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Showing posts with label Election 2018. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Election 2018. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2018

American Totalitarianism?




First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out 
— Because I was not a Jew.  
Martin Niemöller (1893-1984) was a German Protestant who spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps for opposing the religious policies of Hitler. After the war, he became a prominent member of the Peace Movement. He achieved renown for his poem 'First they came for the Communists…'
  
January 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing at Auschwitz. 



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The ugly manifestations of authoritarianism and its bundled subsets. 

No one better than Newt Gingrich for embodying the essence of modern Republicanism. Recall his wife was given he glamorous and cushy job of Ambassador to the Vatican.

The wondering Trump demagogue stated:
“Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said on Fox News. “Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia—glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”
Gingrich is one Trump demagogue, yet he as an individual pales when compared with what seems a GOP core value with fissures in whiter nationalism and bold racism. The GOP has its racist flag wavers such as Steve King of Iowa. But, we suggest much deeper scrutiny of what the Party on the Right has come to via evolution post-Ronald Reagan's open racists Southern Strategy politics. 

Example.  How often have we heard or read defective strategy from the GOP which clearly intended to mirror reflect the actions of the party? Trump consistently overuses the strategy, a method of mind shaping which spans back to other totalitarian leaders in modern history. 

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Before the Atlantic piece, allow a couple of comments about two article headings.

A. "Aryanization"

While well over the of the nation refuse to accept obvious white nationalism and racism deeply inbred in the current GOP, the facts support clear core values of distrust and aversions to all things nonwhite with extreme denizens who openly practice racism and anti-Semitism. One such purveyor of such nationalism was once employed in the White House and served as a chief adviser to Trump.

On a more street level, we are seeing groups like the Proud Boys, the so-called (white racists) Alt-right, and various splinter organizations with goals embed in white supremacy. 

PBS: 

GOP faces identity crisis as some candidates stoke racial divide | PBS ...


The Independent UK

Why are racists flocking to join the Republican Party? | The Independent


And there is this from the lowest in the gutter. Linked here.
B. The Propaganda Ministry and the Reich Press Chamber

The one is simple and quick: Fox News, Steve Miler, Spencer Media, and a former Fox News head on the big-wig in the White House communications Dept. 


The dangers inherent in Trumpism far exceed Trump himself and his inner cabal. The danger is the American electorate; people who refused to vote in 2016 and people who actually voted for Trump. In other cases, a sorry lot of low information celebrity worshippers who probably serve as Trump's: a sucker is born every minute.

Yale Professor Timothy Snyder recently supported his case regarding Trumpism close resemblance to Germany 1926 - 1945.
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The Atlantic

“Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said on Fox News. “Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia—glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”


<p>German boys read an issue of <em>Der Stuermer</em> newspaper posted in a display box at the entrance to a Nazi Party headquarters in the Dresden region. The German slogan (partially obscured) at the bottom of the display box reads, "The Jews are our misfortune."</p>

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THE PRESS IN THE THIRD REICH

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Establishing Control of the Press

When Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s 4,700 papers.
The elimination of the German multi-party political system brought about the demise of hundreds of newspapers produced by outlawed political parties. It also allowed the state to seize the printing plants and equipment of the Communist and Social Democratic Parties, which were often turned over directly to the Nazi Party. In the following months, the Nazis established control or exerted influence over independent press organs.
During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed the radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (Storm Troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers.
Sometimes using holding companies to disguise new ownership, executives of the Nazi Party-owned publishing house, Franz Eher, established a huge empire that drove out competition and purchased newspapers at below-market prices. Some independent newspapers, particularly conservative newspapers and non-political illustrated weeklies, accommodated to the regime through self-censorship or initiative in dealing with approved topics.

