Politics of Hate category archive
In the Des Moines Register, political science professor Evan Renfro reports that he has been receiving questions from persons concerned about the possibility of a civil war (his term) should Donald Trump lose the election. He says, not to worry.
Follow the link for his reasoning; I think you will find it an interesting perspective.
I’ve heard no talk of the danger of a “civil war,” but I clearly do not move in the same circles. I would not, however, be surprised to see–er–heightened incivility.
Alan Garfield reports on the unpleasant stirrings that Donald Trump has awakened in a survivor of the Holocaust.
Be forewarned, it’s uncomfortable reading.
At the Idaho State-Journal, Michael Corrigan draws on his own experiences to discuss the Trump administration’s practice of
family separation kidnapping. A snippet:
When I worked for a rescue organization known as Traveler’s Aid in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, they used me to help with the children of the neighborhood residents — the so-called “street people.” The Tenderloin was and remains dangerous. A decoy cop posing as a passed out drunk and hoping to arrest muggers was shot and killed on my first day. When the local people, many ravaged by drugs and poverty, discovered I was working at the day care, I had a safer passage through the crime-filled neighborhood.
One thing that never changed, however, was the fear every child demonstrated when they were dropped off. “I want my mommy” was a repeated mantra. Even after a month of daily routines, the children expressed a fear of abandonment until they were reassured.
Please do read the rest.
Will Bunch has a suggestion.
Psychologist Darcia Narvaez looks at the inimical effects of right-wing talk radio in mainstreaming hate, bigotry, and political paranoia.
I can’t excerpt or summarize her article in any way and do it justice. Follow the link to read it for yourself.
Sam briefly discusses the “family separation”–he suggests kidnapping would be a better term–policy at the southern border.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Vinita Mehta points out that the conventional wisdom as to the roots of Donald Trump’s support are not born out by facts (emphasis added).
It turns out that Trump supporters actually weren’t affected by foreign trade or immigration to a greater degree than his non-supporters. And, on average, they didn’t suffer from lower incomes and unemployment more than anyone else. Also remember that in 2016, overall economic conditions were improving.
So, why did Trump amass a larger following than expected?
She goes on to cite an article by Professor Thomas Pettigrew and to explore the five factors that he identifies as characterizing Trump’s core supporters, which include
1. Social Dominance Orientation
3. Relative (i. e., perceived–ed.) deprivation
5. Intergroup contact (or lack thereof–ed.)
I commend the entire piece to your attention.
Had the Founders intended the Constitution to be immutable, they’d have not provide for amending it.
Veteran reporter Bob Egelko finds Donald Trump’s approval of violence against members of the press (and others) to be alarming.
Tony Norman reflects on delusional self-images. A nugget:
Hopped up on steroids and the next generation of experimental drugs, Mr. Trump was feeling “super,” not to mention invulnerable and “immune” to a virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans on his watch. He had to be talked out of celebrating his premature return to the White House with a tasteless sight gag involving removing his shirt to reveal Superman’s iconic “S.”
Treating America like a shiny Metropolis on a hill when it is more like Gotham City under his stewardship is a typical Trump move. One need look no further than Mr. Trump’s encouragement of anti-government militias and his tacit support of white supremacists to see he would prefer a place where the lunatics are always trying to “Make Arkham Asylum Great Again.”
Thom speaks with the Lt. Governor of Michigan about the plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan.