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Wealth Taxes and :( sigh ): This

23 minutes – This comes from NPR’s . Its about the Ultra Rich wealth tax of Elizabeth Warren. Since my college days forty years ago I’ve been worried that an unfair system leads to pitchforks too. Look at Revolutionary France. Look at today’s Venezuela. Look at the Tea Party railing against the gentle treatment of bankers to gave us the mortgage crisis. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/24/744962126/episode-929-could-a-wealth-tax-work

It would take an amendment to the Constitution which would be a very high hurdle to leap over. I’d support it.

2 minutes – And then Donald Trump takes the one decent, laudable thing he said in the last four years and slits its throat: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/14/760683504/opinion-president-trump-claims-he-was-at-ground-zero-on-sept-11-but-was-he

Revelations 13:5

This is a religious Trump supporter’s reply to a friend critical of the President:

“So I’ll say this….it is in my OPINION….its impossible to be a Christian and support the democratic party. It is evil to the core! And a mature Christian would be able to see past the Character of Donald Trump and see exactly what God is doing. If you knew what these tweets and things were really about, it would blow your mind. If you knew how God was using Trump, it would blow your mind.

You can try to manipulate the situation anyway you’d like…but it doesn’t change the facts. You trying to change my mind on something I know to be fact is like a grocery checkout clerk trying to tell a brain surgeon how to do brain surgery or that he is doing it wrong. It just makes no sense.

Bottom line is….until you get your head out of the sand, you will not see the truth. But…for me and many other scholars of the Bible, we know the truth.

Satan is the ultimate deceiver… he knows scripture inside and out. But all he can do is pervert it by mixing some truth with lies and the same problem goes on in many churches today. They read from the Bible but many times miss the correct interpretation. There are severe consequences for that.

Cheryl….like I said…I’m not here to debate. I’m not here to convince you of anything. I’m just the messenger. And if you truly see me the way you say you do….then that’s your choice. In the 18 years that I’ve been studying I’ve had approx. 10-12 people that have tried to push me from my beliefs and I have removed them from my life by choosing to not associate with them. But even Jesus had to do that and He taught his disciples to do the same.
Although it breaks my heart…I just move on and I focus on the thousands who’s lives have been transformed by the work God is doing in and through me.”

I’m not a Revelations kind of guy but it might be worth noting a prophecy from that book:

Revelation 13:5 “The beast was given a mouth to speak arrogant and blasphemous words, and authority to act for 42 months.”

Donald Trump Inauguration Jan 20, 2017
12 months……………. Jan 20, 2018
24 months……………. Jan 20, 2019
36 months……………. Jan 20, 2020
42 months……………. Sept 20, 2020

Election 2020 Nov. 3, 2020

Casting a spell

This is a brilliant cartoon by the DNT’s Steve Lindstrom. My brother read Trump’s ghost-written Art of the Deal and it was his bible whoever the ghost was. One of the books lessons was: be prepared to walk away from a deal. Trump faked a couple walk-aways but he’s currently desperate to get North Korea and China among others to keep negotiating in hopes that it will help his sagging popularity and tanking economy. Too bad the President didn’t read his own book.

However, like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice he has conjured an army of brooms to drown the nation.

The brooms? They tend to answer “YES” to the following questions:

* I fantasize about a natural disaster wiping out most of humanity such that a small group of people can start all over

* I think society should be burned to the ground

* Sometimes I just feel like destroying beautiful things

* There is no right and wrong in the world

I read the original story in the NYTimes. Here’s a summary: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evjzkn/a-shocking-number-of-americans-want-to-just-let-them-all-burn

And, of course, this counts many of Trump’s evangelical supporters who are eager for a “Rapture.”

Think global but act local – Welty style

Were Republicans ever good?

I have never had any doubts about the answer to that question. And yet in my life I’ve been aware of criticisms of Republicans over the course of their history from Democrats. Ironically, for a lot of those Democrats they made use of the old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them.” So successful has this practice become that ex dems and their descendants have not only joined the Republican Party but purged it of the original Republicans to make it the party they wanted all along – The Party of Trump. And Ironically, a lot of the Republicans that made the GOP the Trumplican party didn’t mean for it to go so far. They didn’t want to abandon free trade agreements. Some of them even truly felt bad about a growing national debt. Many of these Republicans were keeping an eagle eye on the Russians even after the fall of Russia’s communism.

