Fearful of Liberals, Alt-Right Cancels Massive Book Burning

During the presidential campaign there was a wealth of reporting and commentary describing how closely Trump’s rhetoric was to that of Adolf Hitler as he guided his Nazi party’s dominance in Germany. That being the case, it isn’t surprising that America’s Nazis lovingly embraced Trump as one of their own; and not only because he adheres to their dreams of a purely Aryan America. Neo-Nazis may be ignorant and hate-filled, but they are also well-versed, like Trump, in Hitler’s tactics and machinations necessary to wipe out cultural, political, and religious opposition; all of which are crucial to any aspiring tyrant’s success.

As many Americans discovered after the events in Charlottesville Virginia, the majority of American people are not as easily maneuvered, frightened or intimidated by hate as the white supremacists expected. In fact, it turns out that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists comprising the so-called “alt-right” are terrified when decent Americans stand up to their vile acts.

Last week, at about the same time Nazis began crying that they were afraid after “the left” exposed them as haters resulting in the public’s harsh condemnation, an alt-right fanatic was canceling an event taken right out of 1933 Nazi Germany out of fear of being confronted by “the left.”

The event was a good old-fashioned book burning organized by an alt-right rising star, Juan Cadavid, and a representative of the Three Percenters, Brian Enright. The book burning was slated to be held at Huntington State Beach in California and was dubbed “Burning Degeneracy – CA.” The idea of literature opposed by the event’s organizers being labeled “degenerate” was a favorite tactic of 1930s Nazis to justify purging anything contrary to “Nazi ideology and policy.”

Although the Nazis were not necessarily pushing morality borne of religion on German society, they were very adept at using that term “degenerate” to justify all of their atrocities. That is according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in explaining that in “1933 Germany Nazis purged cultural organizations of Jewish and other officials alleged to be politically suspect or who performed or created art works which Nazi ideologues labeled ‘degenerate.’” And, the museum also noted that part and parcel of wiping out what Nazis regarded as “degenerate” included “book-burning to censor cultural, religious, or political opposition.”

According to a report in “The OC Weekly,” the Nazi impersonators advertised their book burning as an event to show and “tell the people that it is time to purge their homes, their state, and their country of degenerate literature.

The description of the event on Facebook cited the type of literature the group considered degenerate and warranted destruction.

This includes literature of Marxism, Communism, Bolshevism, literature with liberal, democratic tendencies/attitudes, and writings supporting the decline of Western Culture. Books on sexuality and sexual education which serves to indoctrinate the life of degeneracy, such as Cosmo and Teen Vogue should be brought to the fire as well. We will also burn the Koran, publications such as Karl Marx, and more. We must create a future without degeneracy for our children.

After word spread about the proposed book burning around “the OC” (Orange County) and Los Angeles areas, “plenty of trolling took place on the discussion section of the event;s [Facebook] page,” the alt-right Nazis scuttled the event after seizing on the “violent alt-left” narrative pushed by the head Nazi Donald Trump. The uber-brave “three percenter” Enright canceled the event and issued a statement in support of “free speech and free expression.” Then he deleted the Facebook event page.

According to the book burning event’s organizers, despite planning to burn books, an assault on free speech and expression, they were frightened that liberals would exercise their free speech rights and protest the Nazi group’s freedom to destroy literature they deemed “degenerate.” In a statement expressing his “strong personal convictions” regarding free speech, so-called real patriot (three percenter) Enright told the OC Weekly:

Free speech in America is under attack and as much as I do not want to shut this event down due to strong personal convictions regarding free speech, I cannot be responsible for injury or death due to intolerance from the violent Socialists.

 I do not want to go into a long explanation at this time. The event was in no way intended to eradicate these publications, more a symbolic way of showing that we do not approve of what is being taught to our children and maybe that should have been made clearer, I do not endorse the censorship of literature or personal political views in any way.”

Mass burning of literature, in most people’s minds, is endorsing censorship as much as it is endorsing 1930s Nazi tactics that included burning what they considered degenerate literature.

The takeaway from the “event’s” cancelation is that these alt-right Nazis are not only hypocrites in decrying other Americans’ free speech to protest against hate, they are cowards when faced with counter-protests. The good news over the past week-and-a-half is that it appears Americans are not going to be frightened into submission by, or tolerate, Nazis or their fascist tactics and that being vocal and resolute terrifies them silly.

For far too long, many pundits and commentators were quick to blow off warnings of the rising threat of white nationalism, white supremacy, and blatant bigotry that propelled Trump’s ascendancy to the White House. It is too bad too, because if more Americans were aware of the real threat Nazis and fascists posed through Trump, it is possible that more voters would have seen exactly what Donald J. Trump represented; a revival of 1930s Nazism. Tragically, that never occurred and now a 21st Century Hitler wannabe occupies America’s White House. It is a dangerous situation that Republicans show no sign of protesting making them as culpable as the idiot voters that put Trump in a place no Nazi belongs.

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Trump Dissolves Crucial Climate Panel In Latest Assault on Science

 

 

One of the missions of not-really-departed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was “dismantling the administrative state;” code for taking apart the government that Trump’s special interests will not tolerate. The Trump administration has been busy issuing executive orders eradicating any part of government their special interests oppose, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the special interests directing Trump’s cabinet are the Koch brothers and big oil. Remember, Trump did not personally vet or select any of his cabinet appointees. That task was assigned to the Heritage Foundation as surrogates for the Kochs who have wanted the federal government “dismantled” since the 1980s, Now they have a rubber stamp in the Oval Office and their Big Oil cohorts have unlimited funds and influence over Trump.

It is no surprise that reports indicate that Trump and his anti-environment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt “are taking directions from Big Oil.” It is why the agency is purging scientists and actively eliminating regulations and environmental protections that even remotely impact the fossil fuel industry, not just big oil.

By now, only a moron is unaware that despite overwhelming scientific data and decades of research to the contrary, the fossil fuel industry denies climate change exists, or that manmade emissions cause and are exacerbating the condition. Trump claims the whole climate change ‘thing’ is a Chinese hoax. He has also claimed over 50 times that climate change has been thoroughly debunked because there is cold weather someplace on Earth, and he’s seen it.

Over the weekend, the Trump administration, in its devoted service to Big Oil, took another step toward dismantling the administrative state by dissolving a critical, congressionally-mandated, agency because its climate assessment didn’t comport with Trump’s climate denial.

