I’ve been planning to add my voice of frustration to the escalating rumble of outrage at the fact that one man holds all the power in this dying democracy of ours.
I don’t mean the Fauxsident of the United States, I mean Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, easily the most dangerous man in the country.
Countless times since Trump was inaugurated, I’ve heard said: “Our forefathers planned for a Donald Trump; they did not plan for a Mitch McConnell.”
Mitch helped put Trump in the White House. Russia’s work on Trump’s behalf would have been exposed before the 2016 election if not for Mitch McConnell’s interference.
The impeachment process would be well underway if not for Mitch, because more than adequate evidence exists that Trump obstructed justice, even in the unredacted Mueller Report. The problem is that Democrats understand that a successful impeachment vote in the House would never make it to a Senate vote.
McConnell attacks Democratic Members of the House of Representatives for their lack of success in passing bills, implies it’s a sign of incompetence, as he blocks every bill they pass, refusing to allow a vote by the Senate.
Bills, ranging from the Violence Against Women Act, Gun Reform, to Net Neutrality, bill after bill, over 100 since January, passed in the House and moved to the Senate where McConnell laughs and says we can call him the grim reaper, where bills go to die. The Senate cannot do the job they were elected to do with Mitch in charge.
McConnell was called out for just that, by Jon Stewart, who testified on Tuesday, on behalf of 9/11 first responders who continue to fight for their healthcare. 👇🏼
”Gosh” McConnell hadn’t looked at the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund lately. Gosh, he must not have seen the viral video of Jon Stewart namelessly calling him out.
The biggest problem, in my opinion:
Despite confirmation that Russia successfully tampered with our elections in 2016, and that there was rampant voter suppression and fraud in 2018, McConnell will not allow the Senate to vote on the comprehensive Election Reform bill. The bill was passed in the House and would give us some defense against Russian hacking and curb voter disenfranchisement.
Consider this: Mitch McConnell has the lowest approval rating in his state, lower than any U.S. Senator, fluctuating between 18% and 33%. Nevertheless, he seems unconcerned with his upcoming 2020 reelection, not attempting to make himself likable, or even less hateable.
The only logical conclusion is that he wants America’s elections to be vulnerable to hackers and foreign influence because that is his plan for re-election.
Let’s talk about Mitch and Russian money, his marriage of convenience, and the 1967, rushed and a hushed end to his short military career.
One of Mitch McConnell’s biggest donors, ($2.5 million in 2016, and $1 million more in 2017) Russian oligarch Ben Blavatnik, is a major investor in Rusal, the worlds second largest aluminum company. Another oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, owns Rusal. Deripaska, a good friend of Putin’s, is the Russian whose sanctions were recently lifted by the Trump administration. Three months after sanctions were lifted against Deripaska, the media reported his plans to invest $1.7 billion in Kentucky by building an aluminum plant there.
This plan to infuse McConnell’s impoverished state with mob money will do much for Kentucky’s economy, and possibly help McConnell’s approval rating.
But wait, there’s more:
Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife, who also is Trump’s Transportation Secretary, approved $78 million in projects for Kentucky, funneling federal funds, in another move designed to help McConnell’s reelection efforts, this one at the expense of taxpayers.
McConnell’s unabashed refusal to allow a vote on a bill that might prevent a Russian attack on our elections in 2020 is likely because he needs their help to win.
Leaving our elections vulnerable is nothing short of treasonous.
Russia’s hold on our politicians is not solely financial. The threat of exposure is more potent than greed. Considering the GOP claims to be the party of family values, there is an inordinate number of pedophiles and sex offenders among their ranks. The homophobic, misogynistic party of straight white men paints a clear picture of hypocrisy. Their harsh judgment of others makes honesty about themselves difficult and that makes them perfect targets for blackmail.
The following post by Daily Kos is worth a read. It gives insight into Mitch McConnell’s extremely short military career, which he refuses to comment on. It is clearly one of his skeletons.
My question is, can you impeach a senator?
If a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly, the House of Representatives may impeach—formally charge—that official. If the official subsequently is convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, he is removed from office.
Impeachment may be the only way to clean up the mess we have in Washington, because we can’t have fair elections with McConnell blocking election security reform. We can’t vote people out until we can fix our elections.
Although Mitch McConnell qualifies for impeachment, it is unlikely a GOP majority will do the right thing. Would Mitch allow the Senate to vote on his impeachment? I doubt it.
”BECAUSE I DECIDE WHAT WE VOTE ON.” ~Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell