Democrats Vote To Lose In 2020

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, the House Democrats voted to lose the White House and the House majority. In other words, they voted almost unanimously to impeach Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. Trump sucks. His policies are damaging to this country at every level, no matter what his supporters want to believe. The damage of his policies may not be immediately evident yet to those not paying attention but the damage is present and easily identifiable. Though I have made clear many times that he is a continuation of previous administrations and policies.

I agree there are many things for which Trump could and should be impeached. However, none of those issues are what is being presently presented as a rationale for impeachment.

Syrian war crimes. He has bombed Syria with no investigation by the OPCW at the time. What investigation occurred subsequently is being revealed as a farce by members of the OPCW itself, with 20 investigators who were directly involved stating the facts do not match the report. The end report which was released was done so under political pressure by the US. Follow Caitlin Johnstone for excellent coverage of the OPCW scandal. He has maintained a military presence in Syria against international law with the literal stated purpose of seizing oil resources, which is also illegal.

Yemen war crimes. Yemen is currently the site of the worst humanitarian crisis since Cambodia. Yet the US continues to supply arms and US military personnel to Saudi Arabia. In addition, the US has bombed Yemen directly.

Palestine war crimes. Palestinians have been subjected to genocide by Israel. Yet no offer of political, economic or military force has been offered to support Palestine. In fact, all support from Palestine for humanitarian efforts has been withdrawn by the Trump administration, weak as it was in the first place. Yet the US sells weapons to Israel and gives nearly $4 billion per year to Israel.

Venezuela war crimes. I have explained numerous times that sanctions are considered acts of war by the UN Peace Council. Sanctions kill. The sanctions against Venezuela have no basis in any form of threat to the US or neighboring countries. There was no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela before the US began imposing sanctions in 2012 under Obama. Yet at this time the US has seized monetary assets of Venezuela, seized shipments of grain paid for by and destined for Venezuela and seized shipments of paid-for medical supplies and equipment, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in that country. Meanwhile the Trump administration backs a pretender to the presidential office who did not even run in the election.

Backing fascist regimes in Brazil, Honduras, Bolivia.

Lethal weapons sales. Banning the sale of non-lethal weapons to the Hong Kong government while still selling lethal weapons to that government for the purpose of crowd control.

Withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.

Withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, sparking a multinational nuclear arms race.

Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.

Treatment of asylum seekers at the southern US border. Keeping children in cages, separating them from their parents, in some cases permanently, which is nothing less than kidnapping.

Why none of these reasons? The Democrats are not using any of the above reasons to impeach Trump because each and every one of them are nothing more than continuations of policies of previous administrations. Including the Obama administration. They are also policies which the Democrats have not opposed in any meaningful way. In fact, they have generally fully supported these policies in action, in spite of weak rhetoric claiming opposition. One very big reason they will not use these reasons to impeach is because it would open the door to indict and prosecute Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, GWB, Cheney and many more.

I want you to notice something about all the valid reasons for impeachment listed above. They all have something in common. Human rights. The Democrats have made the conscious choice to NOT impeach for any of these reasons. In fact, they handed him powers of surveillance, Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) and another inflated military budget that threw out ANY protection of asylum seekers at the border. The reason they ARE impeaching has to do with political power of the elite. So you can stop treating Pelosi like a hero, stop acting like the Democrats are on your side. They’re not.

Non-stop witch hunt. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about Trump. That’s not the point. The obstruction charge is not going to stick because he handed over the only evidence in this particular case that matters- the transcript of the phone call. There is no other RELEVANT evidence. Was there a recording? There doesn’t appear to be and no opposing sources claim one exists. (Yes, I agree everything any and all elected officials do regarding official business should be documented. However, if that’s not a requirement it’s too late to change it for this issue.) Yet even the most rabid anti-Trump person has to admit is that there has been a non-stop witch hunt to impeach him since before he won the election. It cannot be denied this is true, not with a clear conscience. IF you have any level of sanity, that is. We have gone through 3 1/2 years of Russiagate. “Just wait for Mueller!” We waited. Nothing. Stormy Daniels. What even happened to that? I don’t even know. It just disappeared. Charity fraud. Tax statements. Business fraud. Every time we heard, “The walls are closing in.” Each time it amounted to nothing which was an impeachable offense.

