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Adolf Eichmann - American Style

“With his pardon of Arpaio, Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing. Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and have been struck down by the courts. His pardon of Arpaio is a presidential endorsement of racism."
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang
And on a star-spangled night, my love
You can place your rights on the fireplace
And by the dawn's early light, my love
Your Constitution's turned to dust....

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was custom-made to be a footnote in the history of the disgusting administration of Donald J. Trump. A race-baiting little tyrant from the state of Arizona, Arpaio spent many years rounding up people with dark features whom he or his deputies suspected of being illegal aliens. They were hauled off to a "facility" that many compared to a concentration camp. The prisoners were denied proper nutrition and subject to inhuman treatment, forced to live in unsanitary conditions. As a result, several of them died while in Joe's custody. A number of years ago, a judge found his methods blatantly unconstitutional and ordered him to cease and desist, but Joe arrogantly ignored the ruling and continued on as if he was above the law he had sworn to enforce. He was found guilty of criminal contempt and was facing a six month sentence in the very pokey he had run only a year before. As anyone could have easily predicted, Donald Trump came to the rescue.

At a political rally in Phoenix a week ago (one that reminded me of Nuremberg, circa 1938) Trump hinted that a pardon for the racist sheriff was in the bag. Not to anyone's surprise, that pardon was granted by the middle of the week. Sheriff Joe, the twenty-first century's answer to Bull Connor, was in the clear.

Trump's pardoning of this rancid little demagogue is really a small part of a much larger and disturbing picture. A few talking-heads this week have speculated (and I'm inclined to agree with them) that what the Donald is doing here is merely an attempt to flex his muscles with regard to his constitutional power to pardon anyone he wishes to. It was his quaint little way of warning us that this particular pardon is the first of many, and that the people who are being questioned by Special Council Robert Mueller's team will be able to perjure themselves to their little hearts' content. His future decrees will make it certain that justice shall be subverted at his whim; that his class is above the law.

"A hard rain's a'gonna fall."
Uncle Bobby, 1963

But the most cruel and disturbing aspect to this story, by far, is the fact that Trump has again - just as he did regarding the riots in Charlottesville two weeks ago - just as he has been doing for his entire life as a public figure - telegraphed to his "base" the none-too subtle message that only the lives of the slowly-dwindling white majority matter. What is behind this civic atrocity is becoming more obvious with the passing of each month in America. The uber-rich (white) people who control this doomed country have no intention of recognizing the inevitable: that America is changing, and with those unstoppable changes will come a new reality that none of them will be able to forestall, much as they will try. What do you think is the idea behind the political movement to disenfranchise the traditional progressive constituency from participating in the democratic process? I do hope that the coming mass resistance is non-violent. I'm not sure that it will be. Of this I know beyond a doubt: It's not going to fail. Put any alternative end-result out of your mind. Social revolution is a natural process. You might as well try to keep the moon from rising in the eastern sky this evening. It's ain't gonna happen, baby. Deal with it!

Early this morning I sent an email to my cousin in Georgia who happens to be a rabid Trump supporter. By now, I had come to the misguided conclusion that maybe she had finally come to her senses and understood what a huge electoral blunder it was to send this incompetent, common pervert to the White House. Here is my message in full:

"Ain't hindsight a riot?"

Here is her reply in full:

"No I agree with you. Hindsight is 20/20.
Trump is doing a fabulous job".

Poor kid, she's obviously been down in dear old Dixie for too long. There are a lot of people out there in this troubled nation today who are waxing moronic about what a "fabulous job" this asshole is doing. I was reminded of this a couple of weekends ago when Donald's Goebbels-like handmaiden, Stephan Miller, declared on one of the Sunday morning talk shows that Trump is "the greatest orator in American history". It's almost impossible to respond to something that weird, but I don't think we should give up trying. Although Trump's support is evaporating by the day, I suspect that the numbers will not get much lower than twenty-five percent. It's as unsettling as it is strange. I can barely comprehend that we have sunk this low.

Living in Idiot Nation: It might very well be as nerve-wracking as hell - but it sure ain't boring, ay?

Fascism American Style. THAT'S-ME-AND-YOU!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
By Bob Dylan

I offer this one without comment.


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