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When did Congress become so useless? For many years before current times, Congress spoke with a forked tongue in public. In the interior halls, various members no matter the party met and discussed legislature that actually benefitted their constituents- ALL constituents! Now we have 535 moops who have no direction other than party lines no matter the harm to their constituents. By supporting an inept President for the sake of the party they have essentially defied the basis of the Constitution which protects us all. Consider that this Congress again along party lines has used TOTUS as a cover for their own gains in the courts which will no longer be the neutral arbiters of justice that they are seated to do. These Judges will shape our courts on a conservative basis which could essentially negate the separation of church and state. It will take years to correct the balance of our courts and correct the foreign relations nightmare foisted on us by this administration. Forget about the poorly conceived impeachment hearings which only served to show how self-serving our Congress really is. We have only witnessed months of infighting and tweet administration to no good purpose (our money not well spent!). Voters need to defect from party lines and determine the truth from several sources.

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Henry Louis Mencken was a 20th-century journalist who wrote for the Baltimore Sun newspaper. There was a quote attributed to him which was brought to my attention:
Mencken wrote as follows about the difficulties of good men reaching national office when such campaigns must necessarily be conducted remotely:
The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.^ Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.”
We are now at that time when this prediction has become real.

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I cannot continue to look at the bloody political war that has been ongoing for the past 10-15 years with no comment. WE are now in the grip of politicians whose sole objective is their own legacies. That being said we need to understand that their legacies do not benefit us (all of us). The leader of the Senate has been aspiring to be the Senate President for all of his time in Congress and now that he has what he wants, he is doing his worse while ignoring the real reason he is there and that is to serve the people not the other way around. Each major party has devolved into factions that mimic countries at war with no good outcome for the “civilians” aka the voters. No matter the rhetoric touting what is good for the country, what is being done in secret is not good for the country or the voters. It is incumbent on the voters to step back and take a critical and unbiased look at what your representative is doing on your behalf. When and if you see the truth or falsehood of their actions and words then you need to decide the action you take in the next election. In my opinion, a party that is totally beholding to whoever the titular head of the country and party is not the party that is working for us no matter how many times they state that they are. We as voters need to look carefully at all aspiring and existing representatives at each election cycle and decide if that person is doing or has done the job that they were elected to do. If this examination shows a lack of production then that person needs to go. All candidates extoll the virtue of their ability to get things done but as the old adage goes the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. Our sole purpose in any election is to select the best representatives available and hold their feet to the fire when required and have no qualms or doubts about our actions.

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The current coverage of “impeachment” has taken up a lot of time however the real story is the partisanship involved. It must be pointed out that the Dupublicans have the Senate and the Scamocrats have the house. The house proposes and writes bills that are then sent to the Senate. Currently, the Senate aka Botch McConnell has taken none of them up for votes, these are bills that help regulate our healthcare, our finance, and our education, in other words, the taxes we pay are not being used to help us (citizens of either party). What is happening is that the Majority Party in the Senate is installing extreme and unqualified Judges to lifetime appointments that will “haunt” our courts for years to come. All of this under the cover of an unconventional and unqualified President. In essence, the Senate or “Moscow  Mitch” is doing what he wants in our names and attempting to make us believe it is for our own good. This is a good example of demagoguery and we are now and will continue to suffer because of it. Our option as always is to educate ourselves on the activities of our Congress and pay less attention to the Headliner (TOTUS) as he is doing what he always does and will continue to do- Rant and rage with no facts to back him up. This has been his lifetime pattern and will continue when he out of office. Meanwhile, Congress is busily building a nightmare judiciary on our behalf.

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“Trump Signs Hong Kong Democracy Legislation, Angering China
The measure, which could lead to sanctions on Chinese officials for cracking down on the protesters, drew bipartisan support from Congress.”

Interesting That TOTUS can sign on to Hong Kong civil rights while doing very much the same thing on the Southern border. It appears that TOTUS and his crew will continue their outrageous actions against immigrants with no restrictions or objections from Congress (who really should be involved). Apparently, the State Department has lost sight of what our contributions to these South American countries did for their populations. Those contributions and our involvement made life for those now immigrants bearable, since the current administration has all but ceased these actions immigration has become a crisis. This border “wall” and the processing has put an extreme burden on Mexico, our nearest ally. This burden has had a ripple effect down the entire line of countries on the continent. If this additional burden is evaluated, it will show that the “Dictators” in certain countries are plying their trade which exacerbates an already bad situation. The answer could be that the  United States government along with Nato partners revisit what aid is given and how it is used in South and Central America. This going it alone guided by misinformation or no information is no way to run a country (or a business shown by Trump’s Enterprises).

