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Another Open Letter From TheResistanceGOP To Our Fellow Republicans

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      "While the manifesto was filled with obvious trolling likely inspired by time spent on the 8chan board — like statements saying he was radicalized by the video games Spyro the Dragon 3 and Fortnite — he said that while he didn’t view President Trump as an effective policymaker and leader, he did see him as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” - Gritpost

      The coalition that brought Trump to the Oval Office remains the home for the worst of White Nationalists, and the Republican Party continues to refuse that the single greatest source of domestic terrorists is living amongst us in plain sight.

      And the view is becoming clearer every day.

      The threatening words regarding the strong support he has from bikers, police and the military delivered by the beleaguered Trump will likely contribute to the further escalation of horrible acts. To claim that the GOP partymembers that turn a blind eye to all that the ill-souled Trump behaviors to the rising tide of racial and religious violence - both in America and abroad - do not support evil rhetoric and despicable actions from its members is simply absurd.

      If you are not speaking out against the vile speech and outrageous writings of White Nationalists, my fellow Republicans, you are silently endorsing the attacks that have already lead to the deaths of hundreds of American legal residents and citizens.

      "Of 263 incidents of domestic terrorism between 2010 and the end of 2017, a third — 92 — were committed by right-wing attackers, according to The Post’s analysis. Another third were committed by attackers whose motives were either unknown or not clearly political. Islamist terrorists committed 38 attacks. And left-wing attackers were responsible for 34 attacks — about 13 percent." - Washington Post, utilizing the federally funded "Global Terrorism Database" from the University of Maryland.

      We Republicans who are true to our nation's history must do our utmost to curtail the violent and growing element that our misguided party leadership and policy makers have encouraged to act out - both passively and openly. To do nothing is to accept the GOP's role as reckless endangerers at best and unindicted co-conspirators at worst.

      Which is one of the rising concerns the Australians should have, given the reaction of one of their "finest" Senators provided. Fits right in with Grassley and Rep King. Heck, they probably want him to help them campaign next time around.


      Geoffrey S. Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60 and TheResistanceGOP

      https://www.vox.com/2019/3/15/18267077/australian-...

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          Angelica Frude and Naomi Scissors, middle school students in Silver Spring, MD, won honorable mention in a a C-Span documentary contest for "Indivisible: The Pledge of Allegiance and its Controversy," and--though I've not seen the other entrants--theirs is quite professionally done. I appear in it but, wisely, they featured my friend Rob Boston with more lines and time before the camera.

          It's only 5 or 6 minutes long and deserves your attention:

          http://www.viddler.com/v/73e59cab

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          Opinion | The Court And The Cross

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              Secularism, church-state, and religious liberty are often in the news, often in major news stories and Supreme Court cases--and will soon be again. The Bladensburg Cross case has already made news but is about to make much more.

              Any who're interested (and nearly everyone should be) ought to read the attached (especially some of the comments) and should come to the American Atheists convention next month in Cincinnati. What's the connection? 1. The Friday night banquet will feature a talk from attorney Edward Tabash, an expert on secularism and the Supreme Court, and (thanks to a very generous donor) is free for the first 500 convention registrants.(I think there are still some slots, but I'm no longer involved with operations.) 2. American Atheists board member Steven Lowe is a lead plaintiff in this case. 3. American Atheists attorney Alison Gill is also extraordinarily knowledgeable about secularism, as is President Nick Fish.

              https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/opinion/supreme...

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              Ilhan Omar’s "Anti-Semitism"

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                  I'm a very long way from having expertise on the Middle East, from deep understanding of Palestinian v. Jewish conflicts, etc. I have strong positive appreciation of ancient Jewish culture, and somewhat similar (though even less well informed) appreciation of ancient Islamic culture. I'm not a politician or ever likely to be one. I'm an atheist and therefore don't accept Jewish or Islamic ideas of any gods--and Jews and Muslims, however friendly with me, can probably never fully accept me because of my infidel status.

