Why is it that TeaPublicans continue to nominate white supremacist nutcases?

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the GOP’s nominee for governor of Florida, has found himself in yet another controversy over racist rhetoric.

American Ledger, a project of the super PAC American Bridge, has unearthed a series of toxic arguments put forward by DeSantis in his 2011 book, “Dreams from Out Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama,” which he wrote while first running for Congress to bolster his credentials against President Barack Obama.

One of the most disturbing claims he made in the book was that Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was wrong to suggest the founding fathers’ failure to abolish slavery in the Constitution was a fundamental flaw.

“For someone like Marshall, this failure overshadows the numerous and long-lasting political achievements embodied in the structural foundations of the government that have nothing to do with the institution of slavery,” DeSantis said. But in fact, he went on, the “philosophical foundations of the Constitution are incompatible with slavery,” and bargains like the Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted enslaved persons as 3/5ths of a free citizen, actually “benefitted anti-slavery states.”

If DeSantis had simply left it at the fact that tolerating slavery was essential to get the Southern states on board, he might have had a point. But for him to claim the Constitution somehow preordained the end of slavery as written is pure whitewashing, given that it took a bloody civil war to amend it to do so. Furthermore, his claim that allowing slave owners to get extra congressional apportionment for each enslaved person they owned was somehow a gift to “anti-slavery states” simply defies logic. Not to mention, it is highly offensive for DeSantis to condescendingly say all this as proof that Thurgood Marshall — one of our nation’s great constitutional thinkers, and himself a descendant of slaves — didn’t know what he was talking about.

For good measure, DeSantis also claimed in his book that Obama was not truly a Christian, but became one out of convenience because “irreligion would be an impediment to forging political relationships.”

DeSantis has been facing accusations of racism ever since he stated on television that Florida should not “monkey this up” by electing Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum — the first black nominee of a major party for governor of Florida. Subsequent reporting has uncovered his ties to far-right xenophobic groups, including the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose founder has claimed there is a “race war” against white people, and ACT for America, a hate group that centers on Muslims.

TeaPublican leader in the slammer on weapons and explosives charges. Typical.

Montana tea party leader Bruce Boone Wann has been charged with illegal possession of firearms as well as the distribution of an improvised grenade and dynamite.

According to The Missoulian, Wann had a short-barrel rifle, stolen shotgun and two silencers, among other things. Having those weapons alone could land him in federal prison for 30 years. With the addition of the explosives, Wann could get as much as 80 years in prison.

No, you TeaPublican idiot children — that’s NOT an “angry mob”

Trump today called his opposition “an angry mob.”  No.

That’s no angry mob! Just ordinary, everyday citizens pushed into action by the threat of a perjurer, partisan, embittered, of questionable moral standing and lacking judicial temperament candidate for Supreme Court being ramrodded by the Senate leadership and by a minority President who is totally unfit for the job.

That’s my wife, terrified that our girls are unprotected from sexual assault.

That’s my niece, raped and left for dead by a group of fraternity drunks.

That’s my grandmother, sexually assaulted by a teacher at age 10.

That’s my son, sexually assaulted by a priest.

That’s my nephew raped by a Boy Scout leader at age 12.

That’s my mom sexually assaulted by her employer.

That’s me.

THAT’S no angry mob!

Those are people outraged by the 51 Senators who have betrayed all survivors and future victims of sexual assault.

Those are people who are being revictimized by the callous disregard for the millions opposed to the ascension of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS and the sham procedures that enabled this.

Thousands of attorneys, classmates, and even an esteemed former Justice of the Supreme Court implored the President and Senate to withdraw Brett Kavanaugh because of his multiple perjuries and internationally demonstrated lack of impartial, measured judicial temperament.

No! That’s no angry liberal, Democratic mob. That is what Americans standing together looks like.

Get used to it.

That is a spontaneous uprising of millions of citizens from both parties, all races, all religions, all genders exercising a constitutional right to protest an injustice perpetrated by the Senators elected to uphold the Constitution and, at the very least, do no harm.

Get used to it!

Middle Class
People of All Religious Denominations
even Republicans

Standing together in opposition to a Supreme Court Candidate even the Senate Majority Leader didn’t want to put forward.

That’s No Angry Mob! That’s the righteous, justifiable indignation of a people united.

Get used to it!

Justice will prevail.

Fairness for all will prevail.

Injustice, bigotry, hateful policies, and the dismantling of all that is good our ancestors died for in war after war, on the picket lines, and for the right to vote will be defeated.

Get used to it.

We, the good people, will stand up and be heard.

What happened to those big wage increases promised by the Republicans?

The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases.  In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining.

When justifying the Republicans’ December 2017 $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result, in 2018, in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each.

But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized.  Instead, as the U.S. Labor Department reported, between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the real wages of American workers actually declined.  Indeed, the second quarter of 2018 was the third straight quarter―all during the Trump administration―when inflation outpaced wage growth.  The last time wages grew substantially above inflation was in 2016, during the Obama administration.  Consequently, by August 2018, as the Pew Research Center reported, the purchasing power of American workers’ wages was at the same level as in 1978.

Why did the Republican promises go unfulfilled?  A key reason for stagnating wages lies in the fact that U.S. corporations used their windfall derived from the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent under the 2017 GOP tax legislation to engage in stock buybacks (thereby raising their stock prices) and to increase dividends to share-holders.  This practice produced substantial gains for big corporate investors but did nothing for workers.  Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers.

Another important long-term factor that has depressed workers’ wages is the dwindling membership and declining power of America’s labor unions.  Once a force that created a more level playing field between workers and their bosses, unions have been badly weakened in recent years by Republican-sponsored anti-union measures, such as so-called “Right-to-Work” laws and the subversion of the National Labor Relations Board.

The Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage has also undermined wage levels.  In the past, numerous Republican Presidents backed legislation that increased the minimum wage.  But that position has radically changed as the Republican Party has turned sharply to the Right.  Although the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 for more than nine years, Trump and Congressional Republicans have blocked legislative efforts to raise this pathetically low wage floor, contending that they saw no need for a federal minimum wage.  Moreover, Republicans have used their control of state governments, as in Missouri and Iowa, to block cities and counties from raising local wage levels through legislation.

By contrast, Republican policies have done wonders for the wealthy and their corporations.  By the fall of 2018, the stock market had reached new heights and the fortunes of the wealthiest Americans had grown remarkably.  According to Forbes, the wealth of the 400 richest Americans averaged $7.2 billion each―a hefty increase over the previous year, when they averaged $6.7 billion.  Moreover, the ten richest Americans possessed $730 billion among them―an increase in their wealth of nearly 20 percent over the past year.  And the very wealthiest American, Jeff Bezos, nearly doubled his wealth during this time―to $160 billion.  From the Republican standpoint, their programs had been a great success.  Accordingly, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted in late September to make its steep tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy permanent.

So let’s stop saying that Republican rule in the United States―from the White House, to the Congress, to the Supreme Court, and to the states―has been dysfunctional.  It’s been very functional―not for American workers, of course, but certainly for those people Bernie Sanders has referred to as “the billionaire class.”