My Blogversary, Pokey, Graciously Refuses To Blame Trump Entirely On The Democrats

Oh brother, why blog thou? I don’t remember voting for Trump, so ‘Opposition, heal thyself.’ To summarize last year’s election, your side lied endlessly about my candidate and then elected a blithering sociopath to the highest office in the land. What part is still confusing you? Take some responsibility for the carnage ahead. While I was covering the intellectual demise of the right, what were you going on about? Benghazi? Hobby Lobby? Radical Muslims creating a Caliphate across the Middle East? Here’s my prediction for the end of ISIS, two years ago. But fear not, radical recruitment is way up under Trump. The long term prospects of the crazies of the world are always better under a Republican’s watch, here or abroad. Islamic extremists remain grateful to the GOP for keeping them in the game. Black Flags Matter?

This is a Pokey post rebuttal and his main points are in bold.

First off, a quick point-clarifier about our last bout: in his book Trump & A Post Truth World, Ken Wilber stressed how all human problems are just a symptom. To get to the root cause of our societal woes, Wilber encourages doing the inner work and evolve our consciousness as a species, accordingly. Consciousness theories aside, today’s political symptoms—not the cultural ones, but the political ones—are almost invariably Republican in nature. This is the distinction I was trying to make. Pokey’s insights into our devolving and amoral culture are important and often accurate, but his political assessments, like most Republicans, are either exaggerated or flat out false. So if you think Barack Obama was as or more incompetent than George W. Bush, or Donald J. Trump, you’ve clearly lost all political frontal-lobe function (PFLF).

If the Affordable Care Act would have saved the average American family 2,400 dollars a year, we would not be having this conversation, period.

Really? You can’t try to endlessly kill something and then cheer it’s demise. It’s like getting a plant, not watering it, and then saying, “I told you it would die!” After a bumpy start, the ACA was right on schedule, well, had Republicans watered the original law when asked. It was meant to be a stepping stone to Single Payer, which admittedly comes with its own challenges. Liberals were simply trying to emulate what most western societies have already accomplished. While these same programs come with about a 90% approval rating across the globe, TrumpCare hits a whopping 17%. So next time just water that shit.

If the Arab Spring in Egypt and the overthrow of Libya would have brought about the Democratic paradises promised, maybe the Democrats could have made a case for themselves. But no, the Egyptian revolution brought increased power to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Libya uprising brought more power to ISIS and of course the Benghazi debacle.

You couldn’t resist the “debacle of Benghazi” part, could you? It’s a condition. After the 7th investigation, the lead witch hunter, Trey Gowdy, concluded, “Nothing could have saved those men.” Of course, he’s wrong, Republicans could have funded embassy security instead of gutting it the year prior. Here’s the score:

That Benghazi dot should be even smaller. Everyone get out your magnifying glasses so we can focus on the real problem …Benghazi. All the deaths in that circle are the result of an actual lie called the Iraq War, which was perpetrated by a known war criminal and former president.

The road to Kaddafi started with Hussein. The Bush Doctrine was to topple Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. While I blame the guy who intentionally set these dominos into motion, you blame the guy who failed to stop said dominos …as they were falling …amidst a regional uprising. Nice. Whereas the Obama Doctrine touted a light footprint in the Middle East, the Bush Doctrine makes sasquatch look like Douglas Fairbanks after a decade of foot-binding.

If there had been any meaningful cuts in spending in the federal budget, the Democrats would have at least a shred of credibility. Remember the economic crisis of 2007-2008, where the federal government assured us that we needed to spend trillions of dollars to stimulate the economy.

Yes, I remember it, which is why I championed the Simpson-Bowles ratio of stimulus to cuts, while you championed austerity only. We’ve been through this and, as it turns out, you’re still wrong. And where is this shred of credibility on the right? Are you seeing things, Poke? Sure, Obama lied a couple of times over his eight year tenor, but Trump topped that during this morning’s tweets, during his morning constitution (which is the best thing he’ll likely do …Constipationally).

