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jcitybone

Two peas in a pod? More like two turds in the sewer.

Donald Trump endorses Roy Moore, showing us the state of the GOP

Days before the election between Moore and rival Doug Jones, President Donald Trump endorsed the man accused of sexual crimes instead of the Democrat.

Now, Trump and Moore may be two peas in a pod. Trump has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than a dozen women. More importantly, neither accused man has apologized or admitted any wrongdoing. Instead, both have found an easy scapegoat in the people who spoke up, and the reporters who covered it.

jcitybone

Another Republican controlled state legislature–another attempt to suppress the vote

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/12/new_hampshire_republicans_want_to_impose_a_poll_tax_on_college_students.html

The 2016 election was a bittersweet one for the New Hampshire Republican Party. The GOP won unified control of the state government, but Hillary Clinton carried the state and Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan squeaked out a narrow victory. Donald Trump alleged that voters bused in illegally from Massachusetts tipped the state away from him, a claim endorsed by GOP state legislators despite a total lack of evidence. Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the head of Trump’s voter fraud commission, has also falsely claimed to have “proof” that thousands of illegal votes tipped the 2016 election toward Democrats

In response, New Hampshire Republicans have initiated a crackdown on voting rights designed to suppress likely Democratic voters. First, legislators rammed through a voter intimidation bill, creating new documentation requirements for those who wish to cast a ballot and subjecting them to arrest and prosecution if they lack the necessary forms. (A state court quickly blocked the measure.) Now Republicans are taking aim at the population they blame for last year’s Democratic successes: college students. A new bill would impose steep fees on all voters who lack a New Hampshire driver’s license—despite the fact that it is perfectly legal to vote in New Hampshire with an out-of-state license. The measure is tantamount to a post-election poll tax. It stands an excellent chance of becoming law.

Fortunately for New Hampshire voters, the legality of HB 372 is rather dubious. The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars the imposition of poll taxes in federal elections, and the Equal Protection Clause prohibits such taxes in state elections as well. Federal courts have inconsistently applied these guarantees in recent years. The good news here is that the New Hampshire Constitution provides robust protection for the right to vote, declaring that “every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election.” The state Supreme Court has interpreted this provision to mean that a “severe” burden on the right to vote must be “narrowly drawn to advance a state interest of compelling importance.”

jcitybone

Trump adopts Nixonian strategy, claims president is above the law

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been indicted. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser and one of his closest confidants, has flipped and is cooperating with special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump himself sent out a tweet over the weekend that, according to legal experts, makes the case against him for obstruction of justice.

This morning, in a seemingly coordinated effort, Trump embraced the idea that he did not obstruct justice because the “President cannot obstruct justice.”

The argument is an attempt to justify Trump’s actions in February, when he pressured former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn and then fired Comey when he refused to comply.

Beyond the legal arguments, Trump is taking an entirely new posture. Before, he argued that the entire investigation was a hoax. Now he is arguing that even if what he did were to meet the legal definition of obstruction of justice by any other person, it does not count because he’s the president. Or, as Nixon put it, “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

orlbucfan

Tricky Dick should have been imprisoned for criminal wrongdoing, not just political. Big mistake in Watergate. It further stoked the garbage outlined by the Powell Memo. Fast forward to now. We have a dumbed down populace, folks brainwashed into total political apathy, a kept craporate media, jesus jerks aka Betsy DeVos destroying education, wanting to learn is now a vice, and so on. Maggot Brain can tweet his stupidity over and over and he’s consider ‘smart.’ Gag me with a spoon. Nothing will change. Call me cynical. I call it realism.

TheLeftistheCenter

I agree with almost every word of your comment except “nothing will change” though that is a likely outcome its not the only outcome and if anything the system itself benefits by you believing its the only outcome.

Trump is putting the Oligarchy in overdrive which puts the cliff ahead in pretty clear view to almost everyone but his core blind and dumb followers. We are at the cusp of where we begin the full death spiral or end the madness altogether.

These next few years will likely decide the medium term future of our country and there are a lot of forces with in it working to end the madness and we are at that moment in time where its actually possible.

There as been a series of events that have lead to this moment, from the great recession announced a problem, to #OWS that defined the problem, to the rise of Bernie that announced a solution, to right now the movements to define that solution and to the next few year where we either apply it or we dont.

There are plenty to support all hope is not lost.

orlbucfan

I am a natural optimist, but I’ve followed a lot of world history and political/current events. I also got a Masters in Psycholinguistics. I’m a political activist. I would love to be wrong, believe me.

wi60

All of you have some great points. me I’m a bit of a futurist and hoping that once this fascist controlled corporatistic experiment in pure capitalism fails that a more realistic form of economics will pick up the pieces and benefit all of us.

wi60

And that arrogance lead to his resignation and subsequent pardon.

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