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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Donald Rothkopf, FP: How did we get here? Theories are plentiful. We could trace [Donald] Trump's rise back to [Barry] Goldwater or [Ronald] Reagan and the rise of modern right wing in America. Or to [Newt] Gingrich and the obstructionists ... or the concurrent emergence of the fringe right stretching from Pat Buchanan to Pat Robertson, from Michele Bachmann to Rick Santorum, from Sarah Palin to the Tea Party. Elements of all of these movements led us here. So, too, the chorus of toxic commentators -- the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon and the Black Helicopter guys. They have embraced smear, conspiracy theories, inflammatory language, and gross incivility to drum up ratings and stir up emotions. But something else has happened. The 15th anniversary of 9/11 underscores this for me. The entire country endured a psychic shock. The lingering sense of vulnerability indicates the severity of the trauma. And Trump is a symptom of our distress.

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He is not the answer. Restoring the country to psychic health is. That can only be achieved via the path that Barack Obama started us on and Hillary Clinton is promising to continue -- systematic, material, economic and social gains at home coupled with growing stature abroad (and here Clinton can help in ways that Obama could not).

In other words, the only constructive response to the Trump phenomenon is finding ways to help his supporters once again truly understand how great America still is -- by delivering the benefits of that greatness to them as well as to all those who have been left behind as a consequence of the yet-to-be addressed inequities in our system.

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Regarding "the chorus of toxic commentators [who] played a role in this -- the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon and the Black Helicopter guys...[who] embraced smear, conspiracy theories, inflammatory language, and gross incivility to drum up ratings and stir up emotions'" Rothkopf believes

They have a special role to play in moving the media world along the spectrum from light to heat. But cable news networks (Fox and MSNBC) and websites (Drudge, Breitbart, and the liberal equivalents) have all seen their success and aped it, valuing conflict over insight, cage-matches over thoughtful, unbiased analysis.

There is a special place in this demonology, by the way, for the right-wing newspaper commentators who developed a strategy and a series of code words that made them sound patriotic but in actuality were dog whistles for the haters. They spoke of family values -- and slammed gays and broken inner-city families. They spoke of Christian values -- against the express wishes of the Founding Fathers and in a way that excluded all the world's other major religions and those who did not believe or doubted. They slavishly followed the playbook of the National Rifle Association -- despite the fact that our national gun pathology has always posed a greater risk to the United States than any terrorist group. They spoke of liberty -- but really meant freeing the rich from taxes while seeking for the state to play an ever more active role in women's reproductive systems or determining whether convicts should live or die.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09-16 06:00 AM | Reply

And...

"In an election year in which inequality and economic insecurity rank atop the list of voter concerns, Trump is a billionaire who has made his money by gaming the system and stiffing the little guy. He is odious and offensive; a poster child for everything wrong with the U.S. system. Indeed, the fact that he is not broke or in jail is powerful testimony to the special and unfair advantages the very rich have in America today. (See, for example, the evolving pay-to-play corruption scandal involving him and Florida's attorney general.)"

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09-16 06:00 AM | Reply

I guess Doc's Constitution has lived and breathed so much that now any one deemed (by self elected arbitrators of rightness) unfit for society should simply be jailed and the president simply be appointed by acclamation from the same arbitrators. Talk about voter suppression!

#3 | Posted by jdmeth at 2016-09-16 08:03 AM | Reply

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09

If you and I behaved like Donald Trump in our professional and personal lives we would have little or nothing and few if anyone. I have to think that a personal identification with the bully, out of wish-fulfillment or a desire not to be targeted by that bully, is at the root of a great deal of Trump's support.

Donald Trump is going to steal if he gets into office. He's going to ruin people and then deny responsibility. He's going to gloat, brag and threaten. He's going to make his supporters ever more like he is, because they are weak and afraid and helpessly adolescent want a Bad Daddy to help them with all of that.

It's not rocket science, folks. What you see is exactly what it is you're going to get.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2016-09-16 08:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ZED -

Terrific, insightful post.

