GOP and the Death of Accountability – among other things

From Walter Einenkel at Daily Kos

America last: Rep. Porter has receipts showing Trump chose a quick buck over American lives

Rep. Katie Porter has been all business since being elected to office. Today, Rep. Porter released a report showing that in spite of growing concerns and warnings about the potential oncoming pandemic threat of the COVID-19 virus from top officials and experts, Donald Trump not only did nothing about it, but he also allowed ramped up exportation of much-needed medical supplies. The report, titled “EVERYONE BUT US,” charges Donald Trump with misapplying and mismanaging our nation’s medical supplies in the months leading up to our current crisis.

Rep. Porter, like many Democratic officials, has long pleaded with Trump to use the powers afforded him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up production and supply chains for much-needed medical supplies. These essential medical supplies were needed weeks ago at the front lines of the battle to save lives. Trump has instead been stingy in his application of the DPA, trying to gaslight away the death count under his watch.

But while Trump’s incompetence and criminal negligence has been well covered, Porter’s team has analyzed “previously unreported government trade data” that paints an even darker picture of how complicit in our country’s misery Donald Trump is. According to the report, the United States was not simply ill-prepared for the coming pandemic—they were actively making big money depleting our medical resources, making us even less prepared: “The value of U.S. ventilator exports jumped 22.7% percent from January to February.”

And it wasn’t only ventilators. Porter says her team “found that in February 2020, the value of U.S. mask exports to China was 1,094% higher than the 2019 monthly average.” Think about that every time you read a pick-me-up story of some designer creating PPE masks for ER staff, or some grade-school kid donating their mask. And to be clear, during this same time the U.S. imported fewer PPE and cleaning supplies, as well as fewer ventilators.

It is clear that one of the fundamental tragic flaws of conservatism in America is how shortsighted its greed for money and power is. By not being more serious in January and February, and even in March, the Trump administration and the Republican power apparatus, in general, have worsened the economic problems we now face and will continue to face in the not so distant future. What this report shows is that this short-sightedness is pathological in nature, like a fish with a seven-second memory, wondering why it keeps getting hooked in the mouth every time a worm miraculously appears from the sky.

The Conservative ‘Warrior’

As someone who’s very interested in the hijinks of the far-distant right-wing fringe, I subscribe to a number of email lists that give me a peek into the ‘mind’ of extremists.

Recently I got an email from Conservative Party USA that started with this noble-sounding line:

What is the Code of the Conservative Warrior?

Unlike liberals and radical progressives, the Conservative Warrior takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He happily discovers cause and effect relationships in the sphere of human action. His sense of life allows him to experience the joy of his existence.

This is just hilarious on its face.

From my experience, “conservative warriors” let Fox News tell them what to think and that’s what they think – to the exclusion of any and all facts. Period. ‘Sense of Life’? These trogs have less sense and less life than a potted plant. As for experiencing joy, again, from harsh experience I’ve learned that “conservative warriors” only true experience of joy is when they’re beating someone – either metaphorically or literally. They have no sense of fairness or decency. If money’s involved, then it’s no-holds-barred. I was young during the 60s and I *KNOW* how conservatives talk about anyone that doesn’t put on the brown shirt and march in lockstep. They will kill us all, given half a chance.

Self-Mastery means
The individual knows he exists as a being who possesses power. It is possible to call him or her a warrior
That means you gain control of any situation by calculating everything of importance. Then you take the necessary action based on your convictions and beliefs.
Remember, you’re not a leaf who is at the mercy of the wind; although the Deep State would like to reduce you to that state of existence.

Yes, because POWER is the only thing worthy in this world and woe to them without it. Truly Christian. Cold, calculating, controlling and merciless – the exact image of the ‘Deep State’ they’re howling about. Guys. GET A FUCKIN MIRROR.

