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K&R for truth.

And, we need to make sure that name is attached as a badge of dishonor onto every single Repug that has supported him through this madness.
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Sep 8, 2018, 03:50 PM (0 replies)

In two words: Eloquence and Intelligence.

In both he and Michelle. I'm very proud we have them as our standard bearers, along with the Carters and Clintons.

Zero apologies for any of our past Presidents and First Ladies, but instead pride, uplift of spirit, and joy.......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Sep 8, 2018, 01:32 AM (0 replies)

He would be OK as a traffic court judge...

in Mumbai, India.

Never met a Repug that will not justify any means to justify their ends to gain power and money....
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Sep 7, 2018, 02:55 PM (1 replies)

Interrogations begin Thursday morning...

in the White House basement.

Will there be a two-way mirror and video?

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Sep 6, 2018, 12:38 AM (0 replies)

America drank the education complacency Kool-Aid for far too long.

Meanwhile, the overall need for skilled workers declined as manufacturing plants were sent abroad, automation and overseas outsourcing will gradually consume the rest, and computerization allows us to slowly dumb-down (hello Siri, what's my name?).

To add to our demise, Republican's core belief that the individual is supreme is slowly creating an "every man is an island" mindset where anything associated with "community" is evil - including public education.

Bottom line: It's very hard to divide and conquer a well-educated, secular public that thinks for themselves.

............ ............

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Sep 4, 2018, 11:36 PM (0 replies)

We're nearing the end of a golden era and heady cultural cycle.....

well, maybe better to call it silver or bronze era.....

I believe the Great Depression and WW2 instilled a state of humility and contentment (with little or no fear) in the American public that lasted for decades but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Some cultural experts say that so long as we are prosperous and content, we keep the worst aspects of our primitive natures concealed and only when we are consumed by fear and ignorance will those evil impulses erupt to the surface.

I remember in the 60s, the only thing we heard from the few Republicans I knew of in my area of the South (and Bob Dole on TV) was their deep, bitter resentment of progressive taxation. Apparently a bunch of the richest and most psychopathic ones got together in the clubhouse and decided to pour vast sums into changing that tax formula. To succeed, that effort required destruction of our contentment by instilling fear, resentment, racism and division into the public.

Those efforts have vastly exceeded their wildest dreams......
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Sep 3, 2018, 10:37 AM (2 replies)

If all else fails, a nation-wide strike would stop him.

As you suggested if Trump completely compromises our system of justice, he may can be stopped....
* IF our major media outlets really speak out, or
* IF a large group of corporate bigwigs spoke out strongly, or
* IF Congress grew a spine and shut him down, then he may get checked.

Otherwise, the American public will have to leverage its ultimate weapon: shutdown consumerism temporarily until Wall Street squeals like a stuck pig.

Trump, Congress, and Wall Street would all just go to their knees.

Sadly, neither American citizens, media moguls, corporate officers or politicians have the will to do any of that.....

IMO, the real elephant in our room is...

economic inequality and massive asset hoarding by the wealthy, and it's getting worse by the day. The Repug tax bill just put it in overdrive.

People of high wealth live on a different Earth from us and they believe wealth entitles them to power and control. Many everyday citizens have bought into that bullshit.

I see no way to solve that problem short of a total global economic collapse which would kill many millions of people. Besides, those high-wealth people maintain hoards of precious metals and other non-currency assets that could sustain them for decades.

Without this elephant in our room, most of our problems would be easy to solve.....

* The Republican party and its clones around the globe would disappear overnight.
* The wealthy would no longer control our media.
* Corporations would return to being good community members.
* Our politicians would return to being public servants.
* Brutal poverty, homelessness, disease and malnutrition could gradually be minimized.

Sadly, there is no global will to even move in this direction. Earthlings can't even stop fighting on where to fish or who deserves the most guns and bombs.

I know, dream on.......

Thanks, S4P, for keeping tRump's fascism in the spotlight.

America needs better ways to expose and hold accountable her lying and deceptive public servants.

Hey, we have churches to help with that!

.......Oh, wait they're on Trump's side....

Hey, we have Congressional hearings and sanctions to help with that!

.......Oh, wait, its majorities are on his side, too....

Hey, we have powerful well-respected business leaders that can help lend a voice.

.......Oh, wait, most of them love tRump 'cause he cut their taxes.

... ......... ........ ........

K&R, good summary post.

I was in turmoil for many years over the personality type that's characteristic of our typical Republican politician and voter. Back in the 90s, I finally found some good articles by psychologists that had studied this mystery, and that gave me some ease.

This personality type thrives on having a strict authoritarian hierarchy in place, and it spans across their family, their religion, and their political and business support structures. Usually, those mental structures are cast in stone and highly resistant to change. Therefore, their irreversible worship of Reagan and the Graham preachers. Also seen in other nations like the UK with their Tories, so it's not unique to us.

Hard-core attachment (and dependency) to those structures also means blindly accepting the policy dictates from their political parties, church elders, family elders, etc. - with questions or debate rarely allowed.

This view also explains their preference to socially remain within their own information bubbles such as those offered by Faux News and several others. They do not comprehend or accept criticism of their structures, belief and policies because that would endanger the hierarchical structure.

I'm no psychologist or political scientist but instead have a burning curiosity about anything not mostly understood. Much of this still remains a mystery......
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