Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I Love America, SO, Two Big Middles to Trump...

After cancelling the planned Super Bowl celebration with the Philadelphia Eagles pResident Trump hosted a "Patriotic Celebration". The pResident's remarks below.

Perhaps it's just this individualistic patriot of some 60+ years that believes Trump is full of it. However, our constitution guarantees the right to free political speech and expression. Which includes legitimate peaceful protest against inequities and injustice, perceived or real.

I love my country, even with its many flaws. I stand for the National Anthem out of choice, not compulsion. I do so in respect for, and in the spirit of,  what our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution stand for.

Unfortunately this nation of laws has not always lived up to the lofty words and values of our Declaration of Independence. Nor has it insured equal justice under the law to all it's citizens in all places and at al times. The institutionalized inequities and injustice in our legal system is well documented. Thus the justification for Taking a Knee.

If Trump understood our Constitution and the stated values enshrined in our Declaration of Independence he would know what it means to be a true Patriot who loves America. It does not mean parades, pomp and circumstance, standing with hand over heart, agreeing with "your" president at every turn, or accepting all that you are told to accept. It means fighting for the principles and vales that you believe are right. And that Mr. pResident means peaceful protest in solidarity against very real injustices that exist in our justice system.

The below should incense every true patriotic American, WHY? Because it is true.

“There is today one state in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception [of immigration] are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but [the US], in which an effort is made to consult reason at least partially. By refusing immigrants on principle to elements in poor health, by simply excluding certain races from naturalisation, it professes in slow beginnings a view that is peculiar to the People’s State.”

Hitler connected this American “success” story to his ultimate goal, as he told a fellow Nazi:

“Now that we know the laws of heredity, it is possible to a large extent to prevent unhealthy and severely handicapped beings from coming into the world. I have studied with interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock.”

So if you want to know why NFL players feel the need to follow Colin Kaepernick’s lead, and protest during the national anthem, the fact that Hitler took inspiration from popular American policies like the Jim Crow South or the Immigration Act of 1924 should be instructive. Racially tinged fascism is as American as apple pie, and it’s on the rise yet again. And before we can understand the NFL protests, and the abysmal reaction from Roger Gooddell and the owners, we have to understand a little bit of American fascist history.

Trump is far from the first demagogue to successfully court this thick slice of Americans who identify more with the heritage-based vision of Nazi Germany than the idea-centric aim of our constitution. According to Gallup, Richard Nixon received 32% of votes from nonwhite Americans in his failed 1960 presidential bid. When he won in 1968, he only got 12% of the votes from this group. What happened in between was basically the Big Bang for the modern GOP.



  1. Perhaps most angering about Trump is his utter disinterest in understanding the experience of people too different from him. I know ppl will say Obama started it, but that's just nuts. Obama never called entire groups of employees "Sons of Bitches" for choosing to disagree with him.

    He did call people un American because they did not hold his views. Yes, he made some comments about others... like the "guns and bibles" comments, but by and large, he tried to call people together, for a common practice.

    For years conservatives said Obama was politicizing events for his gain. And yet look at what Trump did with the Eagles. Not a one of them took a knee during the recent NFL season. They've served America in the spare time, many are active Christians. Aren't these the qualities we'd like to see in America?

    And yet Trump chose to divide once again with lies. And right there with him was FOX News showing praying Eagles players and implying they were kneeling in protest.

    His policies may be god for America in the end... but he is terrible person.

  2. I with you on this, RN. Like you, I take pride in America for the ideals enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. But democracy is a fragile thing, and we are witnessing how one ignorant demagogue could appeal to the besest instincts in our fellow citizens and then become the POTUS, without his ever understanding how our democracy works.

    Tuesday night's election results are encouraging. Perhaps Americans are waking up to the dangers they and furture generations face as long as the Mania-in-Chief remains in office with his feckless Congress abating and abetting his reckless behaviors.

  3. Here's how a conservative mostly right of center publication, the Washington Examiner puts Trumps election plans...

    "President Trump’s instinct for exploiting America’s deep cultural divisions could help Republicans nullify the Democratic resistance in the midterm elections, saving the party’s vulnerable congressional majorities."

    Anyone with an instinct for "exploiting America's deep cultural divisions" is never going to unite us and does not care. As he tries to set aside the Constitution, America will suffer and be worse off.

  4. His policies may be god for America in the end... but he is terrible person.

    It remains to be seen if his policies are, or will be, good for America. I tend to think alienating our allies, taking actins that diminishes and marginalizes American influence, building walls rather than bridges, and demonizing the free press just to name a few are not good for a democraticr epublic who touts itself a beacome of freedom and liberty.

    Yes Dave, he IS a terrible person. Why so many not terrible people voted for and continue even now to support him is a puzzlement to me.

  5. "basest," not "besest." "Maniac-in-Chief" not "Mania-in-Chief." Next time I'll proof read before publishing. Duh!

  6. Anyone with an instinct for "exploiting America's deep cultural divisions" is never going to unite us and does not care. As he tries to set aside the Constitution, America will suffer and be worse off.

    tRump does not give a s*it about anything other than exploiting America's cultural divisions to acheive political, and ;ersonal gain. PERIOD.

  7. But democracy is a fragile thing, and we are witnessing how one ignorant demagogue could appeal to the besest instincts in our fellow citizens and then become the POTUS, without his ever understanding how our democracy works.

    EXACTLY Shaw!! I am tepidly hopeful that democrats will pull together and develop an agenda and an action plan for 2020 that independents can support. Getting tRump out of the White House ought to be the highest priority of every true American Patriot.

  8. Maybe if you ever SERVED this country , you’d feel differently.

  9. Hey Jack, does helping homeless vets get food and shelter count as serving? What about being a nurse? A doctor? A pastor?

    How about designing the roads we drive on? Is that serving this country? Does a teacher serve this country?

    There are many ways to serve and millions of ppl do so everyday. In many different ways. Some for their entire lives.

  10. I heard there was a secret chord
    That Dave Miller played and it pleased the Lord
    But you don't really care for music, do you?
    Well, it goes like this…

  11. Classy stuff Jack... nice to see you modeling the family values the GOP and conservatives care so much about.

    BTW... I noticed you didn't answer any of my questions.

    Here's a few more... Do policemen serve our country? How about firemen? Do they serve our country? What about politicians? People like Congressmen or Senators? Elected officials? Mayors? City Councilmen? Does the president serve our country?

    Shouldn't we be thanking these people for their service too?

    1. There is one bridge to far for me Dave... I will NEVER thank tRump for his disservice to the American values and principles my grandparents and parents raisd me to respect. NEVER

    2. BTW Dave, I was going to delete Jack LaFlame Lalanne as he has nothing to offer this thread, or any other for that matter. But you handled dweezel well so I decided to let them stand.

  12. I hear you Les... But I guess i would say that someone serving as President is serving, even when some of us can't stand him.

    Jack though seems to be a one dimensional thinker, like so many other conservatives. For him, it looks like the only way to serve our country is in the military.

    My dad was a Merchant Marine in WWII. Was he serving our country? It was not the military, but he moved lots of fuel and supplies for the Allies on the ships he captained. I wonder where jack would put him?

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  13. tRump is evil to his core and serves only himself IMCO Dave. I admit to a significant negative bias when it comes to tRump, I do. All I can say it is what it is and the likelihood of me ever changin my mind about tRump is nil


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