Monday, September 14, 2020

After The Chaos

 

Let's do something positive for ourselves today. 

Let's not talk about Mr. Trump and his chaos.

Let's discuss what's next when he leaves the White House on his last day. 

What can we do to pull ourselves up out of the Trumpian chaos and make our world not only livable once again but pull it back on track to life much better than we have now, toward achieving an improved world for all of us instead of only a few?

Here is how noted futurist, author, and advisor to world leaders Jeremy Rifkin* sees our future of opportunity. 

A Green New Deal for Europe (Jeremy Rifkin) | DLD (Digital-Life-DesignMunich 20

Jan 20, 2020

Jeremy Rifkin - Can a Green New Deal Save Life on Earth?

Sciences Po, Apr 9, 2020

17/10/2019 A conference with Jeremy Rifkin, American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

Moderation by Philippe Martin, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Sciences Po.

Author of the best-seller The Third Industrial Revolution, Rifkin is now developing a new idea, the « green new deal », a transformative program which would allow a massive global paradigm shift into a post-carbon ecological era.

Rifkin thinks that the global shift towards new cheaper green energies will create a carbon bubble that will burst by 2028 – leading to the collapse of the fossil fuel civilization.

*Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Green New Deal (2019), The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three past presidents of the European Commission - Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Jean-Claude Juncker - and is advising the current European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the current president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Mr. Rifkin has also advised numerous EU heads of state over the past twenty years, including Germany's Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. According to The European Energy Review, "perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American 'visionary' Jeremy Rifkin." In the words of Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin "is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan..." The Huffington Post goes on to say that "this blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978."

According to EurActiv, "Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany's transition to a low-carbon economy, and China's strategic acceptance of climate policy."

-more about Rifkin- 


Friday, September 11, 2020

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder

 


Immersed as we are in the Trumpian world, where disinformation, grifting, fraud and lying are as common as cockroaches in the dead of night, ferreting out 9/11 truth seems nearly impossible.

To this day a large portion of the U.S. population still accepts the 9/11 Commission Report as gospel, just like they accept Mr. Trump's unrelenting traitorous duplicity as well as his egregious incompetence leading to the deaths of nearly 200,000 Americans due to the COVID plague.

But 9/11 remains a cold case – the murder of 2,974 innocents  – as well as a demarcation point which opened the door to our Trumpian-Fascist present when we learned that the Trump Administration, "...siphoned around $4 million from New York City Fire Department’s fund for its September 11 first responders."

9 /11 Fraud - David Ray Griffin - 18 Apr 2005 

 

David Ray Griffin David Ray Griffin (born August 8, 1939) is a retired American professor of philosophy of religion and theology, and a political writer. Along with John B. Cobb, Jr., he founded the Center for Process Studies in 1973, a research center of Claremont School of Theology which seeks to promote the common good by means of the relational approach found in process thought. Griffin has published a number of books on the subject of the September 11 attacks, suggesting that there was a conspiracy involving some elements of the United States government.

More about 9/11

Let’s Get Real. Why 9/11?

https://downriverusa.blogspot.com/2018/09/lets-get-real-why-911.html

Remembering 9/11 – 2,974 WTC Murders

https://downriverusa.blogspot.com/2014/09/remembering-911-2974-wtc-murders.html

9/11 Cold-Blooded Murder

http://www.ibfinvestigations.org/

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - The Rising (Live In Barcelona)


On October 16, 2002, two months into The Rising Tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, performing over two and a half hours of new songs, classic hits, fan favorites and rarities. Feel the passion and power of their set with Live In Barcelona.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Voter Fraudster in Chief

 

Charles Schultz's Pig Pen, Art credit: Peanuts Studio Blog
Charles Schultz's Pig Pen. Art Credit: Peanuts Studio Blog

In one way, Mr. Trump reminds me of Charles Schultz’ Peanuts character, Pig Pen, who was always surrounded by a cloud of dust and debris. 

But in Mr. Trump’s case, wherever he goes a cloud of chaos will surely appear.

Just the other day Mr. Trump managed to create a cloud of chaotic pollution while committing an act worthy of impeachment and imprisonment by encouraging North Carolina voters vote twice this November. By doing so, in North Carolina, he violated the law and committed a felony

In an Alternet article, Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog is quoted, "Under North Carolina law, it is illegal: ‘For any person with intent to commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time, or to induce another to do so, in the same primary or election, or to vote illegally at any primary or election.’”

Oh, by the way, voting twice in the same election is also prohibited under federal law 52 USC § 10307.

Move over pig pen… The Voter Fraudster in Chief has appeared.

Here is how CBS reported the story:

President Trump suggests supporters illegally vote twice to test mail-in vs in-person

CBS This Morning, Sep 3, 2020
President Trump and his administration are continuing to cast doubt on mail-in voting two months ahead of the election. Speaking to his supporters in North Carolina, President Trump encouraged them to test the system and illegally vote by mail and in person, a potential felony. Ben Tracy reports.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lying, Misleading, Deceiving and Tricking

 

Discrediting Biden is the Trump Republican's goal
Discrediting Biden using any misleading or fraudulent means is the
Trump Republican standard practice.

Acts of gerrymandering, voter suppression, armed thuggery, voter intimidation, threats of violence and insurrection, Russian hackers… all these things must not be enough to ensure Mr. Trump’s hold on the White House in the minds of the Trump Republicans. 

No, they must and have gone to the lowest of lows. 

They have become remarkable practitioners of social media age deception, lying and trickery, having honed their skills to a degeneracy of exponential despicableness.

Just think, one day soon your grandchildren will earn their degree in the fine art of deception and trickery, all based on the 2020 Trump Campaign.

Below are a few examples of the Trump Republican’s unmatchable work product. The first is from,  Trump campaign posts fake video of Biden, Elyse Samuels, The Washington Post, 2 Sept 2020:

White House social media director tweets manipulated video of Biden

"White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted a manipulated video that depicts Democratic
presidential nominee Joe Biden as asleep in a TV interview. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)"

Four fake videos from Republicans draw tardy or no response from Facebook, Twitter, Donie O’Sullivan and Daniel Dale, mercurynews.com, 1 Sept 2020.

