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Est. April 5, 2002
Oct 8, 2020 - Issue 836
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To President Donnie: Your fondest dream is never going to become true. The U.S. is never going to be made white again, no matter how hard you try or how much cruel bluster you strut on the national and world stage.

It was all out there for all the world to see in the first “debate” you had with former Vice President Joe Biden. Your destruction of the format was complete. And, your carefully constructed facade of adulthood in the encounter with Biden and the poor Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace, fell apart on that fateful night.

We’ll ignore, for now, that you made a chaotic shambles of the entire enterprise of what for 60 years had become a tradition between presidential candidates (the main two parties, at least), to allow the American electorate a chance to see the differences between them and, perhaps, get a glimpse of what the future might hold, whichever one would be elected. That idea went out the window the first time you opened your mouth and spewed your bile all over the “debate” stage. From then on, it was all over but the pained analysis by pundits and partisans alike. Many have called for the debate commission (bipartisan) to cancel the next two sessions between Biden and you.

But the lowlight of the debate was when Wallace called on you to denounce white supremacy and the white supremacists who are a substantial percentage of your base. You failed utterly, when you asked them to “stand back” and “stand by.” Stand by for what? You know that they are fond of showing up in public bearing their combat weapons, as if it takes courage to make a show of their guns when they confront a demonstration of civil rights and human rights advocates who don’t have a single AR-15 among them. Those boys are sure brave, just like you were brave when you fled your duty to country in your draft-dodging to avoid service in the Vietnam War. That’s the kind of bravery you can relate to.

Another kind of bravery is your signal to your base that, if you are reelected, you will do your best to reduce and, if possible, eliminate Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You don’t even have to face members of Congress, let alone the wrath of the people, millions of whom rely on all three of those programs. And, let’s not forget the importance of food stamps for millions more, especially the children. You would take food from their mouths by executive order, so you would not have to face them when they discover what you have been up to. Many of these millions are in your base of support and yet, they seem to stick to you, as if you are providing some good for them, just because you told them so. Eventually, Donnie, they will find out, but you’ll be long gone, long after the damage is done.

There’s no accounting for their loyalty to you. After all, you once told them in a public setting, “I love the poorly educated,” whatever you meant by that. It’s all right there in a video, with you bragging about how you did well in all parts of the political spectrum. For those “poorly educated,” it means that they are at the bottom rung of the economic ladder, as well and they are the ones most devastated by your destructive policies that are designed to shrink human services and hurt your base the most. They don’t get it, yet, but they will. By then, it will be too late and it will be a tough fight to get back to the benefits of society that started with the New Deal, back in the early part of last century. The “poorly educated” surely put you over the top in the 2016 election, but they appear to be slowly changing their minds and, come Election Day, enough of them may have caught on to your con and you may be in deep trouble. At least, that’s what the polls show now.

You told the Proud Boys, white supremacists all, to stand back and stand by and they are preparing to make the post-election period one of chaos and, possibly, bloodshed. During the debate, when you were cornered by the question of denouncing white supremacy, you couldn’t do it. You always pretend that you don’t know the racists and white supremacists who support and endorse you, and you did that with the Proud Boys. You hesitated to denounce them and, in fact, you gave them encouragement to regroup and recruit new members (which they did), as soon as they heard the words “stand by” come out of your mouth. Your pretense that you didn’t know David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who endorsed you in 2016, was a lie. We all know that you don’t read much and you don’t learn very fast, but your posturing that you don’t know your white supremacist supporters is another one of your monumental lies. It’s clear that you’re a racist and that you favor the company of white supremacists and you made that very clear during the debate. Your protests to the contrary ring hollow...always have and always will.

Perhaps the most dangerous of your traits is your profound lack of empathy, which allowed you to bluster your way through seven months, so far, of undermining medical and scientific experts who have warned of the deadly nature of the coronavirus, COVID-19. You told the American people repeatedly that the virus was a “Democratic hoax” to such an extent that your supporters defied any common sense precautions to avoid contracting or passing the virus. You politicized the virus and the result was hundreds of thousands of deaths. Your answer to that was: Well, it was predicted that there might be millions of deaths and we only had 210,000. Even when you contracted the virus and were “cured” at the Walter Reed Hospital, you didn’t learn anything. In most things you’ve done in this world, you’ve done with the petulance of a pre-adolescent child, with all of its negative aspects: surliness, quick-trigger anger, selfishness, avarice and, when all else fails when you don’t get your way, unremitting whining.

When you returned to the White House, against the recommendations of many medical experts around the country, you casually told the people, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” further undermining public health messages. This comes from a patient who had an army of medical personnel, a first-rate hospital setting, medicines that are not on the market (some likely to have been experimental), monitoring every several minutes around the clock, and people to wait on him at every beck and call. It would be the most natural thing to call you arrogant and, now that you’re out of danger (you think), you have become even more arrogant, deceitful, cruel, and prideful. You have tried to portray yourself as the invincible deal-maker of the world. You’re not. You are many things, but invincible you are not. Your suffering the disease of Covid-19 should have shown you that, but you are a slow learner, if you learn anything at all.

The harm that you have done to the nation and its people will not be “cured” by a three-day visit to Walter Reed. Indeed, there are some 330 million who never would get the same treatment and there are millions who might just as well get their medical care by Googling “doctor.” You know that, yet you are trying to kill Obamacare and put healthcare access out of the reach of some 20 million more Americans. And, you have just stated that you will not consider a second stimulus package for citizens until after you win the election. You’ll never understand that millions of families are living under the hammer of eviction and their children are hungry.

Your disregard for human life, for families, is beyond cruel. Even your supporters are beginning to understand that. This time, your “base” is not going to save you, but the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court you are engineering into a 6-3 majority might. Columnist, John Funiciello, is a former newspaper reporter and labor organizer, who lives in the Mohawk Valley of New York State. In addition to labor work, he is organizing family farmers as they struggle to stay on the land under enormous pressure from factory food producers and land developers. Contact Mr. Funiciello and BC.

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