The GOP Is Pretty Bad

The GOP Is Pretty Bad

We have been reduced to a group of elected officials who are so terrified of giving up the power that was arbitrarily given to them, that we forget what this country was based on
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Written in response to Jennifer Rubin's Washington Post op-ed: "Just How Bad Are Republicans?"

Many have argued that the lowest point of modern day Republicans was the election of Donald Trump, whose inclusion into the Republican Party had more to do with exclusion from the Democratic Party than actual alignment with Republican ideals. However, since Trump's election, Republicans are evidently showing their true colors.

Look at the decisions made by the GOP a la Trump: a health care plan which eliminates every good thing about Obamacare, while exaggerating its negatives. Their plan was to remove millions (yes, millions) from healthcare while continuing to give tax cuts to the super-rich, who are the last people in our current economy who need tax cuts. This was barely supported by the rest of the party (famously, John McCain made several speeches about how inhumane and unethical this plan was), and certainly wasn't supported by the Democrats.

After the massive failure of TrumpCare, the GOP a la Trump continued to make decisions based on what would benefit themselves, rather than the mass percentage of the American population. Their new tax plan is the same as their healthcare plan, but with added tax cuts for corporations. So, to summarize: still fucking over millions of people in the lower and middle class who would actively benefit from tax breaks, and giving the majority of the benefit to Trump himself and his friends.

Even environmentally, this administration is royally screwing up. The head of the EPA is an avid climate change denier, Trump recently lifted the ban on importing hunting trophies (shocker: his sons are all avid big game hunters), and the GOP is trying desperately to revive the coal industry. The coal industry, might I add, is dying because we have realized the massive and awful impact burning coal has on our environment.

What is especially concerning about Trump's GOP is the power and admiration they have for foreign leaders. Calling them leaders is putting it diplomatically, and frankly, I'm sick of being diplomatic. Trump has an obsession with glorified dictators like Vladimir Putin of Russia and the Turkish president who literally stole an election. How is that not a giant red flag about the state of our "Grand Ole Party"?

This is all without even discussing the morons he is putting into his administration, like the federal court appointee who has never tried a case, or the lifetime federal judge nominee in Alabama who did not realize that his wife being one of Trump's lawyers was a conflict of interest. These are all just the most recent "What the fuck" moments from the Trump administration, but it feels as though they are multiplying the longer Trump adjusts to his time in the White House.

Even without Trump's obvious lack of compassion for the people who is he now makes decisions for, this behavior is concerning. It's especially concerning because the Republican party was once based on strict interpretation of laws, whereas they now seem to be based on whatever comes out of Trump's misogynistic, bigoted asshole.

The most telling quote from Rubin's op-ed was:

The Trump GOP does not believe in fiscal responsibility nor in federalism (as evidenced by its attack on localities that don’t do the feds’ bidding on immigration enforcement) nor in legal immigration. It does, however, believe in mass deportation of “dreamers,” who came here illegally as children.

The GOP president believes 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally based on no evidence whatsoever but doesn’t think the Russians meddled in our election despite the unanimous findings of our intelligence services.

The GOP president does not believe the media should be able to write whatever it wants nor that a sheriff found in contempt of court for abusing the rights of suspected illegal immigrants should be convicted and punished.

The GOP-led Congress is content to tolerate Trump's nepotism, massive conflicts of interest and possible receipt of foreign emoluments. It looks the other way as a president monetizes the office, hawking his properties at every opportunity.





I'm not sure what's worse: the idea that the Grand Ole Party has been reduced to a group of racist, misogynist, elitist bigots, or that it has been reduced to a group of spineless jellyfish who blindly follow their leader rather than stand up for the principles upon which their party is based. I cannot claim that I agree with Republicans all the time or even the majority of the time, but before the election of Donald Trump, I could at least understand their point of view.

Now all I see is a group of old white men who are terrified of the "other" taking something from them that we haven't had in awhile. We have been reduced to a group of elected officials who are so terrified of giving up the power that was arbitrarily given to them, that we forget what this country was based on in the first place.

And frankly, I don't know how much longer I can bear to be a part of it.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Nike's Step Into The Political Realm Gives Us Something to Consider

Nike went political once again with Colin Kaepernick as their main advertisement.

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Nike's new advertisements have brought up a lot of controversy in the past week. Colin Kaepernick, who used to play for the San Francisco 49ers. He is now a free agent after he was let go. He is now the face of Nike. The last few years the NFL (National Football League) has been a platform for Colin Kaepernick used his position to bring awareness to police brutality. He did this by kneeling while they played the national anthem. Many began to follow in his footsteps and kneel as well.

Police brutality is and can be a massive problem. Many do not believe that the people that are meant to protect you actually do. And when the policemen themselves remain virtually unchecked this could actually be a problem.

I know you may want to stop reading this now but listen to my argument.

You can become a police officer when you are 20 years old. It is about as much schooling as you would need to become a CNA or (Certified nursing Aid). However, CNA's are not allowed to handle paperwork, their own patients, or even handing out medicine. Why do you need more schooling to do paperwork, but not to carry a gun? Only some of law enforcement agencies require a two-year degree. Police officers also only have one psych evaluation when they enter into the force. I believe that seeing what police officers see every day can cause extreme stress and mental instability. We must recognize police officers are humans too. They cannot be perfect no matter how much they try. But a system needs to be put in place to help them be the best they can be and weed out the ones that do not need to have that kind of responsibility.

I would also like you to think about this. Nike is a business. Yes, they may have lost a few customers by displaying Colin Kaepernick's face on their new advertisements. But they have gained $43 million dollars in free press. Nike is being talked about everywhere. And products are being bought by people who have supported Colin's movement. So Nike may or may not actually back Kaepernick's protest. I believe they haven't because they are doing nothing with the buzz that they have received. Nike has done this many many times. They advocated for women's rights, even for a man that tested HIV positive and was an incredible marathon runner. They knew this would generate revenue like no other. And because Nike is a sports store, getting involved in politics that included a sports front man. It became like a kid in a candy store. I do love Nike's products. And I am not saying that they are using Kaepernick, but I wish they would put their money into actually helping solve the problem.

I would also like to talk about Colin Kaepernick's protesting. I think it is a good thing when people that have a lot of attention put on them raise awareness for something that is wrong. However, raising awareness only does so much. Recognizing a problem is only the first step. What is the second you ask? Action. If you want to see diversity and change in Law enforcement. Change it. Apply to be a police officer or a lawmaker. You can't just continue to ask someone else to fix the problem. There's a saying that I've followed pretty much all my life. If you want something done, and done right. Do it yourself.

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