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Raw Meat for the Base

 

Exhibit One: End Game

“Trump should be and is afraid. He has no real friends in Washington that didn’t ride in on his coattails (and possibly commit a crime to do so). He has no party, save a GOP that let him loose like a bull in a china shop so they could sneak in the back and rob the safe. He has been a Democrat and he has been a Republican and he has alienated the ruling castes of both. He is not one of them, and no part of Trumpworld, post-tax-cuts, is essential to the preservation of their class’ domination of politics.

Meanwhile, for the first time in a long time, both parties have unambiguous incentives to make a show of strident anti-corruption. The Democrats — having dropped the ball on the opportunity to seek restorative justice for any of the plunder of the subprime mortgage market or even to do something as simple as sending Dick Cheney or the other architects of the Bush-era torture policy to The Hague — have a historically unsympathetic antagonist. And Republicans no longer really have the Clinton campaign to point to (though Trump tries) and need to maintain the illusion to their values-voter base that Trump is different from them (other than in his abject tastelessness)…

The moment Trump looks like he’s finished with some part of his fan base, his intraparty constituency plummets to zero. The Democrats will finally have a gimme with which to practice the arcane art of exercising state power to enforce the morals of a community. At the same time, the rump of Republicans who survive 2018 and those seeking to unseat Democrats in borderline seats in 2020 will have good reason to depict Trump as a uniquely toxic aberration that must be burned away to cleanse the rest of the party. There is no greater non-verbal distinction between the GOP and Trump than incarcerating him…”

     Jeb Lund, The Guardian

Exhibit 2: Homecare for Grandma

“Pete Peterson might be dead, but the GOP quest to gut Medicare and Social Security marches on:

The financial future of the part of Medicare that pays older Americans’ hospital bills has deteriorated significantly, according to an annual government report that forecasts that the trust fund will be depleted by 2026 — three years sooner than expected a year ago.

The report, issued Tuesday by a quartet of Trump administration officials who are trustees for Medicare and Social Security, reveals that policy changes ushered in by the president and the Republican Congress are weakening the financial underpinnings of the already-fragile insurance program.

According to the report, less money will be flowing into the hospital-care trust fund in part because the tax law passed this year will cause the government to collect less in income taxes. In addition, lower wages last year will translate into lower payroll taxes.

As revenue slips, hospital expenses will increase, the report says. A senior government official who briefed reporters on it said that part of that increase is because the tax law will, starting next year, end enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance. As a result, hospitals are predicted to have more uninsured patients, in turn requiring the Medicare program to pay more for such uncompensated care.

Literally everything the Republicans are doing is a direct attack on the American people.”

     Amy Goldstein ,Washington Post

Exhibit Three: The Frozen North

Get the wanted photo-ops with POTUS; forget the rest of that CVID and negotiating flim-flam; then get the hell out of town to make sure a coup doesn’t happen. Man, we are getting played...

— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) June 10, 2018

“Inexplicably, [the G7] foreigners are not putting America First. That’s why Trump needs to quit the group and make his own G-8 — the Great Eight — with more sympathetic world leaders:

Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who enjoys “a great relationship” with Trump as he deploys extralegal killing squads.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who is “very open” and “very honorable” in running the most repressive regime on Earth.

Egyptian dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who established himself as a “fantastic guy” with his bloody crackdown on dissidents.

The Saudi regime, which has been “tremendous” as it purges business leaders and critics.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is “getting very high marks” as he jails opponents.

China’s premier, Xi Jinping, who did something “great” in making himself president for life.

And, of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin, “getting an A” for his leadership and receiving a congratulatory call from Trump after his “election.”

     Dana Milbank, Washington Post

Negotiating advice 101. When you want to make a deal real bad you will make a really bad deal. #SingaporeSummit

— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) June 11, 2018

Exhibit Four: The Rule of Law

Trump urges Democrats to end his own policy by passing legislation through GOP-controlled Congress

     Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos 

“A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Kansas from requiring people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson, a George W. Bush appointee, found that the law violated the National Voter Registration Act and the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The decision is a defeat for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who championed the law requiring proof of citizenship. The ruling is significant because Robinson rejected the evidence that noncitizen voter registration is a widespread problem in Kansas. Kobach, who has advised President Donald Trump on voter fraud issues, has been a loud advocate for the idea that voter fraud is a widespread problem, despite several studies and investigations that have shown the contrary.

Kobach chose to personally defend his own office at trial, and Robinson repeatedly admonished him for failing to follow proper rules of federal civil procedure to introduce evidence.

In her Monday ruling, Robinson sanctioned Kobach with six hours of continuing legal education related to rules of civil procedure or evidence.”

     Sam Levine, HuffPost

Exhibit Five: Call and Response

America is heading in the direction of another Harpers Ferry. After that comes Ft. Sumter.

— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 24, 2018

A religious fanatic will do something marvelously stupid & ineffective that is at least correct in identifying structural injustice, followed by a bunch of racist plutocrats doing something treasonous & destructive in order to preserve said monstrous injustice in perpetuity?

— The Mall Krampus???? (@cakotz) June 25, 2018

At the Exit: Holier than Thou

One of the consequences of the Reformation was access to scripture by the “common” classes. William Tyndale, among others, lost his life for translating and printing an English version of the Bible. But the wave was unstoppable and soon everyone had access to scripture. This also meant everyone had the ability to interpret scripture. Now you can take 100 people have them read a Bible passage and possibly get 100 interpretations of what it means. And everyone’s interpretation is just as valid as the next. One has only to look at the number of translations of the Bible and their differences to see the results of the Reformation. The New Testament was written in Greek, everything we read in English is an interpretation. So take your pick in Christian Scripture; anywhere from the Westboro Baptist Church to the Pope.

But theology is not a popularity contest. Congregational growth or decline are not indicators of Truth, they are merely representations of current popularity, as fickle as any Nielson Rating.  Size? The Catholic Church is still predominate, so all Protestant doctrine is wrong? The question always comes down to: If God is infinite are there not an infinite number of ways to godhead?

Unkwil

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