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Listening to Hillary: Racists

August 26, 2016


And this is the warrior Hillary that I, for one, would like to see on every subject on which we need her opposition to the cowardly, calculating, self-absorbed, nihilist Republicans.

But this goes well beyond being a campaign “issue.” This is Trump’s move, as H put it, to “make America hate again.” The white supremacist movement must be crushed.

This is the great divide. On one side, the streams flow gently down into a bountiful sea; on the other they plunge over cliffs into the molten fires of hell. Each explorer, at a given moment, chooses which way to go. This is that moment.

The bloggers at Daily Kos did a good job of reporting the main points and key quotations (here’s a YouTube of the speech).

I want to emphasize these two items from their report:

[H] talks about the message Trump is sending to children, the “Trump effect” that parents and teachers are talking about, how school bullying is increasing, targeted at children of color. Quotes a school principal in Iowa: “They see it in a presidential campaign and now it’s OK for everyone to say this.” “We wouldn’t tolerate that kind of behavior in our own homes. How can we stand for it from a candidate for president?”

[H:] “No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves ‘racialists.’  White supremacists now call themselves ‘white nationalists.’ The paranoid fringe now calls itself ‘alt-right.’ But the hate burns just as bright.” 

There remains only to consider whether Trump is evil. Yes, he is. He chooses, for the sake of personal self-aggrandizement, to viciously corrupt the imagination, to deny the significance of human suffering, and thus to deny the soul in its pathos, to eliminate the distinction between truth and falsehood, to do great injury to persons, to deny innate human worth, to undermine the possibility of peaceable human community, and to do harm to the body politic, while recklessly inciting others to do the same, equally for his self-aggrandizement.

Case closed.

He is, as H put it, “profoundly dangerous.”

And look, as H says, America is “great” when America is good; let’s hope that it turns out that we’re great enough now.

[Update:  Who are the “alt-right” that H referred to?  Here’s a repeat of the link above, in case you missed it.  Here’s  another analysis .

An earlier page of thoughts about evil (I’ll keep thinking).  A next page about T and evil.

Listening on 8/11:  the Economy.]

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