Please Dont Make Me Say I Told You So

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Speaking of spineless politicians .. Ben Sasse likes to criticize the shortcomings of the youth .. but he has yet to grow a constitutional spine and stand up to Trump's executive overreach.

Ben Sasse likes to criticize the shortcomings of the youth, but he has yet to grow a constitutional spine (14 March 2019).

This is what senators are supposed to do, Ben. They are supposed to act as a check and a balance on executive overreach.

This is how the Constitution was designed to operate .. to thwart to corrupting effects of power.

I know that you know this, Ben .. because I know that you call yourself (at t=1:20) a constitutional conservative.

All that you need to do now is to grow a spine .. a constitutional spine .. and stop abdicating your constitutional responsibility.

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I bet that Walter Dellinger and Jonathan Adler both agree with me here.

Walter Dellinger says that the Senate should be stepping up and providing a Constitutional check on Trump's persistent pattern of lawlessness (10 April 2019)

I bet that they both wonder how you are able to look yourself in the mirror.

» Helping to Shovel Coal into the Raging Furnace of Trump's Racist Locomotive

You have hopped onboard a bad train .. which came from a bad place .. and which is heading to an even worse place.

President Trump identifies with and defends hate groups in America

Steaming ahead at full speed .. serviced by an inner-circle of felons.

Being a felons used to be considered a bad thing .. but now you Republicans seem to consider this a badge of honor .. pinned on a bona fide hero .. who lies for Trump.

» A Cohort of Liars Led by the King of Liars

Speaking of an inner-circle of admitted and convicted felons .. can we talk about the lies for a sec? All the lies.

With Trump as their leader .. perhaps you can see how this administration could be characterized as » a cohort of liars and cheats .. led by the King of Liars and Cheats.

» In 1989 Bill Barr Stonewalled Congress's Request for Full Opinion and Instead Provided Them with a Duplicitous Summary

Speaking of a cohort of liars surrounding this president .. what do you think, Ben ..

.. about the way Bill Barr stonewalled congress's request back in 1989 for the full opinion, and instead provided them with a duplicitous summary?

In 1989 Bill Barr stonewalled Congress's request for the full opinion and instead provided them with a duplicitous summary (15 April 2019)

Déjà vu all over again? Can a leopard change its spots? I think not.

I wonder what NYU Law professor Ryan Goodman thinks.

NYU Law professor Ryan Goodman describes Bill Barr's 1989 act of duplicity toward congress (15 April 2019)

The word duplicitous is defined as » Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech. Deceitful.

Is this something that your book encourages the youth to aspire to? To emulate?

Think about it.

» One Iron Rule » Logic is an Enemy and Truth is a Menace

Perhaps you would be more inclined to listen to someone like Rod Serling. Notice where he defines » the One Iron Rule.

One iron rule » Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace (Rod Serling, Twilight Zone)

Which is » Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace.

The term menace is defined as »

  1. The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to come.

  2. To express or show an intention to inflict, or to hold out a prospect of inflicting, evil or injury upon

Does this perspective not accurately describe Trump's approach to the truth?

Fake, Fake, Disgusting News says Trump the fascist

This must be why Republicans glorify ignorance.

I do not see Serling's statement as prophetic. Rather I see it as simply obvious. Too obvious.

The only time that truth is considered a menace .. is when it is calling bullshit on your lies.

» Is this Admin an Example of the Values and Ethical Behavior and Moral Character You Feel the Youth Should Live Up to?

What men of such exemplary conduct and moral behavior and language and integrity. Do such things mean anything to you?

Are these values that you hold and strive to live up to?

Would you call Trump an honorable man? Is this a term you would use to characterize the behavior of the leader of your party?

» As Trump Tears Off Another Piece of the Constitution to Wipe His Ass With ...

And there you are, Ben .. helping to shovel coal into the raging furnace of Trump's racist locomotive .. pitching in and eagerly contributing your fair share of the work.

While Trump sits on his golden throne .. wiping his ass with the Constitution on a daily basis.

» Cowering in Fear at the Prospect of Confronting Trump's Choice of Toilet Paper

Because he knows that senators like you dont have what it takes to challenge him on it. He knows that you dont have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to him.

He's knows that you are too scared to challenge him in the Constitutional arena .. even though you claim to be such a stickler for, and a supporter of, the Constitution.

» Actions Speak Louder than All the Words Written in Books to the Youth

But you are no such thing. At least, this is what your actions say. Your actions say that you are a toady for a president who wipes his ass with the Constitution on a daily basis.

When you get right down to it .. your decisions define who you are .. much more than your words.

