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what are the political norms now, anyway?

I'm curious what are the political norms now, in the age of Trump, anyway?

So open racism, bigotry, sexual banter, cheating on your wife, corruption ... it's all good now?

Is this new life for disgraced pols like John Edwards and all these people?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_sex_scandals_in_the_United_States#2010.E2.80.932015

Who can really be considered unelectable any more?

Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Fri Dec 23, 2016, 09:23 AM (6 replies)

Conservatives who say "Now Democrats know what Republicans felt like in 2008"

I've heard this a lot from conservatives, this piece is a good example:
http://monsterhunternation.com/2016/11/14/a-handy-guide-for-liberals-who-are-suddenly-interested-in-gun-ownership/

However this line drives me crazy because as we well know, Trump and Obama are nothing like at all, except for maybe having a bit of cult of personality about them.

Obama was never so amazingly dishonest, so vulgar, so mean, so angry, so erratic, so hostile to the press, so ignorant, he never associated with true racists, etc.

Obama also won his election handily, for good reason, with no tricks, and of course governed with great calm and dignity and balance.


HOW CAN ANY SANE PERSON COMPARE THESE TWO ELECTIONS????
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Thu Dec 22, 2016, 01:45 PM (57 replies)

Is there anything Trump could do that would make him lose support of the majority of Republicans?

Really, I think the only political question I have right now is this.

I have a whole long list of horrifying things he could easily do, things he's even said he would do, even illegal things, that I don't think would lose him majority Republican support.

I honestly can't think of one thing he could do that they wouldn't rationalize as okay because he's their guy.

Rounding up Muslims and transgenders and having summary executions in the street? Nah, they'd love that.

Dropping nukes in Iraq? Oh, they'd love that.

Dropping a nuke on Hollywood? Somehow, I think his base would love that or could be convinced it was the right thing to do.

Trumpism can only be failed by the country, it can never fail itself. And we know the extreme psychopathy of Trump himself.

The only thing I can see that would cause his die-hard support to change is if he started a nuclear war. But that's only because most of his supporters will get obliterated.

This is not going to end well.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Thu Dec 22, 2016, 10:43 AM (56 replies)

NeoNazis beat out far right Zionists as priorities for the Trump team

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-official-boycotts-israeli-gov-t-meeting-over-exclusion-of-far-right-swede

A representative of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team was among a group of conservative lawmakers and officials from the U.S. and Europe who boycotted a meeting with Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely this week over her decision to exclude a far-right Swedish pol from the briefing, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry told the Times that the delegation had canceled its briefing with Hotovely (pictured above) because she would not allow the attendance Swedish pol Kristina Winberg, whom the spokesperson described as "a member of a party with neo-Nazi tendencies."

A representative for the group also told the Times that the delegation was boycotting the meeting in protest of Winberg's exclusion.


OF COURSE....

Btw, the hard-right zionist characterization of Hovotely came from Josh Marshall at TPM:

A coalition of neo-Nazis and hard-right Zionists can be unwieldy.

A representative of the Trump transition has decided to boycott a meeting with the Israeli government after the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to meet with a member of their delegation. Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on Trump’s transition team, was in Jerusalem with a delegation of far-right Bannonite European parliamentarians. But Israel said it couldn't meet with Sweden's Kristina Winberg because of her party's "neo-Nazi tendencies." Faced with that rebuke, Dunlop decided to boycott the meeting entirely.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Wed Dec 21, 2016, 04:12 PM (0 replies)

Trump National Security Adviser Met With Leader Of Party Founded By Nazis

Source: Huffington Post

General Mike Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick to serve as his national security adviser, met several weeks ago with Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party, which was founded after World War II by former Nazis. What the hStrache described the meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, on his Facebook page, where he also announced signing a “cooperation pact” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Although the Times story focused on the Russia pact, the Flynn-Strache meeting is at least as significant. Austrians’ support for far-right parties has increased significantly over the past 15 years. Strache’s Freedom Party received 35 percent of the vote in this year’s parliamentary elections and narrowly lost the race for Austria’s ceremonial presidency earlier this month.

“This is not just any opposition party: It is one with Nazi sympathies,” said Daniel Serwer, a former state department official who’s now a professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. “Nor is Flynn any national security adviser. He is a documented conspiracy propagator. His long-term strategy colleague, Steve Bannon, is an ethnic nationalist and anti-Semite. The president-elect is an anti-Muslim and anti-immigration bigot.”

