Friday, May 26, 2017

MONTANA


The Montana House seat race that Dems thought they could pull out especially when the Republican candidate punched a reporter sending that reporter to the hospital, they couldn't. It didn't matter that a Republican assaulted a reporter as it happened too late and many Montanans are allowed to vote early. Beyond that the violent nature of too many Americans prevails again.

Montana is a white state and gerrymandered to the hilt. Dems cannot win when Republicans play by their own rules and ethics is not a consideration for this ugly part of our nation. It matters not how much I work so hard to write IF Democrats cannot translate our majority into power. NON ethical Trump and his Republicans who care only for money and power will win every time just like Hitler's charisma won over a very very smart and advanced German nation. I urge you to watch Frontline "Bannon's War" it explains much. Bannon's philosophy (extreme nationalism, Alt Right neo Nazism, other extremists of the right and a clash of Christian and Muslim culture beliefs) is the spark that propelled Trump to power. White populist anger is the gasoline for the angry white part of our country who hate minority groups and immigrants they think soil the nation. Trump has given successfully that angry part of our nation a voice it never had before even though his policies would decimate his own middle class supporters. Hate is a powerful message. I strongly urge you to watch "Frontline -- Bannon's War." It explains much!

It is sad and frightening to me especially but to many who knew what this country was as a humane beacon of welcome to those who need help. Gerrymandering districts by Republicans has killed the power of Democrats. If we do not corral our progressive power our nation will, in fact, die a Trumpian ugly death!

Resist!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ASSAULT IN MONTANA -- Who are we?


"Montana GOP Candidate, Greg Gianforte, Charged With Assault After ‘Body-Slamming’ Reporter"
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/us/politics/greg-gianforte-montana-republican-body-slams-reporter.html

As the title of the article above states a GOP candidate for the House, Greg Gianforte, body slammed a reporter because the reporter had the temerity to ask him a pertinent question about health care which the candidate did not want to answer. Audio and video of the incident tell the truth.

I feel like I am in a nation I do not know. MSNBC Ari Melber talked about a coarsening of the culture and the inability of two groups to at least talk to one another. He is, of course, correct in his assessment. The power of the presidency sets an example of the national character and shows the face we want to present to the world. Trump's aura is certainly not that of a humanist but that of a fighter, a bully and one who yearns for the day when one can, if one disagrees, "punch them in the face." He has said so and there are many examples of his belligerence and ugly epithets he has used on the campaign trail to prove the violence of his voice. He appeals to that part of this nation that has a violence to its soul which has been there since the nation's inception. This is not alien to our history as slavery, the treatment of the Indian and the many wars fought to usurp power and wealth reflects.

Senator J. William Fulbright, United States Senator from Arkansas until 1974 and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee wrote a book entitled "The Arrogance of Power" which I read and loved as a freshman in college. It changed the trajectory of my politics. A reviewer of that book writes on Amazon:

At a time when there were no heart transplants and America had yet to put a man on the moon, one man wrote a book that speaks of our country today as much as it did when he wrote it in 1966. It is a reflection on what we have become, and the choices we make for our future. There are two competing forces for the direction we take, what the author Senator J. William Fullbright calls two Americas: One is the America of Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson and the other is of Theodore Roosevelt and the Superpatriots. They are two distinct sides of the American character. The character of Lincoln is rooted in humanism and assumes that America's greatness is its recognition of its imperfections. The character of Roosevelt is rooted in American Exceptionalism, or what the senator refers to as an arrogance of power. The dominant strand of the American fabric is the democratic humanist one. It is rooted in the principles of our Founding Fathers, humanism, tolerance and accommodation. The coexisting strand is that of Theodore Roosevelt's belief in America's superiority, or what Fullbright sees as intolerant Puritanism. It is the belief that America expresses its cultural superiority through its wealth and dominance, that superiority is measured in military might.
We are two groups today, as the candidate's violent encounter with the reporter shows, moving to our respective corners one ready, at the drop of a hat, to fight the other. I'm not a fighter and yet my views of a humanitarian nation are so entrenched but so I perceive existentially threatened by those forces like Trump who want to erase the better angels of our nature that I say things often in a way that is not who I want to be.

I feel angry and aggrieved by the lies and inhumanity of the Republican right and those who prod them on like Fox News that I become intolerant of their beliefs because now, as I perceive it, our very survival as a humane nation -- a sanctuary for the poor, the desperate among nations who sail toward Lady Liberty's feet -- is at stake.

