The Freedom Caucus now supports asset forfeiture and presidential emergency declarations. Remember this next time

It’s all fraudulent, the invocations of freedom and limited government and “don’t tread on me” hatred of government. They mean none of it. They never have

Had a Democrat done any of this, they would’ve pretended to object on principle, but that was always a lie. What’s changed is that’s now been made obvious.

And yet,,,here’s one of the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus enthusiastically endorsing the second of emergency powers to seize private property inorder to advance their public policy agenda. By definition, whatever principles he has, they don’t prohibit this.

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Don’t forget this next time. Take none of their “principled” complaints seriously. They mean none of it. None. Of. It.

And they say we’re the ones with the identity politics problem: “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

They are who we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were:

“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” Minton told Mazzei. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

Source: A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown’s incredibly revealing quote – Vox

Once upon a time you all lived through, they were the party of “family values” and “christian values” and “faith and freedom.” I’ve spent the better part of two decades trying to convince people that it was all a fraud, and for the longest time most of my non-political friends thought I was a bit daft in my insistence that it was all just a front for centuries-old white identity politics of the Southern variety. “There are no Southern racists in Montana and Nebraska,” they would say.

Y’all believe me now, right?!? We’re weren’t imagining those dog whistles. They meant what we said they meant, and now they’re saying all the quiet parts out loud.

An Emergency Declaration would be an extraordinarily stupid precedent to set.

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Sure, this solves their short-term problem. Trump makes the declaration, attempts to comandeer the resources, and gets tied up in court while regular appropriations get passed. Ok.

But long term? Y’all aren’t paying attention if you don’t think the new generation of Democrats won’t use the same set of powers in the future for their own ends. It’s inevitable.

There’s a really simple rule to live by: never support the use of a set of powers by your pqrty that you arent willing to later recognize as legitimate when your opponents inevitably use them too.

Don’t built a surveillance state you don’t want your opponents running. Don’t start a war you don’t want your opponents managing. Don’t support the use of emergency powers you don’t want your opponents to use. Not now. Not ever. It will always end up a mistake. Always.

Disjunction Junction

Disjunctive presidents wake up after the midterms to discover they desperately need the establishment for their survival, only to discover that they’ve spent so much time pissing the establishment off with their style of rhetoric and governance that the establishment no longer wants or needs to protect them.

About that: washingtonmonthly.com/2018/12/13/trump-suddenly-realizes-his-survival-depends-on-the-establishment/

“You can make anything a crime. I don’t care…he’s doing a good job.”

The party of law and order, limited government, and the constitution now taking the position that the laws don’t matter so long as they believe their guy is doing a good job.

I won’t even bother to pull his quotes from the Clinton impeachment. You can guess.

Remember this. Remember this the next time they make pious arguments from the minority. This is who they are, and this is part of what they believe. It isn’t an abberation. Remember this.

— Read on www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2018/12/12/18137479/trump-cohen-payments-crimes-republican-response

Election Fraud in NC

Vote fraud, a.k.a. individual voters engaging in fraudulent voting behavior, is extraordinarily rare. Voter disenfranchisement and worse, attempts to defraud voters, is sadly much more common, especially in the deep South.

It once was whites in the Democratic Party engaging in it; now it’s their children in the Republican Party doing it. But even by their usual standards, what happened here in NC was bad. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that members of the state party organization knew.

North Carolina: Why the case for election fraud is strong – CNNPolitics
— Read on amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/12/05/politics/north-carolina-election-fraud/index.html

On Parties

Parties exist to mobilize voters in order to win elections. In pursuit of that goal, they are supposed to identify and advance the candidates that they believe are most likely to win election and advance the party’s policy goals, and they are supposed to identify and undermine the candidates they believe won’t. In pursuit of those objectives, they are supposed to attempt to shape coverage of those candidates and those goals in the media. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t do these things, and in a nation of 315+ million, it’s not likely that democracy would work if they didn’t. That’s part of what you see in the leaked DNC emails.
Unfortunately for all of us, what you also see in those emails – and what you would see in similar ones from the RNC if those were ever leaked – is that most (but not all!) of the people who choose to become party professionals haven’t gotten over the fact that they didn’t get to sit with the cool kids in the High School cafeteria. And because of that, they spend much of their time creating cliques and settling scores and righting imagined wrongs. But on both sides of the aisle it’s almost always a sign of immaturity, not malfeasance. That doesn’t make what they do right or good, but if you think on it a bit an pay close attention, it might make a lot of it make more sense.