Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Saturday, December 9, 2017


We've watched the unraveling of the Party of Lincoln, watched it sink into the sewer of expediency where it will support any louche, any pervert, any liar for a vote. 

The American people are watching. The GOP's president is still polling at only 32% approval with a whopping 63% disapproval of him. 

The GOP's tax plan is polling just as weakly as the GOP's self-admitted sexual predator and assaulter president. Trump has thrown his support, along with the GOP leadership, to an accused child molester.

The American people are aware of the rot and the depravity of the current GOP.


Conservative pundit, David Brooks:

You don't help your cause by wrapping your arms around an alleged sexual predator and a partriarchic bigot. You don't help your cause by putting the pursuit of power above character, by worshiping at the feet of some loutish man or another, by claiming the ends justify any means. You don't successfully rationalize your own tawdriness by claiming your opponents are satanic. You don't save Christianity by betraying its message.


The G.O.P. Is Rotting.  

Today’s tax cuts have no bipartisan support. They have no intellectual grounding, no body of supporting evidence. They do not respond to the central crisis of our time. They have no vision of the common good, except that Republican donors should get more money and Democratic donors should have less. 

 The rot afflicting the G.O.P. is comprehensive — moral, intellectual, political and reputational. 

More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: “I’m homeless. I’m politically homeless.”

Michael Gerson/WaPo: 

 "Republicans are failing the Roy Moore test .

The Moore test has exposed corrupt arguments. All those who say “Let the voters of Alabama decide” are applying popular sovereignty to a matter of basic morality. Abraham Lincoln would not be amused. If Republicans have any remaining ties to the great man, they will not count votes when fundamental principles are at stake. We do not let the people decide on the rights of minorities. And the people do not decide on the rules of morality. And the Moore test has exposed corrupt institutions. 

The basic argument here — that ethics can be ignored in the process of doing great work in the world — is precisely what brings institutions into disrepute. The Catholic Church covered up sexual predation on the justification that it was otherwise doing great work in the world. Some evangelical Christians are now publicly playing down credible charges of sexual predation for the same reason. And they are doing tremendous damage to the reputation of the Christian church in the process."


Anonymous said...

The old saying goes "A fish rots from the head." And we've never had a more rotten fish as POTUS in modern history. The GOP is damning itself for generations and it couldn't happent to a more corrupt and degenerate group of people.

Clearwater, Florida said...

Lies and the lying liars who tell them:

Trump boasts of ‘packed to the rafters’ Florida rally after online photos show mostly empty arena

Shaw Kenawe said...

Anon and Clearwater, I had to post this from Wonkette to give us all a laugh:

GREAT NEWS, COUNTRYMEN AND COUNTRYWOMEN AND COUNTRYNONBINARIES! A new Pew poll shows that Donald Fucking Trump is tied for his lowest approval rating in any poll ever taken, at 32%! We keep waiting for him to drop into the 20s, but we think he’d have to REALLY piss off his base to get there. Like, he would have to hold hands with a black person in public or appoint a DREAM-er to a cabinet position. He would have to press “1” for English without bitching. He’d have to tweet an article from an actual news source without hollering “FAKE NEWS!” He’d have to publicly cry out in regret over all the pussy he’s grabbed. THEN maybe he’d drop into the 20s. (Don’t worry, those who hate him now will always hate him, there will be no forgiveness, and there’s nothing he can do to change that. It’s only downhill from here, Trump!)

But one very good piece of news out of this poll is that Trump’s approval among WOMEN, currently the most activated and pissed off voting bloc in the US and A, is a weak and sad 25%. (Currently, 40% of men are clinging to Trump like a gun or a Bible or a Biblegun.) Know what this means, lovelies? Trump’s base IS slipping. His LADY BASE.

Les Carpenter said...

For conservatism to to survive it must return to principled and consistent policies. Perhaps along the lines of Dwight Eisenhower.

Principled fiscal conservatism and social liberalism just might turn things around.

Just sayin...

BB-Idaho said...

