You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.
— Hillary Clinton, Sept. 9, 2016
In learning how to do something, it is helpful to know what not to do. Here are some tips on how to lose an election — and even worse, on how to deserve to lose an election:
● Insult your opponent’s supporters by calling them “deplorable” and “irredeemable.” That’s a good way to attract their votes.
● Among the insults include every nasty adjective you can think of. Use the Word thesaurus.
● Imagine yourself one of the “elite,” a sort of secular priest empowered to grant or refuse absolution to the irredeem-ables, the ignorant, unwashed masses.
● View your...
He [Trump] would have loved Stalin. — Vice President Joe Biden
Although it is difficult to fathom what causes Mr. Biden to make his trademark offhand comments, we can at least try to understand this defamatory remark. Here are two possible explanations for Biden’s latest episode of verbal flatulence:
First, Trump jokingly suggested that if the Russians had indeed hacked the Democratic National Committee e-mails, perhaps they could also find Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing e-mails. But Trump said this only after Democrats blamed the Russians for the hack, even claiming that Putin wanted to help Trump get elected. That is, Trump was accused — without any evidence — of being a foreign agent. In light of this very serious slander, Trump’s remark pales into insignificance.
Second, Trump has expressed grudging admiration for Vladimir Putin. Trump remarked, “At least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” Would I have put it that way? No. I would have said something like this: “Putin and I disagree on many points. But Putin is a strong leader who loves his country and wants to see it stronger. Wouldn’t it be nice...
A close friend, with whom I frequently hold discussions on the subject of the Cold War and communism, told me that we are still being deceived by the Russians, that the Cold War is not over, and that “…We have convinced ourselves that ‘communism is in the dustbin of history,’ which is exactly what the Soviets wanted us to think — just as Golitsyn disclosed in his book, New Lies for Old.” Furthermore, he asserts his friend, the author Joseph Douglass insisted and documented in his book that “the drug trade is directed by the FSB [Russia’s Federal Security Service], which handles more money than the KGB ever had for operations and is larger than the KGB and better entrenched in all aspects of American and European society and government.” Finally, he opined, “The role of the terrorist is to destroy the fighting ability of the United States and its allies and to bankrupt them in their effort to protect themselves from the terrorists. The evidence for this is overwhelming. We have been fooled…”
First, while I agree that the twin evils of socialism and communism are not dead, I believe the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet communist Empire in 1991...
Jose: Do you think Trump might have a point when he says the election is rigged? I also received this email about the media elite and the corporations pulling the strings: It's a big club for a select few:
Only 6 Corporations:
1. GE (owns Comcast, NBC, Universal Pictures, Focus Features)
2. Newscorp (owns Fox, Wall Street Journal, New York Post)
3. Disney (owns ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramar, Marvel Studios)
4. Viacom (owns MTV, Nick JR, SET, CMT, Paramount Pictures)
5. Time Warner (owns CNN, HBO, TIME, Warner Bros)
6. CBS (owns Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.COM, Jeopardy, 60 Minutes)
These six corporations own 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, 2,400 publishers. (I cannot refute this information!) See photo below.
And consider the relationships, which are kept within the family (some may be outdated and fleeting, but nevertheless true at one time):
—ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
—CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications....
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.
— Donald Trump, Aug. 9, 2016
Trump’s statement was greeted with a storm of condemnation. Democrats inferred that Trump was advocating violence, because they assumed that “Second Amendment people” are inherently violent, innately criminal, gun-toting, ignorant rednecks. But in reality, those with concealed-carry permits make up the most law-abiding demographic in the United States.
This is a classic example of projection, the psychological mechanism whereby we take unwanted feelings such as hate, we deny them, and we attribute them to others — preferably our political enemies. Do we fear that if we owned a gun, we would lose control and shoot anyone who annoyed us? Oh no, we’re much too noble for such primitive urges. Instead, we convince ourselves that it is not we who harbor such ugly feelings, but the others.
Did Trump mention violence, much less...
This momentous essay was written by my friend, Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, who has studied political science, in general, and totalitarianism and communism, in particular, for nearly five decades. Dr. Blaylock wrote this paper in 1989 but the manuscript had been lost. Fortunately, he had sent me a copy, which I had read, kept and treasured. I recently rediscovered my copy rummaging through my papers, and with Russell’s permission, this magnificent essay has finally reached the light of day, now published online by haciendapublishing.com.
