Friday, January 20, 2017

A Strange Inauguration

That was bizarre. Trump gave a version of his stump speech to an uncrowded mall, and he used the words, "American First," which was the cry of Americans opposed to US entry into World War II, while neo-nazi David Duke applauded on Twitter.

Even Trump's supporters don't seem happy. Oh, I'm sure there are some who are jubilant. But most stayed home. What's your problem, guys? You won. You're going to get what you want. Why aren't you happy about it?

…or perhaps it is dawning that you didn't win, after all.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

On the Disaster That Will Be the Trump Administration

(First draft was written in response to a John Scalzi post.)

Mostly, we need courage and fortitude. I think most commentators here underestimate how bad it can get, and how fast. Hyperinflation, mass unemployment, hunger, disease, these were all things good government shielded us from for 60 years. A Trump administration might bring any or all of them back.

We can fight domestic disasters, but if, for instance, the fascist faction of the Trump administration succeeds in breaking up the European Union (http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-has-a-plan-to-break-up-the-eu), or they default on the national debt or adopt other disastrous economic policies (http://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2016/12/econodisaster-ahoy.html), or the extensive cuts in government spending and employment (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts) that Trump promises lead to an economic collapse, there is little we can do.

As far as health care, I am now a supporter of states rights. (https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/01/18/1332-juiced-up/) For you people in red states my thoughts and prayers are with you, because that is all I have to offer you.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

For I also am a steward

“The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?”Gandalf to Denethor, Steward of Gondor, in The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, December 30, 2016

Twitter Harassment Is Stochastic Terrorism

So can we prosecute Donald Trump as a terrorist? What about the G*m*rg*t*rs?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Public Remembers: the Obama Recovery

While the Democratic leadership points to the recovery since 2008, the public remembers losing their homes and having their wages cut.

But, hey, the economy had nothing to do with the 2016 election results.

Trump: People Have Forgotten How Bad It Can Get

Americans have forgotten how bad it can get:  hyperinflation, mass unemployment, hunger, disease, these were all things good government shielded us from for 60 years. Trump promises to bring them all back.

Tweets: the Democratic Party and the Working Class

While the Democratic leadership points to the recovery since 2008, the public remembers losing their homes and having their wages cut. Democratic policies may have been enough to allow a recovery, but the public remembers how the banks were bailed out, and not the public.

The party of the working class must act openly on behalf of the working class.