Trump's Ukraine Treason Should No Longer Be the First Article of Impeachment: Iran and Hezbollah Have Told Us Why

Submitted by Robin Messing on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 6:05am

Trump’s giving the green light to Turkey to massacre our allies the Kurds is both evil and hurts our national security. ISIS may rise again because of this, and who will be our allies on the ground to help us beat them back? No one, because no one will trust us to have their back in the future. Retired Four-Star General and head of CentCom, Joseph Votel, and terrorism expert Elizabeth Dent wrote this about the danger of abandoning our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces. consisting mainly of the Kurds.

 

Over four years, the SDF freed tens of thousands of square miles and millions of people from the grip of ISIS. Throughout the fight, it sustained nearly 11,000 casualties. By comparison, six U.S. service members, as well as two civilians, have been killed in the anti-ISIS campaign. Key to this effective relationship was mutual trust, constant communication, and clear expectations. The partnership was not without its difficulties. That included working through the December 2018 announcement of our sudden departure and our subsequent agreement with Turkey to pursue a security mechanism for the border areas. But each time, the strong mutual trust built on the ground between our military members and the SDF preserved our momentum. The sudden policy change this week breaks that trust at the most crucial juncture and leaves our partners with very limited options. . . .

If a Court Rules in Favor of Trump, Democracy Dies

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 09/24/2019 - 6:32pm

The U.S. Justice Department's guidelines (and they are only guidelines--not law) prevent the Justice Department from prosecuting a sitting President-- These guidelines are not binding on charges leveled by state or local prosecutors. Rachel Maddow has made a very strong case that these guidelines are on shaky grounds, but so long as Trump is President no one will challenge those guidelines.

 

 

 

An Open Letter To Congressman Tom Reed: Condemn Trump's Racism

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 4:54am

The following is an open letter to Congresman Tom Reed in response to Donald Trump's racist tweets attacking Congresswomen  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

 

How Conservatives Can Get Liberals To Pay For The Wall. . . OR How Liberals Can Prove that Emperor Donald Has No Clothes

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:38am

Note: This is a slightly revised version of the second part of an article that I had posted on January 15.  The first part of the article, which discusses the legitimacy and effectiveness of Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe campaign to build the Wall, is posted here.

 

Let's put reservations about the legitimacy of Brian Kolfage's campaign and its effectiveness in raising money from conservatives who want the Wall aside. Let's assume that the campaign will be able to prove its legitimacy and that it will become a fund-raising juggernaut among conservatives who want the Wall. The biggest obstacle preventing Kolfage's campaign from being as effective as it could be is that its appeal is limited to the roughly 1/3 of the population who see the wall as a priority. They will contribute to the wall while liberals will contribute nothing while enjoying the benefits of the Wall (such as they are). FEAR NOT, CONSERVATIVES--there IS a way to get liberals to not only contribute to the Wall, but to contribute willingly and eagerly. How? Imagine this.

Is Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe Page For The Wall a Scam???

Submitted by Robin Messing on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:37am

Note: This article is a revised version of the first part of an article that I had posted on January 15. The second part of this article is posted here.

 

Triple Amputee Iraqi War veteran Brian Kolfage was sick and tired of waiting for the government to provide funds to build Trump's Wall along the Southern border, so he took matters into his own hands by starting a GoFundMe campaign to fund the Wall. The campaign's goal is ambitious--Kolfage wants to raise $1 Billion of the $5 billion that Trump says he wants to start the Wall. Kolfage's campaign relies on the voluntary contributions of those who want the Wall to pay for it. As such, it has zero chance of receiving significant money from the one half to two thirds of the population who either oppose to the Wall or who do not see it as a priority.

Another Tom Reed Smear Campaign

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sun, 11/04/2018 - 12:42pm

Tom Reed's campaign and his supporters are making a big stink about some very ill-considered remarks posted by one of Tracy Mitrano's staffers on her Instagram account. Reed has posted this photo from the Instagram post, along with the caption  "WARNING: Explicit Language – Extreme Ithaca Liberal Post" on his Extreme Ithaca Liberal site.

 

 

What I like about Congressman Tom Reed

Submitted by Robin Messing on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:17pm

I have made many less than warm remarks about my Congressman, Tom Reed. Now it is time for me to say something nice about him.

It is hard for me to find just one thing to admire about Tom Reed. I actually can't choose between his bravery and his loyalty. Tom Reed showed true bravery in last year while some of his fellow Republicans were running away from angry constituents who were furious that their Representatives were jeopardizing their lives by trying to kill the Affordable Health Care Act and replace it with a plan that did not guarantee coverage of pre-existing conditions. Witness Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman who snuck out a side door before a community meeting even began January 2017 when he saw that over 150 angry constituents showed up. Or California Congressman Tom McClintock who scurried away from his constituents in February 2017.  Only 13 Republicans held Town Halls during June 2017 because the rest were avoiding their constituents, yet Reed held four.

And through it all Tom Reed stood tall at town hall meetings and bravely "agreed to disagree" with those who thought his recklessness would drive them into bankruptcy or prevent them from getting the health care needed for their children. It takes true guts to take a feces fajita and try to palm it off as a filet mignon.

Tom Reed and the Problem Solvers Caucus--Too Little, Too Late

Submitted by Robin Messing on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 2:39pm

Tom Reed is constantly touting his pride in being a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus--a small bipartisan group of legislators who are willing to reach across the aisle to develop compromise legislation to be passed by Congress. While I applaud his effort to reach across the aisle to get things done, there are several things we must keep in mind when evaluating his role in this caucus.

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