There is nothing conservative about the Republican Party.

Conservatives do not mock the disabled. They don't create massive out-of-control deficits. They don't make jokes about those dying of cancer. They don't violate or ignore the laws of our country. They don't tolerate sexual abuse. They don't tolerate family violence.

They don't interrupt people while talking. They don't call people names. They don't say racist things. They don't refer to Native Americans as "Pocahontas." They don't make fun of other people's language. They don't call people of color "rapists." They don't call Muslims "terrorists." They don't endorse hate groups, the KKK, or white supremacy.

They don't disrespect elected officials even those they disagree with. They don't lie. Every. Single. Day.

They don't walk around with loaded assault weapons in public. And they don't tolerate those who do.

Those who say they are "conservative" either do not know what conservative means or they are just like the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

John R. Cobarruvias

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Steve Fouga

This is thought-provoking. I'm not a Conservative or a Liberal, but I have LOTS of friends and family on both sides. My sense is that heritage "Conservatives" are torn between their natural leanings and Trumpism, which is similar to what Khrushchev decried as a "cult of personality" in post-Stalinist Russia. In other words, Conservatives, and thus the Conservative wing of the Republican Party, are drawn to (or stuck with) a demagogue due to partisanship and a love for an authoritarian, rather than just adhering to laudable conservative virtues: personal freedom, strong national security, international leadership, fiscal responsibility, etc.

They do this because they see the alternative as the unthinkable possibility of Democratic ascendancy, rather than than a different kind of conservative ascendancy... i.e., a Republican Party without the idiot Trump.

Gary Miller

There is nothing DEMOCRATIC about the Democrat party.

Carlos Ponce

Apparently John R. Cobarruvias believes the Leftist media on their outright lies hyperbole and obfuscations.
"Conservatives do not mock the disabled."
Donald Trump didn't. That's just a Leftist ploy to distort what actually happened upon close examination of the facts but John doesn't look at the facts. He just buys the Leftist take on things.
"They don't create massive out-of-control deficits."
Revenue from taxes once the tax plan was implemented are up with monthly surpluses.
"They don't make jokes about those dying of cancer."
Who did that? The Left has taken hearsay, distorted it for political means.
"They don't violate or ignore the laws of our country."
Name one law that has been violated or ignored by this administration. But if you are talking about the Obama administration.....[rolleyes]
"They don't tolerate sexual abuse. They don't tolerate family violence."
Trump doesn't tolerate either as noted in his tweets.
"They don't interrupt people while talking." Now how in the world is this a Conservative principal? One interrupts when necessary. Everybody does it.
"They don't call people names." Jesus did. He called the Scribes and Pharisees serpents, vipers, hypocrites, fools and blind guides. But Jesus was not considered a Conservative - in His day.
"They don't say racist things." Can you name one thing Trump has said that is "racist" without distorting it?
"They don't refer to Native Americans as 'Pocahontas'." A descendant of Pocahontas finds nothing wrong with the way Trump is using it.
"They don't make fun of other people's language." Trump doesn't do that. His immigrant wife speaks 5 languages. In addition to her native Slovenian, she speaks four other languages: English, French, Serbian and German. And Donald admires her for that.
"They don't call people of color 'rapists'." So if they commit rape what else would you call them?
"They don't call Muslims 'terrorists'." So what DO you call a Muslim who has committed acts of terror?
"They don't endorse hate groups, the KKK, or white supremacy."
Trump denounces all these.
"They don't disrespect elected officials even those they disagree with."
Your definition of disrespect is again based on on Liberal hyperbole.
etc., etc., etc.
One thing John, Donald Trump is not a Conservative but he does espouse some Conservative thinking.
True Conservatives often disagree with one another. I call myself Conservative but I probably don't fit your definition of Conservative.
One more thing. I'm going to call you a name - "Gullible John" since you believe in FAKE NEWS excrement.

Robert Braeking

For a President who has accomplished more conservative goals than any previous president in his first 18 months in office, I do not understand why John would think otherwise. Perhaps he is brainwashed by the Collective® and cannot produce an independent thought. He can only espouse the narrative of the Collective®.

