Trump presidency

The white right has claimed that Confederate statues are nothing more than cultural symbols. That to tear them down is to deny history or at least revise it. They maintain the fiction that the civil war was a fight for states rights  – and not to preserve slavery. A claim the southern states themselves repudiated in their secession documents.

But tearing down statues neither necessarily changes history nor hides it.

Germany eradicated its Nazi symbols. It made Hitler iconography illegal. It even banned the publication of ‘Mein Kampf’. What Germany didn’t do was revise its history. Nor did it deny the full violence and inhumanity of the Holocaust’s genocide. To strip a nation of celebrations of evil is not to forget its past.

To that end, let’s teach American history thoroughly, openly, honestly. Let’s tell America’s youth that once a group of white men determined that black men could legally be enslaved – and beaten, whipped, and spat upon. That their women could be abused and raped; that families could be ripped apart; that children be stripped from their mothers and sold to whoever had their price in gold.

Imagine looking your child in the eye as brutal men ripped her away and knocked you to the ground and kicked you as you desperately clutched at her.

That is what these men in the statutes fought for. Not honor, not country, not humanity or decency – but for money, for grubby profits wrested from the soil with the blood of human beings.

And bearing that in mind, don’t tell me that the people who march to resurrect this awful history are morally equivalent to the people protesting their vile philosophy. The anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville didn’t wave swastikas, scream ‘blood and soil’ or offer stiff armed salutes.

And now the American President is making common cause with the hateful racists. He sees many ‘fine people’ in the ranks of the bigots. He mourns the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments”. And he repeats nonsense about an attack on the South’s culture and history.

In this assault on decency, he finds allies only among the neo-Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists – and the pestilent pundits on Fox News and the right-wing media. Not one Congressional Republican has embraced his abdication of the moral high-ground. At best there is silence – while many condemned his grunting clutch of injustice.

The business community has turned its back on him. The joint chiefs are unanimous in cleaving to a nobler course. And even the saner heads of conservative media think Trump is an immature jerk in an adult’s body.

The far right has been emboldened by a President who has made common cause with their beliefs. But they have hitched their wagon to a falling star. Trump approval rating is already an embarrassment – and it won’t soon rise. The Nazis think their standing has never been higher. But they have been exposed and will be seen for the ignoble brutes they are.



Trump Speaks from the Heart – and the World Hears the Evil.

August 15, 2017

Trump loves Nazis. In his initial comments, he blamed the violence in Charlottesville on ‘many sides’. It took two days – and a whole lot of criticism – for him to condemn neo-nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK by name. And even then, while he said the required words, his heart wasn’t in it. Then […]

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What Trump Did on His Summer Vacation (So Far).

August 11, 2017

In the news this week, one crazy haired madman, with his finger on the nuclear trigger, dared another crazy haired madman to fire his missiles. The threat came with Wagnerian Gotterdammerung as Trump warned Kim Jong-un that there would be ‘fire and fury‘ because America was ‘locked and loaded‘. Is his script written by the NRA […]

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Trump Declares a National Opioid Emergency. Now What?

August 10, 2017

Donald Trump declared opioids a national health emergency – but did so two days after his Secretary of HHS said that it was premature to do so. An administration about-face which raises questions about Trump’s sincerity – if Trump’s lack of follow through on everything wasn’t already enough to cause doubt. Add in the fact that […]

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Trump Claims He’s ‘Working’. I Suppose He Has to Start Sometime.

August 5, 2017

Trump is on vacation – ignoring his promise to serve a vacation-free presidency.  A commitment he made as he said he would have ‘too much to do’. Plus he has boundless energy. And he’s the fittest man ever to be President. Also lost in the weeds is his demand that the Senate match his stick-to-it […]

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Can John Kelly Tame Trump?

August 2, 2017

With jut-jawed, steel-spined, 4-star, Marine General John Kelly as the new Chief of Staff, the inmates expect order will be restored to the asylum. With mealy-mouthed Reince dispatched, slippery Sean Spicer on to the next thing, and the volcanically foul Scaramucci smacked back to New York’s mean streets, discipline and morale will again roost in the […]

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Trump’s Weakness Is Diminishing America.

July 29, 2017

Braggadocio is not courage. Bluster is not strength. Promises are not achievement. But that is all Donald Trump has. He preens, but just for show. He can’t fire an employee in person. He can’t criticize a subordinate man to man. He tweets his jibes. And whines at rallies. He lacks the balls to face his adversaries one […]

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The Republicans Update the ‘Lord of the Flies’.

July 25, 2017

At this point, you have to believe that Republicans are like the frog in hot water – indifferent to the fact that it is heating up. In the last 24 hours, Trump has insulted one of their own, Jeff Sessions, for doing his job. Used the Boy Scouts as a backdrop to whine, attack enemies, threaten […]

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Seven Years, No Plan, & Finger-pointing – Trump & the Republican Healthcare Fiasco.

July 23, 2017

Another week, another dismal seven days of Trump and the Republicans stumbling through healthcare repeal and replace – or just repeal, depending on the day of the week. Even after seven years in the wilderness, the GOP hasn’t the faintest idea how to get to the promised land. (But that hasn’t stopped them trying to take another […]

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