Saturday, September 10, 2022

Trump 2024 Motto Should be Casual Disregard

Optimizing a political party or the levers of government for the ego of Donald Trump can be summed up in two words, casual disregard.  Should it suit him Trump would use the U.S. Constitution for toilet paper. His image needs stand above all others.  

Update 9-21-22:  Yahoo News reported:

Trump directed officials in early 2019 to dump immigrants into Democratic cities and states. However, the president was “much more specific.”

“He wanted us to identify the murderers, the rapists and the criminals and in particular, make sure we did not incarcerate them, and we put them in those cities,” Taylor said on CNN. “It doesn’t take a lawyer or genius to recognize that this would likely be illegal to do.”

Update 10-3-22:  Trump has casual disregard for Senator Mitch McConnell's life:

Conservative pundit Scott Jennings said "every Republican" should be able to disavow former President Donald Trump's "assassination instructions" against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Update 10-4-22:  An Obama speechwriter suggests the best way to take down Trump is with humor.  That's funny as the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner roast of Donald Trump lit his fire to pursue the Presidency.  Obama's yuk-yuk session did not take him down.  It motivated Trump.  

Update 10-13-22:  Trump's former Ambassador to the European Union offered another tagline for a future Presidential campaign, "Narcissistic Dick."  It's amazing how many people who worked for Trump find him to be a horribly flawed leader.

Update 10-14-22:
  We can update Trump's 2024 slogan to "Reckless Disregard."  Trump "executed a strategy to lie to Americans about the outcome, to motivate his supporters to help him subvert democracy."  Violence is but a means.

Update 10-17-22:   Trump hotels charged the Secret Service as much as $1,185 per night, more than five times the recommended government rate, and the high rates continued after he left office.  Maybe "Shameless Disregard."

Update 10-24-22:  Trump threw a tantrum after 60 Minutes interviewed the CEO of Dominion Voting Systems.

Update 11-14-22:  Reckless disregard applies to Trump's wanting IRS/Justice Department investigations of people he considered his political enemy.

Update 2-3-23:   The Red Team went all out for election fraud in 2020:

"Comms is going to continue to fan the flame and get the word out about Democrats trying to steal this election. We’ll do whatever they need (inaudible) help with. Just be on standby in case there’s any stunts we need to pull.."

This Independent voter is not impressed.

Update 2-12-23:   Trump claimed election fraud after "a team of professional researchers he paid to try and find evidence of fraud came up empty-handed."  He got the report before January 6th.

Monday, September 5, 2022

"Facism Flu" Widespread

The current round of "Fascism Flu" spreading through America's hallowed halls of government rivals the 2005 "Hitleritis" outbreak.  Infected officials with "Hitleritis" were noted by their use of Adolf Hitler to describe their political rivals.  The disease was bipartisan affecting both Red and Blue political teams and quickly ran through Congress.  It was not unusual for officials offended by Hitler comparisons to indignantly demand apologies.

"Fascism Flu" has struck titular leaders of both political parties.  Former President Trump caught the disease in 2020.  He said the following at a political rally in Minnesota.

Democrats want to "replace American freedom with left-wing fascism. Fascists, they are fascists."

President Biden had a milder version of "fascism flu" as evidenced by his characterization that "Maga Republicans" are "semi-fascism."  A Georgia congresswoman said "Nazi Joe has to go."

I wrote in election year 2008 as political rhetoric began to rise:

People infected with "Hitleritis" are known to become feverish, make inane comparisons to Adolf Hitler, or invoke the Nazi menace in some trivial, current day situation. It appears members of the Presidential campaign camps may need to be quarantined, unless a more suitable treatment can be found.

Fascism Flu has serious consequences.  An Israeli diplomat warned:

"I am appalled by this cynical use of Nazi imagery and Hitler comparisons by a member of the United States Congress."

"As we face a rise in antisemitic incidents, in the US and around the world, rhetoric like this only fuels the persistent threat of hatred, extremism, and violence."

Americans have the freedom to hate and be extreme within the law.  They do not have the right to be violent towards others or incite violence.  

The two legal prongs that constitute incitement of imminent lawless action are as follows: Advocacy of force or criminal activity does not receive First Amendment protections if (1) the advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action, and (2) is likely to incite or produce such action.

Trump is a frequent inciter of violence and should be shunned by good-hearted people.  Most independent voters are weary of Trump's antics.  Traditional conservatives see Trump's constant badgering of enemies, many former employees and on the same political team.   

Other politicians need to choose their words carefully.  Election positioning is not a valid reason for either political team to let the words Hitler, Nazi or fascism casually cross their tongue.  It makes one look sick. 

Update 9-8-22:  A Red Team candidate caught "Hitleritis" but refuses to quarantine.   

Update 9-20-22:  Dog the Bounty Hunter came down with Hitleritis at an evangelical conference over the weekend.