The rise of Donald Trump and his blatant disrespect for the rule of law did not happen in a void; a GOP that is already working to subvert the next President nurtured him.
It’s probable that Hillary Clinton will be our next President and that the GOP will keep control Congress.
I think I speak for most sane Americans when I say I’m sick of the GOP’s conspiracy theories, coded racist rhetoric, appeals to a base that wants to undo the outcome of American Civil War; and a gas lighting anti-government propaganda outlet.
Stop demonizing Democrats. Democrats are the opposition party, not an enemy nation. Demonizing legitimate political opposition is unseemly for members of the most stable democratic government in human history.
Stop using the hate rhetoric of media clowns like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter as a guide for good governance. Members of congress should denounce the hate rhetoric and lies spread by media figures who make their livings by preaching hatred for our system of government.
If you keep your majority in Congress, stop subverting the will of the people by subverting our duly elected President. We the People want an end to GOP obstruction.
End the coded racist rhetoric. The American people know what you mean by ‘takers’ and we are offended by it.
Stop abusing your political power to launch politically motivated investigations into democrats and only democrats.
If the GOP really wants to launch an exercise in justice it should investigate the invasion of Iraq. The World waits for the United States to take responsibility for war crimes in Iraq.
Stop hiding your economic agenda behind Christianity. As a Christian I can say with authority that the GOP and its political operatives on the religious right have no credibility to preach to others. .
Stop breaking government programs and then using them as an example of failure. Most people want public services because they improve the quality of our lives by providing services that we cannot afford by ourselves.
Stop trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
Stop trying to privatize and destroy Medicare.
Stop calling Social Security an entitlement program. Americans pay for it; it’s our money.
Stop using LGBTQ citizens to ‘energize’ the hatreds of your homophobic constituents. LGBTQ lives are not yours to use as pawns.
Do your job and hold hearing on Obama’s SCOTUS bin nominee. Respect the rule of law by meeting your responsibilities to the Nation as elected officials
Donald Trump might remember this ad; he was six when the ad came out.
Hillary Clinton was four.
The ad was produced by Roy Disney and Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon.
Its target audience is the post war working class:
The ad below was made after the first presidential debate of 2016.
It is funded by a Right Wing PAC with a curious name: Future 45.
Future 45 describes itself as follows: “Future 45 is an independent organization devoted to educating voters about the challenges facing our country as they prepare to elect the 45th President of the United States.
Our next president will shape the Supreme Court in a way that will influence the direction of our nation for decades to come. The strength of our economy and the security of our nation depend upon electing a strong, proven leader.
While Donald Trump is a proven businessman with a plan to reignite our economy and recover American strength through peace, Hillary Clinton is a politician following the Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever.
Americans understand this and are speaking up”
The Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever?
The sentence reads like it makes sense but upon closer examination it’s says nothing.
We are in a fragile economy that feels less safe than ever.
The NRSC was founded in 1916 as the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.
It was reorganized in 1948, and renamed the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The NRSC helps elect Republican incumbents and challengers primarily through fundraising. Other services include campaign activities using media and communications, as well as research and strategy planning. Wiki Entry NRSC
These are the messages the GOP leadership feed its base.
Voice-over:Tragedy in Paris. Troubling reports of attackers sneaking into the country disguised as refugees. Catherine Cortez Masto’s plan? I do think we should be opening ourselves up. Opening ourselves up to attack. We are looking to accept refugees. You support that? I do support it. Tell Cortez Masto that we need a common-sense plan to defend the country. NRSC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
If you feel unsafe going to the polls this year remember these ads.
Donald Trump didn’t make this mess by himself and the GOP Leadership
silently enables him.
It’s not enough to simply withdraw their support.
The GOP leadership approved the rhetoric that made Trump and his
They’ve fed their base nothing but hatred for our government and our
Voice over: There was a time when we could trust our leaders but today politicians are only serving themselves, resulting in a rigged economy, weakened National Security, and a divided Nation.
Now is the time for the GOP Leadership to take a stand for American
Democracy by affirming the rule of law.
It can start by apologizing to its victims.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 videos found at the Internet Archives
Screenshots made from videos.
Faced with personal and political defeat and a stream of assault allegations Donald Trump plays the sedition card on the campaign trail as Fox News dredges up slime from the GOP Swamp of Crazy to fling at Hillary Clinton:
Donald Trump: (Tweet by Trump) This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!
Donald Trumps Followers: Now we must kill Hillary Clinton for doing things that never happened!
Sean Hannity: Unverified documents that may be fraudulent and planted in our media by agents of a hostile nation seem to imply that Hillary Clinton may have done something that was possibly illegal or at the very least rude.
Fox News will do its bit to help the useful fool named Trump bring America to its knees.
