GASP!!! Have They Found A Conscience?

Are republican senators finally finding their consciences?  More likely they are worried about their own patooties next election, but either way, it is encouraging to see them standing up to Trump for a change. Two stories in this morning’s news give reason to hope that the blinders are coming off, that Senate republicans are beginning to remember that their allegiance is to We the People, not the madman in the Oval Office.

The first issue is the tariffs that Trump has threatened to impose on goods imported from Mexico – another of his bullying tactics to attempt to force another country to bend to his will.  The tariffs would crush Mexico’s economy, as 80% of their exports are to the U.S., and it would hurt the consumers in this nation as well, though Trump either does not understand, or more likely simply does not care.

Yesterday, two “administration officials” attended a lunch with the Senate during which the proposed tariffs were discussed.  A number of republican senators expressed their opposition …

“I think the administration ought to be concerned about another vote of disapproval on another national emergency act, this time trying to implement tariffs. Tariffs are not real popular in the Republican conference.” – Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

“I want you to take back that you didn’t hear a single ‘yes’ in this room.” – Senator Ted Cruz, Texas

“We’re holding a gun to our own heads.” – Senator John Cornyn, Texas

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio questioned the administration’s legal rationale for levying the tariffs, asking the officials to explain how it could use a law that has never been implemented to impose tariffs — the International Emergency Economic Powers Act — to, in fact, impose tariffs.  Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado told the officials that they need to stop with the tariffs.

When asked if he felt that the Senate could come up with a veto-proof majority to block the tariffs, Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said, “I sure do.  There’s just a weariness of tariffs as the only tool in the tool kit that gets used.”  Even Mitch McConnell had to admit …

“There is not much support in my conference for tariffs — that’s for sure.”

Only time will tell if the senators are willing to put their vote where their mouth is and stand up to the bully in the Oval Office.  Trump, on being told that there was little if any support in the Senate for his tariffs took his usual mafia-sounding spiel …

“Oh, I don’t think they will do that. I think if they did it’s foolish.”

Last month, Trump declared an emergency to bypass Congress and expedite billions of dollars in arms sales to various countries — including Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the decision, saying …

“These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

At the time of the announcement, there was some bi-partisan support in Congress for blocking the sales, but the icing was spread on the cake yesterday when it was discovered that that Trump had allowed U.S. nuclear energy companies to share technology and other information with Saudi Arabia on October 18, 2018 — just 16 days after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul — and again February 18, 2019, less than a week after the House voted to end U.S. backing for the Saudi-led military effort in Yemen’s civil war.  Both the House and the Senate voted for the bill to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen, but Trump vetoed the bill, and neither chamber of Congress was able to come up with a 2/3 majority to override the veto.

As a result, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham are working together in an effort to block the 22 arms deals that would largely benefit Saudi Arabia, a move that seeks to quash the administration’s attempt to use emergency powers to circumvent congressional objections.  Given that Graham has long been one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders and has defended the indefensible on more than one occasion, this is certainly encouraging news.

There is also bi-partisan support for blocking the arms sales in the House of Representatives where it is said members are also considering re-writing the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 to impose tighter restrictions on the use of the “emergency authority” provision, tightening the loophole Trump used to justify the sale so it could only be used for “true emergencies”.

Again, time will tell whether the republicans in Congress are finally ready to re-assess their blind support of everything Trump demands and represent the people of this nation, or if they will once again fall prey to the bullying of the madman at the helm.

36 thoughts on “GASP!!! Have They Found A Conscience?

  1. We The UK shut the blowhard up. He started his nonsense and got howled down, then we sent the big guns The Royal Family at him; he was routed.

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    • The day is fast approaching, I think, when the people of this world, not only this nation, are going to realize that there are more important things than money … things like air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat.

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    • I hear that one of the main reasons he doesn’t want them released is that they show him to have far less wealth than he claims. WHO CARES??? I don’t care if he’s a pauper or the richest man in the world … fact is that either way, he’s a crook, a fraud, a megalomaniac. Sigh. Eventually, one way or another, his tax returns and his company’s financial statements will come under the magnifying glass and when they do, I hope they land him in a prison cell.

