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I bring up Watergate on my blog a lot. It’s the only thing that I have to compare to the craziness that we’re going through right now. The one thing that I can tell you for sure is that John Dean’s testimony caused the downfall of Nixon.
At the time of his testimony in front of the Watergate committee Nixon had approval ratings in the mid-forties. Sound familiar? Within a year his approval ratings plummeted to 21%. just like a rats jumping a sinking ship the GOP followed suit. So reading that the GOP and independent voters are starting to soften on Trump is very telling.
I watched the whole testimony of Michael Cohen today in front of the House oversight committee.what was fascinating to me and two other observers of the body politic is that as much as the GOP members of the committee attacked Michael Cohen they never defended Donald Trump. You would think that allegation after allegation that were flung to the committee members from Michael Collins testimony would have been at least given some window dressing of making an attempt to defend the leader of the GOP. But nobody did.
Look, I am more than aware that politicians are politicians and you can’t ask a lepard to shed their spots. to me the reason that President Clinton was never convicted by the Senate was because his approval ratings were soaring. That’s not the case anymore for Trump. It never was the case for Trump to be honest. He has had the worst approval ratings of any president in his first year in office. And even worse he’s had historically high disapproval ratings.
Do I think today was the wooden stake in his heart, no. But it’s the beginning and with a democratically LED house we are going to see more and more of these hearings chip away at the fake veneer of this presidency.
For those of us who watch the Game of Thrones we know what winter is coming means. Although in the White House case it’s not going to be white walkers but it’s going to be Democrats crawling all over this white house and finding out all of those crimes that have been committed during his presidency. Look I’m the first to admit I thought that Trump did not have a chance against Hillary Clinton, and yet here we are. So this blue wave that is supposed to go across the country electing Democrats to the house and set it seems wonderful but until November 7th I won’t be pleased. We need to volunteer, donate to candidates and most importantly make sure we and all our friends go out and vote on November 6th.
Only the GOP Congress would take a tragedy like 9/11 and turn it into a political football. President Obama has vetoed this legislation and now they are working on an override. It looks like this may happen as the Senate unanimously passed this legislation last time around. It’s amazing this is a group of people that cannot do anything about funding the zika virus but will do it’s best to set up an override of President Obama’s veto. President Obama is against this measure because it would then open up the United States for liability suits from every country in the world. Our hands are not clean and we must remember that. Shame on Congress
The Republicans cheated. That’s nothing new. What is new is that they misunderstood what today means to the citizen of the United States. This was not a run-of-the-mill happening in Washington. This is going to have long-term ramifications. I believe that the look you saw on Paul Ryan’s face when he was trying to call the house to order was his realization that his speakership would end in January. The will of the people that’s what Congress is supposed to be. And it’s clear that the will of the people is not being heard. And it’s not just gun safety, it’s climate change, infrastructure, spending in places where the need is great. Paul Ryan wants the world to go on in his vision. His replacement of the Affordable Care Act that he unveiled today and was eclipsed by the Democratic sit-in showed he doesn’t understand the American people. He wants to pay people who cannot afford health insurance through tax credits. You have to have money to pay for it in the first place and paying for it afterwards is basically like saying I’m not giving you health insurance. No today we saw something important happened in Washington. And returning until July 5th is not going to quiet it down. Hell, that’s all we’ll be talking about until July 5th. And it’s definitely time to disarm hate. AVB http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/housegoptakeback-224699
The Optics of it all. This is pure genius on the part of the Democrats who started the sit-in. And what’s most ironic is that they’re holding the house hostage that wants to vote on a bill that will remove fiduciary responsibility from people that handle your money. The only people in the world that want this bill to go through are the banks. To make it simple this law was passed under President Obama’s administration and it says that if you handle someone’s money you must handle it responsibly. The banks hate this because acting responsibly is not in their nature. So now the eyes of the nation are looking at a cell phone transmission from the floor of the house and in half an hour speaker Ryan will call the house to order to vote on a bill that only the banks want. This is going to set them up for 30 second commercials over and over again between now and November. This is a nightmare for Paul Ryan. And nobody deserves nightmares more than Paul Ryan. This is why the Republicans no longer call the Democratic Party by its name and only say the Democrat Party. Because this is democracy at work at its finest. AVB http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/politics/john-lewis-sit-in-gun-violence/
Could Democrats in the Congress finally be getting a backbone? Honestly, I have been waiting for this kind of action for way too long. This is unprecedented and quite creative on their part. Since the house is not in session there is no video or audio but house members are streaming live using their cell phones. This is it illegal but they are most likely to get away with it. They are fed up with the inaction over gun safety and our country and are mad and are not going to take it anymore. Republicans, and the words of President Obama, enough is enough. We need gun safety in this country. AVB http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/politics/john-lewis-sit-in-gun-violence/
Fivethirtyeight.com and Nate Silver have an analysis that says that it is possible that the Democrats regain control of the house. Wow, no more Paul Ryan yay. But seriously it’s a tough battle ahead and it seems that Democrats and progressives have all moved into large urban areas and are not challenging Congressional Republicans in their districts. I for one live in a democratic stronghold and I know that my vote in November will be somewhat wasted. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to vote and donate as much as I possibly can. This is doable people so let’s do it. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gops-house-majority-is-safe-right/
When you cough it may be a symptom of a deeper problem. This is a symptom of a deeper problem. I came from a very liberal family. We were Jewish and lived in Texas. I was always so uncomfortable when they made us say the Lord’s Prayer. Why should a six-year-old feel uncomfortable in school because of a religion? And now the government, theoretically the Bastion of the separation of church and state, is the siding what religion is worthy of being heard. That is complete BS. He read the article below you’ll see how the chaplain of the House of Representative used delaying tactics to keep a rifle leader of his church from being able to do the opening prayer. This is shameful. I have moved away from my religion, I still identify as Jewish to honor and respect my parents. But in reality I know that there is a higher power but I don’t believe that it is my imaginary friend in the sky. Look The Big Bang had to be set off. That higher power may be nothing more than how ants see us. But I don’t think we are granting ants wishes in our interaction with them. AVB http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/us-house-of-representatives-chaplain-accused-of-discriminating-against-atheism-and-minority-religions-160508?news=858781
President Obama has been one of the best, smartest and most human president we’ve had in the White House. This video that includes a compilation of his greatest moments in the White House is testimony to that. I am very proud to have supported President Obama and I believe that his legacy will continue during the tenure of President Hillary Clinton. He and Michelle Obama made the United States look good to the world. Yesterday on the news here in Los Angeles they were asking people at Hollywood & Vine what they thought about Trump becoming president. Not a single Foreigner was positive about that possibility. They all said what I feel and that is that I am scared of Donald Trump period so I know and his last months in office President Obama is going to campaign for Hillary Clinton so hard and remind people why we voted for him twice. AVB