The face of hate

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On April 4, 1940 the German Army invaded the little country of Denmark. The battle lasted just six hours, one of the shortest military operations of World War II. When I was a kid, my best friends mother was Danish. She was five years old when the Nazis overran her country. She spent the rest of her life hating any and all things German.

On June 6, 1944 my Grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day as a twenty something year old. He was a young man who had never been anywhere or seen anything beyond the farm and small town North Carolina where he was born and raised. He never talked about the experience. We learned after his death about the many medals he was awarded for his participation and survival of this gruesome battle fighting Nazi Germany.

I offered yesterday how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines several of the hate groups that were involved in the Charlottesville violence. Below is additional details about the Neo-Nazi group from the SPLC;

Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy, and trace social problems to a Jewish conspiracy that supposedly controls governments, financial institutions and the media.

While some neo-Nazi groups emphasize simple hatred, others are more focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state. Nazism, of course, has roots in Europe, and links between American and European neo-Nazis are strong and growing stronger. American neo-Nazi groups, protected by the First Amendment, often publish material and host Internet sites that are aimed at European audiences — materials that would be illegal under European anti-racism laws. Similarly, many European groups put up their Internet sites on American servers to avoid prosecution under the laws of their native countries.

The Daily Stormer, the Neo-Nazi news and commentary website, posted these remarks after “our” Presidents press conference yesterday;

This is huge… While it seemed like Trump was going to back down and stick to the official story (though halfheartedly), he’s now completely turned around and is attacking the antifa as being the violent terrorists they are.

The Trump condemnation is one of the first times when there is a mainstream debate about who might be the “good guys” between the Communists and the Nazis. And as soon as you ask the question, our side basically wins automatically. All we need for a major cultural victory is an honest comparison.

Here is the problem with Trump, because he talks in circles, because he doesn’t have a plan or any freaking idea how to govern or Make America Great Again, people, groups are going to hear what they want to hear. There is no clear message because he doesn’t have one. There is no unity because he doesn’t give a shit about unity. Chaos, misdirection, and dysfunction is how he lives his life and that Mr. and Mrs. America is what he wants for you and I.

And as the vast majority of us wonder how in the hell this country can survive this madman his supporters cheer and egg him on; “Keep up the good work president Trump. America is behind you.”, “People should know the true history, rather than me or propaganda that #FakeNewsMedia pumps out day and day out.”, “Keep up the good fight for America and the world. Speak the truth to POWER, which is the dem-liberal media complex.”, “The media cannot stand a TRUTH-teller like POTUS and seeks to illegitimately destroy him, and democracy at the same time. #MAGA”, “Antifa or the “Alt-Left” has attacked conservatives for over a year now. The media has given them a pass. No more.”, “Your eight years in office won’t be easy but it will be worth it. You didn’t have to do this. Thank you for loving our country like you do.”

If you haven’t already, and I am sure most of you have, now is the time to make our voices heard. There is a chink in the GOP armor, we need to turn that chink into a rip, then a tear, then a gash, then a laceration and from there hopefully an amputation. We can’t let 35% speak for us. We can’t let Donald Trump give hate a face, a voice and a platform. What are you going to do?

 

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How do you get us to stop talking about Russia? Start talking about the Nazis.

“When David Duke and white supremacists cheer your remarks, you’re doing it very, very wrong. Great and good American presidents seek to unite, not divide. Donald Trump’s remarks clearly show he is not one of them.” – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

This man’s ignorance and arrogance knows no bounds. Trump has proven, as he did again today, that he doesn’t have a moral, or compassionate bone in his body. I couldn’t decide which was worst his over inflated, irrational ego, or his new orange spray tan. At this point it is a toss-up.

Below is the transcript of his “press conference” today. Make America Hate Again!

Reporter: Why did you wait so long to put that last statement out?

Trump: I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long.

Reporter: It was at least 48 hours.