At some point, the lies and the facts on the ground catch up to you .. if your words do not match the facts of your actions.

» The Ethical Behavior and Moral Character You are Actively Supporting

The tax-cheating narcissistic bully who punches down .. right after he grabs whatever pussy he might happen to feel like grabbing.

I am not even going to mention him being a racist xenophobe who loves Putin more than he does the Constitution (.. which he is probably using this very moment to wipe his ass).

I know that you know this. It must be eating you alive. I dont know how you are able sleep at night.

You name has already been written in the history books. Would you like to know the name of the chapter? (Probably not.)

» You Need to Take a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror, Ben

Perhaps if you werent so busy writing books that criticize the shortcomings of the youth .. and telling them how they need to develop character and intestinal fortitude ..

.. then maybe you might be able to focus better on your job, and deal better with your own character defects and your own professional shortcomings.

Walter Dellinger doesnt know how they are able to look themselves in the mirror (10 April 2019)

This is why Trump feels like he is above the law .. because of spineless senators like you, who are too scared to stand up to him when he flouts the rule-of-law and shows disdain for the Constitution by wiping his ass with it.

» The Spineless Obsequious Sycophants

This is a defining trait of Republicans like you. They are quick to criticize everybody else and detail their flaws and shortcomings .. for things that they themselves are guilty of doing.

Say hi to Lindsey Graham for me. At t=6:00 here, your fellow conservative Charlie Sykes calls people like you and Lindsey Graham "obsequious sycophants."

I agree with him there. You fuckers are going to go down in history as » The Spineless Ones .. who did not have the balls to stand up for what is right .. and who timidly shrank from your constitutional duties.

I wonder what Republican strategist Ana Navarro thinks of this (at t=4:30).

Republican strategist Ana Navarro says Republicans are spineless (at t=4:30, 21 March 2019)

Ana says this right after she tells Trump that he avoided serving his country's military like John McCain did because he was » "Pretending you had bone spurs."

[ Not unlike what Five-Deferment Cheney did, the big pussy .. and also like what George W Bush did with the help of his daddy. ]

But dont take my word for it. Go ahead and listen to Ana say it for yourself.

What does it feel like to, Ben .. to have a girl telling you that you are a spineless invertebrate?

Even Steve Bannon can see that you establishment Republicans are in "full collapse," and that you have no guts. No intestinal fortitude. No moral character.

Bannon says that establishment Republicans are in full collapse

No courage. No sense of conviction. No balls.

» Shame the Fuck on You Spineless Sycophants

Shame the fuck on you, Ben. Shame the fuck on you and Lindsey Graham, and the rest of your fellow obsequious invertebrates.

The term invertebrate is defined as » Lacking a backbone or spinal column.

Where is your backbone, Ben? Your moral backbone.

It is a miracle that you are able to sit up in a chair. You must be wearing a back brace.

» The Complicit Cowards

You are complicit in the moral rot of your party. If you dont publicly call it out .. because you are too scared ..

Republican strategist Ana Navarro says Republicans have been too damn cowardly (at t=2:00, 21 March 2019).

.. or because you lack a moral spine .. then you are complicit.

» Setting an Example for Your Children by the Decisions You Make in Your Life

Is this the example you want to set for the younger generation? .. as the standard that you embrace and support?

Proof that Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (22 March 2019, Jimmy Kimmel).

Take your time with that one.

» A Question for the Senator

Is this the standard of moral behavior and intestinal fortitude, and dedication to the Constitution, that you want to set an an example for the younger generation to live up to?

Because it certainly seems this way.

» The Pretzel Logic of the Pretzel Man

This is exactly why Ana says that you have twisted yourself into a pretzel .. in aligning yourself with Donald Trump .. because your mouth says one thing, yet your actions say the exact opposite.

And people look at these two opposites .. your words, on the one hand, which claim to espouse your values supporting and defending the Constitution.

And your actions, on the other, which support and defend Donald J Trump .. who does nothing but attack and undermine and assault the very same Constitution to which you claim an allegiance.

Is President Trump Fascist? by Jason Stanley Yale Philosophy (15 Oct 2018)

Every day he attacks and undermines the Constitution and everything that it stands for. Its institutions. which are designed to place a check and a balance on the corrupting effects of power. His power. His authority.

This is why it is hard to understand how how you are getting from point A to point B.

Ana does not know how you are able to get from Point A to Point B .. but she knows that, however you happen to be getting there .. is it obviously a very circuitous route and path.

So circuitous that you must be all twisted up on the inside .. just like a pretzel.

Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan

I know you see this, Ben. It is impossible to miss. She is merely stating the obvious.