As a Conservative Warrior
No one can push you or make you do things against your better judgment. You are tuned to survive, and you survive in the best of all possible fashions.”
Not only do you tune yourself to survive, you also thrive. You understand reality and you use your knowledge to succeed in your endeavors.

Yep! That’s RIGHT! If you don’t WANT to do it, “NO ONE’S THE BOSS OF ME”. Very mature. So helpful in a dangerous situation. As for ‘better judgment’ – keep in mind, these “conservative warriors” are the ones who eagerly voted for a man so racist and hateful he’d put children in cages because he didn’t think they were human because of their color. Or point-blank ignore a pandemic warning until it was a crisis. Yes, you “conservative warriors” are really doing your level best to kill us all.

During these trying times
You obtain peace of mind because you are confident in your ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. You believe that you will achieve your goals and desires.
Life continually presents you choices. Your success rides on your ability to make more correct decisions than incorrect ones. That’s especially true when you’re faced with big decisions. You know, the ones that can make or break you. If you decide to live a life filled with reason and rationality…and love that which you most value, you will enjoy living by the Code of the Conservative Warrior.

More code: “You’ve got enough money stashed away to live like a king while your neighbors starve and die, GOOD FOR ME!” Also,

“Life presents you with choices – screw everybody else, get YOURS NOW, so what if they die!! Dirty fucking hippies deserve it.”

It’s important
That you continue to seek new thoughts and new ideas, especially from the great conservative economists and philosophers. So many people shut themselves out when all they need to do is open up and look out. You should always be on the outlook for more information, never taking anything for granted, and never fully believing everything you hear. You must continue to exercise your mind, expanding it into unknown territory.

Yes, lap up the swill pouring from the mouths of thugs like Limbaugh and Hannity, your gods. NEVER BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE TOLD – unless your gods tell you. It’s all a big liberal lie. That kind of retardation is going cost America a LOT of lives – nearly as many as we wasted in their idiotic wars like Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq already. “Conservative warriors” a term of art for “vicious, cold-blooded opportunistic sociopathic racists” and anyone calling themselves such marks themselves as an enemy of Humankind in my opinion. If you do and are reading this, please throw yourself directly into a tree chipper, it’s the highest service you could do right now.

The Conservative Party USA is:
Committed to protecting your individual rights…and enhancing your personal liberty and economic freedom.
The great economist Ludwig von Mises chose a verse by Virgil to be his motto: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Faithfully yours,

Sam Gallo, Chairman Emeritus
Marcus Kohan, Chairman
Keith Westbrook, President
And all our other team members

As long as the wealthy approve those rights and as long as you pay homage to them. Again, more hilarity ensues at the mention of Mises – who came to be widely regarded as an “archetypal ‘unscientific’ economist”– polite way to say ‘loon’ in common parlance.

Lastly, Sam Gallo. Jesus… the guy is over 90, white as a soda cracker and from Louisiana. Want to bet he’d bring back slavery in a heartbeat? Wonder if he has a child bride. I mean, a real “conservative warrior” can do anything he wants, right?

This, right here, is the face of the force that’s working hard right now to wreck our country.

Cold-blooded, calculating, ruthless sociopaths that will do anything to get their way.

America is watching guys. Watching close. Taking names and details down.

When this crisis has passed there will be accountability for the crimes that have been committed. With any luck, this “conservative warrior” will be taking a dirtnap by then but his pals will be held up to blowtorching scorn for the rest of time.

People’s families and friends are dying RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

Best you sit down now and STFU now Sammy boy – this crazy talk is going get more people hurt.

Farewell to Rush

List of Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Wikipedia)

Here’s the entry in Wikipedia. Thomas and Harvey are no doubt turning over somewhere.

Some of his more noteworthy remarks. (Snopes)

At least he got his medal

It will look almost as good as one of these on his gravestone.

Having lost my dear friend

Kaye Sillery Fissinger – 5/16/44 – 5/18/17

to lung cancer, I can truly say that I understand the gravity of the situation.

Farewell Rush.

