Friday Reads: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly

cagle-trump-pied-piperGood Afternoon!

It’s been a difficult year for those of us that generally relish and appreciate the drama and throes of the ever-becoming state of American Democracy. Watching pols devour Iowa Corn Dogs and pizza in New York City with the awkwardness of landing gooney birds is always great fun.  However, this year’s campaigns and candidates have some worrisome dynamics.  My spidey sense tingles with vibes of cultural upheaval and a heavy side of disturbing blow back wrapped up in some of the worst racism I’ve seen since I was a kid in the 1960s.

I was barely cognizant of political dynamics back in 1968 but I lived open-eyed through enough of it to appreciate the number of historians drawing parallels between that rambunctious election year and this one.  I finished the year as a teenager so you could probably write a gooey coming of age story.

Every weekend, we visited my Grandfather in KCMO including the weeks of race riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  I remember really strange things afoot that year when we were in Madrid and Rome  It was probably the first time I tried to pass as something other than American while travelling outside the country being supremely embarrassed to be seen among a bunch of them by the rest of the world.  Americans were loud, obvious, and always on the defensive. I decided to keep up with my French homework at that point, just in case.

I remember being keenly aware of technology like lots of TV and movies in the classroom.   The DNC convention riots were all over TV at the time.  Nothing like watching wars, riots, and your basic street chaos along side your moon shots, Monkees, and Laugh-In.  There’s this similar vibe of violence, anger, misplaced patriotism, over the top entertainment and music all wrapped up in a technology-induced information overload.

Are we about to party like it’s 1969?

Donald Trump’s campaign and followers have overwhelmed the abilities of American journalists.  He’s running and an overtly racist campaign and his followers images (11)are responding in kind.  BB alerted me to both this article and the response to the author by the Trumpsters last night. The UK Guardian has a fairly succinct tick tock as well as analysis about the blatant, over-the-top antisemitic attacks on writer Julia Ioffe for profiling the current Trump arm candy/wife.

In the 24 hours since her profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, appeared in GQ magazine, the Russian-American journalist has received a torrent of antisemitic, vitriolic and threatening messages from supporters of the Republican frontrunner.

In the deeply disturbing response to her piece, Ioffe said she sees a frightening future of what freedom of the press – and the country – might look like under President Trump.

“What happens if Donald Trump is elected?” Ioffe said. “We’ve seen the way he bids his supporters to attack the media, his proposal to change libel laws to make it easier to sue journalists.”

The harassment from Trump supporters is not directly linked to the candidate. Yet he has fomented a culture of violence at his rallies, encouraging supporters to retaliate against protesters. He once offered to pay the legal fees for a man who sucker punched a protester at his rally. He also failed to immediately disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who said he supports Trump’s candidacy. His campaign has been contacted for comment.

On Thursday, Ioffe answered a phone call from an anonymous caller who played a Hitler speech. She received another call from “Overnight Caskets”. On Twitter, users posted photos of her face superimposed on a mug shot from Auschwitz. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blogpost titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”

giphy (2)This is appalling.  Yet, at least it’s out there instead of some coded little side attack that no one knows quite how to handle. I’ve written about this before but found a succinct description this morning on Paul Krugman’s site about the Southern Strategy and the Republican Establishment’s historical need to bring over some voters to be able to do the bidding of the richest of the rich in this country. Krugman says that what we’re experiencing is the “wrath of the conned” in that white, blue collar men have found what they really want in Donald Trump. These angry disenfranchised white men no longer have to watch their anger be channeled into policy that only benefits the one percent while some side act panders to them.

Things are very different among Republicans. Their party has historically won elections by appealing to racial enmity and cultural anxiety, but its actual policy agenda is dedicated to serving the interests of the 1 percent, above all through tax cuts for the rich — which don’t support, while they truly loathe elite ideas like privatizing Social Security and Medicare.

Probably more important, however, is the collision between demography and Obama derangement. The elite knows that the party must broaden its appeal as the electorate grows more diverse — in fact, that was the conclusion of the G.O.P.’s 2013 post-mortem. But the base, its hostility amped up to 11 after seven years of an African-American president (who the establishment has done its best to demonize) is having none of it.

What Donald Trump has been doing is telling the base that it can order à la carte. He has, in effect, been telling aggrieved white men that they can feed their anger without being forced to swallow supply-side economics, too. Yes, his actual policy proposals still involve huge tax cuts for the rich, but his supporters don’t know that — and it’s possible that he doesn’t, either. Details aren’t his thing.

