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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

I have watched, listened to, and read many commentaries on the inaugural address but so far none of the mainstream pundits have used the one word that best identifies Donald Trump: fascist.

The United States is not Weimar Germany. Our economic problems are nowhere as bad as those in Depression-era Germany. Nobody in the Trump administration (not even Steven Bannon) is calling for mass genocide (although saber-rattling with nuclear weapons could lead to global war if we’re not careful).

That said, it is useful for Americans to recognize that we are facing something entirely new and different in American history. Certainly none of us in our lifetimes have confronted an American government led by someone like Trump in terms of his sociopathic, demagogic, impulsive, and vindictive personality (not even Nixon came close).

We are witnessing something new in terms of the uniformly right-wing inner circle with whom he’s surrounded himself and appointed to his cabinet. We must adjust our thinking and view with alarm his reactionary and dangerous policy agenda on foreign policy, the economy, the environment, health care, immigration, civil liberties; and poverty. We have to be willing to sweep aside past presidential precedents in order to understand Trump’s willingness to overtly invoke all the worst ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds in order to appeal to the most despicable elements of our society and unleash an upsurge of racism, anti-semitism, sexual assault, and nativism by the KKK and other hate groups. We need to suspend our textbook explanations about the American presidency in order to recognize Trump’s ignorance about our Constitutional principles and the rule of law; and his lack of experience with collaboration and compromise. We’ve never seen a president with so little familiarity with the truth; he is a pathological liar, on matters large and small.

We cannot take solace in the fact that Trump lost the popular vote or that only 25 percent of all eligible voters actually voted for him. Instead, we must face clearly the reality that Trump now presides over a federal government in which all three branches are controlled by right-wing corporate-funded Republicans. We may be lucky to discover that Trump might be an incompetent leader and unable to unite the Republicans, but we shouldn’t count on it.

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Trump said. By branding his message “America First,” Trump was echoing and invoking a motto of the isolationist, anti-Semitic crusade in the 1930s that wanted the United States to appease Hitler.

Indeed, Trump’s entire speech was a kind of Alice-in-Wonderland crazy quilt of words that meant the exactly opposite of what was expressed. It was an angry rant, reflecting the personality traits of an insecure bully: narcissistic, thin-skinned, revengeful, and impulsive, lacking empathy or humility.

Fascists claim to speak for “the people,” while pursuing policies that overwhelmingly benefit a handful of the favored – families, cronies, corporations, and loyalists.

“Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, “ Trump said today, “but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” Later, he proclaimed: “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

Like other fascists, Trump claimed to speak for the “forgotten men and women,” whose voice has been ignored, whose job has been exported, whose neighborhood is unsafe, whose living standard has declined.

Fascists always attack current politicians while claiming the mantle of “the people.”

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,” Trump said today, using the same words he used several days earlier to defame Cong. John Lewis, a civil rights icon who, unlike Trump, put his body on the line countless times to make America a more humane and inclusive society.

Fascists seek to unite the country behind a smokescreen of patriotism while scapegoating the weak and powerless.

“We are one nation, and their pain is our pain,” Trump said. “We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.”

But his speech was a series of deflections away from the core problem facing the United States: the growing power of a tiny wealthy elite – sometimes called the “1%” but in reality the .001% — over our economy and politics.

Trump has populated his Cabinet and top advisors with some of America’s wealthiest and greediest people, corporate robber barons, militarist zealots, Wall Street titans, right-wing conspiracy theorists, anti-Semites, and racists, some of them (like Trump) born wealth but who have demonstrated no inclination for public service or even noblesse oblige.

To deflect attention away from the super-rich, Trump – like fascists throughout history – points his fingers at and scapegoats others. In today’s speech, he avoided explicit reference to Mexican immigrants, Muslims, China, Hollywood, the media, unions, and Jews – groups he castigated throughout the campaign. But his address included many dog whistles that his core supporters understand.

