Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Trump Effect

Colin Powell accurately asserted Trump's birtherism is nothing but racism. Every non-racist knows this.

Every non-bigot knows Trump's smearing of a reputable judge as being incapable of performing his duty because of his Mexican heritage was open bigotry. 

And every non-racist knows this racism gave rise to Trump's political ascendancy. His legions of ignorant neo-fascist haters have grown more emboldened.  

The ignorance, hate and racism have become a toxic and vile rot in our society. Now it is spreading to the young. 

In an August 25th speech Hillary Clinton told the story about a high school basketball game in Indiana, where home team fans taunted players from their heavily Hispanic rival school by holding up a large cutout of Trump’s head and chanting "build a wall." 

"Next time you see Trump rant on television, think about all the children listening across America," Clinton said. "Kids hear a lot more than we think. Parents and teachers are already worrying about what they call the ‘Trump Effect.’ They report that bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants."

Clinton’s source is an April report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the civil rights and antidiscrimination advocacy group. The report is titled "The Trump Effect: The impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools."

The online survey of approximately 2,000 K-12 teachers found: "Teachers have noted an increase in bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.

Hate from Trump and his American neo-fascist base has contaminated our young, like a sick replay of Hitler Youth.

Respondents gave a total of 5,000 comments. Of those, one in five mentioned Trump. All other candidates were mentioned fewer than 200 times combined.
"More than one-third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment."
"Teachers report that students have been ‘emboldened’ to use slurs, engage in name-calling and make inflammatory statements toward each other," and "Kids use the names of candidates as pejoratives to taunt each other."
"More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students — mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims — have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election."

Today’s deplorable parents are raising future deplorable neo-fascists. 

Nothing can be done about the racist core of Trump supporters. They cling to their hate like they cling to their guns and Bibles. This is what con-servative, far Right American Christianity has become. Every Klansman voting for Trump will tell you he’s a Christian. 

I have real respect for conservatives or Christians who recognize the hate and lies and ignorance displayed by Trump. They share with progressives the sinking feeling that our next president will not be our finest. 

I really don't believe every Trump voter is a racist. Many are simply reacting to the decades of Republican engineered smearing of Hillary Clinton. And she has her faults, but she is no Trump. 

The neo-fascists would never vote for a Democrat anyway.

But what happened to the brains, (and more importantly, the conscience,) of the other Trump voters?  Don’t they understand if they tolerate hate and lies, and support the hater and liar, it will only spawn more hate and lies? 

W. T. F. is wrong with this country? 

I'm sure sane Germans felt the same in 1933. It's not the country, it's the dark side of human nature. It is the authoritarian personality that appears in nearly a quarter of any population. Combine racism with authoritarianism and we get Trump and his followers.

Orwell predicted the predominant trait and key to power for the American con-servatives and the Republican Party. 

“Ignorance is strength”. 

Keith Olbermann shows no mercy on these self-deluded dupes. 

Hillary was Wrong. All of Trump's Supporters Are "Deplorable" | The Closer with Keith Olbermann | GQ

“If you support Trump... If you think he should be president regardless of how much he and his advocates hate and mock and punch old women with portable oxygen canisters. If you’re not condemning this madness and repudiating these deplorable people and you are not racist, not sexist, not homophobic, not xenophobic, or not Islamophobic. If you’re supporting him not for those things but in spite of them, you are even more deplorable. The correct number, Secretary Clinton, is not 50 percent, it’s 100.” 
As one comment says:

“If you support a racist then you're supporting racism and if you're supporting racism then you're a racist.”


Jefferson's Guardian said...

Comment from "The Trump Effect": "If you support a racist then you're supporting racism and if you're supporting racism then you're a racist."

Dave, I think this should be agreeable to every rational and thinking person. Unfortunately, as we're seeing on a daily basis, it isn't. Racism never operates from a frame of logic or rationality. Hate has no boundaries, and unlike romantic or whimsical love is not fleeting or momentary. It's branded and cauterized.

On the flip side, if one supports a neoliberal warmonger, then one's supporting neoliberalism and neoconservatism. If one's supporting neoliberalism and neoconservatism, then by default one is a neoliberal warmonger.

Similarly to the one-party construct in the former Soviet Union, our electoral process has given us no choice. If a one-party design such as the Communist Party in the U.S.S.R. offered no choice, and a "two-party" establishment in the U.S.A. offers no viable alternative or difference that promotes life and democratic values, aren't both essentially totalitarian non-democratic regimes?

The fix is in and we are heading into the worst days of our lives. Buckle in and brace for impact.

Dave Dubya said...

Our president will be either a neoliberal warmonger or a racist warmonger.

“When [the Iranians] circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.” Trump

Nothing like American unity for permanent war.

"Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex." - FZ