Facebook Removes Russia-Linked Ploy To Spread Disinformation Among Left-Leaning Voters, Nick Visser, huffpost.com, 2 Sept 2020.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Alternative Universes

 

Fox and Friends for Fans Facebook page

Examples of “alternative universes” mostly devoid of fact and charged with rabid racism are floating around now. This one (above), was recently posted on the Fox and Friends for Fans Facebook page.

Back in the olden days, when I was in college (1967-1971), we studied “yellow journalism”, the kind practiced by Hearst and Pulitzer to build circulation for their New York newspapers prior to the Spanish-American War, (circa 1898).

For Hearst and others, this form of publishing worked because, among other things, it grabbed their reader’s attention using, “…daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion” (Joseph Campbell). Further, the practitioners used, “faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts, according to historian Frank Luther Mott. 

So, creating an alternative reality to support a political agenda is not new. 

The only difference is today we have Fox News and Facebook helping pander the deceptions vastly more effectively to millions of Americans vs. just the readers in the old New York City. 

This November I hope we don't fall victim to the modern yellow journalism and lose our Democratic Republic along the way.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Trump Makes Nixon a Choir Boy

 

Amy Goodwin of Democracy Now! interviews John Dean, of Watergate fame.
Photo credit: screen capture.

"Hope springs eternal," is an expression attributed to Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man, 1732). I guess, for me at least, the expression is true. I am hoping for our "John Dean" to help take down Mr. Trump.

Who will emerge as the hero who saves our Democratic Republic from the authoritarian monster, Trump Party? Who will be our John Dean to take down our Richard Nixon, Donald Trump? 

“Authoritarian Nightmare”: John Dean Helped Bring Down Nixon over Watergate. He Says Trump Is Worse

Aug 27, 2020

As President Trump is set to accept the Republican Party’s formal renomination for president amid ongoing scandals and multiple crises, we speak with John Dean, who served as the White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973. His testimony during the Watergate scandal helped bring down Nixon. His new book is “Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers.” “I worked for the last authoritarian president we had,” Dean says. “Trump is of a different cut than Nixon. … He’s going to make Nixon look like a choir boy before it’s all over.”



Thursday, August 20, 2020

Yes. It Is

 

Photo credit: http://www.expertise-asia.com/2017/01/will-need-putin.html

“It is what it is,” to quote Mr. Trump.

Unfortunately for Americans, Mr. Trump's words were not just about the COVID plague deaths, but also prophetic about his treasonous acts.

Looking back, you recall, Mr. Trump stood idle, while:

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin took control of the Crimea, established a foothold in the independent state of Ukraine, orchestrated the Syrian strife into a victory for Bashar Assad, and through cyber-warfare, worked to have Mr. Trump elected president in cooperation with Mr. Trump’s elections committee, expressly with Trump Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort and Trump-Fixer, Roger Stone.”

Yes, absolutely. 

That is now established fact, among many other findings, detailed in a bipartisan investigation in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s fifth and final report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election., which was released a couple of days ago.

No longer can Mr. Trump claim that it was all, a “hoax” and that his election chairman was not deep into treasonous acts with Russian intelligence operatives on his behalf.

According to CNN, “… the report makes very clear is that Trump's campaign chairman was 

a) working with a Russian intelligence officer 

b) seeking to share proprietary campaign data with him and 

c) attempted to sway public opinion about which country actually had meddled in the US election.”

“And that (Roger) Stone, whose prison sentence was commuted by Trump last month, was designated by the campaign to find out what he could about the information that had been hacked by the Russians and when WikiLeaks planned to release it. And that the two Russians from infamous Trump Tower meeting had more ties Russian intelligence than we previously knew. And that Russia continued through this year to muddy the waters about its interference in the 2016 election.”

Further you recall, during a joint press conference in Finland, “Mr. Trump groveled and made his views clear: he (took) Mr. Putin's “powerful” denial of meddling as true over anything national intelligence director Dan Coats and his team…warned him about.”

All this clearly adds up to, “…giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”

Add standing idle while the Russians paid bounties to Islamic extremists in Afghanistan for killing American soldiers, and there is nothing left but to say, “It is what it is.” 

Indeed. 

It is Treason.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Two Leaders

 

Two leaders came into focus last night: Michelle Obama and Gretchen Whitmer.

Both addressed the Democratic convention with momentous words of compassion, inspiration, hope, and leadership. Words that have remained unsaid since Mr. Trump took over the White House.

Please, watch…

Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Full Speech At The 2020 DNC | NBC News
Aug 17, 2020

Michelle Obama's Full Speech At The 2020 DNC | NBC News
Aug 17, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Crystal Clear

 

Our choice is as easy to discern as day and night come this November.

It is summed up in the statement Kamala Harris said the other day: "One American is dying of COVID every 80 seconds."

There is a plethora of reasons for voting against Mr. Trump. Chief among them is that he has no plan for dealing with the COVID plague. Is it not obvious that for him, your life and the lives of those you love are inconsequential, holding less value than yesterday’s coffee grounds?

Today, there is a world of reasons to vote for Biden/Harris, summed in the phrase, “…for the people”.

"He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground," she said of Trump.

"This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn't up for the job," Harris said. "Our country ends in tatters and so does our reputation around the world."

If you didn’t hear her speak yesterday from the A.I. du Pont High School gymnasium, you should.

Kamala Harris during campaign-trail debut: “America is crying out for leadership” | FULL SPEECH



Friday, August 7, 2020

Playing the God Card

 

The other day Mr. Trump dropped his God Card, accusing Mr. Biden of not loving God enough. Mr. Trump would have his faithful followers believe he spoke God’s words through his own lips.

I call it another example of Divine Propaganda — using "God authority" to bolster one’s otherwise earthly political agenda.