Paul Hyatt

Just another RINO whining about the awesome job that Pres. Trump is doing and hating it all the way to the back. Not for sure why the RINO's hate this Pres. so much considering all of the belly aching that they did when Obama was destroying this nation with all of his EO's....Most of these RINO's are just progressives dressed up as what they think a republican should look like....

George Croix

Projecting.
"Psychological projection is a form of defense mechanism in which someone attributes thoughts, feelings, and ideas which are perceived as undesirable to someone else."
The whole list is pretty much exactly what the far leftists DO.
So, I reckon the author is correct...it's actually the 'progressives' that do those things.
Routinely......
Except for the Pocahontas moniker....
Still, that's softer than ^&*%$#@(*& we can expect from the screaming lunatic 'resistance' 'protesters'.....

Carlos Ponce

Other commentaries by John R. Cobarruvias.
"From the party of Lincoln to the party of liars "
http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_ba4a885e-fa3c-5207-af6a-35321184e187.html
"There are options to keep Americans safe" [anti-NRA post]
http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_9424c23c-6ac6-54fe-97fc-cf465624b581.html
"It all began with Texas "
http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_c6bd6a0d-bdcc-5e92-b1e8-2d3c8d81ae59.html
"Olson line on health care is sickening"
http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/guest_columns/article_c59289ee-b8a8-510d-b89f-bbd136dae5ac.html
And there's more but it is apparent that he's an uber Leftist from these posts. Does he really know anything about being Conservative? I doubt it.

Jennifer Lance

It is true that Trump impersonated a man with a handicap. Pictures prove it. He seems childish and undisciplined to many of us. And I voted for him because he represents my political positions. He's not the first President to have personal characteristics that we can criticize. Just think of JFK, for one. Sure, Mr. President, if You Really Want Me To
‘Once Upon a Secret’: Mimi Alford on Her Affair With Kennedy
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/books/once-upon-a-secret-mimi-alford-on-her-affair-with-kennedy.html

Carlos Ponce

"It is true that Trump impersonated a man with a handicap." WRONG, Jennifer. He uses the same gesticulations for anyone who is unsure, confused, befuddled, bewildered. The man's handicap has NOTHING to do with it. It's called theatrics. And he continues to do it when talking about someone who is unsure, confused, befuddled, bewildered. He mocked Marco Rubio, a U.S. Army General, George Stephanopoulos, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and Donna Brazile to name a few in a similar manner. And the man in question can't even move his arms. So how is Trump "impersonating" him? Trump flails his arms. Serge cannot do that. They use a freeze frame to make it appear that way.WATCH THE VIDEOS.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsaB3ynIZH4&feature=player_embedded
The man in question is a New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
Now watch the video of Serge Kovaleski.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-OYpv5fImA
If Trump had placed his hand in the same position as Serge you can say Trump "imitated" him. Asides from the freeze frame, he did not. Mocked him because of the man's confusion but not because of his handicap. He does that for everybody.

Gary Miller

With Trump as president conservatives don't need the Republican party. All conservatives vote Republican but don't like Republican RINO's or spineless crony capitalists.
After Trump we will elect another outsider to keep the swamp draining going.

Jarvis Buckley

John your article will probably be picked up by the NY Times ,Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN.
Most ridiculous article ever printed in GCDN. In my opinion. Disgusting.

Dan Freeman

It is worth comparing “lawbreaking” in two administrations, to date:

Indictments of members of the Trump election team or administration:

1. George Papapopulis, Trump campaign advisor, pled guilty to lying to the FBI (2017)
2. Michael Flynn, Trump National Security Advisor, pled guilty to lying to the FBI (2017)
3. Alex van der Zwaan, Associate of Rick Gates and Paul Manafort, pled guilty lying to the F.B.I. (2018)
4. Rick Gates, Trump campaign advisor, pled guilty lying to the F.B.I. and financial fraud (2018)
5. Paul Manafort, Trump campaign manager, indicted for tax and bank fraud, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, and lying to the F.B.I. (awaiting trial).

