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Cowards of the county … real snowflakes …. genuine cut-and-runs … bait-and-switchers … like the one we got in Eastern Washington District 5 who is touted as the most powerful Republican woman in the House.
They got nothing.
They wanted to run things … they got their wish … no one to blame but themselves and can’t dodge that bullet.
By the way, Tom Cotton is the “big tough guy who committed borderline treason by sending a letter to Iran telling them not to comply with the Iran nuclear agreement, directly undercutting the President of the United States, that guy, the military guy, big tough guy, you know, he is running away from his constituents.”
The Republican Party still wants to repeal Obamacare. The Republican Party still has no idea what they’re going to replace Obamacare with. They know that, but more importantly, the public knows that and that’s why over the last couple of weeks, people have been showing up to offices of Republican representatives demanding answers, saying tell us what you’re going to replace it with. They’re not even necessarily saying don’t replace it, don’t get rid of it. They’re just saying, “We need to know that a replacement will be in place the second you repeal this, and we want to know what it is. After all, we elected you. We put you in office. The least you could do is tell us what you’re working on.”, but the public knows the answer. They know that the Republicans have absolutely nothing in the pipeline that would indicate that they have a replacement ready to go for Obamacare.
…It’s not just Tom Cotton. Peter Roskam in Illinois, same thing. His office is no longer taking calls. They’re not accepting any calls from angry constituents wanting to know what the replacement’s going to be. They’re not taking calls from people who just want to know what you want to repeal it. Can you just answer that question and tell us why and not because Obama did it and not because you want a patient-centered healthcare plan? As Paul Ryan likes to say, fancy words that mean absolutely nothing. Patient-centered? Seriously, what does that mean, Republicans? Representative Barbara Comstock, same thing, hiding from her constituents, just like Tom Cotton and just like the entire Republican party right now.
They just want to talk to the senator.
“I’m no threat to the Senator or his staff.
He’s lost in his narcissism. One of the best instruments of resistance in dealing with 45 has proven to be mockery, satire and parody. Consider at the popularity of Saturday Night Live versus the popularity of your president.
45’s inability to handle this stuff is what leads to more fumbles. Such is the principle reason for the mockery … mine included.
Just saved a bookmark to my news category on my browser.
“So what is the Reuters answer? To oppose the administration? To appease it? To boycott its briefings? To use our platform to rally support for the media? All these ideas are out there, and they may be right for some news operations, but they don’t make sense for Reuters. We already know what to do because we do it every day, and we do it all over the world.
… To state the obvious, Reuters is a global news organization that reports independently and fairly in more than 100 countries, including many in which the media is unwelcome and frequently under attack. I am perpetually proud of our work in places such as Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Thailand, China, Zimbabwe, and Russia, nations in which we sometimes encounter some combination of censorship, legal prosecution, visa denials, and even physical threats to our journalists. We respond to all of these by doing our best to protect our journalists, by recommitting ourselves to reporting fairly and honestly, by doggedly gathering hard-to-get information – and by remaining impartial. We write very rarely about ourselves and our troubles and very often about the issues that will make a difference in the businesses and lives of our readers and viewers.
We don’t know yet how sharp the Trump administration’s attacks will be over time or to what extent those attacks will be accompanied by legal restrictions on our news-gathering. But we do know that we must follow the same rules that govern our work anywhere, namely: … ” Editor-in-chief Steve Adler.
Good on Reuters!
To the rest of the media I shout “Do yer jobs folksI” … and I suspect Edward R. Murrow would endorse the letter.
This is a fair question regardless of whether you outwardly gave your reasons for your vote or, like fraidy cats, just came out from your dark places and voted, then returned to your dark places unwilling to admit or justify what you did?
Why did you vote for The Chosen?
Did you vote for him to governmentally stop or suppress our concerns about global warming? … Cause that’s what it looks like The Chosen is going to do.
Did you vote for The Chosen because you want to see Obamacare Repealed? Did you think that the Republicans have a genuine alternative. Please be honest and open because it looks like you voted against your own best interest.
Did you vote for him to take away financial protections for consumers … you know, not consuming corporations, but the little buyers and spenders like you and me?
Did you vote for him so he would appoint more Supreme Court Justices like Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Alito on the court? If you don’t recognize the names of those justices or their legal biases, I’m not surprised. At least then if answering this question, tell me that your reasons were all thought out by you; yours and not someone else’s who told you what to think?
Did you vote for The Chosen so he, his party and his cabinet could take actions and make decisions to lower the minimum wage and suppress opportunities for things like overtime? Are you expecting and hoping that this leadership will reverse current rules that benefit workers? That’s exactly what The Chosen will try to do and what his appointees will pursue.
Did you vote for The Chosen so he would appoint an attorney general who has a history of trying to suppress the vote?
Did you vote for the Chosen in hopes that he, his cabinet and his party would authorize more tax cuts for the wealthy and for business at the expense of what used to be the working class?
Did you vote for The Chosen to see Medicare privatized so that it will wither on the vine, or Medicaid slashed?
If folks like me are to be persuaded by folks like you then you sort of owe it to us to explain your votes, your expectations and what you will do if The Chosen proves to have been merely saying what you wanted to hear so he could get the job.
If you are too much of a moral coward to come out and address these issues, then admit that … but don’t keep hiding behind a big rock tossing verbal stones that cannot be justified in our direction.
Hat tip to Ian Reifowitz who wrote the article that inspired my questions. I quote him here:
Donald Trump won a majority of votes in the Electoral College by drawing an inside straight in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and thanks to the unprecedented interventions of Vladimir Putin and James Comey. But he lost the popular vote by a figure approaching 3 million. He can claim absolutely no legitimate popular mandate, yet he intends to implement the most right-wing agenda this country has seen in going on a century. There is no question he and his Republican allies in Congress are going to try. The only open question is what are we going to do about it.
