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The powers of the American presidency must be downgraded

Republican “leaders” know that Trump is an ignorant, malicious buffoon who can destroy our economy and, just possibly, stumble his way into a nuclear holocaust. In the meantime, he’s allowing Putin to undermine our democracy. Republicans are the only ones who can stop him, but they won’t. Today's Republican Party is a totally corrupt criminal enterprise that seeks to hold onto power forever. They couldn't care less about what happens to the county. Or the world for that matter.

We’ve come to a strange place in which one simpleton can bring about such havoc. And that's why I believe that the powers of the American presidency must be downgraded. No single person should ever again be allowed to hold the power of (nuclear) life and death over the entire planet, or the well-being of its inhabitants.

Once the orange disease is gone, and once the Republican Party is dragged away from the levers of power, perhaps laws can be passed to limit the damage any president can do. His/her overall powers come from the constitution. But I’d venture to say that much of that power comes from past congresses having not exercised their prerogatives. (As one example, the constitution says that only congress can declare war. The last time that happened was Dec. 8, 1941, so I guess we haven’t had any wars since then.)

Limiting presidential power will be a daunting task. But, as Trump has demonstrated, it’s a necessary one that must be undertaken.

"... the thrill of cruelty ..."

From today's NY Times.

President Trump’s most significant, and ominous, achievement in his first year in office is the corruption of the Republic. I don’t mean that he has succeeded in destroying the checks and balances on which American freedom rests. I mean that he has so soiled the discourse that a kind of numbness has set in, an exhaustion of outrage that allows him to proceed with the unthinkable.

The greatest danger from a man so unerring in his detection of human weakness, so attuned to the thrill of cruelty, so aware of the manipulative powers of entertainment, so unrelenting in his disregard for truth, so contemptuous of ethics and culture, so attracted to blood and soil, was always that he would use the immense powers of his office to drag Americans down with him into the vortex.


Trump has lowered expectations. He has inured people to the thread of violence and meanness lurking in almost every utterance; or worse, he has started to make them relish it. He has habituated Americans to buffoonery and lies. He calls himself a “genius.”

If so, his genius resides in the darkest realms of the human psyche.


Republicans are singing in sync. We aren't.

Their messaging machine goes into action and all Republicans use the same talking points. They are very good at repeat, repeat, repeat.

Democrats are making sense and doing their best, but they're not putting out a synchronized message.

Basically, the impact of their propaganda is far superior to the reasonable statements being made by Democrats. We've really got to get better at this stuff. That sucks, but that's reality.

Today's Republican Party must be dismantled

It's not enough to have a "blue wave" this coming November.

The Republican Party has become a danger to America. They are Nixon's "Southern Strategy" turned into a full scale, grotesque nightmare. Neo Nazis, Klansmen, religious bigots, and haters of every stripe have come out into the open and are spewing their poison. Some of the blame for this goes to Trump. But the underlying disease is the Republican Party itself. They have been headed in this direction for many years. And they've finally made it.

Democracy cannot survive with a one-party system. If and when the Democrats come back into power, they/we must create an environment in which "sane" Republicans can rebuild a "sane" party.

How? I really don't have the answer to that. And I don't know how many "sane" Republicans still exist, or where they've gone to. But I do know that a rebuilt opposition party is what's needed. The Republican Party, in its present form, cannot be allowed to ever again come to power. And the haters must be denounced, shunned, and pushed back into their caves.

The tax bill wasn't a scam. It was armed robbery.

The gun used was the constitution which is backed up by law enforcement and the military.

A scam is when the mark doesn't know he's being conned. But most of us knew fully well we were victims of the biggest robbery in history. Who needs to break into Fort Knox when you can just pass a law to enrich your donors and yourself?

This cannot stand. The instant there is a Democratic president and congress, it should be reversed, as well as all the presidential orders issued by Trump. It will take a while, but our government must be repaired.

And this is not just a case of our tribe vs their tribe. There seems to be something genetically wrong with elected Republicans. They lack empathy and plain human decency. We must ensure that people of their ilk never again come to power.

Never again ask "How did Germans let it hapen?"

We know now, because we're on the same horrible path.

The only ones who can (lawfully) stop it right now are the Republicans.

Yet, the Republican Party has chosen to nothing to stop the madness.

So are the rest of us helpless?

Seems so.

And if you think these thoughts are extreme/insane/out of line, how long will you wait to confirm that my beliefs are out of line? And when is "too late," "too late?"

One more thought: Who among us will, in some future day, be saying, "I didn't know." or, "I was only following orders."

Sorry people. This is how it begins.

Like dog shit on your shoe

You wipe. You scrape. You might even try to wash it off.

But, no matter what you do, the smell always seems to be there.

That's the way it's going to be with Trump.

Long after he goes away, the stench will remain with us.

Why are Republicans always such dicks?

Virtually every elected Republican seems to lack sympathy, empathy, decency, and just plain humanity.

What's wrong with these people?

They're putting together a health care plan to fuck millions.

They want only vanilla, "Christian," Republicans to have the right to vote.

Their denial of global warming screws their own progeny.

They don't care about poverty and homelessness in America.

They don't care if children are not educated and/or hungry.

They consistently play to racism, bigotry and homophobia.

They really don't give a rat's ass about the unemployed.

They've closed ranks behind an unbalanced president.

Their vision of the future doesn't extend beyond the next election.

They've raised hypocrisy to an art form.

They've turned their backs on fairness and a level playing field.

Their attitude seems to be: "I'm okay. Fuck everyone else."

What's wrong with these people?

The Civil War never ended

The media recently focused on Trump's spewing out his ignorance about the Civil War, his Andrew Jackson crap, etc.

But one issue that the media never focuses on is that the Civil War never really ended.

The main issue of the Civil War was states rights vs federalism. After all, states rights was an argument that states, in which it was okay to own slaves, could continue to hold slaves.

The North "won," sorta. The cannons stopped, but institutionalized racism continues to oppress America's black population till this very day. Call it what you will. But to me, it's nothing more but slavery "lite."

(Don't believe it? Do a count of how many white cops have been exonerated of murdering black human beings. Do a count of the number of blacks incarcerated in prison, for insanely long sentences, for possessing an ounce of weed.)

And the Republican Party, the party of today's South, and of most of the rest of rural America, are the major protectors and enforcers of institutional slavery.

Like it or not, it's the reason they keep winning elections and are today in charge of all branches of government.

I believe that the majority of Americans are not racists. And I also believe that those who are have found tactics that include gerrymandering, phony voter ID schemes, fixed voting machines, and other methods that we are not even aware of to use sleazy, gangster-like schemes to hold onto power.

So if the Civil War was about doing away with slavery, the Union lost. And so did every black human being in America.

Let me say it once again. The Civil War never ended.

Andrea Mitchell: “Hurray Donald: Screw Hillary”

Mitchell thinks that Trump is tough on terrorism and that Hillary Isn’t.

“This really does put Hillary Clinton on the spot,” the MSNBC host opined. “She has campaigned on her resume, on her advantages having been part of the administrations — secretary of state, a senator on Armed Services [committee] — yet, Donald Trump is still communicating toughness in a way that she hasn’t been able to.”


Let me say this as politely as I can. Fuck Andrea Mitchell and her opinions.
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