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monitoring Trump and relevant contemporary events

 
 
Sturgis
 
  1  
Sun 27 Dec, 2020 08:11 am
@snood,
It's evident that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are pulling the strings here! It has all the evil of Cheney's half dozen replica replacement hearts oozing out more voluminously than a full run volcano.
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snood
 
  2  
Sun 27 Dec, 2020 08:39 am
”Person of Interest” named in Nashville bombing is 63-year old white Nashville man.
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blatham
 
  3  
Sun 27 Dec, 2020 10:07 am
This gets pretty much everything exactly right.

Adam Gopnik Dec 27, 2020

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Readers of “Through the Looking-Glass” may recall the plight of the Bread-and-Butterfly, which, as the Gnat explains to Alice, can live only on weak tea with cream in it. “Supposing it couldn’t find any?” Alice asks. “Then it would die, of course,” the Gnat answers. “That must happen very often,” Alice reflects. “It always happens,” the Gnat admits, dolefully.

How the Bread-and-Butterfly survives, given the impossible demands of its diet, is a nice question. Lewis Carroll was in part teasing Darwinian ideas, which depend on a struggle for existence in which, eventually, we all lose—nonexistence being the norm of living things, over time. But the plight of the Bread-and-Butterfly comes to mind, too, when we contemplate what is called, not without reason, America’s crisis of democracy. It always happens. We are told again and again that American democracy is in peril and may even be on its deathbed. Today, after all, a defeated yet deranged President bunkers in the White House contemplating crazy conspiracy theories and perhaps even martial law, with the uneasy consent of his party and the rabid support of his base. We are then told, with equal urgency, that what is wrong, ultimately, is deep, systemic, and Everybody’s Fault. Perhaps there is a crisis of meaning, or of spirit; perhaps it is a crisis caused by the condescension of self-important élites. (In truth, those élites tend to be at least as self-lacerating as they are condescending, as the latest rounds of self-laceration show.)

Lurking behind all of this is a faulty premise—that the descent into authoritarianism is what needs to be explained, when the reality is that . . . it always happens. The default condition of humankind is not to thrive in broadly egalitarian and stable democratic arrangements that get unsettled only when something happens to unsettle them. The default condition of humankind, traced across thousands of years of history, is some sort of autocracy.

America itself has never had a particularly settled commitment to democratic, rational government. At a high point of national prosperity, long before manufacturing fell away or economic anxiety gripped the Middle West—in an era when “silos” referred only to grain or missiles and information came from three sober networks, and when fewer flew over flyover country—a similar set of paranoid beliefs filled American minds and came perilously close to taking power. As this magazine’s political writer Richard Rovere documented in a beautifully sardonic 1965 collection, “The Goldwater Caper,” a sizable group of people believed things as fully fantastical as the Trumpite belief in voting machines rerouted by dead Venezuelan socialists. The intellectual forces behind Goldwater’s sudden rise thought that Eisenhower and J.F.K. were agents, wittingly or otherwise, of the Communist conspiracy, and that American democracy was in a death match with enemies within as much as without. (Goldwater was, political genealogists will note, a ferocious admirer and defender of Joe McCarthy, whose counsel in all things conspiratorial was Roy Cohn, Donald Trump’s mentor.)

Goldwater was a less personally malevolent figure than Trump, and, yes, he lost his 1964 Presidential bid. But, in sweeping the Deep South, he set a victorious neo-Confederate pattern for the next four decades of American politics, including the so-called Reagan revolution. Nor were his forces naïvely libertarian. At the time, Goldwater’s ghostwriter Brent Bozell spoke approvingly of Franco’s post-Fascist Spain as spiritually far superior to decadent America, much as the highbrow Trumpites talk of the Christian regimes of Putin and Orbán.

The interesting question is not what causes autocracy (not to mention the conspiratorial thinking that feeds it) but what has ever suspended it. We constantly create post-hoc explanations for the ascent of the irrational. The Weimar inflation caused the rise of Hitler, we say; the impoverishment of Tsarism caused the Bolshevik Revolution. In fact, the inflation was over in Germany long before Hitler rose, and Lenin came to power not in anything that resembled a revolution—which had happened already under the leadership of far more pluralistic politicians—but in a coup d’état by a militant minority. Force of personality, opportunity, sheer accident: these were much more decisive than some neat formula of suffering in, autocracy out.

