January 20, 2021

TRUMP IS DUMPED

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

TRUMP IS DUMPED

It’s ludicrous that some of the white supremacists who participated in the Capitol riot are actually disowning Donald Trump, even though he made their bigotry fashionable again, at least among the tens of millions in his base. In their view, Trump became a traitor when he yielded to pressure from the few remaining sane members of his shrunken staff and called off the same riotous mob he had incited with a video “plea” to “go home.”
Even though he added “we love you” and “you’re very special,” it was not enough to placate some of the supremacist seditionists (SS) who have now added their hero to their snit list with charges that he threw them under the bus. “Get out of our way,” said one. “We don’t follow you.”
One can argue that these freaks from the fringe are just giving Donald Trump the Trump treatment. The Trumpster made a habit of tossing his most ardent supporters into the dumpster whenever it suited his whims. Even Mike Pence, who spent an entire four years toadying up to him, got trashed because at the last minute, Pence wouldn’t break the law for him.
But Donald Trump made the white supremacists what they are today: a genuine threat to the United States of America. Where before they crawled along the secret sewers of super patriot intolerance, they now march with their heads high, beneath their “Proud Boy” and “Boogaloo” banners, like so many divisions of the Trump Army. Trump, as president, allowed them to wear their bigotry proudly. “I was a racist before racism was cool” was their spirited cry. Still, they are turning on the guy who encouraged them now that he is retreating with his tail between his legs.
Some of them, those who even bother debating with their critics, use the “What about ...?” argument — as in, what about the leftist extremists who also use violence and attack police and innocent businesses in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement?
Before we go any further down this false equivalence path, let’s stipulate that all violence is bad. Having said that, let’s go back to the root causes of racial prejudice.
White people brought Black people to America as shackled captives. White people built their country using slave labor and fought a war to keep the slave system. White people forced Black people to endure discrimination under Jim Crow and only grudgingly are giving it up; our society is still riddled with discrimination, including a huge disparity in the use of deadly police force against people of color.

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January 16, 2021

WHERE ARE THEY?

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

WHERE ARE THEY?

Note that we have not heard from Iran, China, Russia, North Korea or even ISIS. This would be an opportune time for one of these enemies of the United States to launch an attack or do lesser malicious mischief. The U.S. is in a weakened condition with a deranged president who could do such calamitous damage in his remaining days.
Why hasn’t some adversary taken advantage of the fact that Donald Trump is imploding? Is it because he IS imploding? Is it because in Tehran’s case, for instance, noodging the United States of America is no longer such a cheap thrill because the “great Satan” is not so great anymore? Read the tweet from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (who, by the way, has not been banned from Twitter):
“Have you seen the situation in the U.S.? This is their democracy and this is their election fiasco. Today, the U.S. & ‘American values’ are ridiculed even by their friends.”
No, the biggest danger to us these days, as we segue from the disastrous Donald Trump administration to Joe Biden’s, is not foreign but domestic. And America is quivering in fear.
Washington, the center of power in this nation that likes to present itself as “exceptional,” is exceptionally locked down. It’s impossible for residents to get around right now, because thousands of soldiers and police officers are blocking off all access, not only because of threats to D.C., but expanding across this nation of ours. The violent threats of war come from homegrown terrorists, not those from far away.
What is usually a celebration of the peaceful transition of power is anything but now. It’s easy to blame the presidency of Donald Trump, and hopefully he will get the justice he deserves.

