Demagogue-in-chief and imperialistic ‘nationalist’

Tell me again, trolls, how Donald doesn’t lie.

Comment in The Washington Post yesterday began: “President Trump’s message is as clear as it is ugly: Fearmongering about illegal immigration will deliver the party the votes it needs to retain control of Congress. And so, in the final stretch before next week’s midterm election, the president and his allies have launched a blitzkrieg of misinformation. 

“In a move unprecedented in modern American history, Trump ordered thousands of active-duty troops to the border to intercept a caravan of Central American migrants, casting them as a menacing ‘invasion’ of  ‘unknown Middle Easterners’ and other shadowy elements. His allies at rightwing media outlets spread lurid conspiracy theories about liberals enabling disease-bearing foreigners to infiltrate the country.

“Even as attention shifted to a spate of right-wing violence, including the slaughter of 11 people at a Pittsburg synagogue that critics linked to the president’s rhetoric, Trump barreled onward, undaunted. On Thursday he gave a speech at the White House where he warned that U. S. troops would shoot violent migrants at the border. He also shared an ad that sought to connect the Democratic Party to murders carried out by a man twice deported to Mexico, and then to liken the man’s murderous behavior to the supposed threat posed by all migrants .  . .”

For more, check https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/44578

While most locals probably have mailed in their ballots, I’m squeezing in this one more shot here for my out-of-state readers who still will be going to the polls on Tuesday—in Mississippi, Arizona, New York, Florida . . .

In addition to his frantic and fanatical, power-mad activity at our southern border, Donald also seeks to gild his personal golden nationalistic image in other exclusive ways.

14th amendment, U. S. Constitution—“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution and that was dismissed Tuesday by the top House Republican, Paul Ryan. 

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said during an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

Just one more convenient LIE pulled out of thin air. The truth is: 33 countries, including Canada and Mexico, have similar birthright citizenship policies.

Still raving on Oct. 31, Donald again sought to turn the nation’s attention to his hard-line stance on immigration ahead of coming midterm elections, claiming that birthright citizenship is not covered by the U.S. Constitution and vowing the issue will ultimately be settled by the Supreme Court.

So you can see why he was anxious to see the likes of Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

But we who have followed Donald right along realize what he’s up to here. He knows what’s important to much of his base supporters—the fact that he’s going all out against “invading” brown people who will rape, murder and infect with disease good old “traditional” white Americans. Beware! Buy a gun or two, guys; be macho; lock away your wives and children.

On the sidelines out of the spotlight for the moment are African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved for the convenience of greedy Euro-whites already engaged in genocidal elimination of true native-Americans. There’s not a lot of pride, let alone worship of Trump sorts, to be had for white-nationalist Americans.

As for a woman coming across our border and having a baby, “and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits” as Donald raves. Such a baby would start life the same way I did, earning his/her benefits as life moved along in later years. I see no reason he or she should be denied equality, treated as a lesser being—discriminated against at every turn, publicly mocked or bullied, forced to ride in the back of the bus.

Donald, as he rants about “benefits” to birthright children being undeserved, also should take note of such Supreme Court rulings as the 1982 case Plyler v. Doe, in which the court said Texas could not exclude the children of undocumented immigrants from public schools. The Supreme Court added that “no plausible distinction with respect to 14th Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

MORE ABOUT THE CARAVAN—Regarding Donald’s ongoing attack on the refugee caravan now en route through Mexico, Dale Milbank of The Washington Post noted: “Behind Trump’s manufactured menace is a cynical calculation. If the anti-immigrant campaign provokes a strong enough backlash among Hispanic voters, they could easily vote Republicans out of power in the House, and from Senate and gubernatorial seats in parts of the country. They have the power, theoretically, to quash these nativist appeals once and for all. But Trump expects to mobilize more whites than Hispanics with his histrionics.”

“Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border.”—Donald Trump

“No one will come in; we’re not letting anyone in,” Donald said Oct. 31. He also promised to send as many as a total of 10,000 or 15,000 troops to the Mexican border. That is total idiocy. The 7,000 or so he already has dispatched is more troops than we have in Iraq or Syria. The 15,000 would easily match the number we have actively engaged in Afghanistan. 

Also, federal law restricts the military from engaging in law enforcement on American soil. “The armed forces do not appear to have a direct legislative mandate to protect or patrol the border or to engage in immigration enforcement,” according to an April 2018 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Donald says active-duty military troops will be “waiting” at the border for the migrant caravan from Central America in case anyone attempts to cross into the United States; he implied on Fox News that these migrants could be “captured” by the military—which would, of course, violate existing law.