Less than two weeks ago the draft version of the 2018 scientific section of the National Climate Assessment was leaked out of a real fear the Trump and his EPA head would attempt to bury it. Now the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment members will not have to worry about their report being buried; Trump disbanded the “committee.”

The committee’s purpose in the upcoming 2018 report was translating the findings of 13 different federal agencies, over three decades of climate data, and studies conducted by tens-of-thousands of the world’s scientists into the effects of carbon emissions on the warming climate. Those findings were intended to be used to aid policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the federal government’s climate analysis into their long-term infrastructure planning for a broad range of projects from building roads and bridges to maintaining adequate hydroelectric supplies.

Now those public and private officials will have to look elsewhere for guidance because Trump doesn’t believe the National Climate Assessment’s 2018 conclusion that,

There are no alternative explanations to human industrial activity being the cause and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate.”

According to the passage of the 1990 law calling for the National Climate Assessment, the “committee’s report” is supposed to be issued on a quadrennial basis, but it has only been released three times since the law was passed. The 2018 version was certain to be a “contentious issue” based on the Trump administration’s animosity toward anything related to science, but especially so because it is climate science.

It is not clear if the already released “draft” will be punished in a finalized form, but there is already nervous concern among officials about the fate of the report at the news the committee is disbanded. However, the communications director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Julie Roberts, said on Saturday that “this action does not impact the completion of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which remains a key priority.

The chair of the 15-member “committee,” Richard Moss, said during an interview on Saturday that ending the group’s work was shortsighted. Moss is a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences and warned of consequences for the decisions state and local authorities tasked with making planning decisions. Mr. Moss said:

It doesn’t seem to be the best course of action. We’re going to be running huge risks here and possibly end up hurting the next generation’s economic prospects.”

Seattle’s mayor Ed Murray said that the move to dissolve the committee represents “an example of the president not leading, and the president stepping away from reality.” Murray shared that from a public utilities standpoint, it is going to be “more difficult” for cities to participate in the climate assessment. On climate change, Trump “has left us all individually to figure it out.

The past chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, Richard Wright, has been busy “working with the committee to convey the importance of detailed climate projections” in the 2018 assessment. The Civil Engineers’ society is the agency that establishes “guidelines that form the basis of building codes across the country,” and those guidelines are founded on a historical record that may no longer be an accurate predictor of future weather extremes due to the rapid change in Earth’s climate. Mr. Wright said:

We need to work on updating our standards with good estimates on what future weather and climate extremes will be. I think it’s going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional.

This latest “dismantling” at Trump’s hands is more than just an assault on science or taking apart the government, although it is certainly both of those. And it is much more than just Trump “stepping away from reality or not leading.” It is a well-planned and well-funded effort by Republicans’ special interest donors that will have deleterious effects on the nation, the economy, and the American people for generations. And while it may not be the immediate existential threat of a thermonuclear war, it is a threat that scientists have been warning was coming for several decades. Sadly, now that the the world, and Americans, are seeing and feeling the changing climate’s effects and calling on the government to take action, Trump is going in the opposite direction and disbanded the one agency that may have prevented the worst effects of an impending disaster.

Charlottesville Nazi Terror Is Down To Donald Trump

Anyone who has been keeping abreast of the angst roiling among the white-supremacist, alt-right Nazi movement and feigns surprise at the outbreak of violence or the intent of the alt-right protestors this weekend is being completely disingenuous – a kind word for lying. The city, and indeed the region, where hundreds of alt-right protestors gathered and violence broke out was predicted by the aspiring Confederate soldiers calling themselves the “alt-right.” They had been saying openly since early May that officials  messing with monuments dedicated to the memory of their treasonous Confederate heroes were courting danger. It explains why the city “had been bracing for a sea of alt-right demonstrators” all week.

Actually, the protest was said to be the result of a year-and-a-half-long controversial debate over the fate of a Robert E. Lee statue. There have been violence-prone protests in other Southern states over removal of Confederate monuments and as no small number of news sites reported in May, “emotions and tempers are flaring” at the loss of white supremacist symbols. The white nationalist movement felt emboldened because they see in Trump a white supremacist champion with a powerful voice who pledged to help the white supremacists “take their country back.”

Although the protest in Charlottesville began ostensibly as racist opposition to taking down a statue of a man rivaling Adolf Hitler as king of white supremacy, a white supremacist champion quickly provided the real reason and true intent of the raging alt-right (Nazi) gathering. That silly Confederate statue was just a symbolic gathering place for the neo-Nazis who want their white supremacist Confederacy back.

Renowned white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke was blunt in explaining why the Nazis were gathered together and why they wore  helmets, chanted anti-Semitic epithets, carried torches, and wooden shields. Duke said:

We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump to take our country back.”

To validate Duke’s remark, one white supremacist who travelled from Missouri to Virginia was unabashed in explaining his reason for showing up: “I’m tired of seeing white people pushed around.” And if there is any doubt whether the neo-Nazis and alt-right racists were emboldened by Trump’s campaign promise to ‘make America white again,’ Duke reminded reporters that most of the white nationalist protesters carried campaign signs for Trump.

Duke was joined by other ‘prominent’ white supremacists who took up torches, helmets and wooden shields and chanted Nazi-era slogans to descend on the university founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. And to belabor the point that the Confederate monument was a secondary reason for Nazis to protest, they were chanting Nazi phrases such as “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.” Those slogans, like “blood and soil,” were not taken up by the Confederacy; they were unique to Nazi Germany.

After Trump tepidly condemned the violence, and insanely blamed both sides for the “hate and bigotry,” David Duke’s response further revealed this alt-right protest and Nazi violence was all about the white supremacist movement acting on Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “make America white again.

Duke unleashed a couple of angry Tweets to be sure that Trump would get the message. He wrote:

So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated (sic) & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?”

And, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists”

Duke needs to remember that Trump did not attack the white supremacists because he knows they are acting on his behalf; he blamed the bigotry, hate and violence on “many sides” giving the Nazis the slack they’ll use for the next “protest.” There were plenty of calls for Trump to specifically call out his white supremacist supporters’ horrific acts as “acts of terrorism.”

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said the responsibility for the violence lay with Trump for inflaming racial prejudice throughout the presidential campaign. Mr. Signer said:

I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame …  right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the President.”

Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) tweeted: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was more pointed and tweeted:

Very important for the nation to hear POTUS describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists.

Another Republican Senator, Cory Gardner (R-CO) tweeted to Trump: “Mr President — we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

 John McCain (R-AZ) didn’t specifically mention Trump, or his pathetically weak comment blaming everybody, but the Arizona senator harshly criticized the “violent attack” by un-American Nazis. McCain said:

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special. As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must comet together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry.”

Trump is never going to defy or condemn the very people who were instrumental in his ascendancy to the White House; he believes in their cause and will protect their efforts. One of his first acts was instructing the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and all federal counter-terrorism programs to give the violent white nationalist movement and any other white extremist groups “space.” As reported here two weeks ago,  the alt-right Nazis celebrated the order and thanked Trump effusively for giving them what Americans witnessed this weekend; “Space to destroy. He’s giving us space to operate, and frankly, it is space to destroy.”

This violence at the hands of Trump’s alt-right Nazi supporters was, sadly, expected and predicted by a great number of Americans; including the white supremacists who went to a protest armed and looking for trouble. It is likely that Trump was the least surprised of any American and given an opportunity to specifically call out the white supremacists and alt-right Nazis, he ignored reporters’ queries and walked away without comment. Of course he had a comment, but even dumb Don knows better than to praise and thank his racist acolytes for a terror attack on his behalf in front of the press. A press that knows, like most Americans, this hideous white supremacist Nazi uprising and violence is all down to Donald J. Trump.

Trump Thanked Putin For Cutting America’s Diplomatic Corps

While many Americans are rightfully concerned that Trump is playing to a big-time wrestling script with thermonuclear war as possible result, the reality show character’s close relationship with Vladimir Putin is not commanding much news coverage. However, yesterday while some Americans were considering building bomb shelters in their backyards, Trump showed that he still embraces Russia and continues rejecting America and more importantly, its diplomats.

No doubt Trump has yearned for a reason to thank Putin for his valuable (campaign) support over the last year-and-a-half, but that would just further implicate his complicity in Russia’s attack on democracy. Still, Trump found a way to express his gratitude to Putin and “stab American diplomats in the back” in the process; because diplomats prevent wars.

When Trump was asked what his thoughts were on Putin expelling about 775 diplomats from Russia as retaliation for new congressionally-mandated sanctions, he seized the occasion to express how “very thankful” he was that Putin expelled hundreds of American diplomats from Russia. He even explained why he was grateful.

Trump said:

I want to thank him [Putin] because we’re trying to cut down our [State Department] payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.”

No sane person thinks Trump was being facetious in offering his gratitude to Putin; no small number of diplomats and foreign policy experts have bemoaned loudly that Trump’s refusal to even partially staff the State Department is a gargantuan disaster waiting to happen. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rabid about cutting down on diplomats, and the idea that Trump wants a non-functioning State Department has nothing to do with “saving a lot of money.” He is more than willing to spend a “lot more money” on bombs and bullets in one fiscal year than it costs to run the State Department for a decade.  Trump and his key alt-right advisors ardently believe that the best way to conduct foreign policy with any country is not diplomacy; they love threats, belligerence, bullying and war. It is the worldview Trump has demonstrated over the past few days in the grandest fashion imaginable.

There have been several reports that the State Department is woefully understaffed with no plans, or intent whatsoever, to fill those positions. And they are crucial positions around the world that do not include janitorial or kitchen help jobs. This danger is not all down to Trump, but it is likely he directed Secretary of State Tillerson not to bother himself with putting up nominees for “low priority” positions such as assistant secretary for diplomatic security. Some Americans may recall that Republicans consider diplomatic security at the bottom of their low-priority concerns to explain why the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi lacked adequate security and protection.

As many former diplomats and foreign policy experts have noted, there is much “more than an ineffectual State Department here, there is real danger.” The real danger is when, not if, something in the world goes terribly wrong like when a poor manager and inexperienced malcontent issues biblically-inspired threats of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Every administration faces crises throughout their tenure, and everything falling on Trump stems from the rest of the world’s perception that he is a sap and those foreign policy crises are only going to increase in number and frequency. As noted in the Washington Post, America’s foes feel emboldened with an incompetent in the White House.

They also state the peril of Trump endangering national security by not filling important diplomatic positions; or worse, thanking a hostile foreigner for “cutting down our [diplomatic] payroll and letting a lot of people go.”

It is frightening to imagine what happens when “a crisis erupts in an area of the world that Tillerson hasn’t bothered to staff,” or another attack on an embassy occurs when Tillerson has not bothered to put up a nominee for assistant secretary for diplomatic security? “Tillerson and the president Trump will be in deep trouble.

Remember too that Trump claimed filling his administration with billionaires with exemplary business backgrounds would ensure that his government will have better management and only the very best people will be employed. “Instead they cannot perform the most basic management task of an administration — picking personnel.”

A career foreign service officer who served as an ambassador to Poland in the Clinton Administration and on the National Security Council under Bush really put Trump’s idiocy and third-rate management skills under a spotlight with two simple rhetorical questions. Dan Fried asked:

Under what theory of management is there not an assistant secretary for Europe or Asia?”  And, “How do you make an administration effective when your institutions are weak?

Trump believes his administration is effective because he controls one powerful institution; the United States military and its robust nuclear arsenal. It is likely why he said the hundreds of diplomats “Putin let go to cut America’s State Department payroll” are not going back. It is also highly likely that since Secretary of State Tillerson is BFFs with Putin, Trump believes diplomats are unnecessary; Putin will help Tillerson run the State Department and probably help him cut the diplomatic payroll even more.

It is particularly prescient right now that Trump is demonstrating what he thinks of diplomats or seeking a diplomatic solution to end his nuclear pissing match with the North Korea’s version of Donald J. Trump. One thing is crystal clear after Trump’s showy display of gratitude for some Rusky budget cutting assistance; Trump is too enamored and thankful to ever get into a pissing match with Vladimir Putin.

Trump Mentor’s Bastardized Christianity Is an Existential Threat

If there is only one thing Americans should know about the American religious right, it is that everything they preach is contrary to the teachings of their religion’s namesake, Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no logic whatsoever in calling the “religious or evangelical right” Christians by any measure.  And their hate-driven embrace of a couple of verses in the Old Testament while shunning everything else their god commanded doesn’t even justify them clutching that bible to their wretched bosoms. This week was a prime example of the bastardized version of Christianity the savages in the evangelical movement subscribe to and it should give any person calling themselves “a Christian” pause if not a world of shame.

