This has the stench of psyops again. It's not so much an effort to depress Democratic turnout or divide Democrats, but to rile up Cult45 voters, incite "deep state" conspiracies, and provide further excuse for Tinpot Don to fire everyone.
It was, of course, immediately denied, because it simply doesn't make any sense. There would have been no need for Rosenstein to wear a wire, and him "discussing" the 25th Amendment has no more force than you or I discussing it.
But the point was never to "reveal" anything real, rather to create another far-right conspiracy theory. It was supposed to play into the classified documents that Toddler-in-Chief had order declassified, which he was forced to back down on today.
Almost two and a half centuries ago
a bunch of guys got together
and they said,
"We're going to build a nation.
Without a king.
where The People
where We The People
are the government."
These guys said,
"We will write down the rules
by which this new nation
And we will obey those rules
because We The People
choose to rule Ourselves."
That had never been done before
in the history of Planet Earth.
Never had a group got together
and built a nation
by setting out the rules
by which that nation
As men, do you know why you should care about the rape accusation against Kavanaugh and the way Republicans are treating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford?
There are three good reasons. Shut the fuck up and listen.
Begin by putting aside that "innocent until proven guilty" argument. This isn't a court of law. Kavanaugh isn't being tried for anything. He's being considered for a honor, a privilege, the highest court in the nation from which there is no appeal.
And yes, it's a political process. Maybe it shouldn't be, but it is, so accept that and let's move on.
Why should you care? Reason one: Martin Niemöller.
He's the guy who wrote this poem. "First they came for ..."
This article is from last December, but it's worth remembering. GOPers knew the #TaxScam would cause enormous deficits. They planned (and still plan) to dismantle Social Security and Medicare to pay for it. Problem is, SocSec and Medicare HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFICIT.
Both Social Security and Medicare are funded through dedicated taxes (your payroll taxes, otherwise known as FICA), and are NOT part of the general fund.
The only way to use SocSec and Medicare to pay for the #TaxScam is to STEAL *YOUR* HEALTHCARE AND RETIREMENT MONEY.
You have been paying into these special funds--which are NOT part of the general treasury, and contribute NOTHING to the deficit--you have been paying into these earmarked funds all your working life, under the promise that YOUR money would be there for you when you need it,
I've seen two solar eclipses in my life. Seriously, they're the most awesome things you can ever see. Nothing compares. Maybe the birth of your kids, nothing else.
The world goes dark. It's a darkness more strange than you can imagine.
The Sun is reduced to a ghostly smoke ring. The entire horizon becomes the color of a sunset. Animals grow silent. Stars and planets peek at you.
In ancient times, people feared the world would end. Even knowing better now, your heart stops. Your breath catches.
The longer an eclipse lasts, the more your instinctual lizard brain screams at you. It's a combination of fear and exhilaration. The World is so much bigger than you! We are at the whim of the Gods of Nature, of Time and of History.
Since superdelegates have never affected the outcome of any primary process anyway, and I think all Democratic presidential nominations since 1952 have been decided on the first ballot, this rules change is unlikely to have any impact whatever.
But Bernistas insisted on it. so let's assume they're happy now, especially since it was enacted by an overwhelming voice vote. We won't be hearing them whine anymore, right?
I've seen lots of people talking about impeaching Trump after Dems win back the House. I hope everyone knows--the House can only enact Articles of Impeachment. Then there's a trial in the Senate, and it takes a 2/3 vote to remove him from office. That won't happen.
If the House enacts Articles and there is a Senate trial, three won't be 67 votes to convict--in fact, if GOPers retain the Senate, there won't even be a majority to convict--and Republicans will insist Trump had thus been vindicated and it was all a partisan with hunt.
The value of having Democrats take the House isn't Impeachment, it's investigations and brakes on corruption.
With a Blue House, Dems get control of subpoenas and compelled testimony and a plethora of other tools to pry loose everything Trump and the GOPhascists are hiding.
What do the US armed forces, intelligence agencies and the Secret Service do when the President and his entire administration--and the Party of which they are members--are proven to be enemies of America and agents of a foreign enemy foreign power?
I heard a report that senior Russian officials are saying they are ready to implement the intelligence sharing arrangement that Putin and Trump agreed to in their secret meeting.
We have no way to know if there actually was any such agreement, of course, because we don't know what was said.
Having this kind of meeting with no one else there allows Russia to claim anything it wants, and Trump is to much of a wimp to disagree,
The horror of it is that we can readily believe Trump did actually agree to this, as a way to let Russia help him kill the Mueller investigation. Russia gets access to America's secrets, but Trump doesn't give a shit about that.
