Not a Book Review: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

“I think I’ll indulge in the luxury of being independent, for once, and vote Prohibition or the Battle Creek bran-and-spinach ticket, or anything that makes some sense!”

Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here is an alternative history novel about fascism coming to the United States of America. It’s not so much prescience. The book was written in 1935 as the Nazis were ratcheting up their good works in Germany, and a lot of the story was more or less a direct transfer of Nazi tactics to a North American sensibility. But there are some fascinating parallels, not with 1930s Germany, but with the 2016 US Presidential Election, particularly in the early chapters, before the election of Senator Benzedrine “Buzz” Windrip [sic]. No, it’s not prescience. These are timeless Americanisms. Almost a century later, politics in America has gotten better, has gotten worse, has stayed exactly the same.

Trump supporters aren’t called the League of Forgotten Men but they could just as easily have been. There isn’t a Reverend Paul Peter Prang, whose “weekly radio address … was to millions the very oracle of God”; there are dozens of them, though there certainly have been competitors for the title of Lee Sarason. And men, it seems, have never stopped paying lip service to “draining the swamp”.

“[E]ven if our Buzzy maybe has got a few faults, he’s on the side of the plain people, and against all the tight old political machines …”

Windrip was a clown, a liar, and a charlatan, “ascending from the vulgar fraud of selling bogus medicine, standing in front of a megaphone, to the dignity of selling bogus economics, standing … in front of a microphone.” He was “vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his “ideas” almost idiotic while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store. Certainly there was nothing exhilarating in the actual words of his speeches, nor anything convincing in his philosophy. … [He] would coldly and almost contemptuously jab his crowds with figures and facts–figures and facts that were inescapable even when, as often happened, they were entirely incorrect.”

When approached by supplicants vis a vis the moral defense/condemnation of a burlesque show, he “called the clergymen “Doctor” or “Brother” or both; he called the promoters “Buddy” and “Pal”; he gave equally ringing promises to both; and for both he loyally did nothing whatever.” Similarly, “it was known that, though he drank a lot, Senator Windrip also praised teetotalism a lot, while his rival, Walt Trowbridge, though he drank but little, said nothing at all in support of the Messiahs of Prohibition.”

So, at the tragic end of the tragic day, the people saw in him, “for all his clownish swindlerism, a free vigor which promised a rejuvenation of the crippled and senile capitalistic system.”

Coincidentally, Windrip is a Democrat, but then so was Trump once. In the end, it makes no difference. America is a two-party country, both of them for the rich, and the poor are just pawns kicked around the chess board.

Windrip’s opponent in the presidential election, Walter Trowbridge, “quietly, steadfastly, speaking on the radio and in a few great halls, explained that he did advocate an enormously improved distribution of wealth, but that it must be achieved by steady digging and not by dynamite that would destroy more than it excavated.” Windrip flatly promises $5000 to every “real American family”.

As Lewis writes, the “conspicuous fault of [the opposition] was that it represented integrity and reason, in a year when the electorate hungered for … all the primitive emotions they thought they found in the screaming of Buzz Windrip.” It didn’t matter that “one tenth of 1 per cent of the population at the top have an aggregate income equal to 42 per cent at the bottom. Figures like that are too astronomical. Don’t mean a thing in the world to a fellow with his eyes–and nose–down in a transmission box …”

It’s an obvious observation (though not obvious enough for the country to have done anything about it) which Lewis puts keenly when he writes that “Windrip’s just something nasty that’s been vomited up. Plenty others still left fermenting in the stomach … No, Buzz isn’t important–it’s the sickness that made us throw him up that we’ve got to attend to”. At another spot, he adds that “Windrip is only the lightest cork on the whirlpool. He didn’t plot all this thing. With all the justified discontent there is against the smart politicians and the Plush Horses of Plutocracy–oh, if it hadn’t been one Windrip, it’d been another.” Of course this is also where life outstrips the greatest imagination. Who did 2016 America elect to defend this “justified discontent” but the plushest of the Plush Horses!

Dark times follow, which we are not here to discuss. A good history book of Nazi Germany will suffice. Instead, Lewis offers up a prayer for all of us:

Blessed be they who are not Patriots and Idealists, and who do not feel they must dash right in and Do Something About It, something so immediately important that all doubters must be liquidated–tortured–slaughtered!

