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Saturday News: “Growing U.S. Isolation”; “Putin 1-Trump 0”; “Attack of the Republican Decepticons”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 8.

  • Quizzical

    “Why the Republicans let Trump take over their party” by Andrew Sullivan, was a load of bs. He says that by a stroke of luck, the Democrats gave Trump an opponent who was “infinitely less talented.” He can only be referring to Hillary. If she was “infinitely less talented”, how did she win the popular vote? Makes no sense at all. What’s going on here is a blame-the-victim argument, where Hillary and the Democratic Party are blamed for Trump. Real nice, when Trump won with a ton of active assistance from Russian intelligence, and a ton of free media coverage from cable networks mainly interested in boosting their ratings on the back of a reality TV star.

    Let’s also remember that Hillary was despised mainly because she had been the target of Republican negative ads and political campaigns going back to the early 1990’s, almost entirely based on lies. Hillary hatred was almost the organizing principle of the Republican Party — since the election, without her as a unifying target, they’ve been drifting.

    Of course it was clear as the primaries began that Hillary was carrying a lot of baggage from negative attacks on her over decades. To say that she should have been dumped for that reason is to concede that Republican smear campaigns can take competent Democratic leaders off the board.

  • Robert Reich:

    It’s official. The United States is no longer the world leader – at least on trade, the environment, immigration, refugee policy, and everything else other than military might — at least not as long as Trump is president.

    Today’s final G20 communiqué represents a victory for the G19 and the isolation of the US within the G20. Language was found that all countries could agree with, thereby avoiding an ugly public quarrel. But on the central issues of protectionism and climate change, the U.S. views were not accepted.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel closed the G20 summit with a rebuke to Trump’s stance on climate change, saying she deplored the US decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement and that all other 19 nations in the G20 remained committed to it. She also rebuked Trump’s protectionism, saying she was glad that leaders agreed that “markets need to be kept open… This is all about fighting protectionism and also unfair trade practices.”

    Meanwhile, Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on steel imports from Europe prompted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to threaten the same in return, giving early warning signs of a trade war.

    Message to other nations of the world: Trump doesn’t represent most of us here in America. Please try to be patient. We’re doing everything we can.

  • Dan Rather:

    The first thing President Trump did when meeting Russia’s Putin in a social gathering in Germany…was shake his hand warmly, then pat him fondly on the back. There it was and remains for the world to see.

    All indications are that Putin helped orchestrate an attack on the sovereignty of the United States during the last U.S. election and has made similar moves in other Western counties, seeking to undermine confidence and stability in democratic institutions and ideals. Now he gets a pat on the back from the leader of the free world.

    It was a disturbing if not sickening display. But it is theatrics for now. The real showdown comes when the two meet and talk formally.

    Putin is widely known to respect strength and he has a nostril for weakness. He is an experienced and shrewd operator, while Mr. Trump has proven to be a bumbling novice who seeks affirmation. It is a recipe for disaster.

    For all the damage Mr. Trump and his policies can do domestically, what is happening on the world stage – from dangerous posturing on North Korea, to risking a trade war with Europe, to pulling out of the climate pact – is truly frightening. The number one job of the President of the United States is to protect the safety and security of the nation. Mr. Trump is in far over his head, and the most dangerous thing is he doesn’t know it and his enablers who should know better don’t seem to care.

    No one is arguing that seeking peace and lowering tensions with Russia isn’t necessary. But demonstrating strength and resolve, in ways small and large, is an imperative in trying to reach those ends. That and making it abundantly clear that mucking around in American elections will not be tolerated.

    A pat on the back is not an encouraging way to start.

  • dirich

    Re: “How a shadowy nonprofit spent $184K in Virginia’s governor’s race with almost total anonymity,” and we wonder why not enough educated, informed people vote? It is hard not to be cynical about our political system in VA; it is hard to continue to be an activist and fight for a better and fairer Commonwealth for its citizens; it is hard to believe in political party structures and a state legislature who are v-e-r-y comfortable with how a 501c(4) is legally used, but won’t discuss the ethics or morality of its use. Some individuals and groups feel a personal responsibility to continue the “good fight.” Also, we are admonished to be ever vigilant against things that are lurking to bring down democracy. I read Blue Virginia and sometimes wonder how lowkell has the emotional energy to post every day. The national scene is pretty bleak right now, but let’s talk about Virginia. For as long as I have followed the GA, I haven’t seen much movement against the backward, unfair promotion of the rich and/or powerful good ole boys (mainly) who love the Virginia Way. In many instances, voters are gerrymandered so that our so-called representatives do not represent us. We cannot make headway on change when the citizens’ worst enemy on too many issues is the legislators themselves. It is hard to give a real, truthful answer and not a pat one when people ask why they should vote or become involved in political affairs. The last thing most of us say we want is a cynical, dispassionate potential voter, but too often, through their actions or failure to act against wrongs, that is what our Virginia leaders are promoting.

    • ” I read Blue Virginia and sometimes wonder how lowkell has the emotional energy to post every day.”

      Damn good question, one I’m asking myself frequently these days…