Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chris Hedges speech some say his best

Chris Hedges is one of the important intellectuals of our time.  He has words of comparison of Trump, et al to other dynasties.  It is not dry, it is contemporary and it is, I think, worth listening.

Friday, August 18, 2017

On Bannon's Exit

This has been brewing for weeks. It is amazing in this combustible presidency that the roof of the White House has not blown out with the steam of discord. How will Bannon's exit affect Trump's ignorant presidency? Not much. Trump does what Trump wants. He does not let even John Kelly, a general, have the last word. Trump does what Trump wants at a Trump moment a thought comes into his vacuous head even if it is a General Pershing lie.

Trump must remove himself as well. Al Gore told him to in one word RESIGN to which I vote yes! Sooner or later Mueller's magic will do it for him. Either way in due time he will be a stain, like the Confederacy was, upon the historical legacy of this nation! Sad.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On Trump's Charlottesville statement Tuesday, August 15

It is not surprising to me at all that Trump uttered his wildly erroneous thoughts about the violence in Charlottesville, VA. It is exactly how he feels.  I beg to differ with him.  There are not two sides to the issue protested and there is not one nice person shouting "Jew will not replace me" nor is there one nice person among Neo Nazis, racists, KKK, Confederates and Robert E. Lee lovers.  There is not one nice person who would advocate paying homage to a man who waged rebellious war and perpetrated thousands of deaths upon this country. 

Usually a nation does not pay homage to those in a military who lost a war.   One does not find a statute anywhere in Germany saluting Himmler, Goebbels, Hitler and the rest of the perpetrators of World War II horror that saw 50 million dead.  It would be illegal to create and show in public a statute to their memory or to fly a Nazi flag in Germany.  It is even illegal to deny the Holocaust.  In this country, however, where approximately 400,000 gave their lives in WWII fighting Nazis our president thinks some of the Tiki-torch carriers in support of a racist cause "fine people" simply protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue.  This ignorant president knows nothing of history.  Robert E. Lee was nothing short of a racist supreme who waged war against his country and killed about 200,000 Union soldiers to keep an economic system of oppression where one white man could not only own a black man but strip him of all rights brutalizing him mercellously.  He thought the white man intrinsically superior.  Lee was lucky an accident of birth created him a white man of privilege.  Robert E. Lee waged a war of treasonous rebellion.  He and other Confederates were lucky not to have been executed for it but the Union president, Abraham Lincoln, rejected that to pacify those who fought for the so called Confederate "Cause" against the Union.  He did not want to alienate them. He wanted to unite.

This Cretan Trump depends upon the so called Alt Right to keep him in power. It is a damnable thing. Think of the hundreds of thousands (400,000 approx.) Americans who died in WWII fighting Nazis to keep Europe and the US allies all over the world free. If we did not win we would be under the Nazi jackboot today and I for one would never have been born. My parents and all my relatives would have been killed.   It chills me to think about what this president is and what he has said.

We must NEVER given in to the ugliness of this ugly historical era perhaps the ugliest with the exception (maybe) of the Civil War period. I leave this post with one thought: An Alt right extremist male was interviewed. He was a bit critical of Trump because he thought Trump did not go far enough right wing for him. He said indicting Trump "After all Trump GAVE his daughter to a Jew!" Imagine Trump hearing that.  Does that anti-Semitic statement leave a mark on crackpot Trump's brain? I suspect not. I think Trump would give up even his daughter to hold power. It is the earmark of a narcissistic sociopath. What on god's earth created such a sad, mendacious, miscreant and worse how did this cancerous miscreant infect us?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


The state of the nation is atrocious. It is not atrocious because there are neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists in our midst as there always have been in our midst neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists sympathetic to the 1860 Confederate secessionist cause. Many wanted and still do to chase Jews, blacks and other minorities -- especially third-world ones -- out of the nation and do it through the use of violence or transporting the threat of it in a sidecar of their political beliefs.

