The Ethical Bankruptcy of the US Ruling Elites Paved Way for Trump by Henry A. Giroux
The real issue that needs to be examined is what kind of society produces a Donald Trump. Why have Americans flocked to his rallies and roared in support for his bigoted epithets and militant intolerance? Given how the legacies of white colonialism, enslavement, and Jim Crow politics have influenced the nation for generations -- influences that scholars like Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, and Mumia Abu-Jamal relentlessly critique -- Trump is just the latest manifestation of a social order that has always been dominated by whites and that has always been deeply racist. Trump exemplifies a no-holds-barred form of intolerance that shares the ideology of hate espoused by armed vigilante groups that bomb Planned Parenthood offices, ambush immigrants on the border, and burn mosques. How else to explain that extremists such as Christian nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan, and white militia groups are flocking to support Trump?
Trump Faithful' Worldview
WILLIAM RIVERS PITT: TRUMP TOOK THE HAGGARD INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY -- ITS AGING, XENOPHOBIC, RURAL, POORLY INFORMED BASE THAT HAS BEEN SO WELL-TRAINED TO HATE -- AND MADE THEM HIS, TO THE POINT THAT ALMOST NO GOP OFFICE-SEEKER TODAY WILL SPEAK ILL OF HIM, FOR FEAR THAT MADDENED TRUMP SUPPORTERS WILL STUFF LIVE RATS THROUGH THEIR MAIL SLOT. MANY TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE JUST AS DISPOSABLE TO TRUMP AS THEY HAVE BEEN TO THE GOP FOR GENERATIONS.
what trump voters won!!!
1. massive tax cuts for rich while many after-tax incomes decline
2. end of dodd-frank & CFPB which save $11 billion for consumers.
3. cut business tax rate to 15% which will benefit trump organization
4. eliminate estate tax - benefits his heirs
5. scale back obamacare, roll back medicaid
6. remove sanctions of russia
7. destroy renewable energy programs
8. increase defense spending and raise national debt
9. allow churches to keep tax-free status for political activity.
10. raise retirement age and vouchers for medicare 11. privatize social security to allow wall street to manage fund.
12. lost of reproductive rights by reversing roe vs wade
13. defund planned parenthood.
14. end title x that provides contraception, cancer screening, std testing, etc for women.
15. allow increased nuclear proliferation.
16. national right to work law to destroy unions
Republican. Voters. Do. Not. Care. About. Facts. When will people understand that?
From Demo. Underground: He promises to take away their healthcare... and they love him.
He promises to cut infrastructure... and they love him. He promises to cut veterans-benefits... and they love him. He promises to take away their food-stamps and their Medicaid and the medical services of Planned Parenthood... and they love him. He endangers national security... and they love him. Gianforte grabs a journalist by the neck, throws him to the ground and screams while pounding him with his fists... and the next day they elect him.
This is not about facts. This is about propaganda, doctrine, dogma, feelings, emotions.
As long as they think that they personally will be better off, they are for it. As long as they think that the impending suffering will hit somebody else, they are for it. As long as the liberals/Democrats are for it, they are against it. All your so-called "facts" and fancy book-learnin' mean shit to these people. And if you really want to rile them up against you, tell them that you have scientific evidence to back up your case.
Drop the delusion that these people could be convinced with arguments. Promises and emotions. That's the only way to reach them.
paul krugman: voting against their own interests
Consider eastern Kentucky, a very white area which has benefited enormously from Obama-era initiatives. Take, in particular, the case of Clay County, which the Times declared a few years ago to be the hardest place in America to live. It’s still very hard, but at least most of its residents now have health insurance: Independent estimates say that the uninsured rate fell from 27 percent in 2013 to 10 percent in 2016. That’s the effect of the Affordable Care Act, which Mrs. Clinton promised to preserve and extend but Mr. Trump promised to kill.
Mr. Trump received 87 percent of Clay County’s vote.
Now, you might say that health insurance is one thing, but what people want are good jobs. Eastern Kentucky used to be coal country, and Mr. Trump, unlike Mrs. Clinton, promised to bring the coal jobs back. (So much for the idea that Democrats need a candidate who will stand up to the fossil fuels industry.) But it’s a nonsensical promise.
Where did Appalachia’s coal mining jobs go? They weren’t lost to unfair competition from China or Mexico. What happened instead was, first, a decades-long erosion as U.S. coal production shifted from underground mining to strip mining and mountaintop removal, which require many fewer workers: Coal employment peaked in 1979, fell rapidly during the Reagan years, and was down more than half by 2007. A further plunge came in recent years thanks to fracking. None of this is reversible.
*TRUMP 'PATRIOT' ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF AT RALLY AFTER RESTING FLAG POLE ON HIS GUN(ARTICLE BELOW)
*TRUMP’S RACIST FANS TURN ON EACH OTHER OVER ‘SO PATHETIC’ WEEKEND RALLY(article below)
Because you are stupid
How Deranged Are Trump Supporters? New Poll Shows That It's Worse Than You Ever Imagined
Seventy-two percent of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be "fake news"; only 14% disagree. By News Corpse / DailyKos July 20, 2017, 11:40 AM GMT
From Alternet: In the Era of Trump, Americans have been subjected to wild diversions from reality. Donald Trump and company have unleashed baseless accusations of "fake news," and the ceaseless dissemination of "alternative facts." They have violated constitutional protections of free speech and abused the media in an unprecedented manner. Trump called the media "the enemy of the American people." And his White House Press Office has discontinued on-camera briefings. This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:
Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton...even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn't happen and 24% say they're not sure.
72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be 'fake news,' only 14% disagree.
Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they're not sure one way or the other.
Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.
What manner of sickness is this? Less than half of the Trump disciples believe that Don, Jr. met with Russians despite his having confirmed it. Do they think he's lying? More troubling though, is that more than three-quarters of the StormTrumpers are comfortable with him serving as president even if he conspired with a foreign hostile enemy to steal the election.
Is there any line he can't cross? Apparently not. Because the survey also asked a question referencing Trump's campaign comment that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters. And 45% of Trump voters said they would still approve of him if he shot someone. This is Jonestown-level dementia. When people talk about "drinking the Kool-Aid," they can't get closer to that comparison than this.
As a final humiliation to the President, PPP asked respondents to indicate who they trusted more: Trump or various media organizations. Trump lost in every match up:
Voters say they trust NBC and ABC each more than him, 56/38. They say they trust CBS more than him 56/39. They say they trust the New York Times more than him 55/38. Voters say they trust CNN more than him 54/39. And they say they trust the Washington Post more than him 53/38.Those are significant majorities that favor the "failing" New York Times and "fake news" CNN. Despite Trump's relentless efforts to negatively brand his media adversaries, he has had no success in doing so. And his continued whining in the face of that rejection is pathetic.
However, his glassy-eyed followers will undoubtedly fall in line no matter what atrocities he commits. That's a sad commentary on the state of the nation. It remains to be seen how they will eventually react when the hammer comes down on his criminality. They may just pretend not to have supported him in the first place. After all, the one thing we've learned about them is that they have an unlimited capacity for self-delusion.
Show this devastating list to Trump supporters who think their candidate is sticking to his promises Robert Reich 19 JUL 2017 AT 14:43 ET
From Raw Story: So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you? 1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 22 million off health insurance, including many of you.)
