15 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-17-21

  1. Whose party?

    Trump’s party.

    https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/02/15/republicans-best-president-reagan-trump

    “Republicans used to call Ronald Reagan the best president in US history. Now it’s Donald Trump.”

    “Who has been the best president in US history? Americans appear to be thinking mostly about the latest occupants of the White House as we look ahead to Monday’s commemoration of President’s Day. In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, the most recent two former presidents receive most of the attention, with far fewer reaching back in history to name the historical figures whose February birthdays are the reason President’s Day exists at all.

    Barack Obama tops the list at 18%, just edging out Abraham Lincoln at 17%. Donald Trump comes in third at 13%, just ahead of Franklin D. Roosevelt (12%), Ronald Reagan (10%), and George Washington (9%). ”

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    “The change in GOP rankings since 2018, when the last survey was conducted, is striking. In 2018, Republicans ranked Reagan first (36%), followed by Trump (10%). Now, the positions are reversed, with the percentage of Republicans who name Trump as the best President ever having tripled to 36%, twice the number who still choose Ronald Reagan (18%).”

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  2. Traitor Cheney, censured, and Toomey is getting censured as well. 🙂

    https://www.mediaite.com/news/pa-county-gop-official-lashes-out-at-pat-toomey-for-voting-to-convict-trump-we-did-not-send-him-to-dc-to-do-the-right-thing-or-whatever/

    “PA County GOP Official Lashes Out at Pat Toomey for Voting to Convict Trump: We Did Not Send Him to DC to ‘Do the Right Thing or Whatever’”

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    Kinzinger gets it even worse. 🙂

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-rep-adam-kinzinger-s-family-publicly-admonishes-him-impeachment-n1257989

    “GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s family publicly admonishes him for impeachment vote

    “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!” his relatives wrote in a letter.”

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    Ouch. Being a traitor has a price. 🙂

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  3. McConnell is an ungrateful wretch.

    The base will remember.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/15/mcconnells-impeachment-ploy-was-not-statesmanship-but-an-attack-on-the-base-and-republicans-must-remember-it-well/

    “McConnell’s Impeachment Ploy Was Not Statesmanship, But An Attack On The Base — And Republicans Must Remember It Well

    Friday’s floor speech was no quick tantrum: It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader’s plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump.”

    “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “got a load off his chest” with his speech closing out Friday’s second failed impeachment attempt against former President Donald Trump. “Unfortunately,” however, “he [also] put a load on the back of Republicans. That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”

    Who’s responsible for that quote? It might surprise some it wasn’t Donald Trump Jr. or Rep. Matt Gaetz — it was Sen. Lindsey Graham, a moderate, hawkish Republican not up for re-election for six whole years.

    “I would imagine if you’re a Republican running in Arizona or Georgia or New Hampshire, where we have a chance to take back the Senate, they may be playing Sen. McConnell’s speech and asking about it as a candidate,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And I imagine if you’re an incumbent Republican people will be asking if you’ll support Mitch McConnell in the future.”

    McConnell isn’t a man used to public rebukes from the corporate wing of his party, but after the past month’s antics they are rightly deserved. Friday’s floor speech was no quick tantrum: It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader’s plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump — a plan that began to unravel nearly immediately after its poorly conceived Jan. 12 rollout in the pages of The New York Times.

    So what’s all behind this? After four years of yelling “MAGA!” while pushing his own classic, corporate Republican policies, McConnell had hoped to rid himself and his conference of the conservative populist nationalism the former president had championed and go back to the way things were. He wants a return to promising to tackle illegal immigration before winking at corporate America that nothing will change. He wants to raise money on fighting the abortion of our infants while comfortably lifting nary a finger. He wants to shrug and change the subject when asked about men dominating women’s sports and using women’s bathrooms. He wants fewer taxes and more wars. Hell, he wants someone to blame for the Republican losses in the Georgia special election, and with them the loss of his seat at the head of the Senate.

    Instead, his push to impeach ended with rebuke from his own conference. Angry and embarrassed, he blamed his own colleagues as well as the former president, performing a 20-minute attack ad for the left to use on Republicans for the next election cycle and beyond.

    Observers might call this stand selfless statesmanship, but a true statesman distinguishes himself from the operative, ideologue, or even philosopher by mediating between the real and ideal, prudently seeking out the possible without regard to his own interests. After five years of Russian and Ukrainian conspiracy theories and loudly cheered mob violence against Americans, Washington Democrats sought to smear the president and his supporters as the sole culprits of our divisions. They’d been hurling these accusations for years, and the terrible mob attack on the Capitol combined with Trump’s refusal to accept a finished-if-deeply-flawed election gave them the sword to make one last, unconstitutional try of it. McConnell tried to swing that sword.”

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  4. Rising Republican Rotters To Look Out For

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/02/15/rising-republican-rotters-to-look-out-for/

    “The defining difference between Democrats and Republicans is this: Republicans live on their political knees. They apologize and expiate for their principles, which are generally not unsound. Democrats, conversely and admirably, stand tall for their core beliefs, as repugnant as these mostly are.

    The Left most certainly didn’t rush forward last year to condemn the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riffraff, as they looted and killed their way across urban America. Instead, Democrats defended the déclassé, criminal arm of their party. “Riots are the language of the unheard,” they preached, parroting Martin Luther King, Jr.

    What of the trammels of despair that drove the Trump protesters of January 6? Trust too many Republicans—goody two-shoes, teacher’s pet-types all—to trip over one another in order to denounce that ragtag of disorganized renegades, the protesters aforementioned, who already have no chance in hell of receiving due process of law.

    Consider Nancy Mace. With the dizzying speed of a whirling dervish, the Republican freshman representative from South Carolina rushed to make a name for herself posing as a heroic “survivor” of January 6.

    Following the incident on the Capitol, Mace quickly transformed herself into the young, go-to GOPer on the “hive media,” bad mouthing MAGA folks (to the likes of CNN’s supercilious Don Lemon, of all people) at every turn, and generally making hay over . . . well, it was not over the pillaging and killings courtesy of the criminal class, acting now as the armed wing of the Democratic Party.

    Shortly after the incident Democrats are likening to September 11, during a pit-stop on Fox News with the forgiving Martha MacCallum, Miss Congeniality attempted to redeem herself as a “constitutional conservative.”

    Oh, and how Mace had suffered! You don’t know the half of it!

    Having joined the Democrats in peddling her “harrowing” experience during the January 6 incident, Mace, a middle-class young woman, proceeded to use lefty language for political leverage, to describe her familial situation. For the purpose of self-aggrandizement and drama, Nancy kept calling herself a “single mother.”

    A single mother is a term the Left, and now the thoroughly co-opted Right, has adopted to glorify unmarried mothers and fatherless “families.” It was meant to excise the father from the picture and undermine the nuclear family.

    Mace’s biography mentions that “she is the mom of two children aged 11 and 13,” and a divorced woman, and thus, by extension, not a “single mother.” So, give it up, please for the man who made the Mace kids. He is her ex-husband, Curtis Jackson, whom Nancy Mace divorced in 2019.

    Political pygmy Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was another young Republican to rush onto the “enemedia” to announce his hackneyed vision for reclaiming the GOP from the deforming clutches of Trump and MAGA America. Last month, Kinzinger voted to impeach President Trump.

    He further swelled the chorus by announcing that “the Republican Party had lost its way. If we are to lead again, we need to muster the courage to remember who we are.” So original. So inspirational.

    “We need to remember what we believe and why we believe it,” Kinzinger continued. “Looking in the mirror can be hard, but the time has come to choose what kind of party we will be, and what kind of future we’ll fight to bring about.”