In March of 2016 the Republican National Committee released an ad that frames President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia as a power grab to subvert the Constitution of the United States.
The ad opens with a nod to the ‘crazy’ birther conspiracy with a reference to Obama’s Lawless Presidency.
The Republican Leadership knows the President has a Constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement when a vacancy opens on the Court.
Congress conducts the job interview.
He (the President) shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Appointments Clause
The ad, released in March of this year presumes that the viewer is ignorant regarding the Constitution and American Democracy.
Voice-Over: President Obama wants to make his lawless presidency permanent. The vacant seat on the Supreme Court is all that stands between a liberal majority that will help Obama and the Democrats undermine the Constitution. Now President Obama is trying to deny the American people a voice in who will fill this critical seat. Tell Obama you won’t be silenced. Tell Obama too much is at stake for your voice not to be heard. Tell Obama to let the American people have a say.
The American People had their say when we twice voted to elect Barack Hussein Obama as our President.
I hope that when we have our say again this November we will say this to the GOP:
“Get out of our government and don’t come back until you learn
the rules of civil discourse and fair play.”
There is no attempt to discuss the serious problems that face
the citizens of the United States.
There’s no mention of healthcare, income inequality, Social Security or
Released October 4, 2016
The ad says that Kaine “consistently protected the worst kinds of people.”
What the ad doesn’t say is that as a Civil Rights Lawyer who often worked pro-bono, Tim Kane was fulfilling his Constitutional Duty as required by the 6th Amendment:
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
In the mid in the mid-20th century the Supreme Court ruled that defendants who couldn’t afford to hire lawyers had the right to public defenders. But the basic fact of it is pretty inviolable. There is no crime so heinous in the US court system that a lawyer is not permitted — even obligated — to speak in its defense. Vox
It’s noteworthy that the GOP attacks Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing:
For the truth behind the lie that Hillary Clinton freed a child rapist please read Snopes.com.
The most psychopathic and tawdry Presidential campaign in American History has 25 Days to go.
When faced with his taped descriptions of sexual assault Donald Trump
decided to play gaslight.
In a public act of psychological abuse Donald Trump invited
the three women who accused Bill Clinton off sexual assault when he was President into the audience.
Rather than apologize for and take responsibility for the deplorable
language on those tapes Trump forced 66.5 million people to watch
as he humiliated the Clinton family at what was supposed to be a
‘Town Hall’ debate over public policy.
Any woman who has ever had a husband who was unfaithful understood the emotional stamina it took for Hillary Clinton to stand in that room.
Trump and his flying monkeys have worked to normalize his behavior
at that debate and with a surprising degree of success:
A Bit of Context
The Gingrich GOP took congress in 1994 with the help of a newly established right wing media that fed on the classist contempt that elites on both political sides had for Bill Clinton.
Below is the cover of a 1994 New York Magazine article called White Hot Trash:
“Traditionally, the label white trash has been applied to selective members of the white underclass—a rapidly growing group. In 1990, according to the census bureau, 24.5 million Caucasians were below the poverty line, up 29 percent from 17.3 million in 1980 (these figures are somewhat misleading as they include white Hispanics). “In raw numbers,” notes conservative thinker Charles Murray, “European-American whites are the ethnic group with the most people in poverty, most illegitimate children, most women on welfare, most unemployed men, and most arrests for serious crimes.
But demographics are only part of the story. What’s alarming is not so much the burgeoning number of people with low-rent circumstances as the exponential spread in stereo-typically white-trash behavior, whether exhibited by those in the underclass or by figures like Roseanne Arnold and Bill Clinton.” New York Magazine
“After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas. And when virtually all the African-American Clinton appointees began, one by one, to disappear, when the President’s body, his privacy, his unpoliced sexuality became the focus of the persecution, when he was metaphorically seized and body-searched, who could gainsay these black men who knew whereof they spoke? The message was clear: “No matter how smart you are, how hard you work, how much coin you earn for us, we will put you in your place or put you out of the place you have somehow, albeit with our permission, achieved. You will be fired from your job, sent away in disgrace, and—who knows?—maybe sentenced and jailed to boot. In short, unless you do as we say (i.e., assimilate at once), your expletives belong to us.” Toni MorrisonOctober 1998
Prior to Bill Clinton, a President’s sexual indiscretions were off limits for the press and the opposition party:
“Several factors introduced restraint into coverage of politicians’ sex lives. High-minded journalism, of the sort found at The Times, the New York Tribune, or the Associated Press, disdained the traditions of the Gilded Age yellow newspapers and their tabloid successors in favor of fairness, professionalism, and propriety. Starting with Theodore Roosevelt, presidents began to see that the escalating interest in them as personalities, even celebrities—including the hunger for details about their families, recreational habits, and the like—represented less a threat than an opportunity for them to shape the news. Availing themselves of the new public-relations experts, such as Edward Bernays and Bruce Barton, they regained some control of their public images. They took influential journalists into their confidence, making them part of a governing elite. By mid-century, the New York Times journalist James Reston spoke of the “cozy relationship between reporters and officials,” in which he himself reveled. As the historian John Summers has written, a “psychology of insulation” buffered officials from undue probing, making it unthinkable that someone like Ben Bradlee, then the Washington bureau chief for Newsweek, would blow the whistle on the affairs of his friend Jack Kennedy.
