And now it’s the Swedes? Those amazing Swedes, putting down a terrorist attack so quickly and quietly, you’d imagine that it never took place. Which it didn’t. Except in the mind of Donald Trump, apparently based upon a report he heard on FOX news and then exaggerated for his own purposes while addressing a crowd of rabid supporters who think he’s doing all he can to fulfill his campaign promises to a suffering middle class because to them, fake news is real news and real news is fake. A condition only made worse by an authoritarian president who declares the media to be “the enemy of the American people.”
Oh my. Can we talk?
The net migration of human souls into California from Mexico is less than zero. More folks are leaving than are coming in. The census takers tell us that a booming birth rate is the only reason California’s population continues to grow. Been that way for years. These are facts, not fake news, like the attack in Sweden.
You wanna talk refugees? Or as Trump calls it, “vetting?” The average processing time for an application is 18-24 months. Often times longer for those wanting to come in from Syria.
President Obama, became known as the “deporter-in-chief” for detaining and then deporting millions of undocumented aliens. Two and one-half million, to be precise. More than every single president of the 20th Century combined. He also tightened up our southern border. Big time. But those facts wouldn’t win an election for the Donald. No, he needed to manufacture problems and then find a scapegoat to pin it on, so he went after Mexican immigrants and by association, Mexican-Americans, and pretty much anybody else with brown skin.
God help you should you happen to be Muslim or even Hindi. A Hindu women with a “bindi” or third eye of divine sight (a little dot) on her forehead was detained by the police here in Maryland a couple of weeks ago for going for a walk in her own neighborhood. She’s lived here for decades. Went to high school here. She’s thoroughly American. Never had a problem until the Donald began turning anyone with brown skin into the enemy. There are also reports that incidents of anti-Semitism are rising while it is widely believed that the ban on Muslim immigrants will drive new recruits into the waiting arms of ISIS.
And now, in his latest incongruous outburst, President Donald J. Trump is on stage and in the media freaking out about an attack in Sweden that never happened. And he’s President of the United States.
Let’s do that one again, he’s President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world.
Well, he had to do something to get elected, didn’t he? He needed someone to blame. He needed a scapegoat. The truth, that the problems of the middle class have been caused largely by automation and the off-shoring of jobs by greed-driven multi-national corporations while the markets boom and 99% of all new income flows to the top 1% wouldn’t have gotten the job done. Too esoteric to get a mob all worked up. So much easier to go after people who don’t look like “us”. It worked for screaming authoritarians in the past and now it’s working for Trump.
But now he’s using the Swedes? What will he say next? Something that puts the Russian generals on high alert which in turn causes the United States to go to defcon one, making the Cuban missile crisis tame by comparison because Donald is sitting there with his finger on the trigger? The Russians have already sent out jets to buzz a U.S. warship in the Black Sea and parked a spy ship off the coast of Connecticut. What’ll be next? Can we depend upon Russian macho man Vladimir Putin not to to overreact to the Donald’s next outburst?
This is nuts, and it’s getting to be exhausting.
Dear Republicans in the House and Senate. You wanted power? Well, you’ve got it. For God’s sake, begin impeachment proceedings now. You have got to get this guy out of there before he does any more damage. He is yours, he is dangerous, and you damn well know it.