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“Our father, Donald J. Trump is a true visionary and a great mentor,” Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump said in the statement. “He is a brilliant negotiator with a proven track record of getting things done. Most importantly, he is an incredible dad and role model. He raised us to work hard and strive for excellence in all that we do.”
No one is questioning Donald Trump’s parenting style. Insults a war hero, tells a packed house and millions watching the personal phone number of another candidate and calls illegal immigrants “murderers and rapist”. Might be Father of the Year but will never be President of the United States.
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Bland “was very combative,” DA Elton Mathis said. “It was not a model traffic stop … and it was not a model person that was stopped.”
By now you know the story of Sandra Bland. She was a 28 year old woman who moved to Texas to start a new job. She was pulled over by the police for a minor traffic violation. She was subsequently manhandled and arrested. The police say she committed suicide while in their custody. Her relatives contest this and a murder investigation is currently going on. I was reading an article about Bland and I was struck by the quote above from the DA. He said she was not a model person. What is a model person? Does model person mean complete compliance? What makes you a model person? Why is there always a need to demonize the victim even prior to all the facts being released? Perfection does not provide protection. Share your thoughts.
John McCain made Sarah Palin a star. he brought her and her brood to the big city and put a spotlight on them. She should be forever in his debt, but today she said John McCain and Donald Trump are both heroes. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Talk is cheap and we know politicians will say anything to get elected. At the NetRoots convention a boisterous crowd in the audience tried to get Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders to declare Black Lives Matter, but they would not just say that O’Malley said Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter and All Lives Matter and this enraged the crowd, but did they really think either of them would make a racial declaration? The Democrats really don’t think they have to do much or say much to get the black vote. They are not going to bend over backward seeking something they already think they have. Blacks came out in record numbers for President Obama. In 2008 we made history and in 2012 we did it again. There was a collective sense of pride, but 2016 is a totally different animal. Hillary Clinton (heir apparent), Bernie Sanders (radical socialist) and Martin O’Malley (Smiley). There are other Democrats but no one among them is going to create the Obama level of enthusiasm. So what are the choices on the other side: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and a bunch of other names that don’t come to mind. Each voter has to make a choice and we have the next year to watch and listen to all the candidates and determine what candidate can do more than repeat a hashtag.
In 2008 John McCain unleashed Sarah Palin on us. She was a self-proclaimed Grizzly Mom. She offered blunt, tough talk. She clearly relished her role as attack dog. She questioned candidate Barack Obama’s patriotism but the party loved her. After the election she was able to become a Fox news contributor and a sought after speaker. Her crazy talk turned into a career. Now in 2015 Trump has no respect his crazy talk has been elevated to another level. Trump’s comments about John McCain were despicable but Trump has refused to apologize. Trump is constantly running his mouth but I’m sorry is not a part of his verbal arsenal. Trump double downed on his position in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/19/donald-trump-republican-party-presidential-candidate-editorials-debates/30389993/) Trump is not going to change. He is the King of Crazy Talk. His followers are not the crazies and in reality he is not truly crazy. He is doing want an entertainer does. He is simply giving the people what they want. He is a side show and perhaps the show will be over soon.
My response to Brother Ta-Nehisi’s new book should not be misunderstood. I simply tried to honestly evaluate the book at the level of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Since I believe there will never be another Baldwin — just as there will never be another Coltrane, Morrison, Du Bois, Simone [as in Nina], Robeson or Rakim — the coronation of Coates as Baldwin is wrong. His immense talents and gifts lie elsewhere and lead to different priorities. He indeed tells crucial truths about the vicious legacy of white supremacy as plunder on a visceral level, yet he fails to focus on our collective fightback, social movements or political hope. Even his fine essays downplay people’s insurgency and resistance. The full truth of white supremacy must include our historic struggles against it. His critical comments in his essays about the respectability politics or paternalistic speeches of the black president in power (absent in his book) do not constitute a critique of the presidency — pro-Wall Street policy as capitalist wealth inequality, drone policy as U.S. war crimes, massive surveillance as violation of rights, or defense of ugly Israeli occupation as immoral domination. For example, none of the black or white neo-liberals who coronate Coates say that 500 Palestinian babies killed by U.S. supported Israeli forces in 50 days or U.S. drones killing over 200 babies are crimes against humanity. Yet they cry crocodile tears when black folk are murdered by U.S. police. Unlike Baldwin, Coates gives them this hypocritical way out — with no cost to pay, risk to take, or threat to their privilege because of his political silence on these issues. I love Coates’ obsession with Baldwin’s beautiful prose, and Coates does have beautiful moments too. Baldwin’s beauty is profoundly soulful, wise and eager to inspire others. Coates’ beauty is deliberately nerdy, smart and draws attention to itself. Hence, Coates’ obsession with beauty weakens the Baldwin-like truths of resistance to be told or the Baldwin-like goodness tied to social hope. Like a Blues man or Jazz woman, Baldwin offers his whole blood-drenched and tear-soaked soul in words and sounds to an incomplete world, whereas Coates offers his well-crafted words with a sad spectatorial self to a doomed world. In this Age of Ferguson, we indeed need different voices, yet the most needful voices should be Baldwin-like all the way down and all the way LIVE!
In 2012 Donald Trump embraced birtherism. He questioned the President’s citizenship and he was invited on the major networks (NBC and Fox embraced him) to share his claims. The Republican candidates including Mitt Romney came to New York to kiss his rink and hopefully get his endorsement. Very few of them challenged him on the birther issue. When he announced his run for the presidency this past June he insulted the Hispanic community. He labeled some of them as rapist and murders and he said some might be good people. Some candidates rejected his harsh rhetoric, but others stayed silent. Still in awe of the Trump brand and the chance that once he parks his circus car he might toss them a bone. So yesterday when he struck out at John McCain he could not have foreseen the universal disdain that he is receiving. Trump a man who received 4 deferments had the nerve to challenge a former POW who was held captive for over 5 years. Trump has declared that McCain was captured and he likes people who were not captured. So why did this strike such a strident cord? Could it be that this is the first time he has gone after someone who the majority see as a “True American”? Sadly, there are still people in this country who truly believe the President was born in Kenya, and if you follow that line of thinking Trump was regarded as a truth teller. There is also a group of people who believe illegal immigrants are potential criminals, but you would be hard pressed to find too many people that would agree with his characterization of a real American, John McCain.