March 2016

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.’ – Carl Jung

Donald Trump’s campaign has taken a turn for the worse – and who knew there was a worse? He is now threatening to ban all abortions and punish women who get one. It is a frightening combination of ignorance and sadism. Ignorance because the President doesn’t have a magic, anti-abortion wand.  The states write the laws on access to abortion. And Constitutional rights aren’t subject to executive whim.

And sadism for introducing a wholly new feature to the abortion debate. Before Roe vs. Wade, illegal abortions usually only came to light if the woman was injured. Abortion providers faced criminal charges, but women were not formally punished – although they were victims of sneering interrogations by male cops, pulling apart their sexual histories, and shamed by the public airing of their abortions.

Trump would throw salt in the wounds.

It’s part of his general reduction of women to chattels. His sophomoric promotion of his wife’s looks diminishes her linguistic and business acumen. His depiction of Heidi Cruz as a crone classes her as a second-rate woman despite her first-rate financial career. There is evidence he is fair to women in his company, and I don’t doubt he thinks highly of his daughter. But that consideration is private. In public, he’s a pig.

cartoonThis sadism towards women is one part of a sadistic worldview. Americans are better than torture. It’s immoral; its victims haven’t received due process; and it’s ineffective. To demand it satisfies only blood lust. And Trump demands it.

He says America should slaughter the families of terrorists. How can you be anti-abortion and pro-infanticide?

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been indicted for simple battery after grabbing the arm of a reporter. It could have been defused with an apology. But that’s not the Trump way. Deny the violence. Say the video doesn’t show what the video shows. Call the reporter a liar. Put words in her mouth. And then claim Trump was the real victim. That’s the Trump way.

Trump rallies are littered with incitements to violence – all denied by the candidate – again despite videos of his crude urgings. It’s not that crowds inevitably get out of control. Sanders rallies are equally impassioned but free of argy-bargy. Cruz, Kasich and Clinton rallies are more sedate and safe for kids.

Trump is a sadist with a love of physical abuse, whether it be women, innocent families or protestors. And like every bully, he shunned the opportunity to actually fight.

 

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When Science Denial Kills; The MMR Vaccine Follies.

March 27, 2016

“It doesn’t seem to matter how often vaccines are proved safe or supplements are shown to offer nothing of value. When people don’t like facts, they ignore them.” – Michael Specter The movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” was the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival’s most notorious movie – until the Festival pulled it from the schedule. The […]

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Republicans React Badly to the Brussels Attacks.

March 24, 2016

“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” ― George Orwell, 1984 (Update: There have been American fatalities. But the essence of the story doesn’t change) […]

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More Donald Trump & Election 2016 – If You Have To.

March 21, 2016

“Even in the West, moreover, although the ethical ideal has been absolute monogamy, the legal norm has been merely relative monogamy, which is also known as successive polygamy.” ― J. Budziszewski Donald Trump is on track to get a whipping in Utah. Which illuminates an oddity. Evangelicals, supposedly the defenders of sexual purity and single […]

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Crazy Aging White Man Syndrome

March 20, 2016

“Because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” – Donald Trump when asked why he would “talk to myself” to consult a foreign policy expert. There is a psychological affliction that might as well be called ‘crazy aging white man syndrome’ (CAWMS). It affects middle-aged white men, often liberals and […]

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Slouching Toward Cleveland, Trump Struggles to Be Born.

March 18, 2016

“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,     Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” W.B. Yeats, ‘The Second Coming’ Republicans never thought that they could be too negative, too dismissive, too divisive – then came Donald Trump – and their putrescent core, once hidden behind euphemism, is open to public view. […]

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Really? 3.15.16 Trump and Carson, Loyalty, Rubio, and Overcooked Meat.

March 15, 2016

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump. He had two reasons. He didn’t see a path to the presidency for any other candidate. And Trump promised him a role in his administration. Trump may not be thrilled with Carson’s support. Especially when […]

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Donald Trump’s America – a Confederacy of Sheep.

March 14, 2016

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” ― George Carlin In Donald Trump’s America, anger is a virtue. Civility is despised as ‘political correctness’. Lying is just another rhetorical tool. Insult substitutes for argument. And the crowd loves it. In 1961, Yale University psychology professor Stanley Milgram ran an experiment in which […]

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Really? – 3.12.16 – Trumptown, It’s like Jonestown – only more Orange.

March 12, 2016

The GOP is getting used to the idea that Donald Trump is going to be their nominee. Why not? Trump may be the usual buttoned-down, establishment candidate – but he is not philosophically removed from core conservative beliefs. The right wing spouts a lot of populist rhetoric, but their core value is the preservation of wealth […]

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