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First 9-11, now 11-9: Hard to Believe!

November 9, 2016

I myself don’t know what’s going to happen now, but on the other hand, I too figured Hillary would just be the “same ‘ol, same ‘ol”. I had liked how the angry, dog-whistling Right was divided earlier in the race, when the other Republican contenders were still vying against him for the nomination. The Christians almost solidly were against him, in favor of Rubio or especially Cruz. When they dropped out, they began to come back together, against Hillary (the Christians now compromising the moral stance they previously had against Trump).
If she won, it would just be a continuation of the last eight years, with them all against Obama. If he won, than they would have everything they want, and seemingly would no longer have a liberal scapegoat. (But of course, they could always say that any problems are really Obama’s fault, for “messing things up so bad”, which is what some did when they had Bush in, along with the Congress. Blaming the previous administration, which they excoriated Obama for, would all of a sudden become good. Or, if problems are undeniably Trumps’ fault, I’ve already seen a meme saying they had to elect him because of Obama. You can see this sentiment expressed right here: http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/09/trump-won-because-leftist-political-corr “If you’re a leftist reading this, you…probably can’t understand why someone would get so bent out of shape about being told their words are hurtful. You probably think it’s not a big deal and these people need to get over themselves. Who’s the delicate snowflake now, huh? you’re probably thinking. I’m telling you: your failure to acknowledge this miscalculation and adjust your approach has delivered the country to Trump.” A similar argument is this, but which makes a lot of good points about the party’s cockiness: https://medium.com/@trentlapinski/dear-democrats-read-this-if-you-do-not-understand-why-trump-won-5a0cdb13c597#.y7zpo06d1).

I was for Bernie, who was populist, like Trump, but populism  can be either right or left (separate dimensions), but has become more associated with the far right brand, of Trump. I didn’t feel like bothering to vote for Hillary, and figured Trump was discrediting himself more and more as the time drew near. Just last night he was quoted as saying “If I lose, you’ll never see me again”, sounding like a childish “sore loser” even before the votes were being counted. I thought that might be the final wake up call regarding his character. But since my wife wanted to vote, I went, and figured I might as well too. I had mulled writing in Bernie, but what would that really prove, so I might as well cast my vote for Hillary. (So now, I can feel safe assured that I had no part in the responsibility for whatever is to befall us now).
They seemed to run neck and neck, and certain states seeming to go to one, but then falling to the other. But by 10-11PM, his numbers suddenly began getting bigger, and he was grabbing Florida, North Carolina and Michigan, which were really needed to win. So we went to bed, not sure what we would hear when we awoke. I still thought she might snag it as the final results came in. Surely, the country would never really elect such a virtual madman. But sure enough, when I got up, around 6:30 and turned on the internet, he had done it!

So here are several articles, videos and memes on this shocking turn of events:

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-american-tragedy-donald-trump

Donald Trump The Change Agent Won By Vowing To Stop Change

America has its first radical reactionary leader. Now what?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-change-won_us_5822c53ce4b0e80b02cdefa3

Hillary Clinton’s Weakness

She had been in power and prominence so long, and, as everyone knew, she was the very embodiment of a political establishment that most voters — and not just Trump supporters — have come to despise in recent years.

The US has elected its most dangerous leader. We all have plenty to fear

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-us-president-nightmare

America Elected A Man Who Said ‘Grab Them By The P***y’ Over The First Female President
It really happened.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-wins_us_582296a9e4b0e80b02cdcc8a

Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/09/501451368/here-is-what-donald-trump-wants-to-do-in-his-first-100-days

Trump Elected President, Thanks to 4 in 5 White Evangelicals

Dramatic election ends with historic victory for Donald Trump.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/november/trump-elected-president-thanks-to-4-in-5-white-evangelicals.html

President Trump: Now What For the Church?

http://www.russellmoore.com/2016/11/09/president-trump-now-church

Huge Margin Among Working-Class Whites Lifts Trump to a Stunning Election Upset

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/huge-margin-working-class-whites-lifts-trump-stunning/story?id=43411948

‘This was a whitelash’: Van Jones’ take on the election results

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/09/politics/van-jones-results-disappointment-cnntv/index.html

This Election Has Completely Debunked The Myth Of A ‘Post-Racial’ America

Donald Trump has emboldened racists to new heights.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-election-has-completely-debunked-the-myth-of-a-post-racial-america_us_5821e158e4b0d9ce6fbea7f8

It’s Our Fault: Donald Trump Is The President We Deserve

We should be appalled, but we should not be surprised.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/its-our-fault-donald-trump-is-the-president-we-deserve_us_58234923e4b044f827a795c6

Dear Trump Supporter – A Message From American Minorities

http://shows.huffingtonpost.com/video/dear-trump-supporter-a-message-from-american-minorities-58230bdf869ea9683c401857
http://shows.huffingtonpost.com/b3980d43-2fbd-4b94-8ef8-8f6fdc7a632e

Nobody Called This Election Quite Like Michael Moore

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/11/nobody-called-this-election-quite-like-michael-moo.html

 The Founding Fathers ensured that rural white votes count more than others

Blame the electoral college, among other things.

https://thinkprogress.org/the-founding-fathers-ensured-that-rural-white-votes-count-more-than-others-3c0a341f2aff#.e76mf4ksf

Here’s a conservative video explaining the good intentions of the system:

https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/do-you-understand-electoral-college

But on the flipside of the “tyranny of the majority”, is the tyranny of an agitated minority against a “silent majority”:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/10/18/thank-lucky-stars-live-indirect-democracy/inquiries/trade-winds


Tim Wise, November 9 at 5:47pm:

In case you’re still inclined to believe Trump’s win was simply about working class hardscrabble whites ignored by the system…this wasn’t a class revolt. It was a racial and ethno-cultural one dressed up as a “salt of the earth” rebellion…

(On Philip Yancey’s Facebook discussion post about the election https://www.facebook.com/PhilipYancey/photos/a.430130023698153.101173.118057118238780/1311468422230971):

Jay Merritt Four years ago, the Mormon religion was on the Billy Graham website under the category of CULT. Then Mitt Romney became the candidate for the Republicans. Franklin Graham had a meeting with Romney. Suddenly, the cult status was removed, and Graham threw his quiet support of Romney behind the campaign.

This time, Graham had a rather public meeting in June with Trump and a few hundred hand picked Evangelicals. And they threw their support behind the Trump campaign, disguised as a push for Values, sidestepping Trumps character.

Waiting to see if the Billy Graham website will redefine character, and repentance.

Maurice Infinite (someone I grew up with, and now connected on Facebook)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:46pm·

I never thought I’d see a black President in my lifetime. I’m glad for that. He did a great job and made us all proud (all of us intelligent humans). He was dignified every step of the way and is an example of what a leader should be. His grace under fire instilled fear in his detractors. Trump’s only genius is realizing that this fear was real to a large group of disenfranchised, uneducated, and misled people and capitalizing on it effectively. He became a leader of a herd of sheep with no shepherd.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu

The Democrats didn’t respect their enemy. They under estimated him. Even more important, they overestimated themselves. Elitism and entitlement is what lost this election. You can’t under estimate an enemy that has nothing to lose.

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” – Sun Tzu

Trump played dumb. If you notice… his victory speech was coherent and calculated. Unlike any other speech he’s made during this election process. He played the Democrats and the Republicans. His been planning this for 20 years. He’s been invited to dinners, shook hands, donated money… all the while he was studying his enemy.

