Republicans Are Assholes

CEBB81DC-96DB-4BA3-B1F3-574F8531F142I’m sorry, but it has to be said. The majority of Republicans are assholes.

Anyone with a brain who watched, heard, or read about Trump’s “performance” at the press conference that followed the one-on-one summit with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Monday could see that Trump’s behavior was treasonous. And his actions since returning to the U.S. since have shown him to be the American Traitor-in-Chief.

And yet two separate polls taken since his return from the summit show that Republican voters think he did a fine job.

A poll from CBS News reveals that 55% of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but 68% of Republicans approve of how it was handled.

Another poll from Axios and SurveyMonkey found that 79% of Republicans approve of how Trump handled his joint press conference with Putin. Among independents, 62% disapprove and 33% approve.

Axios additionally noted that 85% of Republicans see the topic of Russian interference as “a distraction,” while 85% of Democrats say it’s a “serious issue.”

WTF, Republican? Are you blind, stupid, or are you really just a bunch of assholes. It looks like Trump was right when he said this during the campaign:AE2FCC98-887A-4D34-84FC-16F4A8724BE7

And the Beat Goes On

A6D30048-47AA-4E79-A4B0-D5196C041697Even after what happened in Helsinki on Monday, the gutless, spineless, self-serving Republican senators continue to stand behind their treasonous traitor-in-chief. Today the Senate voted 51-48 to confirm Brian Benczkowski to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division on a near party-line vote. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Benczkowski.

Benczkowski’s nomination was controversial because of his work as an attorney representing Alfa Bank, a Russian bank that first caught the attention of the FBI in 2016 when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records showing that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the U.S.

Benczkowski was also a former lead staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate and a Trump transition official. He said that he would not recuse himself from matters involving the ongoing Mueller probe despite that not doing so would be a glaring conflict of interest.

Democrats strongly opposed the nomination because of his Russian ties and because Benczkowski does not have enough experience in federal courtrooms to run the DOJ’s criminal division. But since when does Trump care if his nominees have any relevant experience for the positions to which he’s nominated them?

Sadly, the beat goes on. Does anyone need any more proof that the Republicans in Congress put party over country?

Vote those fuckers out of office in November.

Negotiate is a Dirty Word

republicans and democratsIt’s sad that words like negotiate and compromise have become the equivalent of dirty words in today’s political environment.

Negotiation is essentially a method by which people settle differences and a process by which compromise or agreement is reached while avoiding argument and dispute.

Unfortunately, the art of negotiation has lost its value. What our country needs is a functioning federal government where our elected representatives at least attempt, through negotiation, to get for us, their constituents, what we need.

In order to be functional, our representatives — Republican, Democratic, and independent — are supposed to meet, present the views and desires of the people who elected them, and try to come to some kind of compromise through negotiation.

But compromise requires that all sides sacrifice a little in order to move the ball forward. It requires a bipartisan effort where legislators are willing to find a middle ground in order to achieve a greater good over self-interests.

Instead, “compromise” and “negotiate” have become dirty words in Congress. To be willing to negotiate with “the other side” is a sign of weakness and of party disloyalty. As a result, our government is in gridlock, with little getting done on behalf of the people.


This post is in response to the one-word word prompt, “negotiate” from Tales from the Mind of Kristian.

 

P is for Pessimistic

I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t Fandango’s post for yesterday’s A to Z Challenge say that he was optimistic?” You’d be correct. I did say that. But as my blogging buddy, Jim Adams pointed out in a comment on that post, he sees me as being an “optimistic cynic” because, he says, I “tell it like it is.” So that’s what I’m going to do right now.

Unfortunately, when it comes to America’s standing in the world and to its future, my optimism, since Trump became president, has turned to skepticism, if not outright pessimism.

Between the Mueller Russia probe, the Stormy Daniels affair, and the FBI raids on Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen’s office, home, and hotel, Trump is in panic mode. And like a cornered rat, he’s on the attack.

His Republican butt-lickers in Congress are doing everything they can to set up Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to be fired and to set the stage for stopping Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump’s lawyers are fighting to suppress the evidence seized by the FBI in the Cohen raids.

And I’m worried that Trump and the Republicans are going to get away with this and that the Mueller investigation will be stymied and the damaging evidence against Trump will be squelched.

If that happens, friends, I see storm clouds forming on America’s horizon. And it won’t be pretty.

So yeah, I’m feeling a little pessimistic right now.