Doomed to failure. The vote which occurred in the House really equates to nothing more than a “Survivor” style vote of elimination. They voted him off the island. What follows next in the GOP-majority Senate will be far different. Instead of a politically-biased popularity contest, what will happen in the Senate will be a TRIAL. In a Senate filled with Senators educated in law. A trial in which, rather than grandstanding and opining, hard evidence must be presented. A trial in which Trump and his legal representatives will be permitted to present a defense and their own witnesses, which may well include evidence regarding the subject of the phone call on which all of this is based. Thus far, this case has not relied on evidence. When viewed legally rather than politically, the case against Trump is doomed.

It doesn’t even matter if impeachment is successful. Let’s assume I am completely wrong and impeachment succeeds. I have asked before and repeat myself again: What then? None of that means we get to choose his successor. The replacement is something we have no say in. Chances are the replacement will be Pence, who is a theocrat and literally worse than Trump.

Impeachment will anger more than right-wing voters. There are many Independent, Libertarian and Democratic donors who do not agree with this impeachment for valid reasons. Many who have watched, appalled by Russiagate, Ukrainegate and on and on. Those who see the whole process as damaging to what little democracy we have remaining. Those people will vote in 2020 for anyone that does NOT represent the Deep State machine behind all of this. If impeachment fails, they will vote to reelect Trump. If it succeeds they will vote for Pence or anyone else that opposes the DNC elite. But they will NOT vote Democrat at ANY level of the ballot if they have a choice in the matter. I expect the House to revert to blood red.

And no, they will absolutely not vote for Sanders, who has promoted the DNC and pushed Russiagate. You can forget that idea. Nobody that opposes the DNC elite will vote for Sanders. Even hoping for that is self-defeating.

The one thing I do expect to happen is that this election will be far different from 2016. I expect to see more voters turn out in 2020 by virtue of the fact that they will see an actual choice to make. There was no significant difference between Hillary and Trump. Both elitists, both dishonest, both seen as threats to peace.

It doesn’t matter how much Trump is a slave to the rich. Millions feel resigned to the fact that we cannot escape that from elected officials. What will now drive the 2020 election will be opposing the Deep State, that are seen as negating the choices of Americans without our consent.

This impeachment process has made Trump a martyr for those who see the Deep State as being far too strong, too pervasive.

Pelosi has made the choice to hold back on presenting the impeachment over to the Senate until January. This is another major mistake. The goal from the start of this process has been to keep focus on the impeachment all the way through 2020. Before that, they had hoped to keep focus on Russiagate through 2020, hence 17 investigations announced into the Mueller investigation. Not only did Russiagate collapse but it has turned around to bite the initiators viciously, with an even larger investigation ongoing but not yet completed. Ukraine is going to have the same result. So, by Democrats focusing on Russia and Ukraine, they commit absolute suicide. They could be focusing on issues. They could have brought impeachment charges for valid reasons but refused. The long, slow, overly dramatic implosion of the DNC is all that remains.

It can’t come soon enough.

While You Are Paying Attention To Impeachment..

In recent weeks, while you were paying attention and cheering for impeachment, praising Pelosi and screaming at the top of your mental lungs how great the “Resistance” is..

BOTH parties voted overwhelmingly to renew the Patriot Act, giving Trump AND the “intelligence” agencies the power to monitor every single letter, digit and byte of your communications.

BOTH parties cheered for Trump’s new trade deal, USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. Which contains significant portions lifted directly from the TPP, which Trump vetoed and raged so much against.

BOTH parties approved extension of the AUMF which gives Trump the power to use military force anywhere in the world without Congressional approval and with no time limit. Remember that US forces are still in Afghanistan (18 years) and Iraq (16 years) under AUMF, while bombing a total of at least 7 countries and threatening 5 more with military force. We still have forces in Syria against international law. Plus we have military forces in 50 of 54 African nations.