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” – Sun Tzu

Respect it. Don’t fear it. Learn from it. Don’t repeat it.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-statement-on-trump

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  1. STOP And Read Michael Moore’s Viral Post On How Liberals Can Recover From Pres. Trump
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/11/10/stop-read-michael-moores-viral-post-liberals-can-recover-pres-trump/

    Democrats once represented the working class. Not any more
    Robert Reich
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/democrats-working-class-americans-us-election

    Reich: Trump’s three biggest enablers
    http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/10/reich-trumps-three-biggest-enablers/93603270/

    History Tells Us What Will Happen Next With Brexit And Trump
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tobias-stone/history-tells-us-what-will-brexit-trump_b_11179774.html

    After Trump, a Call for Political Correctness From the Right
    Downplaying the racist views of Trump supporters is an evasion of the facts.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/after-trump-a-call-for-political-correctness-from-the-right/507155/

    INSIDERS: Trump Was GOBSMACKED That He Won, Never Saw It Coming
    http://www.liberalamerica.org/2016/11/10/revealed-trump-gobsmacked-won-never-saw-coming/

    While conservatives continue to point to all the “rioting” as they call it, and now compare to how gracefully they handled Obama’s wins, we shouldn’t ignore this:

    Not sure if he would have won (and also, strong language), but really nails it on the liberal side of the problem:


    11:25: “Fear is not a viable electoral strategy…If you want to win an election, you have to give voters something to vote for. You can’t expect to win based on what they are voting against. Hillary Clinton, and the Democrate, and Democratic so-called ‘strategists’, said the ultimate political mobilizer for liberals will be Donald Trump. Vioters will come out in droves to defeat Donald Trump. That’s not how this works. Give us something to vote for, not against. If we’re not inspired, we just stay home”.
    (And this also at the same time rings true for this union I’m in, which figures prominently as both the contract is up, and also, management continues to turn up the heat, in increasingly ridiculous ways. Yet all I’ve heard in years of elections is names of the candidates, starting with the incumbent, and even long gone previous leaders, and why they are [or were] no good, or just management shills, or this and that, or whatever. The fact that the dirt candidates of any election sling at each other usually has some ground of truth [just spun different ways by each side, usually by re-attribution tactics] shows me they’re all no good! All they care about is their political career. That doesn’t do anything for me, so I and others don’t bother —which they then try to use to blame us the uninvolved members for whatever happens. But you just don’t get it. As the guys in these videos say; we simply don’t trust what you say! You all show, again, that you have nothing to offer but each other’s dirt, and who wants dirt, whether [completely] true or not?

  2. Trump Won Because Democratic Party Failed Working People, Says Sanders
    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/10/trump-won-because-democratic-party-failed-working-people-says-sanders

    Trump Just Picked A White Supremacist As His Chief Policy Advisor
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/11/14/trump-just-picked-white-supremacist-chief-policy-advisor/ [post-dated]

  3. White Nationalists Are Thrilled With Donald Trump’s Pick Of Steve Bannon As Chief Strategist
    “It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion,” one Democratic spokesman said.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steve-bannon-white-nationalists-thrilled_us_582a0536e4b060adb56f86b5

    4 reasons to be disgusted and alarmed that Trump made Breitbart’s Steve Bannon a key adviser
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/4-reasons-to-be-disgusted-and-alarmed-that-trump-made-breitbarts-steve-bannons-a-key-adviser/

    POLITICS Chomsky Just Responded To Trump’s Election, And It’s Terrifying
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/11/14/chomsky-just-responded-trumps-election-terrifying/

    Farewell, America
    No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.
    http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell-america/

    Kissing Fish
    November 11 at 10:27am ·
    “If you’re a Trump voter who is tired of being called a bigot, if you say you voted for him based on gun rights or economic issues, or because you think Hillary really was that awful, and in spite of his rhetoric, rather than because of it, I believe you. If you’re in my life, I clearly don’t think you’re a vile hateful person. But if you’re now watching protests across the country and you don’t understand why, or think they are just being sore losers, let me break something down for you. These people aren’t just angry or sad that someone they didn’t support won the election, they’re scared.
    They’re black Americans who hear talk of law and order and remember a racially charged stop and frisk program, or see an emboldened KKK holding a celebratory parade.
    They’re Muslim Americans who worry that spitting in their face is now okay and violations of their rights to assemble and their rights to privacy are about to come.
    They’re LGBT Americans who fear not just of the loss of marriage rights or restaurants gaining the right not to serve them, but of an administration that thinks it’s more important to research electrocuting the gay out of them than AIDS.
    They’re Hispanic and Latino Americans who are scared their children will be bullied in schools, and their families ripped apart while their culture is mocked.
    They’re women who are wondering if we’ve normalized groping, and if their career endeavors will be judged by their face and body, and not their minds
    I believe you when you say you didn’t vote for any of these things. Most of America wasn’t thrilled with the choices we had in this election. But If you didn’t know that this is why they’re protesting, if you think it’s really just about free tuition or more government giveaways, then you, like the elite liberals you love to castigate, have also not been listening. If you’re tired of being called a bigot, then you need to use the same voice you used on Tuesday and speak out against these things fully and clearly. It’s not enough that you didn’t say them yourself. You need to reassure your friends and family members who feel like they no longer have a seat at the table that you still stand with them, even if your priorities were different on Tuesday. If you aren’t willing to do that, then you have no right to call for unity.” – Michael Rex

    Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
    Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump

    — neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot

    Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning.

    Sayer argues that the past four decades have been characterised by a transfer of wealth not only from the poor to the rich, but within the ranks of the wealthy: from those who make their money by producing new goods or services to those who make their money by controlling existing assets and harvesting rent, interest or capital gains.

    Neoliberal policies are everywhere beset by market failures. Not only are the banks too big to fail, but so are the corporations now charged with delivering public services. Business takes the profits, the state keeps the risk.

    The words used by neoliberalism often conceal more than they elucidate. “The market” sounds like a natural system that might bear upon us equally, like gravity or atmospheric pressure. But it is fraught with power relations. What “the market wants” tends to mean what corporations and their bosses want. “Investment”, as Sayer notes, means two quite different things. One is the funding of productive and socially useful activities, the other is the purchase of existing assets to milk them for rent, interest, dividends and capital gains. Using the same word for different activities “camouflages the sources of wealth”, leading us to confuse wealth extraction with wealth creation.

    Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve.

    We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages – such as education, inheritance and class – that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.

    Never mind structural unemployment: if you don’t have a job it’s because you are unenterprising. Never mind the impossible costs of housing: if your credit card is maxed out, you’re feckless and improvident. Never mind that your children no longer have a school playing field: if they get fat, it’s your fault. In a world governed by competition, those who fall behind become defined and self-defined as losers.

  4. Apparent “libertarian” piece that points out an important truth, but in a typical lopsided fashion:

    http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/17/a-completely-different-perspective-on-trumps-presidency-this-will-make-you-think/

    Here’s the thing from a basic Jungian perspective: Trump is your shadow, America, a reflection of your unconscious, especially concerning people who identify themselves as Leftist, Liberals, and Progressives, their own shadow which they never deeply acknowledged, and hence project outwardly at the “other side” in their “holier than thou” political correct attitude, over-estimating themselves and dreaming to be awake.

    The self-inflation, narcissism, greed, the “bigger is more,” the “quantity over quality,” the entitlement, the hypocrisy, the drive for recognition and fame, the “best” in the world, the bully, the “money can buy everything,” the racism and sexism, etc…..or anything else you despise in the man….it’s all you, buried in your unconscious. It’s also the shadow side of the “American Dream” and obviously reflected in America’s Imperialism.

    Anyone who identifies him/herself as “Liberal,” “Progressive,” “Leftist,” and projects disgust, hate, or anger on to this man, (really anyone who is triggered/irritated by Trump beyond political identifications), or reacts with fear, sadness, worry: you are looking at your own shadow and it won’t go away if you keep up with these reactive projections and look for external solutions or a different “leader” to follow or project your “hope” onto while still believing in the religion of government (which feeds off of the polarization and perpetuates separation consciousness) based on illusory tribal/national identification and adherence to/worship external authority constructs.

    Moreover, nothing will change but will in fact reinforce the schism as long as you keep identifying with any side because it defines the other side. One cannot have the one without the other as long as you feed and play into this game of fabricated false duality which is exactly how Empire controls you – all entirely based on illusory socially/cultural conditioned identifications and beliefs which you are so attached to and define yourself by.

