Podcast: How Do You Unify Behind a President You Disagree With?

President-Elect Biden has called for unity. Can a good conservative who disagree with Bidens agenda unify behind his presidency? And what does it even mean to unify behind a President?

Podcast: Biden Stole the Election is the New Birther Movement

Adam explains that the argument that Joe Biden stole the election is just a long the latest in a long line of conspiracy theories to undermine the legitimacy of political opponents rather than engagement with them.

Podcast: Why the Republicans Want You to Think the Squad Will Pack the Supreme Court

Two members of the “Squad” of far left House Democratic Freshmen called for adding Supreme Court Justices in response to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. But do the Squad really have the power? What is the real danger of the Squad and how can they be counteracted?

Podcast: Grace for a Lesser of Two Evils Election

How could someone vote for Trump? How could someone vote for Biden? Or choose to vote Third party or abstain? Adam Graham explains and why its important to understand other’s choices and focus on avoiding another election like this one.

Podcast: How to be Pro-Life Without Being a Jerk

Why “abortion juking” is wrong, why pro-lifers should stop and why we d o it.

On George Floyd

Thoughts on how George Floyd’s murder is the culmination of several disturbing stories involve Black Americans, the need for reconciliation and coming together, and the danger of those who will try to impose an agenda on the situation. Also thoughts on COVID-19 and the protests.

Church Reopenings During COVID-19

In this episode, Adam cuts though the partisan talking points and examining what President Trump’s declaration on church reopenings actually means.

Introduction to the Refuge for the Politically Homeless

I talk about my new podcast Refuge for the Politically Homeless.

Chuck Schumer Reminds Us That Neither Party Deserves Our Vote

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared at a rally before a Supreme Court case on abortion rights and made the following statement in the course of his remarks: ” I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price. ”

The Senate Minority Leader, the second most powerful Democrat in America right now, threatened two Supreme Court Justices if they didn’t rule the way they wanted. Schumer is not going to do anything to Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, but might some unstable abortion rights zealots take this as an invitation to harass these men and their families or even do harm to them? Certainly.

That’s why Chief Justice John Roberts called Schumer on his words. Schumer responded by falsely accusing the Chief Justice of turning a blind eye to President Trump’s abuse of the judiciary. While Roberts has ignored President Trump’s suggestion that Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor recuse themselves from Trump-related cases, that’s not on the same level as telling an angry mob that Supreme Court Justices are going to pay a price. In addition, Roberts called out Trump’s abuse of judges and his attempt to define them as “Obama Judges” in denigrating their decisions. Roberts has called both sides in protecting the Independence of the Judiciary.

One day after his statements, the Senate Minority Leader did a slight walkback. He didn’t apologize to the Chief Justice whose integrity he impugned, nor to the two Justices whose safety he put at risk. He did say he shouldn’t have said that but added, ” I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”

I wonder how much of President Trump’s statements Democrats overlook because, after all, he’s from Queens. Schumer’s statements are unacceptable. Yet, there are many #NeverTrumpers who are stuck on the political binary who insist we need to give the Democrats control of the Senate and make this man the next Majority leader because of the importance of democratic norms.

To be clear, the Republican Impeachment Trial was a disgrace, from their coordination with the White House to their refusal to hear the witnesses. Yet, we’re kidding ourselves if we believe the Democrats are the principled defenders of democratic norms and therefore deserve our votes. The Democrats are about what’s in their political interest.

If we want to vote for a party that believes in our constitution and defends constitutional norms faithfully, we’re going to have to build it ourselves. Voting for either a Republican or a Democratic challenger is replacing unfaithful politicians with unfaithful politicians.

No, We’re Not All Democrats

In reaction to the Senate’s decision to not call witnesses in President Trump’s Impeachment trial, Bill Kristol made the following declaration on Twitter:

 

To start with, 51 of the 53 Senate Republicans voted not to call witnesses or subpoena other evidence despite polls showing strong support. One showed 75 percent support and polling on the issue ranged from mid-60s to the high-70s.

Its rare for politicians to defy that large a percentage of the American electorate. However, a clue as to why the GOP did surrounds John Bolton, President Trump’s National Security Adviser. Mr. Bolton refused to testify without a subpeona during the House Impeachment process, but volunteered to appear before the Senate if called.

Leaks of Mr. Bolton’s forthcoming book indicated the President pressured Bolton to join in his effort to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice-President Joe Biden’s son Beau and was further concerned about the President doing favors for autocratic regimes. As reported, Bolton’s testimony would have led lots of people to ask lots of questions for the entire Trump Administration, including one of Trump’s lawyers, who was alleged to be present during a meeting on Ukraine with Bolton.

The Senate short circuited all those uncomfortable questions by barring witnesses. As President Trump’s former Chief of Staff John Kelly said, without witnesses, the trial was a job “only half done.” The Senate took a “see no evil” approach, saying the whole matter should be up to voters, despite the pesky Constitution giving them the power to try an Impeachment.

The White House is making spurious claims the book contains classified information. Even if that charge proves to be inaccurate, it will probably take until after the election to litigate. Thus the Senate has succeeded in assuring the truth of what Bolton and other witnesses know will not become known to the American people. The Senate chose to cover up what they should be investigating.

So does that mean we all need to be “Democrats” and support the Democratic Party this Fall? I think not.

Let’s leave aside all the issues which conservatives disagree with the Democrats on, the Democrats’ lack of effort to win our votes and the fact that the Democratic Party helped build this culture of corruption in Washington. The Democrats’ handling of Impeachment has been far from exemplary, though the President did deserve the impeachment.

The House Democrats were determined to vote on Impeachment by Christmas. As such, they didn’t go to court to fight for these documents or for the testimony of Mr. Bolton and other witnesses who had refused to cooperate without a subpoena.

It would have taken months to go through this process through the courts and it would’ve made it more difficult for the Trump-district Congressmen to vote for impeachment as the election drew closer.

However, they should have done it anyway. If you’re going to prosecute an impeachment trial, particularly before a Senate controlled by the other party, you want every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed. You want to know what John Bolton and other witnesses are going to say. You want to know what the documents the White House is withholding say.

Instead, they made the politically easiest decision for their members and left it to the Senate to find out a lot of key information and the Senate refused. Turning away from strong indications of presidential malfeasance is wrong, but so is rushing the Impeachment case to satisfy your base even if it you didn’t investigate the case properly.

Both parties played politics rather than do their job. Neither are worth our support. What America really needs is to replace both of its major parties with new ones that will do the right thing.

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