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Timothy Egan at The New York Times writes about Donald Trump’s rhetoric in the race for the Republican nomination:
Take him at his word — albeit, a worthless thing given his propensity for telling outright lies and not backing down when called on them — Donald Trump’s reign would be a police state. He has now outlined a series of measures that would make the United States an authoritarian nightmare. Trump is no longer entertaining, or diversionary. He’s a billionaire brute, his bluster getting more ominous by the day.
From the Cape Gazette’s Instagram.
Hundreds of volunteers crowded into Mountaire Farms’ Selbyville warehouse on three assembly lines Nov. 23 to pack more than 7,000 boxes for families in Sussex County and other Delmarva locations. Starting with fewer than 300 boxes more than two decades ago, the event now serves thousands. Photo by Ron MacArthur.
In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and reflected on America’s history of welcoming men and women seeking a safer, better future for themselves and their families.
Governor Markell acknowledges the giving spirit of Delawareans, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Each and every day, we have the opportunity to bring a little joy and cheer to friends, family and even to strangers,” said Governor Markell. “So, this holiday season, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your giving spirit—it keeps Delaware moving forward.”
Several white supremacist terrorists shot 5 people at an ongoing Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis last night. According to a police report today, two suspects have been arrested. It is what Trump has started.
White supremacists are obviously already inclined towards hatred and violence, but in other ways they are just like anybody else. They’re suggestible. They can be incited. They can take cues from political leaders and feel as if those cues grant legitimacy to their beliefs and actions.
So, when a Black Lives Matter protester gets beaten down and choked at a Trump rally and called a nigger and a monkey, and the candidate (who also happens to be leading in the polls) says that he probably deserved this treatment, it certainly seems like it could influence a few white supremacists to show up armed at a Black Lives Matter rally looking for trouble. Sending out racist tweets only strengthens this impression.
It’s really a matter of leadership. Trump has chosen to be the leader of a group that has a lynch mob mentality. I don’t think there is any doubt that he’s been encouraging and condoning this kind of behavior, even if he hasn’t told anyone to start shooting people.
The great paradox: Americans hate government, want it do a lot, and they are satisfied with the job it is doing. Pew Research surveyed 35,071 Americans between June and September of 2014 and compiled information about their religious and political beliefs. A majority of the American public supports the government playing a major role in a wide range of areas and issues. And when asked about whether or not the government is doing a good job in each of those areas (rather than the more general question about overall trust in government), the ratings are relatively high. Of course there are some differences on how Democrats and Republicans rate government performance in these areas. Come inside to find out more.
Senator Tom Carper matched Governor Markell’s approval rating of 61% in Morning Consult’s job performance polling of all 100 U.S. Senators Delaware Tom Carper over the last few months. 22% disapprove of the CEO of Carperdyne Systems.
Senator Coons has a lower rating, but still relatively high, at 58%. 23% disapprove.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Hillary Clinton is better-trusted on dealing with the terrorism threat, with her biggest edge over Donald Trump.
“By 50% to 42%, more Americans say they trust Clinton to handle the threat of terrorism than Trump, who leads the Republican field and responded to the Paris terrorist attacks by calling for heightened surveillance of mosques and redoubling his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees to settle in the U.S.”
A bunch of Democrats who foolishly listened to Steve Israel seem to have wildly underestimated how pissed off the progressive base is over the Syrian refugees vote. There will be opportunities to make amends, though. This fight isn’t over by a long shot.
Indeed, I am sure John Carney is a little taken aback by the outrage pointed in his direction. David speaks of opportunities to make amends. On the Refugee Bill, to even begin to heal this rift, the first, but not last, step is for all of them to sustain the veto. And of course, Senators Coons and Carper will be well advised to not repeat Carney’s mistake. They must filibuster.
Our favorite local Sarah Palin, failed 2010 GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, says that the FEC lawsuit alleging that she illegally used campaign donations for personal expenses is actually a “witch hunt” and that she can’t get a new attorney in Delaware because they are being intimidated.
She is also having trouble hiring a local attorney, she said, claiming that at least three lawyers she has talked to have received phone calls warning of “political backlash” if they represent her. Her former local attorney, Richard Abbott, withdrew last month, saying he hasn’t been paid for his services.
Really???! Well surely these attorneys will swear out affidavits under oath supporting this shocking allegation!
Yeah not so much.
In this week’s address, the Vice President speaks to his and the President’s commitment to protecting our country from terrorists, while also providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
In his weekly message, Governor Markell recognizes the significant economic progress we’ve made in the six years since the Delaware City Refinery closed its doors.
Donald Trump “was repeatedly asked to explain the difference between requiring Muslims to enter their information into a database and making Jewish people register in Nazi Germany,” MSNBC reports.
He responded four times by saying, “You tell me.”
Alright, Herr Trump, I’ll tell you. There is no difference.
Vote in the poll and mention ideas below. Here are mine:
Bethany Hall Long (already running for Lt. Governor, perhaps she can be convinced to remove the Lt.)
Bryan Townsend (yeah, he is already running for Congress, but perhaps he is more valuable in Dover?)
He just disqualified himself from future political office with his vote today. He must be defeated at all costs in the coming Democratic Primary. Too bad there are no Democrats willing to step up and challenge him at the moment.
Donald Trump told Yahoo News that he would increase surveillance of Muslims and consider a series of drastic measures to keep Americans safe.
Said Trump: “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
He wouldn’t rule out requiring Muslims to carry a form of special identification: “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
Donald Trump. An Actual Nazi.
I have seen some liberals say that they are worried about the refugee situation and the Paris Attacks and about how the media is creating a narrative where, naturally, liberals will lose and the nation will march to war again. And because of that, they say, we should preemptively capitulate and give into the narrative. Kevin Drum is an example. I have a couple more in my Facebook feed.
That is what I did in 2002. I was one of those bedwetting liberals who went along to get along in 2002. I will not do it again. I, and we, have learned our lesson. Booman tells us what we must do:
I know damn well that the Republicans have the winning political argument when they say that they’ll protect the country at all costs, even down to denying three year-old orphans a sanctuary, [and] that they’re going to do even better if they can keep that pulse [of America] raised to just short of panic-level.
So, what’s the counter to that? Do we agree with them? Do we also try to make people more afraid?
The problem is that we disagree substantively, not politically. And if we’re compelled to take the losing political argument because it’s the right thing to do, then we should at least point out that our opponents are bedwetters who become incontinent every time they think of a Muslim terrorist- even when that Muslim terrorist is shackled in Guantanamo and being fed orange-glazed chicken, rice pilaf and two kinds of fruit.
Frankly, it’s not mockery that I am going for, but shame. I want to shame grown men into being embarrassed to admit that they pee themselves in fear. If nothing else, it keeps me sane when I’m surrounded by the worst kind of charlatans and demagogues.
Exactly right. I will not stop mocking them. I will not stop shaming them. I will call them cowards. Bedwetters. Even traitors. And if we lose the political battle, so be it. But at least this time I keep my integrity. And I am not entirely sure we will lose that political battle. A new poll out of New Hampshire shows only 38% of GOP voters support sending new troops to Syria or the Middle East. Maybe, finally, people have discovered their memories.