Donald Trump came to power not because of an overwhelming wave of popular sentiment—he lost his two elections by a cumulative ten million votes—but because of an orphaned electoral system left on our doorstep by an exhausted Constitutional Convention. It’s true that our diagnoses, however dubious as explanations, still point to real maladies. Certainly there are all sorts of reasons for reducing economic inequality. But Trump’s power was not rooted in economic interests, and his approval rating among his followers was the same when things were going well as it is now, when they’re going badly. Then, too, some of the blandest occupants of the Oval Office were lofted there during previous peaks of inequality.

The way to shore up American democracy is to shore up American democracy—that is, to strengthen liberal institutions, in ways that are unglamorously specific and discouragingly minute. The task here is not so much to peer into our souls as to reduce the enormous democratic deficits under which the country labors, most notably an electoral landscape in which farmland tilts to power while city blocks are flattened. This means remedying manipulative redistricting while reforming the Electoral College and the Senate. Some of these things won’t be achievable, but all are worth pursuing—with the knowledge that, even if every box on our wonkish wish list were checked, no set-it-and-forget-it solution to democratic fragility would stand revealed. The only way to stave off another Trump is to recognize that it always happens. The temptation of anti-democratic cult politics is forever with us, and so is the work of fending it off.

The rule of law, the protection of rights, and the procedures of civil governance are not fixed foundations, shaken by events, but practices and habits, constantly threatened, frequently renewable. “A republic if you can keep it,” Benjamin Franklin said. Keeping a republic is a matter not of preserving it like pickles but of working it like dough—which sounds like something you’d serve alongside very weak tea. But it is the essential diet to feed our democracy if we are to make what always happens, for a little while longer, happily unhappen. ♦
Frank Apisa
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 10:42 am
@blatham,
Bernie,

Democracy seems inexorably to lead to libertarianism...and libertarianism seems to lead inexorably to chaos and anarchy.

Dictatorships work much better.

The problem is not with dictatorships...but with choosing the dictator.

In times of crisis, Rome used to choose a dictator who remained dictator for a period of time. (Not more than a year...almost always less.) Rome realized that in times of crisis, the exigencies of a Republic were too slow and ponderous to be of value in handling the crisis.

Trump is scum...and will always be scum. He never would have fit the mold of a decent dictator. Perhaps nobody ever can.

So...we are "stuck" with a Republic...a democracy, of sorts.

The Republic is passed from generation to generation for protection; each generation being as good a custodian as possible.

Our generation has totally fucked up our work. I suspect part of our failure has to do with the libertarianism many feel to be their due.

Not sure how this will be resolved.

But "our generation" of Americans should hang our heads in shame at our poor custodianship.
coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 12:00 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Darn it! Everything serves the purpose of politics - that is Trump's strategy. And that was exactly Mao's strategy. And that is what destroys democracy.

The CCP owns the Democratic party, it does not own Trump. You are projecting again and enabling what you accuse Trump of to happen.
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coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 12:07 pm
@snood,
snood wrote:

Know why Trump hasn’t commented on the Nashville bombing? I bet it’s because he has to find out whether it was a Trump supporter or not.

We know the people who torched and looted our cities and murdered Trump supporters were Biden supporters. Biden never had a thing to say about that.
BillW
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 12:08 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Frank, our Republic is overly ruled by the minority. This minority by the Constitution is the small states. The rich love this, they are also a minority and live in the largest states!

Another word for a Republic is a Federation. We are worst served when someone in the vein of theRump rules and tries to become an Autocrats! We have lived in a convergence of evils!
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coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 12:30 pm
@snood,
snood wrote:

oristarA wrote:

Darn it! Everything serves the purpose of politics - that is Trump's strategy. And that was exactly Mao's strategy. And that is what destroys democracy.


I hear you, but I still think it’s a mistake to attribute too much strategizing to the guy. He’s a gigantic fuckup who’s been protected from the consequences of his fuckups and enabled to continue ******* up in increasingly destructive ways - all his wretched life. The fact that his current self- interested ******* up also happens to contribute to the weakening of our democracy is due more to bad luck than to any “strategizing” this guy did.

