Thursday, December 03, 2020

IS TRUMP TRYING TO PREPARE US TO ACCEPT MARTIAL LAW?

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree 

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY 

IS TRUMP TRYING TO PREPARE US TO ACCEPT MARTIAL LAW? 

 

Why did Donald Trump feel that it was necessary to create the video below? He's been all over the media saying the exact same thing repeatedly, so why this video? There's only one difference between this video and the incessant whining that he's been doing since he loss the election - in instead of simply whining about losing, he tries to wrap himself in duty and patriotism. In other words, I'm not doing this in my own interest, I'm doing it for America.
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He calls it the most important speech he’s ever made, and said, as president he had no higher duty than to defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States. According to him, that’s why he's determined to protect our election system which is under "coordinated assault and siege". And once again, he emphasizes that he's not whining on his own behalf, he's simply standing up in defense of American democracy. That's pure nonsense. When has Trump ever done anything for any reason other than for his own benefit? And he proves that's the case here when he drops this lug:  If I'm right about this fraud, "Joe Biden can’t be president". 
 

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Those are powerful words for a man who's been both impeached, and kicked out of office by the people. If our democracy needed defending, the courts would have done it 30 cases ago.. So, if he can't win in court, and the states have certified Biden the winner, what exactly does Trump intend to do about it? Joe Biden is President-Elect – period. Yet, Trump is talking like he has control over whether Biden takes office or not. Why? Does he know something that we don’t know, and if so, why wasn't it presented it in court? 

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Trump didn't explain. He simply goes on to spew all of the unsubstantiated claims that’s been thrown out of court well over 30 times – and in some cases by judges that he appointed. If he couldn't make his case in court, what is the purpose of trying to make it to the people in a specially prepared video? What is his objective?
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Trump is a clumsy thinker and has a pattern of telegraphing his thoughts is well known, and in this case, he sounds like a man who’s trying to justify an some unjustifiable action he intends to take in advance. So, what action is that? What does he intend to do to defend his version of democracy?
 

 
Again, Trump never stops to explain. Instead he continues to whine that it’s statistically impossible that Republicans won the senate and the House and then voted against the person who led the charge. But there was nothing unusual about that at all – especially when Americans are dying one per minute of a disease that he assured them was no worse than a bad case of the flu. Due to his self-service and gross incompetence, just today alone, 31,000 Americans died of Covid-19, while in Japan only 21,000 people have died since the pandemic began. That's an unbelievable reflection of Trump's incompetence. So, the vote simply demonstrates that the conservative base wasn’t against conservatism, but reacting to Trump's self-service and ineptitude. So the fact is, it’s amazing that he got the number of votes that he did. 

 
But he then went on to claimed that the Dominion voting machines were flipping votes by the thousands that were casted for him and gave them to Joe Biden. He said, they found thousands and thousands of votes out of whack – "all against me". But Trump does this all the time – he says “they”, but he never bothers to identify who “they” are. If “they” had all this evidence, why didn’t “they” present it in court? If “they” had, his cases wouldn’t have been thrown out.  
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Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania wrote in his decision, "In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more," the judge wrote. "At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." And Federal judge Stephanos Bibas, a judge appointed by Trump, said, “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”  

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So, Trump is batting zero in the courts, and even Republican officials and his own Attorney General, Bill Barr, says there’s no evidence of election fraud. Barr said, U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been investigating specific complaints and information they’ve received, but “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”  Yet, Trump claims that all of his whining is in defense of democracy. So, what exactly is he defending our democracy from, an honest election that he lost? 

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CHRISTOPHER KREBS
 For some reason Trump seems determined to keep his claim of election fraud alive, in spite of the fact that all the evidence is against him, and he becomes furious with anyone who contradicts him. He fired Christopher Krebs, his Chief of Election Cybersecurity, for simply saying that they found no election fraud, or, for doing his job.  