[ That was impressive, Blow. Maybe the best column you've ever written. ]

What is the value-structure operating behind your decisions as a United States senator?

Because it is obviously not the Constitution.

Angry psycho lady from Cincinnati wants Trump as dictator (video posted 19 March 2019)

Do you know this lady here, Ben? .. because you two seem to have a lot in common.

And it is obviously not scripture .. that informs the value-structure operating behind your decisions.

Perhaps you want to take a moment here and ponder this question .. about the value-structure informing your decisions.

Your seemingly hypocritical value-structure.

Because you dont want to go down in the history books as part of the group who destroyed the Constitution.

How ironic would it be .. that the very same people clamoring the loudest about supporting the Constitution .. would be the very ones to work so vigorously to destroy it?

I know that it is not easy to confront things that you might not feel ready or strong enough to confront. (Both Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Colbert know what I am talking about.)

But what is the alternative?

Ben Sasse stands at the entrance to a future where truth is considered a menace.

And while you are there pondering the composition of your current value-structure .. you might want to ask yourself if you have what it takes .. to stand up for right against wrong.

» Please Dont Make Me Say I Told You So

I can assure you, Senator, that you want to give this question your full-n-undivided attention. Take you time with it.

Dont rush it .. because you might happen to be too busy .. supporting something that you claim as offensive to the United States Constitution.

» The Man Who Swore a Solemn Oath Before God to Protect and Defend the Constitution

Which you took a solemn Oath to protect and uphold.

Or were those words just a meaningless formality, too? With no real spine behind them.

But do not set aside this question, either .. because impending things are hastening upon you, and upon America.

My intuition tells me that you want to have your evaluation of this question done by the time Jimmy Carter dies.

Just an intuition. I could be wrong .. but I'm usually not. Blow knows what I'm talking about.

Certainly you havent an endless amount of time.

» From Now On You Will have Wars

The only truly endless thing that America seems to possess right now is our never-ending wars.

War Without End by CJ Chivers (8 Aug 2018)

CJ knows what I am talking about. I wonder what Cenk and Ana think about this.

Pompeo announces unprecedented move to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization (8 April 2019)

You have acted foolishly in this. Therefore, from now on you will have wars.

Dubya knows what I am talking about.

» I Did the Best I Could

Please do not make me have to tell you (with Coffee Joe) "I tried to tell you, Ben .. but you refused to listen. I honestly tried my best. I feel like I failed you .. but I honestly did my best. Try to have a nice day."

This is why I am going through all the trouble to tell you ahead-of-time .. so that you will not be able to say that you didnt know, or that you had no idea. (Blow knows what I am talking about.)

This is why I am breaking it down for you in puzzle-sized pieces .. and spelling it out for you in capital fucking letters.

» Dont Say I Didnt Try to Warn You

Because there are some decisions that get no do over. And if you happen to fuck up that decision .. then you are fucked for good.

And you can never get unfucked .. ever .. no matter how much money the obscenely rich send your way.

(Hillary knows what I am talking about. You dont want to be like Hillary .. do you?)

Dont say I didnt try to warn you. My hands are clean. I have washed my hands of you. My conscience is clear. I now must leave you to your own devices.

Have a nice day, Senator. I am glad that I am not you. Very glad.

When it was time for you to step up and do the right thing, you cowered in fear. When it was time for you speak out against what is wrong, you were unable to summon the moral courage and instead remained silent.

What does it feel like, Ben .. to have a girl call you a coward?

» Other Historical Figures Who Did Not have the Spine to Stand Up for What is Right

You should read up on the story of the complicit Nazi, Albert Speer. You two have a number of traits in common.

Albert Speer (1905-1981) the complicit Nazi

Why dont you write a book telling your fellow Republicans how they need to develop character, and a moral compass, and intestinal fortitude .. so they will be able to stand up for what is right?

I think we all know the reason why you won't be writing that book.

Future generations will look back at you and your fellow spineless Republicans, shaking their heads in disgust, and wondering how you and your party could have gone so far astray.

Speaking of Republicans who have gone astray .. say hi to Mike Pence the hypocrite for me.

Mike Pence the hypocrite speaks to Bill Clinton's moral failures

You two are obviously birds-of-a-feather .. you and Mike Pence.

You both have two drastically different sets of standards. There are the standards that you have for others, and then there are those that you have for yourselves.

Everybody does this to one degree or another. But you and Mike Pence have taken hypocrisy to a whole 'nuther level.

