His Master’s Voice

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As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov returned home from his visit with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week, Russian state media was gloating over the spectacle. TV channel Rossiya 1 aired a segment entitled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump.”

Vesti Nedeli, a Sunday news show on the same network, pointed out that it was Trump, personally, who asked Lavrov to pose standing near as Trump sat at his desk. It’s almost the literal image of a power behind the throne. …

Sooner or later, the Democrats will come back into power. The next term or the term after that, it doesn’t matter… I have an even more unpleasant forecast for Trump. After the White House, he will face a very unhappy period.

—— Julia Davis, The Daily Beast

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Top Ten Reasons To Vote Republican

Kos This is taken from a very informative post at the Daily Kos. I am re-blogging most of the original post so no one with miss the details and nuances of each item. However, I recommend reading the original post titled, Top Ten Reasons To Vote Republican and poking around the Daily Kos for other equally informative and interesting articles.

Note that this list is not an indictment of all Republicans: it simply suggests ten good reasons for some people to feel at home in the GOP. For instance, the list doesn’t suggest or imply that anyone is a bigot, but it does posit that anyone who quacks like a bigot will probably find the Republican Party to be welcoming with open arms.

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It Can Happen Here

trump_it_cant_happen_here-620x412There is a very interesting and frightening parallel being played out between the Republican candidates for President of the United States and an often overlooked novel by Sinclair Lewis. Rush over to Salon and read the complete article; but to pique your interest, I repost the first part of the article below?

Candidate Donald Trump has turned into a much better joke than most people expected. What first appeared like a Simpsons gag, a media stunt, is now leading the Republican field. Trump’s pseudo-populist businessman’s appeal is so surprisingly forthright that, in addition to being the butt of the nation’s laughter, he’s turning the whole political system into a punchline too.

With his careful mix of plainspoken honesty and reactionary delusion, Trump is following an old rhetorical playbook, one defined and employed successfully in the 1936 presidential campaign of Senator Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip. In his campaign’s promotional book “Zero Hour,” Windrip laid out the classic nativist call to action that Trump would pick up nearly word-for-word: Continue reading