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Krebs was the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Trump fired him by tweet after he indicated that they had a ballot to account for each vote. Is that what Trump wants to defend our democracy against, government officials doing their jobs, and being more loyal to the Constitution than to Donald Trump? Sen. Amy Klobuchar said, "Director Krebs has been praised by both Republicans and Democrats at the state and national level for protecting our nation's critical infrastructure, including our election systems." But for Trump, since he loss the election, that’s an intolerable offense. 

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So, while all the evidence is against him, and he’s been unable to present any evidence that can be testified to in court under oath, Trump and his supporters are attacking any, and everybody, who dares to challenge his claims of fraud with verbal abuse, and even threats on their life. Is that his idea of defending our democracy? 
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JOE diGENVOVA
Trump’s personal attorney, and former U.S. Attorney, Joe diGenova said, 
"Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot."  DiGenova is currently facing the consequences for that remark, because as a former U.S. Attorney, he should have known better than to advocate that a government official be killed – and especially while acting as a representative of the President of the United States.  
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So, what is Trump’s endgame? Why is he so desperate to keep this farce alive, and how far is he willing to go to remain in office? His daughter-n-law, Lara Trump said, “Since Dad Can't Win in Court ... Subverting the Electoral Process is On the Table.”  And recently pardoned Michael Flynn suggested that Trump declare martial law and hold a new election.  
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MICHAEL FLYNN WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN
Neither of those options constitutes defending our laws and the Constitution, but Trump seems to be desperate about not having to face what awaits him after he leaves office. He knows that he's committed multiple crimes, so he's already exploring the possibility of preemptively pardoning himself and his family. So, we shouldn’t take Michael Flynn’s seditious suggestion of martial law lightly. Because Trump knows he's guilty of  criminal corruption, he lacks common sense and is without limits, and he's desperate.  
 


Eric L. Wattree 

Ewattree@Gmail.com 
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS 
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.  

  

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO OUR SURVIVAL

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree 

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY 


EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO OUR SURVIVAL

 


Mindless, self-serving politicians like Donald Trump, and groups like QAnnon, are a direct result of America’s growing love affair with ignorance. The primary reason that a large segment of Trump’s base can’t see through his relentless lies, deception, and idiocy is due to a lack of education and their inability to think.
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During the Reagan administration conservatives embarked upon a concerted effort all across the country to dumb-down America.
 It started with a brutal assault on our educational system. Conservatives decided during the 70s that they never wanted to contend with another generation like they had to deal with during the 60's ever again. They were enraged by the fact that it was filled with arrogant elitists who placed humanism above "our great American traditions". They considered the educated progressives who came out of the 60s an un-American bunch of wild-eyed elitists radicals who embraced the ridiculous concept that all men, and women, were equal.
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And they were right. During the 60s the pursuit of knowledge came into vogue, and many young people began to think independently, and unshackled themselves from the traditions and attitudes of the past. They began to recognize that life in America wasn't just another episode of Ozzie and Harriet, and that the human rights of a large segment of our population was being completely ignored.
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The 60s was a generation when Black people became more educated, and a functional educational system informed many poor and middle-class Whites that they too were victims of the rich and powerful. As a result, they became part of a mass movement for justice and equality in America. But in response to this "horrific" change in thinking, many conservatives – who are dedicated to “conserving” past traditions - decided that the mass education of the public had to come to an end, because it was impossible for their agenda to thrive in an enlightened environment. So, they mounted an assault on our primary educational system, withholding funds from our K-12 schools, and made it much more difficult for the average American to obtain a college degree. 

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That should have been a clear indication to their conservative base that their support of the conservative agenda was also undermining their own lives, and the lives of their children, but their blind allegiance to conservative leaders made them oblivious to that fact. They lacked the insight to recognize that contributing to the least among us was an investment in the nation as a whole. Instead, they allowed themselves to be convinced by conservative demagogues that attending to the concerns of the least among us (which included poor Whites) constituted "socialism", while allowing the rich to rob us blind was the great American way. 

