I was in Havana, Cuba, once for about four hours. At the time, Fidel Castro was off in the mountains somewhere conducting guerrilla raids. I was with a bunch of men wearing U.S. Army uniforms.
The circumstance was caused by bad weather. We had been flown from Germany to Ft. Bliss at El Paso, Texas, for some test firing of guided missiles. We had just taken off on the return trip to Germany to transfer to a trans-Atlantic transport to take us back to our post, when our flight was diverted to Florida because a storm was wending its way up the Atlantic coast. At first, we thought we would be picking up the flight at Miami. But the aircraft scheduled to take us was hunkered down in New Jersey waiting for the storm to pass. We were told we would have a 12-hour delay before we could reboard our aircraft to meet the one in New Jersey.
While we were lolling about the air terminal, a man who worked for a tour service told some of the men he could provide a tour at a "special GI rate" to Havana and have us back in plenty time for our flight if we could enough men to sign up. The men got permission from the officers, who got assurances from the tour service that we would be kept in a group and returned in time for our flight. They quickly found enough men who did not want to sit around an air terminal for a day and we were soon loaded on to a DC-3 for a quick hop to Havana.
It was a routine tour. We took a stroll along the water front, were shown the town's architecture, visited a rum distillery where there was a sample tasting (some of the men had trouble getting past the dark rum), saw a cigar-rolling demonstration, (rum and cigars were, of course, for sale), and ended up at a casino that put on an extravagant stage show. The big band that played Afro-Cuban jazz was for some of us worth the whole trip.
But what struck most of us was an attitude we received from people we encountered as we walked about town. Some of the people were obviously prostitutes, but they all gave us angry looks and many said things in a spitting manner. We could clearly make out the world "Americanos." Gonzalez, a bilingual from Chicago, told us what the rest of the words were. They weren't complimentary, and clearly conveyed that our presence was not appreciated.
This occurred some months before Castro came to Havana and drove the Batiste regime out. American businesses owned most of the sugar cane business and much of the tourist operations in Cuba. An American mobster, Meyer Lansky, owned or controlled the casinos. Batiste's government and the businesses were cozy with the American government. While some people were well off, most were not. The best hope for young women from the rural areas was to become a prostitute in Havana. Americans were regarded as part of the mob that operated Havana as their personal den of iniquity. Castro's raids against Batiste and the successful guerrilla operations led by him and Che Guevara were raising the hope that Cuba could be something different. Americans and Batiste were regarded as the enemy.
Those people we encountered on the streets of Havana let us know we were part of what they hoped to be rid of, and Castro was coming. Castro was regarded as a liberator, not only by Cubans, but by many people in America. After he succeeded in taking over Cuba, he seemed friendly to America, but after a few months denounced the USA and formed an alliance with the Soviet Union.
The case in Cuba was a matter of a dictator being displaced by a dictator. Castro enforced reforms that rid Cuba of the mob and his full-bore communist programs did give many people services that they had not been able to afford before. Tom Lawrence reports what George McGovern said about a tour Castro gave him: "He wanted us to see there were no prostitutes on the streets, no gambling dens, no nightclubs," McGovern told me. "That all left with the Americans, he told us." However, he followed the precedent of Stalin, detaining, executing, and oppressing dissenters and others he thought to be dangerous to his regime.
More than a million Cubans came to the U.S. as refugees, centering around Miami and making it a bastion of anti-Castro activity. Others settled elsewhere, as opportunity presented itself. One of my colleagues when I first started teaching college was a former Cuban newspaper editor who became a professor of Spanish. He in the loudest terms let those around him know of Castro's atrocities, including the 5,600 executions at his command.
One of the ironies of our time is that many people who were welcomed and protected by the U.S. in their flight from Castro supported Donald Trump in his anti-immigrant tirades.
Over the years, there have been many leaders, leaders such as George McGovern and Jimmy Carter, who have extended friendship to the Cuban people. They saw the embargo and other actions against Castro were hardening and justifying the anti-American attitudes among the people. With full recognition of the part America has played in Cuba's history, they saw the need to reach past politics and show a respect and a regard for the people. They thought that non-hostile relations was the best way to neutralize a Soviet outpost situated 90-miles from our shore.