There’s no doubt that Strache, who worries about “inverse racism, “Austrian youths” being “beaten up in discos” and the “risk of Islamization,” has a lot in common with Flynn, who has also warned of the dangers of Islam and called the religion a “cancer,” and Trump, who called for banning all Muslims from visiting the U.S.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-flynn-freedom-party-nazis_us_5859367ee4b08debb78af7c2



This is scary as hell. Flynn was already scary as hell, but now he's going OUT OF HIS WAY to meet with a European neo-Nazi???
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Tue Dec 20, 2016, 03:04 PM (1 replies)

A few observations on "progressives" I've noticed from this election

this is from many Facebook friends and interactions with people on Facebook who say they are progressives in the past year.

they are white, lower middle class, perhaps struggling a bit financially, 30-60 years old

they appear to be very liberal on social issues, the environment

very anti-war, especially US imperialism

very anti-big banks

they are atheist or not overtly religious

they act as if they are not prejudiced but display some racial insensitivity

they are huge Bernie supporters and invariably think the primary was stolen from him

they lean into the camp of both parties are the same, they have plenty of criticism of Democrats

they appear to have fairly impractical political positions or solutions, have unrealistic expectations of how politics works

they say they would vote for a new FDR

they thought Hillary was horrible, flawed, crooked, they ate up every anti-Hillary piece they could find, many didn't vote for her

they were not big fans of President Obama.

many times they claimed they were Democrats or registered Democrats, but wouldn't be voting Dem anymore

they didn't recognize ( or minimized) the huge danger of Trump and could not bring themselves to vote for Hillary, because their "conscience"

they are a big factor why the Democrats are in the position we are in now.

the question is whether these people can be reached, won over for Dem elections. They are nominal Dems, but are a weak coalition.

And like Bernie Sanders himself, these people are feeling vindicated by the defeat of Hillary, and are pushing that their politics is the right way -- which is questionable!!!
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Tue Dec 20, 2016, 08:45 AM (86 replies)

David Friedman, Trump's choice for Israel, is a Putin fan

Holy hell. This pattern is making me sick.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17964
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Sun Dec 18, 2016, 01:31 PM (11 replies)

Ta-Henisi Coates "My President was Black"

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/01/my-president-was-black/508793/

A beautiful and very long piece, that speaks to racism and how Obama led to Trump in America.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Sun Dec 18, 2016, 11:29 AM (8 replies)

Madonna Opens Up About Facing Sexism and Abuse in Speech



Good stuff
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Sun Dec 18, 2016, 09:32 AM (0 replies)

"Bernie Sanders anti-political correctness rant proves the left is learning the wrong lessons"

http://qz.com/865263/bernie-sanders-and-political-correctness-democrats-are-learning-all-the-wrong-lessons-from-donald-trump-election-win/

At a town hall in Wisconsin this week with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Bernie Sanders made a powerful case for why the American dream has been eroded by a wealthy corporate assault on the middle class. In a forum that included both conservative and independent voters, Sanders deftly and empathetically answered concerns about raising the minimum wage and free college tuition. He reminded me, again, why I voted for him.

Unfortunately, he also reminded me why many others didn’t. Early in the evening, Chris Hayes asked Sanders why he thought Donald Trump had been so successful. Sanders responded with a rather confusing endorsement of Trump’s attack on political correctness. “I think he said he will not be politically correct,” Sanders explained. “I think he said some outrageous and painful things, but I think people are tired of the same old politically correct rhetoric, and they believe that he was speaking from his heart and willing to take on everybody.”

Sanders then, and also bizarrely, defined political correctness as a phrase describing political double-speak. “It means you have a set of talking points which have been poll-tested and focus-group-tested and that’s what you say rather than what’s really going on. And often, what you are not allowed to say are things which offend very powerful people.”


Apparently he also linked political correctness to talking about trade policy.

Political correctness is mainly about not being a bigot in public.

I saw some where else say that as a Marxist, Sanders really doesn't really like to talk about race (he prefers to talk about class), and he doesn't realize how racist so many people are. I don't know how true that is, but it's an interesting thought.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Sat Dec 17, 2016, 10:54 AM (19 replies)
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