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Sledgehammer Audacity

By The Reverend Published: January 21, 2017

What has been one of the most-often heard criticisms of the former tyrant Obummer? Those executive orders, right? Consider: George W Bush issued 291 executive orders over two terms. Barack Obama has issued 277 executive orders over two terms. Father Ronnie of Perpetual Myths issued a humble 381 executive orders. 

I needed to get that out so we can move to Mr. Trump's first executive order. The order is all about repealing the ACA.....full text can be read here. 

Now just to put things in context, Republicans want to repeal the ACA, take political credit for it with their angry base whom they have been accused of betraying, and delay kicking over 20 million Americans from the healthcare roles...until, at least, after the 2018 midterms. It's cake-and-eat-it-too stuff. They don't really care if 20 million Americans lose health coverage, they just don't want to be held accountable for it. They're a courageous lot.

Donald, with his campaign-statement-executive-order, demonstrates the blunt-force- trauma-politics he will use to tear it all down...

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The 2020 Presidential Campaign Started Yesterday

By The Reverend Published: January 21, 2017

When Mr. Trump talks about his presidency's primary objective being to put "America First"....a truly meaningless slogan to be sure....he's not talking about all Americans.

As the cameras scanned the smaller-than-usual inaugural crowd yesterday, what struck me was how few faces of color were in attendance. It was noticeable. However, it was not surprising. 90% of Trump's voters were white Americans.

During the primaries, many in media suggested that Donald would make a "pivot" from his racist, white nationalist appeals to white resentment if he won the GOP nomination. When Trump won the GOP nomination, he continued in the general election campaign as if he were still running in the primaries...still appealing to white resentment.

After Donald won the Electoral College, surely, we were told, the PE would start uniting Americans behind his presidency....healing wounds, president of all Americans, blah, blah. Instead, Trump launched a victory tour rallying only his white voting base.

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The Sky Cried Today And The Sun Refused To Shine

By The Reverend Published: January 20, 2017

Illusions of Grandeur.....

"An Illusion is the state of being deceived. Grandeur is the quality of being impressive or awesome. Therefore, someone who has Illusions of grandeur is deceiving themselves into thinking they are impressive or awesome in some way. In reality, no one else sees them in this way."

Quite fitting on a day like today.

From Trump's inauguration remarks today...some illusions....

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The Day Of Sackcloth & Ashes

By The Reverend Published: January 20, 2017

The potential has been there for awhile. Year after year for the last 20-something years, Americans have been bombarded with an ever-increasing flood of phony and misleading information from far-right wing conservative media sources. Through mindnumbing repetition, that flood of phony and misleading information was turned into a much larger phony narrative. Often, mainstream media toyed around the edges of this phony narrative....usually in an effort to promote "both-siderism"...the Goldilocks Syndrome.

It stuck it's ugly head up temporarily back in 2008 when John McCain approved Sarah Palin as his running mate. The phony narrative, the ahistorical approach, became flesh and dwelt among us in the WTF-group self-labeled the Tea Party in early 2009. Conservative hate-media and Fox freaks became energized to take their freak show even further after the election of our first black president....adding to their phony narrative with the most ridiculously wild-eyed accusations against the man they not-so-fondly called the Kenyan Usurper.

Having been prepped for years by the conservative spinners of, yes, fake news....way too many voting Americans were further sucked into the vortex of bullshite spewed bitterly, and perpetually, during the Obama years. Many sitting Republicans joined in the spreading of bogus information, lending credibility to all the phoniness. Our already-polarized electorate reached a point during Obama where communication between Americans of different political persuasions became like the workers in the mythological Tower of Babel story. Neither "side" could comprehend what the other was talking about.

A billionaire teevee celebrity watched all of that while it was happening and dispatched a lawyer to listen to thousands of hours of phony-narrative, extreme-right, hate-radio. From that lawyer's report, the celebrity built a campaign to exploit the bitter divisions that phony-narrative-media had been helping to create for over two decades. Mirroring the methodology of phony news anchors, that billionaire candidate proceeded to lie in his public campaign statements at a rate of one every 3+ minutes.

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Blunt-Force Trauma

By The Reverend Published: January 19, 2017

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) on Thursday expressed concern over a report that President-elect Donald Trump's team is planning cuts to several federal programs.

“On the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, I fear that America will soon be thrust into cultural and societal deterioration, a new Dark Ages,” Cohen said in a statement.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich....and-the-world/

“Tomorrow, Donald Trump becomes president,” Reich noted in a Thursday Facebook post. “This is a sickening event in the history of the United States, a tragedy for America and the world, and a victory for hatefulness, racism, misogyny, and authoritarianism.”

