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Showing posts with label Reagan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reagan. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Scandal, "Witch Hunt" and The Reality

Image result for scandalsThere was a time when a Google search of the most scandalous US presidency (paraphrased) would yield at least one link to a Wikipedia article with links to Warren Harding and Reagan Administration. While Reagan kept himself just above the cauldron of scandal which infested the US Cabinet and the US House and Senate, his years in office ended in a historic scandal centered on arms for hostages and Oliver North traipsing around the globe oozing with false nationalist scandals.

After the Iranians stormed and overran the US Embassy and took the staff hostage, Ronald Reagan's inauguration found an almost immediate release of the hostages while Jimmy Carter faded into Presidential History. Some wondered why the almost immediate hostage release. 



The Witch Hunt
You are probably not old enough to recall the last episode of US History which transpired with a US President and his men: labeling a developing scandal a "Witch Hunt."

Richard Nixon and his henchmen during the Watergate break-in scandal and its coverup resorted to the "Witch Hunt" strategy and mantra.


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Why do conservatives so relish past history they recycle it?  They recycle even in cases where the original episode evaporated in failure (eg. felony convictions, jail sentences, and US President removed from the Oval Office.

Donald Trump has immersed not the most heinous and pervasive scandal since the signing of the Declaration of Independence and promulgation of the US Constitution. Would you know he would deploy the time-worn Witch Hunt: strategy?

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 

This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! 7:52 AM - May 18, 2017


The Russian Scandal as a Witch Hunt is a depsarate strategy to combat a web of election scandal. The Trump Administration is setting record levels of scandal and subsequent investigations. Wiki link. (View Trump after 17 months compared to other US Presidents who served full terms, and more often two terms.)

Richard Nixon as prologue to the Years Of Trump.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TPI Morning Gazette: Koch'd, Trump, Paula Dean, Reagan, Obama

      Non-Progressive News

Reagan on Social Security. Now why do Republicans to the MAN so often evoke the ghost of Ronald Reagan?  In today's GOP the man would be a pariah.
Republican hero and Tea Party icon Ronald Reagan had this to say about Social Security back in 1984.... Of course, conservatives have selection amnesia regarding the statement.
Posted by Too Informed To Vote Republican on Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Black Flordia State University quarterback slugs woman...Scarborough takes it where conservatives live: "blonde woman." Race matters!
So, if she hadn't been blonde then...?
Posted by Mediaite on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ted Cruz deploys his "If you fall for this, I got more coming: routine." He works a cheap offense against the interview host with hope of placing the person back on their heels...and then he zings them. Well, he was sitting across from Katie Couric. Regardless of your thoughts on Couric, she can handle an interview subject like a Yo-Yo. Cruz was no exception.

Ted Cruz needs serious medical attention for this burn! He just got put on blast.
Posted by The Everlasting GOP Stoppers on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bill Kristol joins Trump and reminds of his hawkish support for invading Iraq! Not the pundit to follow, conservatives. He has a history of "Judas Goating" the nation to dark places.

One would think Paula Dean would hold off on any references to race or ethnicity. She has obviously overcome her problems with revelations a past filled with overt racism. Well, just like a spoiled child. Once, the flak subsides, the child goes back to their inner core.

Paula Deen in hot water..what was her staff thinking?*! #Madison #BlackEagle #UrbanView #PaulDeen #Blackface
Posted by Joe Madison - "The Black Eagle" on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In the midst of a minor discussion of how Dean may have concocted the Tweet release to drive publicity, and counter points about the net-net affect of her tweet as racism, one stood tall with a comment that, for me, settled the discussion. Dean's act, even if deleted, was yet another sign of her inability to move away from her inner core racism. While some argued it was a publicity stunt, others argued well it was about her Cuban husband (from Cuba get it) and still others found the tweet deeply offensive. 

Facebook comment:
Cary Last Name Deleted First of all, it's DESI, not Dezi. As in DESIDERIO ARNAZ, his full name. Secondly, he was a CAUCASSIAN CUBAN, not a "brown Cuban". Cubans come in all shades and colors, just like Americans. The ignorance and racism is just rampant.......

Well, there you are, argument place din perspective Dean's post was racist and should never have been thrown-up on Twitter. Now tell me this, are you still watching her kitchen performances?

The latest in how Fox News "salts" the minds of its viewers. Recall Gender Equality for Fox and its viewers is tantamount to full equality for all Americans (and that is a problem for most conservatives).  So, Fox goes after the conservative psyche with a horrific utterance from a horrific "money talk whore": If Gender equality was alive and well, men could hit women  Well, as basic an ignorance premise as I have read this week.  Men are not supposed to hit men, why would any Fox News viewer find the Fox News "money talk whore's" comments palatable. 