The faithfulness of these former ideologues is shown by their hasty and pusillanimous surrender to a man they knew to be a clown. As ideologues they worship ideas but not good ideas. No they worship election winning ideas. Ideas like nativism, skin color supremacism, and hatred of academic curiosity and any evidence that their ideas are faulty. Many of them were started out as Never-Trumpers. For the past two years the Never-Trumpers have been hiding in the pro-Trump crowd. Next year, if as seems likely Trump gas a great fall like Humpty Dumpty, they will camouflage the yellow stripes running up their backs and adopt some new color; probably the standard issue red, white and blue of their deeply patriotic lapel pins. They have been worthy imitators of Vichy for the past couple years.

For the past several months I’ve been working on a book related to public education and more specifically the Duluth Public Schools. But every day a tweet storm reminds me of the reason I filed for Congress against Pete Stauber last year. Our nation is threatened by an empty huckster who expected to lose the Presidency and turn his defeat into a massive effort to start his own news Trump television Network by caterwauling that he had been robbed of victory. For the last four years I’ve comforted myself with the obvious ignorance of this man. Just today the man who has a $150 million mansion on Florida’s Hurricane coast said he’d never heard of a category 5 hurricane. This man who brags of his brilliance like the Kingfish of Amos and Andy doesn’t know, and has never known squat. He’s Kingfish a jackass that seventy years ago working class white people recognized as a fool. Who put the scales over their eyes?

If America was ever to fall to a tyrant who could have expected it to be such a loon? We have been lucky in our choice. It wasn’t Aaron Burr. It wasn’t William Randolph Hearst. It wasn’t Huey B. Long. It was “The Donald.”

If I fulfill my promise to my donors and finish the book about public schools (win, lose or draw) I hope I write the other book that’s been trying to distract me from the former. It will be a book that attempts to answer the question posed at the beginning of this post. The answer is “Yes.” Next question. How did Donald Trump ever eclipse Abraham Lincoln and make America the world’s laughing stock instead of the “shining city on a hill?”

BTW – I don’t think Donald every grew up enough to shake Amos and Andy out of is ever adolescent head. That may explain why he wants to lead his chosen white people to his Aryan heaven of gold towers. All the better to milk them.

Here’s that book that standing in the way of my writing a book about the fall of the Party of Lincoln. Please put in an order and force me to finish writing it for you. I think you will like it almost as much as most locals like my snow sculptures.





Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on my father in laws home

If Hurricane Dorian doesn’t turn by Labor Day it will come ashore around Palm Beach where my Father-in-law resides. Friends came by to put up his hurricane storms today. A few hurricanes ago all sorts of houses in his development, which is a few miles from the beach, had blue tarps over gashes in their roofs. Hurricanes have been coming with a vengeance to all the region around the Gulf and Caribbean in recent years. I wrote about two of them that glanced off Florida a fifteen years ago in a Reader column.

I wasn’t explaining the changes overtaking the Earth that are bringing this about. Instead, I twitted Republicans. I wrote, “This is not very surprising as Florida takes a Republican inspired, hands-off attitude about government regulation.” Trump’s vacation White House Maralago is just a short distance from my Father-in-law’s home. It is on the beach. The locals hate it when he comes to town because the traffic is tied up. I’ve read that Trump grifted an Insurance Company out of $17 million by claiming Hurricane damage that never took place. At least it wasn’t FEMA money! The President has directed FEMA to spend it on building a border wall in Mexico instead of their usual responsibilities. He didn’t give a rip about Puerto Rico but we’ll see what he does if Maralago takes a real hit. Maybe we’ll be for a second round of grifting.

Ripping the skin off racism

There is a fierce debate about whether Americans are still racists. The worst black harassing President since Woodrow Wilson (who kicked Blacks out of the civil service), Donald Trump, (who kept blacks out of his apartment buildings) says he’s the least racist Person in America.

I’ll give Trump credit for one thing. His elevation to the Oval Office has shown how profoundly ignorant America is about its shitty treatment of black Americans over the last 20 generations.

Not withstanding our nation’s remarkable election of the half-white Barack Obama in 2008 Trump has ripped the scab off our long simmering anti-black infection.

It continues today everywhere including in Duluth’s Public Schools. I won’t bring an end to it but as one of the few white children actually affected by Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education I will be damned if I will let my experience be wasted.

The New York Times has been publishing a fantastically clear eyed series of histories about how we got to this improved but still rancid state over the last 400 years.

This story about our vile criminal justice system that non-racist, Donald Trump, sent 5 more innocent black kids into is well worth the read for anyone willing to take the scales off their eyes.

