If everyone who is registered bothers to show up and vote, the trials and tribulations of the past four years will be History. very soon…
If everyone who is registered bothers to show up and vote, the trials and tribulations of the past four years will be History. very soon…
Okay, this is the last column before Election Day, and I have to ask this one more time: if you’re voting for Donald Trump, why? What possible reason can you provide for that decision?
I’ve heard them all, ya know, and all of them are pure crap.
For example, I have been told by Trumpers that he “tells it like it is.” The problem with that is, we have Trump on record laying to the American people tens of thousands of times in less than four years. According to The Washington Post, he’s told more than 23 lies per day since he became “president.”
I have also heard – mostly from Trump himself – that Trump has been a monster on the economy, which is another load of crap. In fact, it used to be standard Republican orthodoxy that presidents don’t build an economy and they certainly don’t influence the stock market. Yet, the stock market is Trump’s major touchstone when he decides to take credit for the economy. Using the stock market as an indicator, assuming the above is just another Trump/GOP lie, Trump’s performance hasn’t been bad, but Obama’s performance was a lot more impressive. Since Trump swore his oath during his poorly-attended inauguration, the stock market is up about 30% or so. That’s pretty good, but he always talks about “setting records.” Unfortunately, when you inherit a healthy economy, you are supposed to set records, and to do so constantly. The 30% increase would be impressive under normal circumstances, but it’s nothing when compared to the fact that the stock market nearly tripled in value during Obama’s two terms. As even a moron like Trump can see, a 30% increase in four years is not impressive when compared with the 200% increase in eight years that happened during Obama’s time in the White House.
Trump is now trying to brag about how he’s “rebuilding the economy” after the COVID-19 recession, and he’s actually taking credit for the 33.1% increase in GDP over the past month or two. The only problem with that is, the GDP is still far lower than it was and the unemployment rate is still at its highest point since the Republican near-depression of 2008. Yeah, that’s another “indicator” Trump and his cultists like to point to as a way to show what an economic stud he is. The problem is, during his campaign, he asserted that the unemployment rate is bogus, and the actual unemployment rate is at least 10 times the number reported. And Trump has done nothing to change the calculation so far, so why isn’t it still 10 times higher in reality? See above; the part about the constant lying.
The most you can say about Trump’s record on the economy is that he didn’t do anything to collapse the GDP until he completely botched the reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak. He failed to stem the pandemic and he failed to offer medical personnel the support they needed in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE). He also downplayed the virus to the public and discouraged mask-wearing, out of some childish belief that people who wear masks were “pussies” or some such nonsense. If there was something to fuck up when the virus came to our shores, Trump fucked it up. Now, some have made the case that Obama’s Administration went a little overboard in their reaction to Ebola, but you know what? Ebola never became a problem. A total of two Americans contracted ebola and none died from it. There were also no economic shutdowns and no one had to wear a mask to prevent the spread. Therefore, a case could be made that going overboard is preferable to doing nothing.
Which brings up the next load of crap that Trumpers feed me when rationalizing their support of Trump. They say he’s a “tough guy” who protects the people. The reality is this; Trump is the biggest coward to ever hold the office. He claims he stands up to China, but that’s not true. He put tariffs in place on Chinese goods, sure, but the Chinese don’t pay those, Americans do, unless the Chinese manufacturers decide to eat the extra cost. When Trump speaks to or about President Tsi of China, he is always complementary and brags about what a great relationship they have. Does this sound like a “tough guy” to you? If he really thinks the Chinese are screwing us and stealing all of our jobs, he should stay so to Chinese leaders, and he should not be two-faced about it.
There is nothing “tough” about Donald Trump. He’s like the typical redneck Trump supporter, who will always tell his friends what “thugs” liberals are, but who will never say anything to the “thug” liberals. Trump’s latest ads are full of crap and perpetuate lies about liberals; a “tough guy” doesn’t have to lie to old people and the physically informed. “Tough guys” don’t cry and hide from reporters who don’t toe the line and others who aren’t completely loyal to him. “Tough guys” in government also understand that “loyalty” to the country is more important than loyalty to him, personally, and Trump doesn’t understand that.
