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Kim Phones Trump

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 06/16/18 20:28

by Dave Mindeman

Headline: Trump says he gave North Korea's Kim his direct number

Trump: Hello?

Kim: Hello Big Donnie. It's me Kim.

Trump: Well, hi, Lego Man, how goes the grind.

Kim: Oh, just doing my thing. Arrested a few people. Executed some deserters. Expanded my gulags. Played some buckets with Rodman. And made everyone watch me eat a seven course meal on State TV.

Trump: Sounds like a full day. I love the way everyone pays so much attention to what you do. They really, really love you.

Kim: Hey, Donnie boy, I expect nothing less. I get their loyalty -or else.

Trump: That's what I like about you Short Round. You stay on point. Wish I didn't have to cow tow to the free media. They can mess up my narrative really bad. Say, you plan to have any military parades soon? I'd sure like to be there. Love the hardware.

Kim: Sure Donnie, my man. I can conjure up some big equipment shows anytime. My army does a mean goose step. Love to have you as my guest.

Trump: Great, ButterBall, let's have our people get that arranged. Oh, by the way, how's that nuke dismantling coming?

Kim: Still getting the inventory together. Might take a few months, maybe years, to get that on paper. But we are working on it. I'll keep you informed.

Trump: Thanks, Stuffing and Gravy, you know how persnickety my deep state can be about getting results. You'd never guess that I just prevented nuclear war.

Kim: Yeah, I get it. My generals got all hot under the collar when our nuclear test site collapsed. Set us back pretty good. But I told them that you would be willing to stall things out until we get back in the groove. I appreciate that you trust me on these things. Nobody else ever has taken my word for things before. But you understand the big lie. We can communicate.

Trump: Yeah, Bubble Boy, we are kindred spirits. Nobody gets my approach here at home either. But you know how this works. It's the show that counts. Keep it superficial and everybody wins......Well, sorry, got to get back to imprisoning kids at the border. Never seems to end down there. But don't be a stranger. You can call me anytime.

Kim: Thanks, Big Donnie, I appreciate that very much. Say hi to Mikey for me. He still owes me for that backgammon game. Bye for now.

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Immigration Fear Mongering

Category: Immigration
Posted: 06/16/18 19:54

by Dave Mindeman

Immigration policy has always been controversial. But the Trump interpretation of it is patently ludicrous.

The border with Mexico is not being overrun. The Canadians prefer their own country and probably could start taking steps to keep us out.

We are a nation that appeals to the down trodden. We give people hope. They look to us for opportunity. How can that be a bad thing?

But Trump continues to try to confuse us. He acts as though all the people crossing our border intend to do us harm. He cites the gang MS-13 - which is a home grown gang that originated in the US via Los Angeles in the 1980's. Yes, they are dangerous - much as the Crips and Bloods were before them. But they have little to do with immigration. They are latino for the most part and that is all Trump needs to race bait the situation. Trump uses their brutal tactics as being synonymous with illegal entry into the US. This is far from accurate and Trump is just exploiting fear.

Most of us never heard of MS13 prior to Trump's tirades. And he uses that lack of information to alter the dialogue. Turning border immigration into a rising tide of fear.

And the unconscienable tactic of separating children from their parents in regards to current seekers of asylum is cruel and inhumane. And absolutely unAmerican. Trump lies about the policy - trying to make his supporters believe that the law requires him to do this. This is 100% false and he knows it. Once again, fear and lying are his methods of choice to justify his abhorrent policies.

Several years ago, the US Senate had a compromise immigration bill which provided a path to citizenship for those living in the shadows. It was reasonable and measured - and the opportunity was lost because of the hysteria the Republican right wing chooses to believe. Trump has fed on that hysteria and radicalized it even further. It has reached a point that the United States has become a prominent violator of human rights.

I do not understand how a Republican can, in good conscience, continue to side with Trump policies. The party of family values no longer has any semblance of a moral compass.

There is only one solution to this. Vote. Vote for people with rational ideas. Vote for people who condemn the family separation. Vote for people who believe in doing good and will not proliferate fear.

This election has clear choices. Be sure to exercise that choice.
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Freedom Needs Defending - We Need To Act

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 06/16/18 15:51

by Dave Mindeman

Kids ripped away from their parents.

Is this really America anymore? How much more of this are we going to allow? After all, this is being done in our name. The people of the United States are complicit in a massive incarceration of children.

Sounds pretty bad doesn't it. But this President and his Attorney General think this is a viable solution to our immigration problem.

What is even more grotesque about this is that these are not "illegals". They are simply oppressed people looking for safe harbor. They are applying for asylum under US immigration law. They are coming to the border, turning themselves in and asking for refuge.

And our response is to take their children away from them without telling them where they are taking them or how to contact them.

Asylum seekers treated as criminals.

And through this outrage, Trump will not even take responsibility for the action. He blames Democrats. He blames laws that give him the option. He blames everyone but himself.

He knows the truth. He can end this with a wave of his hand. For once, he has the actual executive power to end this travesty. He doesn't need Congress and he doesn't have to make up a new rule. He can just say, Stop it.

But he won't do that. In his warped mindset, he thinks this is some kind of deterrent. That we can stop people from taking up the Statue of Liberty's offer and seek a new life in a country of opportunity. Trump does not want them. He thinks they are the enemy. While he cozies up to dictators, he thinks that the people they oppress are the real adversary.

I can't believe that we have come to this. I really can't. I have always felt that the people of the United States could never be convinced that this type of cruelty can actually be allowed. I guess I was wrong. It's happening. And the only defense these people have is, once again, the ACLU.

The rule of law is supposed to protect people involved with this country. We are supposed to have our day in court. Trump is making that day as difficult as possible. He lies about it. He blocks it. He pushes his agents to make things as difficult as he can. And he takes away children. The horrible nature of such a thing cannot be allowed to happen.

We are not an autocratic state. Deep within us is the compassion and empathy that will end this assault on decency.

We, as the citizens of a free nation, must insist that freedom win out and that families are kept sacred and intact.

It is the right thing to do.
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