I remember well Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi White People's Party, in the 1960's before he was gunned down by a fellow neo Nazi. I recall the history of America's hero of flight, Charles Lindbergh, who visited Hitler and supported an American alliance with Germany's Third Reich. When the nation engaged in the fight against fascism Lindbergh advocated national neutrality to remain out of WWII which would have, of course, given Hitler the win. But the nation is not even atrocious for that.

The nation is atrocious because once tucked away in crackpot corner extremists on the right now have been given a voice and a seat at the table of power in the White House by a president who knows the support he gets is directly related to them. He may even owe them his election as president. It is the new visibility of the proponents of right wing extremism through Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others as presidential advisors, that these once merely tolerated crazies have been given a cerebral high of presidential support they never had or thought they would. have.
A gift has been given to the extremist right by 24/7 news coverage of the horror and death at Chancellorsville and by the extensive news coverage its sensationalism engenders. 

The gift the extremist right has been given is a voice at the dinner table of power. That is what makes the national milieu now so atrocious. We of humane thought and political belief are adversaries of the violent, inhumane and toxic right. We are in a state of shock and fear we have seldom experienced before. 
Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency in 1964 but defeated in a landslide, lit the first match during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican convention in which he delivered his famous quote:

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

Will that match be extinguished once the Trump presidency is no longer? "A Republic if you can keep it" Benjamin Franklin uttered. The answer to that question hopefully will be yes we will but I cannot say that now for sure!


Monday, August 14, 2017

The Light of National Survival

The torch-light march of hundreds of men around the statue of Confederate General and racist supreme Robert E. Lee exists because Trump gave them a voice to exist. They have been searching for their lucky break since Lincoln Rockwell and Charles Lindbergh of the 1930's era took up the Nazi cause. Now they have, in this era, Trump and solely because of him occupy advisory seats in the oval office. White supremacists are, after all, a large part of Trump's 35% base and he will never abandon them because he has no one else.

The violence in Charlottesville is nothing new but what is new is giving voice to those that were pushed initially to the political periphery and discounted as too extreme. Now Trump has changed that and allowed an extreme rightwing philosophical Neo-Nazi, KKK, anti Semitic, anti-immigrant nativist base to take up residence in the White House. While the Steve Bannons, Sebastian Gorkas and Steven Millers within the Republican Party get to occupy advisory seats in the White House at taxpayer expense our nation can never be free of this right wing extremist menace and its ugly, cruel and inhumane politics. They must be roundly defeated.

I believe the Democratic message is one that is shared by most in our nation accounting for Hillary's 3 million popular vote advantage in the 2016 election. Yet our Republican opposition keeps winning those positions of power in local, state and national elections. We must run for positions of influence, we must work tirelessly to get out the vote, and, most importantly, I believe, we must electorally overthrow the Republican usurpation of those important seats by intelligently looking at how districts are drawn. 

Our power in numbers is the reason we can spontaneously get out a million people to march on Washington. It is the reason, too, behind the 3 million popular vote win by Clinton and yet with all of that we are unable to retain majorities in both the House, the Senate, while losing in state houses and governorships around the nation as well.

Along with us who have occupied the progressive base for decades, I am ultimately counting a new generation to be handed the baton of leadership winning races for progressive causes across the country. Nothing less than the light of national survival is at stake.

The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of-- NYT editorial August 13, 2017

White supremacists see President Trump’s failure to condemn them as a sign of implicit support. Which of course it is.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Think Again

Comment: The reporting below is what the miscreant Trump has wrought. Did you think something like this in 2017 after hard fought for minority rights had been won that groups like the KKK, the National Alliance, Alt Right and other contemporary spin offs of 1930's Nazi Europe were completely defeated? Think again.

Trump's victory in this nation has brought back out from underneath a rock the racist sewage raining down upon this nation yet again because it never really left. If most of you think that you will not be struck by its violence I ask you to think again. If you thought a bloody Civil War in this nation killing 620,000 of our people brother against brother stopped this ugly part of our nation's past I ask you to think again. Think again and again because its excrement is in front of your very eyes every day one watches the 24/7 news cycle of Trump until our ears bleed with its screeching sound and our eyes are blinded by its ugly sights. Our hard fought for minority rights will not be taken from us because once won we will never let any temporary occupant of the oval office or occupants of the seats of Congress take them away. Those hard fought for civil rights are indelibly written on our hearts no matter what malevolence is in power.

