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  #2118319 2-Nov-2018 09:56
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Needs reading:

 

 

 

John Cassidy - New Yorker columnist - 29 October 2018

 

In his book “The American Mind,” from 1950, which I took down from the bookshelf during the weekend, the historian Henry Steele Commager notes that “the American” of the late nineteenth century had “little time for tradition and authority,” because “he knew that his country had become great by flouting both.” Simultaneously, however, the American “thought his government and the Constitution the best in the world, credited them with a large measure of the success of his experiment, and would not tolerate any attack upon their integrity.” Although some of Commager’s language, such as the use of “he,” grates on the modern ear, the paradox that he identifies survives to this moment, and it is doing untold harm to this country. The horrible events of the past few days have confirmed that the United States, while it remains a great nation, is a country trapped by its past. Despite a rising tide of gun violence and political extremism, it has repeatedly failed to adapt its institutions and its laws—particularly those relating to guns and the online spread of hate speech—to an age of technology-enabled savagery. Now the very foundations of the political system that so many Americans take for granted seem to be under threat.

 

Is that a bit alarmist? On the basis of what we know, Robert Bowers, the forty-six-year-old loner who carried out a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, and Cesar Sayoc, Jr., the former male stripper from Florida who has been charged with sending mail bombs to opponents of President Donald Trump, are both alienated people who have lived small lives filled with resentments and failures. Nonetheless, the larger threat that their acts of terror represent shouldn’t be understated. When opposition politicians cannot open their mail without fear of being blown up, when people of religion cannot attend their houses of worship without fear of being shot to death, and when the President cannot forswear partisan attacks for more than a few hours after a deadly act of terror, then liberal democracy is malfunctioning in tragic fashion. As Americans, and particularly Jewish Americans, watched the news this weekend, they could be forgiven for believing that the horrors other countries have endured at other times were now upon them.

 

Of course, a few isolated acts of political violence do not add up to a conflagration. But the pluralist American model badly needs shoring up, and some of the necessary measures are obvious ones. The United States needs new gun laws that make it impossible for anyone full of hate to accumulate a personal armory. It needs restraints on the propagation of hate speech that take account of the fearsome reach and power of the Internet. It needs changes to the electoral system that empower the will of the majority, while still affording protections for minorities. And the country needs a President who isn’t an arsonist.

 

If some of these reforms involve making significant alterations to the system of government that the Founders created, which is still accorded the same level of veneration in some quarters that it was in Commager’s day, so be it. When James Madison proposed the Second Amendment, he wasn’t living in a world where isolated haters could convene online and convince themselves that they were engaged in an apocalyptic struggle much larger than the daily drudgery of their lives. (“I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” Bowers wrote in his final social-media post. “Screw your optics, I’m going in.”) The founders didn’t inhabit an environment where deadly weapons of war, such as rifles that can fire dozens of rounds a minute, are mass-produced for private use, and where bomb-making plans are freely available on the Internet. (According to news reports, Bowers owned more than twenty weapons, including the AR-15 rifle he used at the Tree of Life synagogue.)

 

And, of course, the Founders, who worried greatly about the vulnerability of democracy to populist demagogues, didn’t envision a President like Trump. Doubtless, the anger and hatred that motivated Sayoc, who reportedly lived in a white van outside a strip mall, was rooted in some personal humiliations or privations he suffered long ago. But he wore a MAGA hat and directed his venom at individuals whom Trump had targeted in his speeches and Twitter posts. To deny that there is any link between the President’s rhetoric and such acts, as Vice-President Mike Pence did on Sunday, is to engage in Trump-level deception; to insist that there is no link between gun violence and gun laws, as the G.O.P. has done for decades, is to engage in the same deception.

 

Commager pointed out that his naïve subjects had some grounds for believing they were the beneficiaries of divine provenance. “Nothing in all history had ever succeeded like America, and every American knew it,” Commager wrote. “Progress was not, to him, a philosophical idea but a commonplace of experience: he saw it daily in the transformation of wilderness into farmland; in the growth of villages into cities; in the steady rise of community and nation to wealth and power.”

 

The descendants of Commager’s Americans have no excuse for being complacent. While the United States remains an economic leader, it appears right now to be spiralling into a miasma of acrimony, post-truth thinking, and violence. The combination of ubiquitous connectivity, unregulated social media, lax gun laws, and rampant political demagoguery is presenting a challenge that our system of government hasn’t faced before. To be sure, the issue of whether the center will hold isn’t exclusive to the United States. Sunday’s election result in Brazil and the announcement by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Monday, that she won’t run for office again both testified to the fact that liberal democracy is facing a global challenge. But the United States is a special case. At least until Trump entered the Oval Office, the country liked to view itself as a model for others to follow, and, indeed, it did play such a role, however imperfectly.