“We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own,” was Trump’s dog whistle to America’s white supremacist “alt right” movement, who want to deport undocumented immigrants while eliminating the social safety net from those who live here and contribute to our society.

Trump personifies the worst aspects of corrupt crony capitalism. He inherited his father’s real estate empire, made possible by federal government housing subsidies. He has curried favor with Democratic and Republican politicians at the local, state and national level by contributing millions of dollars in campaign donations. He has abused the nation’s bankruptcy and tax laws to avoid his responsibility to his lenders, employees, business partners, and the country as a whole.

In his address, Trump pledged that “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.” But Trump has used undocumented immigrants to construct his glitzy apartment buildings and hotels. Most of the ties, suits, shirts, and other clothing items sold as part of the Donald J. Trump Collection are made in overseas sweatshops.

Like fascists everywhere, Trump’s speech included a list of troubles he intends to fix, without pointing out that they were caused by the policies, people, and principles he embraces.

He described: “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

Meanwhile, he’s appointed a corporate mogul as Labor Secretary with a track record of abusing his employees and opposing the minimum wage. He’s named a billionaire Education Secretary who has spent hundreds of millions of her inherited fortune to destroy public education in favor of corporate-backed private charter schools. He’s named as his Commerce Secretary a law-abusing hedge fund manager who has proposed a tax law that will provide huge tax breaks to the very rich and an infrastructure plan designed to enrich the rich while saddling the middle class with higher taxes.

“The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes,” Trump said, having named as Treasury Secretary a Wall Street tycoon who made his fortune ripping off consumers, illegally foreclosing on working families, and discriminating against low-income and minority communities and borrowers.

In his speech Trump pledged to “harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.” But’s nominated to be Secretary of State the head of the nation’s largest oil company, someone who has made billions by polluting the environment, denying the reality of global warming, lobbying against clean energy technologies, and forging an alliance with Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s speech included no mention of human rights. He avoided any reference to police abuses or the epidemic of gun violence made possible our lax gun laws. He said nothing about rising inequality. He ignored the dramatic spike in hate crimes – against Muslims, Latinos, Jews, gays and lesbians, and others – that has plagued the country since his election in November. He evaded any mention of homelessness, climate change, or the plight of refugees around the world.

We should not have expected, and did not get, any remarks about civil rights or civil liberties – tenets which Trump has consistently violated and defamed throughout this career and his campaign.

We must view Trump as a real threat to our institutions, to our democracy, and to our future. The Trump presidency and Trumpism is a new phenomenon in our country’s history. Never before has such an authoritarian personality been president. We’ve had demagogues in the House and Senate, but never in the Oval Office. The best primer to understand what we’re facing is Philip Roth’s 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, a counter-factual history in which Franklin Delano Roosevelt is defeated in the 1940 presidential election by the pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic aviator Charles Lindbergh.

We can overcome.

Trump is already the least popular American president in modern memory.

Americans will soon see that Trump’s promises were empty.

Already, opposition movements are in motion, preparing to challenge his appointments, his lies, and his policies, and preparing for the 2018 and 2020 elections, when Trump can be neutralized.

In the not-too-distant future, we can try to translate our progressive policy agenda into actual policies — adopting campaign finance reform, immigration reform, stronger environmental regulations, stricter rules on Wall Street, and greater investment in jobs and anti-poverty programs; turning Election Day into a national holiday, reforming our labor laws, protecting women’s right to choose, expanding LGBT rights, making our tax system more progressive, reforming our racist criminal justice system, investing more public dollars in job-creating infrastructure and clean energy projects; adopting paid family leave, and expanding health insurance to all and limiting the influence of the drug and insurance industry.

Peter Dreier is professor of politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.

IMAGE: Donald J. Trump arrives at the inauguration ceremonies swearing him in as the 45th president of the United States at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool

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  2. Jim Samaras January 22, 2017

    And the crying continues…..

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    1. jmprint January 23, 2017

      I didn’t see not one person crying in the march, did you. But I sure did see Trump crying about his numbers, to bad so sad.

