What New Hell Will Trump Rain Down on America Next?

Thom plus logo Trump campaigned on nostalgia for the past, with a slogan calling to make America great "again."

And, indeed, he has re-created many of the most notable moments in past American history.

He's brought back the pandemic of 1918, and the widespread death associated with it.

He's brought back the Republican Great Depression of 1929 and the widespread economic pain associated with that.

He's brought back white supremacists like with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan after the failure of Reconstruction.

And he's brought back the race riots of the 1960s, once again setting our cities on fire.

Which raises the question: what else will he bring back?

Another World War?

Another Civil War?

Or might he even take us in an entirely new direction, back to the past of other countries?

The rise of fascism in Europe?

The brutal military coup of Pinochet in Chile?

A crackdown like Tiananmen Square?

Trump still has six months to go, assuming Congress doesn't impeach him again, and it looks like we have to be ready for anything...

-Thom

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whatabout's picture
whatabout 4 weeks 6 days ago
#1

You blame Trump and I look at the leadership of states and cities.

I did a bit of research on the politics of the state and city where this recent police issue started, that being Minneapolis Minnesota.

Minneapolis is a city with a long history of democrat mayors and currently, twelve of the thirteen city council members are democrats with the thirteenth being a member of the green party. Both the senators that represent Minnesota are democrats as well as the governor and the Minnesota House is comprised of a large majority of democrats.

The city has a progressive chief of police that was preceded by another progressive chief of police. The Hennepin county Sherriff is an openly gay progressive.

The people of Minneapolis are represented by Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips both far left politicians.

Every single executive office in the state is held by a democrat or an officially declared non-partisan. There is not one republican holding a statewide office in Minnesota.

I wonder if the solution to what ails Minneapolis is giving more unaccountable power to democrats.

I hear the “protesters” shouting for change, maybe the citizens of Minneapolis should reconsider how they cast their ballot.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 4 weeks 6 days ago
#2

Although you have provided no references to back up any of your charges, I have no reason to doubt your research even though strongly disagreeing with your conclusions. There's a reason Minnesota is still considered a swing state in presidential politics, however. Here are some stats from the Pew Research Center.

Systemic racism built into America's domestic police forces is inherently a right-wing mentality transcending politics, but if you are a filthy racist then the chances are that you will vote Republican and that you are an ardent, blind Trump admirer, which certainly doesn't mean that if you are a Republican then you are an automatic racist. There are many good Republicans who make valid points. They're just getting harder to find in Trumptopia.

But this is all of America's problem no matter the stripes of her citizenry. And it's been going on far too long -- since European invaders first started displacing, torturing, and murdering millions of indigenous peoples, and introducing slavery on a massive scale, displacing, torturing, and murdering millions of African people.

Back to election politics:

If Republicans insist on falsely pinning the so-called "evils" of socialism on Democrats, which they've pulled out of their collective butt (Fux News, Hate Radio, and the Swampnet) -- all the while enjoying the benefits of socialism in their everyday lives brought to them by Democrats fighting Republicans tooth and nail for the last 100 years or so -- then they should live with the well-deserved label of FASCIST, which is an accurate rendering of their right-wing policies and undemocratic mindset lo these many decades.

Or do you not know the general arc of the history of modern American politics that has culminated with a low-IQ, egomaniacal racist occupying the Executive Branch, who loves unleashing stormtroopers against peaceful citizens exercising their right to peacefully assemble and redress their grievances, and a Republican Senate in the pocket of Wall Street tycoons? Indeed, the low-information and sadly misinformed wingers in Minneapolis and across America "should reconsider how they cast their ballot[s]."

Absolutely, certain right-wing Democratic leaders (yes, wingerism has infected both major parties) are guilty as hell (Mayor Deblasio) insofar as they follow the lead of their Republican fellow fascists. That is fundamentally changing as we speak, so politicos on both sides of the aisle had better start listening to the People shouting (and dying) in the streets.

Be safe. Wear a mask. Honor social distancing guidelines.

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 4 weeks 6 days ago
#3

NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio is a progressive, not a right wing Democrat.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/nyregion/de-blasio-progressive-mayor-nyc.html

Amy Klobachar, another Democrat failed to prosecute police when she was DA

https://apple.news/AfWiwPHrkReK61nrdK2egKA

deepspace's picture
deepspace 4 weeks 6 days ago
#4

The reference that I provided supports Deblasio's specific actions in relation to the police and protesters as right-wing fascism despite his political reputation and/or history as a progressive. What exactly is progressive about kowtowing to the goons in NYPD? Keep up with the times; we're talking today, not yesterday.

Ditto for Klobuchar.

Indirectly, you are making my points. Thank you. 👍🏻

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 4 weeks 6 days ago
#5

Mr Deepspace:

I live with the Deblasio debacle daily.....you are way over your head here...

deepspace's picture
deepspace 4 weeks 5 days ago
#6

How so? Please explain. Remember, I don't give a sht about the history of phony progressives or your anecdotal experiences thereof, only the startling events taking place right now, in the present, right before our eyes that, in the end, transcends politics, or should. Can you refute the points made in the Times article about systemic racism in the NYPD and de Blasio's culpability as mayor?

By the way, a large duffle bag with all of my Government Issue Army crap lies at the bottom of the East River with the rest of the dead bodies. Bad memories forgotten. A fitting end. Goodbye New York...

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 4 weeks 5 days ago
#7

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

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avn013 4 weeks 5 days ago
#8

@deepspace

Thanks for the links. I will accept the new york times op ed for Blasio not being progressive enough. It is based on a variety of issues for quite sometime. But CNNs "analysis" focussing on an issue and devoted (title) on Klobachar's chances/ambitions for VP, may have raised a red flag, but it is too early (without further evidence) to reach a verdict.

Is it not common that even the most progressive minds , once in power they often shift to less and less progressive positions? Often the shift goes so far to the left, or to the right or to any other direction that it is hard to discern their practice from an authoritarian for-the-good-of-all practice. Somehow governing turns on an authoritarian "gene" in many cases. Would you call the Clintons progressive nowadays? Tony Blair (UK)? Joseph Stalin ( a born-poor-progressive?) Erdogan?

In ancient Athens there was the interesting policy of ostracism (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostracism). A way for the people to ask (demand) someone feloow citizen to take a 10year "voluntary" leave (exile) because he was deemed too famous and too important and the risk that he may turn to a tyrant was just too high. Perhaps, ancient Rome did not have this policy. But even if it did, that did not stop Julius Ceasar from becoming a dictator (ok at he end he had to use some military "persuasion"). A similar story would unfold later with Napoleon and Hitler.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 4 weeks 5 days ago
#9

Doorknobs: You have no idea.

avn013: Agreed. Even Trump the failed businessman back in the day, self-dealing and playing both sides of the fence, considered himself a liberal on several issues, including the right of a woman's natural agency over her own body.

Now look at the sad little tyrant swinging his fat ass playing golf with his junk-food puss gut hanging out while the country burns, preaching to the rest of us how to stay healthy during a pandemic -- an egocentric fool responsible for tens of thousands of fellow Americans dying painfully and needlessly, resulting in another Republican Great Depression, none of which would have happened had he done the job for which he was elected: protecting the Constitution and the People.

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