Those of you who read this essay carefully will find valuable historical knowledge as well as timeless sociological and psychological wisdom in its analyses of the flawed political philosophies of collectivist/communist revolutions. These deceptive socialist revolutions — aided by the use of psychological warfare and abetted by the organs of propaganda disseminated by the popular press and other media — frequently topple governments and reach bitter fruition. The heaven-on-earth workers' paradises never materialize. instead, the workers' paradises alway turn out to be led by authoritarian tyrants imposing hells-on-earth...
My mother and I recently had a difference of opinion regarding Pope Francis. I said that he was naive and certainly not of the caliber of his two previous distinguished predecessors, the two towers of intellect: John Paul II, canonized as Saint John Paul the Great by his brilliant successor, Benedict XVI. She said Pope Francis knew what he was doing and by his words and action is a communist. He has brought about the friendship between President Obama and a dictator, who along with his more majestic brother, has held the Cuban people captive for over half a century. Pope Francis has done his best to preserve the communist dictatorship presently and for the foreseeable future in Cuba, and seems to have succeeded; never mind the continued political repression and misery of the Cuban people. Which one of us is right? Probably my mother who has experienced the tribulations of both religion and politics longer than I have.
And so as we approach the 2016 American presidential election, we have at the head of the Catholic Church a political Pope Francis, who said about Trump (photo, left): “A person who thinks only about building walls and not bridges is not Christian.”...
Politics is politics, and to paraphrase the remark misattributed to Bismarck, “politics are like making sausages, not a pretty sight.” Trump, bombastic and offensive to some, is using populism and taking advantage of the disaffection and anger of American voters to get elected president. He did not become a successful businessman from idiocy and pomposity, but from cunning, common sense, and hard work.
In a simple, open letter to Donald Trump published in the Telegraph [July 25, 2016], Douglas Fingle, a concerned Georgia voter, wrote that his daughter needed convincing to vote for Trump. He wanted Trump to explain “how he would help young, hard-working people like his daughter… help her save for the future, reduce her cost of living and make her life better for the next four years.”
If I may be so bold, given what I have read, and until Trump himself replies, I would reply to both father and daughter as follows: The Republican Party — of which Trump is part, and for better or for worse, its leader, despite differences with former party leaders — is the Party of opportunity for all in the United States, principally the working people. In some third world countries...
The BBC reports Europeans are quite alarmed (“a nightmare for Nato’s European countries”) because Donald Trump has stated that if elected president he may withdraw a guarantee of protection to Nato countries that do not “fulfill their obligation” to the US.
First, let’s categorically affirm that the United States should unconditionally come to the aid of Nato countries under attack as to fulfill our treaty obligations under Nato. Nevertheless, what Trump said to justify this policy makes a lot of sense.
Second, Nato was established with the US for the collective defense of European countries threatened by the Soviet Union during the cold war. The Soviets and their central and Eastern European allies subsequently formed their own defense Warsaw Pact. But the Soviet Union and Lenin’s Russian communism and collectivism have already been discarded to the dustbin of history. Despite Vladimir Putin’s saber-rattling, there is as much authoritarianism and definitely more collectivism in the European social democracies than in Russia today. Besides Nato, some European nations are part of the EU, and they should be investing more in their own defense and protecting their...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments were totally inappropriate for her position as Supreme Court judge. Justice Ginsburg (photo, left) should no longer serve as an Associate Justice as she has forfeited her impartiality in future decisions, particularly, if Donald Trump is elected president. Ginsburg stated on reflection that her comments were “ill advised.” By whom? Is this another Clinton move to influence the election? Ginsburg, who was a Clinton appointee, knows what she did was wrong. Either she is not in control of her faculties to have made such statements or she was induced to make them, likely by the Clintons. Either way she is unfit to continue as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. However, if Hillary wins, it would be another example of the Clintons’ infiltration (and subversion) of the Judiciary, the FBI and the Attorney General’s office in their administrations.
Further, the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey (photo, below), should resign, as he too offered an inappropriate conclusion to the data the FBI investigation uncovered about Hillary’s violations of handling secret information. Comey issued a long list of violations of...