Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/30/trump-goes-full-authoritarian-dictator
Lower conciousness can only offer threats ,fear and violence .
Liar – you are so obviously an orange minion, a covidiot, a death-cult worshipper. Enjoy your draught, fool. Every word you write is iconic nonsense, polished horseshit, and you know it. Idiocy as well-refined and rarified as yours distinguishes the disinformation specialist of fine breeding.
Frankly the first sentence of your statement describes the Nation State called the United States of America to a tee no matter which of the two parties in charge.
While this does not necessarily reflect the attitudes of all of its citizens it does demonstrate it a Government that in no way shape or form is Democratic.
To your second point. An individual infection of Ebola might be more deadly then that of COVID but that does not mean COVID less deadly. Ebola killed 3 people in the USA and COVID 200000 plus. That does not mean Ebola “deadlier”. 1700 plus heathcare workers did not die to Ebola in the USA.
Those health care workers surely “take their vitamins” and those health care workers died.
To your bit on 6 feet, masks and lockdowns. This is not an either or. None of those measures on their own will prevent the spread of COVID. Each on their own will lower the rate of transmission. All of them together act to lower the rate more.
To the loss of livelihood and incomes.
During the pandemic in the USA a certain group of peoples added hundreds of billions to their net worth. If the USA (and the rest of the world for that matter) had an economic system where such wealth fairly distributed the financial suffering of the masses would be much less.
As to liberties. What Liberties have you lost? You do not want to wear a mask because it impinges on your freedom? Is it a loss of liberty when a law prevents you from driving your car while intoxicated? is it a loss of liberty if you are charged with a crime for firing your gun randomly on a city street?
When it 50 below zero outside I put on warm clothing. That does not mean liberty lost. Now I might well claim it my choice NOT to put on those warm clothes when I go out wherein i freeze to death but the difference is when I make that choice I am not putting other citizens at risk.
Freedom and liberty should not include the freedom and liberty to harm others.
We put ourselves in the position of explaining the perfectly obvious to people who are evidently only shamming incredible ignorance. Hard to see the point, sometimes. If adults in USA really are that dumb, they’ll eventually wind up getting killed playing dodge-ball on the freeway anyhow (or maybe freeze to death running around naked in Minnesota, in January).
Our own Drumpfashenko, here in the Belar-US! With plenty of “security goons” lining up to enforce his rule. And, your fellow Americans will love to kick you to the curb…Yeah.
The Orange Adolf and his glorious stench was on full display last night, for all Sociopaths, White Supremacists, and sub-humans to bask in and enjoy.
I could only watch about 10 minutes of the “debate”. Joe Biden reminded me of a senior who could have taken advanced placement tests, but didn’t feel like it, to stay in class with his friends. Trump, on the other hand, came off as he was the sophomore bully, who was cut from the team due to low grades, and had to prove how tough he was by being a wise-ass. Chris Wallace tried, but couldn’t maintain real order. The green, yellow, and red “time” lights may not have helped, as Trump continually took every opportunity to bluster, and never really could make an effective point.
Whoever wins the election, the 99% loses. Joe and Kamala may have their good/bad points, but there won’t be much relief in sight for the working people. Or the elderly, or young people in school.
That so self deprecating that it wasn’t even funny.
Self-deprecation is the act of reprimanding oneself by belittling, undervaluing, or disparaging oneself, or being excessively modest. It can be used in humor and tension release.
As much as I like many things Caitlin writes, I think this is a myopic and limited viewpoint.that ignores the actions of the ugly face and the very real actions behind it - hugely destructive to so much it will bring not “revolution” but more slavery and downpression! The American public do not have the gumption or resolve, unity or commitment to make the ugly face revolutionary change that is apparently the intent of that statement by Caitlin. .
The other side of Caitlin’s argument is the attractive face and competent management that she postulates that all America will go back to 1950;s sleep and enjoy the peace after trump _ I think millions of ordinary people will still be in the streets, many professionals will pressure his regime and press issues that may make a difference - they will not go back to sleep, that time is (hopefully) over - and potentially Biden will want a “legacy” beyond his pathetic history of rot and bad laws/policies he supported - maybe!!
Hell he’s got nuthin to lose by making a mark (maybe) and he will be lucky to make it thru a first term.