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It seems that politics is about owing and paying debts. Who do we the voters owe? Voters are assailed daily by political fights about issues that are fabricated and true. The truth is always readily available but the fabrications more often than not take center stage. The possible reason for this upside-downness is our aversion to pursuing the truth when we hear something that sounds wrong or perhaps the laziness caused by the entertainment value of ridicule. We are in the grip of a political clique that has violated their own oath of office which demands allegiance to the United States ergo the voters. This clique has defiled the offices they hold to the extent that a “Samson” like effort will be required to make it clean. Our Senate is decidedly one-sided and pursuing the agenda of their own and the right-leaning conservatives who under the guise of  “American Values” has installed extreme and sometimes unqualified judges in the lower courts who will certainly shift our democracy away from any sort of  fair hearings on many issues that will affect us for years to come. Some issues that will surely come about: Abortion rights, right to work and Firearm laws. It is legal to bring these issues to these courts as necessary but the Judges in place can surely slant the outcomes. We (voters) need to be aware of the harm already done by our Congress particularly by the Senate lead by Botch McConnell. Mr. McConnell has quietly installed these judges while not bringing attention to his actions. His own home constituents are recipients of his poor legislation and it apparently does not matter to him. It is our duty (voters) to have proper representation and the way we get it is to vote and know who we are voting for, so far our Congress,( in general) has failed to give us what we deserve. Who do we owe? We owe ourselves the best possible representation and the way to get it is to educate ourselves on currently serving representatives and aspiring candidates, then vote on facts, not rhetoric.

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Politricks- Usual Trump deal, “what’s in it for me?” MA

Conrad Duncan, The Independent 1 hour 27 minutes ago

A construction company owned by a Republican donor has been given a $400m (£308.5m) contract to build sections of Donald Trump’s border wall.
The Department of Defence has announced Fisher Sand and Gravel Co, from North Dakota, will build new barriers in Arizona following reports that Mr Trump repeatedly pushed for the company to be given the contract, despite concerns from engineering officials.
Mr Trump had urged officials from the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the company, according to Washington Post reports, and is a fan of the company’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, who has appeared on Fox News to promote the firm.
However, he was apparently told that Fisher Sand and Gravel’s bid did not meet the standards required for the project.
The company has also been supported by senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, who was given $10,000 by the Fisher family for his Senate campaign in 2018.
Mr Cramer said he was “glad to see more progress being made” on the border wall and “grateful” that Fisher Sand and Gravel had been awarded the contract.
“I know they will do very well, performing high quality work at a good bargain, all for the security of the people of the United States,” he said in a statement.
The Republican senator took Mr Fisher as his guest to the 2018 State of the Union address but said he has not pushed Mr Trump to pick the firm, even though he welcomed the idea of a North Dakota company winning the contract.
Mr Cramer said in May that the president “always brings [the company] up” in conversations and Mr Trump likes Mr Fisher because he has seen him advocating for his firm’s plan on TV.
Fisher Sand and Gravel has claimed it can build the wall faster and cheaper than other companies.
It also has a record of more than $1m in fines for environmental and tax violations, according to CNN, and its former co-owner pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to 37 months in prison in 2009.
When asked by CNN about these violations and legal problems, the company said the issues were “resolved years ago” and had “nothing to do with the excellent product and work that Fisher is proposing with regard to protecting America’s southern border”.
In April, Mr Trump mentioned Mr Fisher on Fox News after the company offered to build 234 miles of the border wall for $1.4bn – a fraction of the $8bn cost projected for the project.
When Fox News host Sean Hannity asked about the bid, the president replied that his administration was “dealing with him [Mr Fisher]” and said the company was “recommended strongly by a great new senator, Kevin Cramer”.
Fisher Sand and Gravel has worked with a number of Trump allies, including former adviser Steve Bannon, to build border fences on private land using donations.
Mr Trump has pledged to build 450 to 500 miles of new border barriers by the end of 2020 but so far his administration has only built about 85 miles of new fencing, which has mostly replaced smaller old structures that existed before he took office in 2017.

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If you have not been paying attention, look again. MA

Published 23 hours ago on December 2, 2019
By Robert Reich
He’s maybe the most dangerous politician of my lifetime. He’s helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism. He’s damaged our country in ways that may take a generation to undo. The politician I’m talking about, of course, is Mitch McConnell.
Two goals for November 3, 2020: The first and most obvious is to get the worst president in history out of the White House. That’s necessary but not sufficient. We also have to flip the Senate and remove the worst Senate Majority Leader in history.

