Kentucky, we need your help in 2020

Tom Camfield
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Posted 6/19/19

When Mitch McConnell is one of Republican senators up for re-election to six-year terms in 2020, he will be 78 years old. He was first elected in 1984. I don’t imagine he realizes that I, here …

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Kentucky, we need your help in 2020

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When Mitch McConnell is one of Republican senators up for re-election to six-year terms in 2020, he will be 78 years old. He was first elected in 1984. I don’t imagine he realizes that I, here in far-off Washington State, where I won’t even see a ballot with his name on it, am on his campaign mailing list. The last email I got featured his bragging, as senate majority leader, over how the Senate has thwarted Democrats in their efforts to prevent confirmation of Donald Trump’s judicial appointments. “The far left has failed,” he said, “your Republican Senate Majority has been able to confirm judges—including two Supreme Court Justices—at the fastest clip in history.”

Yes, Mitch, we with reasonable intelligence out here have noticed Despicable Donald’s frenzied stacking of the judiciary system. Largely due to his frustration over having his ego publicly over-ruled by legal decisions in the best interests of the country—handed down by such as United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit down in San Francisco.

And we have you, of course, who proclaimed the other day that the Senate would hastily approve another Supreme Court appointment by Donald in the event a vacancy occurs. You who all through 2016 refused to bring to a vote in the Senate Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland with the weaselly, untrue justification that “following a longstanding tradition of not filling vaccines on the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year.” That lie is worthy of your idol Donald Trump. Between the two of you, you’ve managed to give us Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court—and you’re ghoulishly eying sitting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I also recall that immediately after Obama’s election, before he even took office, you were publicly rallying office-holding lackeys of plutocrats to oppose any agenda whatsoever that might be proposed by Obama, then later promising to make him a one-term president. All paving the way for ascension of the racist egomaniac who now is president.

Hopefully, Kentucky will be sane enough to put you out to pasture in 2020, Mitch.

Here’s the beginning of an article from the New York Times on Aug. 27, not long before the mid-term election of 2014: “At a private conclave with the billionaire Koch brothers’ political apparatus this year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, laid out a confrontational agenda for a Republican-controlled Senate aimed at dismantling President Obama’s legislative successes through the federal budget.

“In an audio recording leaked to The Undercurrent, a liberal-leaning YouTube channel, and initially reported by the magazine The Nation, Mr. McConnell told the mid-June gathering in Dana Point, Calif., that if the Republicans gained control of the Senate and retained control of the House in November, Congress could use the budget process to force the president to roll back his priorities.

“‘In the House and Senate, we own the budget,’ he said, explaining that the initial blueprint on taxes and spending does not require the president’s signature. ‘So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it’ . . .”

And that’s what happened.

“Democrats need a new target for all their anger . . . and the target is going to be me,” McConnell says today. “But if you want the Senate to keep confirming conservative judges, cutting regulations, and enacting President Trump’s conservative agenda, I”m going to need you on my side.”

I can only hope the American public, in Kentucky and elsewhere, will not again will be seduced by a selling job as sleazy as that one.

The GOP picked up 9 seats to gain senate control in the 2014 election and the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 then brought us to the situation we are in today.

To drag our country back out of a swamp blackened by crude oil, coal tar and the ashes of our Constitution, we ideally must 1. elect a Democratic president, 2. regain Democratic control of the Senate, 3. maintain Democratic control of the House. Even that wouldn’t fix things magically overnight, but it would get us off to a fast start.

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Justin Hale

Imagine that politicians playing politics. The Democrats do the same thing when they are in power as far as appointing SCOTUS judges.

Wednesday, June 19
Tom Camfield

I just happen to have more about McConnell standing by. I ran out of space above to mention how he and his wife have been ripping off the system for personal benefit. A June 10 article in Politico began: “The Transportation Department under Secretary Elaine Chao designated a special liaison to help with grant applications and other priorities from her husband Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky, paving the way for grants totaling at least $78 million for favored projects as McConnell prepared to campaign for reelection . . .

“ ‘Where a Cabinet secretary is doing things that are going to help her husband get reelected, that starts to rise to the level of feeling more like corruption to the average American. … I do think there are people who will see that as sort of ‘swamp behavior’,’“ said John Hudak, a Brookings Institution scholar who has studied political influence in federal grant-making.

To read the entire lengthy story, Google this headline: “Chao created special path for McConnell’s favored projects.”

Meanwhile, there’s Chao’s family. In China, the Chaos are no ordinary family. They run an American shipping company with deep ties to the economic and political elite in China, where most of the company’s business is centered.

A New York Times story of June 2 noted; “Ms. Chao has no formal affiliation or stake in her family’s shipping business, Foremost Group. But she and her husband, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have received millions of dollars in gifts from her father, James, who ran the company until last year. And Mr. McConnell’s re-election campaigns have received more than $1 million in contributions from Ms. Chao’s extended family, including from her father and her sister Angela, now Foremost’s chief executive, who were both subjects of the State Department’s ethics question.”

Google this headline for more on the subject: “A ‘Bridge’ to China, and Her Family’s Business, in the Trump Cabinet”

Wednesday, June 19
Justin Hale

Corrupt politicians?, say it isn't so. I laugh every time I read a partisan such as yourself going on about how corrupt the other party is and if we just voted for their party there would be no more corruption in Congress, in a pigs eye!

Wednesday, June 19
Tom Cmffield

Basically, I want to see someone other than a two-bit rabble-rouser with a colossal ego as president. We're in dire need of someone to lead our country in a more intelligent and virtuous way.

Parasitic hangers-on such as Mitch McConnell also are abetting the rape of our society. To truly make our country great again, we have to get rid of the lot of them.

Thursday, June 20
Justin Hale

I'll see your McConnell and raise you a Pelosi, Shumer and a Ocasio Cortez, deal?

Thursday, June 20
Tom Camfield

I"m waiting for the detail.

Thursday, June 20