The Beat Goes On

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And the beat goes on.

The beat goes on.

Drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain.


For those of you who remember Sonny and Cher's signature song, I hope I've put an earworm into your brain that you will find hard to eradicate. For those who aren't familiar, go ahead and google. It fits in today's world.


The beat keeps going on. The beat of intolerance and ignorance emanating from the Trump administration echoes across the American landscape. The stench of nativism permeates from the Republicans, a stench that has defiled both political parties over their existence. In the United States, we've had two foundational sins. The first was slavery, and the remnants of that sin still roil the social fabric of this country. The second was nativism, and the tenets of that sin have changed over the decades and centuries. Still, both of these original sins taint our political landscape to this day, and still divide this nation.


Slavery formed the basis for the Southern agricultural economy of this nation for its founding phase. When slavery was forcibly ejected from this nation, a large region of this nation held an underclass in its midst. This underclass was impossible to miss since it was defined by color. But even though the constitution was changed to enable former slaves to claim freedom, the attitude that defined a black life as being worthy of 3/5 of a white life still resonated throughout society. So legislation that demeaned blacks came into existence, and stayed in place until the civil rights awakening of the 1950's and 1960's. Since that time, blacks have seen significant progress in terms of racial and economic equality. Still, there is a large fraction of the black population that has not shared in the growth of this nation's economy during the last 50 years. The response of the Trump administration to any discussion about economic and social grievances from this minority? Denunciation of NFL players for taking a knee in support of the current civil rights movement. Denunciation of the homelands of many blacks as being, well, you know the word. And taking personal credit for the slow, steady improvement in employment metrics that are merely continuing the improvements since the Great Recession.


Although it may be impossible to define a causal relationship, it seems apparent that the racist undercurrent inside of the US has been unleashed by the rhetoric emanating from the Trump administration. The naked hatred espoused by the Charlottesville neo-Nazi demonstrators was only haltingly denounced by the President, and the equivocation given by claiming that there was equal guilt on both sides removed much of the effect of the denunciation. One only needs to look at on-line forums to see an explosion of racially charged animus that has been unleashed in the current political environment.


Nativism is the second principle espoused by the MAGATS (Make America Great Again Trump Supporters). Upon taking the reins of power, nearly the first act of this administration was to submit an ill-conceived, and ultimately unconstitutional travel ban. Aimed ostensibly at preventing terror, it reflected the deepest fears of the Trump administration about "The Others". The mindset of Donald Trump is that the outside world is scary, and "they" are out to get us. We must protect our vital national security by forcible repatriation of all who do not meet the letter of the law as being 'Muricans! In order to accomplish this repatriation, this administration is willing to implement a "Papers Please!" environment like that demonstrated in January 2018 in Florida. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents boarded a Greyhound bus and required everyone to show their papers, in order to demonstrate a legal right to be in this nation. Scenes reminiscent of totalitarian states of the past where the right of transit was allowed solely at the discretion of the government are returning to a bus near you, courtesy of your friendly ICE agents.


The Trump administration is willing to go to the mat in order to fulfill its bizarre quest to pretend to halt foot traffic across the US-Mexican border by constructing a massive, wasteful wall. Would that a physical barrier could prevent the vast majority of illegal immigration. Alas, that dream of stopping all illegal immigrants by a physical barrier should be relegated as part of the opioid crisis as yet another pipe dream. Instead, estimates are that 2/3 of all illegal aliens who enter the US each year, do so by first coming into this country legally, then overstay their allowed time within the country and establish residence here illegally. Yet the simplistic Trump administration insists upon the wrong solution for the problem by a monomaniacal pursuit of "A Great Big Beautiful Wall." A wall that would be an environmental catastrophe, would cost an excessive amount of money, and when all is said and done, would not stop the problem of illegal immigration into the US. That sounds like it is about par for the course for the Trump administration.


Oh, no, I used a golf term. That will distract our illustrious leader by causing him to lose his intense focus on the problems of this country, while he goes out to one of his innumerable golf properties for a few hours of heavy governmental work. Wait, I've got it. The solution to the border issue. What if we construct a 2000 mile stretch of Trump golf properties strung out along the border with Mexico? We could engage the support of our President in maintaining surveillance as he patrols the length of the border, engaging in continual golf, preventing the incursion of those nasty people through well-placed administration of a 2-iron alongside the side of the head. Yeah, that would be the ticket, wouldn't it?


The beat goes on.