    With his “Country First” initiative, Kinzinger evinces his inability to comprehend that, for him, the “country” ought to comprise his constituents above all, the people he represents. It is the lead of his constituents that Kinzinger is obliged to follow, not his own political métier.

    Kinzinger is a spawn of the military. While we’re at it, let us dispatch, once and for all, the conservative mythology surrounding the philosophical fabric of the military. These days Kinzinger is representative.

    Isn’t it obvious the military is a morass of leftism, statism, feminism, reverse-racism, interventionism, propositionalism, and other poisonous creeds? If nothing else, the Trump years have made it clear that the military brass has aligned with the Left.”

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  5. Follow the science!

    Except they don’t.

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  6. It doesn’t quite fit The Narrative, right?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/cnn-nbc-paid-antifa-activist-for-footage-from-capitol-breach_3700090.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-17-1

    “Three news agencies paid an activist who identifies as Antifa and was charged for allegedly committing crimes during the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol for footage he captured during the mayhem.

    CNN, NBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) paid John Earle Sullivan thousands of dollars to use video clips he shot inside the building, according to a new court filing.

    CNN paid $35,000, NBC paid $35,000, and ABC paid $2,375, according to invoices that were filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Sullivan, 26, was arrested and charged last month for allegedly committing multiple crimes on Jan. 6, including violent entry, civil disorder, and disorderly conduct.”

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  7. Polls often suffer from a recency bias — both Obama and Trump have higher than deserved approval ratings from their parties simply because they were recent. More valid judgments come after time and space is established.

    Similarly for front runners in 2024, current figures will have an advantage. Its hard to say who will emerge in the next 4 years. However, I do think the Democrats would love another race against Trump and even more so Don Jr. I’m suprised Ivanka wasn’t in that poll — she has far more potential than DonJr.

    By calling it Trump’s party, are people endorsing the leadership principle over party ideas? The danger of leader over party are quite numerous. For one, the party then will not survive the death of the leader or leadeship becomes heriditary (see LaPen and the National Front). Other problems include nepotism and corruption. Many of the right wing populists parties in Europe –Poland, Hungary, Russia, etc are defined by leadership rather than ideology and suffer for it. Elsewhere, Italy for example, party politics become unstable and in constant flux. Finally, the overarching problem of the leadership principel is the constant threat of authoratarianism.

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  8. Its bizarre to say that you did not send a man to Washignton to vote his conscience or to do the right thing — would you rather he vote against his conscience or do the wrong thing? Its one thing to say you are disappointed with your representative and member of your party and even work against him in the next primary but its another to insist representatives should not vote with their conscience.

    Its even more bizarre to claim a family member went against Christian principles and joined the devil’s army when he voted for impeachment. In this case, loyalty to Trump is almost equated to loyalty to the Christian faith. Party politics is not or should not be at the same level as religion or personal values.

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  9. Speaking of bizarre — the article from American Greatness;

    Apparently the term single mother is now a leftist term? Sometimes words just descibe facts. There are single parents — the term has been used for centuries and can be applied to widowers, widows, and divorcees. When I describe myself as a single parent its not an attempt to undermine the family unit, its a simple statement of fact; I raised my daughter only. I don’t know Mace’s famly situation but when she calls herself a single mother I’m sure she means it as a statement of fact not as an attempt to undermine the family. Now whether she is exagerating or delibrately leaving out her ex because of a personal dispute is exactly that personal not political and thus its not relevant.

    And the author gets more bizarre with Kinzinger — a solid conservative who voted with Trump 90% of the time. Apparently Kinzenger’s conservative ideals which he viewed as country over politics has now made him a leftist. And his service to his country which in previous years could not be questioned by the left is now scorned by the right. Now that former military turned politicians no longer support Trump its become a morass of all sorts of leftist ideas. Insitituions once seen as the bedrock of conservatives and the Republican base — military and police — are now cast aside due to a lack of loyalty to the leadership principle as opposed political principle.

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