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An Aggregation of my Online Presence

Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign | National Review

I find the notion that the Russia investigation itself was corrupt from the beginning to be so bizarre as to border on fantastical. There was ample reason to investigate whether the Trump campaign had improper contacts with Russians. … The CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Republican-run Senate Intelligence Committee agree that this disruption operation morphed into an effort to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign | National Review

This is the national review saying this.

Chris Hayes on Twitter

“This MS-13 nonsense has precisely the same structure as the racist drug war rhetoric of the crack years. Politicians would use wildly racist language to describe drug dealers, but if called on it would say “oh so you’re defending drug dealers?””
Chris Hayes on Twitter

There Is Only One Trump Scandal


There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability.
via There Is Only One Trump Scandal
All the scandals all link to this single root scandal.

Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Radical Left


While the left-wing critics of the democracy movement have no sympathy for Trump, they do not share this analysis of the threat he poses. To begin with, these critics see the threat posed by Trump as his policy agenda, not any damage to the American system of government. Liberals see the Constitution as a flawed document that contained high ideals that have, in fits and starts over two centuries, come closer into alignment with reality. Leftists regard it as a bitter joke barely worthy of defense. Rana dismisses defenses of “Constitution and country,” and the belief that “the founding principles” contain “a basic commitment to universal equality” as “homilies [politicians] had to repeat to be taken seriously by party gatekeepers and thus rise to prominence.” In truth, Rana asserts, “American capitalism” is “inherently oppressive.”
via Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Radical Left
This is a growing problem that is not getting the attention it should get.

We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Reactionary centrism is an ideological stance that isn’t really centrist at all. It can elevate a speaker in the mainstream media as a liberal-ish critic of liberalism and make someone feel good about being above it all and not taking sides, but it’s increasingly a stance that leads to sloppy thinking, especially as the Republican party continues to lurch rightward and away from democratic rule.
We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

I used to call this hippie punching. agreeing with liberal principals while attacking actual liberals based on straw man liberal caricatures.

Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety


The very same census report projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 percent of the population will be white. It’s just that a reasonably large share of the white population will be partially descended from Latin American immigrants. A further 6.2 percent of the population will belong to “two or more races,” with a large share of those likely identifying at least in part as white. The difference here is between an exclusive and inclusive definition of whiteness.
via Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety
There was a time when those who were Irish, Italian and Slavic were not considered white. This is in keeping with American traditions in letting people be white over time.