So what really happened on Friday? Complete theater, with a giveaway of more than $240 MILLION dollars to war profiteering corporation Raytheon, played out with the building of a political cover for multiple aspects of the Donald’s administration.
Pols who see themselves as faltering try to create drama to distract from their failings. And when wannabe tyrants start to lose their grips, there is always one sure-fire solution to get hoi polloi back in line – WAR!
Tom Hall: With local politics, it is too easy to see the conflicting interests and conflicts between equally valid ideas and proposed solutions to real problems. Local politics take grand theories and smash them into the lives of real people.
Tom Hall: As we move toward laws allowing an even greater suffusion of firearms throughout every level of society, we should be horrified at the thought of angry young men being taught that violence is a proper way to oppose speech.
Tom Hall: The Donald has virtually promised that we’ll be at war within his first year in the presidency. But what does that mean? At war with whom?
Tom Hall: If progressives can develop honest messages about what the Donald’s administration team members positively stand for, those messages may have a better chance of reaching voters who are becoming concerned about the realities of the new regime.
Tom Hall: Revealing his “deal making” chops, the Donald started, even before the election, by giving Czar Vlad a greenlight for his conquest of Crimea and the Ukraine, getting, in return, Czar Vlad’s help in the election.
Tom Hall: Paul Ryan is a devout worshipper of Ayn Rand. He makes all new hires to his staff read her novels, and learn to treat these illogical, melodrama stories as scriptures.
Tom Hall: The Donald’s victory meant that Paul Ryan’s religious devotion to Ayn Rand’s economic nuttiness was going to lead to Medicare and Social Security facing the real prospect of being dismantled before 2018.
Tom Hall: Trying to cling to power, the Republican Party will adopt the language of Democrats, Melania promised. Trying to cling to power, the Party of greed and exclusion will adopt progressive policies, Ivanka promised.
Tom Hall: Every time we learn of another police killing of a black person, too many empty words are said. Promises, with no action, no change, no acknowledgement that the killing is wrong.
Tom Hall: The focus on the concerns of LBGTQ people since the massacre is appropriate, but also dangerous. We mustn’t keep seeing LBGTQs as people apart.
Tom Hall: Both Trump and Cruz are trying to be today’s Goldwater. Goldwater positioned himself as a champion of racist, xenophobic, colonial war mongering. And he got crushed in the election.