Fire Devil: A President Burns Down His Country

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    • #332044
      Haikugal
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      Germany’s Der Spiegel is that country’s most influential weekly news publication. It has the highest circulation numbers of any news weekly in Europe. Please take a look at its most recent cover. The description of Trump translates most directly as “Fire Devil: A President Sets His Country on Fire.”

      Criticism of Trump as a leader is one thing, but we are seeing that his (lack of) leadership is causing direct harm to America’s international standing. A CNN article ran with the following headline: “Is the US still the world’s moral leader? Not after what Trump just did this week.” The article quotes Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain, saying “I stand in solidarity with the demonstrations that are happening in the United States. Because obviously we are all very concerned about the authoritarian debate and those authoritarian ways that we are seeing as a response to some demonstrations.” <<<snip>>>

      https://www.alternet.org/2020/06/heres-a-brutal-look-at-what-trump-is-doing-to-the-us-image-around-the-world/

      On edit: My original OP was edited to add that our present state of affairs didn’t come about with the tRump presidency. We should remember that we’ve been going down this road for over 40 years and both party’s have worked to get us here with cash payments from the oligarchs. However, the t-baggers and their ilk have gone for this destruction of our country and it’s citizens for decades with help from the bought off dems. Just thought I’d come back here and restate this…it didn’t make it through a time out on our website…it was lost.

      Thanks everyone for commenting…it’s important for us to realize the rest of the world sees us in a very negative light and there will be consequences.

      The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.

    • #332050
      ravensong
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      I’m old and have never seen the US in anything close to this dire, pathetic state during my lifetime.

      Sad.

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #332064
      Punxsutawney
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      Though his “leadership” for lack of a better word is incredibly bad, or just plain malicious. But we have been going to this destination for 40+ years now at least. And a lot of that blame can be put at the feet of the Republican party, who could remove the Orange Menace from office in a day if they chose to.

      And they have had plenty of help from the Democratic party that doesn’t really have any complaints against his economic policies with the exception of the one place he is trying to help US workers, trade.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie

    • #332069
      soryang
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      This article is a distortion of the history of US policies of domination and aggression against weaker states over the decades.    The last twenty years of US military and non military aggression (hybrid warfare)  already destroyed the US image around the world.   Blaming this goof ball the aristocrats put in power is a convenient out.  The mask has dropped, that’s all.   It is the US that is exploiting the pandemic to victimize the oppressed at home and abroad.   Our war machine and sanctions have been killing people all over the world for almost two decades.   It is the rest of the world that can’t breathe.   Trying to make this about Chinese oppression of Uyghurs or Russian bounties is just nonsense.   The destruction of rights abroad by the empire inevitably comes home.   It isn’t about one person.   For this author, it’s all about the image rather than the unacceptable reality that the US is a bad actor.

    • #332101
      sadoldgirl
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      Interesting voice from Spain after how they acted towards

      Catalonia and its voters.

    • #332108
      djean111
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      When it will not even provide health care to its poor?  Give me a break.

       

    • #332114
      Haikugal
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      We haven’t provided any real leadership in decades, I agree. Isn’t that all part of the propaganda we’ve heard all our lives? I agree with everyone here who have commented. I’m disgusted but the artwork here is very good. It even captures his look of contempt for us and the things we strive to make real in this country. Health care, judicial justice, a police force that isn’t militarized and that don’t act as brown shirts for the 1% and on and on. He doesn’t even pretend to give a fuck and neither do his family or his followers.

      The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.

    • #332116
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Just wait for tens of millions to start being evicted over the next couple of months. Congress isn’t even contemplating doing anything to stop it. The only way they will is if they fear whatever 21st Century version of the guillotine our younger generations come up with.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #332125
      Satan
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      That Orange piece of shit doesn’t remotely resemble a Devil.

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

    • #332133
      peacecorps
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      I am sure they have a hard time understanding a president who hates refugees/immigrants/diversity, hates unions, promotes the interests of the rich and the world income distribution in the industrialized world and promotes disunity among his citizens.

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

    • #332140
      Haikugal
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      I agree @ohiobarbarian . They know what’s coming and they’re doing fuck all to mitigate the coming disaster.

      The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.

    • #332143
      Red Cloud
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      Free coverage 24-7. Was he asked, “Where did you get that picture of Lee Harvey Oswald and Lyin’ Ted Cruz’s father?”

      It got them $. They did not care what the F happened to the rest of us. Even today they still cannot shut up and talk about 1 non-trump thing of impact.

    • #332364
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      Under these circumstances why are Trump’s followers so dedicated? This makes no sense.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #332422
      ArtfromArk
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      His trade deals are designed to enrich the Richie Riches at the expense of Joe Blow, or Taro Sato, as the case may be with his “trade deal” with Japan, which has seriously hurt Japanese cattle farmers (who don’t use growth hormones) to push the sale of “US Agribusiness Beef” in Japanese supermarkets.

    • #332441
      ravensong
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      @ohiobarbarian

      Against this backdrop, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is introducing legislation that would implement a nationwide eviction moratorium. The Protecting Renters From Evictions and Fees Act would extend eviction protections for nonpayment of rent for one year, starting from March 27, 2020. It would also substantially expand the current federal eviction moratorium so it includes most renters.