Obama has tried to bring Cuba into full participation as a country in Latin America, as opposed to being a pariah. Other countries in the hemisphere have normal relations with Cuba, but the American blockade has been an obstacle. Castro made Cuba a prison-nation for his people, and Obama has contended that the past ostracism of Cuba by America has not produced any results politically, but kept the people of Cuba in economic bondage.
At Castro's death, the right-wing critics rose up against Obama. The President chose not to condemn Castro for his treachery, but said he'd leave it to history to decide. Given the facts of the oppression and executions, history has in effect already decided, but Obama thought it best not to further inflame the situation at the time of Castro's death. Donald Trump took the occasion to assert that if Cuba did not bend to his will, he would revoke the diplomatic relations.
Those of us who took that little tour of Havana in 1958 were reviled by people on the streets. It was not the first time. When we landed in Germany to bring guided missile air defense as part of the NATO agreement, we were greeted outside the Frankfort air base with signs that told us to go home. The military command initiated a huge public relations campaign to assure the people of Germany that our missiles were for air defense purposes only to enhance the peace, not endanger it. We were asked to participate in good will events with the German people. Some of us became curious about how Hitler had managed to gain control of the people in the land of Goethe, Beethoven, and Bach. There was a tendency in the people, even during those Cold War years, that hinted at attitudes of racial superiority, a tendency to place blame for personal failures on scapegoats, an acceptance of platitudes that reinforced their prejudices and mindsets. We also discovered a resistance among some of the people to those attitudes of national superiority. People who had resisted the Nazis throughout Europe became important in establishing the direction that post-war Europe took.
Trumps rise to political power parallels that of Hitler. But it also shares similarities with Castro's. Fidel conducted his campaign with promises of removing Batiste and replacing his regime with democracy. He betrayed many supporters, and millions of Cubans left. But many more stayed behind to try to continue their struggle. Their lives did improve somewhat, although they were not free and lived under the suppression of Society-style communism. Fidel, however, had magnetizing personality that many people saw as their protector. He took measures to see that they never saw or experienced the kind of freedom and possibility that existed in America. Many who caught those glimpses, however, defected to America.
People like George McGovern thought it would be in the U.S. interest to develop a relationship with Cuba so that its people could see the advantages of democracy and exert an influence for change. Now Trump threatens to end the relationship. Cubans will not have access to a vision of America. And with Trump, neither will a lot of Americans.
Northern Valley Beacon
News, notes, and observations from the James River Valley in northern South Dakota with special attention to reviewing the performance of the media--old and new. E-Mail to MinneKota@gmail.com
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I was in Havana, Cuba, once for about four hours. At the time, Fidel Castro was off in the mountains somewhere conducting guerrilla raids. I was with a bunch of men wearing U.S. Army uniforms.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
If you want to demoralize a nation and turn it into a vassal state, attack the language. You can't keep humans from making vocal noises or scribbling symbols on paper or poking at keyboards, but you can make what they think are words mean nothing. You can destroy their trust in language. You can destroy their ability to see any meaning in language that actually registers on the brain cells. You can reduce them to a state wherein language is only a noise, a command, such as "get up," "whoa," and "down, boy!" that directs their motions.
How do you do this? By constantly making language useless. American Indians have experienced this. The elders warned their people about learning the white man's language: it will endanger you. A major part of the American subjugation of the Indian was in sending the children to boarding schools, punishing them if they spoke in their native languages, and approving of their verbal responses only when they conformed to a degraded subservience to their "superiors." It didn't work. Elders hid their native languages and found ways to perpetuate them so that a means of conveying facts and truth could be retained. While the white world found ways to deconstruct and make useless its own language, people who value language as the vehicle of thought and truthful expression find ways to preserve the word as something that is useful and reliable.
The English word was destructed by the use of deception, by making promises never meant to be kept, by the making of agreements and treaties which were consistently broken, by assembling a vocabulary which conveyed only insult and abuse as a means of directing hatred toward particular sets of people.
This past election campaign has been a nuclear-level assault on language. Donald Trump is an anti-language warrior such as has been seen only in dystopian fiction. His outbursts are incoherent, ungrammatical, and predication-free. News organizations have termed his lying as unprecedented. In checking out 334 statements Trump made during his campaign, Politifact found that 70 percent of his statements were false; 15 percent had a slight truth; and only 15 percent fell into the truthful category.
