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Name: Sharon
Gender: Female
Hometown: Iowa
Home country: USA
Current location: East Tennessee
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 09:54 AM
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Press conference announcing new travel ban. 3-6-17 11:40 am

Lots of justification about how this is lawful use of presidential power, required by presidential responsibility.

Wonder what objections/questions they're trying to prevent. Brings to mind Stephen Miller's statement about the president's decisions and how 'they will not be questioned'.

Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly (DHS), etc.

Quit calling Donald Trump an isolationist. Hes worse than that.

Source: Washington Post

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The problem is, Trump isn’t an isolationist. He is a militarist, something far worse. And calling Trump an isolationist isn’t an effective critique.
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Scholars define militarism, broadly, as the excessive use and veneration of force for political ends, or even for its own sake, extending at times to full military control of the state. (Trump has appointed two Marine generals, Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, to his Cabinet.) Militarism, the pioneering historian Alfred Vagts wrote in 1937, promotes values “associated with armies and wars and yet transcending true military purposes.” Militarism can be a policy and an ethos, corrupting the pursuit of rational goals.
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Facing a vicious world, Trump promises to turn the tables, not turn his back. He talks of grabbing wealth from other countries, most vividly in his mantra to “take the oil” in Iraq. “Maybe we’ll have another chance,” he said in a speech at the CIA. Trump may be posturing, but the posture is militaristic. To announce a lust for oil, to chest-thump about torture, to envisage military parades down Pennsylvania Avenue — these do not achieve strategic objectives so much as exalt brute force. “I’m the most militaristic person there is,” Trump said in the primaries. Perhaps he was telling the truth.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/17/quit-calling-donald-trump-an-isolationist-its-an-insult-to-isolationism/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.d113bb95679b

Quit calling Donald Trump an isolationist. Hes worse than that.

Source: Washington Post

...
The problem is, Trump isn’t an isolationist. He is a militarist, something far worse. And calling Trump an isolationist isn’t an effective critique.
...
Scholars define militarism, broadly, as the excessive use and veneration of force for political ends, or even for its own sake, extending at times to full military control of the state. (Trump has appointed two Marine generals, Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, to his Cabinet.) Militarism, the pioneering historian Alfred Vagts wrote in 1937, promotes values “associated with armies and wars and yet transcending true military purposes.” Militarism can be a policy and an ethos, corrupting the pursuit of rational goals.
...
Facing a vicious world, Trump promises to turn the tables, not turn his back. He talks of grabbing wealth from other countries, most vividly in his mantra to “take the oil” in Iraq. “Maybe we’ll have another chance,” he said in a speech at the CIA. Trump may be posturing, but the posture is militaristic. To announce a lust for oil, to chest-thump about torture, to envisage military parades down Pennsylvania Avenue — these do not achieve strategic objectives so much as exalt brute force. “I’m the most militaristic person there is,” Trump said in the primaries. Perhaps he was telling the truth.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/17/quit-calling-donald-trump-an-isolationist-its-an-insult-to-isolationism/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.d113bb95679b

Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants

Source: Washington Post

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speed up deportation hearings and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests.

The new directives would supersede nearly all of those issued under previous administrations, Kelly said, including measures from President Barack Obama aimed at focusing deportations exclusively on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties.

“The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States,” Kelly stated in the guidelines.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/memos-signed-by-dhs-secretary-describe-sweeping-new-guidelines-for-deporting-illegal-immigrants/2017/02/18/7538c072-f62c-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_dhs815pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.e0ae9d82e3ab

Bipartisan Senators Just Took Measures To Keep Trump From Destroying Russian Treason Evidence

Source: Occupy Democrats

The director of the FBI, James Comey, met in secret with members of the Senate from both parties to discuss the looming investigation into Trump. During this meeting, protocols were put in place to prevent individuals in Trump’s administration from destroying documents which may be later used as evidence of the administration’s complicity.

While Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon, who might as well be the reincarnation of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, has moved to make the White House entirely paperless to protect the administration from later prosecution for their criminal conduct, he will not be able to save Trump from an official investigation into his ties with Russia.
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The leading Democrat who sits on the intelligence committee, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) confirmed the committee is actively pursuing an agenda to stop Trump and his team from destroying evidence:

Read more: http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/19/senate-intelligence-committee-just-secured-trump-russia-evidence-trump-cant-destroy/

Hardball - Trump pick for NSA turned down the position!

"Rural, Christian, white America ..., don't trust people outside their tribe"

http://forsetti.tumblr.com/post/153181757500/on-rural-america-understanding-isnt-the-problem

"As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides-”Democrats failed to understand white, working class, fly-over America.” Trump supports are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t east coast elites don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because the don’t want to admit it is in large part because of choices they’ve made and horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.

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What I understand is rural, Christian, white America is entrenched in fundamentalist belief systems, don’t trust people outside their tribe, have been force fed a diet of misinformation and lies for decades, are unwilling to understand their own situations, truly believe whites are superior to all races. No amount of understanding is going to change these things or what they believe. No amount of niceties is going to get them to be introspective. No economic policy put forth by someone outside their tribe is going to be listened to no matter how beneficial it would be for them. I understand rural, Christian, white America all too well. I understand their fears are based on myths and lies. I understand they feel left behind by a world they don’t understand and don’t really care to. I understand they are willing to vote against their own interest if they can be convinced it will make sure minorities are harmed more. I understand their Christian beliefs and morals are truly only extended to fellow white Christians. I understand them. I understand they are the problem with progress and will always be because their belief systems are constructed against it. The problem isn’t a lack of understanding by “coastal elites” of rural, Christian, white America. The problem is a lack of understanding why rural, Christian, white America believes, votes, behaves the ways it does by rural, Christian, white America."

it seems that "He's recruiting for a pirate ship rather than recruiting for a cabinet."

Anyone else hear this? I saw it earlier today and am trying to find the source.

Tess Rafferty - Aftermath Election 2016

Tess Rafferty
Aftermath Election 2016

https://

This young woman says it so well. It's 8 minutes but it's worth the time. I've watched it several times and read the transcript so that I can keep these thoughts clear in my mind.

See the transcript below the video at DailyKos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/17/1600760/-Aftermath-2016-Tess-Rafferty-s-hard-hitting-statement-on-the-election-of-Trump

Tess Rafferty - Aftermath Election 2016

Tess Rafferty
Aftermath Election 2016

https://

This young woman says it so well. It's 8 minutes but it's worth the time. I've watched it several times and read the transcript so that I can keep these thoughts clear in my mind.

See the transcript below the video at DailyKos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/17/1600760/-Aftermath-2016-Tess-Rafferty-s-hard-hitting-statement-on-the-election-of-Trump
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