Trump Jr.’s Gas Chamber Remark, Unfairly Infamous? Unlikely.

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This week’s top news stories included Donald Trump Jr.’s mention of the gas chamber in a speech he made supporting his father. After searching the web and reviewing the context in which it was used, I wasn’t sure it should have been immediately targeted as “Nazi” anti-Semitism referring to the Holocaust, causing the Anti-Defamation League to demand a retraction.

When I was under 10 years old in the 1950s, I can remember playing cops and robbers with my neighborhood pals and the gas chamber was a common threat or promise to the “bad guys” in this activity. We were old enough to have heard the phrase used on television, in comic books, and in our elders’ discussions in reference to criminal activity. We were thankfully too young to have any knowledge of the atrocity of the Holocaust, or grasp the concept of Anti-Semitism. The gas chamber was just an American thing.

I was almost able to accept the younger Trump’s explanation that he used it in the “American” sense – as an acceptable means of capital punishment in our country (as early as 1921). Why didn’t he reference the hangman’s noose, firing squads, the electric chair, or the gurney?

I now think my early assessment was pretty naive.  Given the rabid history of the Trump campaign, the odds strongly favor the use of “gas chamber” being intentional, to bring about the press response it received.  It was another instance of the Trump campaign’s strategy of making outrageous and inflammatory statements daily, to bolster the likelihood that the Trump name would be at or near the top of the day’s “big stories”.

Another striking example of big media’s true charter, that ratings and the profits they bring are all that matter.

 

Permanence

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I’m proven wrong yet again.  Trump survived the Republican Convention.  And Hilary has a lock as well on the Democratic Convention, with Bernie’s support.

I like to think that the majority of Trump voters are Trump voters only to end the status quo of our congressional leaders running their sides of the aisle with a “My way or the highway” attitude – no compromise.  Nothing for the people comes of their sessions unless there’s a photo op or a campaign contribution to be had with the issue at hand.

My view is similar for the Hillarmungis candidacy.  The majority of her voters are only her voters because they’re so justifiably panicked by the thought of a Trump presidency, while acknowledging the “no compromise” congress will remain unchanged.  I fall into this 50% and believe me, with my history of hatred for this political figure over the years, my vote for her will forever stain my soul.

Welcome to the pinnacle of Defensive Voting in Democracy.  The final stage and total commitment to the lesser of two evils being the determining factor in leadership selection.

How about none of us in the 50% groups vote at all?  Will it really make a difference anyway?

Too risky.

Hmmm.  President Trump may offer some comic relief.

Have the Elite screwed the pooch? Are they ignoring the wrong Americans?

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This post is aimed squarely at the wealthy and arrogant self-proclaimed aristocracy, in government or not, that is running the United States of America.  Your bargained wealth and political power has successfully locked up enough principles of democracy to where one of your rights is the sole privilege of deciding who can run for office, and who cannot.

Well, you messed up this time around.  This is evident in the slate of those left in the current race for President, as of this post date.

  • Sanders?  He may be the most sincere and well meaning of the lot, but your stranglehold on the legislature would make him powerless should he actually win office.
  • Cruz?  Really?
  • Clinton?  Her history from the beginning of her political career carries severe trust issues, and her “friend of the common folk” shtick is downright laughable.  If elected she will play her same script, investing more time lining her pockets and kissing Wall Street’s ass than being truthful and keeping promises.
  • And Trump?  Not your choice I’m sure, but you’re to blame for what he’s accomplished thus far.  His supporters are the Americans you have ignored the most.  They hate you more than you can imagine, not any more than I do, for your lack of concern for the working class and your childish refusal to compromise with each other to get any real work done in governing.  They are supporting this bigot and total ass solely to prevent any candidate you present from sustaining the status quo.  I can’t argue with that reason, but also can’t support Trump any more then I could support Adolph Hitler or Bozo the Clown.

To the Republicans among you aligning with the “Conservative Christians”, you are hopefully learning that sleeping with those that put their religious beliefs above proven science and established laws is not helpful to your goals.  Yes, they should be free to practice their faith as they see fit.  No, their beliefs and strict definition of morality should not be declared law over all Americans.  Conservative Christians will never be satisfied until missing church on Sunday is a mid-to-serious felony and our Constitution and Bill of Rights are rewritten to line up with their strict interpretation of the bible.  And like Barry Goldwater warned us and has been viciously evident, they do not compromise.

Be aware that the Christians you are ignoring have faith, are believers, and have families.  They participate in the rites regularly but are more selective as to which condemnations they accept as moral law.  Some of these families, and families they care about, have sons and daughters that your Conservative Christians are targeting to have unpleasant lives.  Your Christians may stop short of branding the foreheads of these sons and daughters with big red S’s for “Sinner”, but their intentions are all too clear – nonacceptance, banishment, segregation, criminal status.