Indictments of members of the Obama administration

1. CIA Director David Petreaus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material (2012)
2. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James E. “Hoss” Cartwright pleaded guilty to falsely denying that he was the source of classified information for two reporters (2016)

Carlos Ponce

Lying to the FBI were all PROCESS CRIMES. One little error or deviation in testimony and they LIED TO THE FBI.
The FBI didn't think Flynn deliberately lied - yet they charged him with LYING TO THE FBI.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320031-no-fbi-charges-expected-for-flynn-report
And often an Obama administration member was called to testify they either plead the Fifth (which is their right) or were held in contempt of Congress or they LIED. The media portrays this as giving contradictory statements. And there's the queen of obfuscation. Hillary often answers "I do not recall, I do not remember." She pulled the same stunt in the Whitewater investigation, The Travelgate investigation, and the FBI investigation into her e-mails.

Steve Fouga

"Process crime" must be a new rightist buzzword, used by the dilettantes on, for example, Fox News. Am I right? You act like process crimes are akin to 5 mph over the speed limit.

Perjury and obstruction of justice are a couple of good examples of process crimes. Sure, we don't execute people for obstruction, but it can definitely get a guy thrown in prison, or a president impeached.

Carlos Ponce

Steve posts ""Process crime" must be a new rightist buzzword, used by the dilettantes on, for example, Fox News. Am I right?" I wouldn't know.
I believe the term "process crimes" was in vogue before FOX News existed.
In the vernacular they're known a "Gotchas".

Carlos Ponce

"Paul Manafort, Trump campaign manager, indicted for tax and bank fraud, unregistered agent of a foreign principal.." And since it happened years before and NOTHING to do with the Trump campaign why pursue it? If he discovered something suspicious he should have turned over the evidence to officials who have jurisdiction.

Jim Forsythe

Some of the charges against Manafort was happening as late as January 2017 and even to the present (February 2018)
If you would like to read all of GRAND JURY CHARGES go to
.https://www.justice.gov/file/1038391/download below are some of the charges and dates.
2. MANAFORT and GATES generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. From approximately 2006 through the present, MANAFORT and GATES engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money
3. In the second part of the scheme, between approximately 2015 and at least January 2017, when the Ukraine income dwindled after Yanukovych fled to Russia, MANAFORT, with the assistance of GATES, extracted money from MANAFORT’s United States real estate by, among other things, using those properties as collateral to obtain loans from multiple financial institutions.
MANAFORT and GATES fraudulently secured more than twenty million dollars in loans by falsely inflating MANAFORT’s and his company’s income and by failing to disclose existing debt in order to qualify for the loans.
4. In furtherance of the scheme, MANAFORT and GATES funneled millions of dollars in payments into numerous foreign nominee companies and bank accounts, opened by them and their accomplices in nominee names and in various foreign countries, including Cyprus, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (Grenadines), and the Seychelles. MANAFORT and GATES hid the existence and ownership of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to
their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts.

"Manafort ran Trump’s presidential campaign from late May until August 2016, when he was fired amid news about his past lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian businessmen. Newt Gingrich, a Trump surrogate, told Sean Hannity in August of that year: "Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this (Trump) campaign to where it is right now." Further, both Manafort and Gates maintained a relationship with Trump long after Manafort’s departure from the campaign."


Carlos Ponce

"Some of the charges against Manafort was happening as late as January 2017".
Manafort resigned in August 2016. So if crimes were committed as late as January 2017, they had NOTHING to do with Trump.

Steve Fouga

"And since it happened years before and NOTHING to do with the Trump campaign why pursue it?"

LOLOLOLOLOL!!! [tongue][rolleyes][beam]

I'll remember this the next time you dredge up some old accusation against Hillary! You're such a hypocrite, Carlos! A transparent one at that. LOL!

