Trump Hates the American Public — Here's How He Reveals His Disdain

Donald Trump hates you. But don't take it personally, he hates me, too -- and all of us who constitute The Public. The billionaire's antipathy is not directed at us as individuals, but as users of publicly provided services -- such as schools, parks, health care, buses, collective bargaining, libraries and environmental protections. From his privileged perspective, all of that is welfare, nothing but an expensive waste that puts burdensome taxes and annoying regulatory constraints on the entrepreneurial creative class, i.e., him.

'One of the Biggest Fraud Cases Ever': Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston Uncovers Rudy Giuliani's Alleged Role In Massive $10 Billion Theft

The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies. 

by David Cay Johnston/DC Report

A human rights organization has asked Dutch prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into multi-billion dollar money laundering schemes that they say were aided by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his old law firm.

Rigging the vote: how the American right is on the way to permanent minority rule

Ian Samuel  - The American right is in the midst of a formidable project: installing permanent minority rule, guaranteeing control of the government even as the number of actual human beings who support their political program dwindles.

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'Trump Is Applying a Match to Kindling': Conservative Writer Explains Why There's No Equivalence Between Democrats' and Republicans' 'Incivility'

From Cody Fenwick, AlterNet, 10/28/2018

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He [Max Boot] added: "Extremism has been present in America for a long time. But Trump is applying a match to the kindling."

[Conservative, ex-Republican Max ]Boot argued that he does not appreciate forms of what he sees as "incivility" on left-leaning activists — protests of administration officials at restaurants, for example, or comparing Trump to Hitler.

And yet in his view, none of that is comparable to Trump's misdeeds:

Deep Structures, Hate, and Violence The Long Road to Societal Decay

We are mourning again. Violent deaths continue: African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Gays and Lesbians, Women, Youth, Jews, and the list goes on. And the media pontificate about root causes: guns, a divided society, hate speech, the internet, and politicians. Analysts usually lock onto one explanation and deduce one or two cures. But there are other analysts, for example “realists’ and religious fundamentalists, who say there will always be violence. There are no solutions.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Explains Why Trump 'Is the Product of a Failed Democracy

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges' new book looks at the pathologies that arise in a decayed culture which led to this moment.

By Chauncey DeVega /  Salon October 23, 2018

Kushner gave the Saudi Crown Prince a 'hit list' of enemies from US intel, including Khashoggi?

In this week’s update in the Trump Russia Corruption Timeline as the Saudi government twists and turns to come up with a way to quietly admit to kidnapping, torturing and murdering Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi while at the same shielding Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman from having any links or responsibility, even though they've now admitted that at least five of the 15 men who implemented the plot are linked to Bin Salman including his top aide Saud al-Qahtani who actually ran

Trump and the Saudi

SAUDI MILLIONS PUMPED INTO TRUMP PROPERTIES; 

Faith-Based Politics

Among former Republicans of a certain age, “what the hell happened” is a popular topic of conversation. What turned a major political party composed of people with a reasonable range of respectable views into a cult imposing extremist litmus tests? What accounts for the rejection of evidence, disdain for science and rigid refusal to compromise even the most extreme positions?

When did the Grand Old Party go nuts?

Bonfire of Republican Vanities

Their bargain with Trump was simple: They would get tax cuts for the well-connected and a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court. Oh, but the price has gone up. 

If you put a man in the White House who openly boasts of being a sexual predator, a president credibly accused by more than a dozen people of misconduct, you are no friend of women and the good men who love them.

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By Timothy Egan - Contributing Opinion Writer

About Those Angry White Guys…

Like many women, I am still fuming over the Kavanaugh hearing. Not only was a man elevated to the Court who clearly has no business being there–for multiple reasons, not simply the very credible accusations of sexual assault–but women were dismissed, diminished and disregarded in ways that still infuriate me.

Conservative News Outlet Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Tariffs — Which Are Now a Larger Tax on Americans than Obamacare

President Donald Trump's new gigantic series of tariffs is already a disaster, forcing several companies including Walmart and Coca-Cola to raise prices, and endangering up to 11 million jobs. But Trump's core base of supporters doesn't seem to care, or even really register the fact that each tariff is in fact a tax being levied on them.

Balancing Act

There may not be any sport in America more popular than media-bashing, and I am a frequent participant. We do live in a confusing, changing and sometimes overwhelming media environment; it sometimes seems we are “marinating” in information. In such an environment, it’s easy to lose sight of the differences between journalism, entertainment and propaganda– to forget what journalists are supposed to do and why it is that what they are supposed to do is so important.