                  But the ongoing brouhaha over Representative Ilhan Omar and her alleged anti-Semitic remarks seems quite ridiculous and unjust to me. And I admit I'm glad to find that many Jews have joined in the critique of those who conflate anti-Semitism and criticism of Israeli policies and actions. Examples:

                  From the NYTimes letters to the editor:

                  LETTERS

                  Anti-Semitism Charges Roil Democrats

                  Readers discuss comments by Representative Ilhan Omar, the influence of a pro-Israel lobbying group and divisions within the Democratic Party.

                  March 7, 2019

                  To the Editor:

                  Re “Rift Over Israel Has Democrats Divided by Age” (front page, March 6):

                  Of course Democrats are more aggressive in combating prejudice within their own party. It’s both human nature and good diplomacy to hold your own family to higher standards than outsiders or adversaries (otherwise, you’d just look partisan and hypocritical).

                  As an older American Jewish Democrat, I am as aghast as younger American Jews at Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinians. I encourage speaking out against it and I applaud Jewish-Palestinian collaboration. But anti-Semitic tropes about the power of Jewish money and the dual allegiance of American Jews are inexcusable aspersions in the face of what might otherwise be valid concerns.

                  Jewish Democrats are fairly defending themselves against such tropes; if other groups — people of color, Muslims, Palestinians — criticize Jewish Democrats for not speaking up more forcefully on their behalf as well, that is fair, too. But why aren’t those other groups equally concerned about anti-Semitism?

                  James Berkman
                  Boston

                  To the Editor:

                  “Concerns Raised Over Power Wielded by a Pro-Israel Lobbying Giant” (news article, March 5) provides useful information about the tactics the pro-Israel lobby uses to pressure and intimidate members of Congress. Until now, these methods have largely accomplished their goal: an almost total and unconditional refusal in Congress to question Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians or the $3.8 billion in military aid we give to Israel each year.

                  When Representative Ilhan Omar, one of only two Muslim congresswomen, dares to question this, she is pilloried and falsely accused of anti-Semitism. This is a disgrace.

                  I am one of thousands of American Jews who applaud Ms. Omar for her courage and honesty and stand with her in objecting to Israel’s brutal and worsening policies toward Palestinians.

                  Ms. Omar speaks simple truth. Isn’t unconditional support of another country no matter its actions a form of allegiance to that country?

                  Rosalind Petchesky
                  New York
                  The writer is professor emerita of political science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

                  To the Editor:

                  I am deeply shaken by the fault lines that have been exposed by the recent controversy around the influence wielded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac. It is not anti-Semitic to hold Israel to the same standards as we do other nations. Many Jewish people, myself included, disagree with the current policies of the Israeli government, particularly with regard to the human rights of the Palestinian people, the occupied territories and the settlements.

                  Identity politics perpetuate stereotypes and prejudice and ultimately dehumanize us. We need to take a breath and have honest, good-faith discussions without throwing around accusations of anti-Semitism when we disagree.

                  J. Sarah Posner
                  York, Pa.

                  To the Editor:

                  I continue to applaud the election of two Muslim women to Congress, even though their presence and remarks have exacerbated tensions over Israel and anti-Semitism. They present us with a marvelous opportunity.

                  As a rabbi on Long Island for many decades, I was very proud of my congregation’s establishment of an ongoing dialogue with a nearby mosque. The friendship that emerged enabled us to discuss many inflammatory subjects including Palestinian/Israeli crises, growing Islamophobia and the complicated distinction between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism, which lies at the heart of the current controversy.

                  Now is the time for synagogue and mosque leaders to reach out to each other, building trust and understanding. The Democrats can resolve their rift with patience and tolerance. American Jews and Muslims, natural allies facing a resurgence of racial and religious hatred, can do so, too.

                  Jerome K. Davidson
                  New York

                  Michelle Goldberg's column, with which I only mostly agree, is on point as well:



                  And there is this on AlterNet:

                  https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/criticizing-israe...

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                  Wanna Get The Press Back In The Action?

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                      1. Turn off the cameras.

                      2. Prohibit Press Conferences for a year.

                      3. Put no print on his life.

                      It won't take long. But Trump must be shown that democracy in action means a free and unbiased, truthful press that reports to the American people.

                      A notable side effect of this would be that if you think Trump is melting down now, wait til nobody's talking about him.

