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This piece finally broaches publicly what many of us have known and said. That the "Russia Thing" probably goes far deeper than even Trump's loudest critics dare to say. Those critics may be trying hard not to sound like Alex Jones, whose wild ravings make "conspiracy nut" an appellation any moderate American would shun. But what if that's the aim of Jones and Hannity etc? There have been dire conspiracies in history. And yes, cries of conspiracy bear some burden of proof. (Jones/Fox never show scintillas of evidence, after 25 years of "Clinton investigations." But as proof piles skyward that Trump's cabal are - at-minimum - mafiosi, when do we get permission to extrapolate the trend? To reckoning on the worst?

Yes, this article goes a bit over the top, in places. Heck I have, too, by calling this "phase 8 of the Civil War." But even accounting for that, how can you shrug off the trend? When every single US strength that won us the Cold War is being systematically dismantled? From our alliances and science to strong institutions, citizen confidence, trustworthy media and the moral high ground? When every single fact-using profession is under attack by Rupert Murdoch's cult?

One such betrayal, or two, or a few, might have excuses like "stupidity' or 'dogmatism." But when ALL actions push in the same direction, I invoke Goldfinger’s Rule:
“Once, Mr. Bond, may be happenstance.
"Twice could be coincidence.
“Three times is enemy action.”

It's been a lot more than three times! Read this piece. And stop softpedaling or saying "he exaggerates." Yeah, maybe he does, in a few places. And it is past time we err a bit in the same direction. Or we're the stoopid ones.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/amp/2018/07/trump-putin-russia-collusion.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t&__twitter_impression=true
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Are We In a Pre-Fascism Stage?

This is worth reading. It should scare the shit out of most "normal", moral human beings. Most moral Americans. The fact that so much immoral, cruel and inhuman conduct by Donald Trump and his administration has been reduced to nothing more than evening news and has failed to evoke wide-spread condemnation, protests and public outrage, seems to show he (and the GOP) are winning. They are winning in the sense of priming the American people to get ready for more extreme applications of their racist, bigoted and fascist policies. Unless of course Robert Muller gets there first and finally puts an end to this Trumpocalypse.

I believe, I hope, we will begin to see the tides turning BEFORE the mid-terms in the US.

"To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism."

#philosophy #fascism #donaldtrump #trumpocalpyse #impeachtrump


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They ask why Senate Republicans, with no Democrats (breaking all tradition) no intel or security personel and almost no staff at all, made a pilgrimage to Moscow on July 4, Independence Day. It's simple. Obeisance. Genuflection and receiving new instructions.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-on-russia-trip-face-scorn-and-ridicule-from-critics-at-home/2018/07/05/68f0f810-807e-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html
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Despite the "deal" President Donald Trump made with North Korea, in which he hoped that the North Koreans would abandon their nuclear program, the North Koreans appear to be making rapid upgrades to their nuclear reactor.
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Let's be clear. If Trump meets Putin with only "trusted translators," and no US professionals, there can be just one purpose: treason. Any American out there who makes excuses for that is no American, but a willing stooge. No waffles or distractions. Here's your screaming smoking gun of collusion.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-putin-meet-finland-july/story?id=56226901
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Does this help rejuvenate the man I call "The Worst American"? George F Will now asserts that only time spent in the wilderness can possibly save a Republican Party that's been hijacked by monsters. Oh, sure, he's very smart. He can tell that his entire conservative movement could wind up going extinct, if it remains under the control of casino moguls and slumlords with mafia ties, foreign despots, fox-traitors and confederate trogs. His point in this essay (Read it! Show it to your uncles): that only a crushing defeat this fall might force the GOP to re-evaluate and replace ol' Two Scoops in 2020.

Only a pyre that burns today's GOP will let a phoenix rebirth from the ashes. And Mr. Will asserts that rebirth could be dazzling.

He has a point. Democrats frittered away the last two times they retook Congress, allowing the Republicans to come roaring back. So, as a purely tactical move, GOP voters might follow Will's advice to rescue their party, ideally restocking their political caste with fresh voices who aren't crazy, or antifact - or beholden to Rupert Murdoch.

