Ten Signs That Republicans Want To Destroy Our Democracy To Retain Power

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 07/19/2022 - 5:25pm

This post is going to be extremely disjointed--consider it a collection of data points with one overarching theme. Today's Republican Party knows that its policies are unpopular and that the only way they can stay in power is to destroy our democracy. The LAST thing they want is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Instead, many of them want our country to become a White Christo-nationalist one-party state where the Republicans maintain a permanent lock on power. In other words, they want our country to become a tyranny of the minority. A common talking point among those who want to destroy our democracy is to say "We're a republic, not a democracy." If you hear someone say that, then shove this column down their throat.

 

And now, without further ado, ten signs that Republicans want to destroy our democracy.

Shove This Column Down The Throat Of The Next Person Who Tells You "We're a Republic, Not A Democracy"

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 07/19/2022 - 4:55pm

Whenever I tweet that we are in danger of losing our democracy I almost INEVEITBALY get a response from some Trumpanzee or Putinista saying "America is a republic. It is not a democracy." This pablum is intended to be Novocain for the brain. It is designed to confuse the issue and cause us to lose sight that the Founders wanted a government that represented the will of the people, and not the will of an autocrat. True, the Founders defined who "the people" were far too narrowly. That is why we have had to work to form a "more perfect union." But we must not lose sight of the aspirational goal that President Lincoln set forth in his Gettysburg Address--that we should have a "government of the people, by the people, for the people." 

Goodbye to Tom Reed

Submitted by Robin Messing on Thu, 05/12/2022 - 8:11am

Congressman Tom Reed announced last year that he would not be running for re-election because of a sexual assault allegation made against him. (See this story from last year for more information about the alleged sexual assault.) But we just received a surprise when Reed unexpectedly resigned early on May 10. We are now without a Congressman to represent our district. 

Watch this PBS Frontline Documentary About Trump's Big Lie

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sun, 04/03/2022 - 6:55pm

Our democracy is hanging by a thread. It has never been in more danger during my lifetime, and I'm an old geezer who can remember back to the Nixon Administration. And the source of democracy's jeopardy is Trump's Big Lie that the election was stolen from him. This lie motivated the January 6 insurrection and, just as importantly, it is motivating efforts to place acolytes of this lie in positions where they are the ones who decide how the votes will get counted in 2024.

Donald Trump vs Ronald Reagan

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sat, 03/26/2022 - 10:31pm

A Trumpanzee clown was bitching about the Democrats and singing the praises of Donald Trump to me on Facebook. I noticed that his Facebook page had a picture of Ronald Reagan at the top. I was never a big fan of Reagan's. I often disagreed with him on policy, but I never questioned his patriotism. And I always thought he did what he thought was right for the country--no matter how misguided I thought his actions were. I never for a moment thought that he put his own personal interests above that of our country.

Republicans Are The Best At Torching the Arizona Fraudit

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sat, 07/31/2021 - 8:03pm

Over 60% of Arizona's population lives in Maricopa County. State Senate Republican leaders refused to accept that Biden had won the county by 45,000 votes, thus giving him a 10,00-vote victory statewide. Election results were audited twice with no evidence that there had been a significant error in the original count and no evidence of chicanery, but state Republican officials still refused to accept the results. They refused to accept the results, even though the Maricopa County Recorder and four of the five members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBS) were Republicans. The state Senate Republicans sued the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to force them to hand over their voting machines and ballots so that they could hire their own auditors to do a forensic analysis of the machines as well as a hand recount of all the votes. The State Senate won their lawsuit and the clown show officially known as the Arizona audit was off to the races.

 

I will discuss why we should view the audit as a clown show in more depth in another column. For now let's just say that it isn't just the Democrats who see it that way. The Maricopa County Republicans wrote a blistering letter on May 17 to the Arizona State Senate President, Karen Fann that made it clear that they thought the audit was a circus. Much of that letter is technical and will be of little interest to the average reader. I know few people will read the entire 13-page letter, so here are the highlights in their raging glory.

Trouble In Paradise? The Fight Between Kraken Lawyer Jenna Ellis and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 07/12/2021 - 10:53am

The Fight

 

Jenna Ellis, one of Donald Trump's Kraken lawyers, may have said the quiet part out loud. Look at this tweet. Then read the Business Insider article attached to it.

 

 

Here is the beginning of the Business Insider article.

 

Last November, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer, with the GOP official questioning the former president's election claims, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

 

In the note, Riemer reportedly wrote to his RNC colleagues asking why they were backing Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud, while also expressing that the organization raised more cash battling Democrats than challenging election results.

Ellis, who was having dinner with Rudy Giuliani and former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, passed her phone around for everyone to view the message, which reportedly left them "stunned."

Trump's Claims of a Rigged Election Is Nothing New. It Is His Modus Operandi

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 06/14/2021 - 2:54pm

Donald Trump’s claim that the election was rigged is nothing new. He made that claim BEFORE the election. In fact, that’s been his schtick for years. ABC News put together a nice summary of Trump's history of calling elections rigged. We can't directly see Trump's tweets where he complained about the election being rigged since he lost his Twitter account due to repeated lies about the election and his continuing threat to our democracy. But we can do the next best thing. There is a Trump Twitter Archive where we can see the remnants of his tweets, if not the tweets themselves.

Trump complained that the 2020 election was going to be rigged more than five MONTHS before the actual election.  What follows is a partial list of Trump's claims that the election would be rigged, followed by Trump's standing in national polls as compiled by FiveThirtyEight at the time that he made those statements. (The top of the page will have 2022 polling data. Scroll down just a little to see the interactive 2020 graph data.)

 

Tweet, May 24, 2020: "The Democrats are trying to Rig the 2020 Election, plain and simple!"

Poll: Biden was leading by 5.8% on May 24

Don't Let The Republicans Whitewash The Insurrection!

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 06/02/2021 - 7:11pm

Republicans want the January 6th Insurrection to disappear down an Orwellian memory hole, never to be heard of again. Or at the very least, they want to whitewash it to the point where we see the insurrectionists as little more than tourists who got a little carried away with their enthusiasm. Congressman Andrew Clyde denied that an attempted insurrection had occurred because those at the Capitol were unarmed. He acknowledged that there were some rioters and some acts of vandalism, but he said that to call it an insurrection was a "bald-faced lie." He then bizarrely claimed that the people who entered the Capitol looked like normal tourists.

 

Congressman Tom Reed, A Brick, And A Flag: Why Won't Reed Denounce Donald Trump's Stochiastic Terrorism?

Submitted by Robin Messing on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 1:35pm

Congressman Tom Reed posted the following statement on his official government Facebook page on October 23.

 

STATEMENT: Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning.


The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger.


We thank the local police and federal authorities, who are already investigating this disgusting attack against my family. 


Across the country, politics has taken a disturbing turn. 


We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us is far greater than our political differences

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