Capitalism's Final Solution is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse

....The Editorial Board of the Washington Post writes that future “Historians will look in absolute astonishment” that not only did our governments and corporate elite fail to halt climate change, but that our policy makers “actually pushed in the wrong direction.” That’s assuming that there will even be any historians left after the climate change horseman of pestilence, famine, war, and death gallop across the scorched and burning world, their riders named “Deregulation,” “Bottom Line,” “Market,” and “Profit.”

The Supreme Court's Legitimacy

Brett Kavanaugh

Robert Post, the former dean of Yale Law School, minced no words in excoriating Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in an op-ed published in Politico on Saturday.

People Will Die ...

How many ways can this administration kill people?

Scientists tell us that changes to environmental protection laws will lead to at least 80,000 additional deaths each decade.

There is a Coordinated Campaign to Suppress Criticism of Israel

 

A new law introduced in the U.S. Congress seeks to clamp down on criticism of Israel at the expense of First Amendment rights. The unconstitutional bill, titled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. 

Common Cause Celebrates Victory for Missouri Voters

KANSAS CITY, MO, September 21, 2018: The voters of Missouri prevailed today in their fight to to reform the legislature, including the improving the redistricting process and limiting gifts

Climate Change Turned Florence Into a Monster Storm — But Corporate Media Avoided That Story

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and South Carolina shouldn’t be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States.

Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?

In an oft-reported exchange between Gertrude Stein, an American widely known for her wisdom and glittering 1920s Parisian literary salon, and one of her earnest admirers, the admirer asked her – “What are the answers, Madame Stein?” She replied “What are the questions?”

Within our media/political/corporate culture of self-censorship and taboo topics, we should restate Ms. Stein’s rejoinder—what are the questions of gravity and relevance that are chronically unasked?

Here are some questions that should be asked, until answered!

THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES, GET OUT THE VOTE, ARTICULATE A DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALIST VISION

Since 2016 we have been deluged with a variety of empirical studies that should give us some sense of the political and economic realities of life in the United States. The data makes clear what progressive strategies should be as well, at least over the next two years.

THE CHANGING POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES AND FLORIDA: a repost after the primary victory of Andrew Gillum

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)

A Presentation at Fort Lauderdale, Occupy Labor Outreach, March 15, 2014
 

The hatred of the poor, is it guilt gone rancid? That the rich have so much and still conspire to steal a baby's medicine, a woman's life, a man's heart and kidney. When those Congressmen talk of people who are counting their last change for gas or eggs choosing between cold and hunger they snarl. How dare we exist? (From Marge Piercy, Who has little, let them have less, Monthly Review - January 2014)

DEVOS WANTS TO USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO ARM UNWILLING TEACHERS.

Betsy DeVos is forging ahead in her efforts to make American schools less safe.

NONPARTISAN GAO SLAMS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ACA SABOTAGE.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today lambasting the Trump administration for its ACA sabotage.

Pentagon can't account for $21 Trillion - enough to solve the entire planet's miseries

The Struggle Over the Future of Cuba is a Global Struggle

Trump Reverses Modest Improvements in US/Cuban Relations

With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve…I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” (Donald Trump in “Trump Outlines New Cuba Policy in Speech in Miami’s Little Havana,” USA Today, June 16, 2017.)

Religion, Social Justice And Medicare For All

These are difficult days for genuinely religious folks–the ones who understand their theologies to require ethical and loving behaviors.

The 2016 election highlighted the glaring hypocrisies of Evangelical Trump supporters; more recently, it’s Catholics who are cringing. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury found the Church had concealed 70 years of sexual abuse by over 300 priests. Here in Indianapolis, the administration of a Catholic high school learned that a longtime, much-loved guidance counselor is in a same-sex marriage, and demanded that she divorce her wife or resign.

Journalists Are Not the Enemy

The Boston Globe and 300 Newspapers Across the Country 
August 16, 2018
Boston Globe

Kleptocrat Or Theocrat?

Frank Bruni had a recent column headlined “Mike Pence: Holy Terror,” with a subhead asking “Do you really want to get rid of Donald Trump?”

There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings.

That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.

SILENCING DISSENT IN THREE EASY STEPS.

A hallmark of a corrupt administration is a need to keep secrets and avoid accountability. It’s probably no coincidence that as the walls close in around Trump, all of his tactics to silence dissent are on full display.

1. Demonize the press. Attacking free press is a theme for this administration:

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