Posted by David Newquist at 12:45 PM
Friday, November 25, 2016
The United States is now the subsidiary of The Trump Organization. The One Percent is in full control. Trump is the quintessence of the One Percent. Seventy percent of the bilge that spews from his mouth has been documented as false. He touts his wealth and his celebrity as a license to grab women by their genitals and toy with them whenever he pleases. His business acumen includes bankruptcy and not paying people he has hired to do work for him. But American workers voted for him to improve their lives. Here come the improvements.
Trump's minions were expanded in Iowa when the GOP obtained full charge of the legislature for the first time in 20 years. They immediately gathered to plan ways to attack working people like their neighbor Wisconsin has done under GOP control. They froze the wages of state employees for the next two years. And they plan to alter the collective bargaining laws, as they did in Wisconsin, to insure that state employees have no voice in their jobs.
Then Trump put a major One Percenter in the post of secretary of education to lead the assault agains public schools. He appointed billionaire Betsy DeVos who has been active in promoting charter schools, which cater to the wealthy. She works to dismantle public education, and give poor kids other opportunities. She has donated to a "think tank" that would repeal the child labor laws so that kids can be sent into the workforce to learn the virtues of hard work, instead of sitting in classrooms learning useless stuff. Other than attempting to dismantle it, DeVos has no experience in education.
In South Dakota, the Great Plains Education Foundation. which was once in the student loan business, has given $210,000 in scholarships to 280 students to go private schools. In contrast, South Dakota received $62 million in federal grant money to help American Indian kids get to college, but most of it was embezzled away by the GOP bureaucracy in Pierre and its close associates in the Gear Up program. South Dakota is a leader in undermining public education.
Trump has appointed another One Percenters to head the commerce department. He named Wilbur Ross, known as "the king of bankruptcy" to fill that post.
Although Trump has not been formally inaugurated as the CEO of the United States of Trumpdom, his regard for the working people is shown by his minions in Iowa and his billionaire friends in the new cabinet.
And he wishes you Americans all to unite behind him for a happy Thanksgiving.
Posted by David Newquist at 8:10 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Posted by David Newquist at 10:18 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
An Augustana University professor was accused by a woman with whom he had had consensual relations with foisting physical attentions on her after she said no. She said she just wanted to cuddle. Professor Reynold Nesiba, a Democrat, was just elected to the South Dakota Senate. The only news source which is dealing with the incident with anything akin to a comprehensive journalistic treatment is the Dakota Free Press.
The complication is that the arrest appears to involve some lengthy and detailed planning so that a television reporter confronted the professor with the arrest warrant before law enforcement informed him of it and so that the actual arrest with the professor being hand-cuffed and loaded into a van could be recorded as a television production.
In addition to making the arrest a large public display, the timeline in processing the complaint raises questions of why law enforcement is making such a publicity production of it.
- 26 Sept., Monday: Date of incident
- 28 Sept., Wednesday: Date incident was reported, Officer Van Dyke dispatched to obtain report.
- 29 Sept., Thursday: Date incident was investigated by Detective Chris Schoepf.
- 30 Sept., Friday: Date Nesiba agreed to an interview by Schoepf.
- 11 Oct.: Date Schoepf’s warrant request was notarized.
- 8 Nov.: Date warrant request was filed.
- 14 Nov.: Date warrant was served and arrest was made.
- [The warrant request made available contains no approval signature from a judge.]
1-27-1.5. The following records are not subject to §§ 1-27-1, 1-27-1.1, and 1-27-1.3: [required public disclosure]. (5) Records developed or received by law enforcement agencies and other public bodies charged with duties of investigation or examination of persons, institutions, or businesses, if the records constitute a part of the examination, investigation, intelligence information, citizen complaints or inquiries, informant identification, or strategic or tactical information used in law enforcement training. However, this subdivision does not apply to records so developed or received relating to the presence of and amount or concentration of alcohol or drugs in any body fluid of any person, and this subdivision does not apply to a 911 recording or a transcript of a 911 recording, if the agency or a court determines that the public interest in disclosure outweighs the interest in nondisclosure. This law in no way abrogates or changes §§ 23-5-7 and 23-5-11 or testimonial privileges applying to the use of information from confidential informants;
- Misconduct by Government Actors
- Some wrongful convictions are caused by honest mistakes. But in far too many cases, the very people who are responsible for ensuring truth and justice — law enforcement officials and prosecutors — lose sight of these obligations and instead focus solely on securing convictions.
