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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Last Year, I Predicted The GOP Would Nominate Trump Here is What Will Happen Next: Trump lacks the infrastructure and resources to run a proper presidential campaign. Trump is also extremely unpopular among huge swaths of the American public. After Trump's defeated, his base will face an energized electorate of diverse Americans who rallied to defeat him. The Republican Party is the United States' largest white identity organization; Conservatism and racism are now fully one and the same thing in the post civil rights era; an individual's level of "old fashioned racism" now determines political party preference; the racist "Southern Strategy' has guided the GOP for at least 40 years; the election of Barack Obama, twice, drove conservatives into a national fit of bigotry and overt racism. White America is facing a symbolic "death" because of changing cultural norms and racial demographics. Simultaneously, the "deaths of despair" (drug and alcohol abuse, suicides) as well as illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease have dramatically increased the literal death rates of uneducated middle-aged white Americans. Donald Trump, with his supposed billions of dollars in wealth, bragging about being "high energy," and promise to "Make American Great Again" is a figurehead who soothes the death anxieties of angry, anxious, and easily frightened white conservatives and Right-leaning independents.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600This is the first time I ever felt sorry for Ted Cruz and it has nothing to do with his earlier promise to endorse the winning candidate and then going back on his promise because the winning candidate cowardly smeared his wife and his father (whether or not any of it is true most of it of course is not because this American sociopath lies consistently as a matter of procedure, according to fact checkers double the rest of the candidates). Republicans want---a liar. The bigger the better, and believe you me, they've got the best. They' got the Picasso of lying, the absolute master of deceit, to whom lying is not only acceptable; he views it as a political strategy. No Ted, you've never been one of them, and you only found it out this week when you tried to explain your side of the matter. Take a good look at the angry faces howling at you. Ted these people want to make you suffer because they enjoy it. You were never white enough Ted although even if you were as white as Newt they would still boo.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Ailes and Trump are inexorably linked, and together they've become like a two-man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc on the GOP. The Trump nomination has split the GOP like no election in the last half-century. And Republicans owe it, in part, to Ailes. Fox News for years laid the groundwork for Trump's radical and improbable run. The hate and paranoia that has permeated Fox programming, especially during the Barack Obama years, reflects Ailes' bigoted view of America and its supposed pending doom under Democratic leadership. Like his longtime friend Rush Limbaugh, Ailes has been a cancer on American politics for decades. He's built a career that thrives on fabrications and falsehoods and character assassination. Trump is the Fox News id. The ugly, unvarnished, and unapologetic id of an aging white America that's determined to "take its country back." Trump's a bigoted nativist who markets xenophobia and thrives on dividing Americans.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0600Today, America has a president(Obama) who understands the urgent need to address the problems of institutional racism that have been broadcast to the entire world through smartphones and exposes of a racialized criminal-justice system. But this conflict is taking shape right in the middle of a heated election seasonone that includes a candidate(Trump) who has made draconian proposals for national security and who appeals to the "Silent Majority." Following the events in Dallas, Donald Trump released a statement that read: "We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street." This is not the first time this has happened. When questions over race and policing were front and center in a national debate in 1968, the federal government failed to take the steps necessary to make any changes. The government understood how institutional racism was playing out in the cities and how they exploded into violence, but the electorate instead was seduced by Richard Nixon's calls for law and order, as well as an urban crackdown, leaving the problems of institutional racism untouched. Rather than deal with the way that racism was inscribed into American institutions, including the criminal-justice system, the government focused on building a massive carceral state, militarizing police forces, criminalizing small offenses, and living through repeated moments of racial conflict exploding into violence. The 1968 The
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600We are now approaching the last months of the Obama era. He will be remembered as a great, but flawed, president, and many of those flaws have to do with how he has addressed race or avoided doing so. In his first two years in office, President Obama performed herculean deeds in rescuing the banks, restoring the economy, bailing out the automobile industry and getting his signature health care legislation passed. It was an astonishing record of success despite bitter right-wing resistance to his presidency and the alarming racist reaction to a black man being in charge. There is good reason to celebrate Mr. Obama's importance to black America. It is hard to overstate the symbolic significance and positive effects of a black man commanding the most celebrated seat of power. His black brain and tongue have changed America forever. But gales of black pride have swept aside awareness of his flaws, and when those flaws are conceded, gusts of black defiance play down their meaning and significance. Mr. Obama's most ardent black fans ignore how he often failed to speak about race or use his powers to convene commissions or issue executive orders to lessen black suffering; his nastiest black critics lambast him as an ineffectual leader who has done little to protect blacks from racial assault or lift them from economic misery. Neither the haters nor the hagiographers do the Obama legacy justice. It is unsurprising that the man who led the "birther" movement disputing Mr. Obama's Am
