The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label the Justice Department. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the Justice Department. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism

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If you can continue to deny Trump's overt maneuvers to instill authoritarian governance in the US you are truly suffering from a case of unable to discern reality.

You may be an unwitting facilitator of life in the US comparable to life in societies where autocratic leaders wield all power (and corruption).

Take a quick peep at how via the 2016 election we have effective transform the US Presidency into the leading role of a reality TV show. 

The Justice Department

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OK, we elected him, now let's consider a reminder of how the autocrat administers governance.  Before we move to an MSNBC video segment with ALL-IN's Chris Hayes, ask yourself a question. Do you really believe the US Justice Department is an "at-will; at-whim" entity for Trump to order around dictate to and generally serve as an overseer?  Think in terms of German mid-1920s.

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The Media
If you know anything about autocratic leaders you know they view an open and free press (media) as an enemy of the state to be discredited and turned to a national communications division of the autocrat's regime.

“Let me control the media and I will turn any nation into a herd of pigs” – Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels used words as a weapon to facilitate the agenda of his maniacal leaders: Adolf Hitler. As tragically historic as the words appear, they continue today as a basis of ideology for millions across the globe while generally (albeit unconscionably so) a tool used against millions in the United States.

Image result for joseph goebbels on the pressIn 2016 CBS's Leslie Stahl sat for an on-camera interview with Trump. Stahl straight-up asked Trump why he attacks the media. His answer was both startling, telling yet no surprise. (video link 9:52 minutes)
"I said, 'You know, that is getting tired. Why are you doing this? You're doing it over and over. It's boring and it's time to end that,'" Stahl said on stage alongside "PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff.  
  • "He said, 'You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.' He said that," Stahl told the audience, adding, "So, put that in your head for a minute."
What better way to control the nation.s collective thinking than a weaponized media. Hence, the long-standing propaganda value of Fox News, and the more pervasive effect of News operations like Sinclair News. Of course, AM radio is the domain of conservative demagogues. And guess who sits as their target? The question is rhetorical.

The following is a mere example of how mind-altering media demagogues work to shape the psyches of their viewers or listeners.  Let me state before the embed. There are money managers and producers at Fox News who know fell well Trump's strategy regarding FBI "spies" is pure deflection and defense strategy.

How about this action for evidence of total disregard for a free and open press?

To keep this post short, let's hold on other issues which seem to serve to identify growing authoritarianism from the Right.  


Thursday, July 12, 2012

No need for monitoring for race discrimination? Ask Wells Fargo about the 175 Million settlerment

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Wells Fargo Resulting in More Than $175 Million in Relief for Homeowners to Resolve Fair Lending Claims
African-American and Hispanic Borrowers Who Qualified for Loans and Were Charged Higher Fees or Rates or Were Improperly Placed into Subprime Loans Are Eligible for Compensation

The United States is the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Of course, some who live in other countries might contest that claim, but evidence of our 'supposed' freedoms and 'theoretical opportunities' are unparalleled.  Why the qualifiers and "supposed" and "theoretical"? 

The answer is simple. Opportunity for all Americans is not a reality.  The poor do not have the same opportunity or receive the same treatment as most in the middle class. Neither of those demographic groupings are treated equally with the wealthy.  We see and read about disparate treatment based  on religion and we have most assuredly (over the past 20 years) realized major disparate treatment and outright discrimination against the LBGT in our society.

Alas, there are population segments that continue suffer unequal treatment, disparate treatment, and flat-out discrimination. The ongoing discrimination against people of color in America is both inconceivable and incredulous for far too many in the nation.  

Racial discrimination is as American as the often stated "apple pie".  Despite our efforts to avoid conversation or thought of such, you know as well as I it is real and ever-present. We have seen it, some of us have felt it, and directly or not we all suffer from it. Do you think the real rate of black employment at 17% is solely due to a fact that all of that number are lazy and do not wish to work?  It is much more likely most of that 17% are victims of lingering employment discrimination. Latino unemployment is also influenced by discrimination.  Yet, we have a presidential candidate from the GOP who eliminated'

The Grio 

Outcry over Romney’s Mass. affirmative action move

ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney scuttled the Massachusetts government’s long-standing affirmative action policies with a few strokes of his pen on a sleepy holiday six months after he became governor. 
No news conference or news release trumpeted Romney’s executive order on Bunker Hill Day, June 17, 2003, in the deserted Statehouse. But when civil rights leaders, black lawmakers and other minority groupslearned of Romney’s move two months later, it sparked a public furor.
Romney drew criticism for cutting the enforcement teeth out of the law and rolling back more than two decades of affirmative action advances.
Civil rights leaders said his order stripped minorities, women, disabled people and veterans of equal access protections for state government jobs and replaced them with broad guidelines. They complained Romney hadn’t consulted them before making the changes, snubbing the very kind of inclusion he professed to support.
“It was done under the radar and there was a big backlash,” said Michael Curry, president of the Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “It was clear Romney really did not have an appreciation for the affirmative action policies long in place.”