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Friday, November 17, 2023

November 17, 2023 - Trump Visits Fascism, His 'Real' Plan, and Pro-Hamas Demonstratons

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Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic Party strategist for many years, now
publishes a 'hopeful' blog that you might become addicted to. 
It's called 'Hopium.'  Rosenberg is known for predicting, contrary
 to the polls, that the 'Red Wave' in the 2022 elections just wouldn't  happen.

Trump’s Excursion into Fascism

Here’s a piece from Simon Rosenberg’s excellent ‘Hopium Chronicles,’ which I occasionally follow, but to which I am not a ‘paid’ subscriber.  I don’t know what country the defeated, indicted, and dangerous, former president thinks he lives in, but it certainly is not the United States of America.  Anyone who votes for him, or for any candidate who supports him, is out of their mind … or possibly as dangerous as he is.  Here’s what Simon Rosenberg reports, chiefly based on Trump’s Veterans Day address and what his supporters are saying: 

   “Former President Donald J. Trump is planning an extreme expansion of his first-term crackdown on immigration if he returns to power in 2025 — including preparing to round up undocumented people already in the United States on a vast scale and detain them in sprawling camps while they wait to be expelled. 

   The plans would sharply restrict both legal and illegal immigration in a multitude of ways. 

   Mr. Trump wants to revive his first-term border policies, including banning entry by people from certain Muslim-majority nations and reimposing a Covid 19-era policy of refusing asylum claims — though this time he would base that refusal on assertions that migrants carry other infectious diseases like tuberculosis. 

   He plans to scour the country for unauthorized immigrants and deport people by the millions per year. 

   To help speed mass deportations, Mr. Trump is preparing an enormous expansion of a form of removal that does not require due process hearings. 

   To help Immigration and Customs Enforcement carry out sweeping raids, he plans to reassign other federal agents and deputize local police officers and National Guard soldiers voluntarily contributed by Republican-run states. 

   To ease the strain on ICE detention facilities, Mr. Trump wants to build huge camps to detain people while their cases are processed and they await deportation flights. And to get around any refusal by Congress to appropriate the necessary funds, Mr. Trump would redirect money in the military budget, as he did in his first term to spend more on a border wall than Congress had authorized. 

   In a public reference to his plans, Mr. Trump told a crowd in Iowa in September: “Following the Eisenhower model, we will carry out the largest domestic deportation operation in American history.” The reference was to a 1954 campaign to round up and expel Mexican immigrants that was named for an ethnic slur — Operation Wetback.”

   The constellation of Mr. Trump’s 2025 plans amounts to an assault on immigration on a scale unseen in modern American history. Millions of undocumented immigrants would be barred from the country or uprooted from it years or even decades after settling here.

   Such a scale of planned removals would raise logistical, financial and diplomatic challenges and would be vigorously challenged in court. But there is no mistaking the breadth and ambition of the shift Mr. Trump is eyeing." 


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A Flight of Fancy Continued

In a recent posting, on a flight of fancy, I predicted that the defeated and indicted former president would someday write a book, possibly entitled ‘My Battle.’  Parenthetically, I suggested that readers translate that into German.

For those who did not bother to do that, the title of the book which I imagined when translated into German would be ‘Mein Kampf,’ whose original author would be quite proud of our defeated and indicted former president. 

Do some research on your own and note the part in the ‘Hopium’ article above where Trump is quoted as saying that he would build large camps to hold those he would have detained, concentrating them together.  He is circumspect in his language, but his meaning is always clear to his followers.  Logically, these installations, based on their function, would be called ‘concentration camps.’  Does that ring a bell, Americans?  Those who go back as far as World War Two know.

Trump is always careful in his words, so that the listener can define them as they please, and he can avoid direct responsibility for their actions.  The classic example, announcing a rally at the Ellipse in Washington just before the January 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol, was ‘will be wild,’ leaving it to the listener to determine ‘who’ or ‘what’ would be wild. Those at the rally? The rally itself? An implied instruction to attendees to prepare for wildness? These all recognize that ’wild’ can mean different things to different people.

Frequently, journalists and pundits attribute Trump's intentions to ‘his advisors’ or ‘his people,’ allowing Trump to remain a step away from his more extreme positions. Sometimes, his intentions are put into the mouths of others. as Jenna Ellis, one of his lawyers who has pleaded guilty to charges in the Georgia litigation, pointed out when she testified that presidential advisor Dan Scavino told her that Trump had no intention of leaving office, despite the results of the 2020 election.

As nasty as his Veterans Day remarks were, it is still difficult to pin things directly on him, although he ventured a bit further that time. This is why many Republicans in Congress or State government, and those who vote for them, are reluctant to abandon their support of him and of their party's silent leadership. He gives them the excuse of being unaware of his authoritarian, unconstitutional, leanings.  They treat them as his exercise of his First Amendment rights, specifically, free speech.

