Saturday, March 16, 2019

Trump is guilty of stochastic terrorism, The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.



stochastic terrorism

[stuh-kas-tik ter-uh-riz-uh m]

noun

the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act,which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted:

Trump has to know that what he says gives license to the nut case out there who will act out his violent fantasy.  Trump refuses to condemn white supremacist who perpetuate hate crimes against the other, brown people, Jews, Muslims.  Of course he was quick to identify Muslims in an act of terror in California.  
Why won't he call them out? Because they are his supporters.  He is the poster boy for white extremists, American Nazis and every right wing hate group out there. I wouldn't be surprised if he was made honorary grand wizard of the KKK.
Trump must bear responsibility for the mass killing in New Zealand, Philadelphia, Charleston church shooting and other violent acts committed by the people he incites to acts of violence, it is as if he loaded the gun and pulled the trigger himself.  




Friday, March 15, 2019

The Madness of Trump

Cicero said it best when he said, "The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience, the stupid by necessity, and the brutes by instinct".  This is the era of the madness of Trump.  Reasonable people can disagree and do so with passion, but the lies and disingenuous of the Trump administration is a disaster.  
Trump's attack on the free press is destructive to American Democracy.  While the free press can be manipulated at times and lie like Fox and Breitbart do, it remains the guardian of Democracy.  It is there to shine the light of day on those wishing to hide their dirty deeds in the darkness of conspiracy and special interest.  
His policies are a disaster with our allies, his support of dictators and enemies a powerful and potential threat to all Americans and the rest of the world. The sooner he is out of office the better for our country.  
This may be the most dangerous time for America.  Trump's America is a meaner, stupider and morally more corrupt America than we have seen since before the American civil war. He has given license to racism, misogyny, religious bigotry and intolerance of every kind. We need to end the madness of Trump. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The perfect storm is here.


"The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience, the stupid
by necessity, and the brutes by instinct".
  Cicero

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker

The perfect storm is here.  Republicans now have the house, the senate, the executive and most likely the judicial.  As a friend said, “we are fucked”.   Of course Republicans feel vindicated.  Why it happened is what most pundits are hashing out.  It seems not enough blacks voted, white non college educated blue collar workers, traditionally democrat voters, voted for Trump.  More women shifted right than was expected the Russian’s release of emails to wiki leaks, and of course the collusion of the FBI, and of course there is more.
Why has it happened? A false perception of the truth; lies by Fox news and the great flimflam man Trump, and false innuendo of high crimes and misdemeanors by Hillary Clinton.  The result is that the American people put a man into the White House that is totally unfit for the job.  Not only is he unfit for the job he is unqualified for the job, not in the legal sense, but in temperament, knowledge and intellect.
We will have a man in the White House that cannot speak in complex sentences that demonstrates a depth of critical and analytical thinking.  In essence we have elected a 5 year old petulant thin skinned baby to the presidency.  We have gone from President Obama, an intellectual and scholar to a businessman, whose questionable business practices are known to be suspect.   
Trump whose campaign was based on racism, bigotry, misogyny, lies and prejudice was a candidate that the voters should have repudiated but surprisingly they didn’t.   He will not bring our country back together again, it will need a man or woman of character to do that, he has none.  Those steel town jobs he is going to bring back are gone forever.  If those industries came back they would only bring back a tenth of those jobs as the industry has changed and become modernized.  The same goes for those West Virginia coal mines.
The Republicans will use him to attack and gut health care, Medicare, Social Security, Education, the Environment, the EPA and they will stop any federal minimum wage proposals.  Pensions, unions, freedom of the press and freedom of speech will come under assault from the GOP.  When this is over we will be a poorer country and the rich will be far richer and the poor and middle class will be far poorer.  We will end up with the financial disparity of a banana republic.  Our allies abroad are frightened by an unpredictable and unprincipled stupid man in the White House.   Our enemies in Russia are gloating, they now will have their proxy in the White House. 
What can we do? A lot of liberals are now going out and buying guns.  Possibly a good idea if the economy crashes and law and order breaks down.  It is something to consider.  What we must do is be vigilant, and hold his feet to the fire.  Write, comment, call him out on everything he does, says, or tweets.  He is not popular; he did not win by a landslide.  He won with a minority of the voters. Hillary won the popular vote by close to 3 million votes.  When he fails to do what he said he would, and he will, and the rising tide dissatisfaction becomes apparent we can then begin to work for future without Trump and the GOP in charge, but only if we are vigilant and only if there is enough time.  We live in dangerous times. 







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Saturday, May 14, 2016

John Stewart on Trump the media and the GOP.

Quote: Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. Edmund Burke


“Here is the real political incorrectness if they really want to be truthful: the problems in this country are not caused by Mexicans and Muslims. If they want to confront the problem in this country, it’s you have one party in America, whose sole purpose is to freeze the government, and to not fix any of the problems that are associated with it. They have a great game going: government sucks and can’t get the job done. And then they can sit as an impediment to that government, and point to their destruction, as evidence of their thesis. It’s a great tautology. Whatever you want to say about the Democrats, maybe they’re feckless, maybe they focus too much on identity politics, or they’re not fiscally responsible, at least they’re f***ing trying.”

The whole story.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbridges/2016/05/12/jon-stewart-gives-his-post-retirement-take-on-the-media-trump-clinton-and-congress/#6e80051e3c29





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Monday, July 27, 2015

Salon slams the GOP

Salon magazine calls out the GOP on what they really are in clear and concise terms that anyone can understand.  
Salon Magazine sums up the current GOP as follows:
The GOP tends to preach and practice intolerance, xenophobia, nationalism and anti-democratic values (i.e., voter suppression). In many ways, the GOP is anti-enlightenment, and embraces passion over reason. The dangerous denial of climate change and other scientific facts seems to come out of the corrupt alliance of anti-intellectual traditionalism and corporate influence (i.e., oil and gas).
Now, the fact of the matter is that fascism died in the mid-20th century. The GOP are obviously not fascists, but they share a family resemblance. As stated above, the base have many similar passions — traditionalism, nationalism, intolerance towards immigrants or minorities. They react with hostility towards the social progress of others and largely believe in a ‘survival of the fittest’ ideology.
Giovanni Gentile, the “philosopher of fascism” and ghostwriter for Mussolini, said of the definition of fascism in the Encyclopedia of Italiana: “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” This definition may very well fit the GOP ideology: a kind of corporate fascism, where large corporations have the ultimate power; where the politicians spew a hateful, intolerant ideology based on “traditional” values, on a platform funded by corporate interests, elected by the people to serve those very corporate interests; and deny environmental degradation because it would be unprofitable for the funders to do anything about it, using the anti-intellectual hostility to convince the people that it is nothing more than a left-wing conspiracy.

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