Trump and his supporters are devoid of morality willing to lie, steal, cheat and commit violence to do whatever it takes to grab power and the money its sidecar brings. Trump who so profoundly states that he could shoot a gun in the middle of Times Square and get away with it, as I think he could, reflects a nation in which I do not want to live. Those middle Americans, many of whom supported Trump, do not realize they will die from his true policies as the 1% who have the most and whom Trump is and represents will grab all they can get from those who have the least.

What have we become, who are we becoming and who do we want to be?





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Lettter to Rachel Maddow

As I always do, and last evening was no exception, I tune in to three MSNBC political commentaries reviewing the day's events with unparalleled excellence -- Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Larry O'Donnell. News in our time, as most of you know, is consumed with the labyrinthian complexity of Trumpian connections to an adversarial and dictatorial power, Russia. It is, to say the least, a very complicated process to understand filled with everything from espionage to financial intricacies the investigation of which most of the electorate, including me, know little. Rachel Maddow and others before and after her show explain the Russia connection to this presidency with crystal clear alacrity. Guests are experts in the intelligence, political and legal arenas. It is academically precise, riveting and brilliantly entertaining.

These events, possibly leading to a presidential impeachment, have little precedence to any other in US history with the possible exception of the events surrounding the Nixon presidency about a third-rate burglary but, in pertinent part to Trump, was also about an administration's crime cover up that proved presidency fatal.

If one wants to know what is occurring in our government, the once enviable crown jewel of democracy, I paste the Rachel Maddow web site below. Yesterday's broadcast was jaw dropping excellent. One can look at other broadcasts and the broadcasts of her two colleagues, Larry and Chris to try to get a better understanding of the difficult-to-understand trajectory of these important events.

I also paste my letter to Rachel, et al I sent yesterday and hope it acts as a vehicle for you to click on the link below or Google her show and others at MSNBC to better understand these ever-so-important complex events occurring in our nation in our time. Since the summer of 2016 and before she has laser-looked at the Trumpian facts of alleged colossal corruption and conflicts of interest with microscopic clarity. It will have implications for you, for your children and for their children. In veritas, it will be written for all history for all time.

MY LETTER TO RACHEL (slightly edited):
 

Rachel, I have watched you every day since you have been on MSNBC. There have been many superior days of your broadcasts that I walk away astounded by your brilliance. Today's broadcast, though, had to be one of the most superior of all. Your modus operandi connecting the dots of Trump and his administration to its plethora of financial potentially incriminating evidence is without parallel.

I am amazed by your intellect and the entertaining way you put across such difficult-to-understand information. You have a star quality that goes unmatched even by those historical greats in journalism. I have always called you the Edward R. Murrow of our time. Now, though, I think you are even better than he.

Chris Hayes, you, Rachel and Larry are, what I call as they did the Yankee greats of old -- Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Tony Lazzeri -- "murders row." You are the murders row of political commentary and news analysis. Through the disastrous excruciating Trump presidency you provide a reason for me and I know others, too, to go on and be involved.

Thank you all for all you do!


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts--My Comment


What kind of humanity makes up these Republicons and Trump? How do they live with themselves? To give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires but slash efforts to help the poor with Medicaid and other anti-poverty programs is just plain representative of human beings without conscience.

How much money do these millionaires and billionaires need? How many houses can one live in or cars can one drive or boats can one sail? I simply do not understand how human beings living in the most affluent nation on earth can choose to spend hard middle class earned tax dollars on weapons of war that do nothing but kill other human beings, many helpless, but solve nothing and let those in this nation, most of whom through no fault of their own, cannot exist without help from these necessary programs.

Many will die of that one can be assured. Who will care? I care and so many that share my values care. We must resist with all that we have to resist because what Trump and his merry men want to do is simply just wrong, it is evil and surely they are not the Christians they claim so fervently to be.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/trump-budget-cuts.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Monday, May 22, 2017

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME?

We won't apologize to Israel over intel disclosure, Tillerson says

"To the extent the Israelis have any questions, or clarification, I'm sure we're happy to provide that," the secretary of state said.
nbcnews.com


The story is developing but CNN is reporting and showed Trump with Netanyahu defending his leak of intelligence that probably came from Israel by saying "I NEVER SAID IT WAS ISRAEL!!"