 

Can the country summon the desire to aspire again and the internal will to fortify the values on which its aspirations were based? Next week’s midterm elections will provide a timely and crucial opportunity to answer in the affirmative. Let’s hope and pray that it isn’t spurned.





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  #2118401 2-Nov-2018 11:32
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geekIT:

 

Needs reading:

 

John Cassidy - New Yorker columnist - 29 October 2018

 

 

+1 but ...

 

Trump's base supporters are not likely to read this.  undecided

 

 

 





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  #2118470 2-Nov-2018 12:23
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CNN Politics - Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms

 

 

In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers.

 

The new web video, tweeted by the President five days before the midterm elections, is the most extreme step yet in the most inflammatory closing argument of any campaign in recent memory.

 

The Trump campaign ad is the latest example of the President's willingness to lie and fear-monger in order to tear at racial and societal divides ...

 

The web video - produced for the Trump campaign - features Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had previously been deported but returned to the United States and was convicted in February in the slaying of two California deputies.

 

"I'm going to kill more cops soon," a grinning Bracamontes is shown saying in court as captions flash across the screen reading "Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay."

 

 





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  #2118476 2-Nov-2018 12:39
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Sideface: +1 but ...Trump's base supporters are not likely to read this.  undecided

 

As long as Trump's opponents get off their butts and vote, it won't matter what his supporters do. They're still a minority.





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  #2118482 2-Nov-2018 13:14
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Sideface:

CNN Politics - Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms

"I'm going to kill more cops soon," a grinning Bracamontes is shown saying in court


For some reason, Mel Brooke's "Blazing Saddles" movie jumped in my mind


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  #2118543 2-Nov-2018 14:04
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geekIT:

 

As long as Trump's opponents get off their butts and vote, it won't matter what his supporters do. They're still a minority.

 

 

That's what everybody said in 2016.


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  #2118545 2-Nov-2018 14:05
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Michael Moore says Trump is an evil genius. I find that hard to accept in view of his many public blunders. Watching him and listening to him and reading his brain-numbing tweets, I just can’t see any hidden depths at all.

 

At the same time, it can’t be denied that he did win the election, against all expectations and predictions, and he has continued to survive until now, in spite of ongoing investigations and people close to him being indicted. He also got his way with his Supreme Court nominee, which may have far-reaching implications, and he continues to be supported in all the ways that count by the entire Republican establishment, even if many don’t like him. He also keeps managing to get away with saying and doing things that would sink any normal politician. How is this possible?

 

The fact that he is a pathological liar and probably a psychopath as well is widely known, even amongst his admirers, yet it does nothing to affect the support of his hard core. His opponents keep desperately pointing out his lies and bad behaviour, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Those who adore him don’t care if he lies. They don’t care what the lies are. They don’t care if he is an a$$hole. They still adore him. Maybe he really is an evil genius. He does seem to have a sure instinct for pleasing his following.

 

I think at least part of the reason for his success is that people enjoy seeing him get away with giving the fingers to everyone else. He has no values. He respects no norms. His supporters get the same kind of perverse satisfaction from this that viewers of an action movie get from watching rogues break all the rules. We get vicarious guilty pleasure from car chases that crash through obstacles and pedestrians at high speed, scattering rules and regulations as they go. In real life such behaviour would be abhorrent, as well as criminal. In a fantasy it can be exciting. This is one of the veins Trump has successfully tapped into. People enjoy his bad behaviour, even when he says ridiculous and disgusting things, simply because he can get away with it. They don’t respond to the pain and humiliation of his victims. They don’t care about the obvious lies and exaggerations. They just see the disgust of those who get indignant about it. Good for Trump. He has scored another one against the pc brigade. He can get away with things that his supporters cannot. That is why they like him.

 

If Trump really is an evil genius, all this has a purpose. He is not just in it for eight years of self-aggrandisement and ego fulfilment. He wants much more than that. He wants to remake the country and -- if possible – the world in his image. His purpose is nothing less than a carefully-crafted takeover of American democracy. To this end he is setting the stage to ensure he cannot be overthrown. Some democratic congressional representatives are already bending in his direction on immigration and other major policies to try to maintain their seats. His supporters have already threatened blood in the streets if an attempt is made to impeach him. The more extreme ones spread fear and chaos through racist shootings and attempted bombings. He is fighting to prevent change through the mid-term elections, but if he is stymied there, he will fall back on harder tactics. It does not take a majority to conquer a country from within. A motivated minority is enough, especially if the opposition is fragmented. He has that.

