Every day my email is swamped with fund-raising notes from Trump-this and Trump-that. Today, among the messages from other members of family-trump was a note from Eric Trump who tried to spew every bullshit family-lie into the message... about the only thing he seemed to have skipped was some sort of attempt to link the winner of November's election to a pedophile ring...
One of the notable things in this smelly tide of correspondence is the ever escalating promise to bloat every cent you send to Donnie Dotard.
I think it began with promises of a 40% "match" and has stepped its way up. The current promise is a rather incredible 1,000% match. Besides wondering how much of the money raised is really to pay off DD's loans that are coming due (as reported by the NYTimes), I wonder which dark-money source needs their contributions laundered as they make it look like it came from some poor deluded sucker who has fallen for the republican "Donnie really won the election" line.

 

The Washington Post surveyed elected senators and representatives and found that out of 249 republicans currently serving in the Senate or House, only 25 admit that Trump lost the election! Only 25!!!
There is more: of those 249, only 30 will commit to accepting that Joe Biden won the election after the official actions of the the electoral college are finalized.

Believe me, I understand why many people living in America have little faith in what passes for democracy in America.
But these 249 elected officials have sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States!
Yet, apparently they believe that allegiance to America is only required if their party wins.

The majority of elected republicans in congress just avoided the question when asked, refusing to make a commitment.
But two went further..

Mo Brooks (of Alabama) and Paul A. Gosar (of Arizona) have stated that even after the electoral college certifies the final tallies, they will refuse to accept the outcome of the election.
Their excuse? Trump's bogus claims that he won the election "by a landslide" (bolstered by QAnon cult conspiracy bullshit).

Treason?
Convicted felons Michael Flynn and Roger Stone have called for Trump to suspend the constitution and impose martial law so that he can remain in office!
Ah, but oh wait, I guess they are no longer to be considered felons, since Trump issued pardons... (see previous post about unequal justice)
"Felons" or not, advocating a military coup d'etat in order to subvert the will of the electorate?
What could be more treasonous?

What do Trump and the White House have to say about these calls for treason? well, in response, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany referred to Flynn as “a valiant hero who served his country both on the battlefield and then in government"

Enough traitors yet? Well, hang on...
If you read the news, you know that over the last few weeks Trump has been firing officials at the Pentagon and replacing them with individuals whose loyalty is to Trump, not to America. Trump's current nominee to be become assistant secretary of defense for international security, Scott O’Grady, has tweeted his support for Flynn's call for martial law.

The forces of evil are well organized. Since 2016, we have been asking ourselves whether Trump's presidency, combined with the ascendancy of White Nationalism have ended America. We may be very close to the confirmation that the continued experiment in democracy, the slow quest to fulfill the promise of "liberty and justice for all", true equality, and a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people", may have come to the end.

In the meantime, just in case you want to call out some of the scumbags involved, here is some contact information:

Paul A. Gosar office contact information:

122 N. Cortez Street, Suite 104
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: (928) 445-1683


6499 S. Kings Ranch Road, #4
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Phone: (480) 882-2697

2057 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2315

Mo Brooks contact info:

302 Lee Street
Room 86
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: (256) 355-9400
Fax: (256) 355-9406

2101 W. Clinton Avenue
Suite 302

Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256) 551-0190
Fax: (256) 551-0194

 

102 South Court Street
Suite 310
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 718-5155
Fax: (256) 718-5156

 

2246 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4801

 

It's really unfair to stigmatize a region of the world in this way, but it is the most apt tag that comes to mind.
An old movie portrayed a brainwashed, programmed ex-soldier who ran for public office as the "Manchurian Candidate".
His sense of reality was altered and under the control of his former captors, he was set too perform certain actions upon command.
All it would take is the equivalent of a dog whistle.

That was fiction. A good story. But now our elections are skewed by "Manchurian Voters"- people whose entire sense of reality and right/wrong have been destroyed by the pervasive manipulation of our online world.
In a frightening way, the owners of "big data", who have accumulated a huge amount of personal data about every "connected" individual across the globe, can provide the tools for mind and action control. Google, Facebook, etc. These tools were used with glee by both Brexit supporters and the Trump campaign, with the help of Cambridge Analytica.

We just finished watching the 2019 documentary "The Great Hack", which focuses on the role of big data and thought manipulation and the role it played in the Brexit vote and the 2016 presidential election. The movie was good (although it spent far too much time following the morally confused actions of Brittany Kaiser). One of the very notable people in the movie was Carole Cadwalladr. She was brilliant. Watch her TED Talk segment (a small part of which was included in "The Great Hack".

Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr - TED Talks

 


In America we have certain beliefs, certain concepts that we hold sacred, including "liberty and justice for all". Part of that concept is that "justice" is applied equally, that nobody is above the law, and that everyone is treated the same by the criminal justice system.

In my naïveté I believed that when I was young. As the years passed a steady parade of blatantly unequal treatment passed through the news, and through my experiences. Bobby Seale being tied to a chair and gagged in the courtroom during the trial of the "Chicago 7/8" was an early awakening of my political consciousness (as was the "police riot" and extreme police brutality during the 1968 convention in Chicago.

We are confronted again and again by examples of how the rich, the powerful, the connected, skate away and escape any accountability in the criminal "justice" system. (for very current examples, just examine the list of criminals who Trump has "pardoned", or his own avoidance of accountability for acts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice, tax evasion etc. He bragged that he could get away with shooting someone on New York's 5th Avenue...)

In an opinion piece through CNN, dissects some aspects of unequal treatment as she talks about the outpouring of financial and media support for a young white punk who killed two people who were demonstrating against racial injustice and police brutality. Click HERE or on the photo above to see Leiba's article in a new tab/window.

This poem was cited by Connor Towne O'Neill in his recent book "Down Along With that Devil's Bones" - A good read!