"Aryanization"

Through measures to “Aryanize” businesses, the regime also assumed control of Jewish-owned publishing companies, notably Ullstein and Mosse.
Ullstein, which published the well-known Berlin daily the Vossische Zeitung, was the largest publishing house company in Europe by 1933, employing 10,000 people. In 1933, German officials forced the Ullstein family to resign from the board of the company and, a year later, to sell the company assets.
Owners of a worldwide advertising agency, the Mosse family owned and published a number of major liberal papers much hated by the Nazis, including the Berlin Tageblatt; the Mosse family fled Germany the day after Hitler took power. Fearing imprisonment or death, reputable journalists also began to flee the country in large numbers. German non-Jewish newspaper owners replaced them in part with ill-trained and inexperienced amateurs loyal to the Nazi Party, as well as with skilled and veteran journalists prepared to collaborate with the regime in order to maintain and even enhance their careers.

The Propaganda Ministry and the Reich Press Chamber

The Propaganda Ministry, through its Reich Press Chamber, assumed control over the Reich Association of the German Press, the guild which regulated entry into the profession. Under the new Editors Law of October 4, 1933, the association kept registries of “racially pure” editors and journalists, and excluded Jews and those married to Jews from the profession. Propaganda Ministry officials expected editors and journalists, who had to register with the Reich Press Chamber to work in the field, to follow the mandates and instructions handed down by the ministry. In paragraph 14 of the law, the regime required editors to omit anything “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home.”
The Propaganda Ministry aimed further to control the content of news and editorial pages through directives distributed in daily conferences in Berlin and transmitted via the Nazi Party propaganda offices to regional or local papers. Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news.

Toward the End of World War II

By 1944, a shortage of newspaper and ink forced the Nazi government to limit all newspapers first to eight, then four, and finally, two pages. Of the 4,700 newspapers published in Germany when the Nazis took power in 1933, no more that 1,100 remained. Approximately half were still in the hands of private or institutional owners, but these newspapers operated in strict compliance with government press laws and published material only in accordance with directives issued by the Ministry of Propaganda. While the circulation of these newspapers was approximately 4.4 million, the circulation of the 325 newspapers and their multiple regional editions owned by the Nazi Party was 21 million. Many of these newspapers continued to publish until the end of the war.
Upon occupying Germany, Allied authorities shut down and confiscated presses owned by Nazi Party organs. The last surviving German radio station, located in Flensberg, near the Danish border, made its final broadcast in the name of the National Socialist state on May 9, 1945. After reporting the news of the unconditional capitulation of German forces to the Allies, it went off the air.

After the War

In the postwar US occupation zone of Germany, the military administration believed that the reestablishment of a free press was vital to the denazification and reeducation of Germans, and essential to the creation of democracy in Germany. Therefore, the first German newspaper approved for publication by the US military high command appeared on January 24, 1945, in Aachen, three months after the US forces captured the city.
Among those tried by the Allies as major war criminals at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg were Hans Fritzsche, head of the Radio Division of the Propaganda Ministry, and Julius Streicher, editor of Der Stürmer.
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They will soon come for you......
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

US Deficit Increased By 17% Over 2017



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Yesterday we posted a short piece about the White House and the CBO's recent revelations of a 17% increase in the US deficit. That is a 17% increase over last year's Deficit increase. the nation went from $666 billion deficit in 2017 to a $770 billion deficit in FY 2018.


Here is what perspective looks like. From Obama to Trump and a hefty tax cut for the nations wealthy.

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Of course, you recall the many on-camera appearances of Paul Ryan, Trump and McConnell as well as other GOP politicos speaking about how the wealthy American tax cut would not increase the Deficit. Did you actually believe them?

Since you are reading this post vs speaking with a person, it is OK, to honestly consider your faith in (pre-tax cut) GOP rhetoric as the party works to legislate for its constituency (not me and you).  

Well, Democrat Chuck Schumer's Twitter page addresses the rhetoric of which you may have bought into.  
Is there any veracity at the inner core of the GOP?  

The question is rhetorical.

And, the ultimate Trump/Ryan/McConnell victims?  The poor according to Forbes.