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      1. Jim Samaras January 23, 2017

        Who gives a hoot

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  3. Just A Citizen January 22, 2017

    Claiming to stand for the forgotten man…..fascist rhetoric,……….. from the Democratic Party since Woodrow Wilson.

    The Hubris of leftwingers is unbelievable. To be able to deny completely that these very accusations apply to themselves. OK, Trump is a Fascist…………just like every Democrat holding major public office.

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    1. Dan January 23, 2017

      You don’t really understand what fascism is, do you, your comment says you don’t…

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      1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

        I guarantee I understand it far better than you or any Democrat.

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

          Only in your troubled dreams do you think you understand what is happening in America. Your delirium exceeds that of Trump’s, and that’s serious.

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          1. Mama Bear January 23, 2017

            another Russian troll, Aaron, I have seen him on other sites. You are casting you beautiful pearls to an ignorant paid swine.

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        2. Dan January 23, 2017

          “I guarantee I understand it far better than you”

          That’s a guarantee I’m pretty sure you can’t make…

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          1. Mama Bear January 23, 2017

            he is another troll, Dan. I have seen his disruptive posts on other sites. We need to block these people and they go away.

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          2. Dan January 23, 2017

            I know, but sometimes I just can’t help myself, I get the urge to challenge them…

            I was hoping he’d tell me how it is he knows more about political ideologies like fascism, better than I do, sometimes their justifications are quite entertaining…

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          3. Mama Bear January 23, 2017

            I hear ya, brother, I do the same thing and before I know it my blood pressure sours! I know these trolls are paid to disrupt and their paychecks depend on how many responses they get. That’s why I recommend bocking them and starving them.

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          4. Dan January 23, 2017

            I’ve heard that, how does that work? I could be a troll…

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          5. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Yes, you must block speech. Dare not hear something that gets your blood pressure soaring. You do that and the others will do that and we will all magically get along.

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          6. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Dan

            Because I took the time to study it. And virtually everyone I have ever met claiming this or that is Fascism doesn’t have a clue.

            They focus on only those elements linked to the Nazi regime, for example. Or they think Mussolini and Hitler were the only Fascists or models. Which were both different by the way.

            Now perhaps you do know as much as I. But then what I know was not the point of my comment. It was that the author was defining a characteristic of Fascism which is one that has been part of the Democratic Party since Wilson. It was part of the Republican Party under T. Roosevelt as well.

            So you see, if I didn’t understand a single thing about Fascism the point would not change. Because it is a matter of logic applied to the author’s accusation.

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          7. Dan January 23, 2017

            That’s no logic, the Democratic party actually is a more people oriented Party, as opposed to fascists who just made claims of caring about the people.

            Parties and politicians claim to be many things, Hitler lead the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, they were not socialists and workers were viewed only as tools for the use of those in power.

            Trump is proving that he is no different, he doesn’t really care about 99.9% of us, he claims he does while doing everything he can to benefit corporations and the very rich. His “America First “, white nationalistic approach to everything and his demands for an expanded military, even his desire for big military parades, his hats should have said, “Make America Fascist”.

            Your assessment of this is flawed by your bias and while you claim to know because you “studied it”, my view of this comes from having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and while I, like everyone, has my biases, any bias would have been an obstacle to earning that degree.

            So, the Democratic Party has never been fascist and until “Trumpism” began to infect them, the Republicans weren’t either. Today’s Republicans are certainly some mutated form of capitalists run amok, but even they aren’t fascists, yet.

            I’m just saying…

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          8. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Dan

            So you agree the author of the article was WRONG.

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          9. Dan January 23, 2017

            Absolutely not!

            Trump is a classic example of a fascist and if you had studied this, as you say you have, it would be obvious to you as well.

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          10. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Dan

            Trump is no more a Fascist than anyone in the Democratic party or someone calling themselves Progressives.

