Monday, August 14, 2017

Now that Trump's Support Base Has Shrunk to White Evangelicals and Neo-Nazis

Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA
Now that President Donald Trump's support base has shrunk to white evangelicals and neo-Nazis, it's inevitable that some Americans will conflate the two constituencies.  In this way, the president will bankrupt the moral authority of white evangelical Christians as surely as he has bankrupted his businesses.   It will take some time for the full impact of this collapse to be felt within that community. But that trajectory is inevitable.  

With 90% of white Christian evangelicals having embraced Trump's presidency, their moral leadership of the cultural wars  will soon diminish to little more than an irritating buzz in the nation's outer ear.  In this fast-paced society of ours, people can become easily confused. Why should they take the advice of flag-waving neo-Nazis as to when life begins, or who should be allowed to marry whom, or who for that matter should be allowed to use which bathrooms?   Evangelicals, if they look hard enough, might find a lesson or two in the Bible about the rewards of tying one's fortunes to a thrice-married, casino-owning, pussy-grabber.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trump Has Just Solved a Conundrum Historians have Struggled with for a Century

As a historian, it is difficult if not impossible to teach American history, without at least one student each semester asking in wide-eyed incredulity, the same damning question.  "How could slavery have existed and flourished in the Antebellum South, given that it was so inimical to the democratic values upon which American society was built?"

My answers are seldom adequate because young people are trying to connect what experiences in their own lives would help them to understand Americans' acceptance of such raw brutality?  How did Southerners justify the institution?  How did Northerners, for that matter, justify the justifications of Southerners before the Civil War?

Well, alas with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency,  we're living the answer.  But please don't get me wrong.  I'm not suggesting that Trump's bungling, his treasonous ties to Russia or brutal immigration policy might in any way add up to the unspeakable evils of slavery.  But what I am suggesting is this.  The people who make the biggest moral claims are invariably the ones who accept the most jaw-dropping moral compromises.  It was the well-mannered, gentile Southern aristocracy, who examined naked slaves on the auction block like beef heifers, sold slave children from their mothers when money was tight, or worked the field hands until they dropped dead in the cotton fields. Their Confederate Christianity accepted the status quo, as did their confederate moral sense of right and wrong. Their confederate schools taught them to disparage reason in favor of pseudo-scientific theories about racial hierarchies, where the universe placed them at the top and their slaves at the bottom. These people lived in a confederate world so jerry-built on fakery and filled with lies that they truly believed the slaves loved their station in life, and would take the Confederate's side when the Civil War erupted.

Trump's presidency is an abomination of a different sort.  But like the confederacy of old, it is built on fakery and flim-flam.  The man is a corrupt businessman, who has bankrupted every business he started. It appears that he became entangled in money laundering for the Russian mob when American banks would no longer lend to him.  International intelligence reports claim that he has been compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.  And yet the Republicans in Congress as well as his supporters have refused ever since Trump entered the presidential campaign  to demand that he release his income tax returns. The daughter and son-in-law are selling their wares from the White House porch.  This is the behavior of a crime family.  The "First Lady" refuses to perform any but the most minimal duties knowing that her husband, who is on tape as a "pussy grabber"  will probably be serving penitentiary time before she even has a chance to hang the gold-threaded curtains in the bathroom.   Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Speaker Mitch  McConnell know that Trump is a pathological liar as do the other members of the GOP.  They realize that he is precipitating a constitutional crisis by attempting to obstruct the FBI's investigation of Trump's collusion with the Kremlin.  But they tiptoe around everything, the dishonesty, disrespecting the rule of law, compromising the government of the United States for the sake of the Russians.

My point here, is that Trump's supporters, the Republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives didn't just pop out of nowhere.  They've merely been in the background, waiting for an opportunity to be heard.  This is neo-confederate America.  Anti-immigrant nativism, plays a role and police state racism.  But the larger picture is one of authoritarianism, a yearning for fascism, a strong man dictatorship. That is the true legacy, the fake worldview built upon comforting lies that allowed slavery to thrive, which America never did get around to dismantling.      

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Did White Evangelicals Get Sucked into Trump's Amoral Tribalism?

