Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Donald Factor

"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. But I'll tell you what, that will be a horrible day."

Donald Trump

Okay, time to take a deep breath. The question is begging to be posed: Given the rhetorical precedents that are being shattered daily by what has to be the strangest campaign in American political history, are statements of this kind the new "norm" in our ever-devolving national conversation? Or is this only the dawn of an era that will only get weirder as the years transpire? It makes me wonder.
For a political surrealist such as I, the 2016 presidential campaign has been too good to be true. As I've stated before, I have a theory that Donald Trump has been on an espionage mission; hired by the Democratic Party to go in and inflict as much damage to the GOP as is possible to do. My hypothesis was given more credibility yesterday when Mein Trumph addressed an audience of true believers in Wilmington, North Carolina, and hinted at the possibility that Hillary Clinton could be assassinated by one or more of the gun-crazy-faithful. You really have to take pity on the poor Secret Service. this morning. Their job - difficult as it is - just got harder.
Trump claims that he was merely referring to the "political movement" that surrounds the National Rifle Association. Perhaps. But he must realize that most of the folks who show up at his rallies aren't bright enough to understand these little subtleties. Just a thought.
Which brings me back to my little espionage theory. Unlike Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump is not a senile old fuddy-duddy who should be housed in an assisted-living facility being spoon-fed oatmeal; he's not an imbecile like George W. Bush. He must know the horror by which people with IQs above room temperature view his rhetoric. I'll be the first to admit that the guy has never scored high in the self-awareness department, but he can't possibly be this oblivious! 

"Listen, you motherfuckers, we're gonna tax you at twenty-five percent."
Donald Trump
He was referring to his trade policy with regard to the nation of China in that timely little quote. Do you recall anytime in the history of this republic where a candidate for the office of the presidency, during a public address, referred to anyone in such a  manner? You don't? That's funny, neither do I. Can you imagine Dwight D. Eisenhower coming up with a line that crude? Jack Kennedy never even used that kind of language in private when discussing Khrushchev!

To put things in their proper context, in the ten years I've been writing this blog, that is the very first time I have ever used that word. I have never even quoted it - and I have a tendency of being very profane when I get into a rage (as I tend to be when I write these things). The Donald makes me look like the master of restraint! That should tell you something.
"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation,
conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all you motherfuckers are created equal."
No, that doesn't work.

It's unsettling to think we've come to this point - amusing, yes - but unsettling to be sure. The clock is winding down; we're on the GOP's death watch. That Grand Old Party started out with such promise in 1854, and proceeded to go downhill within a little over a decade. They had their moment on the mountaintop for the years that Theodore Roosevelt served as their standard-bearer, but spent the last century sinking, inch-by-inch, into the depths of the ideological sewer. As was said on this site a few months ago, Donald Trump is the price that the Republican Party is paying for spending the last fifty years courting a demographic of voter that had historically been ignored by both political parties - the clinically insane.

Abraham Lincoln would not be amused.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Requiem for the American Dream is a documentary/interview with Noam Chomsky. He explains, logically and dispassionately, what the corporate class has done to this country, and tells us, in detail and example, how they brought the United States to ruin. Please, folks, I cannot emphasize too strongly what an important film this is. Here is a link to order it off of amazon. There is a jolly good reason why Noam is never invited to appear (or is never even mentioned in passing) on the corporate (so-called "liberal") media - not even on PBS. The people who own this country don't want you to even know his name. Everyone needs to see this one.




At 9:45 AM, Blogger Chuck Morre said...

Julian Assange suggested on Tuesday that Seth Rich was a Wikileaks informant.
Via Mike Cernovich:
Was Seth Rich, the source of #DNCleaks, murdered?
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 10, 2016

Julian Assange seems to suggests on Dutch television program Nieuwsuur that Seth Rich was the source for the Wikileaks-exposed DNC emails and was murdered.
Julian Assange: Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. As a 27 year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.

Reporter: That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?

Julian Assange: No. There’s no finding. So… I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.

Have you over looked the two violent cases of pro Hillary thugs shooting or beating Trump supporters?

Bernie just bought his THIRD home!
"The income inequality expert reportedly bought a $600,000 “camp” on the Champlain Islands in Vermont last week, which he plans to use as a seasonal getaway locale.

Bernie’s new crib has four bedrooms and 500 feet of beautiful shore front access on the banks of Lake Champlain. Sanders and his wife plan to keep their home in nearby Burlington, as well as their fashionable row house on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C."

Just because we're socialists doesn't mean we can't amass capital, amirite, right Tommy?
Wonder how much Bernie was paid to endorse Hillary, $600,000?

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Assange "suggested" something, and Bernie, the least wealthy of all Senators, bought a retirement cottage. Wow. Maybe his wife made some money, but I suppose cons can't think that deeply.

