Trump Has A Huge Credibility Problem…

America clearly despises neo Nazis, white supremacists, and anti Semitism. By a smaller margin they find Trump’s response to Charlottesville and the foregoing groups severely lacking in moral leadership. And, most Americans are absolutely correct.

Nine percent of Americans said holding neo-Nazi or white supremacist views is acceptable, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday.

The results of the survey come as the White House continues to field the fallout from President Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally that left one counter protester dead and numerous others injured earlier this month.

A majority of Americans, 83 percent, said holding neo-Nazi views is unacceptable, the poll found.

Thirty-nine percent said they believe the “alt-right” holds white supremacist of neo-Nazi views, whereas 21 percent believe they do not. Thirty-nine percent had no opinion.
“Alt-right” is a term that typically refers to a political ideology that mixes populism with white supremacism and anti-Semitism.

The same poll found that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, disapproves of Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. In the days following, Trump said there was “blame on both sides” for the violence at the “Unite the Right” rally and that there were some “very fine people” among those protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The survey was conducted from Aug. 16 to 20, polling 1,014 adults across the country over cellphones and landlines. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Then came Monday evening, August 21, 2017 and Trump seemed to get on track sending the morally correct message, that there is no room for hate in America and the neo Nazis, the alt right, anti-Semitism and white supremacy is reprehensible, repugnant,  and totally unacceptable.

Frankly this weblog finds Trump’s words last evenings just a bit suspect. In our view they were several days late and several dollars short, and, they were read from a prepared text. One obviously written by one considerably more articulate and ethical than Trump himself.

Further, Trump’s record since he began his candidacy over a year and a half ago points to a person whose value system does not contain a belief in the  value of diversity, tolerance for others, and inclusion for all. As a result he has done far more to divide us than unite us as nation of one people.

Then there is the following.

In times of crisis, a president’s job is to bring the country together. But last week, when we needed this president to unite the American people against hatred and bigotry, Donald Trump did the opposite. Instead of bringing people together, he emboldened white supremacists and created a false equivalence between those upholding racism and those fighting to defeat it.

Now Trump is throwing salt on the wounds he tore open, traveling to Arizona to promote his divisive agenda and potentially pardon one of our nation’s most notorious symbols of racism and bigotry: former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

For years, Arpaio made headlines by using racial profiling and turning his officers into a deportation force to separate families – all in service to what he called “law and order.”

When I was head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama, we investigated Arpaio’s practices, and we didn’t find much law or order. In fact, we discovered more than 400 cases of rape and assault that his office had failed to investigate. They were so focused on checking people’s papers that they turned a blind eye to the victims of crime. In one instance, Arpaio’s office failed to arrest a suspect accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, and the man went on to sexually attack her again.

Instead of catching criminals, Arpaio tore families apart and built what one of his own deputies called a “wall of distrust” between the police and the Latino community.

Donald Trump is trying to take hateful policies like these nationwide.

Without moral leadership in the White House, we need both parties in Congress to come together against hate. Sadly, most of the Republican Party has failed to stand up to Trump. Just as President Trump first refused to call out white supremacists by name, the vast majority of Republicans have refused to call out Trump for empowering hatred.

Of course, the Republican Party’s failures hardly end there. Standing up to hate means doing more than disagreeing with Donald Trump on Twitter – it means defending Americans’ civil rights and working to bring our nation together.

For Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, that means calling out the fearmongering rhetoric and policies Trump has promoted throughout his candidacy and presidency. It means ending disastrous law enforcement policies like those championed by Sheriff Arpaio. It means working to make voting easier instead of fighting to deny Latinos and African-Americans their constitutional rights at the ballot box. And it means keeping immigrant families together instead of helping Donald Trump tear them apart.

I know bipartisanship on these issues is possible because I’ve seen it firsthand. When I was a civil rights attorney, I worked with Republican colleagues to fight some of same hateful groups on the rise today. But with Donald Trump as president, Republicans have thrown morality and reason to the wind.

Yes the above was written by a partisan, Thomas Perez, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee and former United States Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017. But the truth is the truth, no matter from whom it comes. A division president of a national company I was employed by used the phrase a leopard can’t change its spots. I never fully bought that position because I know change IS possible for those who sincerely desire to change. However, when one honestly evaluates the life record of Donald J. Trump, a man seventy years old, it is pretty clear that the odds are he has little desire to change his core moral compass.

Complete text of above quoted articles are found HERE and HERE.

Trump Gives White Nationalists the Legitimacy They Desire But Don’t Deserve…

Since our pretend pResident fully and unabashedly showed his true colors following the white supremacy gathering in Charlottesville, VA this weblog has remained silent. It will no longer do so.

Trump’s stunning lack of historical perspective, his obvious soft spot for white nationalism and the white supremacy movement is unprecedented. No former president of the modern era has ever filled the sails of the white nationalist and white supremacist ideology and movement as Trump has done. Disgraceful at best, evil and dangerous at its worst.

Trump deserves condemnation by all ethical and moral people, conservatives, moderates, progressives, democrats, republicans, democratic socialists, religious and non-religious folks alike. America defeated Nazism and white supremacy in the 40″s, or so we thought. The ugly head of this ideology and movement has raised once again, fed by the Trump administration. It must be resisted, defeated, and relegated to the dust bin of history once and for all.

R. Derrick Black, a former white nationalist who ultimately left the nationalist cause because he grew to recognize the evil that it represents, said it well in his article in The New York Times, August 18, 2017. Following are excerpts from that article.

My dad often gave me the advice that white nationalists are not looking to recruit people on the fringes of American culture, but rather the people who start a sentence by saying, “I’m not racist, but …”

The most effective tactics for white nationalists are to associate American history with themselves and to suggest that the collective efforts to turn away from our white supremacist past are the same as abandoning American culture. My father, the founder of the white nationalist website Stormfront, knew this well. It’s a message that erases people of color and their essential role in American life, but one that also appeals to large numbers of white people who would agree with the statement, “I’m not racist, but I don’t want American history dishonored, and this statue of Robert E. Lee shouldn’t be removed.”

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On Tuesday afternoon the president defended the actions of those at the rally, stating, “You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” His words marked possibly the most important moment in the history of the modern white nationalist movement. These statements described the marchers as they see themselves — nobly driven by a good cause, even if they are plagued by a few bad apples. He said: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”

But this protest, contrary to his defense, was advertised unambiguously as a white nationalist rally. The marchers chanted, “Jews will not replace us”; in the days leading up to the event, its organizers called it “a pro-white demonstration”; my godfather, David Duke, attended and said it was meant to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump”; and many attendees flew swastika flags. Whatever else you might say about the rally, they were not trying to deceive anyone.

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We have all observed the administration’s decisions over the past several months that aligned with the white nationalist agenda, such as limiting or completely cutting off legal and illegal immigration, especially of Hispanics and Muslims; denigrating black communities as criminal and poor, threatening to unleash an even greater police force on them; and going after affirmative action as anti-white discrimination. But I had never believed Trump’s administration would have trouble distancing itself from the actual white nationalist movement.

Yet President Trump stepped in to salvage the message that the rally organizers had originally hoped to project: “George Washington was a slave owner,” he said, and asked, “So will George Washington now lose his status?” Then: “How about Thomas Jefferson?” he asked. “Because he was a major slave owner. Now are we going to take down his statue?” He added: “You’re changing history. You’re changing culture.”

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The most fundamental legislative goal of the white nationalist movement is to limit non white immigration. It is important to remember that such limits were in place during the lifetimes of many current white nationalists; it was the default status until the 1960s. In the 1790s, the first naturalization laws of the United States Congress limited citizenship to a “free white person.”

Legislation in the 1920s created quotas for immigration based on national origin, which placed severe restrictions on the total number of immigrants and favored northern and western European immigration. It was only with the civil rights movement of the 1960s that the national origin quota system was abolished and Congress fully removed the restriction favoring white immigrants.

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… President Trump intervened. His comments supporting the rally gave new purpose to the white nationalist movement, unlike any endorsement it has ever received. Among its followers, being at that rally will become something to brag about, and some people who didn’t want to be associated with extremism will now see the cause as more mainstream. When the president doesn’t provide condemnation that he has been pressed to give, what message does that send but encouragement?

