Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tweets In The Wind


I was never interested in shallow, ego-stroking, gossipy social media. I’m already too shallow and ego-stroking. I never had any interest in working for the Zuckerman data mine. If I wanted to hang with Russians and angry idiots, I'd go to Trump Tower or a rally. No, thank you.

I don’t know why I relented to the relentless prodding from friends and family to go on Twitter. I resent relenting. While I confess to learning tidbits of information, I resent wasting more of my time being tethered to screens. I look in mostly for distraction lately. 

I don’t even know if the account stays active after long neglect. I don’t care.

In the event I just abandon Twitter, or it abandons me, I’ll record most of my “Tweets In The Wind” here for posterity. Apologies for the shameless plugs, and for the mild annoyance in readers with a  longer attention span than a caffeinated child, which I resemble more and more lately.

Ironically, I'm compiling these tweets for the benefit of the few in my life who never stare at screens. It will be satisfying to hand them hard copies, guaranteed to survive the Eloctro-Magnetic Pulses that will end civilization as we know it. 

These remarks, in reverse chronology, skim over some of the strange and terrible events of just the past seven months.

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How evil prevails: Republicans don’t HAVE to be sex offenders to gain high office. They just need to “strongly deny” the charges. That should settle it. Keep the "biased" FBI out of it. The conservative Republican men, the "real victims", have suffered enough.

John McCain is gone. He had a sense of honor and basic human decency that is no longer found in American Con-servatism. He condemned “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

#Orwell "Truth isn't truth". "1984" tells us how far we've descended as a nation. The downward trajectory is steeper than ever.

"What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening". This Orwellian line may as well be the motto of the Trump far Right agenda. It conforms perfectly to the mission of FOX(R), Breitbart, and Limbaugh.

Putin's Puppet: A Love Story The big meeting every sane person dreads is upon us. Putin's going have an entertaining, and very rewarding, day for sure. Secrets will be spilled. After all, "No Puppet" Don likes to make a good impression with Russians.

In case anyone missed this. The bottom line: By word, wink and nod, Trump got his loyalty oath, a promise of immunity, and the power to pardon himself from Kavanaugh. Wall Street and the Kochs now have the Supreme Court. The USA is now a failed state.

The emotional strain and trauma for CHILDREN needlessly taken from their parents arms and ruthlessly imprisoned is State Sponsored Child Abuse. The KINDERGULAG: State Sponsored Child Abuse

Who believes this con? Kirstjen Nielsen says, "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period. Don’t believe the press.” How to create future sociopaths? Traumatize children by taking them from their parents and locking them in cages. Mission Accomplished.

Trump/Alt-Right/Authoritarian Dirty Dozen Rules of Discourse: Deceive Define Deflect Distract Demand Demean Demonize Despise Dictate Discredit Dismiss Distort

To protect the Cult leader, the alt-Right and FOX seek to discredit the Justice Department and shut down a productive investigation into Russian interference in our election. It amounts to treason, the deepest betrayal of our country. All in service to the Big Dotard.

The "Meeting of Two Dictators Summit" went as if Kim is in possession of a copy of Putin's video of the Dotard's hotel activities in Moscow... Predictions and Update: What To Expect From Singapore? More Winning...For Kim.

Not strange, Bernie. Sad. Very sad.(Bernie: I find it very strange that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world's major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman.)

As horrifying as the first two sentences are, the greater tragedy is in the third. Cowardice is bad enough. The shredding of the Constitution and betrayal of our country is now the ruling party's agenda. (Steve Schmidt: TRUMP disgraced the Presidency and the United States at the G-7 summit. From his slovenly appearance to his unpreparedness, ignorance and arrogance, he beclowned himself. The Republican majority is filled with cowards who are servile supplicants to the most unfit POTUS ever)

FOX(R) v. Journalism: Exhibit A. Sean Hannity asked Ted Koppel, “You think I'm bad for America?” Koppel responded, “Yep. You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.” Ideology over facts. THERE's your "enemy of the people".

The Nazis of the 1930's used the term “Lügenpresse”, or lying press, in their campaign to destroy journalism.

We know the routine. When White American Conservatives feel their privileged social order is threatened they become angry.