Since college I’ve been interested in trying to understand how propaganda works. I remember Father Coughlin, the founding priest of the National Shrine of the Little Flower church, located in Royal Oak, MI, off Woodward Ave near Detroit, was one of the propagandists we studied along with Gov. Huey Long and Joseph Goebbels.

Why do people accept without questioning and asking for some sort of fact/proof? 

I guess it may be that their internal “B.S. identifiers” are turned off when it comes to their religious beliefs. When “God” is connected, the statement in question becomes synonymous with “the Word of God”, becoming fact because it comes from God Himself. It’s unquestionable because it’s from “God's Lips”, not from mere mortals. We know because the minister, in this case God’s servant on earth, Mr. Trump, said so.

I’ve been looking deeper into what I have come to call, Divine Propaganda, because Trump seems to be a master at it. For example, several friends, although highly educated, are Religious Right Trump supporters. 

Also, perhaps some of my interest originates from our childhood exposure to evangelical ministers like Dallas Billington, Rex Humbart and Ernest Angley, the early TV evangelists.

Today’s Christian Right Evangelicals appear to be following a path blazed by those Akron-based pioneers.

These three quotes from, Church of The Donald, Ruth Graham, politico.com, May/June 2018, opened one door to help me understand how “Christians” accept Donald Trump:

“Evangelicals, going back to the time of the Scopes trial, have always been sensitive to being seen as pariahs,” Mark Ward says. “You can get a lot of credibility with evangelicals if you simply make them feel like they matter, if you appear on their TV shows and send your administration to appear on their TV shows.”

"In a fundamental way, TV people are Trump’s people. “Trump appreciates people who can communicate in an attention-grabbing way,” says Wear, author of the 2017 book Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. “I don’t think Trump would be drawn to a preacher who breaks down five chapters of Ephesians and lays out the Greek and Aramaic.”

"But viewers still appear to be loyal, and those viewers aren’t who you might think. Both TBN and CBN say their audiences are split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans. This can likely be chalked up to another fact that might surprise people outside the evangelical bubble: their audiences’ racial diversity. Charismatic and Pentecostal preaching, and the related health-and-wealth “prosperity gospel,” are strong traditions within the black community. Popular black pastors including Creflo Dollar, Tony Evans and TD Jakes have all preached regularly over the years on TBN, Daystar, and other Christian networks. Paula White is the pastor of a largely black church. And CBN’s roster of reporters, hosts and regular guests is arguably more racially diverse than those of many cable news networks."

A few more quotes:

"Trump has always had a particular genius for circumventing normal channels, and he seems to understand the power of Christian television as a medium for directly reaching an important and particularly loyal segment of his base. When Pat Robertson interviewed him last summer, in a period in which Trump had granted no other non-Fox interviews for months, the president put it succinctly. “As long as my people understand,” he told Robertson. “That’s why I do interviews with you. You have a tremendous audience. You have people that I love.”

"For white evangelicals, who voted for Trump overwhelmingly and still approve of his job performance, the approach seems to be working. The networks continually polish Trump’s reputation, and perhaps more importantly, he’s talking to them. “Evangelicals, going back to the time of the Scopes trial, have always been sensitive to being seen as pariahs,” Mark Ward says. “You can get a lot of credibility with evangelicals if you simply make them feel like they matter, if you appear on their TV shows and send your administration to appear on their TV shows.”

"But viewers still appear to be loyal, and those viewers aren’t who you might think. Both TBN and CBN say their audiences are split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans. This can likely be chalked up to another fact that might surprise people outside the evangelical bubble: their audiences’ racial diversity. Charismatic and Pentecostal preaching, and the related health-and-wealth “prosperity gospel,” are strong traditions within the black community. Popular black pastors including Creflo Dollar, Tony Evans and TD Jakes have all preached regularly over the years on TBN, Daystar, and other Christian networks. Paula White is the pastor of a largely black church. And CBN’s roster of reporters, hosts and regular guests is arguably more racially diverse than those of many cable news networks."

"TBN in particular has quietly become a major player, in part by capitalizing on the switch to digital TV two decades ago. When the Federal Communications Commission declared in 1996 that all television stations had to convert to digital broadcasting within a decade, the network’s founders, Paul and Jan Crouch, snapped up many local Christian stations that couldn’t afford the conversion. As a result, TBN is now the third-largest television group in the country, with access to 100 million households and more local television stations to its name than Fox or the three major networks. Its largest rival, Texas-based Daystar, also claims access to 100 million households, and carries many of the same programs. (CBN is no longer technically a network but a production company with a series of syndicated programs that air on stations owned by others, including TBN.)"

"Reliable data on the sector are hard to come by, but a 2005 survey by an evangelical pollster found that 45 percent of American adults watched Christian television on a monthly basis, just as many as in 1992. “It’s one of these stories that has just gone completely under the radar,” Ward says. “Even though it doesn’t have the same profile it had, it’s still a very decisive arbiter of the evangelical subculture.”

"But in the past two years, largely out of view of the coastal media and the Washington establishment, a transformation has taken place. As Christian networks have become more comfortable with politics, the Trump administration has turned them into a new pipeline for its message. Trump has forged a particularly tight marriage of convenience with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which since early in the 2016 campaign has offered consistent friendly coverage and been granted remarkable access in return. Trump personally has appeared 11 times on CBN since his campaign began; in 2017 alone, he gave more interviews to CBN than to CNN, ABC or CBS. Trump’s Cabinet members, staffers and surrogates also appear regularly. TBN has embraced politics more gingerly—it is still not a news-gathering organization—but Trump has made inroads there, too, starting with his kickoff interview on “Huckabee.”


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Withdrawing Consent

Photo Credit:  Sipa USA via AP, Portland 'Wall of Moms' Protect Demonstrators,
PEOPLE.com, Alex Milan Tracy

Today, I choose optimism as my guiding light when contemplating this coming election this November.

Why? 

Because we may soon be witnessing the death throes of the American oligarchy — government controlled by a few ultra-wealthy people, banks-too-big-to-fail, monopolistic corporations, and other “special interests” — as well as unrestrained American imperialism. That oligarchy, in one form or another, has run the United States since birth. Further, over the past 100 years, it certainly has driven the United States, at full speed, off the highway and over a cliff toward certain self-destruction.