If the press’s Gilded Age aggressiveness had been born of a desire to weaken the ruling class, now the press—or the agenda-setting part of the press, anyhow—belonged to that ruling class.
It has become common to look back on this period of restraint as an embarrassment. We wince at a press corps that was too enamored of power, or too spooked by World War and Cold War anxieties, to expose our leaders’ feet of clay. We routinely describe the press as having “covered up” for JFK. But reporters weren’t covering up for Kennedy so much as they were abiding by their era’s social and professional codes, which regarded politicians’ personal lives as privileged realms”.The Atlantic, October 2011
The political use of such a private matter to humiliate a sitting President offended most reasonable Americans.
Bill Clinton’s job approval rating in the first quarter during which the Lewinsky situation became public knowledge (1st quarter 1998) jumped 5.6 points compared to the immediately preceding quarter. Gallup
Bill Clinton left office with in 2000 with a 66% approval rating because the people understood that the Lewinsky Scandal was the result of a six-year campaign to find something to bring down his Presidency.
Hillary Clinton was not spouting paranoid fantasy when she claimed a right wing conspiracy was working to subvert her husband’s administration.
Brock alleges that Arkansas state troopers took money in exchange for testimony against Clinton which Brock had published in a previous book. Adam Curtis also discusses the concept in his documentary series The Power of Nightmares. Brock agrees with Clinton’s claim that there was a “Right wing conspiracy” to smear her husband, quibbling only with the characterization of it as “vast”, since Brock contends that it was orchestrated mainly by a few powerful people. MSNBC also described the comment as once-ridiculed but now taken more seriously by “many Democrats” who point “to the well-documented efforts by conservative financier Richard Mellon Scaife to fund a network of anti-Clinton investigations.
According to the NRSC Website, The NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) is the only national organization solely devoted to strengthening the Republican Senate Majority and electing Republicans to the United States Senate.
PublishedMay 22, 2016
Democrat Senate candidates need to ask themselves a question. Can they really support Hillary Clinton? She’s a living history of scandal, lies and spin. Defended an accused child rapist then laughed about his lenient sentence. Whitewater. Travelgate. Chinagate. Filegate. She politically attacked sexual harassment victims. Pretended she landed under sniper fire. Benghazi. The Clinton Foundation. FBI investigation. Ruthless. Fake accents, fake concerns and fake laughs. Hillary Clinton. She is the living embodiment of everything people hate about politics. Democrat senate candidates, she is your burden to bear. I am a real person. NRSC is responsible for this ad.
These ads are lies told in the most frightening possible way!
I find it disturbing that the RNC is ok with this kind of sleaze.
We don’t need to blame Russia for subverting the political process in the United States.
The GOP brought weaponized disinformation to our political discourse in the 1990s when Gingrich disseminated a list of talking points and smears as a replacement for discussion of public policy.
This is a well sourced Presentation of the rape allegations against Donald Trump. The abuse is described in detail and those of us who were used this way as children KNOW that this kind of thing happens.
Jane Doe was 13 years old when Donald Trump tied her to a bed and raped her. She begged him to wear a condom. He responded by violently striking her in the face and screaming he would do whatever he wanted. She asked what would happen if she were to get pregnant, at which point he threw $100 dollar bills at her and screamed that she should “get a fucking abortion.” Jane’s rape was witnessed by Tiffany Doe, who has signed a sworn affidavit confirming her testimony. Jane and Maria Doe (who was 12) were forced multiple times to perform oral sex on him. After one incident, Trump zipped up his pants, physically pushed the minors away and “angrily berated them for the quality of their performance.” Jane, now 34, filed a civil lawsuit in California in April, which was thrown out because she had filled…
The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition against the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich in June 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo in February 1943. They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced unjust trials by the Nazi People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof), and many were sentenced to death or imprisonment.
Before we begin, thank you for accepting my invitation.
Thanks so much for inviting me, Robert. I’m honored to be chatting on your blog.
Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and how that affects your point of view?
Great question as I do think our roots inform who we are. I come from a family that spent its free time in the forest. My parents used to drop my younger brothers and me off at a trailhead in the Green Mountains and pick us up 4 days later, 25 miles down the road. Sort of “Hansel and Gretel” except we carried maps. The first time we hiked without adults, I was about 11 years old and my youngest brother would have been 7. We were fearless and adventurous kids. Sometimes the raccoons got into our food or we got stuck in a snowstorm, but we survived. Those are some of the best memories of my life, and they had nothing to do with “things.”