Originally posted on my blog


Leroy Added Jan 24, 2018 - 11:27pm
For everyone's sake, I hope Trump becomes your worst nightmare.  We need to shake this country back into conscientiousness before it enters a never-ending slumber.  The progressive liberal ideas put into practice by decree have hollowed out the nation.  Trump is the last best hope.  Only by becoming your worst nightmare can the nation succeed.  Let's hope two or three Supreme Court justices decide to retire in the next year or so.  That will cement the Constitution for another thirty years or more before a new assault on the Constitution can begin.  With any luck, Trump will continue his success for eight years and Ivanka the next.
Tubularsock Added Jan 25, 2018 - 5:36am
A TrumpGolfWall! Now there’s an idea for the 21st Century!
Tubularsock likes the sound of it and think of all the hats Trump could sell.
This could be a hole in one! And to be “international” we could all yell .... “CUATRO!”
Johnny Fever Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:20am
Spare me. While Trump is surely guilty of doing some stupid things and being intolerant of illegal immigration he’s leaps and bounds smarter and more tolerant than Obama.  In regards to intelligence, it was Obama that flew $400 million dollars in cash to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism.  In regards to tolerance, it was Obama that used the IRS to silence those that disagree with his point of.  Oh and by the way, Democrats were willing enablers in all of the stupid and intolerant things he did.   
opher goodwin Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:36am
EABC - yes I hear the drumbeat - the fascists are marching, the right pours out its hatred against Clinton and Obama and anything that smacks of fairness. The drumbeat of lies, fake news and xenophobia. The hysteria against Muslims, terrorists and invaders. The drumbeat of nationalism and patriotism - the last resort of morons. The drumbeat that spends billions building futile walls. The drumbeat that makes people of colour second-class citizens. I hear the drumbeat of right-wing nonsense - the holocaust deniers, the Jewish blamers, the creationists and white supremacists. I hear the drumbeat of arrogance, stupidity and assumed superiority.
According to the drums Europe is lost under a sea of Muslims. America has to build walls.
Pathetic, ridiculous and stupid. That drum needs a different beat.
opher goodwin Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:37am
Johnny - calling a moron who doesn't read smarter than a man who writes books is fake news.
wsucram15 Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:43am
 EABC...interesting song choice. Not too many people on here would even get that and I LOVE your term for the trumpites.  I will be passing that around today. Actually I might post the link to the article. As always great article.
You know one of the women I protest with from NYC, who was born here, her  Grandmother was not.  Her Grandmother had children that were Harvard graduates, a doctor, someone esteemed in the military (i cant remember) and then the kids who equally went on to successful careers - one being a Harvard Law Professor whom I have met.  She considers herself the rebel.  But Trump singled her out and from the family name I suppose, and blocked her.
True story..Trumps Grandfather was a German immigrant who begged not to be deported to US. Guess why?  He would not serve in the military.  Did not serve his compulsory military time (3yrs)for country.  Trumps father was never called to serve for WWII due to his "risk pool." We all know Trump has bone spurs(Y-1) that kept him out of any military post as of 1971, until that time it was either college or temporary deferment (4 times).
This is a man that has no room to talk of immigrants or earning your way. There are actually ppl in his family that did.
He watches that feed..or someone that knows the NY families does.  Perhaps thats Ivankas real job.  Ill have to make sure she and the other NY kitties get wind of that...
MAGATS...Make America Great Again Trump Supporters. Perhaps he will make a hat and charge them the discounted price of 40.00 for the privilege of supporting him.  It might be his best hustle yet.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 25, 2018 - 10:45am
Leroy, your hope is already too late. Trump has been my nightmare since summer of 2015 when he began his quest to monopolize the nation's attention via his golden escalator descent to the Trump tower foyer where he unveiled his racist and nativist program that he's been working to implement ever since. He is the nightmare who is dismantling the status of the US in the world by his short-sighted slighting of diplomacy, by his withdrawing from international alliances, by his abandonment of science. Like it or not, we do not live in a world where we can isolate ourselves. But, for those who like simplistic pronouncements that are abandoned in the next news cycle, I can see why you like Donald Trump.  
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 25, 2018 - 10:46am
Tube - I thought of you as I was writing about the golf wall. And I love Cuatro!
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 25, 2018 - 10:49am
Johnny one note - the Iran thing again. Go on ahead and take a spin on one of their centrifuges - it may spin some sense into you. So if you think that our previous president overreached with his administrations efforts, what do you think of the attempt from Trump apologists to found a controversy about secret societies gleaned from the texts of an agent who was making a joke? It's at least as valid a theory as Comet Ping Pong.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 25, 2018 - 10:51am
Opher - thanks for the reinforcement.