Yes, Mr. Trump is flailing about, trying to distract media attention from his failures, grifts and felonious crimes; disenfranchising democrat-leaning voters; undoing our miserly economic and health safety nets; and disappearing our functioning federal government. The benefits of his “administration” have vastly accrued to the wealthy elite and corporations. The rest of us, the overwhelming majority of Americans, not so much.

Still, the signs are unmistakable — the Black Lives Matter Movement, the citizens of Portland; the state governors’ refusal to kowtow to threats of StormTrumpers; and the U.S. military’s steadfastness, honoring their oath, “to support and defend the Constitution”. 

Americans are waking to the certain knowledge that, indeed, they can withdraw their consent to be governed by the whims of the oligarchy, the ultra-wealthy elite, the corporations.

It is possible to have our American Dream and live it, too.

Trump: Tinpot Dictator? (w/ Noam Chomsky)
Aug 3, 2020



Is there a move towards fascism in the US? The Democrats are split, but it is the Republicans have gone way off the spectrum toward neo-fascism. Professor Noam Chomsky explains why...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Big Data Power Lying


Perhaps you’ve seen the Trump re-election commercial featuring an older lady calling 911 while a bad man is breaking into her home. She is frantically calling 911 only to be told to leave a message. Someone will call her back the recorded message says, just as the bad guy apparently grabs her and she drops the phone. Next, an announcer declares: "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America".

This ad sparked something in my mind from the Trump 2016 campaign. Please see: https://downriverusa.blogspot.com/2017/02/about-that-big-data-stuff.html.

Just as I thought.

Surprise! Cambridge Analytica is not dead after all. No, the undead former Cambridge Analytica employees are now back from the grave, living in the Trump re-election campaign, reprising their previously successful strategy, once again sowing Trumpian lies and fear mongering, trying to pump fresh blood into the Trump/Republican campaign, using “Big Data” lying techniques.

Certainly, Trump believers are ripe and more than willing to be won over by these misinformation and outright fabrication tactics.

But will those social media, micro-targeted voters be won over by the fear mongering, lying too? Or will Americans put aside the lies and their own fears, put two and two together, and realize who is trying to snooker them once again?

I guess we will see come November.

Here are the facts:
"Facts First: Biden has not proposed anything that could result in 911 calls no longer being answered. He has repeatedly and explicitly opposed the idea of "defunding the police," and he has proposed a $300 million increase in federal funding for community policing. Biden has not specifically weighed in on a proposal for a 50% cut to Seattle's police budget, which the ad insinuates he supports."

"The words "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" come on screen as the intruder confronts the woman. The phone falls to the ground."

About those "Big Data" zombies on the Trump reelection staff:
"Trump’s campaign strategists linked to a company hoovering up data on religious people..."

and

"But in an earlier phone conversation, in July, Moura channelled Nix in describing the power of personality-based targeting. When asked to give an example of such targeting, Moura suggested pro-gun communication. A traditional person could be targeted with messages about a grandfather teaching subsequent generations to hunt, while a more neurotic type would respond to messages highlighting the threat of a break-in, he said. Nix gave the exact same scenario four minutes into his 2016 presentation."


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Leaf Blowers, Hockey Sticks, Moms & Dads

Day 54 in Portland. Photo Credit: Jon Cover, Screen Grab, see below.
Thousands of American citizens protesting Trump/Republican SS Goons, singing, “Hands Up Please Don’t Shoot Me”, that was the reality seen throughout the world the other day from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Later, “Dads with leaf blowers” tried to keep tear gas away from the moms and Black Lives Matter protesters, while others with hockey sticks tried to bat the tear gas canisters away from the protesters.

This is how Americans -U.S. citizens - defend their right to peaceful protest from Trump/Republican tyranny.

They are the real heroes defending the Constitution of the United States.

Portland Protest Day 54 - Walls of Dads (orange) joins moms & leaf blowers, Highlights (Part 1)
Jon Cover, 20 July 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hero "Man of Steel" Chris David

Chris David, the Navy Vet, Portland Man of Steel. Photo credit: AP.
Heroes are a rare breed. They somehow find the courage within to do the possible while others shake with fear.

Chris David (53), the Naval Academy graduate and Navy vet, who stool his ground while the Trump/Republican SS beat him with their batons and pepper/tear gassed him point blank, is such a hero.

Many dubbed him, the "Man of Steel" for what he endured this past weekend. But Mr. David is not a cartoon character Super Man. No, he is the real thing. An American Hero.

Here's the story....

Portland protester describes beating by federal officers, Zane Sparling, Potland Tribune, 19 July 2020.

"Portland protester describes beating by federal officers..."

"He sat down on a park bench, before being pulled back from the flashpoint by a street medic, going by the name Tav, who treated David and ensured that he was taken by an ambulance to the hospital."

"David says he has two fractures in his hand and, while it's currently in a splint, he is expecting to need surgery later this week."

"After a flurry of attention, David is hoping life will return to normal soon. While he never did speak with the camouflaged feds, he said he hopes they hear his message:

"That oath of office is essentially swearing loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, and what they're doing is not constitutional anymore."




Monday, July 20, 2020

Hero Moms



This morning I thought all was lost. I thought that the Trump/Republican SS troops would soon be rounding up all protesters... Democrats... anyone who dared to disagree with Mr. Trump.

This evening I have hope because a group of Portland Mighty Moms have joined arms. They are standing in front of the protesters, facing down the Trump/Republican SS goons.

These women are Heroes.. Heroes all.

Here is the story:
Wall of Moms Face Off Against Trump's Tear Gas , jqjacobs,dailykos.com, 20 July 2020.




Friday, July 17, 2020

Trump/Republican Neo-US-SS in Action


Just in case you missed it, Mr. Trump's secret police - no one knows which department these people call home - U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit), Homeland Security, or Department of Justice agents - have been out in force, without identity, driving unmarked civilian vehicles, arresting Black Lives Matter protesters off the streets of Portland Oregon. This has been going on for weeks, up to and including last night, when they arrested the peaceful protester in the Tweet below.