- While many law enforcement officers and prosecutors are honest and trustworthy, criminal justice is a human endeavor and the possibility for negligence, misconduct and corruption exists. Even if one officer of every thousand is dishonest, wrongful convictions will continue to occur.
High profile cases in South Dakota include the alleged suicide of Morgan Lewis, a professor at NSU, in 2004. There were peculiarities about the crime scene and some partial witness accounts which seemed to indicate murder. Initially, the coroner listed the cause of death as murder. There were some unexplained resignations in the police department at the time, one of them directly relating to the handling of Morgan Lewis' death. After a period of months, the Chief of Police held a press conference and said the death had been determined to be a suicide. He said he had hired outside consultants to reach that conclusion, but no records of the conduct of the investigation or the review of the materials was ever released to the press and the public. It left the public feeling skeptical and wary about the handling of the death.
A most obvious case is the alleged suicide of Richard Benda in 2013, who was a major player in the Northern Beef Packers-EB5 scandal. No one has ever had access to the full investigative record and aspects of the crime scene suggest the possibility of foul play. Reporter Bob Mercer tried to pursue the records all the way up to the state Supreme Court, but the court backed up the Attorney General's right to withhold them, if he pleased. State officials were clearly implicated in that scandal, but without records of a full investigation, their exact role and participation in the scandal could be examined by the public..
The 2015 murder of his wife and two children by Scott Westerhuis has conclusive forensic evidence about the deaths, but the investigative record on the many state officials and others involved in the handling of the federal Gear Up funds has never been made public. Although some arrests and pending prosecutions of people involved are in process, a full accounting of the embezzlement and fraud involved is not available to the press or the public.
So, when the state code seems to be to withhold any detailed information, the level of disclosure and orchestrated publicity on the arrest of Reynold Nesiba stands out. It seems compounded by the protection of the identity of the "victim," as Detective Schoepf consistently refers to the complainant throughout his report. The names of minors involved in unsavory incidents are withheld by law. The identity of rape victims is withheld in press accounts as a matter of discretionary policy, but in sexual assault cases which are brought forward and pursued by a complainant when there is no corroborating evidence about the particular acts of offense, the identity of the complainant is generally considered an essential part of the prosecutorial process. The arrest, in this case, seems to have been justified on the word of the complainant.
Suffice to say at this point, that the handling of this case raises many questions about why it is being handled in the way it is. But in South Dakota, don't expect any reasons.
Posted by David Newquist at 2:17 PM
Monday, November 14, 2016
A former colleague of mine who works with market research and opinion surveys identifies a group of people who don't vote because they have given up on American democracy. His observations explain a trend I have witnessed.
As the erstwhile keeper of party membership lists and voter records for a county party, I have been aware on a local level of what is a factor in the sharp decline of registered Democrats in South Dakota. Attrition is, of course, a factor. People die and move away. Of those who moved away. many just did not like the political or cultural climate of South Dakota. I was also aware that a number of people found politics so offensive and hopeless that they withdrew from participation.
That latter factor emerged in 2010 when I was involved in trying to recruit someone to run for the U.S. Senate against John Thune. The group I worked with identified some very qualified and capable people who all declined. A major reason given was that they all had families and did not want to expose them to the kind of campaign John Thune ran against Tom Daschle. An underlying reason is that a people defines itself by the kind of people it elects to represent them, and the election of Thune defined a kind of society that the potential candidates did not want to represent or even live in. The social and cultural character of a place is a determining factor in the kind of people it attracts or repulses.
That experience relates to a point that my former colleague made about a frequently cited poll question during the last election. The question asked the respondents if they thought America was on the right or the wrong track. Most people thought it was on the wrong track. The problem, my colleague points out, is that the polls did not further ask what was considered the wrong track. Republicans, he said, would opine that the Democratic presidency of Obama would be the wrong track. Democrats would opine that the obstruction of the Republicans in Congress indicate the wrong track. The news accounts did not dig into what the "wrong track" meant to the various respondents.
A further exploration of the motives behind the dissatisfaction would have revealed a segment of people who have given up on American politics. It would explain the Democrats who did not go to the polls and cast their votes for Hillary.
The former colleague said some preliminary focus groups he was aware of had people express the opinion that if Hillary won the election she would be faced by the same obstruction that Obama dealt with, only intensified. He said many conversations he had with knowledgeable friends and colleagues revealed the same kind of reasoning.
