• End of the World, Progressive Article Edition

    January 4, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America, Trump

    marlon_brando

    For those who would like to become a progressive columnist in the world of Trump, here’s a guide for your first and every subsequent article:

    — Everything was pretty freaking close to perfect on November 7. Yeah, tough about Bernie, but Clinton was going to be great.

    — Putin, Comey, media, maybe Bernie, everyone you hate and fear, elected Trump because 62 million Americans are white, misogynists, and Nazis. They also are wrong about not having good jobs; don’t people in the Rust Belt read the job statistics?

    — Anyway, Trump is an oaf and/or an evil genius.

    — He is out to destroy America; riff off this for the next forever.



    Your First Essay Example

    And if you’d like a good example on how to do it, turn to Neil Gabler’s essay on the otherwise intelligent blog from Bill Moyers.

    Here’s how that essay starts:

    America died on November 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.

    Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on November 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on November 7, they will now look at us differently. We are likely to be a pariah country.

    First of all, points for the “bang and whimper” cliche, followed by the happy bullsh*t about how wonderful America was last month as described by phony Hamilton the musical lyrics. I bet the show’s cast could make values, morals, compassion, tolerance, decency, common purpose, and identity rhyme.

    Dude, we are a helluva people! Exceptional!

    Because prior to the election results we weren’t a nation founded on a slave economy, which 250 years later still has its cops imprison and murder Blacks, who doesn’t have the highest incarceration rate in the world, mostly for small amounts of weed that has been long legalized in other western nations. Our compassion is set to full, except if you are different than me in your race, religion, or views on guns, gays or abortions. Of course we don’t really do much for women, and unlike say India, Israel, the UK, Burma, and a whole mess of other places, have never had a female chief executive.

    Yeah, whatever, all that.

    And lovely, that bit about American becoming an international pariah. Could happen. Luckily the world has overlooked so far that we are the only nation to have used atomic weapons (twice, on civilians), stayed at war, spied and overthrown governments in their countries pretty steadily for 70 years, set the Middle Easton on fire over fake WMDs, drone kill wherever we like, torture people, and run an offshore penal colony right out of Les Miserables. Man, Trump, amiright?



    No More Democracy for You

    Later in the article, author Gabler throws in a whopper: “Republicans… haven’t believed in democracy for a long time.”

    Yep, one of the two parties in America, in fact the one that’s been out of power for the last eight years and which was voted into office via an election, does not believe in democracy. Makes sense. And to throw us off the trail, the sneaks are conducting a peaceful transition of power!

    Luckily the Democrats over the last eight years have only drone killed American Citizens without trial (Fifth Amendment), spied on all of us (Fourth Amendment) and racked up the worst Freedom of Information Act response rate since the Act was created (First Amendment.)


    This is the End

    Wrapping it all up, Gabler says:

    But the disempowered media may have one more role to fill: They must bear witness. Many years from now, future generations will need to know what happened to us and how it happened. They will need to know how disgruntled white Americans, full of self-righteous indignation, found a way to take back a country they felt they were entitled to and which they believed had been lost. They will need to know about the ugliness and evil that destroyed us as a nation after great men like Lincoln and Roosevelt guided us through previous crises and kept our values intact. They will need to know, and they will need a vigorous, engaged, moral media to tell them. They will also need us. We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history.

    So there you go. It’s pretty much the fault of us white guys, except for great white guys like Lincoln and Roosevelt. Other once-famous white guys like Jefferson, maybe Kennedy and Carter, didn’t make the list. Hell, Carter was even a southerner.

    There are going to be troubles ahead. Trump will not be a good president, and he is surrounding himself with inept people. The world is a complex place and even the best of our great white men have struggled with that. But for f*ck’s sake, stop imagining an America that never existed on November 7, and creating a dystopian nightmare that you imagine popped into being a day later.

    A clear view of history is a necessary starting point as we edge into 2017.



    BONUS: Neil Gabler is not otherwise an idiot. His biography says he is the author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine’s non-fiction book of the year, USA Today’s biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, and is currently writing a biography of Senator Edward Kennedy.



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    • jan said...

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      01/4/17 5:25 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Jan,
      Thank you…. And I hope a lot of people read that article.

      Peter,

      Awesome as usual…… And I love the sarcasm.

      M

      01/4/17 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      1. Who the hell is Neil Grabler?

      2. The guy is obviously interested in selling books to the hysterical disaffected liberals, You can’t let truth get in the way, He’s just following Rush Limbaugh to the bank,

      01/4/17 8:17 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I wish they would bring back the Terror Alert thingy where they changed the colors every now and then. It never hit Fascist Brown did it? If “I’m with Her” will I be banned here? What color will Hillary wear to the event? Black and Blue, or gold?

      01/4/17 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      PVB:

      You wrote, “Neil Gabler is not otherwise an idiot. His biography says he is the author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine’s non-fiction book of the year, USA Today’s biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, and is currently writing a biography of Senator Edward Kennedy.”

      On the contrary, after reading some of what Mr. Gabler wrote (copied into your essay), I’d say Mr. Gabler is otherwise known as a….USEFUL idiot. And no, life in the United States will not end on January 20th. Just like it didn’t end on each and every Presidential inauguration day; since George Washington.

      Disclaimer: Not an endorsement of DJT.

      01/4/17 10:59 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Free “The Embassy Cat” and owner.