Trump: I wanted to make sure — unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct. Not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the fact. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts, and it’s a very, very important process to me, and it’s a very important statement, so I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts. If you go back to — I brought it. I brought it. I brought it. As I said — remember this, Saturday — we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America, and then I went on from there. Now, here’s the thing. Excuse me, excuse me. Take it nice and easy. Here’s the thing. When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. This event just happened. In fact, a lot of the event didn’t even happen yet, as we were speaking. This event just happened. Before I make a statement, I need the facts, so I don’t want to rush into a statement.

So, making the statement when I made it was excellent. In fact, the young woman, who I hear is a fantastic young woman — and it was on NBC — her mother wrote me and said — through I guess Twitter, social media — the nicest things, and I very much appreciated that. I hear she was a fine, really actually an incredible young woman. But her mother on Twitter thanked me for what I said. And honestly, if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. But unlike you and unlike — excuse me — unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement I like to know the facts.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: They don’t. They don’t.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Listen, how about- how about a couple of infrastructure questions?

Reporter: Was that terrorism, that event? Was that terrorism?

Trump: Say it. What?

Reporter: The CEO of Wal-Mart said you missed a critical opportunity to help bring the country together. Did you?

Trump: Not at all. I think the country — look, you take a look. I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president. The country is booming, the stock market is setting records. We have the highest employment numbers we’ve ever had in the history of our country. We’re doing record business. We have the highest levels of enthusiasm. So, the head of Wal-Mart, whom I know, who is a very nice guy, was making a political statement. I mean, I do it the same way. You know why? Because I want to make sure, when I make a statement that the statement is correct, and there was no way — there was no way of making a correct statement that early. I had to see the facts, unlike a lot of reporters — unlike a lot of reporters. I know, David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts, and the facts as they started coming out were very well-stated. In fact, everybody said his statement was beautiful. If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good. I couldn’t have made it sooner because I didn’t know all of the facts. Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts. It was very important — excuse me, excuse me. It was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly, because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much other than what we were seeing. The second statement was made with knowledge, with great knowledge. There’s still things — excuse me, there’s still things that people don’t know. I want to make a statement with knowledge. I wanted to know the facts. Okay.

Reporter: Two questions. Was this terrorism and can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Trump: Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country, and that is … you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict. That’s what I’d call it. Because there is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism? And then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer and what he did was a horrible, horrible inexcusable thing.

Reporter: Can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Mr. Bannon? Can you talk about that?

Trump: Go ahead.

Reporter: I would echo Maggie’s question. Steve Bannon has-

Trump: I never spoke to Mr. Bannon about it.

Reporter: Can you tell us broadly — do you still have confidence in Steve?

Trump: Well, we’ll see. Look, I like Mr. Bannon, he’s a friend of mine, but Mr. Bannon came on very late — you know that. I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that, and I like him, he’s a good man. He is not a racist, I can tell you that. He’s a good person, he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. But we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon, but he’s a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.

Reporter: Do you have confidence in him?

Another reporter: John McCain has called on you to defend your national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Trump: I have already done it. I did it the last time.

Reporter: And he called on you again to —

Trump: Senator McCain? You mean the one who voted against Obamacare?

Reporter: And he said-

Trump: Who is senator- You mean Senator McCain who voted against us getting good health care?

Reporter: Senator McCain said that the alt-right is behind these attacks, and he linked that same group to those who perpetrated the attack in Charlottesville.

Trump: Well, I don’t know. I can’t tell you. I’m sure Senator McCain must know what he’s talking about. But when you say the alt-right…uh, define alt-right to me. You define it. Go ahead.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: No, define it for me. Come on, let’s go.

Reporter: Senator McCain defined them as the same groups.

Trump: OK. What about the alt-left that came charging at-

[Indistinct.]

Trump: Excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right. Do they have any semblance of guilt?

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging, with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. So, you know, as far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day-

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Wait a minute. I’m not finished. I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day.

Reporter: Is it the same level as neo-Nazis?

Trump: I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it, and you have- You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group, you had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Go ahead.

Reporter: Do you think what you call the alt-left is the same as neo-Nazis?

Trump: Those people, all of those people- excuse me. I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch.