The Right sees Constitutional taxes, regulations, and public health care as oppressive “tyranny". The Left sees unprovoked war, torture, corruption, accepting Russian interference, voter suppression, and brutal law enforcement as tyranny. Who are the "real Americans"?

Fascism And State Media: Manipulation of fear, anger, hate, racism and blame has been a primary tool of fascists and tyrants throughout history. Ours is no exception. The Party of Trump hates a free press and democracy.

Dana's (Loesch) Dear Leader whom she and the NRA helped elect says the press is the "enemy of the people". Now THAT's authoritarian...and outright fascist.

Like a lost runaway joining a cult, America surrendered its conscience, mind, and soul to an authoritarian regime. And Trump wasn't the first. In 2004 we re-elected a man who lied us into war.

The NRA and far Right are frightened. They have always been paranoid. Every time a Democrat is in the White House they howl, "They're coming for our guns! They're going to repeal the Second Amendment!" Fear And Loathing From The Axis Of Slaughter WaPo: Ted Nugent says Parkland students "have no soul," calls them "mushy-brained children"

The GOP/NRA say no assault rifle was used in mass shootings. Definition: Any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; A rifle that resembles a military assault rifle designed to allow only semiautomatic fire"

The silence alone in Emma Gonzales' historic 6 minute, 20 second speech spoke more truth than the Republican/NRA/Trump Axis of Slaughter ever could.

Trump to Putin: Congratulations on winning the election. Putin to Trump: Thank you Komrad! I told you we could do it. And I also won the election in Russia!

Through their outright lies, the radical Right has waged war on our Constitution’s regulation of commerce and provision for the general welfare. They actively suppress voter rights, democracy, a free press, science, education, unions and minorities

“Collusion” is not a legal term. Conspiracy is, and that is EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED when Trump’s people attempted to conspire with Russians to defeat Hillary. Obstruction of Justice is a legal term, and that is also EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

Is anybody else wondering why FOX(R) isn't complaining about "state media" anymore? (Jake Tapper: If you’re a news organization and the folks in power are constantly praising you, you’re doing it wrong. By definition.)

This is kleptocracy in full swing. Trump's blatantly corrupt crony capitalism and nepotism are rewarding the worst people in the country. Guess who gets to pay the bill? Lock them up! (Citizens For Ethics: Billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, just days before Trump announced plans to impose steep tariffs on steel imports.)

It would be interesting to know how many of us gun owners understand there is no need for AR 15s for self-defense. It is the body count that rises when military style weapons flood our civilian population.

Evidence? Must be some liberal media/journalist/educator/scientist/FBI conspiracy theory. (Neil deGrasse Tyson: Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.)

Is this thing on? Since I've been dragged kicking and screaming onto Twitter, I may as well start out by annoying some MAGA fanatics, clueless jerks, and other gullible fools. "When MAGAts Attack".

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Who needs to waste time on bumper stickers, anyway? 




Sunday, August 26, 2018

Any Bets?


John McCain is gone. Also gone is the last gasp of moderation and decency in conservatism and the Republican Party.

While he never met a war he didn't like, and cursed our nation with the ignorance of Sarah Palin, McCain had a sense of honor and basic human decency that is no longer found in American Con-servatism. 

He is now a relic of the past.

While campaigning in 2008, McCain did the decent thing, and told a fearful low-information voter that he didn’t have to be "scared" of Obama. The very next moment a frightened woman said, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, um, he’s an Arab.” 

He did the decent thing again.

“No, ma’m,” he said. “He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that just I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what the campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].” 

Now those same frightened ill-informed people are listening to Trump. They are why Trump is in the White House, thanks to the Right's propaganda machinery.

In accepting the Freedom Medal at the National Constitutional Center in October, McCain condemned “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

This is what separated him from the Trump Crime Cartel. If only he could have realized that is almost the entire MO of con-servatism.


McCain made one last decent contribution to his country. He invited George W. Bush and Barack Obama to share the eulogy at his funeral. Not inviting the current president was his last gesture of decency, briefly uniting Americans of both major parties. The Party of Trump was not invited.

The hated “liberal media” and “enemy of the people” are all running thoughtful tributes to the veteran, former POW and senator. It is a reflection of basic human decency.

John Kerry and Al Gore also put their lives on the line in Vietnam. Will con-servatives and FOX (R) and Breitbart show equal decency and respect, or any admiration at all for them?

