Total Boycott of the Republican Party

Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes 1 at The Atlantic call for a total boycott of the Republican Party:

This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy.

Ah ha! truth to power!

We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.

…more of this, followed by their reasons:

This is not about the Republican party’s extremism or even about policies. This is not about Trump being awful (though he is), but about the Republican party being unwilling to check his abuses of power; Anti-Trump forces in Republican party have been shut out, and Trump owns the base now. This presents the Republican party as not just complicit by inaction, but actively operating to support Trump and his program of political destruction.

Conclusion?

  1. The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
  2. Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
  3. The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.

And a final appeal:

We understand why Republicans, even moderate ones, are reluctant to cross party lines. Party, today, is identity. But in the through-the-looking-glass era of Donald Trump, the best thing Republicans can do for their party is vote against it.

We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.

Total Boycott of the Republican Party

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  1. Neither of these gentlemen are Democrats, much less liberal pinko fags. They’re both famously non-partisan researchers & senior fellows at the Brookings Institution. Remember that as you read their conclusions.

Drug Testing Fail

Yet another idiotic ReThug idea proven…well, idiotic:

In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000.

The program has now been in place for three months and just four people, less than one-half of a percent of all applicants, tested positive. In the general population, the rate of drug use is 9.4%.

Not all applicants take the test. Courts have required such testing to be based on reasonable suspicion, so those applying for TANF are required to fill out a questionnaire designed to flag potential users. 107 applicants were drug tested…

…West Virginia’s experience mirrors those of other states who have implemented similar programs. ThinkProgress reviewed the impact of programs in 13 states last year…

Sen. Ryan Ferns, the lead sponsor of the bill in West Virginia, refused to answer questions from the Gazette Mail about the outcome of the drug tests.

You ask me, every ReThug in office should be drug tested, preferably on a daily basis. 1

Drug Testing Fail

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  1. Tell Sen. Ferns how stupid he is by emailing him here: ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov. Or call his office: (304) 357-7918.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

The ReThugs and Pederasts are so certain of their double-digit victory down in Alabama today they’ve taken to blatantly trolling us.

To our mind this is the exact definition of exploitation. No parent should let this happen to their child and no candidate of conscience would burden a child with this legacy.

Remember this moment when the shooting finally begins.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

Disingenuous Much?

“Charlottesville? I doan know nothin’ ’bout no Charlottesville…”

Disingenuous Much?

Sinclair Broadcast Group

The company that is soon to own WDAF 4 has instituted a lot of changes at it’s stations; take WJAR-TV, which is mandated to broadcast of multiple programs favorable to Generalissimo Donaldo Juan Trumpo on that state’s most-watched television station.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a rapidly growing media company that bought Channel 10 in 2014, produces “must-run” segments and distributes them to its local stations nationwide. They must air during daily news programming, Sinclair executives said.

Sinclair is poised to become the nation’s largest owner of TV stations and, with its recent hire of former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn, viewers can expect to see more of the chain’s political programming.

The practice, which has infused a political flavor into the 68-year-old WJAR’s broadcasts, started quietly there at least a year ago.

Three of the segments have rattled viewers and WJAR’s own news reporters, according to Fletcher Fischer, the business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228, the union that represents broadcast workers there:

  • The Terrorism Alert Desk, advertised as a daily news update about terrorist activity.
  • News pieces from Epshteyn, Sinclair’s chief political analyst.
  • A clearly labeled opinion show featuring Mark Hyman, a former vice president of the company.

These pieces are fed to Sinclair’s 174 stations in the United States every day.

Sinclair’s insertion of the segments into news programming has been harshly critiqued by Rhode Islanders and national commentators.

Gloria Crist, a 54-year-old actress from Tiverton, says she’s stopped watching the station.

Rep. David N. Cicilline condemned the practice, saying: “Rhode Islanders rely on our local news being produced in Rhode Island, not directed by a national conglomerate for local broadcasters to deliver.”

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote, “What Fox News is for cable, Sinclair could become for broadcast: programming with a soupçon — or more — of conservative spin.”

And HBO’s John Oliver dedicated a show to what he calls Sinclair’s corporate propaganda.

But Sinclair says it’s providing national commentary to “free up” reporters “to create more local news, which we considered to be squarely in the public interest.”

So much for the “liberal” mainstream media, n’est-ce pas?

WDAF is already a FOX sock puppet, so perhaps there won’t be too significant a change locally. And hey! our own Terrorism Alert Desk! Hoo boy – bring on the popcorn!

Better yet, Sinclair is launching a “national investigative news team“, which we would assume, would –at least locally– delve into the Kansas City Water Department incompetency, the downtown hotel cash give-away, as well as the illegalities surrounding the street car.

What could possibly go wrong?

Sinclair Broadcast Group