Stealing a election does not weaken democracy, it destroys it.
MontereyJack
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 12:57 pm
@coldjoint,
Trump spent the last six months figuring out ways to steal the election he knew he was likely to lose, hamstringing the post office, stacking SCOTUS with justices he thought would logroll him in, lying for moths about election validity and integrity and validity ,and then post-election, which he did indeed lose badly. ranting. lashing out, and creating increasingly desperate attempts to overturn the will of the American people. The bulwarks of democracy stopped his strong-man fasist -wannabe tactics. Thank the gods. Biden won. Post election polls validated what we've said all along. trump is the worst president in american history, and another few weeks and we'll be rid of him.
BillW
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:07 pm
@MontereyJack,
MJ, don't forget that theRump put normal Republican voter disenfranchisement and suppression on steroids! This is a felony and orally confirmed many times by Rumpy, BTW! (Damnit, I got oralboy all mouthy on his favorite pike 😙)

The funniest thing - there was record voting on both sides, ha!
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coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:34 pm
Quote:
Hospitals Staging Elaborate Dance Videos Featuring Doctors, Nurses

A crisis at our hospitals and doctors and nurses have time to do this? Stop listening to lies.
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Hospitals around the world are staging elaborate music video performances featuring doctors, nurses and other staff members.

It’s amazing that they have the time to choreograph, make costumes and stage such theatrical events – especially since the hospitals are supposedly overrun with patients suffering from the China virus.

https://www.toddstarnes.com/coronavirus/hospitals-staging-elaborate-dance-videos-featuring-doctors-nurses/
MontereyJack
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:35 pm
@coldjoint,
as usual wrong on all counts and wrong about biden.
coldjoint
 
  -1  
Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:37 pm
@MontereyJack,
MontereyJack wrote:

Trump spent the last six months figuring out ways to steal the election he knew he was likely to lose, hamstringing the post office, stacking SCOTUS with justices he thought would logroll him in, lying for moths about election validity and integrity and validity ,and then post-election, which he did indeed lose badly. ranting. lashing out, and creating increasingly desperate attempts to overturn the will of the American people. The bulwarks of democracy stopped his strong-man fasist -wannabe tactics. Thank the gods. Biden won. Post election polls validated what we've said all along. trump is the worst president in american history, and another few weeks and we'll be rid of him.

Trump has not lied about election fraud. The courts refuse to hear the evidence. The Senate will hear it on Jan.6th and so will the nation.
NSFW (view)
MontereyJack
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:47 pm
@coldjoint,
for once you're right about needing to proofread, but only about that/ don't let that once in a blue moon correctness go to your head,
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MontereyJack
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:51 pm
@coldjoint,
the courts looked t the "evidence" presented, and unanimously found it unpersuasive.
coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:51 pm
Quote:
The Lawsuit That Could End Covid-1984 with Dr. Pam Popper

coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:53 pm
@MontereyJack,
MontereyJack wrote:

the courts looked t the "evidence" presented, and unanimously found it unpersuasive.

No they did not. The cases were denied on standing and the evidence was not viewed. Stop lying.
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coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 02:02 pm
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Soviet-Style Media Propaganda in America

It is as obvious as the massive fraud that took place.
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“If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.”

Mr. Satter has hit the nail on the head. To read or watch the American mainstream media today is to read or watch the American version of Pravda - “Truth” - as it was during its long incarnation as the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

From the lies of Trump-Russia collusion to the theme that the President is an authoritarian, one untruth after another has been spread repeatedly by the mainstream American media, in exactly the style of the Soviet Union propagandists.

The NYT leads the way. The WP and CNN do the same.
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/jeffrey-lord/2020/12/26/soviet-style-media-propaganda-america
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coldjoint
 
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Sun 27 Dec, 2020 02:43 pm
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BREAKING: Sidney Powell Releases Massive 270 Page Document Detailing Alleged Election Fraud

A lot there. A lot proven there. This is what the judges need to read and what the MSM should be reporting on. Let's hope more people in power read it.

Link to entire document at link.


https://trendingpolitics.com/breaking-sidney-powell-releases-massive-27-page-document-detailing-alleged-election-fraud/



 

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