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Fascism Has Come To America.


      Fascism, which millions of Americans fought and hundreds of thousands died fighting against in World War II is alive and well in the USA today.

      It isn't the fascism of Italy's Mussolini or Germany's Hitler (at least not yet), but it accomplishes the same ends of delivering unbridled power and obscene wealth to the few, who are loyal to and willingly enable the greed and avarice of their avatar leader, whether the enablers are in the Congress, the business world or the media.

      Fascism has creeped into America since the end of WWII, slowly and stealthily eroding democracy by complicating or suppressing the voting process, chipping away at the economic gains of the middle class and demonizing the unions that made them possible, and as always; using racism and bigotry to divide and conquer the electorate by scapegoating black or brown people to convince the ignorant whites that "blacks are the enemy," and only a strong "law and order" authoritarian leader can control their "criminality."

      It is no accident that black people who were brutally exploited as slaves for over 200 years in America, became the convict labor of the chain gangs after the Civil War in the South, followed by "Jim Crow laws" that prevailed after the "Separate but Equal" decision of the Supreme Court in "Plessy vs Ferguson," and even today, one in three black males is imprisoned, and only one in seventeen whites are jailed for the same offenses.

      For those who thought that we have a Constitution which provides a "separation of powers," and "checks and balances" on the executive branch, think again. The Republican controlled Congress is Donald Trump's rubber stamp, and has not, and will not hold him to account for ethical or legal violations.

      Consider his ties to Putin, which have been further disclosed by the Michael Flynn scandal. We know there are further contacts that were made by Trump surrogates to Putin's operatives prior to the election, but the GOP Congress, which rushed to judgement on Hillary Clinton's non-role in the Benghazi incident, refuses to appoint a special committee to investigate the Trump/Putin connections!

      Consider Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns or to divest himself of his businesses, and once again the Republican Congress cowardly looks the other way, and one of it's so called leaders, Paul Ryan, as much as says Trump's businesses are no concern of his!

      And then there has been the incipient growth of the right wing media, led by Hate-Talk radio and demagogues like Rush Limbaugh for years, and then reinforced, if not surpassed, by the fascist duo of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes in the creation of Fox "News."

      In addition, we now have the former head of the racist trash called, "Breitbart" as Trump's chief "advisor,"and there are an endless amount of Trump trolls, who viciously attack his critics on social media, be it Facebook or Twitter.

      And Corporate America has fallen in line with fascism as they see greater profits by cooperating with Trump, who hypocritically has appointed a Goldman-Sachs head, Steve Mnuchin, whose credentials for greed and depravity were well established in the economic collapse of 2008, as his new Secretary of the Treasury. Remember when Trump denounced Hillary for taking a fee from Goldman-Sachs for a speech, and yet now Trump is surrounded by G-S executives for "economic advice."

      American democracy is in jeopardy as is the economic well being of all Americans and their civil and political liberties.

      Marches and organizing to resist the Trump menace is all well and good, but if we can't remove the Republican enablers of this deranged would-be dictator, from Congress and the state government positions, we will not be able to stop the continued growth of fascism in America.

      So for now, resist, march, voice your opinions on media of all sorts and send letters and calls to Congress to let them know how you feel, but in the end it's the vote that counts.

      If you don't show up on election day in 2018, the tipping point for fascism in America could be reached, and thereafter Trump and the Republican Party will find ways to further disable the democratic process to insure their irreversible control of our government!

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      Trump Unhinged : National Guards As Deportation Force ?!


          It's getting worse each passing hour!!

          The AP reports that an 11-page draft memo shows the Trump administration is considering an unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans. The memo, which has reportedly been circulating among DHS staff for two weeks, says participating troops would be authorized “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States,” according to the AP.

          Eleven states would be targeted for raids, according to the memo. They include Mexican border states like California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and non-Mexican-border states like Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Governors in those states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate, according to the AP.

          During the 2016 campaign, Trump talked at various times about implementing a “deportation force” to conduct raids on undocumented immigrants. In August, during a high-profile speech in Arizona, he pledged to “triple the number of [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] deportation officers” and “create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice.”

          The National Guard is not part of ICE, but the memo obtained by the AP is drawn from the same vein as that August pledge.


          Of course he's denying it...but wait..it will happen.all these distractions away from Releasing his TAX RETURN!!!

          2nd source:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigr...

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          Trump's Success List: Here's What The President Says The White House Has Ac



              Trump's success list: Here's what the president says the White House has accomplished so far

              Berkeley Lovelace Jr. 20 hours ago

              President Donald Trump claimed Thursday he has made "incredible" progress in fulfilling many campaign promises since taking office only four weeks ago.

              In his first solo press conference as president , Trump touted a list of accomplishments he said the White House has made, bypassing what he called the "dishonest" media.

              Here's Trump's list:

              • Hiring freeze on nonessential federal workers
              • The stock market has hit record numbers
              • Imposed temporary moratorium and new federal regulations
              • Has stood up for men and women in law enforcement, including implementing a task force.
              • A plan to destroy criminal cartels
              • Extreme vetting
              • A plan to build a wall along the Mexican border
              • A "crackdown" on sanctuary cities refusing to comply with federal law
              • Negotiated and saved money on U.S. contracts
              • Withdrew "from the job-killing disaster known as TPP"
              • Eliminated regulations for manufacturers
              • U.S. approval rating is at 55 percent and "going up."
              • A surge in optimism, particularly in the business world
              • American plants and factories moving back into U.S.
              • Productive conversations with world leaders
              • A plan in progress to defeat ISIS

              The list of undone promises includes infrastructure improvements, health care reform, a tax overhaul. Trump said last week he plans to make a "phenomenal" tax announcement in a few weeks.

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                  The first family is burning the American people financially. This was supposed to be the person to prevent the constant financial strain on the government. Yet, we're witnessing escalating cost with protecting a group of individuals that have on their interest as top priority. Where are his supporters of crushing big government?

                  Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense - The Washington Post

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                  Trump : National Guard To Round Up 100k Immigrants.


                      And so it begins: The pic above is of the statue of liberty when being constructed in Paris in the mid 1880's. They might ask for it back. :-)

                      WASHINGTON (AP) -

                      The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

                      The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

                      Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

                      Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

                      While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

                      The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.

                      Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized "to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States." It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.

                      Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.

                      The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.

                      If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.

                      Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump's executive orders last month, which expanded the definition of who could be considered a criminal and therefore a potential target for deportation. That order also allows immigration agents to prioritize removing anyone who has "committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense."

                      Under current rules, even if the proposal is implemented, there would not be immediate mass deportations. Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. But deportation orders generally would be needed for most other unauthorized immigrants.

                      The troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

                      Spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico said they were unaware of the proposal, and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate. The other three states did not immediately respond to the AP.

                      The proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that President Barack Obama's administration began scaling back in 2012 to address complaints that it promoted racial profiling.

                      The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.

                      The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump's executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

                      The signed order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.

                      According to the draft memo, the militarization effort would be proactive, specifically empowering Guard troops to solely carry out immigration enforcement, not as an add-on the way local law enforcement is used in the program.

                      Allowing Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also would go far beyond past deployments.

                      In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, state Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the U.S.-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.

                      In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks. And in 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises.

                      In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops' stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.

                      Bush initiated the federal 287(g) program — named for a section of a 1996 immigration law — to allow specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.

                      The memo describes the program as a "highly successful force multiplier" that identified more than 402,000 "removable aliens."

                      But federal watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law. Obama phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013 to instead focus on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants in the country illegally who posed a safety or national security threat.

                      Trump's immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation's southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, the arrest tally was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration, though Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

                      Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.

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