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Due to their lack of education the conservative base failed to recognize that their way of thinking wasn't thinking at all. Instead of thinking, they were allowing themselves to be led by self-serving opportunists who had absolutely no concern for their well being. With all of Donald Trump's endless spewing of how he was being cheated out of the election, when was the last time he said one word about all of the Americans dying of the pandemic? And American citizens are dying at a rate of one a minute. That's not a leader, that's a self-absorbed opportunist. He would have golfed through WWII, just as he did when the Russians placed a bounty on the lives of American troops.
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In spite of the conservative contention that they're defending America from socialism, America has always been a socialist nation. The only distinction between capitalism and socialism is how the fruits of our social resources are distributed - and in this case, instead of the fruits of socialism going to society as the term suggests (giving priority to society), it's providing welfare to the rich.
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Why shouldn't we have "Medicare-for-all", for example? We all pay for Police-for-all, which protects the assets of the rich; we pay for Fire-protection-for-all, which protects the property of the rich, and we pay through the nose for a Military-for-all, which further enriches and advances the interests of the rich. Yet, they tell us that having Medicare-for-all to protect the lives of the poor and middle-class is a socialist concept. That's a ridiculous contention that can't stand up to either rational or objective examination. To protect the welfare of one group - the rich in this case - is no different than protecting the welfare of another, the people as a whole. So, people who have allowed themselves to embrace such nonsense are obviously giving emotion priority over objective thought. 
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Such people have been taught to have a knee-jerk revulsion to even the word "socialism", because it smacks of Communism, but they lack the education to recognize that social equality and Communism don't equate. So demagogues use just the illusion of one word to convince their followers to fight against their own interests. Thus, many of the conservative base have been brainwashed into believing that any policy that benefits the people as a whole, instead of the rich, is un-American, and that was an easy thing to do, because due to this country's racist traditions, "poor people" is interpreted by many to mean Blacks. So the conservative base has been trained to cut their own throats in an attempt to undermine Black people. 
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These people fail to realize that it's actually people like Donald Trump and the Republican Party that's un-American. Microsoft News reported, "Representative Denver Riggleman, a Virginia Republican, said that people close to him have called him a 'traitor' because he recognizes the reality that President-elect Joe Biden won the election against President Donald Trump. 

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"In an interview with Forbes published on Saturday, Riggleman described Trump and his loyalist supporters as ‘anti-American’ for pushing unfounded conspiracy theories that the election was rigged. ‘[It] really speaks to where your intelligence level is...to believe in that type of operation,’ the Republican lawmaker said." 

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So many conservatives take the despotic position that what's American is what they say is American, and since they support Donald Trump's attempt to subvert the will of the people, even though it's against the Constitution and anti-democratic, anyone who stands up against them is a traitor. That's the attitude of a dictator's base. 
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Republican administrations have specialized in exploiting this mindset to get the American people to buy into Ponzi schemes for years. Trump gave the rich a huge windfall of $3 trillion, and then they used the money to buy politicians to convince the American public that the economy was thriving. Thereafter, even though the people at the bottom were suffering, they told us, "Just wait. The benefits are coming". But we've been told that before by another Republican, and we've been waiting for Ronald Reagan's "Trickle-down" scam to bear fruit for 40 years now. But all we got in return was a huge national debt that the poor and middle-class ended up having to pay for.
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That's been a recurring cycle every since the Great Depression - Republicans come into office and rob us blind, and then Democrats are returned to office to cleanup the mess they've left behind. One of Bill Clinton's major accomplishments was cleaning up the national debt left behind by Ronald Reagan, and one of Barack Obama's major accomplishments was saving the world from a second Great Depression left behind by George W. Bush. Now, Donald Trump has left the nation deeply in debt again, in an attempt to maintain the illusion of a thriving economy. Yes, due to their windfall, they did put a few people to work, but now the nation is left with having to pay back the $3 trillion debt that Trump's left behind. So, essentially, under Republicans, we live on a credit card, where the rich live in luxury, while the poor and middle-class are left with the bill.   