Hillary Clinton has been the subject of constant investigations ever since her husband took office. They include White Water, her husband's blow jobs, Travelgate, Benghazi, the personal e-mail server, and a multitude of others. Trump and the GOP promised during the campaign to intensify the investigations and seek criminal convictions against Hillary. No charges have every been substantiated through past investigations. In fact, some Republicans who participated in the investigations admitted no substance has been found to the accusations. Many people saw these threats in the context of the GOP obstruction of Obama.
Although Obama led the nation to a recovery from the Great Recession over the attempts of the Republicans to thwart it, many people do not feel they have been able to participate in the recovery. The GOP has tried to blame Obama. But the sluggishness of the recovery was the work of the Republicans. They voted against and did everything possible to thwart his recovery measures. While the recovery, nevertheless, progressed and corporations realized burgeoning profits, they refused to invest those profits in expansions that would create more jobs or in improving wages. The people were not left out of the recovery by negligence of Obama, but by the deliberate designs of the Republicans and their corporate cronies.
To many people who have bothered to track the facts of the recovery, GOP congress members and corporations have shown that they could not care less about the general welfare of the country. Their only interest is in maintaining power and thwarting any attempts of Democrats to facilitate benefits for the people. To those people, the GOP has successfully sabotaged American democracy and effectively ended the America which has strived to make manifest the ideals of its founding documents. The moral divide between Americans is permanent, because Americans have lost respect for each other and see no common ground upon which to base compromise.
TV anchor Joy Reid has stated the situation:
You’ve lost the morality card. No longer can the U.S. go around lecturing the world about democracy, because, in our democracy, the person who got the most votes will not be president Nor does the party that got the most vote control the House of Representatives. Again, we’re required to accept this affront to democracy, because that’s our system. But our acceptance doesn’t make it any less democratic.
You have also lost the notion of an exceptional America. Because as it turns out, We’re just another western nation into the ethno-national forces sweeping and swinging across Europe… We, as it turns out, are not so different at all.’
You have ratified Trump’s vulgarity, his crassness. You saw exactly who and what he was and you chose it. You are going to have to own that. If the incoming president makes you feel proud, I am very happy for you. But please don’t tell the people who are afraid that they have no right to be.My friend sees the protests against Trump's election as the beginning of a movement that will embrace the Occupy Wall Street and Bernie Sanders supporters. It may, he says, be just the factor that can draw those who have given up on American democracy back into an active role. What do they have to lose? he asks.
He sees parallels to the kind of protest that convinced Lyndon Johnson not to run for the presidency in 1968. But he also sees more ominous aspects. He reports that some researchers he works with have seen a revival among extreme left wing groups that do not share the non-violent approach apparent in the protests so far. They have embraced the NRA meme that the Second Amendment is in place so that citizens may resist the government if it comes to take their liberty and their guns away. Only this group sees the government to be resisted as that of Donald Trump.
It will be difficult for a peaceful resistance not to be characterized by those who see a chance to foment a violent revolution. And those who have given up on American democracy will simply watch from the sidelines because they have no dog in the fight.
Posted by David Newquist at 12:30 PM
Friday, November 11, 2016
After a year and a half of assailing the American people with insult, abuse, juvenile bullying, and accruing an astounding, documented record* of spewing the most lies ever uttered by one person in an election campaign, Donald Trump was chosen as president by half of the American voters. That election signals what kind of nation America has become. All sorts of apologists have come up with analyses that liberal Americans failed to listen to their fellows and understand their feelings about a lack of jobs and being subjected to liberal snobbery and that attributing Trump's success to an endemic racism is a glib dismissal of reality.
The reality is that Trump began his crusade to the presidency with the racist charge that Obama was not an American citizen, and he added a long, long list of racist, misogynist, ethnic, religious, and political defamations to that premise. For a year and a half, Trump used the media to spread all the claptrap of Nazidom. His supporters said he spoke to them and their feelings as no one else had. And that speech was predominantly racist, sexist, hateful insult, abuse, and defamation. He gave Americans a clear and indisputable choice of oppressive malice, and they chose it.
The so-called conservatives like to prattle about people being responsible for their actions and held accountable. Well, they are responsible for a rejection of liberty, equality, and justice and they will damned well be held accountable for it. And that accounting includes the fact that America has lost its standing as a democratic beacon of light that has guided the rest of the world. While racism is not the only issue that motivates the Trump people, it was a most obvious one put forth by Trump and the GOP during the campaign.
