The Politics of Bigotry

Most of us who follow politics remember the analysis issued by the Republican National Committee in the wake of the 2012 Presidential election. One of the findings was that the GOP absolutely had to increase its percentage of the Latino vote if it ever hoped to regain the White House.

Needless to say, the outreach to the Latino community advocated in that document did not occur, and if this analysis–based upon research by Pew–is accurate, the incredibly divisive, racist tone of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far is a direct outgrowth of the fact that the Grand Old Party has written off Latinos and other minority voters.

Since the Republicans didn’t pursue the easier path of improving their popularity with Latinos, they have no choice to jack up that 59% number they got with whites. Let’s look at how much they’ll need….

It’s probably a lot easier to get new voters from a group that is generally opposed to you than it is to keep adding voters to a group you’re dominating. In other words, it might be an easier task for the Republicans to get back to the 40-plus percent Latino support that George W. Bush once enjoyed than to grow their white support from 59% to 64%.

But it’s the latter strategy (if we can call it a strategy) that the Republicans are pursuing. They need to racially polarize the electorate in a way that gets them 3-5% more of the white vote.

They can do some of this through turnout instead, of course, so if they can keep lots of blacks and Latinos from voting in the first place, they don’t need to improve quite so much with whites.

I think what’s key to understanding this situation is that the Republicans actually have crossed the Rubicon and they no longer have the option of going back and pursuing more of the Latino vote. They must pursue more of the white vote and there are not too many ways to do that other than aggravating racial consciousness and jacking up the sense of white racial grievance.

And that is what we are seeing–in Trump’s case, from a master of demagoguery. As Josh Marshall writes at Talking Points Memo,

Trump hardly comes out of nowhere. There’s really little about his ascent that is surprising at all if you’ve been paying attention to the direction of our politics in the last decade. I don’t mean that I would have predicted he’d do this well. I didn’t. What I mean is that the nature of his success, the effectiveness of his strategy and message, is entirely predictable. What Trump has done is taken the half-subterranean Republican script of the Obama years, turbocharge it and add a level of media savvy that Trump gained not only from The Apprentice but more from decades navigating and exploiting New York City’s rich tabloid news culture. He’s just taken the existing script, wrung out the wrinkles and internal contradictions and given it its full voice. There’s very, very little that is new or unfamiliar in Trump’s campaign beside taking the world of talk radio, conservative media and base Republican hijinx and pushing them to the center of the national political conversation. If you’re surprised, it’s because you haven’t been paying attention.

Those of us who have been paying attention are terrified.

56 thoughts on “The Politics of Bigotry

  1. I’m not terrified. I know that Trump will not get the nomination. The GOP won’t let it happen. I don’t know how they will do it but I seriously doubt Trump going that far.

    I’d love to see you post a poll of your students to see how many of them are considering Bernie Sanders but I don’t know if that would be allowed in your perspective. From what I understand, he’s got a majority lock on students that are the ages that you teach.

  2. Sadly, they don’t even have to work at preventing minorities from voting… their base routinely has better voter turnout and a strategy that fires their base into an even better turnout is how they can win with less than half the country behind them. We absolutely have to get better representation at the polls. What can we do to inspire the dems to vote?

  3. Trump has also alienated the disabled of this country; the thinking disabled who see him for what he is. But; prior to becoming disabled myself I was married to a Black paraplegic man who was wheelchair bound for 49 years. In restaurants and stores many people assumed he was mentally challenged – if he can’t walk, he can’t think. I won’t hazard a guess as to their beliefs regarding his race and mental competency…that is usually a given in this country.

    We, the disabled, are a minority never added to that list of minority groups. We think, we keep abreast of current issues, most important – we spend money, putting our income back into the economy. There are disabled in all races and nationalities; we have no voice and should be known because our needs are different but we do give much to our communities.

    But; back to the Latino issue, Latinos and women who vote for Republicans are cutting their own throats along with the rest of this country. If they cannot see what is happening on the national political scene today…they never will. I cannot say they deserve what they get because the rest of us are being punished with them and for their lack of awareness or just plain stupidity. I have a Mexican granddaughter-in-law and a Mexican-American great-granddaughter so this issue does involve me personally.

    I am not terrified – I am pissed! And, AgingLGrl; do not be so assured that Trump will not be elected. I see that possibility looming closer and closer as he gathers up the unthinking of this country who are mesmerized by the fact that he has the balls to open his mouth and let the vitriol pour out over the airwaves. And too many of those unthinking are actually intelligent Americans who are fooled into believing his Hitler-like rants.

  4. JoAnn,

    You’re right again. You better believe Donald Trump has a chance of being elected. Right now he still holds the TRUMP CARD: The same one the Nazi’s had: An even better one, an ANTI-SEMITIC TSUNAMI whose first victim will be Bernie Sanders.

  5. If Mr. Trump’s campaign shows anything, it illustrates the conclusive death of the parties as important factors in the politics of the nation. The Democratic party has been weakened for years by its inability to motivate its traditional electorate to actually vote.
    The Republican party, on the other hand, has been able to hide its demise by motivating nearly every single one of its folks to get to the polls, but now they are dying off.
    So, the parties no longer serve any purpose. Traditionally, those purposes were to:
    1. Vet candidates
    2. Motivate voting
    3. Reward their voters with jobs and prestige when successful in an election.
    4. And overall, to keep their electorate informed on the issues.

    Here’s where we are today:
    4. The parties are silent on most issues. Yes, tradition says a few things about each one’s traditions, but things are never ‘taught’ and explained. The R’s turned that over to Fox News, and nobody really cares what the D’s say anyway.
    3. Civil service reform in the late 19th century began to whittle away the tools the parties had to reward their supporters and, at the same time, to raise needed funds. See example below*
    2. Motivation comes mostly from money — for everybody. Patriotism can lead to it, but usually only in a crisis, like the Great Depression, or wars, and now, not even wars, because we’ve had so many bloody useless ones.
    1. As for vetting candidates? That’s just been forgotten by the Republicans. The Democrats don’t really do it either, but it has been lucky to not really have any turkeys since Lyndon LaRouche ran a couple of times many years ago.

    * We older folks remember the important presence of the party chairperson in every county before the “reformation” emasculated their powers about 20 years ago. The party chairman had control of the license branch, the county sheriff’s office, and the county highway department. If the office of mayor, or the county commissioners changed hands into the other party, the county chairman of that party took over the hiring and firing of all those people. Pres. Jackson was famous for his line “To the Victor belongs the Spoils”, and indeed, the party chairman got the ‘spoils’ because they did the approving on the hiring and firing of a large percentage of the governments employees.
    And, to be hired — those new workers contributed 2% of every check to their party!
    This sounds corrupt, you say? Well, in many ways, it was. But, that money went into the coffers of the party in power and it was able to finance its elections with it. BUT, it didn’t allow them to monopolize power and elections, except in one party communities, like Hamilton, Lake, or Montgomery County. In them, the “real” election was in the primary. General elections meant a real chance to ‘throw the rascals out’ and parties did compete — ferociously!
    Ya’ know what? Maybe it was a bit corrupt, but, as I often say, it was good old HONEST corruption. Government was responsive, it wasn’t starved for cash, and the people prospered.
    Unfortunately, we became unhappy with waiting in line at the license branches and then dealing with rude servers. For those two minor reasons, we decided to discard a system that worked very well, made people take an interest in their government, and get to the polls on election day — EVERY election day.
    Do we really want everybody to vote? I’m thinking we don’t. If we did, we’d make it worth their while.

  6. Steve,

    “ya know what? Maybe it was a bit corrupt but, as I often say, it was good old honest corruption. Government was responsive, it wasn’t starved for cash, and the people prospered.”

    You’re absolutely right. The only people who are going to prosper with the likes of a Donald Trump as President would be: ISIS, China, and Russia.

  7. Marv: I think it is mathematically unlikely that Trump could be elected, even if he gets the nomination; unless the Republicans can come up with further measures to prevent Democrats from voting. I just can’t imagine a huge turnout of black, latino, asian and other non-white voters in support of any of the Republican “hopefuls”. If there are any sane Republicans left, I can imagine them supporting Trump. But who knows? That’s why they hold elections.

  8. Donald Trump may be following a previous play book.
    I refer you to a Business Insider article by Amanda Macias dated Aug. 28, 2015. She begins with a reference to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview given by Ivana Trump in which Ivana says that her husband kept a copy of Adolph Hitler’s speeches in his bedside table.

    I recommend the Business Insider article and the original Vanity Fair 1990 interview (which I found). They are enlightening and frightening.

  9. All of us who care about our democracy in the U.S. must shift our political nexus from the West to the East.

    The only way to do that is to attend: The Inaugural Sun Tzu’s Art of War Conference at Vanderbilt University -February 27, 2016 hosted by That’s our last and best chance to survive as a Republic.

