Month: March 2016

  • Does Trump encourage violence?

    Trump is bafflingly uninformed about Ferguson.  He was strangely puzzled about the campaign protests in East St. Louis.  Others have known about the problem since -- well, for twenty-five years.

    Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools is a book written by Jonathan Kozol in 1991 that documents the reversal in America of the case Brown v. Board of Education.  Segregation has been steadily on the increase. [ Link ]

    Twenty-five years ago, in Jonathan Kozol's visits to East St. Louis as well as Camden, Cincinnati, and D.C., he discovered overcrowded, unsanitary and often understaffed environments, lacking basic tools and textbooks.  He cited the large proportions of minorities in areas with the lowest annual budgets, despite higher taxation rates.

    And recently we watched the protests of the killing of the unarmed black man Michael Brown.  But as we know, the outrage had been building for decades.  Where you have strict segregation in schools, you necessarily have economic repression as well.

    Trump was deeply puzzled.  "There is a lot of anger in America," he said, but it was an anger he didn't understand.  Trump is bafflingly uninformed.

    End of sermon. So let's look at the excellent artwork of The Daily News.







    (edit:) last time I said,

      We can only take comfort in the polls that predict Hillary's victory in a general election.

    Here is the problem.  Democrats cannot win unless they turn out to vote, and they usually don't.  That was the case in the midterm elections of 2014 where Democrats, although a majority, stayed home and allowed the fired-up Republicans to outvote them and win.  In 2012, by contrast, the Democrats were more enthusiastic, and they turned out and won.

    If we look at the tallies in recent primary elections, we see that Republicans are turning out in record numbers, especially the Trump voters.  If the trend continues, Trump is going to win.

    The lesson is that Democrats must, must vote in November.  Talk to your friends, volunteer in your local precinct.  Then you can sit back and have a beer until November.  Relax.  Surf the Trump satire sites.  Look at pictures of Trump in drag!

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    (edit:) one more thing: the repugs are still going to be very active in gerrymandering and voter suppression. So we need to launch plenty of lawsuits as soon as possible.