That may be some “wait” if the ragged remnants of the caravan don’t limp in for another month or more and the troops are dispatched before election day. The logistics of such a massive troop movement challenge one’s imagination. The housing, feeding, etc. for many thousands of men sitting about week after week—waiting to encounter a belligerent or desperate refugee or two. 

“Sending military forces to our southern border is not only a waste of taxpayer money but an unnecessary course of action that will   further terrorize and militarize our border communities.”—Shaw Drake, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s border rights center in El Paso

Donald said he believes in letting immigrants in on merit. Others he disdains as criminals and terrorists. So much for “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” 

ON ANOTHER FRONT—I occasionally copy a comment I find on an Internet news site. Here’s one: "By Election Day, the president will have hosted 53 rallies across 23 states since the start of the administration, by a person familiar with the president's thinking said Monday. ‘Since Labor Day, the president has hosted 19 rallies and with 11 left on his schedule, the president will have led a remarkable 30 rallies after Labor Day.’ versus ‘I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,’ Trump, 69, tells ITK [June 23, 2015]. ‘I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off’.” Words from a man who spends two days a week (barring bad weather) on the golf course.

All “look at me” pep rallies at public expense, of course—Air Force One, elaborate security, etc. 

And about Donald’s threats and promises, another commenter wrote: “He also said he was going to jail Hillary. And he hasn't. He also said he was going to build a fence. He hasn't. He also said he was going to show his tax returns. He hasn't. He also said he was going to have a better, cheaper healthcare plan for ALL Americans. He doesn't. He also said he would negotiate a nuke treaty with North Korea. He hasn't. He also said he would fully fund the V.A. He hasn't. He claims HE is the reason the stock market is at all time highs. Only in the last two weeks it has dropped 2600 points, because of his trade/tariff wars. Pittsburgh government officials won't meet with Trump after the synagogue shootings. 15 of the 25 players and 4 of 7 coaches Boston Red Sox have indicated they will not go to the White House. None of the Golden State Warriors went to the White House. 45 Republican members of Congress decided NOT to run for office again saying the ‘the GOP is broken and government isn't working’. 9 of 11 candidates Trump supported in the June special elections lost. The phrase ‘The Divided States of America’ did not exist under Obama. And yet ya'll still support a five time draft dodging guy that spray paints his face orange everyday. Only clowns do that.”

Donald Trump is a madman who will go to the extreme of destroying the earth in attempting to force humankind to worship him and exalt his memory for all time. We, the inferior multitude, are insignificant.

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(8) comments

ski mantas

Well the blue wave resembles the tidybowl swirl and this midterms will become forever known during the telling of the history of the Trump Dynasty... as the "Second Flush".

Tom Camfield

And old guru of mine used to advise me in my early newspaper days not to get down and pick poop with the chickens. This small bit of response to my extensive blog sort of digresses into that category.

So I"ll just use this space to bring up another point. In talking about his thousands of troops who will be waiting for the arrival of Central American refugees expected to be straggling up at the U. S. border around Thanksgiving or so, Donald said Thursday, "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. ... I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military police, I say: Consider it a rifle," So Donald assumes violence; almost sounds as if he's hoping for it.

His remarks sound like inciting riot to me, a "Mr. Tough Guy" image for Donald, throwing out has chest to his shadow army of white supremacists. Verifying his power in a militant manner. It also reminds me somewhat of the shooting at Kent State University in 1970, while Nixon was commander-in-chief occupying the Oval Office. I was in my 40s by then—and yes, here working at the Leader—and remember it well; many readers here possibly were still sucking their thumbs back then. Here's a brief rundown from Wikipedia:

"The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces. Twenty-eight guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30 of that year. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance."

I still have the Life Magazine covering that unprovoked massacre, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo. You can bet there will be New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press photographers and reporters (and others) on site to record the size and nature of any confrontation at our border in the near future. And Kent State didn't even include the racial factor and all of Donald and his allies' other hype about criminals, disease, "invasion". . . and the border the students "crossed" was not even a physical one.

The day after his rock-rifle comparison, Donald back-tracked from his suggestion a day earlier that American troops sent to the U.S. border with Mexico would be free to fire on migrants who throw rocks at them, saying that rock-throwers would only be arrested. "They won't have to fire. What I don't want is I don't want these people throwing rocks." Yeah, sure, Donald; can we trust you on that?"

