Category: Republicans Rule

McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery

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The corporate interests that objected to Georgia’s assault on voting rights had, of course, read the bill. They had also read the political tea leaves. They knew that it made sense to join with civil rights campaigners, democracy defenders, and everyone else who has recognized the Republican legislation as a “new Jim Crow” assault on the franchise that seeks to make it harder for people of color to cast ballots.

As is so often the case with McConnell, it was necessary this week to read around the doublespeak in order to get to his actual point: The minority leader has a problem with CEOs who openly and publicly object to the enactment of noxious legislation in Georgia.

Source: McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery

Georgia Governor Suggests Voters Waiting In Long Lines Order Uber Eats | HuffPost

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a podium in front of a projected American flag.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday voters waiting in line in Georgia could order food from Grubhub or UberEats after a new state law criminalized offers of free food and water near polling stations.

“They can order a pizza,” Kemp said on the conservative cable news network Newsmax. “They can order Grubhub or UberEats, right?”

Source: Georgia Governor Suggests Voters Waiting In Long Lines Order Uber Eats | HuffPost

As Republicans Fume, Georgia Dems Have Mixed Reactions to MLB’s All-Star Game Relocation | Common Dreams News

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, both expressed support for Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta due to Georgia's new voter restriction law. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)

Citizens United Party the GOP now wish they can have it removed. All self-interest forget about their princples. They so wish they were the Chinese Communist Party and could rid America of Democracy

“Businesses and organizations have great power in their voices and ability to push for change, and I respect the decision of the players to speak out against this unjust law,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Source: As Republicans Fume, Georgia Dems Have Mixed Reactions to MLB’s All-Star Game Relocation | Common Dreams News

Republicans openly embrace their racism in Trump’s absence | Salon.com

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There is, of course, no evidence of voters cheating in Georgia elections, or that the new law — which imposes onerous restrictions on voting, makes it easier to challenge the eligibility of voters, and opens the door to GOP takeovers of election boards — in any way addresses fraud. The law does ban handing out water to people waiting in line to vote, however. Of course, that’s not about preventing cheating but making sure voters are physically unable to handle the long lines in certain neighborhoods that were created by previous assaults on voting access. “Cheating” — like “fraud” — is one of those Trumpian code words to smear Black voters and imply there’s something inherently illegitimate about people of color having the franchise.

Republicans openly embrace their racism in Trump’s absence | Salon.com

Trump Shoots Man on Fifth Avenue | The Smirking Chimp

the President of the United States brazenly “colluded” with two foreign powers (to coin a term), publicly encouraging them to attack one of his domestic political opponents—the very thing the Founders most feared, and which they created the mechanism of impeachment to address. Yet the silence from the President’s party thus far has been deafening. Are we going to be a representative democracy ruled by law, or an autocracy led by a despot? Is the modern GOP really willing to burn the entire foundation of our republic to the ground in order to maintain its hold on power? (Rhetorical question. We know by now that they are.)

The modern Republican Party is about to decide just how savagely history will remember it. And if we as a nation allow them to get away with it, we deserve what we get.

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Donald Trump is now in open war with those investigating his campaign

"The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests": Senator John McCain.

Republican Party is willing to debase American democracy in support of Donald Trump, and how weaponised conspiracy-mongering has crept from the fringes to the heart of American politics.

The problem is that while the investigators might have used the Steele Dossier, it was far from the only evidence they had gathered and used, and given that the rest of the evidence remains classified, it is impossible for the investigators, the FBI and the Justice Department to defend the integrity of their work.

Against the recommendation of these bodies and intelligence services, Trump nevertheless ordered that the memo be declassified and released on Friday.

“The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests ― no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s.

Trump’s GOP, blithely elevating its political concerns over its nation’s interests, is so far determined that Americans should never find out either way.

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Donald Trump mocks disabled reporter during campaign rally in South Carolina – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump is widely criticised for mocking a New York Times reporter’s disability, during a campaign speech in South Carolina.

Source: Donald Trump mocks disabled reporter during campaign rally in South Carolina – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Putting partisanship ahead of patriotism; Why can’t Obama be a Conservative Republican Mom?

Tony Abbott was reportedly "seething" about Barack Obama's speech.

The backlash against US president Barack Obama shows that Australian conservatives were never friends with America as a whole – they were just mates with the American right, writes Michael Cooney.

How can Julie Bishop expect to make real progress in stopping the spread of terrorism while she undermines our alliance with the United States?