  10. If there is a silver lining, it is summarized by an article in this morning’s New York Times. The Republican National Committee is scared to death that a Trump candidacy will cost them the Senate as well as the Presidency. The parties seem to need to self-destruct occasionally, receive an electoral smackdown of epic proportions, shed their extremists, and return to the center. The Republicans did it with Goldwater and the Democrats did it with McGovern. The more quickly this happens, the better–in a two-party system, we need them both to be sane.

  11. daleb,

    “……..mathematically unlikely that Trump could be elected”

    You might be right.

    But, Trump is destabilizing the body politic. With the direction he is taking us, the electorate will be looking for a “strong man” who will be able to stabilize the situation. Do you think a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders can do that? I don’t.

    The Germans wanted stability. Hitler gave it to them. At least for awhile.

  12. Marv Kramer. Since I don’t run into you anyplace but here please expound on the Trump card, Israels current position, western hesitancy to escalate militarily as Russia maintains a belligerent stance over Syria and comes to the Israeli border.

  13. Liberals and conservatives want the same things, liberals for everyone.

    To me that truism reveals the fundamental divide in this and some other nations. Conservatives look at humanity as do sports fans. Everyone is in competition and those to be admired are the winners by whatever rules the sport dictates.

    Those who lose, for whatever reason, are losers to be derided.

    Liberals believe that we are all, 100% of us, better off if we collaborate.

    No wonder the divide exists. Conservatives label liberals as losers. Liberals label conservatives as block heads beating themselves and others up just because the arbitrary rules of the sport require it.

    The truth of course is that life is really middle of the road. Both perspectives apply depending on circumstances.

    Why can’t we be smart enough to live adapted to life instead of adapted to only our team?

    We, unfortunately, choose to live simple lives because we are resistant to knowledge and critical thinking. It’s merely easier to get up each morning assuming that the world is black and white and put on the team colors and blend in with those who make exactly the same non decision each morning.

    Is there hope for democracy given our penchant for easy non thinking?

    The jury is out. Our generation of Americans will be regarded in history as having saved or destroyed both democracy and freedom.

    I wish that I was going to be around for Armageddon.

  14. One current example of the necessity for collaboration is the fact that we all live in the same atmosphere in which developed countries have dumped their prodigious waste, but all the world lives within that dumping ground.

    No way out but collaboration. The Tragedy of the Commons. We will all rise or sink together based on our ability to subjugate selfish interests from common interests. This truly is Armageddon for liberal vs conservative.

  15. I have anxiety about the dance playing out in the Middle East. That’s an even more disgusting prospect than any racist president. And a bigger danger. I oppose escalation but not intervention. I actually agree that we must stay close, manage carefully engagement., model better ideological processes, protect civilians, offer sustenance to victims and win the hearts and minds battles more than any military ones.

    We’ve had racist presidents before. We may again but unlikely – but if we do we will be more focused than ever on the error. I cannot think the demographics will alter regardless of electoral outcome. Aging racist white people are dying off very fast. Under 55-60 the attitudes are quite different. What does seem clear to me is that our diversity is the strength that keeps giving. To access drive a close relationship with wounds may be as motivating as any known force.

    It’s complacency that kills as easily as any opposition. I’d love to believe more in altruistic motivators. I’d love to think never being hungry or mistreated or harshly opposed created the outcome of both maximal efficiency and creativity and still maintained security. I don’t this we are quite that mature politically or institutionally. Often not individually.

    My fears are less than my angers but I am a hothead. My aspirations are less lofty than once they were but not extinguished. Only tempered. I’ve adjusted my timeline.

  16. I know why Gopper was banned, and agree with it. But this is a column it would be fun to hear his/her insane rant on. LOL

  17. Trump’s candidacy is a product of the media. His campaign antics have given him daily, no hourly, coverage in all forms of news and entertainment media, which, added to his T.V. pseudo reality program/competition (You’re Fired) and frequent, very public, personal and financial dramas, has given him a lions share of the one great predictor of election success – Name Recognition. Trump surely acts like a big-mouth hooligan, but he knows marketing. He has brilliantly managed the marketing of his campaign by understanding the basic rules of selling anything – – product, an idea, or a person.