Establishment Republicans have tried to counter his appeal by shouting, with growing hysteria, that he isn’t a true conservative. And they’re right, at least as they define conservatism. But their own voters don’t care.

If there’s a puzzle here, it’s why this didn’t happen sooner. One possible explanation is the decadence of the G.O.P. establishment, which has become ingrown and lost touch. Apparatchiks who have spent their whole careers inside the bubble of right-wing think tanks and partisan media may suffer from the delusion that their ideology is actually popular with real people. And this has left them hapless in the face of a Trumpian challenge.

Probably more important, however, is the collision between demography and Obama derangement. The elite knows that the party must broaden its appeal as the electorate grows more diverse — in fact, that was the conclusion of the G.O.P.’s 2013 post-mortem. But the base, its hostility amped up to 11 after seven years of an African-American president (who the establishment has done its best to demonize) is having none of it.

The point, in any case, is that the divergent nomination outcomes of 2016 aren’t an accident. The Democratic establishment has won because it has, however imperfectly, tried to serve its supporters. The Republican establishment has been routed because it has been playing a con game on its supporters all along, and they’ve finally had enough.

Krugman also argues that “Trump is playing a con game of his own”.   But seriously, there are folks that are arguing that the Trump candidacy looks a lot like George Wallace’s 1968 run for the Presidency. Wallace was a true believe–at the time–in strong arm, government enforced racism.  Is Trump cynically using racism to win or is he really the new George Wallace?699f303796098d250833b9be7368e302

Some 50 years ago, another vociferous candidate put the scare in traditional power brokers. George Wallace fired up crowds with a similar anti-establishment message, and drew protests as passionate as are being seen at Trump’s rallies today. Wallace also became a face of racial tension in America as the leading symbol for segregation in the 1960s.

When Wallace entered presidential politics in 1964, the then-Alabama governor was famous for declaring, “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. And segregation forever.”

Wallace allies and family see parallels today in Trump.

“It’s just a replay,” Charlie Snider, one of Wallace’s most trusted political aides, told NPR. “We’re looking at a modern-day George Wallace.”

Snider is a Trump supporter. Wallace’s daughter, a Democrat, hears it, too, but in a different way.

“Trump and my father say out loud what people are thinking but don’t have the courage to say,” Peggy Wallace Kennedy told NPR. Wallace Kennedy was 18 when she was on the campaign trail with her father in 1968. She believes Trump is exploiting voters’ worst instincts, the way her late father once did.

“They both were able to adopt the notion that fear and hate are the two greatest motivators of voters that feel alienated from government,” she said.

The Trump campaign has not responded to NPR’s request for comment on the comparison.

Which brings me to this headline at CNN and another group of disgruntled, angry primarily white men:  “Donald Trump’s new target: Bernie Sanders supporters”.  You’ll 165906_600remember that there was much anger all over the place in 1968.  This is another resemblance to 1968. Much of the left was outraged by the ongoing, long Vietnam War but there were still civil rights issues percolating out there in groups that weren’t related directly to the interests of white men.  White men didn’t want to get drafted. Most of the rest of us just wanted civil and rights and equal treatment under the law in those days. Peace was a bonus card.

The GOP front-runner has ratcheted up his rhetoric against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in recent weeks, calling her a “crooked” politician who is unqualified to be president. But when it comes to her challenger, Bernie Sanders, Trump has taken a notably softer tone, praising the Vermont senator’s rhetoric and encouraging him to launch a third-party bid.
“I think Bernie Sanders should run as an independent. I think he’d do great,” Trump said at a victory rally in New York City Tuesday night, after sweeping five GOP contests in the Northeast.
The next morning, Trump said on MSNBC: “Bernie Sanders has a message that’s interesting. I’m going to be taking a lot of the things Bernie said and using them.”
Trump’s advisers say these comments are a preview of more explicit overtures the campaign is ready to make to Sanders’ supporters once the populist liberal exits the 2016 race. That strategy is based on the broad areas of overlap between voters attracted to Trump and those who have flocked to Sanders. Both have angrily denounced the political system as corrupt and expressed deep frustration that Washington is not helping ordinary people. They both oppose international trade deals, saying they hurt American jobs.
And, of course, targeting Sanders supporters could serve to undermine Clinton.

