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Trump Demographics

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As Americans were watching their fortunes dwindle, their jobs disappear, their pension agreements getting rescinded, and their homes lose value or get taken back by the same corrupt banks that granted the mortgages – there were voices speaking in their ears, in their cars, in their man caves and media room blaming “others”. These voices said that these beleaguered Americans were giving people who refused to work money through “entitlements” like welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and that they were actually wasting their money. The whispers and vein-popped shouts from right-wing media claimed that giving poor people money actually keeps them down, turns them into dependents. Those who hammered away at middle class Americans in shock at their losses had no proof for their theory. Paul Ryan, a Congressman, cited a fiction book, The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand as proof that these takers are slackers, rather than needy people whose children will suffer if taxpayers harden their hearts.

If you want some other evidence, also from fiction, and far more believable, read Charles Dickens. You don’t have to have unselfish impulses to disavow social Darwinism. You can be quite selfish about it because if the poor live in squalor, that squalor affects us all, especially our health and our mood. People used to walk through London holding a scented handkerchief to their noses, stepping in offal, and even having chamber pots emptied over their heads.

Some people got sold on this short-sighted approach to social concerns. They started to think that small government was a good idea. After all the government kept intruding into their lives, especially in schools. No prayer in school was touted as the root of all moral evil. Teaching Creationism was shouted down by those who felt that science belongs in public schools, religion, not so much. Christians felt they should have the right to teach Creationism. Pundits started to suggest that Republicans would help the middle class get rid of social programs and turn schools into private entities vouchered to the states who could allow state residents to decide on curricula.

Those disembodied voices, avidly attended to over the air waves, eventually made their listeners aware and incensed that minorities would be the new recipients of the American Dream. White folks said “hell no”. Keep America white. Keep America Christian. Americans speak English, they said. Eventually the Republican Party, not in so many words perhaps, but in code, promised that they could make it so. Even as those radio pundits graduated to TV – lo and behold, a Black man, possibly a Muslim, possibly a henchman for someone named Saul Alinsky, got elected to be the President of the United States of America!

It turns out the GOP lied. It lied to the middle class about everything. As long as Obama remained the U. S. President they could not deliver any of their promises. The social programs were cut but not eliminated. In fact Obama, in stealth, in the dead of night, pushed through the Affordable Care Act with no Republican votes, making social health and welfare programs bigger than ever. The government did not pass a huge school voucher program or close the Education Department thus giving states more autonomy in schools. The government doubled down on national standards and the Common Core curricula. The Obama government did not take to Republican obstruction real well and the GOP was now in thrall to the “Tea Party” that coalesced because of the radio “whisperers”.

These folks believe that America will be white again and that white America will be able to eat as much white bread as it wants. America will once again have secure factory jobs for life with pensions that are solid and generous. They believe America will stop this nonsense about fossil fuels and the environment because Big Business doesn’t like it. We will build a wall so no more people can come here from Mexico without documentation and so we will not have to learn Spanish. Life will be like the 50’s – we will freeze forever at a mid-century modern lifestyle – before the pill, before women’s lib, before gay people, before hippies, before Civil Rights, way before 9/11. That’s what the GOP was supposed to produce for their “base”, and that is what the election is about, a Renaissance for white America. These are Donald Trump’s people. Disappointed by America and then disappointed again by the Republicans. Donald Trump comes as close to the hope that the middle class can set things straight as anyone has and they don’t really care how he does it. He seems like someone who truly could turn America into a mid-fifties theme park from sea to shining sea.

But the problem is that white America is tired, old or addicted to bad substances. White America is not the dynamic demographic it once was. We are not reproducing fast enough to prevent our numbers and prospects from dwindling. Even many of those very Republicans riding herd over Obama are ancient artifacts of distant eras (such as the 1950’s). Without the energy and the thirst for freedom and success of our young immigrant groups we will very likely just turn into a fusty, dying social experiment with a Dream that was cancelled for lack of interest. A vote for Trump, or any Republican, is a vote for national stagnation and decay.

By Nancy Brisson

Rubbing Elbows with the Tea Party

I have a friend from out-of-town who comes to my neck of the woods to ice skate at the local twin ice rinks. Then we meet to play Scrabble. When she came to meet me this week she had a newspaper in tow, a newspaper called The Patriot: A Grassroots Newspaper. A headline on the front page immediately caught my eye The UN is Preparing to Manage Mass Casualty Events Under Jade Helm. I had not thought that this kind of wingnut Conservatism was popular in my central New York area. But I was wrong.

