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Topic: Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted: 18 Aug 2017 14:36

Whatever anyone thinks of Trump and his actions / opinions, the fact is more Americans voted for him than Hilary Clinton, so you got what you wanted, it is a democracy after all lol, you all knew what you were voting for.

Actually that is not true. Trump won the Electoral College but Clinton got 2.9 million more votes than he did. So, if it were the popular vote that decided elections she would be president.

Edit: Sorry, I did not read enough of the posts and did not realize this point had been made. I didn't mean to be repetitive.

Topic: Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted: 18 Aug 2017 09:12

I'm just wondering what is next after all the status's are gone...you know the one's that offend the alt-left so much.
Is it book burning next? I hear "Tom Sawyer" might get them all in a up roar...When will it all end? I get the men the status's are made of were not the best men in the world...But it is our history like it or not..Just cause you get rid of it doesn't erase what happened. Also I never worship status but I do think it's sad they want them all gone...In Chicago they are talking about getting rid of Washington and Tomas Jefferson, because they owned slaves...I'm sorry I just feel it is wrong to get rid of the status's. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/confused5.gif" alt="confused5">

First there is no such thing as the alt left. It is a term coined by the white nationalists to demonize the opposition as they have and fellow racists and anti-semites have been labelled the alt right.

The important thing is to put the statues (I could not understand what status you were talking about) and other symbols of the Confederacy in historical context rather than in a place of veneration in the public squares of southern cities. They were not installed in the aftermath of the Civil War, but rather early in the 20th century to symbolize the continuation of Jim Crow segregation in the south and some later in the 50s and 60s as a message against the civil rights and voting rights movements. They do not have a storied history.

You are also confused about apostrophes. They are not used to form a plural.

Topic: Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted: 17 Aug 2017 18:58

Let's put a little spin on this. would you be okay with putting up a statue of Osama Bin Laden at Ground zero? How about one of Hitler in London? it's one thing to make books like Mein Kampf available or any history book, really, but do we really need to celebrate "heroes" who fought in a war with the purpose of protecting their "right" to keep an entire race as slaves?

no, it doesn't erase what happened - but think about this - can you even imagine what it would feel like to be black and see those honorifics every day in your hometown as a reminder of what a lot of people still believe? that you are an animal and deserve nothing better than to be beaten, enslaved, or lynched - and that is exactly what neo-nazis, white supremists, etc, believe.

yes, washington and jefferson owned slaves - you can't forget that, but they also did their part in promoting the ideal of 'all
men are created equal'. imperfect men in an imperfect time, admittedly, but they created a nation in which people could, eventually, be free.

It is one thing to acknowledge symbols as a part of history, but they must be put in proper context. Hitler and Stalin are not to be venerated. Symbols of the Confederacy belong in a museum but not in public squares to remind people every day of who and what they were.

Topic: Trump's Response to Charlottesville Is Both Disappointing and Dooming
Posted: 17 Aug 2017 14:36

I think that Trump was as surprised as everyone else when he won, despite his constant bluster about his win. I doubt he gave more than ten minutes of thought as to what he would do if elected throughout the campaign. His campaign rallies were more about his bragging and attacking Hillary Clinton than they were about policy which is not his strong suit. I think that he likes the game and the chase and is bored easily once that is over hence his retreating to pep rallies to recharge his ego every few weeks. He may well have been elected in part by a protest vote against the establishment along with his appeal to people like those who marched in Charlottesville this past weekend.

He is a man uniquely unsuited to actually be president for a number of reasons: the short attention span I mentioned, laziness, a lack of intellectual curiosity, a lack of any background in governance, history or diplomacy, and, in my view, the absence of a moral compass. He loves the idea of being president, the pomp, the plane and helicopters and probably the chocolate cake and ice cream at the White House. He does not like briefing books and has asked for one page reports with bullet points on policy issues. He does not like long hours of work and ironically has visited his golf clubs dozens of times in his tenure after criticizing Obama for his occasional games.