Only here's the thing. George Will remains unrepentant that he helped architect this present freak show. His brilliant incantations - like those of the protagonist in Vonnegut's MOTHER NIGHT - helped to keep tens of millions of residually sane "ostrich" republicans loyal to the undead elephant for two extra decades after Dennis "friend to boys" Hastert and his crew destroyed politics in America. For 20 years, Mr. Will cast soothing spells, delaying the arrival of this crisis till the very lives of America and the Western Enlightenment Experiment - hang in the balance.

He continues rationalizing... e.g. that Democrats kowtow to their executives -- an imbecilic falsehood belied by history, including California's Brown administration. Will knows this; he's offering his conservative readers a way to save face. But there's nothing left to save. Not when your party is now a cult, waging war against every profession that uses things called facts. Not when each and every strength of the American Pax that won the Cold War is being systematically dismantled or torched.

No. This man gets no forgiveness. Sure, we must welcome every American who returns home to the Union side, in this phase of the Civil War. And if some are turned back toward the light by words issued by George F. Will? Let's make them feel welcome under a very broad tent.

But not him. I forbid it. He might earn a prodigal son's forgiveness from Washington and Lincoln, perhaps in the great beyond. But the Worst American gets no pass from me.

http://thehill.com/homenews/393728-george-will-argues-for-voting-against-the-gop-in-midterms
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Ralph Reed has always been among the smartest of the fanatics pushing us back into a dark age. Take his recent missive declaring that the countless, volcanically-vile personal faults of Donald Trump are irrelevant:

“I said the same thing in the 1990s when I argued strongly against attacks on Bill Clinton’s character. In my book “Active Faith,” I wrote: “I have always deliberately confined my criticism of Clinton to public policy issues, not his character or moral shortcomings” and “If Bill Clinton is a sinner, he is no worse or less than you or me.” That was not a popular position at that time in my community, but it is one that I felt very strongly about then, and I feel the same way about President Trump.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/opinion/trump-evangelicals-ralph-reed.html

Oh, how charitable and all-forgiving! And spectacularly hypocritical. Thus, he implies the party line: "Yes, our leaders are deeply immoral... but democrats are the same!"

Half a billion dollars of mostly our money was spent — across 25 years — investigating the Clintons, the most thoroughly probed humans in the history of our species. Half of all subpoenas issued by the lazy-ass GOP Congresses were in futile search of some "smoking gun." And after all that, what did we wind up with? A husband fibbed about some third base adult-consensual infidelity in a hallway... and the wife was caught using exactly the same sort of somewhat improper email system as Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Mike Pence, George Bush and Jared Kushner.

Meanwhile, the GOP, which used to oppose gambling as a vice, is now dominated by casino moguls and slumlords with mob ties. A movement that despised divorce now shrugs when far more of its politicians are on multiple marriages (or caught in sexual perversion) than democrats. Red-confederate America leads the way in STDs, teen sex and pregnancy, domestic violence, gambling, addiction, murder… and yet continues chanting about how much more moral they are.

Reed knows the chant is unraveling. “It’s about the policies,” he now maintains. I know several “ostrich” or residually sane Republicans who fall for this mantra. “My side has gone insane and sunk into turpitude,” admitted one of them to me, just days ago. “But if Trump and Fox are monsters, at least they have good effects.”

Alas, when I ask them to cite actual, measurable positive outcomes from the GOP controlling Congress for twenty of the last twenty-three years, they all stammer and then desperately try to change the subject. Because in all metrics and all ways - even things they should care about, like deficits and the health of entrepreneurial enterprise - the record of outcomes from Democratic administrations is universally and unambiguously better.

Name a fact profession - from science to law to the military - their cult is not attacking. Name a strength that won us the Cold War - from alliances & science to citizen cohesion and a confident civil/military serving caste - that is not being systematically demolished by the Foxites.

When these purported ‘anti-communists’ are all chummy with Kremlin lords - just because those ex-KGB agents switched from wearing hammer/sickle pins to orthodox crosses, you know hypocrisy has hit new levels. When their greatest pals are communist tyrants, you realize this was never about the health of market enterprise, but the revival of a confederate plantation caste.

“By his fruits you shall know him.” And by his every fruit, we know Ralph Reed is what he’s always been. A lying beast, slouching toward Meggido.

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