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John McCain Hits Another Home Run

“But the contrast between the hopeful atmosphere of 1991 and the current circumstances of our world is a stark one. We have gone from an interval when the global success of democracy seemed assured to a time in which the seductions of authoritarian rule find favor with many; when self-interested leadership excuses naked aggression with weak rationalizations; when ethnic grievances haunt the old and religious fanaticism fires the minds of the misguided young.

“How did we end up here? Why do many Americans ignore our moral and historical knowledge and seek escape from the world we’ve led so successfully?

“There are many wise answers to those questions. My own is: we are asleep to the necessity of our leadership, and to the opportunities and real dangers of this world. We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed and information that contradicts them is always fake. We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences, looks for scapegoats instead of answers, and insists we get all our way all the time from a system of government based on compromise, principled cooperation and restraint.

“All the while the associations, rules, values and aspirations that comprise the international order we have superintended for three-quarters of a century are under gathering attack from regimes that desire a world less just and less free and more corrupt. And they are under attack from forces within liberal democracies themselves, parties that preach resentful nationalism rather than enlightened self-interest, nativism rather than equal justice.

“It’s time to wake up.

I believe in Americans. We’re capable of better. I’ve seen it. We’re hopeful, compassionate people. And we still have leaders who will uphold the values that made America great, and a beacon to the oppressed.

“But I don’t take that for granted. We have to fight. We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.

“Even in the worst of times – and they come for most of us – you’ll know that to serve this country is to serve its ideals – the ideals that consider every child on earth as made in the image of God and endowed with dignity and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is a noble cause. It is your cause, and it’s worth living and dying for.”

John McCain’s Naval Academy Speech

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IT IS TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE REPUBLICAN REVOLT AGAINST TRUMP

Liberals have good reasons to dislike Donald Trump;  conservatives have more.  Opposing this president is not about being a conservative or a liberal;  it is about being a good citizen.  Four men that have done far more to serve our country than Donald Trump agree:  Donald Trump is doing real damage to our country and it is time for ALL Americans to stand up to this danger.

I.  Senator Jeff Flake’s Speech Today Should Be Required Reading or Viewing for EVERY AMERICAN.  

Jeff Flake Retiring Due to Trump

“It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics. Regret because of the indecency of our discourse. Regret because of the coarseness of our leadership.

Regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our, I mean all of our complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. “

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness. It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”

“Mr. President, I rise today to say: enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

The Full Text of Senator Jeff Flake’s Speech

II.  Senator Bob Corker’s Renounces His Support For Donald Trump

Senator Bob Corker’s Feud with Donald Trump

Senator Bob Corker on Trump’s Lack of Integrity

RAJU: Is the President of the United States a liar?

CORKER: The president has great difficulty with the truth. On many issues.

RAJU: Do you regret supporting him in the election?

CORKER: Uh, let’s just put it this way: I would not do that again.

RAJU: You wouldn’t support him again.

CORKER: No way. No way. I think that he’s proven himself unable to rise to the occasion, I think many of us, me included, have tried to… I’ve intervened, I’ve had a private dinner, I’ve been with him on multiple occasions to try to create some kind of aspirational… approach if you will, to the way that he conducts himself. But I don’t think that that’s possible and he’s obviously not going to rise to the occasion as President.

RAJU: Do you think he’s a role model to children in the United States?

CORKER: No.

RAJU: You don’t.

CORKER: No. Absolutely not. 

“You would think he would try to focus on things where there wasn’t a witness, but the whole world is a witness to these untruths,” Corker said.

 

 

Senator Corker’s August Statement on Donald Trump

III.  Senator John McCain on Donald Trump

Let’s Get Real: If you live in a world in which John McCain is NOT a war hero and Donald Trump respects war heroes, you do not live in the real world. Donald Trump lives in that world.

John McCain’s Speech Criticizing Donald Trump’s Approach to Foreign Policy

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.  We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”

The Full Text of John McCain’s Speech

IV.  George W. Bush’s Criticism of Donald Trump and The Damage That He is Doing to Our Country

“America is not immune from these trends. In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined. Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.

We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions – forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.”

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”

Excerpt From Former President George W. Bush’s Speech

The Full Video of President George W. Bush’s Speech

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V.  Conclusions

These men are not liberals.  They have been in the ring.  They have fought the good fight.  They are not seeking partisan advantage.  They are not playing politics.  They are simply telling the truth for no other reason than they believe that they owe it to their country to do so.  If you can read or hear these words and are still not deeply troubled by Donald Trump and his behavior, you might be right about one thing:  Donald Trump is not the problem;  you are.

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Guess Who’s Back?

Intro

This is the calm before the storm right here.

Wait, how was I gonna start this off? I forgot. …

Oh yeah.

Verse

That’s an awfully hot coffee pot,

Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Prob’ly not,

But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot.

Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it,

Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk,

I’m a walk inside a mosque on Ramadan,

And say a prayer that every time Melania talks,

She gets a mou— ah, I’m a stop.

