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Trump Takes A Knee At George H. W. Bush Funeral

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While everyone around him recited the Apostles’ Creed as part of the funeral service for George H. W. Bush, Donald Trump remained stone-faced, with his program in hand and arms crossed.

The man who many Evangelical Christians think was installed into the White House not through the help of Russians but by divine intervention, couldn’t even fake his phony religiosity.

The man who during the presidential campaign outrageously claimed the Bible was his favorite book in an effort to convince Evangelical Christians that he would be a better choice for president than the laundry list of other potential Republican candidates, couldn’t even show respect for religion.

Yes, Trump had every right to remain silent but why put your hypocrisy on full display?

What Trump did was the equivalent of NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem … what staunch conservatives see as a total disrespect for the flag and our military. So where is the outrage from the religious right, or Fox, for Trump’s show of contempt for the faithful?

It should be noted that the man standing next to Trump, President Obama, who he called a Muslim from Kenya, not only recited the Creed but also seemed to do so from memory.

Perhaps, as some are speculating, Trump’s refusal to recite the Apostles’ Creed wasn’t so much a show of disrespect but proof that he cannot read?

Or as others have surmised, Trump thought the recitation was homage to Apollo Creed, never one of his favorite boxers.

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Today’s GOP Is The Party Of Jefferson Davis, Not Of Old Abe

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Republicans like to refer to themselves as the Party of Lincoln.  This could not be further from the truth. In Lincoln’s day, the Republican Party was more like today’s Democratic Party. It cared about issues of social justice.

Today’s Republican Party is unabashedly stomping all over Lincoln’s legacy.

As Harold Meyerson wrote in a 2015 Washington Post article, even before the GOP became the party of Trump, the Republican Party is doing all it can to suppress black voting; “opposes federal efforts to mitigate poverty; it objects to federal investment in infrastructure and education just as the antebellum South opposed internal improvements and rejected public education; it scorns compromise. It is nearly all white. It is the lineal descendant of Lee’s army, and the descendants of Grant’s have yet to subdue it.”

Make no mistake … today’s GOP is more the party of the Old Confederacy than that of Old Abe.

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Democrats’ Big Win Reveals Stark Reality … We Are As Divided As Ever

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Democrats won big on election night. They achieved their primary goal of retaking the House. Finally America might have a check on Donald Trump’s total disregard for norms, customs and the rule of law itself.

The much-anticipated “blue wave” did materialize. Democrats flipped over 30 House seats, took seven gubernatorial races (and counting), and made significant gains in down ballot races—winning over 260 state legislative seats with more to come.

But many Democrats are not celebrating their big night. Perhaps it’s because the “blue wave” came with a harsh red undertow.

Three red-state senators lost their races, giving Republicans greater control of the Senate. Two charismatic Democratic candidates – Beta O’Rourke in Texas and Andrew Gillum in Florida, lost their election bids, though narrowly.

What the midterms clearly revealed is that we are a divided nation mostly separated along urban-rural lines.

Defeated Claire MaCaskill of Missouri perhaps said it best: “The further you get from metropolitan areas, the more powerful Donald Trump is and the more allegiance there is to whatever he says or does.”

As Robert L. Borosage of The Nation writes, “Republicans are increasingly the party of rural, white, non-college-educated males, and aging and evangelical voters.” This so-called “Trump base” was susceptible to “Trump’s manic, unhinged, dishonest, and scurrilous campaigning…No doubt his blend of hate and fear helped build Republican turnout.”

But change may be in the air. Democrats made dramatic advances in formerly Republican suburbs, and in the Midwest, while continuing to gain in the Southwest.

Many Progressive ballot initiatives across the country fared well.  The new Democratic House is expected to include 100 women.

Trump incredibly tweeted Tuesday’s election results were a “Big Victory” for him!

The truth is Donald Trump is a con man and more Americans are not falling for the sting.

As Borosage aptly put it, “The 2018 election exposed once more how divided the country is—but it also showed the tide is running against Trump’s hateful brand of politics and the party that he continues to deform.”

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Ready For Some November Fireworks?

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With all the excitement, and nervousness, surrounding the upcoming midterm elections, it’s easy to forget about Bobby Three Sticks. The consummate professional, Robert Mueller III has gone radio silent over the past few months.

Unlike former FBI Director James Comey, who weighed in on the Hillary Clinton email investigation days before the 2016 election, Mueller has honored the longstanding Justice Department policy that prosecutors should not take actions that might affect pending elections.

Rest assured, however, Mueller has not been idly passing time sipping a tropical drink under a shady palm tree somewhere in the Bahamas. The man has simply been quietly and methodically going about his business investigating possible Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election and subsequent obstruction of justice by Trump.

Just last week Mueller interviewed the former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon … for the third time. It is being reported by Politico that the Special Counsel’s office may have already issued a subpoena for Trump to testify in front of a grand jury.

No matter what happens after next Tuesday’s election, expect some fireworks  (indictments, reports?) out of the reserved and staid former Eagle Scout in the very near future.

If the Democrats, as predicted, take back control of the House, expect our “So-Called” President to become even more unhinged and erratic.

The final episodes of the best reality show on TV may finally be upon us.

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Party Chairman, Tom Perez, May Have Hit On The Right Message For Democrats

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Much has been said, and written, about how the Democrats’ lack of fighting spirit has hurt them in the past when dealing with the ruthlessness of Republicans. Michelle Obama’s, “When they go low, we go high” mantra has recently been criticized by some Democrats as being exactly the wrong approach to take when trying to defeat a merciless foe.

Former Attorney General, Eric Holder, at a rally for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, was criticized last week by Republicans, and some Democrats, when he amended Michelle Obama’s mantra with one of his own. “When they go low, we kick them,” said Holder.

Of course, Republicans pounced on his statement as a “call to violence” by Democrats. It didn’t matter that Holder was speaking metaphorically.

It didn’t take long for our “so-called” President to denounce Holder.

“He better be careful what he’s wishing for,” Trump responded the following day on Fox & Friends. “That’s a disgusting statement for him to make. For him to make a statement like that is a very dangerous statement. You know, they talk about us; we are exactly opposite (…) my rallies are extremely calm and well-run.”

Once again, the party that controls all levers of government playing the victim!

Today on Morning Joe, DNC Chairman, Tom Perez was asked if this new combative approach expressed by Holder is something Democrats should adopt as their game plan.

Without answering the question directly, Perez said, “When they go low, we vote.”

Case closed. Now there’s a midterm message all Democrats can agree on!

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