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A Republican group will air an ad Wednesday morning supporting impeachment during President Donald Trump’s favorite television program.

 

Rule of Law, a conservative group critical of the president, produced a spot showing GOP lawmakers standing up against Richard Nixon when he refused to comply with congressional subpoenas in 1974, as Trump has done this year, reported the Huffington Post.

 

“Now President Trump refuses to comply with Congressional subpoenas,” says the voiceover. “Will today’s Republican Party defend the president’s obstruction or defend the rule of law?”

 

 

The spot will air on “Fox & Friends” shortly before debate on impeachment begins at 9 a.m. in the U.S. House of Representatives, and has set up billboards in New York’s Times Square and congressional districts of some House Republicans, asking, “What is Trump hiding?”

 

“Republicans should remember their forebears as well as the precedent they are setting, and uphold their duty to the Constitution,” said Sarah Longwell, the group’s executive director.

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The administrations and legacies of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush combine to tell a long, sorry tale of corruption, greed, brazen lies, abused power and religious fundamentalism gone wild that, in whole and in part, put us where we are today. Remove any one of those men from that painting, and from history, and Donald Trump would likely be just another late-night punchline you slept through, again. Nixon, Reagan and W. Bush made Donald Trump possible.

 

It is telling, and perhaps deliberate, that the painting finds Donald Trump seated at the right hand of Nixon. Who better than the Beast of San Clemente to frame the groaning reality of this White House? Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – courting brazen segregationists like South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond while stoking racial animosities wherever he and his fixers could find them – won him two presidential elections and greased the rails for every Republican presidential nominee to follow.

 

The construction of a Republican Electoral College fortress in the South began with Nixon and remains standing, very nearly brick for brick, to this day. Trump’s victory in 2016 happened because of that fortress. If he wins re-election in 2020, he will have Nixon’s deeply racist campaign strategy to thank once again. Beyond that, Nixon’s disdain for the rule of law, combined with his venomous hatred of the press, set the tone for the latter half of the 20th century and laid a precedent Trump has followed practically to the note.

 

Though he never served a day in prison for his crimes, thanks to a pardon from one of the other fellows featured in the painting, Richard Nixon was ultimately forced to pay a steep price for his transgressions. The same cannot be said for Ronald Reagan, whose administration sold missiles to Iran and used the proceeds to fund an illegal war in Central America. The Iran/Contra scandal was a vast, sweeping international affair for which the president eluded punishment by dint of 124 separate “I don’t remember” replies during the congressional inquiry.

 

Vivid public dishonesty by that president set yet another precedent Trump has taken full advantage of over the course of two long years. Lie straight to their faces, goes the thinking, and dare them to do something about it. The juggernaut rolls on.

Reagan’s most indelible imprint on the country, the one Trump has taken greatest advantage of, is cultural. He oversaw a rollicking festival of across-the-board deregulation while preaching the polluted gospel of trickle-down economics that endures to this day. Donald Trump came of age in the Reagan era, and learned the dark arts of the con man by watching the master in the White House.

 

Anyone who can say with a straight face that Trump has not benefitted from the mainline injection of racism into conventional Republican politics should immediately apply for a gig at the White House.

 

More than anything else, Reagan’s courting of what became known as the “Religious Right” changed the face of the country. Conservative Protestant evangelical leaders like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham actively helped solidify and expand the religious fervor of the Republican base, creating one of the most reliable voter blocs in modern US history. Their legendary loyalty to the GOP, even in the face of myriad scandals and shameful episodes, has proven to be one of Donald Trump’s great strengths.

 

Another lasting Reagan legacy that Donald Trump has capitalized on is the muscular approach Reagan’s strategists took to Nixon’s racist “Southern Strategy.” Reagan adviser Lee Atwater, the infamous Southern Republican political operative who showed Karl Rove the ropes, explained during a 1981 interview the long, sure process of making virulent racism mainstream by hiding it in plain sight.

 

“You say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff,” said Atwater, “and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, Blacks get hurt worse than whites. ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing.”

 

Anyone who can say with a straight face that Trump has not benefitted from the mainline injection of racism into conventional Republican politics should immediately apply for a gig at the White House. From Nixon to Reagan to Trump, the Republican “Southern Strategy” traded in the white robes of the Klan for a suit, a tie and some buzzwords to obscure the truth. The strategy has proven to be highly effective for the Republican Party, and toxic to the rest of the country, particularly to communities of color.