I keep hearing Bernie Cultists (or trolls pretending to be) wanting to use Medicare for All as a litmus test. I tell them I'm for universal healthcare coverage, not M4A. Medicare is a bad, bad model to follow.
Let's clear up some misconceptions about Medicare.
First, Medicare isn't free. You pay into Medicare all your working life as part of the FICA taxes on your paycheck. M4A would have to substantially increase that tax. The increase would likely be less than your current medical insurance premium, but do be aware of the cost.
Once you hit age 65, you become eligible for Medicare. Under certain conditions (example: renal failure), you can buy into Medicare before that, with a monthly premium of about $450.00.
Let's look at the cost of Medicare for a 65-year-old.
The #TreasonSummit went as expected, with #TreasonTrump denouncing America and publicly fellating his Master, and also offering to force the US Intel Community to tell Russia all it knows about the Russian attack on our nation (and anything else Putin wants to hear about).
No condemnation from #TreasonTrump for Russia's attack on America, nor for Russia's invasion and continuing occupation of Crimea, nor for Russia's chamical weapons attack on America's ally, the UK, nor for Russia's support of Syria not for Russia's support of Iran.
#TreasonTrump even suggested he has at least equal confidence in his Master's denial of the attack on America as he does of the American Intel Community's confirmation of that attack. He also blamed Hillary Clinton whom the IC and Congressional GOPers have insisted broke no laws.
We're about to see the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Row v Wade, kill the Affordable Care Act. allow Republican gerrymandering, protect Trump from the Mueller probe, continue to gut civil rights, repeal same-sex marriage,
end environmental regulation, kill workers' rights, possibly rule Social Security and Medicare to be unconstitutional.
We can thank Susan Sarandon, Jill Stein, and the Talibern. Even today, they think they did the right thing in 2016.
But keep fighting. This is not over.
Pressure EVERY SINGLE SENATOR.
If we lose this fight, a fascist gets on the Court for decades.
We can recover from that--and we must--but let's try to win this.
Republicans/Fascists used to argue that putting billionaire businessmen into government position meant they'd be unmoved by bribery or other forms of graft and corruption, because they're already rich.
Turns out, what it really means is these spoiled wusses think they're above the law, they're used to getting everything they want the moment they think of it, and they don't give a shit about the people they crush in their lust for more power and more wealth.
There are some with a history of philanthropy and a concern for others--the Kennedys and Rockefellers spring to mind. But those aren't the tycoons GOPhascists worship.
Don't fall for the "government should be run like a business" bullshit ever again.
What is happening in America now and in Western democracies generally is precisely what the elites throughout the world claimed would happen in the late 18th century when America declared itself a democratic republic.
Aristocratic nobility then claimed The People were incapable of ruling themselves; the common folk were too stupid, uneducated, incurious, un-engaged, and unable to think in terms of the greater good.
The elites insisted democracy would fail, because The People would: 1) devolve into chaotic masses unable to make rational decisions, 2) vote their own selfish interests and destroy the ability to govern, 3) become vulnerable to demagogic strongmen, or 4) some combination.
In order to ram through their horrendous and destructive agenda, the Fascist Party has destroyed the idea of normal order in the House and Senate, and turned it into a partisan cesspool.
When we get control back, if we DON'T follow their methods--if we reinstate normal order, the Senate filibuster, real committee hearings, Congressional oversight, and so on--they'll use those rules to obstruct and to prevent us from repairing the damage they've caused.
A no-win scenario. By repairing damaged institutions, we hand them the tools to prevent repair of anything else. Only by perpetuating the death of normalcy can we hope to ram through needed reforms--which will allow them to destroy it all again when the pendulum swings back.
Rebuilding sanity and reconstituting the rule of law will take much longer than the smash-and-grab thievery and drunken fratboy kegger which the Fascist Party is puking all over America now.
Decades of regulations are being dismantled--protections for the environment, safety, ethics, voting rights, women's rights, minority rights, immigrant rights, workers' rights, bank fraud--all the things we've worked for and protested for and died for.
The ability to govern is being dismantled--the rules of the House and Senate, confidence in the FBI and in our judicial system. Experienced people have been fired or have resigned from every government agency, from the State Department to FDA to be replaced by lobbyists.
There's a simple way to remove Trump's fascist SCOTUS appointees. We should plan to do this in January of 2021.
We could impeach them, but that takes a 2/3 vote in the Senate.
There's a much easier way.
First, understand: Congress sets the number of Justices on the Supreme Court by federal law. The number of SCOTUS Justices has varied from five to ten. Nine isn't a magic number.
An odd number of Justices is preferred (it avoids tie votes), but not it's not required.
After we take back the presidency and the House and Senate, we should lower the number of Justices from nine to seven. The two most recently-appointed Justices (appointed under the Fascist Trump) should be required to retire.