Posts Tagged ‘history’

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Trump likes the guy who did more to commit genocide against native Americans than any other president. Trump is also chronologically-challenged.

Note to President Trump: Andrew Jackson wasn’t alive for the Civil War

“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.”

This is in the vein of imagining various alternate histories of the United States.

“He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart.”

Jackson was known for his temper and his loyalty to his friends, so this is OK.

“He was really angry that– he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War.”

Jackson did not, because Jackson was dead.

“He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”

Jackson’s 1830 “Indian Removal Act”

Big, big heart.

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It’s happening.

Trumpism’s Gleichschaltung?

Steven Bannon is to Donald Trump what Josef Goebbels was to Hitler. Writing this is not meant to be alarmist. Instead, it is written so we can understand his role. It is clear from his work with Breitbart and in his production of propaganda films for the far-right that Breitbart is a clever propagandist. Indeed, it seems likely that he has read and absorbed Goebbels’ admonitions and advice regarding the role of propaganda to the State. His appointment to the National Security Council is not appalling because it removes a couple of war criminals from positions they assumed were theirs by decree. It is appalling because it represents the rise of an American fascist to the inner circles of power. Not just the inner circles, but arguably a circle most fundamental in matters of life and death.

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No longer very funny.

Given the turbulent arrival of Tyrannosaurus Trump, (little hands, enormous head), even his gullible legions had best take seriously what his ex-wife had to say:

Ivana Trump: Donald had a book of Hitler’s speeches
for light bedtime reading

Trump has now declared war on the press, his lackeys claim the right to their own “alternative facts” and that the White House Press Office can “disagree with the facts.”

He’s just taken steps to force construction of more oil pipelines, including on Native American lands, and is in favor of more coal. On that front he not only removed all references to civil rights and global warming from the White House website; he instituted an information blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency, censorship.

Shit is hitting the fan, and it’s been less than a week. His fascistic outbursts and gloating over some vague notion of more “law and order” do not bode well for a free society here any longer.

Trump is declaring war after war, step after step, and his wars are with the majority of Americans.