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Sat Dec 22, 2018, 06:03 PM

Dear Trump Enablers: Cry Me a River

Jennifer Rubin wrote a column the other day: “Dear Trump Enablers: Cry Me A River” from the perspective of Never-Trumpers, those Republicans who immediately saw Trumpski as a narcissistic grifter (as Democrats universally did) and now— according to Ms. Rubin—are owed apologies from their whining GOP colleagues, those who regret enabling an oaf.

Let me start by saying I appreciate that there were 'some' voices out there, conservative intellectuals warning what a disaster Trumpski would be and ultimately is. However, the collective ‘we’ cannot dismiss the false memes and propaganda promoted by Republicans for decades, all of which provided a clear glide path for the abomination known as Donald J. Trump.

Right-wing radio and Fox News has been shoveling pure horseshit for years, certainly since Gingrich's 'Contract with America.' Balanced budgets and austerity programs have been demanded when Democrats hold power, while wild spending sprees and tax give-aways for the rich are deemed perfectly acceptable when Republicans hold the reins.

Bush and Cheney nearly brought the country and the world to its economic knees with hollow ideology, unnecessary wars, deficit spending, corruption. And sheer neglect. Remember deficits-don’t-matter-Cheney? Or “we're an Empire now, we create our own reality?”

Where were Republican voices then?

Even Romney—considered a moderate in Republican circles and in Ms. Rubin’s Universe—felt compelled to reiterate the nonsense that ‘of course, corporations are people, my friend’ giving shelter to the corrosive funding abuses we’ve seen since Citizen’s United was upheld by SCOTUS.

Where were the jeers, the objections?

As we watched, it was left to Obama to pick up the pieces, pull the truck from the ditch and get us back on the road. What did he get for the Herculean effort? Accusals of being foreign born, a Muslim, the Other. Or on the ACA, providing Americans with healthcare insurance, an issue that should never have been partisan. What did we hear? Screams of death panels and communist takeovers for a plan that was hatched at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.

Where was the condemnation from rational Republicans?

The list goes on through congressional obstructionism; endless, pointless investigations; obscene gerrymandering and voter suppression/voter fraud gimmicks.

Voices. Outrage. Anyone?

Dems are certainly not saints. Far from it. But we as a community believe in the notions of government and governance which is something Republicans surrendered long ago.

Now look at the mess, the sheer lunacy we're witnessing.

I've offered up kudos for Ms. Rubin’s columns in the past. She and others did call Trumpski out, pointed unabashedly to the incompetence, corruption, the withering unfitness. But when it comes to demanding apologies, there are a lot of mea culpas owed. The Never-Trumpers will have to wait their turn.

Right now, the biggest share belongs to the Republic that's being trampled by an unfit lunatic squatting in the White House. Apologies are owed to our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents, etc., those who bled for this country and for all the sacrifices made to keep the idea of America alive, each generation pushing for a better future.

We’ve never been perfect. At best, as a society, as a Nation of laws and principles, we’re a work-in-progress. But hey, a work-in-progress is not a bad moniker.

All those lives, all the ideals and dreams as imperfect as they might be are now at the mercy of a conman, a grifter wiping his feet on the dead, the living, the yet to be born. Trumpski is urged on by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson et al, radio and TV jocks whipping their audiences into a frenzy with . . . lies and innuendo.

So many apologies. Too many to count.

Donald Trump will be a thing of the past in due time, sooner rather than later I hope. Once that happens, once the dust settles, we’ll need to repair and heal. Many will swear they never saw the debacle coming. Yet the signs were all around. The cues were most profoundly obvious in the silence of Republicans who knew better, whispered among themselves but set aside principle for winning at all costs and those who acquiesced to the bullies screaming into the ether. All at the expense of the country for which they so loudly, so passionately proclaimed love.

There’s been treachery in our midst for decades.

Many apologies are owed. Take your ticket Ms. Rubin; it’s going to be a long wait.