American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html

Dear Denmark,

Dear Denmark,

Please reconsider your hasty refusal to sell Greenland to the United States. Remember, our President is a genius, a very smart businessman and leader of the free world. But expect him to dicker with you (and no that is not a sexual reference. Dicker means to bargain.)

You should make a counter offer. Offer to trade Greenland for the Blue States. It’s probably about the same land mass and the Blue States are not covered with ice. Sure, when Trump melts Greenland you will lose Maralago along with a third of your purchase but this North American land has lots of productive people who are a lot like the Danes. Not so many guns. They are from blue states after all. Most of them would really prefer your Prime Minister to our President.

When you’ve sealed the deal consider trading Faroe island with Lesser Britain for Scotland. I hear that Boris Johnson is a Trump clone. He’ll be eager to off-load the Scots now that Brexit is breathing down his neck. I think they would like you better too.

Have no doubt. A lot of us would take the deal in a heartbeat. And Minnesota (a blue state if ever there was one) has bragging rights for being discovered by your Viking ancestors. We even named our football team after them.

Sincerely,

Harry Welty
Duluth, Minnesota, USA (for now but it could be…….)
Duluth, Minnesota, DENMARK (Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?)

And here’s a shameless plug to all you Danes who speak better English than we Americans.
I’m selling a book…

Congressman Stauber, Congressman Tlaib

Pete just came back from Israel where the Netanyahu government gave him the keys to the Kingdom. He loved it.

Meanwhile his sugar daddy Trump ordered Netty to bar two of Stauber’s Congressional colleagues from traveling to Israel and he did.

Not long ago I offered one of the Congresswomen my Sympathy. That was Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar. Now I offer my sympathies to Congresswoman Tlaib who will miss seeing her 90 year old grandmother in Palestine.

Once again I will share my witness of a trip three years ago to Israel and Palestine. I saw a few things that Congressman Stauber was steered away from. Here’s a picture I took while on my trip.

I wrote about it for the Duluth Reader: here!

Today’s version of Helter Skelter?

I never read Helter Skelter although I recall Mother Jones News or Rolling Stone running a shortened version of it back in the day. I read enough of that to supplement the coverage in the news. Many years later I read something from somebody who interviewed Manson in prison. The story from the interviewer showed some skepticism of the prosecutors who put all the blame on Charlie. The skepticism seemed warranted but in hindsight I suspect that Manson was simply pulling the wool over yet one more person’s eyes. Still, I haven’t revisited the Manson story other than to catch news stories of parole hearings for his imprisoned followers though the years with all the swastikas self carved onto their foreheads. Do I still think there is a partical of truth to the prison story Manson was pedaling that he was simply a small part of the Manson commune and that there was someone else who was the real brains behind all the killing? Naw.

I just bumped into this story about Manson’s youngest groupie who thought she had escaped the story only to be pulled back into it forty years later. Manson was guilty as sin.

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/nation/4606945-How-Charles-Manson-cast-his-spell-on-homecoming-queens-honor-students-and-dropouts

Charlie’s “magnetism” was part of the acid dropping era. Luckily, his pull was confined to some small parcels of California’s back woods. Its worth remembering that entire nations can get caught up in the delusions of someone with a good sales pitch. Charlie isn’t the only Messiah to have inspired the ignorant with his visions of a race war. But that megaphone has been placed in the tiny hands of our nation’s Chief of State. And he has fans as addled as the Manson Girls. Ex Congresswomen Bachmann says we will never see a more Godly President than Donald Trump.

Forty years from now Michele may be remembered as our Era’s version of a Manson girl. There is one difference however. Michele isn’t a teenager from a broken family.

Magnificient Bastard 2 – the bare beginning of a pushback

I posted the whole wretched screed in the previous post. It took an hour and a half of research to just start poking holes in this clap trap. I may keep working on it or I may not. Its a labor of loathing. My responses are italicized

Fight on, Trump —
“You magnificent bastard”
A description of politics in the US since the 1960’s

Evan Douglas Sayet is a comedian and an in-demand conservative speaker.
Sayet is the author of “The Kinder Garden Of Eden:
How The Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.”

The kinder Garden. I haven’t read this but the Title is interesting. It suggests that the origin of the story in Genesis is misunderstood by someone and from the subtitle that would be liberals. So the Garden of Eden wasn’t a kinder place. I’d have to read Sayet’s book to find out whether he thinks God made it mean, or the Serpent made it mean or my choice, blind human short term stupidity made it mean.

