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Monday News: “America Becomes a Stan” Under Trump; Do Dems Have a Plan to Resist Far-Right Congress?

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, January 2, 2017.

  • Robert Reich:

    What are the 15 warning signs of impending tyranny? As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

    1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern — claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.
    2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
    3. Publicly criticize anyone who criticizes them, labeling them “enemies.”
    4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.”
    5. Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
    6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.
    7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.
    8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.
    9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.
    10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as trade unions and opposition parties.
    11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority.
    12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.
    13. Put generals and other military commanders into top civilian posts.
    14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.
    15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.

    Be warned. 20 days to go. And a Happy New Year.

  • Video: Much that is wrong with the media epitomized by Wall St. Journal editor yesterday. In short, the WSJ editor will NOT point-blank write that Trump lied even when Trump point-blank lied. That is a massive fail of “journalism,” if you ask me. Thoughts?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhAwUf0stLQ

  • Congrats and good luck to Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) as he settles into office #3.14 (that’s Pi, for non-math majors out there – heh).

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/donaldmceachinoffice.jpg

  • Dan Rather:

    A lie, is a lie, is a lie. Journalism, as I was taught it, is a process of getting as close to some valid version of the truth as is humanly possible. And one of my definitions of news is information that the powerful don’t want you to know.

    So this statement (see attached article) from the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal about how his paper will report on Donald Trump’s potential (likely?) future lies is deeply disturbing. It is not the proper role of journalists to meet lies—especially from someone of Mr. Trump’s stature and power—by hiding behind semantics and euphemisms. Our role is to call it as we see it, based on solid reporting. When something is, in fact, a demonstrable lie, it is our responsibility to say so.

    There is no joy in taking issue with the Journal’s chief editor. His newspaper is a publication for which I have deep respect for the overall quality of its reporting. But, as I have said before and will say as long as people are willing to listen, this is a gut check moment for the press. We are being confronted by versions of what are claimed to be “the truth” that resemble something spewed out by a fertilizer-spreader in a wind tunnel. And there is every indication that this will only continue in the Tweets and statements of the man who will now hold forth from behind the Great Seal of the President of the United States.

    Some journalists and publications will rise to the occasion. Some will not. You as the paying, subscribing public, can use your leverage and pocketbooks to keep those who should be honest brokers of information, well, honest.

  • Quizzical

    Lori Wallach’s interview from last Spring now seems prophetic
    //www.c-span.org/video/?405655-3/washington-journal-trade-policy-campaign-2016

  • Rep. Tom Garrett (R-5th) almost makes me nostalgic for his stuffed-suit predecessor Robert Hurt.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/tomgarrettrussiandiplomats.jpg

  • Quizzical

    Suggested New Year’s Resolution: don’t let them hack your computer like you’re a baby
    https://lawyerist.com/140153/baseline-security/

  • Bob Goodlatte guts ethics, claims he’s strengthening. Yes, he thinks voters are all idiots

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/bobgoodlatteethics.jpg