Carlos Ponce

Steve, you're losing it. You claim to be non-partisan but it's obvious you are. Mueller had one task - to investigate the Trump campaign and any possible ties to Russian collusion. And the indictments against Manafort have no connection to Donald Trump, nor his campaign, nor Russia. If you cannot see that I question your intelligence. I'm no hypocrite. I deal in facts, reality and the Letter of the LAW. Not to worry, Steve, the IG report is coming out soon! I surmise you'll attack that too. Just don't get caught up in the civil unrest when the Leftist are held accountable. Leftist will go down but not without a fight.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, for some reason you do not want Mueller to do his job. Once the investigation is over, it will be clearer who had dealings with Russia. I want to know, if someone is selling out the USA, don't you?

If what Mueller is doing, is wrong , Trump can have him fired. As he has not fired him, he must be doing his job.
Part of the investigation is to check and see if Manafort has a connection to Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russia. .You said " I deal in facts, reality and the Letter of the LAW" You are describing what Mueller is tasked with. Manafort was Trumps Campaign Manager during the time he's accused of doing illegal deeds . Manafort worked for and in Russia, so he does have a BIG connection to Russia and Trump..

Muellers task is not the narrow scope that you wants to believe. If he see possible wrong doings about dealings with Russia , he will investigate it. If Manafort and Gates do not want to spend the rest of their lives in prison,they may want to go for a plea.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice. In this capacity, Mueller oversees the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation"

"I can assure you that the special counsel is conducting himself consistently with our understanding of the scope of the investigation," Rosenstein told a House panel in December, before offering a stirring defense of the special counsel's credibility.
Trying to deflect to the IG upcoming report, does not change what Muellers investigation has found and will find in the future..

Jim Forsythe

Follow the money, and it will become clear. How Trump's committee could have spent $107 million on inaugural events, is what is being investigated..
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating foreign donations to Trump’s inaugural fund, particularly those coming from individuals with ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and , Qatar. "

Steve Fouga

Carlos, what is your definition of partisan? I'm definitely neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but policies, platforms, and personal circumstances shift, and for the past several years I've found myself more in favor of Democrat policies and politicians. That hasn't always been the case.

I wouldn't be able to feel good about Trump no matter which party he led. As I explained in a different post, I find him so disgusting that I have a hard time evaluating his policies on their merits, rather than as a reflection of the man himself. But I do it. On the other hand, I can't see that you use any discretion at all when it comes to Trump, his administration, his family, his associates, and his supporters. You'll blindly follow Trump off a cliff, if that's where he leads.

Carlos Ponce

Steve posts:
"I'm definitely neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but policies, platforms, and personal circumstances shift, and for the past several years I've found myself more in favor of Democrat policies and politicians."
"neither a Democrat nor a Republican" "more in favor of Democrat policies than politicians"
Sounds like partisanship to me!

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts:
"Carlos, for some reason you do not want Mueller to do his job."
He's done his job. He's found NOTHING. So it's time for him to move on, present his findings and get off the government teat. Government jobs should not be the cash cow that keeps giving. A waste of taxpayer money.

Carlos Ponce

"Follow the money, and it will become clear. How Trump's committee could have spent $107 million on inaugural events, is what is being investigated.. "
Same place Barack Obama got his donations for his inauguration - except Obama spent almost $300 million.
"Obama’s committee raised $44 million and allowed corporate gifts and individual gifts of $250,000."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/how-much-does-an-inauguration-cost-and-who-pays-for-what/2016/12/13/d7c1fe96-be48-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html?utm_term=.fa2cebb3a15d
Investigating $107 million but ignoring almost $300 million. How PROGRESSIVE!
Did you follow the money in 2013 or are you just being a partisan hypocrite?

Steve Fouga

"Sounds like partisanship to me!"

Really? Then you're not paying attention. I've favored plenty of Republican policies in the past, and favor some of them now. I favor policies that resonate with my beliefs and/or benefit my family and me. Sometimes those are Republican, sometimes Democrat, sometimes conservative and sometimes liberal. See? Not partisan at all.

Steve Fouga

Mueller's not done yet, Carlos. I want him to keep at it until every Russian-colluding traitor is ferreted out. For instance, we haven't heard the name Brad Parscale mentioned yet, but we will. Don't lose patience, Carlos!

