by Countable | 6.27.17
Good morning, CountaSkeptics!
I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again. Be skeptical, friends. Senate GOP leadership is scrambling to get enough yeay votes on their health care bill, the president has a questionable amount of sway with Republican lawmakers in order to help, and last night the White House issued a warning about possible imminent chemical attacks in Syria that officials in the State Department don’t know anything about.
War has human implications. It also, always, has political implications. It brings people together against a common enemy. That would be politically timely.
And just to spread the skeptical around, three CNN journalists resigned yesterday over a poorly vetted news story about Russia based on an anonymous source. There is truth out there CountaFam, but to see it sometimes requires stepping back and taking a wider view.
This morning the president has a phone meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France. He’ll then receive his daily security briefing and meeting with his National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
This afternoon President Trump will have a phone meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland.
Voting on a bill to reaffirm America’s commitment to the collective defense of NATO.
Voting on a bill reauthorizing historic preservation programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Take a step back, CountaBad-asses! Things are moving fast in Washington. We have to keep our heads.
|"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."— Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
— Asha Sanaker
Written by Countable
45 would begin a war to distract from his own ineptitude and corruption; this I don't doubt. He's been sowing the seeds since the beginning. The WH has exhausted its credibility with the American people. I questioned in the first month of this administration what would we do in the event of a national disaster. There are no truthful voices from the executive branch and this puts us all risk. Frankly, I think the press should walk away from these inane WH press briefings; they are a perversion and a mockery of the first amendment. The GOP will get its way with healthcare come hell or high water. Right now I imagine they are selling this by saying they'll starve the ACA anyway, so here's a Koch brothers payment for your "yes" vote. The United States is a second tier nation with laughable leadership. In six months we've lost credibility and honor as a nation. This is not about Trump; he is a symptom of an uneducated populace and a culture built on greed. I hope the Millennials have a handle on this and show up; it's our only hope. - A Boomer
Re: the Healthcare Bill, I'm a registered voter, and I'm watching you. 45 & the GOP are making this once great country a laughing stock and hurting its people. If you don't think I'll use my vote to register my disgust, and if I lose my healthcare, I will show you what I think next time I vote!!
To my democratic reps. Stop being polite. You are dealing with a ruthless administration. When 45 starts the war to distract us all from his administrations criminal actions, don't fall into line. Stand up for those of us who will take to the streets in massive civil disobedience. Democrats! Stand the hell up!
Yes, losing health care could easily be a death sentence if an individual cannot afford a life saving surgery or cancer treatment, etc. E.R.s won't perform surgery or provide cancer treatment. The majority of Americans aren't wealthy and won't be able to pay out of pocket for life saving treatment. The GOP clearly thinks this is not an America for all, but for a few wealthy people. This is a great way to ensure more become impoverished and homeless. Health care is one of the few job growth industries and those jobs will certainly diminish as fewer people will be able to afford treatment. Not even war could unite America on the loss of health care for 22 million as it is a terrible threat to most of us! War would only illuminate the need for health care for all. Did the GOP consider, it may be harder to recruit young people to go to war for a country that doesn't provide care for their older parents or won't cover their family's needs if they become disabled from war and cannot get on disability with changes in eligibility?!
We are in a political situation in the US now where truth does not matter. The President of the US makes up his own reality everyday. The news is often delivered in such a way that, even if true, there is so much opinion it's hard to tell what is really being done about it. The media, I believe, is reacting from an attempt by the administration to black them out. Congress needs to quit defending Trump in everything and anything and see this for what it is. Otherwise, I think everyone is going to regret the outcome.
Please stand strong against Trumpcare! We don't want it now and we won't want it after the recess either! We are staying vigilant to make sure you do the right thing for Maine and America!
Remember GOP we are watching. Don't start a voter revolt. You will lose.
Add my name to the tally for demand for an open hearing. My zip code kid 05661. I am a registered voter
Don't confuse Trump and the republicans with facts and truths, they live in their own alternative reality, not like the rest of the 99%!
They need to take more time . On the health care bill , don't rush it though. It affects a lot of people. Review it carefully.
45 has SOLE authority to push the nuclear launch button. The Russia investigation is getting closer. He has publicly committed an attempt to obstruct justice. He is unstable and infantile. God help us all.
The healthcare bill needs a total rewrite with a public vote, this is more important than party, it is life and death for the American people, the people should get to vote. The Middle East is a mess because on one took the time to understand the t the tribal communities before, through or since WW1, until we understand the Iranian people aren't Arabic, they were forced into Islam, nor are the Syrian, Palestinians.....there were several different unique national identities, several different religions, several different affiliations. Until we understand, recognize and start working and respecting their history we will always fail to reach peace in the Middle East. Trump lies, he spends his time comparing himself to Obama to the point I start feeling sorry for his lack of personal psychological hygiene. He needs to stop reacting and start listening to different people, heck, start reading from a wider information base or he will stumble into WW3 (and America will be the bad guys).
Continue to keep up this fight. I still cannot believe how disgusting the GOP has become. This tea party inspired, alt right generation of conservatives needs to learn the true nature of these exploitive politicians. I pray it won't be at the expense of how far we've come.
You people have got to stop the madness! There are few people who can afford this tragic mess trump and Ryan are shoving thru surely to god there is someone left in government with heart and a brain
I can't help but see the warning about a potential chemical attack by Syria as an act by the administration to distract us from the horrific healthcare bill and the Russian investigation. He was praised by media and others for his missile attack and may be trying to appear as a "strong leader". But how can we believe anything coming from a White House that has lied repeatedly over everything? This is not a game. This is the real world where words have consequences. This will only get worse as he feels more pressure. Congress must act to protect the American people from the inept and dangerous administration.