  

So. . . what is amoral tribalism?  It is a moral system that defines what is right and wrong in terms of its utility to the tribe and vice versa.  The difference with the standards that many Americans would identify as being moral behavior can be seen in today's political landscape.  Most white Evangelical Christians are Trump supporters, who have until now propagated a moral system based on the Biblical authority of the Ten Commandments. But how then do they accept, tolerate and make excuses for what we are now being faced with as the Trump crime family reveals itself and its cronies. What we see unfolding is lying on a pathological level, stealing, treason, money laundering, sex trafficking and the various and sundry other vices that crime families and money laundering syndicates engage in.   The "fake news", "nothingburger" statements made by Republican Congressmen, the consummate amoral tribalists themselves, now sound ridiculous as ways of shielding the Trumps from their own trashy lives.

So, now back to the question of  how it is possible that white Evangelicals might support the Trumps.  The operative term in all of this is "tribalism".  The enemy is multiculturalism.  President Barack Obama was the Great Satan.  Immigrants are a malignant cancer.  Police shootings of unarmed blacks is what it has always been, a way to feel safe and in conttrol.  This particular demographic is especially vulnerable.  Believing that the planet is 5,000 years old places a ceiling on the opportunities to get a college education (even though many wouldn't want to) and it precludes the freedom of thought needed  to pursue careers in science and technology.   In actuality it is "white Evangelicals on Sunday" following their "white tribal leader on Monday through Saturday night".  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Is the Women's Movement Stagnating Because We Ignored the Tougher Enemy

Kellyanne Conway 
Fifty-four percent of the white women in America are Kellyanne Conways. They voted like her, think like her, rationalize racism and sexism like her.  Ms. Conway is their poster lady.  She conveys their priorities, which is keeping "their" men in power.  She reflects their values, which is twisting reality to suit their needs.  Their family values are predicated on letting men behave like baboons so long as America's racial hierarchy remains in place.   Until feminists open their eyes to the fact that white nationalism in America is not demarcated by gender, our movement will continue grasping at thin air. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Near Sinking of Naval Destroyer by Container Ship Major Catastrophe for U.S. Navy

Damaged Naval Destroyer after Collision
I may not be a naval buff, but even I can see last night's accidental ramming of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald by a Philippine container ship as a catastrophe and public relations nightmare for the U.S. Navy.   The captain has been airlifted to a naval hospital and seven sailors are missing.  The merchant ship that nearly sunk the American vessel sustained only minor damage.
Container Ship Collided with Naval Destroyer

Just from my civilian's untrained view, how is the military going to justify having the American taxpayer hand over $1.5 billion a pop for building destroyers when they can be sunk by container ships?  I don't know how many warships our Navy has, but the last time I checked on Google there were about 16,900 bulk carriers plying the world's sea lanes.   

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Forget the Debate about Columbus -- FOX News Helped Me Discover America


I don't know why it has taken me a lifetime to punch through the mirage. But I'm grateful that this moment has come. For, it has given me a deeper sense of peace than I've had since Donald Trump won the presidency.

I was at an upscale supermarket this morning, and FOX news was playing in the cafe area.  I didn't bother to complain to management as I usually do.  I'm the interloper, having chosen for various practical reasons to make Texas my home.  In any case, I was watching the lies prance across the screen, interviews with Trump's pals about what a low life ex-FBI Director Jim Comey was, etc.  And then I realized something. This is Russian television, or any banana republic's television station that so happens to be broadcast in English.Nobody goes to journalism school to broadcast propaganda.  Why are we (regular Americans) even allowing banana-republic propagandists on our television-waves?  That's when this awesome little insight struck.  

America is both a democracy and an autocracy, with that latter sub-system nestled behind a flimsy curtain. And that is what our nation built on slavery has always been.   The liberal democratic superstructure's job is to  speak for the whole, and to squirrel the de-federalized autocracy in the attic like a slightly disreputable relative.  That's what so-called "states rights" is actually about, the autocratic, authoritarianism, anti-democratic soul of many Americans (but fortunately JUST less than a majority).  Their political core, that is, "the Dixiecrats" were over time allowed to bounce back and forth between the Democratic and Republican parties.

But what we have now by fluke of circumstances is the de-federalized autocracy having come down from the attic and temporarily taken over the democratic superstructure (DC) , which was never supposed to happen.  The two were supposed to co-exist, with the DC doing all the talking on the national and international stage.  

