Category Archives: US Elections

USA: To Trump’s Hard-Core Supporter; His Rallies Weren’t Politics. They Were Life.

What 2020 looked like from the front row on the campaign trail

Michael C. Bender | The Washington Post

Donald Trump soaked in the adoration as he commanded a rally stage inside a massive central Florida arena. I stewed in my seat and stopped taking notes.

It was the third summer of Trump’s presidency, and the event had been billed as the official kickoff of his re-election campaign. What unfolded, however, was effectively the same rally I’d already covered at least 50 times since 2016 as a White House and political reporter for the Wall Street Journal.          Continue reading

USA — Myths provide safe harbor for refugees from reality – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old warehouse worker, drove the 350 miles from his home in Salisbury, N.C., to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2016, and stormed into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and a Colt revolver. His mission: to destroy a pedophile ring identified by the Internet. On the way, he made a cellphone recording, according to The Washington Post, for his two young daughters: “I can’t let you grow up in a world that is so corrupt by evil, without at least standing up for you and other children just like you.”

The story was false, Welch quickly discovered, and he surrendered to police. He later wrote to the judge that he realized “just how foolish and reckless my decision was.”          Continue reading

USA Politics: Greene’s Ahistorical Claim That The Nazis Were Socialists – Opinion + Video on “Socialism”

Plus video: WHAT IS SOCIALISM

– Glenn Kessler | The Washington Post

“You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

              — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), speaking at an “America First” rally, May 27, 2021

Those who apparently do not know history are doomed to make basic mistakes. 

IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE. The official name of the Adolf Hitler’s political party — the Nazis — had the word “socialist” in it. Ergo, it must have been a socialist party. And that means that Democrats, some of whom call themselves socialists, must be Nazis. Or something like that.       Continue reading

USA: The 1921 Tulsa race massacre at 100: an act of terrorism America tried to forget – 2 articles

It was among the worst acts of violence in US history, and no one was held accountable – how much has changed in the last 100 years?

Racial terror has long been the go-to response for aggrieved whites in America. The insurrectionists waving Confederate flags who attacked the Capitol on 6 January to overthrow the results of the 2020 national elections weren’t an anomaly. The intimidation, disempowerment and humiliation of the “other” to maintain entitled rights has been a recurring narrative since the arrival of European colonizers in America and the growth of the slave trade.    Continue reading

USA: Can Democrats Beat The Odds In 2022? – Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post

 OPINION: By Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post

Would you put big money on Democrats winning big in 2022? Recently, a wealthy progressive donor stated on a Listserv for political junkies that he expected Democrats to sweep the House and Senate by large margins. Conventional wisdom, of course, holds that Democrats are likely to lose control of the House and quite possibly the Senate, putting an abrupt end to the progressive reforms that President Biden is advancing. Can Democrats beat the odds next year?       Continue reading

USA: Republican Opposition to A Jan. 6 Commission Could Be A Blessing in Disguise ? – Opinion

The House of Representatives on May 19 voted to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. (U.S. House of Representatives)

  Max Boot | The Washington Post

ANOTHER WEEK, another milestone in the GOP’s transformation into an authoritarian party — an American version of Poland’s Law and Justice, Hungary’s Fidesz, or Turkey’s Justice and Development.

LAST WEEK, it was the ouster of Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the No. 3 spot in Republican House leadership because she refused to go along with the “big lie” that the election was stolen from former president Donald Trump.    Continue reading

U.S.– Should those who lost their souls govern the nation’s affairs? – By Mohamed Hamaludin

The Bible, in Mark 8:36, asks, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” The question is rhetorical, the answer is “nothing.” That warning has not stopped Republican Party leaders.

After Barack Obama won the presidency twice, the party undertook a soul-searching in 2012 which yielded a blueprint for becoming more inclusive. Then came first the 2016 campaign and then the presidency of Donald Trump.

Using social media to promote himself and to spread 30,573 lies and misstatements in four years, according to a Washington Post data base, Trump seized control of a political organization whose history includes fierce and relentless opposition to slavery and converted it into a personality cult – and the Republican leadership actively abetted him.          Continue reading

Opinion | Why Trump Still Rules the Republican Party – The New York Times

Why Trump Is Still Their Guy – Opinion- New York Times

You don’t hear his name as much. But as far as the G.O.P. is concerned, the former president rules.

April 21, 2021 -By Thomas B. Edsall = Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality

Campaign to Subvert the 2020 Election

His exile in Mar-a-Lago notwithstanding, Donald Trump’s authority over the Republican Party remains vast. You can see it in Republican reluctance to back a bipartisan inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in the widespread denunciation of party members who refused to overturn election results and who voted for Trump’s second impeachment, and in poll data showing continuing repudiation among loyal Republicans of the 2020 election results.      Continue reading

USA Politics: Republicans Made A Foolish Bet On The Biden Agenda – Opinion

 Jennifer Rubin | The Washington Post

THE ECONOMY LOOKS READY TO TAKE OFF IN A WAY WE HAVE NOT SEEN FOR 30 YEARS. The International Monetary Fund predicts that the U.S. economy “will surpass its pre-pandemic size as growth reaches 6.4% this year …. up 1.3 percentage points from the group’s forecast in January,” CNN reported.

The IMF predicts the $1.9 trillion rescue plan will “deliver a strong boost to growth in the United States in 2021 and provide sizable positive spillovers to trading partners,” and, as a result, the “recession is likely to leave smaller scars than the 2008 global financial crisis.”        Continue reading

USA Senate Politics: The Filibuster Was Grounded in Slavery and Now Threatens All Life

Today it’s a convenient shield for cowardly senators to avoid going on the record about their opposition to popular legislation, instead they say, “Hey, it takes 60 votes; what can I do?”

By Thom Hartmann | Consortium News

IT IS TIME TO END THE FILIBUSTER AND BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE U.S. SENATE.

The filibuster was invented by “the Grandfather of the Confederacy” John C. Calhoun, and its only purpose is to block legislation that otherwise has broad popular support but is opposed by racists and big corporate special interest groups.    Continue reading

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