Campaign 2020: Let the Name-Calling Begin!

At his latest campaign rally, President Donald Trump pointed out the “enemy of the people” — journalists — were in the house. YouTube screen grab.

Great minds think alike. When the New York Times last week broke the news that President Donald Trump lost more than a $1 billion between 1985 and 1994—a span during which he touted his business acumen in the ghost-written Art of the Deal—I shook my damned head.

The dude’s broke, just as his critics have always claimed. He’s like Brokeahontas!

For those who don’t follow the daily shit-show our national discourse has become since Trump came down the escalator, that’s a play on “Pocahontas,” the name of the historical Native American woman who Trump turned into an epithet directed at Elizabeth Warren, the former Harvard law professor and present Democratic senator from Massachusetts, and one of 21 candidates running in the Democratic Presidential Primary.

Warren’s sin? She’s Trump’s nemesis in the Senate. Therefore, it was necessary to smear her.

In her 20s, Warren claimed Native American heritage on various college application forms, based on her own family’s lore. She gained no advantage in doing so, but her flawless porcelain skin caused some, when she began running for office, to question her claim. Trump picked that up and amplified it with the “Pocahontus” taunt at campaign rallies and even official White House events.

Warren was eventually goaded into taking a DNA test, which showed she did indeed have Native American ancestry, albeit minimal. It was too little, too late. Simply by responding to Trump’s taunts, Warren lost the battle.

But the war is far from over. “Brokeahontas” twists Trump’s racist epithet and turns the dagger straight back into the president’s softest part, his fragile ego. Before I could notify the Warren campaign about this valuable weapon, comedian Bill Maher beat me to the punch line.

Which is what I meant by great minds think alike.

“Brokeahontas” began trending on Twitter as soon as Maher spoke the nickname Friday night, eventually reaching No. 4 in a 24-hour period. The nickname may not stick permanently, but it can always be resurrected whenever Trump or one of his supporters boasts about the president’s non-existent business successes. Here’s a sample conversation:

Trump supporter: We need a businessman running this country!

Me: You mean Brokeahontas?

The fact that I still laugh out loud after writing this, and then reading it five times, tells me Brokeahontas has, as the alt-right trolls like to say, valuable meme magic.

When Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted

Unfortunately for anyone left of center, there are those among us who don’t want us to laugh out loud during the midst of “the most important election campaign of our lifetimes.” That would be rude.

Sure enough, as soon as “Brokeahontas” began trending on Twitter, some Native American activists began pointing out that the nickname was just an extension of the racism Trump had evoked in the first place.

The seriousness of such folk is understandable. They’ve placed their faith in reason, and reason, whether it be overwhelming evidence of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the expanded categories of gender identification in the social sciences or the documented historical genocide of Native Americans by white settlers, is under serious assault in the 21st century in these United States.

My dad, R.V. Scheide Sr., an obsessive, compulsive consumer of news media like myself, expressed this to me recently when he said he’d grown weary of surfing the internet “because nothing is true. You’ve got to read eight or nine stories just to figure things out”.

Just as Nietzsche and Dostoevsky predicted in the second half of the 19th century, when nothing is true, everything is permitted. The era of nihilism they foresaw is our own, and the popular computer game, Assassin’s Creed, is its echo.

It’s a selective sort of nihilism we’re enduring. My tribe is the best, screw all the rest. We’ve lost the sense of what makes us human: We make mistakes. All of us.

Even me. For example, in 2016, I voted for Donald Trump.

Trump points directly at Redding media at the Redding Airport during his north state campaign stop. Photo by Jon Lewis

Mistakes Can Be Corrected

My mistake was falling for Trump’s populist rhetoric. Like many Americans, I’ve been concerned with the hollowing out of our industrial core, the widening gap between the uber rich and everybody else and our never-ending regime-change wars. In 2016, Trump spoke to those concerns more than any other candidate, with the exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

None of it was true—even Trump’s pretended aversion to the nation’s present immigration laws, which he has taken full advantage for his entire business career, in order to pay his employees the lowest amount possible. No matter what tribe you’re from, with the possible exception of right-wing evangelicals, Trump has lied to you.

North state Trump supporters stood for hours on a sweltering Redding Airport tarmac to hear his campaign speech and wave goodbye. Photo by Jon Lewis.

There ain’t gonna be no wall. Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods aren’t going to bring factories back to America. Far from achieving energy independence, the fracking boom is a debt-driven pyramid scheme. Notice how gas prices aren’t going down? Income inequality is still on the rise.

Meanwhile, Trump’s alleged anti-interventionist tendencies have been superseded by the whims of  delusional right-wing warmongers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Are you ready for war with Venezuela? How about Iran? China? Russia?

WTF is going on here?

I’ll tell you what’s going on. An idiot, a moron, a supposed 666-D chess master, is occupying the White House. If he is elected to a second term, he will destroy the United States just like he destroyed every business he’s ever touched.

Chaos is his game, not creation, and no one should be ashamed to call him by his new name.

Brokeahontas.

R.V. Scheide
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120 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    I don’t see any Republican edging out Trump, including the one I voted for, Romney. Jeff Flake flaked out.
    The Democratic front runner, now being attacked by his fellow Democrats and with his own baggage, is Biden.
    Here in Arizona there is a possible chance of making a difference in the presidential election but I am more concerned about the 2020 senate race for John McCain’s seat. McSally, while being called McTrump, is treading a fence for the support she will need from independents.
    As far as unseating LaMalfa the Democrats need to look at the path Sinema took to win in 2018 in a GOP state. Many call her a DINO but it worked.

  2. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    If not name calling, at least smearing has finally begun in our local senate race. I received accusatory flyers from both candidates this week.

