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And the beat goes on


Exhibit One: Political Follies
GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter, who committed financial crimes in the process of having extramarital affairs with five different women, thinks gay people are the ones ruining the sanctity of marriage.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 25, 2019
Bernie Sanders is proposing 50 Trillion in taxes. It’s simply mathematically impossible. He is selling pipe dreams to economic neophytes who don’t understand basic math.
To put this in perspective. The total tax revenue for the government is 3 Trillion per year. America’s total wealth is 100 Trillion
— Trinity is Voting for a Woman 2020 (@TrinityMustache) August 23, 2019
Exhibit Two: Be Careful what you wish for
ABC News:
Support for legal abortion matches its 24-year high: Poll
Most of the change in support for legal abortion is among Americans who say it should be legal “in all cases,” now 27%, matching the high 24 years ago and up 11 percentage points from its low in early 2007. An additional 33% say it should be legal in most cases in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
Cleaver, co-chair of the House Civility Caucus, later released a statement saying he’d been “increasingly frustrated with the childish rancor of our public discourse,” adding: 
“Our inability to conduct ourselves in a civil and respectable fashion has paralyzed the most powerful government in the history of the world, and for what? A 10-second soundbite on prime time news and a few thousand Twitter followers? If this is what our government has come to, then we are in serious trouble as a nation.”
   Ed Mazza, Huffpost Politics
As an Australian I find it odd that Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib are seen as the “far left” when they’re just fighting for things that, well, pretty much every other developed country has had for years. Just my two cents.
  Elle De Sylva (@elle_desylva) July 21, 2019
Exhibit Three: Shame by Association
 Even Trump’s Supporters Find the Association Embarrassing
Collected by Anne Laurieat  on August 8, 2019

Maggie Haberman’s own paper published the donors to the Clinton Foundation. Apparently that's ok but Joaquin Castro going to the FEC website and printing out already publicly disclosed Trump campaign donors is bad.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) August 7, 2019
Trump campaign donors smeared by accusation they donated to Trump
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) August 7, 2019
Republicans: God I hope no one at work finds out I donated to Trump
Democrats: Wearing “I just donated to Elizabeth Warren” T-shirts to work
— Danny Ocean (@The_UnSilent_) August 7, 2019
The Right freaking out about being outed for supporting Trump is the biggest tell in political history.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 7, 2019
No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published.
You’re trying to distract from the racism that has overtaken the GOP and the fact that President Trump spends donor money on thousands of ads about Hispanics “invading” America.
Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 7, 2019

Exhibit Three:  Trade Wars are easy to win
Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, drew applause as he leveled criticism of the administration’s trade policy at a forum with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in front of thousands of farmers gathered in a metal barn for a panel discussion.
American farmers took a fresh financial hit from Trump’s trade war over the weekend as China announced a halt to all U.S. agricultural imports after the president threatened Beijing with another tariff increase.
Wertish criticized Trump’s “go-it-alone approach” and the trade dispute’s “devastating damage not only to rural communities.” He expressed fears Trump’s $28 billion in trade aid will undermine public support for federal farm subsidies, saying the assistance is already being pilloried “as a welfare program, as bailouts.”
Others joined in. Brian Thalmann, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, complained about Trump statements that farmers are doing “great” again. “We are not starting to do great again,” he said. “We are starting to go down very quickly.”
Joel Schreurs of the American Soybean Association warned American producers are in danger of long-term losses in market share in China, the world’s largest importer of soybeans.
Perdue sought to soothe the crowd as he defended the president’s policies. “Obviously this is a popular opinion. A lot of applause,” he joked after the audience reacted to Democratic Representative Angie Craig saying aid is not substitute for a strategy on trade. “There is a lot of stress out there.”…
Trump’s overwhelming support in rural America was crucial to his narrow 2016 election victory and maintaining farmer’s backing is critical to his re-election bid.
In June, 54% of rural voters approved of Trump’s job performance compared with a national approval rating of 42%, according to a Gallup survey of 701 self-identified rural voters
   Mike Dorning and Erik Wasson / BLOOMBERG
 Exhibit Four: About those Muslim terrorists
A monster turned a transcript of Carlson's show into a manifesto and then killed 22 people. His career depends on no one pointing this out.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 7, 2019
What time of day does Fox News transition from "the celebrity used bad language" to "do not be deceived by the rootless cosmopolitans who control society, blood and soil are the only truth?" Like happy hour-ish?
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) August 7, 2019
Perspective: Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a hoax is easy to prove wrong,
Just watch his show.
--- Margaret Sullivan‏ (@Sulliview) August 7, 2019
Facing mounting controversy for declaring the very real problem of white supremacy in America to be a "hoax," Tucker Carlson announced at the end of his Wednesday night Fox News show that he will be taking a vacation.
— CNN (@CNN) August 8, 2019
I hear he got a tip on a fun 6-day weekend airbnb spot from the NRA social media team.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) August 8, 2019
At the Exit: Lady Liberty
In the past several weeks, the New York Times and Washington Post have published stories that confirm what scholars have known for decades. The gift that France gave to the United States was intended to celebrate the abolition of slavery in America. The monument began with a French abolitionist who was the undisputed “Father of the Statue of Liberty. “His name was Edouard de Laboulaye, president of the French Anti-Slavery Society.
After the United States’ Civil War in 1865, Laboulaye conceived the idea of a gift to the United States to memorialize President Abraham Lincoln and celebrate the end of slavery. He enlisted sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who took an unused design he had created for a lighthouse near the Suez Canal, and turned it into a monument for America.
In one of Bartholdi’s early models in 1870, Lady Liberty is shown holding broken chains in her left hand, as a reference to emancipation. Bartholdi based the statue on Libertas, the Roman goddess who is usually depicted wearing a Phrygian cap, traditionally worn by freed Roman slaves. In Bartholdi’s final model, the broken chains in the statue’s hand were replaced with a tablet that represented the rule of law. The broken shackle and chains lie beneath Lady Liberty’s feet, making it nearly impossible for visitors to view at most angles.
“The original meaning of the abolition of slavery had pretty much gotten lost,” Berenson said, going unmentioned in newspaper coverage.
In fact, black newspapers railed against it as meaningless and hypocritical. By 1886, Reconstruction had been crushed, the Supreme Court had rolled back civil rights protections, and Jim Crow laws were tightening their grip.
In his book, Berenson quotes an 1886 editorial in the black newspaper the Cleveland Gazette: “Shove the Bartholdi statue, torch and all, into the ocean until the ‘liberty’ of this country is such as to make it possible for an industrious and inoffensive colored man in the South to earn a respectable living for himself and family … The idea of the ‘liberty’ of this country ‘enlightening the world,’ or even Patagonia, is ridiculous in the extreme.”
W.E.B. Du Bois also mentioned this in his autobiography, recalling seeing the statue upon arriving back in the United States in 1894 after two years in Europe: “I know not what multitude of emotions surged in the others, but I had to recall [a] mischievous little French girl whose eyes twinkled as she said: ‘Oh, yes, the Statue of Liberty! With its back toward America, and its face toward France!’”
There were immigrants on board that ship with Du Bois, but he didn’t talk to any of them. The ship was segregated.
    The Chicago Crusader, June 4, 2019


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