“Tough guys” also don’t assign childish names to people they don’t like and they certainly don’t threaten First Responders who are trying to keep Trump supporters from keeling over in the heat. I hope you Trump voters heard about that incident. You see, Trump was holding one of his Super Spreader rallies in Tampa, Florida last week. It was in the middle of the day, and very hot. A fire truck manned with firefighters noticed a small number of attendees who fainted from the heat and they started misting water on the crowd, to keep them cool. Trump felt a couple of drops of water hit him and he asked if the people sprinkling the water were “friend or foe,” as if firefighters could ever be “foes.” He then told his crowd to “take them out” if they turned out not to be “friends,” ands called them “sons of bitches.” Yeah, that sounds like a “tough guy” president, doesn’t it? Threatening people who have dedicated their careers to saving lives and calling them “sons of bitches” sure is the move of a fake “tough guy,” isn’t it?
If you think that kind of behavior marks a “tough guy,” how do you make it out of the sports bar with dry jeans, dude? That’s just pathetic. Trump is the opposite of “tough.” Someone who is strong is able to tell people what they need to know, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. Strong people don’t lie to anyone, but especially people who support them. Yet, Trump lies to everyone, especially his supporters.
He can’t handle criticism, and he has an overwhelming need for everyone to adore him; otherwise, he can’t function. If you want a truly tough president, you had one in Obama, and you’ll have another with Biden. Biden started his political career just days after his wife and daughter were killed in a tractor-trailer accident, and he has spent nearly 50 years working for the average working person. Compare that with Trump, who has spent 8 years working for no one but himself.
And one last thing; Trump has not kept any of the promises he made to you. He has not led the way on job creation, for example. Any jobs that have been created have been incidental. And we know this because it’s not possible to point to any policy change that has caused businesses to create jobs. Manufacturing jobs have not risen in the last four years, and many of his Tweets may have actually had the opposite effect. He has called for a lot of boycotts of American companies who didn’t toe the Trump line. Again, does that sound like a “tough guy”? Really? Based on what?
If you’re voting for Trump, whether for the first time, or for the second time, you are merely showing everyone how incredibly gullible you are, and nothing more. You are voting for one of the greatest bullshit artists in the history of American politics.
And you know how the saying goes; “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” If you’re voting for Trump and not feeling shame, there’s something seriously wrong with you.
You have been warned.
The 2020 election, which is easily one of the most consequential in the history of this country, takes place the day after tomorrow. There are a lot of questions to be asked, but the most important is the question we must ask those who will vote for Trump on Tuesday.
It’s a valid question because it demonstrates a distinct lack of standards when it comes to running for president, and the least we should expect from a president is that they show loyalty to the country and what it stands for. Yet, if you’re voting for Trump after four years of displaying no standards on his part, you are showing just how little you care for this country.
I’ve seen all the pro-Trump campaign commercials, and then some, in what can only be called their closing theme. Virtually all of them whine and cry and try to scare you with images of “the Liberal mob” talking over the government and imposing their will. How can you fall for that. Unless you’re an extreme right-winger who thinks everyone to the left of the KKK is a “liberal,” which makes you an idiot, you should know that this country has never really elected a full-on hardcore liberal. Also, the imagery of the “Leftist Thugs” who are rioting all through “left-run cities” is a complete snow job. For one thing, liberals like to organize protests, not riots. Also, this isn’t the 1960s; the current unicorn progressives are made up of Sixties hippie-types who had to find a babysitter for their grandchildren so they could march, and millennials who have a rosy and wholly inaccurate image of what the Sixties were like. The days of the “radical militant” have been over for 50 years, and have no place in the current environment, in which the “militant radicals” are all Neo-conservatives and white supremacists, and there is a lot of overlap.