  3. Avatar Doug Cook says:

    I guess now that the Democrats can’t attack President Trump on Russian collusion, they now have to go back 30 years when he lost a lot of money in real estate, of course ignoring his comeback. You think you will win with that strategy? I think what Trump will do is dump Pence and recruit Amb Nikki Haley as a VP candidate. Although early, so far the best the Democrats can muster together is Joe Biden, who in his prime couldn’t gather more than 2% support as a candidate As long as the Trump economy stays strong. The Dems don’t have a chance

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Great strategy, go full neocon!

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Biden may not be in his prime now but he gets over 40% support, even Trump doesn’t get that.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      Doug — The idea that Trump can only be attacked sequentially, one flaw at a time, is without merit. His flaws are manifest, and all are open to critique. Among his flaws is the constant lying about and grossly exaggerating his financial accomplishments. Since he does so continuously—boasting of his so-called accomplishments as qualifications for being POTUS—his claims are of course worthy of close examination. It’s no accident that Trump resists these examinations, refusing to release his recent tax returns—he doesn’t want to be exposed as not just a blowhard, but a delusional blowhard. So he lies that he can’t release his tax returns while being audited—an absolute fabrication.

      The “Trump Economy” was already sizzling when he took office. His biggest economic accomplishment? Running up the nation’s credit cards by cutting taxes, increasing deficit spending, and further ballooning the federal debt.

      Obama owns a massive financial recovery from the smoldering crater left by Bush II. Trump owns the maintenance of a sizzling economy left behind by Obama, plus an unnecessary tax cut that creates the illusion of a small increment of further economic progress.

      https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2019/05/on-the-economy-obama-owns-trump/

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        The economy could change the 2020 election greatly. Arizona’s #1 trading partner is Mexico and it’s #3 trading partner is China. One bright spot for Arizona has been the economy but tariffs and the ridiculous wall could derail that.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        Steven… how about one policy that Bush implemented that caused the recession. Have any? Sizzling economy left by Obama? You mean that flat 2% growth that Obama called the new normal?
        Who cares if President Trump exaggerates his wealth? What business is it of yours or anyone? How does it affect him being president. I remember when he was elected and the predictions about stock market crash, WWIII, the next Hitler… didn’t happen did it?
        My guess your concern for the debt will end when Biden becomes president and allows illegals free health care

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          “My guess your concern for the debt will end when Biden becomes president and allows illegals free health care.”

          Are you familiar with the Freudian term, “projection”?

          According to the CBO, eficit spending as a percentage of GDP, by POTUS administration in the ongoing “Reagan Revolution,” highest to lowest:

          1. Bush II
          2. Reagan
          3. Bush I
          4. Clinton
          5. Obama

          The above pattern is no mystery. Republicans cut taxes, fail to cut spending concomitantly, and fake the illusion of prosperity by running up the nation’s credit cards, and handing the bill off to our kids and grandkids. Too early to call where Trump will land, but it’ll be near the top.

          “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.” — V.P. Dick Cheney, 2004

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Oh, and I already told you why Trump lying about his wealth is our business. He uses the claim that he’s an incredibly successful businessman as his primary qualification for being POTUS. So *of course* the truth (or not) of his claim is our business. I would think that goes without saying. Guess not.

            Trump’s biggest qualification for being POTUS is his stint as host of a ridiculous “reality” TV show in which he (1) showcases his rabid nepotism, and (2) fires people for mostly spurious reasons until only one person is left. That, more than anything, predicts and parallels his performance as POTUS.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        The main policy decision that led to the 2007 Great Recession was the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 by a bipartisan Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. This removed the wall separating commercial and investment banking, allowing banks to go wild with financial instruments such as collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs.

        The banks placed trillions in bad bets, knowing they’d be bailed out by the government because both parties are bought and paid for, thanks to Clinton’s “third way” i.e. the Dems cozied up to Wall Street. They’re still being bailed out today with the never ending Quantitative Easing program, i.e. near-zero interest rates at the Fed’s discount window for big banks, compared to 30 percent on Joe Blow’s credit card.

        Obama’s mistake, in my opinion, was focusing too much on health care and not the Recession. This allowed Republicans and blue dog Dems to stifle his recovery package, which most knowledgeable economists figured should be in the neighborhood of $3 trillion, instead of the $1 trillion that was approved.

        The result was the anemic economic recovery we’re still burdened with today. The labor force participation rate has dropped alarmingly since 2007 and remains mired at 63 percent. One reason the unemployment numbers are at record lows is become people have continued to drop out of the workforce. This is driving income equality, with, and I’m being kind here, 20 percent of the population making bank, and the other 80 percent living paycheck to paycheck at best.

        As Steve noted, there is no Trump economy, although to be fair there’s been a slight boost from the 2017 tax cut for the rich, most of which was spent on stock buy-backs although some did trickle down in the form of one-time bonus payments, etc. It’s still the same anemic Obama recovery.

        This is why Trump is a sitting duck in 2020. In 2016, Trump understood the mainstream economic indicators, the Dow, the headline unemployment numbers, were a way of cooking the books, to make the economy look better than it actually is for whoever is in office. Now of course he’s playing the very same game, and conducting trade policy like a literal bull in a China shop.

        Like all of his business ventures, the Trump economy is all hot air. Politicians who live by the numbers dies by the numbers. Those deplorables haven’t gotten a single thing they wanted. Just the church people. Heart beat abortion laws even for rape victims is their death knell.

        This will not end well for Trump. Biden, the quintessential Clinton Democrat in the race, will slaughter him if he’s the nominee. Sanders will wipe the stage with him in a debate. Elizabeth Warren, the smartest candidate in the race, will expose Trump for the fraud he is from the Senate floor. Harris will roast him alive. Tulsi Gabbard will show Trump up as a foreign policy lightweight.

