On to the good news!!
The Drumbeat Strengthens
As much as we rail against the media, they are incrementally ratcheting up the pressure on tRump. For every disturbing false equivalency article, we are seeing a lot of outright condemnations. Every voice that is raised against the regime helps to flake away more of his supporters. There’s a point where his pretend presidency becomes unsustainable. Let’s hope it’s soon.
In a November 2016 editorial, The Atlantic warned that Donald Trump would be a threat to the republic—and a danger to democracy itself. In the course of making our case that he was unfit to command, we called him “a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar.”
That was an understatement, argues editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg. In a new Atlantic Argument, Goldberg elucidates The Atlantic’s decision to analyze 50 of the most norm-bending, destructive, and improbable events of Trump’s presidency to date. “This is not a partisan exercise,” Golberg says in the video. “Our list is comprised of incidents that we can’t imagine happening in any other presidency, Republican or Democratic.”
President Donald Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday that suggestions he was some sort of Russian agent were totally ridiculous, and insisted that the entire special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is a “whole big fat hoax.”It’s in keeping with his broader approach to the question of Russia’s election meddling efforts and ties between those close to his campaign and actors for foreign powers: This is all a sham. Special counsel Robert Mueller is out to get him — as is the entire FBI. They’ve got nothing. (The 192 criminal counts, 36 people and entities charged, seven people who have pleaded guilty, the four people sentenced to prison and the one person convicted at trial as a result of the Mueller probe make clear, of course, that Trump is wrong.)But even if you ignore all of those facts about the Mueller investigation, there’s still one question I keep coming back to over the last 48 hours: Why did Trump go out of his way to ensure that no records of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin exist?
Pushing Back Against the Wall
We all know the Wall is a publicity stunt, with no real reason behind it except tRump’s ego and his staff’s need to give him something he could remember to say during his campaign speeches. Outside of his silo, listening to opinions from the border is lowering support for the Inglorious Bleater’s pet project. The only emergency involved is tRump’s need to distract us from his mounting legal problems. The principal reason we have a government shutdown is that the Great Distracter was too lazy or incapable to learn anything more than a slogan about immigration. I think Randy Newman should rewrite Short People with the new subject of tRump People and change it from satire to a diatribe.
Yet somewhat lost in all the sensational immigration news is the fact that McAllen is also a prime example of how American border cities reap great economic benefits from a strong relationship with Mexico. For most of the past century, McAllen was a relatively poor agricultural center, largely dependent on cotton fields and citrus groves. But since the introduction of NAFTA in 1994 — and the resulting boom in maquiladoras, or manufacturing plants, across the river in the city of Reynosa — the region’s economy has been one of the fastest-growing in America, thanks largely to retail and international trade. Trump often says Mexico is leeching off America. But to Americans here in the Rio Grande Valley, as to millions of Americans on the border, Mexico is a boon, not a drag.
What Took Them So Long?
Is there such a thing as an Iowa Uptown Half-step Toodeloo? I hope there’s a lot of dancing in the streets around the country over this one. Sure, they should have done this decades ago. Is it ok to be rejoicing over King’s public emasculation by his own family?
“We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday after a meeting of the GOP Steering Committee. The decision was unanimous.
King’s openly racist views align fairly closely with tRump’s “good people on both sides” view. I wonder if McCarthy is trying to tell tRump something. I hope so.
Reflections on Religious Freedom Day
Tomorrow is Religious Freedom Day. I wouldn’t want it to be said I passed up an opportunity for a little bit of righteous ranting. It strikes me that the Pences and Mercers of this world are freely invested in the right of everyone to follow their narrow-minded, bigoted, and unchristian version of Christianity. Dominionists, Antebellum Evangelicals, Falwell’s American Taliban and the other “My way or the highway” extremists do not respect the teaching of their own holy book and the man they regard as the Son of God. They have further perverted their faith by falling to their knees to fellate tRump’s massive ego (and tiny package). Their cynical usurpation of faith is not only a gross disservice to our country; it is a slap in the face to the concept of religious freedom.
Whenever someone starts blathering about “Our Christian Nation,” ask them how many times God is mentioned in the Constitution (Spoiler — She’s not). Believe what you want. Just don’t try to legislate those beliefs onto the rest of us.
I think there’s a reason religious zealotry, bigotry, homophobia, misogyny and outright racism have married themselves to tRump. They are all symptoms of the same disease. Intolerance is fundamentally unamerican. It is the prescription of the morally bankrupt and has no place in our society. Our duty is to rail against religious oppression wherever we see it.
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.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
The Schitzenpatzen Files: Pants Fires
Maybe tRump is thinking about going back into the clothing business with another of his Russian connections, And this one isn’t even listed in the Russian contact compendium.
On 25 June 2018, a Russian mining company named Uralasbest, which is one of the world’s largest producers of asbestos, posted a message of support for President Trump on their official Facebook and VK (a Russian version of Facebook) pages. The post included photographs of packed asbestos material adorned with the face of Trump and the text “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States.”
I think he wants to make asbestos pants because of all the pushback against him redirecting FEMA funds to firefighting the pants fire inferno he’s suffering from.
How to Make a Blue Wave
There’s a new addition in my household and she’s clearly a liberal voice to be reckoned with. Here she is creating a splash.