It’s like business 101-----you reach out to all leaders around the country and find common ground----and if you are a good leader you will get them to buy into your plan-----this is the job of the President-----it’s really incredible how Trump gets away with this shit. Wallace is asking Biden if he had called the gov of some of these states with riots as if he is the President-Biden had to point out that he is a private citizen not the President???
Trump goes on about this stupid forest clean up as if he is some bystander-----60% of the forest land in Calif is federal------where I live the fed land has burnt and the state land right next door is pristine
Yes I cannot refute your comment.
I would have said the same thing when I was younger. Course I was stronger, and the world was too. Now we are close to the end and trying to…
Well have a great day
I doubt having two such ill-natured, unpleasant, and incompetent gaffers made much of a case for the legitimacy of empire.
Your comment appears to underestimate the significance of the George Floyd rebellion, in that you implicitly expect this uprising to be like previous, abortive uprisings. This one is different, no matter what happens in November. Anybody with their eyes open has to realize that. Indeed – a profound lesson for me in 2020 is the limit of drawing parallels to previous incidents. People who expect history to always go around in circles will always miss out on all the fun.
People with their eyes open (Alice Walker, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Glen Ford, Jeff Mackler, Joe Lombardo, Pam Africa, et al) are celebrating revolutionary transformation, before our eyes:
The example of the most poor and oppressed uniting to advance their freedom struggle has already inspired working people of all races and creeds to join in wholeheartedly. The courageous spectacle of unprecedented numbers of inspired white youth standing firm and side by side with their Black, Latinx and Native American sisters and brothers, in defiance of curfews, police clubs and exploding noxious gas grenades, portends wondrous victories to be won now and in the immediate future. The construction of ever-broadening united coalitions and movements to advance humanity’s best aspirations for a new world where SYSTEMIC RACISM and SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY and SYSTEMIC SEXISM and MISOGENY are truly relegated to history’s distant and dark past is within our reach. What was impossible, unimaginable, unexpected, unthinkable yesterday is on the order of the day today.
From William Rivers Pitt Of TRUTHOUT on FB Post ‘debate’…:
“ I need to sleep so I can … do … something …? with what happened tonight. Know ye this, and know it well: The beast is off the leash. That is the future some would have for us all, and Joe Biden is what we have to push it back. You can wish it was different, you can lament the staffing situation, or you can stare hard at what you saw tonight and throw your shoulder against the door.
It frankly doesn’t matter how well or poorly Biden did tonight. The beast is off the leash, and the door needs shoulders. If you can look at that thing tonight and shrug, well, please get off my wall.
See you with the dawn patrol. Jesus, that really happened. And will happen again. Throw a shoulder.“
There is no need for a second debate. Those for DT are not going to change their allegiance to this monster. Voters have made their decision already and nothing is going to change at this point. DT has made it very clear no matter what he says or does, his followers are going over the cliff with him. He will do the same thing in a second debate, and worse.
We all know what happens to authoritarian dictators, but in this case it more of a mentally ill dictator. If there is a second debate they should have a psychologist as the moderator.
In looking for Hartmann’s interview of Amy Barrett –
I found this – which is a big WHOA …
Pelosi says questions on Barrett’s Catholicism off limits: 'Doesn’t matter what her faith is’
Haven’t actually read all of the article yet –
However – Pelosi herself is a Catholic which would raise questions on this position she
is allegedly taking here –
WE HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT TO QUESTION RELIGION AS WE HAVE TO QUESTION
OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND ITS POLICIES – THE VERY INSTITUTION OF OUR
GOVERNMENT MAY BE CHALLENGED AND EVEN DISBANDED IF IT NO LONGER
ENJOYS THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC –
AND EVEN A STRONGER RIGHT AND NECESSITY TO QUESTION RELIGION –
WE ACTUALLY HAVE THE RESONSIBILITY TO DEFEND SEPARATION OF CHURCH
AND STATE – AND TO PROTECT IT AS THE GUARANTEE OF OUR FREEDOM OF
THOUGHT, FREE CONSCIENCE, AND FREE WILL –
This also arises out of the nonsense of being anti-Jewish if you question the national policies
of Israel re Palestine. Israel is nation and it’s national policies may be questioned just as we
have the right to criticize the policies of any other nation. These are not Israel’s HEBREW or
Biblical policies – they are the policies of the state of Israel.