        Liberals shouldn’t buy into the hype that Trump is so scary we’ve got to go with a supposedly sure-thing like Biden. The field is deep, we’ve got a 18 months to think up funny nicknames for these throw-backs. Party on!

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          Even Bill Clinton and Obama said that Glass-Steegal had nothing to do with the recession. You have to go back to the Clinton administration pushing of sub prine loans that was the catalyst for the recession.
          Biden doesn’t have a chance. Immigration will be the big topic, Democrats are finally admitting that it is a crisis at our Southern border….and the Democrats have no solution, they wish to ignore the emergency.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Of course Bill Clinton would lie about it. He’s wrong and so are you. Your champion is a dumb-ass Brokehontas and everybody knows it.

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          Well argued, R.V. I do have concerns about the following, though.

          You said: ‘Those deplorables haven’t gotten a single thing they wanted. Just the church people. Heart beat abortion laws even for rape victims is their death knell.”

          I live in Shasta County, so by default I know quite a few conservative white guys and gals. I think you’re right—they haven’t received much of what they wanted. But I’m not sure *they* know that. I think they *think* they got:

          1. Bigly tax cuts (that in fact went to the rich).
          2. Jerbs (in spite of that still dismal participation rate).
          3. Gettin’ tough with them Muslims again…and Cheeina.
          4. Ain’t gonna git our guns!
          5. Authoritarianistan! The Musical.
          6. MAGA (= hall pass to be racist and sexist AF again, in broad daylight).

          I’m sure they also truly believe they’re also going to eventually get their wall to keep out them Messykins (and Muslim terrorists sneakin’ in through Messyco), regardless of the realities of Congress.

          I think there’s less appreciation among the GOP yahoos for their biggest win: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Those two mofos will likely be with our age cohort for the rest of our natural days. As we fiddle, the Deep-fried South states are pushing extremist abortion ban laws. Their primary objective is not to ban abortions, but to see how the frat boys are going to come down on social issues. If the SCOTUS rules on the side of states’ rights, the floodgates will open.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Keep in mind, it only takes a relative handful of white deplorables to fuck up Trump’s sketchy electoral map.

  4. Avatar Tim says:

    There are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are Billionaire tax returns.

    Buffett, worth ~$90 billion, shows annual income of ~40 million (equivalent to a millionaire showing annual income of $444.00). Amazon showed no net profit for 20 years while growing ~$200 billion in value. They aren’t playing the same game as you…

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Donald Trump is no Warren Buffett.

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    • Avatar CODY says:

      Amazon does show a profit, and their market cap is around $900 billion…
      (but I do agree about them not playing the same game – it is all fully legal though)

      • Avatar Tim says:

        Amazon lost money (cumulatively) from 1994-2014 while growing from nothing to a $200 billion company (it has since turned profitable and has grown to nearly $1T).

        But my point is since most Americans can’t even file a 1040EZ, they wouldn’t understand the nuances of a savy billionaire’s tax return. For example, even if you multiplied Buffett’s current $40 million taxable income times all 73 years that he filed returns, you’d still show less than $3 billion income — not the ~$90 he is actually worth.

        That’s because things like asset appreciation are not taxable unless the asset is sold, yet you can borrow against or trade the asset tax free (Buffett is famous for these tax favored swaps: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-03-19/buffett-graham-swap-is-latest-deal-to-limit-u-s-tax-take ). And in Trump’s case, you can buy real estate with someone else’s money, claim that the Trump Tower will depreciate so fast it will be worthless in <30 years despite it being worth more than ever, and expense most of his lavish celebrity lifestyle to a disposable company that may well go bankrupt in the next downturn. It is very easy to show years of losses this way…

        Thus Trump's returns would not reflect any sort of reality and would just give more hyped "bombshell" soundbites to the outraged resistance.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          So then criticize Congress. They are the ones that make the tax laws. Will they eliminate these loopholes? Of course not because the billionaires in Congress like Pelosi and Feinstein take advantage of these tax breaks. When you do your taxes, do you do whatever you can to lower your tax liability? Of course you do

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Tim, another classic case of apples and oranges, it would have made a more interesting comparison if you had actually used Apple, what with all these tariffs flying around.

          Anyway, your starting point seems to be most Americans are so stupid they can’t file their own taxes, so they couldn’t possibly understand a billionaire’s finance. Why, not even the investigative journalists and their editors at the New York Times can figure them out.

          Granted, the Times has made some egregious errors in its history–lying us into the Iraq War by printing fake news planted by the government about WMDs springs immediately to mind–they’re pretty well known for their financial reporting, Wall Street being one of their beats.

          And you know what the Times found out about Trump’s finances between 1985-94? Not only did he lose $1.2 billion, he was America’s Biggest Loser, like ever. And that’s something every American understands.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            The Times is far from finished making egregious errors. In 2017 they got rid of the Ombudsman they put in place in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. Part of this Public Editor’s job was to make sure the Times didn’t let “an easy lie replace a complicated truth” – like when a Billionaire’s tax returns don’t seem to match reality.

            For an example of recent misbehavior, Berkeley liberal Michael Lewis has a podcast episode detailing how the media, including the New York Times, destroyed the career of academic Alex Kogan by irresponsibly insinuating Russian influence in their coverage of Cambridge Analytica: https://atrpodcast.com/episodes/the-alex-kogan-experience-s1!d20f3

  5. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Another great article, thank you. Political humor has been around forever:

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/victornavasky/15-historic-cartoons-that-changed-the-world

    I think what is insidious about Trump, is your point, “when nothing is true, everything is permitted.” That, and the fact that his followers believe him. Everything in his world seems to be “beautiful, bigger, the greatest,” without backing those statements up with facts. So, if one just says “it,” it must be true? Actually, I think the Democrats could take a lesson here with his strategy. Seems like people just want to hear the good news these days. Until it’s too late.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      As you can see from this comment thread, hardcore Trump supporters are willing to forgive or ignore any transgression the orange menace commits. But lukewarm Trump supporters will desert him if the right Democrat gets the nomination. The right Democrat is not Joe Biden.

      • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

        I readily agree about Joe Biden. Still waiting and hoping for a stand out. Uh, I was attempting to equate name-calling with historical political cartoons. I don’t think I pulled it off!

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        Who is the right Democrat?

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        “… hardcore Trump supporters”, lol. What transgression needs to he ignored? Russian collusion? That didn’t happen. The Democrats put all their eggs in that basket that didn’t pan out. You are going to run on the economy? How about that WWIII that you all we’re certain would happen by now? If not Biden, who? Warren? Good luck y’all

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          I never put too much stock in the Russian collusion theory, Trump is just too plain stupid, but the fact that Mueller’s probe as far resulted in 8 men being convicted for lying about their Russian connections, when they could have just told the truth, shows the kind of people Trump pals around with.

          The transgressions I refer to are with Trump’s racist white nationalist supporters, which, counting closet racists, I figure to be about 10 percent of his hardcore base. I follow them via their websites. They are mostly white millennial males.

          These boys understand the economy in the terms I wrote about in a post above. They know they’re getting screwed by Boomers such as you and me. We aren’t leaving them a level playing field. For them, Trump hasn’t delivered.

          There is and there will be no wall. They’re pissed about that.

          This hardcore 10 percent is virulently anti-Semitic and blames Jews, i.e. globalists, for their economic predicament. They are furious that Trump has surrounded himself with Jews and has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

          They are also anti-war, and like Mel Gibson, blame the Jews for all wars. More extreme members have been shooting up synagogues lately.

          They instinctively understand that the present economic arrangement, with ever-increasing income inequality, is working against them and they believe Trump has failed to do anything to address that. Another transgression.

          Trump was fantastically lucky in 2016. The Democrats ignored their base and screwed Sanders over–strangely, even though Sanders is Jewish, more than a few of the hardcore 10 percent I’m describing like his economic policies, i.e. they’re not averse to socialism.

          That’s why I believe Bernie would have beaten Trump in 2016–Trump’s improbable electoral college victory was driven by white male resentment in key rust belt states, and Hillary Clinton badly misplayed her cards.

          Elizabeth Warren is not Hillary Clinton, and Trump is not a successful businessman. He’s Brokeahontas. I’ll be there with a five gallon bucket to collect the tears of melting conservative snowflakes.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Ditto R.V.’s views on collusion. Despite their best efforts, the members of Team Trump are too stupid and incompetent to pull something like that off.

            Plus, there’s the bizarre defense as articulated by Muller that Trump’s pleas for Russian interference were so public that it could be argued, effectively, that he was just joking.

            Kinda like, “Knock the crap out of them! I’ll pay for the lawsuits. I promise.”

            Hey, if that results in protestors getting the crap beat out of them, how is Trump to blame? Some people just don’t get his playfully fascist sense of humor.

  6. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    To take it a bit further, how about BROKEN-HAUNT-US!! And whether he’s elected for a second erm or not, he will continue to haunt us for many years to come!!

    Good article R.V. . . . I support your John the Baptist stance.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      We can all be happy warriors!

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Just curious Adrienne…how will President Trump continue to haunt us? How is he currently haunting us? How about your number one example.

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Doug,

        Trump has broken records for the number of judges he’s appointed to federal courts – many of whom are raving God-in-government religious dominionists. It could take the country decades to recover.

        https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/16/donald-trump-appoints-conservative-judges-federal-/

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          That was easy!

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Hand picking news to suit your agenda. In the lower courts, where local decisions are made before they go to federal courts, Trump has appointed far less than other presidents. Read all of the link you post, not just part.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Bruce,

            I did. My link states that Trump “ranks near the middle with his predecessors of the past few decades” when it comes to lower court appointments. But of course it’s the higher courts (where he has had considerably above average influence) that have a far greater impact on the final outcome.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patricia, as President Obama wisely said, elections have consequences. When a GOP president gets elected, he gets to nominate judges…the same if there was a Democrat president. “…where he has had considerably above average influence” He has influence because he is president and has a GOP majority Senate.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          So far Justice Kavenaugh has been aligned with the liberal side if the SC numerous times. Of course, according to you an conservative is a “God in government religious dominionist.”

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Patricia, I see nowhere in your link where Trump appointed raving religious dominionists to the courts.
          The facts are that President Obama did not appoint many judges in his last two years, a lot because of Republican protesting who were in charge of Congress. When Trump was elected he quickly filled those vacant seats with the backing of Republicans. This year the Democrats took charge of the House and those Trump appointees have slowed to a crawl.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Bruce, The House has nothing to do with confirming judges, it is the Senates job and the Senate is still controlled by the GOP

      • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

        Seriously, Doug? You’re unaware of Trump’s two SCOTUS appointments?

        Mark my words: The current rash of abortion bans being passed in the Deep South are what George Carlin called a “test fart.” If the SCOTUS upholds those bans on the basis of states’ rights, the barbarians at the gate will crash through.

        • Avatar Tim says:

          For an antiauthoritarian, you sure seem threatened by judges who want to stay within the bounds of the Constitution…

          • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

            If Roe v. Wade was constitutional in 1972, why, 47 years later, is it not? The combination of this POTUS and and what SCOTUS is becoming thanks to his appointments is a threat to women’s rights.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Beverly, Roe v. Wade is not going away. Just like ending Social Security or Medicare they are just threats put forth by Democrats. I have been hearing for over forty years how the GOP are going to end SS, hasn’t happened. This is the same as the GOP stating that the flood of immigrants over our southern border are all drug dealers and rapists, isn’t true.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            As a political compromise Roe was brilliant, but most legal scholars agree it had little/no constitutional basis and cite it as an example of judicial activism.

