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.

 

 

Trump Done With Playing Around, or, Is It The Global Community That Will Make a Difference,,,

Whenever the America first anti globalists find an issue they like they’re all in. But, when there is no conflict or potential war, one which the MIC will profit from they’re all out. As they bash the interests of the international community and the world environment.

BTW, the America firsters are right on this one. It does have global implications.

U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised new sanctions against North Korea as a sign that the international community is seriously addressing the threat of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

“It is time for North Korea to realize, we are not playing anymore,” Haley said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”

The sanctions largely target North Korea’s major exports such as coal, iron and seafood, Haley said.

“A third of their trade exports have been hit, and we basically gave them a kick in the gut with a billion dollars of sanctions that they are going to begin to feel right away,” she continued, adding that the measure “sends a really strong message.”

The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday that would slap the new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for its repeated ballistic missile testing and continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The former South Carolina governor said North Korea now has a big decision to make.

“They can either respond by pulling back and saying that they are not going to be a part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes.

“And we’ll continue to keep up the strength, and keep up the activity and make sure that we stop them,” Haley added.

Hm, is this the only site reading between the lines? It sure looks like a red line has ben draw to us. Will the Trump team remember a red line drawn not so long ago?

America, prepare for the ultimate conflict!

“I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with this,” McMaster told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday.

“I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime.”

The UN sanctions follow North Korea’s two recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the most recent of which took place last week. Analysts say those ICBMs could be capable of striking parts of the U.S.

The Trump administration sees North Korea’s nuclear program as a top national security threat to the U.S.

McMaster indicated this weekend that military action against the regime is an option.

“If they had nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. Of course, we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option,” he told MSNBC.

President Trump – who was critical of the UN on the campaign trail — praised the United Nations Security Council on Saturday for voting to support the new sanctions on North Korea, after he signed a measure this week imposing new sanctions there, as well as targeting Russia and Iran.

“The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!” Trump tweeted.

“United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to [North Korea],” he added.

Trump’s correct. We’ll wait and see what the BLOTUS’ response is if North Korea gives him the big middle finger.

For those that are interested there is more at THE HILL

Come the Resistance…

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Ruby Cramer, BuzzFeed News Reporter – Hillary Clinton has hired two political operatives from her 2016 presidential campaign to help manage Onward Together, the project she founded this spring with former governor Howard Dean to fund and support a coalition of Democratic groups led by activists and organizers.

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Dean, the Onward Together co-founder, confirmed the recent hires on Friday. The two former campaign aides will be working on Onward Together as consultants.

Clinton’s new group, registered in May as a 501c4 organization with an affiliated super PAC, is working to establish a small but diverse cooperative of about 10 to 12 grassroots efforts, each one focused on a different area of the energy and activism set off by Donald Trump’s election and presidency. Dean said they are still in the process vetting groups to add to the coalition, which already includes organizations such as Swing Left, Emerge America, and Run For Something.

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“She’s moving us right on task, which is what we really needed,” said Dean.

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That Clinton play a role at all in electoral politics after her failed 2016 campaign is a source of debate among Democrats, some of whom have said that the former candidate should to step back, moving aside for new voices in politics. Clinton, however, has made it clear she is not receding entirely into private life: She’s made headlines for pointed remarks about Trump and Russia, and has a new memoir coming out next month that aides have described as a candid and at times raw account of the Democratic primary fight and the general contest against Trump.

Donald J. Trump, a man who has demonstrated a complete lack of integrity, and the party he represents, have pushed this fellow right into the bosom of the resistance. Make no mistake, many differences exist between me and the resistance, but, given the choice of Trump and the party he represents or the resistance, well , it’s not even a contest any longer. the resistance wins hands down!

Trump’s lying, xenophobia, misogyny, lack of principled leadership, narcissism, and so much more give a rational and reasonable person no choice but to resist him, everything he stands for, and the party who supports him. Simply put the man called Trump represents the greatest threat to decency and our democratic republic the nation has ever faced. His bullying personality, relationship with a nation hostile to American interests (Russia),  and his affinity for strong-arm dictators illustrates this.

In six short months Trump has the our allies and the world looking at America in a different light. A diminished light that will result in our nation losing its influence and place among nations. We will no longer be viewed as a leader to be trust, rather we will be looked open with distrust. Trump is responsible for this and as we will become more isolated as a result.

We welcome HRC’s activism in resisting Trump and support her every effort to discredit both him and the ideology he espouses, whatever that may be. A man who has no core values other than what serves him has no business holding he top leadership spot in our republic. May the resistance grow and from this competent, honorable, experienced, patriot leadership arise!

More to come.