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Yes, Donald Trump Is Still A Racist

August 26, 2016

I have made it clear–as if it were necessary–that Donald Trump is a racist.  His latest ploy at ‘outreach’ to the African-American community is a joke.  Trump does not care at all about people of color–he has proven that to be the case over and over.  What Trump is concerned about is his pathetic poll numbers and so is speaking to white Republicans and hoping some moderate GOP voters fall to his stunt.

Meanwhile Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks for the rest of the nation.

Today in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hillary Clinton was asked by host Joe Scarborough: “Do you think Donald Trump is a personally a bigot or a racist?” Clinton said: “All I can do is point to the evidence of what he has said and what he has done. From the start, he has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. It is deeply disturbing that he is taking hate groups that lived in the dark regions of the internet making them mainstream, helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. He questioned the citizenship of president Obama. He has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists. He has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage. He promised a mass deportation force. What I want to make clear is this, a man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and these kind of white supremacist, white nationalist, anti-Semitic groups should never run our government and command our military.”

Is Bishop Morlino Listening?

August 26, 2016

In a meeting with roughly 30 members of his own Jesuit religious order in Poland in late July, Pope Francis said that priests must be taught the fine art of discernment, because “not everything is black over white, or white over black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life.”

A great read.

Stephen Bannon Was Once Charged With Domestic Violence, Battery–More Reason For Women To Vote Against Donald Trump

August 25, 2016

Stephen Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996.  There are more reasons than ever for thoughtful women to vote against Donald Trump.

Why would trump cozy up with someone of this low stature?

The Santa Monica, California police report says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account. Bannon also reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.

Bannon sounds like a classless act.

While the case ended when Bannon’s ex-wife did not appear in court, the incident presents a new problem for the Trump campaign following the hiring of the controversial Bannon. He went on leave from Breitbart News, where he is chairman, to take over the Trump campaign.

The couple – who had twin girls – were divorced shortly after the criminal charges were dropped in August 1996.

Maya Angelou Nails Truth To Donald Trump

August 25, 2016

Donald Trump peddles in hate and fear-mongering.  Though he is trying to spin away from his strident and racist comments he spewed for months during the primaries he is now only doing so because the polls show the American voters are not interested in what lurks deep in his heart.

And what is at the center of Trump should not be forgotten.  It must never be allowed entry into the Oval Office.

Recall that Trump derided professional politicians and the process they employed to be elected and govern?  Recall how he voiced his strong statements that he would never be like that–he was going to be a totally different type of candidate?

Trump has taken his own words not only about how he would conduct himself as a candidate, but also his signature campaign issue, immigration, and turned both on their head.

The orange-skinned man has now suggested he would perhaps allow some undocumented immigrants to remain in the country under certain conditions, a drastic shift from previous rhetoric calling for a deportation force.

It is still unclear what Trump will supplant for his old plan but it is simply remarkable to see how he can be forced to the wall and made to change his most deeply-held policy position.    The matters of a giant wall and a deportation force were both crazy, un-American, violations of human decency, and the most vile of attempts to sway hard conservatives in the primaries.  Now those issues seem to be bendable since the polls show Trump in the basement looking up.

I can not begin to fathom how his ardent three-thumb followers must be feeling since it is now obvious Trump will not stand up to his own clearly stated positions.  What else will Trump cave on?  All of a sudden Trump is looking like a conventional pol!

The reason Trump is playing to moderate white Republican voters in a bid to show he is not as racist as his statements and actions of the past make him out to be is because he knows he needs a desperate political play.  But it too late, the cake is in the oven.  He is already baked for the election.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton made the best point about how Trump is trying to fool the public with his new found love for people of color.  She used the words of Maya Angelou “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

Amen!

Donald Trump’s Racist Campaign Ploy Will Not Work

August 24, 2016

I am simply flummoxed how political operatives for Donald Trump think what they are now trying to sell has any chance of working.   I have worked in politics at the grass roots level, (serving as a county chair) worked for a decade in the state legislative process, managed a state representative primary campaign and also a sheriff primary race.  But never have I seen such rancid politics as what is playing out now in the nation.  I also read a great deal of history and while there have always been embarrassing candidates few have earned the degree of revulsion Trump has rightfully earned.

Lets get real about the political mood that Donald Trump is trying to foster about some great new-found respect he has for people of color.  Archie Bunker said he was not a racist because he had a Sammy Davis, Jr. album and even had met the entertainer.  That is the same way we should think of Trump when it comes to his understanding minorities or his ‘caring’ about them.  A racist and a bigot at heart means always a racist and bigot at heart.