            A right to privacy? Sure. A right to undergo an elective medical procedure? eh…

          • Avatar Larry Winter says:

            Tim, isn’t an elective medical procedure a business transaction between two parties? You seem to float in and out of libertarian ideals, depending on the subject matter.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            I can disagree with a policy and still see that it is constitutional; I can also agree with a policy and see that it is unconstitutional.

            Flouting the constitution to implement a policy you support erodes the safeguards inherent to a Republic and brings us closer to despotism. And sure, despotism can be pretty nice when your guy is in charge, but it is downright horrifying when the other guy takes over (as so many learned November 2016).

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Tim — First of all, I don’t think staying within the bounds of the Constitution has much at all to do with the motivations of these people, who dream of turning the United States into an authoritarian Christian theocracy.

            Second, the laws being passed right now require victims of rape and incest to carry the resulting pregnancies to term, and could result in sentences of up to 99 years for physicians who perform abortions. This entails shoving religion down peoples’ throats. I don’t see my opposition to such Medieval laws as conflicting with my anti-authoritarianism. Quite the opposite.

            Third, the SCOTUS’s 225-year-old treatment of precedent is being threatened. The SCOTUS has long been conservative in its approach to overruling prior SCOTUS rulings, to prevent legal chaos. I’m okay with the current SCOTUS looking at Row v. Wade through the lens of principles that have stood the test of time—the “prudential and pragmatic” factors to consider before reaffirming or overruling a prior holding. But I’m not confident the current SCOTUS will do that, while resisting bending to the winds of religious right.

            I have little doubt that Roe v. Wade is going down—the only question is whether the SCOTUS nukes it, or implements death by a thousand cuts. It’ll be interesting—if the SCOTUS succeeds in granting the states more and more autonomy on such issues—how it all plays out. Where we elect to live is in large part, for most of us, a market-driven choice.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            SCOTUS has never had all that much deference for precedent – Hudson v. Guestier (1810) overruled Rose v. Himley (1808) while the ink was practically still drying on the Constitution. But the number of precedents overturned truly began to accelerate after Brown v the Board of Education’s judicial activism in 1954.

            As for abortion, one need not be religious to find the termination of quasi-human life morally troubling – particularly when done for convenience. There are over 1.25 million abortions performed in the US each year of which ~15,000 were performed on victims of rape.

            Given the ease of access to birth control, plan B, and mifepristone/misoprostol, I don’t see a compelling moral reason to surgically kill an innocent life in order to save a mother from an additional 7 months of pain & anguish and society from the burden of an unwanted child. It is not about subjugating women for the sake of misogyny, it is about protecting defenseless lives.

  7. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    Hmmmm . . . . and put a feather in our caps.

  8. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    The Black Caucus says that while Biden may be the best choice being an old white candidate could turn off many black voters, ala Clinton in 2016. But adding Kamila Harris could be a winning combination. Will Democrats forgive Biden for his touchy/feely creepiness in order to defeat Trump?

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      There is a large movement in the black community where they are finally rejecting the Democrat party…a party that had done virtually nothing for and simply panderst to the black community. Despite being called a racist, President Trump has done more for blacks than the previous administration. His prison reform, his giving federal help and resources to Chicago to stem the murder rate, lowest black unemployment rate for blacks. These are resonating with the black community. The Blexit movement is growing, and so is Trump’s approval with blacks

      • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

        Doug,

        The Black unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since the beginning of Obama’s terms, and one highly questionable survey showed Trump’s Black approval rating rising from a miniscule 8 percent to an almost equally miniscule 12 percent. We’ve been through this before.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        LOL, Blexit.

  9. Avatar Robert Scheide Sr. says:

    The Country elected a man if his lips are moving he is lying. By official count over 10,000 times since taking office. Is it any wonder then that all his fans lie as much and the problem is they are not very good at it.

    Of course, his fans suck his every utterance as gospel making them impossible to communicate with. Many have said that to argue with a conservative is like beating your head with a hammer till it stops hurting.

    I really hate to admit this but, Trump is wearing me down. My morning cruise through the news use to take an hour, nowadays at least two as you have to verify every post as being authentic.

    Sites applying their AI devices on sites such as Google, Facebook have essentially rendered those sites useless. Left wing sites have seen their clicks decrease by 50 % plus. Political correctness has killed the rest.

    We have turned into a nation of sheep. I offer as evidence men’s scraggly beard, women’s long hair, tattoos and on and on. On known name changes, hairstyles and everyone follows.

    On 20/20 elections. Good Lord 22 Democrats are in the race. My guess is most will disappear in a month or so and we will be down to 3 0r 4. Keep your eye on the DCC money and see who they are going to back this time. They rigged the race for Hillary last time and they are going to try and do it this time backing anybody but Bernie or Warren.

    It is hard for me to understand the reluctance of the voters to climb on board Medicare for all, which will cover everyone cradle to grave, stem to stern. Bernie and Warren have laid
    how to pay for it and yet you still doubt.

    Pay off student loans, that would free up so much money, the boom caused by that would be a joy to see. Freeing up those folks with debts that keep them from the good things of life.

    The right wing clings to the meme “It’s Socialism” No it’s a Socialist Democracy, like all the other developed countries. No some want to plow ahead, worried every day if a medical emergency will take them down, if bankruptcy looms ahead, student loans that you can’t pay, a job loss, a parent requires long term care. All of these would be covered under the leading democratic plan.

    It’s your choice, I can only hope you screw your head on this time before you vote.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Thanks for the long post Dad. You made numerous excellent points.

      Let’s start with “socialism.” I believe younger voters are not as susceptible to this ancient right-wing trigger, simply because they can look the word up on the internet.

      I tell you, Trump is wearing me down to! Every god damned morning, I get up and peruse my favorite news sites, and it’s all Trump all the time. The good news is, his lukewarm supporters are getting tired of it too!

      Trump was lucky in 2016. He’s going to get creamed in 2020.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        I don’t know, R.V. I certainly hope you’re right, but one Trump-supporting friend said, “If he’d just stop tweeting!” as if that’s the only thing he’s doing/has done wrong.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        It’s not Trump wearing you down. It is the MSM that is obsessed with nothing else. I used to be addicted to cable news. I just can’t watch them anymore

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      I can actually make a case for voting for Biden. He would be a one term seat filler president. Probably won’t do much of anything important. With a Biden presidency, we would more than likely have GOP house and Senate. It would also keep me from seeing all those on the left heads explode if Trump wins.

  10. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    I admit to being one of those people who has no toleration for Trump supporters. The warning signs were all there during the campaign, and flashing like crazy – his outspoken racism and decades-long racist history, his promises to create an administration highly favorable to religious extremists (which he has delivered on in nearly every federal appointment), his numerous open incitements to violence, his rabid sexism and gloating admissions of having sexually assaulted countless women, the evidence of his business failures, the endless lies, etc. He’s also a demented sociopath, which entire national psychiatric associations warned us of based on his zillions of crazed tweets and other statements.

    In voting for Trump people chose to vote their fears and prejudices, and malignant demands for special treatment at everyone else’s expense. The next Democratic running team will need to be virtually controversy-free. Unfortunately I’m afraid it will also need to be free of women, since sexism played no small part in Clinton’s defeat by the voters who handed Trump the election.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I intentionally voted for chaos. Still the worst mistake I ever made.

      • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

        I supported Ross Perot in 1992. However, he was opposed to the Gulf War, and the ratification of NAFTA.

        • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

          “That giant sucking noise . . . ” I, too, was one of the 19%.

        • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

          This go-round, I’m supporting the grassroots democrats who volunteer to get out the vote in the swing states. And Audrey Denney vs LaMalfa regarding our 1st Congressional District.

  11. Avatar Candace C says:

    Scare mongering, sound bite, click bait, taken out of context headlines by the msm coupled with their predictions of who is and who isn’t (apparently all women) electable as our next president is maddening to me. It’s no wonder that many people have neither the time nor the inclination to wade through all the misinformation. This is how elections are won/lost and how the escalation of needless aggressions are perpetuated. I strongly believe in a free press but am sick to death of all the mindless crap that dominates a lot of the msm these days. At this point my focus is simply to vote the bastard out of office, kiss it and put it to bed.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      At this stage of the election cycle 13 years ago, nobody was giving the African-American junior senator from Illinois a chance in hell of winning the Democratic Party’s nomination. I would bet most Americans hadn’t even heard of him.

      He served two terms as POTUS.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Saw a t-shirt with Obama’s picture on it. The caption was, “Miss me yet?” And I also read a piece that Bush II said of Trump, “He makes me look pretty good.”

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Right now, I say the more the merrier. Multiple candidates means multiple issues will be discussed. We’ll be able to get a gauge on how the country’s feeling.

        The cream will rise to the top, and the nation will sour on Trump. It’s almost guaranteed.

  12. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    RV, great article and you were right. The name calling has begun. No solutions just name calling.

  13. Avatar Larry Winter says:

    I don’t think the name calling ever stopped and coming up with names to call Trump just takes us down to his level.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      Yes, name-calling certainly takes us down to Orange Mussolini’s level. I guess the counter-point would be: What has one-sided civility done for us lately?

      There are times when you have to put on a ratty old t-shirt and get dirty up to your elbows.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        What has civility done for us lately?
        Well Kyrsten Sinema, besides being called a protester in a pink tutu(one of the kinder names), talked issues and not name calling and won the Senate seat in heavy Republican/Trump Arizona.

      • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

        I get it, and I did get dirty in my twenties. However, this approach is still a struggle for me, and I ponder if it is effective. If it could be proven effective to get you know who out of office, than I’m in. Gloves off. I did appreciate Sen. Bennet’s (D.CO) approach with his “your crocodile tears” speech. I term this this method the “how to say F-you without exactly saying it.”

        https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/01/24/dem_sen_bennet_rips_cruz_on_senate_floor_your_crocodile_tears_are_too_hard_for_me_to_take.html

        PS – I’m still laughing at your 8:04 post. Can’t stop.

      • Avatar Larry Winter says:

        Who would you be trying to convince be resorting to tactics that we abhor in Trump? Will “Brokeahontas” change anybody’s vote? Do we need to be less mamby pamby to show we can’t be bullied? Maybe I am thinking more long term. Showing how policies and actions mean more than tit for tat trash talking.

        Trump exhibits all the traits of someone afflicted with a narcissistic personality disorder. His staunch supporters are enablers and his attack dogs are flying monkeys. Attacking him won’t change their support and they will drag you down countless, endless rabbit holes. It’s the people like RV who voted for Trump because of his appeal to those middle class/working class that the Dems need to appeal to. Social concerns are at the top of the list for most candidates for a reason. They just need to stay on message.

        Here’s a look at narcissistic personality disorder defined using Trump as an example from 2011.

        https://bigthink.com/artful-choice/less-than-artful-choices-narcissistic-personality-disorder-according-to-donald-trump.

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          Larry — It’s a reasonable question, and I’ll try to answer it thoughtfully.

