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a two-level strategy

“Whether by design, or simply inertia, the Republican wrecking ball has been following a two-level strategy. Trump keeps the spotlight on himself with one act after another, assuming (correctly) that yesterday’s antics will be swept aside by today’s. And at the same time, often beneath the radar, the “respectable” Republican establishment chips away at government programs that might be of benefit to the general population, but not to their constituency of extreme wealth and corporate power. They are systematically pursuing what Financial Times economic correspondent Martin Wolf calls “pluto-populism,” a doctrine that imposes “policies that benefit plutocrats, justified by populist rhetoric.””

-Noam Chomsky

This makes sense to me. It seems a fairly decent description of what’s happening at the moment. Anyone else agree? How do we stop it?

who are we not allowed to criticize?

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” ~Voltaire

The issue of a free press is becoming ever more critical as the #BLOTUS ramps up his rhetoric and his attacks against the mainstream media. A vigorous and robust Fourth Estate is essential to keep politicians and power groups accountable to the public.

Now is the time to support the press as never before. We cannot allow the Liar-In-Chief to muzzle those responsible for shining the light of truth on all his illegal, and some would even say traitorous, activities.

it needs to be said

“Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it” is as true now as it has ever been. The unbelievably strident rhetoric and unabashedly racist and sexist positions promoted by Donald Trump are frighteningly familiar to any student of history. Listen to the early speeches of Adolf Hitler and make the comparison yourself.

This is not the kind of leader I want for the United States. His clearly stated and well known values do not reflect my values, nor hopefully, the values of the majority of citizens in this country. I am glad someone has the sense and the moral courage to tell it like it is.

sometimes it’s better to scream

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We live in an age when values have changed, and continue to change. It is now acceptable to display boorish and uncivil behavior in public and even get applause for it. Today it is acceptable for public figures and nationally recognized political candidates to spew vindictive and racist remarks without fear of backlash.

I, for one, am tired of the hatred, the bitterness and repulsive rhetoric. I am reminded of the early days of Nazi Germany when Adolf Hitler used the same bombastic invective and appeal to fear to inflame his listeners.

We are better than that. When candidates for the highest office in the United States base their  campaigns on fear, on hatred, on racism, on indiscriminate destruction of entire populations, it is time to speak out.

I do not want a President who unabashedly flaunts immoral actions and behavior to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I do not want a leader who uses xenophobia and racial prejudices to appeal to the uneducated.

I may be in a distinct minority, but I remember a time when when such a person would be held up for ridicule and laughed off the stage. That such a clown is now taken seriously is a true indictment of the depths to which our nation has fallen.

If we elect such a man to lead our nation we deserve whatever befalls us.

the measure of a man

Martin Luther King on the "Ultimate Measure of a Man. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort & convenience, but whre he stand at times of challenge & controversy." #MLKL:

Most of us would agree that we live in a time of challenge and controversy. Growing violence around the world, terrorism, politicians spewing hatred and unabashed bigotry, a polarization and ever-widening chasm between the obscenely rich and the abysmally poor; it all points to the need for us to demonstrate our true values.

We need men and women of faithfulness to stand up and quietly reflect the values that seem to be getting buried in the ugly rhetoric and political posturing that surround us. Am I the only one thoroughly sick of politicians and presidential candidates grandstanding to the lowest common denominator?

There are times when silence is not golden, but just plain yellow. We now find ourselves in such a time. It is time to stand up for what we believe in our hearts to be right, what we know our faith demands of us.  It’s time to demonstrate that love is still far more powerful than hatred.