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Tantrums Come With Consequences

By The Reverend Published: January 19, 2017

First this morning, you need to know about this....

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

A trillion per year cut from discretionary federal government spending....and of course, entitlements. That's a recipe for economic disaster.

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2 Days To Trump's Looting & Lying Presidency

By The Reverend Published: January 18, 2017

The reason I've stated that Trump nominee hearings are kind of a waste is because now that lying one's ass off is back in vogue....nothing that nominees say is trustworthy. Al Franken exposed Jeff Sessions lying ways last week....but I'm certain to no avail. It appeared that Marco Rubio challenged Rex Tillerson last week...but in the end, dollars to donuts BoyMarco votes to install the former Exxon-Mobil chief at the State Dept.

I listened to Rush today state that Trump has nominated the most conservative slate of Cabinet members....ever. I agree. And, of course, that's the problem. One of the worst of them is HHS nominee Tom Price. Elizabeth Warren's line of questioning today demonstrates why.....

Noting that more than 100 million Americans receive healthcare through the federal programs Medicare and Medicaid, Warren asked Price if he hopes to cut Medicaid funding by more than $1 trillion dollars, as his 2017 budget proposal suggests.
Price did not directly answer whether he proposed the trillion dollar cut, instead arguing the “metrics” of success for Medicare and Medicaid are “not necessarily the amount of money” put into the programs.

Warren refused to let Price dodge her question. “It’s a yes or no,” she pressed. “Did you propose to cut more than a trillion dollars out of Medicaid over the next ten years?”

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Who Pays For School Choice? That's The Issue

By The Reverend Published: January 18, 2017

Parents of school-age children in the United States have always had a choice on where to send their kids to school. They can send them to the local public school funded by public taxes....or they can send them to a private school of their choosing.

So, when Betsy DeVos argued at yesterday's Senate hearing that what parents need is more school "choice".....she was actually addressing a "problem" that doesn't exist. The real issue is not school choice...parents have always had choices....the real problem is who will pay for those choices.

I want to set aside the evidence that vouchers and charters have not produced better results from students than normal public schools do....and focus instead on what drives these rabid school choicers. Let's begin with this....

Milton Friedman, patron saint of the free market, died in 2006, but his ideas about public education live on in the thought and deeds of Betsy DeVos, likely the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The two are ideological soulmates—a fact that justifiably panics supporters of public education.

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Trump's Unifying Theme

By The Reverend Published: January 17, 2017

On occasion, I listen to some of the Glenn Beck radio program. I see Beck as simply a self-aggrandizing money grubber, a truly jaded character who cynically exploits his audience. His 'history lessons' are shite.....and his religious sanctimony repellent and offensive. That said....here's what Beck said about Trump's closest White House advisor, Steve Bannon.....

"Steve Bannon wants to burn it down," said Beck, who has been a fierce Trump critic since the billionaire first launched his campaign.

"He's a nightmare," Beck continued. "And he's the chief adviser to the President of the United States now."

Beck got that one right....the "burn it all down" part....but that was just one rather unhinged man's opinion. Here's Mr. Bannon, in his own words....

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Best Way Today For Whites To Honor MLK

By The Reverend Published: January 16, 2017

This is MLK Day....when many insincere white Americans pretend that Martin Luther King Jr.'s life's work is worthy of celebration. I came of age during the 60's....so I KNOW how whites, then, regarded MLK. And while America HAS made progress in race-relations since that time, I think it's obvious from the last couple of years that the spirit of white resistance to MLK that I witnessed as a younger Reverend is still very much with us in 2017,

I thought that today would be a good opportunity to share something I saw while visiting my mother, who, at the time, was watching a 1950's-made movie on Turner Classics. The movie featured legendary dancer, Fred Astaire. Silly stuff by today's standards, really, but I was quite surprised (don't know why) to see Astaire dress in "blackface" for his final dance scene.

So, when I got home, I researched the history of dressing in "blackface". That research led me to this website. I think there is no better way for white Americans to honor the legacy of MLK today than to be reminded of this atrocious practice of dressing in "blackface". Take the time today....go to the site and be reminded of our recent history. It will be a sobering exercise....or at least should be.

White America's conceptions of Black entertainers were shaped by minstrelsy's mocking caricatures and for over one hundred years the belief that Blacks were racially and socially inferior was fostered by legions of both white and black performers in blackface.

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