President Obama rightly pointed to the Bush administration’s increased unconstitutional intrusions and surveillance of the American people. But after he was elected, we learned that the Obama administration increased government intrusions through the NSA and the IRS, among others.

Sure, NSA surveillance is my biggest Obama complaint, and yet…

While every Republican signed onto the Patriot Act, including Pokey, Obama and Zano voiced their objections while this was being made legal. I also then predicted that no president, post 9/11, would roll these expansions of power back (certainly not any decade soon).

Don’t worry, I’m sure Trump is going to fix this shit. He knows Absolute vodka corrupts absolutely. In his defense, he needs to hear what the Rosie O’Donnell’s of the world are saying about him. No really, it’s a psychiatric condition. This does not excuse Obama’s expansion of the NSA program, but it was all predictable, which is *cough* why I predicted it.

If pressing the “Russian Reset Button” would have done more than to give Vladimir Putin a “chubby” along with 20% of America’s Uranium, then maybe…

The Uranium One story is the next Benghazi. Trust me. There’s no magnifying or catastrophizing necessary under Republican leadership. Libs can just cover what Republicans are actually doing, in broad daylight, based on their own admissions, actions, and press conferences. Putin did not fair well under Obama, but with a weakened EU and a mentally ill U.S. president, you’ve given that former KGB guy everything he wanted for Christmas.

If the government would have become more transparent to the people, and if individuals would have become more secure against federal government intrusion, I might have possibly been persuaded to vote for a Democratic candidate.

Oh, please. Who chooses an incompetent despot over a pragmatist? Oh, right, never mind.

Pokey’s post can be summarized as:

“If only Hillary Clinton had squirrel-suited into Benghazi that night to save those men, and if Obama’s fledgling healthcare plan had survived the constant Republican bludgeoning, and if he had undone—not just most—but all of W’s unconstitutional expansions of power, I would have found it in my heart to have voted for the competent chick over the brain dead despot.”

It’s time to see the Republican party’s game plan for what it is, Poke. Republicans have weaponized a slew of wedge issues, like abortion and gun control, to rally the uneducated to aid and abet them in shifting all of our resources to a handful of people (see: this week’s tax plan). And, despite even the faintest precursors of talent, they continue to succeed beyond their wildest expectations.

Pokey also remains unaware of the pending constitutional crisis baked into the Russia-probe, just like he was unaware of the consequences of the post 9/11 overreaches and abuses. When each legitimate crisis goes unnoticed until the final hour, when will Republican voters realize they’re being duped? Trust me, Sean Hannity will be covering Uranium One-style drivel right up until the day Ass-Clown is dragged out of office.

One thing remains consistent on this multi-decade blogging odyssey: one side sees monsters where there are none, and then the other side is forced to contend with the orangey shadows they create.

Or, the slightly different version:

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Mick Zano

Mick Zano

Mick Zano is the Head Comedy Writer and co-founder of The Daily Discord. He is the Captain of team Search Truth Quest and is currently part of the Witness Protection Program. He is being strongly advised to stop talking any further about this, right now, and would like to add that he is in no way affiliated with the Gambinonali crime family. 

  19 comments for “My Blogversary, Pokey, Graciously Refuses To Blame Trump Entirely On The Democrats

  1. Pokey
    December 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Okay, I admit it. I was wrong. I fact checked my article. The Obama Administration never claimed that the Affordable Care Act would save the average American 2400 dollars–the Administration claimed that the Affordable Care Act would save the typical family up to 2500 dollars. I know, I know, if it wasn’t for those meddling Tea Partyers they would have exceeded these predictions.

    • Mick Zano
      December 2, 2017 at 6:07 PM

      So sit back and enjoy all those tax cuts …that you will never see, and will eventually trigger another economic downturn. Winning!

      • Mick Zano
        December 2, 2017 at 7:07 PM

        The real question is, when Mueller finds enough dirt on team Trump, and then the republicans deny the findings and support the fascist ass-clown, will you bow to authoritarianism and surrender what’s left of this country, or will you stand with the right side of history and rage against the machine?