“You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country,” Lewandowski said. “Bernie Sanders has large crowds — not as large as Mr. Trump’s, but large crowds — and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in.”

My guess is this may be somewhat successful. I’m still not convinced that all the white men in the Bernie movement aren’t in it for themselves and will go where they think their personal interest will flourish.  Those of us active in 1cbc6e3241e776b5cb8bf0d2f42825d0social media are still taking shit from BernieBros.  Again, this fits in very well with the Trump tactics of slash and burn.  As I write this, there are protests happening in Orange County outside of a Trump Rally.

Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.

Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.

 About five police cars were damaged in total, police said, adding that some will require thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs.

“Dump the Trump,” one sign read. Another protester scrawled anti-Trump messages on Costa Mesa police cars.

“I’m protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest,” said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s.

“I knew this was going to happen,” Lujan added. “It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets.”

Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup truck. One group of protesters carried benches and blocked the entrance to the 55 Freeway along Newport Boulevard, with some tossing rocks at motorists near the on-ramp.

There’s a really good bit of analysis at The Observer by Lincoln Mitchell  on how we might remember this election cycle.  It even has a nod to the 1968 one.trumpusanimated

Presidential campaigns are also a way to tell stories. The 1968 presidential campaign, for example, was, among other things, a way we now understand the stories of street protests around the war in Vietnam, the racist backlash led by George Wallace, the terrible assassinations of the decade and the victory of the silent majority represented by Richard Nixon. More recently, the 2008 election told the story of America’s ongoing efforts to wrestle with its apartheid past, the continued rise of the angry, but unfocused, right wing and the country’s exhaustion with the Bush years.

The 2016 election will also tell a story about our country, but at the moment it is hard to determine exactly what the plot will be. One of the complex, perhaps even paradoxical, dynamics at this point in the election is that despite the tremendous amount of coverage and buzz around the notion of outsiders, voter anger and similar sentiments among the American people, as well as the energy and excitement generated by the two candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who best speak to that element within the American electorate, the outcome of this election will probably tell a very different story.

It is still too early to say anything for certain about what will happen in November, but the public opinion data as well as most expert opinion, including that of many Republican experts, suggest that when the election is finally over the winner will not be an entertaining, or inspiring outsider, or somebody who has successfully tapped into voter anger, but a consummate insider. Hillary Clinton has all but won the Democratic nomination and is in a strong position to defeat any Republican opponent in November.

What then does this tell us about America in 2016? It would be a mistake to dismiss altogether the voters who have been excited by Bernie Sanders progressive outsider campaign, but it would also be a mistake to overstate the significance of that campaign by not placing it in the context of similar Democratic primary campaigns such as those of Jerry Brown in 1992, Howard Dean in 2004 and even to some extent, Barack Obama’s more successful campaign in 2008. Mr. Trump, however, seems to have mobilized a different force within the American electorate. He has energized a group of voters who are generally Republicans and who have no affection for the socially liberal and, in their views, elitist leadership of the Democratic Party. However, the Trump campaign has successfully divorced those voters from their longtime support of a conservative economic orthodoxy that has for years done little to help them.

This analysis of the appeal of Trump echoes Krugman’s.  Does this election have more parallels to 1968?  (It’s a piece by Howard Fineman.) I certainly don’t want to people-who-hate-trump-cartoonargue that Hillary Clinton is Nixon unless I can also make the argument that she’s representing the silent majority of women, African Americans, Hispanic immigrants, GLBT who are now voting to ensure they have a continuing voice in the White House.  BB’s argued that Trump’s borrowed that Nixonian phrase.  I’ve certainly felt the Nixon in the dirty tricks of campaigns this year. However, Fineman argues that Clinton is HHH.

The Hillary Clinton role in 1968 was played by Hubert Humphrey, the beleaguered vice president of the by-then-wildly unpopular President Lyndon B. Johnson. Like Clinton, Humphrey had the support of most of the party’s establishment: African-Americans, unions, Jewish voters, elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.

But Humphrey was weighed down by the administration’s unpopular policies, chief among them the war and the draft. This time around, Hillary is having trouble defending her own version of interventionism (in the Middle East) as well as the free-trade and pro-big-business policies of both President Barack Obama and her own husband.

And the prospects for a disastrously disrupted convention this time aren’t on the Democratic side, but within the Republican Party.

For one, there is no certainty Trump will amass the 1,237 delegates that he needs for a majority before the GOP convention in Cleveland in July. Indeed, there is no certainty that, even if he does, it will prevent establishment efforts to derail him.