And now we have his equivocation after the events in Charolottesville, talking about "many fine people" on both sides and giving neo-nazis, racists, and anti-semites the same status as those who opposed them. Yes, there was physical violence on both sides, but only the white supremacists arrived armed with assault weapons and more, openly carried. Anyone who has seen the video of those people marching through the campus on Friday night with their torches and chanting "Jews won't replace us", "you won't replace us", "blood and soil" and much worse. The torches and "blood and soil" and the anti-semitic chants were a direct nod to the brownshirt marches of 1930s. That anyone could find such people morally equivalent to their opposition is absurd and an effort to legitimize white identity politics. Of course, they have been emboldened by Trump to march unmasked and proud. No dog whistle politics from Trump. He encourages them without shame.

His embrace of Confederate history and culture including the recent tweets about Confederate statues and Bannon's interview goading the Dems to talk about race while they talked about economic issues and squash the Dems are a distraction diversion to take the light off of Trump's lack of moral authority in this situation. Instead of being a source of comfort to all Americans after these events, he has exacerbated divisions. Trump and Bannon play the game of giving the press and the rest of us another shiny object to look at to take attention away from whatever mess they have created and we all fall for it every time. It is a three ring circus.

What is also disheartening is the deafening silence among GOP elected and appointed officials regarding Trump's behaviour and statements but for a very few. I naively thought that some in his cabinet might resign.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 15 Aug 2017 10:22

He's not gonna be impeached.

American blood spilled on American soil by Nazi's, and within 24 hours it is just another talking point. It's clear the house and senate are happy with this clown in charge, because while this deadly circus is going on, the EPA is being shredded, regulations on big business are being stripped away, voting rights and abortion clinics are being shut down, and the stock market is surging, even as wages stagnate. They will tolerate bloodshed and casual racism and the threat of nuclear war to push their agenda through.

There is, by the way, a long history of the alt-right wet dream of running down leftist protesters with cars. This was no lone wingnut.

I disagree about Trump being impeached but agree with your assessment. The members of the House and Senate are content to have Trump distracted while they push forward a right wing agenda as you described. So long as the stock market surges and tax cuts are coming the 1% will be happy. However, there will come a point where Trump has become so unpopular that incumbents will be concerned about their re-election. That is when they will be forced to distance themselves from him. His popularity was cited today at 34%, an all time low for presidents at this point in their term.

We also can predict that the Mueller investigation will unearth not only collusion among his campaign team and the Russians, but also information about his finances and business that he has tried not to disclose, including his tax returns and the hundreds of millions he owes to Russian banks owned by oligarchs who are Putin's pals. I think there will be a tsunami of information that will be the undoing of Trump's presidency including criminal charges against some team members. The GOP will abandon him to save themselves and impeach him.

His performance this weekend in the wake of the racist anti-semitic hate groups marching through Charlottesville armed with assault rifles was despicable. There is no moral equivalence between them and those who opposed them. His second statement was too little, too late and lacked any real conviction. He has been in bed with these people since early in his campaign and has always been loath to repudiate them and their votes. He has given them permission to parade proudly without hoods and masks and to shout publicly opinions which had been relegated to their homes.

I understand the impulse to pay no attention to these alt right extremists and neo-Nazis. Perhaps we should give them less publicity, but they must be faced down. A clear message must be sent that these views are not acceptable in the US or anywhere else. Bad things happen when good people remain silent and this silence is interpreted as consent. Hate crimes against minorities, Jews and Muslims have spiked. People have to communicate that this is not done in their name.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 14 Aug 2017 15:09

Here is something that I found out this weekend that I had not known before. The Lee statue in question and many other such monuments are not really a part of the Civil War history in the south. Many were erected in the 50s and 60s as a response to the civil rights movement, to remind all of the deep roots of segregation in the south. If you think about it, Lee and other Civil War heroes were actually treasonous, trying to tear the country apart, so not to be lauded by all for seceding from the US to perpetuate slavery which was the basis of the life and economy in the south and some other states. This is not a heritage worthy of homage.