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          11. Dan January 23, 2017

            As I’ve said, your comments show that you really don’t know what fascism is, and you certainly wouldn’t understand progressivism, so I’m done with you.

            You’re really just trolling anyway, run along now…

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          12. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Mama

            So because I take an interest in what is going on in the country and have the knowledge to comment on things, I am a troll.

            Yet another leftists trait. If you don’t have a rational response then just dismiss the other person. Or better yet, denigrate them personally and then dismiss them.

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          13. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Dan

            I stand by my original comment. The author is projecting the behavior of the left onto to Trump but now we are to see Fascists everywhere, instead of Progressives.

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          14. Dan January 23, 2017

            And I stand by mine. You attempting to associate fascism with the Democratic Party tells me you don’t really understand fascism, or actually know much about the Democrats.

            Then you state, “I guarantee I understand it far better than you”, to which I expressed my doubts. So, tell me how the Democrats are like fascists and maybe why you think you are such an expert on political ideologies…

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          15. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Democrats have run on the populist message since Wilson.

            The author claims populist messaging is fascist. Therefore, the Democratic Party must be Fascist.

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          16. Dan January 23, 2017

            Nope.

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          17. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            Dan

            So Democrats have not run on a populist message?

            The Democratic Party was not known as the “Party of the Workers” while the Republicans the “Party of the Bankers”?

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          18. Dan January 23, 2017

            The difference you’re ignoring is that fascists claim to represent the people, while never intending to and the Democratic Party actually does, or at least mostly tries to.

            My state Party is the DFL, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and they have almost always done a good job representing the people.

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

      You shouldn’t get too fancy with your posts if you can’t understand basic history. Such blind allegiance and political fanaticism as displayed by you casts serious doubt that you know what you’re speaking of. And abusing the term “hubris” by misapplying it gives you a “0” as well.

      The false equivalency of comparing Trump to others in order to justify Donald’s duplicity and authoritarian nature misses the point completely, and doesn’t wipe his slate clean.

      You’re a citizen of Trumpland hamlet, in some kingdom of deception, naivete, and Trump-infatuation.

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      1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

        Aaron

        And you offered not one piece of evidence to refute my claim. Another leftist tactic. Deflect, project, create strawmen at every turn.

        If populist rhetoric is a mark of Fascism then the left is fascist. So take up the issue with the author.

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        1. jmprint January 23, 2017

          Here is a fact, Trump was and will continue to be the con man, the racist , the rapist, the fraud that YOU voted for.

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          1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            jm

            If Trump were truly a racist then would the Black and Hispanic people who have worked for him speak so highly of him? I suspect that Trump has been pretty indifferent to race over the years.

            Rapist? No, I don’t think so. And there is no evidence he ever was. An arrogant privileged rich guy, very much so.

            Con man and Fraud? Here is where I will agree with you to an extent. He created a brand built primarily from and with his ego. He builds and defends that brand in an almost rabid manner. This is the root of his “tweeter” habit attacking anyone who criticizes.

            And yes, I expect this to continue. But it alone does not indicate what his policies will be.

            I have no delusions about what Trump will accomplish. I expect him to follow his basically progressive path. But I am also not terrified of him or what is going to actually happen. Because the Republicans are not in lock step with him. They will only get on board in a big way if they think they will lose elections being tied to him. Right now most do not and some are not sure.

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          2. jmprint January 23, 2017

            If he wasn’t a racist, do you think his butler would have been so vocally in his racist comments. Trump is a racist when it benefits him.

            Evidence is in the story of the 14 year old he has silenced.

            As far as what policies, he has NONE, he is allowing his cabinet to guide him and the are clueless of what is good for America. They definitely know what is good for them. We will see how this con man does.

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        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

          You’ve provided ample proof over the past weeks that you lack sufficient neural bandwidth to understand much, so it’s expected that you wouldn’t have a clue. To present proof on logical bases to you therefore is an exercise in futility.

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    3. FireBaron January 23, 2017

      Wilson was not a fascist. He was a misogynist racist, just like the guy inaugurated on Friday.

