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Pierce laments American decadence: "When they decline, democracies get the dictators they deserve."

The Great American Surrender
Donald Trump might win. And even if he doesn't, he's paved the way for the next tyrant.



Americans are bored with their democracy and they don't have the democratic energy to do anything about it, so they'll settle for an entertaining quasi-strongman. When they decline, democracies get the dictators they deserve. A country mired in apathy and lassitude gets a dictator who can't even put in the hard work of becoming very good at it.

*snip*

With every new poll that is released, I comfort myself with the
knowledge that Donald Trump is not willing to put in the hours to be a
competent authoritarian, which is cold comfort, I know, but you take what you can get.

That cannot be said of the next guy to try it, and there will be a
next time, because the basic tectonic plates beneath our democracy have shifted so as to make the next guy inevitable. The mechanics of tyranny are not a magician's prestige, the third part of a trick in which the lady is reassembled or the rabbit brought back to the hat. The mechanics of tyranny are primal in all of us, and vestigial in very few. They are reflexes, like breathing or flinching. We engage them without thinking. In fact, that's the very best way to do it.

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48604/donald-trump-tyranny/

Colin Powell Called Benghazi A “Stupid Witch Hunt” — And Condi Rice Agreed

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the events surrounding and following the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, “a stupid witch hunt,” saying that fault partially lies with the US ambassador who was killed in the attack, according to personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News.

“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state during the attack, which was the subject of a special congressional committee and remains an issue in the current presidential campaign.

“But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC” — the last acronym short for Hillary Clinton, added Powell, who served under former President George W. Bush.

“Completely agree,” Rice responds, adding, “Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll have that glass of wine (or two).”



https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/colin-powell-called-benghazi-a-stupid-witch-hunt-and-condi-r?utm_term=.naXro9NrQ#.nklwL2rw6

Muslim Marine Is Called A Terrorist & Ordered Into Industrial Clothes Dryer By Drill Instructor

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https://twitter.com/SeanMcElwee/status/775880448971079684
https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/posts/10154134431612293
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/13/drill-instructor-accused-of-repeatedly-running-a-clothes-dryer-with-a-muslim-marine-inside/?tid=sm_tw
https://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/2016/09/13/marine-drill-instructor/

Bull In A China Shop

Breaking News....

Big story re Walker and campaign $$ in the Guardian, from leaked documents

Leaked court documents from ‘John Doe investigation’ in Wisconsin lay bare pervasive influence of corporate cash on modern US elections

By Ed Pilkington and the Guardian US interactive team

Scott Walker was under pressure. It was September 2011, and earlier that year the first-term governor had turned himself into the poster boy of hardline Republican politics by passing the notorious anti-union measure Act 10, stripping public sector unions of collective bargaining rights.

Now he was under attack himself, pursued by progressive groups who planned revenge by forcing him into a recall election. His job was on the line.

He asked his main fundraiser, Kate Doner, to write him a briefing note on how they could raise enough money to win the election. At 6.39am on a Wednesday, she fired off an email to Walker and his top advisers flagged “red”.

“Gentlemen,” she began. “Here are my quick thoughts on raising money for Walker’s possible recall efforts.”

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Because Scott Walker asked. That could stand as an elegant catchphrase for the state of democracy in the US today, where elections are lost or won as much according to candidates’ ability to attract corporate cash as by the strength of their leadership or ideas.

The phrase is to be found within a batch of 1,500 pages of leaked documents obtained by the Guardian that are being published in their entirety for the first time. The cache consists of a stack of evidence gathered by official prosecutors in Wisconsin who were conducting what was called a “John Doe investigation” into suspected campaign finance violations by Walker's campaign and its network.


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MORE:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2016/sep/14/john-doe-files-scott-walker-corporate-cash-american-politics

This is unambiguously the best Income, Poverty & Health Insurance report ever.








The details:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/13/income-poverty-and-health-insurance-united-states-2015

Deplorable? 69-year-old woman punched in face by Trump supporter outside NC rally

She has protested her whole life, she said. Now, she adds Trump's campaign to the list of things she's protested against.
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"Why did I get involved yesterday at my age? Because I ran into another situation that was sickening my heart," she said Tuesday afternoon outside Cafe 64 in downtown Asheville.

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"Whenever groups of them would start chanting 'Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump' I would chant back, 'Dump, dump, dump, dump.' It was kind of comical," Teter said.

After the rally, Teeter experienced something she had never seen in all of her protests. The peace teetered over.

"I said you better learn to speak Russian, and I said the first two words are going to be, ha ha. He stopped in his tracks, and he turned around and just cold-cocked me," Teter said.

She was punched in the face.

She says she fell on her oxygen tank and has sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cut her elbow. She later went to the hospital and is thankful she did not break any bones.



http://wlos.com/news/local/69-year-old-woman-punched-in-face-outside-rally-by-trump-supporter

The First Debate?

Hillary will flip Trump's wig
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http://www.tomrichmond.com/2016/09/13/sketch-othe-week-vol-1/

Kellyanne, How do you sleep at night?

Trump campaign manager on medical records: 'We all have a right to privacy'

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/13/kellyanne-conway-trump-clinton-medical-privacy/90307176/
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