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Trump Offers Darkness.

We are in terra incognita. Our new President is a man untethered by truth or decency. Given the opportunity in his inaugural address to pay lip service to a united America, he instead gave a stem-winder geared at firing up his base. He disparaged the current Congress and threw his ...

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The Republicans' Best Replacement for Obamacare is Obamacare.

Paul Ryan says that the replacement for Obamacare will be well thought out - much better than the current dog’s dinner. And as soon as they repeal the ACA they’re going to start working on it. Which raises the question: What have they been doing for the last seven years? However, ...

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The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

A sign in many Irish bars reads, "In God we trust, all others pay cash". It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind ...

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Jeff Sessions Plays Make-Believe.

Today, Jeff Sessions started his Senate confirmation for Attorney General. His pursuit of promotion is hindered by a long and dishonorable history of racism. In fact, he is in the unusual (unique?) position of taking a second crack at Senate confirmation, having failed the first time. So what's a man, with ...

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We ate low-fat and got fat. What was the cause?

Sugar: Another Corporate America Snow Job

Anyone who grew up, from the 1970s on, 'knows' that the biggest threat to cardiovascular and heart health - as well as the largest contributor to obesity - is fat. Specifically saturated fat. The problem is, they are wrong. The body needs fat. We may eat too much - but we must ...

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Trump Offers Darkness.

by Pitt Griffin on January 22, 2017 · 0 comments

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We are in terra incognita. Our new President is a man untethered by truth or decency. Given the opportunity in his inaugural address to pay lip service to a united America, he instead gave a stem-winder geared at firing up his base. He disparaged the current Congress and threw his predecessors under the bus.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

He outlined a version of America that exists only in his tortured imagination. An America swamped by a carnage of guns and gangs. Littered with tombstones of failed and shuttered businesses. No one works. No child is educated. And hope has fled. You have to wonder who hurt him so badly.

He played to paranoia and fear. No one can be trusted. The media are liars. Politicians are craven shills with no interest but their own. Previous Presidents were no more than enablers of this rape of real Americans,

He pounded his populist message – pure pablum for his core sycophants. He dismissed the LGBT community and removed any reference to climate change from the White House website. But there were signs of hardship for his own. He started the evisceration of health care for millions. And rolled back a planned cut in interest rates on FHA-insured mortgages.

His cabinet nominees are neither pro-worker nor pro-family. His putative labor secretary in an implacable foe of the minimum wage. His fiscal and economic advisors are friends of the wealthy. His education secretary is bitterly opposed to public schooling.

Which raises the question: How long will the scared white workers of America continue to believe that Donald Trump gives a whit about them? I think that it will be longer than rational people imagine. The Trump fan knows Trump is lying to him. He doesn’t care.

Like the gambler who plays the crooked table because it’s the only game in town – he knows Trump doesn’t mean what he says. But his fans take comfort that at least Trump pretends to be listening to them.

They are willing to sit through hours of whiny self-aggrandisement. Of talk about crowd size in front of memorial walls to Americans dead in service of America. Of unprovable boasts of collective cabinet IQs. And self-congratulation of his awesome genius.

They sit through this, waiting for the gratuitous ‘we’. Where briefly they are included in the great man’s embrace. Allowed to press their noses against the window of plenty, they are treated to the specter of wealth like the impoverished watching a high society movie during the Great Depression

But what happens when Trump’s policies start driving down wages? When jobs evaporate? When health costs explode?

Expect excuses to fly. Trump will blame Obama, minorities, Congress, unions, the weather, illegal aliens, state governments, hackers, the media, bureaucratic inertia, inner cities, and the Clintons. His base will go along with it.

He’ll point at trade deals and currency manipulation for his economic failures And at financial buccaneers for the stock market crash.

His acolytes will forget that he promised to fix these things. That Trump claimed he alone had the balls and ability to reverse America’s decline – to bring Wall Street to his heel.

They will cling to any straw that justifies belief in their Svengali. They are all in. They will hear nothing bad about their boy – nor anything positive about anyone else. It’s ‘us against them’. If you’re not with us, you’re against us. If you don’t get everything, you get nothing. If someone gets something, they must have taken it from you. There is no middle ground or compromise.

In Trump’s America, there is no beauty, no grace, no charity. It is a dystopia of crime and dirt and want. There is no room for decency, for consideration, for tolerance. Some men dream of greatness and speak a message of light – FDR, JFK, MLK, Reagan, and Obama. And then there are the creatures of the night.

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The Republicans’ Best Replacement for Obamacare is Obamacare.

January 16, 2017

Paul Ryan says that the replacement for Obamacare will be well thought out – much better than the current dog’s dinner. And as soon as they repeal the ACA they’re going to start working on it. Which raises the question: What have they been doing for the last seven years? However, there is good news […]

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The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

January 13, 2017

A sign in many Irish bars reads, “In God we trust, all others pay cash”. It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind faith, but with a healthy […]

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Jeff Sessions Plays Make-Believe.

January 10, 2017

Today, Jeff Sessions started his Senate confirmation for Attorney General. His pursuit of promotion is hindered by a long and dishonorable history of racism. In fact, he is in the unusual (unique?) position of taking a second crack at Senate confirmation, having failed the first time. So what’s a man, with a history of bigotry, […]

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Sugar: Another Corporate America Snow Job

January 9, 2017

Anyone who grew up, from the 1970s on, ‘knows’ that the biggest threat to cardiovascular and heart health – as well as the largest contributor to obesity – is fat. Specifically saturated fat. The problem is, they are wrong. The body needs fat. We may eat too much – but we must eat some. Sugar is different. […]

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Republicans Have the Impulse Control of Drunk Teens.

January 6, 2017

In the 1770s, chaffing under the yoke of English oppression, the American revolutionaries stated their grievances and rose against an oppressive power. They took up arms, broke their shackles, and fought. And while they fought, the intellectuals and politicians hammered out a roadmap to a new nation. They had a plan. That, my friends, is how […]

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Really? 1.5.17 – Marsha Blackburn: A Star Is Born. Lincoln weeps.

January 4, 2017

The new Michele Bachmann – Part 1. (What women don’t want) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) lacks the maniacal glint in her eyes that Michele Backmann so indefatigably displayed. However, she gives no ground to Bachman when it comes to crazy talk. Take women’s rights. Blackburn voted against the ‘2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act’. She later […]

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Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism – But It Is Politically Useful.

January 3, 2017

Conservatives spanked President Obama for not wearing a flag pin. Which raises the question, what does a flag pin signify? The wearer believes it’s patriotism. It isn’t. The pin is no more than a biker patch – his ‘colors’ if you will. The pin wearer declares himself to be no more than a nationalist wearing […]

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Really? 1.1.17 The Gun Follies Continue – And People Still Die.

January 1, 2017

She’ll never see six. Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized […]

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