Jeanne - I was all set to claim credit for MAGATS. I certainly had not heard it before, but I decided to do a quick search. As you may expect, such low hanging fruit had been plucked by others as well. There's even a subreddit on the topic. But it does ring true, and by all means, cross post as you see fit.
opher goodwin Added Jan 25, 2018 - 11:03am
EABC - beats me how anyone can condone crap.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 25, 2018 - 11:12am
I'm not sure really. Trump may be an egomaniac but so far he didn't start a new war. That's my most important criteria.
wsucram15 Added Jan 25, 2018 - 12:06pm
Thanks..I still thought it interesting. As far as trump..anyone who has ever had any common sense gets a headache just hearing his voice. (reference to the lack of truth or braggadocio that comes out)
SEF..twitty trump...I like that one too. Bragadiere and Chief. 
Dave Volek Added Jan 25, 2018 - 12:47pm
Nice piece. The writing flows really well.
Bill H. Added Jan 25, 2018 - 1:22pm
Trump is "smarter and more tolerant than Obama"?
I could pick any other President that we have had since 1950, and all of them were smarter and more tolerant that the man-child who is now in the WH.
Carole McKee Added Jan 25, 2018 - 2:23pm
Bill H.: I agree. That idiot is stupid. I don't care what he tells his puppet followers. He is stupid.
Opher: I can't figure that out either.
Stone-Eater: No, he hasn't started any war, even though he's trying his damnest to.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Jan 25, 2018 - 3:08pm
I also insist on that wall. I'm not even in America. It took until after the election until I heard any leftist give a reasonable argument against it. It does cost some money. All decisions are about weighing goods. It was just telling to me that it took the left so long to come up with ANYTHING. They were frothing for months. That tells me that it is probably a good idea.
michael d zitterman Added Jan 25, 2018 - 4:38pm
Johnny F
Regarding: Spare me. While Trump is surely guilty of doing some stupid things...
Response:  Yup, like "I am smart", "I am rich".......childish and reflects insecurity.  Obviously, there are too many others to list, e.g., "They should fire these sons of bitches".  And on and on………..
Regarding:  and being intolerant of illegal immigration
Response:  All should be intolerant to illegal immigration aka “unauthorized visitors”.
Dr. Byron A. Ellis Added Jan 25, 2018 - 8:22pm
Johny Fever. who money was it, Iran's or the USA? The money from frozen by the USA when the Iranians got rid of the Shah.
Bill H. Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:41pm
Now we find out that the Orange Buffoon was ready to fire Mueller way back in June, but apparently backed off when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit instead of carrying out the order.
I seriously doubt that Trump will actually submit to being questioned under oath when it gets down to the wire.
Jeff Michka Added Jan 25, 2018 - 9:45pm
dR. Ellis sez: Johny Fever. who money was it, Iran's or the USA? The money from frozen by the USA when the Iranians got rid of the Shah-Don't let any facts dull a good hatred story...remember those Persians are brown people, so must be bad. And this rightist BS  suggesting that the US has open borders only a wall will fix is nonsense, too.  The US will only be safe when he buses pulling up to the US/Mexican border when they don't discharge their passengers where they then stroll up to the Welfare office and get "free stuff" which was the only reason they came here, save being instantly drafted into the Democratic Party...geezus, Trumpists...Bah.
Flying Junior Added Jan 26, 2018 - 4:33am
What recourse does a guilty person have when under oath?
It would be some comfort to see that lying traitor invoke the fifth.  I mean, why not?  How could the House impeach a guy who invoked the fifth?  Clinton should have been that smart.  Like the Miranda Act explained to all of us, most of all immigrants, you have the right to remain silent.
What the hell is the difference?  If Trump, by default, tacitly admitted treason, what would it really matter?  We already know it's true.
Leroy Added Jan 26, 2018 - 6:53am
You seem to be becoming unhinged, FJ.  Is it because the Russian witchhunt has been exposed and is crashing before our eyes?  There is "no big there there."
wsucram15 Added Jan 26, 2018 - 9:24am
Joanne what is your idea of reform?
OMG..Trump is a criminal..or a complete moron.  From legal studies of him, he is actually both but only because he cannot learn to keep his ego in check and be strategic.  His depositions and testimony are terrible. Now this is past stuff that he lost ridiculously.
I genuinely hope, sincerely as an American, that he does not plead the 5th, and he makes a deal to testify with Mueller. It is the least confrontational way to go and he can have representation with him to watch his wording, which is important.  Anything else and he will leave Congress with no choice, guilty or not. Defying subpoena or braggadocio/denials in Grand jury.
I really think he will walk..he could use better representation, but if he talks to Mueller he will walk. This will be over.  They will get some convictions perhaps, but I dont think Trump is who they want anyway.
wsucram15 Added Jan 26, 2018 - 9:32am
The reason I think that is they want to talk to the Prez and they are not done with others yet. If they wanted him and he was the only verdict they seek..he would be subpoenaed and last.  Unless of course they have enough evidence.
Nah..I think he is incidental.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 26, 2018 - 10:07am
Michael, thanks for replying to Johnny. Your points are what I would have said.
Dr. Ellis - agreed. Johnny has a bee in his bonnet about returning monies that were seized back in the day of Jimmy Carter as President. It's not as if these were funds  sent directly from the government coffers as a bribe, which seems to be his intent at implying.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 26, 2018 - 10:09am