2. He told you he’d cut your taxes. You bought it. But tax “reform” is stalled. And if it ever moves, the only ones whose taxes will be cut are the wealthy.
3. He told you he’d invest $1 billion in our nation’ crumbling infrastructure. You bought it. But his infrastructure plan, which was really a giveaway to rich investors, is also stalled.
4. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.
5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. But he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.
6. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers.“ You bought it. But he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
7. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. But now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”
8. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. But then he met with China’s president and declared “China is not a currency manipulator.” 9. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. But then he bombed Syria. 10. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. But in his first 6 months he has spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.
11. He said he’d force companies to keep jobs in America. You believed him. But despite their promises, Carrier, Ford, GM, and the rest are shipping jobs to Mexico and China.
12. He said he’d create coal jobs. You believe him. He hasn’t. But here’s what he has done: Since 1965 a federal program called the Appalachian Regional Commission has spent $23 billion helping communities in coal states fund job retraining, reclaim land, and provide desperately needed social services. A.R.C. helped cut poverty rates almost in half, double the percentage of high-school graduates, and reduce infant mortality by two-thirds. Trump’s first proposed budget eliminates A.R.C.
Colorado cops catch ‘proud to be fascist’ Trump supporter who clubbed woman and vandalized Jewish center Sarah K. Burris 18 JUL 2017 AT 13:07 ET
From Raw Story: William Scott Planer is the latest in the growing list of white supremacists who are vandalizing and attacking Jewish places of worship, cemeteries or schools across the United States.
The Anti-Defamation League revealed that Planer was arrested July 14, 2017, after posting a sticker reading “Fight Terror, Nuke Israel” on the door of the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center in Colorado Springs. The Denver man is being held in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department on a $500,000 bond for felony charges he faces in California. There, he’s accused of assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a riot. The alleged attacks were on a protester during a white supremacist march in June 2016 in Sacramento.
Activists claimed that he is the man seen in a recording of the protest violence who clubs a woman over the head with a pole.
The ADL notes that Planer has been on their radar for years for his known association with white supremacist groups such as the Golden State Skinheads and the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP).
Prior to the march in Sacramento in 2016, TWP leader Matthew Heimbach posted an image on Twitter, saying, “Just some of our brave comrades preparing to march today in California. Hail the TWP and GSS. United, we will win!”
The event ended with a bloody fight between racists and a counter-demonstration of approximately 10 left-wing activists.
Planer was also involved in an April 29, 2017, white supremacist rally in Pikeville, Kentucky that was also organized by the TWP as well as the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement. There, Planer wore a shirt with the TWP icon and was seen frequently giving the Nazi salute. This year he’s been in Boulder, Colorado with the Proud Boys, an alt-lite group that espouses racism, xenophobia and misogyny while preaching against “political correctness” and liberals. At that rally, he wore a T-shirt with a neo-Nazi symbol and the words “Proud to be fascist, anti-Antifa.” A week later he was seen wearing the TWP T-shirt at an anti-Muslim “March Against Sharia” rally in Denver.
He is one of many white supremacists who have been linked to threats and attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions.
Why Trump Fans' Ignorance About His Russia Scandal Won't Save the President Trump is the benefactor of an international misinformation campaign.
By Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek July 16, 2017, 12:56 PM GMT
“No one talks of it.” That is how Max Frankel, a reporter for The New York Times,described the feeling of “Middle Americans” in Dayton about the “remote controversy” called Watergate. Frankel published his Ohio dispatch on September 15, 1972, as President Richard M. Nixon was campaigning for reelection against Sen. George S. McGovern. Nixon won, but 692 days after Frankel published that article, the president resigned from office, felled by the very scandal Dayton deemed irrelevant.
Think of Dayton every time you read an article about how supporters of President Donald J. Trump “don’t care” about the several investigations into his campaign’s collusion with Russia, or his potential obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Such articles have become commonplace, serving in part as jabs at a coastal media establishment (sometimes by one of its members) that it has its priorities wrong, that it still doesn’t understand the concerns that animate the white working class of the Upper Midwest.
The latest entry came this week from The Tennessean , a newspaper in the USA Today conglomerate. Reporting from “Trump Country, USA” —also known as Waynesboro, Tennessee —Dave Boucher described widespread indifference to the Russia issue. “Talk of Russia, special prosecutors and election tampering won’t change his mind,” Boucher wrote of one voter.
“In Trump country, Russia scandal doesn't resonate,” his article was headlined.
Vox sent a reporter to Michigan. The headline of the resulting article should suffice: “I asked Trump voters in Michigan about the Russia investigation. They said it's fake news.”
“Anyone who thinks the Republican base will abandon President Donald Trump over the latest Russia revelations is sorely mistaken,” concluded Politico after interviewing county-level Republican leaders across the country.
“It’s just all noise to people on the ground here,” a Republican official in Nevada told Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti and Jake Lahut. “People on the ground are just concerned about job security. It’s almost embarrassing for the media from my perspective.”
Does it matter what people in rural Pennsylvania think? Yes, of course, though reporters should also check in with the residents of housing projects in Memphis, undocumented immigrants in Tucson, even those supposed coastal elites in New York and California who haven’t a care in the world except for where to have brunch.
Then again, we should only care to a point. Democracy is responsive to votes, but it isn’t necessarily responsive to opinions. Voters installed Trump in the White House, but they didn’t
Red Hat Wearing MAGA Shouting Trump Supporters Conned Into Paying For Trump Jr.’s Lawyer By Jason Easley on Sun, Jul 16th, 2017 at 12:40 pm
From Politicus USA: New financial disclosure forms reveal that the Trump campaign used donor money to pay the retainer for Trump Jr.’s lawyer before The New York Times published their big story.
HuffPost reported, “According to the disclosure forms, Trump’s presidential campaign made a $50,000 payment to Futerfas’ law firm on June 27, 2017. The first story about Trump Jr.’s meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya went up on the New York Times website on July 8, 2017, 11 days after the payment was made. On July 12, in an exchange with reporters on Air Force One en route to Paris, Trump said, “I only heard about it [Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer] two or three days ago.”
Trump claims to be worth billions of dollars, so why is his presidential campaign paying for his son’s legal fees? When a Trump supporter bought their Make America Great Again hats, they didn’t think that they were making America great by paying Don Jr.’s legal bills because he tried to collude with the Russians.
Donald Trump sold himself to his supporters as an independent self-funded billionaire who would work for them. The reality has been that Trump has forced taxpayers and supporters to foot the bill for everything from his travel to his son’s legal bills, while he has used the presidency for personal financial gain. It was all a big con. Only a sucker would give money to Donald Trump and expect it to go for its stated purpose. The old proverb that a fool and his money are soon parted has never been truer than when looking at the financial relationship between Donald Trump and his supporters.
Trump Voters Admit They're Terrified of the President's Obamacare Replacement "It's going to be like the zombie apocalypse."
By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet July 13, 2017, 8:07 AM GMT
A panel discussion with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Wednesday suggests Trump voters aren't just skeptical of the presiden't plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some are genuinely terrified.
“I have bipolar disorder, it’s a pretty severe case,” Colleen England Byrd told Camerota. “And if he takes that away—Medicaid people, Medicare people, no medications, no doctors—it’s going to be like the zombie apocalypse, really running-through-the-streets crazy.”