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      • Hello Jill. Just heard on Lawrence O’donnell’s show that during the time he was divorcing Marla Maples he was so broke he was on the verge of personal bankruptcy. He had to beg his siblings for money and they demanded he pledge shares of his inheritance for it. The author said it was the scam of the apprentice that got people thinking he was a huge business success. It is interesting how he has been able to scam so many over the last 50 years. Hugs

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  2. Jill, they have slowly become more emboldened, but they have a large hole of acquiesence to climb out of. Yet, they need to get 67 votes to override a Trump veto. Otherwise, it is for naught. But, I do see this as a step forward for Congress. To me, a key step will he holding in contempt people who have ignored subpoenas. Irrespective of party, people thumbing their nose at Congress need to be arrested. Anyone else would be. Keith

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    • Sadly, I suspect the latter is the case. These two issues are ones that, if Trump is not stopped, have potentially damaging (to their re-election) consequences, and they are at least smart enough to see it. So no, this isn’t likely the start of a new era, much as i wish it were, but rather an attempt to preserve the sanctity of their own cushy lives. Sigh.

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  3. Anyone still believe Mr. Donald J. Trump is NOT trying to foment a nuclesr war in the Middle East? How long will it take for Saudi Arabia to build their own nukes when they already have the starting plans? That’s how long we have before the world goes insane!

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    • Remember back when ICBMs were called “peacekeepers”. Oh the irony. But the reality of this Saudi arms issue is that the people involved really don’t care about much other than money, and there is lots of money to be had here. I guess they figure that if the entire world blows up, at least they’ll go out sipping their champagne and doing whatever else it is rich people do.

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      • I actually believe that they believe America can survive a nuclear war in the Middle East. After all, it would be half a world away. If they don’t believe in climate change, they sure aren’t going to believe in nuclear winter.
        What is it rich people do in the time of disaster. Learn from back in the early 70s about what they did on the USS Titanic way back when.(Remember, this is a spoof, not reality.)
        Listen to Jaime Brockett, The Ballad of the USS Titanic. It’s on YouTube, but my tablet doesn’t let me tell you where…

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        • What you say is true. They forget that we are all living on the same planet, all inter-connected. They mock the term ‘globalism’, and think that by refusing to accept the reality, it will cease to be reality. They care not about children starving in third-world countries, nor about shortage of potable water. All too soon, they will feel the pain, in one form or another. I will go in search of the Brockett video … thanks!


  4. I’m afraid when push comes to shove, his sycophants will cower before the tyrant. Growing a backbone is not in the job description for either party. At this rate Trump might bully his way into another 4 years! 😦

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  5. Hello Jill. I also share pessimism that the Republicans will do anything as long as tRump practices Gestapo tactics on his own party. He can get his cult to attack anyone he wishes and they will sabotage a certain win with someone so extreme they will lose just to please their dear leader. The mob boss crime family in charge must be protected and butt kissed at all times so their sensitive snowflake feelings won’t get hurt. For example when Ivanka was booed in London a Fox host rushed to exclaim they were not booing her but Bolton who came out after her. How tough a leader are they that reality must be ignored at all costs. One nice thing about the UK visit, the videos of the parade route the motorcade took was super sparsely populated with onlookers. Seems getting supports who wanted to see his arrival was really hard work, just as the trip he took to his inauguration. Hugs

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    • Scottie, The UK ‘crowds’ were just tourists who were visiting London. Held back by closed roads, they hung around with mild interest until roads reopened to let them through. On approaches (like the mall leading to Buckingham Palace) were empty, except for odd people making their way to work, and a huge police presence. There were no crowds of people to see DT. Press could only find a handful of MAGA supporters… Not enough to make a story.

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    • I have no illusions that the republicans will actually suddenly wake up one morning with consciences. However, I think that as Trump spirals out of control, making more and more damaging, stupid decisions, they will begin to see their futures going up in flames. The tariffs on Mexican imports, for example, will without a doubt bring that “wonderful economy” he keeps bragging about to its knees. Even the republicans in Congress are smart enough to see this, though their constituents likely are not. So, they are torn … if they go against Trump, he will bully and name-call them, possibly costing them votes among his base. But, if they go along with him and the economy tanks next year, what are the odds they will be re-elected if they didn’t stand against this stupid move? So, in some cases, I think they may “come around”, but no, they aren’t going to change their feathers, for they are having too much fun with all that lovely money! Sigh. Hugs!

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    • Just a few hundred Scottie. They don’t actually like or even understand what Trump is about, they only wanted to get back on the folk who were protesting against him….sad really

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    • My optimism is very guarded, my friend. No, I don’t think they suddenly found a conscience, but I think they are smart enough to see where the tariffs on Mexican goods will lead us, and by election time next year, with the economy in the tank, they will be saying ‘bye-bye’ to their cushy jobs and fat donations from the likes of the NRA and the wealthy CEOs. And, on the Saudi arms issue, it’s common sense … nobody really wants to see the world blown up. Sigh.

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    • Makes no sense at all … except to the people who stand to gain millions of dollars from it, like Trump and likely a few others. It’s all about money, my friend, not the well-being of the earth’s population.

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