Any bets on their decency? 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Big Brother Don And "The Brotherhood"


Has anyone else noted the tendency of those wrapping themselves in "liberty", the flag, and Bible are always shilling for the Orwellian agenda of the far Right and economic elites?

I pulled out my old copy of "1984", just to see how far we've descended as a nation. The frightening realization was this. We are not at the bottom yet, but the downward trajectory is steeper than ever.

“Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening.” Big Brother Don.
 
Very Orwellian. Rudy "O'Brien" Giuliani, the Right-wing Authoritarian 9-11 guy sums up the Orwellian Trump era doublethink even more concisely than his client.
 
"Truth isn't truth". 

That nugget of doublethink takes a place among Eric Blair's, "Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery. War is peace." 

This is Republican/Trumpism now. 
==
 Orwell:
The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.
 
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.
In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
==

The rising white nationalism and far Right/Trumpist tribal beliefs and ideology are expressed with the same fervor as 1984’s “two-minutes hate”. It is also similar to cults and religious fundamentalism. As in, "Jesus sent Trump to save us!"

They are indoctrinated in the same authoritarian way, until they become fanatic crusaders for their Party and their tribe. (AKA the interests of corporate elites, white identity politics, and suppression of education, science, journalism and democracy.)

They are conditioned to despise and distrust all sources of information that questions their leaders and ideology. Corporate media rarely challenge Wall Street and capitalism in general, but since they call out the lies of the Right, they become the "enemy of the people".

Minorities, liberals, and the press have become the scapegoats of this new fascism.

It is very much an Orwellian cult, and they are programmed to hate liberalism and democratic socialism as the equivalent of "Goldstein's Brotherhood" or Stalinism. This is so ironic, while they embrace Putin over the majority of their fellow Americans.

Now their ignorance, resentment, fear, anger and hate are fueled to the point of dangerous extremism.

The white nationalists and Republican Party created this monster, There can be no good consequences of Orwellian rulers, austerity, and permanent conflict. It will be the norm until we see either Republicans put the country and the rule of law over their Party's power, or the opposition party finds a spine and conscience, as well as an overwhelming number of informed voters.

It will come down to either that unlikely scenario, or until some catastrophic upheaval eventually intervenes. 

The first option has an expiration date this November. After that, the inevitable awaits. 


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Katy Tur Speaks To Evil


Trump made his intentions, and his authoritarian tactics, clear: "I do it to discredit and demean you all, (News media) so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you."

Journalists who report his lies and the truth he denies, are accused of being the "enemy of the people". This is the lowest depth any president has ever sunk to in the history of the nation. It is down at the very bottom, along with supporting Putin's disinformation campaign by siding with him against two bi-partisan Senate committees, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI and the CIA. 

“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

This Orwellian "Ministry of Truth" tactic is at the heart of his war on facts, the press, and dissent. 

Now Trump's fascistic attacks on the press and First Amendment are agitating his thug followers into a growing menace.  

Angry mobs shout their anger, hatred and insults at newsmen covering his rallies, as he raves from the podium that they are "horrible, horrendous people." 

There is only one fitting word for all this hate, blame and false accusation from a would-be tyrant. That word is evil. 

Spreading hate is evil. He is an evil man. End of discussion.

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur recently spoke out for journalism and human decency.

Yeah, we get it, you don’t like us. Fine. But do you have to put our lives in danger?

The president continues to call the press the enemy of the people, even after four journalists and one sales assistant were shot dead in a Maryland newsroom by a man who was angry with what they factually reported about him.

Even after the publisher of The New York Times stressed to him in a private conversation that his words were putting journalists in mortal danger. Even after CNN white house reporter Jim Acosta was shouted down and taunted in a rally the other night in Florida.

Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping, What you do not see are the nasty letters or packages or emails, the threats of physical violence. ‘I hope you get raped and killed,’ one person wrote to me just this week.

“Raped and killed". Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues, as well.

In case you want to argue this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with MAGA.

It is both surreal and ominous that this even needs to be said in this country. 

Our free press is not the enemy of the people. 

Trump and the Party of Trump are the enemy of the people, the enemy of democracy, and the enemy of truth.