You won’t be forgotten… that’s for certain.

Your entry in this list will be a lasting reminder of GOP corruption gone wild.

Enough yet boys? Is it??!

“Justice” Roberts

Cory Gardner – VOTED FOR NO WITNESSES IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP Jan 30, 2020

How can anyone wearing the robes of a judge sit quietly by as the very concept of justice is made a mockery of? Roberts is proving decisively that he is a creature of the GOP and unfit to wear the robes of Chief Justice. From the very beginning when he tried to muff Obama’s swearing in to now, he’s been a quietly smiling assassin of democracy.

The GOP’s vote today not to have witnesses or evidence is proof that Trump is guilty.

There is a firsthand witness and evidence that these people are also involved – and are now running the trial they are suppressing witnesses and evidence from – neat, eh?

Vice President Pence

Rick Perry

Mike Pompeo

Bill Barr

Lindsey Graham

Devin Nunes

John Solomon

Joe diGenova

Victoria Toensing

Rudi Giuliani

These guys make Nixon look like a piker.

November? Seriously?? Give this crowd of halfwit holier-than-thou hooligans hundreds of days more to wreck our nation??

That is the wrong answer folks.

Trump has to go NOW, the damage being done on a daily basis is horrendous and getting worse by the day.

Now that his buddies look to be giving him a free pass, you can count on it getting far, far worse.

I have every expectation Trump will try to order a nuclear strike somewhere in the middle east at the first opportunity.

Let’s hope our military leaders intervene and save us all.

Standing Up to the Beast

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miller are attacking our entire democracy
Comprehensively and simultaneously
At all levels, on all fronts.

While we have been responding to individual threats.
To feints and maneuvers meant to distract us
Unable or unwilling to acknowledge the scale
The enormity of what they are doing.

We have been defending ourselves with peashooters.
With platoons and regiments, getting absolutely nowhere.
When what is needed is for the entire country to rise up as one army
With everyone doing their part.

If it is democracy that is under attack
Then democracy itself must respond.

We can’t leave the fight to someone else.
We’ve got to take a stand.
And challenge everyone to do the same.
Democracy depends upon it.

Democracy needs us.
Our planet needs us.

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln – marching together.
Beneath American flags, fifes and drums playing.
Every school child’s image of our founding.
Their cause was Democracy.

Our country stands for nothing if it does not stand for Democracy.
This is our cause, and it is being taken away from us.
Our country is being taken away from us.
Trampled underfoot by dictators at home and abroad.

When the Beast invades our homes, our places of peace
With intent to harm, our only choice is to resist.
If, in defending our homes, our country, our planet
Someone is offended, someone gets hurt, so be it.

Our cause is forced upon us.
To save our country for democracy.
Gently and with loving kindness if possible.
Aggressively if necessary.
But always: to hear and be heard.

1930’s National Socialism has metastasized to our shores.
All who would defend democracy
Reason and science, compassion, truth, and civility
Must take a stand.

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun.
Standing Up to the Beast.
Is where I stand.
Not the end, but only the beginning.

To my Republican friends, so very kind in person
So very cruel, insensitive, and disrespectful in your beliefs
Challenged by facts and logic, addicted to lies
Indifferent to personal character
Heedless of the catastrophe bearing down on us.

Heed this.
Admiral Yamamoto’s warning:
I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant
And filled him with terrible resolve.

Democracy is a cause unlike any other.
Countless millions have fought and died for it.
Hong Kong fights and dies now.
Many millions more will rise up here with terrible resolve.

How then will you take away our democracy?
Our rights, our freedoms, our civil liberties?
Over our dead bodies!

To the rest of us
We are not passengers on a plane that’s just crash-landed.
Strapped to our seats, immobilized by shock
Waiting passively for the end to come.
We are soldiers in a cause. taking the fight to the enemy
Secure in the knowledge that our cause is just.
We will prevail.