"Bernie Sanders' wife accounts for all his reported assets"

Read more:

Funny how Chuck has so much to say, and yet nothing about his Dear Leader "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named", who happens to be North Korea's pick, AND Putin's Trump card.

He must be so proud of Benedict Donald, that his awe renders him speechless on "The Greatest One Ever".

What was it the 50 Republican national security experts said about Chuck's candidate?

"We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history."

"He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behavior," the letter claims.

"All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be President and Commander-in-Chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal."

Maybe Chuck's right, we can't trust Republicans after all, amirite?

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Rain Trueax said...

Bernie's wife sold a property that had long been in their family to buy the shore front home. I think people need to do some research before they accuse everybody. True some are crooked but there's nothing except innuendo to indicate Bernie is among them.

I hope the rest of what Assange has is released and people pay attention; but I pretty well think each side only cares about propping up its own and ignores anything that doesn't fit their presuppositions. It is possible that they will find the murderer of the young man; but paid killers generally are good at what they do which is why they aren't often caught. Whether the murder was connected to the emails released is up for conjecture. One side will see it one way. The other the opposite.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Chuck Morre said...

Why didn't the Sanders give the money from the sale of the property to the poor?

How many homes does he need?

Many Americans are homeless and the Sanders own 3!!

"It is true that Bernie Sanders, a former presidential candidate, is a public figure. However, he is also a 74 year old man whose real estate decisions need not be evaluated on the basis of his campaign platform."

Too bad this doesnt apply to conservatives or for that matter Trump.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Too bad this doesnt apply to conservatives or for that matter Trump.

Reality doesn't apply to con-servatives and their Dear Leader.

Bernie has donated a far greater percentage of his wealth to charity in one year than Trumps' less than $10,000 over 7 years. Unlike Trump, Bernie also hasn't screwed workers out of pay for their work.

"Values", amirite?

So now Chuck and his brainwashed cult MUST believe Obama and Hillary "founded ISIS". Not only that, his hero Trump "knows more about ISIS than the generals".

Who believes that BS? Loyal, anti-democracy, fascistic, con-servative, authoritarian followers. Apart from the con-cult, there are also many duped reality TV fans stupid enough to believe anything. These dolts think their leader will make America great?

Reality doesn't apply to con-servatives or their Dear Leader. But at least Chuck, Putin and North Korea are on Benedict Donald's team.

No wonder Chuck wants to talk about Bernie. Donald is free-falling in all the polls.

For some reason we don't hear any of Chuck's "Hurry up November", lately.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Chuck Morre said...

"Bernie, the least wealthy of all Senators"

That is a LIE,

Per Roll Call as of 11/2/2015 Sanders shows his net worth at 0.16 million.
That's more net worth than Senators, Lee, Gardner, Gillibrand, Murphy, Rubio, Reed, Cornayn, Kirk, Leahy, Schatz, Stabenow, Scott, and Heinrich.

"I think people need to do some research" before they make claims that are lies.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

And I think you should do some research on remedial arithmetic, Chuck. 0.16 million dollars is not a lot of money. I'm worth nearly four times that amount - and I'm not a rich man

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"I remain one of the poorer members of the United States Senate." - Sanders

Since this seems to be the only disagreement Chuck has with my comment.

Assange "suggested" something, and Bernie, one of the least wealthy of all Senators, bought a retirement cottage. Wow.

Here you go Chuck, some truth just for you. Does this change anything relevant to the discussion? No.

Still want to talk about Bernie, and not your fearless Dear Leader?

Trump, who? No surprise.

We're wondering how Obama and Hillary "founded ISIS" since they are largely a product of Bush's invasion of Iraq and disbanding of its Sunni dominated army.

What part of your research shows Obama and Hillary founded ISIS, Chuck? We'd love it if you can educate us. This sounds like the conspiracy and cover-up of all time.

Any wisdom on this, oh, great revelator of lies?

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Rain Trueax said...

Bernie's third home will be for family gatherings according to what I read. Many middle class people own two homes- one a vacation. He has the DC home because he's a Senator and they have to have somewhere to live while in session. It's also a good investment.

Also he's a democratic socialist which doesn't mean he wants to divide up all the wealth. He talked of higher taxes on some groups as a way to pay for the programs many want like interstate freeways.

He's no longer in the race; so not sure why anybody needs to bash him. Jealousy maybe that he can have a shore home? I also read that he sold the rights to a book about his experience, which might be helping to pay for his new property. Does anyone object to writers making money off the books they write? I sure hope not, since I am a writer and expect to get paid for my books.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

All proceeds from Bernie's book went to charity, unlike money from "Fart of the Deal", by Obergruppenfuhrer Drumpf.

