One of the odder moments in what from now until next Monday-ish will be referred to as Donald Trump's "apology speech" was his overt appeal to black Americans. It was, as usual for Trump, light in the specifics.
“Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership — look at the schools, look at the 58 percent of young African-Americans not working,” Trump added. "It is time for change.
“What do you have to lose by trying something new? I will fix it. This means so much to me, and I will work as hard as I can to bring new opportunity to places in our country which have not known opportunity in a very long time.”
What makes the question what do you have to lose by trying something newparticularly odd is that Donald Trump and echobox Mike Pence spent the last few daysrolling out a "law and order" platform that condemned talk of police racism as "a war on police" perpetrated by "rioters" and "violent disruptors," declaring that what black Americans needed in their neighborhoods was not a better police presence, but a higher police presence. It was not at all something new. On the contrary, it was cribbed from standard race-baiting Republican rhetoric of the last 30 years, and proposed the same sit-down-and-shut-up solutions, and stoked the same conservative white fears of the inherent dishonesty and criminality of the other, and seemed a fairly decent summary of what do you have to lose.
Donald Trump has been quite concise in his explanations to every non-white or non-Christian or simply non-conservative-enough demographic as to what they have to lose. If you are Hispanic, we are going to be checking your papers to make sure you belong here. If you are Muslim, we are going to be forming "commissions" to see if your views are American enough. If you are black, we are going to police you more heavily—for your own good—because the root problem here is not the one you are protesting against, but the inherent criminality of your neighborhoods. It has made him a hero of the white supremacist community, and southern supporters of “heritage,” and of radio hosts concerned about the plight of the “white family.”
None of this is to say that the Democratic Party has listened to black Americans enough or has made progress enough combating institutional racism in police departments, or in state governments, or in the judiciary, or all the other places where it is still endemic. But Trump is asking for a new constituency of black Americans to trust him to “fix it,” whatever the ambiguous “it” is, at the same time his party institutes a wave of voter restrictions tailored to block their votes, and condemns protests against police violence as just another group of agitators looking to "riot" and "loot" and considers environmental catastrophes in places like Flint, Michigan, to be little more than another unfortunate oops in the long-running campaign to carve up American infrastructure and sell what remains to the highest bidder.
It was an odd moment. That ever-so-slightly chastened Trump, the fear of God finally put into him by a new round of polls marking his campaign as headed not just for a loss, but one that would put his picture in the history books as the face of a thumping so gigantic that future American children will have to answer quiz questions about it, asking all listeners what they have to lose by taking a shot on the wealthy no-nothing xenophobe, the man lauded by white supremacists and neo-Nazis and nationalist goons in every state, running on the ticket of a party that spites them on a daily basis.
I had a sudden revelation the other day while perusing the
veggie section of our local Whole Foods Market:I own not a single pair of “skinny
jeans.”How, you might ask, did I
suddenly stumble across this personal truth and profound revelation?Well, while fingering the “organic” bananas that always seem to be too green to me and comparing them to the
“regular, old fashioned, cheaper non-organic” ones, I noticed that I was in the
company of half a dozen young men all wearing skinny jeans and all examining organic
California oranges or the latest shipment of white asparagus – organic - also
from California.Now there was the
aspect that five out of the six young men (Millennials, I assumed) were very
easy on my eyes. On anyone's eyes if you want the truth. Some sported very chic short-trimmed beards, strong chiseled chins, sparkling eyes, ad worthy faces, and a couple who looked quite buff in their chest hugging checked lumberjack shirts …
If I recall correctly, it was about five years ago,
certainly it was during Obama’s second term, when there appeared a spate of
articles, op-eds and opinion pieces, and a whole bunch of television pundits countering
the popular right wing narrative that “liberals are destroying America.”I think Slate, Politico, and the Huffington
Post had long, detailed pieces showing how there was no fact-based evidence
that this was the case and every indication that it was conservative social,
economic and political policies that were thwarting Americans from achieving
the American dream and not liberal policies. All the media attention including from the Washington Post and the New York Ties was quite
welcome in my view since I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh rage on for a decade now how
“liberals are destroying America.”
remember? No recollection of these seminal events?Of course you don’t because they never
happened. Your memory isn’t faulty.B…
IT POTENTIALLY WILL KILL MANY PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
The Nestle Corporation, headquartered in Switzerland, is the
world’s largest food company.If you
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Nestlé’s reach and influence over what the world eats is gi-normous.
But in their attempts to increase their reach and expand
it’s corporate domination over what the world eats, the Nestle Corporation has discovered a new “business model”
that relies on the cash strapped poor of the world to implement. It involves hiring poor folks to be small scale distributors who get supplied with Nestle products and then peddle them in poor neighborhoods. Here’s the introduction to a recent New York
Times article: “Children’s squeals
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