Her speech to the United Nations this week was a strong one – and a strong reminder of how valuable to Australia’s national interest a two-year place on the Security Council is proving. Yet within hours, the Foreign Minister was on national television saying she “understands” conservative fury at the American president.

What is going on?

Since President Obama left Australia, the Australian right’s attack on our ally has been astonishing. The Treasurer boasts of having ignored the president’s speech at the University of Queensland and mocks his troubles with an oppositionist senate. (These remarks, as well as failing to understand how important American executive power can be, seemed smarter before the Abbott Government’s own Senate fiasco over FOFA laws.) The Foreign Minister complains that the president doesn’t know enough about what the Government is doing to conserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland Government whinges that it bent over backwards to help arrange the UQ address and this is the thanks it gets. Queensland state MPs are even considering sending a written complaint to the White House. (The Tsar has been warned!)

It’s not only politicians; conservative commentators have also piled in.

Peter van Onselen reports that the Prime Minister was “privately seething” about Obama’s speech – although not completely privately, if PVO has the yarn. Paul Kelly was so disoriented by the whole event that he briefly demanded Bill Shorten act on climate change – “What the hell is Australia doing?” he hounded an understandably perplexed Opposition Leader on Sunday morning TV. (Meanwhile, Greg Sheridan’s contribution on the topic quite defies paraphrasing.)

These are the people who roar treason at any sign of progressive dissent on foreign policy, yet are now utterly exposed – a conga line of hypocrites.

When was the last time an Australian government and an American administration had a relationship this bad?

John Howard was hardly a golf buddy of Bill Clinton’s, and wasn’t delighted with the level of US support to our operation in East Timor in 1999, but he knew where the alliance big picture lay. The MX missile crisis of the mid-1980s was smoothed over by the diplomacy of Kim Beazley and the good relationship between President Reagan and Prime Minister Hawke.

Maybe someone who lived through the Whitlam era (I was three in November 1975) would be able to compare the trans-Pacific tensions of that period. Were they worse than this? Not necessarily. Some argue that despite their obvious political differences, there was some basis of respect between Whitlam and Nixon – Whitlam’s grand China triumph must have appealed to the audacious half of Nixon’s divided heart – but there’s no doubting the period was a difficult one for the Alliance.

In any case, it’s certain right now is the worst moment in Australia-US relations in 40 years, and maybe longer. What’s more, and for surely the first time in our shared history, the personal relationship between the Prime Minister and the president is making it worse, not better.

I was in the galleries of the Parliament in November 2011 to watch President Obama speak on the future of democracy in Asia and the future of our alliance. One of the striking memories of that day was then opposition leader Tony Abbott’s “weird and graceless” speech: rather than sincerely welcoming our friend, he attacked the Gillard government, not only for its handling of uranium sales to India, but over the tax on mining rents and economic policy in general. This was a big clanger, with newspapers reporting his own backbench complaining they were “squirming in their seats” and commercial television hosts quizzing Tony Abbott the following day about his lack of respect.

Our visitors noticed too.

In office, Tony Abbott hasn’t got any better. As PM, he wrapped his first visit to the US in other travel, to France and Canada, and made great play in advance of his arrival in Washington of his plans to ally with conservative, coal-fuelled Canadian PM Stephen Harper against our ally’s goals for climate change action. Then, ahead of the president’s visit to Australia for the G20, Australian Liberals repeatedly spoke, on the record and off, about “the lamest of lame ducks”. Put aside for the moment the Australian Government’s own inability to pass budget measures, and put aside that the next Australian election is likely to come before the next US poll. Doesn’t the Australian national interest require a strong US and a strong president?

The reality of climate change policy is that the policies of Australia and the US have never been so far apart in an international forum as they were in Brisbane this month.

Not ever.

In turn, the reality is that six decades of conservative mythology about their support for the Australia-US alliance is just that.

Myth.

It turns out Australian conservatives never were friends with America as a whole – they were just mates with the American right.

With a liberal Democratic president in the White House, they are putting partisanship ahead of patriotism – and this doesn’t just threaten the Great Barrier Reef, it weakens the fight against terrorism as well.

And worst of all, it’s not a problem which will expire with the end of President Obama’s second term. Imagine what the next President Clinton will say when she visits.

Michael Cooney is executive director of the Chifley Research Centre, the ALP’s think tank. He was speechwriter to prime minister Julia Gillard. View his full profile here.