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Top Navy Seal In Bin Laden Raid Writes To Trump: “If You Think For A Moment That Your McCarthy-Era Tactics Will Suppress The Voices Of Criticism, You Are Sadly Mistaken”

August 16, 2018
William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  The essential ingredients which make for a republic are spelled out in just a few concise sentences.
Dear Mr. President:
 
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
 
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
 
Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.
 
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.
 
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
 
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

A Diversifying Electorate Needs To Brought Fully Into Democratic Tent

August 16, 2018

This is the type of political realignment that Democrats are working to incorporate into a new governing majority.  This is the same type of political realignment that Republicans seethe over and can not seem to accept as the future of this nation.

The dream of a so-called rainbow coalition has been part of the liberal imagination since at least the presidency of Richard Nixon, when the left envisioned it, albeit prematurely, as a counterpoint to his “southern strategy.” The term itself was coined in 1968 by the activist Fred Hampton, who hoped to build a multiracial alliance devoted to revolutionary socialism, but it entered the mainstream in the 1980s, when Jesse Jackson endeavored to make racial justice a central tenet of the Democratic Party’s platform. Democrats have consistently been more supportive of social programs that benefit low-income people of color, including immigrants, than have their Republican rivals, which has helped cement their minority support.
 
In recent years, meanwhile, the white working-class share of the electorate has dwindled, in part because of rising education levels, low native birth rates, and an influx of working-class immigrants—trends documented by Ruy Teixeira, the political demographer and prophet of rainbow liberalism, in his new book, The Optimistic Leftist. The promise of the rainbow coalition thus seems ever closer to fruition. Among true believers, every liberal defeat, up to and including the 2016 presidential election, is best understood as little more than the dead-cat bounce of white resentment politics.
 
Confident pronouncements about the coming triumph of the liberal coalition tend to neglect an awkward question, however. Who will be in control of this bloc when it finally achieves its inevitable victory? Will it be college-educated white liberals, who play such an outsize role in shaping the left’s ideological consensus today, and who dominate the donor base and leadership of the Democratic Party? Or will it be working-class Latinos, whom white liberals are counting on to provide a decisive electoral punch?

But as Latino immigration slows, and as working-class Latino Americans come into their own politically, Gratton’s work leaves us with an irony-laden prediction about what is to come: A coalition of cosmopolitan whites, Asian Americans, and blacks may well fight to open the U.S. labor market to growing numbers of desperate people from Asia and Africa, whether out of class interest, ethnic loyalty, or devotion to rainbow liberalism as an ideology—but these new immigrants could be met by a coalition of working-class whites and Latinos who favor closed borders.

If you doubt that second-generation Latinos who are being raised in disadvantaged circumstances will ever embrace a more hard-edged politics, whether of the right or the left, I can hardly blame you. To believe it would be to accept that the ultimate consequence of working-class Latino immigration will be not merely the availability of low-cost services and the infusion of new cultural energies into our communities but also, in time, a wrenching redistribution of wealth and respect from privileged white liberals to a rising generation of justly dissatisfied outsiders. The question we face now is how to lay the groundwork for this future: Will we face up to the challenge of delivering the American dream to the millions of working-class newcomers who already live among us, even if that means sacrificing a measure of comfort in the present? Or will we continue to sentimentalize their struggles, confident in the self-serving belief that working-class immigrants and their children will forever accept second-class status?

Just Buy Donald Trump A Prostitute

August 16, 2018

The idea of a military parade in Washington is nothing more than a travesty and total waste of money. Tonight this awful idea has been pushed to 2019…….or never.

The Department of Defense now says it will explore dates next year for a military parade.  But many are thinking the move by the department was to simply placate the whims of Trump who needs his ego boosted.

It should be noted the news tonight comes on the same day that the estimated cost of the military parade requested by Trump rose to as much as $92 million.  That figure comes from the defense department.

For Pete’s sake would someone just go out and buy Trump a prostitute.  Get a model that looks cheap and whorish–like any of his past encounters or even one of his three wives–and have her make him feel ‘like a man’.  Thereby letting the taxpayers off the hook for the high pile of unresolved psychological issues that seemingly plague every waking moment of Trump’s life.  Whatever his dad did to him or what his mother failed to do should not cost the taxpayers $92 million!

As an American interested in saving tax dollars I will even include a D.C. operation that caters to old fat men.

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Aretha Franklin And Amazing Grace

August 16, 2018

The world lost a giant voice and a warm heart today.

Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” died.  She was 76 and left this earth at her home surrounded by family and friends.

There are countless–and I mean that word literally–songs I could post today.  But in my mind the news today calls for this one above all others.

Touring Elvis Presley’s Graceland

August 16, 2018

Today we honor the The King of Rock and Roll.  Elvis Presley passed away on this date in 1977.  Elvis remains the undisputed ultimate entertainer.  Each year on this date I try to offer something unique to recall the man and his times.  This year the Graceland tour seemed to fit the bill.

 

Letter To Editor Underscores Problems For OutReach Over Anti-Police Decision

August 15, 2018

This letter in today’s Wisconsin State Journal sums up the moods and tone of many conversations I have heard over the past several days regarding Outreach not allowing any law enforcement from marching in the upcoming Gay Pride Parade.

The decision by Outreach to disinvite police officers from marching in Madison’s Pride Parade is a textbook example of the arrogance, hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of those who proclaim their devotion to “inclusivity” while banning anyone they deem unworthy. 

I’m old enough to remember when a police officer could be fired on the spot if it were discovered he was gay. The claim by Outreach that police participation would make some in the gay community feel “unsafe” is beyond ludicrous. Presumably the officers who choose to march in the parade are either gay or gay-friendly. How exactly are they a threat?

It was noted that armed, uniformed police officers are to be stationed along the parade route for security and crowd control. Why not remove them as well and see how safe the whiners of Outreach feel then?

Gary L. Kriewald, Madison

These Three Election Wins Reflect Face Of Nation, And The Idea Of What America Stands For

August 15, 2018

There is no way not to feel good about the results from Tuesday’s primaries. After the votes were counted something quite incredible was placed into our long running narrative as a nation.

The nation’s first transgender governor could be elected when Vermont goes to the polls this November.  Christine Hallquist’s bid to become governor cleared a major hurdle and she now readies a campaign to take on incumbent Republican Phil Scott.  Make no mistake–this was a very huge breakthrough–as Hallquist is now the first openly transgender person to be nominated for governor by a major party.

The nation’s first Somali-American woman might be elected to Congress.  I am truly thrilled by this outcome.  In Minnesota’s 5th District, Democrats nominated state Repressentive Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American progressive woman. She’s likely to join Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib as the first Muslim women in Congress.

In Connecticut voters may elect their first black woman to their congressional delegation.  The 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, defeated an opponent endorsed by the local Democratic Party.

These wins were not just for the Democratic Party–but for the IDEA of what America is all about.  Our rounded and long arc towards a more unified, inclusive, just, and equal society takes steps of the very type that these three Americans did last night.  For all the harsh headlines which make the news these three women prove there is also much to be proud of in our land.

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