      01/4/17 12:08 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Neil Garbler will make lots of money off the fears of the liberals. I fear for Rush Limabugh. What can he complain about now that the Republicans control everything? The guy is gonna be on food stamps just as the Republicans cut it out.

      01/4/17 2:01 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Donna Brazile RIP cheater pig. Have a nice day!

      01/4/17 3:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Trump is a genius. He plans to eliminate all computers because anyone can hack them and which are mostly made in China and make all communications for the government go via mail. It saves the US Postal Service while it destroys the Chinese computer market. Genius! Hell, Hillarious would be presidense if she thought of it.

      01/4/17 5:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      And if you don’t like what America is, you can always choose to secede:

      “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.”

      — Texas Secession Convention, A Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union, (February 1861).[3]

      01/4/17 8:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer,

      Your quote….

      You do realize, that NO ONE who was around then… Is still ALIVE!!!

      Time to move on.

      M

      01/5/17 6:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      It wasn’t so long ago that Texas was considering moving on:

      The prospect of Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election is so threatening to some Texans that many believe her victory would justify Texas seceding from the U.S.

      As reported in the Star-Telegram (“Poll finds Trump leading by 6 in Texas,” Aug.17), one national poll shows that more than half of Texas Republicans believe that Texas should secede from the U.S. if Clinton wins.

      Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article97443072.html#storylink=cpy

      01/5/17 7:44 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      In one hundred years this continent could be split into five or six various autonomous regions. It should have never become a union of states but five or six nations. That was hubris on a dangerous level. The Sea to Shining Sea thingee was plain stupid. The overreach then has produced an unsustainable overreach today (global hegemony). The so called Founders were meglomaniacs.

      01/5/17 8:27 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer,

      And so you try to change the narrative.

      And, yep… Texas should succeed.

      Different way of thinking in Texas, from Colorado.

      M

      01/5/17 8:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John,

      AGREED !!!!!!!

      M

      01/5/17 8:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      THAT’S what I am talking about. Break US up. The world will be a better place.

      01/5/17 8:34 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will Clapper lie under oath again today?

      01/5/17 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Watch for his lips to move. If so, yes, he is lying. Again. It’s his job.

      01/5/17 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer,

      Thanks….. For proving my point…… That you just want to watch the world burn.

      M

      01/5/17 9:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said:
      “But for f*ck’s sake, stop imagining an America that never existed on November 7, and creating a dystopian nightmare that you imagine popped into being a day later.”

      ummm…maybe somebody can clue me in to what planet Trumps “Make America Great Again” is located.

      I don’t recall a time in my whole lifetime that America was “great”. Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to remember racism, war after war after war, corruption, lying, overthrowing sovereign governments, surveillance, murder and every other abomination, has been a USG continuum from my earliest memories.
      As for that halfwits statement about November 7th…. hahahahahahahahahaha… apparently, he’s been on drugs the last 20 yrs. However, his assessment about the coming Trump apocalypse is dead on. However, it’s just a further continuum into the cesspool known as Murika.

      01/5/17 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      01/5/17 10:26 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “Thanks….. For proving my point…… That you just want to watch the world burn.”

      How about we take away the matches from the arsonist?

      http://www.alternet.org/world/when-will-us-confront-its-role-fueling-terror-attacks-across-planet

      01/5/17 10:30 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      There was a cartoon in the New Yorker many years ago. The president of a bank sits at his desk with a stern face. The fellow called in for the meeting meekly says, “I thought the world would come to an end before I had to make my first payment..”.
      Lots of people are so over their head in debt and misery they truly don’t care if the place burns down. They of course never think of the children.

      01/5/17 10:36 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      01/5/17 10:36 AM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...

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      PVB,
      why don’t we take a wider view, and discuss elections as a universal concept.
      we have over thrown elected governments when we found it to be convenient.we use propaganda and out right lies to influence outcomes.
      an election means squat and is no indicator of democracy or freedom. witness elections in africa.
      has zimbabwe or south africa seen any real liberalism expanding and improving the lives of the electorate?
      the rest of africa has elections but where ‘s the beef?
      egypt,saudi arabia, afghanistan, and iraq have show elections , but the are not shinin stars of anything except corruption and failed state hood.we had a little to do with this since we fund all of the illusionsof purple thumb democracy.
      korea has elections, but they are still corrupt. we support this.
      elections have become theatre as has terrorism and health care and government statistic, and national intelligence estimates.
      jim hruska

      01/5/17 10:48 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Can’t argue with you. Same way we have brought the weapons of war and spying home from abroad to use against ourselves, so have we brought our anti-democratic election manipulations.

      01/5/17 12:09 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Jim: and to add. No one is discussing that we are busy trying to hack into the Russian hierarchy’s operations every single minute of the day for nefarious reasons.
      Don’t try to make Americans them feel bad by pointing out our hypocrisy. We are exceptional! Everyone else is bad and inferior. That mantra plays well from sea to shining sea.

      01/5/17 11:57 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Wave multiple flags. Repeat… Wage Peace…

      01/5/17 12:39 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Some say Karma is a terrible thing to waste.

      01/5/17 1:20 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      jan said…

      “link”

      Thanks. I’m curious though..who the heck is Dolores Vek? I’m not familiar, although, given The Rancid Honeytrap dude comments, I must be missing something.

      01/5/17 7:22 PM | Comment Link

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