Yes, yes. yes.  I finally get it at a gut level.  Donald Trump and his minions have always been with us.  Maybe that authoritarian strain in the American national character could have been stamped out after the Civil War or maybe it was just too large.  In any case, as we watch our nation disintegrate before our very eyes, at least we can say we knew what happened and why.     

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What Scheme is Secretary of State Tillerson Hatching with the Kremlin in Russia Tomorrow?

The Trump Administration narrative is that Russia is both enraged at the U.S. and shivering in its boots, since we lobbed 59 Tomahawk missiles on an empty airfield in Syria last week.  The story coming out of the White House further suggests that our Secretary of State is a man of courage, who is even willing to risk life and limb in the face of Russian hostility by traveling to Moscow to negotiate who knows what since he'll be travelling without the usual entourage of State Department staff and reporters.

But what's a person of normal intelligence and a functioning moral compass to read into the current situation?  The Kremlin hacked the presidential election, and pushed for the appointment of Secretary of State Tillerson,  first and foremost to get the sanctions lifted, which have had a devastating effect on the Russian economy. But as of yet, the White House has not been able to pursue that goal because of the FBI's investigation of Trump campaign collusion. However, a new opportunity has arisen. Last week's Sarin gas attack has allowed Trump to appear to distance himself from Putin, who supports Syrian President Assad.  The situation has even given Tillerson an excuse to get on a plane for Moscow.  If our Secretary of State returns this week with some version of a deal in which Assad is removed from Syria and Russia is rewarded for their efforts by the U.S. lifting of sanctions, then we'll at least know the truth.  Trump was in on the Sarin gas attack that killed the Syrian children, regardless how authentic his emotional display of shock and horror may have appeared..   


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Did Trump Collude with Putin to use Syrian Gas Attack as a Means of Rewarding Russia with the Removal of Sanctions in Exchange for Forcing Syria's Assad to Step Down?

Why is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveling to Moscow next week?  I thought the U.S. and Moscow were supposed to be on chilly terms after President Donald Trump bombed the Syrian airfield? Admittedly, nothing much was destroyed other than the 59 U.S. tomahawk missiles used to attack the facility with, and at a cost of $70 million.  The runways are still being used by planes that continue to bomb civilian targets in Syria.Also, Tillerson's trip to Moscow is coming at a time when U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley who last week announced that she could work with Bashar al-Assad is now proclaiming that he must be gotten rid of.    Of course he does, but not if it's merely a smokescreen to do what the Trump Administration promised Putin for putting him in the White House in the first place. And that is, of course, to get those damned U.S. sanctions removed that are such a drag on the Russian economy.

And this brings me back to the FBI investigation that is closing in on Trump and his White House colleagues.  It is not merely related to election campaign collusion with Russia, but possible payments to Trump campaign figures, who would be paid generously to get the U.S. to lift sanctions against Russia, which is costing that nation's economy billions of dollars.  The sanctions had been imposed after it invaded the Ukraine and annexed Crimea.  The stakes are not only high for the Russian economy.  Payouts to individual members of the Trump campaign, who used their influence to further Russia's agenda, have also been estimated in the billions.  I hope the FBI is able to complete its investigation before Trump, in his impulsive ineptitude, launches World War III.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nikki Haley's Fall from Governor to Donald Trump's Tramp


Haley Still Became Trump's UN Ambassador
Maybe I'm being sexist. After all,  if our United Nations Ambassador were a male, I wouldn't be using the word  "tramp".  But I also wouldn't be asking: "how can you as a mother even face your children over the breakfast table now that we've also seen the photos of Syrian babies killed in gas attacks you provoked?" The Syrian president launched the attack after Haley boldly announced last week that "removing Assad was no longer a U.S. priority".  So he decided to test those boundaries with this  horrific Sarin gas attack on his own people.

Sensible folk, not blinded by forever lost coal-mining jobs or white nationalism, have known for sometime that Donald Trump is a narcissistic psychopath.  We've known that he lacks the cognitive skills to be president of the United States. But what was South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley's excuse for joining his Administration?  She had until this point been a successful Indian-American Republican, who had refused to endorse him during the bruising presidential election fight.

