The Washington Post published an article on the growing perception of Republicans wanting the gun ownership process easy and the voting be hard. While the US is recovering from the brutal pandemic loss with the help of accelerated distribution of vaccines, the alarming indications of increased gun violence had become a worrisome trend across the United States, according to experts.
Mass shootings in Boulder, Colo., and Atlanta is nothing but an indication that even after the covid-19 pandemic is gone, the epidemic of gun violence will still be with us because of the equivalent of the anti-maskers — irrational, extremist Republican politicians who oppose nearly all gun regulations. The Republican position is enraging: They want to make voting hard and gun ownership easy.
A recent survey that involved people from 34 large cities across the United States found that there is a 30% increase in homicides last year and among that nearly 70% involved gun. On the other hand, in England and Wales where there are strict gun laws, homicides involving gun as a weapon is just 3%. The Gun Violence Archive reports that all gun-related deaths in 2020 totaled 43,536 — a horrific figure that would not be considered normal or acceptable in any other high-income country.
Republicans Likely Take Trump Side On Voting Day Except for Mitt Romney!
Feb 5, 2020
The R-Utah Republican Sen. will vote to convict the president in the impeachment trial.
Sen. Mitt Romney happens to be the only Republican to rebel against the president in the impeachment voting and probably will vote to convict him in the trial. He released the below statement to the public,
The Constitution is at the foundation of our Republic’s success, and we each strive not to lose sight of our promise to defend it. The Constitution established the vehicle of impeachment that has occupied both houses of Congress for these many days. We have labored to faithfully execute our responsibilities to it. We have arrived at different judgments, but I hope we respect each other’s good faith.
The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise “impartial justice.” I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the President, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.
The House Managers presented evidence supporting their case; the White House counsel disputed that case. In addition, the President’s team presented three defenses: first, that there can be no impeachment without a statutory crime; second, that the Bidens’ conduct justified the President’s actions; and third that the judgment of the President’s actions should be left to the voters. Let me first address each of those defenses.
The historic meaning of the words “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the writings of the Founders and my own reasoned judgment convince me that a president can indeed commit acts against the public trust that are so egregious that while they are not statutory crimes, they would demand removal from office. To maintain that the lack of a codified and comprehensive list of all the outrageous acts that a president might conceivably commit renders Congress powerless to remove a president defies reason.
The President’s counsel noted that Vice President Biden appeared to have a conflict of interest when he undertook an effort to remove the Ukrainian Prosecutor General. If he knew of the exorbitant compensation his son was receiving from a company actually under investigation, the Vice President should have recused himself. While ignoring a conflict of interest is not a crime, it is surely very wrong.
With regards to Hunter Biden, taking excessive advantage of his father’s name is unsavory but also not a crime. Given that in neither the case of the father nor the son was any evidence presented by the President’s counsel that a crime had been committed, the President’s insistence that they are investigated by the Ukrainians is hard to explain other than as a political pursuit. There is no question in my mind that were their names, not Biden, the President would never have done what he did.
The defense argues that the Senate should leave the impeachment decision to the voters. While that logic is appealing to our democratic instincts, it is inconsistent with the Constitution’s requirement that the Senate, not the voters, try the president. Hamilton explained that the Founders’ decision to invest senators with this obligation rather than leave it to voters was intended to minimize—to the extent possible—the partisan sentiments of the public.
This verdict is ours to render. The people will judge us for how well and faithfully we fulfilled our duty. The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of “high crime and misdemeanor.”
Yes, he did.
The President asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival.
The President withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so.
The President delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders.
The President’s purpose was personal and political.
Accordingly, the President is guilty of appalling abuse of the public trust.
What he did was not “perfect”— No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in the office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.
In the last several weeks, I have received numerous calls and texts. Many demands that, in their words, “I stand with the team.” I can assure you that that thought has been very much on my mind. I support a great deal of what the President has done. I have voted with him 80% of the time. But my promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and biases aside. Was I to ignore the evidence that has been presented, and disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history’s rebuke and the censure of my own conscience.
I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?
I sought to hear testimony from John Bolton not only because I believed he could add context to the charges, but also because I hoped that what he said might raise reasonable doubt and thus remove from me the awful obligation to vote for impeachment.
Like each member of this deliberative body, I love our country. I believe that our Constitution was inspired by Providence. I am convinced that freedom itself is dependent on the strength and vitality of our national character. As it is with each senator, my vote is an act of conviction. We have come to different conclusions, fellow senators, but I trust we have all followed the dictates of our conscience.
I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the President from office. The results of this Senate Court will, in fact, be appealed to a higher court: the judgment of the American people. Voters will make the final decision, just as the President’s lawyers have implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate. But irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me. I will only be one name among many, no more or less, to future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the President did was wrong, grievously wrong.
We’re all footnotes at best in the annals of history. But in the most powerful nation on earth, the nation conceived in liberty and justice, that is distinct enough for any citizen.
Republican Governor Phil Scott Believes That Donald Trump Abused His Powers!
Feb 7, 2020
Well, he may not be the first Republican to speak against President Donald Trump but the Republican politician and Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott claimed serious allegations against the President on the impeachment acquittal. He said that he strongly believes that Donald Trump misused his powers as the President of the United States and opposes his acquittal in the Ukraine scandal.
He told reporters in a press conference that Donald Trump should no longer be president after Trump pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.
