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Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:21 AM

Republic? What Republic?




Senate Republicans are setting a dangerous precedent that threatens the republic itself. I'm not naive enough to think they would hold Democratic presidents to the low standard they've applied to Trump, but all future presidents will be able to point to Trump to justify:


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a. Soliciting foreign attacks on our elections;
b. Using federal appropriations or other resources to pressure foreign governments to help them win reelection;
c. Implementing an across-the-board refusal to comply with any congressional oversight at all;
d. Firing the heads of the government's top law enforcement agencies for allowing investigations of the president;
e. Retaliating against whistleblowers and witnesses who testify before Congress;
f. Investigating investigators who investigate the president;
g. Attempting to retaliate against American companies perceived as insufficiently supportive of the president;
h. Attempting to award the president's own company federal contracts;
i. Using personal devices, servers or applications for official communications;
j. Communicating secretly with foreign leaders, with foreign governments knowing things about White House communications that our own government doesn't know;
k. Abandoning steadfast allies abruptly without prior warning to Congress to cede territory to Russian influence;
l. Destroying or concealing records containing politically damaging information;
m. Employing white nationalists and expressing empathy for white nationalists after an armed rally in which one of them murdered a counter protester and another shot a gun into a crowd;
n. Disseminating Russian disinformation;
o. Covering for the murder of a journalist working for an American news outlet by a foreign government that is a major customer of the president's private business;
p. Violating human rights and international law at our border;
q. Operating a supposed charity that was forced to shut down over its unlawful activities;
r. Lying incessantly to the American people;
s. Relentlessly attacking the free press;
t. Spending 1/4 of days in office visiting his own golf courses and 1/3 of them visiting his private businesses;
u. Violating the Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution;
w. Misusing the security clearance process to benefit his children and target perceived enemies;
x. Drawing down on government efforts to combat domestic terrorism in order to appease a segment of his base;
y. Refusing to aggressively investigate and build defenses against interference in our election by Russia, after the country helped him win an election;
z. Engaging in a documented campaign of obstruction of a Special Counsel's investigation.
aa. Lying about a hush money payoff and omitting his debt to his attorney for that payoff from his financial disclosure report (which is a crime if done knowingly and wilfully);
bb. Coordinating with his attorney in connection with activities that got the attorney convicted of criminal campaign finance violations;
cc. Interfering in career personnel actions, which are required by law to be conducted free of political influence;
dd. Refusing to fire a repeat Hatch Act offender after receiving a recommendation of termination from the president's own Senate-confirmed appointee based on dozens of violations;
ee. Calling members of Congress names and accusing them of treason for conducting oversight;
ff. Attacking states and private citizens frequently and in terms that demean the presidency (see Johnson impeachment);
gg. Using the presidency to tout his private businesses and effectively encouraging a party, candidates, businesses and others to patronize his business;
hh. Causing the federal government to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at his businesses and costing the American taxpayers well over $100 million on boondoggle trips to visit his properties;
ii. Hosting foreign leaders at his private businesses;
jj. Calling on the Justice Department to investigate political rivals;
kk. Using the presidency to endorse private businesses and the books of various authors as a reward for supporting the president;
ll. Engaging in nepotism based on a flawed OLC opinion;
mm. Possible misuse of appropriated funds by reallocating them in ways that may be illegal;
nn. Repeatedly criticizing American allies, supporting authoritarian leaders around the world, and undermining NATO; and
oo. etc.





At this point, I would remind these unpatriotic Senators of the line "you have a republic if you can keep it," but a variation on this line may soon be more apt when Trump redoubles his attack on our election: You have a republic, if you can call this a republic.


It is exhausting just reading this list.

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Soph0571 Nov 2019 OP
safeinOhio Nov 2019 #1
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2019 #7
Arkansas Granny Nov 2019 #2
PWPippinesq Nov 2019 #3
Takket Nov 2019 #4
Martin Eden Nov 2019 #5
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2019 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2019 #9
Martin Eden Nov 2019 #10
usaf-vet Nov 2019 #8
dweller Nov 2019 #11
liberaltrucker Nov 2019 #12
NCLefty Nov 2019 #13
liberaltrucker Nov 2019 #14

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:30 AM

1. Publicans are changing our Democratic Republic

into a Banana Republic.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 08:35 AM

7. Which is why we should start calling them

Banana Republicans

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:30 AM

2. Exhausting and disheartening. He has done this in plain sight and

Republicans do nothing to rein him in. Are they that terrified of this gas bag?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:44 AM

3. They are that terrified of Putin, as is the gas bag himself.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:51 AM

4. Oh, is that all?



I guarantee the rethugs will be calling for the next Dem president to be impeached before they are even sworn in.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 08:19 AM

5. All of this again raises the question:

Should the House articles of impeachment be narrowly focused of the Ukraine extortion, or should it include all impeachable offenses?

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 08:29 AM

6. ALL OF THEM! No need to 'dumb it down for average Americans' as some have

suggested. If the Democrats don't, it implies they are okay with all the outrages NOT on the impeachment articles list.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 09:37 AM

9. exactly!

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 02:47 PM

10. In principle, I agree

The question is whether a much broader and time consuming impeachment inquiry would be more successful in turning public opinion away from this POtuS.

Pelosi thinks not, and I am somewhat inclined to trust her judgement.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2019, 09:17 AM

8. Thank You for this great list. I have saved it for future use.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 02:04 AM

11. pp.

why, the tapes, of course!


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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 02:23 AM

12. It's times like this that make me wish y'all Brits had won that war.

nt

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 02:29 AM

13. Or that we cleaned up more after the Civil War.

Too many of the traitors' ancestors still hate the rest of us.

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Response to NCLefty (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 26, 2019, 02:31 AM

14. Point taken

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