» Peak Supineness of So-Called Constitutional Conservatives

At t=1:30 here, your fellow conservative, Jennifer Rubin, calls your vote, and those of so-called "constitutional conservatives" like you, an example of "peak supineness of Republicans."

Ben Sasse demonstrates his lack of character and his lack of intestinal fortitude (14 March 2019).

She uses the word supine, which is defined as » Marked by or showing lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference.

But I can't help but think that the word she really wanted to use was » prostrate, which is defined as » To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration.

And also » To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation.

This is just a nice way of saying that you are a big pussy. You certainly like to talk as though you are a big supporter of the Constitution .. but your actions say otherwise.

Your actions say that you are really too big of a pussy step up as a United States senator and to do your job by standing up to blatant executive overreach.

And everybody knows that actions speak louder than words.

You need to get up off your knees, Ben, and wipe your mouth .. because it's embarrassing for a United States senator to act like this.

The Founders of our nation must be rolling over in their graves .. to see you servicing the President this way. "How should I vote, Mr President?"

I am not going to tell you to go fuck yourself, Ben .. because Coffee Joe says that you are good dude. But I admit that it is pretty hard not to.

» The Hypocrite Who Writes Books About How Others Need to Develop Moral Character and Intestinal Fortitude

I will let your fellow conservative, Jennifer Rubin, tell you to go fuck yourself .. where she says:

"I am disappointed, but not surprised. This is what we have seen all along .. the moral and intellectual corruption of the Republican party .. that people have tossed aside whatever principles they mightve had .. whatever standards they mightve had .. and they will twist themselves like a pretzel to justify anything to keep them in line with the president. And when you have someone like Ben Sasse, who clearly knows better .. who writes books about character, and about the Constitution .. and he puts out a pathetic written statement justifying weekly (weakly?) this vote .. you know that's just a corrupted soul. What is the purpose if you are going to sell your soul and remain in the Senate, and literally consign your powers, consign your obligations to the executive branch .. what really is the purpose? These people have been weak. They have capitulated."

I must admit .. that this is pretty savage. She is not mincing words.

I am disappointed with you too, Ben. Very disappointed. And I am not the only one who thinks you are a hypocrite .. who likes to criticize others for the very same shortcomings that you yourself possess in spades.

» Selma Blair is a Brave Woman

It is off-topic .. but after writing about so much spinelessness .. I want to conclude this page by mentioning Selma Blair.

Selma Blair talks her MS diagnosis on Nightline with Robin Roberts (27 Feb 2019)

Because I was struck by her courage here .. where she sits down with Robin Roberts on Nightline (27 Feb 2019).

She is very brave. And she carries herself so well .. despite the challenges she faces. Good for her.

She is your age, Ben. She is from Michigan.

I happen to know a thing or two about diagnoses .. and girls from Michigan.

Cruel Intentions is being re-released for its 20th anniversary (4 March 2019).

» Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions could be the new slogan for today's Republican party. I bet that Charlie Sykes would agree with me.

And Adam Serwer.

The Cruelty is the Point | Adam Serwer (3 Oct 2018)

The cruelty is the point.

» Mayor Pete's Impressive Bravery

It is off-topic for this page, but on the subject of being struck by bravery .. this thing by "Mayor Pete" ..

.. I dont care who you are, or how brave you might be .. that is not easy to do. You almost can't believe your own ears.

» My Experience has been that Gays are Typically More Compassionate Human Beings with a Better Moral Compass

I have said it before, and I will say it again .. it has been my experience that your average gay person is simply a better human being, with a better moral compass ..

.. than the average polite social christian that you might happen to encounter on the street.

They are less likely to fuck you over. They are less likely to steal from you. They are less likely to lie to you.They are less likely to inflict lasting psychic trauma on children as a matter of policy.

I could certainly continue along these lines .. but you feel me. This has been my experience .. on a consistent basis. You can trust them more easily.

If Ben Sasse could muster just a fraction of that kind of bravery .. the nation would be better off for it.

» Mayor Pete Calls Bullshit on Mike Pence's Use of Religion as an Excuse to Discriminate

Oh, check out Mayor Pete here (16 April 2019).

Mayor Pete calls bullshit on Mike Pence's discriminatory policies against the LGBQT community (16 April 2019)

What a piece of shit Mike Pence is. He does not even have the balls to answer George's question. At least, he can have the balls to own his discriminatory position.

Go fuck yourself, Mike Pence.

And then Brian Tyler Cohen lays into Pence. Brian throws down with the best of them. He never disappoints.

I can feel my respect for him. I like his style. He does both nuance and savagery remarkably well. He kicks much ass .. on a consistent basis.

Kudos.

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