Politics of Hate category archive
The cartoon above highlights the obvious self-serving nature and irrationality of Donald Trump’s wall call (as when he declares a “national emergency” while saying he doesn’t need to do so, leading persons to wonder, “Where’s the emergency?”).
But this is not a game. Will Bunch warns against ignoring the implications of Trump’s action, however shallow-minded and short-sighted Trump himself may be. A snippet:
We shouldn’t give Trump a free pass for all that craziness, but it’s critical not to take our eye off the ball. After a long era in which U.S, presidents have expanded and occasionally violated America’s constitutional limits on executive power, Trump has plowed through that democratic guardrail at 100 mph, and any system of checks and balances now teeters on the edge of the abyss. . . .
Image via Job’s Anger.
Thom looks back at the State of the Union address; he also notes the irony of Donald Trump’s bringing up Dachau while his administration is putting children on concentration camps.
Yastreblyansky marvels at the contortions to which the Trump administration is willing to go to justify stealing children from their parents.
Writing at The Roanoke Times, Nancy Trussell recounts her experience at the Women’s March in Washington, D. C. Remember that the Women’s March was on the same weekend as the annual anti-abortion march, which gave us the Covington Conundrum. A nugget:
At the train station late Saturday, I was chatting with a couple of young black men about the red hats we were seeing all around Union Station. I asked them what they thought MAGA meant. Before they could answer me, one young man, probably 15 years old, and wearing the hat, came over to me, jutted out his hip, and said loudly “What did you just say?” I calmly said to him, in return, “What does MAGA mean to YOU?” He stood back, raised both hands with one finger raised on each hand (not a nice finger) and said… “fh you, lady.” Well, I do believe he answered my question.
I got no patience with the persons who have endeavored, apparently successfully, to minimize the conduct of the Covington creeps.
There is no way that using a weaponized smirk to invade the personal space of an old man is anything but disrespectful and offensive, regardless of what may be going on the background. Focusing on the conduct of those Black Israelites over there —–> on the sidelines is an example of the misdirection play at its best.
I did a year of grad work (History, U. S. Southern) at U. Va. I had a couple of great professors, one so-so one, and one so bad that his book got remaindered under his nose right there in C’ville.
I learned one thing in particular: A love for the study of history is not ipso facto a qualification for becoming a professional academician.
David and Tom Gjelten discuss the history of American immigration policy. It’s dirtier and more twisted than you might have thought (at least, if you have not studied it).
I think I have mentioned before in these electrons that the history of American immigration laws is a tutorial in applied racism.
Sasha Abramsky joins the ranks of the optimists.
Amidst all of this heartache, Trump offered up a hostage-swap deal. Our child president has offered temporary protection for “Dreamers” and Temporary Protected Status immigrants in exchange for a $5.7 billion ransom for his vanity project “wall.” Of course, these immigrants only need protection in the first place because of Trump’s capricious, animus-filled decision to target their status and to repeatedly demonize them in his public utterances.
But something’s changed over the past months. Trump’s bullying tactics may no longer work. Where his antics once inspired fear, they now increasingly inspire mockery and fierce opposition.