By a fluke of the archaic electoral college system yet again history's lame dictate gave the hateful Trump and his cronies undeserved occupation of our offices of once fair play and democratic rule even though he could not win the popular vote. We can, I think, take heart that the majority of this nation do not think as Trump and his cronies do nor will they achieve the hate for which they so frighteningly march the story of which is told below.

Our message must be clear and in pertinent part to Winston Churchill's speech to Parliament on June 4, 1940 rallying the British in its fight against the right wing extremism of Nazism's dictatorship and its dastardly attack against Britain "... we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." It was true then and it is true now here after the onslaught of the mendacious, cruel and asinine Trump. If you think the forces of hate will win think again. Those of us on the side of humane thought and who promote what is fair and what is just will never surrender and always RESIST!

Aug 12 2017, 5:37 am ET

Torch-Wielding White Supremacists March at University of Virginia

by Kurt Chirbas and F. Brinley Bruton

Crowds of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday, chanting "you will not replace us" and "blood and soil."

Video showed protesters also chanting "Jews will not replace us" and "white lives matter."
White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville on Friday. STRINGER / Reuters

According to NBC affiliate WVIR, the marchers clashed with counter-protesters when they arrived at a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the U.S.’s third president and the university's founder.

At least one person was arrested and several others treated for minor injuries, according to local newspaper The Daily Progress. Both sides reported being hit with pepper spray, the newspaper added.

Reuters and a number of local reports put the number of protesters in the hundreds. The Washington Post reported that the march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes.

University and local police did not respond to numerous requests for information on the incident.

The Virginia National Guard told NBC News it was monitoring the situation and was ready to "rapidly respond to assist local law enforcement if needed."

The demonstration came on the eve of another far-right march of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement.

According to The Daily Progress, city police estimate between 2,000 and 6,000 will attend Saturday's Unite the Right march on Charlottesville.

Friday's march drew condemnation from local and university officials.

"I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protesters that marched on our grounds this evening," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement. "I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including university personnel who were attempting to maintain order."

"The violence displayed on the grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the university's values," the statement added.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer's called the demonstration a "cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance."

He added: "Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here's mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus."

The King Center, founded by civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.'s widow Coretta Scott King, tweeted that "racism never left America."

Friday, August 11, 2017

Letting off Steam

I refuse to call Drumpf president. He is as bad as the N. Korean despot, demagogue Kim. They both will get us all killed sending us into a nuclear war. The 25th Amendment would get Drumpf out and it should be used as the wheels of Mueller justice turn too slowly. There is nuclear war on the horizon. He knows about nuclear war because his uncle told him about it 35 years ago. The man does not read. He gets his information from a half page of bullet points and pictures. Sounds like I'm talking about an infant. I am. He is a child and a sick one at that.

Drumpf lies and does so ALL the time. He says he passed so many bills and has done so much. He's passed nothing. He is a fraud and a liar but to get his base to believe reality seems impossible. At this point because of the international emergency I am desperate. I would even take Pence. Sec. of State is fourth in line if the others are guilty of perjury, fraud, obstruction of justice or anything else. Tillerson, Sec. of State seems rational. I know that will never happen as I know this crackpot Drumpf will get us all killed and does not care one inch for anyone except for himself. He is SICK!

He blames, Obama for everything including living, blames McConnell, bad mouths Sessions his own supporters. I hope they steam roll him out of office. How about blaming himself for failure of the rancid health care bill the particulars of which he knew nothing. His foil was, in essence, the people who knew the Republicrat healthcare bill would screw them if passed.

Oh yes, if by some chance we survive through September I could easily see the debt ceiling not raised for the first time. That will send our economy and the world economy into convulsions. You think the 2007 Recession was bad? Just wait.