Like Trump, Mitch McConnell is no garden-variety bad public official. McConnell puts party above America, and Trump above party. Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.
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This is the man who refused for almost a year to allow the Senate to consider President Obama’s moderate Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland. When Trump became president, this is the man who got rid of the age-old Senate rule requiring 60 Senators to agree on a Supreme Court nomination so he could ram through not one but two Supreme Court justices, including one with a likely history of sexual assault.
This is the man who rushed through the Senate, without a single hearing, a $2 trillion tax cut for big corporations and wealthy Americans – a tax cut that raised the government debt by almost the same amount, generated no new investment, failed to raise wages, but gave the stock market a temporary sugar high because most corporations used the tax savings to buy back their own shares of stock.
McConnell refuses to support what’s needed for comprehensive election security – although both the U.S. intelligence community and Special Prosecutor Mueller say Moscow is continuing to hack into our voting machines and to weaponize disinformation through social media. McConnell has earned the nickname “Moscow Mitch” because he’s doing exactly what Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump want him to do – leave America vulnerable to another Putin-supported victory for Trump.
McConnell is also blocking bipartisan background-check legislation for gun sales, even after the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso and Odessa, Texas.
So even if Trump is out of the White House, if McConnell remains Senate Majority Leader he will not allow a Democratic president to govern.
He won’t allow debate or votes on Medicare for All, universal pre-K, a wealth tax, student loan forgiveness, or the Green New Deal. He won’t allow confirmation votes on judges nominated by a Democratic president.
The good news is McConnell is the least popular senator in the country with his own constituents. He’s repeatedly sacrificed Kentucky to Trump’s agenda – for example, agreeing to Trump’s so-called emergency funding for a border wall, which would take $63 million away from projects like a new middle school on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee.
McConnell is even cutting funding for black lung disease suffered by Kentucky coal miners. I know from my years as labor secretary that coal mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and the number of cases of incurable black lung disease has been on the rise. But when a group of miners took a 10-hour bus ride to Washington this past summer to ask McConnell to restore the funding, McConnell met with them for one minute and then refused to help them. No wonder Democrats are lining up in Kentucky to run against Moscow Mitch in 2020.
The not-so-good news is that McConnell is up for re-election the same day as Donald Trump, and Trump did well in Kentucky in 2016. This means we have to help organize Kentucky, just as we have to organize other states that may not be swing states in the presidential election but could take back the Senate.
Consider Georgia: Republican Senator Johnny Isakson is retiring, meaning both of Georgia’s Senate seats are now up for grabs. And this one extra seat—in a state that is trending blue—could be the tipping point that allows Democrats to win enough seats to end GOP control of the Senate.
Trump has to go, but so does McConnell.
Here’s what you can do: Wherever you are in the country, you can donate to McConnell’s challengers. If you live in or near Kentucky, you can get out and knock doors or make calls. Or if you have friends or family in the state, encourage them to get involved.
As to the question of who is worse, Trump or McConnell — the answer is that it’s too close to call. The two of them have degraded and corrupted American democracy. We need them both out.

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We already know how poor an administrator TOTUS is yet we have lost sight of how poor our Congress is. This Congress has allowed a poor administrator to make poor decisions while using the public outcry over those decisions to cover their own nefarious actions. The Congress has been placing their own judges in lifetime positions to the detriment of us all. There is no reason for poor government except our (the voters) failure to see that our long-serving representatives are serving themselves. A few items to consider:

The ACA which was derisively dubbed “Obamacare” provided a way to provide healthcare for most if not all Americans. This was criticized by Congress yet that same Congress took parts they liked and incorporated it in their own healthcare. They (Congress) shortened the enrollment period to 45 days from 90 days which effectively shut many out of the healthcare system and creating an artificial drop in enrollment. This drop was then used to show that not enough people were enrolling and therefore the oft-cited “American People” were not on board with “Obamacare”. This callous act by our elected officials benefitted their narrative which is to show that the ACA is a failure in spite of the fact that approximately 20 million people participated. The underlying truth on any insurance is numbers. The more people enrolled the better the coverage and the cheaper the premiums, by keeping the enrollment numbers down (artificially by shortening the enrollment and keeping public awareness down)  our Congress has attempted to make a good thing bad. This action or nonaction by our supposedly “esteemed” Congress indicates where our elected officials focus lies. The opportunity to improve the ACA went fallow like unattended farmland due to the party politics of our Congress.

The onus is on the voters since we are deciding factors in ALL elections. Politics should not be an entertainment outlet as it has real consequences for all of us. If we refuse to engage in active and serious examinations of the candidates for Congress, we doomed to have the same poor governance we are currently experiencing. Congress is our check on the administration’s poor policies and if they (Congress) are complicit then they need to be replaced.

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Pompeo says documents confirm China committing ‘very significant’ Xinjiang abuses. Recently leaked documents confirm China is committing “very significant” human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in mass detention, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

While it is all well and good to report the Chinese human rights abuses buy what about the Human rights abuses here and those caused by the Administration’s immigration policies. This is indicative of the current administration’s lack of engagement in its own actions on human rights. TOTUS’s henchmen have been following the guidelines of a pseudo-intellectual abetted by a cadre of miscreants.

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