Sunday, November 10, 2019

Welcome Republicans and Veterans

A month ago I concluded a piece with, “Please note, apart from a cartoon dog, I’m only quoting FOX News, Republicans, and the military in this post. How about that?”

I thought I’d repeat that theme with some more quotes from current Republicans and former Republicans who left the cult. And to commemorate Veterans Day, I include patriotic high ranking members of the military. Of course this rules out a certain general named Flynn.


“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."- Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Maybe you do not much care about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us.If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.”– David Frum
“It's said if you're not a liberal when you're twenty, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative when you're forty, you have no head. I'd add, at least in my case: If you're not rethinking some conservative orthodoxies in your sixties, you haven't been learning from life.” - Bill Kristol
“I’m a conservative, but I have no doubt that Donald Trump’s actual authoritarianism is a much bigger threat to this country than any of the Democrat’s hoped-for socialism. Put another way: I’m way more afraid of a dictator than I am of a guaranteed jobs program or free college.” – Former Rep. Joe Walsh
Trump: “Read the Transcript!” Justin Amash: “Read the Constitution.”

“Libertarians, constitutional conservatives, and classical liberals believe in protecting whistleblowers to expose government corruption. Trump Republicans believe in exposing whistleblowers to protect government corruption.” - Justin Amash
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
"These are, in today's Republican party, spineless politicians rotten to the core without virtue, without any level of human integrity, devoid of self respect... Without courage and without the moral compass to recognize their own malevolence"- Former Rep. David Jolly
How can we not include Lindsay Graham representing the Republican Party's politically-corrected, reformed, and enlightened views on Trump?

2015: "Here’s what you’re buying: He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for."

2018: "He’s not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination. I have never heard him make a single racist statement. Not even close." 
“...I could remember a time when Republicans thought about ideas and enjoyed those good-spirited and consequential debates. It seems that time is gone, replaced by a race to the bottom to see who can be meaner and madder and crazier.

It is not enough to be conservative anymore. You have to be vicious. ... But in the election of 2016, our side outdid itself. It helps if you ascribe the absolute worst motives to your opponents, traffic in outlandish conspiracy theories, abandon reason and any old-fashioned notions of the common good, and  have an unquenchable appetite for destruction.  But Donald Trump is not the source code for our obsession for the politics of personal destruction. Our crisis has many fathers. Among them is Newt Gingrich, the modern progenitor of that school of politics.” From Jeff Flake’s “Conscience of a Conservative”:
“If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can't have faith in our nation's principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military. And if they don't join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?

They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield. As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, 'I don't like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!'

Those words echoed with me throughout the week."  From "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President" by Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven.
"I was concerned by the call. I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.This would all undermine U.S. national security. Following the call, I again reported my concerns to NSC's lead counsel." 

"I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics." - Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

(For a special blast from the past, showing how the worst authoritarians never evolve:)

“Don’t confuse me with the facts. I’ve got a closed mind...I’m going to stick with my president. (Nixon, 1974) – Rep. Earl Landgrebe (R)IN 
And for laughs, let’s hear from the psychotic Cult 45 peanut gallery:

“I see it as harassment, quite frankly,” Gail Sonatore of Middletown, New Jersey, said of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. “I don’t think he’s done anything. I understand his tone — nobody likes that tone. But when you’re dealing with Marxists, what are you supposed to do? Just take it? Republicans have for a long time been called racist, fascist, sexist and greedy. And I think that’s why they support Donald Trump.” 

(Don’t you love that victim card and inadvertent admission of their true nature?)
"Trump is highly biblical, and I would say to your listeners, we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime.” Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota
“Donald is funny, playful, and colorful, but most of all, he is honest.” Jon Voight
“I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”  Shyster preacher Paula White, “spiritual adviser” to the Big MAGAt
On second thought, maybe this mass madness is amusing only to those of us with a sick sense of humor.

Last, but not least, I quote the Big MAGAt (BM) himself on his ‘victimhood” and his chilling, sinister, and absolutely Orwellian declaration:

“There's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been."

“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

In conclusion, I refer the reader back to Eisenhower, the last honest Republican president.


TB3 said...

“There's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been." - President DJT by way of DD

Setting aside how this is ridiculously and demonstrably false, President Kennedy was SHOT IN THE HEAD, President Ford was mocked relentlessly for being clumsy, Presdent Carter was reviled for simply existing and talking to the country like an adult, Presdent G. H. W. Bush was destroyed because he had to raise taxes after looking at reality and realizing his campaign promise was hogwash, President Obama spent the 8 years of his Presidency dealing with the hurtful rhetoric that he was illegitimate and foreign simply because he was Black (rhetoric given a bullhorn by our current President), and let's not discuss the 30+ year smear campaign Hillary Clinton has spent much of her life living with, but... how can a person live their life in such a sea of hyperbole? Like, everything according to this President is the greatest, worst, bestest, biggest, biglyiest, of all time, ever to exist. I'm actually fairly concerned our President has the long-term memory disorder that the main character of Momento had. If you live your life completely incapable of remembering more than an hour ago, I guess everything experienced after then would be the greatest. By default.

It would also explain his incessant need to repeat everything, even when it's demonstrably false.

Dave Dubya said...

At his core, the president is a fascist. The "Big Lie" and repetition of lies were successful Third Reich methods of propaganda.

The bottom line is, as Orwell noted, "...almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come."

Orwell also explains the Trump Cult's nationalism. "Every nationalist is capable of the most flagrant dishonesty, but he is also – since he is conscious of serving something bigger than himself – unshakeably certain of being in the right."

“Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism.... Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power.”

Grung_e_Gene said...

That the Republican Party would finally abandon all their pretense of morals and values and ethics for Trump is the most astounding component. That 60 million people are seemingly willing to eliminate the Non-#Maga at Trump's order is not.

Dave Dubya said...

Yeah, nothing shreds their flimsy pretense of morals like their loyalty to a crooked authoritarian leader. Gotta hand it to him, Trump has revealed that about so many Americans. We can now plainly see how much of this country can sink, and eagerly so, into the darkness of fascism.