President Donald J. Trump has taken the oath of office, delivering a blunt speech rife with his signature autocratic declarations, promising to "make America great again" as tense protests swelled around Capitol Hill.
take the high ground and fight
In thirteen days, how will Punxsutawney Phil signal the need for four years of hibernation?
It's past time to come up with a new Inaugural chant in honor of Emperor Trump:
"Is this what democracy looks like?"
"Hell NO !"
"This is what an EMPIRE looks like!"
I read the prepared text and the transcript as soon as WaPo published them. He uncharacteristically seems to have stayed pretty much on script. But as a progressive Christian/Christian progressive, I'm most disturbed by his frequent invocation of God and especially his assertion that his "America" is especially "protected by God." The God I follow does not discriminate between nations, at least not beyond expecting the most fortunate nations to be a blessing to others.
Grim indeed. "American carnage."
I was more concerned with his focus on "patriotism" and "loyalty" toward the end. Something about the way he talked about these gave me a dark shiver.
I was much more impressed with Chuck Schumer's speech just prior to the swearing in. A reminder of what America REALLY stands for and not to give up hope.
I like the God you follow. Too bad Trump's God seems to be the God that Sinclair Lewis wrote about a long time ago: : "WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG AND BE CARRYING THE CROSS. And yes I am shouting! Because, from my perspective, Trump epitomizes that Sinclair Lewis quote from the book, it can't happen here.
I'm no fan of Trump but my guess is that if Obama had spoken these words 8 years ago, there would be much praise heaped on him.
"For too long, a small group in our nation's Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land."
"President Barack Obama's years of poignant addresses"?!? What about deeds? The sanctification begins. The United States of Amnesia indeed.
Unfortunately, djt claims to be my coreligionist.
A. It's irrelevant how it might have gone down 8 years ago.
B. What does Mr. Gilded Towers know of struggling families?
Not a drop of sincerity in such rhetoric.
The interesting thing will be how long Trump continues to make noises about autarky*. Does anyone really believe that he could even attempt to reverse the course of neo-liberalism and that a Republican Congress would assist in any such effort?
- A key feature of the German Nationalist Socialists first (any only) Four-year Plan of 1935. Although being not just socialists in name, their plan involved state direction of the economy and nationalisation of any businesses that did not comply with the 'plan'. (Trump's 'fascist' credentials will really be on the line with this.)
Why do I get the feeling that every time this president vulgarian will open his mouth all I will hear is 'oink'?
Yeah, I was talking about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), not the "nondenominational" prosperity gospel. Please, no.
It seems that all I am reading here, is fear and hate. Do not even begin to think that I like or even voted for Donald Trump as I did not. However, 99% of those Americans that went to the polls on November 8th, voted for Establishment politicians. The people of this country voted almost unanimously to keep one of the two most corrupt political parties in power for another four years. Yes, this is a very Dark Day indeed, but if we as a people are ever to move this country away from giving our support to the 1%, we must commit to supporting a political party that is not corrupted to the core. This needs to be our focus moving forward in addition to resisting and protesting the Tyranny now on display.
Nope, we need to get beyond party labels. That's the one good thing about djt. But let's talk about the speech here.
And you are going to tell me Obama took care of struggling families? If he did, Trump wouldn't have been elected President.
Yes, unfortunately christian, fascists are an insult to Christian religion. Like I have posted before, perhaps the reason Jesus has not come back is he knows these christian, fascists would crucify him again!