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January 12, 2021

DON TRUMP’S EXILE

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

DON TRUMP’S EXILE

It’s a shame they didn’t name one of the early social media entities Pandora, after the mythological woman who opened the box that released all kinds of trouble on humanity, a shame that the trademark was left for a music and podcast app later.
The Facebooks and Twitters of this world are prime examples of a technology run amok. With the intention of providing a voice to every individual, it quickly became evident that not every individual should have that voice, that our worst instincts will inevitably spread and pollute the planet.
Look no further than Donald Trump, who turned this instrument into a cyber-demagoguery platform and stepped from it all the way to the highest office in the land. He clearly had no concept of how he would use his near omnipotence, other than for feeding his most unhinged narcissism.
But who decides who has access? If the institutional filters for ideas, like the media, have unfairly represented the rich and mighty’s interests and infuriated everyone else, who’s to say that a shameless, ignorant blowhard can’t inspire the “regular folks” with simplistic and hateful promises using these internet soapboxes, particularly if this scaffolding is run by amoral technocrats?
Only after an entire Trump presidential term — as these profiteers lurched from one bad idea to another — have they settled on their latest strategy to police misinformation and try to control the deranged president.
They simply pulled the plug on him ... silenced his voice in the final few days of his lying public presence. Twitter and Facebook chose to shut him down. In the case of unrestrained right wing Parler, Apple, Google and Amazon decreed that such mini sites would not be allowed to peddle their incitement. They’d simply be removed.
Suddenly, the president’s bully pulpit had no bullhorn. His millions of supporters could only claim censorship. Of course it was censorship, opening another Pandora’s box. In their case, they were scrambling to come up with another high-tech way to construct a new misinformation highway.
Of course their militants have another alternative: continued violence. In the few days remaining before Joe Biden’s inauguration, they can regroup and launch their evil, deadly attacks now that they have a martyr to rally around: Donald Trump. But they and he have momentarily lost the element of surprise, which compromises the ability to coordinate their treason.

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January 9, 2021

THE DAY OF CHAOS

FROM KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
BY BOB FRANKEN

THE DAY OF CHAOS

What shall we call it, as we mark every Jan. 6, National Shame Day? We will be commemorating the anniversary of when democracy was almost overrun by a small group from the right wing fringes. Their fatal invasion was egged on by none other than President Donald Trump, elected and supported by millions in spite of the fact that he has predictably dragged the nation as low into humiliation as we can go.
Certainly, this con artist would never have had the smarts to drag the country down without hundreds of enablers, mostly in the Republican Party — people who knew better but who calculated that their ambitions for power took personal precedence over doing the right thing.
We could possibly make it National Hypocrisy Day, to dishonor the likes of politicians like Sen. Lindsey Graham, who detractors call “Linseed Oil” Graham because he’s so slippery, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, soon to be the minority leader after the Georgia elections did him in.
Both employed legislative contortions to enact the most preposterous features of the Trump agenda. But now their survival instincts are kicking in, and they are among the party regulars who are throwing him overboard.
Funny how they’ve suddenly discovered their consciences. Graham went from golfing buddy to proclaiming “enough is enough” of the Donald. And McConnell insisted that the wishes of Trump for Congress to declare the election null and void would send the U.S. into a “death spiral.”
But the hypocrites’ hypocrite has to be Mike Pence. The ever obsequious vice president bailed on his great leader conveniently after the president was credibly accused of inciting the riot that sent marauders defiling the symbols of our all-too-fragile democracy. Only after the dust settled and Congress was on its way to certifying the Biden victory over Trump did Pence, ever the righteous one, declare, “To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win.” And never mind that the havoc-wreakers marched to the beat of his boss man’s drummers.
Of course the dust never really settles. Even though Biden was finally certified the election winner, even though the president tweeted shortly before 4 a.m. that there would, in fact, be an “orderly transition,” even though he had to make that promise through a staff aide because he had been banned from social media, there are still scores to settle.
What to do with the insurrectionists, the rioters who ravaged the Capitol? Should they be identified and charged with sedition or accessory to murder, because their alleged actions led to death? Should they be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and receive maximum punishment if found guilty?
How about the police higher-ups who showed their bigotry with their perfunctory planning for the mostly white marauders, as compared to the brutal response to Black Lives Matter protestors this summer? What was behind that? We all know what.

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