    M Schudsen (How Culture Works), lists the elements required for any aspect of culture to “work,” as retrievability, rhetorical force, resonance, institutional retention and resolution. The following describes how Trump has expertly fulfilled each element, respectfully 1) make sure his name is visible everywhere that his target voters might see it; 2) make his name, and then candidacy, stand out from from the noise of all the others by creating a new controversy a few days and using shock, anger, prejudice and a rejection of public mores to keep the attention on him; 3) he makes sure that every controversy he raises touches on the fears, insecurities and frustrations of the lifeblood of the modern Republican Party – conservative laboring classes – making his candidacy more relevant to his target voters than his competitors; 4) he effectively ties his outrageous rhetoric to those social institutions that carry great weight with the laboring classes – hearth and home, family, the military, the market system and the American political ideal (although his shifting between embracing and ridiculing elements of these institutions doesn’t seem to get much notice by supporters); 5) he gives his supporters easy answers, easy solutions and simple acts to “fix” things (export the undocumented workers, build a wall, blow up the terrorists).

    Thus, I offer to conclusions 1) don’t underestimate Trump – he is not as stupid as he acts, and 2) as more and more Americans realize that our political system is being corrupted by corporate money, it would do us well to better understand why money matters so much: it buys media attention, and too many Americans simply do not understand how the media, or culture, works. Media illiteracy has contributed to the further corruption of American politics every bit as much as money has. In fact, if not for the former, the latter would have a far lesser effect on election outcomes

  18. Al, there has been trouble in the Mid East every day of my 73 years. I don’t expect to see the end of it.

    The biggest threat, though not the most imminent unless you fully account for the irreversibility of the future consequences of today’s actions, is anthropogenic global warming.

    It is the first time in history that all now 7B of us are irrevocably connected. Where what we each do or don’t do has consequences for everyone. Serious consequences. Deadly consequences. The implications dwarf all wars.

    We are not ready but have frittered away all of the luxury of time leaving ourselves squarely on the critical, and I do mean critical, path.

    There is no scenario now in which we all survive. The question is only the magnitude of the hit we will inflict on ourselves and our future.

  19. Al; the dance playing out in the middle east is on-going, it has become a Dance Marathon. You need to worry about the possibility of the current racist presidential candidate; he cannot declare his 4th bankruptcy to save himself or us…and we would be at the end of that short lineup for salvation.

  20. I think the only way the Republican establishment (i.e. super-rich donors) can get rid of Trump is to buy him off somehow. That may be what he’s angling for. I agree he’s at least in part a media creation, but Republican friends are as sick and tired of unresponsive politicians as we Democrats are. They don’t like government shut-downs, many are pro-choice, and they see that every street and highway in this county is a mess. At the other end of the spectrum, my grandson and his 20-something friends are still idealistic enough to believe that Bernie could accomplish something if elected. They’re very knowledgable about the big issues, and they won’t vote for Hillary. That helps Trump if he does run.

  21. We are always talking about how “dysfunctional” the right is. Well, what we know about being dysfunctional is that it’s ultimately self-destructive: read “shoot in foot”. When the Republican post election analysis said they were the party of “stupid”, that pointed them in the direction they wanted: They got stupider. And, as we know, ideologues don’t listen to facts that would help them change and succeed, they just decide not to listen to the facts, behavior that leads to more confusion.

    There is just so far and low people can go before they hit bottom, and the media has graciously printed every delusional idea they utter, shocking the rational world, and serving to concentrate and isolate the dysfunctional folks. Even Indiana, with its Marlin Stutzmans, people are often stunned with Mike Pence’s actions. So the Rs will probably lose the presidency again, along with the Senate, and we just might get a wishy-washy Democrat as governor. Meanwhile, they will refuse to learn from that, too, and maybe (God willing) become a third party. In losing, will conclude that they were not dysfunctional enough, which is just about the most dysfunctional conclusion they can arrive at.

  22. I know many Hillary haters. When I ask why I have yet to get a cogent answer. So I’m in the dark.

    Any opinions as to why here?

  23. Here is where I am at. The McMega-Media entertainment industry CNN, FOX, and MSNBC are all pumping hot air – more like Hydrogen- into the Trumpets Campaign. The more outrageous his comments the more Hydrogen is pumped into the Trumpet. He knows this will happen.

    What is disappointing in the extreme is to read various blogs and Left Leaning internet sites and publications pumping Hydrogen into the Trumpets Campaign. Bernie Sanders is running an Issues based Campaign with no Wall Street PAC Money. Bernie is dismissed and blacked out.

    We can continue on the analysis-paralysis examination of the Trumpets campaign and why he has appeal. The other course is to report on the issues. As a Bernie Sanders supporter he is far and a way the best candidate to rescue America from the clutches of Corporatism.