Reporter: Well, white nationalists-

Trump: Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee. So … Excuse me. And you take a look at some of the groups and you see and you’d know it if you were honest reporters — which in many cases you’re not. But many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop? But they were there to protest- excuse me. you take a look the night before, they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of the Robert E. Lee. Infrastructure question. Go ahead.

Reporter: Should statues of Robert E. Lee stay up?

Trump: I would say that’s up to a local town, community, or the federal government depending on where it is located.

Reporter: Are you against the Confederacy?

Another reporter: How concerned are you about race relations in America and do you think things have gotten worse or better since you took office?

Trump: I think they have gotten better- or the same- I- look. They’ve been frayed for a long time, and you can ask President Obama about that because he’d make speeches about it. But, I believe that the fact that I brought in, it will be soon, millions of jobs — you see where companies are moving back into our country — I think that’s going to have a tremendous positive impact on race relations. We have companies coming back into our country, we have two car companies that just announced, we have FoxConn in Wisconsin just announced. We have many companies, I say pouring back into the country. I think that’s going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. You know why? It’s jobs. What people want now, they want jobs. They want great jobs with good pay and, when they have that, you watch how race relations will be. And I’ll tell you, we’re spending a lot of money on the inner cities. We’re fixing the inner cities. We’re doing far more than anybody’s done with respect to the inner cities. It’s a priority for me, and it’s very important.

Reporter: Mr. President, are you putting what you’re calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?

Trump: I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side. There was a group on this side — you can call them the left, you’ve just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group, so you can say what you want but that’s the way it is.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter: Mr. President, your words-

Another reporter: You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are there-

Trump: Well, I do think there’s blame- Yes. I do think there’s blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don’t have any doubt about it either and- and- and- and if you reported it accurately, you would say it.

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter: Neo-Nazis started this in Charlottesville. They showed up at Charlottesville, they-

Trump: Excuse me.

Reporter: To protest the removal of that-

Trump: [Inaudible.] You have some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me — I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

Reporter: Do you support white nationalists, then?

[Cross talk. Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: Well, George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down- Excuse me. Are we going to take down, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?

Reporter: I do love Thomas Jefferson-

Trump: OK, good. Well, are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So, you know what? It’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture and you had people, and 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, OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You got a lot of bad people in the other group, too.

Reporter: Who was treated unfairly? Sir, I’m sorry I don’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? I just don’t understand what you were saying.

Trump: No. No. There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before. If you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some rough, bad people: neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest — and very legally protest, because you know- I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So, I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country, a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country. Does anybody have a final- does anybody- you have an infrastructure question.

Reporter: What makes you think you can get an infrastructure bill? You didn’t get health care. You’re-

Trump: Well, you know, I’ll tell you. We came very close with health care, unfortunately, John McCain decided to vote against it at the last minute. You’ll have to ask John McCain why he did that. But we came very close to health care. We will end up getting health care. But we’ll get the infrastructure and actually, infrastructure is something that I think we’ll have bipartisan support on. I actually think- I actually think Democrats will go along with the infrastructure.

Reporter: Mr. President, have you spoken to the family- have you spoken to the family of the victim of the car attack?

Trump: No, I’ll be reaching out. I’ll be reaching out.

Reporter: When will you be reaching out?

Trump: I was very — I thought that the statement put out, the mother’s statement, I thought was a beautiful statement. I must tell you, I was- it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific, and really under the- under the kind of stress that she’s under and the heartache that she’s under, I thought putting out that statement to me was really something I won’t forget. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you.

[Reporters shout questions.]

Reporter 1: What about the nazis who support you?

Reporter 2: Do you plan on going to Charlottesville, Mr. President?

Reporter 3: Do you think you’re helping to heal the nation?

Trump: I own a house in Charlottesville. Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?

Reporter: Where is it?

Trump: Oh, boy, it’s going to be- it’s in Charlottesville, you’ll see.

Reporter: Is it in the winery or something?

Trump: It’s a- it is the winery.

[Reporters shout questions.]

Trump: I mean, I know a lot about Charlottesville. Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days. I own- I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States that’s in Charlottesville.

Reporter: What do you think needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?