With respect to this, Trump’s America is both better and worse. Trump has not built an overt state-run terror machine to violently suppress minorities, the press and political opponents, but that is not to say that every one of these groups has been terrorised in myriad ways more insidious and thereby more difficult to combat and resist.

Lewis astutely observes that “the world struggle today was not of Communism against Fascism, but of tolerance against the bigotry that was preached equally by Communism and Fascism. But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word “Fascism” and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty.”

But the book does end, there is an ‘end’ to the trials of Doremus Jessup–yes, he’s the hero of the story, the editor of a small local paper called The Informer, and sure it’s quite a late introduction for the main character, but this is not a book review so what does it matter, here he is anyway–and approaching the final chapters, I couldn’t help being nervous about the potential resolution. Was everyone going to die? Does he love Big Brother? Part of me wished for a happy ending but as Lewis himself reminds us (referencing Romain Rolland), “a country that tolerates evil means–evil manners, standards of ethics–for a generation, will be so poisoned that it never will have any good end.” How does a country recover from totalitarianism?

Let’s not forget that It can’t Happen Here was written and published in 1935, before the outbreak of the second World War, nor had a world war precipitated in the book by the time the story ends in 1939. But yes, spoilers ahead, I’m going to tell you how it ends. Like I said, there is no easy road away from totalitarianism. The dictator Windrip is deposed by his second-in-command Sarason, who is soon after removed by the Secretary of War and head of the military Colonel Dewey Haik, and things, which up until that point had been atrocious and irredeemable, get even worse. War is declared on Mexico, less for any substantial reason than in the hopes of uniting the country against an outside enemy. Fortunately, the move backfires and instead plunges the country into civil war, which, very soon thereafter, in one final dig at America and perhaps highlighting the root cause of all the aforementioned and -quoted evils, “halted, because in the America which had so warmly praised itself for its “widespread popular free education,” there had been so very little education; widespread, popular, free, or anything else, that most people did not know what they wanted–indeed knew about so few things to want at all.”



salon: Scholar Henry Giroux: Trump’s attack on democracy will fail

Worth reading and acting on. Some important thoughts on violence, civic duty, consumerism. Bad, good, bad, ICYMI.

One year after the 2016 Presidential Election, things are much worse than anticipated. America has changed, the world has changed. And things are only going to escalate in the coming years. Resistance has been surprisingly strong but it must continue. And we need to examine the cause for this horror in each and every one of us.

Capitalism is not Democracy. Capitalism is not Democracy. Capitalism is no–

Atlantic: He was a crook

I was wondering what Hunter S Thompson would have written about Trump if he had still been alive today, and the closest I could find were the words he reserved for the reigning champion of scum, Richard Nixon.

“Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place.”

“I kicked him repeatedly long before he went down. I beat him like a mad dog with mange every time I got a chance, and I am proud of it. He was scum.”

Thanks you Hunter, we miss you.

You’re God damn right I did!

Code Red

“I think he wants to say it. I think he’s pissed off that he’s gotta hide from this. I think he wants to say that he made a command decision and that’s the end of it. He eats breakfast 300 yards away from 4000 Cubans that are trained to kill him. And nobody’s going to tell him how to run his unit least of all the Harvard mouth in his faggoty white uniform.”

-A Few Good Men

Let Trump testify.

Trump strategy: accuse others of own wrongdoing

Whenever you want to know what Trump is up to, just look at what he is accusing others of doing. It should be obvious to all of us now that his strategy is to attack his opponents for what he himself is doing. It could be self-loathing, we all despise what we hate in ourselves. But more likely, it’s because ‘No, I’m not. You are’ just doesn’t have the sting of a preemptive attack. Here of some of his greatest hits:

Trump complains of a rigged electoral system while actively rigging the system. He makes accusations of voter fraud when it is his supporters that are committing voter fraud; he even obliquely suggested it. At the same time he encourages tactics to intimidate minority voters, which is nothing new of course: there is and has been a concerted decades-long effort by the Republican Party to disenfranchise minorities.