By way of historical comparison, these are the actions of the infamous Nazi SS. But back then they wore SS insignia. Today they wear no insignia on their camouflage uniforms.

Where was the person arrested in the Tweet (below) taken, Mr. Trump? To your concentration camp? Are the gas chambers your next step?

And, to the federal agents who obviously illegally "arrested" that American citizen, did you, too, swear to: "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same..."? If so, just exactly, when will you demonstrate courage enough to stop being an instrument of illegal authoritarianism and stop being a member of the Neo-US-SS?
Here's the story...

Secret Federal Police Deployed by Trump Snatch Protesters Off Portland Streets, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, truthout.org, 17 July 2020.

"Oregon’s Democratic governor and other state lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately remove all federal law enforcement officials from the streets of Portland after alarming video footage posted online late Thursday showed unidentified officers dressed in combat fatigues arresting Black Lives Matter protesters without explanation and throwing them into unmarked vehicles."

“This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “The president is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”

“Trump is looking for a confrontation in Oregon in the hopes of winning political points in Ohio or Iowa.”

"Brown said she told Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to “remove all federal officers from our streets” but he refused, claiming that Portland “has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob.”

"Wolf’s response, said Brown, shows “he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes. He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm’s way.”

“This, coming from the same President who used tear gas to clear out peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. to engineer a photo opportunity,” she added.

"Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that “federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.”

“Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off,” OPB reported.

"In response to one such video, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) tweeted that “authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters.”

“These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable in America, and must end,” Merkley added.

During protests over the weekend, a federal agent shot a 26-year-old peaceful demonstrator in the head with a munition, fracturing his skull.

“Federal forces shot an unarmed protester in the face,” Merkley tweeted Thursday. “These shadowy forces have been escalating, not preventing, violence. If Wolf is coming here to inflame the situation so Donald Trump can look like a tough guy, he should turn around and leave our city now.”

In response to the incident, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Oregon Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici in demanding an full investigation and accountability for the officer who fired the munition.

“In recent weeks, the federal government has deployed to Portland a number of DOJ and DHS officers,” the lawmakers wrote. “This politically driven federal response is intolerable.”

*The (Nazi) SS, the Schutzstaffel, was the organization most responsible for the genocidal killing of an estimated 5.5 to 6 million Jews and millions of other victims during the Holocaust. Members of all of its branches committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II (1939–45). The SS was also involved in commercial enterprises and exploited concentration camp inmates as slave labor. After Nazi Germany's defeat, the SS and the NSDAP were judged by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg to be criminal organizations. Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest-ranking surviving SS main department chief, was found guilty of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials and hanged in 1946. Please go here for more...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Leaving Our Dystopian World Behind


After four years of swimming in the Trumpian sewer we have a chance to crawl back into the sunshine, clean all the muck off, change clothes and begin to move forward. If, that is, we are lucky enough to leave the psychopathic Republican Party and Mr. Trump swilling in their nightmare dystopian world come this November.

Here is a welcome sign that we once again can have a future rather than a worldwide neo-holocaust.


“US Democratic presidential candidate – and emerging favourite – Joe Biden has rolled out successive announcement outlining his commitment to clean energy investment in the US, both in the name of jobs and trying to tackle climate change.”

“Last week, Biden presented a blueprint for renewable energy success from the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force” which calls for the installation of 500 million solar panels within five years and the elimination of carbon pollution from power plants by 2035.”

“That plan has been swiftly backed up this week by the official unveiling of Biden’s climate policy, which proposes to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors.”

“These are the most critical investments we can make for the long-term health and vitality of both the American economy and the physical health and safety of the American people,” Biden said at the policy launch.

“When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’”


Sun Is Gonna Shine - Carmen Cusack and the Original Broadway Cast - 2016


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

International Collaboration Scores Big Renewable Energy Win


When we work together great things are possible.

Six universities from around the world worked together to develop a breakthrough in solar flow battery technology that combines PV generation and storage in one device. The outstanding collaborative accomplishment was a product of: University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney in Australia, Utah State University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the City University of Hong Kong and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Here's the story...

Solar flow battery breakthrough combines PV generation and storage in one device, Sophie Vorrath, reneweonomy.com, 14 July 2020.

"A US-led research collaboration including a team of PV scientists from Australia has produced an ultra-efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery – a way to generate, store and re-deliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device."

"Chemists from the Song Jin lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on Tuesday that the new device was made of silicon solar cells combined with advanced solar materials and integrated with optimally designed chemical storage components."

"Essentially, they combine the advantages of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity with the advantages of flow batteries, which use tanks of chemicals that can react to produce electricity and be recharged by the solar cells."

"The research team says that the solar flow battery produced through the collaboration has set a new record efficiency of 20 per cent, besting most commercially available silicon solar cells, and was 40 per cent more efficient than the previous record holder for solar flow batteries, also developed by the Jin lab."

"The work was done in collaboration with researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney in Australia, Utah State University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and the City University of Hong Kong. It was published on July 13 in the journal Nature Materials."

Schematic illustration of an integrated solar flow battery. Image: Wenjie Li

"Lead author of the study, UW–Madison graduate student Wenjie Li, said that while solar flow batteries were years away from commercialisation, they offered the potential to provide reliable electricity generation and storage for lighting, cell phones or other fundamental uses for homes in remote areas."  -more-

Shinedown - Unity - 2012


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

President of All the People



Suddenly, Joe Biden is actually looking like a candidate for the presidency of all the people of the United States.

Why?

First, he has a plan to deal with the COVID crisis.

And, second, he speaks like a President of all the people of the United States.

Here's what I mean.

Biden's plan to deal with the COVID pandemic doesn't rely on killing grandma to save Wall Street.

"Biden offers additional funding and testing to the elderly so that they can safely obtain the things they need and get care without facing increased risk." Please go her for the whole story. 