BOTH parties approved the new $738 BILLION “defense” (sic) budget, which includes funding for a Space Force (which is still against international law), creates a new cabinet position for the commander of said Space Force and increases funding for nuclear weapons . Meanwhile the “compromise” (meaning absolute complicity) bill removes provisions banning military funding being used for a border wall, banning US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the genocide in Yemen, protecting transgender military members, requiring limitations on PFAS (Forever Chemicals) on and around military bases, which would have required them to be placed on the Superfund list, mandating Congressional approval for military conflict with Iran and withdrawing approval for authorization for the Iraq conflict.

The Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers, which detail how the American people have been misled about the war in Afghanistan for the entire 18 years we have been there. How our forces had no idea who are allies versus enemies. Guess what? If you fire on your allies they do not remain allies. How the Taliban now holds power over MORE of the country today than in 2001. This has remained true and covered up for three administrations, from GWB/Cheney to Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence. It took 3 lawsuits to obtain this information.

The DOJ released the first part of the IG report regarding the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia. The report shows illicit bias, falsified and omitted information in FISA warrant requests so badly that at least one criminal charge may be forthcoming while the FBI has announced over FORTY procedural changes as a result. Let’s not forget that Russiagate already resulted in at least two terminations of top level personnel and one of those was previously fired by Mueller. Let’s not forget that the Mueller investigation did not result in even a single charge against any US person regarding anything to do with Russia. None. Not one.

Julian Assange is still in prison, still being tortured. Chelsea Manning is still in prison for the second time. For charges that have NOTHING to do with Russia or the 2016 election. They revealed the truth. That was their crime.

Ukraine testimony. I have talked with people who claimed to have listened to the testimony in full. Yet somehow completely missed former EU ambassador Sondland stating that he never heard any requirement from any party regarding a quid pro quo and that was his own impression. Sondland was the star witness from which most other testimony originated. Meanwhile, the alleged whistleblower only heard information third hand and will not testify or allow their name to be revealed.

Yay, “Resistance”. These are all events which have taken place in only the past 2–3 weeks. In the past we have seen a drug price reduction bill voted down by 12 Democrats, while 15 Republicans voted in favor of it. We have seen (lame) attempts at peace with Russia, North Korea and Syria raged against by the “resistance”. Meanwhile they have either remained silent or been totally complicit in murderous sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. They have not offered any opposition to Trump’s trade war. They have increased “defense” spending every single year. We have watched them cave on DACA and instead approve border wall funding and tax breaks for the elite.

If this is what you call “resistance” and “ethics”, you really need to take another look at yourself, your priorities and your level of consciousness.

Pelosi Is No Hero/Red Flag Watch

Everyone is talking about Nancy Pelosi walking out of a meeting regarding the events going on in Syria. Many neoliberals are calling her a hero, as if she accomplished something.

Now tell me. What did she accomplish? What has she stood up for?

The meeting was regarding the potential loss of lives in another country in a conflict which should not involve US forces at all. I have pointed out many times that US presence in Syria is against international law. So, maintaining an illegal presence in another country is what she defends? That’s your hero?

There are conflicting reports about what led up to Pelosi walking out. However, even her own account indicates she got her feelings hurt by abusive language from an abusive man-child. Yet, when making a choice in which she alleges that she is standing up for human rights and safety, her feelings took precedence over those lives.

I’ve covered the fact for days that keeping US forces in the region is not only illegal but threatens to intensify the conflict in the area, costing many more lives than ending the conflict.

Major thing to note is that the corporate media is reporting on CONgress passing a bill to keep US troops in the area as if this were a good thing. They are covering Pelosi walking out of the meeting as if this were a good thing. What they are NOT covering is the fact that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has joined with the Syrian Defense Force (SDF) in northern Syria and they have already pushed to the Turkish border. In the process, confrontations are ending. Many Turkish forces have withdrawn, not wanting to directly confront the Syrian military, as the Syrian and Turkish governments have had peace talks and do not want conflict with each other.

