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Honesty, integrity, ethics, and morality versus Republicanism

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The following paragraph was taken from this article entitled, "Traditions of the United States Senate.

"A US Senator must reach for noble qualities and honor, total dedication, self- discipline, extreme selflessness, exemplary patriotism, sober judgment, and intellectual honesty. This senate is more important than any one, or all, of us. . . . Each of us has a solemn responsibility to remember that, and to remember it often."

It is virtually impossible to equate those words about what a senator is expected to be and do, the qualities he or she should possess, with a great many of those senators who currently inhabit that legislative body, specifically the Republicans of today.

That's like comparing two completely different entities, with nothing whatsoever in common. Like comparing apples and oranges, or black in relation to white.

This tradition refers to US Senators but it most certainly can be thought of as also applying to US House representatives; that's what we'll do in this discussion.

It can accurately be said that the Republican Party has undergone a massive transformation starting in about 2009 when Barack Obama became president. When Republicans took control of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would block everything that Obama tried to accomplish, and he was highly successful in doing just that.

John Boehner, Speaker of the House said more or less the same thing: "We will kill his entire agenda, stop it or slow it down." And he did everything that he possibly could to make it happen. The Republicans under McConnell and Boehner became masters of obstruction, with no thought of accomplishing positive and constructive legislative results.

That's how Republicans think this democracy should work, with their party's main objective being, not to do positive and constructive things for this country and its people, but to block everything the opposing party tries to do.

That was the point when, in my estimation, the Republican Party initiated that process of transformation, from a party of strong conservatism, coupled with a sense of honesty, integrity, and honor, to the party of today, one that will put aside all of these standards and values to remain in power, to do anything to reelect its members.

When Trump became president he shifted this transformation process into high gear and his Republican puppets put on their blinders and followed him wherever he chose to go.

Talk about a complete lack of integrity and honor it is incomprehensible how almost none of the Republicans are absolutely incensed about the fact that the Russians clearly interfered in our 2016 election, it apparently doesn't bother them in the least; that is deplorable, unconscionable.

They watched as Trump, at the Helsinki summit, standing next to Putin, made it clear that he believed Putin's word over that of US intelligence agencies. He said, "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," He then added, "I don't see any reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election."

Were Republicans stunned and aghast at what he said about taking Putin's side over that of US intelligence agencies? Not even a bit, they just looked the other way.

They have watched as the Trump administration put young immigrant kids in cages just like animals. They just don't care. Climate change, a distinct threat to the planet. Trump calls it no more than a hoax and they simply agree.

This party used to stand for controlling the deficit, balancing the budget, not spending more than the government took in. Back in 1993, it had Senators like John Chaffee of Rhode Island who wanted health care for all Americans and introduced appropriate legislation. It was not seen as a radical party but one that, to a great degree, wanted to do good things for the country.

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What they are doing is totally disregarding what Americans have said they want to be done, they are just shutting the people of this country out of the process. And, I predict, that they will pay a terrible price for their betrayal of the people's trust.

We'll end with this quote regarding honesty and integrity: "I am not bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound by the light that I have. I must stand with anyone who stands right, stand by him when he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." _ President Abraham Lincoln

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With what the DNC is doing to Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang I do not believe calling any other source dishonest, lacking integrity, lacking morality, or lacking ethics has any merit. The DNC/Clinton lacks all of those plus more if the truth ever gets out.

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Dennis: think about what you just said, that is really far, far out and incomprehensible. Are you serious???? Comparing some of the typical political dirty tricks and schemes of the DNC and other Democratic entities with Republicans who have no problem with putting kids in cages, those who have tried to do away with Obamacare that many millions need, trying to take mega-billions out of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; Republicans who accept and fully condone what a terrible sociopath, racist, woman-insulting president, who clearly is in bed with Putin and will stop at nothing to control all elements of this government and do away with democracy, is simply way over the top. Unbelievable!

"The DNC/Clinton lacks all of those plus more if the truth ever gets out" is just plain Ludicrous!

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Suddenly, Dennis has gone silent. Want to try to reply to my comments about yours? Let's see if you can rise up and provide solid evidence to back up your comments.

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I stand by my words. (I didn't go silent, I went to bed,) Seth Rich comes to mind. The DNC is nothing more than a mafia family doing the same works as one. If you can't see that you need a stronger pair of glasses

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It's an absurd false reality when Democrats pretend to have integrity every now and again, in between arming terrorists, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of children with sanctions, and approving the illegal wars that Republicans champion. Clean your own house.

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"slaughtering hundreds of thousands of children with sanctions." Please elaborate on that one in particular, give me an article or document that shows that this is true.


Democrats have done some bad things, like many of them supported the Iraq War and believed the lies and phony excuses that Bush/Cheney put forth. I'm not saying that Democrats are perfect because they are not but there is no way in the world that they have sunk to the gutter level of Republicans.


I I could and have, many times, made a long list of Demo accomplishments over the past decades while Repubs have done virtually nothing of substance.


And what is unbelievable today is that these Republicans who watch this morally corrupted, mentally unstable, and highly dangerous, socioopath of the highest order and they fully accept and condone everything he has done. That is totally disgusting, repulsive, and also morally corrupt.



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And one other very important question for you. I said Trump was "this morally corrupted, mentally unstable, and highly dangerous, sociopath of the highest order. He is as bad morally as almost anyone I have ever seen. He is power-crazy and cut out of the same cloth as many authoritarians/autocrats/dictators of the past.


Are you with the Repubs on this issue? Do you accept and condone what he is and what he does?

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suddenly, he's disappeared. Hey, Joe, answer my questions, that is, if you can, are up to it.

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You keep suggesting people do not stand by their words and your rants as they remain "silent" but only one who has no clue as to what is going on wonders where they are at 2:00 in the morning!

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I'll ask you the same question I asked Joe. "And one other very important question for you. I said Trump was "this morally corrupted, mentally unstable, and highly dangerous, sociopath of the highest order. He is as bad morally as almost anyone I have ever seen. He is power-crazy and cut out of the same cloth as many authoritarians/autocrats/dictators of the past.

Dennis, are you with the Repubs on this issue? Do you accept and condone what he is and what he does? if you are not morally indignant and incensed by what he is and those that support him then you have some very deep problems.

And tell me, which of the Democrats are as evil and morally corrupted as Trump????????? A Mafia family, boy that is so far out in left field that it is beyond sight.

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Anyone who can't understand why people aren't responding at 2:00 A.M. most likely can't comprehend the fact that Hillary Clinton, the Queen of warmongers, the embodiment of corruption, and the personification of the rot that has infested the Democrat Party should not have to ask such a question.

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Hey, Dennis: come on man, answer these questions: as the saying goes you can run but you can't hide.


I'll ask you the same question I asked Joe. "And one other very important question for you. I said Trump was "this morally corrupted, mentally unstable, and highly dangerous, sociopath of the highest order. He is as bad morally as almost anyone I have ever seen. He is power-crazy and cut out of the same cloth as many authoritarians/autocrats/dictators of the past.

Dennis, are you with the Repubs on this issue? Do you accept and condone what he is and what he does? if you are not morally indignant and incensed by what he is and those that support him then you have some very deep problems.

And tell me, which of the Democrats are as evil and morally corrupted as Trump????????? A Mafia family, boy that is so far out in left field that it is beyond sight.

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" Democrats pretend to have integrity every now and again, in between arming terrorists, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of children with sanction s."


Joe: Hey, you need to clarify that entire statement. I've done a bit of research on some of what you say andf I'm just waiting for you to get back with expanding on your statement. So, I'll just keep waiting.

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