Trump accused Clinton of being on drugs then came out in the debate sniffling like a coke head. He also attacked Clinton’s age and health when Trump is older and famous for his unhealthy lifestyle, and his doctor’s note was utter rubbish written in 5 minutes while he waited in the car.

Trump fanned allegations that Clinton was involved in a child-sex ring when he himself has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment, of raping his ex-wife Ivana Trump, of attempted rape of a business partner Jill Harth, and of rape of a 13-year-old at a party hosted by his good friend Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender known as the ‘billionaire pedophile’, an allegation corroborated by a woman who was in charge of procuring adolescent women for these parties.

Trump attacks Clinton’s Wall Street ties and money in politics then appoints billionaires with heavy Wall Street ties to his cabinet, not to mention he was one of the people who had been investing in the swamp for decades.

Trump attacks illegal workers despite revelations that Melania Trump may have worked illegally when she first arrived in the country. He attacks immigrants when Trump himself comes from an immigrant family; his mother was a naturalised Scot.

Trump accuses Europe and China of currency manipulation in order to manipulate the US dollar. He attacks leaks from his administration, tweeting “Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea … ?” while photographs circulate on Facebook of him discussing North Korea’s missile tests and looking at classified documents in public over dinner.

And perhaps the most insidious of all, Trump attacks the ‘mainstream’ media of spreading fake news when he is the one lying, constantly, blatantly and unapologetically.

You don’t believe me? Just listen to his next condemnation and look at what he’s doing.

And people fall for it every time, AND CONTINUE TO FALL FOR IT!



Beginner’s Guide to America 2.0

It’s Groundhog Day 2017. Here is a run-down of why I think the situation in the US is seriously troubling:

Trump the person
I won’t dwell long on this aspect. He is a billionaire businessman who knows only to advance his own interests. He shows all the traits of suffering (read: profiting) from narcissistic personality disorder and sociopathy. He lies every time he opens his mouth. He lies about blatant objective facts and he makes those around him carry those lies. He is a textbook racist: he judges people broadly according to the negative stereotypes of their country of origin, their race and their social group. He is a misogynist: his comments and actions towards women are inexcusable and indefensible. He is a bad, evil, hateful person, judge him on whichever moral code you ascribe to. He is an aspiring autocrat. He is a bully, and America has just granted him control of the largest apparatus for bullying in the world, the US economic and military might.

Executive Orders in first 10 days
EO to repeal Affordable Care Act. This is one of the last first world countries with no universal healthcare. More importantly, they have no plan to replace Obamacare once repealed.

EO Global gag rule banning NGOs who receive American funding from discussing, even discussing, abortion.

EOs to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline deals with little to no regard for Native American Indian concerns and the public response, not to mention serious environmental concerns.

EOs to further reduce regulation for businesses. You can be sure these will include rolling back regulations that protect people and the environment but are ‘bad’ for business. Another EO requires the repeal of 2 regulations for every new regulation. This is like saying we must arrest x number of people per day (coming soon).

EO threatening to defund sanctuary cities. The so-called sanctuary cities are predominantly the richer, liberal-leaning cities. The money to run the federal government comes from these cities. So Trump is basically threatening to withhold from these cities the money these cities pay the federal government.

EO to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Mexico will not pay for it, though Trump will continue to try to bully them into submission. The American people will pay for it, as was always going to be the case. (Speculation only: The government enters contracts worth $100+ million to build and maintain the border wall with companies with untraceable affiliations to Trump, with huge penalties for termination. This is important as the wall will not be completed in one presidential term.) This EO also requires mandatory detention of illegals who cross into America instead of the current catch and release policy. (Speculation only: The detention centres that will need to be built will undoubtedly be for-profit; let’s call them the new Trump hotels. It will of course not be traceable to Trump’s interests. Hell, they probably will be traceable but will be rubber stamped anyway.)

EO banning nationals of 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering America as well as suspending the refugee program. Obviously the official line is to protect America’s borders. People were quick to notice however that only 2 terrorists were known to have come from the banned countries, most were from countries unaffected by the ban. People have also noticed that the ban only affects countries where Trump does not have business interests and skips all of those where he does. And this isn’t even touching on the fact that these bans will be completely ineffective at preventing terrorists from entering the country, just like the wall is not going to halt illegal immigration. And it’ll be a great recruitment campaign for extremists.