But we better give Obama props,

‘Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze,

That’ll prob’ly cause a nuclear holocaust,

And while the drama pops,

And he waits for s— to quiet down, he’ll just gas his plane up

And fly around ’til the bombing stops.

Intensities heightened, tensions are risin’,

Trump, when it comes to givin’ a s—, you’re stingy as I am,

Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em,

‘Cause you don’t got the f—ing nuts, like an empty asylum,

Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for,

‘Cause that’s how he gets his f—ing rocks off and he’s orange,

Yeah, sick tan,

That’s why he wants us to disband,

‘Cause he can not withstand,

The fact we’re not afraid of Trump,

F— walkin’ on egg shells, I came to stomp,

That’s why he keeps screamin’, “Drain the swamp!”,

‘Cause he’s in quicksand.

It’s like we take a step forwards, then backwards,

But this is his form of distraction,

Plus, he gets an enormous reaction,

When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that,

Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada,

All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather,

Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.

Then says he wants to lower our taxes,

Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips,

Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?

Same s— that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered,

Then does it more,

From his endorsement of Bannon,

Support for the Klansmen,

Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black,

And comes home from Iraq,

And is still told to go back to Africa,

Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa,

Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors,

Now if you’re a black athlete, you’re a spoiled little brat for,

Trying to use your platform or your stature,

To try to give those a voice who don’t have one,

He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us you bastards,”

Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered,

‘Cause to him, you’re zeros,

‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.

That’s not disrespecting the military.

F— that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist,

And keep that s— balled like Donald the b—-,

“He’s gonna get rid of all immigrants!”

“He’s gonna build that thing up taller than this!”

Well, if he does build it, I hope it’s rock solid with bricks,

‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks,

‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of s— against the wall ’til it sticks,

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his,

I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against,

And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split,

On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F— you.

End

The rest of America stand up,

We love our military, and we love our country,

But we f—ing hate Trump.

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When The Biggest Threat To National Security Is The President

White House officials are trying to contain the real threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation’s security.

Text of GOP Senator Bob Corker’s Interview with the New York Times

          CORKER: I know for a fact that every single day at the White House it’s a  situation of trying to contain him.

          MARTIN: Yeah.

          CORKER: Look, you know that. It’s not like —

          MARTIN: Yes, you’re right.

          CORKER: I mean, you’ve talked to enough people to know that that’s just a fact.  So, thankfully we’ve got some very good people there. At least today,  we’ve got some very good people there and they have been able to push back against his worst instincts.

          MARTIN: Yeah.

          CORKER: But yes, I mean, you know, yes. He concerns me. I mean he would     have to concern anyone who cares about our nation. But a lot people that —   Let me put it this way, I think that — So I’ll just stop there. Sure, I  mean, do I  want him to be successful? Absolutely.

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The Pledge of Allegiance in Trumpland

Given the national controversy over the #Takeaknee movement and “the Donald’s” reaction to it, this seems like a good time to remind all Americans what the Pledge of Allegiance might look like in an idealized version of Trumpland.

CSA: Confederate States of America

CSA: Confederate States of America

 

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History Is Not There To Be Liked: On Historical Memory, Real and Fake – Foreign Policy Research Institute

NOTE: This is a shared article from the Foreign Policy Research Institute. I am not the author.

 

My grandmother had an excellent memory. We would sit at her kitchen table in Montreal, in the home my mother grew up in, and she would describe her childhood in Poland 70 years earlier. She lived in Gorzków, 50 miles from the Ukraine border, and her father owned a lumberyard in Krasnobród. He traveled there each week by horse and buggy, passing the goyische cemetery on his way. Non-Jews lived on the outskirts of Gorzków; Jewish families lived around the main square. It was a bustling place, my grandmother recalled. “It was a city!” she said.

Source: History Is Not There To Be Liked: On Historical Memory, Real and Fake – Foreign Policy Research Institute

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Dearest Donald: With A Friend Like Me, Who Needs Enemies?

Anyone that doubts that “the Donald” could have been so easily manipulated by the Russians should check out this email.  I have not been shy in expressing my disdain for Mr. Trump and everything that he represents.  If he is going to invite me into his inner circle, who would he exclude?*

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*Other than the obvious:  women that don’t like being groped, people that are not white, people that were not born in the United States, people that were born in the United States but don’t look, think, or act the way that Führer Trump thinks people born in the United States should look, think, and act, people that don’t pretend to be good Christians, people that take the central message of Jesus too seriously, people that don’t speak English, people that prefer real facts over “alternative” facts, and anybody that criticizes Führer Trump for any reason.

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The Economist | Iran and the world: Not quite a dead cert

The Economist | Iran and the world: Not quite a dead cert http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21728907-his-distaste-barack-obamas-accord-could-make-world-more-dangerous-place-donald-trump?frsc=dg%7Cd

If Trump Decertifies the Iran Nuclear Deal, He Will Be Ignoring the Advice of His Generals and His Secretary of State