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Jun 6, 2021 07:50:39   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.

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Jun 6, 2021 08:16:28   #
vernon
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)


I don't know why all the fuss. I think every precinct should count their on votes .If they don't find anything
won't that prove we have up and up elections.
As far as steel is concerned he was lazy and not doing the job so he got canned. There is no madness going
here just people with doubts and they should be recognized and put at ease.

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Jun 6, 2021 08:32:25   #
bylm1-Bernie
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)


The former DNC chair is very generous with the descriptive words such as "Exile, disgraced, lies, divisiveness," but one never sees the same description from them about the current chaotic situation at the border, the ballooning of the debt, job losses due to closing pipelines, the welcoming of a pipeline in Russia, and on and on, but then one wouldn't really expect that, would one. It's unfortunate that the MSM seeks to shut down any discussion on the negative side concerning their chosen "servants." It will be interesting to see how the Fauci problem will be spun by Mr Steele. No doubt they will find some colorful adjectives to describe how all of these things are caused by Trump, thus avoiding talking facts.

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Jun 6, 2021 09:16:23   #
moldyoldy
 
bylm1-Bernie wrote:
The former DNC chair is very generous with the descriptive words such as "Exile, disgraced, lies, divisiveness," but one never sees the same description from them about the current chaotic situation at the border, the ballooning of the debt, job losses due to closing pipelines, the welcoming of a pipeline in Russia, and on and on, but then one wouldn't really expect that, would one. It's unfortunate that the MSM seeks to shut down any discussion on the negative side concerning their chosen "servants." It will be interesting to see how the Fauci problem will be spun by Mr Steele. No doubt they will find some colorful adjectives to describe how all of these things are caused by Trump, thus avoiding talking facts.
The former DNC chair is very generous with the des... (show quote)



The ballooning of the national debt was exacerbated by tax breaks for the rich which also reduced the income from taxes while allowing corporations to buy back stocks. The Russian pipeline sends natural gas to Europe, not the same as US gas. The keystone pipeline benefits Canadians who don’t want that dirty muck crossing their country. Maybe you have not noticed, but electric vehicles are taking over, the need for gasoline will be greatly reduced in the near future. I will be glad when we are no longer subject to the whims of the industry. Recently, when the pipeline was shut down on the east coast, the prices shot up in California. That was simply gouging for no reason but greed.

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Jun 6, 2021 09:58:53   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)


Great article. Won't play good here though.

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Jun 6, 2021 10:32:02   #
Michael Rich Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)



Yeah, the progs are right.

Surrendering the nation to the woke, gays, perverts who desire to teach kids how to play with their self.

Liars who make light of the border crisis.

Haters who are trying to quash belief in God.

Self loathing whites who want whitey to give reparations to people who it wouldn't make their lives better anyways.

People can bury their heads in the sand and lie that the election was above board because they're most probably cheaters at heart to begin with.

Yeah, what this country needs is to completely collapse so even the leftists can finally see the $hithole they are forcing upon the U.S.

Leftists don't stand for much, but they fall for most averything that is weakening the fabric holding our strength and longevity in place.

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Jun 6, 2021 10:32:58   #
Michael Rich Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
bylm1-Bernie wrote:
The former DNC chair is very generous with the descriptive words such as "Exile, disgraced, lies, divisiveness," but one never sees the same description from them about the current chaotic situation at the border, the ballooning of the debt, job losses due to closing pipelines, the welcoming of a pipeline in Russia, and on and on, but then one wouldn't really expect that, would one. It's unfortunate that the MSM seeks to shut down any discussion on the negative side concerning their chosen "servants." It will be interesting to see how the Fauci problem will be spun by Mr Steele. No doubt they will find some colorful adjectives to describe how all of these things are caused by Trump, thus avoiding talking facts.
The former DNC chair is very generous with the des... (show quote)



Exactly!!!

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Jun 6, 2021 11:10:23   #
slatten49 Loc: Lake Whitney, Texas
 
bylm1-Bernie wrote:
The former DNC chair is very generous with the descriptive words such as "Exile, disgraced, lies, divisiveness," but one never sees the same description from them about the current chaotic situation at the border, the ballooning of the debt, job losses due to closing pipelines, the welcoming of a pipeline in Russia, and on and on, but then one wouldn't really expect that, would one. It's unfortunate that the MSM seeks to shut down any discussion on the negative side concerning their chosen "servants." It will be interesting to see how the Fauci problem will be spun by Mr Steele. No doubt they will find some colorful adjectives to describe how all of these things are caused by Trump, thus avoiding talking facts.
The former DNC chair is very generous with the des... (show quote)

Michael Steele is a former RNC Chairman.

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Jun 6, 2021 12:41:02   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)



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Jun 6, 2021 13:12:16   #
moldyoldy
 
Michael Rich wrote:
Yeah, the progs are right.

Surrendering the nation to the woke, gays, perverts who desire to teach kids how to play with their self.

Liars who make light of the border crisis.

Haters who are trying to quash belief in God.

Self loathing whites who want whitey to give reparations to people who it wouldn't make their lives better anyways.

People can bury their heads in the sand and lie that the election was above board because they're most probably cheaters at heart to begin with.

Yeah, what this country needs is to completely collapse so even the leftists can finally see the $hithole they are forcing upon the U.S.