God bless Katy. And God damn Trump, for his vile evil against her, and against her peers, and against human decency, against the truth, and against our country.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Second Anniversary



Happy "Russia If You're Listening Day"!

Putin's Puppet and Russia 
Making America Great Together for Two Years.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The New CRAP Motto

It was reported that Putin's Puppet got angry at Melania for watching CNN. Like Dick Cheney, he demands his FOX(R) be on at all times.

Her spokeswoman announced Melania will "watch any channel she wants".

You go, girl!

Jeff Mason of Reuters asked President Putin: "Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?" 

Putin replied, “Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal." The White House has omitted that part of the transcript and edited it out of their accompanying video.


The Stalinist message is: “You didn’t hear that. You didn’t see that. If you did it’s not happening.”

These little incidents highlight our topic.

The Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities has a new motto.

"What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".


This latest fascistic Orwellian line may as well be the motto of the far Right agenda and Trump era.

Let's try this all-encompassing CRAP motto out:

Trump: "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

FOX(R): "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

Hannity: "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

Bretibart: "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

Giuliani:  "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

Limbaugh: "What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening".

Yep. By golly, it fits them all perfectly. Pure Authoritarianism.

Monday, July 23, 2018

It Just Makes Sense


Only the closed mind of a Leftist progressive can't absorb the simple truth about far Right conservatives. I am unique among my kind in that I've learned they have All the Answers. It just makes sense.

Here’s proof why liberals are always wrong. Every time we contradict or disagree with Trump’s alt-Right and Evangelical Right conservatives it is based on the totally biased, liberal misinformation we get from non-Republican sources.

These sources of information must be rejected out of hand because "liberal media" means “fake news” and that means "commie media" and that means "enemy of the people"...and  because they call out Trump's so-called lies. No lies! No lies. YOU’RE the liar!

Boy are we a bunch of manipulated suckers! We believe ANYTHING. Like Hillary DIDN’T run a child sex ring?? Who could be so gullible to buy that?

I've learned Alex Jones is the nation's cutting edge journalist, trusted completely by our president. I will trust him too. He has All the Answers.

I've learned to trust the National Enquirer as the Paper of Record in Trump America.  Like FOX(R) and Breitbart, and Limbaugh, it is not to be questioned. They are NOT biased, and report only the alternative facts that matter. They all know Trump never lies. He tells it like it is.

And they have All the Answers, too

I've learned every liberal is a commie deep down, even if we don't like Putin and his Puppet. It is Stalin we truly revere. We yearn for reeducation camps and labor in the gulag when we say something against a leader. (That would be a WHITE and wealthy leader.) We deserve nothing more.

And we want to be just like Venezuela too! Whatever they have down there has to be better than here. I like bananas. All Liberals like bananas, so they must all like Venezuela. It just makes sense.

Now I know better. I know who has All the Answers.

That's when I learned what liberals want. We hate freedom, and want to be fed by the government for all our lives. We don't want to work for it either. We just want to take from hard-working REAL Americans, like the “very fine people” with the tiki torches.

I learned we want open borders. No. We don't want ANY borders. We want all Mexicans, and even terrorists, to just come in. We want the government to feed them too! And give them jobs, but only if they want them.

That's how we stupid libs think. We're so stupid we think Putin doesn't love us and have our best interests in mind. He loves Trump! And that means he loves America. It just makes sense.

Because of Trump Derangement Syndrome we don't think Trump will make America great again. Even with Putin's help. Even with more lead in the water and chemicals in the air. Even with huge tax cuts to help out the poor Kochs, Waltons, Mercers, Sinclairs, Adelsons, and other great Americans who are better than us. What’s good them is good for all of us.

It just makes sense.

Liberals have such bad TDS they want war with Russia! 

That’s why they say Trump was Putin’s Puppet when he wisely agreed with Putin over his National Security Adviser, bi-partisan Senate committees, the FBI, and CIA and most of America. 


Even Republican Will Hurd of Texas said:

The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. By playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad

They ALL have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

It just makes sense.

Here’s the truth: Trump never lies.

So-called progressives don’t get it. They think everybody should be better off, and have an education and health care. That stuff is for those who DESERVE it. No Free Stuff for lazy takers who hate America and think Trump is a liar.