Byrd was seduced by Trump's vague promise to replace Obamacare with "something much better for everybody," which sounds a lot like universal health care.
"What I've seen come off the block is not better," she lamented. "It's scary to me."
A woman identified only as Jackie, who also backed Trump in November, admitted she thought Trump was bluffing when he repeated this claim.
"He promised he was going to replace it with something better, and I just figured Congress isn't going to go along with him, so he's just saying something people want to hear," she explained. "I was wrong."
"I have loved ones that have chronic conditions that are functioning now because of the medications they're on and because of the medical care they receive, because I have health insurance," Jackie added. "I'm scared."
Altemeyer on Trump’s Supporters
7 JUL 2017 JOHN DEAN
From Verdict Justia: ...Bob Altemeyer saw Donald Trump coming. More accurately, he saw the kinds of men and women who would vote for a Donald Trump-type candidate for high office. These are people he described in earlier works as Right Wing Authoritarians, and Enemies of Freedom. Without going too deep into the weeds, let me note a few of these people score high on testing that shows they not only can be devoted followers of authoritarian leaders, the so-called social dominators like Trump who want to be in charge, but they also test high as social dominators themselves.
Authoritarians do remain a minority, but with non-voters and anti-Hillary Clinton voters, Trump pulled off a historic upset. It appears his core supporters remain faithful—regardless of what he does or doesn’t do. So, I asked Bob Altemeyer, what if anything would get through to the Trump supporters, given the fact Trump has shown himself, so far, totally incompetent as President of the United States. Set forth below in italics is material from Bob, who is now enjoying his retirement.
It took many months for Americans to stop supporting President Nixon during Watergate, and even at the end he could count on a hard knot of supporters who would believe him, as he said to [his chief of staff] H. R. Haldeman, because they wanted to. (NYT, 11/22/1974, p. 20). A few days before he resigned, 24% of a Gallup sample approved of the way Nixon was doing his job, including 38% of the Republicans polled. Most of Donald Trump’s supporters are probably people whom social psychologists call authoritarian followers, because they are so supportive of the authorities they consider legitimate. These are the people Trump was talking about when he famously bragged that he could shoot somebody in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue and it would make no difference to his backers. They are the people who so willingly took the “loyalty pledge” at Trump rallies in the early primaries—even calling on Trump to “do the swearing” when he had skipped it. We know enough about authoritarian supporters from research, and history, to know it will be very hard to change their minds about the leader they adore.
They are extremely ethnocentric, dividing the world sharply into people in their in-group, and automatically disliking all others. They feel politicians who promote minority rights and immigration discriminate against them. Donald Trump tells them they are right. He is their champion.
They are highly dogmatic. They get their ideas from others in the in-group, especially from their leader, not from evidence and logic. They say there is no evidence that will make them change their minds. They’re quite comfortable believing “alternate facts.”
They get great satisfaction from being part of a large movement. Being in a cohesive crowd at rallies thrills them because they silently tell one another, just by being there, that they are powerful and right. They create an echo chamber that reinforces the belief that all the good people think like they do.
They severely limit their sources of information. They get the news that they want to get. This also produces an echo chamber when the news sources they trust are copying each other and relaying Trump’s message.
They have highly compartmentalized minds. When an unpleasant truth forces its way into their awareness, they do not try to integrate the other things they believe with it. Instead they put it in a box and isolate it from the rest of their thinking, which proceeds as if the truth never existed.
Put all this together and you get an idea how hard it will be to change their minds about Donald Trump. One can expect some of Trump’s followers to waver if the months ahead are thick with damaging revelations like those that brought down the Nixon White House. But a repeat of “Watergate-type scandals” may not damage Trump as much as they did Nixon. Nixon had little means of communicating directly with his supporters. Trump’s followers eagerly await his tweets to tell them the truth they will believe and repeat to one another. And so far, they have apparently believed everything he’s said. Second, the major news outlets in the 1970s were the three TV networks. There was no Fox News. And while there were some newspaper columnists and radio personalities who supported Nixon, today there are dozens of Trump-endorsing blogs that are on tens of millions of “Favorites” lists in American homes. Third, Trump’s party controls all three branches of the federal government.
Given this gloomy assessment of how likely Trump’s support is going to weaken, it seems clear that the more effective strategy now is to activate the Americans who oppose him, who happily amount to a solid majority of the public. Questions [people ask): How do people get this way? Answer: There is evidence that authoritarian followers are more afraid than most people. And also, that they were trained in self-righteousness, and ethnocentric thinking in early age. Will Trump supporters never change? Answer: Some will, if their personal experience shows them Trump has misled them or caused them grief, such as a loss of medical coverage. And if you anticipate a close election in 2020, these people are worth pursuing. But Trump will blame others, and his supporters will give him the benefit of the doubt more than most people will. Isn’t all this true of Obama/Clinton supporters too? Answer: Yes, to a certain extent, but the studies show it’s much more prevalent “on the right.” If you want a generalization about generalizations, these things are about 2-3x as true among right-wingers as among left-wingers. Research has shown that “progressives” are much less ethnocentric, much less prejudiced, much more likely to be guided by logic and evidence, much more likely to have consistent ideas, much less likely to conform, much less likely to trust someone just because he says he agrees with them, have much more self-insight, and so on. With that information in mind, from someone who may understand Trump supporters better than Trump does, it is clear that to prevail in 2018 and 2020, Democrats must focus on getting sympathetic non-voters to the polls, and bring back into the fold the anti-Hillary folks, who suffered from Clinton exhaustion—voters who are clearly not right-wing authoritarians.
Trump Supporter Vandalizes Elementary School, Attempts to Frame 'Liberals' for His Crimes
Graffitied messages included "Bernie Sanders 2020" and "Left is the best." By Celisa Calacal / AlterNet July 6, 2017, 8:33 AM GMT
A Connecticut man who scrawled anti-Trump graffiti on the walls of a local elementary school has been revealed to be a Trump supporter who intended to frame leftists with “liberal hate speech.”
According to the Hartford Courant, surveillance footage from the evening of June 15 captured 32-year-old Steven Marks wrote profane messages on across Morley Elementary School with a green sharpie pen. The messages included: “Kill Trump,” “Death to Trump,” “Bernie Sanders 2020” and “Left is the best.”
After footage and Marks’ picture was released by law enforcement on June 19, Marks turned himself into the police and admitted to committing the crime, according to Buzzfeed News. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief. The Courant reports that Marks told police he vandalized the school property “out of ‘anger towards liberals’” and said liberals “are breaking major laws everyday and being disrespectful towards our government.” Marks also admitted that he intended for his crimes to appear as though they were perpetrated by those on the left.
West Hartford Police public information officer Lieutenant Eric Rocheleau told BuzzFeed News that Marks regretted his actions.
"He said the reason he did do it was to show support towards Trump by having the other side bash him, to show how the other side is basically crazy enough to go and write stuff on a school playground,” Rocheleau said.
Following the incident, the Courant reports that Marks sent an email of apology to the elementary school principal, attached with a letter he hoped would be sent to parents. Marks has since been ordered by Hartford Community Court judge Tammy Geathers to stay off the Morley Elementary School property. His next hearing is set for Aug. 2.
In an interview with the Courant, Marks said he was sorry for his actions. “It was just a stupid thing I did at the time,” Marks told the Courant. “It was stupid, stupid, stupid.”
