Finally Approaching a Crossroads?

June 24, 2017 By: El Jefe

Interesting posts on my Facebook feed this morning.  There are articles one after the other about how BOTH major political parties are on the ropes.  I give you the headlines:

‘Trump is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’ – Politico

and right after it –

Sen. Bernie Sanders – “Democratic Brand is Pretty Bad” – CNN

In recent days, talkers from both sides have been bemoaning the condition of their own parties.  Some are going after their party leaders; some are blaming everyone from the Russians to their political rivals.  For the first time in over a decade, Nancy Pelosi’s job is in jeopardy.  After the Dems were skunked in the recent special elections, younger Dems are publicly talking about new party leadership in the House. Republican senators are openly refusing to support Mitch McConnell’s plan to destroy the US healthcare system.  The only oddity that continues is that the Republicans remain terrified of Trump and his Twitter fingers.

Are we finally reaching a crossroads in political party life?  Deep inside, the Repubs certainly recognize the smoldering ruin of their party after Trumpzilla rampaged through in 2016.  But it’s worse than that – to cling to power, the GOP has abandoned common decency and common sense, appealing to the worst instincts of the ignorant base.  That’s their problem.

The problem on the Dem side is more subtle.  Party leadership is fossilized.  It’s not adapted to the new normal.  Although the vast majority of creative thinkers and visualizers are Democrats, the party has remarkably failed to engage them in dragging the party out of the 1990’s.  The Dems don’t stand for anything – not to say they don’t have the interests of workers, families, and the disadvantaged – they can’t articulate it.  That was Hillary’s well documented problem…she couldn’t connect on that level.  Senate and House leadership now has the same problem.  While the GOP is in smoldering ruins, instead of taking advantage of that weakness, the Dems are arranging furniture and counting noses – no one is leading.

Maybe the voices of the younger generation will get loud enough for the geriatric leadership of both parties to get the message and get out of the way.  Can you imagine what America would be if we had youthful enthusiasm involved?  Can you imagine if political leadership was 50/50 men to women, inclusive of all faiths and ethnicities?

We’re a long way from that, but I can still dream.

Friday Toons

June 23, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

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Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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As Bad as It Gets

June 22, 2017 By: El Jefe

 

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.”

–P.G. Wodehouse, English writer

This saying is more true than almost any other.  A guy who cheats at golf or is an ass on the golf course is and cheater and an ass at life.  I’ve seen it a dozen times.  Well, here’s another example of just what an ass Trump is.  He was recently videoed DRIVING A GOLF CART ON THE GREEN at his club in Bedminster.  If you are a non-golfer, the ONE THING you NEVER do is drive even close to the green, much less on it.  Doing so shows huge disrespect for the course, the game, and your fellow golfers, not to mention the poor greenskeepers who have to repair the damage. It’s a good way to get ejected from a golf course, but I guess not your own.

Here you go, you can watch with own eyes:

Props to News & Guts

Up is Down, Left is Right, and the Sun Rises in the West

June 22, 2017 By: El Jefe

Welp, the Senate bill is out, and you guessed it right, it sucks just about as badly as the House version.  What I can’t get over is the name.  Why do they do that?  I mean like the Clear Skies Act – that allows more pollution to be emitted…into the sky; the Internet Freedom Act – that destroys network neutrality.  Today’s doozy is the Better Care Act – that kicks millions off of health insurance, cuts Medicaid expansion, allows states to opt out of essential coverages, eliminates the individual mandate, and just for good measure, defunds Planned Parenthood.  Hoorah.

As Vox puts it in their analysis, it helps the healthy and wealthy, and hurts the sick and poor.  How patriotic.  You know one thing, though – if Republicans give a name to something – just apply the antonym.

Maybe This Is The Pussy Trump Should Have Grabbed

June 22, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Everybody’s favorite bad liar and gotta-be-on-drugs to act like he does, Devin Nunes, is loudly burping out of his mouth again.

But whatever drugs he’s taking has not helped with his paranoia.  His rambling interview at a local rightwing radio station is an adventure in persecution complexities.

By the way, he has also caught that thing that Trump has hugely bigly.

Nunes was then asked why an all-Republican Congress was not passing more legislation. He corrected the caller, saying the House, Senate and Trump have signed more bills into law than any previous Congress/presidential combination in history up to this point.

Oh, that might be a tiny exaggeration.

But, here’s the part that got me.  Nunes says that he can’t possibly have town halls because, you know, citizens might show up and we can’t be having that.  Do you know why?

“The last thing we’re going to do is give in to a lot of left-wing activists and media,” Nunes said. “And with these security situations, I don’t know how any member of Congress can do a town hall.”

Security situations?  What the hell is that? Do you want to know who shows up in person and walks along a rope line shaking hands?  Gabby Gifford, that’s who.

Nunes is a coward.

Go read the interview linked above.  The guy is nine cents short of a dime.

If Only He Could Use Google Instead of Twitter …

June 22, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Oh y’all, at the rally last night, Trump said that legal immigrants who enter the United States should not be eligible for welfare benefits for five years.

Sounds like a good deal to me, because BILL CLINTON PASSED THAT LAW IN 2006.  (Sorry for hollering but my forehead hurts from banging it on the desk every damn day.)

Yeah, that’s been the law since 1996.

“The time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the U.S. Cellular Center.

The president said his administration would be “putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.”

So, is he going to claim that he time-traveled back to 1996?

I can’t take it.