Closing Thought–08Jul20

The Fourth has just been experienced and all the flags, speeches and patriotism was as usual…..a bit telling…..

For one, most displays of the flag is done wrong.

I have written about patriotism on several occasions and this post has some of my thoughts within it…..https://lobotero.com/2019/10/10/what-is-patriotism-2/

It appears that patriotism has fallen to its lowest level in a couple of decades…..

American patriotism is at its lowest ebb for almost two decades, a new poll has found.

A survey by Gallup found that while 70 per cent of US adults said they are “proud” to be American, less than half said that they are “extremely proud”.

The findings were released ahead of the Fourth of July national holiday amid the country’s struggle to rein in the coronavirus pandemic, and calls for racial justice and an end to policy brutality in Black Lives Matter protests in every state.

Gallup said that US pride is at its lowest point since the company began taking polls on it in 2001. It is the second year that the number of “extremely proud” people dropped below the majority (45 per cent).

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/america-patriotism-pride-fourth-of-july-trump-2020-us-election-a9601661.html

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Is The GOP Collapsing?

Good question.

After 3 and half years of the Trump presidency the collapse which was a long time in the making has sped up to a feverish pace.

I have tried to keep track of the demise……

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/06/where-has-the-gop-gone/

https://lobotero.com/2020/06/29/what-is-happening-to-the-gop/

I have written many times that the GOP of my grandfather’s day (that would be the 1956 party) was a good and responsible party and then Reagan appeared and it has been in decline ever since…..

A political scientist at the beginning of the Trump residency stated that his, Trump’s, racism will help bring a demise of a once proud party.

Citing the work of a University of a Washington political scientist, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank said Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric has accelerated the decline of the Republican party in a country that is seeing major demographic changes and because white voters are increasingly turned off by it.

As Milbank wrote, four years ago Christopher Parker, who is Black, predicted a Trump candidacy would “do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”

Writing in the American Prospect, Parker explained, “Trump’s clear bigotry makes it impossible for whites to deny the existence of racism in America. . . . His success clashes with many white Americans’ vision of the United States as a fair and just place.”

With the rise of the Balck Lives Matter movement at a time when Trump’s political fortunes are collapsing Milbank suggested that a perfect storm in voting patterns is occurring faster than expected.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/07/trumps-presidency-has-accelerated-the-predicted-collapse-of-the-republican-party-columnist/

Has anyone noticed the the issue of racism is being slowly replaced by the call to protect history, even the history of slavery and racism…..

To answer my own question….I say yes it is….and the Old Guard is losing its hold on the party….eventually it will collapse without some major tweaking to keep it relevant in today’s political climate.

The Big Tent mentality has collapsed……it all began with Reagan then fueled by Newt and his soapbox then the Tea Party and finally the presidency of Trump….the party is NO longer the party of Lincoln.

Anyone have a comment or anything to add to this conversation…..please do so….I would like to hear from my readers.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Monument For Traitors

This is my thoughts on the Confederacy and the people that joined….I re-blog this from my opinion blog…GSFP…..enjoy and let me know your thoughts. chuq

Gulf South Free Press

These days there is lots of ink being spread on paper about those monuments to the Confederate soldiers and leaders….some want to preserve their legacy….really?

The legacy that they were traitors to the United States….or the legacy that they fought to preserve the institution of slavery?

Which is it?

Yes these statues are a piece of American history….when these people left the United States Of America they became traitors to the oath they took to defend the union against all enemies.

And yet we have statues celebrating these people…..if we are gonna have statues for traitors where is Benedict Arnold’s or Aaron Burr’s statue?

Or for that matter……where is the statue of my grandfather?

I bring GW up because in the 1930s he went the Spain to fight the fascists and upon his return he was arrested and charged with treason for it was unlawful for American citizens to fight…

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Africa, The Land That Time Forgot

There is a line in the movie “Sahara” that perfectly describes the West’s view of Africa…..”It’s Africa….No one cares about Africa”…..

There is so much more going on in Africa that the news just glazes over if they mention it at all……Westerners do not realize how much we depend on Africa on so many levels…..oil…..minerals…..produce…..and yet we know very little about the countries or the people…..

I tried to help my readers out……https://lobotero.com/2019/01/11/africa-loves-china/

Few in the West knows just how much China is spending in Africa to control resources…….

A central element of palace diplomacy is lavishing African rulers with personal benefits, such as grand new workplaces that serve little purpose other than to curry favor with recipient governments. In a recently published report — which so irked the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs that its spokesman attacked it during a press conference — I explain how I found that since 1966, Chinese companies have built or renovated at least 186 African government buildings, including 24 offices or residences of heads of state. Of the 70 buildings for which I found financing information, the Chinese government or a Chinese company financed all but three, and Beijing partially or fully subsidized the construction costs for at least 45 of the 70 buildings.

African rulers do business with Beijing not only out of self-interest, of course. The continent needs wise infrastructure development, and China is sometimes the only willing lender. Certain cheap Chinese products, particularly technology such as smart phones, are hugely popular with African consumers, and Chinese firms have built most of the continent’s 3G and 4G telecoms networks. There is also a sense of developing world solidarity and the attendant mistrust of the developed world that accounts for some of the warmth in the official China-Africa relationship.

China’s Palace Diplomacy in Africa

China is using their money and expertise as their foreign policies for Africa….as opposed to the US that thinks the military path will win them more friends…..https://lobotero.com/2020/01/24/us-troops-in-west-africa/

While China is building infrastructure the US is building a strong counter-terrorism programs….this in my opinion does little to make more friends….drones killing civilians has a way to turning the population off…..

But we keep doing the same things over and over….

This successful counterterrorism operation highlights the invaluable role that the United States currently plays in helping its allies in West Africa battle al-Qaeda and the Islamic State’s fierce terrorist campaign that last year alone killed over 4,000 civilians and soldiers.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/06/24/west_africa_and_us_strategy_115408.html

(This article is by a pro military and pro M-IC site)

I believe that our ingenuity would go further to win over hearts and minds than drone attacks.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”