Bill H. - regarding whether Trump will testify under oath. I guess that's part of the price we are paying for not having a subscription and being able to binge watch all of the episodes of this reality show. We have to wait for the episodes to play out in real time.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 26, 2018 - 10:16am
Leroy, Russian investigation crashing and burning? Once more, two sets of eyes can observe the same phenomena but not see the same thing. I see hints of evidence of a massive operation that provided liquidity for Trump properties for decades through the laundering of Russian monies. I see someone who was concerned that his families finances would come to light under an investigation, thus the denials time after time of contacts with Russians. I see a low-cost operation from Russia that enabled the Russians to purchase outsized influence to naïve and ignorant Facebook users who prefer to believe their newsfeed than anything else. I see coordination with entities having ties to Russia that enabled hacked documents to be disseminated in the critical period prior to the election.
You see Devin Nunes. And Sean Hannity. And?
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 26, 2018 - 10:24am
Joanne, thanks for your comment. The border wall is the wrong solution for a real problem. Here's something I've thought of that may provide a way to prevent the issue of overstaying a Visa. Nowadays it is very easy to provide a tracking mechanism that enables monitoring. What if those who have a temporary visa receive something that affixes to their passport, enabling monitoring of location. If someone leaves prior to their visa's expiration, the device is inactivated and removed from the passport. The database is updated, and the person is no longer monitored. But if they overstay, that triggers an active phase of looking for the device. If the person still has it affixed to the passport, they can be returned to their country of origin before they have a chance to start a life here.
If they have criminal intent, and try to remove the monitoring device, an alarm is sent out and they are pursued immediately. If they just discard the passport, then these individuals are known to be fugitives immediately, instead of decades later.
High tech devices offer a potential solution to the problem of overstaying visas.
Bill H. Added Jan 26, 2018 - 11:19am
EABC - I believe that Trump and his cronies have been making deals with Russia for years concerning the acquisition of property, construction of hotels, commercial properties, and condominiums, not to mention the millions of dollars invested by the Russians into Trump's US operations.
Trump has been unable to obtain loans here in the US for about the last 15 years, so his only hope was not only to obtain loans from Russian banks and Russian oligarchs willing to lend him money or invest in his business deals.
Trump, Kushner, Manafort, Flynn, and Ross certainly understood how to use the "Russian Laundromat", but as we have seen, the obligations of doing so will come back in a negative way.
Over time, I'm sure we will learn much more about the Trump Empire's dirty dealings with Russia and exactly why they wanted him elected. At least we now have a good idea of why Trump selected the people he did to work with him after "accidentally" getting elected.
Carole McKee Added Jan 26, 2018 - 12:48pm
Trump says he will testify under oath. That's funny. Testifying under oath doesn't mean he will tell the truth. That would take truth serum, and a heavy dose, at that. 
Bill H. Added Jan 26, 2018 - 1:18pm
Trump has been in a situation most of his life where lying and deceiving has become the norm. This probably accounts for most of his business dealings throughout his career. As we have all witnessed, so far his entire presidency has been based on lies, deception, and manipulation. This is why he selected those that would fit in best with his intentions.
George N Romey Added Jan 26, 2018 - 2:33pm
I think we are in for three more years of nothing. Trump fighting everyone including in his own staff. However as of now the Democrats have diddley squat to offer. 
Carole McKee Added Jan 26, 2018 - 5:53pm
Well, one this certain: Trump has proved that anyone can be president. Now, Kanye West, Oprah? I have heartburn!
Jeff Michka Added Feb 2, 2018 - 5:06pm
Bill H notes: Trump has been in a situation most of his life where lying and deceiving has become the norm. This probably accounts for most of his business dealings throughout his career.-He's a goddamn real estate developer.  Haven't you dealt with his like-sames?  Always the same ol crap from them and behaviors.
Carole McKee Added Feb 3, 2018 - 3:53pm
Jeff: You're right. In all types of businesses there are people who deceive and lie and scam just to make some money off of some poor, unsuspecting person or persons. But do they all stand in front of TV cameras and announce their falsehoods to the United States citizens?They're a little more discreet because they know they are not being honest. Trump doesn't even know that he's wrong. He's a sociopath. 
Tubularsock Added Feb 4, 2018 - 11:09am
Tubularsock has found that it is always easier to believe a know-it-all habitual liar because they ALWAYS lie. Which makes whatever they say an opposite of truth.
Where a person that lies only part of the time is confusing.
OrangeTweet is just an opposite truth teller. As well as being fucked in so many other ways.
Jeff Michka Added Feb 6, 2018 - 2:52pm
Trump says he will testify under oath. That's funny. Testifying under oath doesn't mean he will tell the truth.-That's the rationale being put forward why he shouldn't testify: He can't remember what he's already lied about, so will screw himself up.  Awwwwww.

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