Trump fails to repeal Obamacare; Americans who aren’t dead inside celebrate

static.politico.com.jpeg
McCain gives the repeal a big thumbs down.

I expressed in an earlier post some disappointment at John McCain voting to continue the debate to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If he had disappointed me at that time, he has more than made up for it today. In the early hours of Friday, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, along with two other Republicans (Rep. Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. ABC News reports McCain’s statement following the vote:

In a statement released following the vote, McCain said, “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.”

McCain added, “While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.”

McCain offered a plan going forward, saying, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

I applaud the courage of John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to vote for what is right and what makes sense rather than be a slave to partisan politics. This is America at its best.

Trump said in a tweet that he would let Obamacare “implode”:

3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
–@realDonaldTrump

But the Affordable Care Act is now Trump’s responsibility. If it “implodes” it will be because of him. It’s his duty to ensure it succeeds.

Good. So now we can move on. Or can we?

Call me a cynic, but I don’t think it’s beneath Trump to actively try to sabotage or neglect the ACA. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does it’ll probably be as successful as any of Trump’s other endeavors. That is to say, not very.

Advertisements

Lolllllll no one likes you

chrissy-teigen-1024.jpg
Because I’d much rather look at Chrissy Teigan than Trump any ol’ day.

Hotstuff supermodel Chrissy Teigan just got blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump. After Trump tweeted this:

It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.
@realDonaldTrump, 8:14 PM – 23 Jul 2017

she responded to his tweet with this:

Lolllllll no one likes you
@chrissyteigan, 8:21 PM – 23 Jul 2017

which is funny because it’s true. Well, not completely true. I mean some people like him, but no one should like him and I’m surprised that some people actually do.

Whom I find ridiculous are those who once disliked Trump but are now jowls-deep in his ass cheeks. Case in point, the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci who once called Trump a “hack politician” but now seems to think that Trump’s farts smell like roses. Remember Ted Cruz? During the election campaign Trump went after Cruz’s wife on Twitter. If Trump went after my wife on Twitter there’s no way I’d be kissing his ass like Cruz did last September by endorsing him. Mitt Romney also showed his lack of backbone by flip-flopping on his stance toward Trump.

In fact, we can thus far characterize most of the GOP as spineless worms who are willing to trade in their integrity simply because they hate the Democrats. Most should know better. They know that, Republican or not, Donald Trump is a shitty excuse for a human being and is mind-blowingly underqualified in both experience and character to hold the office of President. Yet how many Republicans have spoken out against him in any significant way?

Even Senator John McCain, who returned to the senate today after being treated for brain cancer and is one of Trump’s most vocal critics in the GOP, disappointed me today when he succumbed to partisan loyalty over logic in regards to Trump’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Although I don’t agree with McCain’s politics in many cases, I do consider him a great American and a necessary voice considering the likes of Trump and his flunkies. But I can’t help but be disappointed that he can’t act more out of his own conscience than party allegiance. As it is, however, the health care story is in flux and the GOP may yet be able to save their integrity before the issue is resolved. To quote Trump out of context, “Time will tell.”

Another rather incredible thing are the defenses of Trump among some left-leaning personalities. I mean, I don’t get how Glenn Greenwald, of all people, can dismiss the possibility of a Trump-Russia collusion when it seems so plausible. I mean, I might be wrong, and if I am I’ll own up to it, but the Trump-Russia connection appears too real to ignore. So I just don’t get Greenwald’s position.

I can understand that a lot of people didn’t like Hillary Clinton and didn’t vote for her. Fine, cool. But did you really think Trump was a good idea? If you are still behind Trump after this soup sandwich of a presidential term then I have to question the existence of your brain.

Chrissy Teigan was almost right. Not everybody dislikes Trump. Just the decent ones.

Trump uses death of Navy SEAL operator in political attack on Twitter

After Senator John McCain criticized Donald Trump’s first military operation as president (also, first military operation in his life), Trump went on another Twitter tirade:

Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He’s been losing so….

…long he doesn’t know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in – bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero..

..Ryan died on a winning mission ( according to General Mattis), not a “failure.” Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!

screenshot-from-2017-02-09-211920screenshot-from-2017-02-09-211939screenshot-from-2017-02-09-212005
McCain stated, that he would “not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success.” That American life was identified as Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois.