Put simply, if you are voting for Donald Trump this time around, you are showing that you don’t care about this country, or what it stands for. That may see hyperbolic, but you should know that the latest pro-Trump campaign commercials are just so much bullshit. There’s one going around right now claiming that Trump “cares about us,” and the excuses presented to prove it are just purely fictional. They claim he increased the paychecks of working class people, and that’s simply not true. They refer to his tax cuts, of course, but most people making less than $100,000 per year saw almost no cut. Not only that, but the few tax cuts that could apply to the average family are set to expire in the next few years, so your paycheck is set to rise back up. And if you are one of those who have been affected by the shutdowns used to control the Coronavirus, he and his Republican lackeys think all you deserve is $1200, and no more.
The ads also claim Trump is being “tough” on China, but nothing could be further from the truth. Calling COVID-19 “the China Virus” does not constitute “getting tough” on China. And if you think is setting of tariffs on Chinese imports is “tough on China,” you should know; China doesn’t pay that tax, Americans do. And most of the people who buy these Chinese goods are those who are most likely to vote for Trump, so he really doesn’t care about anyone, even those of you who voted for him. He not only doesn’t care; he’s been “trained” to think of everyone who isn’t as rich as he is beneath him. That’s why he can’t accept that Barack Obama was a much better president than he; in his tiny little mind, a black man is inferior to him by default. And lying about Obama doesn’t actually help.
No, Obama didn’t work to divide the country, it wasn’t even part of his personality to do so. And, contrary to Trump’s assertions during the 2016 campaign, the economy was not “terrible” and Trump did NOT set up the “best economy in history.” That actually happened in the post-war era, when we became the strongest economic power in the world. By the mid-1950s, we had the largest, most prosperous economy in the world, but the white majority stupidly decided to leave non-whites out of it. Now more than 65 years later, the populations of non-white minorities have grown and they have started to take a greater part of what should have been theirs to begin with. Of course, Donald Trump was told by one of his political advisors early on that a president doesn’t actually do anything; he just takes credit for everything “good” that happens and it seems to be the only thing he learned about the job that he takes seriously.
As “president,” Trump has done literally nothing in four years. He’s shown himself to be incredibly lazy and he seems determined to “prove” that it’s not necessary for the president to work hard to do the job. He claims he did a great job with the economy, but really, can you name three major economic improvements he engineered during his four years in office? T believe he’s responsible for the state of the economy early on, you have to ignore the first seven years of the economic recovery, and you have to ignore the fact that this past year has been an economic disaster because his lazy, do-nothing approach to the Coronavirus left us vulnerable. In just about four years, Trump’s Administration has never submitted a proposed bill to Congress; everything he has done, he’s relied on “Executive Orders,” which he seems to think have the force and effect of law because it’s what he understands. As the owner of the Trump Organization, there’s little doubt that, when he gave an order, everyone jumped to fulfill that and do his bidding. And since he’s likely been told that the United States needs a CEO – someone who can run the government like a business – Trump doubtless imagines that the American people see his orders and work to do his bidding. It’s certainly clear he doesn’t see himself as an employee of the American people; he sees himself as the “Boss of America” ands expects everyone else in government to do what he orders them to do.
Therefore, if you plan to vote for Trump this election, you are in favor of the President acting as the “Boss of America,” which is against the values established in the Constitution. You want a king, with the power demonstrated by kings in the pre-democratic era. Voting for Trump means you don’t appreciate democracy, and you don’t care about making sure the people have the most power in our democracy. You also don’t seem to care about standards. Over the past four years, the so-called “president” has taken hundreds of “vacations,” in which he has played golf on the taxpayers dime, and paid for rooms, food and more for the entourage he has to take with him everywhere he goes. The problem is, he only did so at his own properties; at no time has the “president” shared the wealth with a privately-owned golf resort that wasn’t a Trump resort.