Directly after Trump stunned his closest national security advisors and Secretary of State by threateningfire and fury” against North Korea, only one of Trump’s inner circle praised the idea of a thermonuclear attack on millions of innocent human beings. It should come as no surprise that the advisor is a Baptist preacher who can never call himself a Christian by any standard. And like his cohort in the evangelical clergy movement, he doesn’t remotely comprehend what his mythological “lord and savior” preached. For dog’s sake, this savage Texas Baptist doesn’t even understand the Christian bible he had the temerity to cite, and the context in which he used “scripture” should have sent any Christian into fits of self-doubt about their religion.

According to the sinner Trump’s “spiritual mentor,” Robert Jeffress, it was awesome that Trump threatened to unleash some biblical “fire and fury” against an entire nation because:

God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. That gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-un.”

Trump’s “spiritual advisor,” and Texas megachurch ‘pastor’ Robert Jeffress, is a con artist running the First Baptist Church of Dallas and was thrilled that Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Maybe Jeffress has read parts of his bible, but in the book of Revelation when it talks about unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” it refers to some deity doing the unleashing, not dumb Don Trump and not any government. Jeffress knows what his bible says and means, but he is a mega church preacher and distorting his bible is what has made him mega rich.

According to the Christian religion, anyone, particularly a “preacher,” who distorts the “word of god” is guilty of apostasy and heresy, really bad things in any religion. In fact, Jeffress is courting deity-driven danger by attempting to interpret scripture to fit his neo-con worldview. The Old Testament saysinterpretation belongs to god;” it is not up to Jeffress to ‘interpret’ a scripture authorizing Trump to unleash “fire and fury.” Jeffress’ bible plainly warns Christian “ministers” that if they spread false teachings or mislead anyone, they will get an extra measure of “fire and fury for all of eternity.” Obviously Jeffress, like the preponderance of evangelical malcontents never read that part of his “holy bible.”

This is not a sermon or an attack on the mythos in the Christian bible or the religion. That’s always fun and entertaining, but it is not the point of this screed.

The point is that Jeffress is the perfect representative of “bastardized Christianity” and why it is dangerous to allow a no-account apostate Baptist anywhere near Trump or the White House. According to the U.S Constitution, and his bible, he is not supposed to be anywhere near the government.

What inspired this particular rant isn’t so much that Jeffress claimed Trump has divine authority to “take out a nation’s leader,” it is because he cited the Christian bible specifically to promote death and destruction of innocent human beings; not a very Christian thing to do.

Any half-wit who ever attended Sunday school knows Jeffress is a liar; he is also a fraud with his neo-con interpretation of the New Testament’s book of Romans, Chapter 13. It is the chapter this author cites often to remind “bastardized Christians” that their god unequivocally commands that they adhere to the law of the land (U.S. Constitution) and that Christians, including churches and preachers, pay taxes.

For some un-explained reason, Jeffress’ reading informs him that the cited passage was written specifically to give Trump divine authority to kill Kim Jong-Un. Romans 13 does, in fact, say that “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Jeffress said that according to his reading of Romans, god gave “the government [Trump] the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-Un.”

Anyone familiar with that passage should have immediately called bullshit. That particular passage was directed at Christians who rebel against the government authorities in the nation they reside; it does not mean that a foreign nation’s leader is beholden to another government authority; something Jeffress knows is the truth.

In fact, as one who is fairly knowledgeable about the Baptist version of Christianity, Jeffress would never have been ordained as a “preacher” if he was prone to just “making shit up” to fit his lust to quicken the proverbial end times. In fact, to prove that Jeffress does know precisely what and who that bible book refers, he cites the previous chapter.

Jeffress said that whenever “pacifist Christians” cite Romans 12 where it says “Do not repay evil for evil” as justification to adhere to closely to Christ’s teachings of peace and forgiveness, he always has to “straighten them out.” He specifically said that the passage, “do not repay evil with evil,” refers to how Christians are commanded to conduct themselves. He claims that part of Romans does not apply to the government, but the next couple of verses do.

He knows damn well that particular book was written as instructions for “how Christians should conduct themselves;” it is not an instruction manual for the government, international relations, or foreign policy. But a correct reading based on his “lord and savior’s” teachings would contradict his bastard version of neo-con Christianity based on war, greed, barbarism and opposition to the law of the land.

As further proof that Jeffress is no kind of “Jesus” Christian, he explained that he wants an Old Testament savage leader who uses bible mythos as authority to kill other nation’s leaders and citizens with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Jeffress is like the majority of evangelical clergy in opposition to anything good Jesus ever taught while they tout themselves as “followers of Christ.”

Jeffress’ brand of “Christianity” is contrary to everything his lord and savior’s taught and preached, he said:

A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president [government] to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’ I said absolutely not. Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through. It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”

So, the Sermon on the Mount is “mushy rhetoric” according to Jeffress. It explains everything anyone ever needs to know about evangelical fundamentalists and why they cannot possibly refer to themselves as any kind of Christian. It also why allowing these bastard Christians anywhere near the government is extremely dangerous and an honest-to-dog existential threat to humanity.

When one comes to grips with the fact that those bastard Christians make up a majority of the the current administration’s leadership, and they have a maniac like Jeffress guiding Trump spiritually, there is every reason to be absolutely terrified; because unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will manifest itself in biblical death and destruction worldwide and America will not be spared.

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Trump Is Singlehandedly Decimating America’s Agriculture Sector

If Donald Trump has a reputation in business, it is as a crooked operator who bilks his creditors, investors, contractors, and suppliers alike and files bankruptcy at about six or seven times the rate most people get a divorce. Trump brought that notorious business acumen to the Oval Office and has already put the hurt on American agriculture with an ill-advised threat to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As reported here about a month ago, just the uncertainty of Trump’s intent for NAFTA has cost the American agriculture industry dearly as Mexico rapidly resorted to its “plan B” and made fabulous deals with several other reliable nations and markets. The losers, as usual, are some of Trump’s staunchest supporters and the rest of the population that will suffer the consequences of an isolationist malcontent in the White House.

It has been a couple of months since Trump pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), but now the already struggling agricultural sector has another reason to mourn the idiot in the White House. The massive 12-nation trade agreement was set up to be extremely friendly, and highly profitable, to American agriculture because it covered “a whopping 40 percent of the world’s economy.” Since expanded agricultural trade and elimination of tariffs for American products was hard fought, and won by President Obama, for American farmers the Trans Pacific Partnership was a lifeline.