 

Sixteen years before the ascendancy of Donald Trump, George W. Bush adopted every fetid, discredited Nixon/Reagan ploy as his own. The 2000 GOP primary in South Carolina was a festival of racist gutter tactics that set Bush on course for the presidency, thanks entirely to the lessons Rove absorbed at Atwater’s knee. Bush survived the 2000 general election and was re-elected four years later, thanks in part to the thick white walls of that electoral fortress Nixon and Reagan built in the Southern states.

 

Like Nixon and Reagan, Bush had little use for the truth, and less use for observing the democratic norms that hold the republic together. Like Reagan, Bush embraced the power of the evangelical Christian right to the continued detriment of all. Nixon and Reagan lied about wars, but Bush lied us into a pair of wars that grind on to this day. Like his predecessors, George W. Bush paid no legal price for his serial crimes and astonishing dishonesty.

 

The rank racism of the “Southern Strategy.” The nonsense and classism of trickle-down economics. The grim fusion of politics and extremist evangelical Christianity. The bold power of the shameless lie. It has all flowed from Nixon to Reagan to Bush and finally to Trump, the inheritor of that poisoned estate. But for them, we would not have him. It’s all there in the painting, if you find your way to see it.

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Trump deserves a best actor academy award...For pretending he's not a Criminal 

 

 

 

Felony Indictments in the Trump Campaign & Administration (to date)

 

FELONY INDICTMENTS (AS OF 9/17/2018) IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN/ADMINISTRATION
RELATIONSHIP TO TRUMP # PEOPLE INDICTED TOTAL # OF INDICTMENTS # PEOPLE CONVICTED TOTAL GUILTY COUNTS # OF PEOPLE IMPRISONED
TRUMP ORGANIZATION, CAMPAIGN, OR ADMINISTRATION 5 55 5 22 2 (+3)*
OUTSIDE CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS (U.S. CITIZENS) 2 2 1 1 0 (+1)*
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO TRUMP CAMPAIGN 26 153 0 0 0
FOREIGN, DIRECT INVOLVEMENT TO TRUMP UNCLEAR 2 2 1 1 1
TOTAL 35 212 7 24 3 (+4)*

Source: RoyalScribe / @kgoebel, tinyurl.com/POTUSFelonies201809

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18 minutes ago, NeoConvict said:

He has been begging for a partisan impeachment for months. Now he has to act hurt and angry about receiving exactly what he needed to return the house to conservative hands. The man deserves a  best actor nomination!

Always debating the argument between art and reality to which rules the other governs lifetimes as eternally separated in reproductive position as the populaiton currently occupying space now.

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1 minute ago, sole result said:

Always debating the argument between art and reality to which rules the other governs lifetimes as eternally separated in reproductive position as the populaiton currently occupying space now.

They do kind of bleed into one. I can't always readily differentiate between the two.

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18 minutes ago, NeoConvict said:

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He has been begging for a partisan impeachment for months. Now he has to act hurt and angry about receiving exactly what he needed to return the house to conservative hands. The man deserves a  best actor nomination!

 

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Yeah....sure....months.....

 

 

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July 21, 2016 - "The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.

 

Donald Trump, should he be elected president, would bring an end to the postwar international order, and liberate dictators, first and foremost his ally Vladimir Putin, to advance their own interests. The moral arc of the universe is long, and, if Trump is elected, it will bend in the direction of despotism and darkness."

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/clinton-trump-putin-nato/492332/

 

 

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9 minutes ago, NeoConvict said:

They do kind of bleed into one. I can't always readily differentiate between the two.

They both accomplich the same goal, divert instinctive awareness away from how life actually works in plain sight defined in psychological plane vocabulary regardless the local tongue of communication between humans as geographically displaced as reproduced so far.

 

You really haven't ever discovered your natural center of balance yet have you outside picking sides of interpreting life as larger than the moment here then reflect in 24/7 logistics of simultaneously alive.

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51 minutes ago, NeoConvict said:

He has been begging for a partisan impeachment for months. Now he has to act hurt and angry about receiving exactly what he needed to return the house to conservative hands. The man deserves a  best actor nomination!

 the 2020 election will bring more bad news to Republicans than in 2018, esp. in the Senate and the White House. 

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3 minutes ago, Scout said:

 the 2020 election will bring more bad news to Republicans than in 2018, esp. in the Senate and the White House. 

It will be a good show. Both bases are energized to frothing levels. Hard to judge moderates and independents just yet. Are they tired enough of Trump's unconventional antics to embrace socialism and increased taxation? That verdict is out.

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1 hour ago, NeoConvict said:

He has been begging for a partisan impeachment for months. Now he has to act hurt and angry about receiving exactly what he needed to return the house to conservative hands. The man deserves a  best actor nomination!

Lol

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