And here is what is becoming increasingly clear to me.  It is something on which the prosecution and the judges in Trump’s extensive litigation (the purloined documents case in Florida, the inciting of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection case in Washington, the business fraud case in New York, and the Georgia case where he attempted to change election results) are missing the boat because they are lawyers, used to working within the legal system.  They forget that Donald John Trump doesn’t give a damn about the legal system! 

Regardless of what he and his mouthpieces say, he now fears that he will lose the 2024 presidential election.  The American people now know enough not to vote for him.  I wonder, if you look closely at where the money for those third-party candidates designed to reduce the Democratic vote in key States is coming from, you might find the Trump campaign's major donors, hidden under phony shell names. I wonder.

Where Trump is Really Headed:  Therefore, despite this, he may have decided that he cannot afford to wait until the 2024 election and to act now!  I believe he has concluded that the best thing that can happen to him is for a judge, exasperated by his ignoring ‘gag’ orders and treating court appearances as campaign rallies, to order his imprisonment, as they would with any other defendant behaving in that manner.  

Oh, it might be no more than house arrest at Mar-a-lago or in a nice hotel suite near the courthouse, but he will be able to claim that his opponents, that mysterious and elusive ‘dark state,’ have thrown him into jail.

And then there will be a civil war, one without formal armies but one that will test the strength of our representative democracy in Washington, and in each of our fifty States.  He wants our democracy to fail those tests (as it will in many States) so that he can scream out that ‘only I can fix it.  I think that is what he wants.


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Demonstrations Don’t Come ‘For Free’

Wondering where the money to organize those pro-Hamas demonstrations in this country is coming from?  Nothing like that just happens spontaneously.  The Free Press, (Bari Weiss’ website, referred to in the last posting of Jackspotpourri) had an interesting story about the financing of those pro-Hamas demonstrations occurring in this country.  And it brings China into the picture.

Here are the first few paragraphs of the story.  You can read the whole thing by visiting https://www.thefp.com/p/american-marxists-funding-pro-palestinian-rage or clicking here.

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The American Multimillionaire Marxists Funding Pro-Palestinian Rage

 By Francesca Block

November 14, 2023

“The pro-Palestinian protests over the last month, where tens of thousands in the U.S. have chanted for the end of Israel, are not merely a story of organic rage. 

They are also funded in large part by an uber-wealthy American-born tech entrepreneur: Neville Roy Singham, and his wife Jodie Evans. The couple are known to be China propagandists and a primary source of the fury exploding on our streets.

NYC High School Students Demonstrating for Hamas.  Where does
the money and the organization for such demonstration come from?

Since 2017, Singham has been the main funder of The People’s Forum, which has co-organized at least four protests after 1,400 innocent Israelis were slaughtered by Hamas on October 7. One rally, in Times Square, happened on October 8 before Israel had even counted its dead.

Based in Midtown Manhattan, The People’s Forum calls itself a “movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad.” But a review of public disclosure forms shows that multimillionaire Singham and his wife Evans have donated over $20.4 million to The People’s Forum from 2017 to 2022 through a series of shell organizations and donor advisory groups — accounting for nearly all of the group’s funding. 

Singham’s wealth stems from Thoughtworks, a software consulting company that he launched in 1993 in Chicago and sold in August 2017 to private equity firm Apax Partners for $785 million. That same year, The People’s Forum was founded and set up on the ground floor of a multistory building on 37th Street just blocks from Times Square; Evans was also installed as one of its three board members. As of 2021, the organization employed 13 staff members and held more than $13.6 million in total assets. 

“I decided that at my age and extreme privilege, the best thing I could do was to give away most of my money in my lifetime,” said Singham, now 69, in a statement after selling his company, according to a New York Times investigation in August. 

But Singham is more than just a Marxist with deep pockets. He is also a China sympathizer who lives in Shanghai and has close ties to at least four propaganda news sites that boost the Chinese Communist Party’s image abroad, the Times reported.

These Chinese media interests are helping sow discord in the U.S., Rep. Mike Gallagher, the chairman of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, told The Free Press.”

As I said, for the full article, visit https://www.thefp.com/p/american-marxists-funding-pro-palestinian-rage or just CLICK HERE.  The story gets better, or worse, depending on your perspective. 


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Very Confused Pro-Hamas Black Activists

And while you’re meandering through The Free Press, you might check out their article explaining how totally wrong Black activists and their supporters in this country are, in being led to demonstrate in favor of Hamas.  Those taken in by lies include progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Octavia Cortez, who should be smarter.  Find it at https://www.thefp.com/p/israel-is-nothing-like-apartheid-jim-crow or just CLICK HERE. 


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Closing  Thought:  Now that David DePape has been found guilty of his assault on Nancy Pelosi's husband, do not forget that those who spread the lies and nursed the conspiracy theories that motivated him are still roaming free. 


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