Biblegun, N a highpower, large mag, semi-auto man toy; as mentioned in the Wing
Fundamental bible 'Baditudes': "Blessed are the merciless, for they need all the
firepower they can lug." 2nd Trumpithians 3-1. 40% of men still aligned with Pres
Caligula still believe this good old flat earth is not warming, that the Sandy
Hook grieving parents are paid actors, Happy Holidays is a Satanic curse and that there is no rotting landfill beneath the Swamp To Be Drained. Thomas Paine must wonder the fate of common sense.

Shaw Kenawe said...

The story about Congressman Trent Franks is astounding!

Politico reported Friday that, prior to Franks announcing that he would resign immediately, it had asked the congressman about allegations of unwanted advances toward female staffers. The outlet reported that Franks had approached staffers about serving as surrogates for his child, as he acknowledged Thursday, but also that “[i]t was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization.”

“Female aides said Franks suggested intercourse to impregnate them,” Politico headlined the article.

The outlet also reported that unnamed sources said a former staffer had alleged Franks had tried to persuade her they were in love “by having her read an article that described how a person knows they’re in love with someone,” and that one woman had believed she had had her access to Franks revoked as retribution for refusing his advances.

Politico reported Franks denied the allegations through a spokesperson.

And an unnamed former aide of Franks told the Associated Press that he had “repeatedly pressed her” to act as a surrogate for his child, including by offering $5 million at one point. The former staffer told the AP Franks had asked her to serve as a surrogate in exchange for money “at least four times,” the outlet reported Friday.

The depraved and degenerate Goopers were incensed that Franks would resign for just asking one of his staffers to be a surrogate for his spawn. The request was more than just accepting Rep. Franks' sperm. Appaarently, he wanted to depost his sperm into the surrogate himself!

The Gooper apologists never get the story correct, and they always defend the indefensible. That's why self-admitted sexual assaulter and accused (16+ times) sexual predator, Trump, is their president.

Michael K. said...

The weather next week will favor Roy Morre because it's supposed to dip into the teens.

Ducky's here said...

It is very probable that Franks had the biblical procedure where the male simply called a slave girl to his tent when the wife was unable to conceive in mind when he propositioned his staff.
Watch them make excuse for Blake Farenthold (R - Texas) next.

Meanwhile the new tax bill is set to pave the way for much higher deficits setting the stage to hollow out Medicaid/Medicare.

And as the country sinks the right wing will continue to complain about the problems they have been instrumental in creating.
I'm wondering if tRump is planning to rally support after Mueller nils him by starting a war.

Horrible times

Dave Miller said...

Ducky... you've hit the nail on the head with your comments about the budget.

Cut taxes to the bone. There's not even a pretense of making this revenue neutral like tried to do. Just cut. Even Ryan would not say the cuts would cause the needed growth. he said he believed they would. So... cut income to the bone. And then when the hoped for "growth" and new tax money does not roll in, balance the budget and cut the deficit, that the GOP grew, by killing Medicare, Social Security and every other social program.

Then when the Dems get reelected, call them tax and spend liberals for trying to right the ship.

Wash, rinse and repeat!

Here's what i don't get from the Dems...

Dang it, say it and own it...

And we want to spend on your social security, your health care, the roads on which you drive, and if you can't make it happen, we'll help put food on the table for you and your family. We will not let people die of starvation or malnutrition in this country. And if you don't like this interpretation of providing for the common good, get lost!

Infidel753 said...

It is very probable that Franks had the biblical procedure where the male simply called a slave girl to his tent when the wife was unable to conceive in mind when he propositioned his staff.

Well, if the Bible approves the procedure, "who are we to judge"? I suppose staffers technically aren't slaves, but based on Roy Moore's recent remarks, the country would be better off if they were. Maybe it slipped Franks's mind that the Republicans haven't gotten around to repealing the 13th Amendment yet.

The Prophet Dervish Z Sanders said...

That Franks story is quite weird. I don't know anything about it, but I assume there are organizations that will match infertile couples with a surrogate... and that the price is a hell of a lot less than 5 million.