        • pokey
          December 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM

          what dirt? Like I said if thereis evidence that Trump compromised our national security by helping Russia in exchange for his own gain then I call for his public execution. The question is, if evidence arose showing that people on the Left compromised our national security in exchange for their own personal power would you call for their punishment?

          • Mick Zano
            December 4, 2017 at 2:16 PM

            Yes, but Clinton Uranium One is a nothing sandwich, this can not be said of the Mueller investigation. Once completed there will be enough ammo to either impeach all the way to full annulment of this administration. I am betting on impeachment, but the republicans will not have the political fortitude to do the right thing. It’s simply not in their DNA.

  2. pokey
    December 4, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Saying it’s a nothing sandwich doesn’t make it so. What specifically does the Mueller investigation imply that Trump did? you never give specifics

    This double standard is why Trump was elected.
    1) Justice Thomas (non-pysical)sexually harassed Anita Hill–The Left says he is not fit to be a Supreme Court Justice; but Bill Clinton is accused of rape and the left says nothing.
    2) Attorney General Lynch meets with Bill Clinton while his wife is under investigation–the Left does not see this as a conflict of interest. Jeff Sessions meets with Russia–the Left demands that Session recuse himself
    3) Bill Clinton earns a half million dollars from Russia while Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. The Left calls it a nothing sandwich. Trump is linked to Russia with not even an accusation of a crime and the Left demands he be impeached.

    The Left has not a shred of principle and that’s why we won’t vote for them and don’t trust them.

    • Mick Zano
      December 4, 2017 at 6:53 PM

      well, every time in the past I’ve called something a nothing sandwich, it turned out to be a nothing sandwich. I think Bill Clinton has some serious #metoo shit out there, I won’t defend that. String him up, but what does that have to do with WWIII or the next economic collapse? Whereas Bill Clinton is in the books as reasonably competent president, Trump may well be a republic crusher. if BIll did something wrong he can still be held accountable but who gives a shit? When libs investigate something there’s generally a reason, or in this case, a treason. Ha!

      Yeah, I’ve given specifics about the Russia probe. Minus Mueller’s findings we have at least 6 Trumpites lying about their meetings with Russians, obstruction of justice is all but in the books for Trump (see twitter and CNN interview), and we know the Trump family tried to collude with Russia, they may have been too incompetent to pull it off which might prove to be their saving grace. Hillary didn’t break a sweat during the convoluted and nonsensical Benghazi hearings, Trump will not survive 15 minutes of scrutiny on any issue, because he’s an unstable, crooked fool.

      After 7 Benghazi investigations = slightly less than nothing
      Prior to Mueller investigation = calls for impeachment

      And we all know what that means …another Benghazi investigation.

  3. pokey
    December 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    I see the “investigations” as partisan as a Left wing court appointee. “Looking for dirt” on someone is not the same as administering justice. NOW the Left is willing to acknowledge Bill Clinton was wrong? But listen to Nancy Pelosi call for Moore and Trump to step down because of sexual misconduct allegations but calls for the due process of law when the Left is accused of similar or worse allegations. The people know that the fix is in, so we (I’ going to speak on behalf of the people) don’t trust your investigations. I trust the facts as they can be demonstrated to me. FACT–Hillary Clinton erased over 30,000 emails after they were subpoenaed by Congress. Is that unethical? Is it unethical that Bill receive 500,000 dollars from Russia? To me its obviously unethical–but the Left will not call out their own, so assume that their call to justice is merely “looking for dirt.” The Left called for Trumps impeachment prior to his inauguration. Now you’re looking for dirt so that you can justify your refusal to accept the results of a democratic election. These are fascist tactics. That is a certain kind of tyranny that accuses their political opponents of the crimes that they themselves commit.

    These “unjust tactics” are tearing the country apart.

    • Mick Zano
      December 5, 2017 at 4:52 PM

      in part the email scandal cost Hillary the election, it did rate a ‘meh’ on the Zano scale (among the highest), so now we have someone in office who every interaction is a shady and or criminal one. Nice. Oh, and Trump’s whole family didn’t use protected devices, post this debacle. Real nice. I’m not calling for ass-clown to step down for #metoo stuff, so I ask again, even though history is about to blindside you yet again, how will you handle the pending constitutional crisis?

