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Dave Neiwert via Booman (h/t Frank):
But if you can't understand that a Donald Trump presidency would be an extinction-level event for American democracy -- and especially if you are so fanatically blinkered that you think that Clinton and Trump are actually comparable or similar -- then you have neither paid any attention to the matters that I've spent the past 14 years focused on, and/or you simply have no respect for it. You are, on a very deep level, no friend of mine.
by Bernard on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 04:16:42 AM EST
I agree about a Trump Presidency. Possibly more dangerous than the nuclear suitcase is his powers of appointment, not just to SCOTUS but also to Justice. He could permanently degrade remaining aspects of the US system. And Clinton is not Trump, not close. But she is bad enough as it is and, at the very least, will not have her heart in most of the progressive agenda Sanders is pushing, especially anything that challenges the neo-liberal status quo. And it certainly is not a case of 'unless Clinton is the Democratic nominee Trump will win the Presidency. The danger that Trump will win is probably significantly greater with Clinton as the nominee, but, unfortunately, we cannot run the election ten times and take an average to get a better idea.

I was not familiar with Dave Neiwert until now. From his Wiki bio and his quoted post on Booman it appears he has devoted his journalism chiefly to the activities of the far right, especially in Idaho and the US northwest. And they are very concerning. But I have to wonder how closely he has kept his eye on what passes for 'the mainstream' in US politics. Perhaps he hasn't noticed that 'mainstream' activities have a lot to do with the rise of these crazies and that mainstream US politics are currently represented by the two dominant US political parties.

Overblown.

   

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 09:45:44 AM EST
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ARGeezer:
it appears he has devoted his journalism chiefly to the activities of the far right, especially in Idaho and the US northwest.
I have read his blog occasionally over the past ten years, and yes, this is exactly what he does. He's also writing for the Southern Poverty Law Center and covering issues closer to your home (example).
by Bernard on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 10:59:34 AM EST
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It has been >50 years since we had a lynching around here. My former neighbor told me about it. Poor guy was a victim of a 'sundowner' law. A hill west of downtown now called Wallace Knob was called 'Nigger Knob' back then in honor of their 'accomplishment'.

But the Klan and other White Supremacists fell victim to local business development. With two lakes and three rivers in the area they wanted tourists. The Klan and White Supremacists were scaring them away, so they encouraged the FBI and others to come in and clean house, which they did.

More recently Arkansas has beefed up its police powers as well. My neighbor told me of high school seniors having regularly gone on rampages after graduation and described some of the stunts. I asked him how they got away with it. His answer: "There wasn't enough law to stop us." Now we have a new Sheriff's Office and County Jail that can hold around 70 people and a helicopter that flies daily. (One of the things I had hoped to get away from when we left LA.)

BTW, I have contributed to Southern Poverty Law Center amd recieve their newsletter. An excellent organization. In several places they have used civil law to take away the property of local white supremacist groups, seizing property and giving it to organizations that serve the victims of that violence.  

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 12:12:29 AM EST
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