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Republicans Have Forgotten About American Values

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 01/27/17 20:52

by Dave Mindeman

Remember the good old days? When Republicans revered the Constitution and had the balls to say they disagreed with Trump? Here are some of the statements made when Trump first proposed a Muslim ban. Contrast all that with the silence and capitulation of today. Principles? Yeah, right.

Gov. Mike Pence: "Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional."

Dick Cheney: "Well I think this whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims and just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean religious freedom's been a very important part of our, our history."

Lindsay Graham: "Every candidate for president needs to do the right thing & condemn Donald Trump's statement."

Ben Carson: "Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries. We do not and would not advocate being selective on one's religion."

Marco Rubio: "I disagree with Donald Trump's latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together."

John Kasich: "This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States."

Paul Ryan: "I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test."

Reince Priebus: "We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values."
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What Is Extreme Vetting?

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 01/27/17 17:00

by Dave Mindeman

What is EXTREME vetting? Trump has hung those words out there with no definition and no process that any of us know about.

He signed this vague executive order at the Pentagon today - which is really the wrong place because the State Department is where the vetting process for refugees and immigrants is handled.

His rhetoric talks about keeping the terrorists out...as if his word will be enough of a deterrent. We apparently should just trust him.

The most basic logic tells you that he cannot promise any of that. And no matter how much "vetting" you do, there are no guarantees.

But the vagueness of this executive order poses all sorts of constitutional issues and dangers. The idea that a terrorist who is determined to get into this country can be pinpointed during this unknown process is ludicrous. They will lie, they will use fake documents, they will use any means necessary to achieve their objective.

Vetting won't be enough. Extreme vetting (whatever that is) will not be enough. Our protection is completely dependent on intelligence gathering and the men and women that work for those services.

The most destructive aspect of this is that refugees looking for help and immigrants seeking asylum from danger, will be forced into more delay and more suspicion. Good people will suffer - the terrorists will just adjust.

Donald Trump seems to believe that our safety merely depends on his attitude, his toughness, his pronouncements. What he is telling us is, in reality, just foolishness and his policies only send funds away from the intelligence services policies that could be of real use to our actual benefit....not Trump's.

Just another sad day in Trumpland.
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To the GOP: I Am Worried About Your Soul

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 01/27/17 13:16

by Dave Mindeman

I have an open letter to Republicans.

Dear GOP:

What the hell are you doing?

Where did your principles go? When did your resolve disappear? Yes, who took your cajones?

Under the guise of getting full control of government (and I use that term loosely), you have capitulated to an orange gremlin. How did that happen?

Now I freely admit that I am a Democratic partisan and I will almost certainly disagree with you on policy...and I still do. But some of the arguments you have made to me in the past seem to have ended up in the trash.

For instance. Didn't you criticize President Obama for his deference to foreign leaders. For bowing in public. Why, please tell me, are you OK with this constant complimentary barrage of all things Putin coming from your President? Where is the objection?

And why, when your President writes executive orders (he has already numbered over 30% of the exec orders Obama did in 8 years), do you not make the argument that this is a violation of separation of powers? You chastised Obama publicly for the same things. Why is that acceptable now, when you took Obama to court for nearly all of them?

And which Party was it that blocked a Supreme Court nomination for months without even a hearing - and yet, when the Democrats delay questionable cabinet picks that have not even been vetted by Trump, for a week or 2 weeks, you think there is a Constitutional principle problem. Really? You don't see a double standard?

And when your President threatens the business community with tariffs and taxes and interferes in their business planning, you say nothing. Why is that? You rail against government interference in the private sector, but Trump's absolutely blatant violations of that principle are not even objected to...really?

And on foreign policy...Obama was considered weak. He wouldn't stand up for red lines. He was soft on our enemies. Yet, here is your President considering lifting sanctions on a country that still occupies the land of its neighbor. Refusing to criticize a country's President who jails dissidents, kills reporters, threatens borders of other countries, and interfered with our Democratic elections...to his own benefit. And you, the GOP, say nothing. You refuse to challenge such utter nonsense and public weakness.

Dear GOP - your principles are meaningless. Your silence speaks volumes when the free press is threatened. Your ground staring is disgusting when science data is cast aside. Your looking the other way when discriminatory language and banning immigration from a religious standpoint is mind boggling...it also tells the world that we have truly become a country that no longer stands on Constitutional principle. That we are not that beacon of hope anymore. That the Statue of Liberty no longer accepts those yearning to breath free.

What happened to you? Do you have so little integrity left that you will accept the whinings and dog whistle tactics of a person that only months ago you condemned for his misogyny and racist rhetoric? Is that where you are?

You know, policy disagreements seem pretty trivial these days.

GOP - I am more worried now about your soul.
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