House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump had “violated the law six ways from Sunday” before and during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
First Schiff is the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and second just turned on MSNBC and someone said that only 9% of McConnell’s campaign donations are from Kentucky, most are from Wall Street. So where does one go to check their Reps percentages?
We now live in a nation of men, not laws. We are a banana republic with no meaningful oversight, no substantive law enforcement (of elected officials anyway), no real democracy. Trump is a symptom of a much deeper illness in the electorate. The fact that Trump ever got elected is beyond alarming. What’s worse is, he got elected after a Democrat was in the White House. What did Democrats do (or not do) that made things so awful that Trump had any chance at all? We know that the DNC rigged the entire primary process for Hillary, but still; Democrats better look hard at themselves and figure out how in the hell a monster like Trump could ever have a hope of being a nominee, much less win the White House.
Take a deep breath, hold it, hold it, now exhale slowly and relax.
If we were so far gone, Epstein would still be fucking underage girls on his Gulfstream, the citizenship question would be being printed right now, nobody would have seen the inside of a CBP facility, etc. etc.
Are we in a precarious place? Between now and 2020, sure.
But everything’s holding together actually remarkably well despite Trump’s worst instincts.
African-Americans can still chose their seats at the lunch counter, the bus and the theater;
My daughter is still covered by the ACA for her serious medical conditions and the treatment she’s received since it passed has been life-changing;
The President of my institution is still an African-American woman;
My gay former business partner can still marry his chosen spouse;
Two of the strongest candidates currently preparing to replace the Dotard are women - one was a public prosecutor, the other a Harvard professor and both are now Senators;
Paul Manafort is not downtown, shopping for another Ostrich skin jacket, he’s still locked up for his crimes.
So yeah, it’s terrible how badly the Right have taken all these social advances (and many more), but realistically they’re reacting Against Positive Changes, and those changes aren’t going away any time soon. Judged on outcomes, Obama accomplished a hell of a lot more that Dotard, and those changes are sticking…
To quote my Scottish-Australian mother’s clan motto - “Hold Fast…”
$5 says he has exactly something extremist in the works if the dotard is affirmed by positive vote that he wasn’t just a fluke, and that all his base racist and misogynistic tendencies are actually backed by enough people.
In 2014, 77% of McConnell’s cash came from “Large Individual Contributions & PACs” (i.e. oligarchs). The industries that made the largest contributions are: high finance ($5.2m), insurance ($2.7m), oil & gas ($2.3m), and real estate ($2.3m). His single-largest donor was The Blackstone Group, “the largest alternative investment firm in the world.”
Furthermore, in '08 and '14, McConnell raised 6 or 7 times as much as the average Senate member. Prior to that, his numbers were more in-keeping with the rest of the Senate. (The rich know McConnell is committed to rule by organized money.)
I’ve been watching Disney movies so forgive me if this is Pollyannaish, but I have to believe that there were people who voted for Trump because:
After 30 years of Clinton bashing Hillary for President they just counldn’t stomache
That Sander’s people said hell no to an adult
That we always seem to swing from left to right
That a majority of sorry assed people sat this one out
That voter roll purges and hopelessness among some people kept them from voting or finding their polling place
And finally what has Trump done after giving permanent tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations his first year what has he done for me lately
In all fairness, so are George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, et al, and they’re all pretty comfortable right now. In fact, their crimes were much worse, and we now have the benefit of a decade of hindsight to make sense of that fact.