Liberals are losers. It is their curse to ask dumb questions and “read stuff”, and to not trust and follow our authoritarian leaders to glory and greatness.

Liberals just don’t make sense.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Just This...


7-16-18

Putin’s Puppet Day. 

A day of infamy and betrayal. 

You're with Trump or you're with America now.

All The Answers


It's always a delight to see how Trump's loyal Republicans, conservatives, and far Right Cult have ALL the answers, isn't it? 

The smarter Republicans and traditional conservatives are realizing their party has become a cult. Our country needs more of them. And we need them more than ever.


"We're in a strange place. It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" the Tennessee Republican told reporters. "It's not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party."- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker

That cultish thing is now the Trump Cult. The Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities has been around and in power for decades. And his base has been waiting for him for a long time, since the Civil War even.

They don't need no stinkin' education. They don't need no stinkin' journalism. They don’t need no stinkin’ free press. They don't need no stinkin' science. And they don’t need no stinkin’ arts.

They got Hannity, Limbaugh and Doocey to do their thinking for them. They trust and believe a pathological liar like Trump, and his Government Of Putin, as they attack the FBI for investigating Russian interference in our election.

Then they call liberals commies.  Amazing, isn't it?

This is because they also get to invent their own language, to unilaterally define words.

“Death taxes”, “death panels” and “Liberal media” exist only in their fevered paranoia.  They need to mistrust and smear information sources that don’t regurgitate far Right talking points. This is exactly how a cult operates.

This Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities is a load of C.R.A.P. indeed.

Never mind they don't know the difference between communism and democratic socialism. They sure as hell don’t know what neo-liberalism is.

They think Democrats today are the same party as a hundred and fifty years ago, when conservative white racists started a war to keep their slaves.

They think the Constitution is like the Bible, full of eternal truths, instead of an amendable foundation of law, government, and civil rights. They believe that Jesus sent Trump to save America from brown people, or some evil “others”. They believe any crazy crap their authoritarian leaders tell them. If the party line changes, so do their beliefs.

They believed Trump when he said the Electoral College is unfair. Then they believed Trump when he said the Electoral College IS fair. Hint: It’s NOT fair. It is directly counter to the ideal of consent of the governed in the Declaration of Independence. (Thank the slave states for that one, too.)

The same is true of their rigged House gerrymandering, and the very Senate itself. Rural white conservatives will always have the greater proportion of representation. Consent of the governed is now a dead concept. These are the fatal flaws of our doomed experiment as a democratic republic.

Now the C.R.A.P. are so totalitarian, and so fascistic, as to believe our First Amendment’s provision for a free press has spawned the “enemy of the people”.

Remember when they howled about “state media”?  What happened to that? FOX has become their “Ministry of Truth”.

They believe “very fine people” march with Nazis. They believe Trump is honest. They are indoctrinated to believe in a system of rule by “divine Right of Wealth”.

They believe oil corporations’ paid shills and PR over climate and environmental science.

They are indoctrinated to revere wealth and the wealthy to the degree they will submit to corporations writing our laws, and polluters’ dictating environmental policies, and Wall Street swindlers self-regulating their banks. They believe people should serve the economy instead of an economy that serves the people. They are often duped Christians, literally serving mammon. Capitalism is their earthly god. They must believe in de-regulated capitalism, even when it fails.

And there’s the key word. “Believe”. It’s all they have to do. Far Right Authoritarian personalities are usually followers, sucking up the propaganda of FOX, the National Enquirer and Alex Jones.  This is the C.R.A.P. they cling to as tightly as their religion.

Because it IS a cult. It has attracted every American Nazi, white nationalist, and militia nut.

No wonder they hate journalism, science, and higher education. And it’s no wonder they hate liberals and other informed people for questioning their state media, and their incompetent and corrupt Party of Trump.

They are tearing our country apart.

And Putin couldn’t be any happier; that’s for sure.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Putin And His Puppet: A Love Story


The big meeting every sane person dreads is upon us.

I'm no psychic, but....Putin's going have an entertaining, and very rewarding, day for sure. Secrets will be spilled. After all, "No Puppet" Don likes to make a good impression with Russians, and Vlad will expect juicier stuff than their ambassador got in the exclusive (of Americans) Oval Office meeting.

