Another Vile Performance From Donald Trump Wednesday Night

No other person who has sat in the White House in our lifetimes has acted so recklessly, and has been so removed from common sense and decency, as Donald Trump.

The fact that it is no longer surprising to read of the latest national embarrassment from Trump does not make it any less disturbing. Think about that line. We are no longer shocked not to be shocked over the type of display that was front and center with Donald Trump tonight.

After Trump assailed Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a North Carolina rally Wednesday night, his crowd of supporters broke into a chant, shouting in unison, “SEND HER BACK!” Then Trump “paused a moment to let that chant grow some momentum.”

The reactions were swift. Former Obama speechwriter and “Pod Save America” host Jon Favreau called it “one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.” And former Jeb Bush aide Tim Miller tweeted, “I’d say to my friends in DC going along with Trump. Imagine how this video of the President leading a white mob in a ‘Send Her Back’ chant targeting a black refugee is going to look in your kids’ high school government/history classes.”

At the end of his program, Chris Cuomo summed things up succinctly: “Trump says he wants to ‘make America great again.’ But what he means is ‘make America hate again.'”

I know that my parents would never have wanted me to be friends with anyone like Trump who continually exhibits such un-American behavior. My dad, after all was a WWII veteran. The lack of decorum and the common-sense niceties that most of us live by, and want to see in our kids and family members, is absent from the most foul and least respected man in the nation.

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One More Time For John Paul Stevens Book

In April 2018 I blogged about a book I much enjoyed by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.   

This is how I started that post.

I have been enjoying the fast read from former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens as he writes about the five Chief Justices that he knew.  While moving along today in the book I came across the following and had to read it twice—–Lord times have changed.  Thankfully!

….I had also written an opinion arguing that an airlines’ policy of hiring only unmarried flight attendants did not unlawfully discriminate against women because the airline had another rule making men ineligible for the position.

I much enjoy reading books about the court and the justices who have served.  One book shelf is devoted to this interest of mine.  I am proud to have this volume behind the desk where I write my blog posts.

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Liberal Giant Of Supreme Court Recalled With Affection

Many stories were told and recalled today about Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Justice Stevens was known around the court for treating others with sensitivity and respect. One former law clerk, Christopher L. Eisgruber, described in a 1993 essay an incident at a party for new clerks: Before Justice Stevens arrived, an older male justice had instructed one of the few female clerks present to serve coffee. When Justice Stevens entered, he quickly grasped the situation, walked up to the young woman and said: ‘Thank you for taking your turn with the coffee. I think it’s my turn now.’ He took over the job.

Mayor Rhodes-Conway Asked To Respond Regarding Madison Bikers

I post the following letter, which found its way to the desk of this blogger, since it hits on two points that are close to my interests.

The attitude of bikers in Madison are most concerning.   It would seem, on any walk on any evening, bikers feel most inclined to act without regard for any other person on a path or street.   There seems to be no laws bikers feel a need to follow.  That should concern everyone.

The second reason I post this letter from a Madison voter is based an old-fashioned idea I have about having constituent concerns responded to in a timely fashion.  I worked in a legislative office where such ‘conversations’ with the voters was taken with a great deal of seriousness.  The same should hold true for government that is even more local and personal.

Hello Mayor,

It’s more than a little disappointing to not receive a response to my message of JUNE 5 concerning safety on streets and pedestrian/bike trails.  I noticed you had time to respond to concerns about safety on State Street.  I hope the rest of the city merits the same attention.

I received an almost immediate reply from Alder Foster, which I appreciated, (and which you were cc’d on with some other people) even though he does not represent our district.  Unfortunately his response was basically too bad, so sad and included a link to a study done at a University in Denver which boiled down to bike riders are no bigger problems than motor vehicle drivers in not following the rules of the road.

What comfort!

I know that in a one-party town constituent relations are not fun or sexy.  Mayor Dave  found that out to his detriment.  I used the same email address to write to you and Alder Foster as the last 4 mayors have used.  If it’s no longer monitored you should disconnect it so that the correspondent receives an undeliverable message and knows it hasn’t gotten through.  If you don’t have enough staff to respond you should ask for the council to approve more…..although by the looks of your website, there are plenty of people on the payroll.  But again, involved with “issues” and not the petty concerns of taxpayers who try to cross a street or use a pathway without being creamed.   

I hope this is not an indication of your administration’s sense of constituent relations.  Were any of the “best practices” your university think tank helped mayors with concerning citizen involvement and addressing “customer/taxpayer/person who hopes not to get hit by a bicyclist who speeds off and leaves them with a broken limb?” on a city street or bike bath?   Or, do we merit a shrug  or worse yet, nothing?