The agriculture sector hailed President Obama’s efforts, and success, at giving American farmers their long sought after chance to eliminate tariffs imposed by nations in the TPP. Those tariffs restricted “the onetime breadbasket” of the world from selling its meats, grains and dairy products to massive importers of agricultural products such as Japan and Vietnam. Now, those products are going to be sold by many other nations that comprehend the benefits of “free trade” sans “punishing tariffs” and eagerly grabbed the TPP lifeline for their agricultural sector.

With an isolationist fascist and incompetent business failure in the White House, that “lifeline” for America’s farmers vanished faster than America’s “already struggling agriculture sector.” The only positive in this horrendous news is that the “struggling agriculture sector,” a huge Trump support group, will suffer before the rest of the population; but they still continue to support him because he pledged to make America white again. According to a report in Politico, even farmers who are scared to death their businesses are set to succumb at the hands of a notoriously inept businessman in the White House still support Trump.

Trump’s incredibly boneheaded stunt of pulling out of the world’s biggest trade deal is being described as  “a double hit on most agricultural producers,” and one in particular is a prime example of what happens with an isolationist moron in the White House.

In Eagle Grove, Iowa, the trade deal promised an increase of $10 billion in agricultural output over the next decade according to conservative estimates by the U.S. International Trade Commission. It is noteworthy too that the $10 billion figure is “an increase” in output that means a monumental increase in income, jobs and profits.

Now, those “increases” will not materialize because of Trump and it portends even more damage than just losing a projected $10 billion and the jobs it would deliver. Not only did Trump’s decision to withdraw from the trade pact wipe out American farmers’ ability to sell their goods to the 11 other nations making up 40 percent of the Earth’s economy with no tariffs, it virtually eliminated America’s agriculture sector as a global competitor.

It opened the floodgates for “rival exporters” such as Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to negotiate even lower tariffs with importing nations. Add to that a recently announced extraordinarily enormous trade agreement between the European Union and Japan and it doesn’t look promising for America’s struggling agriculture sector; especially after President Obama negotiated phenomenally good deals for American producers. Trump’s screw-up created greater competitive advantages for several other nation-producers over American agricultural exports. America’s farmers should expect even more bad news in the coming months, if not weeks, as the rest of the world stops needing American agricultural products.

According to a Politico analysis, the remaining 11 countries still in the TPP are actively engaged in a stunning 27 separate trade negotiations with each other; including with other major trading powers in the Pacific region like China and massive blocs like the EU. Those 27 deals without the United States range from exploratory negotiations to deals already signed and awaiting ratification. And, because of Trump, seven of the most significant deals that would have been extremely beneficial for America’s agriculture sector have been concluded without U.S. participation or inclusion since Trump withdrew America from the substantial trade agreement five months ago. Anyone in, or remotely connected to, the agricultural sector should be horrified at what their white hero did to their families, their industry, and their means of income.

One North Carolina-based family pork and poultry business made a huge investment in processing plants in anticipation of an equally huge return due to TPP favoring America’s farmers. Now Ron Prestage says, “I’m scared to death;” and he should be.  Mr. Prestage said his family already started digging the wells and moving dirt for another new processing plant and he fears they may have gone “beyond the point of no return on the new plant.”

According to an agricultural economist at Iowa State University, Dermot Hayes, the idea of farmers and the agriculture sector making big investments based on an epic “free trade” deal is not just normal; it is a good and savvy business investment. Mr. Hayes said in referring to the Prestage operation and other pork-industry investments, “At the time those investment decisions were made, the U.S. had never turned down a free trade opportunity.

Of course the United States has never had a self-professed genius with no interest or knowledge of international trade in the White House either, so maybe Trump shafting the agriculture sector was unexpected; especially from his staunch supporters in the agriculturally rich Midwest.

Mr. Hayes noted that the livestock industry in particular had “in its sights a future of expansion amid soaring export growth.” But with Trump withdrawing from TPP, all of that expansion and soaring export growth “has pretty much disappeared.”

It wasn’t just the livestock industry that harbored the highest expectations on the back of President Obama’s hard work.

Most in the industry expected a boom from exports as a result of TPP, with continued strong sales made possible by NAFTA.”

In one growing and highly profitable market for American farmers producers were set to expand sales of organ meat and other items not easily sold domestically, because Vietnam was completely eliminating its tariffs on American products altogether under TPP. It is why “free trade” is beneficial for all the party’s involved – no or low tariffs are a dream scenario for exporters but not acceptable to a “no-account business genius” like that imbecile Trump.

Now, because there is an idiot in the White House, those tariffs, like every other nations’ tariffs, remain in place for American agricultural products because the United States ruled by dumb Don is not interested in “free trade.” Unfortunately, a growing number of countries are not interested in any kind of trade with America for one good reason; they have already negotiated and signed trade agreements with many other reliable and fair trading partners.

Trump’s record in business is littered with broken and bankrupt companies due to his so-called “renowned business acumen,” and now the record can add America’s agricultural sector among the pile of Trump’s destruction. And in case any American thinks that because they aren’t farmers Trump’s handiwork will not affect them, wait until they have to pay $10 to $15 for a tomato out of season and then watch America’s agriculture industry go bankrupt; all because they supported a corrupt con man who promised to make America white again.

h/t Politico

Federal Watchdog Slams Trump’s ICE Hiring Plan As Unjustified

 

By now most Americans are aware that Donald Trump is a big-talking blowhard with little knowledge about anything; this week that combination was made manifest…again.

So it turns out that everyone with a brain who said Trump’s bizarre pledge to hire tens-of-thousands of border guards was unjustified, and unrealistic, were spot on. The campaign pledge demonstrated that Trump is as ignorant of what it takes to hire even one federal employee, much less tens-of-thousands of “law enforcement” guards tasked with patrolling America’s Southern border with Mexico and hunting down and rounding up brown people.

The Department of Homeland Security inspector general (federal watchdog) released a report concluding that Trump’s executive order to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and 5,000 border patrol agents was absurd. According to the inspector general’s report, based on the “rigorous screening requirements for federal law enforcement jobs,” the Department of Homeland Security would have to get and vet over 750,000 applicants to find and fill just 5,000 qualified personnel to do the border patrol jobs.

If that wasn’t a sobering enough revelation for dumb Don, in order to hire the 10,000 new I.C.E. agents the department would have to sift through, and properly vet, a pool of over 500,000 applicants to even begin filling that insane number of agents. These ridiculous numbers were courtesy of the inspector general’s audit; not fake news and not lies proffered by the “liberal media” or members of the fantasy “deep state.”