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      1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

        Fire

        Wilson was the model for the Fascism that erupted in Europe. It all came right out of the Progressive Movement. A “Third Way”, supposedly abandoning the Liberty vs. Socialists battle going on around the world.

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        1. jmprint January 23, 2017

          Keep in mine this is 2017, not 1920’s.

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          1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            jm

            Yes it is. But don’t argue in circles. Claiming Wilson was not fascist, then after I point out the progression , claiming this is 2017.

            Here is one for you. Fascism has a basic economic model that we now called a “mixed economy”. This would lead one to realize we have been a Fascist nation for almost 100 years now. Those who study this have called it a soft form of Fascism with the tendency towards Nationalism being stronger at times than others.

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          2. jmprint January 23, 2017

            You need to understand what the Democrats stand for today. Equality is the main function.

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          3. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            jm

            ABSOLUTE equality is the main function. Which is an authoritarian concept of equality. Because it allows YOU to impose your will upon me regarding your view of “equal”. Thus it is not “liberal” in the traditional sense.

            Our country was founded on the old concept of “equality under the law”. The Govt. was formed under the concepts of “negative liberty”. The Democratic Party today is antithetical to this as they want “positive liberty”.

            I used to be a Democrat. When the hard core leftists took over, and as I realize their policy ideas were bankrupt, I left. I am not a Republican but I certainly agree with their stated positions more often than the Democrats.

            Most of my “Democratic” friends are having the same heart burn over the Democratic Party today as I had some time back.

            What those who support this idea of equality do not understand is that some things have been different for very good reasons, given human evolution. Not to say they should not be changed. But the way in which they are changed by the modern Democratic and “Progressive” members is destructive to lasting change.

            Civil rights for Black Americans took a long time. By the 1960’s society had gotten to the point it wasn’t going to tolerate Jim Crow any longer. But when it came to things like abortion and homosexuals getting married the left couldn’t wait to change the minds and hearts of people.

            They had to attack and get the Courts to do their bidding. Because it works to the advantage of those who seek political power to make things stay in the angry mode. How else are you going to get people to vote Democratic if they are not afraid someone is going to harm them, take away their “rights”, etc. etc.

            Sorry, but from where I sit the Democratic Party of today is the American Socialist Party. Its continuance depends on dividing the nation by monetary class, race, sex, and sexual orientation. It is not so much about wanting equality but about maintaining division. How will this party win elections when all but the economic issues are gone?

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          4. jmprint January 23, 2017

            Every born person should have the right to live. It isn’t fair that is you can afford insurance you can get medical help, it is unGodly and unjust. Most countries provide medical for all citizens. The problem here is that the rich people do not want to be inconvenienced, but they sure do like our labor force.

            Abortion is a right to the women that needs and wants it for whatever her reason.

            Homosexuals should not be treated different. They should have equal rights.

            What you don’t talk about is the suppressions that the republicans want to impose on those that are different.

            I used to vote for an individual based on their record, but since 2008 when the tea party took over the republican party, I made up my mine that I will not back false christianity.

            We are the majority the party will change and rise for the betterment for ALL.

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          5. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            jm

            Every person has the right to pursuit their existence according to their ability. Nobody has a right to simply live.

            The first places an obligation on me to not interfere as long as that person is not interfering in my pursuit. The latter makes me responsible for the other person.

            Justice is the equal application of laws on the people and the idea that people get what is coming, as in getting your just deserts. Justice has NOTHING to do with whether you can get health care, unless the reason is due to direct interference or coercion by others.

            Having equal “rights” and being treated equally by others are two different concepts. One deals with the ability to act without coercion by others and the other with imposing your will upon others in order to get what you want. This is the classic wedding cake issue. Your FORCE the baker to comply with your view of “same” because of your want. The baker is not coercing the gay couple, they are simply refusing service. A right every person has by right of association.