Trump 'Patriot' Accidentally Shoots Himself at Rally After Resting Flag Pole on His Gun Demonstrators had gathered to protect a Confederate memorial that doesn't exist from Antifas who never showed.
By Jen Hayden / DailyKos July 4, 2017, 7:00 AM GMT
From Alternet: Did you hear about the Civil War Part II over the weekend? Somehow, word got around among Confederate “patriot” groups that AntiFa (anti-facists) were planning to desecrate Confederate memorials like Gettysburg. Never mind there are no Confederate memorials at Gettysburg.
Nevertheless, the rally cry had already gone out, the Confederate bugle sounded, and so-called “patriots” heeded the call and made their way to Gettysburg to defend their great, great, great, great grandpappy’s honor. Among the “patriots” was Ben Hornberger, a Trump supporter, who accidentally shot himself while resting his flag pole on his gun at the rally of Gettysburg: A "patriot" who brought a revolver to Gettysburg National Military Park Saturday amid rumors of desecration of memorials accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday.
Benjamin Hornberger, 23, of Shippensburg, accidentally triggered the revolver, which was inside a leg holster, when he temporarily rested the bottom of his flag pole against the holster, according to witnesses. Park police were nearby when the shooting occurred and officers quickly applied a tourniquet that may have saved the man's life, said Sgt. Anna Rose, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Park Police.
After police took the gun, it went off again as they were trying to unload it. Humiliation aside, Hornberger is expected to recover.
But, an accidental shooting never means the party has to end. As they say, the show must go on, so the others gathered together to pledge their "undying devotion to the cause." Watch as they bow their heads and take the pledge in unison after the emcee issued a plea for the crowd to show them some respect while they recited the pledge. A Huffington Post reporter at the rally interviewed attendees, which included proud members of the KKK: The Sons of Confederate Veterans pledge allegiance to the Confederacy in Gettysburg pic.twitter.com/Pf2tCsw4XV
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) July 1, 2017“I salute the Confederate flag,” they said in unison, “with affection, reverence and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands.”
Billy Snuffer, who identified himself as the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told HuffPost that there were KKK members scattered across the battlefield to “aid law enforcement” and protect the area’s 20 or so Confederate monuments from Antifa.
“The Confederate battle flag has nothing to do with slavery,” he said, standing in the same area where 154 years ago the Confederate Army marched into town, abducting free black Americans and sending them to the South to be sold into slavery.
A Message to Trump Voters on the Occasion of This Healthcare Bill
You pulled the lever. This is what you were voting for.
By Charles P. Pierce Jun 22, 2017
From Esquire: Hello, suckers.
Yeah, you. All of you. All of you people who've been buying what the radicalized Republican party has been selling you since Reagan rode out of Trickledown Gulch back in 1980. All of you who easily gobbled up the fictions about welfare queens, and "crazy checks," and big black bucks buying T-Bone steaks, and, most recently, of immigrants come to steal your jobs and cut your throats in the night. All of you who worried so profoundly about your neighbors who were black, or Hispanic, or Muslim that you handed the government to the people who have been picking your pocket and selling off your birthright for going on four decades.
And, especially, all of you morons who bought what the inevitable product of 30 years of fear-driven democratic malpractice was selling across the country in 2016: that he had a plan that would lower costs, cover everybody, and not touch Social Security, Medicaid, or Medicare.
Today is not the day for you to ask for my understanding as to how you're going to afford Grandma's chemo now that she's busted the lifetime cap on her insurance. Today is not the day for you to ask for my sympathy for Grandpa who's going to get his ass hoisted out of his rest home and dropped onto the couch in your basement family room because his Medicaid ran out. Today is not the day for you to moan into TV cameras about how Cousin Clyde with the opioid problem has to go back to sticking up tourists for his fix because the little hospital up by the mountain closed.
Not today. Not this particular Thursday. Maybe by Monday.
The Senate unveiled its big secret tax-cut plan on Thursday morning. It also contains some elements dealing with healthcare that will make the lives of millions of sick and elderly Americans immeasurably worse, but, since it's actually a tax-cut bill, and it actually does cut taxes for the wealthiest among us, then I guess you can say the strategy was a success. And they say the Republicans can't govern. Hah.
Of course, it's as bad as we all thought it would be. It virtually zeroes out Medicaid down the line – letting it "die on the vine," just the way Newt Gingrich recommended 20 years ago. It forces low-income people to pay more for policies once called "street-surance" back in the day. (John Grisham should sue these guys.They stole the entire plot from The Rainmaker.) There's a lot of "handing back to the states," which can be translated as "Give Sam Brownback more money to hand out to his donors." The bill is such a transparent sham that one of its provisions, the repeal of the tax on investment income for wealthy individuals and families, was made retroactive to the end of last year. There is no reason on god's earth to make this retroactive unless your main purpose is to shove more of the nation's wealth upwards. Which is what this bill is primarily designed to do.
Let me put it in measurements that are particularly of interest to me. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be 16 million people in the United States with Alzheimer's Disease. Right now, in 2017 dollars, the estimated costs of treating and caring for AD patients is $236 billion dollars. Of that, $154 billion is picked up by Medicare and Medicaid. Tell me now how that gap is made up by a plan that virtually eliminates Medicaid entirely by the time we get to 2025. Churches? Families? Winning the Lotto?
So, yeah, suckers. This is what you voted for. In fact, this is what you've been voting for, over and over again, ever since the Death Valley Days of jellybeans and missiles to the mullahs. This bill is the pot of gold at the end of Paul Ryan's personal rainbow. This bill is everything that every young conservative brought up in the luxurious terrariums of wingnut welfare is taught to revere from the first day of his political gestation, right down to its playing-to-the-cheap-seats whack at Planned Parenthood.
So far, four GOP senators have said they cannot vote for the bill. They are Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson of Wisconsin, Aqua Buddha from Kentucky, Mike Lee, the konztitooshunal skolar from Utah, and Tailgunner Ted Cruz. They can't support it (at the moment) because it isn't repeal-ish enough for them. (Translation: The bill still coddles the poor and infirm beyond the limits God intended when He wrote the Constitution.) Now, as the redoubtable Digby often points out, if they were to torpedo this plague ship, it wouldn't be the first time the wingiest members of the tribe saved the day. But my money stays on the notion that they will find enough crazy ideas in the House during reconciliation to satisfy the likes of these four. As for the vaunted Republican "moderates," I have no faith in them whatsoever. I think Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia will get bought off by an increase in the bill's stingy provisions regarding the opioid epidemic. Some version of this creature will stalk its way into law. I'm sorry, but I can't let the suckers off the hook on this particular Thursday, not when I know in my bones that, in a year or so, there are going to be more expeditions into The Real America in which we hear sad tales about the closing of rural hospitals, and medical bankruptcies, and children who died because the insurance company denied them a life-saving treatment. There will be all kinds of reasons postulated for this terrible state of affairs. "Culture" probably will be one of them, and it will be the stupidest one of all.
What will not be mentioned is that many of these people brought their tragedies on themselves, that voting has consequences, and that using a presidential election to hock a collective loogie at "The Establishment" and at Those People is a particularly dumbass way to participate in democracy.
