To be a bigot is to be a bully and a coward. You never will see a bigot when he or she is alone. No, when alone, bigots (i.e. bullies and cowards) keep their heads down and remain quiet.

Bigots want to exert power over their victims. President Trump is the classic bigot/bully/coward. He stays well protected in the White House, spewing hatred about Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists, and Muslims being terrorists.

Here was a coward, so fearful, that he faked a bone spur to stay out of the military.

He doesn’t even have the courage to do his own face-to-face firing of employees. Instead, he has someone else do the deed or fires people by Email.

I thought of all this when I saw this article in today’s Chicago Tribune (excerpts):

New report reveals ‘horrifying scale’ of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Illinois
By Elyssa Cherney Chicago Tribune

Attorneys for victims of sexual abuse by priests have released what they say is the most comprehensive list yet of Catholic clergy with ties to Illinois who have been accused of misconduct against children.

The list includes about 400 priests and lay people who worked in the state, with accusations spanning more than a half-century.

“The data reveal the horrifying scale of priests sexually assaulting minors to the present day,” the report said. “Perhaps most shocking among the discoveries is that some perpetrators were intentionally transferred and retained in trusted positions with direct access to children even after they were known to sexually abuse children.”

The report said its authors believe “that the Dioceses in Illinois have not publicly made available the full histories and their knowledge of their sexually abusive agents and employees.”

The sex abuse scandal has roiled the church for decades, but it received renewed attention last year after a sweeping grand jury report in Pennsylvania identified more than 300 predator priests.

Asked why the Chicago Archdiocese does not include names of priests who have died before an allegation arises, (the response was) “The church’s policy has been to not include it (because) in the case of the deceased priest, there is no risk to children and there is no question of fitness of ministry.”

None of this is new, and it no longer is secret, yet Trump’s response has been missing. The bigot/bully/coward is afraid to anger the 70 million Catholics in America.

Not only are Catholics numerous, but they are powerful. Many hold high office and are wealthy. The Catholic Church too, is wealthy.

Instead, Trump picks on a tiny, powerless segment of the Catholic Church, Mexican undocumented immigrants.

The powerful Church has not defended them, so Trump feels free to lie about and bully these people, because he knows they are politically weak.

The Church should tell Trump, “These are our people. They are good people. They are God-fearing people, who work harder and commit fewer crimes on average than do American citizens. They are an asset to America, just as your grandparents were.”

Today, Trump and the right-wing continue to search for ways to treat immigrants ever more harshly:

The U.S. now has even more leeway to start deportation proceedings for immigrants
A new measure will affect foreigners who entered the U.S. legally and applied for an immigration benefit such as a visa. But now if their application, petition or benefit request gets turned down, their presence in the United States becomes immediately unlawful. Previously, an immigrant had more time to re-petition or pursue other avenues to stay in the United States under a different status.

And:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration’s power to arrest and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they had served time years ago for minor drug offenses. The (right-wing) justices, by a 5-4 vote, agreed. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2019

Given all the needs of the impoverished in America, does Trump ask for $6 billion to improve access to housing, schooling, clothing, and food?

No, he and the right wing choose punishment and banishment. They choose to build a wall.

“Get ’em out and keep ’em out” is the right-wing attitude. Thank God that has not been America’s attitude for the past 240 years, and God willing it will not be America’s attitude when Trump and the cruel right-wing are gone.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY