With his slogan, “Make America Great, Again,” Trump implied that America was not great. And, historically speaking, he was right that America has not always been great.
There were, in fact, many times when we Americans disgraced ourselves.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves during the years we enslaved, tortured and killed black people.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves when we imprisoned Japanese Americans during WWII.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves when we turned away the SS St. Louis, loaded with Jews trying to escape Hitler.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves during the years we refused voting rights for women and blacks.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves during the years of anti-Irish sentiment.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves when we killed native Americans, and broke our treaties with them.
- We Americans disgraced ourselves when we prosecuted the Vietnam war, unnecessarily killing millions of innocent Vietnamese and Americans.
- We Americans still disgrace ourselves by jailing, per capita, more people than any other nation on earth, and then compounding the problem by giving guns — high-powered guns — to any fool who wants one.
- We Americans still disgrace ourselves by denying millions of people affordable health care, while “lesser” countries offer it.
- Millions of Americans disgrace themselves by supporting an absurd, immoral, ill-prepared, unqualified President.
Though America has been great in many, many ways, and still is, it is being led far, far from its previous glories.
Newsweek DAILY BRIEFING – 08.21.2019
TRUMP ADMIN TO DETAIN CHILDREN INDEFINITELY
The Trump administration has issued a rule change that would end limits on migrant minors’ time in detention and limit safeguards against cruel and unsanitary conditions.
California Senator Kamala Harris asked on Twitter Wednesday, “how does detaining families longer make our border secure or stop transnational gangs — things the DHS should actually be spending their time doing?”
Senator Elizabeth Warren: “The Flores agreement mandates that migrant children cannot be held in detention for more than 20 days. Today, the Trump administration announced its plans to roll back Flores—putting thousands of children in danger.
Inspectors found soiled, emotionally distraught children who were unable to brush their teeth or shower. The administration tried to justify not providing kids with soap and toothbrushes.
The new rule would remove a 20-day limit on detaining families in jails. Families will now be sent to “family residential centers” where they will remain until their immigration case is heard.
It takes an average of 713 days for a judge to hear a case.
“The detention of children can lead to trauma, suicidal feelings, and exposure to dangerously inadequate medical care,” said Clara Long, acting deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “No amount of time in detention is safe for children and prolonged detention is particularly harmful.”
The torturing of innocent men, women, and children is not the badge of a great nation.
The Trump administration, rather than making America great again, instead has chosen to repeat the worst, immoral, cruel excesses of previously disgraced administrations.
Trump’s method for “making America great, again,” includes insulting our allies:
Trump scolds Denmark, calls prime minister ‘nasty’
By Jan M. Olsen and Laurie Kellman Associated Press
Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a “nasty” statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity.
“You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me,” Trump told reporters in Washington. “I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off.”
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the whole thing “an absurd discussion” and said she was “disappointed and surprised” that Trump had canceled his visit.
Trump said Frederiksen’s comment labeling his idea as absurd “was nasty.
Trump’s cancellation was “deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark,” former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt wrote on Twitter.
Claus Oxfeldt, chairman of Denmark’s main police union, told Danish media that “It has created great frustrations to have spent so much time preparing for a visit that is canceled,” Oxfeldt was quoted as saying.
There stood Trump, whose every tweet insults someone,* suddenly becoming hyper-sensitive by claiming “America” was insulted when the Danish Prime Minister rightfully called his absurd idea, “absurd.” ( *See: The 598 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter)
No, Mr. Trump, you are not America, and America was not insulted. You, however, are known internationally as an absurd boor, and that, unfortunately, reflects poorly on us Americans.
In short, every day, it is you Mr. Trump, who insults America.
Trump doubles down on charge that Jews who vote Democrat are ‘disloyal’ [The New York Times]
President Trump on Wednesday repeated his allegation that Jews who vote for Democrats are “being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”
Trump also thanked conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root (an evangelical Christian) for saying Jews in Israel love Trump “like he’s the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Trump was trying to make himself out to be a savior. “Literally, it’s hard to think of something less kosher than telling the Jewish people you’re the king of Israel, and therefore, we should have some fidelity to you.”
Trump’s comment that Jews are, or should be, loyal to Israel, is part of the bigot’s old trope that Jews are not loyal to the country in which they live.
It was the excuse Hitler gave for murdering them. That slur, together with Trump’s love for dictators, has him re-emerging as the next Hitler “wannabe.”
And as for showing loyalty to a bigot like Trump, the vast majority of Jews have learned from Hitler, the cost of bigotry. When any group is maltreated by a bigot, eventually the maltreatment falls on the Jews. It’s always the Jews.
With Trump as its leader, America cannot claim greatness, nor can those who continue to back Trump.
Trump says he’s ‘Chosen One’ to take on China over trade
President Trump on Wednesday framed his trade war with China in religious terms, saying he was “the Chosen One” to confront Beijing over economic policies he considers unfair to the U.S.
“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago. Somebody had to do it,” Trump said. He then looked up and pointed to the heavens, saying, “I am the Chosen One.”
Historically, dictators have portrayed themselves as God, or one chosen by God.
From the Pharaohs to Rafael Trujillo (“God in Heaven, Trujillo on Earth”) to Francisco Macias Nguema (“There is no other God than Macias Nguema”) to Trump’s pal, Kim Jong-Il (“Creator of the Universe“).
Will Americans, one day, refer to Donald Trump as “the chosen one”?
Every day, Trump disgraces America and each of us. Fortunately, every four years, we are given the ability to reverse our past errors of judgment or immorality.
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.
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Ten Steps To Prosperity:
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone
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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%
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