Closing Thought–03May17

Why did They Fight?

Before I get to the post there is something that I need to get off my chest……

Have you noticed that the Right wing to insult their detractors call them “apologist”….and then when something derogatory is written about the person they support then they go off making excuses for the failure……and they call me an apologist…..go figure.

Yes I am a history geek….I love doing research that involves historical events to see how they connect with today’s world…..

It is NO secret that our new president is not the sharpest tack in the box when it comes to history…..he did not seem to know much about Fredrick Douglass and recently he made a statement about the American Civil War…..I admit that this part of American history is not that important to me other than to study the conflict…..but at least I know enough not to make a Trumpian statement……

As Day 100 beckoned, President Trump sat for an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito that ran on Sunday. An exchange between the two about the Civil War apparently didn’t make the cut, but it will air on Sirus XM Monday afternoon (this clip has been released), and a bit the president had to say about President Andrew Jackson and the Civil War hasn’t been too well received.

  • It all started with a comparison Trump made between his campaign and Andrew Jackson’s that ended up going here: “He was a swashbuckler. … Had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. .. He saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said there’s no reason for this. People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War, why couldn’t that one have been worked out?”
  • The Atlantic is succinct in its response to Trump’s “why”: slavery. David A. Graham notes that even with his tony education, Trump, like many Americans, may be “ill-served by his education when it comes to the Civil War. Many Americans are still taught, incorrectly, that the war was essentially a conflict over state’s rights, with abolition as a byproduct of the war. This revisionist view flourished after the war, and though gradually being displaced, is common across the country.”
  • As far as history goes, the AP points out what most reports on the exchange do: Jackson died in 1845, 16 years before the war’s 1861 start. Though Trump rightly points out Jackson would have had to come “later,” some are jumping on Trump saying he “saw what was happening.”
  • And then there’s Jackson himself, whom Slate points out owned 161 slaves and framed abolitionism as a threat to the “safety of our country, commerce, and our revenue.” Slate’s view is that any alterna-history that saw Jackson averting war would have involved the continuation of slavery.
  • As everyone piles on Jackson, referred to by Trump as having a “big heart,” TPM points out he signed an act that paved the way for the Trail of Tears, which led to the deaths of thousands of Native Americans.
  • The Washington Post recalls that just last week Trump said much the same thing about a different conflict, telling Reuters, “There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” What jumps out at Aaron Blake is that such comments sound like that of a “lefty pacifist,” not someone warning of “major, major conflict” with North Korea.
  • It’s not the first time a Civil War-era comment of Trump’s has been picked apart by the media: The president in February said, “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” leading to an outcry over his use of the present tense.

So everyone jumped on the bandwagon assisting Trump to get a hold on the causes of the Civil war….which is helpful…..but Trump is in good company, most Americans do not know why the war ended other than a Lee surrender….

People deal with political trauma in different ways. After the 2016 election, yuppies who once scoffed at preppers found themselves stockpiling canned goods. Barack Obama went parasailing. Hillary Clinton hiked in the woods. Hundreds of thousands of people began meeting in small groups—”for the first time in my life,” many told reporters—to organize a resistance. Some people bought bourbon, some people bought dogs, and I found myself reading about Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

In the years before the Civil War, Higginson, the abolitionist scion of a powerful Boston Brahmin family, had run for Congress, dabbled as a Unitarian minister, bankrolled John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, and even sustained a sword wound to his face while breaking into a Massachusetts jail to rescue a fugitive slave. He prayed for a great cleansing war to rid the nation of slavery and when it came, he cheerfully enlisted. Then, in the fall of 1862, Higginson embarked on one of the most radical projects in American history.

Source: Donald Trump Doesn’t Know Why the Civil War Began. Most Americans Don’t Know How It Ended. | Mother Jones

There you have your small history lesson….hopefully it was some help.

Day’s done…I need some rest…..please enjoy the rest of your day…..I shall return tomorrow…..chuq

Flynn: From Russia With Love

I know that most of my Right wing readers are sick of the Flynn thing…..but as usual they cannot see past partisan bullshit…..if it were a Dem they would be having a stroke to get a hearing and an investigation…..but as usual the Repubs in Congress are showing their true colors……YELLOW.

I too could be sick of this situation if not the way it is playing out…..so far everyone in the WH is lying…..sorry too strong a word for politics….everyone is being forgetful.

To save time and space…I have written about the Flynn affair for some time now and the background is in these posts…

Source: In Like Flynn – In Saner Thought

Source: Trump-Russia Connention…. – In Saner Thought

Source: A Flynn Of A Different Color – In Saner Thought

So far the president, VP, AG and Press Sec are all telling the same tale……

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “you don’t catch everything” in reference to the Trump transition team’s vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn,

Flynn, who was fired early in his tenure by President Donald Trump, is under scrutiny for his dealings with Russia, including whether the former Army lieutenant general violated the law by accepting payments from foreign governments.