That means every tax dollar spent went into the coffers of the Trump Organization, meaning he has been enriching himself fr four solid years. That used to be considered corrupt. Now, you accept it and even approve of it, if you’re voting for him/it.
And that’s not all. Trump also owns the lease on the Old Post Office Building, which is now a Trump Hotel in Washington, just blocks from the White House. Since he became “president,” he has been booking foreign dignitaries into the hotel, thus enriching himself that way, as well.
If you’re voting for Trump, you are voting in favor of massive corruption and you are saying to future politicians that dipping into our tax money is perfectly okay. Most of us can’t bring ourselves to do that. So, when you lose the day after tomorrow, know that the defeat is because we can’t deal with the corruption. If you like the corruption, fine; I suppose you’re entitled. However, you should know that the majority of Americans refuse to accept it and would prefer the country have the same standards that made us the greatest country in the world.
And if all you care about is “winning,” you should know, the rest of us can’t think that way. Government is about doing what’s best for the American people, not what’s best for the politicians and their minions.
If you believe politics is all about you, then it’s no wonder you love Trump. You are welcome to join the American people again, once you get your head out of your asses…
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If you’re not sick of this shit, I wonder where you’re living. Politics in the United States of America has become a joke, and it’s not entirely about Donald Trump. While he is absolutely the worst President we have ever had, if we are to look at reality over thew past 40-50 years, he’s just the latest in a series of presidencies that may as well have been parodies.
The major jokes started with Richard Nixon, who the American people and the people of California had rejected previously, being elected President in 1968. His election was facilitated by the “progressive” movement of the 1960s, because they thought the best way to get anything done politically was through “protest.” So, in order to “protest” Vietnam, they worked against Humphrey, who was the only viable choice besides Nixon available in 1968. This, despite the fact that Humphrey promised to end the war as much as Nixon did and he actually had the Congress to help him do it. (Democrats had supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, for example, and anti-war sentiment was growing.)
So, we had to suffer through Richard Nixon as president in 1969. Now, Nixon had to work with the supermajority-Democratic Congress, which meant he had to go along with a lot of shit he normally wouldn’t have wanted to do, and that was a good thing. However, Nixon also expanded the Vietnam War, to nearby Laos, Cambodia, and even Thailand, to an extent, even as he significantly cut back on the draft.
At the same time, politics in the United States was changing. The Dixiecrats were abandoning the Democratic Party in droves, and becoming Republican. The sad part of this is, while each party had its deplorable elements previously, beginning with 1968, increasingly they were found inside a single political party, the GOP. As a result, a party that had once had the “Taft Wing” of fiscal conservatives whose focus had been cancelling the New Deal and returning us to their version of “market economics,” they now also had ran increasing constituency of racists and xenophobes; constituencies they now had to cater to, if they were to keep them voting faithfully every election season. That is why the current incarnation of the Republican Party has been so bad for so long. When your “base:” is right wing and economically absurd, that’s one thing. However, when your “base” is also irretrievably stupid, that’s something else. And that’s what the United States has been dealing with politically for a very long time. Both political parties take their “bases” seriously, but only one should.
In 1972, progressives “protested” their way to nominating George McGovern as the Democrats’ presidential candidate. Now, McGovern was a lovely guy and a strong liberal, but he was perhaps the worst presidential candidate in history. (Disclaimer; I worked on the McGovern campaign, although I was 14 at the time. It was like we were all intent on committing political suicide, and we were successful. Then, in 1976, the same group of white liberals, who were now calling themselves “progressive,” even though they were anything but, decided they didn’t like the Democratic voters’ choice of Jimmy Carter as their nominee. First, they tried to jam through Jerry Brown, who was nowhere near ready for the big time, and who had no chance of getting the nomination. Then, in the general election, the same white liberals simply refused to fully support Carter, allowing the election, just two years after Watergate, to be far closer than it should have been. A lot of these “progressives” voted for Eugene McCarthy, who ran as an “independent,” but mostly, they demonstrated complete indifference.