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600What is Trump's biggest failure? He lacks any real strategy. Trump appears to totally miss the fundamental fact that the general-election electorate is much larger and demographically very different from the small electorate he captured in the Republican primaries. Here is a fact Mr. Trump would be well advised to consider: The total number of Republican primary voters this year, more than half of whom voted for somebody other than Trump, is significantly smaller than the number of minority voters that will vote this November. Put another way, Trump is likely to lose minority voters alone by roughly twice the total number of people who voted for him in the GOP primaries.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600What we really seek in marriage is familiarity which may well complicate any plans we might have had for happiness. We are looking to recreate, within our adult relationships, the feelings we knew so well in childhood. The love most of us will have tasted early on was often confused with other, more destructive dynamics: feelings of wanting to help an adult who was out of control, of being deprived of a parent's warmth or scared of his anger, of not feeling secure enough to communicate our wishes. How logical, then, that we should as grown-ups find ourselves rejecting certain candidates for marriage not because they are wrong but because they are too right too balanced, mature, understanding and reliable given that in our hearts, such rightness feels foreign. We marry the wrong people because we don't associate being loved with feeling happy. The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn't exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently the person who is good at disagreement. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the "not overly wrong" person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign raised just $3.1 million in May, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton brought in $27 million. For the presumptive nominee of a major party to have only $1.3 million in the bank isn't just unusual, it's positively stunning. That figure is what you expect from someone running for a House seat, not someone faced with mounting a national campaign whose costs could approach a billion dollars. And this is a story about much more than money. Trump spent decades working to build a brand that would be synonymous with success (which just happens to be the name of his cologne, and that's what his supporters so often cite as one of the main reasons they're attracted to him: He made all that money, he's such a terrific businessman, so surely he can clean up Washington and do a great job on the economy. But now that he has come under more scrutiny than he ever faced before, the picture of Trump as a high-class magnate is being replaced with a different picture, one of a grifter always dancing one step ahead of bankruptcy court and concocting one failed scheme after another to separate people from their money. Trump is still counting on the media to save him. He doesn't need as much money as a traditional candidate would, he believes, because of his unmatched ability to seize the attention of the media, leaving the Trump name on the lips of every TV watcher, radio listener and newspaper reader. One should never assume that the ....
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600The GOP nominee has made no secret of his views about minorities. So, what took so long for Republicans to make their 'discovery'? And how have journalists done in noting Trump's pattern of falsehoods and abuses directed at millions of people?
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600He's been shown to lie more than 70 times in a single event. How can we discuss the economy when Trump suggests that the unemployment rate, just under 5 percent, is actually 42 percent? Or debate the Paris climate accord, when Trump falsely claims it "gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use on our land"? Or deal with terrorism, after Trump said he knows "more about ISIS than the generals."
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600An inside look at Trump's brain. In fairness, there's perhaps a little bit of Trump in all of us. All of us seek validation. But when a person is unable to express human forbearance, when "attack attack attack," and when "bombast, bombast, bombast," pathologically repeated, the same behavior and sayings and insults over and over----this in the public arena is cause for concern.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600The Mayo Clinic describes a "narcissistic personality disorder" -- as "a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others." This is bad enough in selecting a spouse or a friend. But when applied to a prospective president, the symptoms are disqualifying. With Trump ever in mind, try these: An exaggerated sense of self-importance. An unwarranted belief in your own superiority. A preoccupation with fantasies of your own success, power and brilliance. A craving for constant admiration. A consuming sense of entitlement. An expectation of special favors and unquestioning compliance. A penchant for exploiting or disparaging others. A total inability to recognize the needs of anyone else. An incapacity to see those you meet as separate human beings. An unreasoning fury at people you perceive as thwarting your wishes or desires. A tendency to act on impulse. A superficial charm deployed to disguise a gift for manipulation. A need to always be right. A refusal to acknowledge error. An inability to tolerate criticism or critics. A compulsion to conform your ever - shifting sense of "reality" to satisfy your inner requirements. A tendency to lie so frequently and routinely that objective truth loses all meaning. A belief that you are above the rules. An array of inconsistent statements and behaviors driven by your needs in the moment. An inability to assess the consequences of your actions in new or complex situations. In sum, a total incapacity to separate the world from your own psychodrama. Recognize anyone? With Trump -- The Republican Party is beyond redemption. The media have five months left. Let them use it well.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0600Imagine if Black Lives Mattered as Much as One Gorilla's. Harambe's death is a tragedyas are the deaths of Black people killed by (white) police. They deserve your outrage too. At the moment, the general public is demonstrating more compassion toward a gorilla than toward Black people who were (are!) gunned down by police at an alarming rate in this country. Harambe is mourned more (com)passionately than the Black humans with whom gorillas have historically and degradingly been compared. Harambe's death by shootingan isolated, logical decisionis, apparently, less acceptable than the systemized, institutionally-protected and -reinforced deaths of Samuel DuBose and Paul Gaston by bullets, just the same. When Black people are killed by cops, whether in Cincinnati or anywhere else in the U.S., it is "what's supposed to happen," and so: no outrage. When a gorilla, due to a random, unforeseen event, is killed by zookeepers, hearts bleed. How can we be so misguidedly selective about the bodies we invest compassion in?