 

And if Trump is not in fact an evil genius, then he is the easily manipulated plaything of darker forces with a similar agenda. Either way the world is in big trouble. With the presidency, the legislature, the Supreme Court and a cowed and disoriented opposition, there is little to stand in their way. Let us hope the coming elections mark a turning point. It may already be too late. Trump and the Republican establishment have made it clear in repeated statements that they only care about winning. Nothing else matters. Not morals, not ethics, not values of any kind. Like the Australian cricket team, they have been taken over by a win at all costs culture. They have no moral compass. They will lie, cheat, steal, and do anything else it takes to come out on top. This does not bode well for an honest opposition.

 

 





I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 


 
 
 
 


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  #2118553 2-Nov-2018 14:27
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Trump is an evil genius. Look what job he has! Only ever been 45. Yes he has used people and lied to get to where he is..but he got there. Like it or hate it..he is the man and history will never forget.

 

Remember for there to be a right there has to be a left and a centre. In this case the right won because they got the most votes. In NZ the party that got the most votes didnt win. 


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  #2118597 2-Nov-2018 14:51
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IMHO he's a ruthless liar, not a genius.

 

He does however have a knack of building a brand that appeals to his base. 


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  #2118603 2-Nov-2018 15:06
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Bluntj: Trump is an evil genius. Look what job he has! Only ever been 45. Yes he has used people and lied to get to where he is..but he got there. Like it or hate it..he is the man and history will never forget. Remember for there to be a right there has to be a left and a centre. In this case the right won because they got the most votes. In NZ the party that got the most votes didnt win. 

 

Hmm. You must be getting your facts from the same place as Trump supporters.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2016

 

Clinton received 65,853,514 votes, or 48.2% of the total vote.

 

Trump received 62,984,828 votes, or 46.1% of the total vote. (That's 2,868,686 less than Clinton)

 

The remaining 5.7% of the vote went to other candidates.

 

 





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  #2118622 2-Nov-2018 15:35
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wsnz:

 

IMHO he's a ruthless liar, not a genius.

 

He does however have a knack of building a brand that appeals to his base. 

 

 





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  #2118669 2-Nov-2018 17:00
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Genius?  I doubt you'll ever be seeing Trump at a Mensa meeting.

 

Evil - why sure he is.  

 

How could sending 15,000 armed troops to intercept 4,000 unarmed men women and children asylum seekers be anything other than an evil politically manipulative ploy.

 

Note that only some of the asylum seekers are expected to apply at the US border.  Note that Trump's on record stating that they might be being funded by "jewish globalist" Soros.  Note that Trump's supporters have been circulating BS about them being disease ridden (smallpox - LOL - I don't think so - the morons).

 

Last ditch attempt for Trump to drum up "nationalist" support before the mid terms.

 

I saw Trump described in an economics article as "President Munchausen". "Factitious disorder imposed on self".  Create (fake) disorder, come up with solution (overreaction), receive praise from the faithful. And around we go.


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  #2118690 2-Nov-2018 17:31
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Bluntj:

 

Trump is an evil genius. Look what job he has! Only ever been 45. Yes he has used people and lied to get to where he is..but he got there. Like it or hate it..he is the man and history will never forget.

 

Remember for there to be a right there has to be a left and a centre. In this case the right won because they got the most votes. In NZ the party that got the most votes didnt win. 

 

 

Judging by your recent posting, it I don't think it'll be too long before you're banned again.


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  #2118759 2-Nov-2018 22:00
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The Washington Post - Trump deploys the fascist playbook for the midterms

 

 

President Trump’s message is as clear as it is ugly: Fearmongering about illegal immigration will deliver his party the votes it needs to retain control of Congress.

 

And so, in the final stretch before next week’s midterm election, the president and his allies have launched a blitzkrieg of misinformation.

 

In a move unprecedented in modern American history, Trump ordered thousands of active-duty troops to the border to intercept a caravan of Central American migrants, casting them as a menacing “invasion” of “unknown Middle Easterners” and other shadowy elements.

 

His allies at right-wing media outlets spread lurid conspiracy theories about liberals enabling disease-bearing foreigners to infiltrate the country.

 

Even as attention shifted to a spate of right-wing violence, including the slaughter of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue that critics linked to the president’s rhetoric, Trump barreled onward, undaunted.

 

On Thursday, he gave a speech at the White House where he warned that U.S. troops would shoot violent migrants at the border.

 

He also shared an ad that sought to connect the Democratic Party to murders carried out by a man twice deported to Mexico, and then to link the man’s murderous behavior to the supposed threat posed by all migrants.

 

This overt turn toward white nationalism is perhaps the dominant theme of Trump’s time in office. ...

 

 

 

 





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  #2118813 3-Nov-2018 00:24
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Most people in these safety caravans intend to apply for refugee status and things like that, ie legal entry.

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