    But here’s the real “shocker.” Trump is actually your “teacher,” for he creates more friction and shadow triggers, hence more potential to wake people up from an esoteric alchemical perspective (Clinton would have been the sleeping pill for most people, even though she’s the more dangerous psychopath, hidden behind the mask of a “woman”), but only if people take back their projections and engage in some serious and sincere soul searching cutting through their programmed socially/cultural conditioned identifications to ignite the alchemical fire within.

    Interesting, but would they acknowledge then that the same applies to conservatives’ views of Obama (with all the horrible stuff they feel about him? Or Clinton, or even the “government” itself?) “Any negative reactive emotion you have towards the ‘man’ (or woman) or his supporters”? Or do they think they have no “shadow”; which Jungian theory would define as [ego] “inflation“).
    Jung himself said: “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick Shadow [all his own evil]. Such a man…is now unable to say that THEY do this or that, THEY are wrong, and THEY must be fought against. Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself”. http://www.shadowdance.com/cgjung/cgjung.html

    It’s BOTH sides who are speaking of “they” a lot.
    Should also point out, (touching on the “Political matrix is 3D discussion), with libertarianism being on a separate axis from Right/Left, most so-called “libertarians” here show themselves to be clearly on the Right, even though some will claim to be centrist, and sometimes purport to criticize both sides. Authoritarianism, which is the opposite of libertarian, is assumed to be specifically Left, so the libertarians think they can make these specific criticisms against liberals [Left] and not be associated with the Right, but all that means is that they are Right-Libertarian, while many liberals are Left-Authoritarian.
    However, Trump is clearly showing himself to be Right-Authoritarian, as all the notions of “freedom”, small unintrusive government and austerity go right out the window in favor of what he calls “law and order”, with talks about this ridiculous wall dominating the news now (another one on this), and recently talking about sic-ing the Feds on Chicago crime-ridden areas, and the entire Right (including even many of these so-called “Libertarians”) cheer it on as the dawning of their new day in America!

    So in reality, Trump is more the “Shadow” of the Right, ultimately embodying everything they claimed to eschew (but continuously blame on everyone else; add [sexual] “morality” to that as well), and luring them in with their own “conservative” talking points.

  5. In Makers-Takers which could use an update, as what I was pointing out there as the more explicitly racist radical fringe of “conservative rhetoric” is now out in the open as the “alt-right”), I had cited Carl Rowan The Coming Race War (really wish he was alive to followup that book now!):

    “Reagan ran proudly on [the welfare “dog whistling”] platform, and once in office, began executive branch sabotage of all the programs enacted by Congress at the behest of Kennedy and Johnson. The Klansmen and other haters quickly got the message, and began to crawl from under the rocks from Mississippi to Montana.
    Every white supremacist figured that his time in America had come again, and the bigots had a field day
    that lasted all of Reagan’s eight years.”

    If they thought their day had come then, they must be at the gates of Heaven now! In just two weeks, Trump’s reign is making Reagan look like Kennedy!

    ‘Trump is setting us free:’ White supremacists celebrate reports that Trump will dial down scrutiny
    “This is absolutely a signal of favor to us.”

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-is-setting-us-free-white-supremacists-celebrate-reports-that-trump-will-dial-down-scrutiny-136039e12fad#.701u9nmtw

    Stormfront: Amazing my government no longer targets me as an enemy. It's all up to us to stay organized and continue the fight. This is just to good; we can't let this slip away from us again

    “It sends a message that white extremism does not exist, or is not a priority in our country, when in fact it is a statistically larger and more present terror threat than any by foreign or other domestic actors,” LAH’s Christian Picciolini told ThinkProgress. “We have hundreds of thousands of homegrown sovereign citizens and militia members with ties to white nationalism training in paramilitary camps across the U.S. and standing armed in front of mosques to intimidate marginalized Americans.”

    With the proposed change, Picciolini worries Trump could even end up increasing the likehood of violence within our borders if he does alter the program to ignore white supremacists, militia groups, and so-called “sovereign citizens.” Since 9/11, attacks from right-wing organizations have killed far more Americans than groups claiming to be Islamic, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
    The move “could bolster and legitimize violent white extremism while also potentially serving to radicalize disaffected fringe elements within Muslim communities,” he said.