First Putin will stroke the Big MAGAt's ego with praise for being a strong leader. Tit for tat stuff. 

Then Vlad will remind him who their real enemies are; liberals, the free press, Democrats, democracy, NATO, etc. The usual scapegoats for authoritarians.

Putin will likely pander to Trump's racism by praising him for abusing and traumatizing brown mothers and children. Vlad will note with delight the birther lies and frequent blame leveled at Obama, and then share a big laugh at how the Black guy's policies are being reversed. 

Then they'll have a nice back slapping, two-minute hate just for Hillary. 

Putin will congratulate and thank our president for inviting him to hack Democrats and help defeat Hillary. He'll urge his American Government Of Putin into more discrediting, obstruction and harassment for the FBI.  Then they will proceed to solemnly agree there was no interference in the election.

Afterwards, Putin will advise Trump to offer more appeasement to Kim Jong Un, because it makes fools of the press and critics.  More trade war tariffs against allies will be urged as well. THAT'll teach that nasty woman and those weak Democrats a lesson!

Putin will then praise the Big MAGAt for all his big winning ideas.

As the Big MAGAt goes out the door, Putin will casually mention the hotel room video, and offer his condolences for such a small penis. Vlad will encourage our president, though. "A good way to compensate is by making people you hate suffer", adding, "Nothing feels better than hurting people, correct, my little puppet?"

The Big MAGAt will thank his mentor, and head home with freshly renewed resentment, anger, and hate for all Americans who support that unfair and totally rigged witch hunt.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New National Anthem


Usually, I don’t like national anthems.

Although “O, Canada” is sounding better than ever.

In general, they sound like marches and martial music.

Although I’ll always stand for, or sit and listen to, Jimi’ s version of the ”Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock.

As I’ve been lately harping about the failed state of our nation, and even named it the Failed States of America, I feel it incumbent upon me to at least suggest a new national anthem.  On second thought, perhaps MAGAtLAND would be a more appropriate new name for the Failed States of America.

Let's face it. Both the old name and old anthem are as antiquated as the Constitution, democracy, the rule of law, and decency itself.

I offer this new anthem in the spirit of Putin, who ordered the new Russian national anthem to be a revised version of the anthem under Stalin. Very patriotic.

In the same spirit, I also offer all glory and credit for our new anthem to Putin's Puppet President.

This should suffice to represent our country, for at least the duration of the Big MAGAt’s incompetent, corrupt, and criminal rule.

With apologies to Joseph Hayden’s and Germany’s “Deutschlandlied”, I hear a striking similarity to the melody line heard in "Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles".


MAGAtLAND My MAGAtLAND


"Russia if you're listening..

No puppet no puppet

You're the puppet

It's all a Hoax, Fake news

Enemy of the people

The single greatest Witch Hunt

In American history

Totally controlled by Russia

Putin is fine. He's fine

We're all fine

Da! Da! Da!

Putin is fine. He's fine

We're all fine"

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FSA! FSA! FSA!


In case anyone missed this. 

Here we are. Putin has a president in our White House, and Wall Street and the Kochs now own the Supreme Court. 

"We should not burden a sitting president with civil suits, criminal investigations or criminal prosecutions."

The bottom line: By word, wink and nod, Trump got his loyalty oath, a promise of immunity, and the power to pardon himself from Kavanaugh. 

Corruption is the norm, and the rule of law is replaced by rule of man.

The nation once known as the United States of America has become the Failed States of America. 


This is how democracy dies, and consent of the governed is crushed. More indicators of a failed state:

The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman tweeted: "In the age of minority rule, a Supreme Court justice appointed by a president who got fewer votes is confirmed by a party in the Senate that got fewer votes, to validate policies opposed by most Americans:"

Norm Ornstein responded: "I want to repeat a statistic I use in every talk: by 2040 or so, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states. Meaning 30 percent will choose 70 senators. And the 30% will be older, whiter, more rural, more male than the 70 percent. Unsettling to say the least."

European Council President Donald Tusk warns, "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many."

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Spirit of '76 And Consent Of The Governed


(Fellow patriots. We're all familiar with the fife and drums version of "Yankee Doodle", as portrayed in the "Spirit of '76" painting, right? Please put that on repeat in your mind's ear while you read this.)