The “He” of the title is Donald Trump. Certainly Donald Trump fights. He has fought to keep black people out of his buildings. He has fought the people he’s screwed over in court. He’s waged a war on anyone who gets in his way in imitation of the way his mentor Roy Cohen did by smearing them with lies and never backing down. I guess it was nasty liberals who sent Roy Cohen to the woodshed after he attacked the Army for being run by commies all so he could get his gay lover out of the military. Then Roy spent the rest of his life denying that he was gay while he goaded the New York legal community into trying to strip him of his law license. Just the kind of lawyer to help Donald cheat Uncle Sam out of Trump’s taxes.

He Fights.
by Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #Never Trumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.

They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

George W. Bush was treated as a wuss by Reagan loving Republicans. This was an idea that Democrats loved so Bush had two political camps to suffer through. Google “Newsweek The Wimp Factor.”

Check out this old Newsweek cover.

We tried propriety:
has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?
And the results were always the same. This is because, while we on the Right were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety,

Ronald Reagan was famous for his soothing “morning again in America” theme. However, I haven’t forgotten how he launched his Presidential campaign in Neshoba, Mississippi where the KKK murdered three young liberal white civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner for registering black Mississippians to vote. I guess Reagan was inviting people into the Republican Party who had not played by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety for the 120 previous years using the excuse that white southerners had the power because of “State’s Rights.” Reagan
Speech was called his “States Rights” Speech and he said:

“I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level, and I believe we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment.”

Here is what the people of Mississippi had done seven miles away doing for themselves what they could to prevent black Mississippians from getting the right to vote.

After Reagan white southerners became Republicans.

In 2011, years eight years ago a poll of Mississippi Republicans discovered that almost half of them wanted black white marriages banned. That was thirty years after Reagan’s speech calling for “balance” in government. Now his party is going back to suppressing black votes again only without all the bombing and murder. How civil of them.

the Left has been, for the past 50+ years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

Knife fight? Saul Alinsky was a social worker. The Chicago Mob began with Al Capone thirty years before. In checking out this claim I discovered through Snopes.com that Obama haters have been circulating a list of Saul Alinsky’s rules including such things and banning guns and controlling health care. Alinsky may have had thoughts about these subjects but they were not part of his famous or infamous rules for radicals. Here’s the list of his recommendations for making change and BTW some of them sound like they came out of the mouth of Donald Trump:

-Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
-The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
-The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
-The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.
-The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
-The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
-The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings.
-The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
-The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
-The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
-The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.
-The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right — we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”
-The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatred because racial hatred serves the Democratic Party.

Bullshite, Bullshite, Bullshite, My Brother and son lived next to Ferguson when the “racial hatred” blew up. A black kid was killed by a policeman. Saying President Obama lied about it is stupid. And it was Donald Trump who said Mexican’s were rapists. Why doesn’t this comic hold Trump to the same standards he expects of Obama.

What we’ve learned is that in some states tax poor communities pay for services by fining the hell out of their poorest residents. Cops are too quick to pull their guns. And black people don’t like being pushed around. Saying otherwise as this comedian is doing is not “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.” It sure looks to me like anti-Ferguson hatred serves the interest of the Republican Party or at least Mr. Sayac.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I have a life. I don’t know if I’ll come back to Sayac’s Bullshite on Benghazi or not. Fighting this BS is like fighting Russian Internet Trolls.

Bullshit about a “Magnificient Bastard” (Trump)

I just got a screed. Its from a former fan of mine now besotted by Donald Trump. I told him to stop sending me stuff after he called Barack Obama a “nigger” in a couple of emails. Evidently he still wants to convert me. His email screed is copied in full below. In my next post I start poking holes through this screed. I don’t get very far: Here is what I initially wrote back.

***,

Your “magnificent bastard” has built his political reputation on a lot of pussies and opportunists. The Wobblies were bastards too of the left. No one ever accused them about not caring for the working stiffs they stuck up for and the families that their bosses didn’t care whether they starved or not.

You and I see history through opposite sides of the looking glass. What you sent me is great for ginning up pissed off people through myths that have been twisted to wring out the truth like it was just so much dirty water.

Harry

And here is the screed I was sent by my old pal. In the original its full of yellow markings to show me the really important stuff. I’m sorry it doesn’t show up here in the blog:

A description of politics in the US since the 1960’s

Evan Douglas Sayet is a comedian and an in-demand conservative speaker. Sayet is the author of “The Kinder Garden Of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.”

