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Tuesday News: “Liberal Redneck” on “Trump and Turkey”; “Our next president, the Godfather”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 22. Also check out the Liberal Redneck, Trae Crowder, who “reckons it’s gonna be a hell of a Thanksgiving for a lotta us here in Trump’s America.”

  • Video – White Nationalists: We Offer Women Pregnancy & Strong Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLqSpk99bLYISlq6Kk2yn-XILOxsFua2Lu&v=0V9n0rgawdY

  • Video: Bruce Springsteen Receives Medal of Freedom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIBLJtYigE

  • Dan Rather nails it yet again:

    Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.

    HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.

    When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.

    Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows. This nation was founded as an opposite pole to the capriciousness of an authoritarian monarch. We set up institutions like a free press and an independent court system to protect our fragile rights. We have survived through bloody spasms of a Civil War and a Civil Rights Movement to extend more of these rights to more of our citizens. But the direction of our ship of state has not always been one of progress. We interned Japanese Americans, Red Baited during the McCarthy era, and more. I feel the rip tide of regression once again swelling under my feet. But I intend to remain standing.

    In normal times of a transition in our presidency between an incoming and outgoing administration of differing political parties, there is a certain amount of fretting on one side and gloating on the other. And the press usually takes a stance that the new administration at least deserves to have a chance to get started – a honeymoon period. But these are not normal times. This is not about tax policy, health care, or education – even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.

    But as I stand I do not despair, because I believe the vast majority of Americans stand with me. To all those in Congress of both political parties, to all those in the press, to religious and civic leaders around the country. your voices must be heard. I hope that the President-elect can learn to rise above this and see the dangers that are brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and cabinet posts suggests otherwise.

    To all of you I say, stay vigilant. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that even as a minority, there was strength in numbers in fighting tyranny. Holding hands and marching forward, raising your voice above the din of complacency, can move mountains. And in this case, I believe there is a vast majority who wants to see this nation continue in tolerance and freedom. But it will require speaking. Engage in your civic government. Flood newsrooms or TV networks with your calls if you feel they are slipping into the normalization of extremism. Donate your time and money to causes that will fight to protect our liberties.

    We are a great nation. We have survived deep challenges in our past. We can and will do so again. But we cannot be afraid to speak and act to ensure the future we want for our children and grandchildren.

  • Alexander Hamilton on the Electoral College (bolding added for emphasis):

    It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief. The choice of SEVERAL, to form an intermediate body of electors, will be much less apt to convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements, than the choice of ONE who was himself to be the final object of the public wishes…The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.

  • It does matter how you win, Trae. That’s built into the system.

    And you got your whole chuck steak pounded on Bill Maher the other night by Ana Marie Cox, btw – (paraphrasing): You’re basically suggesting the Dems have to resort to trying their hand at out-Trumping Trump; out-nativist-ing the dark and dangerous nativists; by catering even more to middle-class white Christian men.

    Honest – all the things you say Hillary needed to say; I heard her say. Not enough were listening, partly because we aren’t allowed to listen to much of anything except the rattling of shiny objects.

    But there’s no single-thread explanation for this; not when you have to put together a coalition that includes 65,000,000 knuckleheaded Americans.

    Our little experiment in self-government depends on the good-faith behavior of honorable people – and that’s in very short supply.