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A famous Jew from the 40s - cannot dig up his name (oh, the vicissitudes of age!) - said he feared Hitler less than Stalin. Hitler, he believed, was a charismatic (like Gurdjieff and Koresh), whose inevitable death would take down everything he had stood for, while Stalin represented a movement that would live beyond him, eventually infesting the entire world. Obviously, he was right on both counts. While the reconstituted Commie-Socialism sounds like a good thing, it is not. But that is what the left is offering for an alternative. Hate Trump as you will, he's certainly no resolution to the problems that face us all, but the alternatives from Jill Stein to Kim Jun Un are worse.
These folks know full well and openly brag that they are being protected and emboldened by Trump, Bannon, Miller, Sessions, etc.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/itsgoingdo ... le-va/amp/
http://www.businessinsider.com/national ... nce-2017-6
Demilitarization, peaceful and sustainable exploration of space, social justice, ecological sustainability, living wages, banking and insurance reform, universal healthcare, restoring estate tax, progressive taxation....
How are supporting these concepts worse than an administration that is set on decreasing taxes on those at the very top at the expense of everyone else? Do you really believe allowing corporations to regulate themselves is a good idea?
I voted for Trump. Does that make me a Nazi in your eyes? Do you think you might, just might, be going a bit overboard?
"...Hitler, he believed, was a charismatic (like Gurdjieff and Koresh), whose inevitable death would take down everything he had stood for, while Stalin represented a movement that would live beyond him, eventually infesting the entire world. Obviously, he was right on both counts."
In no way did I say that connected you or all Trump voters to the White Supremacist movement.
The NY Times article Roderick mentions seems reasonable enough to me, but judge for yourself:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nyt ... e.amp.html
"Perhaps in that flight of birds . . . the leader was not really a bold spirit trusting to its own initiative and hypnotizing the flock to follow it in its
deliberate gyrations. Perhaps the leader was the blindest, the most dependent of the swarm, pecked into taking wing before the others, and
then pressed and chased and driven by a thousand hissing cries and fierce glances whipping it on."
George Santayana, The Last Puritan
That you find the NY Times article reasonable speaks to the same non-discriminating adherence to the dictates of the left as might be found among the followers of Breitbart and their tendency to cleave to rightwing ideas. It would be necessary to insist that NYT owner Carlos Slim and publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (not to mention Jeff Bezos) are politically neutral, and all that is printed in their publication is absolutely unbiased. That's a big leap of faith.
"Good news," and "bad news," is still news -- if accurately reported -- regardless of where it comes from, or how it makes us feel. We've had lots of fact-checking during the last several national political campaigns; maybe we could do (or find) reliable fact-checking on news sources like the Times or Fox News, to name two prominent vendors.
I'm willing to bet that there's more reliable information dispensed by our public media than by the likes of Fox or Breitbart. But only an impartial arbiter could be expected to verify that. (There seems little doubt that the current president, and his spokespersons, hold some kind of record for the most misstatements issuing from a White House on any given day, or week, or month, in my lifetime at least.)
This morning, for instance, NPR ran a long story about dairy farmers in Wisconsin, a multi-billion-dollar industry there, who are losing their essential staff by the dozens if not hundreds, as undocumented milkers and other workers pack up house and leave the state for the 37-hour drive back south of the border. One family was offered a house and other perks if they would stay; no sale. These people don't want trouble, and are willing to give up good jobs to avoid it. One man said "I've never seen an a American worker show up at this farm to take a milking job."
Would Fox want its listeners to know that Trump & Co are destroying rather than building American businesses ?
That's the ex-president's future for life, raking in enough money to live the way an ex-president is supposed to live, like Bill Clinton, sinking into utter irrelevance, given the dearth of actual accomplishments of his 8 years in office. At a mere 56, assuming he might live as long as fellow exes, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, he has another 37 years and counting of boring audiences to sleep for millions of dollars. Perhaps he could hire Bill Maher as his opening act.
The accuracy of the information dispensed by NPR is no more available to the public than that by Breitbart, Fox or the Times. The story of the illegal cow milkers is not equivalent in any way to the NYT story. Considering the comparative budgets, NPR vs mainstream media, it's more likely that it is NPR whose investigative prowess could be called into question.
If you want to know how business is doing, look at the stock market. Today, presently, it stands at 22,152, compared to ~18,300 on election day. That may not include the health of the cow industry directly, but the market + the lowest unemployment rate in years augers well for the economy as a whole.