This is a medical professional that regularly speaks on television.
Posted by Media Matters for America on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Ya simply have to believe
The GOP's number two racist (since Pat Buchanan has grown quiet), Rudy Guiliani. Speaks out in support of fellow New York and uber wealthy racist, Trump.  Birds of a feather really do flock together. Imagine either of these men sitting in the Oval Office. 

Go ahead America and the GOP...give the Koch's free reign on our National Parks!  Tar Sands mining and oil platform drilling/pumping for oil!


Now how did this get in the Gazette?


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Facebook Basket: Conservative Media, Right-Wing Demagogues And A Seceded Country Called "Reagan"

Conservative America is seriously devolving into an abyss of insanity. Fox News most brainless show (Fox & Friends) takes the prize for mindless gibber-jabber. We find Chuck Todd seeming to work towards a job at Fox News. The man is auditioning like no other. Todd makes George Wills audition and Howard Kurtz's auditions look amateurish.

The top of the cake (the icing) is a conservative brain-child nut case espousing secession with the resultant nation called Reagan.  

Shut Off Water For Poor Residents

Fox News Baselessly Blames Calls For Minimum Wage Increase For Drop In McDonald's Profits

New York Times Columnist Apologizes For Attending Fundraiser For Anti-Gay Legal Group

Chuck Todd Explains The Meet The Press "Balancing Act" And How Diversity Is A "Front-Burner Issue"

O’Reilly Goes On 47 Percent Rant, Claims Democrats Only Vote Because They Want Things

When you do not agree with conservatives they often reach for a place that reads: You should not be allowed to vote. Isn't that a care foundation of authoritarian fascism?

Now, this one is archetypal GOP. I would love to see the US south "REAGAN" collect taxes from a tax base with scant industry, high levels of welfare recipients, chronic numbers of the under-educated, the highest levels of medical uninsured, and high levels of unemployment. Afraid "Reagan" (the country) would need an Army. How would Reagan's Army deal with funding?

Reagan aide: South should secede and create a new anti-gay country — called Reagan!

Post by Salon.

You GOP voters have frightfully shallow and brainless media darlings.  Fox New should be an insult to your intelligence. Yet, the network garners major support from a large audience. Does that mean the nation has gone insane?

Remember business is based on giving the consumer what the consumer wants.  That means Fox news reports to the lowest denominator because of your consistent viewing. 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

Yes, you have seen those memes before, correct? Do they have any impact on your perception of the GOP and (some in) conservative America's dogmatic pursuit of an American tragedy: the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack and its aftermath have become a literal "rebel yell" for the GOP, right-wing media and people who visit webpages and leave "troll poop."

The recent release of a White House email from White House staffer, Ben Rhodes, has provided a life-line for the GOP and their hopes to dissuade Hillary Clinton from seeking the democratic nomination in 2016.  The GOP has lost its $86 million dollar Boehner, Cantor, Tea Party, Koch brothers, campaign to repeal that Affordable Care Act. The so-called IRS scandal is not yielding election winning dynamics or impetus for the GOP. Leave it to the White House to blunder in releasing communication regarding efforts to manage Susan Rice's appearances on a serious of Sunday Morning news shows. A White House mistake, granted; a serious abuse of power cover-up, not at all.

"Benghazi" has the GOP as excited about the prospect of harming the Obama Administration and the leveling a mortal political wound to the former Secretary of State. A few days ago we also found some in the GOP have even less scruples than, we previously thought. The NRCC has offered a side of the GOP one can only compare to the well know fabled, "The Scorpion and the Frog."  The NRCC is using the Boehner Benghzai hearings for fundraising. 

If you are one who follows the GOP and its various surreptitious strategies for campaign solicitation and campaigns strategy, you may have run across this earlier in the week.

“You Can Become a Benghazi Watchdog Right Now.”

After you complete the form and hit submit, you are taken here.

Intriguing and as we think of the former Ambassador Stevens and three CIA employees, beyond shame even for the GOP.

When asked to comment on the NRCC fundraising off the spirits of people who gave their lives for the United States, Boehner effectively "took the fifth." Boehner not only evaded the question, he used the families of those lost in Benghazi as cloaking cover for his "lock-step," support the NRCC's crass recruiting efforts. Boehner is third in ascendancy to the US Presidency!