            Republicans across the country tried to pass Civil Union laws giving gays the same civil rights as married couples, with respect to inheritance, tax breaks, etc.. These efforts were rebuked by the LGBT crowd because it did not recognize homosexuality as being the “same” as heterosexuality. Well sorry to tell you this, but it is not the same. And in sociological, psychological and biological terms it is not normal. It occurs but it is not normal in the order of the universe. Nobody ever proposed taking any other rights away. Their only desire was to not issue a marriage license.

            Part of the “conservative” objection to how this turned out was the way the judges twisted the law. Again, an example of judicial activism stepping on normal cultural change.

            You reveal how little you know when you say the Tea Party took over the Republican party. What actually happened was the R. party hijacked the Tea Party name and then played along to get more people on their side. Google up the “Freedom Caucus” in congress and see how many total members. And even all of them are not truly Tea Party folks.

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    4. jmprint January 23, 2017

      WRONG! You can’t dump every Democrat holding office in the same Trump pile of $hit.

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      1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

        jm

        I did not place Democrats with Trump. I placed Democrats in the caterogy of those claiming to stand for the forgotten man, which the author claims is a fascist statement.

        Do you deny that Democrats have played the populist card for decades?

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        1. jmprint January 23, 2017

          When I hear Senator Warren I speak, I don’t hear what you are preaching.

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        2. Independent1 January 23, 2017

          Let’s see:

          The Democrats have consistently governed in a way that benefits the average citizen FAR MORE SO than Republicans.

          With relation to jobs, Democrats govern in a way that creates twice as many jobs as Republicans – they don’t deliberately work to dumb dumb the economy by trying to run government on the cheap (always harp on austerity budgets); Carter, Clinton and Obama created 47 million jobs: Reagan and the 2 Bushes 24 million.

          Democrats also don’t deliberately pass budgets which funnel money into the pockets of the already wealthy and profitable corporations while putting the screws on virtually every social program that helps the less fortunate.

          Democrats don’t try to run the government on a balanced budget which is nothing less than pure stupidity which succeeds only in allowing legislators to even more put the screws to one sector of the population in their supposed efforts to help another sector. When calamities strike it’s everyone’s responsibility to pay for fixing it, not a scapegoat group the GOP loves to punish!!

          And I could go on and on and on with examples that totally disprove your moronic post. You are nothing but an outright BIGOT AND RACIST!!!

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          1. Just A Citizen January 24, 2017

            Indep

            You really don’t seem to understand what Democrats have done. Whether POTUS or Congress. Or how about those cities where everyone is so happy.

            You got one thing right though. Democrats don’t try to govern with balanced budgets.

            You think Social Security and Medicare are examples of Good Governance? That these do not support my point about the Democratic parties link to socialism and fascism?

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          2. Independent1 January 24, 2017

            Like I said, all your comments come from someone who is as much a narcissistic, bigoted, total stupid idiot as Donald Trump!!

            Only people living in narcissistic total stupidity can believe that governments can be run like corporations with balanced budgets and a total lack of compassion. It’s the attitude you have which is shown by virtually every moronic conservative which is why every time a Republican is in office the American economy suffers and more and more people live in poverty and unemployment and are forced to suffer!!! Just for the sake of making fascists such as yourself richer at everyone elses expense!!!

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          3. Just A Citizen January 24, 2017

            PROJECTION Alert.

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  5. 1standlastword January 22, 2017

    If and when the People start feeling the pain and realizing the horrors of the predictions and anticipations laid out in this thread, it will be too late to reconcile the mistake of Trump!

    Where will we be then?

    This I know for sure. Whatever happens it will all be on the republicans and they will have no way to excuse, cheat, lie, blame of deny any of it.

    Maybe they will be forced to impeach him to save the country!!!

    Now he says he will not release his tax return….pretty rich from the man who hounded Obama to “just show us the certificate”

    MF!!!