No doubt the Trump just issued the executive order and pulled the number of new hires out of his fat ass. But even a half-wit would have conferred with experts in how government works before thinking about issuing an executive order to do anything, much less enlist, train, and deploy several brigades worth of federal agents to go hunt brown people in America.

The news only got worse for Trump as the inspector general’s report called into question whether DHS even needs 15,000 new hires to hunt down and detain brown people. The inspector general claimed there was no justification for the new agents and didn’t have much else good to say about Trump’s version of homeland security.

The federal watchdog said Trump’s DHS leaders have “done such poor planning for what their workforce should look like with an understaffed and poorly trained Human Resources operation, they cannot possibly justify thousands of new employees.

The report from the office of the Inspector General John Roth said:

“Neither [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] nor [ICE] could provide complete data to support the operational need or deployment strategies for the additional 15,000 agents and officers.”

Trump’s poor-planning Department of Homeland Security officials told the auditors that they are at least three to four years from getting ‘some kind of system’ in place that will give them a clue about how many new personnel they need and where to deploy them. They didn’t comment on Trump’s order for 15,000 new agents, likely to preserve their jobs, but the inspector general didn’t care. The report said:

Without comprehensive staffing models, operational needs analyses, and deployment strategies, CBP and ICE will not be able to identify clearly the correct number and type of employees required, what positions must be filled, or where to deploy those employees.”

Another issue dumb Don never considered while pledging to “beef up enforcement” against undocumented immigrants and create a “deportation force” to hunt down and capture brown people was how to pay for those 15,000 new hires. He also never knew that, as the auditors rightly said, 15,000 new “border guards” will require close to 10,000 additional “technical and support staff” that will also need to go through the rigorous vetting process and be paid.

In the same way Trump hasn’t figured out how to pay for his absurd “beautiful wall,” the White House has failed to give guidance on how to pay for and hire the new guards, deportation force, and monumental number of technical and support staff. What someone in his administration did do, however, is direct the Office of Personnel Management to give Homeland Security officials authority for one year to fill those “heavily vetted” jobs without competition as a way to circumvent what it called “cumbersome hiring and vetting rules;” rules that were put in place by the government according to its high regard for national security. Of course that shouldn’t surprise anyone; in the Trump administration “robust vetting” and “national security” are just too “cumbersome.”

Democrats, or any other thinking human being, were not surprised by the inspector general’s findings and were not timid about rubbing Trump’s orange nose in the report.  Anyone conscious over the past six months is fully aware that everything Trump promised during the campaign, and while in office, was done without any forethought whatsoever much less careful consideration and planning. The ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Bennie Thompson (MS) issued a statement saying:

It’s not surprising that President Trump’s decree to drastically expand the Border Patrol and increase his deportation force was put in place without a clear need for the 15,000 new agents and officers or a plan for hiring and deploying them. I hope DHS goes back to the drawing board and shows us the need for new personnel along with a clear plan on how to better manage them once deployed.”

For its part, Trump’s DHS official tasked with liaising with the inspector general, Jim H. Crumpacker, defended Trump’s order to hire 15,000 new agents and border guards. Crumpacker said that the push for a new deportation force is Trump’s response to “emerging operational needs and changes in technology. DHS remains committed to ensuring correct staffing levels, ratios and placements.” Their problem is they just don’t know how to go about it and haven’t yet started the planning phase and that still does nothing to address another concern of the inspector general.

Homeland Security’s personnel office suffers from “fragmented systems, and not enough of the staff or automation it needs to hire this many new employees,” the auditors found.

They auditors noted that only 61 percent of the 21,000 current Border Patrol agents actually patrol the Southwest border, and they said that number “may actually understate” the true number of employees assigned to management and administrative work. The report said that 1,000 more agents than headquarters officials have allocated are assigned to intelligence roles in the field and it contributed to their questioning the need for any more agents in the field.

The use of Border Patrol Agents performing duties not directly tied to ‘ensuring complete operational control of the border’ calls into question the department’s operational need for 5,000 new agents.”

And the report reiterated its doubt that DHS even needs 15,000 new officers Trump demanded to carry out its mission. This is particularly true because immigration arrests have been on the decline since before the election. Immigration arrests were already steadily falling, but because of Trump, no-one wants to travel to America much less emigrate here and who on Earth can blame them. According to the auditor’s report, Border Patrol agents apprehended 35 percent fewer people from February to March, and 61 percent fewer than January. It makes the mandate for 15,000 new border guards not just unrealistic, but completely unnecessary and prohibitively costly; something Trump is just too insanely stupid to comprehend.

It is too bad main stream media didn’t devote any time to reporting on the inspector general’s smack down of Trump’s absurd executive order. It would have been yet another black-eye for Trump and possibly alerted his rabid supporters that everything the Oval Office idiot promised was a farce. To date nothing Trump pledged would happen when he “ruled” America has materialized. What remains to be seen is when and if Trump’s supporters will get a clue that their white hero is a scam artist and a monumental failure. He not only doesn’t know more about everything than everyone on the planet, he is likely stupider than the American morons who voted for him.

Trump’s Idea of Loyalty Is Blind Obedience or Suffer

 

By now it is evident that the secondary requirement, after being a proficient liar, for employment in Trump’s administration is unwavering loyalty; not to the Constitution, not to America, not to the Republican Party, but to Trump. It is just what tyrants with low self esteem demand as a matter of course whether it was Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mussolini, Saddam Hussein or Russia’s Vladimir Putin; fealty to the dictator is demanded and anything less is grounds for extermination.

Although Trump hasn’t yet put out a hit list on people he regards as disloyal, at least not that anyone knows about, he has no qualms terminating his allies and punishing his supporters if he even suspects they are being disloyal. And it is noteworthy that in Trump’s tiny mind, disloyalty entails a wide range of actions unique to tyrants.

A normal person would expect someone that demands loyalty without question would reciprocate naturally, but that is not and never has been Trump. As an accomplished hypocrite, Trump refuses to reciprocate loyalty and despite his devoted acolytes and the preponderance of congressional Republicans staying loyal to the Trump, the Oval Office cretin is lashing out at members of his own staff and party like a vindictive spoiled child. Of course members of his staff are powerless to do anything, but one seriously wonders when the GOP cowards will start pushing back against what any sane person should call a traitor to the Republican movement; many Americans know Trump is a traitor to America.

