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McConnell blocks two election security bills

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Mitch McConnell Does Not Give a Damn About the Future of This Country

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McConnell is a loathsome mercenary hired by corporate and foreign powers to achieve their ends at the cost of the American people, to shovel our tax dollars and our sovereign power into their hands, for the personal and petty profit of the soldiers in his employ – Republican politicians.

He’s not an evil mastermind, he’s not the grand architect or the wizard behind the curtain. He serves at the pleasure of Senate Republicans; if they didn’t want him there, they would be rid of him in a heartbeat. The truth is, whatever they say, whatever they do, they like him there. He soaks up the anger and outrage and abuse. They can pretend to be “good guys” – like that spineless, worthless shit Mitt Romney – while wholeheartedly endorsing the entire corrupt campaign behind the scenes. Mitch McConnell is despised by everyone, even his own party. Majority Leader isn’t a desirable position. Look at Nancy Pelosi – she immediately became the sole target of public ire for decisions like not impeaching Trump, despite the fact that she’s almost certainly carrying out the wishes of the consensus of thousands of Democrat officials and politicians. This isn’t her plan, just like this is not Mitch’s plan.

Mitch McConnell is serving the designs and plans of a few massive corporations and other huge donors. That’s it. The religious zealots, the industrial titans and long-time Republican donors – he passes bills like the 2018 Tax Theft bill that pleases them and delivers profits to them, while safeguarding Republican power.

I say this because articles like this blaming him for the entire debacle help him fulfill exactly his purpose: establish a single focal point of blame without addressing the systemic issues and network of corrupt and criminal actors that actually pull the strings. “Mitch McConnell is Really Destroying America” as a headline (which is all that most people read anyway) makes the natural implication that removing Mitch McConnell fixes the problem. But there’s always another Mitch McConnell. Articles like this give him far too much credit and cement a perception that without him, the whole machine falls apart.

But this is factually bankrupt. The system, the real agent of America’s destruction, is made up of thousands of Republican megadonors donors like the Mercers and Sheldon Addleson, corporate conglomerates like the Oil industry and Telecomm, foreign powers like Putin’s Russia and Mr. Bonesaw’s Saudi Arabia, and religious organizations like the Mormon Church. They funnel billions of dollars and precise, exact instructions into the Republican party, which is nothing more than a mercenary force to carry out the donors wishes. The donors pay money, the Republicans fight the war. McConnell is just another in a long line of generals. There are endless candidates. Ted Cruz could be a McConnell. So could Marco Rubio or Mitt Romney.

Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader are not enviable positions. Look at Paul Ryan. They don’t really wield power. It isn’t like a President, who is publicly elected. They’re appointed by the party, and they’re just the hate sponges for the party, the ones who will take all the blame while more “likable” candidates play bridgemaker in hopes of vying for President. It doesn’t matter who serves in that capacity. Dark money is the rot, because it stacks the government with people acting directly against the public interest.

All of the emotion, the partisan bickering, the sentiment and loathing, that’s all a smokescreen. These people, Republicans, they are not politicians. Not in the slightest. The only thing they have in common with politicians is many of them are lawyers and they wear suits. They don’t govern. The Republican party has done literally nothing even remotely resembling governance in a long time. When was the last time they passed a bill meant to improve some part of public or private life for the average American citizen?

Do not delude yourselves. This is not about Trump, not about McConnell, not even about the Republican party. Eliminate one mercenary group, and another takes its place. The Democrats are on the side of the angels currently, but only by default, only because Republicans have devolved so far into criminality and corruption (mostly out of desperation) that it would be impossible not to be the good guys in comparison.

If we do not do something about dark money in politics, any party, no matter how conservative or liberal, can easily be infiltrated and eventually overrun with people acting in the interest of dark money over public interest.

