Monday, October 22, 2018
Trump's power tools: hate, fear and lies. On October 24 there were consequences.
Updated of a prior posting on October 24. Trumps words of hate, fear and lies have consequences. His oratory of hate was heard by someone who used his words to target his letter bombs exactly to his most frequently named subjects of his angry, degrading rhetoric. It happened October 24. Trump then blamed in a tweet the fake mainstream media he called the enemy of the people. For what? For reporting his own words on video and in live coverage?
Donald Trump wants the November 6 midterms to be a referendum about him. If that is so, bring it on. Trump has faith in the gods of hate and fear that will rally to his cause as he summons them with lies and racist and sexist code words and calls the free press an enemy of the people. If that is the president we want to continue to empower, that is the president we get. My faith lies with the hope that most Americans see America greater than that, a shining city on the hill, the beacon of freedom and democracy, in Ronald Reagan's stirring words. We are becoming two countries: one mired in yearning for a past where racism was not tempered by the rule of law and political correctness and patriarchy reigned unchallenged. There is another America driven by changing demographics and remembered idealism of our founding fathers who warned us of a return to kings and despots led by populist demagogues . In 2018 and 2020, this country has the opportunity to choose which country it will be for years to come.
We have been there before when hyping hate and fear were in your face political tactics. In the late 1930's the US was swept with isolationist fever and a rise of Nazi sympathizers. America Firsters led by Charles Lindbergh as their chief spokesperson wanted peace at any cost and advocated for the US to stay out of the Nazi advancement in Europe. 22,000 American filled Madison Square Garden to mimic Hitler's Nuremberg rallies. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented third term which he won in a landslide in 1940, dimming the lights of the American Nazis and the American Firsters. Nonetheless less, the GOP Senate isolationists were strong enough to keep us from sending troops to Europe to help the English and the French. The Day of Infamy, Pearl Harbor, delivered the final blow to both the American Nazi movement and the political isolationists.. The folly of our disengagement with the world was revealed in a smoldering, mangled fleet in a Hawaiian harbor. Isolationism remained out of fashion until 2016 when another generation of GOP American Firsters revived it and hate and fear became a core rally message delivered by Donald Trump.
Charlottesville, Virginia has been the scene of two pivotal declarations: FDR, in an address to University of Virginia law school graduates in June of 1940, called out the Nazi aggressors as "the gods of war and hate". Donald Trump, orating from afar, called the neo Nazi, White Nationalists, tiki torch bearers chanting Nazi slogans in German and in English in that very same city in the summer of 2018, as some" fine people". That was no slip of the tongue, but a continuation of his racism and campaigns of coded appeals to a large group of core supporters, who feared brown and black people would end their domination. The rest of his party either tolerates, ignores his hate filled tweets and oratory, splits tickets, or changes party affiliation. Shouted chants of "build the wall" at his anger filled rallies were and are code words for his racially tinged anti immigrant campaign aimed at keeping Mexicans who he lied " were murderers and rapists "from flooding into America . While Nazi tiki torch marchers were fine, women who flooded the streets in revulsion of his amoral, woman grabbing boasting, his anti women rights, his anti #me too movements, were mobs to be deplored and feared as a bunch of hysterical, emasculating females. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh became the symbolic martyr of the counter attack by white males frightened by such an out of control challenge of demonstrators and were told by Trump wing media those mobs of women were obviously organized and paid by George Soros. Soros has been a frequent right wing scapegoat. That fact checker three Pinocchios lie was a twofer: it appealed to both fearful white males and anti-Semites.
It is a oft repeated truism that fear is the greatest political motivator . Candidate Donald Trump himself in an interview with journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in April 2016 opined that"real power was fear. " If there was not enough fear to turn out his voters, his contribution to that strategy of fear was to tell lies so that he could cause even more intense fear. Brown immigrants, murderers and rapists and gang members were not flooding the border, as he claimed; in fact, illegal immigration was at its lowest in years and nearly all were women and children fleeing gang warfare in Central America. That mid easterners, gang members, and Democrats comprise a caravan of migrants are fact checked as lies: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/ap-fact-check-trump-on-migrants-saudis-and-the-hispanic-vote He tells you Democrats want open borders.That too is a lie . He rejected the Democrat's offer of a compromise on immigration (the famous Chuck and Nancy sit down) this summer that provided for greater border security. Those minority voters were not voting illegally ,either.. Voter fraud was a myth and Trump's commission to prove his point was shut down when, embarrassingly, no evidence was found. Nonetheless, in the name of voter fraud, dirty tricks were launched from South Carolina to North Dakota to suppress Democratic votes, constructing voter ID conditions impossible to meet, failing to process 53,000 voter registrations of mostly African American, strategically removing poll sites from minority neighborhoods, dropping less frequent voters too quickly from registration rolls. The Trump administration's inhumane policy concocted to scare off migrants by separating families at the border resulted in 12,800 young migrant kids in tent gulags and shelters. That cruelty was condemned world wide as a violation of human rights. Donald Trump has pulled the plug on the light of that shining city on the hill.
Trump ramps up fear and hate with lies in advance of midterms: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/ap-fact-check-trump-on-migrants-saudis-and-the-hispanic-vote
Lindbergh America First
Joseph P Kennedy...JFK father...Ambassador to Great Britain
https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/the-debate-behind-us-intervention-in-world-war-ii/277572/ FDR: June 10 1940 "Gods of War and Hate" Charlottesville
Trump has said the real power is fear. "https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/04/02/transcript-donald-trump-interview-with-bob-woodward-and-robert-costa/?utm_term=.df1ec3bf6177
Examples of recent Trump lies to raise hatred and fear levels and scapegoating:
In appealing to anti Semitism and fear of women rising in mobs, George Soros paid them:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/05/no-george-soros-isnt-paying-kavanaugh-protesters/?utm_term=.833096f3d39d
Immigrants are murderers and rapists:
Caravans of Mexicans etc swarming the border. Truth: illegal immigration at new lows..down 18% in past years;https://www.wral.com/trump-renews-fiery-immigration-rhetoric-as-midterms-near/17927212/
Democrats want open borders to let in these rapists and murderers and get more Democrativ votes
false: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/us/politics/fast-check-donald-trump-democrats-open-borders.html "
On Trump lies about sanctuary cities...https://www.yahoo.com/news/twitter-agog-trump-whopper-californians-055804686.html?.tsrc=jtc_news_index
Trump lies re Dem support of opoid legislation:
Praises a candidate for bodyslamming a reporter who asked hard questions while helping Saudi Arabia put the best foot forward of being caught killing and dismembering a dissident journalist. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/montana-rally-president-trump-praises-greg-gianforte-body/story?id=58596529
And without need to document because it has become an every day occurrence or oratory: Trump's rise to power on bitherism, claiming Obama was born in Kenya and turning Kavanaugh into the poster child of male patriarchy under attack.. His claim that all press and media criticizing him are "fake news", regardless of facts, proof, and corroboration, a common technique of demagogues rising to dictatorships. Praises a candidate for bodyslamming a reporter who asked hard questions while helping Saudi Arabia put the best foot forward of being caught killing and dismembering a dissident journalist.
Calling those who accuse men of sexual missdeeds liars. Calling women who threaten him with power pigs, horse faces, confused, mobs, an empty bag.. Men are the victims. Neo Naxis are some fine people who march with torches and giving white nationalist and Nazi salutes.
Backing and campaigning those who officials who use dirty tricks to suppress African Americans and Native Americans votes.https://www.politifact.com/georgia/article/2018/oct/19/georgias-exact-match-law-and-its-impact-voters-gov/
Trump's disdain for the rule of law, contending he has a right to pardon himself if charged with crimes.
Examples of promises made and not kept: Better cheaper health care for all (and backing law suits and candidates advocating overturn of Obamacare and coverage of pre-existing conditions, as well as legislation backed by the GOP in Congress). Tax cuts for all became a sham cover for giving tax breaks to the rich and corporations; the middle class has already figured that one out and now the GOP is afraid to run on his tax programs. That the trillian dollar tax cut would pay for itself by increasing growth and income to the treasurty has resulted in ballooning debts and deficits. Going it alone without alliances, trade or otherwise, would make America greater in the world, yet Trump has become the laughing stock at the UN and his world approval ratings have tanked, the exact opposite from Obama's.