We are coming to the end of the fourth week of the trump administration. And, what have we gotten in those four weeks? From where I sit, we have gotten nothing but chaos, lies, and miserable leadership. There seems to be no limit to the depravity of the trump administration.
The problem is that the Republican Party, especially those in the Senate and House seem to be willing to go along with this depravity if it gets them something as well.
During the last four years of the Obama administration, we couldn’t count the number of investigations held by the Republican Controlled Congress. I am not even going to talk about whether or not they were valid. But, with one of the biggest potential Constitutional crisis looming, Republicans in their controlled Congress don’t seem to willing to investigate their own.
Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul on Kilmeade and Friends on Fox said he doesn’t think this warrants an investigation. He seems to think the president did everything that needs to be done. But, he went even further. He said:
I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.
It would appear that Paul only believes in “investigation after investigation” only if it involves Democrats. It makes you wonder just where the true heart of Republicans is. Is it with the American people or is it with the party. If it is with the party, then they should all be fired.
Then let’s look at three “roll-backs” of “burdensome” regulations that Republicans are rushing through Congress. The very first one was to repeal the prohibition of coal mines from dumping waste from their mines into streams and rivers, even if those waters provide drinking water for people. This tells me that they are more interested in saving coal mine owners money over providing clean drinking water for people. Party over the country.
The second was signed yesterday by our beloved leader. This rule involved the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and involved energy companies, like oil companies. This regulation was in connection with the Dodd-Frank bill that is intended to make sure we don’t go through another 2008 meltdown of our economy.
This order required energy companies to disclose their foreign investments. Meaning their profits, their taxes, and any “payments” they may have made to get the deal to a foreign country. Yes, as you can see that is a real burden on the profits of the energy companies and keeping them from hiring lots of Americans into new jobs. And, who was the number one opponent of this rule when it was first talked about? Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon/Mobile and the current Secretary of State. Another case of party over the country.
The Senate today is set to vote on another repeal bill that the House already passed. This one is really needed because it really takes away freedoms from every single person in the country.
This is the Executive Order that President Obama issued that makes the Social Security Administration provide information to the national background database on people collecting Social Security Disability because they are so mentally ill they cannot take care of their own affairs. According to this order, if you are so mentally incapacitated you are not allowed to cash your Social Security Check and need someone else to handle your affairs, you should not be able to buy a gun.
Republicans, the true lobbying arm of the NRA cried foul! How dare the government say that a mentally impaired person can’t buy a gun! This is a total outrage and it needs to be overridden as soon as possible.
Forget that every time some white guy shoots up a bunch of people they say it was just someone with mental problems. That doesn’t matter. The mentally impaired should all be armed. How else can we protect the right of every American to be shot and killed by a mentally impaired person? A third case of party over country.
These are the types of things that Republicans are so interested in. And in each case, their donor class are the ones who benefit, not the American people. Then, when something like this mess about the administration and Russia come to light, they don’t think any real independent investigation into the matter is necessary.
What Republicans want is for the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate this mess. Why? Because that way they can keep the whole investigation secret. Without transparency during the investigation they can say anything they want at the end and no one would know.
The reason is because the Intelligence Committee always deals with classified material. That way they can hide behind “national security” and not let the American People know if this is something critical or not. Another step to show party over the country.
Some of these questions could be answered if trump would just release his tax returns. Many of the questions surrounding this mess is whether or not trump is being so nice to Putin and Russia simply because of personal business dealings. I didn’t know this, but there is apparently a way that Congress could order the IRS to release trump’s tax returns, and Democrats introduced that the other day. Republicans very quickly killed the idea.
Trump surrogates all over the country are pounding their chests and saying what a wonderful job our beloved leader is doing. Only, we don’t know what he is doing. We don’t know what “response” we can expect against North Korea for test firing their missile on Saturday night. We don’t know what “response” we can expect against Russia for violating international treaty by deploying cruise missiles.
Those two things seem to not be as interesting to our beloved leader than figuring out those leaks from the White House or calling the national press “fake news” to protect himself and his minions.
Our adversaries are testing this new administration and our beloved leader is too busy tweeting insults against his domestic opponents and not taking care of our country. And, Republicans in Congress are letting him get away with this simple case of incompetence. As usual, today’s Republican Party is only interested in party and not the country.
Just ask Paul Ryan. He says they shouldn’t be wasting their time investigating members of their own party. If their party’s president is shredding the constitution and ignoring adversaries, that’s okay. It isn’t the Republican’s problem. Party above all else!
And, the shirts keep marching along.