Podcasting On The Isthmus Takes Another Step Forward

As noted on this blog weeks ago the next adventure I will embark upon is podcasting.  With the expansion of our home will come a place to fashion a broadcast ‘studio’ on the third floor, or as we will refer to it, the annex.  And I am excited!  This fall I plan to be up and operating, and while politics will not be front and center there will be topics galore concerning books, music, history and intriguing ideas.  My first guest, if all goes as planned, will be a person with statewide recognition.

Today more of the components arrived via my favorite store, Amazon.  Two microphone set-ups came in boxes and from the research I did they will very much serve the purpose.  I miss the days of radio broadcasting when I was able to flip the switch on the sound board and have some fun.  (And they paid me, too!)  While this adventure of mine will not be a money making enterprise I still plan to have a wide network of listeners and fun galore.

Older readers might care to know that what was once contained on the sound board in the WDOR radio studio–between the complete distance of my outstretched arms–where I spent several years, is now all contained in one computer program called Audacity.  The world has changed dramatically since I ‘played radio’ as a boy in my bedroom back in Hancock.  Now to digital broadcasting via the internet from the Madison isthmus.

I have a segregated laptop computer with Audacity downloaded, along with plans for the fall.

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Political Cartoons About Trump’s Racist Tweet

There are many thought provoking efforts from the cartoon end of the Op-Ed pages of our nation’s newspapers.

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What Would Ronald Reagan Say About Trump’s Un-American Tweet?

Lets study some history today.

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Recall when Republicans once were Ronald Reagan adherents? Now that Trump hijacked the GOP many are suffering Stockholm syndrome, and seem not to recognize the party they abandoned. There is also a segment of the GOP truly into white identity politics. But let us think about Reagan and what he said that can be overlayed with this week’s headlines.

After the racism from Trump this weekend, regarding those who disagree with US policies should “go back” to where they came from, means the GOP needs some lessons from Reagan. While Trump’s tweets and actions underscores how much he fails to know about the idea of America, Reagan, for all his policy shortcomings, had the knowledge concerning the meaning of America down pat.

Here then is what Reagan said in 1988 about immigrants and the American Dream.

“America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.”

With history as my guide I think there is another path we could charter in this land to bring immigrants into the family of our nation. Consider what was done with the Homestead Act of the 1860s. How about such a plan for the 21st Century? Striving immigrants could be given the opportunity to acquire housing in depressed urban and rural areas. There are many paths we could take if we only left racism at the garbage bin.

About 15 years ago a young man who I knew here in Madison WI–an immigrant from El Salvador–told me that he knew in his gut that he was always an American, even though he was not born here. He had studied the Founders and I know he had more background and grasp of the meaning of this nation than many who had been born here. That is, indeed, the beauty of the American idea. The very thing that Trump has no clue about, as evidenced by his behavior, is what that young man from Central America knew so well.

And so it goes.

White Identity Politics Highest Among Lower Educated Voters

The Washington Post has one of the must reads from today’s newspapers.

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Following the news over the past 96 hours confirms again that I have not figured out what makes some white males so fragile and unable to function in the real world.  These males hold onto their resentments and lift them up like a badge of honor.  Meanwhile four women of color who are in the headlines, and who had a genuine hard and uphill climb, made it to congress and leadership in the nation.  At the same time our nation’s weakest links–the angry white men–fuss and cuss and tweet and act like complete morons.  Their women must be so proud……

Trump’s combustible formula of white identity politics already has reshaped the Republican Party, sidelining, silencing or converting nearly anyone who dares to challenge the racial insensitivity of his utterances. It also has pushed Democratic presidential candidates sharply to the left on issues such as immigration and civil rights, as they respond to the liberal backlash against him.

Left unknown is whether the president is now on the verge of more permanently reshaping the nation’s political balance — at least until long-term demographic changes take hold to make nonwhite residents a majority of the country around 2050.

“Trump is proposing a giant swap: Republicans can no longer count on suburban women and we will continue to lose college-educated men and women, while we increasingly pick up working white Americans without college degrees,” said Ari Fleischer, who was a White House press secretary for President George W. Bush and who has spoken with Trump campaign advisers about their strategy for increasing turnout.

His strategy is sharply reminiscent of that waged by segregationist George Wallace in multiple presidential campaigns beginning in the 1960s. Republican candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush have since used milder variations of race-based politics to try to pry white voters from the Democratic Party.

Academic studies of the 2016 election have found a strong correlation between those Americans who embraced white racial solidarity and those who supported Trump. The feeling of white identity is much stronger among non-college-educated whites than those who went to college.

“The crucial thing about 2016 was [that] how much you felt this grievance as a white person was much more related to how you voted between Trump or [Hillary] Clinton than in 2012 or 2008, even when a black person, Barack Obama, was on the ballot,” said John Sides, a political science professor at George Washington University.

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