I was watching the cable shows yesterday afternoon and the constant refrain was infighting among House Democrats over whether to 'go big' on impeachment ...
Friday, December 6, 2019
This is kind of an amalgam of two letters. Maybe two are better than one?
I'm writing about Rep. Stefanik and other conspiracy theory friendly folks in the GOP. I realize she's been all up in Rep. Schiff's grill over having to follow House rules. As far as I know she hasn't said a word about Rep. Nunes pushing Russian disinformation at the hearings. That's what the "DNC server in Ukraine" fairy tale is. She herself said, "Whether Ukraine had any part in 2016, I think we still haven't gotten to the bottom fully of the complexity of the meddling in our election in 2016." As far as that country goes, we have. Tom Bossert, President Trump's former national security adviser, says the idea Ukraine was involved in the hack, "Has no validity" and "It's not only a conspiracy theory, its' completely debunked." Senate Intelligence says the same.
Is it worth remaining silent to Russian backed propaganda in order to be a star in Trump's Republican Party? Fiona Hill testified, "I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests." That didn't slow Rep. Nunes or cause Rep. Stefanik to push back on it. The people driving the "Ukraine interfered" story are Vladimir Putin, corrupt former Ukrainian government officials, President Trump and Rudy Guiliani, a portion of the Republican Party including Nunes and Senator Kennedy, and most of Fox News. Rep. Stefanik has appeared on Sean Hannity. Hannity has met few rightwing conspiracy theories he didn't push. He tormented Seth Rich's family with nonsense about their son until forced to desist.
Trump publicly asked for Russia's help in 2016. They were listening. He's asking for foreign help for another fraudulent win in 2020. Sadly, the writers of the Constitution didn't realize that if you're a star they let you get away with it.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
I’m responding to Kim Gamache writing, “The Democrats opened a Pandora’s Box.” If a Democrat is elected president in 2020, how long before impeachment proceedings begin?” And, “There is an election in less than a year. Let the people decide.” On the latter, I have to point out that’s the election President Trump was trying to get Ukraine to influence by extorting them over aid. On the former, even the RNC realizes the House is going to stay Democratic. And by voting to condone Trump’s actions Republicans are saying it’s okay to ask foreign governments to conduct cyberespionage and make up “dirt.” That includes Rep. Stefanik when she inevitably votes with the rest of her party. If there’s a President Warren running for re-election in 2024 and wants any sort of assistance from any country against say, Nikki Haley or Tom Cotton it’s no problem. Hacked e-mails or texts. Bogus investigations begun. Republicans are normalizing it by excusing Trump. Vladimir Putin is smiling and saying "Thank God, no one is accusing us of interfering in the US elections anymore; now they're accusing Ukraine."
I want to mention Stefanik’s standing by while her cohorts push the “Ukraine interfered” Russian intelligence operation. It’s worth remaining silent to become a “star” in the GOP. Jim Jordan remained silent at Ohio State for what Joe Paterno lost his reputation for. Jordan is a folk hero now in today’s Republican party. A vote with Trump is ignoring his going on Fox and Friends and rambling about Crowdstrike and the DNC server. Things that can only be understood by those marinating in rightwing fever swamps. Fiona Hill’s testimony, “In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please no promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.” Rep. Stefanik claims her party, other than the president who's adopted the Russian line, has not denied that they interfered. Trumps' defenders are certainly working overtime to muddy the water, though.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
I really love this line.
Elise Stefanik has voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. Her disregard for protecting our environment, or the deception she engaged in when she was allowed to vote against Trump’s Tax cuts in exchange for whipping the votes for its passing, a bill that benefited corporations and the 1%, her donors, not her constituents, or her numerous other assaults against labor, education and our financial and investment protections are available for anyone with a bit of curiosity to see by visiting the “Tracking the United States Congress” website. For her fans, the truth may be painful.
I really love this line.
Since when has corruption been quantified in acceptable amounts?
Perhaps an analogy will persuade those who are so blind they will not see. One day I look and see my neighbor (for the sake of argument say we don't get along) digging in his backyard and burying a large heavy object. Also, his wife has gone missing. I call the police because something seems fishy. (I am the whistleblower.) Two police detectives begin to investigate my tip. One is my friend, one my neighbor's. (That is the congressional inquiry.) They talk to my neighbor. He says his wife is visiting relatives, and he was doing some gardening. (Trump and his "perfect" phone call.)
"Elise is paying a smirking misogynist slime-ball to stalk Tedra Cobb!," she tells Pinocchio. "I've seen the creep's Twitter feed. He's very pleased with himself. He never removes his sunshades. Is the law after him? What is he hiding? No woman feels safe with a guy like that following her."
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Overriding the fact that Rep. Stefanik sees “no quid pro quo” in the president’s statement is that she seems to believe the nonsense Ukraine server conspiracy theory. She says,“Whether Ukraine had any part in 2016, I think we still haven’t gotten to the bottom fully of the complexity of the meddling in our election in 2016.” Yes, as far as that country goes, we have. Tom Bossert, President Trump’s former national security adviser, says the idea Ukraine was involved in the hack, “Has no validity” and "It’s not only a conspiracy theory, it’s completely debunked.”
In the call to President Zelensky, Trump says, “ I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it… The server, they say Ukraine has it.” This refers to the theory Bossert spoke of. It goes that the DNC hacked itself and fabricated the evidence that blames Russia for it. Needless to say, Russian trolls and bots are keen to push this idea. Why the president or a representative on House Intelligence is open to it is a mystery. Those who believe in this alternate reality posit the server is in Ukraine. The founder of Crowdstrike that investigated the hack, who is a Russian-born American citizen, becomes Ukrainian. Seth Rich, a DNC staffer killed by random violence, makes an appearance in some iterations.
I’d really love to see Rep. Stefanik clarify what she meant by meddling vis a vis Ukraine. We’ve come to expect the president to take the word of foreign governments over the intelligence community. I give our congresswoman credit for not taking this nonsense seriously. Is she just doing a shout out to those who do?