You be the judge. I'm just continuing to give my opinion on the character of Donald Trump

Justin Hale

Concerning the migrants from C.A., I would hope that the POTUS would consider every possible scenario, or at least be advised by his staff. What would you suggest the President/Commander-in-Chief do IF these peaceable asylum seekers turn into gate crashing (already established), rock throwing (already established) mobs? Always quick to criticize and ridicule, why not get down here with us chickens in the real world and give us your solution to the problem. Me? I'm hoping for a non-violent event as I'm sure we all are, I include President Trump. We have the luxury of wishing and hoping, the POTUS doesn't have that luxury, he/she must act.................
If the rocks are thrown from the Mexican side of the border it's their problem to deal with.

Tom Camfield

Let's not forget that Donald is making this great show of bravado just before the election, while some minor portion of the refugee caravan won't be reaching our border for some weeks yet. His allies have been deceiving the public on social media that as many as 14,000 marchers were involved. I suspect we may wind up with as few as 2,500 or so at the border

All his fear-mongering scare tactics make a nice distraction from such serious matters as health care, Medicare, the VA, the burgeoning federal budget deficit due to his damned "tax reform" law, global warming and climate change . . . Social Security, Medicare . . . infrastructure, education . . .

I'm curious to see after Tuesday, how he follows up on announced plans for a middle-class tax break, lower prescription costs and other false promises. I figure he'll be back to widening his personal power, gilding his image, campaigning for 2020 and bad-mouthing the press, various critics and any likely Democratic presidential candidates.

We should learn a lot about the intelligence level and character of the American public on Tuesday.

Justin Hale

The President makes a comment to the press about an ongoing situation heading for our borders, and you call it bravado, if he would have said nothing you would be btiching about that. It doesn't matter if two thousand or twenty thousand refugees show up on our border. As long as our immigration laws are followed there should be no problem right?. These marchers have yet to respect other nations border / immigration laws, seems reasonable to me to be prepared for the worst, of course to you that would be bravado..........................

Tom Camfield

I'm not alone in wondering just what our country's come to. Here's another little current news story that illustrates how Trump-alikes around the country have been empowered by his attitude, words and actions to barge into the spotlight snd feel important. I presume they will be armed as they insert themselves into expected confusion at our southern border. It's difficult to envision how they will fit smoothly into a professional chain of command. Where they will bivouac, etc.

Hundreds of gun-toting militia members and vigilantes are reportedly heading for the U.S.-Mexico border to help prevent what President Trump has described as an “invasion” of the country by dangerous migrants. After Trump deployed thousands of U.S. troops to the border in anticipation of migrant caravans that are still hundreds of miles away, several militia groups organized their own caravans, according to The Washington Post. “We’ll observe and report, and offer aid in any way we can,” Shannon McGauley, a bail bondsman near Dallas suburbs and the president of the Texas Minutemen, told the Post. McGauley said at least 100 members of the Texas Minutemen were already en route to the Rio Grande, with more expected to follow. “I can’t put a number on it,” he said. “My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days. You got other militias, and husbands and wives, people coming from Oregon, Indiana. We’ve even got two from Canada,” he said. Other militia members reportedly showed up in New Mexico last week to offer help to local authorities in Columbus, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Tom Camfield

MONDAY UPDATE—"One militia group, the Texas Minutemen, has 100 volunteers heading to the Rio Grande to block migrants now traveling through Mexico, leader Shannon McGauley told The Washington Post. The untrained volunteers plan to dig in along border spots with camouflage clothing, flak jackets, semiautomatic weapons, night-vision goggles and aerial drones with thermal sensing equipment to locate people in darkness, McGauley said. They’ll also come with camping gear and food supplies."

At last! A chance for most of them to play with their toys. But semi-automatic weapons?!

Justin Hale

"Prensa Libre on Oct. 11 reported that Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales at a conference said "close to 100 people" linked to ISIS had been detained and deported to their home countries.

Mario Duarte, Guatemala’s secretary of Strategic Intelligence, also told Prensa Libre that close to 100 people had been intercepted, detained, processed or returned to their home countries. Duarte offered as an example the 2016 arrest and subsequent deportation of several people originally from Syria who had false documentation, Prensa Libre reported."...... Do you really find it that hard to imagine that violent criminals such as MS-13 and Isis members wouldn't take advantage of infiltrating a mass such as that heading for our border? Hopefully our agents on the border will do a through examination of those seeking entry and weed-out those who should not be allowed into our country. I know that following our immigration laws must vex you Trump haters..........................................
If you know anything about the 14th Amendment you know it was meant to clarify that the offspring of slaves were U.S. Citizens, not to encourage/facilitate illegal immigration. Granting Citizenship to the offspring of lawbreakers makes a mockery of those who go through the long legal process to become a U.S. Citizen. I hope President Trump does sign an E.O. and I hope the issue ends-up in the SCOTUS, where with the good sense of Justice Kavanaugh the court will remove the birthright/citizenship clause from the 14th amendment. .........................

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