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Republicans: stuck between a rock and a hard place, only one way out

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The Republican Party and its members in Congress are caught up in a dilemma of their own making. We might say that they are stuck between a rock and a hard place, i.e., they have put themselves in a very difficult situation where they have to choose between two courses of action, neither of which is very desirable.

In the following we will show exactly why they have lapsed into this situation, this mess that is an indication to the American people that they are so afraid of offending Trump and his supporters that they are, along with this president, unfit to carry out their governmental responsibilities.

We'll present two options that they have before them to try to free themselves from this dilemma and also one other that might be their best bet.

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This all started when Trump was running for the presidency in 2016. At that time there were many Republicans who disliked him immensely, including a large number of other GOP presidential candidates. He was very critical of the GOP and its role in the Washington political swamp, which he promised he would drain.

Actually he didn't drain that swamp of the alligators, he just retrained them to follow his will and refrain from questioning any of his decisions and judgments. And they meekly accepted that dictate.

While he was making enemies in the Republican hierarchy, he was also attracting an increasing number of angry, disillusioned Republicans, together with some Hillary-hating Democrats and Independents, who saw him as the latest version of an agent of change. They believed that he had the potential to turn this country in new directions. And with this rabid support a minor miracle happened; he was elected.

After he entered the White House it took some time for the Republicans in Congress to fully accept their role as his political servants. They grudgingly did so because they were well aware that he had this extremely loyal and very powerful support group that they also needed on their side when election time came.

They became his stalwart followers who did his bidding with no questions. And that's where the trouble began, that was the starting point for entry into their current predicament.

Trump's actions and behavior are worsening with every passing day. Check out this article from Axios.com which reports that there are now "17 known investigations targeting President Trump's world from various federal, state, and local prosecutors." Democrats are now in control of the U.S. House and they will, no doubt, open up any number of their own investigations into him and his family members.

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So the future for Republicans is certainly not bright and, in fact, is very dark and dismal. Here are the two options that Republicans have to try to get out of their mess. :

Option #1: If they stay with Trump through thick and thin no matter what he does, being blindly loyal and forgiving, and then Mueller presents concrete evidence implicating this president in collusion or obstruction, they are going to be in big time trouble. At that point, if they remain loyal to Trump and ignore or totally dismiss Mueller's findings, if they refuse to take part in any impeachment proceedings, they will be toast in the next elections. They will go down with their Dear Leader.

Option #2: on the other hand they could decide that they are simply not going to take any chance of going down with him by beginning to cooperate with Mueller and the Democrats. The danger in doing that is that Mueller may lack solid, incriminating evidence against Trump. If that's the case then, if he presents nothing of substance, they will have to face this president's zealous supporters who will, in subsequent elections, enlist other Republicans to primary these Republican "traitors" all over the country.

Neither of these options would appear to be good for Republicans. Then what must they do? There may be another way to get out of this dangerous situation. It has its risks, but it could work and it may be their only way out. Suppose that certain trusted Republicans set up some sort of secretive meetings with the Mueller team to see what kind of evidence they have, if any, that would implicate Trump.

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So, yes, this could be a win-win situation for both sides. Republicans would finally be doing what is best for their country and, at the same time, doing the right thing to protect themselves politically. Mueller could feel that there was a good chance that his findings would be acted upon and not blocked.

And, best of all, Democratic presidential candidates who may be preparing to run against Trump in 2020 should get him off their minds because he won't be running. Where he will be is uncertain but he won't, any longer, be an occupant of the White House.

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Perhaps a coalition that rejects the neocon, neoliberal frothiness, irrespective of the political party can become the New Center Party isolating the silly inhumane neo positions and forcing the globalist radical revolutionaries to the edges.

If this were to happen it would give Trump leverage to uproot those emissaries sent by the elites to maintain control of the federal government. You know the ones...the ones that actually pull the strings, for whom government as the indispensable handmaiden of private wealth, must obviously be controlled by the elites or they couldn't remain wealthy.

Perhaps Trump would be interested in ending the spoiling of federal lands by fascists? You'd go for that right? Or ending wars with Syria and Afghanistan and meddling in more than a dozen countries versus listening to an interview touting that the Muammar Al Gathafi - We came, we saw, now he be dead. Of course Trump is a liar so maybe he won't follow through... sounds like something a politician would do. Is he running for reelection? I wonder how well Brennan is sleeping these days?

If there was a strong center that wanted him to continue to weaken the global elites by wrecking their financial, military and technological pieces on the board, for the purpose of devolving them back to civilian redevelopment use and general rectification, that could go a long way toward making America great again, right? He wants transactions. Let's give him some. Are you with me Michael? Start the dialogue. I will be right behind you. I got your back.

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Shad: You said: "You know the ones...the ones that actually pull the strings, for whom government as the indispensable handmaiden of private wealth, must obviously be controlled by the elites or they couldn't remain wealthy."

I know exactly what you mean even though I don't use the word elites to describe them. I refer to this poisonous element in America as Corporate America, the Military-Industrial Complex, those at the top of the income spectrum, all of which use their money and power to corrupt this government and members of Congress who sell their political souls for campaign contributions. It'a a terrible, ugly system that has been embedded in this system of government and our nation's culture.

I like what you say about "Perhaps a coalition that rejects the neocon, neoliberal frothiness, irrespective of the political party can become the New Center Party isolating the silly inhumane neo positions and forcing the globalist radical revolutionaries to the edges" and I wish many millions of Americans felt the same way and actually did something about this mess,but it's just not happening and I see few signs that it ever will.

As I've written so many times over many years, in general, the American people, even as they see the foundations of their country under attack and our democracy disappearing, remain silent, submissive and subservient and don't have any real inclination to do anything to reverse this deadly process.

So I don't know who will rise up and have the power and conviction to wake up the people of this country and get them to do something, anything positive and constructive to remove this poison that has infected the body of America.

I've tried to stay positive and hopeful for some time now but when I see the majority of people refusing to say "enough is enough and we're not going to take it anymore" then I start to think that it may be completely hopeless. But then again, I recall the words of Churchill who said, "Never, never, ever give up" and I keep trying.


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