      “Renters who have lost their job or had their income reduced shouldn’t have to fear losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic,” Warren said in a statement to Vox. “Housing is a human right and an absolute necessity to keep families safe during this crisis, and Congress must step in now to help keep people in their homes.”

      Currently, states and localities have their own rules, which amounts to a confusing patchwork of eviction policies. The CARES Act, the massive stimulus package Congress passed in March, imposed a 120-day moratorium on evictions for tenants in federally assisted housing or in homes with federally backed mortgages — about 12.3 million of the 43.8 million rental units in the US, according to the Urban Institute. Those protections are set to expire on July 25, 2020.

      Warren’s bill would keep those safeguards in place for an additional eight months, and extend those benefits beyond those in federally backed housing to almost all renters, unifying the mishmash of state eviction moratoriums currently in place. The bill would also bar landlords from charging additional fees for nonpayment of rent, and require landlords to give tenants 30-days notice of eviction after the moratorium ends.

      https://www.vox.com/2020/6/29/21306066/eviction-moratorium-senate-bill-elizabeth-warren-chuy-garcia

      Call Trump and Mitch right fucking now!

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #332448
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @ravensong But why should I call The Turtle or the Orange Buffoon? They’re not going to listen to a socialist.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #332451
      ravensong
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      @ohiobarbarian

      The HEROES Act includes a $100 billion emergency rental assistance proposal known as the “Emergency Rental Assistance Act and Rental Market Stabilization Act.” The emergency rental assistance bill was recently introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA), along with 135 House cosponsors and 29 Senate cosponsors. NLIHC strongly supports this legislation and urges Congress to include it in any coronavirus relief package. For more details on the legislation, see NLIHC’s factsheet. Find a list of current cosponsors here. Show your support for the Emergency Rental Assistance Act by signing your organization onto this letter and sharing it widely with your networks.

      Under the bill, emergency rental assistance would be distributed through McKinney-Vento Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. This funding could be used for short- and medium-term rental assistance and rent-related costs, including utility payments, rent and utility arrears, arrear fees, and security and utility deposits.

      At least 40% of the appropriated funding would have to be used to assist individuals or families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness with incomes less than 30% of area median income (AMI). At least 70% of the funding would have to be used to serve individuals or families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness earning less than 50% of AMI. Recipients would be able to use the remainder of the funds to serve individuals or households earning up to 80% who are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Recipients can use funding to assist households earning up to 120% of AMI in some circumstances.

      https://nlihc.org/resource/overview-housing-and-homeless-provisions-heroes-act

      Washington, D.C. – In a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today called for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on legislation to address the public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.

      Specifically, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer note that Senate Republicans have failed to act on the Heroes Act or any significant coronavirus legislation in the United States Senate since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act 45 days ago today.  The Democratic leaders also emphasize that they have been ready to enter into bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on much-needed new legislation to address the public health and economic crises due to COVID-19 with Leader McConnell, but the Republican leader has refused to do so for more than two months.

      Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer add that as Americans struggle to make ends meet amid continued uncertainty, as our health care and childcare systems face extraordinary burdens and as our state and local governments strain to provide essential services, the consequences of Republicans’ inaction are deepening economic pain.

      Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer’s letter to Leader McConnell can be found here and below:

      https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/62920

      But the 1,800-page bill attracted only one House GOP vote — that of retiring Rep. Peter King of New York, and is not likely to be considered in the Republican-led Senate.

      Like many of his Republican colleagues, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the rescue package a “Democratic political messaging bill” that had “no chance of passing the Senate.” And the White House has threatened a veto of the bill as currently written.

      https://ctmirror.org/2020/05/15/u-s-house-approves-new-stimulus-payments-billions-for-states-in-massive-coronavirus-bill/

      Call Trump and Mitch, tell them to pass the Heroes Act right fucking now!

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #332470
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @ravensong If it isn’t, we face the specter of tens of millions of people, literally, being made homeless over the next few months. I have no idea what would happen then, but whatever it is, it will make the coronavirus seem like a mild cold. There would be truly massive social unrest on a scale never seen before in this country since at least the Civil War.

      I saw somewhere on YouTube that even Goldman Sachs has realized this could be a Bad Thing. One would think even Fascist bastards like Trump and the Turtle would see this, but I guess they’re so insulated in their respective bubbles they just don’t care. Well, them, and all of those “free market” worshiping types who are opposed to bailouts for the common people but have absolutely no problem using federal money to finance the entire private credit system in this country.

      I highly recommend seeing what Richard Wolff has to say about this on Democracy at Work. He was also recently featured on Hill Rising and Kyle Kulinski’s Secular Talk. When Richard Wolff is scared, I’m fucking terrified. Not to mention horrified.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #332490
      ravensong
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      @ohiobarbarian

      I think about this many times a day. How are we going to protect ourselves, our families, our friends, and our neighbors from the deliberate inaction of the fascists who refuse to act, and use this lack of action as a weapon to cause us suffering and harm, and weaken us so that they may assume iron fisted authoritarian Nazi like control over our lives, our laws, our resources, and all of our ways and means of survival.

      A guillotine is far too kind a reward for these psychopath fascist monsters.  Life without, in a heavily guarded maximum security public zoo, should be their only future in this mortal coil after conviction at a people’s Nuremberg trial redux.

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #332505
      cal22
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      I am glad that there is quite some decency left in Sen. Warren.

      none yet

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