It will be messy, in part because the GOP hasn’t had such an experience since 1976 (when Ronald Reagan narrowly lost a challenge to President Gerald Ford) and the Trump people have no idea what to expect or how to plan.

“I’m not sure the Trump people fully understand what the establishment is going to try to do to them in Cleveland,” said Roger Stone, a longtime advisor, friend of Trump’s and student of how to win (or disrupt) conventions.

The scene outside the arena in Cleveland could be even more chaotic. Hosts of protest groups, from Black Lives Matter to MoveOn.org to various Hispanics and Muslim groups, joined together to protest a Trump appearance in Chicago last week. They will have months to plan for Cleveland, and they have every reason to be indignant and afraid. (And they will show up for the Democrats in Philadelphia, too, no matter what Hillary and Bernie do to make peace.)

So, I’m not wanting to elucidate the role of Cruz/Fiorina in all of this waxing poetic on the chaotic year of 1968. I only want to say that I hope that Carly’s next song is a version of “You’re so Vain” sung at the Republican Party to all of them and that every one of them loses miserably. Meanwhile, where’s our rocket to Mars?

What’s on your blogging and reading list today?

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56 Comments on “Friday Reads: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Happy Birthday Pat!!!

  2. dakinikat says:

    The Ghost Children of Mormon Country

    http://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2016/4/29/ghost-children-mormon-country

    “When the repressive, antigay policies of the Mormon church were leaked to the media, rates of LGBT teen homelessness and suicide skyrocketed.”

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Just in time for Trump to reach out to Bernie supporters there’s a post on Salon today giving the supposed “liberal case for Donald Trump.” I’m not going to link to it, but you can find it I’m sure.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    This is somewhat old news, but did you hear about Ted Cruz referring to a basketball hoop as a “basketball ring?” In Indiana, home of Hoosier Hysteria!

    http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/2016/04/26/cruz-calls-hoop-basketball-ring-and-twitter-erupts/83573574/

  5. dakinikat says:

    Elizabeth Warren is Everyone’s Political Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada

    http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/elizabeth-warren-is-everyone-s-political-girlfriend-who-lives-in-canada-8362222

    The Democratic primary season has exposed a lot of the sexism in the left side of the political spectrum, a side that normally escapes heavy scrutiny because when compared to the right… Holy God and all His Juggalos, those people are next-level awful. Nonetheless, bias, as I have pointed out before, is systemic and institutionalized in America, meaning it permeates every molecule of our existence. Being aligned with the side that is usually fighting the hardest for women doesn’t mean someone on that side isn’t going to start throwing the word “whore” around, or treating Hillary Clinton like a stripper, or making a bunch of unfunny, sexist memes.

    • Ron4Hills says:

      Interesting. According to Joan Walsh on CNN tonight, Senator Warren kicked The Donald in the ass today for his treatment of Hills,.

      Interesting. I’d like to hear more.

  6. roofingbird says:

    Judging from the photos, I would say the activity is on the border of Burlingame and San Mateo. Still, activity like this in that location is very unsusual. For your use: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Protesters-flock-to-GOP-convention-in-Burlingame-7383828.php

  7. joanelle says:

    🎈Happy Birthday, Pat!!! Have a glorious day.

    Between Trump and BS they have surely brought out the worst in people. One can only guess how bad this might get.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Bernie Sanders: What’s his endgame now?
    PATTERNS OF THOUGHT Even 24 hours ago, there was the faintest hope he could be the nominee. Now, Bernie Sanders is shifting gears.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0427/Bernie-Sanders-What-s-his-endgame-now?cmpid=FB

  9. teele says:

    The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blogpost titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”

    The scariest part of that headline for me is the use of the word “Empress,” For all their bullshit flag-waving “patriotism,” these folks are true authoritarians who need a strong-man dictator in charge. Trump has the kind of supporters who flocked to Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler, rats who know they can never be alpha, but will step on the heads of anyone weaker to get to the top of the jar and get a little more food and comfort than the other rats. They are happy to be enforcers for the psychopaths so they can lord it over their neighbors. They are coming out of the woodwork this year, and it really makes me shudder, especially since they are all well-armed. Trump has been shrewd enough to exploit their egos, patting them on the head and good-boying them. He will have a ready-made imperial guard if he gets into the White House, hounds he can turn loose at will.