Should Trump actually win, nobody should be able to say "Well, gee, I had no idea what a thug, poor, crook, and liar we're dealing with."

Anybody who by comparison makes George Washington Plunkett, Nixon and Bush II look good should not come within a light-year of the White House.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-09-16 08:44 AM | Reply

Zed thinks you're special, too, Doc.

#6 | Posted by cookfish at 2016-09-16 10:00 AM | Reply

Actually the closest character in our history I could equate Trump to would probity have to be TR. Positive, gregarious, motor mouth, champion BSer and eternally optimistic. He might be a snake oil salesman, a street corner drummer and a quack, but he is fun to watch. The Hillibeast is like the wicked witch of the west, her voice sounds like a cat fight with a nails on chock board sound mixed in. She can spout words for 10 minutes, and not say a thing. She is the ultimate carrier pol and the mood in a much of the country is to hang that entire lot. Hillery is poison.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-09-16 10:16 AM | Reply

"That can only be achieved via the path that Barack Obama started us on and Hillary Clinton is promising to continue -- systematic, material, economic, and social gains at home coupled with growing stature abroad (and here Clinton can help in ways that Obama could not)."

There's enough butter, corn, and sugar in that turd to make a pan of cornbread to go with your kook-aid.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-16 10:34 AM | Reply

"I could equate Trump to would probity have to be TR"

No doubt. Mental illness ran all through that family.

Ironically the modern democratic party had its start with ol' Teddy.

#9 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2016-09-16 10:36 AM | Reply

Especially that cripple with a messiah complex who gave away east Europe to Stalin.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-09-16 10:59 AM | Reply

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#4 | Posted by Zed at 2016-09-16 08:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

What's funny is that Doc's boorish persona here is amazingly Trump-like.

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2016-09-16 11:00 AM | Reply

Thank you.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-09-16 11:34 AM | Reply

#9 | Posted by pumpkinhead That is like the Democrat party claiming Lincoln, Both were very Republican.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2016-09-16 11:36 AM | Reply

#11 do you mean DOCsarvis or DOCnjo? Or maybe both?

Frankly, there are too many DOCs on the Drudge Retort.

There should be more users with names like TomatoFoot or ZucchiniFace or TurnipBrain or BeetButt...

#14 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2016-09-16 11:38 AM | Reply

"That is like the Democrat party claiming Lincoln, Both were very Republican"

Much of the progressive ideology that Roosevelt experimented with during in his terms in office from 1901-09 was what he further expounded on when he ran as a Bull Mooser in 1912:

teachingamericanhistory.org

#15 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2016-09-16 11:43 AM | Reply

Comparing Trump to Teddy Roosevelt? That's a new one. Reminds me of how certain fools enjoyed comparing George W. Bush with Harry Truman.

A crock in both cases, of course. Harry would have despised George and Teddy would have been despised Trump. Neither one of them would have been able to get past the whole humbug and coward thing.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2016-09-16 12:13 PM | Reply

He (Trump)might be a snake oil salesman, a street corner drummer and a quack, but he is fun to watch.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at

Watch him all you like, if that floats your boat. But you have given me insight in the Trumpettes. They miss Clarabelle the Clown and Howdy Doody.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2016-09-16 12:16 PM | Reply

"but he is fun to watch"

So is Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones.

LOL, that guy...

#18 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2016-09-16 12:30 PM | Reply

That is like the Democrat party claiming Lincoln, Both were very Republican.

#13 | Posted by docnjo

yes Lincoln was the first Republican. But, not today's Republican. And he definitely was not a Conservative.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-09-16 05:27 PM | Reply

Lincoln would come nowhere near today's Repubclown party. 21% of Drumpf supporters believe that Lincoln made a mistake when he freed the slaves, another 11% aren't sure. These are some of the deplorables, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic POS.

#20 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2016-09-18 12:32 PM | Reply

BS babbling.

Trumps rise is due to the free advertising he got from the media.

#21 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-09-18 01:14 PM | Reply

Trump is unqualified, but a minor problem compared to the military industrial complex.

#22 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-18 07:36 PM | Reply

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