And now, just two months into the man's presidency, look at this woman's fall from glory.  Since Trump refuses to accept the blame for anything, alot of it is now falling on Haley's head for this gas attack that killed scores of people, many of them women and young children, whose little bodies lay strewn along the streets in the Idlib Province of Northern Syria, with those still alive, foaming at the mouth from the toxic gas.   After all, she boldly announced at the U.N. just last week that "removing Assad was no longer a U.S. priority."  

 Thus far our President's reaction to the attack has been policy-less blubbering about those poor little innocent babies and Haley has made a 180 degree turn from last week and is now calling Assad "a war criminal" having just a few days before insisted that the U.S. would work with him.

Lady, I would find more professional dignity from pole dancing at a strip joint than representing Trump at the U.N. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gorsuch Having Trouble Hiding Religious Fanaticism

Donald Trump and Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch
In the portion of the Senate confirmation hearing that I heard yesterday, Judge Gorsuch explained that the "deeply-held" religious beliefs of the Green family, who own the for profit Hobby Lobby corporation should supersede any religious beliefs held by the 13,000 employees,  to whom their health plan was denying contraceptives.  I'm not a lawyer. But the whole interchange was beginning to remind me of plantation slavery.   Of course we all know that if the Greens sold their company to the Khan family whose deeply held religious beliefs required that women wear the hijab, Judge Gorsuch would have a different but "deeply-held" opinion on the matter. This man is as fake as Donald Trump.  The only difference is that he expresses his phony constitutional originalism with the polish of a man having a higher IQ than our president.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Evangelical Trump Supporters Despise Muslim Immigrants for Reasons Having Nothing to do with Terrorism

Evangelical Trump Supporters Resent Muslim Professionals
While Trump Supporters demonize Mexicans, the people they really resent with a passion are Muslim immigrants  Despite remarks to the contrary, this has nothing to do with terrorism.  But it is about fear.  Non-college educated whites are frightened by Middle East and Asian immigrants who are better educated than they.   The doctors, engineers, and scientists from the Middle East do not insist that the earth is 5,000 years old nor that evolution is immoral nor that their children should be homeschooled by parents whose knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences never went beyond high school.   In short,  Muslim professionals do not face the theological barriers that hold Evangelical Christians back from pursuing medical, engineering and scientific careers.

  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

In Jeff Sessions Scandal, GOP Behaving Like the Silent Spouse of a Child Molester

Dems Call for AG Jeff Sessions' Resignation
  

I'm not accusing the entire GOP of running a pedophile ring. But I am accusing the Republican Party of exhibiting the same moral sleaze that we so often find in the silent spouse of child molesters, whose obliviousness to their child's distress borders on complicity.

Last night the Washington Post came out with a bombshell of investigative reporting.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied under oath the two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters this morning:
"(That) the top cop in our country lied under oath to the people is grounds for him to resign.  He has proved that he is unqualified and unfit to serve in that position of trust."

The list of Democrats who are now calling for him to step down has in the last several hours has ballooned.  Most Republicans lawmakers are tiptoeing around like a child molester's spouse, having nothing whatsoever to say.   Those members of the GOP leadership, like Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who have been cornered into making statements are making the gentile suggestion that the Attorney General merely recuse himself from participating in the FBI's investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, on the other hand, dismissed the  growing scandal as a "Nothing Burger." on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”  But Sessions not only lied under oath about meeting the Russian ambassador, but he was also the person who injected Carter Page into the Trump campaign. Page was forced to resign in September 2016, after it was learned that he maintained close ties to Russian intelligence.

In 1986, Martin Luther King's widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote a letter to Congress detailing the kind of human being Sessions was.  At that time he was being nominated for a federal judgeship. In it, she stated that the then Alabama Senator “lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.”

But in order to recognize such a character flaw in the Attorney General, Republicans would first have to confront their own flawed moral code.   

Friday, February 10, 2017

Is Trump Fomenting Terrorist Attack to Justify Failed Muslim Ban?

Would Donald Trump actually instigate a terrorist attack against Americans in order to justify the  failed Muslim ban?   "You betcha".    Nobel-prize winning economist, Paul Krugman, wrote a stunning piece in today's New York Times, articulating the backdrop for what had become a recurring nightmare of mine.

My anxiety-level shot up even further, when I read Trump's latest tweet:
 

This is how authoritarian leaders consolidate power.  It's the kind of behavior that his friend Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is known for.  It fits the apocalyptic style of Trump's white nationalist Security Council advisor, Steve Bannon, as well as speaking to the gullibility of the President's supporters.  And of course we all know Adolf Hitler's story, in which he used an arson attack on the Reichstag building (German parliament) in Berlin on 27 February 1933 as a pretext to suspend all civil liberties and consolidate his own dictatorial powers.  

So, what's to be done about such a diabolical scheme, known in security circles, as a  "false flag operation"?  The Republican controlled Congress will do nothing to stop the president from ripping to pieces the last remnants of our nation's system of checks and balances. Neither can the FBI be trusted to foil such an attack, given Director James Comey's trance-like embrace of Trumpism.     

We're all just sitting ducks, waiting. . .  waiting. My only hope is that the nation will wake up and impeach Trump before all hell breaks lose.   In any case, please don't say you weren't warned.

Monday, January 30, 2017

ג'ארד קושנר ואשתו איוונקה טראמפ נקלעו לתפקיד המביך של כיבוס גרסת הבית הלבן להכחשת שואה

English Translation

בשבוע האחרון ג'ארד קושנר ואשתו איוונקה טראמפ זכו לכיסוי תקשורתי רחב בשל היותם יהודים שומרי מצוות.
מאמר ב-TMZ שפורסם באתרים רבים (בתשלום), הודיע כך: איוונקה טראמפ וג'ארד קושנר - הרב נתן לנו אישור לחלל שבת בזמן ההשבעה בערב שישי. כמה נחמד. אבל לא ראיתי או שמעתי מילה מהזוג על נאום יום השואה של אבא דונלד טראמפ. הוא לא ציין את המילה "יהודי" אפילו פעם אחת, ולא נתן שום אזכור לנושא האנטישמיות.

הדבר אינו מפתיע בהתחשב בעובדה כי הנאום נכתב על ידי היועץ הראשי של טראמפ, סטיב באנון, העורך לשעבר של האתר ברייטברט המזוהה עם לאומנים וניאו-נאצים.


מאוחר יותר מזכיר העיתונות של טראמפ, מר ספייסר, פרסם ציוץ בו הכריז כי טראמפ "זוכה לשבחים על הנאום". אבל אתרי האינטרנט היחידים שהביעו תמיכה בנאום ולא הוקיעו אותו בתדהמה היו שני האתרים הניאו-נאצים, הדיילי סטורמר ו-Stormfront.
דיוויד דיוק, לשעבר ראש הקו-קלאקס-קלאן, גם כן שיבח את הטון הכללי של הנאום.

הזוג האופנתי הזה לא יכול לרקוד בכל החתונות. קושנר ואיוונקה טראמפ אינם יכולים להתפאר בהיותם יהודים שומרי מצוות, ובה בעת למלא פיהם מים כאשר התפקיד המכריע ששיחקה האנטישמיות בטבח של יהודים בתקופת השואה נמחק מהשיח הציבורי.

Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump Stuck with Embarrassing Role of Sanitizing White House Version of Holocaust Denial

Jared Kushner and Wife Ivanka Trump Silent about WH Holocaust Denial
In the past week, Jared Kushner and wife, Ivanka Trump have gotten alot of publicity for being observant Jews.   A TMZ article has appeared on numerous (paid) sites, announcing: Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner -- Rabbi Gave us a Shabbat pass for Inauguration Friday Night.     How nice.  But I haven't seen nor heard a peep from the couple about Daddy Donald Trump's Holocaust Day speech.  He did not mention the word "Jew" even once, nor was anything relating to "anti-Semitism" noted.

This is not surprising given the fact that Trump's principal adviser, Steve Bannon, former editor of the white nationalist and Neo-Nazi website Breitbart wrote the speech.


Trump press secretary, Spicer, later sent out a tweet proclaiming that Trump "was being praised for the speech".  But the only Internet sites found applauding this "polite" version of Holocaust denial  were two neo-Nazi sites, Daily Stormer and Stormfront.  Not surprisingly, David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan, liked it as well.

This fashionable couple cannot have it both ways.  Kushner and Ivanka Trump cannot parade around as observant Jews, while remaining silent when acknowledgement of the role played by anti-Semitism in the slaughter of Jews during the Holocaust is being erased from public discourse.





Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why the Clintons Should Follow Congressman John Lewis's Lead and Skip Trump's Inauguration

 

At first, I didn't see anything wrong with Bill and Hillary Clinton attending Donald Trump's inauguration.  After all, there is something to be said for honoring the traditions that mark a democratic transition rather than the kind of seizure of power we see in crackpot dictatorships. But then civil rights leader and United States Representative John Lewis said flat out that he did not see Donald Trump as "a legitimate president".  Trump responded on Twitter with an attempted put down of Lewis's congressional district, calling it "crime infested", "falling apart",  and "horrible".  But it backfired. Lewis's district, to the contrary, includes the busiest airport in Georgia, the wealthy suburbs of Atlanta, the Center for Disease Control and prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology.

This Twitter exchange was a bucket of ice-cold water being dumped on my head.  And it woke me up from the daze I had lumbered around in since the election. Rep. Lewis is offering the leadership so many of us yearn for during one of the biggest crises in the history of the American presidency.  

There is something so ugly and mishapened about Trump being inaugurated for president,  that someone has to take a stand.  What has bothered me about this election is that no one in the Democratic Party has repudiated the Trump presidency.  Everyone has watched its legitimacy unravel. But the only political response was Democratic politicians saying vaguely  "unkind" things about the president-elect.  That is until John Lewis showed the courage to stand up and say what we all know, while showing the path the rest of us must follow. Trump is not America's new president. He is a cunning impostor and we should not pretend otherwise.  

Michelle Goldberg has written a powerful argument in Slate entitled: Democrats Should Follow John Lewis' Lead".  She observes:

Nobody knows where this is all going. Democrats particularly are in a difficult position, because they want to uphold basic political norms, but doing so alone, while the other side shamelessly flouts them, puts them at a constant disadvantage. The peaceful transition of power is a cherished value of our democracy. But it’s not the only value, or the highest one. It should not require us to sleepwalk into authoritarianism. If the price for preserving our democracy is pretending that our would-be god-king-emperor has clothes, then it’s already rotted beyond repair.


We're not talking here about a potentially bad president. We're talking about a man, who did not earn the right to sit in the White House at all.  Every day, we are rocked with a new disclosure about Trump. Aside from the fact that members of his staff coordinated with the Kremlin to bring Hillary Clinton down, he is probably being blackmailed by the Russians as well on account of sexual and financial improprieties.  The president-elect ignores  the possibility of ethics violations by refusing to let go of his businesses.  Trump intends to use influence peddling from the White House veranda to make himself the first multi-trillionaire.

If Hillary announced that she and Bill were no longer attending the Inauguration because of Trump's shameless and unpresidential denunciation of the city of Atlanta and Rep. John Lewis on our MLK holiday, the unraveling of Trump's legitimacy as president would begin.  Everyone is waiting for leadership, for someone at a level comparable to that of the Clintons with the moral courage  to take the first step outside their prescribed political roles and protocols .

Bill and Hillary, don't attend the inauguration.  As for the rest of us, we shouldn't even watch it on tv. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Join the Boycott of Kellyanne Conway Media Interviews

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's "Propaganda Minister" 
I was inspired to action by a diary on DailyKos entitled:  No, Seth Meyers did not show us how to deal with Kelly Conway. Keeping her off TV is how to do that.  

So much is horribly wrong with the incoming Trump administration, that it is easy to sink into  paralysis rather than actualize our angst and shame at this fascist takeover of America.  However, we need to laser-focus our actions if opposition to this illegitimate Administration is to have any voice at all.

The noted Watergate investigative reporter, Carl Bernstein, was right about Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway when he called her a propaganda minister.

The DailyKos diarist, betaclone noted:
 Even by cable news talking head standards [Kellyanne Conway] is shameless. There is not now nor will there ever be any true journalistic value in putting her on television. She exists as nothing but a megaphone for propaganda who will not respond to any journalistic norms or even direct questions. She seems to eschew the notion that she should answer ANY questions, even seemingly benign ones that pose no political threat to her boss. The message to television programmers could not be more simple: You are nothing but an outlet for the word salad I have prepared.

