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My dear depressed friends: that is what the Trumpists want us to believe,& indeed we are in deep...

...shit. This country is not entirely what we hoped or imagined.

BUT: this nation elected both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and it took an almighty act of treason to keep her out of the White House. This is not a majority-Trumpist nation. Remember that.

We are in the deepest trouble of our national existence, I would argue worse than WWII, because led by a traitor who is enabled by a Party who refuse to acknowledge that we are at war with a foreign power. They hasten to undo and redefine our Constitutional freedoms and that of "the strangers in our midst."

But we are also a nation resisting evil. Every time a federal judge says "No" to a Trump edict, that is resistance. Every time we hold a protest, every time we write to our Senators and Congressmen, that is resistance. Every time a newspaper stands up for the First Amendment, that is resistance. Every time the pundits and journalists on cable speak out, that is resistance. Every time someone records horrible words and video in their cellphone -- that, too, is resistance.

I don't know where this ends, and I feel the stain and stench will stay with us a long time. But I try to remind myself -- we are not Trump Nation. Not yet, and gods willing, not ever.

Just sayin'

Michael Weinstein has my respect, and given his history in these matters, I would never ...

...use the word "hysteria" connected with his name. When the vast majority of those participating in his complaint are themselves Christian, and one of the aspects of the complaint is that all sects of Christianity except the General's own are being viciously denigrated, one has to wonder how you came up with your choice of words.

For those who don't remember, Michael Weinstein is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, loved his time there, loved his experience in the USAF. His son followed in his footsteps to the Academy, and discovered a much different culture had arisen. As the Weinsteins are Jewish, it concerned them personally. Weinstein began with the raw anti-Semitism growing at the Air Force Academy during his son's time there, and has broadened his scope to include all those being harmed by what can only be called a very narrow version of Christianity, one tied closely to race (white), gender (male, straight), and nation, bigoted, exclusionary, cruel, unConstitutional.

When any part of our military, especially the officer class, embraces and proselytizes this kind of religion, we as a nation are on very dangerous ground.

I am baffled at the venomous attacks on the press in this thread. Where have all of you been?

Why do you think Trump has been screaming at the news media in his rallies, singling individuals out by name, singling out individual news organizations?

It isn't because they flatter him. It's because they dare to ask questions and fact-check him.

As a whole the media certainly made some mistakes early on, but I distinctly remember Rachel Maddow giving us all a heads-up months and months and months ago about Ukrainian financial papers with Manafort's name all over them that had been tossed in a pond at some dacha. When he first surfaced as Trump's campaign manager? She had a LOT of questions. Sorry if all the details aren't on the tips of my fingers, but by gods when he got arrested a lot of already-familiar details emerged. Not everybody is Joe and Mika.

The media (print and cable) made the mistake of thinking Trump was an entertainer who couldn't win. Then they made the mistake of thinking he would "rise to the office," and "grow into the office." Even the ones who were not asleep at the wheel initially made that mistake -- except for the people who have been my go-to sources all along.

Now they are really awake, with a job to do. What else do you call it when some 400 newspapers put out First Amendment editorials on the same day?

I'm just saying you may be unclear how the concept of a hate crime came to be a legal thing

"Stand your ground laws" are pretty much ALL about white people deciding to kill black people -- or, let me be more explicit: about white MEN deciding to kill black people. Trayvon Martin, a kid walking back to his own home holding a soda and a bag of Skittles triggered one such pathetic soul so badly that Trayvon just had to die. How is that not a hate crime?

I am sick of it. I am an older white woman who somehow thought this country had outgrown the public celebration of black murders -- you know, there are postcards from the 1920s enshrining lynchings: a broken black body hanging from a tree surrounded by white men and boys from the surrounding area, sometimes with the local sheriff standing by giving his blessing.

What the hell, America? What the hell? I am enraged.

Nowadays, when 911 is called on any black or brown child, woman, or man ...

...it puts their very life in danger. There better be a damned good reason for that call besides "I feel uncomfortable."

Shout out to 300+ newspapers running free press editorials Thursday!

Post them as you find them preferably with links!

Boston Globe, whose idea it was.

Regarding your last sentence: that's because most of the population is clustered in the major cities

...and along the two coasts. At least that's how I read it.

I don't know what to do about the rural parts of the country. The vast middle of the continent does not have even 50% of the population. They are not diverse, as we think of diverse (think of Lake Woebegone, where diversity is the Catholics, the Lutherans, and the Methodists, and an ethnic mix of Swedes and Norwegians). They distrust diversity -- they think it's an elitist plot. They think America is supposed to be a white country. Just ask Laura Ingraham.

I apologize to any DUers who live in these areas. I hate saying these terrible generalizations out loud -- it makes me feel like a bigot, but we have a problem. Hillary tried hard to reach out to these areas, and to this day there are DUers repeating the falsehood that she did not even visit or talk about specific rural problems.

Nonetheless America managed to elect both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and it took a terrible act of treason to keep Hillary from the White House.

Our first problem is to deal with the acts of treason. To deal with voting machines that cast your ballot for you and then count it. To deal with gerrymandering.

It is much too early to talk about our pick for president. It is almost too late to talk about the other stuff.

"A face in need of a fist"

Can't remember the lovely German word for that -- someone will come up with it though.

When you say MSM, exactly which organizations are you referring to? CNN is under attack...

CNN's people are resisting. MSNBC's various journalists are fact checking Trump like mad and reporting the ugly truth. Washington Post has rediscovered its Watergate roots. They are not the only ones, either.

In addition a minimum of 100 newspapers are co-ordinating editorials against Trump, slated to appear later this month, all on the same day.

So, there is that.

As for the American people, far fewer than 50% of us voted for the Trojan Horse, and despite the false equivalency of various polls, the number of those who will admit to being Republican is dropping.

At the two recent Unite the Right rallies, alt-right Nazis were pathetically outnumbered by people standing up for decency. At the one in DC they couldn't even fill a bus, and restaurants all over the city had signs up telling them to not bother coming in.

Please rethink.

Jeff Sessions is a sadist.It was watching him talk about taking little kids from their Mamis & Papis

...that set me trying to describe what I saw. Watch:

He quoted the Bible as justification (just like his Old South ancestors were wont to do)
He said the policy was deliberately painful to make desperate people stop doing what they were doing
His eyes twinkled while he was saying all this
And he chuckled while his eyes twinkled

And I thought, "That sonofabitch would have been perfectly happy as a slave master selling mothers away from their little children and babies. He's a sadist."

I am not positive about the goatfucking, though many people are saying that, but I am positive about the sadism. He's way out past the Keebler Elf and burrowing his way to the Gates of Hell.
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