So after all the relentless Nazi-like propaganda of denouncing people for any differences they have from white supremacist America, Trump gets up in front of the country and asks us to forget it. He said:
"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."
As members of the outgoing regime, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have a duty to make a transition in harmony with the Constitution. They are sworn to uphold it in their official capacities. Hillary has said, "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” President Obama has said, "“The day after we have to remember we are all on one team. We are not Republicans first. We are not Democrats first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”
Obama and Clinton are obliged to make these statements for a peaceful transition. They must cling to the idea of democratic processes over open rebellion. But to do so, they must ignore everything Trump has said and done. While their statements fall short of advocating total submission to Trump, neither do they acknowledge all the things that Trump has said about them and the things he has threatened to do. They seem to be playing Trump's opposition for fools.
Obama's words leave a bit of an opening for active opposition. When he says "we are Americans first," he opens up a fact of Trump's campaign that is expressed in this tweet:
I put this in the context of how I came to be an American. All of my grandparents were immigrants. They left the Old World not only for better economic opportunity, but to escape the system of vassalage that regarded them as inferiors to be ruled by superiors. Just as Trump did during the campaign, that system denied the human worth of many people. While the America my ancestors came to was by no means a paragon of liberty, equality, and justice, it ws free of the Old World systems that bound them to a condition of subservience. They felt their old countries betrayed, and so they left. And they set about the business of building America.
When half the people voted for a man who represents the antithesis of those qualities that enabled our ancestors to make America, the other half saw a serous betrayal of human worth. To them, Trump's election is a denial of America. If they are Americans first, they have no choice but to deny Trump and to resist. Michael Moore, among others, is calling for the organization of a massive resistance: Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s.
I compare the need for a resistance movement more to what was needed in Germany when people realize their neighbors were betraying the Jews to the Nazis. Trump is not the biggest danger America faces. The people who elected him are. Trying to reconcile the principles of decency with the people who reject them and want only the power to suppress and eliminate the people they hate is absurdity. It would be like joining the KKK in order to stop lynching. I want nothing to do with those who have chosen the values of Trump. I will strenuously take measures to avoid them from having any contact with my grandchildren. And that includes the schools which the GOP has undermined over the years with their anti-science anti-tolerance doctrines.
The GOP has adopted and promoted an official propaganda philosophy that has made the election of Donald Trump possible. It is the philosophy of defamation and personal destruction. Tump pulled out all the stops in shouting falsehoods and defaming his opponents. In South Dakota, the GOP has successfully used lies and defamatory falsehoods in not only winning elections but in building and expanding a base out of people who get great pleasure from hatred. It has been used in campaigns by John Thune and Kristi Noem. In the last election, it was a major feature in South Dakota District 3 in the campaign for state senator when Al Novstrup used it against Cory Heidelberger. Novstrup launched a series of postcard and newspaper ads against Heidelberger that fall into the half true, mostly false, and false categories in the representations made. The tactics used in misrepresenting the truth are the same ones the Nazi regime used in fomenting the hatred against the Jews that fueled the Holocaust. The moral and intellectual corruption that made Trump possible is fully operative right here at the neighborhood level.
Before Trump can assume the role of president, he must account for the things he has said and done. And that includes prosecuting the trial on the fraud of Trump University. The resistance movement must maintain a record of his statements and his deeds and require that a resolution of them be made. If it takes street riots to produce that resolution, so be it. The same goes for Al Novstrup. He must be made to confront his statements and his actions every day of his life from now on. Resistance must be built on a foundation of hard, documented, and verifiable facts, not the flaccid claims that characterize the internet media. However, the internet can provide a convenient and effective repository for such facts.
As a transition is in operation in accordance with the customs and requisites of our government, the salient fact before us is that our government is in the hands of those who have rejected the principles of American democracy. The many statements of Trump and the postcards and newspaper ads of Al Novstrup attest to that fact. They have openly declared themselves as enemies of honesty and decency. Good people have not only the right but the obligation to resist them.
The resources for mounting an effective resistance are in place. The question is whether the resistance has the courage and the persistence to prevail. If it doesn't, America has failed. The America of Donald Trump will be like the Old World our ancestors left: not worthy of respect or loyalty. Just a good place to leave behind.
Posted by David Newquist at 9:47 AM
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