Leslie Salzillo had this to say:
It started with Anderson Cooper of CNN’s 360 calling out Kellyanne Conway Wednesday night as she tried once again to deflate and deny the truth. It’s her thing. But it’s been a trying time for Conway especially after the latest information regarding her boss’s Russian ties leaked out this week. The special  counselor to Donald Trump (who specializes on how to be a better liar) is quite good at her job. But her gig seems to be getting harder as the media’s intolerance for her bullshit grows.

It is not that Ms. Conway is worse than Donald Trump himself.  It is rather that this cruel woman is more vulnerable, thus a good place to start.

Check the TV schedule. If Kellyanne Conway is slated to appear, refuse to watch the program. (And send an email to the station explaining why).  When newscasters, late-night comedians and their advertisers get the message that a penalty will be applied to putting this woman on the air, they will stop inviting her.  It is not that you might miss even the tiniest sliver of genuine news in listening to her deflect.  After we retire Kellyanne, we make a shared decision regarding who next to target, and move on from there.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trump Implicated in Russian Money-Laundering Scheme



In the Fall of 2016, The Financial Times of London came out with an investigative report, which detailed Donald Trump's ties with the Russian mob.  It explained:
Ever since a series of bankruptcies left banks unwilling to lend to him, Donald Trump has been on the lookout for partners willing to fund the buildings that bear his name.
The report traced Trump to an alleged money laundering network based in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhistan.  The operation, according to the report laundered hundreds of millions of stolen dollars, through the purchase of luxury apartments in a Manhattan tower owned by Trump and several other partners.

The story seemed too preposterous to be taken seriously, then.  But alot has changed in the past three months in terms of how many Americans' now perceive Trump.   All of a sudden the puzzle pieces are fitting together. What motivates the man's puppy-dog ties to Russian dictator Vlaldimir Putin are finally becoming clear.

 Further details on this developing story can be found at Dailykos.com under the headline:  Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses.  Click on this link only if you have the stomach to face dirty secrets the soon-to-be President of the United States has been hiding.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Congressional Dems Exposed for Being as Morally Compromised as Trump's GOP

 It may have been an unintended consequence, but Congressional Dems have just exposed themselves like any run-of-the-mill (but cloaked in a Calvin Klein trench coat), flasher might.  When it comes to political pet peeves, Democrats' unconditional support for Israel's descent into fascism, is as ugly, brutal, irrational and amoral as their Trump-led GOP fixation with abortion, Obamacare,  Muslims and illegal immigrants. Ouch!

In struggling to come to grips with Hillary's electoral defeat, maybe I should draw some relief from the Democrats in Congress.  They are howling like hyenas over President Obama's failure to veto the UN censure of Jewish settlements and Secretary of State John Kerry's frank admission that the settlement issue is the most serious barrier to achieving a Two-State Solution in Israel.  For all their legislative compassion at home, Dems in Congress can be just as ruthless and racist in foreign crises as Donald Trump's Republican Party. What a gut-wrenching (but spiritually clarifying) insight. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Israel May Be Flunking a Test of Biblical Proportions

 

Is God Testing Israel?
Maybe God really did give the land of Israel to the Jews as its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claims. But He would have done so as a test. Will they earn the moral right to keep it?

What we have now is Israel being  "infected by the seeds of fascism," according to former prime minister and defense minister, Ehud Barak, who made the statement during a TV interview last May.  The beleaguered nation has decided to build even more Jewish settlements on Palestinian land after suffering a humiliating censure by the United Nations Security Council. Of course their self-destructive anger, fueled by the stresses of living in a zone of habitual conflict is justified. But its rightful target is Adolf Hitler for the Holocaust that killed six million Jews and even  the nations of the West (including the U.S. -- read the saga of the S.S. St. Louis) for slamming their borders shut to European Jews fleeing German genocide.  These survivors of the Holocaust were given no other option than to resettle in Israel.

As for the relationship of these displaced people and their descendants to the Arabs, therein lies the Biblical test.  Any rational human being would resist being pushed out of an ancestral homeland by a group migrating from another continent, who insist that their Deity expressly gave the land to them, even though they've been living elsewhere for the past 2,000 years. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not a difficult story to tell. The complexity lies in the moral test laid out before them.  Can the Jews, who are in this situation, the interlopers, make peace with their Arab neighbors? Could any group of human beings, given a similar history do so?  After almost seven decades, the Israelis get a failing grade as the rage and animosity on both sides intensifies.