There are many code words of Conservative conspiracy (gossip, made-up nonsense, fear mongering, choose a noun) talk in this 16 page edition of The Patriot for July, 2015. It is an actual newsprint newspaper and is available for free at the ice rink where my friend enjoys skating. She also seemed shocked to find this here. The UN is an organization that Conservatives suspect is a front for a new world order and they fear that the UN will usurp America and corral us all into dense urban habitats in the interests of sustainability which, since they don’t believe in climate change, they see as a very bad thing. This is directly related to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who demonize the UN, sustainability and Agenda 21. I have written about paranoia and Agenda 21 before.

Another term these folks like to throw around is Illuminati, again expressing a fear that there are sinister powerful forces plotting to destroy America and turn us into what? Russia perhaps. This article is entitled Ukrainians Dispossessed: Americans are next.

On the facing page is an enumeration of the powers of the Federal Government as delineated in the original Constitution and an article in which the newspaper editor asks members to be sure to elect people who will bring us back into line with our founding documents. Next article is a lengthy discussion of human exceptionalism which I confess that I just could not read.

Next up is Ready or Not…Here Comes the Antichrist! Ready or Not…Here Comes the Lawless One! “The antichrist is also called the Lawless One. Lawless… contrary or without regard for the law. Wow, you don’t have to look far for that. Baltimore? Ferguson? Businesses burning, looting, no self-control…police being shot. On a world scale…Isis beheadings, children and women being raped, murdered…we have never seen a time like we’re seeing today.” (scriptures follow).

On page 11 we have in big bold caps SOVIETIZING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY (here we are talking about preschool education) followed by THE NEW WORLD ORDER (41) THE ULTIMATE CONFLICT. This is where we are introduced to The Luciferian Church of the U.N.

I’m sorry…to me this is doo-doo-doo-doo territory and yet people also advertise in this newspaper. I do believe in free speech, but sometimes I wish I didn’t.

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If America is getting weird, don’t you think this might be part of the reason?

This is the view from the cheap seats.

By Nancy Brisson

Democrats: Wusses or Saviors of our Nation?

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The Democrats are being shafted because they are unwilling to give up on the Constitution and the American government. Who knows better than the Democrats how seditious the Republicans have been. They have damaged our Constitutional government by grinding it to a halt, or nearly a halt. They have done this by refusing to bring any important bills to the floor of the House. Since the filibuster rule was relaxed (somewhat), some judges have been sent to fill federal benches. However, the filibuster rule was not relaxed for important bills, so not many things have passed the Senate either. If a bill happens to get through the Senate it can’t even get considered in the House because John Boehner will not bring it to the floor for a vote.

This is not some temporary strategy. It has been in force for the past four years, since the Democrats lost the House in 2010, and if the Democrats are unable to turn things around this strategy will be in force for the next two years. The Democrats could probably bring Republicans up on charges of sedition, but they have held back. They believe America can be saved and that when the Tea Party fever breaks the country will go back to having two parties that agree once more to wheel and deal and compromise.

I respect the Democrats for pretending that everything is fine, for holding back, for protecting our history as a great nation, but I am afraid that the Republicans have no such compunctions and will go for the juggler if they get a clear chance. Perhaps they will try to impeach Obama if they win the House and the Senate in 2014. I believe that this would be a terrible mistake for all Americans and the fallout might bring about that very civil war we seem to be headed for. If we cannot reconcile the agenda of the left and the agenda of the right, if one party will risk nullifying the Constitution because either they want their power back or they believe so strongly in their ideological policies that they will trash the Constitution and commit seditious acts to get their way, then we are screwed.

Republicans believe that the next election is their ticket to having everything they ever dreamed of and they believe that they have stacked the deck enough to ensure that the election outcome will go their way.

Should the Democrats keep backing off the Republicans to save America? Will backing off the Republicans save America as we know it? Should we finally just go ahead and get tough, shake the stuffing out of these folks, bring charges against them and have the whole argument hauled right out into the open. The Republicans, especially the Tea Party Republicans, have been waltzing really close to the treason line and Democrats have cut them lots of slack. Republicans have even gone over the line a few times or why would we have the militias.

So either we need to give the Democrats props for keeping to regular order as much as possible or we have to disparage them as wusses and throw in our lot with the right wing crazies. Since the entire world is full of nations warring over internal political divisions why not just join in rather than pretending that we are saner than everyone else. This is a very sad chapter in our nation’s history.

By Nancy Brisson

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Out to Pasture

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On Meet the Press this past Sunday, October 20, 2013, Round Table guests talked about the need for Obama to find a way to isolate the 40 or so “renegades” in Congress, to corral them and negate their influence, and the fact that he has not been able to do this is what has made him look weak. Does Obama have any allies who could help him do this? Is this even possible? This seems like a highly desirable outcome if it could succeed. Then the Democrats and the more moderate Conservatives could get some things done for America and the American people.

