Category Archives: civility

So true. People who suffered under Obama were hostages to planet Fox

8 years of suffering under Barack Obama
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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled. Continue reading

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

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.

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.

Shining Your Shoes – My latest Not Eudora Column

Robert Sumner Mars May 21, 1926 – July 10, 2016

It begins:

I’m the odd Republican on a largely Democrat Inspired Facebook page where I’ve been watching the intergenerational tug-o-war between Biden and Bernie supporters and everybody else. There’s nothing new in this. John Kennedy heralded a changing of the guard when he became the second youngest President in 1960 giving the parents of baby boomers their moon shot to remake America. Now in 2019 its the Baby Boomers turn to stand in the way.

I had my own tug-o-war with a representative of JFK’s generation. It came to an end when Bob Mars died in 2016.

Read on.

Civil Discourse

My chat with “Juan Percent” reminds me that I view all debate as an opportunity to share points of view to blow off the cloud of confusion. Here are some of my thoughts on this and some evidence:

All of us have a pretty wide latitude to say what we think. Even the Prince of Peace, in an era long before the First Amendment, could say alarming things like this: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 But that does not prevent me from biting my tongue when I find someone else’s ideas infuriating, stupid, or worse.

My preferred reply to such a statement would be something to make them reconsider their statement. There are at least three overlapping reasons why I would want to reply thoughtfully.

1st. A smartass reply by me would only close their mind to any counterarguments of mine and thus confirm their opinions.
2nd. I suspect most people who offer a smart ass comment know full well its not a satisfactory argument.
3rd. I always liked Will Roger’s maxim “I never me a man I didn’t like.” Just because someone says something I object to doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be prepared to like him despite it.

None of this means that I will curb a sharp tongue when I think something needs to be addressed plainly. Jesus didn’t hesitate to use the cult-like ridicule of family loyalty to make his point either. Continue reading