          I think the people who voted for Trump mostly fall into two camps:

          1. Gun-humpers, mouth-breathers, religious zealots, and true believers who are never going abandon the GOP and Trump, no matter what.

          2. People who had in mind throwing a monkey wrench in the goddamned gears, because goddamnit, they’re tired of 35 years of getting screwed over.

          By now, the people in the latter group have made up their minds. They’re either okay with Trump in spite of the daily horrors; or they’re horrified, have deep regret, and would never vote for Trump again.

          America is so polarized that I think there is very little opportunity to talk people over to the other side at this point. We all know Trump’s true colors by now. R.V. (second cohort above) has already moved over of his own accord. And I’m not here to convince Doug of anything—if Trump nuked Mexico and Central America tomorrow, Doug would find a way to defend it.

          In this forum, my objective is to energize the like-minded—energizing the like-minded is the only path to cutting out this tumor. When I challenge what Doug posts here, it’s not really for Doug’s consumption. When I slur Trump as “Orange Mussolini,” it’s not to put a burr under Doug’s saddle. The agenda is to stir up fellow anti-Trumpeters—I want the burs to be under *their* saddles.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Too late, I’m already muddy.

  14. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    When it comes to Trump, let’s not confuse name-calling with a simple statement of facts.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Statement of facts? Like when you call the president a “Hitler-esque monster”? And the First Lady a “Sleazy porn star”? Those are simple statements of facts?

      • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

        Opinions, not facts.

        If you want less hyperbole, how about “delusional megalomaniac” and “gold-digger who formerly got paid to appear in lesbian-themed erotica”? Those are more grounded in reality, right?

        Or do you think Trump’s self-esteem isn’t hyper-inflated, and that washed-up-as-a-model Melania married for love?

  15. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    The Democrats could put Ronald McDonald as their candidate and California, including deep red Shasta County, would vote for him.
    Call it apples and oranges but I am more interested in 1st District races that will make a difference nation wide. How does LaMafla feel about the tariffs or the wall? Is he a solid LaTrump or does he have his own plans? Hopefully there will be upcoming articles on northstate politics that actually could affect national interests.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Ronald McDonald would beat Trump in 2020. He’s way more popular.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        Ronald McDonald would have beat Trump in 2016.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          You mean Ronald McDonald would have been a better candidate than Hillary Clinton? I thought she was the most qualified, smartest candidate

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        This scandal with Biden’s son and the Ukraine company he was a board member on is about to blow up. There was a lot of hinky things going on, a lot of money being paid to young Biden…Joe bragged afterwards that he got the prosecutor general fired that was investigating his son. Let’s see how that will go over since the Democrats have such an aversion to anything Russian

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          :::eye roll:::

          Clan Trumpovich fears Biden enough that they’re trying desperately to manufacture a scandal. The problem is that none of their timelines match reality.

          Not sure what “the Democrats have such an aversion to anything Russian” has to do with a make-believe Ukrainian scandal (the enemy of Russia), but okay. What the Democrats have an aversion to is Russia’s many acts of interfering in our elections.

          That Republicans are dismissive of election interference by an adversarial foreign power—and not particularly interested in stopping it—is collusion-by-gaze-aversion at best, and treason at worst.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Trump is not the only one that fears Biden. Sanders and AOC are doing their best to trash his campaign.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Well, Biden is old-school D, like the Clintons. It’s hardly surprising that the Democratic Socialists are going to go after him if they want to take control of the party. The MUST go after him.

            I won’t mourn if both Biden and Sanders fall out early. I think the Demos need fresh faces. Trump is president solely because people who have been getting screwed forever have a gut understanding of that, and they voted to light the system on fire and piss it out. (Am I right, R.V.?)

            Sanders is solid on policy, but he has a big problem that I don’t think he can overcome……and it’s not his age.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            That may be true of some Trump voters, but I think it gives the majority too much credit. A good chunk (including members of the hard-core religious right, who basically put him in office) voted for him based on his promises to give them a privileged position in society at everyone else’s expense – as white people, Christians, men, etc. They all may believe they’ve been screwed over, but Trump fed their harmful, baseless prejudices as to who they imagine they’ve been screwed over BY.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            “…That Republicans are dismissive of election interference by an adversarial foreign power” That’s hilarious. Then why is the Chairman of the House oversight Committee focusing on nothing Trump and Russian collusion and obstruction from the Mueller report…where are the hearings to deal with the Russian interference? There isn’t any because they don’t care…they just want to attack Trump, that is all they care about

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          The “scandal” involving Biden’s son is minor compared to the Obama administration’s partipation in the Ukrainian coup and the ongoing civil war. Trump was correct about our anti-Russian policies during the campaign. But thanks to the Russian collusion investigation, Trump has tripled down on Russian sanctions, just to prove he’s anti-Russian. The real Deep State wins again.

  16. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Hard right white evangelists are a dying breed. A half dozen states in the Southeast Bible belt boast 50% white evangelists after that the percentage in the other states drops dramatically. Utah is the low at 6% because of the majority Mormons. Other states with a large Hispanic, Catholic, population push the white evangelists to around 10%. In fact the largest increase in religious context is the non-religious group as people are opting out of religion.
    Catholics number 1.2 billion in the world and with the increase of Hispanic immigration America is absorbing more of them. There are 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, 5.5 million in America, and there presence good and bad is far more prevalent then white evangelists.
    The non religious, young people, have already passed the white evangelists, old dudes, in number.

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      Bruce,

      Unfortunately, though, it’s white evangelical dominionists who have been placed in charge of the highest levels of government by the Trump administration, which gives them an outsized influence (far beyond their numbers) in the running of our country. In addition to his choice of vice-president, just some of the flaming God-in-government religious extremists Trump handed the running of federal agencies etc. to are Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo, Matthew Witaker, William Barr, and many others. These people admit they want to virtually erase the line between church and state.