The SDF has been noted to exchange members frequently with the other two Kurdish militias, the PKK and subsidiary YPG, both of which are listed as terrorist organizations by the US State Department. Considering the forces at play, if the SAA can control the SDF and related entities by treaty in the face of certain destruction by Turkey, fine. Nothing the US has done or intends to do will accomplish that control.

What Pelosi was truly standing up for was unending war in foreign sovereign nations. Partly to benefit her war machine “donors” and partly to continue to expand the US Empire. If she had been truly brave and standing up for anything at all, she would have remained in that room.

No matter what, one should notice that Pelosi has not made a single suggestion for ending the conflict. Not this conflict, not any conflict. No mention of peace talks, no suggestion of an arms embargo against Turkey. The actions being taken by she and CONgress only serve to exacerbate and extend conflicts, cost more lives and create more profits for weapons manufacturers.

This is not the first time Pelosi has stomped out of a meeting like an offended pubescent debutante. She has quite a history of it. She never stands her ground when the lives and welfare of others are at stake.

I have not seen any credits for the image being shared widely but tend to highly question how any image was released which came from what was supposed to be a closed-door meeting. Allegedly Trump released the image. The entire thing appears staged. There is no blur anywhere in the image, as though every person there was completely still, waiting for the camera.

One thing Pelosi said was, “All roads lead to Putin.” Really? So, bringing US troops home and ending a conflict without causing millions of deaths is Putin’s idea? I guess so because it sure as HELL isn’t an American idea. Know what other ideas and issues were Putin’s? Questioning anything about Hillary, Black Lives Matter, universal healthcare, increasing wages, increasing taxes on the rich, decreasing military spending and investing in anfrastructure in our own country. That’s according to the DNC. Funny that they never mentioned giving the rich a massive tax break was Putin’s idea. Basically, what they are literally claiming is that anything that brings peace and prosperity to anyone but the ultra-rich must be the idea of an adversarial government. Know what? They may be right because it doesn’t sound like our government at all.

What is clear Pelosi absolutely opposes is any peace process happening between Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, Russia and Iran.

What happens next in Syria? I am literally expecting a red flag event. Probably using chemical weapons. Of course, there has been no time to prepare for it this time. Syrian forces are already in northern Syria. If the Syrian military were going to use chemical weapons at an inopportune time, wouldn’t right now be optimal? We have not yet heard of “intelligence” that a chemical attack was going to happen. No threats about “crossing a red line”. So, if a red flag even happens, this time there will be errors. This time victims would likely involve US and/or Turkish forces, not just civilians. This time, Turkey, a NATO member, will be calling for an OPCW investigation or will join with Syria and Russia to conduct their own. No Americans allowed. Or no investigation will be necessary because there will be witnesses from multiple forces who are not on board. Turkey is not going to engage in any false presentation, knowing how fickle the US government has been toward them. They know they could be next on the chopping block with a false flag.

Dems Condemn Trump’s Comment.. And?

The Democrats this week proposed a bill officially condemning Trump’s racist statements about four racially minority Congresswomen. Now, I absolutely agree that his statement should be condemned. However, then what?

This condemnation really accomplishes nothing. It changes no policy. It places no restrictions on Trump or anyone else. It is a non-binding statement of protest with no consequence attached.

This is all theater. Especially when these are some of the same Progressive women that Pelosi has had conflicts with based on policy and their Progressive views.

In March, the Democrats disciplined Omar for her statement that US elected officials who support Israel and oppose BDS actions are working for a foreign government. Her statement is true. They called her statement anti-semitic, yet Israel itself is a country, not a religion. The Israeli government represents the nation, not a religion. Semites are the people that inhabit or come from a specific region, so that includes Palestinians, whom Israel is openly conducting genocide against. BDS is a form of freedom of speech, in other words, a US citizen right included in our Constitution. Centrist Democrats have not said or done anything to oppose the numerous states that have enacted laws that allow suspension or firing of state employees who take part in the BDS protests. They’re too busy collecting AIPAC money.

Pelosi has had an ongoing battle with AOC on many fronts, becoming unprofessional and demeaning toward her.

