Should Trump And The GOP Be Charged With Malfeasance In Connection With The Almost 200,000 Deaths

SYMONDSEZ:

Someone recently said that Trump and the GOP should only be charged with malfeasance in connection with the almost 200,000 DEATHS of our family members and friends in the COVID-19 virus pandemic in America.

I think it goes quite a bit further than merely “malfeasance” (i.e., wrongdoing by a public official), don’t you?

The entire GOP has been complicit in almost 200,000 mass murders by depraved indifference committed by Trump, all of which the GOP was fully aware. Trump and the entire GOP sat in silence and did NOTHING whatsoever to either prevent those DEATHS or lessen them in severity.

How can you describe either Trump’s or the GOP’s horrific, ongoing inaction regarding the almost 200,000 DEATHS caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic in our country as anything other than MASS MURDER?

Trump KNEW the extent of the deadly danger that the COVID-19 virus posed to our society, as he has recently ADMITTED and which has been widely publicized but, despite his admitted knowledge, Trump allowed the COVID-19 virus to ravage and continue that ravaging of our entire population without taking ANY action whatsoever to prevent it or at least lessen its deadly effect upon us.

Trump has allowed these DEATHS to go on and on for the pathetic reason that he wanted to protect his own chance of being reelected. And that, of course, sprung out of fear that he would have to answer to the SDNY for the many crimes he has committed in the State of New York.

Therefore, Trump committed the MASS MURDERS of hundreds of thousands of our family members and friends merely to protect his own profoundly worthless self.

“Intent” is a well-known requisite element of a MURDER charge. Intent was, and STILL IS, present in Trump’s actions and inactions. In addition, the entire GOP has been and STILL IS complicit in Trump’s ongoing murderous behavior. Both Trump and the GOP should be charged with MASS MURDER and put in prison for the rest of their natural lives.

First-degree murderers must have the specific intent to end a human life, which does not necessarily have to correspond to the actual victim. A murder in which the killer intends to kill but kills either the wrong person or random people would still constitute first-degree murder.

Furthermore, under many state laws, killing through action showing a “depraved indifference” to human life can qualify as murder in the first degree.

To constitute “depraved indifference,” the defendant’s conduct must be ‘so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime.’ Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting.”

Therefore, given the above facts, how else can you describe the horrific behavior of Trump and the entire GOP other than as mass murder by depraved indifference?

GOP requests 14 years of records from Attorney General Roy Cooper – News Observer

Raleigh – After N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke publicly Monday about keeping government officials accountable, the N.C. Republican Party is testing him by asking for thousands of records dating back to when Cooper took office in 2001.

In five detailed requests, one for each day of “Sunshine Week,” the party asked for every email and correspondence Cooper and his senior staff sent or received in the past 14 years. It also asked for every Twitter and Facebook message, official appointment, expense report, official opinion and internal memo from the attorney general’s office since 2001.

In addition, the N.C. GOP requested specifics about the operations of the N.C. Department of Justice, the State Bureau of Investigation and the State Crime Lab during the past 14 years. (Source: Read more)

GOP ‘payback’ to white working class that voted them in: Cut earned income tax and child tax credit – DailyKos

The Political Agitator response: They just don’t understand, they are in denial or they just don’t give a damn yet. But when it hit home, they will get it!

First, some data. In the recent midterm elections, a study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that white working-class voters—defined as those lacking a college degree, and whose jobs paid an hourly wage—voted for the Republican over the Democrat for Congress by a whopping margin of 61 percent to 26 percent.

Got that? Good. Also, the “vast majority” of recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit—and remember, that credit only goes to people who earn enough money that, without it, they’d be paying income taxes—are white, according to data collected by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Finally, the 2009 Obama stimulus package expanded the Child Tax Credit to make more working class families eligible. We don’t have exact data on the racial composition of those who benefited from the expansion, but given that about half of families in poverty are white, we can extrapolate that somewhere around half of beneficiaries are white.

Still with me? Okay. Now check this out, from a New York Times article about a deal in the works that centers around making corporate tax cuts permanent: (Source: Read more)

See The Honorable Act By Obama That Has Silenced The Entire GOP Party – Greenville Gazette

President Obama, who initiated the sequester process as part of his concessions to Speaker Boehner as part of the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, is now making a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the people affected by his sequester cuts by refunding 5% of his salary to match the cuts in the rate of growth for employees of federal agencies affected by the cuts.

The show of unity will cost the president $20,000 a year since his salary is $400,000. His pay is constitutionally protected against pay cuts and a budget agreement superfluously exempted him from pay cuts along with members of congress. Supporters of the president have seized on his gesture as proof that he stands with the people. Remember, the sequester cuts do not lower the amount of federal spending; they lower the rate of how fast it increases.

Nevertheless, federal agencies have chosen to pass the modest reductions in their budget increases on employees by imposing pay cuts upon them either by salary reductions or unpaid furloughs. It is unclear why President Obama did not direct those in charge of the affected agencies to spare employee salaries from any pay cuts. (Source: Read more)

Christensen: Maybe it’s the GOP’s turn to rule, but which GOP?

I often hear people say the Democrats have controlled North Carolina for more than 140 years, and it is now time to give GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature a chance to see what they can do.

While it is true that North Carolina, like the rest of the South, has been dominated by the Democratic Party for much of its history, the Republicans – and what’s more important, conservatives – have a much richer history in the Tar Heel state than some may realize.

During the past 40 years, for example, we’ve had six governors – three Democrats and three Republicans. During the past 19 years, three of the five state House speakers have been Republicans. (Source: Read more)

State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress – CNN

Response: Damn ain’t that an ignant comparison, "A speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex," said GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos. "The worst there ever was is still excellent."

Washington (CNN) — He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress." (Source: Read more)