Jim Forsythe

Carlos said,"He's done his job. He's found NOTHING" which is not true. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has either indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 19 people and three companies so far — with most of those being announced just in the past few weeks.
Manafort goes to trial July 10th. More will be coming, unless Trump fires Mueller.
"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice. In this capacity, Mueller oversees the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation"
"I can assure you that the special counsel is conducting himself consistently with our understanding of the scope of the investigation," Rosenstein told a House panel in December, before offering a stirring defense of the special counsel's credibility.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos,All I got from your link was about Trump.

"Investigating $107 million but ignoring almost $300 million. How PROGRESSIVE!"
The group that can investigate this is the Republicans. This is the time anything that that want investigated can be.
If they do not, they must be happy with it
If they decide not to investigate I hope they do not keep complaining about it.

Carlos Ponce

"The group that can investigate this is the Republicans."
They're not interested. Neither are the Democrats. It's just Muelleer feeding from the government trough again. You must like feeding him otherwise you'd be asking him to STOP!

George Croix

It IS worth comparing.
Let's compare some more.....
Hillary Clinton destroyed 30,000 (that we know of) emails under subpeona that her lawyers claimed had nothing to do with security, but also admitted they didn't read them all...none...none of these attorneys had security clearances......criminal activity and lying....all allowed to skate so far
Our President and his Admin. lied about the DEATHS of 4 Americans in Benghazi...allowed to skate so far.....and we still don't know who gave the 'stand down' order, which, thankfully, three men disregarded or we'd have a higher body count.....more lying.....more skating
Hillaries and aids were sending classified, even above top secret, information over personal laptops, and to NON-security clearanced sources, and the whole mess on a homebrew, unauthorized server "safe because the Secret Service was outside guarding it".....
James Clapper
James Comey
John Brennan
Andrew McCabe
Susan Rice
Huma Abedeen
John Kerry
Eric Holder
Loretta Lynch
etc
Lies unpunished and skating to date.....

BTW, Hillary exceeded what Petreus did by THOUSANDS of times, as did some of her aids, so one can only wonder why they have skated so far
Hillary lied about having classified info on her basement potty server and on her personal devices (which numbers grew as each additional lie was exposed), and her aids lied about having said classified info on unsecured devices, and even allowing a slimey email child molester to have them on his...yet all have skated so far....

I may be wrong, but it sure looks like the 'progressive' viewpoint is if you can get away with it, it never happened.
May be wrong. May simply be that a lie about a campaign issue or non-security related matter is worse to the left than dead people and national security....
Well, no law against that kind of thinking.....

Jarvis Buckley

Trump is the best President we have had since President Reagan.

George Croix

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating foreign donations to Trump’s inaugural fund, particularly those coming from individuals with ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and , Qatar. "

Fair enough.
Let him investiage ALL such.
Which of course would include the millions in donations to the previous President made via credit card charges, said charges being in intiated in those same countries, JIm.
And just for completion let's investiage the hundreds of millions in foreign donations to any 'foundation' connected to any candidate for or winner of a Presidency, when that foundation also pays expenses for it's philanthropic heads.
Lets get 'em all....not just the red caps.....

Jim Forsythe

George , I was talking about the Mueller investigations. As the "Trump’s inaugural fund" comes under his scope of Russian events.
The others may be investigated by Muelller , if they are part of the Russia thing.
When your party is in charge of all three branches of the Government ,your party is at fault if what you want to get done , is not.
One more Benghazi Investigation could not hurt.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs were the only two committees of the eight, that are not led by Republicans.
If the Republicans want another investigation in to Benghazi, all they have to do, is do it. No one is going to stop them.
Benghazi Investigations so far
Investigation 1: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Investigation 2: The Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs
Investigation 3: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Investigation 4: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Investigation 5: The House Committee on the Judiciary
Investigation 6: The House Committee on Armed Services
Investigation 7: The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Investigation 8: The House Select Committee on Benghazi