EO restructuring the National Security Council to exclude the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the Principal’s Committee unless necessary and making Steve Bannon (who we’ll get to) a regular attendee.

Cabinet Nominations
Trump’s National Security Adviser and Secretary of State both have close ties to Russia. Trump’s UN Ambassador questions US’s funding of the UN. Trump’s pick for EU Ambassador wants to break apart the EU. The nominee to head the EPA has been it’s strongest opponent. The nominee to lead the Department for Energy wanted to abolish it (along with the Departments of Education and Commerce). The nominee for Secretary of Education not only has no idea about the education system but refused to say in her Senate Committee hearing that she would protect people from scam schools. The nominee for the Attorney General was once denied a federal judgeship because of his racism (more on him later too).

State Department
Almost the entire senior management of the State Department was fired en masse with no replacement. A lot of people (normal citizens and reporters) view this as incompetence when in fact it may have been (open speculation:) a concerted effort to remove any opposition voices to the immigration ban, which was signed without anyone being notified and with no clarification of how it was to be enforced.

Rule of Law
While we’re on the topic, there were, thankfully, immediate legal challenges to the immigration ban. The 100+ affected peoples were stranded in CBP custody with children separated from their parents, and denied access to lawyers. Several state courts ruled on the ban but CBP agents defied the orders. Trump has repeatedly acted as if he were above the law. He used charity money to buy pictures of himself and bribe bureaucrats into dropping investigations into his illegal affairs. He settled the case against Trump University to ‘concentrate on his presidency’. He has not resolved his massive conflicts of interest. He has cases going before judges that he will appoint. His nominee for the Supreme Court will adjudicate on the constitutionality of his actions. He thinks he has been elected to a 4-year dictatorship and what’s scarier, a large chunk of the American people think so too. And just like any dictator, you can be sure he will be spending the next 4 years consolidating his power. The ban on refugees also breaches the Geneva Convention on Refugees but international treaties are impossible to enforce. Oh and he yelled at the Australian Prime Minister but Turnbull deserved it for not standing up to Trump in the first place, instead supporting the Muslim ban.

Attorney General
The acting Attorney General was fired for defying the same executive order, which she considered unconstitutional. Ironically, she was asked in her Senate Committee hearing whether she would uphold a president’s order or the Constitution should conflicts arise, to which she replied that she would defend the Constitution, which is exactly what she did. Trump fired her on the spot. The Senator who posed the question to her was Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. You can be sure he will not be challenging the constitutionality of the ban.

Media and Lies
Trump lies in the face of incontrovertible evidence. He lied and continues to lie about the attendance at his inauguration. He claims the rain miraculously stopped when he came out to speak when coverage clearly shows him delivering his speech in the rain. He has the Press Secretary Sean Spicer and I don’t even know what Conway’s official role is officially deliver these lies. She calls them ‘alternative facts’. Trump lives in his own reality and as one comedian said, he has us all hostage. Bannon called the media ‘the opposition party’. Conway threatened to ‘rethink our relationship with the media’. They have called for reporters who write negatively about Trump to be fired. At least one freelancer who trolled Trump was fired after pressure from Secret Service.

Trump continues to express his support for the use of torture, which also breaks international law.

LGBTQ rights
Coming soon.

Trump is a climate change denier. Either he really is that stupid or he just uses it for his own financial and political gain, much like Holocaust deniers (also coming soon). Pages addressing LGBTQ rights and climate change disappeared immediately from the White House website upon his inauguration. He wants to reignite the coal industry. He has ordered the revival of oil pipeline projects. He claims climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. His Secretary of State is the former CEO of ExxonMobil, who sat on evidence of climate change and gave money to support climate change deniers. (Speculation only: He may have received 19% of the Russian state oil company as a gift for winning the election and implementing a Russia-friendly foreign policy.)

