Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our terrible, horrible moment

     We, here at DtB, are fans of Bernie Sanders. We have no love of Hillary Clinton, to put it mildly.
     So, now that Bernie has been defeated and Hillary is the Democratic candidate for President, what are we to do? (I'm only speaking for myself at this point.)
     Hillary is awful. But Trump is beyond awful.
     And a large voice keeps whispering, "Remember 2000!" (Yep, I voted for Nader in 2000. I have at times regretted that.*)
     In recent months, I have tended to agree with Robert Reich in this debate. Reich is following Bernie's lead by supporting the only person who can stop Trump, namely, Hillary. That makes a lot of sense.
     But, again, Hillary is truly awful.** And, increasingly, it appears that she might be too weak to beat the Donald. And so it is difficult to listen to the likes of Mr. Hedges—who insists on viewing Hillary, correctly I think, as a tool of big business and the 1 percenters—and not feel powerfully moved to join him in screaming, No! Hillary, goddamit, is the enemy. 
     Reich and Sanders are exercising pragmatism. They're holding their noses and giving Hillary the big Embrace in order to defeat Trump. (I suspect that the Embracers constitute a continuum, with Reich on the left and Bernie way on the right. Reich can live with his compromise; Bernie probably wants to off himself. Look at him.)
     That feels like betrayal, man. It just does. 
     Well, it is.
     To embrace or not to embrace. Each position is compelling. Neither can be denied.
     Or so it seems to me.

*For years after the 2000 election, upon noting the latest Bushian atrocity, my colleague Rebecca W would point her finger at me and intone, "So you had to vote for Nader, didn't you!" (But see this.)
**I have never been among those who "can't stand Hillary." My problem with her fundamentally concern her actions and her policies—e.g., her hawkish record [drones, Libya, Iraq] and her friendliness to Wall Street.

Cornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party's Jill Stein Over "Neoliberal Disaster" Hillary Clinton:

Nader on Hillary Clinton:

Chomsky on Supporting Sanders & Why He Would Vote for Clinton Against Trump in a Swing State:

The Democrats have learned nothing:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Santa Ana School Trustee Ceci Iglesias Comes Under Fire for Prayer Campaign (OC Weekly)
Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) board member Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias finds herself mired in controversy yet again. This time around, the Republican salvadoreña isn't championing charter schools, calling gender-neutral bathrooms "creepy" in political attack videos, defending mariachi-loving Trump fans, or avoiding censure at last night's board meeting. She's in hot water for leading a SanTana school prayers campaign in the name of the good Lord above. "If we can't have prayers in our Schools," Iglesias wrote last month in a Pray for Santa Ana Schools Facebook group she belongs to, "Then we Will have Schools in our prayers."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cry Me a River - 1970

Now you say, you say you love me
Well, just to prove that you do
Come on and cry me a river, cry me a river
‘Cause I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, remember, all that you said
Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and….

One of my favorite "recent" movies. Set in 1970. Check it out.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Uniquely unqualified—and a challenge to our "experiment" in checks and balances

Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy
by the [Washington Post] editorial board
DONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew….

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chemerinsky: shout-out to IVC (whilst opining about the worrisome Mr. Trump)

…I confess I do not understand Trump’s appeal. He seems totally unqualified for the presidency; unlike virtually every president in history, he has never served in government office in any capacity. I worry that his meanness and nastiness is changing the very nature of what is acceptable discourse.
     In May, when I had the honor of delivering the commencement address at Irvine Valley College, I felt the need to remind the students of the importance of being nice, a message that in a different time would seem more appropriate for a preschool than a college graduation. I cannot imagine how people would want Trump handling delicate diplomacy with foreign countries….
Trump's big night; the GOP's—and the country's?—big nadir