Former campaign manger and White House staffer, David Plouffe, tweeted. 
ACA working. Benghazi! Running a surplus. Benghazi! Unemp down to 6.3. Benghazi! Planet threatened. Benghazi! NFL Draft. Benghazi!
Plouffe's tweet sums-up the 2014 - 2016 GOP in a fish bowl. Boehner's choice to serve as chair of the GOP "Benghazi" Committee is South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Godwy, former prosecutor and tea party member of the House. As the congressman stood for an early morning interview with Joe Scarborough and crew, he released a Freudian Slip that sets the stage for the Boehner committee.

We have embed the end portion of the segment. Watch and listen as the imminent committee chair uses the word "trial."

If you are interested in the full interview, it is linked here.  Over the course of the week, Media matters has continues its closely monitoring of Fox News as the GOP "communications department" goes about is feeding derangement to its viewers.

Steve Benen of the Rachel Maddow Blog published a quick read piece regarding the NRCC and the GOP's Benghazi attacks fundraising.

As I contemplate becoming a $250.00 or a $500.00 "Benghazi Watchdog," I also wonder if the higher figure garners a heightened quality of "watchdog" equipment." As is often the case, we sprinkle a bit of validation with our pieces. If you really believe Gowdy will deliver fair and balanced hearing regarding Benghazi, check this out.

We have linked a few pieces. 


Friday, January 31, 2014

"Power Of The Pen" In The Hands Of A Leader

If the signatures are hard to discern and you find it hard to follow which president was in office when, the following graphic from TPM visualizes current GOP "Derangement Syndrome" As phony as a three dollar bill.

New playbook talking point: "Obama as Dictator?"

executive orders

A president works for the good of the nation and obstructionist ideologues work against him.  

 " I will go it alone." The 34:45 minute - 34:55 minute mark and reoccurring throughout the speech.

Since the GOP seems to throw Rand Paul at every Obama public appearance, we thought we would focus on his response to the SOTU. Chris Matthews, Joy Ann Reid and former RNC Chair Michael Steele discuss GOP responses to the SOTU. Paul's response is of particular interest because he is visible with each and every opportunity to respond to the president.  You would think the GOP would offer up a far more intellectually gifted  and credible "rebuttal" spokesperson. 

The need to "go it alone," thus leaving an obstructing party holding a dangling rope. 

Let's take a look at close and specific look at how Reagan, Clinton and Bush W. dealt with "constitutional authority" as spoken by Steele.  

Administration of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Ronald Reagan:

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  • 1981 - E.O. 12287 - E.O. 12336 (50 Executive orders signed)
  • 1982 - E.O. 12337 - E.O. 12399 (63 Executive orders signed)
  • 1983 - E.O. 12400 - E.O. 12456 (57 Executive orders signed)
  • 1984 - E.O. 12457 - E.O. 12497 (41 Executive orders signed)
  • 1985 - E.O. 12498 - E.O. 12542 (45 Executive orders signed)
  • 1986 - E.O. 12543 - E.O. 12579 (37 Executive orders signed)
  • 1987 - E.O. 12580 - E.O. 12622 (43 Executive orders signed)
  • 1988 - E.O. 12623 - E.O. 12662 (40 Executive orders signed)
  • 1989 - E.O. 12663 - E.O. 12667 (5 Executive orders signed)

381 Total Executive Orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President William J. Clinton:
  • Subject Index
  • 2001 - E.O. 13186 - E.O. 13197 (12 Executive orders issued)
  • 2000 - E.O. 13145 - E.O. 13185 (41 Executive orders issued)
  • 1999 - E.O. 13110 - E.O. 13144 (35 Executive orders issued)
  • 1998 - E.O. 13072 - E.O. 13109 (38 Executive orders issued)
  • 1997 - E.O. 13034 - E.O. 13071 (38 Executive orders issued)
  • 1996 - E.O. 12985 - E.O. 13033 (49 Executive orders issued)
  • 1995 - E.O. 12945 - E.O. 12984 (40 Executive orders issued)
  • 1994 - E.O. 12891 - E.O. 12944 (54 Executive orders issued)
  • 1993 - E.O. 12834 - E.O. 12890 (57 Executive orders issued)

