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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 07:38 AM

This is an outstanding letter

In today's, NY Times, Nicholas Kristoff presents an historical analysis of Trump's racism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/opinion/donald-trump-racist.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

I highly recommend the column. In addition, jrinsc from South Carolina wrote a reply that explains my own viewpoint succinctly.

President Trump hates a lot of things. Now he says that those who disagree with him, or who want to fight to make our country better in ways he doesn't like, must hate America. And they should just leave. Like all authoritarian leaders, Mr. Trump needs an enemy, some "other" around which to rally his base. Evidently, he's found one, as well as his malevolent sales pitch for 2020.

To my sorrow, Mr. Trump has affected me in a personal way I'd rather not admit. He's taught me to hate too. I hate every vile utterance that comes from his mouth or tweets. I hate his racism and ignorance, his unending anger and divisive rhetoric, his wallowing in power and greed, his amorality, his careless destruction of democratic norms as well as our environment, his smug arrogance and base stupidity, and his dragging our country into a political cesspool to serve his own reelection purposes. And I hate that I feel this way.

But I refuse to be defined by Mr. Trump's hate, nor will I yield to his black hole of negativity. I will do everything I can to fight for the country I love, and I will not leave or be silent. As Martin Luther King said, "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars...Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." To which I would only add, so can the 2020 elections.

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PJMcK Jul 2019 OP
Sherman A1 Jul 2019 #1
olegramps Jul 2019 #14
Callalily Jul 2019 #2
Scarsdale Jul 2019 #6
GoCubsGo Jul 2019 #3
bigbrother05 Jul 2019 #4
Pepsidog Jul 2019 #5
mtngirl47 Jul 2019 #7
PJMcK Jul 2019 #8
PA Democrat Jul 2019 #9
PJMcK Jul 2019 #12
SlogginThroughIt Jul 2019 #10
Stuart G Jul 2019 #11
PJMcK Jul 2019 #13
FakeNoose Jul 2019 #15
PJMcK Jul 2019 #16

Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 07:46 AM

1. Thanks for posting

It is extremely well written and right on target.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:02 AM

14. The call for peace is the accepted norm, however, what about the nation's founders?

They not only protested, they dumped the tea in the harbor. When their demands for justice were ignored they didn't quietly go back to their homes. The fact is they armed themselves and fought those who would enslave them vowing to never submit. "Give me liberty, or give me death" was their answer. If it had not been for their resolve we could very well still be vassals of the nobility. Seems to me that we are quickly becoming vassals of the oligarchs with the same results.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 07:52 AM

2. Thanks for posting.

I think we all share those views.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:50 AM

6. Well, all except

(R)'s and Magats. The "leaders" in the gop are quietly helping tRump dismantle every decent law in the country. Mulvaney calls for EVERY US department in the country to cut their personnel and budgets, to finally eliminate them all. We will soon rival Russia as the most corrupt regime in the world.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:19 AM

3. Kick and rec.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:37 AM

4. The real Trump legacy - Make America Hate Again

2020 likely will be a historical pivot year. Either the USA regains its sanity and moves to embrace the ideals espoused by the Founders or we continue down a dark path that leads to suppression and despair for vast numbers around the world.

Without the guiding light of Lady Liberty our nation of many will be lost for generations.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 08:46 AM

5. I think he speaks for most of us

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:41 AM

7. I'm just so sad today about the hate.

My stomach hurts.

I keep repeating John Lewis's recent tweet in my brain:

"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way."

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Response to mtngirl47 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:45 AM

8. Great quote!

I was unfamiliar with Mr. Lewis' tweet. Thanks, mtngirl47!

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:45 AM

9. I sincerely hope that there are more us who are sick

of the constant hate-fueled shit show than there are in the MAGA crowd.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to PA Democrat (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:52 AM

12. I'm with you

It doesn't seem like a logical election strategy to divide the voters and drive people away from your campaign.

But, then again, nothing with Trump is logical or intelligent.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:48 AM

10. I am pretty sure he is basing his entire re-election and presidency off of

I am pretty sure he is basing his entire re-election and presidency off of the statistics of how many times some of these awful memes on social media have been shared and liked.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:50 AM

11. Thanks for posting..K and R

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:53 AM

13. Your welcome

It really does make me feel terrible to have such negativity about Republicans and their supporters. I really hate the hate.

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Response to PJMcK (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:09 AM

15. Richard Nixon did the same thing in 1972

... when he was running for re-election, and this is before the Watergate troubles hit him. According to Nixon any American who didn't support the Vietnam War had to be unpatriotic. Therefore you had to vote for Nixon, or you couldn't possibly love your country. Of course all the "patriotic" Americans bought it, hook, line and sinker. It was mainly us babyboomers and a few liberal anti-war, unpatriotic Democrats who refused to support the war AND Nixon.

Once all the Watergate crap came out, and people started seeing straight - by then the election was over - they realized how they'd been duped by the lying asshole. But Nixon sowed a lot of hatred back then in order to get re-elected.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:16 AM

16. I remember those days well

Nixon was so obviously a liar about the Viet Nam War that even as a teenager I could see through his BS. I've never understood how people can be so easily misled.

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