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Freedom Full Circle Loses Some Luster

People protest at the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Barbers and hair stylists are protesting the state’s stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

On January 6, we experienced what happens when freedom becomes too free. How is that even possible though, that such a benevolent value, and one embodying the civil philosophy of an entire nation, could produce actions so reprehensible?  To answer that, you have to go back to 2020, a time of fun, in spite of the consequence.

More than the practice of massive populations burning meat and invading coastal regions for a 24hr period, Old Glory stands as the empirical symbol of each American man or woman’s personal manifest destiny. Fun is the byproduct of the flag and what it represents; freedom.  And nothing bore a greater witness to that singular liberty than Americans celebrating July 4th of 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic that required disciplined social distancing and protective mask wearing.

It was a shift in the use of freedom and one marked by a laser focus on individual goals and desires.  Americans were bold in their assessment of what they wanted, and damn the country and what it needed as a whole. 

As such, cooperation became a casualty of this swing from the benign nature of freedom.  Other faces of the virtue have also died recently.  Truth had been an early loss. Very early.

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Different & the Black Teflon that Enables Him

Everyone’s commenting on the development of Different and even I have to admit that he appears to be growing into his job.  The change in confidence began when he made the announcement to the Press about the termination of embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; the impromptu conference as he was boarding MAR1.  He looked “presidential” answering questions, not seemingly from an earlier written and arranged script and doing so without flying ad lib as we’ve seen him do previously and recently.  Yet his timely, positional acclimation shouldn’t calm our fears. Let me tell you why.

That’s because no one seems to understand the depths of how low Different is willing to go.  And that’s because no one takes him for his word.  We’ve come to accept his lies as hyperbolic affirmations, choosing to err on the side of comedy rather than tragedy.  On the other hand, we should believe, understand and take literally everything that Different says; every bleeping thing.  Continue reading

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Death of the EPA & the Birth of CONTROL

When you look at what’s going on in the Trump White House, at times it reads like a spy thriller, including foreign locales, exotic women with names to match and an intricate story that, in the end as many espionage plots go, will wind up being about larceny, albeit on a global scale with the theft of security and ideals as much as money.   Except the central character of the Trump White House saga, with its bare-bones staff (still, how many positions to be filled?) is nothing like the serious and capable protagonists of a Clancy or Ludlum piece.  With his quirky and semi-comedic mismanagement style, it’s more a plot-device worthy of Matt Helms or Remo Williams, at least I’d thought originally.  Then along came Scott Pruitt and I got smart. Continue reading

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Applying for naturalization

I read the account of the beating of Bakari Henderson and the first thing I thought of was Poland, so eager to wave the Confederate flag in honor of Trump’s arrival.  I wondered at the time if they recognized the significance of what they were doing.  Did they understand that many would see it as though the Polish Right were telling a segment of the American extremist Right, yeah, we know what you wanted to do and together, we’ll take it as far as you want it to go?  None in the Republican Party found that too troubling. Continue reading

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As good as it gets

At a rally in Akron, Ohio, in an attempt to court Black and Latino voters and cast off his handily built persona of a thoughtless, misogynistic and intolerant bully, Donald Trump made this passionate and honest entreaty to minorities concerning the promise of his hopefully impending administration.  He said this,

Look, it is a disaster the way African-Americans are living, in many cases, and, in many cases the way Hispanics are living, and I say it with such a deep-felt feeling.  What do you have to lose?

“What do you have to lose?”  I ask myself how can one not be moved and impressed by such an uncomplicated and unembellished appeal for votes from someone seeking the Presidency.  In a world that routinely gives us politicians overpromising and under-delivering, it’s political correctness so astutely preposterous, under the circumstances, that it becomes the antithesis of itself.

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Yet, it’s that same give-it-to-you straight quality that exposes Trump’s still present liability in gathering the votes this late in the game of those he finally realizes he needs.  It lends a question to the candidate, is this as good as it gets?

Unfortunately for his campaign, it might be.  His issue is no different from the one that’s plagued Republicans for at least the last 25 years; how to connect to an ever-growing minority voting bloc.  And one that almost unswervingly votes Democrat.  If this is what Ben Carson has called, “prepping the ground for what’s to come” I’m uncertain if we’re ready for it.

So far, the new Trump has only surfaced at mostly white crowds.  If Trump follows through on his promise to ride the campaign trail through some of America’s rougher hoods, imagine what happens if he unleashes his version of social truth onto the darker congregation. As sickening the prospect of Race Relations 101 with Professor Trump is it’s something the minority community should gird her loins for.  It’s coming, at least on paper.

That’s because it’s the only thing left for him to do.  What we’re about to witness is a suicide effort and a clash of ideas, temperament and power.  On the one hand we have Trump’s new staff, coming in and immediately trying to soften the candidate and broaden his appeal to include Blacks and Latinos.  And then there’s Trump, who’ll only be softened to the extent that we’re seeing, which doesn’t begin to filter out as much as it should.

Then again, it’s a question of understanding and connections.  The Republican Party on a whole doesn’t know the minority community (Trump questions if the Democrats do, another tidbit of horrible truth); at least not as much or in the ways that it should.  And its running discourse provided by popular pundits does little to educate or enlighten their constituents.  Nevertheless, you know they’re cringing at the thought of a serious discussion on race with Donald Trump leading the way as the only participant espousing conservative values.

Hey, we wanted a conversation.  And we just might be getting one real soon; courtesy of the unlikeliest of sources.

 

Washington Post Quote: Wash Post; Phillip Rucker, Robert Costa, Jenna Johnson; Inside Donald Trump’s new strategy to counter the view that he is ‘racist’; 8/23/16

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