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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Jennifer Rubin: There are no innocent Republicans running for reelection to the House or Senate. Their grievous misdeeds, whether of commission or omission, were intentional. Their desire to maintain their good standing in the Trumpified Republican Party and avoid the wrath of President Trump's deeply dishonest right-wing media allies overrode all considerations of decency, honesty and constitutional probity.

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Republicans facilitated corruption. Republicans thereby enabled Trump's abuses of power. Republicans subverted U.S. national security. Republicans have supported a commander in chief unfit to lead men and women in uniform. Republicans have thereby helped foment racial division and violence. In short, Republicans have put their own political survival above the lives of Americans. Republicans have thus helped undermine the central attributes of democracy - free and fair elections, and the peaceful transfer of power.

Over and over again, Republicans' hunger to retain power at all costs has triumphed over their obligations to their fellow citizens. They have put Americans' lives and the nation's democracy itself at risk. In doing so, they have lost the moral authority to hold power. All of them.

From Jennifer's fingers to God's ears.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-10 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

@#1 ... Over and over again, Republicans' hunger to retain power at all costs has triumphed over their obligations to their fellow citizens. They have put Americans' lives and the nation's democracy itself at risk. In doing so, they have lost the moral authority to hold power. All of them. ...

Along those lines...

Here in Connecticut the is an Independent Party. As it turns out, the CT Independent Party is not really independent at all, but looks more like a bunch of Republicans who do not like being called Republicans.

Probably because of what is noted in the article you cite.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-10 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

7? Seems low.

#3 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-09-10 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Some decades back I came to the conclusion that no matter what the society, there will always be a significant percentage of people who are in favor of 'strong' totalitarian leadership. It dawned on me when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and I realized that the dictator, Alfredo Stroessner, probably did not even need to cheat to win the nations sham slections. He would not have gotten 90+ percent of the vote, but it seemed clear that a majority of that uneducated population really did support him. Ironically, it was simultaneous to seemingly most Americans being in love with our own then far right leaning leader, Ronald Reagan.

So many of us here on the DR can not understand why so many Americans are so stupid, ignorant and self defeating as to support the narcissistic wanna-be strong man and all around bag of ---- currently in White House. I suspect we are misperceiving large swathes of humanity. Lots of people genuinely want dictators and will always support them. Law. Order. Discipline. Loud proclamations of Progress, Military Muscle and Respect. I don't know what the percentage may be at any given moment, but that will always be part of human nature. Clearly the numbers rise though during times of changing demographics and economic chaos. Maybe it was inevitable that a person like Trump get elected after eight years of the first Black POTUS ever.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-09-10 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Clearly the numbers rise though during times of changing demographics and economic chaos. Maybe it was inevitable that a person like Trump get elected after eight years of the first Black POTUS ever.
#4 | POSTED BY MODER8

I'm a firm adherent to the notion that the "next in line" candidate is the closest you can get to an automatic loser possible. Biden might finally break the trend. But when B. Hussein won in 2008 and going through the "next in line" candidates for Republicans in McCain and Romney as expected (losers), I was truly curious who the "out of left field" candidate the Republicans would lean on. Initially, I didn't buy into Trump's support. But when it was solidified by the GOP, I knew he'd be our next president. He was just out of left field enough, and the businessman-president so many on the Right have been clamoring for, I figured he would definitely beat Hillary.

Maybe the cultural shift, politically, that B. Hussein represented was far more significant (in the eyes of the Right) than we had originally assessed. In hindsight, I can't think of any other Republican candidate in 2016 that would have had the outright authoritarian nature that Trump provides.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-10 08:19 PM | Reply

The republican party is irredeemable. Hopefully Biden will win and the dems will take steps to fix the structural problems that allowed a person like DJT to come into office. They must neutralize the effects of the electoral college by 1) increasing the number of members in the HOR so that each member represents approximately the same number of people; 2) admit DC and Puerto Rico as states.

These are just a few things that can be done since a constitutional convention to eliminate the electoral college and establish direct election of the POTUS is unlikely.

#6 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-09-10 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I only need one reason-dj trump.

#7 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-09-10 11:16 PM | Reply

they can add to the list,
that the GOP wants to eliminate
the Social Safety Net, root & stem.
They want to kill Social Security...
Medicare...Medicaid...Food Stamps...
WICK...every single program necessary
for the poor, disadvantaged, or the
working class to make it at some point
in their lives...

Why? Because they have a vehement hatred
of all classes but the rich. In their
Ayn Randian brain washing, all but the rich
(in their view) are 'Takers'...

#8 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-09-11 05:26 AM | Reply

They can't legally bring back slavery,
so they want the next best thing...
making everyone (who isn't rich),
basically bound to a life of servitude
and labor (serfdom) until the day they
die. Little to no chance to rise above,
and break the chains of poverty or servitude.

The GOP is ---- EVIL...period.

#9 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-09-11 05:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

EARTH

For Trump to be a successful "dictator," the "serfs" must NOT be allowed to rise up against him.