If the Republicans, through effective obstructionism are able to prevent Democrats from trying any of their solutions for empowering the middle class, stimulating the economy, improving infrastructure, and lowering our carbon footprint to levels that may effectively halt global warming, then we will have wasted eight years and we will not ever know if those policies would have succeeded. Better to let us try our solutions out; then if they fail I guess that Republicans can have their way with us, but they haven’t given the American people that chance.

These experts at the Round Table felt that the Immigration Bill might be the legislation that would give Obama the opening, if he had a good game plan, to cut the most extreme right wingers, the tea partiers if you will, from the herd. If that highly desirable goal could be achieved then we might not have to pin all our hopes on the 2014 election (although the Democrats should still put their energy into winning whatever seats they can) and we would have a valuable new Immigration Law in the bargain. Almost every economist tells us that passing the Immigration Bill would have a very positive effect on our economy.

My little heart goes pitter-pat with hope as these political analysts raise the possibility that Obama could find a strategy to defuse the Tea Party and send them into far pastures from which their bellowing cannot be heard. President Obama, could this really happen? I guess we can’t arrest them for sedition because they sort of backed down (not really). We don’t have a great “cattle dog” who could herd those tea partiers up to the back forty. Who would that cattle dog be? My brain has nothing. Perhaps some of those really smart people out there can come up with a clever idea.

If not then we must elect Democrats in 2014. This does not mean we need to send all of our Representatives out into the cold. We can’t just throw the bums out. We tried that before. We need to be smart about this. We need to study the electorate and get a Democrat elected wherever we possibly can.

This is the view from the cheap seats.

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Basically A Rant

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The correct strategies for America are not always the most selfish ones. It’s not all about us all the time. Sometimes we must look at the big picture because everything is interconnected. Some string that is pulled somewhere else can unravel or re-knit our future.

And, then there is the truth that, at this point in time, the Republicans will not allow Obama to pass any new laws that improve the economy, the infrastructure, or jobs. If we don’t elect Democrats in 2014 we have almost 3 long years to concentrate on foreign affairs. If we truly do not want to get involved in any more wars, I would trust Obama much more than I would trust the Republicans to admonish a dictator without getting us involved in a foreign war. The only way the war in Syria can escalate and suck in the world is if a powerful force like Russia joins in. If Putin is serious about helping get rid of the chemical weapons in Syria, then he probably is not interested in starting World War III. If we stay civil and Russia stays civil then perhaps we can pull this off. Americans do not appear to be too fond of civility right now, sad to say. Instead all the little voices fall in line echoing the charge that Obama is a weak President. I repeat; if Obama can end the use of chemical weapons in Syria without starting a new war, then he is anything but weak.

If there is anything this President does that is weak it is to give Republicans another opening to tout his weakness and force him to bargain when these Republicans know all along that they will say “no” to him again and again and again. This does not make Obama seem weak to me. It makes him seem like a President who respects the Constitution and who tries to give Republicans every opportunity to cut out the partisan politics and do their jobs as outlined in that very Constitution that describes how our government is supposed to work. Nowhere in the Constitution I read does it say that people outside the government should be promised a stronger allegiance than is given to a fair consideration of the laws that build a stronger America.

Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers should be like the rest of us. They are citizens with one vote each. But they have found ways to pull the strings of large numbers of Americans turning them into disenchanted citizens and puppet voters who repeat, like mantras, arguments drummed into them by skillful pundits. These pundits know the fears some Americans hold in their hearts and minds and they stoke the fires lit under these fears, bank the coals, and then stoke them again. They have fostered a bunch of conspiracy junkies and they will ruin America if we let them. These pundits have been primed to serve the interests of Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and whatever other shadowy figures are in the Conservative Cabal.

So we have plenty of time to take the big view, the long view, while we wait for America to wake up and throw off the strings of the mind controllers who have taken over the GOP.

What would we like to see happen in the Middle East? Perhaps we would like to see strong, healthy Middle Eastern countries where government and religion are separate. Perhaps people in the Middle East will chose peaceful coexistence and tolerance over hate and aggression; these nations’ peoples will find a balance that will allow the citizens to live stable and productive lives in which there is no dictator holding on to all of the nations’ wealth. What can we do to encourage this? Wouldn’t such an outcome have a profoundly positive effect on us and the world? Playing a bit of referee doesn’t seem too much to ask from the rest of the world community. After all we have plenty of time right now to keep an eye on the violations of war behavior which result in the horrors of genocide. If we allow these practices we will never achieve that real peace, tolerance, and prosperity we wish for the Middle East and the world.

If you want Obama to accomplish our goals for our domestic future then you had better raise your voice and tell Republicans to stop obstructionism in Congress, to stop encouraging red states to pass laws that challenge the current laws in America, and to stop brainwashing and scaring gullible Americans. We need to elect Democrats in 2014.

This is the view from the cheap seats.

 

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