Are You Listening Republicans? Do You Even Care?…

Even the Russians know Trump is a morally bankrupt vessel.

 

The America I Knew as Russia’s Foreign Minister Is Gone

But by impeaching Donald Trump, it can become a beacon of moral truth again.

 Andrei V. Kozyrev, Russian foreign minister from 1991 to 1996

 

Russians with moral integrity know that for America to return to a position of MORAL authority Trump must go.

Looks like some Russians have a much higher bar to clear than many Americans.

The United States has often played a pivotal role in my political life, beginning 50 years ago when I was a student of international relations at a Moscow university.

At that time, Soviet propaganda was well-practiced at denouncing Richard Nixon for rejecting the Kremlin’s dogma that in politics, the ends justify the means. Mr. Nixon had argued during his 1960 presidential campaign that the American democratic system recognizes a standard of moral truth that allows the individual to say to government, “Thus far may you go, but no farther.” If what Mr. Nixon said was true, many of us in the Soviet Union thought, then America is on the right side of history.

The Kremlin would later exploit the Watergate scandal to sneer at Mr. Nixon’s — and by extension, America’s — allegiance to moral truth as nothing more than hypocrisy. But what looked like an easy propaganda victory turned out to be Pyrrhic. When Republicans joined Mr. Nixon’s Democratic opposition in Congress and forced him to choose between resignation or impeachment, the Soviet dissident newsletters retorted that the standard of moral truth had proved to be real in America after all. And they pointed out that the investigation of the president of the United States was initiated by two young reporters, representatives of a free press. The Kremlin found no counterarguments, except to condemn the press as enemies of the people and dissidents as traitors.

The Iron Curtain was not enough to block the words of moral truth from Washington. Gradually more and more people in Russia heard and heeded them. The words spoken by successive presidents, members of Congress and many ordinary citizens were loud and clear — and when buttressed by genuine efforts to live up to them, they were the most powerful weapons in the Cold War. Unlike nuclear missiles, free speech, and the moral truth it brought, was not an element of the superpower struggle to be found in equal measure among both rivals. It was a unique and essential advantage on the American side.

Of course American presidents made a few unhappy, even hypocritical, decisions, in both domestic and foreign policy. Yet we in Russia saw how severely they were criticized by the media and Congress when they did so.

The words above, and those that follow are spot on and demonstrate how the world once thought of the United States and our institutions of government. No longer. Since the rise of Donald J. Trump  we have lost the moral high ground. With this loss we have also lost the respect it brought with it.

It will be a long road back to where we once were. Even if Trump is impeached and removed the work to rebuild the trust and respect DJT has squandered will be daunting for the next President. If Trump is not removed or soundly defeated in 2020 our road back will be much more difficult to acheive. If not impossibe.

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Bipartisanship At Last…

BOOM!

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke Monday to discuss bipartisan efforts to overturn President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and sanction Turkey for its military offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces.

Why it matters: Trump’s decision has sparked bipartisan backlash and accusations that he is abandoning the Kurdish allies who helped the U.S. in the fight against ISIS. Trump has voiced approval for the idea of sanctioning Turkey for its invasion, but he has stood by his decision to move U.S. troops out of the way despite the overwhelming criticism he’s received from even his most loyal allies.

Bipartisanship  has been out of style every since the GOP decided to declare war on cooperation and even sanity itself. That goes back as far as the post Reagan years but really took hold with the election of our last true president, President Barrack H. Obama.

This measure of bipartisanship response to the disasterous, immoral, and bloody decision Trump made handing Syrian Kurds over to the Turks to massacre is most welcomed.

We hope against hope that the GOP finally is waking up to the disaser that is the Trump presidency and that it begins to stand against Trump, his dishonesty, his  attacks on our institutions (especially the legitimate media), and his attack on the American people themselves.

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Evil Lurks In The Kingdom…

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda.