“I believe that the president abused his powers,” Scott, 61, said in a news conference when asked about Trump, per the AP. “It’s hard, in some respects for me, because I’m not a supporter. I didn’t vote for the president, and I don’t believe that he should be in office.”
“If they’d taken more testimony, maybe they’d have had more information and maybe other senators would have acted appropriately,” Gov. Scott said Thursday.
Rep. Senate Ted Cruz Trolls Eric Swalwell for Farting on Live TV!
The United States lawmaker tweeted a post relating the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” scene to relate Eric Swalwell’s behavior.
In August, Swalwell went after Senator for retweeting President Trump’s Twitter post promising not to build Trump Tower in Greenland.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 21, 2019
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 21, 2019
In a perfect give-back, the US senator, Ted Cruz trolled Eric Swalwell on Twitter over his fartgate scandal. Swalwell, the California Democrat, who dropped out of the presidential race 2020, got into fartgate scandal for allegedly farting on live TV on MSNBC last night.
While he denied the accusation by claiming that the noise was due to coffee mug scrapping across the table, Ted Cruz trolled him on Twitter relating his behavior with the 1980s comedy, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” scene in which Steve Martin will relieve himself at the table.
Leaked footage of Swalwell on MSNBC last night… pic.twitter.com/PzT1ka1c14
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 19, 2019
Eric Trump Fires Back At Brad Pitt For His Shot At Republican Senators During Oscars
Feb 11, 2020
Brad Pitt, the best-supporting actor of Oscars 2020 not just gave an emotional acceptance speech but also spiked up a political controversy. He took a jab at Republican senators who voted against the witness hearing on the impeachment trial.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Well, the actor did cut-shot the politics and continued with his emotional speech praising the stuntmen and people who supported him and his kids. However, Eric Trump cannot digest the happening and took to Instagram to let his rage out. He went on to call the Hollywood star, a “smug elitist” and suggested that his speech had brought the viewership of the showdown.
“Probably because Americans don’t liked to be preached to by smug elitists. The elegance has been lost and America has tuned these people out of their homes,” Eric wrote on Instagram
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Being a Republican is Fun, Says Grace Curley
Dec 20, 2019
Among the bunch of the most devoted Republican fans is Grace Curley, a columnist for Boston Herald, who strongly believes that being a Republican is fun. Her write-up published on Dec 6 explains why the Democrats and Liberals don’t really understand the humorous part of anything that President Trump does.
According to her claims, the Democrats apparently think that there is a continual increase in figurative deaths, cooperation among parties, and zero democracy during the time of Trump’s office. “The Liberals literally hate Trump”, she quotes.
Please read my latest!! And have a great Saturday 👍👍👍https://t.co/gU9FZlbhh2
— Grace Curley (@G_CURLEY) December 7, 2019
The President had recently posted a photoshopped image of Conan, a Belgian Malinois dog, receiving a medal of honor for bringing down the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Several newspapers and magazines including The New York Times published articles mocking Trump’s photoshopped pic with the headline ‘Trump Tweets Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal’. Even the press was offended when Trump joked about siccing the dog on the media. But Curley says the people who mock have no chill and can’t enjoy the lighter side of things.
With the American Presidential election coming up very soon, Curley wishes Trump wins the league this time as well for being a Republican is fun, according to her!
“Educate Women to Stop Rape”, says Republican Candidate
Oct 10, 2018
Yet another fresh row of controversy is triggered when Denver Riggleman, a Republican congressional candidate said in a debate that ‘Educating Females’ is a solution to rape.
In a hot district debate between Virginia’s 5th District candidates with Democrat Leslie Cockburn, he squared off his thoughts on one of the most complicated issues, rape.
The penultimate debate commenced at Piedmont Virginia Community College and is happening ahead of Nov. 6th election to replace Garrett who earlier in May announced that he’ll not run for election seeking the second term. The two-hour-long debate involved several topics which included rape, climate change, health care, and immigration policies. However, Riggleman’s thoughts about women’s protection against rape triggered spur and controversy across the globe.
When a student questioned about his plans to tackle the sexual assault on the college campus, he exactly quoted that “I think a lot of it comes to educating females, right, specifically in the fraternities and sororities that they’re a part of”, He also added “making sure that there are support groups to help people report.”
Countering the answer from the Republican candidate, the Democrat Emily Crockett responded it as a problematic answer insulting women, she said “Lecturing women on how to avoid getting raped isn’t just insulting and frustrating; it also doesn’t stop rape from happening. Demanding that women dress more modestly or avoid parties with alcohol is a way to restrict their freedom, but it’s not a way to prevent them from being targeted by a predator. It also doesn’t prevent that predator from targeting some other woman.
It’s not entirely clear what sort of “education” Riggleman has in mind to help America’s young “females” avoid being raped. He makes references to fraternities and sororities, so he probably has drunken parties in mind.
But plenty of women get drunk at parties and meet men without getting raped. The difference isn’t what the women do — it’s whether the guys they meet decide to rape them.”
In his final note, Riggleman, a Bigfoot porn enthusiast, and distillery owner included that “I also think that sons need to be educated.”
Is it really true that we as humans progressing to be civilized? This is what comes to my mind whenever I hear regressive and silly things I hear, especially from those who represent people and being influential. Be it demanding women to dress modestly or stop partying and socializing isn’t not just chocking their basic freedom but also an insult to the entire womenkind. It is undeniably true that physical and sexual harassment against women isn’t eradicated from our societies. At the least, things can only improve if the regressive ideas and thoughts like this don’t prevail in developed democratic countries like the United States.