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    1. FireBaron January 23, 2017

      Hopefully, in 2019, when we have a Democratic-controlled Congress (Oh, Lord, please without Nancy Pelosi as Speaker) we can eliminate both Teflon Donnie and Pence before they can do any more harm.

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  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 22, 2017

    Trump’s pathology is indeed unique and no one that I know of has displayed such a diseased personality over the past several centuries. It is truly an amazing and disturbing sight to see an artificial voting mechanism(Electoral College) allow a sick individual like Trump, in a world more unstable with so many chaotic forces combining with each other, to ascend to the Presidency. And for what? So that a brutish band of politicians treating governance as a sporting event, cheered on by an electorate so narrow-minded as to sum up the reason for their very existence in terms of jobs and protecting national borders. One should easily be able to surmise even with negligible intelligence that secular concerns such as jobs, the economy, and protection of a “limited” tribal community united by conservative sensibilities alone are not the reason for existence or even remotely in line with the primary aim of our creation by that Unknowable Essence commonly referred to as God or Allah.
    For those of us who are no longer sure of why we were created, and what our responsibility is as a human species, and what the goal of the individual is, consider these 3 primary themes—themes which are a continuation of themes in varying degrees communicated to humanity by all the Teachers sent over the planets formations to each group of humans no matter where they wound up as they traversed the planet for habitable places with food resources.

    1) From and excerpt in the “Short Obligatory Prayer” revealed by Baha’u’llah, and
    one of the epigrams in “The Hidden Words”, respectively, we find the following:
    a) “I bear witness O my God that thou hast created me to know thee and to
    worship…”
    b) “O Son of Man! Veiled in My immemorial Being and in the ancient eternity of
    My essence, I knew My love for thee. Therefore, I created thee, have
    engraved on thee Mine image and revealed unto thee My beauty.”
    (So there we have a sense of why we were created)

    2) From a Tablet whose contents along with others are combined in part in
    “Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah”, there is explained the purpose
    of humanity while on the planet.
    a) “All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.
    The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is
    unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance,
    mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and
    kindreds of the earth. ”

    3) One expression among dozens as to our goal as individuals can be seen in
    this excerpt.
    a) “…man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto
    loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty”, and,
    elsewhere, that “if we ponder each created thing, we shall witness a
    myriad perfect wisdoms and learn a myriad new and wondrous truths…”
    (My note: From this it would seem that the goal is not to accrue wealth
    and power, but to know one’s self and acquire virtues in doing so to
    achieve a kind of “wealth” no longer familiar to the generality of
    Americans and other peoples of the world. This kind of wealth contradicts
    the sort of wealth Donald, the GOP and other politicians, and so many
    ordinary people understand wealth to mean).

    So, these statements convey more about our reason, purpose on earth,
    and long-term goal that extends beyond this physical realm. More than
    Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Moses, and all other previous Messengers were
    allowed to convey due to the level of comprehension of people as they evolved
    from one era to another. Even most clerics in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, etc.
    lack this clarity of vision and understanding.

    Just my unofficial understanding from what I read and can comprehend to the
    best of my abilities currently. Do these themes and words by Baha’u’llah and
    His designated Interpreter, Abdu’l Baha, align with Trump, Putin, Li Keqiang’s
    vision and understanding of humanity’s purpose and role??

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    2. FireBaron January 23, 2017

      Ironically enough, the purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent individuals defined as Amoral from assuming the office of the Presidency. Instead, it has become a rubber stamp for each individual state, following in lockstep with the party that holds the Governor’s office in that state, and voting not for the best person but for whoever they are told to.

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      1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

        Fire

        The EC does NOT march in lock step with the governors. The EC is required by the law of the States to vote per the outcome of the popular vote in the State. A few apportion the electors by Districts but must are winner take all. The Governors have nothing to do with it.

        Loyalty to the popular vote is assured for the most part, because the parties put up the electors selected for their party’s winner.

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

          The EC is based on an immoral premise, and immorality is a hallmark of the Karma you’ve designed for yourself. Trump has a similar Karma as yours, as well as that of many of his cohorts in US government circles from the local, state, and federal levels.