Now how stupid is this idiot to say that especially when his trip was going relatively decently admitting he told the Russians intelligence but said he never said it came from Israel.
​ How utterly stupid does he think Israel and really all of us are?​


Should I laugh at the utter stupidity or cry?
 
 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Monuments

A blogger friend of mine quoted: "The civil war is over. The confederacy lost. And surely we are better for it." -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans - after the last Confederate monument/memorial was removed.

My Comment:


MONUMENTS

One can only imagine if the Confederacy had won the Civil War. We cannot totally predict that suppositional reality but we can somewhat speculate the opposite result of a war that was waged, no matter how much one couches it in Constitutional clap trap, to preserve the institutionalization of slavery and most importantly would have preserved the notion of the endemic superiority of one color of skin over another.

An ascribed status through accident of birth would have relegated one to a life of servitude and the other to a life of privilege. There would be no get out of jail free card as the permanency of DNA skin color cannot be changed. The thought of that is, for me, impossible to digest. It would have ensured ultimately a war between one race against another. Assuming persons of color would have allies, and a plethora of them, one can only imagine, the lives that would have been lost. Surely it would have been staggering even more so, perhaps, than the lives lost in the Civil War itself -- some 600,000.

In modernity one cannot completely calculate the savagery of what one man can do to another over a superficial something as the color of one's skin. It is the evil hemisphere of the reptilian part of our nature that perpetuated the cruelty of an apartheid-like system but perpetuate it we did. Testimony to its racism is cemented in the depths of our mind, body and the sinews of our soul. We still, even now, through Republican voter suppression and other nefarious acts, have kept the legacy of slavery institutionalized, sown into the very marrow of our bones.

It is a cancer that will either kill us or someday make us stronger. I hope it is the latter that is a monument to, as Lincoln called it, the better angels of our nature because anything else would mean massive destruction of these United States and would strike a blow to the heart of justice, equality and democracy this nation has tried so hard to perfect. It would ultimately be a death knell killing off those ideals which have made us who we are and which we represent and export to the world. Who would we be then? No one good of that I can be assured!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

Trump is in DEEP s&^%!  Of all the nations to spill the beans on, ISRAEL!!!!   He has the right to reveal our intelligence information but not another nation's intelligence information.  This is sickening and worse because this jerk is paying a visit to Israel.  Good timing you idiot.  Take that Netanyahu for such "good" judgment to hitch your wagon to the most unfit human of our species who has his hands on the nuclear codes!   This is ugly!

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/world/middleeast/israel-trump-classified-intelligence-russia.html?emc=edit_na_20170516&nl=breaking-news&nlid=75028030&ref=headline

READ AND KNOW

Donald Trump Defends Sharing Intelligence With Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/trump-intelligence-russia-classified.html?emc=edit_na_20170516&nl=breaking-news&nlid=75028030&ref=headline

MY COMMENT:

TRUMP IS SAYING HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SHARE ANY INFORMATION EVEN THE MOST CLASSIFIED WITH RUSSIA BECAUSE HE IS THE PRESIDENT. UNTIL DEMS TAKE BACK CONGRESS THIS DOLT COULD IN FACT SHOOT A GUN IN TIMES SQUARE, KILL SOMEBODY AND GET AWAY WITH IT. HIS MINORITY WOULD CHEER HIM WAIVING THEIR FLAGS OF TREASON. HE IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATION THAN ANY COMMUNIST, FASCIST OR TOTALITARIAN STATE EVER WAS. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN REPUBLICANS WERE NOT SILENT ABOUT RUSSIA. NOW TRUMP COULD SUPPORT HITLER AND HE WOULD GET AWAY WITH THAT!!

THE CLASSIFIED INFO HE SHARED WITH RUSSIA WAS GIVEN BY ONE OF OUR ALLIES WHO DID NOT NOT NOT WANT IT SHARED WITH RUSSIA. THOSE NATIONS MAY NOT GIVE US ANY MORE VITAL INFO.

THE GOVERNMENT YOU GET IS THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE IF YOU DO NOT VOTE FOR A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE THAT HAS A CHANCE OF WINNING!!!! THIRD PARTIES DO NOT WIN. AS NADER BEFORE HER AND CANDIDATES LIKE JILL STEIN AND EVEN, I AM SAD TO SAY, BERNIE GIVE ONE TRUMP. A FREE NATION DEPENDS UPON YOU!!