How The Republican Party Responds to Corruption Says It All

Thom plus logo At this moment when it appears certain that Donald Trump has used the power of his office for corrupt political purposes, the larger question that we will all live with for years is how will the Republican Party respond. Will they pretend that he was simply an aberration, drop him like a hot potato, and go back to pretending that they have some legitimate existence beyond doing the bidding of billionaires and corporations? Or will they open the party to politicians who are actually interested in serving the people? As long as the Supreme Court continues to assert that there is absolutely nothing wrong with billionaires and corporations owning their very own politicians, odds are The GOP will simply continue to be an extension of the lobbying industry. With or without Donald Trump.

Part 2 - And...If the republic greed can't overcome corruption in government how are we going to stop them from stealing the future of our children and grandchildren? The New UN climate report is chilling, and warns of unprecedented challenges that only radical measures can stop. Our choice now is between more money for billionaires and corporations, or the future of our civilization and species. So far, our politicians and the lobbyist class have chosen the billionaires and corporations.



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deepspace 3 years 35 weeks ago

"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" -- Greta Thunberg

A brave little girl from Sweden has more intelligence, courage, and humanity than the collective "brainpower" of the entire Republican Party and their Wall Street masters. She sailed across a sea to stare down the world.

And the evil clowns in America could only ridicule her.

The world is dying. There are no more excuses. A vote for a climate-crisis denier is a vote against life itself.

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Worn out door knobs 3 years 35 weeks ago

Scientists tell us the earth has been here 4,000,000,000 years. Scientist also tells us modern humans have inhabited the earth for 20,000 years or so, or 0.000005 of the earth's total existence. If we were to compare humans existence on earth to a twenty four hour day, humans have been on earth less than a half of a second. During the earth's 4 billion year existence, climate change has occurred countless times. Scientists have discovered that our planet has reversed magnetic poles at least eighteen times. It speaks to the hubris of humans to think they cause climate change, and even more so to that same hubris to believe they can stop it. Millions of species have come and gone in the earth's 4 billion year history. Humans too will be extinct. Mankind needs to find a way to adapt to climate change and stop the futile attempt to stop it. Charles Darwin stated "It is not the strongest creature that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change."

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Hephaestus 3 years 35 weeks ago

Worn out here!

The dumb rich don’t get the fact that if there are no humans their dosh is worthless

When there is no production there are no wages

When there are no wages nothing gets bought

Fiat money becomes worthless under such circumstance

Cause and effect is a lost process

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deepspace 3 years 35 weeks ago

"Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." -- Mark Twain

"It speaks to the hubris of humans to think they cause climate change, and even more so to that same hubris to believe they can stop it." -- Worn out door knobs


It speaks to the hubris of an infinitesimal percent of humans, i.e., Republicans, to think they are more informed than all of the world's top climate scientists. The unequivocal scientific documentation is laid out in vivid and excruciating detail, informing us in no uncertain terms that the widespread destruction of Mother Earth's climate, oceans, and ecosystems is, in fact, caused directly by the activity of human beings!

Since the industrial revolution, our species has released over 1,300 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere at a pace much faster than even the End-Permian extinction, which wiped out 96 percent of marine life and 70 percent of terrestrial life. More ominous, as the planet inexorably heats up, copious amounts of methane -- a greenhouse gas 85 times more destructive than carbon dioxide -- will begin to bubble up into the atmosphere at an alarming rate, triggering even higher temperatures.

We are at the beginning, possibly the middle, of an ongoing mass-extinction event (the sixth one in geological history, which some scientists have labeled the Anthropocene extinction), the likes of which Earth has never seen before. Let's just call it mass suicide.

Therefore, the only way to adapt and survive is to stop pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and heat into the oceans -- right now! That's what the science is telling us. Otherwise, the inevitable will happen.

Given several hundred thousand years, the earth will hopefully survive the stain of Homo sapiens and once again become a paradise, perhaps for a wiser species.

Ignorance is not necessarily stupidity; willful ignorance certainly is.

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Willie W 3 years 35 weeks ago

There is no global warming. Science got it wrong. I know this because it's still September and on this morning it's only 48 degrees outside!!!! Brrrrrrrrr :)

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deepspace 3 years 35 weeks ago

Ha! Good one, Willie. Your tongue-in-cheek humor is always spot on. And it speaks volumes of truth.

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SueN 3 years 35 weeks ago

You must be wrong. It's a balmy 64 degrees here.

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SueN 3 years 35 weeks ago

Climate change has been happening much, much faster than it has naturally in the past. And we are not so sure that we can stop it. All we can do is try, or life on Earth will become a lot tougher.

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deepspace 3 years 35 weeks ago

It is the defining issue of our times, an emergency that requires all hands on deck -- not the fake emergencies created by a fake president. Adding gas to the flames are the climate-crisis deniers in the White House and Congress, which is an emergency unto itself, a disaster of inaction.

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