    Here, Reich suggests that “‘right-wingers’ may have been behind Berkeley protests”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/317773-reich-suggests-right-wingers-may-have-been-behind-berkeley-protests

    Considering the whole premise that people like Yannopolis are about “trolling”, which includes faking stuff just to get a rise from people (see http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/29/an-establishment-conservatives-guide-to-the-alt-right ) it’s easy to imagine people like that doing something like this (as they also likely did at BLM rallies, so the whole movement would be trashed as the real racial agitators).

    Here’s a great one that goes after conservative Christian charges of “relativism”. They end up relativistic when they equivocate others’ actions with their own:

    View story at Medium.com

    Been planning this ever since the election:

  6. Here’s the aforementioned story on Trump sic’ing the feds on Chicago:

    Trump calls Chicago violence ‘very easily fixable’ and blames it on political correctness
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/26/trump-calls-chicago-violence-very-easily-fixable-and-blames-it-on-political-correctness/

    Wall Street Is Even More Craven Than We Thought
    The new alliance between financial executives and Donald Trump.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jamie-dimon-donald-trump_us_589670cce4b09bd304bbb417

    Conservativism in general:

    Why conservatives are more likely than liberals to believe false information about threats
    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-conservative-believe-false-threats-20170202-story.html

  7. Even with the “authoritarianism” Trump is being accused of, his followers still claim to condemn authoritarianism and be the advocates of “freedom”:

    So,
    Conservative Pat Robertson Says Those Against Trump Are “Going Against The Will Of God”
    https://www.truthexaminer.com/2017/02/conservative-crazy-person-pat-robertson-says-those-against-trump-are-going-against-the-will-of-god-watch-here/

    “They want socialism. What we’re looking at is free markets and freedom from this terrible, overarching bureaucracy. ”
    You mean you want “freedom” for yourselves only (the good, “worthy” people who “deserve” it), and authoritarian “law and order” for everyone else!
    That’s why this ideology can turn into something as bad or worse than “socialism”, and they’ll keep pointing at that system to distract everyone from what they’re really doing!

    And here we see the start of it, with this again, now apparently picking up the pace:
    Newly Unearthed FBI Report Warns That White Supremacists Are Infiltrating The Police
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/17/newly-unearthed-fbi-report-warns-white-supremacists-infiltrating-police/

    Southern Poverty Law Center says American hate groups are on the rise
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/southern-poverty-law-center-says-american-hate-groups-are-on-the-rise/2017/02/15/7e9cab02-f2d9-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

    The SPLC “attributed some of the growth to President Trump, who it described Wednesday in its quarterly Intelligence Report as having ‘electrified the radical right’,” and “many groups are trading overt symbolism for a more ‘intellectual’ approach. More prominent now are the groups born as think tanks and nonprofits, and the correlated emergence of the ‘alternative right,’ which the SPLC argues is a ‘rebranding of white supremacy for public relations purposes.'”
    “Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s center on extremism, said in December that he, too, had seen an uptick in white supremacist messaging, some of it targeting college campuses as part of an outreach to appeal to a younger audience. He said at the time that it appeared supremacist groups viewed Trump’s electoral victory as a victory for their cause, noting that ‘the alt-right in general thinks this is the time to pounce.’”
    Popular neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website changed its masthead from “The World’s Most Visited Alt-Right Web Site” to “America’s #1 Most-Trusted Republican News Source” the day after the election!

    People like this claimed the blacks would start “acting up” when “their man” got in, but we see they were really [yet again] describing themselves!

