A new definition for the GOP
This probably sounds dumb to a lot of people, but for some time now I’ve had the feeling that many Americans have been conditioned to jump on board with the latest “trend” whether it’s fashion or a popular, new way to get exercise, to the car you
drive. As ridiculous as it sounds I think it’s on-trend for the “right” to support Putin. Of course if I’m right, it means American culture has become
Trump + Putin = TP/Toilet Paper
Wow! Thank you for this! Trump/republican allegiance to Putin is one of those dark truths that we hear little about from the media, yet everyone witnesses republican leaders’ open, shameful display. They truly are Gaga over Putin.
Please take down that photo of Trump-the-Toad shaking hands with Puke-in. I feel traumatized every time I see it.
MAGA is a force here that exists possibly without dumb dumb Trump. MAGA threats have cowed any good Republicans into compliance. Death threats and primary threats keep them lined up with all the anti American propaganda, acts, and policy. Of course our own DOJ has let things get worse by not arresting DJT on Jan 6 and as of yet not prosecuting/punishing him for crimes committed. Likewise, none of the accomplices in Congress have been brought to Justice. The caldron has been boiling with all kinds of MAGA nonsense, threats and idiocy.
Will the KGB muscle the election in ‘24? Why shouldn’t they?
Picture if you will Kevin McCarthy living in an environment like the one Putin has created in Russia. Mr. McCarthy decides to run against one of Putin's oligarch friends, one who is a strong financial supporter of Putin. Then picture the elimination of the pesky Mr. McCarthy from not only his position, but from life itself. Without a taster, he's toast. How many pesky McCarthy's has Putin eliminated through poisoning, and now perhaps ordering that a plane that an adversary is on be "eliminated"? I guess this is the kind of government that the "new" GOP admires. One wonders whether this admiration will continue when the admirers are no longer of value. Perhaps they will be found wearing cement shoes in the Volga River.
Sue from Florida
The attempted secession of the southern states didn't actually threaten US democracy, it would have continued without them. The attempted Trump coup, on the other hand could have been a death blow.
"Putin himself hasn’t been shy about weighing in on American politics." Contrasted with the USA, who is also without an ounce of shyness about instigating reactiveness on Putin's part by promoting NATO's enlargement up to Russia's borders (against the advice of numerous august American statesmen and advisers), then blaming Putin for reacting (see Mearshiemer, Jeffrey Sachs) , then pouring infinite kill power including cluster bombs as a way to weaken Russia and ultimate China. Couldn't you say that's the USA's version of weighing in on Russian politics? As much as Mr. Rather promotes the notion of USA's innocence, the historical facts belie its veracity. We can do nothing about Russia's attitudes but we can clean up our own act instead of continuing to disown our guilty part in the whole mess. “President Putin declared in the autumn of 2021, and actually sent a draft treaty that they wanted NATO to sign, to promise no more NATO enlargement,” Stoltenberg told a joint committee meeting of the European Parliament on September 7. “That was what he sent us. And [that] was a pre-condition for not invade [sic] Ukraine. Of course we didn't sign that.”(responsiblestatecraft.org)The black and white thinking - Putin, Russia all bad - USA, NATO all good - typical, incidentally of alcoholics - makes us sheep and promotes bad international relations.
The Helsinki summit. Just the mention infuriates me. By that point in his reign, Trump had
' lost the ability to shock or scandalize me, but it was members of my own family who could still stupefy me with their ability to instantly rationalize anything and everything the man said or did. It still baffles me that people who support the buffoon for religious reasons can condone every bit of immorality perpetrated by him. I was a staunch supporter of Bill Clinton but that did not enable me to say that his behavior with Monica Lewinski adhered to the tenets of Christian doctrine. My sense of good and evil was not modified by my politics. I have family members, however, who find it easy to shrug and say: "We are all fallen people. None of us is without sin.". These are the same people who practically frothed at the mouth when a few years before Helsinki heard Obama say to Putin on a hot mike: "We'll talk after the election." had no problem with the fact that the kofeefee idiot met with the former head of the KGB for 2 hours. No one else other than Putin, Trump and their interpreters met for two solid hours and the American people were never informed about what was said. While my family were praising Saint Donald's diplomatic skills I was fully expecting the Statue of Liberty being handed over to the Kremlin. To this day we have no idea what was said at or given away at that meeting and Mr. Entitled still dances around scot free and his praises are still being sung by the same rationalizers. Go figure.
A closed mind is a terrible thing
After all this time how could anyone miss Donald’s down and dirty reason for his love affairs with Putin AND Kim....he wants to build Trump Tower Moscow and Trump Tower Pyongyang....that’s why he is STILL kissing Putin’s rump and Kim’s too....he will not give up because they keep playing him along....both laughing their backsides off at his ignorance too.....that is what the closed door meeting with Putin in Helsinki was about and what the lavish video made for and presented to Kim was about....”I can build beautiful buildings in your cities and bring you billions of dollars so you too can be a “billionaire” like me!...How they keep a straight face while wining and dining with the blowhard is something of wonder. Donald will sell this country and our democracy down the river to Putin, Kim or even China’s Xi Jinping if it will help him become THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD! If you haven’t figured out why he truly hates Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg and even Elon don’t look any further than their status as being among the richest Americans in the world.....it’s that simple folks.
You call it a partisan agenda implying Rather is pushing a false truth. There is nothing false about Dan Rather. His career speaks for itself. He’s as authentic as they come in this crazy world we now live in. Obviously Rather does not need me sticking up for him but that said, I will always stick up for the truth and this fragile democracy we all share. Dan Rather knows better than anyone how imperfect our world is. He’s seen it all and from multiple perspectives.
Me too. An apology for doing something wrong and shameful is a sign of strength, not weakness. That Milley was strong enough to stand up to this pathetic loser is grounds for hope and action ❤️😊
Less safe, worth less, the lower and middle classes are struggling more than ever, more people in poverty, fewer freedoms, proven gov't censorship and discrimination, we are in another (proxy) war, and have millions more undocumented illegal immigrants now in our country causing problems and unnecessary burden on legal American citizens (I welcome LEGAL immigration).
Can't say I agree that this President is doing a decent job. Maybe you are rich, have poor eyesight and bad hearing (I hope the last two aren't true ;)
Yes I know, you are going to respond that our Democracy is safer... but is it? Are we safer when we have fewer small businesses, a struggling economy, a weak defense and more Gov't censorship and control?