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Thread: George W. Bush Tackles Trumpism Without Mentioning Trump

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    George W. Bush Tackles Trumpism Without Mentioning Trump

    Our identity as a nation – unlike many other nations – is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility. We become the heirs of Thomas Jefferson by accepting the ideal of human dignity found in the Declaration of Independence. We become the heirs of James Madison by understanding the genius and values of the U.S. Constitution. We become the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

    This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation.

    We need a renewed emphasis on civic learning in schools. And our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.

    Finally, the Call to Action calls on the major institutions of our democracy, public and private, to consciously and urgently attend to the problem of declining trust.

    For example, our democracy needs a media that is transparent, accurate and fair. Our democracy needs religious institutions that demonstrate integrity and champion civil discourse. Our democracy needs institutions of higher learning that are examples of truth and free expression.

    In short, it is time for American institutions to step up and provide cultural and moral leadership for this nation.

    Full text of speech:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/1 ... 7?cmpid=sf
    "It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view." -- Oscar Levant

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    Bannon counter punches against Bush, gets standing ovation at California Republican Convention: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartanntp

    It appears the Trump-Bannon brand of Republicanism is far more widespread than most "historic" Republicans will admit, or realize.

    Demonizing "the elites", this movement eschews education and science, and a lot of other attributes that helped make America great. it's not hard to imagine this vein of thought shutting down Thomas Jefferson's notion that all children should get a free (to them) public education, if this mindset was predominant in the late 1700s.

    Ignorance and an inability to grasp complex concepts - like how the economy is more complicated than a family budget - seem to be key ingredients to this flavor of right wing populism. Do Trump & Bannon completely alter the political axis and turn America into a more explicit white Christian nation? Bannon is certainly one smart guy, knows his history, knows the buttons to push to animate the part of the population that feels disaffected. He got a standing ovation from the California State Republican convention, after all.
    Last edited by Ma'ake; 10-21-2017 at 10:34 AM.

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    LOL. And I didn’t think SHS would be able to keep up with Spicer. She’s holding her own on the ridiculous front.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/white...-trump-2017-10


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    McCain jumping in on this action.

    "One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur," McCain said during an interview with C-SPAN that aired Sunday.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol...mp-jab-n813171

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    And, this morning Trump is going after Corker, again.

    I wonder if he got frustrated because he couldn't go after the soldier's family more aggressively, and McCain is dying, so Corker's the most eligible target. Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if Romney is elected to the Senate and tries to be a "truth teller".

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