  24. Pete I will help you along on why I do not like Hillary:

    Hillary’s Speaking Fees:
    Biotechnology Industry Organization $335,000
    Qualcomm Incorporated $335,000
    Cisco $325,000
    American Camping Association, New York Section $260,000
    Deutsche Bank AG $260,000
    Premier Health Alliance $225,500
    Pharmaceutical Care Management Association $225,500
    Xerox Corporation $225,000
    GE $225,500
    Let’s Talk Entertainment Inc. $265,000
    A&E Television Networks $280,000
    Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society $225,500

    Top Campaign Donors:
    Top Contributors
    Source Open
    Senator Hillary Clinton
    The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.
    Citigroup Inc $824,402
    Goldman Sachs $760,740
    JPMorgan Chase & Co $696,456
    Morgan Stanley $636,564
    Lehman Brothers $362,853
    21st Century Fox $340,936
    Cablevision Systems $336,613
    Credit Suisse Group $318,120
    Time Warner $132,710
    Bank of America $89,809
    DISH Network $183,446
    Hillary is also being bottled and sold as a Woman’s Rights Candidate.
    Clinton Foundation –
    Saudi Arabia
    The kingdom gave between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation between the time the foundation was created through 2014, and some portion of the funds was contributed in 2014, according to the foundation. >>> Saudi Arabia is a real role model for Woman’s Rights- Working Woman??

    Clinton Foundatiion:
    The Sultanate of Oman gave the foundation between $1 million and $5 million through 2014, including contributions given in 2014, according to the foundation database. >> Is this country another champion of Woman’s Rights???

  25. I think that it’s clear that Bernie is the closest we have to a left leaning ideologically pure candidate (as Rand Paul is to the right).

    My question is if that translates into “far and a way the best candidate to rescue America from the clutches of Corporatism”.

    But one insight into my concern will come on elections days, primary and final. If he can win my question will have been answered.

  26. I am very much in favor of reversing Citizens vs United if that can be done Constitutionally.

    On the other hand a candidate that doesn’t get elected accomplishes nothing.

  27. Stuart, Louie and Pete; Hillary got a raw deal about Benghazi and the “those damned E-mails” but…Hillary is about money, she is not a “people person” and I believe her understanding of the economic needs of Americans is only numbers on paper or pie charts. I am not comfortable with her speeches; just a gut reaction. If she is nominated I will vote for her but Bernie gets my primary vote and has my support now. I had the same “feelings” about her campaign tactics in 2008. She did a good job as Secretary of State; I just don’t see her as presidential material…in for the long haul.

  28. Hillary is also dragging Bill and his record with her. It’s hard to see her as anything other than another big money candidate with accompanying delusions of grandeur and even higher speaking fees after she is out of office. Bernie seems like the only bona fide public servant candidate. Maybe he does have only one pair of underwear and dries them on the radiator, but he talks like a man who’s not afraid to create a new path away from corporatism.

  29. A couple of additional points.

    While it’s hard to get the details I believe that it’s clear that Bill is the big bread winner. Hillary probably hasn’t even caught up to him yet even though Presidential campaigns are a very lucrative business for those willing to give up the time (16-18 hour days for a couple of years at least).

    While we probably don’t achieve all A’s for the accounting much of the money funds the campaign not the person.

    So while Hillary probably keeps up with most A team politicians I don’t see her position as out of line.

    She’s not in the same league as Trump or Carson. Probably w/o Bill not that much different than Bernie.

    I do see her though not being intimidated by money.

  30. Like many things there’s bad and very,very bad. Cruz is more frightening than Trump. By far IMO.

    I think both unlikely but I’d prefer Trumps buffoonery to Cruz’s nightmare. My only concern about the Middle East is the recent history getting far worse. Instead of paying attention to Russian jets and internal Israeli politics, we get distracted by idiotic racial bait. Trump cannot overturn the entire social justice, equal protection legacy. He can damage it only if elected. Conflagration on a couple continents can make us wish Trump was the problem. He’s the symptom. The mainstream belief that we can manage empire better than historical precedent in a time of increasingly greater pace is IMO potentially far more problematic.

  31. Al,

    For the most part, I’m in agreement with your analysis. More specifically, I would agree that the Middle East situation is becoming much worse.

    However, I don’t believe we can do anything about the Middle East situation without an improvement in the domestic situation here at home. That has to come first. But that might be impossible.

    With the above in mind, the big question to be answered is: Will armageddon come first in the Middle East, as many of the fundamentalist Christians believe, or will we in the U.S. have that honor?