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But the average person in the Republican base doesn't recognize that fact, because they've been robbed of an education, and therefore, the ability to think. When I was in college it was virtually free. I took getting a free education so much for granted that I thought even having to pay for my books was a rip-off – why couldn’t they just provide the books like in high school? But now young people - the children of both Democrats, and Republicans - have to mortgage their futures just to get a bachelor’s degree. As a result, a generation later, we're left with even politicians who are woefully undereducated and completely devoid of the ability to think - Matt Gaetz and Sarah Palin immediately comes to mind - so they too propagate the exploitation of the American people.   
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It takes an idiot to follow an idiot, and Donald Trump’s huge following in this country is a glaring indication that idiocy has now reached crisis proportions in this country.
The number of people who are so profoundly incompetent that they continue to fight passionate battles against their own interests is frightening.
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The battle over wearing masks to mitigate the spread of a deadly disease is a perfect example of that idiocy at work. Many in Trump's base are willing to place their families and the entire country in jeopardy just to make a political statement - a political statement that they've been brainwashed into believing by Donald Trump. Trump was desperate to make America believe that it was safe to reopen the country because his personal businesses were hemorrhaging millions of dollars due to the shutdown. In order to do that, he had to convince America that they had nothing to fear from the Coronavirus, and the deadly disease was nothing more than a bad case of the flu. But as a result of that deception we now have one American dying a minute, and the hospitals are running out of space due to the number of people coming down with Covid-19, and all of that is due to ignorance.
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Trump was only thinking of his own interests, and he didn't give a damn about either the lives of his base, or the lives of their families, but their profound ignorance prevented them from seeing that. Donald Trump was their hero and  they loved him. They love him for two reasons - because they don't have sense enough not to, and because he hates the same people that they do. So, once again, these people are acting on emotions rather than intellect.
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Just a casual observation of Trump's antics since he loss the election makes it abundantly clear that the man is profoundly unstable. So, due to the ignorance of his base, we just barely dodged a bullet that could have destroyed this nation. That's a clear indication that education is the key to maintaining a healthy democracy, and it behooves all of us to recognize that fact before it’s too late. 
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I’m proud to say that Black women are ahead of the curve in recognizing that fact – but, of course, Black women have always had to be a step ahead just to survive, both society, and many of their men. They are currently the most educated group in America – even ahead of Asians. So, I encourage Black men to catch up and see the light. While I’m sure it must be nice to gain wealth and fame by bouncing a ball for a living, the entire Black community won’t fit onto a basketball court, so we can't have an entire generation of Black minds focused on hitting the lottery. The point of moving forward is to prosper as a group. So, as long as we allow the powers that be to distract us with individual wealth and fame, the Black community will never be able to rise as a whole. It's through class that they've managed to keep White folks divided. So, there should only be one class – a class of enlightened human beings. 
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I continually tell anyone who will listen that God (or, nature if you prefer) made birds to fly, fish to swim, and man to think. God made man's ability to think our primary means of survival, and it's essential that we adhere to our nature. When man was first placed here on Earth, he wasn't as strong as the elephant, as ferocious as the lion, and he couldn't fly above danger like the eagle, so the other animals had a word for him - food. But through the development of our intellect, we can now build machines that can crush any elephant, slaughter any lion, and fly far beyond the eagle's domain. Thus, man was created to be an intellectual creature, but just like the birds, fish, and other animals, we must adhere to our nature to survive.  
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So, if we want to maintain our way of life, and protect what's left of our democracy, it's essential that we focus on rebuilding our educational system and make it relatively free for anyone with the desire to get an education, and we must reward that desire like we reward sports stars and entertainers to encourage it. We must bring the pursuit of knowledge back into vogue, because ensuring an educated citizenry is the most important investment that we can make in America, and to humanity as a whole. And we must always remember, everything we do that's destructive to man, and everything that we call evil, is actually a form of ignorance. Thus, all dysfunction is a result of ignorance, so education is the key to our survival. 

Eric L. Wattree 

Ewattree@Gmail.com 
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS 
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.  

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