EPA chief exaggerates growth of coal jobs by tens of thousands
Coal mining jobs increased by only a few hundred during first three months of 2017
From Think Progress: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made the Sunday morning talk show rounds in an effort to defend President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord. Pruitt repeatedly argued the climate agreement would harm the U.S. economy, particularly coal industry jobs.
Pruitt make several misleading and inaccurate statements during his tour of the television networks. The EPA chief’s biggest fib was probably his statement, made on multiple shows on Sunday, that the coal industry has grown by 50,000 job over the last few months.
No data exists from government or industry sources to back up the claim that the industry has seen such a dramatic surge in coal mining jobs over this time period. In fact, the average number of coal mining jobs increased by only 586, or about 1.1 percent during the first three months of 2017, according to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence, citing data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Since the end of 2016, the number of coal industry jobs has remained relatively steady in almost all regions of the United States, except the Central Appalachia region. In this region, the number of coal mining jobs grew from slightly below 15,000 to slightly above that number from January to March.
Here’s another crucial piece of data that appears to undermine Pruitt’s statement that the coal industry has grown by 50,000 jobs since the end of 2016: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates there are currently a total of 51,000 jobs in the coal mining industry, almost equal to the number of employees Pruitt stated the industry had grown by over the last few months.
On Meet the Press, former Vice President Al Gore explained that the loss of coal jobs started with the mechanization of the coal industry decades ago. Furthermore, over the past half-dozen years, natural gas started to displace the use of coal for power generation, he said.
“Promising to re-create the 19th century is not a visionary strategy for a successful 21st century,” Gore stated.
“Dead wrong,” Pruitt said in response to Gore’s comments in his appearance on Meet the Press. The numbers show “exactly the opposite,” with almost 50,000 jobs added in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016, he claimed. “In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs,” the EPA chief said.
On ABC’s This Week, Pruitt told host George Stephanopoulos that the United States has “had over 50,000 jobs since last quarter — coal jobs, mining jobs — created in this country.”
The increase in coal industry-related jobs in Central Appalachia — where employment increased 5.9 percent from January to March — was likely due to a recent surge in metallurgical coal prices, according to experts.
New metallurgical coal mines are opening up that produce a special kind of coal used in steelmaking. But these mines are opening largely because of events unrelated to federal policy, NPR reported. Due to the closing of coal-fired power plants and natural gas lower prices, the market for the kind of coal used in electricity — the biggest use for coal — remains down relative to where it was several years ago.
Federal government numbers show that the U.S. electric power sector consumed 677 million short tons of coal in 2016, the lowest amount since 1984. Electric power sector coal consumption in 2016 accounted for more than 93 percent of all coal consumed in the United States, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report released Friday.
Electric power sector coal consumption in 2016 was 35 percent lower than in 2008, when U.S. coal production reached its highest level, the EIA said.
Since taking over as EPA administrator, Pruitt has stood up for the coal industry on several occasions. Pruitt visited a coal mine in Pennsylvania in April to introduce his agency’s “back-to-basics” agenda that would weaken the agency’s climate action and enforcement efforts.
Not everyone in coal country believes the Trump administration has their best interests at heart when seeking to implement policy. The Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail, in an editorial titled “The president’s betrayal of coal country,” noted that Trump vowed repeatedly on the campaign trail to “put our coal miners back to work” and “bring the coal industry back 100 percent.”
“However, President Trump’s proposed budget would cut the legs from under Appalachian coal communities, leaving them with little help as they try to weather market changes,” the editorial said. “It would eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission and withdraw $1.13 billion from various programs that try to rescue impoverished coal towns.”
What would it take for Vinton County Trump backers to stop supporting him?
Nuclear war, perhaps: Ohio Matters
By Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com
McARTHUR, Ohio--President Donald Trump is under increasing fire following his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and his disclosure of top-secret Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.
But in rural Vinton County, many Trump voters say it would take a lot more than that - blatant corruption, nuclear war, or even their own deaths - for them to stop supporting the president.
In Ohio's least populous and nearly poorest county, Trump supporters aren't fazed by Trump firing Comey after Trump told Comey he hoped the director would shut down an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. They think Democrats and the media are overplaying reports that Trump disclosed top-secret intelligence from Israel to Russian officials.
They feel Republicans and Democrats alike aren't giving the president much of a chance to do his job.
"That's just people trying to get Trump in trouble and get him out of office [to] put somebody else that's going to bend over and kiss the government's rear end even more," said Austin Williams, a 21-year-old Trump voter from McArthur. "I just think, let the man stay in office and do his job, and next time the elections are, when it comes to voting, vote for somebody else if you don't like Trump's way."
Williams, who works as a mystery shopper for Goodwill Industries, said he doubts Trump shared classified information with the Russians (though Trump himself has admitted it). Told that the intelligence was about a threat from the Islamic State, Williams said, "that's just old news."
"You see that on the news all the time - 'hey, this is how smart they are -- they're killing their own people,'" Williams said.
Paul Howard, a 75-year-old retiree who recently moved to McArthur from Madison County, Ohio, said he thinks Trump is being targeted by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington because he's a "non-politician" who refuses to play by their rules.
"I think I'd feel that he was set up, even if he was kicked out [of office]," said Howard, a Trump voter who has mostly voted Democratic for president in the past, including twice for Barack Obama. "I'm really going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He deserves that."
Howard does think that Flynn, a paid advocate of Turkey, never should have been hired as Trump's national security adviser. He said he believes Trump fired Comey to hinder the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, but he chalked that up to "maybe a misunderstanding" that Trump has about his authority.
"It doesn't seem like it's his style to fire without cause," Howard said. "He usually has a good reason, and I'm waiting to see how that goes."
As for revealing intelligence to the Russians, Howard said he thinks Trump simply let slip something he didn't intend to. "Any president could've done that," he said.
Asked what it would take for him to stop supporting Trump, Howard said, "It'd have to be an out-and-out proven fact that he really did something that was totally against the American Way. I just can't see so far that he did anything...that makes me that concerned."
When Vinton County Commissioner Mark Fout was asked what it would take for him to no longer back the president, he replied, "a casket." The Republican later added that he would also drop his support if Trump sold sensitive military equipment to other countries or denied people's Social Security benefits.
Fout said he's fine with Trump firing Comey, saying the FBI director should have been thrown out of office the day Trump became president. As for the intelligence disclosure, Fout said, "Hillary [Clinton] did it. How much did Barack Obama give away?"
Tim Eberts, another GOP county commissioner who attended Trump's inauguration, agreed. He waved off Comey's claim that Trump told him he hoped the director would let the Flynn investigation go. "If I had a good friend and something was against him, I'd say I hope he gets out of it," Eberts said.
Eberts said Democrats and the media are just trying to prevent the president from pushing through tax reform and other items on his agenda.
"They're trying to slow him down. They don't want him to look good, because if he looks good and gets that [tax reform] passed this year, everybody will vote Republican next year," the commissioner said. Eberts said he would withdraw his support of the president if "he was profiting from what he was doing or had some kind of hidden agenda." But Eberts said he hasn't seen either happen so far.
Lori Scholl, a 46-year-old Vinton County native who lives in McArthur, said she hasn't heard the news reports about Trump firing Comey and revealing intelligence. But Scholl, a longtime Republican and Trump voter, said she feels the president "is doing a great job." Asked what would lead her to withdraw support from the president, Scholl replied, "He would have to do something drastic. Push the red [nuclear] button - something."