George Croix

Jim, so was I.
Mueller supposedly has authority to look at anything, whether Russian or not, so look at ALL of the Russian connections and the ME ones and the.....etc.....that may have influenced an election...It's certainly possible that the hot mic comments of our last President to Putin's envoy might have been hush-hushed, or thought so, intended to influence an election. Investigate that, too.
Benghazi is the ultimate election influence, coming as it did a few weeks prior to the 2012 elections, and the additional 'flexibility' it afforded....else why does anyone suppose 'the video' was brought up...
As but one example.
Jim, Al Capone was sent to prison for tax evasion, because they never could prove the murders and racketeering. Do you suppose that means he was innocent of that...?
BOTH Parrties totally suck at these dog and pony investigations because all they do anymore is negate each other, and the object isn't to solve a case or situation, it's to score points for one's 'side'...
Get yourself a bootleg server with top secret info on it, and see how long you can avoid rooming with Big Moe in the hoosegow....[beam]
It would be nice for some honesty, and for people to say they just don't care, rather than all the BS skirting the issues....

Jim Forsythe

George, This is what my understanding of what Mueller can do. What I have read, it includes anything that is uncovered during his investigation including individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump , but not anything else. So anything that not found during his investigation, would require another investigator.
If this was not the case, he would never end the investigation.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice. In this capacity, Mueller oversees the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation"

George Croix

Jim, the stuff he used to pass off Cohen to the US Attorney from New York predated the campaign of now Pres. Trump. Why, then, was he back that far? Is that a justifiable case of 'any matters that may arise' from the investigation? If he can go back 10 years, dig around, then by passing stuff off to somebody else claim that his own investigation into election related meddling is clean, then he has NO limits, as a matter of practicality.
At least we elected the last guy who wanted to act like a king with unlimited power. This one is appointed.....

Steve Fouga

Seems like he could go back as far as he needed to, but not hand down indictments for crimes happening before the Trump candidacy? For example, he could examine Trump's or Manafort's or Page's financial dealings with Russia to establish what kind of relationship existed, not to indict, but as background information on where to look for more recent activity.

Heck, I'd like for his remit to be as broad as possible. As you've suggested, George, let's clean the whole thing up. All of them. If it's possible to list a half-dozen to a dozen people from BOTH of the recent administrations that sure APPEAR to have some shady dealings, it seems like it's time for some come-to-Jesus. I don't mean honest mistakes, or "exigencies of the situation," I mean criminal activity. I'm with you, George, let's get 'er done.

Jim Forsythe

George, remember part of why Clinton was in trouble was lying about having sex and not the act itself. The same thing may happen to Trump as he said it did not happen at first, now his tune has changed. The paying money and saying it did not happen while running for office, may cause him trouble

George Croix

"This is the time anything that that want investigated can be.
If they do not, they must be happy with it"

Aw, c'monnnnn.....
You know better than that....
You'll have to wait until we become the socialist dictatorship so beloved of the far left, now the mainstream of the Democrat Party, for that to be the case.
The way the idiot Republicans always...ALWAYS...manage to snatch defeat from victory or if they win they fight each other rather than the problems, that may not be long.


Steve Fouga

George, I've used this same argument, and gotten the same reaction from you. I don't understand your comment. The party controlling the House, Senate, and Administration literally has the ability to start investigations at will, if they can muster the votes -- I THINK. Am I wrong?