The United States was founded as a white nationalist country, and that legacy remains today. Things have improved from the radical promotion of white people at the expense of all others, which has persisted for most of our history, yet most of us have not accepted the extent to which white identity guides so much of what we still do. Sometimes it seems that the white nationalists are most honest about the very real foundation of white supremacy upon which our nation was built.

The president’s words legitimized the worst of our country, and now the white nationalist movement could be poised to grow. To challenge these messages, we need to acknowledge the continuity of white nationalist thought in American history, and the appeal it still holds.

Written by a man who was brought up in the white nationalist movement, saw it and was active in it first hand, and who to his great credit was able to recognize its inherent evil and have the courage to stand tall and renounce it. We hope his example will serve in helping those with the I’m not racist, but folks to better understand that yes, they may very well be.

Full article HERE.

Trump Gave Up The Moral High Ground, Therefore He Does Not Represent Our Country’s Values… Period

Donald J. Trump on Tuesday August 15, 2017 effectively relinquished any and all moral authority he may have once had.

h/t Progressive Eruptions

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Generals Eisenhower and Patton Visit The Nazi Death Camps: Never forget!

Extremism in rejecting the scourge of Nazism and White Supremacy is no vice.

Below is a video made by the US military and it depicts in all its horror what the Antifa and BLMers were protesting against when they confronted the Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A. last weekend.

The alt-right supporters and Donald Trump are defending the Nazis by using the excuse that the Antifa and BLMers had no permit to protest the mob that represents what you will see in the video below.

This is what they were marching and protesting against. This is what Nazis are. And this is why a majority of Americans are angry at, ashamed of, and disgusted with the POTUS who defended Nazis by claiming “many sides” were responsible for what happened last weekend.

FACT:  One side represented Nazis; the other side did not.

Never forget!

 

It is now time for the Republican party leadership as well as former republican presidents GHWB and GWB to grow some brass ones and denounce, by name, the actions and rhetoric of the current reprehensible POS that is now occupying the White House.

 

 

A Tribute To Trump…

Often the innocence of youth points to truth that many with years of jaded experience willfully turn their heads to.

A man and a woman were running a race.
The man dressed in red with a very orange face,
And the woman dressed in blue with a pantsuit and a briefcase.
The race was much longer than a dash, mile or marathon,
And to many Americans it felt like it went on and on.
This was a race of old and new ideas and one thought,
And so the race started with the sound of a gunshot.
The woman dressed in blue was off to a great start,
She was gaining support and was eager to do her part.
However the man in the red was racist and sexist I’m sure you would agree,
He even said he wanted to grab a woman by her…
As the competitors turned the corner you got a glimpse of the fans,
And you could hear in the distance a chant about a man with small hands.
He claimed his hands and feet were quite big,
All while having a bright orange spray tan and a big yellow wig.
About halfway through the race the man was falling behind,
And the supporters of the woman were happy to have saved mankind.
As the competitors were nearing the finish line,
The people in blue were already celebrating and drinking their wine.
The woman approached the finish with a big, wide grin,
But then something happened that seemed to be the work of Vladimir Putin.
The woman fell down and lost her lead,
The win began to feel a lot less guaranteed.
The man hurdled over her body and crossed the finish,
And we all knew our Nation’s reputation would certainly diminish.
The man had somehow done it, he actually won,
The supporters in blue sat in shock and ceased all of their fun.
The man was apparently going to Make America Great Again with his campaign,
And the woman was depressed and had to put away her celebratory champagne
The results of this race tore apart our land,
As millions of Muslims were immediately banned.
This man can do absolutely no good,
Except run his mouth and claim he was just misunderstood.
The man has stated “we need global warming” for all to hear,
Which has made me quite certain that the end is near.
He has called women ugly and fat,
Which has left me wondering how he could have won the race and done all that.
After insulting and making fun of men and women nationwide,
I’ve become mortified, horrified, and have lost my American pride.
Every time he talks or makes a speech,
All I can say is impeach, impeach, impeach.

14-year-old Owen Pallenberg…  Keep up the good work