364 Total Executive Orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of George W. Bush (2001-2009)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President George W. Bush:
  • Subject Index
  • 2009 - E.O. 13484 - E.O. 13488 (5 Executive orders issued)
  • 2008 - E.O. 13454 - E.O. 13483 (30 Executive orders issued)
  • 2007 - E.O. 13422 - E.O. 13453 (32 Executive orders issued)
  • 2006 - E.O. 13395 - E.O. 13421 (27 Executive orders issued)
  • 2005 - E.O. 13369 - E.O. 13394 (26 Executive orders issued)
  • 2004 - E.O. 13324 - E.O. 13368 (45 Executive orders issued)
  • 2003 - E.O. 13283 - E.O. 13323 (41 Executive orders issued)
  • 2002 - E.O. 13252 - E.O. 13282 (31 Executive orders issued)
  • 2001 - E.O. 13198 - E.O. 13251 (54 Executive orders issued)

291 Total Executive orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of Barack Obama (2009-Present)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:
  • Subject Index
  • 2009 - E.O. 13489 - E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
  • 2010 - E.O. 13528 - E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
  • 2011 - E.O. 13563 - E.O. 13596 (34 Executive orders issued)
  • 2012 - E.O. 13597 - E.O. 13635 (39 Executive orders issued)
  • 2013 - E.O. 13636 - E.O. 13655 (20 Executive orders issued)

167 Total Executive orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

If you have a few more minutes, take a look at President Obama's EOs during 2013. Linked title below.

In 2013, Barack Obama published 21 executive orders, from EO 13635 through EO 13655.
These 21 executive orders can be downloaded in CSV/Excel and JSON formats. More information about our APIs can be found on our developers page.
Source document: Forward Progressives 
The Truth About Executive Orders Republicans Won’t Like Seeing

Source image: Democratic Underground

Monday, November 11, 2013

Christe Goes On Fox And Delivers A "REAGAN BOMB"

Earlier today Chris Wallace, Fox News, asked Chris Christe about his intent to run for the US presidency. Any New Jersey voter who voted for Christe has to know he has no interest in repeating his "half-assed" (in the Christe vernacular) administration of the "Garden State." Surely, New Jersey voters realize they have simply catapulted a man to the GOP 2016 ticket who has proven he is not fit for to serve as the 45th President of the United States of America. 

Chris Wallace and a 2:00 minute segment of Christe invoking the ghost of Ronald Reagan via Crooks and Liars Dot Com.

Christie: I'm Prepared to Be President Because I Do 'Exactly What Ronald Reagan Would Have Done'

We have little to no interest in posting details about Christe's mediocre first term as governor of New Jersey.  Of note, however, was his decision to spend $25 million to move the special election eventually won by Cory Booker to the US Senate away from last weeks voting day. We also recall Christe spending a portion of Hurricane Sandy relief money for development of a tourism commercial while some New Jersey citizens are continuing to live in trailers outside of ruined homes. Earlier in the week, Chris Hayes, MSNBC, captured Christe's foibles and his re-election to a second term on the "spirit of Sandy."  If you have not watched the segment, become a high information voter and give-up 15 minutes of your day.  

Whether you watched the segment of not, we offer insight into the psyche and emotion of Chris Christe.  He stated to Chris Wallace he would serve "Exactly What Ronald Reagan Would Have Done."  Two points. We hope no US president would exhibit the temperament and loss of emotional control you are about the read and view.  Second, Christe plays the Ronald Reagan "dog whistle"  like a symphony flutist and without regard for millions across the country who understand beyond a "feel good president" Reagan's time in the Oval Office was not accolade-like successful. He had major failures, many of which are delineated in The Progressive Review piece linked  below.
Christe, an emotional wreck!

November 4th , 2013
After the rally, Christie made his way back to his campaign bus, flanked by low-key security guards. Tomlinson, who had been carrying a sign and handing out fliers from her Badass Teachers Association, asked Christie why he’d called New Jersey schools “failure factories.” Christie rounded on her, blurting out that he was sick of “you people.”

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“This story—oh really? They have more money now than they’ve ever had before. This is an old story from you folks, and they fail because you guys are failing in those schools. Have you ever sent your child to one of those schools?
“You portray us as the bad guys,” said Tomlinson.
“Guess what, this is the most money the school has ever spent on education in the history of this state,” said Christie.
“It is not,” said Tomlinson.
“$9 billion in education!” yelled an onlooker.
“Yeah, and it’s down 0.1 percent,” said Tomlinson.
“And it’s never enough for you,” said Christie.
“All I want is money for my students and my school,” said Tomlinson.
“Do your job,” said Christie, turning away and heading into the bus.

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We offered only three Christe's episodes. There are many more. It is amazing that many of his outburst have been leveled at women. we also ask that you scroll up and take another look at the five images of Christe berating a public school teacher.  Our specific interest is Christe's wife and the elitist glee she exhibited towards the teacher. The image is priceless and speaks volumes about New Jersey's First Couple. 