On another front, it appears we have another permanent ward of the state who fought to force you to work past age 70.


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YOUR GOP!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

As Trump 's World Turns: 17% US Deficit Increase From The Fiscally Conservative GOP





Thanks To The Trump Economic Team


The US Deficit hit the $779 billion mark at the end of last month; the end of 2018 Fiscal Year. The 2018 deficit is the largest deficit in the past six years. The increase represents a 17% jump of last year's deficit of $666 billion.

The New York Times
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There is an interesting set of trends lines associated with the chart. When did Barack Obama serve as US President and when did he leave office?  The questions are rhetorical.

The Committee for Responsible Federal Budget

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A deeper historical review of the US Deficit.

US Federal Deficit by Year - plus charts and analysis - US Government ...\



A point made and reinforced. Any perception you may have held about the GOP and fiscal conservatism is as ridiculous as the GOP claiming it isn't the party of growing US Nazism and white supremacy. 

Should we expect the deficit under Trump and his economic cabal to reach $1 trillion in 2019 or 2020? Before you take a guess to know that the both the White House and the Congressional Budget Office says, "yes" we; we are looking at a trillion dollar deficit.  

NPR also published a piece on Trump's Deficit spending in relation to his and Paul Ryan's Tax cuts for the wealthy.

MSNBC's Ali Velshi also broadcast a segment on Trump's Deficit.

The real horror in the Deficit report is based on economic trends. The Deficit has a history of shrinking during economic booms.  Barack Obama left Trump a vibrant economy which Trump and his team haven't yet managed to collapse. The GOP tax cut for the wealthy is playing havoc on the Deficit while we, as citizens, are scurrying around with Trump's daily lies. silliness and outright baby-like behavior.

As you consider the reality of the US Deficit blowing up like a hydrogen bomb the Senate leader has the gall to point to government spending without any acknowledgment of their wealthy Americans tax cut. These people really do consider US citizens suckers.

McConnell and the Washington Post
McConnell calls deficit ‘very disturbing,’ blames federal spending, dismisses criticism of tax cut

No, the GOP isn't the purveyor of fiscal conservatism. If you continue to believe it is such you are maybe blind, suffer from chronic hearing disease and, or you are a Fox News viewer.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed





Kavanaugh confirmed to Trump's Court.....

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Trump gets his Get Out OF Jail Justice.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Defending Trump And A CNN Fact Check






Image result for huckabee sandersWhile hosting a rally performance in the Great State of Mississippi, Trump offered up a mega dose in unpresidential speech making.  The backdrop of his performance is noteworthy for a number of reasons: pud applause as him maligned and mocked Dr. Ford, Mississippi fact cats and dolls standing behind 45, as a noticeable absence of Trump's "Blacks Love Trump" black guy.

The arena was classic GOP from the heart of the GOP Red State territory.  And Trump performed lie a stand-up comedian and bully while under the guise of local support for a women GOP politician. Watch as Trump thrills his sycophant audience.




Watch as one of the nation's most admired women defends Trump's bullying. Oh yes, according to Snopes dot com, a survey regarding the Most Admired somehow absorbed, Huckabee Sanders. And that speaks to the pitiful state of the United States. A person who lies for a living (and highly paid for the craft of lying) is considered by a large group of fellow Americans as Most Admired.
Now watch CNN's Anderson Cooper fact check the Huckabee's remarks and Trump's attack on Dr. Ford.
Trump will get his "get out of jail card" Kavanaugh on the SCOTUS. He will, via the confirming votes for the GOP and Democrats whoa re by name only Democrats, also have placed an alleged drunk and sexual assaulter on the Court.

But, do you think the nation cares?  We can rest assured the nation's conservatives are happy with the Kavanuagh proceedings.  


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kavanaugh Via Media Matters; Trump In Mississippi





As Trump's reality TV show continues...



