A con man is an abbreviation of a confidence man...who depends on those who trust him to rip off someone successfully. Donald Trump's victims are those who trust him the most...those who attend his COVID super spreader rallies, and especially those over 65 in the Florida Villages retirement developments.80% of deaths from COVID are in that demographic. Bernie Madoff before Trump likewise used his religious cohorts and Florida golf club acquaintances to victimize with his fraudulent investment scheme.. He first got their trust and then used them for his purposes, just as Donald Trump has done to demonstrate there is nothing to fear from COVID. Go ahead and consider mask-wearing the mark of his political opponents he insinuates (except for those behind the podium) and he revels at the thousands in the audience who appear shoulder to shoulder shouting their "lock him up" "lock her up" chants in his rallies. Trump may not verbally be practicing herd immunity, but the guinea pigs are his own most loyal followers, who he does not really care about their health, only the successful demonstration of what great political strength the con man in chief wants to convey to media.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x6BVY4L7K4
Monday, October 26, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
In many power grabs by wannabe dictators, particularly Turkey, the military was a powerhouse, keeping a country on an even keel of Ataturk's secular western leaning reforms. . President Erdogan ran on a populist conservative religious plank appealing to uneducated religious non-urban populations. Some bombings in urban areas of suspicious origin were blamed on Kurdish terrorists.. After elections, he consolidated power and purged military generals, judges, teachers, and civil servants and replaced them with loyalists. An attempt by the military to intervene failed,. In other instances of a rise to dictatorship, a revolt in the military was simply a putsch, replacing one dictator with a military junta or a general. In 2020 2021, that will not happen in the US. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, has made it clear the active military will not be used for domestic political purposes. Trump tried once to get them to look like the military.was on his side in Lafayette Park. Trump had openly advocating dealing with all protestors by" suppression and domination of the streets" and he had expressed fantasies the active military would be his instrument. Instead, he dressed a bunch of federal agents like they were ready for combat in Afghanistan, intimidating protestors, tossing them in unmarked cars, and going forth into the streets "looking for a fight" per a military veteran who was a protestor. That was Trump's vision of dealing with protesters, and it was a fiasco, igniting an even larger crowd to violence. These unmarked Federales were. disinvited by State and city officials because they made things worse and after critics called them brown shirts or Trump's private army. Milley pointedly said the military is sworn to defend the constitution, implying they were not sworn to defend a political person. This also means, it is assumed, the military would also refuse to march Trump out of the White House if Trump refuses to vacate it.
The above is a version of parts of a September Mufticforumblog post.
The GOP/Guiliani attempt to damage Joe Biden tying him to alleged participation in a Hunter Biden business activity in Ukraine blew up two plus weeks before the Nov. 3 election. A mysterious email turned up that purported to show evidence of Joe Biden/Hunter connection. Instead of providing the smoking gun, it was questioned as a Russian disinformation action and Rudy Guiliani himself became the target of an FBI investigation into his being used by Russian agents. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/feds-examining-if-alleged-hunter-biden-emails-are-linked-foreign-n1243620
Monday, October 12, 2020
Elections have consequences. The turning of the Supreme Court into a politically ideologically lopsided institution with the GOP ramming through Trump's third nomination, Amy Coney Barrett, will also have consequences that on critical issues the majority of that body will represent the views of only a third of the American people. What is left for Democrats is to make the GOP Senators pay. If the Senate turns blue, and Biden is elected, there is a chance that some of the damage can be undone. Roe v Wade could become a law legislated by Congress. The state legislatures and state courts also play a role in righting this ship. This November 3 election is more than about just the election of the president. It is about the entire ballot, national, state, and local.
The Supreme Court could become more ideologically balanced by expansion. However, the chances of issues of interest to Democrats reaching the Supreme Court will be less since the lower courts have also become much more conservative due to the singled mindedness of the GOP dominated Senate to stack it with ideologues screened specifically for their views on issues, not for their devotion to jurisprudence or precedence. This nomination was not screened by a religious group. It was not a religious test in spite of the GOP attempt to turn this into an anti-religious issue. . It was screened by a political and ideological think tank, The Heritage Foundation, who listed Amy Coney Barrett as one of their choices for the Supreme Court and had also had a list of recommendations for lower court positions, as well. The advantage Democrats will have lies in hands of the voters who two to one oppose overturning Roe v Wade and two to one support the provisions of the ACA (Obamacare), as well two to one supporting the rights of gay marriage. In short, the issues the GOP senators support represent one-third of the opinions of the American public on critical issues.. In reality, the damage done to the courts is to make it an institution that is so out of step with the public, it will lose credibility and respect. What is needed is not to turn the Court blue, but to have judges on it who are not hidebound ideologues who passed the litmus tests of ideological think tanks, but who would rule on the basis of the law and observe judicial precedent instead of turning back the clock to the 1950s or even to the end of the 18th century.
Colorado can do its part by voting to defeat Cory Gardner. I noticed in a Gardner ad that he opposes government-run health care. That means ending Obamacare (ACA) since his voting record reflects this, but it also could apply to publicly run Medicare and Medicaid and let the private for-profit sector again gouge those who need those services into the realm of unaffordability. Remember, too if the GOP has its way, Social Security will be subject to the mercy of the casino of Wall Street. The protection or repair of the damage to these popular government-run services will depend upon the outcome of the election of senators and the White House.
https://www.kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/5-charts-about-public-opinion-on-the-affordable-care-act-and-the-supreme-court/ see chart 3