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Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Donald Trump's top presidential campaign advisor is a world-class thug. Manafort's firm represented Angolan guerilla leader Jonas Savimbi, making over $600,000 in 1985 alone. Savimbi and his UNITA army engaged in a decades-long civil war that terrorized and murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, with UNITA engaging in bodily mutilations, sexual slavery, child kidnapping, and witch burning. Savimbi funded his role in the gruesome civil war with proceeds of smuggled diamonds, aid from apartheid South Africa, and aid from the United States. Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese Seko retained Manafort's firm in 1989 for $1 million annually to help address his PR issues: at the time, he was one of Africa's most corrupt leaders, he had one of the worst human rights records, and his regime regularly engaged in torture, detainment, and rape.
Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Trump's election is a terrifying prospect, but more terrifying is the neo-fascist movement he has helped create. Sanders is a democratic socialist, Trump is a right-wing nationalist (although some mainstream commentators have simply gone with "fascist"). The one thing that they do have in common, however, is that they are both leading revolts against the neoliberal status quo, which has prevailed for the past several decades. Sanders has advocated Social democratic policies that are reminiscent of the New Deal. While many people today believe Sanders is something of a radical, his policies are closer to those of Keynes or FDR than they are to Vladimir Lenin and, as the reader may recall, Keynes (and FDR) wanted to save market capitalism. On the other hand, Donald Trump has ridden a wave of right-wing populism that is reminiscent of another popular movement of Keynes' time: Fascism. Trump's strongman appeal is frighteningly similar to the appeal of 20th century fascist leaders. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of "others" Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac -- and so was Hitler and Italy's Mussolini. Like Marxism, Neoliberalism has failed, and is now facing widespread revolt.
Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Even among the shrinking percentage of Republicans who don't like Trump, there is little doubt that their tribe's vulgar ignoramus is preferable to the enemy faction's gun-hating, Obama-loving, rape-enabling, Benghazi betraying she-tyrant. There is no reason to think he'll gain significant ground with these groups in the coming months. Clinton has a massive fundraising advantage and will be able to mine Trump's vast back catalogue of racist and sexist musings for dynamite negative ads, which will incessantly remind Ohio's single women and Florida's Latinos why they can't let the Donald become their president. The stubborn loyalty of Sandernistas is the only thing keeping Trump competitive. And precedent strongly suggests that once Bernie turns his populist fury on the billionaire across the aisle, the party will unite and Clinton will pull away. This is a change election, and Hillary is a synecdoche for the last two decades of Establishment rule. And don't forget about her "damn emails." America has never so ripe for tyranny.
Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Just Like Dick Cheney: Newt would abuse his power when dealing with national security and military affairs. One of the common refrains among those writing about this Gingrich boomlet is the idea that he could be Trump's Dick Cheney, by which they are saying that he could help the inexperienced Trump in the same way Cheney "guided" George W. Bush. Of course, those who remember the years of Cheney and David Addington and Scooter Libby secretly running half the government with no accountability are appalled at the suggestion. And people should be just as leery of Gingrich as they should have been about Cheney. He's someone you definitely don't want in that role, particularly when it comes to national security. Furthermore, Gingrich has a score to settle. The pinnacle of his political career was the pitched battle with Bill Clinton between 1992 and 1998. And he lost. Bill Clinton became a respected elder statesman doing global charitable work and Newt Gingrich became an occasional Fox News commentator and failed presidential candidate. Beating Hillary Clinton is his last chance for revenge.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Republicans are defending their support of Trump by arguing that he doesn't mean the things he says. Thoroughly ashamed by their nominee-designate, establishment Republicans are forced to line up behind The Donald -- and their main talking point is now this: Trump's just a liar who will say anything to our yahoo voting base to get elected. It's true that conservatives have long had a surprisingly high level of tolerance for con artistry within their ranks. Conservative publications subsist on ads from snake oil salesmen selling gullible right wingers everything from overpriced gold bullion to survivalist gear. This practice has moved into the internet age, with many conservative personalities running email lists hawking fake cancer cures and other such scams. Indeed, one reason the Republican presidential primaries have become so overcrowded is they are stuffed with people who have no real interest in winning, but are just using the free media coverage to get more signups for their email lists. Part of the reason this works is that, like good con artists, conservatives make their marks feel like they're in on the con, that it's not them but the guy next door who is getting fleeced with their mail list fundraising schemes and herbal remedy scams. That's clearly what these Republicans are doing with their comments about Trump. It's about making the voter feel like he's "in" on the con, and it's that other guy who is stupid enough to be sucked into Trump's clearly silly chatter about wall-building and mass deportation.
Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600In a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Republican and Republican-inclined respondents want to return to the "good old days.. This number is higher for Trump backers. It is important to note that this era was one of Jim and Jane Crow anti-black racism, legal sexism, and unapologetic discrimination against gays and lesbians. This yearning for a return to a fictive golden age of white male Christian domination over American social and political life is reflected in other work that shows how white people are much more pessimistic about their futures than Hispanics and African-Americans. The ascendance of Donald Trump and his coronation as the presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidate is the logical outcome of a several decades-long pattern of racism, nativism, and bigotry by the American right-wing and its news entertainment disinformation machine. Republicans have used overt and coded racial appeals to gin up white support through his references to a "lazy," "violent" and "parasitic" class of black Americans who they have repetedly described as "welfare queens" and "strapping bucks." Post Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr. would continue with the GOP's "Southern Strategy" when he summoned up white racist stereotypes and fears of "the black beast rapist"(video) in the form of Willie Horton during the 1988 presidential election. The Age of Obama witnessed an explosion of anti-black racism by the Republican Party and conservatives en masse. Birtherism, the rise of the Tea Party, the use of antebellum language (which was used to defend the Southern slaveocracy) such as "secession" and "nullification", both overt and coded racist invective by Republican officials and news media, and a pattern of disrespect towards both the idea and literal personhood of Barack Obama as the United States' first black president has been the norm.
Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, working for then Director of the CIA, George Bush estimated that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions, and this was in the late 1980's. One can imagine how many more the CIA has killed since then. In October, 1987 -- Stockwell gave a lecture titled: "The Secret Wars of The CIA." Read it here
Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Dear Trump Supporters: We all know how "angry" you are, and that it's been that anger that Donald Trump has tapped into and exploited in order to win the Republican presidential nomination. But it's about time you turn all that anger towards the man who's been pulling the wool over your eyes ever since he entered the race. He's lied to you, he's used you, and now he's turning his back on you to get what he wants, which is all that Trump ever cares about: himself.
Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600The beast did not create Donald Trump. Donald Trump kept the beast alive. Without billions in free advertising (i.e., news coverage), Trump would have withered and blown away like other classic also-ran candidates: Ross Perot, Herman Cain, Ben Carson.
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600The general consequences of resorting to the sledgehammer against vulnerable societies comes as little surprise. William Polk's careful study of insurgencies, Violent Politics, should be essential reading for those who want to understand today's conflicts, and surely for planners, assuming that they care about human consequences and not merely power and domination. Polk reveals a pattern that has been replicated over and over. The invadersperhaps professing the most benign motivesare naturally disliked by the population, who disobey them, at first in small ways, eliciting a forceful response, which increases opposition and support for resistance. The cycle of violence escalates until the invaders withdrawor gain their ends by something that may approach genocide. Obama's global drone assassination campaign, a remarkable innovation in global terrorism, exhibits the same patterns. By most accounts, it is generating terrorists more rapidly than it is murdering those suspected of someday intending to harm usan impressive contribution by a constitutional lawyer on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, which established the basis for the principle of presumption of innocence that is the foundation of civilized law.
Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0600Appetite for destruction: White America's death wish is the source of Trump's hidden support. Trump is the living embodiment of that contradictory desire for redemption and destruction. He's a death's-head jester cackling on the edge of the void, the clownish host of one last celebration of America's bombast, bigotry and spectacular ignorance. No wonder his voters are reluctant to 'fess up. We can't be sure how many people really support Trump, Edsall reports, since there's considerable evidence that they aren't telling pollsters the truth. Voting for Trump, it appears, is something white people do in the shadows. It's a forbidden desire that is both liberating and self-destructive, not unlike the married heterosexual who has a same-sex lover on the down-low, or the executive who powers through the day on crystal meth and OxyContin. Consider the prevalence of guns in American society, the epidemic rates of suicide and obesity (which might be called slow-motion suicide/) among low-income whites, the widespread willingness to ignore or deny climate science and the deeply rooted tendency of the white working class to vote against its own interests and empower those who have impoverished it. What other term can encompass all that? With his toxic package of racism, sexism and xenophobia, his thoroughly imaginary version of America built from white people's despair and paranoia and self-loathing, Trump cloaks white-people's death wish in positive terms - "Make America Great Again".