If McConnell were following his own comprehensive grand plan, you wouldn’t see this ridiculous flip-flopping of stances and interests nearly overnight. That’s why Republicans are such demonstrable and laughable hypocrites. Their hypocrisy is almost absurdist – their actions frequently contradict their words because they have no real guiding ideology. They’re just working for the highest bidder. Much like a mercenary might fight for one side on one day, and then the opposing side the next day, Republicans do whatever they’re told by their masters, while doing preposterous verbal gymnastics on TV. Just look at what we’ve witnessed in a short period of time:

• Republicans outspoken against Russia pre-2016; immediately turn into vocal and ardent Russia supporters (because Russia started paying them and helping them win).

• Republicans outspoken against and opposed to executive power pre-2016; immediately and vocally support the extreme tryannical overreach of Donald Trump (because he’s a Republican).

• Conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation creates outline of Affordable Care Act & Republican Mitt Romney puts it into place as governor of Massachusetts – immediately and vocally condemn it as soon as Obama makes it the foundation of his healthcare policy

• Republicans bemoan and condemn the increase of the federal deficit – until Trump creates one of the largest federal deficits in recent memory to give tax dollars to corporations. Then they vocally and proudly support it.

• Republicans stoke xenophobia and drone on and on and one about the threat of “Radical Islam” – until Trump wants to sell billions of dollars of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, the most powerful, hardcore “islamic extremists” in the Middle East. Then, Saudi Arabia is a wonderful beacon of freedom (because they’re paying them).

This is why they wouldn’t be successful without a propaganda wing like Fox News. All politicians do a form of doublespeak, but there is nothing comparable to the hypocrisy of modern-day Republicans. Nothing. No 20th century absurdist novelist could ever dream up these clowns. They need to cut off their voters from reality and isolate them in a sterile alternate universe where they bury certain hypocrisies or explain them away and build a narrative utterly incomparable to the real world, because whatever you want to say about Republican voters, they have all the same mental capacities as your average Joe. They could easily see how badly they, personally, are being fucked over by the very people they choose to represent them – if they weren’t living in the alternate universe that is Conservative Media.

All this to say that none of this is part of McConnell’s grand design. Nor Trump’s, nor even the entire Republican party. There’s no teleology to any of this, no method to the madness, no overarching evil scheme. That’s the fiction junkies in us, always envisioning the evil wizard plotting brilliant and infinitely complex schemes to redesign the world.

Poll Republican voters about what they think they’re getting – the world they think their votes are buying – and you’ll get a hundred different answers and illustrations of a hundred different worlds, none of which remotely resemble what Republicans are actually building.

The world Republicans are building is nothing more than a grotesque collage of the wants and needs of some of the richest and most morally and ethically bankrupt people and organizations on the planet, disparate in scope but almost all entirely to the detriment of the American people, because the only thing Republicans can trade for their donors’ cash is federal tax dollars and the power and sovereignty of the American citizens they represent. It is ever-shifting, ever-changing, but always shitty. Either a perpetual war or economic cycles of boom-and-bust or rampant xenophobia – it doesn’t matter. Republicans are a black box that donors put a handful of small bills into and get back trillions of our tax dollars and untold powers over public land or contractual rights or legal rights.

This is why the actions of Republicans need to be firmly divorced from the personalities of single individuals like Trump and McConnell and also from the veil of “conservatism” or political ideology in general. They don’t care. They’re mercenaries. Start acting like it. Stop talking and yelling to them and start yelling over them, to their masters, because these are the people and organizations destroying America, and we need to identify them, call them out, and recognize Republicans for the flunkies they are.

Everything begins and ends with the money. To begin with Citizens United must be overturned, but we need to keep going. Money and all forms of perverse incentives need to be dealt with, or we will always be governed by the mercenary armies of despots and multinational conglomerates. I don’t care which party you vote for, truly I don’t. The only thing that matters is to vote for people comitted to removing dark money from politics and most importantly watching over them with intense scrutiny every single day they’re in office to make sure they follow up on that promise.

