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Why Facts Don't Change our Minds?


Not sure if this is it.

Even if one accepts that racists are emboldened by Trump, are they

not in touch with reality enough to understand he can't protect them from the immediate, decisive and life-changing consequences of not being able to restrain their expression of racism in front of others and on social media?

Trump's responses to the George Floyd protests shows the small government mantra was a lie

Scott Lemieux
June 8, 2020, 11:49 AM MST

Calling out the military on peaceful protesters isn't smaller government. But conservatives always just used that as a catch phrase to justify lower taxes.

Republicans like to claim the mantle of being the party of “limited government” and individual liberty. As the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests have thrown into sharp relief, however, nothing could be further from the truth. The Republican Party might want government to be “smaller” when it comes to providing essential services, but it wants the violent authority of the state to be a constant intrusion into the day-to-day lives of many Americans, particular the lives of people of color, women and/or poor people.

The op-ed that Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., widely seen as a rising star in the party, wrote last week for The New York Times is a much better reflection of what American conservatism is really about than their mantra of “small government.” A nearly fascistic call for the military to be called in to violently suppress the mostly peaceful protests spurred by the ongoing, unjustified and unjustifiable killings by police of multiple Black men and women, it has deservedly cost the opinion editor of the Times his job. (Cotton is reportedly raising big money off both the piece and the fracas.)

There is no bigger government than one that can kill its citizens at will for protesting the government killing them at will. It’s one reason the right to protest is our First Amendment.

But President Donald Trump certainly reflects the Republican spirit of that type of big government. Sure, the signature achievement of the Trump administration was an upper-class tax cut, and they nearly passed a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which they proclaimed a victory for smaller government. (Our national debt is the highest on record, and government spending as a share of GDP has not returned to the lows of the Clinton era by any stretch of the imagination.) But the tax cut does nothing to materially enhance the “liberty” of the American people, unless one counts as “freedom” the ability of Jeff Bezos’ heirs to never have to work for a living. Similarly, taking away health care from people is a net negative loss to their freedom — not least because there’s nothing “free” about extremely ill or dead.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-responses-george-floyd-protests-shows-their-small-government-ncna1227516

Superb article. One can't overestimate what a huge help Republican Kelli Ward

has been in helping to turn Arizona blue:

Why did Kelli Ward lose the GOP nomination to McSally? Because Ward is just awful. She liked to pal around with Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. She won praise from white nationalists. She associated with alt-right figures like Mike Cernovich. A day after McCain’s announcement of his illness, she suggested that McCain should resign and the governor should appoint her. The day that McCain announced that he had stopped treatment, she claimed that the announcement was timed to hurt her Senate campaign. McCain would die a day later. Her husband is infamous for such acts as spitting on one of Ward’s former volunteers for switching allegiance to McSally.

With baggage like that, surely the state GOP would want nothing to do with Ward, right? Wrong: Five months after losing the primary, Ward was elected the chairwoman of the state GOP. Ever since, Ward has made headline after headline in the Arizona press for her ridiculous actions, outrageous tweets, and mismanagement—not to mention an allegation of corruption. In a fundraising email from last September, Ward wrote that “we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks.” This is grotesque. Kelly, the Democratic nominee, is nationally famous in his own right for being a NASA astronaut (and the twin brother of another NASA astronaut) but also for being the husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack that nearly killed her and did kill six others.

Next up: we need to get rid of Ducey.

Thanks for posting!

I lived in Los Angeles when this happened:

The North Hollywood shootout was a confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers, Larry Phillips Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu, and members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California, United States on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, twelve police officers and eight civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and police.[1]


After this shootout occurred I remember the police saying they were outgunned by criminals (although these were bank robbers, the police also were beginning to be "outgunned" by drug gangs/cartels in Southern Cal too) and there was a push to equip them with heavier armaments. This was a huge story in Southern California; I don't know if it was part of the push to militarize, but it's' hard to overstate the impact this shootout had in our area. It completely changed the conversation Law Enforcement was having with civic leaders.

Or, rather than shame, try to get them to see how they've been "let down" or used by Trump

This is what the FBI behaviorists attempt to do with a cult; for example, trying to peel Branch Davidians away from David Koresh.

Howard Stern actually tried this when he pointed out to Trump supporters in his audience that Trump despised people like them, and that if they went to Mar-A-Lago they wouldn't see a single person who actually looked like them.

Shaming feels gratifying in the moment but we really want to find techniques that actually work and end up as votes for Biden, not drive Trump supporters deeper into Trumpland. They are already so invested that it's going to be humiliating for them to admit they've been wrong all along. So if we can allow them to save face we'll have better luck.

It's a bad case of hero-worship

Graham has always been infatuated by more powerful, charismatic people, even to the point of embarrassing obsequiousness. He's consciously or unconsciously trying to become Trump, like the character Vukovich slowly becomes Richard Chance in the movie To Live and Die in L.A.

Just my theory.

Well, I know that when I blackmail somebody, that's the person

I call in the middle of the night to express my anxieties and innermost thoughts, fears and frustrations, and then to seek advice from on foreign policy decisions. And he's always overjoyed to see me and hear from me, and brags about it to anyone who will listen.

I don't mind this being a talking point if it bothers Lindsey Graham, but...

He's not that hard to understand. If you read Bob Woodward's book, Fear, he presents this relationship as fulfilling an inner need Graham has always had to have the attention of and validation from a more charismatic, more powerful politician. He loves being the guy that Trump calls in the middle of the night in the middle of an anxiety attack. He loves pontificating and actually having someone take him seriously, and he loves giving advice to Trump on what to do with our troops and sharing his grand vision of foreign relations (probably a lot of which he borrowed from John McCain, who fulfilled the mentor role before Trump did).

Someone also explained Lindsey Graham as being like a pilot fish that attaches itself to a whale for the safety and shelter it provides. That's a good analogy too. Graham is amoral, so he can shift allegiances easily. He loves the attention and adoration of the most powerful man in the world. It's just another peak experience for Graham.

He really is that person.

Ann Applebaum nails it in her mandatory-reading essay History Will Judge the Complicit

For those who have never experienced it, the mystical pull of that connection to power, that feeling of being an insider, is difficult to explain. Nevertheless, it is real, and strong enough to affect even the highest-ranking, best-known, most influential people in America. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, named his still-unpublished book The Room Where It Happened, because, of course, that’s where he has always wanted to be. A friend who regularly runs into Lindsey Graham in Washington told me that each time they meet, “he brags about having just met with Trump” while exhibiting “high school” levels of excitement, as if “a popular quarterback has just bestowed some attention on a nerdy debate-club leader—the powerful big kid likes me! ” That kind of intense pleasure is hard to relinquish and even harder to live without.

Lindsay Graham is, for want of a better term, a Groupie.

Your point about the Lincoln Project ads is spot on.

They are profoundly effective but if they are not getting beyond Twitter and like social media platforms and MSNBC they are all but useless exercises in self-indulgence.

We need that kind of ad content (Lincoln Project/the Bloomberg ads) but sprayed the way Bloomberg placed his ads, on often-accessed television channels, plunked down in the middle of major televised events and so forth. This is so basic it shouldn't have to be stated.
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