So, these statues and monuments are the perfect symbols for the KKK, neo-nazis, and alt right racist anti-semites. That they marched with torches reminiscent both of 1930s Germany and the KKK in the south is no accident. The campaign that Trump ran gave them permission to come out into the open as he sent barely coded messages about taking the country back. Everyone knows what that means: back from women and minorities, back from immigrants, back from Jews and Muslims, back from anyone not exactly like these angry white people. The first thing Trump has to do after his statement today is to rid the White House of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and any other alt right adherents. Then we will know this statement was not too little too late. It took three days to state unequivocally that he abhors hate and name those guilty of it. Shameful.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 14 Aug 2017 09:52

@ Ruthie Your analysis is spot on.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 14 Aug 2017 09:38

He should be held partly responsible for the people who died over the weekend and also it's a terror attack if you asked me. He is not treating it as such and has never held a stance against white Supremacists. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/my2cents.gif" alt="My 2 cents">

My heart goes to the victims and their loved ones.

Impeach now! How about his whole shitty backwards Administration as well? I know the Amendments but they're all so shady and money hungry.

I don't have many words to describe this. Other than it needs to stop.

This man has no trouble calling out people who annoy or criticize him. He has vented against the Merck CEO who quit one of his advisory councils over his inadequate response to the events in Charlottesville. Members of both parties have had no trouble denouncing the racist anti-semites who marched with their tiki torches on Friday onto the campus of UVA, reminiscent of KKK marches. On Saturday they marched through town chanting that "Jews will not replace us" and racist chants. They were armed to the teeth as Virginia is an open carry state. They were looking for publicity and for a fight. They are responsible for the murder of one young woman and the injury of many others, including two police officers killed in a helicopter crash there.

For Trump to draw a moral equivalence between these neo-Nazis and those who showed up to protest against them is mindboggling. David Duke and others of his ilk celebrated that statement as Trump did not specifically condemn them, acknowledging that they voted for him and supported his agenda.

Trump (I refuse to call him President) will not call out these groups by name and call racism, bigotry and anti-semitism elements of evil. Why this moral bankruptcy? He has winked and nodded during the campaign as he got their support. He needs to walk away from that now, or is he too afraid of losing their votes? He seems able to lash out at so many others for reasons that are minor compared to this. And yet, he is reluctant to use strong language against bigotry, racism, anti-semitism. This is added to his blind spot about Putin, another confounding lapse.

This man does not have any moral authority or judgment to understand evil when it is right in front of him. He derided President Obama for not saying "radical Islamic terrorism", but will not denounce the KKK, racists, and neo-Nazis. Even his AG, who does not have a liberal history (to be kind to his racist past) spoke out more strongly than Trump. He is to make another statement today - three days later - no doubt having been convinced by members of his staff and party to clean up this mess. Let's see if he can. It is shameful that he had to be prodded to do this. For many it will be too little, too late as it should have been his first impulse to do this.

Edit: He is on television now and has begun by talking about jobs, the economy and tax cuts.(Odd.) Now he is talking about civil rights charges being brought by the FBI. At last he names the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremicists, and other hate groups calling racism, hate and bigotry evil. I guess Steve Bannon did not have much to do with this speech. What will he do when he is off script? What will happen the next time? To convince us that there is a shred of sincerity in this he will have to fire Bannon and Gorka - poster boys for the alt right which is the polite term now for neo-Nazis - from the White House. One late statement will not make this go away. One would think that criticizing Nazis and the KKK would be the easiest thing to do. Abdicating moral authority on Saturday, and having to clean it up on Monday is not exactly a profile in courage after all of the push back from even those of his own party.

This goes beyond this weekend. How do you deal with a man who is morally and ethically bankrupt, considers himself above the law, incompetent in governance and diplomacy, and who admires dictators the world over while giving silent consent to the racist underbelly of his country. A man who cannot unequivocally and immediately denounce neo-Nazis and traffics in racism is not fit for the office he occupies. There are many questions being quietly asked now behind the scenes among the GOP about what steps to take about him. The dissonance between the most basic norms for a president and the words, decisions and behaviour of Trump could not be more clear. They will have to find a way for him to go before 2020.

Topic: North Korea and The United States
Posted: 13 Aug 2017 13:22

Two narcissisitic bullies in a pissing match about nuclear weapons. What could go wrong?

Let us hope that cooler heads prevail and that China can influence North Korea and the US to cease goading each other. This kind of brinksmanship is very scary. We all know that the US military is the most powerful in the world. There is no need for Trump to prove it. The consequences would be unthinkable.

Topic: Advice before submitting a story
Posted: 10 Aug 2017 17:24

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Thanks for remembering this. I hope it is helpful to newer Lush writers.

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