In the USA today, (Not the paper) we celebrate the Fourth of July. But what do we really celebrate? For years it wasn't celebrated at all in the South. Today for some, it's nothing more than a day off work. Others may even celebrate freedom, if they’re lucky enough to have it. 

We know millions of Americans were not set free on that day in July 242 years ago. They had a long wait.

Our nation, the United States of America, was born that Fourth of July in 1776, through the words of the Declaration of Independence. From our nation’s infancy we rebelled against the abuse of power and unaccountable rule by monarchy. We rebelled against “a long train of abuses and usurpations” including:

“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”

It’s as if King George III thought he was Donald Trump!

Our cause, our mission and our duty are the same as then. NO kings! Rule of law, not rule of man.

Yes, as Ben Franklin warned, look at what has happened to our “republic, if you can keep it”.

The republic was flawed from the beginning, and the Founders knew it. Women couldn’t vote. Only male property owners had that right. Slavery was not only tolerated, it was expanding. The Electoral College was forced onto presidential elections by slave states. The Founders understood that our Constitution would need to be open for amendment for a more perfect union.

Little could they foresee how those flaws, even after some critically needed civil rights and voting rights amendments, would infect our republic.

The triumph of the Party of Trump is the most pronounced and dangerous symptom of a diseased republic. The Party of Lincoln, the one led by a man appealing to “the better angels of our nature”, is extinct. The Party of Trump has become the home of resentment, blame, anger, false accusations, racism, cruelty, hate, and division, all sown by far Right politicians and their media. (Not to mention Putin’s thumb on their side of the scale.)

The Electoral College, the legalized corruption of campaign finance, the gerrymandering of House districts, and the Senate itself represent serious flaws in democracy and a structural bias against majority representation.

In case the fact still eludes some people, let me say it clearly.

What we have in the United States is not a democracy. When a minority seizes power over a majority, it also not a representative republic, founded on the consent of the governed. It is a corruption of the Founders’ dream, and for most Americans, a failed state.

This is what we have now. Consent of the governed has been replaced by the rule of an increasingly unaccountable minority.

First let’s get this straight. The Right needs to know this: The majority is NOT on their side. Although they are not losing morally or socially, there is a reason moderates and Left are losing politically.

The reason is clear.

Moderates and the Left are losing politically only because democracy is losing.

First there is an imbalance in money and power. Through the legalized bribery endorsed by the Supreme Court in cases like Citizens United v. FEC and McDonnell v. United States , Wall Street and other corporate elites have more Republicans than Democrats in their pockets, corrupting public service into their private service. (Tax cuts for the rich, healthcare cuts for the poor.)

Second is the significant over-representation of conservative rural and suburban whites, aided of course by gerrymandering racial minorities out of their due proportion of representation. And there’s the Senate giving equal power to rural White Wyoming and Iowa as New York and California.

Then there's the electoral college...

No wonder this so called representative republic is diseased almost to its death.

If, or when, democracy is restored and the majority regain their fairly proportioned representation, the Left and moderates will be winning politically, morally, and socially again.

As Martin Luther King Jr. understood, "“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”. And it takes centuries, even in the “Land of the Free”.

In direct contradiction of the Founders’ ideal of “consent of the governed”, the very reason for the revolution, we have a system of government that allows the government to be unrepresentative of the popular vote. 

In 2012, House Democrats won about 1 million more votes nationwide than Republicans, but that wasn't big enough to put them anywhere near retaking the chamber. Democracy lost.

In 2016 Trump LOST the popular vote but won the election while crying it was “rigged” against him. Democracy lost again.

Democrats also got more votes for the U.S. Senate than Republicans, and yet Republicans maintained their Senate majority. Democracy lost again.

To be a modern American conservative is to reject and obstruct democracy. Just as they rejected and obstructed the Constitutional duty of the Black president to appoint a Supreme Court justice, they rejected and obstructed the majority's legitimacy and moral right to representation in state power,. They oppose the concept of consent of the governed and support a tyranny of the minority. And again, they are NOT the majority.

But we already know that. So let’s remind them of this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

The majority of Americans need to exercise the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”. Not by the hateful violent means of the Right’s “Second Amendment remedies”, but by voting.

Complacency, apathy, resignation, ignorance and cynicism need to be resisted and overcome as much as the Party of Trump itself. The deck is stacked against democracy, against the consent of the governed, against we the people.