*TRUMP VOTERS ARE WILLING TO BE CONNED AS LONG AS HE DEPORTS IMMIGRANTS AND BOMBS THE WORLD
THEY'RE ABLE TO OVERLOOK AN ASTONISHING AMOUNT OF CORRUPTION.
By Joe Conason / AlterNet May 8, 2017
If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United States was once the impresario of a student-swindling Trump University, the founder of a Trump Foundation designed for tax evasion and illegal self-dealing, and the chief executive of a Trump Organization that has long relied on various techniques of grifting, from rip-offs of workers and contractors to serial bankruptcies.
And if you know all that, then you cannot be surprised by the way that he and his family have conducted themselves during the first 100 days of his presidency, which is also the way they will behave until they leave or are removed from the White House. They have misused the office of the president to enrich themselves in ways that none of Trump's predecessors, not even the most venal, could have imagined doing.
Nor can you be surprised that this grasping figure and his appointed cronies, notably Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have floated a tax "reform" that will enrich the very wealthiest Americans by trillions of dollars, while decimating necessary government functions and depriving millions of working-class and low-income families of health care.
While Trump has long refused to abide by the customs and traditions that dictate tax disclosure by presidents and presidential candidates, we know enough about his taxes to see that his new plan, although sorely lacking in detail, will serve his personal interest above all. (No, he didn't put "America first.") Although tax policy is often complicated and numbingly dull, the changes that Trump is seeking to benefit himself are really quite simple.
The plan's biggest "reform" is to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent -- including the rate on so-called pass-through companies. Unsurprisingly, Trump owns more than 500 such firms, which allow his income to be taxed at the lower business rates rather than payroll rates. It also cuts the personal income tax rate on the highest earners, such as Trump, and the 3.8 percent Obamacare tax on unearned income. The reforms eliminate the alternative minimum tax, which required Trump to pay $31 million in 2005, according to a tax return that leaked last year. And the plan establishes a "territorial" tax system leaving all the profits earned by The Trump Organization in foreign countries.
He aims to take care of his children, too, if not yours or America's -- so his plan also eliminates the estate tax entirely, allowing his billions to be inherited absolutely tax-free by Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, Barron and perhaps Tiffany.
Now if you're a middle-class or working-class taxpayer, you may recall that Trump promised that as president he would be independent of banks like Goldman Sachs and close the gaping "carried interest" loophole that benefits billionaire hedge fund managers. The author of his tax plan, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, vowed last winter that Trump's reforms would not disproportionately benefit the rich. In fact, he went further:
"Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class. There will be a big tax cut for the middle class, but any tax cuts we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions that pay for it."
That was then, this is now -- which with Trump usually means that he was lying.
He appointed two former Goldman Sachs bankers, Mnuchin and National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn, to write the tax "reform," which doesn't mention the carried interest loophole at all. They cut taxes so drastically on hedge fund managers (and every other corporate and finance billionaire) that the carried-interest scam might no longer matter.
As for that pledge repeated so often by Trump, and then Mnuchin, to cut middle-class taxes, the treasury secretary was unable to say this week whether taxation on middle-class and working-class families will go down -- or up, as some analysts of his plan say they might. "I can't make any guarantees," Mnuchin said when pressed by reporters.
So if you're a working-class or middle-class taxpayer, this "reform" offers nothing except uncertainty. When the details of the Trump plan finally emerge, you may discover that its collapsing of brackets has actually raised your taxes, and that its elimination of deductions for state and local taxes or student loan payments has left you owing more to the IRS.
But the latest polls indicate that if you're a Trump voter, you don't mind being conned -- perhaps because you love watching a president who picks on immigrants and refugees, irritates liberals and bombs a Syrian airstrip. Let's hope you still feel happy when the bill comes due.
definition of kinda stupid!!
Trump Voter Regrets He Was ‘Bamboozled’ into Voting for Trump: 'He Fooled Me' "I feel mad and I kinda feel dumb, honestly.” By Tom Boggioni / Raw Story April 29, 2017
A Michigan voter who said he initially supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-I) only to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump now says he regrets it, telling an MSNBC host, “I kinda feel dumb, honestly.”
In an MSNBC piece on how Michigan Trump voters feel about the president at the 100 day mark of his administration, Bay County resident Jason DeFrain claimed he was roped in by Trump’s rhetoric after first backing Sanders.
“He has answers, sometime we don’t like them, sometime he offends the crap out of people. But he has answers,” DeFrain, a first time voter in a presidential election told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. However DeFrain says he now regrets his vote.
“I feel like I was bamboozled. I really do,” DeFrain . “Jeez, he fooled me, and I kinda feel dumb. I feel mad and I kinda feel dumb, honestly.”
According to DeFrain, Trump’s presidential pitch sounded, “Progressive-ish.”
“He was really open, willing to work with both sides of the fence,” DeFrain continued.”Then more Russian stuff started piling up, he’s saying he’s being wire-tapped, he’s on Twitter says this about this person….”
For DeFrain, the real deal-breaker was Trump’s missile attack on Syria and his saber-rattling at North Korea.
“I don’t want to see a news special of a Saginaw teenager brought home in a casket with a flag over it,” he explained before turning back to Trump. “I think he’s just going to put more people in danger now. We’re going to invade another country, the way he’s acting. it’s going to happen. We’re going to put more boots on the ground and I thought that wasn’t going to happen. That’s one of the reasons why I voted for him. He’s putting us in danger and I’m worried about the future of my family.”
words from the stupids!!!!
'Doing good so far': Virginia voters unfazed by Trump's turbulent first weeks
Donald Trump supporters in the small city of Winchester feel optimistic about the president – and Republicans in the Capitol seem almost perfectly in tune
Ben Jacobs in Winchester, Virginia
From The Guardian: ...Standing on streets scarred by civil war battles and within view of the site of the courthouse where George Washington won his first election by plying voters with alcohol in 1758, conservatives in the town were confident in Trump’s performance so far. To be fair though, they weren’t all paying attention.
Cindy Grove, a Winchester resident who worked in a real estate agency in town, said “I don’t listen to the news.” She thought Trump was doing a good job because “so far, I haven’t heard of anything horrible”. A registered independent, she said she voted for Trump “because he says the things out loud that I say to myself”. Grove added: “They say government is big business, and he’s a businessman, and ought to know how to take care of things.”
Others just simply thought Trump, who has been in office now for six full weeks, simply needed to be given some slack.
William Brinklow, an unshaven man on disability, had “no concerns” about Trump. A registered Republican who had voted for the president, Brinklow was confident that Trump is “going to do a good job once he gets started”.
David Russell, the self-proclaimed ambassador of Old Town, the historic commercial district in the center of Winchester, said of Trump “he’s doing good so far”. Russell thought that Trump is “doing exactly what he says he’s going to do”. Dressed in a brown sweater and worn Washington Nationals baseball cap, Russell said he voted for Republicans “most of the time”. He added while he tries to vote for “the best candidate … it seems most of the time the Republican has been the qualified candidate”. However, Russell would only grade Trump as getting a B for so far for his presidency. “B would be good,” he said. “He chose good people on his cabinet and most of the business people down here feel good for that.”