Trump’s demand for loyalty is, at this point, legend. He demanded it from former FBI Director James Comey and fired him for doing his job that Trump regarded as disloyalty. Over the past two weeks he has lashed out at his own attorney general for doing his job and Sessions’ termination is likely a foregone conclusion at this point. Regardless Trump’s lies about why he fired Sean Spicer and Reince Preibus, it was down to Trump’s twisted belief their disloyalty was manifest in “not protecting their president.” And according to an article in the Washington Post, Trump describes himself as a “loyalty freak.” It is a truly freakish idea that entails a simple-minded and black-and-white interpretation of the concept: you are either with him or you are his enemy. There is no such thing as in between. And “no in between” means blind obedience or else. As an aside, all of Trump’s “private sector” employees have been forced to sign a non-disclosure document pledging to never talk about Trump, his family, or his business; doing so means immediate and summary termination.

Although Trump is powerless to terminate members of Congress, that doesn’t mean his evil mind can’t devise a means of punishing members for what he regards as disloyalty. In the most recent instance, Senate Republicans are disloyal for not succeeding in taking healthcare from 20 to 30 million Americans and Trump reacted with a swift threat for disloyalty.

When Trump threatened to punish the American people and the insurance industry because Senate Republicans failed to deliver a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement, it was a vicious threat, but Trump is a vicious beast. However, when he threatened to withhold the employer’s portion of members of Congress’ healthcare insurance, both Republicans and Democrats and their staffs, he revealed that he has no loyalty whatsoever to the members of his own party who were taking a politically dangerous gamble to show their loyalty to Trump and take healthcare away from millions of their constituents. And, it is a serious gamble for Republicans according to a recent poll showing the GOP replacement farce is the single most unpopular piece of legislation in several decades. In fact, there is not one state that supports the GOP legislation, and yet Republicans loyal to Trump are pushing it on his behalf.

What is curious is that Republicans are not enraged that Trump is threatening them for perceived disloyalty and is going to punish them and their constituents as well as the insurance industry. One Democrat, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), responded to Trump’s threat in dumb Don’s favorite form of communication, Twitter. Murphy tweeted:

This is a clear threat to Congress: pass my health bill or as punishment I will end health care for you, your staff, & your constituents.

No matter how one looks at this issue, Trump is threatening members of Congress, including loyal members of his own party, for what he regards as disloyalty; or in Trump’s mind disobedience. It still boggles the mind that Republicans are not in open revolt against Trump and one would think that these idiots that call themselves the “real Americans” would take umbrage that despite their unwavering loyalty to a worthless malcontent for the sake of the party, they are being publicly threatened by a two-bit reality television celebrity. This is particularly true when an overwhelming majority of the population is adamantly opposed to the GOP’s healthcare “reform.” Republicans were not looking forward to facing their constituents if the repeal effort reached fruition, but out of loyalty to Trump and the Party they laid their political careers on the line; and then got publicly threatened with losing their healthcare in the process.

No real president would ever think to publicly threaten to punish members of Congress, especially his own party’s members and their families; but then again no president has ever defined loyalty as “you’re either with me or you’re my sworn enemy.” If Republicans were half the “real Americans” they claim to be, they would begin impeachment proceedings immediately because if Trump is willing to eliminate their healthcare over a failed vote, there is no telling what actions he will take when Republicans oppose any of his bonehead ideas.

At Campaign Stop Trump Ravages Immigrants As Knife-Wielding Animals

If one believes Trump, America is worse off than war-ravaged Afghanistan and Syria combined and there is no hope for a people or nation under siege from “those foreigners.” It is little wonder there is an explosion in neo-Nazis and fascist white power groups and it is not just because Trump has given them the “space to destroy” with impunity; something they are eternally grateful for. Trump was at it again this week in the heartland riling up the base against immigrants and he fairly outdid his campaign fear-mongering from last year.

In keeping with his divisive rhetoric to incite his acolytes, on the campaign trail in Youngstown Ohio during a “make America great again” circus rally, Trump alerted his devotees that America is now under wartime occupation. That being the case in Trump’s tiny little mind, he said the nation now has to be liberated from what he called animals and gang members he asserted were bringing illegal drugs, violence, and horrible bloodshed to peaceful neighbors across America. It is the same scary stump speech he started delivering over a year ago.

It is noteworthy that Trump failed to cite any specific examples of the “horrible bloodshed” plaguing America’s peaceful neighborhoods, but he was confident that didn’t have to. His idiot followers want to believe their nation is a deadly cesspool that needs an authoritarian dictator to “liberate” the occupied (white) people from (not white) immigrants.

Trump ramped up his campaign’s scary stump speech and portrayed immigrants as enemy occupiers and a dire threat to “young girls” he claimed were being “sliced and diced” by knife wielding animals. Seriously, the punk in the Oval laid it on extraordinarily thick and one imagines it has a lot to do with distracting his bootlickers from his collusion and corruption problems. His acolytes ate it up and cheered their hero on.

Trump garnered adoring applause when he told Ohioans how dangerous their lives are and how they are lucky to be alive because he is saving them from knife-wielding animals who take pleasure in cutting up little girls. He claimed immigrants are like animals, and they are not using guns to kill people “because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough.” According to the fear-monger in chief, those immigrants:

Take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.”

After portraying life in America as a deadly experience, he “came to the rescue” and naturally boasted that he is “liberating” beleaguered, battered and bloody Americans from the occupiers by evicting them from what he claims is a cesspool.

One by one, we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals, and killers. And we are sending them the hell back home where they came from.

And once they are gone, we will never let them back in, believe me. The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people – these beautiful, beautiful, innocent young people – will find no safe haven anywhere in our country.”

He also claimed that because he is president “people are screaming from their windows, thank you, thank you to the border patrol that come in and grab these thugs and throw them the hell out. We’re liberating our towns, and we’re liberating our cities. Can you believe we have to do that?”

Then he said that “this is not being done in a politically correct fashion. We’re doing it rough” to more wild applause.

Trump also boasted that, like a real tyrant, he is cracking down on American cities because they are refusing to follow his edicts and “do it rough” to immigrants. He is particularly angry because local law enforcement officials are not assigning their officers to go hunt down,  round up and arrest immigrants like Hitler’s Brownshirts. As an aside, Trump’s Department of Justice is making moves to withhold federal grants to local law enforcement if the police departments and high-ranking officials continue refusing to be “not politically correct” immigration officers that “do it rough” to immigrants – the great overwhelming majority who are not criminals, not gang members, and not animals that have developed the physiology and foresight to carry knives and cut up little girls.