Credit to The Bear of Birmingham

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Mike Pence skipped out on the $24k bill after his fundraiser at a gay-owned club

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So much gold in one headline. What’s going on here?:

A sheriff in Colorado is mad that Mike Pence didn’t pay the $24,000 security bill for local law enforcement after a fundraiser.

That we could have guessed. It’s administration policy not to pay for things, like rallies and tax cuts.

Earlier this week, the Caribou Club in Aspen hosted a $35,000-per-couple fundraiser for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Convention, and the event featured a visit from Pence. The Caribou Club is owned by gay couple Billy Stolz and Richard Edwards.

Um, interesting. So Pence won’t eat a meal with a woman who is not his wife, but doesn’t mind fundraisers in gay clubs?

Let’s hear it from the sheriff and please don’t hold back:

You raise $700,000 in an hour, you should be able to pitch in to support the community that made you feel welcome,” Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Daily News.

DiSalvo estimates said that security cost $24,000 for the event, and he broke down the costs.

Break it down for me sheriff:

“We had a SWAT team from Garfield County here that I want to see get reimbursed. We had Carbondale officers here that I want to see get reimbursed. They don’t have this kind of money — I don’t have this kind of money,” he said.

“We had 64 total police officers on that assignment in the 20 or so hours that he was here, totaling 519 person hours,” DiSalvo said. “Out of those 64, 14 were state troopers, and we don’t have a responsibility to pay them. But the 50 other cops that were here are all on the county dime.”

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Fox polling finds that Americans think Trump’s tweets were racist. Fox didn’t cover it.

Westlake Legal Group zOeEkSDgXGIvFdjeMwefSROkZdp4Odkjcird_bk_4vI Fox polling finds that Americans think Trump’s tweets were racist. Fox didn’t cover it. r/politics

Fox News hires actual, professional pollsters so the results of the polling is generally good, useful information. (As opposed to stuff like TV text-in polling where the results are useless other than as propaganda filler.) But Fox News is overall, a political (partisan) propaganda outfit that quite literally was created to promote the Republican party. (Plus make money for Rupert Murdoch, and give him a lot of influence in American political circles.)

My inference to connect those two items is that in order to be as effective as possible in promoting the Republican party, Fox News has their pollsters ask some questions where they want to actually understand what’s happening “on the ground” to be more effective in how they sculpt their flow of propaganda.

Also, if this polling was done at a large enough scale, they likely have a bunch of information broken out about how different demographic groups are reacting to/thinking about these issues. In part they are a business, so they want to maximize viewership among the demographics that advertisers want to advertise to, but as a political operation, they want to tailor their manipulations to influence certain groups, and not “lose” others.

Murdoch and folks like him are also “smart” to a degree. They must understand that Trump is a self-destructive moron who is going to implode or flame out eventually, and they probably don’t want Fox News as a business (and political influence operation) to be entirely taken down when Trump goes down, so they likely monitor what they see as indicators for how Trump is doing among different target groups.

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‘Putin’s Mitch’ billboard grabs attention on Interstate 65

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I’m a scientist. Under Trump I lost my job for refusing to hide climate crisis facts

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“MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc was radicalized by Trump and Fox News before terror plot, lawyer says

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Trump speaks in front of fake presidential seal mysteriously manipulated to feature Russian eagles and golf clubs

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YES! CNN, fucking seconds ago, just had a Republican on, John Barrasso, and he went off blaming Democrats. DEMOCRATS. For blocking any bills being passed regarding security

Claims they’re trying to undermine Democracy, and are subverting the current laws

This is what we’re doing now. We’re blaming Dems cause the mountains of evidence that show its McConnell is…. Fake News

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Trump Spoke in Front of Presidential Seal Edited With Symbols of Russia and Golf

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Trump Spoke in Front of Presidential Seal Edited With Symbols of Russia and Golf

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