...California Republican Darrell Issa, who originally supported Marco Rubio in the primary, but served as a Trump delegate at the convention in Cleveland, smiled when asked how the president was doing so far. “Well-honed machine, whatever the term, finely tuned,” Issa said with a smile, referencing Trump’s comments that this administration was functioning like a “finely tuned machine”. Speaking the day after Trump’s joint address to Congress, Issa made clear to reporters, “Remember, I smiled on that one.”
Issa went on to argue that Trump was doing well under the circumstances with an administration still missing many key appointees. “When he has a full White House and full cabinet and subcabinet I expect more,” said Issa. “Right now he deserves credit for keeping the promises he can keep or at least attempting to in the first 30 days.”[...]
Yes, We DO Think You ARE Stupid
From Demo. Underground: I have often seen Democrats being chastised, lectured, even vilified for stating that Republican voters are stupid.
You think that we think you are dumber-than-dumb. And the fact is WE DO think exactly that. We don’t call you brainless idiots in order to be provocative. We don’t refer to you as dumb-asses because we are determined to anger you. We don’t label you as mindless, low-IQ voters in an effort to be divisive or combative.
We do it because the evidence is in – and it invariably points to the fact that you are every bit as undeniably stupid as we think you are.
The election of Donald Trump is the perfect case in point.
You were stupid enough to vote for a man who has always outsourced all of his own manufacturing jobs, because you believed he would bring YOUR outsourced job back.
You were stupid enough to listen to your “Christian” pastors when they told you a thrice-married, self-proclaimed pussy-grabber is an upstanding moral man, chosen by God himself to lead a nation.
You were stupid enough to think a man who tweets incoherent nonsense was intelligent enough to run an incredibly complex government in an increasingly complicated world.
You were stupid enough to support a man who stated outright that he intends to take your healthcare coverage away from you.
You were stupid enough to believe that a billionaire – who has never in his entire life done anything for anyone other than himself – had suddenly become a champion of those of you struggling to make ends meet.
You were stupid enough to elect a man who has a very long history of cheating hard-working Americans – people like yourselves – out of their fees for materials delivered, and services rendered.
We Democrats are not – contrary to your stupidly-held beliefs – all over-educated Ph.D.s who sip $24 lattes between Mensa meetings. We are not ‘elitists’ who spend our time looking down our noses at the less educated, especially in view of the fact that many of us are no better educated, nor financially well-off, than you are.
The difference between us is that we Democrats look beyond the political rhetoric in order to find the facts, while you simply swallow whatever bullshit is spewed by FOX-News, or Rush Limbaugh – even Alex Jones. We have the common sense to know that in today’s world, those facts are as close as a mouse-click away. We understand that the truth is out there, if only you have the minimal intellectual capacity it takes to find it.
So, yes, we DO think you’re stupid – because you are. You demonstrate it daily. You are the people who think Obama was president on 9/11, the people who believe that illegals working 12-hour days in the fields are stealing your six-figure-per-annum jobs, the people who believe that the Bowling Green Massacre actually happened.
What else are we to think, other than that you are unbelievably, mind-bogglingly, beyond-all-imagining, STUPID? How are we supposed to ignore your incredible, self-imposed ignorance? Why should we pretend that people who are still complaining about Obama’s botched response to Katrina (which happened more than three years before he was in office) are anything more than dumber-than-dumb ignoramuses who lack the necessary skill to interpret something as complicated as a calendar?
Look, the truth is YOU ARE STUPID. And what’s worse, you are actually proud of being stupid. So don’t blame us for pointing out what you yourselves have gone out of your way to make obvious. Don't wave your stupidity around like a neon flag if you don't want anyone to notice it. Don't regurgitate quotes from people proven to be liars if you want to be perceived as people capable of independent thought - or even common sense.
There is, of course, a way to stop being called stupid. You can always try NOT being stupid.
It’s so crazy, it just might work.
masochists of america!!
trump likes them stupid!!!
Donald Trump’s supporters have trouble understanding why liberals are shunning them
From Salon: President Donald Trump’s approval ratings may have reached historic lows in record time, but even as 40 percent of the country wants him impeached, supporters of Trump seem mystified by the fierceness of the opposition he faces — even as individuals on the fence often admit to feeling turned off by that same hostility.
“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” Patricia Melani, a 56-year-old New Jersey transplant who attended Trump’s campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, told The Washington Post. “All the loudmouths? They need to let it go. Let it go. Shut their mouths and let the man do what he’s got to do. We all shut our mouths when Obama got in the second time around, okay? So that’s what really needs to be done.”
She later added, “There’s such hatred for the man. I just don’t get it.”
The Post also quoted a 28-year-old car salesman named Tony Lopez, who said “It was hilarious to see him give it to the media. The media’s problem is that they keep wanting to make up stories so that he looks bad. It doesn’t work. He’s talking right through you guys.”
The Post also spoke to a 42-year-old Cameroonian immigrant who believed that Trump had saved coal miners’ jobs: “If he hadn’t gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work. I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were.”
Of course, Trump supporters did not have a reputation for being calm during the 2016 campaign. One New York Times article reported rallies that included chants of “Kill her!” “Trump that bitch!” and “Build a wall — kill them all!” In that context, stories about a Trump opponent stating in a Craigslist posting for a roommate that Trump supporters need not apply seem mild by comparison.
At the same time, as The New York Times reported, people who have been on the fence about Trump often say they wind up supporting him due to the attitudes they perceive from liberals.
“We’re backed into a corner,” a 46-year-old small business owner told The Times. “There are at least some things about Trump I find to be defensible. But they are saying: ‘Agree with us 100 percent or you are morally bankrupt. You’re an idiot if you support any part of Trump.’”
As he summited up, “I didn’t choose a side. They put me on one.”
Bryce Youngquist, a 34-year-old salesman from California, argued that “the name calling from the left is crazy.” He also pointed out that liberals “were making me want to support him more with how irrational they were being.”
Ann O’Connell, a 72-year-old registered Democrat who abandoned the party over what she felt was an inordinate emphasis on identity politics, complained that “the Democratic Party has changed so much that I don’t even recognize it anymore. These people are destroying our democracy. They are scarier to me than these Islamic terrorists. I feel absolutely disgusted with them and their antics. It strengthens people’s resolve in wanting to support President Trump. It really does.”
As the article also pointed out, a Pew Research Center poll found that Trump has a 70 percent approval rating among Republican-leaning moderates.
If you Voted for Trump to be Against Hillary...you got p'wned
From Demo. Underground: You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to be in Wall Street's pocket. Trump wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and eliminate the Fiduciary Rule, letting Wall Street return to its pre-2008 ways.
You voted for Trump because of Clinton's emails. The Trump administration is running its own private email server.
You voted for Trump because you thought the Clinton Foundation was "pay for play." Trump has refused to wall off his businesses from his administration, and personally profits from payments from foreign governments.
You voted for Trump because of Clinton's role in Benghazi. Trump ordered the Yemen raid without adequate intel, and tweeted about "FAKE NEWS" while Americans died as a result of his carelessness.
You voted for Trump because Clinton didn't care about "the little guy." Trump's cabinet is full of billionaires, and he took away your health insurance so he could give them a multi-million-dollar tax break.
You voted for Trump because he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. American consumers will pay for the wall via import tariffs.
You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to get us into a war. Trump has provoked our enemies, alienated our allies, and given ISIS a decade's worth of recruiting material.