Here are some important points of Biden's plan:

  • A national program of free, regular COVID-19 testing for everyone, managed by a Pandemic Testing Board that would coordinate the data and provide consistent access. This includes expanding drive through test sites and test availability until no one has to wait, or to expose themselves to potential risk, to be tested for COVID-19. That compares with Trump’s complete withdrawal of the pitiful few federally-managed test sites, the irregular, and unpredictable testing provided by many states, and results that are so difficult to obtain or so slow in coming that they’re worthless.
  • A national program of contact tracing that starts with at least 100,000 new hires and is dedicated to doing nothing but tracking COVID-19 cases, their contacts, and their progress through the healthcare system or in self-isolation. This would work in conjunction with states that are currently throwing up their hands at the impossibility of working through contacts with the available resources. Compare to nothing at all from Trump’s side, because apparently the federal government isn’t a clerk, or a manager, or worth a damn thing with Trump in charge.
  • A consistently managed, sustainable supply chain for PPE, test kits, and safety gear for healthcare workers. Four months into the pandemic, states are again complaining that masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields are all in short supply, just as cases are surging. Compare to Trump, who has set state against state, and dispatched arbitrary amounts of supplies, often punishing blue states for not praising him sufficiently by denying them needed supplies.
  • A team dedicated to looking ahead to needs that may crop up in the future, rather than just addressing the requests of states at the moment. Compare this with … whatever Jared is doing at the moment.
  • A national promise to provide healthcare workers with:
  • priority access to supplies of PPE.
  • additional pay for placing themselves at risk.
  • free housing to workers coming into crisis points.
  • information hotlines and trustworthy on-line consultation.
  • emotional-health support and psychological first aid with a promise that seeking help will not impact future employment.
  • emergency leave for workers who get sick, or need to care for a sick family member.
  • and no, there’s no comparison for any of this.
  • A coordinated global effort to develop treatments and vaccines that doesn’t depend on “a hunch” about any drug, doesn’t involve taking the U.S. our of the World Health Organization, and doesn’t involve the U.S. trying to buy drug manufacturers to deprive other nations of access. Compare with the opposite. Biden is promising to immediately restore the U. S. association with and commitment to the World Health Organization.
  • A guarantee that therapies and vaccines for COVID-19 will be made available to everyone, without allowing price gouging that limits benefits to the wealthy. Compare with … have you seen the price of remdesivir?
  • Consistent national guidelines for reopening businesses and schools that include protections for worker safety, guaranteed sick leave, and guaranteed leave for those caring for a family member. Biden’s plan would also provide systems by which consumers could know that stores were following safety guidelines and were “Safer for Shoppers” while providing small businesses with a “restart package” that would help them retain existing workers and hire new workers while dealing with necessary changes to their business. Compare with chaos, no guidelines, and shoppers being bullied for wearing a mask.


Here's Biden's recent Fourth of July statement. It's the reason I believe he can be the President of all Americans.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Last Raw Nerve


You know when something bothers you so much that you just can't tolerate it? Some people say, "Leave me alone. You're on my last raw nerve!"

Is this tweet proof enough for you that Mr. Trump would best serve the interests of the United States if he were to resign the office of the Presidency forthwith?

Enough already. Mr.  Trump. You win. You are "undefeated". Please exit the office of the President of the United States and go back now to your Trumpian world.

Or, there's a vacant office waiting for you at the Confederate States of America.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Fashionable Intimidation

Fashionable intimidation in St. Louis, MO
Are firearms toys to be brandished to enhance the owner's stature? Or, intimidate someone?

Is it now fashionable to walk around in public places with a loaded rifle or handgun and several magazines with ammunition at the ready?

Thank God, in most states, it's still illegal to point a weapon at someone or show "...a firearm to someone in an effort to threaten them."

In Missouri, where the recent incident shown in the photo occurred, an “unlawful use of a weapon” charge "will typically result in a class D felony. "If your weapons charge is filed as a class D felony you could be looking at 1-4 years in prison and fines up to $5000. If your charge is filed as a class B misdemeanor you could be facing up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 in fines. If your charge is filed as a class A misdemeanor you could be facing up to 1 year in jail and up to $1000 in fines."

I guess, that's assuming the gun toter doesn't kill or seriously wound someone while pointing.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Free Your Mind



This morning I offer about four minutes of freedom to help you clear your mind with a glimmer of knowledge.

Give yourself a few moments away from the wretched state of Trumpian "government" and the COVID pandemic. Clear of the onslaught of ceaseless "alternative facts" abundantly flowing out of "mainstream media". Away from FOX News and the endless onslaught of social media misdirection and propaganda.

We have much more to learn about ourselves.

Academically Impossible "Lost Pyramid City" Found In Japan?


Friday, June 26, 2020

When Protectors Become Gangsters

Philadelphia Police Inspector Joseph Bologna Jr., a 30-year veteran, hits Temple University student Evan Gorski in the back of the head with his metal baton.*
How do we protect our  First Amendment rights of assembly and speech when the people we’ve hired to do the protecting are themselves the very bestial, racist thugs who are beating the sh** out of peaceful “protesters"?

The last few weeks have proven that beatings, gassing, and rubber-bulleting will no doubt follow when police confront protesters or, as in Washington D.C., don their blacked-out body armor and face-shielded helmets and take off their name tags, badges, and department identification.

It matters not if the sworn protectors are local police, state police, or federal officers employed by one of a myriad of federal departments, the atrocities committed arise from the opportunity to brutalize unarmed citizens utilizing fists, clubs, or tasers; teargas; mace, pepper spray or an assortment of firearms. It also doesn’t matter to the gangster “law enforcement officers” if the “protesters” are white, black, brown, male, or female, young, or old.

What does appear to matter is the opportunity to beat the sh** out of whoever is at hand. That is the moment we have witnessed our “protectors” have metastasized into Helter-Skelter-like robot gangsters, relishing unleashing violence upon their fellow citizens.