Trump: Well I really think jobs can have a big impact. I think if we continue to create jobs — over a million, substantially more than a million — and you can see just the other day, the car companies coming in with fox- you know, FoxConn. I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m- that I’m creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact, positive impact on race relations.

[Indistinct.]

Reporter: And what you said today, how do you think that will impact the racial-

Trump: Because people are going to be working, they’re going to be making a lot of money, much more money than they ever thought possible.

Reporter: -your remarks today.

Trump: And the other thing, very important, I believe wages will start going up. They haven’t gone up for a long time. I believe wages now, because the economy is doing so well with respect to employment and unemployment, I believe wages will start to go up. I think that will have a tremendously positive impact on race relations. Thank you.

“Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa” – Former KKK leader David Duke

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Sixty years later…….

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This photograph was taken on September 4, 1957 as Elizabeth Eckford was prevented from entering the newly desegregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas by the Arkansas National Guard.

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This photograph was taken on July 8, 2017 as Police Officer Darius Nash protects the Klu Klux Klan’s first amendment right to protest the removal of two statues commemorating Confederate generals in Charlottesville, VA.

What will the next image be sixty years from now? I won’t be here to see it, but I am happy to help change it, today. Are you?

“Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” –  Alex Haley

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The Devil made me do it

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“Instead they want to blame President Donald J. Trump for everything. Really, this boils down to evil in people’s hearts. Satan is behind it all. He wants division, he wants unrest, he wants violence and hatred. He’s the enemy of peace and unity.

I denounce bigotry and racism of every form, be it black, white or any other. My prayer is that our nation will come together. We are stronger together, and our answers lie in turning to God.” – Rev. Franklin Graham

The Devil, Satan, Lucifer or as Mick Jagger described, “a man of wealth and taste” sure gets blamed for a lot of shit us dumb ass humans get ourselves into. The righteous good Reverend Franklin Graham decided that what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend was because of the actions of the city’s leadership and that wild and crazy guy, the old Prince of Darkness himself. Somehow, someway Beelzebub crept into the hearts of the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. Saturday, good, clean-cut guys who are “typically” God-fearing, white, American patriots. Yup, a pretty convenient excuse or as the late, great Flip Wilson used to say, “The Devil made me do it”.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with these hate groups so I thought I would share with you how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines them;

The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.

White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.

Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy.

The Ku Klux Klan (K.K.K.), with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.

Graham’s statement was eerily familiar, sans the Devil, to Trumps about the violence in Charlottesville blaming “many sides”. Why? Because both Trump and Graham both know that within these four groups there are supporters, endorsers, and contributors good white Christians led astray by the boogieman.

It would be very easy for me to spend the next 200 words picking apart what Trump said and didn’t say about what happened in Charlottesville. But for me the most telling sign about his personality is why it took him 48 hours to speak, with words, from his mouth and not from his thumbs. I think the problem Donald has is conveying compassion and empathy. As former George W. Bush White House speechwriter Peter Wehner noted in an interview; “He’s missing an empathy gene. It’s just not natural to him. When people who don’t have empathy try to fake it, it doesn’t come across very well.”

For me, one of the most enduring qualities of President Obama was his compassion and empathy. It was real, it wasn’t contrived or strained. When he hurt he showed it, he showed it to all of us. I could relate to President Obama, as a son, a husband, a father, and as a human being. Trump hasn’t demonstrated any qualities of compassion or empathy, the best qualities of a human. His public persona is about being tough, a winner, John Wayne, “Fire and Fury”, “Locked and Loaded” and when you read the comments and tweets from his supporters that is what they want from “their” President too.

Ladies and gentlemen we have two beauts in Trump and Graham leading and speaking on behalf of millions of American’s. Both of these men know which side their bread is buttered on, the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and K.K.K. side. Certainly not the Democratic, liberal, fake news side. Hell Trump just re-tweeted something from Jack Posobiec, a known alt-right leader, who is pro-Donald Trump, and who was involved in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. I guess he is hoping the Alt-Right will view it as a little peace-offering after the Fake News folks “forced” him to say all those bad things yesterday. The Devil made me do it……….please.