You voted for Trump because Clinton didn't have the stamina to do the job. Trump hung up on the Australian Prime Minister during a 5pm phone call because "it was at the end of a long day and he was tired and fatigue was setting in."
You voted for Trump because foreign leaders wouldn't "respect" Clinton. Foreign leaders, both friendly and hostile, are openly mocking Trump.
You voted for Trump because Clinton lies and "he tells it like it is." Trump and his administration lie with a regularity and brazenness that can only be described as shocking.
Let's be honest about what really happened.
The reality is that you voted for Trump because you got conned. Trump is a grifter and the American people were the mark. Now that you know the score, quit insisting the con-man is on your side.
Do you REALLY want to understand Trumpers and white working-class voters? Please read this. Please.
From Demo. Underground: Hunter S. Thompson wrote the novel "Hell's Angels" in 1966 after spending some time with the motorcycle gang.
Most people read Hell’s Angels for the lurid stories of sex and drugs. But that misses the point entirely. What’s truly shocking about reading the book today is how well Thompson foresaw the retaliatory, right-wing politics that now goes by the name of Trumpism. After following the motorcycle guys around for months, Thompson concluded that the most striking thing about them was not their hedonism but their “ethic of total retaliation” against a technologically advanced and economically changing America in which they felt they’d been counted out and left behind. Thompson saw the appeal of that retaliatory ethic. He claimed that a small part of every human being longs to burn it all down, especially when faced with great and impersonal powers that seem hostile to your very existence. In the United States, a place of ever greater and more impersonal powers, the ethic of total retaliation was likely to catch on. ... But though Thompson’s depiction of an alienated, white, masculine working-class culture—one that is fundamentally misunderstood by intellectuals—is not the only one out there, it was the first. And in some ways, it is still the best psychological study of those Americans often dismissed as “white trash” or “deplorables.”
Thompson’s Angels were mostly working-class white men who felt, not incorrectly, that they had been relegated to the sewer of American society. Their unswerving loyalty to the nation— the Angels had started as a World War II veterans group—had not paid them any rewards or won them any enduring public respect. The manual-labor skills that they had learned and cultivated were in declining demand. Though most had made it through high school, they did not have the more advanced levels of training that might lead to economic or professional security. “Their lack of education,” Thompson wrote, “rendered them completely useless in a highly technical economy.” Looking at the American future, they saw no place for themselves in it. ... Their skills were outdated; their knowledge was insubstantial; their powers were inferior. There was no rational way to argue that they were better workers or citizens than the competition; the competition was effectively over, and Angels had lost. The standards by which they had been built had been definitively eclipsed. ... It’s not hard to see in the demographics, the words, and the behavior of Trump supporters an ethic of total retaliation at work. These are men and women who defend their vote by saying things like: “I just wanted people to know that I’m here, that I count.” These are men and women whose scorn of “political correctness” translates into: “You can’t make me talk the way that you want me to talk, even if that way of talking is nicer and smarter and better.” These are men and women whose denials of climate change are gleeful denials of scientific expertise in a world where scientific experts have unquestioned intellectual respect and social status. These are men and women who seemed to applaud the incompetence of Trump’s campaign because competence itself is associated with membership in the elite.
Thompson would want us to see this: These are men and women who know that, by all intellectual and economic standards, they cannot win the game. So whether it be out of self-protection or an overcompensation for their own profound sense of shame, they lash out at politicians, judges, scientists, teachers, Wall Street, universities, the media, legislatures—even at elections. They are not interested in contemplating serious reforms to the system; they are either too pessimistic or too disappointed to believe that is possible. So the best they can do is adopt a position of total irreverence: to show they hate the players and the game. ... Added by later edit: While many commentators say Trump will have to bring back jobs or vibrancy to places like the Rust Belt if he wants to continue to have the support of people who voted for him, Thompson’s account suggests otherwise. Many if not most Trump supporters long ago gave up on the idea that any politician, even someone like Trump, can change the direction the wind is blowing. Even if he fails to bring back the jobs, Trump can maintain loyalty in another way: As long as he continues to offend and irritate elites, and as long as he refuses to play by certain rules of decorum—heaven forfend, the president-elect says ill-conceived things on Twitter!—Trump will still command loyalty. It’s the ethic, not the policy, that matters most.
- Some RW Evangelical recently said that the people want "real" jobs to come back, because "there's no pride in programming". (Programming is hard and takes lots of math-skills. Not everybody can do that. And it looks totally unimpressive from the outside.)
- The job-market gets tougher and tougher, even for those with excellent degrees.
- Increasing automatization means that low-skill jobs will one day simply die out. And the definition of "low-skill job" gets wider and wider with each day.
- I see lots of students who simply have no talent for higher education, no passion for their field of study, no motivation. They would be happier doing something else, but these "something else"-jobs no longer pay well. These students don't want those degrees, but the harsh reality is that they NEED those degrees.
When Trump promised them "Make America Great Again", they heard: "I promise you to bring back an economy where ordinary, uneducated, hard-working people are high in demand, well-paid and well-respected."
When Clinton promised them "Better Together", they heard: "I promise you to go forward with a society where everybody is equal, where you still won't be special and where you still will be drowned out by many, many other voices."
Chris Hedges on authoritarian and militaristic nature of the Christian right:
The cult of masculinity, as in all fascist movements, pervades the ideology of the Christian right. The movement uses religion to sanctify military and heroic "virtues," glorify blind obedience and order over reason and conscience, and pander to the euphoria of collective emotions. Feminism and homosexuality, believers are told, have rendered the American male physically and spiritually impotent. Jesus, for the Christian right, is a man of action, casting out demons, battling the Antichrist, attacking hypocrites and ultimately slaying nonbelievers. This cult of masculinity, with its glorification of violence, is appealing to the powerless. It stokes the anger of many Americans, mostly white and economically disadvantaged, and encourages them to lash back at those who, they are told, seek to destroy them. The paranoia about the outside world is fostered by bizarre conspiracy theories, many of which are prominent in the rhetoric of those leading the government shutdown. Believers, especially now, are called to a perpetual state of war with the "secular humanist" state. The march, they believe, is irreversible. Global war, even nuclear war, is the joyful harbinger of the Second Coming. And leading the avenging armies is an angry, violent Messiah who dooms billions of apostates to death.
from crooks & liars.com: Seen In Conroe, Texas
How conservative pundits helped break reality
Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency, Detroit Free Press
From Demo. Underground: Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable fact. In effect, they broke reality. And Donald Trump came oozing out of the ruins.
“We’ve basically eliminated any of the referees, the gatekeepers,” Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes told Oliver Darcy of Business Insider. The net effect, he said, is that Trump will say some stupid thing Sykes knows to be false, but that his listeners still expect him to parrot. And if he doesn’t, “then suddenly, I have sold out.”
“When this is all over,” he mused, “we have to go back. There’s got to be a reckoning on all this. We’ve created this monster.” He added that, “At a certain point, you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible outlet out there.” As a result, he said, conservatives “are reaping the whirlwind.”
The result has been nothing less than the unraveling of the American mind. We have become a nation of junk history, junk science, junk fact, junk logic, junk thought, a nation where not knowing things is no longer a bar to high office and may even be an advantage, a nation where it is necessary to debate whether a birth certificate is really a birth certificate and Donald Trump followers think the election will be “rigged.