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SHARE Thursday, August 6, 2020
The Trumpidemic2020(C): What's in a Name? Some qualified observers (not just the Fox"News"/OANN alternate newsiverse) say that the Trumpidemic2020(C) is "America's" fault. It ain't. It's Trump's fault, and that is what this column.
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Fascism, the U.S. Ruling Class, and Trump The upcoming US election is primarily a battle between the two wings of the U.S. ruling class. One believes that the best way to maintain its control over the state apparatus is through a return to a set of democratic reforms, along the lines of an expanded "New Deal." The other is the wing that believes that its control can only be maintained through the imposition of fascism. It all revolves around the nature of the State.
(18 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2020
How Do You Spell "Democratic Party" in 2020? Without the Letters C-L-I-N-T-O-N in the Name: Responding to Commentaries This column is a collective response/commentary by me on the set of Commentaries that were offered on my previous column for OpEdNews. (For the link to that column see the beginning of this one.) I had fun doing it. I hope that you will have fun reading it.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2020
How Do You Spell 'Democratic Party' in 2020? Without the Letters C-L-I-N-T-O-N in the Name The Center-Right Democratic Leadership Council, originally founded by Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the 1980s, has dominated the Party from then until after Hillary Clinton's 2016 defeat. The Party now has a moderately progressive platform (with much input from the "Bernie Wing" of the Party), and a candidate who is rapidly becoming moderately progressive himself. This column is about the Clintons and what they did over time.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2020
If at First You Do Succeed, Do Do It Again This column is on Trump's current racist/red-baiting campaign strategy and why he has adopted it. The first part worked in 2016, so why not do it again. And if it needs a bit of updating this time around, the old Roy Cohn shtick certainly compliments it well.
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Trump and Treason? Really?" There is increasing speculation that Trump, facing both a series of for him insurmountable problems and declining poll numbers (much more important to him than the problems) will "pull a Johnson" and decline to run for re-election. Previously I speculated that given the legal problems that he would face upon leaving office, he would resign, and leave the country. Now, given the possible treason charge that becomes more likely.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Trump Quits (Could it Be?)" Trump is a lifetime loser, as illustrated in previous columns of mine. Trump thought he was going to kick off his run for reelection in Tulsa bigly. But, it was a lousy start. The polls are running against him. He is out-of-control of each of the Three Major Crises facing our nation: the Pandemic, the next Great Depression, and the Campaign for the End to Institutional Racism. My guess about what he will do? Quit, all 'round.
(43 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2020
Trump's Warriors, His Magical Thinking (further), and 'Tulsa' Trump simply cannot understand the nature of COVID-19 as a viral disease, how it infects people, how it is transmitted, thus how it spreads in a population, and so on and so forth. But he views "his people" as "warriors" in the fight against the pandemic, as if the virus were human. This sort of thinking has led to policies that not only don't control the disease, but actually help spread it. Which leads us to "Tulsa."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 12, 2020
Trump Reveals His 2020 Platform Trump faces some serious headwinds in his 2020 campaign the COVID-19 pandemic which his actions only make worse; the resulting Recession/oncoming Depression, which his actions do little to ameliorate. And now he has the massive national movement around the issue of institutional racism. And so Trump, the racist, has had to very quickly devise a platform to deal with the threat to a 2nd term. That is what this column is about.
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Institutional Racism, the George Floyd Murder, and the Fascist Threat The George Floyd murder is another in the never-ending series of police murders of black people, a modern version of lynching. This one, as is very well-known, has brought forward an ongoing series of demonstrations in city after city all over the country. There has been some occasional looting and arson, not associated with the marchers. Trump wants to call in the military. This column deals with the issues conjointly.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 28, 2020
Why Trump Wants to Still be President at 12:01PM on Jan. 20, 2021 --- His Personal Reasons Trump is a life-long loser (see my OEN column: "Trump-loser"). He knows, for example, that he didn't fairly win in 2016, but rather did it with Russian help. Therefore he is desperate to win again in 2020, and then, to show that he really did, he will become Dictator. But that will still not make him feel right, because that can happen only with massive Trumpublican(C) cheating. And thus he will still bear the label loser.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2020
Infectious Disease Science and D.J. Trump, Part 2 This is the 2nd part of a two-part series on Trump and the corona virus focusing on the completely unscientific TrumpResponse. It reviews the epidemiology of the disease (epidemiology being the study of the distribution of disease in populations). And it also discusses how Trump's ignorance/ignoring of the basic facts of what I call the Trumpidemic2020(C) has led to the increasingly horrible outcomes we are experiencing.
SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020
Infectious Disease Science and D.J. Trump, Part 1 The COVID-19 pandemic is a complicated problem, although the solution to controlling its spread is fairly straightforward, as has been demonstrated by a number of countries that have been reasonably effective in controlling it. That number does not include the U.S., for two reasons. First, the nature of the disease. Second is a massive road-block to doing so named Donald J. Trump. This column discusses that relationship.
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Tara Reade and the Sexual Assault Charge Against former Vice-President Biden: A Commentary Ms. Tara Reade has lodged a charge of sexual assault against former V-P Biden. 1st, it should be fully investigated. 2nd, the V-P has attempted to initiate that investigation in the Senate files. Guess what? McConnell said "no way." 3rd, the Repubs. are screaming "Kavanaugh-Ford." Dr. Ford testified under oath. Ms. Reade has said she will. But the real comparable is Trump. If the V-P is to be investigated, so must Trump be.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Nikki Haley, Trump, Let the Govs. do It, and the Constitution, Part 2 This is Part 2 of a series on Gov./Amb/Pres. Nominee Wanna/be Nikki Haley. that considers her support for Pres. Trump's "let the Governors do it" for both testing and materials supply. In fact, the Constituion's Statement of Purpose, the Preamble, simply does not support this approach. A Postscript considers Trump's visit to a mask-making plant in Arizona during which he described the U.S. as "warriors" going into battle.
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2020
Trump's Magical Thinking Pt. 3: 'There Shall be No National Testing Program --- and the Virus Will Magically Go Away' This is the 3rd column on Trump's Magical Thinking. Beginning in childhood, it has propelled this ignorant, unintelligent, and poorly educated man to where he now sits. Trump has lived a life of enemies. They have always been people. The Magic Tricks he used to defeat them and move forward has been the subject of the previous columns. This one focuses on a new trick, designed to make the pandemic go away (in his mind).
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Donald Trump, the Trumpidemic2020©, and His Magical Thinking, Part 2 This is the second in a three-part series on Trump and his Magic Show. It explains each of the six elements of his Box of Magic Tricks to be used against humans in some detail. They are: The Protectors; "Always attack; Never Defend;" When all else fails, sue; Never be responsible to anyone; All adversaries are enemies: don't negotiate, just crush them with; You are History's Greatest Con Man. But uh oh this time it's a virus
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2020
Trump, Testing, and His Magical Thinking Trump has gotten through life using a box of magic tricks: his father's money, "Always Attack; Never Defend; "Just sue, as needed;" never be responsible to anybody; being surrounded by enemies, don't negotiate, just crush them; as History's Greatest Con Man, just use that bag of tricks. But, his enemies have always been people. This time it's a virus. The old magic doesn't work. So he has come up with something new.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2020
Nikki Haley, Trump, and Let the Govs. Do It, Part 1 About a week and-a-half ago, former Gov./former UN Ambass./future Repub.-Pres.-Nominee-Wannabe, about the pandemic and who should be in charge, said "Let the Governors do it." And I published the original col. on what is now a two-part series on buzzflash.com. Then Trump said no, "I'm in charge." Then he changed his mind again. And so things really got confused. And so that column became two columns, the first of which is here
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The US Ruling Class and Trump's Personality and Politics: A Fatal Attraction On April 10, 2020 Former Amb./Gov./future Repub. Presidential-Candidate-Wanna-Be Nikki Haley published a New York Times Op-Ed in which she set forth her arguments as to why the pandemic response should almost entirely belpmg to the Governors. Elsewhere I published a riposte to that, based on the Preamble to the Constitution. Trump has taken two different positions on the matter.This is the first of a two-parter dealing with it