“Just as every cop is a criminal, And all the sinners saints, As heads is tails, Just call me Lucifer, Cause I’m in need of some restraint, So if you meet me, Have some courtesy, Have some sympathy, and some taste, Use all your well-learned politesse, Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, Pleased to meet you, Hope you guessed my name, But what’s puzzling you, Is the nature of my game” – Sympathy For The Devil

 

 

 

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What he doesn’t say

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“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!” – Donald Trump 8-14-17

My Trumpcation is over.

So let’s state the obvious, the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. did not vote for Barack Obama, the black man with the Muslim name. They did not vote for Hillary Clinton, the socialist woman. They did vote for the guy that called Mexicans rapist and criminals, who called for a ban of Muslims entering this country, and the one who told his supporters to “knock the crap” out of protesters at his rallies. The Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. believe they have a friend and supporter in Donald Trump and sadly he has not said or tweeted anything that dissuades them from believing this.

Over my Trumpcation much has happened in our country, like the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota. Not a word from Trump. And another horrible flood in New Orleans. Not a word from Trump. Why? Because these events didn’t affect his “people”. Do you understand the difference between his people and the rest of us? Can you see the difference? Trump has created and perpetrated a “us against them” mentality. He has stoked it, thrown gasoline on it and he does it every single day with his tweets and bombastic rhetoric.

During my Trumpcation North Korea, to use a very bad metaphor, blew-up. What also blew-up was Trumps approval rating, sinking like a stone in a muddy pond. Apparently Trump got one piece of intel from one intelligence agency (that some say he leaked to the Washington Post) that the North Korean’s had successfully manufactured a nuclear war head small enough to put on a missile. Keep in mind seventeen intelligence agencies confirmed that the Russians tried to hijack our elections, but Trump continues to call that fake news and refuses to say anything disparaging about Vladimir Putin or the Russians.

Let’s be very clear what the whole North Korea “thing” is about. It is not about protecting America or its allies it is about Trump pure and simple. It gives him the opportunity to talk tough and most importantly, and I cannot stress this enough, boost his approval numbers within his base. Kim Jong-un is basically Donald Trump, bad haircut and all. Like Trump he is playing to his supporters. He has created the same “us against them” mentality using fear, hate and threats. They are the perfect foils for each other, honestly they were made for each other and sadly we, the “them” will end up paying the price if it escalates.

The press has taken a lot of heat from Trump’s surrogates this weekend about their reporting that Trump has not called out, by name, the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. They claim, on the Presidents behalf, that he has “in the strongest terms” condemned these groups. He hasn’t, and as of 10:30 this morning, he still hadn’t. For a man who appears to never be at a loss for words on topics ranging from Obama to the Democrats to the main stream media or what a great job he is doing, he remains strangely silent on two issues, white supremacists and the Russians.

This morning Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck & Co. and one of America’s most prominent black businesspeople quit Trump’s manufacturing council over his failure to condemn white supremacists. Frazier stated; “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.” “Our” Presidents response in a tweet this morning; “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” That is just the kind of witty retort the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. eat up and expect from their friend and supporter the President.

Trump spews a lot of words on Twitter and at his ego fueled monthly rallies but what we should all be listening for are the words he doesn’t say. Do you hear them? I certainly do and your children, my children are listening.

Please keep writing your Senators and Congress people. Maybe you feel like your concerns are falling on deaf ears. For some of you they probably are. But I am beginning to feel the tide turn. Trump is an embarrassment and unfit to govern this great country and more and more of our Representatives are beginning to accept this. Keep pressing, keep pushing, keep writing and please keep paying attention. I know it can be exhausting trying to keep-up with all the balls that are being juggled in this circus, but this is important, your voice is important and it needs to be louder than all the tweets, and all the bullshit we are being subjected too by “our” President.