      • pokey
        December 6, 2017 at 8:42 AM

        We heard it all during the campaign. We heard how Trump how questionable ties to Russia and we heard how the Clinton was compromised due to her emails and acceptance of dirty money. We heard it all and we voted. Justice is equally applied to all parties regardless of status or party. “Dirt Finding” is applied to personal or political adversaries for political motives. If the Department of Dirt-finding can present no evidence that shows a compromising of security through our President’s actions, then I will continue to support him.

        • Mick Zano
          December 6, 2017 at 12:16 PM

          No, you heard lies during the campaign which obfuscated the truth. Republicans are the ‘dirt finding’ experts. The email server scandal came out of a nonsensical 7 chapter circus that started with the image of Hillary eating bon bons while 4 men died in Benghazi. Meanwhile, this Russia probe is warranted. We have overwhelming wrongdoing BEFORE the investigation results. But republicans react to the truth like a vampire at the Gilroy garlic fest and that is not likely to change with the rightwing white-privilege noise machine blasting on full.

          • pokey
            December 6, 2017 at 3:23 PM

            What wrongdoing are you talking about? Give me specifics. You mean collusion? The Democrats did not coordinate with Hillary Clinton to assure them that Bernie Sanders would not win. That claim is false? The Democrats did not send disruptors into Trump’s campaign. That’s false? What specific wrongdoing are you taking about?

            • Mick Zano
              December 6, 2017 at 5:53 PM

              Yes, the Bernie thing has teeth, which is why I also called for an investigation! I am with you on that one. As for the Russia probe: 6 lying to the Feds, 2 obstruction of justice attempts, 1 attempted collusion, and a partridge just passed away (Sung to the 12 days of Impeachment).

              • pokey
                December 6, 2017 at 8:03 PM

                So aside from rigging their primary, the DNC is squeaky clean? How about the Project Veritas video that shows protestors (Scott Foval–I believe) telling how people are paid big money by the DNC to “protest” at Trump’s rallies. Another fascist tactic–disrupt the opponent’s rally, then blame the violence on them. Does that have any teeth to it. How many protestors were at Clinton’s rallies?

                This investigation is partisan and can’t be trusted.

                “Show me the person and I’ll show you the crime.” Lavrentiy Beria (Head of Stalin’s Secret Police)

                Tell me what exactly Trump did that was “Overwhelmingly wrong.”

                Lying to investigators and obstruction of justice are Martha Stewart B.S.. Give me some meat. what is the injustice that the justice department was obstructed from discovering? The investigation IS the punishment.

                • Mick Zano
                  December 7, 2017 at 12:04 AM

                  You’re right, if we’re talking about Benghazi. Ha! You draw lines between dots that aren’t there. I have never said the left, especially the Clintons, are squeaky clean, but the 21st century political train wreck is not liberal in nature. As for meat, just read anything today Trump calls fake news (see Donald Jr. or Michael Flynn).There will be a constitutional crisis in the very near future and the right will no-doubt ignore it, hopefully long enough to permanently tarnish their brand but not long enough to end the republic. We can’t survive republican ignorance, it’s too profound. Just stare at the picture until you see the sailboat, Poke …or the indictment. Looking into my crystal ball, in a few more weeks look for Jared Kushner stories and in a few more month ones about Donald J. Trump. To see the future I use a combination of tea leaves, tarot cards and phrenology.

                  • pokey
                    December 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

                    The way in which the justice department handled the Clintons is very different from the way in which they are handling Trump.
                    As far a Benghazi:
                    1) have you heard any testimony from the military survivors who were on the ground in Benghazi. How many of them voted for Mrs. Clinton? How many of them no support Donald Trump?
                    2) Was it ethical for her to delete the 30,000 emails?
                    3) Was Lynch morally obliged to recuse herself?
                    4) Is there evidence that the present special counsel has a partisan bias?

                    You have still not told me what exactly you think Donald Trump did?

