The Trump administration is a death cult

Thom plus logo They revel in their efforts to end Obamacare and cut millions of Americans off healthcare.

They celebrate last night's resumption of federal executions.

They enthusiastically authorize the use of formerly banned pesticides that cause cancer and neurological damage to children.

Trump's first official action was to allow coal and oil companies to dump more waste in our rivers, poisoning people downstream.

As children were being slaughtered in classrooms across America, trump doubled down on supporting the NRA.

As Black people across America continue to be regularly murdered by police, Trump calls those asking for change "terrorists" and "thugs." He refers to Nazis as "very fine people" and retweets calls for "white power."

Over international objections and in violation of US law, they're selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to continue bombing civilians in Yemen.

Numerous children have died in their detention facilities, yet they continue to give millions of dollars to Trump's contributor corporations to continue holding these children in deplorable, disgusting conditions.

They're fighting all efforts to extend more unemployment relief to American families, further stressing out people in ways that inevitably, history tells us, lead to domestic violence and suicide.

The simple fact is that Donald Trump and the people he has surrounded himself with, like chief racist Steven Miller, appear to love causing other people pain.

Trump even encouraged police to rough up people who have not yet been convicted of a crime, and told his followers that if they injured protesters he would pay their legal expenses.

But the coronavirus is their crowning achievement.

Simply by discouraging people from wearing masks or social distancing and raising doubts about science, Trump and his buddies have caused the deaths of over a hundred thousand Americans, with more dead bodies to come if they continue on this path.

Trump goes to states with massive Covid outbreaks and holds indoor rallies, knowing that it will lead to the death of many of the people attending. What is he thinking as he is looking out on his little crowds, knowing that some of those people will be dead in a matter of weeks because of his desperate need for adulation?

Trump refuses to use the Defense Production Act to build up our stockpiles of testing equipment and PPE, making the situation for people in states where the virus is exploding right now a death-dealing crisis.

Betsy DeVos, who has spent her lifetime trying to destroy public schooling, is joining with Trump in trying to punish public school teachers and families who send their kids to public school by bringing disease and death into their homes.

And none of this had to happen.

All over the world, country after country have responded to the coronavirus in ways that have defeated it.

New Zealand hasn't had a new case in weeks, and normalcy has largely returned to that nation.

Taiwan, similarly, has mostly beat the virus and recently had a baseball game with over 10,000 people in attendance.

All over Europe, countries have kept their unemployment rates well below 10% by aggressive government actions, and have beaten the virus through extensive testing and contact tracing, and mandating masks and social distancing.

Over at the New York Times, Economist Paul Krugman asks a simple question:

"At its most severe, the lockdown seems to have reduced G.D.P. by a little over 10 percent.

During World War II, America spent more than 30 percent of G.D.P. on defense, for more than three years. Why couldn't we absorb a much smaller cost for a few months?"

The answer, of course, is that Donald Trump has no interest in saving American lives. He and his Republican buddies just want average Americans back at work to make their billionaire friends and donors even richer, no matter how many workers die in the process.

Trump appears to delight in knowing that because he and his Party have opposed expanding America's social safety net for decades, there's an almost endless supply of poor and low-income people desperate enough for a paycheck that they'll take their lives in their hands to feed their families.

The Trump administration is a death cult. The Republican Party is a death cult.

And Americans and their children are, overwhelmingly, not enthusiastic about dying.

Will November bring the kind of change necessary to put an end to unnecessary death as a routine part of the American way of life?

-Thom

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stopgap's picture
stopgap 14 weeks 4 days ago
#1

The really scary thing is that, even if Biden and the Democrats takeover the Senate and the Congress and the Whitehouse, there will still be about 60 million of these Trump freaks out there, stewing and fuming about whatever insane delusions are swirling around in their demented brains. If anything, Trump has once and for all exposed the degree of immoral, greedy, racist populism that exists a large portion of mankind.

These people have always been there, just waiting for their messiah to liberate them and validate their deepest and darkest white supremacist views.

Enter Donald Trump!!

It is imperative that if Biden and the Dems take over the Whitehouse, Senate and Congress, that they hold this “Tea Party” medieval, pitchfork toting, mob of “Flat Earth” treasonous, Kool Aid drinking knuckle dragging vermin accountable for the damage they have done to our constitution, economy, environment, healthcare and general welfare of mankind, here and throughout the entire planet.

DrRichard 14 weeks 4 days ago
#2

Thom, you mentioned World War 2 and part of the problem is that there is no visible common enemy to fight. A virus is an abstraction that few people have seen. (I have, tiny dots in an electron microscope. Big whoop.) So instead of building tanks and growing wheat, picking up a gun to fight, following battle lines on a map towards Berlin and Tokyo, we have "don't get close", "don't let them see your face", all (necessary) negatives that feed the nihilism of Trump and the other sociopaths around him. Personally I don't think these people necessarily want to hurt Americans, some may even believe they are doing the right thing. They...just...don't...feel...others...pain.