Trump told reporters last week that “the biggest pastors” have assured him that Christians are “electrified” by his clash with Democrats who are probing his pushes for Ukraine to launch an investigation into a political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

And the prominent evangelicals who have proven Trump’s most stalwart allies are staying in his corner for the impeachment fight, even as some push back against his withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria — a move that imperils scores of Kurdish Muslims and Christians in the region. Although Trump’s Syria pullback is alarming conservative Christians whose support he needs to win reelection, their rallying against his impeachment indicates a bond that appears strong enough to withstand the current foreign policy rift as 2020 balloting nears.

These folks are deserving of zero respect. Their hypocritical souls will surely roast in hell. If there is such a mythical place.

How these so called Christians can support this beast of a human being defies any and all logic. Trump shows no fealty to the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings and he has openly flaunted his disregard for Christian ideals . Yet conservativce evangelicals are willing to overlook the FACY that Trump has no respect for the religion they follow. Path etic actually.

They seem to celebrate Thump’s depravity and basic decency.

South Carolina pastor and televangelist Rev. Mark Burns, a backer since the early days of Trump’s 2016 campaign, said in an interview that “it’s important that religious leaders reach out to the president.” Burns contended that Trump’s struggles are partly connected to his Christian faith, adding that “Satan wants to remove a vessel that God has installed to again be a blessing to the religious community.”

Of course these folks profess to believe God has personally saw to it that Trump was made president. Perhaps they actually believe it. After all everyone like a fairy tale and this meme of the religious right is just that. A fairy tale.

Burns said he spoke with Trump briefly last week, when the president met with black conservatives at the White House, and recalled hearing the Holy Spirit “as I crossed the street to walk into Trump Tower” for their first meeting in 2015. Maryland-based Pentecostal Bishop Harry Jackson, who has met with Trump at the White House, said that he plans to hold a large prayer gathering this year for “healing in the nation.”

Christ help us! PLEASE! The jokers are hearing things.

That is one healing this nation doers not need. The healing needed by this nation is the removal of Trump from office. Either by impeachment and removal or by the coming landslide defeat at the hands of rational and intelligent people should it go that far.

SKIP

In fairness this site acknowledges that there are devout evangelical Christians who actually live their faith, support America and her real values, and actually speak out against Trump’s blatant and egregious dishonesty and reprehensible behaviors. The remarks of one such religious leader follows:

One signatory on the Red Letter group’s call for prayer is Rev. Tony Campolo, who counseled and prayed with Clinton during the nation’s last impeachment crisis.

Campolo recalled concerns about appearing to have been “used” for cover by the former president. Nonetheless, Campolo described his role as helping Clinton “acknowledge he had sinned and publicly repent.” He challenged religious conservatives close to the current president to seek repentance from him.

“I would like religious leaders who surround the president to raise questions about his honesty,” Campolo, a professor emeritus at Pennsylvania’s Eastern University, said in an interview. “There are so many things he says that are blatantly untrue.”

There are more:

“We welcome the light of truth, honesty, and transparency that this moment affords our country, whatever may be revealed,” wrote members of the group Red Letter Christians, many of them progressives, who signed a statement supporting Democrats’ investigation. “This is not a matter of partisanship, but of deepest principle.”

The Red Letter Christians is the Christian organization that true and devout (non hypocritical) Evangelicals should take their lead from. Not the looney toons that support the illegitimate behaviors and immoral ac activities of one Donald J. Trump.

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Impeach and Remove NOW!…

Trump has made his bed. It is now time he be made to sleep in it. Ideally for the remainder of his life.

What he has done to our nation, our allies, and our values is frankly unforgivable. PERIOD.

And now the Kurdish people, our allies in the long fight against ISIS, have been sacrificed to the invading army of Turkey by the US “president” Dotard Trump.

IMPEACH and REMOVE NOW!

House Democrats are increasingly confident they have all the evidence they need to impeach President Donald Trump for obstructing their investigations.

Lawmakers say White House counsel Pat Cipollone’s letter sent Tuesday night to Speaker Nancy Pelosi — accusing Democrats of running an “invalid” and “illegitimate” impeachment probe — is the final insult in a long-running campaign of obstruction that will likely become a voluminous article of impeachment against Trump.