According to local law enforcement officials, including police chiefs from the major cities across the nation, if they do what Trump demands it “will make their job[s] of fighting local crime more difficult as it will deter witnesses and victims from coming forward.”  That little bit of information never made it into Trump’s fear mongering speech for good reason; it would make him look like the clueless blowhard he really is and right in front of the clueless faithful.

It is noteworthy to mention that the preponderance of those arrested under Trump’s slash and burn immigrant policy have not committed a violent crime; the great majority have committed no crime except being brown in Trump’s white America. In fact, between January 22 and April 29 of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have made 10,800 “non-criminal arrests” compared to just 4,200 in the same period last year. There have been myriad reports of entire families being ripped apart in the majority of those “non-criminal arrests” and they have been widely reported in all manner of media. Curiously, none of Trump’s acolytes are aware of those oft-reported facts.

It is getting more difficult each passing day to understand why Trump’s followers continue cheering what they know are deliberate lies and scare tactics. Oh it is true that Americans are under an occupation force and face a mounting clear and present danger, but it is not due to immigrants or amazing animals packing “slice and dice” knives. It is from Trump and his seriously nasty alt-right Nazi supporters who lust for a reason to start shooting anyone Trump regards as an enemy or “the other.

What also boggles the mind is why Trump’s devotees take the time out of their day to attend a campaign rally; it’s not like they are captive boys and young men at a Boy Scout Jamboree. It is likely that they are desperate for some “good news” to distract them from the daily revelations that their hero in the White House is as monumentally corrupt as they are embarrassingly gullible.

The tragedy is that based on the wild applause at Trump’s fear-mongering, some of those acolytes will act on Trump’s assertion that they and their nation are under siege and take action against immigrants; and since they are Trump devotees, it is certain that they are well-armed and ready to kill for their king.

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Boy Scout Leadership Knew In Advance What Trump Was Going to Say

There has been plenty of commentary on Trump’s despicable visit and speech to the Boy Scouts for the “Jamboree” they convene every four years, and of course all of the criticism of Trump’s address is well-warranted. What is stunning, really, is that an organization “rumored” to teach boys and young men  about the value of public service, loyalty, citizenship, and honesty would invite a man who represents the polar opposite of those qualities. One representative of the tax-exempt non-profit organization actually had the temerity to say the Boy Scouts are strictly non-partisan, and non-political and that the organization hadn’t expected Trump to go “off script.

It’s unclear which Boy Scout representative made those comments, but whoever it was is either brain-dead stupid or a liar. Since the spokesperson is likely not brain dead, they are stupid for expecting any American to believe their dirty lie. The Boy Scouts’ statement addressing the blowback from a gathering that served as a campaign rally for Trump, noted that whoever is in the White House serves as honorary president of the organization and therefore the group “had to invite Trump” according to tradition. Whether that is true or not is completely irrelevant; only a moron didn’t know ahead of time that Trump would make the visit about himself, attack the media, and demean his perceived enemies. If they claim otherwise, they are lying and they know they’re lying.

One of the things the media is very adept at, and relentless about, is covering every utterance from the White House occupant; particularly when they are a polarizing figure and especially during the beginning of their administration. The media coverage on Trump has continued that tradition whether the corrupt psychopath is on foreign soil or in Youngstown Ohio. That being the case, it is literally impossible that the BSA did not know that Trump would commit what many are calling “child abuse” by turning a traditionally uplifting experience for the youngsters into a campaign rally replete with self-promotion, criticism of his enemies, and attacks on American institutions.

Look, Trump gave a similar speech at a CIA memorial gathering that was so widely reported in the media for weeks that there is no possible way the BSA didn’t know he would bring that nastiness to the children. He has made the same “type” of address regularly since he was inaugurated.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that every news outlet on the planet reported that Trump stood on a stage in Poland and railed against the American media and his own intelligence community. In fact, hardly a day passes without massive reporting on Trump’s Twitter rants about his greatness, his hatred for the intelligence community, how horrible a cesspool America is, his own attorney general’s disloyalty, other Republicans, and his perceived political opponents.

For dog’s sake, it was even widely reported by all media that Trump claimed the United States Constitution is archaic and “bad for the American people,” and yet the BSA claim they just “had to invite” Trump thinking he would not be Trump. It’s bullshit and the Boy Scout leadership knows it. If they were “good American” role models for the young men and boys, they would have said “sod tradition,” maintained a shred of dignity, and spared those children from an abusive tyrant.

The Boy Scouts of America dealt themselves a serious injury by inviting Trump to address their young charges and whatever so-called changes they have been forced to  make to be more inclusive were squandered as far as the public’s perception of the group is concerned. That is what happens when an organization alleged to instill the highest moral standards invites anyone, whether they live in the White House or not, who boasts about “grabbing pussy,” his daughter as “a piece of ass,” shooting people on the street with impunity, or calls on their supporters to commit violence against opposition voices; something Trump has done regularly over the past 18 months and something the media has reported ad nauseam.

Wes Williams over at the Daily Banter opined that:

No doubt the Scouts’ leadership is wary of being too critical of Trump, lest they face his ire. But they could have used the opportunity to subtly object to the nature of his speech by reminding everyone of the values the Boy Scouts are supposed to uphold — values that are the direct antithesis of Donald Trump and everything he stands for. Instead, they tried to wipe their hands clean of the debacle by saying ‘We had to invite him.’”

No, they did not have to invite him and if they had a modicum of respect or regard for the organization they lead, the boys and young men they mentor, and the principles they claim to adhere to as “good Americans,” they would have done the right thing and shunned Trump.  They couldn’t even condemn his remarks that not only broke with “their cherished tradition,” some of them heaped praised on Trump for his remarks.

The Boy Scouts of America knew exactly what Trump was going to do, and say, and yet they invited the poor excuse of an American anyway and smiled and cheered as he abused everything the Boy Scouts ‘pretend’ to stand for because “tradition.” The organization didn’t do itself any favors and although Trump made a mockery out of the event and the “tradition,” the Boy Scouts of America knew who they were inviting and they knew, like every living American, precisely what he was going to say according to his “tradition.” If they continue claiming otherwise they are continuing a lie, like Trump.

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