Last night I watched the GOP forum. A number of the candidates spoke about what they would do if they were president but Donald Trump was not on the stage, but his presence was still in the room. he has the ability to suck the air out of the room even when he is not in the room. I have been watching Morning Joe today and they literally discussed Trump for the first 20 minutes of their broadcast. Sick of the Trump effect I turned to CNN and they are singing the same tune. Can’t escape Trump. Will he actually be the nominee? A month ago it seemed far fetched. Now who knows?
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2016 will be the anything goes election. It’s only 2015 and we are seeing and hearing all sorts of outrageous behavior. We have heard candidates and their surrogates say anything and everything. When questioned about their behavior they either become defiant or some may issue the non-apology apology, but the name of the game is no surrender. You don’t surrender when the people are against you. You don’t surrender when the facts don’t support your premise. You simply don’t surrender. It’s the politics of the outraged. The people are said to be angry with the government, and the candidates feel it is their job to add fuel to the slow burning fuse. There are no statements that are disqualifying. You can question the service of a POW, you use the horrors of the Holocaust as a backdrop to your objections to the Iran deal, one of your surrogates can threaten a reporter who has written a story that the candidate finds objectionable. We have entered the anything goes age of politics. If this is what we have going on over a year away from the election we can only assume it will ge worse.
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.
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!
Donald Trump has been allowed to say all manner of things, but when you question a war hero have you taken a step too far? Share your thoughts,
Former Fox News, current CBS correspondent Major Garrett asked a question today at the President’s press conference and he got more than he bargained for. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
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