The Progressive Review has a detailed listing of many of Reagan's leadership flops (some deeply serious and damaging, others unbecoming a US president). 

The Progressive Review

Reagan Presidential quotes (one as California Governor)....

"We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry every night.  Well, that was probably true.  They were all on a diet." --Ronald Reagan, TV speech, October 27, 1964

"...a faceless mass, waiting for handouts." --Ronald Reagan, 1965.  (Description of Medicaid recipients.)

"Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders." --California Governor Ronald Reagan, in the Sacramento Bee, April 28, 1966

Is there any wonder so many int he GOP and conservative America harbor utter callousness towards people who are less economic fortunate (even if temporarily so)? 

The Progressive Review link provides for a deeper understanding of the Reagan's most chose to ignore. We will not forget nor allow our readers to forget Reagan's impact on our current economy. His trickle-down/supply side economics continues to serve as "main-root" GOP economic practice. Reagan and his financial advisers are singularly responsible for the current income disparity. If elected to the White House in 2016 any Republican will revert to trickle-down policies as surely as David and Charles Koch as permanent 'White House guests. In fact, Christe attended a recent Koch event and fulfilled a speaking engagement.  Do you seriously, believe the Koch's will not cash-in their 'marks' if Christe were president?

A couple of The Progressive Review graphics provide a degree of validation related to Reagan's economic impact on the nation. 

We often find it amazing even some progressive sources avoid Ronald Reagan's contribution to the current racist division in the United States. No, we do not feel Ronald Reagan was a seething Jesse Helms or Strum Thurmond racist.  However, we are suspicious of his typical GOP racial elitism. Nonetheless, our point goes more to actionable items vs. supposition.

Reagan, Kevin Phillips (popularized for Richard Nixon) and Lee Atwater planted a seed in the GOP that has fully metastasized into nation destroying racism that manifests all to often and as consistently as the 24 hour clock. 

Atwater during the Reagan Era...
Bob Herbert, a New York Times columnist, reported a 1981 interview with Lee Atwater, published in Southern Politics in the 1990s by Alexander P. Lamis, in which Lee Atwater discussed politics in the South: 
Questioner: But the fact is, isn't it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps  
Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."[4] 
Herbert wrote in the same column, "The truth is that there was very little that was subconscious about the G.O.P.'s relentless appeal to racist whites. Tired of losing elections, it saw an opportunity to renew itself by opening its arms wide to white voters who could never forgive the Democratic Party for its support of civil rights and voting rights for blacks."[1]
Do you recognize the 'coded words: "Food stamps", "Forced Busing?"  We will add a few: "Welfare Queen (coined by Reagan), "Affirmative Action", "Free stuff", "public schools."

You wonder how could Reagan and his behind the scenes operatives have contributed to our current stat of racial animus?  When a popular "father of Modern-day Conservatism" uses strategy and coded language based in racial messaging, people who placed their biases deep inside tend to feel better about coming of of the closet (sort of speak).  If you need a couple perfect examples of political operatives who pied piper the use of code or speakers of outright racist oratory: New Gingrich, John Sunnunu, and Rick Santorum.

Yet, Christe "dog whistles" to connect to a president who publicly supported Bob Jones University and who declared his candidacy for his first run the presidency in Jackson Mississippi. I believe, Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson Mississippi.

I suppose the Latinos who supported Christe realize that his lack of support from the Black Community was for a reason.

We would be seriously remiss if you did not provide a link (link, link) that depicts years in office as the most corrupt in US history. Even surpassing the misdeeds of Richard Nixon. 


Ronald Reagan and Corruption…the Truth Behind the Lies
The Republicans and the Corporate-Controlled-Media have spent the last 30 years trying to convince us that Ronald Reagan was wonderful. The reality is just the opposite…
Reagan ran the most corrupt administration of the 20th century.
By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever.
{Click here to read about the convicted, the indicted, the bad, and the ugly.}

Well, as we consider Christe's opportunist remarks, maybe we should have considered his audience: "Red meat" conservatives who he must rehabilitate regarding his Sandy hug of Obama. We can only hope an informed electorate does not forget his Reagan remark come 2016.

Additional Information Sources:

Southern Strategy (Yes, we will use WIKI from time to time, but only after reviewing a few of the Wiki pieces referral sources.)
Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

By leveraging race and religion — especially in the South — he set an example for today's bitter politics