And Trump is a pure racist and bigot.

There is no doubting it is demeaning to spout in rally after rally that minorities have “nothing to lose” by backing Trump’s candidacy.  Considering that the next president will likely select three members to the Supreme Court and voting requirements (voter ID) will very much be a part of judicial action in the years to come–you damn right minorities have lots to lose with Trump anywhere near the White House!

Tonight it is reported that Trump will hold a rally in Jackson, Mississippi.  Statistics show the city has a population that’s about 80 percent black. And it also can be shown with primary data that the orange-skinned man performed quite well in areas with relatively high-minority populations.  But let us be honest as to what was happening in those areas.

Minorities were not applauding or supporting Trump.  In fact polls in state after state proved Trump was polling and continues to poll at historic lows with Blacks and Hispanics. The reason Trump did well in states with a minority population above eight percent and an unemployment rate above the national average was due to his over-performing with white voters.  Uneducated white angry men, in particular.

Trump has no interest in the minorities of Jackson, but only in the perception that a segment of moderate Republicans have of him about the race issue.  Trump needs to attempt to shape and mold a view in the minds of some  moderate voters.  In Jackson for instance the city’s primary surrounding county is about 70 percent black and voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2012.  But in two other nearby counties – Rankin and Madison – they are mostly white and voted for Romney by double digits.

Those last wo counties are what the Jacksons rally is all about.

For those of us who have worked in politics and perhaps forgotten more than most will ever know about ‘inside baseball’ we fully understand what is being attempted.  In Tampa where Trump held a rally reporters counted only about 10 minority attendees out of more than 1000 people in the audience.

Trump is playing the race card against minorities.

Let me be among countless others who know–and are stating–that citizens like to be asked for their votes come Election Day.  They do not like to be used so to have others cast a ballot for or against them based on skin color and demeaning and discriminatory political rhetoric.

Alder Mike Verveer And The Wasting Of Taxpayer Money

August 24, 2016

I may differ with the tone of a few words here and there in David Blaska’s column but I absolutely agree with the foundation from which he stands when it comes to the wasteful use of $400,000 of taxpayer money and the continuing ridicule (and worse) of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

I think it hard to argue with the foundations of what Blaska wrote in this column.   The $400,000 should not have been appropriated in that manner, at that time, or for that reason. Those who led the charge in the council  and those who foolishly voted for it need to be held accountable.  I also have no warmth for Progressive Dane—everything they touch is tainted with shades of crazy.   Blaska makes that clear.

So is the entire legalistic offensive against Madison police. Progressive Dane bought a first-class ticket on the Black Lives Matter victim train and now they’re driving it.

Former Progressive Dane chairman and alder Brenda Konkel promotes the complaint on her blog and, more damnably, on Progressive Dane’s own website.

“Support our petition to support our Alders in filing a complaint with the Police and Fire Commission against Chief Koval,” it reads.

Which raises a juicy conflict of interest question. The president of the Madison Common Council, Mike Verveer, has appointed a subcommittee to review citizen-police relations.

Read the rest and ponder what might have been done with the money in this city other than placate the seriously flawed element better known at Progressive Dane.

Making Our Muslim Brothers And Sisters Feel At Home

August 24, 2016

I am very proud to live in a city where there is a growing understanding about Islam and how the followers of this religion are being made to feel and know they are just like every other person in this place we call home. A well-written article in The Capital Times reports about the role the media plays in the way Muslims are portrayed.

While many in Madison’s Muslim population said they don’t experience the same kind of hostility that their Muslim counterparts face in other parts of the country, they point to the media as a primary source of rhetoric that roots Islamophobia among non-Muslims.

“Media is playing a critical role towards portraying Islam in a negative way and sadly it is the prime source of information for the masses,” said Sohail Siraj, owner of Best Brains Learning Center, an academic tutoring business in Madison.

Still, Muslims interviewed say they have found a supportive community here.

“It is important for the whole nation and the city of Madison to know that churches and other organizations reached out to us after all the anti-Islam rhetoric in the media about Muslims to show support,” said Gibril Jarjue, president of the Islamic Center of East Madison. “There is solidarity between Muslims and other faiths in Madison.”

Jarjue said the churches signed a letter in support of the Madison Muslim community.

“I hope other organizations in other cities learn from this kind of unity because we have families and kids here,” Jarjue said. “They are growing and they are Americans.”

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