I was also raised by left-wing liberals, and though I labored in business for 18 years, I hated the focus on money. After 9/11, I started working as a volunteer with grieving children, quit my job, and returned to school for a counseling degree, which I loved. Today, as an author, my fantasy books reflect an appreciation for a simple life, nature, and the human pathos that arises from choices: fear, greed, power, compassion, sacrifice, and love.
You mention that your profile that as a child you preferred television to reading until you read the Hobbit by Tolkien. What was it about the Hobbit changed your life?
Reading was b..o..r..i..n..g until I turned 13 and opened The Hobbit. I plowed through it and the LoTR series in about 2 weeks. I was entranced by the characters and the epic story. When the book ended, I had a serious book hangover and cried myself to the library. I’m certain I would never have considered writing if I hadn’t cracked that magical book. Books can change lives.
September 11 was another life-changing event and as a result, you returned to school. What was that like for you?
I wasn’t in New York, and I can’t claim any heroics or personal sacrifice. I still choke up thinking about that day: the fear, the lives lost, the families forever changed, the first responders and hundreds of souls who toiled tirelessly in the rubble, risking their own health. I was working in business and suddenly couldn’t deal with the sales and profits and money-is-king mentality. None of it mattered. What mattered were human beings, love, bravery, compassion, kindness. I quit my executive job and went back to school so I could be poor and happy doing something of value.
You graduated with a Master’s degree in counseling. What kind of counseling did you do?
I became a pastoral counselor – basically mental health with a spiritual (not religious) foundation. I wanted to work with people who were dying and grieving, and an openness to all variations in spiritual faith seemed important. I ended up doing most of my grief work as a volunteer and got a job counseling little kids (0-5) and their families. It was all transformative heart-based growth – especially for me.
What draws you to fantasy?
Oh. I’m a believer in magic – basically that the world is far more complex and interconnected than my pea-brain can possibly imagine. Just because we can’t prove something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Just because we can’t see or measure something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. I know a teeny-weeny tiny fraction of all there is to know, which to me, means anything is possible. I like asking what-if questions about the nature of reality and ushering them down the path of my imagination to see where they go.
What do you find easiest about writing?
I find all of it rewarding but none of it particularly easy. The first draft is the most challenging for me. The story is outlined but unformed, and the characters can’t help but share their opinions about who they are and where they want to go. We’re in a constant state of negotiation and I’m often backtracking. Sometimes the words pour out and sometimes I have to wrench them out with plyers.
What writers give you inspiration?
I love character-driven stories and beautifully crafted words. I read a lot of fantasy, and like both stand-alone books and big, fat series. My favorite fantasy authors are Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Joe Abercrombie to name a few.
I read with a highlighter and mark up my books when I find something wonderful.
When did you start blogging?
I started in 2013, but I was completely clueless for the first 2 years. I didn’t know that social media was supposed to be social (duh) and had 7 likes my first whole year. I was so bad. I started watching what the successful bloggers did, the ones I enjoyed following, and finally the light-bulb flicked on. Now I have lively interactions with a large community on a daily basis. Much, much better.
What advice do you have for writers who want to use their blogs to market their books?
I’m no expert, Robert, but here are my two cents: Go ahead and market, but remember that the most important part of blogging is building relationships – interact and reciprocate. Be yourself, of course, but remember that your blog is also your professional platform; you are sharing yourself as a person and author as well as posting content that represents the quality of your work. Pay it forward by doing for the community what you would like the community to do for you. And most of all, enjoy yourself.
Some Word Press bloggers think of Word Press as a community. Do you think of it as a community?
Absolutely. I love that aspect of blogging. I love the way the world shrinks, the rich feelings shared by wonderful people all over the globe, the empathy and support of strangers who become good friends. There’s talent and kindness, beauty and compassion everywhere. It gives me hope and makes me smile.
How do you define success?
In all parts of my life: Happiness.
We only get this one life, Robert; there are no second chances, no do-overs. We are each miracles, here through the perfect alignment of billions of years of evolution, choices, and chance. It’s not a gift to be wasted. Happiness means different things to different people, but for me it’s choosing an attitude of kindness, care, and compassion and acting on that choice. Writing is something that brings me joy, no strings attached.
Thank you for your an enlightening interview. It was a pleasure.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched more than 20 of these fake news sites to attack Democrats running for Congress, creating a media uproar and drawing protest from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC’s counterpart.
“If anyone was wondering why voters don’t trust Congress, look no further than the NRCC’s brand new voter outreach strategy—fake news sites,” said Josh Schwerin, national press secretary for the DCCC, in a statement.