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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Increasingly The World Sees Republicans As The Greatest Threat To America

It has always been a curiosity that most Americans understand far less about America’s government, its society, and its flaws than most citizens of foreign nations. It is not that foreigners have better access to news coming out of America, they just pay attention to what is happening to a country they at one time thought of as exceptional and at least rational despite its history of war for entertainment and corporate profits. It is no secret that the world’s opinion of America changed drastically after the nation started invading and occupying muslim countries, but the world’s opinion began shifting with the election of Barack Obama.
Obviously President Obama has elevated America’s status and reputation around the world as he attempted, and still continues, to clean up eight years of the shrub junta abominations that drove international disdain for America. But after the past two midterm elections, and the extremist field of candidates for the Republican pretender nomination, people around the world are increasingly convinced that the greatest threat to America is the Republican cabal. It is important to note at the start that although the rest of the world specifically cites Republican politicians by name, they certainly comprehend that those Republicans threatening America are as much the religious and racist base as the politicians serving their interests. This little fact eludes many, many Americans who focus on a personality and not who puts them in the spotlight and position of power and influence; the voters.
An opinion piece in a New Zealand newspaper a few months ago gave particular attention to the extremism being displayed by the Republican cabal pretender candidates and actually cited the support they have from voters. The authors wrote that Republicans “are now essentially a cabal of religious fundamentalism” in citing Cruz’s typically Republican delusional mindset that America’s darkest day was not 9/11, Pearl Harbor, presidential assassinations, or the Civil War. No, according to Cruz and no small number of Republican voters “America’s darkest day was when the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.”
A citizen of Uganda and regular commuter to the United States recently noted that,
The U.S. Constitution says the government’s responsibility is to provide welfare, security and safety to its population allowing every person the opportunity to live in a dignified manner; Republicans believe otherwise and have created a system that has become a rich man’s plaything.”
A resident of an EU nation remarked that,
I am completely flabbergasted by what has become of America. In the Republican cabal stupidity is admired and encouraged, intelligence and education are viewed as ‘elitist’, money is their God and fear is their motivator. If more people outside the US continue to speak very loudly about this situation, it might help them turn things around. The hate and fear that Fox (NOT news) promotes helped the Republican Party create and fuel the atmosphere threatening America.
The takeover of American wingnuttery by evangelical 'christians', Fox News and a handful of shady billionaires transformed Republicans into the cabal of willful ignorance where doctrinal purity is more valued than intelligence, tolerance has been supplanted by persecutory moralizing, and paranoia has replaced realism.”
After living through the shrub years, and well over a decade of wars against muslims, people around the world are astonished, and rightly alarmed, that Republicans and their bloodthirsty base are openly “signaling a frightening abandonment of diplomacy as a means of defusing tension, avoiding conflict and managing international affairs. Instead they remain disposed towards armed intervention despite it has accelerated, not suppressed, Islamic militancy. Something which shouldn’t come as a surprise since persisting with policies that achieve the exact opposite of what was intended is something of an American speciality.”
Citizens of communist China “compared the United States to lawless Somalia” and in Britain a leading newspaper cited the “racism the Republicans promote” as fueling the level and frequency of gun violence. Claire Taylor of Gun Free South Africa said, “The USA is completely out of step with the rest of the world” in promoting the proliferation of guns in an angry, racist, and religiously extreme population. Closer to home, a Mexico City newspaper wrote that “the U.S. has become a structurally violent state where force is frequently used domestically and internationally to resolve differences. Such a phenomenon reflects the feeling of extensive sectors about the supposed legitimacy of violent methods.”
Americans on the left tend to reserve all their outrage and criticism for whichever extremist Republican made the latest outrageous, racist, or offensive statement during an interview or stump speech. However, just the fact that Republican voters are comfortable with “monumentally unqualified extremists in the Oval Office” demonstrates the how twisted the cabal has become; that and that alone is the real existential threat to the nation. It is simple to single out any one, or all, of the Republican cabal pretender candidates as who is most unqualified, most extreme, or most offensive, but that misses the point that it is the base that is inherently extreme, offensive, and unqualified to be regarded as anything other than a serious threat to other Americans and the nation’s well-being.
Any and everything a Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, or Jeb might say or support is precisely what the base demands they say and support. There are some Americans who understand that the Republican cabal and its base are an existential threat to America and they are joined by a substantial number of people from around the world. An Australian opinion writer made an assumption a couple of weeks ago that was only partly correct in saying that “Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America; racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American.” Actually, the Republican base is the Ugly American and the Republican pretender candidates and politicians are simply acting, doing, and saying exactly what the base demands and they are, without question, the greatest threat to America.