George Croix

Steve, the problem can be and often is the number of votes needed, or even simple support for an initiative from within.
That 'they got it all' thingy makes for a good soundbite on the toob, but is often just that..talk...while saying nothing. In this country the minority Party is not totally toothless, and the majority Party is not omnipotent.
Just because one is a member of a Party doesn't mean they will vote en bloc, or even agree, or even talk to each other, and Cross Party agreeing or God Forbid common action has become near Political Kryptonite.
Each 'invetsigating committee' has members from both sides, their primary mission seeming to be to call the other 'side' liars, any facts or findings be dam_ed, and any negative impact on the country dam_ed harder.
Such is on display daily nearly as the Republicans, ever afraid of actually seeing eye to eye, manage to WASTE a likely one-shot opportunity to do all they said they'd do.
The 'resistance' on the other side would decry or obstruct or procedurally block a resolution in favor of Mom and Apple Pie if it came from the majority.
Few exceptions.
The DOJ is headed by a guy who pulled his own teeth out from Day 1 and has been toothless since. The 'Freedom Caucus' is intent on living up to their name by exercising their freedom to vote for nothing that is not 100% exactly like they want it, preferring legislative starvation as they bypass ham sandwiches and insist on prime rib or nothing.
The MSM can't even give credit for the release of 3 Americans from NOKO to the guy who got them out, and today even claimed the Pres. called all Hispanics 'animals' when an oyster watching the actual FULL video exchange knows he was talking about MS13. Hard to get support for investigations when the 'news media' is willing to lie through their teeth and take up for scum like MS13 over the President.
Now, we're heading for the midterms, and nobody...nobody...on either side wants any ripples they can avoid around the election rowboat.
That's how I see it, and it's the difference between what can on paper be done, versus what can really be done or even will be done.
imo
Am I wrong?

Steve Fouga

I don't know, George. I must be too straightforward to be a politician. My opinion is if you've got the advantage, use it. There's no telling when you'll get your next chance. Gotta win your Super Bowl when you can. Might be out in the first round next time.

Your comment about the midterms is exactly what I've observed, and I don't get it. If I were the DNC, I would be ALL OVER Trump, all over the house Repubs... Maybe they're biding their time, or maybe they think they have a lock... Famous last words? My impression is that the Dems are blowing an opportunity.

Jim Forsythe

George , some bills that have passed because a party voted as a block. Two examples, one for each party.
Senate Passes GOP Tax Reform Bill 51 49 Vote, Dec 1 2017 ...
"Obamacare", received no Republican votes in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the bill was passed with a total of 60 votes, or 58 Democratic Party votes and 2 Independent Party votes.

A party in power can vote as a unit, if they want to. Lack of leadership is part of the problem. For a party to be a party in power they must have all three branches, and know how to use their advantage.
The President can call for a investigation and have it happen and who would stop him, his party? If a party does not pass what they want, when they are in power, it has little chance of ever happening and has no one to blame but themselves.

George Croix

Jim, that anybody'd care more about paying off a porn 'actress' to keep quiet about what supposedly happened with a then private citizen years before Trump even walked down the stairs (you may recall that Clinton's use of the Resolute desk required him to BE the President at the time...) to announce candidacy than they do about the thousands of known criminal acts related to national security information and coverups by a then sitting and also as a former Sec of State, later running for POTUS, again (having survived being run over by the bus driven by the same Party now declaring her most qualified candidate ever), and an Admin. so corrupt that even senior DOJ people felt perfectly fine and safe and justified in attempting to aid in the prevention of a candidate from being elected and then later undermining that legitimate election, and a Party complicit in paying millions to get fake dirt on their opposition to aid their predetermined, DNC selected, candidate tells me...me...only one I can speak for....all I need to know about just how messed up in the collective head the 'resistance' is and how nearly completely devoid of integrity the MSM has become....
Under such circumstances, anything is possible, and no outcome is too remote to consider.....
When millions have become so irrational that they would rather have fewer jobs, worse paying ones, more people on food stamps and SNAP cards, more businesses mving offshore, less reinvestment in this country, high minority unemployment, foreign governments giving us the middle finger, and terrorists getting stronger, as long as they LIKE whoever's in charge, then, well, it's easily summed up as....
Can't fix that...!

Jim Forsythe

"Jim, that anybody'd care more about paying off a porn 'actress' to keep quiet about what supposedly happened with a then private citizen years before Trump even walked down the stairs?"
George , it's not the sex, but the lying about the money, that may do him in. Michael Cohen is now being investigated because he was part of this.One of worse mistake he has made, is to hire Rudy Giuliani.Think about all the Senators, House members, that were accused of the same type of thing, had no trial and are no longer in DC He will not be removed from office.

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