  8. A lot of good talk about “facts” these days:

    Why conservatives are more likely than liberals to believe false information about threats
    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-conservative-believe-false-threats-20170202-story.html

    Why People Are So Averse to Facts
    https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2017/02/27/why-the-american-public-seems-allergic-to-facts/

    WHY FACTS DON’T CHANGE OUR MINDS
    New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds

    (See also https://erictb.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/duggar-controversy-and-the-battle-over-who-has-morals-and-can-judge-morality/#comment-4268)

  9. Book Review: Henry A Giroux America At War With Itself San Francisco, City Lights Publishers, 2016-7

    My mother gave me this one to read over the winter. Pretty good, and contains so much needed critique on the current political system, especially race and economics, reflecting not even yet the time of Trump’s election, but rather the 2016 campaign season leading up to it. The second chapter is “Donald Trump’s America”. (the first sets the stage with “the Sand Storm”, where “In white America’s collective psyche, and in traditional narratives of historical memory, authoritarianism is always views as existing elsewhere”. (p3)

    Giroux frequently mentions “authoritarianism“ (so then ch. 3 is “The Menace of Authoritarianism”) and even “totalitarianism”, which, after listening to over 30 years of conservative Republican rhetoric, sounds odd coming from a liberal whom those conservatives solidly tagged as the [“big government”] authoritarians, and with hardly any rebuttal. “Totalitarianism” had been represented by Soviet Communism; hence its association with “the Left”. But as I’ve been saying, authoritarianism lies on a totally independent pole, so the people condemning left wing authoritarianism could easily promote their own right wing version. And by confounding left with authoritarian, they would do it under the very guise of defending “freedom” and “liberty”; the familiar “libertarian” principles.

    But (as one meme points out) the catch is, is that it’s not everyone’s liberty they are fighting for. It’s only those deemed “earning” it, which is those at the helm of business success, and those who aspire to them (whose struggles have come to be blamed on leftist “government” and lazy citizens gaining all the money at their expense). Authoritarian control over *them* is not seen as compromising liberty; it’s seen in terms of “law and order” over
    those who have basically forfeited the “inalienable” rights.
    So authoritarianism is only wrong for the so-called “makers”; but greatly needed for the “takers”. It’s overall like “I delayed gratification and earned the right to rule over you”. Only they don’t put it like that in their speeches; it’s only implied, and then easily denied when called out. (So already, I’ve seen one conservative article scoff at the idea that the liberals “now all of a sudden claim to be upholding the Constitution”. The conservatives had long co-opted that to themselves, and built a strong narrative that the liberals were against it, which I’ve never until now heard liberals even bother to deny).

    Chapter 4 is “Poisoned City”, based on the Flint crisis and also “connects the dots” from Katrina and other incidents. It discusses the “disposability” of marginalized race and class groups.

    Chapter 5 is “the Appetitie for Destruction”, covering our obsession with guns and how this is a step in the direction of totalitarianism.

    6 is “Sandra Bland’s America”, about police violence, which of course is a sure sign of authoritarianism, but of course, the “libertarian”-preaching Right doesn’t see it that way when it is other peoples rights and lives being violated by a police state.

    7 is “Paris, ISIS and Disposable Youth”, on our war practices and how it is helping create more terrorism. HE points out this is creating exactly the narrative ISIS wants.

    Final chapter 8, “Memories of Freedom” lays out the ideal solutions, of course, with a great stress on “pedagogy” (teaching).
    In what’s like the summary of all the good points made in the book:

    “In the United States”, the extreme right in both political parties no longer needs the comfort of a counterfeit ideology in which appeals are made to the common good, human decency and democratic values. [i.e. “conservative” rhetoric of decades past, that they have abandoned ins supporting Trump]. On the contrary, control is in the hands of relatively few ultra-wealthy individuals and corporations, while power is global and free from the limited politics of the weakened democratic state. In fact, as authoritarian hierarchies consolidate, state and corporate power increasingly merge. These processes only serve to further normalize the militarization of local police forces, the increasing invasiveness of the surveillance state [all of the things conservatives have long eschewed and complained about], and all if the resources brought to bear by a culture of national insecurity aligned with the war on terror.. Informed judgment has given way to a corporate controlled media apparatus that is enriched by the theatrical bullying and turmoil that bigoted intolerance clearly seems to generate, all the while reinforcing the racialized class war and value systems of the white-dominated financial elite”. (p228-9, emphasis and bracketed comment added).

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