Obama Devastates Republicans by Using Reagan To Prove The Success of His Presidency

After the OFA Fall Summit at the St. Regis Hotel in D.C., President Obama crossed the lobby to a restaurant, where according to the pool report, around 55 people were having dinner. Obama gave a few “off-the-cuff” remarks to them, including a real zinger that will devastate Republicans.
“So where are we right now? The economy has improved by every measure,” President Obama said. “The fact of the matter is, is that if you ask the question Ronald Reagan said was the most important thing to ask about a presidency, and that is, ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?'”
“You are,” the President said. “We’ve made great strides on health care. We’ve made strides in education and access to college. We’ve made serious strides in clean energy. You know the statistics.”
During the Summit, Obama talked about his accomplishments, mentioning the most recent jobs report as evidence of some of the progress made. The October jobs report showed, “Businesses added 268,000 jobs in October, making it the 68th consecutive month of private sector job growth. That’s 13.5 million private sector jobs over 68 straight months. Unemployment rate ticked down, wages grew, and overall the economy added 271,000 jobs in October — which makes the last three years the strongest years for job creation since… oh, 2000.”
President Obama isn’t just talking to make his supporters feel good. The President is making sure that the people hear about the good economy that he has overseen, since we don’t hear a lot about those things. Republicans are still pretending as if these positive things haven’t happened, and President Obama is making sure that during the next election, Republicans are held accountable for claiming they will “fix” the economy that they inaccurately claim Obama broke.
Reagan said to judge a president by asking if you are better off now than you were when they took office. President Obama is in an excellent position to borrow that question and use it to highlight his successes. Republicans still worship Reagan and each 2016 candidate is trying their best to show that they are the next Reagan, so this no doubt breaks their heart.

The Executive Action Obama Could Take to Restore a Shred of Democracy to Our Politics

Federal judge orders NSA to stop collecting and searching plaintiffs' phone records

leon United States District Judge Richard Leon has affirmed his 2013 ruling and has ordered the NSA to stop collecting phone records belonging to J.J. Little and his firm J.J. Little & Associates, P.C., and to segregate all the records collected to date so that they aren't searched.
The NSA's legal authorization to continues the program is set to expire in 20 days anyway, and the ruling only applies to two plaintiffs but the judge's wording in his decision can be easily applied to future plaintiffs, suggesting that if Congress were to re-authorize bulk phone collection, Americans would be able to get court orders banning the practice.
United States District Judge Richard Leon issued the order in Klayman v. Obama, a case in which EFF appeared as amicus curiae. Judge Leon ruled in December 2013 that the program was unconstitutional because it violated the 4th Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches. But the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit sent the case back to him when it held that the plaintiffs in the case did not have standing to sue because they were Verizon Wireless customers, not Verizon Business Network Services (VBNS) customers, and the latter is the only provider the US government has acknowledged participated in the program. The plaintiff then amended the complaint and added two more plaintiffs, J.J. Little and his firm J.J. Little & Associates, P.C., both of which are long-standing VBNS customers.
Judge Leon found that these two new plaintiffs had standing to sue the NSA both over the past phone records collection as well as the ongoing collection. He then issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from further collection and querying of their records that had already been collected.

The Center For Public Integrity just released its annual report on ethics, accountability and transparency in state government

Image credit: background Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License, with modifications by Randa Morris
The Center For Public Integrity just released its annual report on ethics, accountability and transparency in state government. Ten states got a big fat F – for fail.

What Happened on My Tour Through Red State America

Americans Voted For Their Favorite Ex-President And Republicans Aren’t Going To Like The Results

President-elect Obama with Nancy Killefer, the new Chief Performance Officer, for his administration. The news conference held at the transition office in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2009.

President-elect Obama with former Presidents Bush (41), Carter and Clinton and current President Bush at the WHite House on Jan. 7, 2009.

(Photo by Pete Souza)
This is sure to sting Republican egos a bit.
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The Truth Hurts


How Wingnut One Percenters Are Bankrolling a New Mega-Assault on Working Americans

Fox News Confuses Good Jobs Report With 'Destroying The Free Market'

Fox News Confuses Good Jobs Report With 'Destroying The Free Market'

Fox WSJ Shrieking Heads Pooh-Pooh Claim That Obamacare Co-Ops Were Sabotaged By Republican Cabal

Fox WSJ Pundits Pooh-Pooh Claim That Obamacare Co-Ops Were Sabotaged By GOP

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Compassionate Conservatives’ And Here Are 7 Reasons Why

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Nobody Has Destroyed Trump Like Bernie Sanders Just Did

Nobody Has Destroyed Donald Trump Like Bernie Sanders Just Did (VIDEO)
You can all give up. Bern just delivered the greatest Trump roast.
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Fiorina Doesn't Have To Tell You Moochers Details Of Her Tax Plan

Oh. but she does.

Cuban comrades say Cruz’s dad wasn’t a rebel blowing up buildings for jesus — as he has claimed

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The stuck-pig howls of mean black people suggest protesters hit a sore spot.

Laffer Praises The Supply-Side Fantasy Of The 2016 Republican Cabal Field

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