    In light of the present situation in the U.S., I would say it’s probably even money either way.

  32. Marv; are there enough Christians in the Middle East to attract Armageddon? Would their basic religious beliefs allow it; Jews don’t believe in hell, what would be the point of Armageddon in that area if such is the case? I really don’t know, felt the need to ask. I am aware Christians believe Armageddon will end the entire world, no matter the religion of others because Christianity is of course the one true religion. Just ask Pence as he tries to “fix” his already “fixed” RFRA law while keeping Syrian refugees from crossing our borders. He may be too busy to campaign for governor again. Well; I can hope.

  33. I’ll go Josh Marshall one better: Donald Trump and his popularity with the base of the GOP is the logical conclusion of the Republican Party starting with Richard Nixon and his southern strategy in 1968. Let’s hope Trump wins the GOP nomination and has a loss worse than McGovern’s loss in 1972. Perhaps then the GOP will return to “normalcy.”

  34. JoAnn,

    “Marv, are there enough Christians in the Middle East to attract Armageddon?”

    The important point of Armageddon for the fundamentalist Christians is that the Jews are dead as a religion, however a remnant is saved that accept Jesus as their savior.

    Nevertheless, it’s been a boom for both the fundamentalist Christians as well as for Israel. A magnificent modus vivendi:The fundamentalist Christians receive another way to increase their anti-Semitism here in the U.S. (who can respect the dead Jews?) and the Israelis get their financial aid led by the supportive Christian fundamentalists in and out of Congress.

    So lets: “Screw the American Jews which will ultimately destroy American democracy. And in that way we can “have our cake and it too.” Terrific!!!

  35. Sandy, I really hope you are right and that we will finally return to normalcy, but any return to normalcy will need to manage that 10% to 20% of the population which is authoritarian, ideological, conspiratorial, unable to change and the home of angry old white people (Gopper types). I suspect that a new normal will be a re-constituted Republican party dominated by center-right rational people and politicians who know where the wind is blowing, and a third party spinoff, similar to what we see in Europe. In coming years, the third party members will die off, leaving the wingnuts and FBI infiltrators, necessary because the members will attract the fascist destructive types who folks will finally realize are the most dangerous terrorists. I’m certainly not a prophet, though, and would like to see what others predict as a likely scenario.

  36. Stuart: “…but any return to normalcy will need to manage 10% or 20% of the population which is authoritarian”

    “Modus vivendi is a Latin phrase signifying an agreement between those who opinions differ, such that they agree to disagree. Modus means mode, way (or method, manner). Vivendi means of living, implies an accommodation between disputing parties to allow life to go on. It usually infers a temporary arrangement in political affairs. For example, where two sides reach a modus vivendi regarding disputed territory, dispute political, historical or cultural incompatibilities, an accommodation of their respective differences is established for the sake of contingency.” See Wikipedia

    I was asked to be the spokesperson for the American Jewish Congress in Dallas. That was thirty-five years ago. I was dismissed when I attempted to prevent the devastating modus vivendi between the Southern Baptist Convention and the Anti-Defamation League It’s not a theory of mine.

    It’s a fact. The Anti-Defamation League has continually misled the state of anti-Semitic bigotry in the U.S. to keep the modus vivendi in tack. Any wrong move by the ADL could suspend the aid to Israel. That’s exactly what President Bush did in the early 90’s.

    Stuart figures are skewed. Misperceptions cause miscalculations It’s more like 20% to 30% and growing. It’s a lot more than a group of old white men.

    From the beginning its been: “Do what we say or you’re not going to receive a dime.”

  37. Earlier in the day, I had mentioned that a tsunami of anti-Semitism was Donald Trump’s “trump card.”

    Don’t forget tsunamis are very difficult to detect until they hit. The great danger is not detecting the SUBSURFACE BUILDUP. Usually, without the benefit of an early warning system, tsunamis overwhelm without warning.

  38. On this sad day when the CA carnage is second to that at Sandy Hook, do I continue to watch late-breaking events as they continue to unfold and the toll of dead and injured rises? It’s past time to challenge the NRA, regardless of its power. There’s just something terribly wrong out here.

    Or do I watch “Racing Extinction” on the Discovery Channel at 9/8C? It’s not looking good in either direction.

  39. Betty,

    “There’s just something terribly wrong out here.”

    You better believe there is. That’s a good title for a book, video, or movie.

  40. Marv, it’s yours! Take the idea and run with it! Book, video, or movie, make it or write it…because ‘there’s just something terribly wrong out here.’

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