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    Donald J. Trump: Beyond the Thunderdome

    I guess I missed it, somehow... the ruination of America, the collapse of society, the onset of post-history.  I thought Donald Trump didn't read much and was not a reflective man, but he does seem have to a taste for Cormac McCarthy:

    Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

    This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

    Carnage. Entrapment.  The burning city on a hill. We have even been robbed in the night:

    The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

    And then, we were abandoned... but the promise!

    You will never be ignored again.

    I think what's going on is that when Trump pries himself from his golden bowl and gets a look at how the rest of the people live, he can't help but wonder how he missed the nuclear apocalypse that has clearly caused such misery. From his perch it must seem like we're all grubbing in the dirt for insects.

    His people are revolting, and it's only been a few minutes.



    Well Mike, the peasants are revolting.

    But then again, so is Trump.



    This prick aint never goin to do anything for the peasants!

    Pitchforks for Dr. Cleveland!!!!

    Education is flush with cash!!!!! We want it back so we can spend it at Trump Betsy DeVos University !!!

    The world stole from us!!!! Those brown and slant eyed rapist manipulators!!

    Not tax dodgers who have gold toilets like me, I'm a guy who cares about the country so much I haven't paid income tax for 20 years.

    Not Wall Street, my Goldman Sachs  Cabinet or Munchkin, my Treasury guy who forgot he had $100 million in a Cayman Island tax haven!!!!!

    We have to work to GOTV for the midterms. The turnout for Trump was sparse compared to both Obama inaugurations. We see a country that needs tweaking, they see a country in despair. They are willing to overlooking the fact that he filled the swamp with billionaires and incompetents. They see Putin praising Trump and cannot bring themselves to ask to see his taxes as a minimum way to. prove that the Russians do not have their claws in Trump. Trump supporters do not represent the majority of the voters in the country. We need to get more rational voters out to the polls to counteract gerrymandering. Trump will repeal action Obama took on climate change. He will next work to create a situation akin to a police state. We are in for a fight.

    We see a country that needs tweaking, they see a country in despair.

    There is some irony here.  Given the social achievements of the left during the Obama years, I think we might be the preservationists now, which is the role conservatives have always claimed.

    The Conservatives are suffering apart mass psychosis.I glanced at CNN where the discussion was Trump's actions at the wall that honors CIA agents who died in the field. Trump departed from mending fences with the intelligence community to boasting about the crowd and viewing audience of his inauguration. He also attacked the press. Trump is a narcissist who is easily angered. His press secretary gave an impromptu statement criticizing the press for falsifying data about the crowd turnout at the inauguration. The Conservatives on the CNN panel were still supporting Trump. When you couple this with the fawning nature of so-called Christian Evangelicals towards Trump, Progressives will be on their own challenging Mr. Trump. We are the true patriots.




    I agree.  Progressive is, by definition, the only path forward, and the right so loves power that we cannot expect them to help, even on violated principals.

    Devotion to a warped ideology or the lies of the supreme leader of an authoritarian cult can often exceed belief. 

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