He'll have to take away all their guns.

His followers aren't going to like that.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-09-11 05:42 AM | Reply

FEDUP, if we could gain the majority in the Senate and the House and the Presidency I think we should gamble big time and hold a Constitutional Convention which, in the past, I have always opposed. It is time for the majority to hold the power and never again allow a minority to rule. American demographics are changing rapidly and the notion of white power needs to be made unspeakable but our present Constitution was designed from the beginning to insure white power rule. I don't think rewriting the Constitution after 231 years, considering all the changes in our society is actually very radical, I think it is just the necessary maintenance that a democracy requires. Almost nothing in our society today resembles life during the Constitutional Convention long ago so our basic laws need to be updated to reflect the realities of today. I never thought I would ever say that but as our President abuses his powers and uses the Constitution to ignore laws, subpoenas, long held traditions, etc. we need a new Constitution which is designed to actually limit the powers of the President in no uncertain terms and violations of those limits need to have spelled out consequences for any future wannabe dictator. Like prison. Trump should have been locked up long ago. He is not fit to serve but our Constitution prevents us from doing anything about it. What are we going to do when Tom Cotton is President? We can't wait for that to happen, we need limits on Presidential powers now!

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-09-11 08:41 AM | Reply

DANNI,

While the leaders and their advisors of the present day have the intellectual chops to write a constitution, I don't think they have the right perspective. Having just declared their independence from a monarch, the founders had a unique perspective that is hard, maybe even impossible for today's leaders, to replicate.

Some of the problems we have with Trump have been self inflicted i.e. DOJ having a rule that says a sitting president cannot be indicted; Congress not using its inherent contempt powers (see: constitutioncenter.org ); Congress giving its power to the president i.e. granting of emergency powers, authorization to use military force, extension of authorizations to use military force, Trade Authority, etc.

Congress has been lazy. It needs to get back to doing the job it was constitutionally authorized to do.

#12 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-09-11 10:42 AM | Reply

#12

I agree. I don't think we need another constitutional convention, first and foremost we need to eliminate the Senate filibuster once and for all. Josh Marshall has an on-point commentary about just this, right now.

Chuck Schumer is already talking about trying to coerce the Republicans into compromise should the Democrats gain control of the Senate, and this is one of the most stupid things he's ever said. If Biden wins and Democrats control both houses of Congress, the Senate Republicans will thwart every single progressive piece of legislation without compromise. And trying to "win" GOP votes means that bills will have to be watered down in the futile attempt of reaching agreement.

The filibuster has to go on Day 1, and the Democrats must enact the needed legislation to address everything we see that is bringing America to its knees physically, spiritually and emotionally. And a huge part of that legislation must be codified restraints upon the powers of the President. And I can guarantee that you will get no appreciable pushback from a President Biden.

This error of Trump has taught us all a valuable lesson. America cannot depend upon the Electoral College to stop the rise of an unqualified demagogue lifted by a frenzied mob all by itself. In fact it became the actual vehicle for such a person to ascend to the presidency with less than a plurality of the voters.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-11 11:14 AM | Reply

TONYRAMA-the Josh Marshall link was excellent, as was his own link to his other article on the need for an executive branch audit. Thanks.

#14 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-09-11 12:51 PM | Reply

Sorry, DANNI

But I agree with FEDUP and TONY. No constitutional convention. I don't want a Unitary Executive of either party if that is the intent. That could result in a serious abuse of power by either party. not to mention states' rights, plus it flies in the face of democracy.

While such an idea may sound attractive at the moment, I keep reminding myself that bad laws come from bad situations . . the one we're in now being one of the worst. So I do understand your point.

I just think that America is too strong to take down by a lying, greedy, ignorant twerp with visions of grandeur.

And that's all Trump really is.

Let's go the polls AND KICK HIM IN THE BUTT instead.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-09-12 07:16 AM | Reply

Every single Republican voter is complicit in Trump's GENOCIDE of innocent U.S. citizens. Simple as that.

#16 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-09-12 10:10 AM | Reply

GETOFFMEDZ

"Every single Republican voter is complicit in Trump's GENOCIDE of innocent U.S. citizens. "

I can't judge all Republicans by what they say on this site. We're in the after the fact phase of Trump's administration now.

We'll know how many R voters discovered their mistake after the landslide November 3 results come in.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-09-12 11:02 AM | Reply

Posted by rstybeach11

What's the point of referring to Obama as "B. Hussein"?

#18 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-09-12 12:42 PM | Reply

What's the point of referring to Obama as "B. Hussein"?

It's generally used to frighten weak-minded people.

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-09-12 12:48 PM | Reply

What's the point of referring to Obama as "B. Hussein"?

It's taking what the right feels is a weapon, defanging it, then using it right back at them as an attribution.

It's the same reason we on the left have continued to embrace the term Obamacare, which was actually invented on the right to scare people away from actually understanding that the ACA was something positive, not a "government takeover of healthcare" like the right tried to demagogue.

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-12 01:03 PM | Reply

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