Here’s one of the flagship publications of the American Corporate Welfare Capitalism – The Wall Street Journal – acknowledging the entire point of the article posted above that started these threads.
Don’t she know that her party got vanquished?
She seems to have forgotten her place.
Don’t she know that with the “pretend” plurality of junior high school minds, there’s lots of thin-skinned voters out there? They dang well won’t tolerate talk about maturity and being grown up without getting their feelings all hurt up.
It is civic duty to remember what they say and do to achieve their aims. When they succeed it is then that what we remember as original truth be used to confront them.
Who said these?
“I would rather someone was wrapped in the Constitution burning the flag than wrapped in the flag burning the Constitution.”
“People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don’t put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”
I seriously doubt that voting America is on any page with mere continuation of Republican business-as-usual now that their majorities are a reality. I believe those Americans who went to the polls in November most likely voted what their gut – as propagandized and exploited by The Chosen – has already told them. They heard him, they believed him and now immediately stand waiting, some with hats in hand:
“Oh Mighty Chosen, something is wrong … very wrong … and needs immediate fixing. No more promises, thank you! Immediate action please!”
As shown by many of the Chosen’s supporters, there is no need for restraint right now – for example, the problems in the Middle East can be reduced to an exercise in political and foreign policy impatience.
WHEN, Oh Chosen One?
Many seem to think that civic patience somehow meant that you should only speak once for ten minutes every four years. The rest of the time let someone else’s magic be the civic consciousness of a nation.
Hang in there citizens! When you vote The Chosen into office, ONLY THEN can a responsible plan to stop the loss can be worked out and implemented.”
It will already be too late by then.
“Plans” that falsely justify a mean drunk staying in the house of the abused to wreak more havoc in the name of moral responsibility is political spin. It’s a spin that attempts to prey on assumed electoral gullibility.
At its manipulative best it only gets worse especially when never lessened by a media in need of money-generating pseudo-campaign issues.
Even now we are not being guided to the moral or ethical high ground. Rather, the sound bite “nonsense-mongers” will now lead us up mere sand dunes. “Winning” voters in America are ready to rumble right now. Hopefully they are ready and inclined to expect immediate results that justify their votes and mindless trust of The Chosen.
What is needed now and possible right here is not the mindless marching, chanting and banner-carrying protests that cause most to tune out. There is in fact – right now – national arousal in terms of an unlit fuse is just waiting for ignition. It is palpable in this country and you can feel it.
Dissatisfaction and a sense of something being seriously wrong and rotten permeates the mood of most whenever politics comes into discussion.
What can you do right now?
If you get polled, stick to those talking points the politicos are most nervous about. Express and emphasize unleashed and unbridled indignation that reflects RIGHT NOW frustration; genuine anger.
Cut The Chosen no slack. He never asked for slack, promising to start doing the stuff for which he was voted in immediately.
Delay is poor decision-making. Rather than waiting, speak out now if you are polled. And immediately start letter-writing and phone calls to those who are most nervous.
A national growl is sticking in our craws and begging release.
Don’t send lazy emails that tempt your politicians to respond with cookie-cutter form letters. Write a real letter and buy a stamp. Then pay a little more for a notification that the letter was received. Is your feeling for your country worth a letter, a stamp and and extra cents for notification of receipt?
Or call them up. Demand a specific response.
No form letter thank you!
No aide calling back with vague promises.
Demanded a personal response from your representatives. They work for you and have no right to imply to you that you are interrupting more important business. Your business is their business. They cannot pick and choose.
Why not? What have you got to lose by communicating just how fed up you are?
The key is to reveal right away that two years is a very short time; that we are an electorate genuinely pissed off enough to repudiate any candidate who proposes a “plan” rather than vows to change things the very moment he/she is sworn in.
Repudiation is precisely the buzz-saw waiting for The Chosen and his self-absorbed assumption that America is pining away for nothing more than a CEO-President with no domestic or foreign policy agenda.
Newly-elected presidents need to arrive at inauguration scared, worried and nervous. They need to be sworn in fully aware that something is expected NOW; that conditions are such that there is not going to be a 100-day honeymoon. There is no other choice.
An electorate that communicated that kind of impatience needs to sweep aside all the muck and nonsense. We can and must narrow the range of focus in this post-election moment.
All the pomp and bravado means nothing The Chosen needs feet held to the fire. He needs a sense of being one or two miscues from running scared because the electorate has legitimately convinced the winner that now means NOW. He was elected by uninformed badgers, not uninformed field mice.
Why would we need to listen to planners and political schemers and leave the door open to stall, delay and political manipulation?.
… tempting those we endorse to say to hell with what we expect.
… believing they can take just a little bit longer so they can have what they want?
Is that what you want?
Romney smacks down Trump, who wins despite Romney’s smacks … President-elect Thinny Skinny invites Romney to frog legs, leads him on about Sec State, then chooses someone else … cause The Chosen is notoriously and demonstrably the reigning thin-skinned Champ.
Enter Harry Reid who questions Romney’s character as a self-promoting sham or a mere gullible cause he (Romney) talked tuff during the campaign but became a toady when Sec. State opportunity was dangled in front of him by a proven Thinny Skinny Master…
To which Romney replied publicly that he had lost respect earlier when Reid challenged his (Romney’s) tax records in the 2012 campaign … setting up the idea that Romney’s thin-skin has a long memory. Mitt added a “good riddance Mr. Reid. The Senate is better in it with you gone.”
So Prezdent Thinny Skinny takes it out on unsuccessful candidate Romney who thinny skinny’s his way by departing Senator Reid.
So now Harry is at bat but the long-ball thin-skin derby so far belongs to The Chosen.