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                      It's All Cohen's Fault, Trump Places Blame For His Failure In Hanoi

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                          "So what we have here is a failure to communicate..."

                          Trump cannot possibly be responsible for - well - anything.

                          First of all, there is scant chance that his "bro" Kim was ever going to sign anything that did not include Trump giving up every bargining chip. Trump has already done much in his power to assure the greatest number of American casulties should conflict reignite on the Korean Penisula, both on the ground and with every family back at home whose service members suffer.


                          The canceling of war games is no mean step, for rigorous training is an absolute necessity. Meanwhile, those preparing in the North seem to be maintaining their intensity. Americans are unaware of how the Third Reich under another leader forced the hand of Western Europe into allowing the start of WWII by Neville Chamberlain making every effort to secure peace by appeasing a madman. The letters written by the British Prime Minister, along with trips to meet with Hitler went on for months, and while German forces were mustered and trained, the military of France and England remained mostly stored with mothballs. The failure to confront may not have prevented hostilities, but the conflict may not have been so far reaching.



                          Now we have the convienent excuse of Michael Cohen testifying, as if all of the world's hopes were now dashed. Perhaps they were, perhaps there are a few souls abroad who see Trump as God reincarnate, or at least a saint and were forced to recognize that not only did their American hero own clay feet, but is in fact in concert with powers of darker forces, both East and West and everywhere in between.


                          Or maybe the hearing was just better theater.


                          Kim likely knew that Trump's former attorney would have a lot to say, and that much of it would reinforce the fact that Trump may hold the title of "POTUS", but has no true legitimacy aside from sitting in the Oval Office.

                          And that is certainly, at least in part, Michael Cohen's fault.


                          Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60 and #TheResistanceGOP

                          #Indivisible #Resist #TheResistance

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                              On a happier day, yours truly enjoys the Dublin sunshine with a worthy companion

                              Patrick Cockburn's opinion piece rings far too true for me, as I have found myself thinking of those who have lost family for centuries as a result of Irish sectarian/partisan violence, and the very real threat of a return to the reign of terror by the worst of the actors of all parties involved.

                              Whatever the solution might be, there will be those citizens who will respond out of fear and loathing, remembering the horrors of the past and believing that they are destined to be threatened by an uncertain future. Northern Ireland remains the redhaired stepchild of the United Kingdom, acknowledged only in passing for decades until Prime Minister May found herself on the short end of a full majority. The embarrassment of having to visit the Democratic Unionist Party with hat in hand while begging to parlay was not lost on her English supporters, some of whom took great exception to May's need to deal in the first place. This active distrust by some Members of Parliament of their poor Irish cousins is easily recognized, especially by those who believe that the burdensome relative is all that stands in obstruction to a free and easy departure ftom the European Union.


                              The British Army as deployed in Belfast in 1969



                              For many on both sides of the Irish Sea there is just cause for concern, and as is often the result of cruel attacks on innocent victims, a large measure of distrust owned by the survivors. It seems almost impossible for peace to survive intact with the return of a hard border to Ireland, and given that decades were spent in the ultimately successful effort to have the bulk of both sides lay down their arms, it is all too likely that the populace will suffer the role of collateral damage. The more than 3500 killed over the 30 years of "low-intensity violence" from 1969 to 1998, combined with the estimated 45 - 50,000 injured over the same time is a harsh and cold memory, too easily brought to the immediate forefront of thought by the current negotiations. Considering the advancements made in the art of terrorist explosive devices and other tactics over the last twenth years, the Troubles may pale in comparison to what might come.


                              IRA Provisionals patroling in Belfast during the 1980's

                              Whichever Brexit side you favor is truly immaterial, for the vital issue here is how to avoid not just fueling the fire, but also preventing the ignition of the fuse.

                              GS Jade Barrett, SANE60

                              https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/northern-irel...

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                              Wow! What A Moniker

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                                  Esquire magazine, in an article released moments ago, just referred to the sitting President of the USA as "this grotesque creature embodying all the worst instincts of the American psyche", specifically in relation to the US National Security status.

                                  Now that's different.

                                  https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26...

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