He Fights.
by Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #Never Trumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried propriety: has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we on the Right were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 50+ years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

IN THE NEXT POST I GET THIS FAR UNMASKING SOME OF MR. SAYAC’S MYTHMAKING. I DON’T KNOW IF I’LL BOTHER GOING ANY FARTHER BUT I SURE HATE IT WHEN IGNORAMUSES LIKE DONALD TRUMP SCREW UP THE HISTORY THEY NEVER BOTHERED TO READ.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatred because racial hatred serves the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ’60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one until the takeover of the universities today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, all of this has come to an end.

Donald Trump is America ‘s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors.

Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming a soldier, let alone an officer.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant,

the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that “I cannot spare this man. He fights. …”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking son-of-a-bitch.

In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of his rank.

But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and his Socialists might be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastard, I read your book!”.

That is just the icing on the cake. It’s wonderful to see that, not only is Trump fighting,

he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics ……. and that’s what they really hate.

That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it was the playbook for the entire Obama administration as well as the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.

First, instead of going after “the fake media”

(and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 50+ years not just wrong but diametrically opposed to the truth — from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri …),

Trump isolated CNN, et.al..

Then, just as Alinsky suggests,

he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all”.

Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN, et.al. in an untenable and unwinnable position.

They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices.

They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news

or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.

The problem with the former for CNN (et. al.) is that, if they were to start reporting the news honestly , that would be the end of the Democratic Party they so dutifully serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorist (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorist (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) and the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or

his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or

the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left and to the #Never Trumpers as well,

Do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”?

Of course, I do. But these aren’t those times.

This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50+ years.

So, say anything you want about this president — I get it — he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.

I don’t care. We can’t spare this warrior. He fights for America!

Fight on, you magnificent bastard!

Our Better Angels need some Clorox

2 AM. I blame the three brownies I ate during the last night’s Democratic Presidential debate for waking me up at this hour. I blame Donald Trump for not letting me get back to sleep. So, a post with many days rumination is in the making starting with these two books I’ve nibbled at this year.

Since returning from France last year I’ve pretty much given up reading history books. Too much history is being made at the moment and I’ve been preparing for my school board race and just maybe aim at restoring something Lincolnesque to the cesspool that has become the Grand Old Party. One of the candidates said it best last night when asked what she would do if elected President. “Clorox the Oval Office,” she said. Brevity may or may not be the soul of wit but I haven’t thought of a better four words. I do, however, have a pretty good post brewing with seven words: “Donald Trump is White America’s Al Sharpton”. Of course Trump is much more than Sharpton. He’s Sharpton with a reputed billion dollars, the Oval Office and millions of twitter heads. And he’s so good for modern Israel. “Jews will not replace us!” He can’t even find fault with his supporters who march like Nazis through Nuremberg bearing torches while defaming the religion of Ivanka and Jared.

Trump has stolen a page from George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Lester “Axe handle” Maddox and Theodore G. “America’s most notorious merchant of hatred” Bilbo and done his best to release the toxic worst of America. He’s had a lot of help from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the generation of amoral political hacks who called old fart Republicans like me RINO’s and primaried us out of the Party in thirty year purge. Its not just the Presidency that could use a good dose of clorox. Evangelical Christianity could use a good swabbing too.

After I crank out my book on education I plan to turn to what happened in the GOP. The two books above are part of my continuing education. The book above Freedom’s Detective caught my eye in a bookstore. It covers the years after the Civil War and a dashing spy who got a first hand view of how the Ku Klux Klan terrorized the South. I’m not far into it but I got a new appreciation for the Red spread across America’s rural areas. Like rural areas of many modernizing nations the rural areas lag behind and look inward with a chip on the shoulder about urban elites. “Liberalism” an idealistic term suggesting tolerance toward others was treated as a commie conspiracy. Black Americans never ventured far into this vast rural terrain north of the Mason-Dixon line after the Civil War. There were exceptions up north. I once read about a black musician who moved into Windom, Minnesota. He became a beloved and exotic band director. Had he come up with others the community might have grown suspicious. One was enough. When my wife’s family was selling their house in Des Moines, Iowa, in the early sixties the neighborhood panicked when a black realtor showed up.