Coming back to this cult figure we’ve been given as a nominee for the SC from Trump …
who is said to actually heckle Evangelicals/Christians as 'HUSTLERS" …
This is again a Catholic/Evangelical cult – People of Praise – which deals in “speaking in
tongues” and “faith healing” –
If Trump wins re-election faith healing will be about the only healing Americans will be
able to afford – and “speaking in tongues” – go to YouTube to watch Trump’s “religious
adviser” Paula White – should actually be called “speaking in gibberish.”
We are being faced now with some of the oldest MYTHS/LIES of our life on this planet –
The fakery of an American democracy and our Esteemed Founders who were actually ELITES
who set the system up for their own benefit – the usual kind of thing –
“Heads we win - Tails you lose.”
And of course the myths of organized patriarchal religion - “Christianity” which underpins Elites/
Patriarchy all over the globe which has held women in oppression everywhere under male
domination for the benefit of Elites –
Our Founders with their statues appearing in our Capitol and State buildings as something to be
admired those these are the same GREEDY ELITES who saw SLAVERY as an economic system
they were dependent upon – not as a human evil – and they saved and supported SLAVERY for
hundreds of years here.
Did we ever hear Our Founders complain of the terrible violence and tortures which came from
across the seas by Papal Edict to “Enslave or Kill” the native people here?
Did we ever see Our Founders extend any mercy to the Native people here – their families –
their children – OR EVEN THEIR RIGHT TO THE LANDS THEY WERE GRANTED IN
TREATIES CONSTANTLY OVERTURNED?
PELOSI IS SAYING … 'IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HER RELIGION IS" …
We already have a Congress dominated by old white male “Christians” –
We already have 6 Catholics or former Catholics on the Supreme Court –
We already have a CIA nicknamed “Catholics in Action” by insiders and those on the outside.
What we have to concentrate on is PRESERVING SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE –
WITHOUT IT WE HAVE NO DEMOCRACY AND NO FREEDOM.
So what we see here is that Pelosi/Schumer aren’t even going to try to STOP this nomination?
House Speaker [Nancy Pelosi]~https://www.foxnews.com/category/person/nancy-pelosi), D-Calif., cautioned her fellow Democrats in the other chamber of Congress against bringing up Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholicism during the judge’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Senate.
Is that cowardice or something for the benefit of Pelosi’s own religious beliefs?
And here … questioning and answers when it comes to politics aren’t something we can rely on …
"I think it’s appropriate for people to ask her about how faithful she would be to the Constitution of the United States, whatever her faith,” Pelosi said Sunday during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in. What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States?"
And how much trust do we have in Pelosi when she has failed to campaign for what more than
75% of Americans want - MEDICARE FOR ALL … ???
Pelosi added: "Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act? This is, again, directly related to a major concern of the American people, as it was in 2018. Health care, health care, health care. The three most important issues in this election.”
And though I can’t locate it at the moment … evidently Barrett is willing to RECUSE herself
when it comes to decisions about Capital Punishment as her religion opposes it –
but what about ABORTION which her religion opposes?
Or even Birth Control?
**That the US has been spending the last 4 years dealing with these insanities – including **
Kavanaugh – shows how deeply the rise of the right wing has taken us into FASCISM –
distracted us with it – moved us backwards with it – and is now controlling our futures with it –
INCLUDING DENYING GLOBAL WARMING .… which is our real futures –
We are awaiting here an election in a few weeks which may turn out predictably to be one of
the most dangerous times America has ever lived thru – and yet Pelosi seems to have already
surrendered to putting an Evangelist on the SC –
And the clear losers were Americans, Brotherhood, Civility, Democracy, Ethics . . .
* * * * *
OTOH, the news flash of about two hours ago reminded me of the ending of Well’s ‘The War of the Worlds’, something along the lines of humans being saved because their god, in its wisdom, had created microbes . . . *
Whether or not democracy has been saved remains to be seen, but at least there is now a glimmer of hope that
its utter demise may be postponed by a few years.
* Why any god in its right (or left) mind would prefer humans to martians was not explained. Nor even hinted at.