  10. Jslat says:

    Bern files for extension on releasing financial disclosures. Poor Baby Jane again is too busy??!!!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/278092-sanders-asks-for-extension-on-financial-disclosure-forms

    • Jslat says:

      This effectively would delay any disclosure until after CA primary. WTF are they hiding?? No more tax returns and now this.

      • janicen says:

        And where the hell is the media? Can’t this shit be dug up? If the name “Clinton” were behind it, it would be plastered everywhere!

        • babama says:

          “This effectively would delay any disclosure until after CA primary.” That’s the whole point. Sure looks like he has something to hide. Personal wealth? Hypocritical investments? Nepotism? May it be revealed.

  11. jackyt says:

    And now, a bit of sanity/levity… Tabatha Southey hits it out of the park today! A short excerpt:

    “It looks very much as if Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. Why? Because “But he’s not a politician!” is the cry. That’s the reason given over and over for supporting Mr. Trump.

    “Enough of these career airline pilots,” say Republican primary voters, “always wanting to fly planes; here’s a fellow with a box cutter!”

    You can read the whole thing at

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/trump-needs-to-put-his-womans-card-play-back-in-the-deck/article29799974/

    • NW Luna says:

      LOL! I couldn’t stop myself from thinking: “If only they’d all get on board, let Trump try to fly it, and crash down in flames.”

  12. Pat Johnson says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!! I 39 again!

    Jane Sanders was on Fox urging the FBI to reveal Hillary’s “sins”. If that is not enough reason to force these two communists to give it up I am not sure what will,

    With him crying foul at the DNC and her making comments like this they are hurting the party more than anything else.

    Go away Bernie!

  13. NW Luna says:

    A Bernieprogbro tries to turn a superdelegate. This is how he goes about it:

    Charges: Man threatened to cut off [Rep.] Jim McDermott’s tongue

    A man who allegedly threatened to cut out the tongue of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott — rattling the congressman so badly he brought a shovel to his office for protection — has been charged with intimidating a public servant and telephone harassment. Jasper K. Bell, 27, is being held on $200,000 bail after prosecutors allege he showed up at McDermott’s Seattle office Friday and banged on the locked doors hard enough to shake furniture.

    According to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, Bell has repeatedly threatened and harassed McDermott so much that Bell’s voice and cellphone number are recognized by McDermott staffers. On Friday, according to police and prosecutors, Bell called McDermott’s offices in Seattle and Washington, D.C., 23 times between noon and 1 p.m., demanding to speak to the congressman, asking for his address and making threats.

    During one call, he threatened to cut out the congressman’s tongue because his own voice had been “silenced,” prosecutors allege. In another, he threatened to track down McDermott after the congressman’s retirement, according to the charges. Prosecutors allege that Bell showed up at McDermott’s office, which was locked due to the arrest the previous day of a Bernie Sanders supporter in Seattle…..

    Bell, who was arrested around 8 o’clock that evening, reportedly told police that he made the threats to McDermott in an attempt to get the representative to support Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton, prosecutors said.

    • quixote says:

      The people who wear underwear on their heads sure are sprouting everywhere these days. Fungus after a rain.

      The really mindboggling thing is that Sanders does not repudiate them.

      Sarandon isn’t in this league of bananapants, but she’s another glaring example.

      • NW Luna says:

        I think it says something that Sanders does not repudiate them. He and his henchbros are working hard to ensure they won’t be welcome at the Convention.

    • dakinikat says:

      I saw that! Wtf? Hope he likes jail!

  14. NW Luna says:

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign is withdrawing its lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee that alleged the party organization wrongly revoked the campaign’s access to its voter data file.

    In its statement on Friday announcing the withdrawal, Sanders’ campaign also strongly maintained that it never deliberately stole information.

    …the DNC said that the independent investigation by CrowdStrike agreed upon by the Sanders campaign and the DNC “identified evidence of unauthorized access via four user accounts from the Bernie 2016 campaign. All unauthorized access occurred during a one-hour period from 10:41 to 11:42 EST on December 16, 2015.” “During that time, the four users conducted 25 searches using proprietary Hillary for America score data across 11 states. All of the results of these searches were saved within the VoteBuilder system, with the exception of one instance where a user exported a statistical summary of a search using HFA scoring in New Hampshire,” the DNC statement said.

    “CrowdStrike found no evidence of unauthorized access by the Hillary for America or O’Malley for President campaigns.

