MLK III has just met at the Trump Tower with Herr Twitler. However that went (and in his exit remarks to the press he bent over backwards to be diplomatic), it cannot dislodge from my mind the photo of him at age two, standing with his father beside a burnt cross on the front lawn of their home in Atlanta. #Remember #Resist
Paul Krugman gets it exactly right.
"But Mr. Trump — who has never sacrificed anything or taken a risk to help others — seems to have a special animus toward genuine heroes. Maybe he prefers demonstrators who don’t get beaten?
"It would be one thing if the incoming commander in chief showed any hint of humility.... Instead, he’s lashing out at and threatening anyone and everyone who criticizes him, while refusing even to admit that he lost the popular vote. And he’s surrounding himself with people who share his contempt for everything that is best in America."
This photo, surprisingly enough, is not an advertisement for Haisten's Mattress & Awning Company. It is a news photo of nonviolent protesters being savagely beaten by Alabama state troopers for exercising their constitutional right to peaceable assembly. The young man on his knees in the right foreground holding the back of his head is the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, who at that moment thought he was about to die. We know this because he survived to tell us, including in his autobiography which just sold out at Amazon thanks to a slander against him by the president-elect of the United States.
The young man is now seventy-six and a U.S. congressman whose Atlanta district is not at all the hellhole described by the compulsive liar who is four days away from being sworn in as the most unfit person ever to attain our nation's highest office. John Lewis has done more to serve our country in the past week than the man slandering him has done in his entire life. We must follow the lead of Rep. Lewis and defend our country against Trump and his entire nefarious crew. Either that, or take a crash course in Russian.
My fantasy letter from #44 to #45, left on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office:
"Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations. The rubes bought what you were selling. Isn't it a gas that your supporters thought you were only killing "Obamacare" and they were safe with their ACA coverage? I only hope our republic survives your presidency. I have stocked the fridge upstairs with lots of high-cholesterol junk food so you can stuff yourself. I have also installed plastic mattress covers in the presidential bedroom. Just don't get too carried away; the walls have ears.
Another thing Trump just made up. He simply assumes cities where African Americans live are hellholes by definition, with no actual facts needed. Truly despicable.
In this photo from Sunday, March 7, 1965, the young man in the trenchcoat on the right is leading a group of 600 people, marching two by two. He is unarmed, having nothing but his faith and the heart of a lion, plus an apple and a Bible in his knapsack. A few moments later he is nearly beaten to death by the gentlemen on the left. He experienced something similar four years earlier during the Freedom Rides. Contrary to the current president-elect, this is not a picture of someone who is "all talk," but a picture of immense courage.
Imagine facing that armed phalanx and standing your ground while feeling responsible for those behind you. After suffering severe head trauma, he refused to go to the hospital until he had checked on his brutalized comrades. This is young John Lewis, fighting for the right to vote. Anyone who refuses to respect such a hero is beneath contempt. Mr. Trump, you are not legitimate for the reason given by the gentleman from Georgia, and you will not be my president. Thank you, Congressman Lewis.
Brava, Meryl. Without rancor and without mentioning the president-elect's name, the most celebrated actor of either sex in Hollywood used her moment to raise her voice against bullying and xenophobia.
Trump responded by calling Streep overrated. Here is my response to him.
Donnie Connie, howling husk,
Belched his bile from dawn 'til dusk.
A movie goddess threw him shade,
So Donnie Connie bawled and brayed.
Copyright © 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall. All rights reserved.
An outrageous betrayal of American democratic norms. In other words, standard Republican behavior in 2016.
Tony Perkins to Trump: Remove 'activists' from State Department https://t.co/C7NBgK0Doj— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) December 18, 2016
Mr. Perkins is the leader of a hate group. I have testified in the DC Council chamber multiple times on LGBT-related legislation in his presence. Being in the presence of evil (and he is evil, not merely disagreeable) does not intimidate me, it steels my resolve. Everyone who disagrees with us is not evil. But some are. Let us be clear about that.
Here are my remarks introducing Rep. Keith Ellison as keynote speaker at the ACLU/NCA Bill of Rights Dinner in April 2013. The attacks on him now that he is running for DNC chair are beneath the dignity of responsible advocates.
The recent spate of attacks on Rep. Ellison’s record of support for Israel & the Jewish community must come to an end https://t.co/X6djyI391N— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) December 2, 2016
Where the author looks at how calls for an end to identity politics are a mask for white identity politics.
Unlike B.H. Obama and H.R. Clinton, Donald Trump has not done his homework. I am waiting for him to pull a Homer. I prefer not to give him that chance. But I am just one small voice.
Obama: History will judge Fidel Castro's "enormous impact" on Cubans https://t.co/Mwwrx83Hn1— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 26, 2016
Above, a tasteful and diplomatic statement by President Obama. Below, a tweet by his successor.
Fidel Castro is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Superb, eloquent speech by Christiane Amanpour appealing for the freedom and safety of journalists at home in America. Yes, she is talking about the authoritarian behavior of the President-Elect.