Republican governors call fellow Republicans on the carpet for criticism of FBI

In an article in Newsweek penned by Jason Lemon called “Republican Larry Hogan Rips GOP Lawmakers Calling to ‘Defund’ FBI: ‘Absurd’,” a Republican who is known for more rational thinking has called others on the carpet for their criticism of the FBI. It should be noted that Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas joined in the criticism by the Maryland Governor of fellow Republicans about the FBI. Here are a few paragraphs with the link to the full article below.

“Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, slammed fellow GOP lawmakers on Sunday who have called to ‘defund’ the FBI in the wake of the Monday raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican and staunch Trump loyalist, this past week called for defunding the federal law enforcement agency, and even began selling shirts and hats with the words ‘Defund the FBI’ printed on them. Representative Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, also floated the idea of abolishing the FBI in a Monday Twitter post. Meanwhile, a number of other GOP lawmakers have attacked the FBI, accusing the agency of corruption and political bias.

The Republican governor said that such calls are ‘dangerous,’ and added that ‘there are threats all over the place,’ warning that ‘losing faith in our federal law enforcement officers and our justice system…is a really serious problem.’…

The FBI, with the approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland, carried out the raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home, searching for top secret and sensitive compartmentalized information, as well as other classified documents. Trump and his allies have condemned the raid, with the ex-president calling it part of a ‘hoax’ and an ongoing ‘witch hunt’.”

One of the tactics of authoritarian type leaders as the come into power is denounce all institutions as bad and ineffective. The institutions are the problem and I am here to take them apart, the authoritarian says. As Michael Lewis noted in his excellent book “The Fifth Risk,” the deep-state, who has been labeled and ridiculed tends to be made up of hard-working people who not only take their oaths seriously, they “know what they are talking about.”

Mind you, every institution is imperfect and we need to guard against bureaucracy creep. The same goes for laws and regulations – we need to monitor them, improve them when needed and scrap when obsolete. In essence, there is needed oversight.

Over the last six years, we have heard a former president claim on numerous occasions that investigations were “witch hunts” or “hoax.” Just pick a topic and search “Donald Trump and witch hunt” or “Donald Trump and hoax.” He called COVID-19 a “Democratic Hoax” and how many hundreds of thousands died in the next few years? He called a judge sentencing the disbandment of the Trump Foundation ordering the former president to repay the money he took from the foundation for his personal benefit a “hoax.” He still he had to fork over $1.6 million and the Foundation funds were distributed per the by-laws before being terminated.

He said and still says the 2020 election was stolen from him using bogus election fraud claims that he has abysmally been unable to prove after people spent a lot of money on attorneys to do so. He cannot lose that election as many times he has with a court case record of 1 win out of 65 or so cases and no wins in every recount, audit and review.

And, numerous Republicans have testified under oath and at huge risk that the former president had a heavy hand in a seditious act against Congress. Quite simply, the insurrection against Congress would not happen if Donald Trump was not president. When he got to court a financial fraud case last week, he pleaded the 5th which is not usually a sign of innocence.

So, before we walk down a path of calling this FBI raid a hoax, know a couple more things. A judge felt there was enough evidence to issue a warrant. A very well thought of judge by Republicans and Democrats (who should be on the Supreme Court) personally signed off on the raid as Attorney General. I expect Donald Trump to cry foul as his ego cannot allow criticism of any kind. What frustrates me most is his sycophants who go out of their way to support his claims and his fans who for some reason ignore the overt lying and fraud.

Let’s get to the bottom of this. And, for those that are crying foul now, what are you going to say if he is charged with another crime, much less convicted of one? As painful as it will be, our country needs to hold the former president accountable or it will happen again.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republican-larry-hogan-rips-gop-lawmakers-calling-to-defund-fbi-absurd/ar-AA10Eolm

A bedtime story for all

A bedtime story for all. There once was a boy who grew up in a life of luxury. He was given most anything he wanted and if he did not get it he would throw a tantrum on the floor. This made for embarrassing moments for his mother who would send him to his room to think about matters. He would trudge off red-faced and livid mumbling “it is not my fault.”

Later his mother would check on him to see if he and cooled down. In her efforts to try to get him to see the error of his ways, she often failed to get the message through. “You just don’t like me he would say” when she said he could not have a cookie or piece of cake just before dinner. “Of course, I do my son, why do you say that?” she would ask.

“Because you are being mean to me,” he would exclaim through dried and new tears. “Saying you cannot have something is not being mean,” she replied. “You will spoil your appetite.”

“It will not. I have the largest appetite in the history of mankind,” he would boast. “I can eat anything at any time.”

“Now you are just being silly,” she would answer with a smile. “When you say foolish things like that, people won’t believe you.”

The toddler just smiled. “You just watch. I think if I repeat things enough, act tough and blame others, I can make people believe anything.” His mother listened and replied, “Yes, but at what cost?”

The moral of this story is know who your children play with. The toddler who blames everyone but himself will become a similar kind of adult, if he is allowed to get away with it.

Dr. Fiona Hill cautions all on civil unrest fomented by the outgoing president

Dr. Fiona Hill is one of the most credible public servants who risked a great deal by testifying of her concerns regarding the coercion of Ukraine to benefit the president.* In an article called “Former Trump official Fiona Hill: ‘President’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war'” by Justine Coleman of The Hill, she cautions of more civil unrest. Here are a few paragraphs along with a link below.

Former Trump National Security Council member Fiona Hill on Monday said that President Trump’s ‘actions have put us on the brink of civil war’ after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week.

Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a ‘sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.

‘Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,’ she said. ‘He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.’

The former Trump official said Trump’s efforts to stay in power during his presidency amounted to a ‘self-coup’ that was ultimately unsuccessful. But she noted ‘the bad news is that his supporters still believe the false narrative’ that the president won reelection after he and other Republicans have promoted unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud led to his loss.

Trump has not repudiated it, nor have the House and Senate Republicans who voted against the Electoral College results, she wrote. ‘Millions of people still think the election was stolen. They still support Trump the person, not the Republican Party, and many are prepared to take further action on his behalf.

‘As in the case of other coup attempts, the president’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war,’ Hill continued. ‘Trump did not overturn the election results, but, just as he intended, he disrupted the peaceful democratic transition of executive power.’

Her voice is one of experience and reason. She needs to be listened to by all, but especially Republicans in position of leadership.

Former Trump official Fiona Hill: ‘President’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war’ (msn.com)

*Per Wikpedia, Fiona Hill is a British-American foreign affairs specialist and academic. She is a former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs. She was a witness in the November 2019 House hearings regarding the impeachment of President Trump. A PhD in history from Harvard University, she is currently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Stick a fork in him, he is done as a future candidate

It broke my heart to see how low this outgoing president brought us, but democracy held serve. Yesterday was so over the top it will go down in infamy, but it also will be the day the political career of Donald J. Trump ended. He will retain his ardent supporters and I worry about what could happen, but the many Republican legislators who kept their disdain for him silent to garner votes have jumped ship or are about to. (See the link below to an article in The Washington Post today)

In a huge turn of events, outgoing Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her campaign on Tuesday, said the following (as reported in the article below) as she changed her mind.

“’When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes,’ said Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who had just lost her election in a runoff. ‘However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider. And I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors.’”

Just last night, several Trump staff resigned at the events of the day, Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland and former Chief of Staff, being just one of them. What happened yesterday is on the shoulders of the outgoing president and his sycophants. Trumpism will remain a danger to contend with, but you can stick a fork in its namesake as a future candidate. He is done. 

Probably the most blatant signs come from the outgoing vice president, Mike Pence. Senator James Inhofe (R) was reported to say that Pence was furious with Trump and the position Trump put him in. And, when Pence followed his allegiance to the constitution and denied to do something Trump wanted him to try, the petulant outgoing president went into full scale tear down mode of Pence.

Yet, what is starting to get reported is it was Pence who called out the National Guard, not the outgoing president. It was Pence whom the National Guard leaders coordinated with. And, what is also being reported is the Cabinet has started some discussions on invoking the 25th Amendment and removing Trump from office.

Now, Trump has said he will transition the baton peacefully, but that is his stance this morning. He is Donald Trump, so there is no limbo bar too low for him to ooze his corrupt and deceitful behavior underneath it. And, as noted above, Trumpism is not dead. So, riled up people could do riled up things. Trump will continue to spread his rhetoric, which is a nice word for lying, after he leaves office. Yet, his future as a candidate is done. Stick a fork in him. And, it is his own fault, along with his sycophants.

‘Enough is enough’: A slew of Trump’s GOP allies finally hit their limit (msn.com)

Georgia’s second recount confirms Biden win

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am truly tired of writing about an outgoing president whose fragile ego cannot and will not tolerate that he lost the election. Yet, after seeing excerpts from his petulant Thanksgiving Day news conference, he is still banging on that drum that there was wild-scale fraud of over “100,000 or more “votes in many states.

Since that time, he lost yet another appellate court case, where a Trump appointed judge wrote a scathing rebuke of the lack of evidence. If you read between the lines, the judge said stop wasting the court and people’s time with unsubstantiated claims.

On Saturday, the Georgia recount was finished for the second time whose results confirmed Joe Biden won that state. A few paragraphs from the following article called “The Republican Secretary of State for Georgia says Trump ‘should leave quietly’ after state’s election recount confirmed Biden’s win” by Sophia Ankel of Business Insider are telling.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said President Trump ‘should leave quietly,’ after the state’s election recount confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

‘When you lose an election, you should leave quietly. It’s the will of the people that has been expressed,’ he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an article published on Saturday.

Raffensperger has found himself the subject of intense criticism by the Trump campaign after Georgia turned blue for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Earlier this week, President Trump called Raffensperger ‘an enemy of the people’ and accused him, without evidence, of hiding “tens of thousands” of illegal votes.

Three things are crystal clear and consistent about the actions of the outgoing president.

1. He will do anything, and I mean anything, to avoid losing. Michael Cohen, his attorney/ fixer said under oath to Congress, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” His niece said he will burn it all down to avoid losing.

2. He has habit of firing people or denigrating them if they tell truths that run counter to his lies. Chris Krebs, will appear on “60 Minutes” tonight. Krebs was fired from his election cybersecurity role for Homeland Security as he noted this was the most secure election in our history. Krebs joins a long line of Inspectors General, diplomats, staff, etc. who have been thrown under the bus by the outgoing president.

3. Trump fans wield the backing of the outgoing president by making death threats to people who are doing their jobs the best they can. Many of those under attack are Republicans, but they have the misfortune of telling truths the outgoing president does not like.

Yet, as I have said time and again, the actions of this outgoing president are disappointing and scary, but not a surprise. He has planned and staged his fraud claims for months. Plus, as many have noted in biographies and news stories, it is in his nature to win at all costs. The fact people’s lives are being threatened reveals just how dangerous following the words of this deceitful and corrupt acting person can be.