Roughly the same thing happened in 1980, when the same “progressives” refused to support Carter again, and right winger St. Reagan was elected with the largest electoral win by a non-incumbent in history. It would be easy to claim that many white liberals voted for and supported John Anderson, but most of his votes came from what was at the time a dwindling number of liberal Republicans who were dead-set against St. Reagan because he was too right wing.
This shit has kept happening. In 1984, when we should have ousted St. Reagan, white liberals couldn’t get behind Mondale. In 1988, when we finally had a chance to take out the GOP after eight years of Reagan excesses, they couldn’t get behind Dukakis, who was, (ironically?) at least as liberal as McGovern. They put their claws away leg enough to allow Black people to elect Bill Clinton twice, but in 2000, they decided to choose Ralph Nader to get behind, even though he had no chance of winning, and did no twice, thus stealing one election from Al Gore and another from John Kerry. Then, after “allowing” the first Black President to be elected and then undermining him at every turn, we watched the potentially most progressive president in history have to spend the last three-quarters of his two terms working against the largest Republican majority since 1928, even though their stated intentions were to “make Obama a one-term president” and to stop everything he does.”
This has to stop. It’s not good enough to get rid of Trump. If we are to ever be worthy of calling ourselves “progressive,” we have to at the very least stop allowing the GOP from ever winning another election, at least until they reconstitute into a political party that cares about the American people. We have to line up behind the Democratic Party and stop requiring Democratic candidates to hold issue positions that are unrealistic, electorally speaking. We have to stop proudly demanding things that most American voters can’t get behind and start messaging in a way that attracts voters, rather than repelling them. Most voters don’t like liberals very much, and it’s our fault, with our whole “our way or the highway” attitude and our racist attitude, in which we assume we are in charge of the Democratic Party, even though most of us abandoned the party more than 50 years ago.
We can never forget; People of Color are the Democratic Party’s base, not white liberals. And Black people – especially Black women – are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party in 2020 and (hopefully) beyond. When white liberals grumble that the Democratic Party takes PoC for granted, they are showing how out of touch they are, and perhaps a subtle bit of racism.
This is what has to change going forward. We have to stop calling ourselves “progressive,” while continuing to block progress. It’s not very smart, and it doesn’t begin and end with Donald Trump. Voting against a tyrant is often just as important as voting FOR the person who agrees with us the most, and we have to embrace that.
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I have to admit, I have blown it with this blog. Part of it is just a lack of vision. The “election” of Donald Trump as “president” made it very difficult to focus on any one thing; the constant barrage of bullshit coming from the current regime (some say “administration,” but I can’t) has made it impossible to know what to write about.
Well, with the impending defeat of this immature, narcissistic asshole and his removal from the White House, and perhaps the nation’s psyche, it’s time to start getting real. It’s time for this blog to get back to what we used to do best; to push the liberal message in a way that makes us more viable as a movement. It’s time we stopped yelling from the sidelines and start participating in the democracy, like we used to. It’s time we started arguing against the right wing and get them the hell out of government to the extent possible, and force them to reconfigure their movement and create a political party that actually works for the American people.
You probably already know where this is going. I have been running this blog for more than 13 years now, and it has had its ups and downs. It’s down right now, but I will bring it back, with your help. There was a time when this blog pulled in 50,000 people per day, and we have topped 1 million in a month before. I plan to do that again.
Like I said, though; I need your help. I always promised I would keep this blog going as long as I could do so without losing money, and I have kept that promise. However, we’re close to the edge, and I need help to bring it back to health. If you want to see this blog returned to good health, I’ll need your help. Anything you can donate is welcome, from a couple of bucks to a few thousand. Just go to the column on the right or click below and send what you can. Thank you for putting up with this, but you’ll be happy with the result…
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