But they’re not prepared to impeach Trump on obstruction of Congress alone. As they contemplate their impeachment strategy, Democrats say they prefer any obstruction charge to play a supporting, rather than starring, role in their efforts.

“The [White House] letter isn’t an argument, it’s a diatribe. And it reflects what is a clear decision by the White House – obstruct, deny, stonewall,” Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said in an interview. “I think it would be a basis for proceeding but that doesn’t answer the question: Is it the time to proceed. Is the public there?”

Senior Democratic aides insisted lawmakers are still “finding the facts” and not seriously talking about writing specific articles of impeachment at this time, in part because Democrats are continuing to gather evidence against Trump. But Democrats readily agree that Trump’s blanket stonewalling of their investigations has veered into impeachable territory.

“There is a lot of evidence that is just staring us in the face,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees who has argued since April that Democrats have enough evidence to impeach Trump.

Trump has overseen efforts to defy House subpoenas for documents and testimony related to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia. Trump’s Treasury Department has refused to turn over his tax returns, despite a law permitting some lawmakers to obtain them. And Trump has helped scuttle other committees’ investigations of his alleged campaign finance violations, offers of pardons to immigration officials, administration officials’ use of private email for government business and political interference in the U.S. census.

And just this week, Trump blocked a key witness in the House’s expanding investigation into Trump’s effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president and 2020 rival Joe Biden.

“This total obstruction is a stand-alone basis for impeachment,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on Twitter. “The House should proceed as soon as possible to impeach this lawless president and wannabe authoritarian.”

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Our Stable Genius Throws Our Kurdish Allies Under the Bus…

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkey sent warplanes and troops into northeastern Syria on Wednesday in a military operation aimed at flushing out an American-backed militia, Turkish and Syrian officials said.

The Turkish attack came amid a flurry of confusing policy statements from the White House, which on Sunday acquiesced to the operation, agreeing to move American forces out of the way, but on Wednesday, hours after it began, condemned it.

“The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea,” President Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.

So President Dotard, if it’s a bad idea (it is) why in hell did you cave and give the Turkish strongman the go ahead?

Answer… Because you’re a dumb as* without an ounce of integrity.

Turkish fighter jets streaked through the sky over Syrian towns, while explosions from artillery shells boomed, causing traffic jams of terrified civilians fleeing south in trucks piled high with their possessions and children.

After about six hours of airstrikes, Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies crossed the border late Wednesday, the Turkish Defense Ministry, beginning a ground offensive.

At least seven people were killed in Turkish attacks on Wednesday, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist group in northeastern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a conflict monitor based in Britain, put the toll at eight.

Turkey’s long-planned move to root out United States-allied Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria has accelerated rapidly since Mr. Trump gave the operation a green light in a call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Sunday.

President Dotard Trump, you, in all you infinite wisdom and great stable genius-hood have singlehandedly destroyed the credibility of the government of The United States of America. After your brilliant move with the Turkish dictator no one in their RIGHT mind will trust us for at least a generation. Maybe longer.

Thanks Dotard.

“Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump administration,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, usually a staunch Trump ally, wrote on Twitter. “This move ensures the re-emergence of ISIS.”

We all are hoping against hope that our BRAVE Kurdish ALLIES in the fight against ISIS will be spared a blood bath by the Turkish military.

We’re also hoping that maybe now YOU’LL pull your head from your as* and stop supporting Dotard.

Mr. Trump insisted Tuesday that “in no way have we abandoned the Kurds,” and on Wednesday said he firmly opposed the operation.

“Turkey,” he added, “has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place — and we will hold them to this commitment.”

Admit it President Dotard Trump, you got rolled by a brighter and superior negotiator. That is ALL there is to it.

More on this ill advised move by President Dotard Trump. 

 

Syrian Kurds demonstrating against Turkish threats in Ras al Ain, Syria, on Wednesday.
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