Now, in Trump’s tweet he makes a big point of mentioning the death of Owens (whom he refers to as “Ryan”), but doing that is a cheap move on Trump’s part and cheapens Owens’ ultimate sacrifice.

For one, the success or failure of a mission does not determine the nobility of a service members sacrifice. Many good men and women have died on missions that have been less than successful. This does not diminish their sacrifices. Thousands have died in George Bush’s war in Iraq, a war based on either inept intel or a lie, depending on your point of view. That fact does not diminish their sacrifices.

And I agree with McCain. We can’t call an intelligence gathering mission a complete success when we’ve lost one of our own (as well as noncombatant civilians). Not all missions are successful. Shit happens. It’s important not to whitewash everything and call them “successes.” Trump, as the Commander-in-Chief, has the weight of every service member on his shoulders, and by calling this operation a “success” he is deflecting this awesome responsibility (notice how he added the “according to General Mattis” in his tweet–responsibility shifting much?). Additionally, and more frighteningly, consider: does Trump actually think this operation was a success? Is he so reckless with our service members’ lives? Was the intel worth this sailor’s death?

Secondly, it is appalling that Trump is using Owens’ death to further his own political agenda. Out of all the bullshit Trump tweets, he never tweeted about Owens’ sacrifice until it was time to advertise his attendance of Owens’ transfer on 2 Feb (with his daughter Ivanka he had to mention, which is weird):

Attending Chief Ryan Owens’ Dignified Transfer yesterday with my daughter Ivanka was my great honor. To a great and brave man – thank you!

I guess Trump had other things to tweet about when Owens died. But Trump doesn’t mention Owens unless it is either to a) promote himself, or b) attack others. His next mention of Owens in his Twitter feed is in conjunction with an attack on McCain.

Although military service is not a requirement to being a good president, appreciation of the military is. Trump has never served. He is not a warrior. Nor has he any appreciation for the service of our military, unless it is to incorrectly think of them as “constituents,” which they are not. Trump likes to think of himself as a fighter, but he’s not; he’s a big, spoiled baby and he hasn’t the intestinal fortitude for the responsibility to be commander-in-chief. The sad thing is, he won’t ever realize it. It’s the nation and the world that will suffer.

Trump: an embarrassment of a Commander-in-Chief

trump-military-service-quote

One of the (many) things I am very concerned about when Trump becomes president is what the state of the military will be. Despite Trump’s big talk, it’s obvious that Trump does not truly support the armed services of the United States. As a veteran myself, this is more than disconcerting. Simply put, Donald Trump has no real respect for the military.

Donald Trump is a toy soldier and a draft dodger

Trump never served in the military. From ages 13 to 18 he attended the private New York Military Academy where he got to march around in uniforms and pretend like he was in the army, when in reality he was just another rich, snotty kid with soft (tiny) hands and no calluses on his feet. And Trump later had the gall to claim that he had “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,” which disparages every real service member, all of which have had more military training than Trump.

While in college, Trump received four student deferments from the draft. After he was briefly deemed medically fit for service, he then received a medical deferment claiming “heel spurs,” which don’t seemed to prevent him from walking around on the golf course, apparently.

Trump openly disparages the honorable service of American warriors

Trump had the audacity to say of Senator John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain, a naval aviator during the Vietnam war, was held as a POW for over five years, enduring torture and beatings, but he never gave up on America. I disagree with McCain on many issues of policy, but there is no doubt that John McCain is a hero and a great American. While Trump was picking his zits, fantasizing about banging the homecoming queen, McCain was exemplifying the nobility of the American service member.

And if that was not enough, Trump made the ultimate display of disrespect by attacking the family of a fallen American soldier. Army Captain Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan
made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation when on June 8, 2004 CPT Khan was killed by an IED-packed vehicle. He was 27 years old.

But Trump doesn’t care about all that. Trump has no honor and even had the temerity to compare his own so-called “sacrifices” to CPT Khan’s sacrifice. Trump’s callous behavior to CPT Khan’s family should never be forgotten nor forgiven.

I should consider myself fortunate that Trump will not be my commander-in-chief. I’m no longer in the service, so he’s no longer in my chain of command. But I worry for the brave men and women who are currently serving and must endure Trump’s folly.

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s rhetoric. Trump is no friend to the military.