Trump Is A Lying Unintelligent Wannabe Dictator, But There Are Others Just As Bad, Or Worse With PhD’s

Starting to smell the smoke from what may be the burn­ing house that Donald Trump built, Nebraska US Senator Ben Sasse con­ve­nient­ly issued a scathing rebuke of Trumpism in a tele­con­fer­ence recently.
If you were liv­ing on Mars and you recent­ly came to earth and saw the train-wreck that is Donald Trump’s pres­i­den­cy, at least as far as Republican pres­i­den­cies go. Then you heard Ben Sasse’s state­ments; you would be moved to declar­ing Ben Sasse a damn nation­al hero.
On the oth­er hand, if you lived here on good old plan­et earth, and focused on the fact that(a) Ben Sasse has vot­ed in lock-step with Donald Trump’s agen­da 86.7% of the time accord­ing to fivethir​tyeight​.com, (b) that Sasse had no prob­lem with Trump’s out­ra­geous actions over the last three years, includ­ing declar­ing that white Supremacists who mur­dered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville Virginia were “won­der­ful peo­ple,” © that Ben Sasse only saw fit to crit­i­cize Donald Trump in this man­ner because he sees polling that may mean that Donald Trump will be a one-term pres­i­dent, and more impor­tant­ly that Republicans may actu­al­ly lose the Senate.
A Democracy is only as good as its lead­ers and peo­ple’s adher­ence to estab­lished rules and pro­to­cols. As far as the actions of the Republican par­ty are con­cerned, America has long crossed that Rubicon, into anoth­er form of government.


As I point­ed out in a pre­vi­ous article(linked above), Ben Sasse has shown that he is noth­ing but a cheap polit­i­cal hus­tler, who is read­ing the tea leaves and hop­ing to dis­tin­guish him­self from oth­er Republicans to run for pres­i­dent 2024.
In 2016 President Barack Obama nom­i­nat­ed Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacat­ed by right-wing Republican asso­ciate Justice Antonin Scalia.
It is the Constitutional duty of the sit­ting President to nom­i­nate judges for vacant Federal judge­ships, includ­ing the Supreme Court.
The con­sti­tu­tion­al duty of the United States Senate is to give advice and con­sent to the President’s nominee.
In that process, through hear­ings and thor­ough exam­i­na­tion of the indi­vid­ual judge’s record and char­ac­ter, the sen­ate then votes one way or the oth­er, to con­firm or not to con­firm the pres­i­den­t’s choice.
There is noth­ing in the Constitution that allows the United States Senate to make up a rule which says that ten months before an elec­tion, the Senate will not act on the pres­i­den­t’s pick to fill a supreme court vacancy.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate major­i­ty leader, cre­at­ed that rule in 2016. Judge Merrick Garland was not grant­ed a hear­ing by a sin­gle Republican United States Senator, includ­ing Ben Sasse, much less a vote, up or down.
Yet the Republicans turned right around and rammed through Amey Coney Barrett after lib­er­al icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s pass­ing, a 180 degree turn from a pol­i­cy they cre­at­ed just over four years ago.
More impor­tant­ly, it must be not­ed that Judge Garland was not the only Judge blocked from mov­ing up the fed­er­al judi­cia­ry. Mitch McConnel blocked well over a hun­dred and sev­en­ty oth­er judges President Obama put for­ward for advance­ment in the Federal judiciary.
Mitch McConnel lat­er bragged that the great­est high­light of his polit­i­cal career was when he looked in President Obama’s eyes and told him that he would not be allow­ing his nom­i­na­tion to pro­ceed to the Supreme Court.
Mitch McConnel did the kind of thing that hap­pens in banana republics, not in the so-called world’s old­est democracy.

Using raw polit­i­cal pow­er to accom­plish nar­row polit­i­cal ends is the antithe­sis of what a demo­c­ra­t­ic nation is.
Republicans have made it clear that they have all but aban­doned their pompous cha­rade on patri­o­tism and Democracy. They have used to pon­tif­i­cate on and even launch wars as recent­ly as in this twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry under George W Bush.
Dramatically chang­ing vot­ing demo­graph­ics and it’s alien­at­ing poli­cies have caused Republicans to ditch their for­mer lying posture.
They are now des­per­ate­ly engaged in pack­ing the Federal courts with flunkies and lack­eys, loy­al to the Republican par­ty, and white suprema­cy as an ide­o­log­i­cal foundation.
Through vot­er sup­pres­sion, ger­ry­man­der­ing, and oth­er anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic tac­tics, they have sys­tem­i­cal­ly launched scorched earth tac­tics to cre­ate a judi­cia­ry that will give them what they will not be able to accom­plish legislatively.
Their dear leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue allud­ed to that theory.

Now, Ben Sasse, the his­to­ri­an, wants to issue a civics les­son on the Constitution, which he tried to do Monday as he tried to add legit­i­ma­cy to the stink of the Amey Coney Barrett hearing.
If we can back up and do a lit­tle bit of eighth-grade civics, I think it would ben­e­fit us and ben­e­fit the watch­ing coun­try and espe­cial­ly watch­ing eighth-grade civics class­es,”
This sanc­ti­mo­nious hyp­ocrite then went on to attack Democrats, charg­ing them with play­ing pol­i­tics. This is the same Ben Sasse that did not believe that Judge Garland should be seat­ed when there was a Democratic President in the White House, but who now wants to give a lec­ture on what he sees as pol­i­tick­ing by Democrats who chose to boy­cott the com­mit­tee vote.
But that was­n’t all; Sasse went on to crit­i­cize Democrats over his very own inse­cu­ri­ties, that they will engage in court pack­ing after the elec­tion should they win the sen­ate and white house.
The irony is that Ben Sasse was engaged in the straight­for­ward act of court-pack­ing, he was berat­ing the Democrats for. He was pro­ject­ing onto them, that they will do in return, when Republicans had done when they retrieve the reins of power.
It is the most das­tard­ly act of hypocrisy imag­in­able, but this guy is a repub­li­can, so there is that.….…
The sad real­i­ty in all of this fias­co, is that the Democrats are weak; they will ignore this grave trav­es­ty that the Republicans have per­pe­trat­ed on the nation, and they will ignore the will of the peo­ple who sup­port them should they win in two weeks.
Rather than imme­di­ate­ly nom­i­nate and place FOUR JUSTICES ON the supreme court to com­pen­sate for the dis­hon­esty that placed Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and now Amey Coney Barrett on the nation’s high­est court.
That is what’s at stake this cycle, not just remov­ing a wannabe amoral dic­ta­tor, but shut­ting down hyp­ocrites like Ben Sasse.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog mike​beck​les​.com. 
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