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    After decades of the U.S. Congress refusing to check the Executive Branches war crimes, criminal activities and abuses of power the U.S. Congress has finally checked the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government by voting overwhelmingly (veto proof) to continue sanctions against Russia.

    The Founding Fathers gave most of the power to rule our Republic to the U.S. Congress for a very good reason and that was to prevent a President from becoming a dictator.

    Reagan ignored the U.S. Congresses laws and funded the Contras, Bush and Cheney started a war of aggression in Iraq which was a war crime based on lies and the U.S. Congress refused to prosecute these law breakers and the U.S. Congress continued to fund devastating wars of aggression in Vietnam, South East Asia, the Mideast, Central and South America.

    The reason America is no longer a Republic and has become an Oligarchy is because the rule of law does not apply to all its citizens and the Robber Baron Stooges have taken over the U.S. Government.

    The U.S. Congress should have refused to fund these on going wars of aggression in those 20 countries turning them into ruins, slaughtering 100,s of thousands of human beings and creating millions of refugees all over the planet just to satisfy the greed of the Military Industrial Complex and the weapons dealers.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Connie Wrote:

    After decades of the U.S. Congress refusing to check the Executive Branches war crimes, criminal activities and abuses of power the U.S. Congress has finally checked the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government by voting overwhelmingly (veto proof) to continue sanctions against Russia.

    The Founding Fathers gave most of the power to rule our Republic to the U.S. Congress for a very good reason and that was to prevent a President from becoming a dictator.

    Reagan ignored the U.S. Congresses laws and funded the Contras, Bush and Cheney started a war of aggression in Iraq which was a war crime based on lies and the U.S. Congress refused to prosecute these law breakers and the U.S. Congress continued to fund devastating wars of aggression in Vietnam, South East Asia, the Mideast, Central and South America.

    The reason America is no longer a Republic and has become an Oligarchy is because the rule of law does not apply to all its citizens and the Robber Baron Stooges have taken over the U.S. Government.

    The U.S. Congress should have refused to fund these on going wars of aggression in those 20 countries turning them into ruins, slaughtering 100,s of thousands of human beings and creating millions of refugees all over the planet just to satisfy the greed of the Military Industrial Complex and the weapons dealers.

    Yes this country has been in wars and conflicts since WWII. Also seldom "won" one. Sorry to say we are the "invaders" and then runaway like crazy so these countries stay in ruins or turmoil. We removed dictators, but now we have our own dictator. All these wars have cost us trillions let alone all the "death" and destruction. But the war industry does not complain. However there is no money left for decent healthcare or other social services.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Dutch, "seldom "won" one." Just depends how you score a victory. These guys have won a lot:

    Largest receiver of non-competitive defense contracts - Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), formed as an offshoot of parent company Halliburton in ...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Dutch, we are a country whose priorities are seriously flawed. Yes, this country has it's needs, we have a commander in chief who has made many promises he cannot keep. America's foreign policy sucks, if it even has one. This administration can't get on the same page with anything, the president says one thing, the white house says another, sounds like they're both full of it.
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    Ft.myers, FL
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    Dockadams Wrote: Dutch, we are a country whose priorities are seriously flawed. Yes, this country has it's needs, we have a commander in chief who has made many promises he cannot keep. America's foreign policy sucks, if it even has one. This administration can't get on the same page with anything, the president says one thing, the white house says another, sounds like they're both full of it.

    Dock, that is exactly the problem; there are no "checks" or "balances" they are running around like chickens without heads.

    Half the government is not in place either , let alone have an coherent working method. This is what you get if you change people every four years and install people who never worked in such position before, Like Carson as "surgeon" who does now "housing"; an Pruit who hates environmental things make him head of EPA. How about Sessions who barely can speak English who comes from the most backwards uneducated State there is, where they still live in 1800. Then we have DeVos who only loves money and the church and an criminal brother to teach our kids.On top of that an Bannon and Miller who never had an government job before, but are Nazi's. Sorry to say hardly anyone appointed by Trump is suited for the job.

  • Strongly Liberal
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    So this is kind of the larger point that I have been trying to make . That our government is so corrupted nd has been for so long ,ignoring the rule of law as it applies to so many aspects of governing that it can no longer function. And now , we have a full blown constitutional crisis being created by the Republican party as they have no regard for any rule of law. The other party , being so badly compromised , seem to be unable to do anything about it and have little interest in doing anything . Because even throughout , they care only about keeping their own political ponzi sceme going. They only cater to their donors.

    And so, even the most slam dunk solution to our problems like healthcare and prison overpopulation cannot be delt with because special interest, ie donors control our government completely. Corporations own our government completely. Its now a dog and pony show pretending to govern. They pretend.

    We now have an obviously incompetent idiot at the head of our fake government .

    We just got through recovering from a financial catastrophe that has left us all poorer. They have stolen our SS trust fund. This admin has not even prepared FEMA for our next disaster. We will be in prepared and it will be just another scandal. We face so many scandals ,we no longer even notice most of them. We now have a government in crisis. Unstable. They have destablized our government. These people are now trying to destablized our military. By refusing to agree to a strategy there is no strategy. Steve bannon is working to destroy our government. From the inside. A team prosecutors and investigators is working to bring Justice to bear , and we all know they will not be permitted to actually do so. They never are. Reagon did not face Justice the 230 criminals indicted for crimes against the state were pardoned and no one cares. We know this all ends. With pardons and resignations. And then it's business as usual.

    Business as usual s the business of crime which is the business our government is in.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes Main, you've got the picture; corruption prevails. Rasputin (Bannon) will certainly stay in favor with the "idiot" so this drunken party continues until the booze runs out .