While considering what you just witnessed as a backdrop, take another look and listen to how the nation's 45th resident bullied Dr. Ford at an oozfest in Mississippi. Also, notice the roaring round of applause as Trump unleashes a form of misogyny. As you know Dr. Ford was the first of a few former associates who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse.


Imagine that.


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As Trump's World Turns: Central Park Five, Mocks Dr. Ford; A Reminder To Vote





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A Day In The Life

Yesterday Trump spent an unusually long time on the White House lawn yielded questions for reporters, and lying. While we have grown to expect lies form Trump, we continue to respond in awe and shock when his words literally contradict the manner in which he lived his past. Remember the Central Park Five; linked, here and here?
Didn't Trump publicly state the FBI could "go anyplace they wished" in their one-week investigation into accusations against his SCOTUS nominee. I wonder what is the number assigned tot hat lie We long ago passed 5,000 lies in 18 months in the Oval Office. Have we reached 6,000 lies yet?
It seems Trump lied about an open investigation of matters related to Kavanaugh There is nothing new there, but consider what comes next.

A US President travels to the pits of social America (the State of Mississippi) and openly mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser. One the day of Fords Senate Hearing testimony Trump indicated his thought so Ford as a credible person.

Watch your President as he reminds of another inhumane act from the 2016 campaign:



Again Trump reminds rational Americans of the horrors of staying home on election day, and he reminds of a flawed electoral system which ended with Trump taking the Oval Office despite the reality of finishing the election 2.8 million votes behind his opponent. 

It is critical to notice the extent to which irrational Americans find Trump entertaining.  Watch as the crowd roars with approval.  




A President of the United States of America!



If you have a need to read a few words about Trump's Mississippi oozfest, I have linked a New York Magazine piece, here

A Day In The Life. Remember, these are things we know of his day, only the heavens know what acts and manifest he enacted outside of our scrutiny.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Talking Points Memo And Today's Trump Carnival Act (Video)




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Despite the apparent reality of a nation having grown "Comfortably Numb" to Trumpism, we feel obligated to offer up examples of US conservatism gone mad.

Trump has a wife who has stated her mission in the White House was one of challenging cyberbullying (bully et al). She very infrequently visits the false facade of the mission while her husband (45) bullies on a daily basis. If he isn't bullying via Twitter, he appears on-camera with oratory and language focuses like a laser weapon at anything remotely resembling a challenge or lack of support. 

Of late his bullying seems to almost exclusive settle on Jeff session and more importantly, women.

Yesterday's White House comments while surrounded with integral members of his Whtie House cabal, Trump added to his unbalanced and disparate treatment of women reporters.

Talking Points Memo has published five key items from the lawn session; land they are as bad as it comes if we consider that old ancient phrase: appearing presidential. 

TPM (linked)

We will take the video out of order ranked by TPM. A quick visit to the TPM link will show how editors of that publication ranked the five key points. 

Points...

Pure bullying an ABC News reporter who happens to be a woman.

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Telling Female Reporter She’s ‘Not Thinking’

He directed a special, intense vitriol towards female reporters, scolding them to keep to trade questions and telling ABC’s Cecilia Vega that he knows she’s “not thinking” since “she never does.”

Trump tells ABC News' senior White House correspondent @CeciliaVega "I know you're not thinking, you never do," then refuses to answer a question about Brett Kavanaugh.

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Trump Admits He’d Be A ‘Mess’ If He Drank

In a rare moment of self reflection, he joked about how much of a “mess” he would be if he drank alcohol, saying his sobriety is “one of his only good qualities.”



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It’s ‘Fine’ If FBI Interviews Kavanaugh

He also nonchalantly agreed to expand the FBI probe on Kavanaugh’s past, saying it would be “fine” for agents to interview Kavanaugh himself, who is currently omitted from the witness list.



Trump "fine" with Kavanaugh being interviewed by FBI


Points One and Five are better viewed via TPM.

We have spent enough time on today's version of Trump's traveling carnival.
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