And what of the commanders and politicians who order the sworn police officers into situations in which they can morph into gangsters? Aren’t their hands bloodier than their gangster’s creations pummeling the defenseless?

House Democrats recently passed a police reform bill  - one good effort to protect citizens. But that has already been consigned to Mr. McConnell’s DOA pile, along with hundreds of other urgently need bills.

It seems that if we are to be protected from our “protectors”, well, then, we must create our own Star Trek-like Deflector Shields or an invulnerable Gort* to do the job.

*See CBSPhilly report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5NL6UZEIlo

How US police have responded with violence to protests against police brutality -
The Guardian - Jun 12, 2020




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Voter Suppression

Voting at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Photo credit: WLKY News Louisville
We saw it in Wisconsin, then Georgia and Arizona. Now, Kentucky - maybe.

Voter suppression accomplished by closing polling places, running out of ballots, and voting machine malfunction. All these tactics were used during the COVID epidemic, which alone was good reason not to go vote.

But the pandemic could be considered an “act of God”, like a hurricane or blizzard – no one purposely conspired with Mr. COVID to keep people from voting. At least, not like closing polling locations and forcing people to wait for hours to cast their vote does. No, those things are man made, Republican-made to keep voters from voting.

The other day in Louisville, Kentucky, anyway, voters seemed to have a positive voting experience. Jefferson County had it together at Louisville’s only polling place, the Kentucky. Exposition Center, and the turnout was less than expected for this primary election.

It is likely that many voters stayed away out of fear, lack of transportation, convenience, or employment requirement. And the vote-by-mail program was as screwed-up in Kentucky as it has proven to be in previous state's elections this year.

Still, here we are. The act of voting is not easy. It has gotten a lot harder to vote. In fact, it's a pain in the a__. And that's the whole idea, is it not?. One political party does not want people who might just vote for a Democrat to vote.

Is it not obvious that we must stop the systematic suppression of one of our most cherished “rights”, the right to vote? I believe it is.

How can that be done? it appears that another Constitutional Amendment is now required to make states ensure that the “act of voting” is facilitated by the states in a fair, honest, and timely manner in order to thwart voter suppression.

Voters surprised at lack of long lines at Ky. Exposition Center - WLKY News Louisville
Jun 22, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Our Better Angel

Patrick Hutchinson carries the injured man near Waterloo station in London. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Heroes rise to the moment, doing right without personal regard. Others stand by, frozen in fear or confusion. Still others hide in their bunker.

Patrick Hutchinson was a hero the other day. He acted by carrying over his shoulder an injured white man, a counter-protester, away from danger to safety.

In my mind, Hutchinson is a living example of mankind’s “Better Angel”. He is a hero in a time overflowing with cowards, bigots and bullies.

BLM supporter speaks out after carrying counter-protester to safety, Clea Skopeliti, theguardian.com, 15 Jun 2020. 

“Hutchinson contrasted the intervention with the lack of action taken by the Minneapolis police officers who were involved in George Floyd’s death. “If the other three police officers that were standing around when George Floyd was murdered had thought about intervening, and stopping their colleague from doing what he was doing, like we did, George Floyd would be alive today.”

“I just want equality, equality for all of us. At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I just want things to be fair for my children and my grandchildren.”

"Police said 113 people were arrested on Saturday, including a 28-year-old man detained on suspicion of urinating by a Westminster memorial dedicated to the murdered police officer Keith Palmer, after far-right activists organised a counter-protest to BLM groups. The Metropolitan police said its officers were injured after being kicked, punched or hit by missiles as they faced hundreds of angry demonstrators, who claimed they were protecting statues.

Here's the whole story....

Mariah Carey - Hero - 1993

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mr. Trump’s Swamp Creature


No, this is no 1950's grade F, sci-fi movie. Those were actually fun to watch and leave behind in the neighborhood theater. No, this one is for real.

Here is how it goes:
The list is extremely impressive. So many protections to destroy, laws to disobey or just not enforce, money to steal.

Mr. Trump’s swamp creatures have been really, really busy. Chief performer among the money stealing or at least unaccounted for, just "might be" the Treasury Secretary himself, Mr. Steven Mnuchin.

I say "might be" because Mr. Mnuchin refuses to account for the $500 billion Congress trusted him to disperse to businesses, so they’d keep their employees employed until we extricate ourselves from the COVID economic depression.

That $500 billion is a lot of dough to handle even for a guy like Mr. Mnuchin.

After all he only collected a few of his millions by illegally foreclosing on thousands of homeowners during the last Too-Big-To-Fail-Banker-Saving card trick. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) aptly described him by painting the Mnuchin picture using the words "greedy" and "unethical." She backed it up with these blunt words: "Whether illegally foreclosing on thousands of families, skirting the law with offshore tax havens or helping design tactics that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, Steve Mnuchin made a career — and millions of dollars — pioneering increasingly deceptive and predatory ways to rob hardworking Americans of their savings and homes."

Which swamp does Mr. Mnuchin presently occupy? That’s easy to answer. He is Mr. Trump’s very own swampy creation.

There. Now I get my quarter admission back from the theater. That’s great. But we still got to cipher out where the $500 billion has gone.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (4/10) Movie CLIP - Underwater Stalking (1954) HD




Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Distancing From Our Racist Past



Do you share the discovery that improving life by correcting a historic wrong is often a series of baby steps?

After 71 years of discovery I have come to that conclusion.

Don’t get me wrong. Several great things have happened in my lifetime, seemingly overnight. But for the most part positive change has come about through a series of “three-steps-forward-two-steps backward” dance moves.

Still, sometimes, we do make change happen for the better. For instance, this morning I chanced upon an idea that is one of those dance routines attempting to right a terrible wrong.

Three retired military officers have asked the current Secretary of the Army to rename some U.S. Army bases which are currently named in honor of Civil War Confederate generals - and traitors of the United States of America as well as avowed racists.