      Also, this administration is giving a huge boost to white evangelicals in the northern and southern bible-belt states by supporting all the laws they’re implementing that set civil and human rights back 70 years.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        “…Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Mike Pompeo, Matthew Witaker, William Barr, and many others….These people admit they want to virtually erase the line between church and state.

        How about a few examples of them admitting what you claim.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Patrecia is correct. How bout you do a little objective googling? You can start with the names she kindly provided you. Just type “Betsy Devos is a right-wing Christian zealot” and see what pops up. And stop trying to get people to do your work for you.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Devos is a joke, she admits she can’t stand the heat she is taking. Some of that heat came from high school journalists in flaming white evangelist Kentucky. One doesn’t have to google, they only have to read the news.
            And all you have to do to get rid of Trump is vote him out. Hard to do when you live in the flaming white evangelist Shasta County. Your own words, not mine.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            “…Just type “Betsy Devos is a right-wing Christian zealot” and see what pops up”

            I can also type “We never went to the moon” and see what pops up. Ms Devo’s had been Education Secy for over 2 years. What policy has she implemented to show her Christian zealotism? Can you find a statement by Barr where he says he wants to virtually erase the line between the church and state. If someone makes outrageous claims, they should be able to back them up with facts.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Doug Cook,

            If you really believed all the things you’re saying (which I doubt), you would have to be one of the most uninformed people around. Try debunking all the direct quotes from Barr in the article below. He’s made no secret of his contempt for secular government, and his belief that the country’s laws should be based on religious dogma and a fundamentalist interpretation of biblical dictates.

            http://churchandstate.org.uk/2019/03/trumps-attorney-general-wants-gods-moral-order-enforced-by-government/

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            And now my senator, a Barbie in hooker boots(love her), gets to confront Barr about his stance now. She says he isn’t the same AG she confirmed, he conned her. What’s your senators doing?

  17. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    Harris for Prez…Buttigieg for Veep…GOTV ! Mark those words !

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      How about Warren and Mayor Pete Frank?

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      I’m not a gambling man… but I would bet everything I have that Harris would never be President. Why do you believe she would make a good president?

  18. Avatar Candace C says:

    R.V. Agreed. Agree or disagree, the opinions/activism of DeVos, etc. are not secrets hidden from public view, quite the contrary.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Candace,then I will ask you…in the 2 years Devos has been Education Secy. What activist policy has she implemented?

      • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

        The trap-door word in the question is “implemented.” Like the majority of Trump appointees, Devos has proved to be out of her element, amateurish, and ineffective.

        Devos is just another grifter in Trump’s orbit—a member of the species most admired by Trump.

        Her dream is of vastly increased taxpayer subsidies for private schools. It’s hard to imagine how syphoning funding away from public schools would help improve them. It’s more likely that the agenda is to damage and even destroy America’s public school system, replacing it with private schools. Want even more cynicism? It’s to make even more concrete the divide between America’s haves and the have-nots—to create a permanent underclass (~80%), ruled by much wealthier and entitled overlords (~20%).

        Nearly every scholarly study of the effects of taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools shows a negative impact on student assessment scores. Only one of those current voucher programs is federally funded. Devos has defended its poor performance by saying the voucher program will work, eventually. The several state-funded programs (Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio) have also seen student assessment scores drop, suggesting otherwise.

        Devos and her husband made some of their fortune with Neurocore, a quack pseudo-science mental health therapy company whose methods and effectiveness have been called, at best, wholly unproven. That company makes a lot of money selling its therapy services to private schools. That conflict of interest prompted Devos to step down from the board, but she retains her ownership interest (and thus the conflict of interest).

        She also lost $100 million—one of the biggest investors and losers—when the quack/fraud blood-testing company Theranos went belly-up.

        • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

          When the voucher business first came on the horizon, my thought was that the $$ should be put back into the public system where it’s needed. Why should people be paid public funds so their children can attend private schools?

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            To make matters worse, most of the money DeVos’ proposals would rob public education to fund are small fundamentalist church schools and parochial schools, which have little to no public oversight. Even the much smaller amount directed toward charter schools would often be of the type that are now being taken over across the country by churches and religious organization (just as a public charter school in Anderson has been completely taken over by Bethel). This is all about her admitted plans to abuse her position to “Advance God’s kingdom”.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Beverly, Why do you suppose that over 60% of blacks and Hispanics are in favor of vouchers and school choice?

  19. Avatar Candace C says:

    Larry, I agree with your name calling philosophy as far as it rarely changing anyone’s mind. I also agree that policy is the important thing to focus on. Thing is, with this President I’m not interested in changing the minds of his current supporters. At this point I think that’s an exercise in futility. While I know it solves nothing and I typically do any real sailor worthy name calling in the confines of my own living room, I’ve got to say that when I do it feels damn good. I feel no regret after doing so. None. That said, my personal strategy is to vote him the hell out and hope that all his heartless cronies follow him when he goes.

  20. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Out of context here. Still trying to figure out these delicious, long comments section. And how to interject peacefully of course. My girlfriend from since high school sent me the following link today, with the preface, “there’s reality and perceived reality.” I read some discussion about this mentioned issue, so felt it might be okay to introduce?

    https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/abortion-is-immoral-except-when-it-comes-to-my-mistresses

  21. Avatar Candace C says:

    Bruce, you seem like a nice guy. Might I suggest that if you love Senator Sinema as much as you say you might abstain from furthering the “Barbie in hooker boots” conversation and instead respectfully refer to her by her earned title and given name. I’m sure she’d be appreciative.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Candace, I should refer to elected officials by their earned title and given name. I will do so when everyone else on here does the same. And Senator Sinema has laughed that comment off just like other comments.