Bannon & Kushner
Trump appointed his son-in-law senior adviser, sanctioned by the Department of Justice. Nepotism laws aside, this is a guy that spreads white supremacist bullshit. Bannon was the head of Breitbarts, an extreme right-wing ‘news’ site that no one other than its readers would even consider real reporting.

Trump’s mother was an illegal immigrant taken in by America. His paternal ancestors were also immigrants, moving to America from Germany. Two of his 3 wives are (were) immigrants. There is uncertainty whether his wife worked illegally in America when she first arrived.

It’s Groundhog Day 2017. We’re only two weeks in.


Medium: Trial balloon for a coup?

Read to the end, and if you can stomach it, read the link to his previous, longer, piece. This is apocalypse stuff and will be dismissed by most people as just that. The truth will be somewhere in the middle but looks to be rather closer to ‘Game Over’ than ‘Congratulations, you won!’ Seriously, this could be what they’re reading about us in 100 years time. And just to be absolutely clear on this, the situation does NOT need to escalate for it to be horrifying and unacceptable.

Read the article here, and the longer article here.



Inauguration Day

To those who say: I have to accept this president because this is how democracy works, I say: No, this is not how democracy works, this is how democracy fails. A democracy is not the unfettered caprice of the majority. It is not the profit motive. It is not an elite school playground or a Fortune 500 boardroom. When the government fails to protect minorities, when the state apparatus is turned into a megaphone for propaganda, when the commander-in-chief attacks, intimidates and tries to bully into silence political opponents, critics and the free press, when those in power pursue agendas for personal gain, then it is no longer a true democracy, it becomes a democracy in name only, and should and must be opposed.

Our work as citizens does not end at the ballot box. We do not elect presidents to four year dictatorships, and nor should we. At whatever point the leadership stops looking after the interests of the people, at whatever point we realise this, whether before or after or on Inauguration Day, or any other day, no matter if you were a lifelong Republican, no matter if you voted for the guy, no matter how many times you defended him to your family and friends, no matter how stupid you will look, from that moment onwards, from that realisation onwards, we have a duty to speak up, to stand up, and to fight for democracy.


Show Your Blue Colors Time Capsule Pt 1


With a potentially disastrous result for the Republicans in the presidential election this year, now is the time to push the advantage and, to paraphrase a popular campaign slogan, make Texas blue again!

It is a strong possibility.

In the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party won Texas by 1,261,719 votes. In 2008, the difference between the two major parties was 950,695 votes. This is quite a substantial margin, corresponding to 15.79% and 11.77% respectively. However, these are only the percentages of the people who voted. If we look at the voter turnout, we find that in 2012, 10,285,886 people were eligible to vote in Texas and didn’t. Of those, 5,652,375 were registered to vote but didn’t. There were similar numbers in 2008. 9,657,647 people were eligible to vote and didn’t. Of those, 5,497,267 people were registered to vote but didn’t. If we look at the result in the 1992 presidential election when Bill Clinton defeated George Bush, the numbers are even closer. In that year, the Republican Party won Texas by just 214,256 votes (3.48%).

Demographics continue to change at a rapid pace. Younger generations are increasingly liberal. Minority groups want to be heard. Cruz supporters will be loath to cast their lot with Trump. The Bushes are also staying away from the toxic Republican candidate. Conservative voters will turn to independent candidates or stay away completely come election day. Imagine a more open, tolerant and compassionate America. Texas could lead that change. Texas could be that change.

This is my Texas. We are the Texas Blues. It’s time to show your blue colors.

Register to Vote – Help a Friend Register to Vote – Vote!



Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the American presidency on June 16, 2015, two days after his 69th birthday. After an ugly and highly unusual primary contest, Mr. Trump officially accepted his nomination as the Republican candidate at the RNC on July 15, 2016. From tying in the polls with his rival Hilary Clinton at the end of July, continuing dissent within the Republican Party and building public criticism over his famously outrageous diatribes soon led to a dive in his polling numbers. A steady accumulation of Republican “defectors” throughout August eventually forces the Republican Party leadership to withdraw support from their own candidate on September 8. Matters further deteriorated as remaining Republicans scrabbled to distance themselves from “Toxic Trump” culminating in the public resignation of Trump’s high-profile campaign manager Paul Manafort on September 19. Finally – some would say inevitably – Mr. Trump quitted the presidential race on October 13, four weeks before the election, leaving the Republican Party scattered and in shambles, which, Mr. Trump claims was his “intention all along”. Eighteen months after his failed presidential bid, on May 15, 2018, Mr. Trump files for personal bankruptcy for the first time. Shortly thereafter, on September 7 of the same year, Mr. Trump is arrested for assaulting a female reporter. As of January 3, 2028, a third appeal trial remains pending.