In the South there was nowhere safe to be black. It was even worse in rural areas where they outnumbered whites. Lynchings could go unnoticed there by all except church goers whose members stopped showing up. Reading about the spy who was working to protect freedman as white supporters were murdered reminded me of how the Serbs in Kosovo purged their Muslim neighbors of the last 400 years. War is a ground game. You may control the skies but if you can’t control events on the ground you’ve lost. Today’s Republicans control the countryside and rural electoral votes. The Civil War’s sepsis has spread over the farmlands of the North in a Red Republican wave. Thank you Moscow Mitch.

The other book is about the year 1919. That was the year after my Grandfather returned from France a shot up hero. Its about the wave of white riots throughout the nation where murdering blacks was rampant. Duluth’s lynching the following year was an after shock. Back then the Republican Party had a conscience about the mayhem. Lincoln was dead but not forgotten as he is today to the Grand Old Party.

I’m sitting between fury and puckishness an hour after I began this post. I don’t feel like editing it yet but I will share the link to my campaign Facebook Page I assembled from pictures I’ve gathered together this year. I hope they are each worth a thousand words because at the moment I just want to go back to bed.

Militant Moderate here Resisting the Bloody Obvious but not in Denial

I circulated this pessimistic Op Ed by the NY Time’s Tom Friedman on Facebook. ‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/opinion/trump-2020.html

Tom is a Minnesota boy who has jumped from covering Israel and Middle East stories to big picture world economic stories. I read his optimistic book From Beirut to Jerusalem a long time ago. His optimism was premature. Now his pessimism is on full display as he listed all the off putting posturing by the 20 plus Democratic candidates…..posturing to keep the younger crowd from doing to America what it did when they stayed home in 2016 instead of electing a sane, if tedious, Hillary Clinton.

One of them quickly reacted to this post by noting that America could afford all the health care spending for both veterans and illegal aliens. She went on to say she would be voting for the pretty woman crystal gazer who made the stage in the Democratic debate. “Crystal gazer” is my description.

When I was a pretty sophisticated thirty year old I was sure that America would never elect a Hollywood Actor who starred with a Chimpanzee. I’ve been chastened ever since Ronald Reagan’s election.

Anyone who watches Late Night comic take downs of Donald Trump can’t believe America would let him skate into another four years. Reason simply would not permit this. Well folks, for some people Reason, as I understand it, is very fluid. And their lack of it in no way impedes their right to vote.

Long before the Pledge of Allegiance

The United States Mint first used E Pluribus Unum on coins in 1795, (on the Half Eagle $5.00 gold piece)

In Latin it means “Out of many one.”

I’m not sure what the Latin is for President Trump’s apparent slogan:

One man to rule them all and anyone who doesn’t like it can leave the country.

A commentary on Trump supporters

And the most pertinent line comes at the end.

Recieved from a Facebook friend………….:

“An anguished question from a Trump supporter: ‘Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’

The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters – the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don’t…

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.”

That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.”

That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”

That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.”

That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you chirped, “He sure knows me.”

That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, “That’s cool!”

That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.

That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”

That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.”

That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!”

That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!”

That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!”

That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.”

That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!”

That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!”

That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.”

That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!”

That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids, has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that they’re just “animals” – and you say, “Well, OK then.”

That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.

What you don’t get, Trump supporters in 2019, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable.

Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

Cong. Stauber defends America’s most famous Jew . . .

Benjamin Franklin!

or read it here.

Trumplican Pete Stauber refused to censure Donald Trump for his racist tweets but he had no problem calling out Ilhan Omar for her “racism” when she used the word “Benjamin” to describe the money Republicans used to swamp Congress. The understandable over sensitivity of many Jewish people doesn’t change the fact that Benjamins are One Hundred Dollar Bills with the famous Jewish American Benjamin Franklin’s image on it. Oh, that’s right. Benjamin Franklin wasn’t a Jew. He just had a common Jewish first name like half of non Jewish American males.

Pete is using weasle arguments to call out the four outspoken Democratic Congresswomen one of whom had a mouthy chief of staff who stupidly mocked Speaker Pelosi as a racist. Awkward but hardly out of place in Trump world where Trump laps all his toadies in name calling.

To be a Trumplican is to be a supporter of the biggest racialist in American History hands down. Is Trump a racist? Maybe, Maybe not. There is no doubt that he is the most historically ignorant President again, hands down. I described Trump as a race-baiter or words to that effect a few months ago in this Reader Column: Worse Than a Racist. As the columns title suggests Donald Trump (IMHO) is an opportunist and as such, much worse than a racist. Pete Stauber is his enabler and beneficiary.