Sorry I haven’t written anything lately. I was in New York City for the College Media Association Convention, then had to get readjusted back to a school schedule. Real life first world problems.
So what has happened over the course of the last few weeks? FBI Director James Comey confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia connections. NSA Director Mike Rogers said there’s zero evidence Obama wiretapped Trump. House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes went crazy, gave info to or received info from the White House regarding Trump-Russia, refuses to comment on it, or show what he has. House Republicans failed at the one thing they said they were going to do since 2009, and that’s replace Obamacare. I mean they couldn’t get the votes to pass it in a House that they control! Oh, and the GOP decided that profits for ISP’s and advertisers are more important than American’s right to privacy. Timothy Caughman was murdered by a white supremacist, domestic terrorist in New York City, nothing from Trump. A terrorist attack in London claims the life of Kurt Cochran, a white American, and Trump sends the biggest condolences. Of course, an American dying to the hands of a Muslim fits his narrative doesn’t it?
Let me say this again, if you think that this is the Republican party that President Abraham Lincoln envisioned, you’re wrong. If you think that this is the party of the people, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong.
First, I want to say that I was once a registered Republican. I apologize for that. This isn’t the GOP I remember though. Looking back at it, President George W. Bush doesn’t seem like such a bad guy, right? I mean he started a war for profits and to help his buddies companies out, but he wasn’t going to start a war with anyone who wasn’t a WASP American. He may not have been the smartest guy, but you could see him potentially holding his own in an intellectual conversation. Now, we’ve got a guy who refers to any negative press as “fake news”, anything not for him is an enemy, and uses words like “bigly” and “yuge”. GWB was a guy who had a shoe thrown at him during a press conference and basically said, “Freedom of speech, fuck yeah!” Trump probably would have had that guy publicly executed in Times Square. I wish I could say I’m being sarcastic, but given what we’ve got in the legislative branch, I don’t think I’m joking.
All that being said, let me get into something actually worth talking about.
The American Health Care Act, as put forth by Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, was a huge win for insurance and pharmaceutical companies. It put a cap on individual’s care provided by the federal government. So, you’re going through chemo and you hit your cap, you’re done. Well, unless the state decides to give you a hand. It provided tax breaks to the upper middle class and the rich. It allowed these corporations to write off bonuses and salaries of executives as business expenses, tax breaks again. After the Freedom caucus said that the bill wasn’t destructive enough, they threw in defunding of Planned Parenthood, destroyed coverage for birth control, and completely disregarded women’s healthcare. It still wasn’t enough. Plain as day, this was profits before people. Sadly, I have to thank the Freedom caucus for their resistance, because that is what killed this bill in the House. At the end of the day, the bill looked like a project that was sloppily thrown together at the last minute. They’ve been talking about this for seven years and that is the best they could do? Trump blames Democrats, Ryan, and the Freedom caucus, all the while saying he didn’t promise this would be done immediately. Except, you know, every time he brought it up on the campaign trail he said it would be done immediately. Now he’s gone on to say that he’ll just wait until Obamacare implodes, then everyone will want to make a deal. Well, it isn’t imploding in non-Republican states (shocker!), and dead Americans is good for business now.
The GOP’s decision to destroy the FCC’s consumer privacy protections was appalling. I don’t have anything to hide, but it doesn’t matter. Every person has a right to privacy, but not when that privacy can be turned into corporate profits, I guess. The bill basically says that any American citizens private TV, streaming, internet, and computerized financial and medical histories can be sold. Why? Under the guise of “better advertisement”. What? Say I’m a state senator, and I know of two or three people spreading the seeds of discontent regarding my time in office. I can start a shell corporation, buy their information, and discredit them, or otherwise make their lives hell. But who cares? Internet service providers and advertisers make money, they pay their lobbyists, who in turn pay off representatives. Everyone wins, except the overwhelming majority of Americans.
The meeting with Chancellor Merkel? Appalling. Shameful. Embarrassing. I’m sad to see the level of disrespect she received. Why didn’t she get a trip to Mar-A-Lago? Oh yeah, she’s not a man. She’s also, arguably, the leader of the free world. Trump decided to shake her down for money she “owes” the US and NATO, which she rebuffed. He refused to shake her hand. He tried to goad her into his bullshit about wiretapping. I mean, seriously, this ass clown is our president.
Timothy Caughman’s murder? Infuriating. Not one word from this administration regarding him being killed by a domestic terrorist. I guess that’s because the assailant was white, and as long as its a white guy, it’s cool. Enough is enough. Black lives matter. It is 2017 and this is America.
Muslim ban 2.0? Blocked! Hahahahaha! ‘Nuff said.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump apparently run everything in the White House. Well, whatever isn’t touched by Steve Bannon. Trump said he wouldn’t fall victim to nepotism on the campaign trail, except now they’re both leading meetings and task forces. They’re both working in the White House as “advisers” and “voluntarily” following ethics guidelines. Am I the only one who feels like they’re on crazy pills? Can you imagine what the GOP base would have done if President Obama’s daughters were grown up and he gave them a job in the West Wing? There would have been race riots all over the south. Trump did it, but that’s okay, right?
Finally, the House Intel Committee hearing with FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers. Fox News and the GOP base decides to cherry pick whatever can potentially fit their narrative. Devin Nunes can be as off the wall as he wants, because I suspect he’d go down in this investigation as well. The right wants to sweep all of this under the rug, but damn near went ballistic when President Clinton got an extramarital blowjob. Comey and Rogers both stated that Trump’s claims about being wiretapped and under surveillance were ridiculous. Comey made a lot of “No comment” style answers, which was absolutely telling. In the Navy we were told to say, “I can neither confirm nor deny”, which was essentially a confirmation without saying so. That’s what Comey’s answers reminded me of here. Face it, the president is under investigation for possible collusion with Russian entities during the campaign. He is under investigation for potentially working with the Russian government. Russia! Goddamn Russia! Our sworn and mortal enemies since the end of World War 2! Communism, ICBM’s, mutually assured destruction. We’ve got a president who has employed known agents of Russian business and government interests. The same president, by the way, who still refuses to release his tax returns or financial records. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Let me wrap this all up in one neat little package.
The GOP is no longer the party of the people. They have put profits before people, and party before country. How? Deciding that people’s privacy isn’t as important as the almighty dollar. Deciding that people’s health and well-being isn’t as important as the almighty dollar. Deciding that collusion with foreign governments to direct policy and actions of our great nation isn’t as important as the almighty dollar. Deciding that domestic programs that help millions isn’t as important as the billions of dollars that could be made by defense contractors. The GOP base is fully endorsing: nepotism, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, bigotry, corporate domination, and the destruction of anything that stands against them or in their way. No, this is no longer Lincoln’s party.
One thing is certain though, Trump could “Make America Great Again.” Believe me, America will be so much greater the day he is out of office.