Oops, typos. Chuck will need to correct me again.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom Degan: "There is a jolly good reason why Noam is never invited to appear (or is never even mentioned in passing) on the corporate (so-called 'liberal') media - not even on PBS. The people who own this country don't want you to even know his name."

"Money talks" was institutionalized by the United States Supreme Court. If you don't have money talking for you, you're not heard.

Whether your sensibilities and understanding have you referring to it as the "deep state", the "corporate state", plutocracy, oligopoly or corporatocracy, one thing's most profoundly clear: the core of power within this country will go to any length to silence those who speak truth-to-power -- and that includes omission.

At 11:42 PM, Blogger Chuck Morre said...

When are you going to get tired of carring Dubya's water?

He said Bernie is the least wealthy of the Senators
That is a lie.
There are 13 Senators whose net wealth is LESS than Bernie's
I never said it was a lot of money, I just told the facts unlike Dubya's lie.
I find it sad that when given the chance to correct the record by stating the truth, you again toe the liberal line, just as you have with the claim made by JG, remember? At one time you had creditablity, you're fast losing that.

It is amazing that you would ascribe jealously as the reason for having the truth and facts about Bernie made know, but honestly, based on your recent stances I'm not surprised.
How many homes do you own? How big a carbon foot print must the three homes cast?
Bash Bernie??? By stating the facts about a public figure? Does that apply to ALL public figures?
You claim Bernie doesn't want to divide up "all" the wealth? Really? How much wealth would have been left if his plans had been put into effect?

Are you saying that wealth created by writing of a book is ok but other means not so much? Will you write a book about the lies the left believe?

I'd buy it if you do

At 4:35 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Says Jefferson's Guardian:

"I'll do that for you, Chuck, but all it would take is a Post-It Note. On the other hand, it would take libraries to contain the volumes of lies that conservatives not only believe, but make up."

Accidentally deleted that one.

I've had enough of Chuck's lunacy. If he wants to post on this site again, he needs to come up with another pseudonym. "Chuck Morre" is permanently banished.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Rain Trueax said...

Chuck, it's useless arguing with someone who has an agenda and doesn't actually listen. I am a moderate which means I find both extremes ridiculous.

On the criticism of his buying a third home, I can't think of another reason to make a point of Bernie buying a nice beach home-- unless it'd be nastiness. Here's the thing middle class people do have multiple home-- especially if like Bernie you live one place but work another. And as it turns out I have two homes and an RV... middle income economic level bought that. I never saw any of Bernie's plans that I felt threatened my lifestyle. You know, you pay for what you want in life. I also have no debt, which means I don't buy what I can't afford. I think raising taxes was essential if he wanted to make college affordable again for middle income families. His biggest appeal to me though was the fact he is not crooked, hasn't changed his stance on issues for years, and is who he says he is as anybody who has listened to him for years knows. Yes, i voted for him in the primary and yes, I'd have been paying more taxes if he'd gotten in and had his agenda. Likely I will with Hillary too and not get the benefits for it! (He should have kept the money from writing the book that I guess will be out later as writing is a respectable profession and why not keep it!)

Trump is the one who will lower taxes (if he can) but then what! Trump has stands on social issues and Supreme Court justices that don't work for me-- otherwise, I might even be tempted to vote for him just because I am old enough to remember how the mainstream media and major parties did the same thing to Goldwater and then Perot as they have distorted what Trump says (and the actual things he says would seem to be enough without twisting them).

Being a moderate is interesting because you can irk both sides without even trying... On the other hand, it means both sides irritate me too-- and the two main candidates for President this year are both flawed in my eyes-- more so than in any other election; and since the first one I voted in was Goldwater v. Johnson, I've seen a lot of elections.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Less Chuck = Morre sanity.

I'm sure Harry, Tyrone, Just the Facts, Smokey, Vanessa, etc. will be happy to continue Chuck's great Con-servative Crusade, carrying his banner, "When you present facts I will dispute them".

I'm sure one of them will be happy to educate us on how Obama "founded ISIS". ;-)

The vast number of Americans who swallow Trump's lies show us to be a nation unworthy of respect. I used to say, "Unless more of us vote, we'll get what we deserve."

Well, too late; we're getting what we deserve. American apathy, gullibility, indifference, propaganda, ignorance, and party politics are destroying the last vestiges of democracy, shared prosperity, and equality. And when those are go, so goes our freedom.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Luke said...

There will always be an opposition party to the Democratic party and their ideology. Your declaration of the death of the Republican party is premature. If Ryan, McConnell, McCain, and other Republican leaders were to denounce and rescind their support of Trump, that will help their party after this election. If they do not, see my first sentence. Politics are cyclical and America is due a turn to the left. With the help of these idiot Republicans that turn will happen before it normally would.


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