What to Do About GOP Bad Faith After Trump

Some amount of lying, and even more hypocrisy, is inevitable in politics. The Democratic Party isn’t immune. But it would be a mistake to confuse the acts of bad faith that have saturated Republican conduct for garden-variety hypocrisy or lying. These contradictions don’t point to a lack of self-awareness or passing acts of shame-faced expediency. Republicans and professional conservatives revel in double standards because by embracing double standards they claim power over their opponents. The Republicans have become a party that celebrates rulebreaking, because they have come to see rulebreaking as a show of strength. Their moral compass, inverted by their single-minded pursuit of self-interest, now points south. 


[An excellent, if lengthy, article. Recommended reading.]

Republican Judges Are Quietly Upending Public Health Laws

The Republican Party’s campaign to take over the federal and state courts is quietly upending a long and deeply embedded tradition of upholding vital public health regulations. The result has been a radically novel and potentially catastrophic sequence of decisions blocking state responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

NY Times

Hundreds of alumni from Amy Coney Barrett’s undergrad school declare opposition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett graduated in 1994 with honors from Rhodes College in Memphis. But more than 1,500 alumni of the small liberal arts school have made it known they are not proud of their ties to the conservative lawyer and judge.

Rhodes alumni Rob Marus and Katherine Morgan Breslin wrote a letter criticizing Barrett’s stances on abortion law, the LBGTQ community and the Affordable Care Act. Signed by 1,513 alumni and posted online, the letter says the alumni are “firmly and passionately opposed to her nomination,” declaring Barrett fails to represent their views and values.

Los Angeles Times

The rabbi who is neighbor to Mark and Patricia McCloskey speaks out: ‘They are bullies’

When Rabbi Susan Talve heard that Patricia and Mark McCloskey would be among the speakers addressing the Republican National Convention, she decided she could no longer stay quiet.

“It’s so upsetting that they have a national audience,” Talve said. “It’s upsetting we make heroes out of people who hate.”

“They are bullies,” she said. “The fact that they’re speaking at the convention is a win for bullies.”


Republican Party Continues to Devolve in Madness: QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia Republican primary

Marjorie Taylor Greene is now expected to be elected in November to represent Georgia’s heavily conservative 14th congressional district, and become QAnon’s first devotee in Congress.

It comes amid a social media crackdown on the conspiracy theory.

QAnon says “deep-state” traitors are plotting against Donald Trump.

Ms Greene is part of a growing list of Republican candidates to express support for the conspiracy theory.


Landlord Killed by Beheading. Will More of the Same Occur Because of Republicans?

The coronavirus relief bill expired on July 31, 2020. The House (Democrats) passed a coronavirus recovery bill over 2 months ago. The Senate (Republicans) refused to act on it as Republicans fail to address the issue.

Connecticut man who was behind on his rent brutally killed his landlord when confronted over the late payments, according to multiple reports. Jerry David Thompson was arrested last week for the grisly crime that allegedly included decapitating his landlord, Victor King, with a samurai sword in a home in Hartford.


Trump Admin. Refuses to Disclose Corporate Recipients of $500 Billion in Coronavirus Bailout Funds

Progressive critics and advocacy groups are responding with alarm and anger to the Trump administration’s refusal to disclose the names of more than 4.5 million companies that have collectively received over $500 billion in corporate bailout money through a federal program created to provide businesses with relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

The over $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by Trump in March established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with $349 billion in funding for forgivable loans. After the initial capital ran out in just 13 days, lawmakers approved $310 billion more

Common Dreams

Pompeo for President in 2024? – His Hometown Newspaper Writes About “One Bold Hustle”

Secretary of Defense and Trump suckup Mike Pompeo has been profligately spending taxpayer money. He has had aides (on taxpayer payroll) walk his dog, collect his dry cleaning, and probably more. He has hosted dinners (“Madison” dinners he called them) where the rich and powerful were invited … and encouraged to contribute money to Pompeo.

The Kansas City Star writes:

Even in a town built on a swamp, this is one bold hustle by the former congressman from Wichita, who is still regarded as an automatic frontrunner if he decided to make a late jump — yes, even if pushed — into this year’s U.S. Senate race in Kansas. Do we really have no standards?

The GOP Becomes the Party of Trump

Republicans adopt Trump’s mental illness manifestations as “strategy”: Lie, deny, blame others:

A new Republican strategy memo advises Senate candidates to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak, link Democrats to the Chinese government and avoid discussing President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Washington Post