The request states:

  1. The United States Army exists solely to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. America’s Soldiers are rightly proud of the sacrifices they have made to achieve this noble goal. 
  2. The Army betrays and belittles those sacrifices by honoring domestic enemies of the United States. To correct this wrong, the Army will immediately remove from any place of honor the names of Confederate officers who took up arms against the United States. Specifically, the Army will rename Forts Benning, Bragg, Hood, Lee, Polk, Gordon, Pickett, A.P. Hill, and Rucker, as well as Camp Beauregard.
The Army sent me to Ft. Polk, Louisiana, for basic training in 1971, so I’m tuned-in on this effort. I remember sweltering in the heat, rain, mosquitoes, chiggers, and keeping my distance from snakes and alligators, wondering why the Army named these bases after Confederate generals, the people who tried their best to disunite the Union, killing hundreds of thousands of Americans along the way.

Ft. Polk is named in honor of Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk. Gen Polk is not listed among the South’s best generals, to say the least, having lost every engagement in which he commanded troops, most often due to his own inaction or by directly disobeying orders, then slandering his subordinates, blaming them for battle losses.

However, by some accounts, Polk did own upwards of 500 slaves and was also a West Point classmate of Jefferson Davis, the confederate president.

The recommendation includes renaming Fort Polk, Louisiana, as Fort Forney, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet, of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Personally, I think that move would be a great improvement helping distance our nation from our racist past and focusing the spotlight of honor on, “America’s soldiers (who) have left us a rich legacy of honorable service… (and) risked and sacrificed so much to support and defend the Constitution.”

The Army I served in was in many ways the embodiment of the fabled “American melting pot” - multiracial, multi-religious, multi-everything except privileged. As the song goes, “I ain’t no favorite son...”. And there weren’t. Not at Ft. Polk.

Here’s the story…

Dear Mr. Secretary, You Can Rename Army Bases Right Now, Col Michael Jason, Lt Col John Nagl, Lt Col Paul Yingling, www.defenseone.com, 9 June 2020.

Colonel Michael Jason, U.S. Army (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, U.S. Army (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling, U.S. Army (Retired)

MEMORANDUM FOR The United States Army
SUBJECT: Eliminating Racism in the U.S. Army


  1. The United States Army exists solely to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. America’s Soldiers are rightly proud of the sacrifices they have made to achieve this noble goal. 
  2. The Army betrays and belittles those sacrifices by honoring domestic enemies of the United States. To correct this wrong, the Army will immediately remove from any place of honor the names of Confederate officers who took up arms against the United States. Specifically, the Army will rename Forts Benning, Bragg, Hood, Lee, Polk, Gordon, Pickett, A.P. Hill, and Rucker, as well as Camp Beauregard (see Enclosure 1).
  3. Those who fought for the Confederacy committed treason in defense of slavery. Let us be clear-eyed about the crimes of the Confederacy. Our Constitution states, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Let us be equally clear-eyed about the Confederacy’s motives, described in this passage from Confederate Vice President Alexander M. Stephens’ speech in Savannah in 1861, “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”
  4. The practice of naming U.S. Army facilities after those who waged war against the United States was wrong and correcting this wrong is long overdue. The Army named the bases above in the early 20th century, as part of a national effort to whitewash the Confederacy’s defense of slavery. The Army is the only armed service to lend support to this disgraceful and dishonest “Lost Cause” revisionist history. No American Soldier would be required to serve at Fort Hitler or Camp Benedict Arnold; requiring our soldiers to serve at Fort Lee or Fort Hood is no different.
  5. We dismiss any claim that this effort “erases history.” We derive our history from studying archives and scholarly works, and not signs and statues. The Army will continue to develop leaders by teaching the best available historical scholarship. We will teach Lee’s brilliance at Chancellorsville, his blunders at Gettysburg, and his brutality in enslaving, torturing, and murdering African Americans.
  6. We also dismiss any claim that purging racist iconography from the Army dishonors Soldiers past or present. Millions of American Soldiers served honorably at Forts Benning, Bragg, etc. However, these Soldiers pledged their loyalty to our Constitution, and not to the name of a base, camp, or barracks. We take special pride in the service of African American soldiers who served honorably and stoically in bases named after men who would have treated them as property and kept them in chains.
  7. In addition to changing the base names cited in Enclosure 1, Army commanders will remove ALL names of Confederate leaders from any place of honor not later than December 31, 2020. Such places of honor include but are not limited to barracks, streets, libraries, and other facilities under Army jurisdiction.
  8. Redesignating the names of Army facilities lies clearly within my authority as Secretary of the Army. While I welcome Congressional affirmation of these changes, no such action is required. I am not debating this change; I am directing it. These Army bases currently honor traitors to our nation who killed American soldiers to preserve chattel slavery; beginning today, and for all time, they will honor genuine heroes to our great nation, Soldiers who have sacrificed their last breath in service of our nation or who have earned our nation’s highest awards for valor.


Ryan D. McCarthy
Secretary of the Army

Enclosure 1
America’s soldiers have left us a rich legacy of honorable service. We will name our bases after those who have risked and sacrificed so much to support and defend the Constitution:

Fort Benning, Georgia, is redesignated Fort Cache, in honor of Silver Star recipient Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, of Thompson, Georgia.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is redesignated Fort Johnson, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Henry Johnson, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Fort Hood, Texas, is redesignated Fort Benavidez, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez, of Lindinau, Texas.
Fort Lee, Virginia, is redesignated Fort Carney, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant William Henry Carney, of Norfolk, Virginia.
Fort Polk, Louisiana, is redesignated Fort Forney, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet, of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Fort Gordon, Georgia, is redesignated Fort Johnston, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Specialist Four Donald R. Johnston, of Columbus, Georgia.
Fort Pickett, Virginia, is redesignated Fort Garner, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Private James Daniel Garner of Gouchester, Virginia.
Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, is redesignated Fort Sargent, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Ruppert Leon Sargent, of Hampton, Virginia.
Fort Rucker, Alabama, is redesignated Fort Thomas, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Charles L. Thomas, of Birmingham, Alabama.
Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, is redesignated Fort Johnson, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Leroy Johnson, of Allen Parish, Louisiana.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son - 1969