While you’re waiting, we’ll have a Nation to rebuild, fences to mend, alliances to reestablish. Let’s hope we all remember the past as it was, not the sanitized version many in Republican circles would have us accept.

Because we either learn from the past. Or we don’t. If the latter is our fate, then this may be our last hurrah.

I sincerely hope that is not the case.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/21/cry-me-river-trump-enablers/?utm_term=.d7090e1fc645

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peggysue2 Dec 2018 OP
MyOwnPeace Dec 2018 #1
peggysue2 Dec 2018 #3
DemocracyMouse Dec 2018 #11
Leith Dec 2018 #2
peggysue2 Dec 2018 #4
MyOwnPeace Dec 2018 #7
Duppers Dec 2018 #9
Hermit-The-Prog Dec 2018 #12
dlk Dec 2018 #5
peggysue2 Dec 2018 #6
MyOwnPeace Dec 2018 #8
JoeOtterbein Dec 2018 #10
peggysue2 Dec 2018 #13

Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 06:35 PM

1. Well stated!

Get in line, Ms. Rubin. There's a whole bunch of people that are owed more than an apology - and I'm not holding my breathe that it will be coming soon.

The mid-terms got us started on the road to fixing this train wreck. We have lots of work to do.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 06:46 PM

3. Yes, we do have loads of work ahead of us

Apologies are the least of what we'll need. As long as we remember how we got here.

Thanks for the read and nod, myownpeace.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 09:12 PM

11. Yep, we all knew Trump World would suck. Now back to love and planet-saving green policies.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 06:44 PM

2. rethugs have always been assholes

I usually say that it's been since the late 1970s, but they have been pulled kicking and screaming to do what's right even before that. They caused the Great Depression because of their economic policies. They have always been against anything that helped actual people. They railed - and continue to rail - against Social Secureity, Medicare, Medicaid, foodstamps, welfare, unemployment benefits, and even joining WW II.

There are only 3 Republicans worth remembering: Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. The rest of them are too filthy for mulch.

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Response to Leith (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 06:50 PM

4. LOL!!

You're right. I'm being kind here taking it back only to the 90s. Plus, I agree with your 3 names, Republicans worth remembering. It is a very short list.

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Response to Leith (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 07:35 PM

7. "too filthy for mulch"



I'll have to remember that one when I'm in a more "refined" mood!

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Response to Leith (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 09:03 PM

9. +100

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Response to Leith (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 09:17 PM

12. don't forget Bob Mueller

There might be a few more Republicans who (a) have integrity, (b) put country above party, and (c) have not yet been radicalized. Doubtful you'll find any like that in elected office, however. The radicals have been weeding them out for decades.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 07:04 PM

5. Prior Republican Malfeasance Paved the Way for Trump

Trump is only the latest iteration in a long line of con artists.

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Response to dlk (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 07:20 PM

6. Yes!

It's the one thing I do not hear the Never-Trumpers admit: that Trump is a manifestation of their own corrupt ideology and/or when they let the crazies into the tent, they were on a road to political oblivion.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 07:37 PM

8. That's why they took IQ45 in......

they wanted to ride him to get to their dreams of eliminating governmental controls and citizen securities.
Evil bastards all of them - or, as my new-found-friend would say, "too filthy for mulch!"

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 09:11 PM

10. The GOP has been crooked since Nixon, led by a series of mob bosses.

Hell, Bush got away with starting a war in Iraq for nothing and some now think that he was actually a "good" mob boss. Including Ms. Rubin. Some of us remember. The only thing different now is that Trump is the little mob boss now. Once he is knocked down, another will take his place. Like any mob does.

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 22, 2018, 09:24 PM

13. Unfortunately true

"Hell, Bush got away with starting a war in Iraq for nothing and some now think that he was actually a "good" mob boss."

It is pretty amazing when some are pining for GW. All a matter of degree, I guess. Depressing.

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