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          1. Just A Citizen January 23, 2017

            And that wasn’t the issue on the table, was it. Try to keep up oh wise one.

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          2. mike January 23, 2017

            Bravo Sierra

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      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

        Right—The very notion of the Electoral is founded on slavery, and by extension the notion of States Rights. And I noticed the wording used in justifying the College was to prevent “amoral” and under “unfit” citizens from voting. Which begs the question” What defines “amoral” and “unfit”? If we apply what the Founding Fathers had in mind would disqualify many of Trump’s supporters.

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        1. mike January 23, 2017

          A-aron more of your whining.
          The EC is part of our democracy and it is here to stay.
          Get over it.

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          1. Aaron Zanzibari January 27, 2017

            An immorality written in the Constitution doesn’t make it legitimate, nor is the Constitution an eternal and fixed document. If Hitler were to make a Constitution that stipulated that all Jews wee half human, would you accept that? I take it the Constitution must have the same weight morally as the Bible for you—Is that how you see it?

            You’re still trying to have your cake and eat it too. It doesn’t work that way. What part of that don’t you understand, mikey?

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          2. mike January 27, 2017

            Your angry rant won’t change the election and definitely won’t change the EC.
            Live with it.

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  7. 788eddie January 23, 2017

    Look; the Republican Party (also known as the Conservatives) is a minority party, and they managed to elect a president with a minority of votes.

    Who is the GOP? the core is older white males, and it dilutes down quickly from there to almost nothing. The future doesn’t look good for them, either. Our birth rate in this country in the last few years is below replacement level, so they (those older white males) had better start making more babies, or we’re going to have to encourage them to come from elsewhere.

    What is there goal? Mainly like many others; to amass wealth and power during their lives. Since they’ve become a minority, that’s becoming harder to do is an honest straight-forward way. Now. they’re resigned to doing it any way they can, to the detriment of all others.

    They are now locked in what they feel is the final battle to “lock in” as many gains as they can. It is up to the rest of us to stop them, and to demolish their kind of thinking.

    I may be going out on a limb here, but I propose the following directions for our country to take:

    • Institute a policy of “one person, one vote.” None of this totally un-proven BS about voter fraud that has never been demonstrated. Break electoral districts up into evenly-populated districts, with as simple borders as possible (get rid of that totally un-democratic gerrymandering).

    • Everyone with an income gets the privilege of paying taxes. If your income is not enough to be able to eat and put a roof over your head, you’ll get a rebate on your taxes to help. If you are very wealthy, you pay a proportionally higher tax rate. Your wealth was created in this wonderful country; help pay for it!

    • A woman has the right to make decisions regarding her own body. If you’re against something like abortion; don’t have one.

    • People have a right to own a gun. People also have a right to be protected by people who want to harm others. No guns for convicted murderers or those convicted of domestic violence (male or female).

    • If you’re in this country and you were born here, you are a citizen. End of story. All of our ancestors came from somewhere else (unless you’re First Nation).

    That should do it for now. What it boils down to is this: treat people fairly. You’ve got freedoms; use them wisely. You have a right to throw a punch, but that right stops at the next person’s nose.

    Thank you for the privilege of posting this little rant.

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  8. Shay January 23, 2017

    As a Jew, ever time I hear “Trump is Hitler” I get a flash of pure white-hot rage.

    There is NO WAY that Trump is going to murder millions of human beings.

    And to compare *policy disagreements* with mass genocide devalues the pain of all of the people – Jews, homosexuals, the disabled, and many others – who died in the Holocaust.

    Knock. It. Off.

    I can’t even hear your discussion points when you do that. I just shut down because I see you as an ignorant, insensitive jerk.

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  9. Stuart January 24, 2017

    Would Trump approve a Russian military base in the U.S.? Maybe hand over Guantanamo? Or, at the very least, guest visits by Russian warships to U.S. naval installations?

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