“The policy of replacement migration will leave White Americans a minority in their own country, outvoted & outnumbered.” – David Duke 

 

 

         

 

 

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Repost : Playing the Game of Chicken

Playing the Game of Chicken

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Hurt and pain

This is a song about somebody else, So don’t worry yourself, worry yourself, The devil’s right there right there in the details, And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself, Put your arms around somebody else, Don’t punish yourself, punish yourself, Truth is like blood underneath your fingernails, And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself, I could be wrong ’bout anybody else, So don’t kid yourself, kid yourself, It’s you right there, right there in the mirror, And you don’t wanna hurt yourself, hurt yourself, Looking too closely, Looking too closely – Fink

A month ago a women drove to the apartment of her estranged husbands girlfriend along with her two small children. She shot and killed the girlfriend in the parking deck of the apartment complex. She then drove seven miles, parked her car and killed her two children and herself.

Our local television station posted her suicide note yesterday;

To my parents and my sister, I am so sorry for the pain I am causing all of you. You’ve all always been there for me and I love you all so much. I know what I have done is selfish, but I cannot live with this pain any longer. I just cannot handle it. It is too much. It hurts too much. I will no longer be in pain and my children will no longer hurt either. I am so sorry. I love you all.

To Nate, I don’t know what to say. You gave me my first child. I will forever be greatful because of you. I never meant to cause you as much pain as this. I am sorry.

To Ben, you have caused me more pain than I’ve ever been in my life. You have caused my children pain. I hate you. I hope you rot one day for what you have done to me and my kids. You can no longer hurt us. We are at peace. I hope you live with pain and shame and guilt for the rest of your life.

The television station has taken some heat for making this note public. I understand that. This is and was a very painful event for the survivors. Honestly, I can’t even fathom the hurt and pain they are going through, the hurt and pain they will go through for the rest of their lives.

But this story, this event, this woman’s decision affected many more lives than just her family and friends, it affected mine as well. I didn’t know her. I don’t know anyone that knows her. But I know hurt and pain, I have experienced both and have caused both for people I love.

When I heard about this on the news hurt and pain flooded my soul, as a son, as a husband and the hardest, as a father.

I have written about suicide on several occasions over the last two years. Suicide has touched my life more times than I care to remember. But I do remember, I remember the hurt and pain each one caused and what I also remember is the amount collateral damage each suicide caused. This woman was going for collateral damage and sadly, for all involved, she accomplished it.

The news outlets spent a week answering the who, what, where, when, and how and speculated on the why. Her suicide note answered the why though I probably didn’t need to read her note to guess the why and what was going on her in life, I could read between the lines.

I have struggled with this woman’s actions and wrote about some of the issues I was dealing with back in July (What God knows). In the paragraph above I state that the “suicide note answered the why” which I guess in some small part it did, but my problem, my question is the much bigger WHY, why she thought this was the correct course of action, WHY.

As you can imagine many of the Facebook comments about this woman have been very brutal, christian people, or at least people who think they are christian have written some of the ugliest comments and again I ask myself WHY. Maybe they write out of fear, fear that they don’t have all the answers they think they thought they had. Maybe they write out of arrogance, that their “Faith” gives them some kind of protective shield that would prevent them from ever committing such a heinous act. Or maybe it is just ignorance, they don’t know what the hell they believe or how to articulate it they just know, somehow, that they are right and the rest of us, the rest of us doomed souls are wrong.

I could continue to write another 10,000 words here and I know I won’t get any closer to the answer or the truth. If you feel so compelled to offer a comment to my post in the vein of “God knows the answer” please save your breath, my brain cells and the time it takes my two fingers to type a response to blow-up your bullshit. Here is the bottom line, this woman needed help, my friend Tom needed help, my friend Steve needed help. God doesn’t have an answer or a response. God didn’t predict this. God didn’t let this happen. God couldn’t have prevented this. God had nothing to do with this.

As I have written before, I don’t fully understand the demons of depression though I have had a moment in my life where I stood toe to toe staring this tiger in the face with the same thought that life would be better for those around me without me in it. I am thankful, beyond thankful, that I won that staring contest. If you or someone you know is dealing with these same struggles, please, please talk to someone and get help. There is no shame in asking for help, we all need help sometimes. Our families, our friends, our community want and need us here, I know they do. I have seen it their eyes and I have felt it in my heart.    

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” –  Phil Donahue

 

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