Trump's One Mule Drag

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Trump is using an informal process of governing (twitter, public appeal, threats and lies) to bypass and override the formal process of laws, regulations, and procedures that are the constitutional structures of . . . → Read More: Trump’s One Mule Drag

The Haters Of Others Joined By A Pilgrimage

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Y’all know our dear President Andrew Jackson, Old Hickory (Bless his heart!), was a racist, right? Yes, tough, hail fellow. He did not personally discriminate and he grew up around . . . → Read More: The Haters Of Others Joined In Pilgrimage

When Lawful Pain Is Morally Bankrupt

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He began by keeping blacks out of his apartments, accepting his father’s lead, seeing no disrepute. He made money, but what he erected lasted only a short time. Bankruptcies followed; . . . → Read More: When Lawful Pain Is Morally Bankrupt

Forced Movement

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Forced movements in US history share painful, common features. Justified by law, imposed by military force, they track America’s historic weaknesses and shame. They mark a trail of our worse self-deceit, pretending to improve our . . . → Read More: Forced Movement

Jobs, Immigration And The Law

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America’s government manages a budget equal to the world’s third largest GDP—a sustained annual outlay of $4 trillion. In charge of this incredible wealth are lying thieves without moral compassion. The . . . → Read More: Jobs, Immigration And The Law

Trump's Cruelty

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Nobody’s “pouring in;” you can’t get a visa in a week! Trump has a cruel streak, its aspect detected in his groping unknown women, in the full page ad demanding the death penalty for the . . . → Read More: Trump’s Cruelty

Ramping Greed and Republican Bitch Slaps

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Under Trump, the ramping greed is unconscionable–and visible: corrupt and unethical, Trump appointees are walking out of Senate votes into Cabinet offices wearing their duplicity and cheating as bright badges . . . → Read More: Rampant Greed and Republican Bitch Slaps

Sister, Can You Spare 200 Billion?

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This is the conversation taking place in America:

Brother, can you spare $100 to $200 billion?

Why?

I need to build a wall across a US border.

Why?

You should be . . . → Read More: Sister, Can You Spare 200 Billion?

Single Incident Politics

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As President Obama demonstrates world class skills at building solid coalitions, from his Africa Summit, to financial embargoes against a variety of aggressor states to a far reaching trade agreement with 11 Asian countries, . . . → Read More: Single Incident Politics

Race As National Policy Potpourri

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DDIn philosophy, where the ideas and logic that are mental models for appropriate acts and policy reside, a single person and a single idea have driven American elections since 2008—President Barack Obama and race. These two factors have influenced policy, changed political ethics, and revealed a new American challenge: a fight for truth and a new future opposed by bedfellows of special interests, wealth and hate. Conservative voters and candidates speak of freedom but really fight for power: to weaken the Presidency, the executive agenda, and seek to affirm the wrong and rich as the strong.

Votes are justified and driven by anger and fear. Every GOP official trumpets or complains the President’s agenda is driven by race, expense and incompetence. At state and national levels, elected officials claim every idea President Obama proposes is a threat to America and American lives (whether death panels, debt, immigration, Ebola, ISIL, food stamps). Every judgment and pronouncement is distorted by a lens colored with racial prejudice (labels of “buckwheat-in-chief,” posters of bones through Obama’s nose, nasty “nigger” jokes, lynched chairs swinging from nooses strung over tree limbs). The Democratic rearguard retreat in the last election reinforced these jaded reasons by not revealing their ridiculousness.

So political stupidity grew exponentially. In South Carolina, a retired school teacher loudly, publicly accused—in fact was assured and certain—the President attempted to explode Charleston with a nuclear strike during a military training exercise. Because of Obama’s orders, she claimed two generals retired. Rick Santorum stood stoically, listening, when he knew it was all a lie.

The oppositional conditioning is so pervasive that the opposition no longer cites the kinds of examples of myths and mistakes that Ronald Reagan famously employed. Now, officials declare the power of winning as the power to turn back, turn over, turn in, turn out, citing the actions and examples of progress that their change seeks to reverse.

Gay marriage. Out. Affirmative action. Ended. Rape. Harder to persecute. Taxes. Lower (for the rich!). Higher education. Cut. Education, K-12. Privatized, underfunded. Government services payments. Billions given away (ask Rahm about Chicago’s parking meters). Abortion. Denied. War. Endorsed. Air and water. Unregulated. Income. Stifled. Immigration. Unaddressed. Safety nets. Cuts lurking. Healthcare. Barack Obama. The source of all evil. Race. The source of all waste. Denial: “I am innocent of all blame.”

I recently realized a valuable lesson watching Jimmy Stewart westerns. The more the Native Americans defeated the cavalry and settlers who precipitated the attacks against them, the more they were hated, mistreated and dehumanized. With each victory, the natives were condemned for lacking honor and virtue, even when their efforts were in self-defense or intended to promote peace. As the Indians won, hate reached a fever pace and objectivity and morality were abandoned. Think: the Iran agreement being negotiated to halt its development of nuclear arms, hasn’t it attracted a rising swell of voices whose accusing judgment is based on a desire for power rather than justice?

Haven’t those same voices, in the name of security, created the outlines for a global and local alliance, well funded internationally by Sheldon Adelson, the modern counterpart of Augsburg’s Jakob Fugger or England’s Baring brothers for funding geocentric, xenophobic ruling alliances. Adelson’s work in building a supra-alliance that tacitly benefits the Chinese and that is a loose but well connected ideological cult of eugenics is deeply (and darkly!) rooted, a part of the history and world view of the family policies of the Koch brothers and their father, who marginalized and expressed stereotypes for global ethnic groups, and propped up ideas of ethnic superiority for European genes by pointing to individual gaps and the failures of social programs fighting sophisticated neo-colonial structures and directed wealth flow.

Barack Obama is their evidence of what happens when one slips through the cracks and refuses their bidding, and wins despite their sustained plans for his defeat and collapse, their desire for his being driven out of office and humiliated, his character and intellectual virtues destroyed, his humanity stripped without apology or defense. Continue reading Race As National Policy Potpourri

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