Leftists don't stand for much, but they fall for most averything that is weakening the fabric holding our strength and longevity in place.
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Byron, your complete delusion has returned with a vengeance

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Jun 6, 2021 13:39:54   #
JFlorio Loc: Seminole Florida
 
moldyoldy wrote:
The ballooning of the national debt was exacerbated by tax breaks for the rich which also reduced the income from taxes while allowing corporations to buy back stocks. The Russian pipeline sends natural gas to Europe, not the same as US gas. The keystone pipeline benefits Canadians who don’t want that dirty muck crossing their country. Maybe you have not noticed, but electric vehicles are taking over, the need for gasoline will be greatly reduced in the near future. I will be glad when we are no longer subject to the whims of the industry. Recently, when the pipeline was shut down on the east coast, the prices shot up in California. That was simply gouging for no reason but greed.
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That's not true. as per your usual.
https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-federal-revenues-deficits/

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Jun 6, 2021 13:50:38   #
Cuda2020
 
slatten49 wrote:
By Michael Steele

Addressing a reunion of Civil War soldiers in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant predicted that the dividing line in the nation’s next great conflict “will not be Mason’s or Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A century and a half later, a once proud Republican Party is convulsing with conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election while desperately trying to recast the insurrection of Jan. 6 as nothing more than a tourist event.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was direct and to the point when she said, “We cannot embrace both the big lie and embrace the Constitution or even democracy itself.” Vowing to make the “GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she told fellow Republicans before they voted to remove her as their conference chair, “If you want leaders who will enable and spread his [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person.”

If history is any indication, this will not end well.

Returning to the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln could have been describing the work that lies ahead for Cheney and other Republicans fighting for the soul of Republicanism when he said, “We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while.”

The fracture within the Republican Party is not the biggest issue in American politics today. But it is significant in highlighting what is: the battle to preserve, protect and defend American democracy. From voting rights, the Constitution and the rule of law to the once-lauded choice of principle over partisanship, character over corruption and country over party, we have witnessed the Republican Party — my party — quietly approve of or outright participate in the systematic deconstruction of the legitimacy of our republic.

As the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Since his exile to the modern-day Elba of Mar-a-Lago, the disgraced former president’s mantle of lies and divisiveness has been trumpeted by elected GOP apostates of Republicanism and the conservative ideals that animate its principles. Willing to speak truth only in whispers and behind closed doors, they have taken a jackhammer to the very foundation of our democracy as they persist in promoting the “big lie.”

Even more appalling is that House Republicans removed one of their most conservative and principled leaders not because she voted against then-President Donald Trump’s key tax cuts — that would be Cheney's replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York — but rather because Cheney dared to tell the truth about their lie. In removing Cheney, House Republicans not only tightened Trump’s grip on their ranks and demoralized Republican and independent voters who want to move on from Trump but in their short-sightedness turned Cheney into a political Joan of Arc armed with a national megaphone, public sympathy and a reason to return the favor. As Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a former member of GOP House leadership, noted, “I do think it enhanced Liz’s stature and position in a way that furthers her message but to the disadvantage of the broader party.”

Such self-destructive idiocy by House GOP members was topped with a dunce cap of jaw-dropping mendacity when their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, declared upon leaving an Oval Office meeting only hours after Cheney was stripped of her leadership post, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

OK, Kevin. Never mind that just 48 hours earlier, Trump posted on his blog that “... votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.”

It’s little wonder that a recent NBC poll found that exhausted rank-and-file Republicans are moving away from Trump. Yet stalwart purveyors of Trumpism are right about one thing: Trump has redefined the party. I wouldn’t brag about it, though. This is not the party of the working class — they voted for President Joe Biden — but it is more and more becoming the party of angry white nationalist and faux patriots afraid of their future and stewing in their own victimhood as they dine on a steady diet of GOP cancel culture, conspiracies and lies.

From the day Trump descended that escalator to declare his presidential ambitions, many Republicans have been engaged in a grotesque and perverted dance with the devil. From the likes of Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz to Josh Hawley and now the tag team of disgraced Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, my party has descended further into madness. And as the events of Jan. 6 remind us, such madness never leads to anything good.

Defeating ambition and ignorance with patriotism and intelligence will require us to follow Lincoln’s advice to engage one another and our nation around core principles for a successful American democracy like pluralism and civic responsibility; or the rule of law and Constitutional order, so as to make converts to truth and justice day by day, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation. Yeah, we have some work to do; otherwise, this does not end well.
By Michael Steele br br Addressing a reunion of C... (show quote)


Excellent post, and a very poignant point. I for one would rather see the demise of political party's versus the demise of our country. We must look to stop blaming and look to our commonalities. Divided we fall. Stand United.

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Jun 6, 2021 14:10:25   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 


Hello J, 3 year old post is what your using.. mine is also a bit old, but why spend time on this..

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/05/us-tax-revenue-dropped-sharply-due-to-trump-tax-cuts-report.html

POLITICS
US lost more tax revenue than any other developed country in 2018 due to Trump tax cuts, new report says
PUBLISHED THU, DEC 5 20195:18 PM ESTUPDATED THU, DEC 5 20197:06 PM EST
Ganesh Setty

KEY POINTS
U.S. tax revenue as a proportion of GDP drops the most of any country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2018, according to a new report.
Thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, the U.S. tax-to-GDP ratio falls 2.5% from 2017 to 2018, the OECD finds.
The 2017 tax cuts dramatically alter the U.S. tax landscape for the first time in decades, though the promised surge in economic growth and investment does not result.



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Jun 6, 2021 14:10:58   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
Cuda2020 wrote:
Excellent post, and a very poignant point. I for one would rather see the demise of political party's versus the demise of our country. We must look to stop blaming and look to our commonalities. Divided we fall. Stand United.



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Jun 6, 2021 14:19:35   #
Michael Rich Loc: Lapine Oregon
 
moldyoldy wrote:
Byron, your complete delusion has returned with a vengeance


Your post leads me to believe in my own view even more.

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