Centrist Democrats, including Pelosi and Schumer, have not opposed Trump on policy. They caved on DACA, approved his tax cut for the rich, unanimously approved dozens of Conservative judges to lifetime federal bench positions, handed Trump powers of mass surveillance, AUMF powers, unrestricted trade negotiation authorization, caved on border wall funding, oppose universal healthcare and recently caved on funding for detaining immigrants with no protections included for those immigrants.

Fuck Pelosi and Schumer and all centrist Democrats and those who sheepdog for them. If you think that some toothless statement of finger-wagging during a time when CONgress should have been doing some literal work is “Resistance”, then fuck you too! This accomplishes nothing. It changes nothing. It does not undo any harmful policy, it does not introduce any policy beneficial to the American people (or anyone else) for the future. Get your head out of your ass and stop cheering for this trailer park, Jerry Springer type shit show. Start paying attention. You want better for this country? It fucking starts with YOU.

Nancy Pelosi’s Afghanistan Scam

Nancy Pelosi is raising drama over Trump denying her the right to paid exclusive travel to Afghanistan to visit with service members there.

Before anyone begins with the attacks, I’ll make it clear yet again that I do not support Trump. I support facts.

The facts in this case come down to a number of questions up front.

Why now? Why is Pelosi wanting to travel to Afghanistan now? More than a little odd that she wants to travel to Afghanistan immediately after Trump stated he will be bringing US troops back from there.

Then again, we all know that Democrats have become the War Party. There could have been little doubt of this during the 2016 DNC Convention which featured non-stop talk about a “strong defense” and references to military expansionism. It was like the roles had reversed because there was virtually no discussion of these things at the RNC Convention in 2016.

Since then, any effort or mention by Trump to decrease tensions with other countries or reduce military presence in other countries has been met with outright attacks and claims of treason by the DNC. Yes, Trump is largely opportunistic and dishonest. Nobody rational fully trusts his “peace” efforts. Though honestly, if he brings peace, I don’t GAF if he makes a profit in the process. It’s better than profits made from warfare. He meets with Putin, talks with Xi or Kim Jong Un and that is labeled treason? He suggests bringing troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and these moves are made to seem evil. I see no such efforts coming from the DNC, no suggestions, no meetings with foreign leaders of those countries, not even any rhetoric suggesting a peace process.

The end points of every bit of it are that if a Democrat made the same efforts, Democrats would praise them. However, the media would still be pushing for more warfare because of their advertisers. As is, the Democrats are forcing the agenda of their military contractor “donors”. Who just happen to be the same as the media advertisers.

What about her job? Right now the government is in the longest shutdown in US history. CONgress is supposed to be in session. Tens or hundreds of thousands of government employees and contractors are not being paid. Millions of citizens risk going without public assistance while they desperately need it. Many may go hungry, some may lose their residences. She is the Speaker of the House. Her job is here at a critical time. Now is not the time that she should be on the other side of the planet for some politically motivated demonstration and petty power struggle which does not affect any policy at all. Her duties are here, now.

Support the troops? Speaking as a veteran, the presence of a politician saying they support the troops means one thing in a war zone. That they have every intention of keeping you there for a long, long time. When politicians make speeches to military personnel during wartime of providing the best equipment for the troops, what they are really saying is, “Keep killing. We don’t care who you kill, just keep killing. Keep using those expensive weapons so we keep contractors profitable and happy.” How many troops come back injured, with PTSD or in body bags means nothing.

The mind of the military members. Many of these military members have family members who are government employees. Those family members are not being paid right now. Many families already have so little income that they qualify for food stamps which are also at risk. Believe me when I say these are the things on service member’s minds. Not whether Nancy Pelosi offers empty and false words of “support” while she neglects her duties to them, their family members and the citizens of this country.

While Trump is a problem for this country, let’s not act like the “resistance” has any concern for the well-being of the citizens of this country. Right now every member of CONgress, especially the alleged “leaders” should be working every single day and night to resolve this shutdown, resolve problems and reach a rational consensus. Instead, what we have are theatrical displays which cause more division and harm than any potential good. What’s worse is that this is exactly what we can expect for at least the next two years. Or until the country completely collapses under the weight of corruption, greed and power hunger on both sides.