                    I’ll give you specifics with the Clintons–again. I believe their is credible evidence that her gross negligence made it likely that hostile governments to this nation may have hacked her unprotected emails thus compromising our national security. I believe that their is credible evidence that the Clintons received money from governments that possibly influenced her administration of power while Secretary of State. No, I can’t prove any of this, so I’m not going to press for a special counsel, but my suspicions were strong enough to lead me to vote for Donald Trump.

                    NOW, the supporters of the Clintons are pushing for an investigation into Trump (for what exactly do you think Trump did?) to invalidate my vote.

                    Okay, then I call for the present administration to re-open the case against the Clintons. Call a special counsel to dig into all the nooks and crannies of what the DNC did with their primary and where the Clinton Foundation got their money, and what exactly did this “charity” spend their money on. Let’s play by their tactics. Yeah, and lets investigate Muelar and his team while we’re at it.

                    That’s what I predict, because that’s what you’re asking for–a legalistic and bureaucratic Civil War.

                    But I would change my view in a second if you could show me credible evidence (like I’ve shown you) that Donald Trump compromised our nation’s security. And maybe he has–but I still don’t see a sail boat…I see a bunch dots orchestrated to create the illusion of a sailboat.

                    • Mick Zano
                      December 7, 2017 at 1:46 PM

                      OMG, read the news, dude. Put down Breitbart for a moment. I’m not your delusion to reality translator. Trump invited the Russians into the oval office without anyone else there! He told them highly classified intel about ISIS and the use of laptop on airplanes, info not even shared with our allies, and yesterday–not in the Lewinksy years–but yesterday, we find Michael Flynn texting Russia during the inauguration address, essentially “consider it a done deal ending Russian sanctions.” Did negotiations start earlier in the day over breakfast and he’s wrapping things up at the festivities? Give me a break. Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election, everyone in Trump’s administration is lying about their meetings with them, and the quid to quid pro quo is becoming clearer every day. I know, you translate that as: Hillary ambushed four men in Benghazi, but this is unhinged delusion. Investigate away on the Clintons, I could care less, but do it quietly, because the country you save may be your own. What’s happening now is unpresidented, ha! The right is simply pulling out the Clinton scandal machine to pull the wool over your eyes, and, as usual, it’s working. We can compare Clinton #MeToo to moments to Trump’s when ass-clown is out of office or in jail.

  4. pokey
    December 8, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    The Trump investigation must be seen in the context of the previous administration. The Russian interference did occur during the Obama Administration. When we look at all the facts in context to the Justice Department’s previous investigation we begin to see that this investigation is purely partisan. An objective bi-partisan view of Russian involvement in our election process shows that Russia fabricated half-truths and lies in order to enrage and confuse voters and politicians. Russia gave information to the Trump’s opposition researchers as well Clinton’s opposition researchers. Russian sought ways to disrupt, influence, and compromise both parties. Russia is rooted in Leninist and Stalinist tactics of divide and conquer. Both Trump and Clinton have a history of doing business with Russia. An independent council inquiring into either side with the purpose of finding “collusion” would bring casualties to either side. Thus I say “the investigation is the penalty.” How much money have those being investigated had to pay in defense costs? If this were in the name of Justice, I’m all for it. It’s not. It’s in the name of politics. Look what happened to Scott Walker for his “collusion” a few years ago. Tell me that was justice. Tell me that what’s happening to Trump is not the same thing that happened to Walker.

    • Mick Zano
      December 8, 2017 at 8:07 PM

      Fine, let’s have a bipartisan effort, even back in time: if Bill Clinton is guilty, he can be impeached. If Hillary is guilty, she can’t be president. And if Trump is guilty, minorities and women can line up and kick him in the balls. No one except Trump denies Russia interfered in the election and lies, obstruction and collusion does not a good start to an administration make. Besides, why do you want him to remain in power? Is it the incomplete sentences, the war mongering, the pending economic collapse? Is his increasing deficits while cutting social safety nets? The encroaching authoritarianism? Is it the whole Trump package?

      We should shift to a debate/article? Name the topic.

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