“We need to do a good job of vetting, but that’s a complex issue and I’m not sure anyone could be expected to find that,” Sessions told ABC News’ Amy Robach live on “Good Morning America” today.

(Yahoo News)

They played the typical Trump admin excuse ……”Obama Did It”

They are saying that the last clearance the Flynn got was under the Obama admin…..but there is more to this tale than they want to admit……

“NBC News has learned from sources close to the Trump-Russia investigation that both the Trump transition and the White House did do a background check on Flynn,” Maddow said on her program, citing reporting from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“This is in addition to his already approved security clearance. They did a background check on Flynn specifically for him to become national security adviser.”

Source: Trump team did background check on Flynn, knew of Turkey ties: report | TheHill

Apparently the transition team including the VP were told about the concern of Flynn and his involvement with Russia and Turkey…..and yet he was chosen to be the NatSec adviser…..that’s troubling.

So far we have nothing but lies on top of lies over this situation….it is time for the cowardly GOP to get off their ass and do what must be done…..hearings, investigations and a special prosecutor…..

Do this and they can settle this issue one way or the other……but I expect the spineless cowards to do what they are doing now……NOTHING!

The American Dual Economy

For decades there has been a growing inequality here in the US…..the old saying….”the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”…..is not just a cute slogan but a grown situation….

There has been some good research on this phenom…….

I describe the American economy in the twenty-first century as a dual economy in the spirit of W. Arthur Lewis. Similar to the subsistence and capitalist economies characterized by Lewis, I distinguish a low-wage sector and a FTE (Finance, Technology, and Electronics) sector. The transition from the low-wage to the FTE sector is through education, which is becoming increasingly difficult for members of the low-wage sector because the FTE sector has largely abandoned the American tradition of quality public schools and universities. Policy debates about public education and other policies that serve the low-wage sector often characterize members of the low-wage sector as black even though the low-wage sector is largely white. This model of a modern dual economy explains difficulties in many current policy debates, including education, healthcare, criminal justice, infrastructure and household debts.

If you would like to see where this research has gone then open the pdf and read the rest of the study…..

Source: Microsoft Word – Temin paper final.docx – delivery.php

More on the author of this paper……

In the America of haves and have-nots, fewer folks are “movin’ on up” like George Jefferson of the classic sitcom. In a new paper for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Peter Temin, MIT economist and economic historian, breaks down how it happened and where we’re headed with a powerful model first used by West Indian economist W. Arthur Lewis, the only person of African descent to win a Nobel Prize in economics. Dual economies are common in less developed countries, but Temin argues that America has now diverged into a top thirty percent, where children receive excellent educations and grow up to work in sectors like finance, technology and electronics industries (FTE)— and then there’s the rest, the low-wage folks who live paycheck to paycheck and whose kids have little hope of joining the lucky ones at the top. Temin explains what drives the dual economy, what race has to do with it, how children are hurt, and why our political system can’t seem to fix anything. *This post originally appeared on the blog for the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Source: There are two Americas entirely: How the U.S. became a “dual economy” — and what can be done to reverse it – Salon.com

Read the research and then tell me what you think needs to be done to find an equilibrium…..

My thought is that the “People’s Budget” would be that equilibrium…..as long as we will have yet another budget debate then why not look for a better answer to the growing problems of this country?

Source: FINAL FY16 Peoples Budget.pdf

I am sure there will those that dismiss this out of hand simply because in comes from progressives….that is moronic…..if it helps the people of this country it is worth a look and a debate…..

 

The Chameleon President

Just as candidate Trump is different from President Trump……the president we elected is not the president we have gotten.

Trump talks one game and does another.  He changes with the wind….political winds, that is…..

MOAB sounds more like a war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.” Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention. He wasn’t even involved in the decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal for the first time in war, but his beloved generals — “we have the best military people on Earth” — already know the man they work for, and the bigger, flashier, more explosive, and winninger, the better.

It was undoubtedly the awesome look of that first MOAB going off in grainy black and white on Fox News, rather than in Afghanistan, that appealed to the president. Just as he was visibly thrilled by all those picturesque Tomahawk cruise missiles, the equivalent of nearly three MOABS, whooshing from the decks of US destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and heading, like so many fabulous fireworks, toward a Syrian airfield — or was it actually an Iraqi one? “We’ve just fired 59 missiles,” he said, “all of which hit, by the way, unbelievable, from, you know, hundreds of miles away, all of which hit, amazing… It’s so incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five.”

Source: Trump Is a Chameleon President and His Latest Shade Is War

The war hawks are in the shadows and are directing the flow of military force……