DrRichard 14 weeks 4 days ago
#3

I know, Stopgap. After Cheney got into office I said to my wife, "Didn't we get rid of these people with Nixon?" She answered, "People like that always return." And they do like some horror movie because enough sick ones love power and control for its own sake, and the smarter or more manipulative ones can lead the weaker. It's an old, old story that Orwell explored. And no, they won't be held accountable any more than Kissinger was. They are all too close in background and social status to rat on one another. And even Biden must know that if he prosecutes the Trump people someday down the road he too could be in the docket.

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stopgap 14 weeks 4 days ago
#4

Hello DrRichard, To be an evil genius, you don't have to be a genius. You just have to be evil!

Legend 14 weeks 4 days ago
#5

My local Republican controlled city today opted out on a county mandatory mask Requirement in public places. The majority of call ins to a Council meeting Zoom call in were for mask requirements. The argument against was that masks are not proven to be effective. I worked in Taiwan and saw the effectivenessaa;

Taiwan, population 24 million, 450 total cases, 7 deaths. Have not had a case in months. They wear masks. It is impossible to Social Distance in Capital City Taipei. Florida, population 21 million, 283000 cases, 4300 deaths. Currently cases are doubling every 14 days. They did not wear masks.

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alis volat 14 weeks 4 days ago
#6

Thom really knows how to take inventory. When someone tells you who they are, believe them!

I saw an Ayn Rand interview that gave some insight into her sociopathic thought process. The short version is she viewed herself as being the whole world.

This is probably close to what Trump does; all else, including people, are objects for him to use and to show-off or to show-up.

We will have to be brave and muster all the wisdom we can gather to deal with him and his followers after the election. Reading "The Republican Brain" has helped me understand they are not ignorant, stupid or just plain evil as a rule. What they believe and what they do sometimes is. We all have a mind we help to create, but some of it is biological.

Accountable, well we did not hold Bush and Cheney accountable for Iraq. Let's send some more Dems to Congress, ones that would have impeached those two bastards too.

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whatabout 14 weeks 4 days ago
#7

Glad you got that off your chest Thom. Sorry you continue to struggle with your daily life under a Trump administration.

It would be easy to debunk nearly every one of your statements but that would just be met with meaningless blather from your crew of unhappy followers so I will leave with me smiling as I go about my day.

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Riverplunge 14 weeks 4 days ago
#8

Terminate campaign donations. Terminate Lobbyists. Get the money out of politics, so all they have left is to CARE for the voters. Give them equal time on TV. And a train ticket to travel. No more jets. If you want to play golf or do any other project.. USE YOUR OWN MONEY.

He took away the EPA protection from mining, air, and insecticide poison, and just about eliminated Obama Care which supported pre-existing conditions..

He has been encouraging hatred since he's been in office.

If we ever get democrats, a majority in power, we had better cut down the power that any future president has. We don't need any more nuts.

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Norma Baum 14 weeks 3 days ago
#9

Hi Thom,

Have appreciated your program for many years. Several months ago, while thinking about the truly corrupt machinations of our current administration, the words "COVID-Pro-Quo" popped into my mind. I would love to hear you & others riff on this.

Thank you for all you do!

stopgap's picture
stopgap 14 weeks 2 days ago
#10

Are you smiling whatabout? Or is it whistling past the graveyard!!

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stopgap 14 weeks 2 days ago
#11

Hey Norma Baum, I love it…COVID-PRO-QUO. With friends like Trump, who needs enemies. I guess he’s returning the favor to Putin by letting us all die from this virus.

Legend 14 weeks 2 days ago
#12

2 days after my post #5. The Governor has required masks in public through out the state. Walmart and Kroger are requiring masks in all stores. This is a growing trend that is 5 months after it should have been put in place.

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avn013 14 weeks 17 hours ago
#13

@Legend #12 ("2 days after my post....") Thanks for sharing your story.

It maybe indeed that the Governor (and Kroger? and Walmart?) read your #5 post and "quickly" (in just two days) were convinced by it. Alternatively it could be because they were convinced by someone else or some elses sometime within the preceding five months (or more). Whatever the case, it shows that Reason slowly outwins (outpaces?) Ignorance. If the Governor of your state happens to be a Republican, it would be an example (yet another example) that Reason is apolitical (and Ignorance is also apolitical). (Apolitical in the sense of not belonging to or affiliated with a political party;non-partisan in some sense).

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