congress to advance an agenda that serves the American people.

Ethics and Accountability

  • Fortify Ethics Law – H.R. 1 breaks the influence economy in Washington and increases accountability by expanding conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, slowing the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
  • Impose Greater Ethics Enforcement – H.R. 1 gives teeth to federal ethics oversight by overhauling the Office of Government Ethics, closing registration loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents, ensuring watchdogs have sufficient resources to enforce the law and creating a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

April 13, 2018

Resignation.  Not Trump’s.  Our resignation to an unstoppable constitutional crisis.

Trump pardons Scooter Libby for his part in the Bush Administration’s smear campaign against anyone who dare stand between them and their holy war against Iraq.  The Trump administration paints the special counsel who had charged Libby as being “out of control.”  Never mind an “out of control” special counsel would have fought to get the true source of the smear campaign, Dick Cheney, as the architect of the outing of Valerie Plame; this sudden need to pardon Libby is a message to both the FBI and potential witnesses against Trump, that he’s going to “fix” everything.

This administration is in as disgusting a situation as the Bush Administration was and fighting with equal passion to preserve their perverse desires with the pretense they are serving the nation’s interests.  Neither administration was, and both suffer from the obvious truth of their motivations.  In the current case, we have at least the potential to right the wrongs before they happen, instead of wringing our hands after the fact.

The idiot battlefield is set as nearly all parties involved prefer to head to a constitutional crisis as the ideal way to string along a battle between the administration’s self interests and the Country’s needs.  Mitch McConnell has not signaled he is interested as of yet, in protecting the Mueller investigation, and even if the bipartisan bill to protect Mueller gets to the floor of the Senate, it would never pass the gauntlet of the cult members in the House.  Mueller himself is constrained by what he may or may not do and what little time he has left in which to do it.  The FBI will have it’s own legal battles with the administration’s efforts to suppress information gathered in the warrants served on Michael Cohen.

There’s nothing much left, but to wait for the first domino now.  It’s all ridiculous and we saw this day coming from a long time ago.  It speaks to the ideological weakness of the GOP that they are so easily manipulated by their selfish interests for power; it does so now as it did in Bush’s tenure.  Were it not for the Supreme Court weighing in with their idiot ruling on the Florida recounts of Bush v Gore, we’d be living in a different world right now.  Were it not (probably) for idiot Comey deciding it was his duty to throw a monkey wrench in the Clinton v Trump election, again…we’d be living in a different world.

I’m not going to pretend a Clinton presidency wouldn’t be one Congressional investigation after another (because it would have been), but at least we’d have a fully functioning and non-batshit crazy administration and all arms of government working as they should.  The economy would have been in exactly the same place and the world wouldn’t be sick of us.  Tax reform could have still passed in Clinton’s second year, but sans the free corporate handjob.  The ACA would have been fixed.  The DACA situation wouldn’t exist.  TPP probably would have been revisited, but it would have been with a plan.  Oh hell we could go on forever about what would be.

This is where we are.  Everyone is just waiting for the first domino.  We all want utter destruction now.  Just go ahead and fucking do it.  Let’s take our fucking cues and get out on the idiot stage.  Everyone that should have power to do anything is feigning powerlessness.  So let’s go.

The midterms can’t come fast enough.  Let’s just hope the Twitterer-in-Chief doesn’t kill us all before then.