    “never deliberately stole” Riiiiight. You just happened to wander in there and — ooops! searched and exported data.

    • Fannie says:

      This just pisses me off. Wasn’t too long after this I started receiving email from Bernie.

    • Ron4Hills says:

      Major gamer. This is the truth. You have to play the game to beat the game. You earn your abilities, magic items, and skills. How, holy sh!t experience points! Damn, how did those game makers ever think of such a profound little names for there point system.

      Great article thanks.

      “I don’t want Bernie Sanders to die, but he is welcome to go to hell any time.” – Ron.

    • babama says:

      This is good. I’m going to print copies and hand them out to the Bernie canvassers here.

    • NW Luna says:

      Great article — most of the same points about history, Hillary’s record, and incremental change that we’ve pointed out to the deluded Bernieprogbros.

      However, he says this:

      Hillary Clinton was pushing for a single-payer health system back when I was borrowing ten bucks from my mom to play Mortal Kombat II at the local Sellers Brothers. Barack Obama advocated for it as well.

      IIRC Obama never backed single-payer.

  15. Ron4Hills says:

    Hey does anyone else think Boehner should apologize to Lucifer for the Cruz comment?

    • Jslat says:

      But it ain’t gonna be pretty. It will make this primary race look like a lovefest. We are going to be so angry. But Hillary will make us proud. She’s so prepared for this. I can’t wait for Obama and Biden to join in! Dak, your post was so on point. As someone who was a young adult in 1968, I have VERY vivid memories of the anger, violence and extreme racism. Donald Trump epitomizes all of that and scares the crap out of me.

  16. William says:

    One can’t draw accurate specific people comparisons to 1968. But the themes bear remembering. Immense youthful anger at the Vietnam War, many very large demonstrations. Some of this strangely conflated by the public with the hippie movement. The insidiously clever Nixon figuring out that there was indeed a large “silent majoirty” out there in the Midwest which
    decried all of it, and only wanted to hear patriotic things, as well as “we’ll bring back law and order.” Wallace’s candidacy of course evoking racism, but also the law and order theme. The bad guys got a combined about 58% of the vote. Hauntingly, LBJ stopped the bombing of Vietnam two weeks before the election; had he stopped it two weeks earlier, Hunphrey would probably have won, even with a minority of the vote.

    What is worse this time is that the media, and then the interpersonal social media, have stoked up the anger level, to where it seems that everybody has a grievance about something. No one has any patience for reeasonable and sometimes frustratingly slow solutions. Trump and Sanders are in some sense opposite sides of the same coin. Sanders’ people blame Wall Street and a rigged economic system. Trump’s supporters blame Obama, minorities, the media. Both call for some sort of revolution, without having any responsiblity for its consequences. I do have some worry that the violence at Trump rallies will be used to his advantage, as the fascists in Europe claimed that the violence they deliberately stoked meant that the country needed a strongman to quell it.

    The parallels to whichever era, are that Trump is a would-be fascist dictator, even if he convinces himself that he is not. Give this man real power, and he might do anything. The Republican regulars who are going to end up supporting him, are a true disgrace, selling their souls to try to get a few more tax breaks, or that ultraconservative Supreme Court. The lesson of history is that decent people have to stand up before it is too late. I recommend that anyone with time and a literary inclination, read Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America,” for a recollection and a very believable alternative history of another time, around 1939 or so. To be more optimistic, perhaps Hillary can be in her way another Franklin D. Roosevelt, who fought off the would-be American fascists like Coughlin, Long, and Lindbergh; as well as the radicals on the left who wanted a real revolution, not the New Deal version. Hillary is going to need all of our support now, and in her hoped-for administration, to be able to do that. And that means old-time Democrats turning out in massive numbers.

  17. Jslat says:

    Good morning all. Rex Huppke at Chicago Tribune says Trump is playing the BULLY card. 😆

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-trump-knight-womans-card-huppke-20160429-story.html

    • Jslat says:

      My favorite line:

      “He’ s pandering to all the voters out there who want to see a bully break the horse’s ass ceiling and become president.”

  18. ANonOMouse says:

    Just one of the many reasons we love Hillary. Great Sense of Humor!!!

  19. ANonOMouse says:

    Feel the Fraud!!!

  20. ANonOMouse says:

    WHAT BERNIE???? I thought you said that 15$ was a LIVING WAGE!!!

    HYPOCRITE

  21. ANonOMouse says:

    #FeeltheFraud