The time to change minds ends
When there are no longer minds to change.
When there is only unreasoning hysteria, hatred, and madness.
Rampant guilt projected onto “them.”

Our skies are inflamed with the fires of hell.
It will be time enough to make peace, to trust and make friends
When the light of Reason and respect shines again.

When guilt is banished for the lie that it is
And truth is restored.
Innocence — our sanctuary and our strength.

It will happen.
But for now: Uncle Sam wants YOU!

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California
7 December 2019 – Pearl Harbor Day

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miler’s self-styled “victims” could be expected to want to become a political force.
To achieve fairness and social justice — to end victimization.
As FDR’s followers wanted — genuine victims of the Great Depression.

Of course, that’s not what the Trump-Miller mob wants.
Their political pedigree is of the opposite stripe.
From the opposite side of the Atlantic in the same era.

They want a victim-in-chief to validate their projection of guilt onto others.
Their supposed “persecutors.”
To justify switching one victim for another so they can persecute.
So others can be the “losers” and they can be the “winners.”

Blindly following the Winner-in-Chief makes them winners by association
A status they will never relinquish so long as their champion lives.
No matter what evils he perpetrates.

Far from being a flawed human being, he is their Savior, their Chosen One.
More exalted than history’s greatest heroes — Lincoln, Churchill.
Are we afflicted with daily horrors?
This is Horror.

Cruelty is not a by-product of their behavior; it is its very purpose.
Cruelty to others directed by their role model is proof positive.
That they have arrived, and he has gotten them there.
That they and he are one and the same.
The bond between them could not be stronger if it were real blood and soil.

Reacting to their cruelties with horror and outrage doesn’t give them pause.
It’s music to their ears, a red flag waved in the face of the raging bull.
An incitement to further madness, more cruelty.

The Beast’s grasp of power has already gone too far to stop him by democratic means.
Republicans, the Senate, the judiciary — pitiful institutions — shrink in relevance before our eyes.
While impeachment grinds inexorably toward meekness and inconclusion.

With democracy already lost, horror and outrage are irrelevant.
Impeachment is irrelevant.

Tinkering with articles of impeachment won’t change the political dynamics.
When it’s plain for all to see: The Republican Senate can’t be moved.
Their base, inflamed by their impotent rage and right-wing propaganda, can’t be moved.
The politicized, emasculated Supreme Court, can’t be moved.
It’s too late!

Sounding the alarm over systemic cruelty at the border.
Is commendable, honorable, patriotic, courageous.
It’s never acceptable to ignore abandoned children bleeding to death.
We must continue to bear witness, to alleviate suffering.

But the moral ground has shifted.
We must adjust.

All that’s left in the present circumstances is to re-channel the force of feeling.
To unite in search of a leader who will rally us against the Beast.
To unite in fierce opposition to the Beast with all the resources at our disposal.
To defend Democracy, science, compassion, justice, and civility.
To defend civilization and our habitable planet.
To fight for our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

The fight — our generation’s Civil War — has already begun.
The only question is: who can lead us in the fight?

When Republicans circled the wagons after Trump-Miller’s crimes were exposed.
When they abandoned Reason for rationalizing and surrendered to the mob.
That’s when the war began.
The vote in the Senate to acquit will only be a formality.
The decision of the Supreme Court to protect Trump’s tax returns will only be a formality.

Reason has already left the room.
What more proof that we have been abandoned by Reason.
Than five minutes of right-wing media?
Than five minutes conversation with anyone who supports Trump?

Yes, victimization of immigrant children at the border.
Has not drawn the attention, the outrage, that it deserves.
Forgive our Democratic compatriots for their blunders, their shortcomings.
But we must move on.

I offer solidarity with anyone who will join me in this cause.
We must find and get behind the right candidate with everything we’ve got.
Short of Trump-Miller dying of natural causes.
And their base melting away — not a likely prospect.
It is our only hope.

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California

Thoughts from a letter to a friend
6 December 2019