It's time for real Americans to take our country back from minority rule, from the tyranny of usurpers, and from the enemies of democracy. Since the system IS rigged by structural bias in favor or the Right, it will take more than a mere majority, but a landslide, to win back the consent of the governed.

The choice is now between democracy through a revolution of conscience and consciousness, or of an autocratic far Right tyranny by the minority of economic royalists and their American aristocracy. Their regime is dedicated to the suppression of democracy. And they don’t need to dupe a majority into voting for them. They have the blind loyalty of the FOX(R) and Trump cult.

And remember, if we want a democratic representative republic, if we want to restore the consent of the governed, it is imperative we go out and vote. It is imperative we convey the will of the people to our politicians and it is imperative they be held accountable.

It is imperative we be active as American citizens for the cause of democracy, and self rule, and the consent of the governed. We need to exercise our "Right of the People to alter or to abolish any Form of Government that becomes destructive of these ends". If enough of us do so, the extremists of the far Right  and Party of Trump will be defeated, and even the Democrats dancing on corporate strings will have to listen to We the People again.

Feel the Spirit of '76! Happy Independence Day! 

Now, EARN IT!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The KINDERGULAG: State Sponsored Child Abuse


Who believes this con, anyway?

Kirstjen Nielsen says, "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period. Don’t believe the press.”

I’ll tell you who believes that nasty woman shortly, but first a question.

How do authoritarian sociopaths create future sociopaths and criminals?

Traumatize children by taking them from their parents and locking them in cages.

Mission accomplished, you cold-blooded fascist Trumpists. This cannot turn out well. Not that they give a damn.

Decent and humane people everywhere are condemning this unnecessary cruelty by the US government. It is cruelty by choice. Cruelty is in season. We’re not even talking about immigration restrictions, requirements, numbers, bans, or any policy save one. This grotesque zero tolerance rule Trump and Sessions initiated. This is about basic decency and human rights.

Many decent Republicans are appalled.

I stand with them.

Who do you stand with?

Have you noticed how the far Right reacts when journalists, liberals, moderates, and those less authoritarian, and saner Republicans condemn the Trump/Sessions zero tolerance policy?  

We’ve seen the blizzards of resentments, the victim card playing, accusations, and deflections. (See Dave Dubya’s Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse.)

They react wildly of course, and actually accuse critics of wanting “open borders for rapists and gangsters”.

“Open borders”. What does that even mean? Not once have they defined what “open borders is”.  But they just know that’s what we want. THAT they can define. They’re so dim-witted by authoritarian blindness they see stupid liberals who don’t want ANY border security.

Then they suggest the false choice between human rights or secure borders. Do they realize illegal immigration is waaaaay down? No, but they all seem more agitated than ever before. What changed? Authoritarian leadership has taken over.

And this takes us back to who believes Kirstjen Nielsen.

Falling in line with these authoritarians is what separates the pro-torture people from the rest of us. This is where the authoritarian personality emerges. How about we waterboard  those kids if they get out of line? After all , they’re just a bunch of young gangsters anyway. Right?

We’ve heard them insist their parents knew what was going to happen. (Right, they got all their news from cable in the back of the truck on their way up here)

Cold.

In contrast, even Melania offers a warmer heart.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," according to a statement from her spokeswoman. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

Instead her husband is the most hateful and heartless president in history.

Every convicted child molester in prison, every gang member in prison, every rapist in prison, and every murderer in prison has more rights than those parents and children. Yes, THEY can get visitors.

Zero tolerance won’t allow even that Basic. Human. Decency.

This should be about Justice. It is not. It is injustice. It is cruel punishment for innocent victims; many seeking asylum.

“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” – Laura Bush

I stand with Laura Bush.

I ask again. Who do you stand with?

Sorry if my question seems too difficult for some of you. You’ll find they are easier to answer when you examine your conscience, and stop wildly reacting as if I’m suggesting “Open Borders for Rapists and Gang Members”.

The emotional strain and trauma for CHILDREN needlessly taken from their parents arms and ruthlessly imprisoned is State Sponsored Child Abuse.

This is exactly how these kids and parents see Trump America.

And it ain’t great.


It is State Sponsored Child Abuse.