Inconvenient truth is there is a war going on right here against children. I ask you to compare the legislation being considered with UNICEFs Convention on the Rights of the Children and hash tag every piece of proposed legislation that is in opposition. (Example #opposes UNICEF's Rights of the Child. Tell your local reps that children do matter, today! Here is a link to a few of the survival articles to get us going https://www.unicef.org/crc/files/Survival_Development.pdf Please Help #support the rights of the child UNICEF
I would like to know what Trump and Dark Money's real agenda is. Because frankly, it is driving us closer and closer towards a Civil War. I lost one son and now I have a grandson to think about. Maybe, it is all speculation but when you look at how Trump is trying to return the power to the states by making them the sole gateway for education and social welfare I start wondering. It is time we start asking are we one nation or a group of individual nation states. Honestly, I believe the Dark Money, especially Russia and China, would like nothing more than for the US to be diminished to nation states and the 1% lacks any integrity when it comes to selling out our future. What do they care if we are suddenly launched into a bitter Civil War. They will likely profit from the defense contracts. It won't be the children or grandchildren of the 1% who will be killed in battle. Where is this country's bravery and integrity. Can I trust you to be fair and honest? Are you willing to be responsible for what you say and do? Can you be trusted to value the needs of others? Do you have the integrity to promote policy that improves the lives of the majority, even if it is at the expense of your own financial portfolio? Will you seek to use resource wisely? These are the questions I will be seeking answer and evidence to before casting my vote and I hope others will too.
Quote from a Republican congressman in The New York Times: "Members are political entrepreneurs, and they react to what they see in the political marketplace,” said the Republican, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the White House." "Entrepreneur" definition from The Oxford Dictionary: "A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit." So, we are now defining politicians as profit-seekers and political influence or votes as a for-sale commodity in a market. Gee, and I thought elected office-holders were public servants sworn to care for the interests of the nation first, followed by their constituents best interests. Now it appears you see yourselves as stockbrokers on a political version of Wall Street. We, your constituents, deserve better than to take last place to your political and/or financial self-interest. Please remember the oath you took and remember that you are not above the rest of us.
While we're talking about INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: Can a Christian be a Democrat?!** Frankly, I don't see how! The Democrats have moved so far to the left of the political spectrum that one should probably consider them to be Communists. I'm not kidding! I think Josef Stalin would applaud the direction in which today's Democrats are heading! The preeminence of the federal government at the expense of states' rights (in so MANY areas!), the corruption of our culture to the point of devaluing the lives of the unborn (and possibly anyone who isn't able to be "productive"), the revision of our history and indoctrination of our children (who are no longer considered ours, but the State's), the persecution of Christians in order to undermine and destroy the foundation upon which this nation was founded, the imposition of Orwellian newspeak, and the "branding" of all dissenters as racists, homophobes, Islamophobes, extremists, bigots, crazies, wackos, etc., etc., ad nauseum - these are evil, sinful works worthy of Satan himself. Moreover, there is the militarization of our police, who are now being dictated to by the federal government. Also, every federal agency is now armed to the teeth! All this, while the [former] POTUS [Obama was] trying to disarm American citizens (but providing arms to people who would LOVE to KILL us!). He clearly had no respect for our Constitution! When the federal government's weapons of choice are the aforementioned indoctrination, discrediting of dissidents, surveillance, and maintaining an atmosphere of FEAR, HATRED, MISTRUST, and/or DEPENDENCY (preferably all at once, if possible), someone please tell me, if you can, how any Christian can support that government's agenda! A Christian is supposed to love everyone, even his/her enemies, but that doesn't mean we're supposed to aid them in committing their evil deeds. If their minds and hearts are hardened against the Word of God, we can at least pray for that to change, and like Christ, we can pray "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34 NKJV) We can be kind, compassionate, and “render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7 NKJV) WITHOUT being a collaborator and giving the impression of tacitly approving of some sin or another. I agree that the Republican Party has its own faults. But it is the best chance we have (currently, at least) of returning to the Judeo-Christian principles that brought to us the blessings of Almighty God! For the time being, I doubt that anyone trying to get elected as POTUS can succeed as a third party or independent candidate. Some would say that we need a third party candidate. We need to remember that parties are made up of fallible people, and those people change over time, for good or for ill. And so PARTIES change over time. "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!" (Thomas Jefferson) But let us first and foremost be a RIGHTEOUS people who trust in GOD! He will then bless us with wise and honorable leaders. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 NKJV) That springs from a knowledge of the teachings of the Holy Bible and its application to our lives. And that is what will right the "ship" that is our Republic and get it BACK ON COURSE! **I originally wrote this post back in 2015 on Facebook.
As much as I am supporting a reworking of the AFC the GOP bill is crap. Underground reports out of Iran affirm the chemical threat. Guess where Syria got the weapons from?? Hint hint hint. The media distracts one way, POTUS trolls another way, the truth is in the middle. Get your information from people on the ground. People are risking their lives to get us quality intel if you can find it. Be wise and forget about Russia, Russian military support in Syria is a way bigger threat. North Korea is strangely quiet after killing the American so watch them too. Afghanistan is about to be Isis owned after the alliance with talaban factions the other day. Canada is upping its military capabilities and that should keep us all on our toes, not because they are a threat but because it means they don't feel like they will be protected. If you want to ignore the rest of the world that's fine- watch senate resolutions. They are doing some really strange things. Small policy changes set the grounds for future actions.