“Ailes … worked as US president Richard Nixon’s media consultant, during which time he authored an intricate and influential plan to create a partisan media organization that could disseminate rightwing talking points for maximum effect.”

“Ailes told colleagues while Sherman was writing [The Loudest Voice in the Room, a biography of Ailes]: ‘I know where he lives, and I’m gonna send people to beat the shit out of him,’ according to Politico.”

“He’s very populist, he’s nationalist, he’s not for open borders. I reported in my book that one of his immigration plans was to dispatch Navy Seals to the Mexico border with orders to shoot to kill anyone crossing. That’s not a very nuanced immigration position. At least Donald Trump only wants to build a wall; Roger Ailes wants to kill people.”

“Fox was this amazing unifier of all the strands of conservatism together. Ailes used his ruthlessness to kind of keep everyone in line. Now that he’s out of the picture, one of my Fox sources joked that inside Fox News it’s kind of a Lord of the Flies situation where everyone’s trying to kill each other.”

Read the full article:

First Thiel, now the Trumps: How billionaires threaten free speech

I’m a doctor. The real issue isn’t Clinton’s health – it’s that she might win

Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief, Stephen Bannon, faced domestic violence charges in 1996 (NY Times)

Yes, of course we’re concerned about voter fraud with people registering to vote where they don’t live.:
Steve Bannon moves florida voter registration to home of Breitbart writer

If anyone can save us from a Trump Presidency, it’s women

Yes, a very comprehensive and trustworthy, not to mention professional, evaluation.:
Donald Trump doctor admits writing health note in five minutes

It’s a nice graphic but it’s not enough. Waiting for the Republican Party to show some integrity and renounce a presidential candidate they all know to be rotten. Stop looking at your own political future only, look at the future of your country and its people!:
At least 110 Republican leaders won’t vote for Donald Trump. here’s when they reached their braking point

I went to Mexico. I did. I went to Mexico. I was in Mexico. Good country. Great country. Great people. I met some people. They were great.:
Donald Trump to visit Mexico after more than a year of mocking it

Oh America, what are we doing? We should be teaching our children to think(!) not imprisoning their minds with propaganda. It drives terror into my heart to hear of “[o]ne country, under one constitution, saluting one American flag … always saluting.” And if you refuse to deify your country, and if you refuse to lay your hand on your heart, and if you refuse to pledge allegiance, what will they do to you? I can’t breathe…:
Trump pledges to promote American ‘patriotism’ in schools as president

I’m not racist, I’m just trying to stop black people from voting Democrat.:
Longtime Republican consultant: if black people voted Republican, voter ID laws wouldn’t happen

We can do it! Show your Blue Colors and go out to Vote on Election Day! Do your part by encouraging others to go out and vote as well.

We can make Texas Blue again!!

“‘…as well as Texas — the biggest surprise in the 50-state results. The Texas results, which are based on a sample of more than 5,000 people, show a dead heat, with Clinton ahead by one percentage point.”


Old news but the topic keeps coming up:
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka holidaying in Croatia with Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend Wendi Deng, ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch, boss of Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News forced to resign amid allegations of decades-long sexual harassment, who is now not coaching Donald Trump for the upcoming presidential debates.


“[Mrs. Clinton’s] record on truthfulness, as compiled by PolitiFact, looks pretty good for a politician — much better than that of any of the contenders for the Republican nomination, and for that matter much better than that of Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is in a class of his own. He lies about statistics like the unemployment rate and the crime rate. He lies about foreign policy… But most of all, he lies about himself — and when the lies are exposed, he just keeps repeating them.

One obvious question going into Wednesday’s forum was whether Mr. Trump would repeat his frequent claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the start. This claim is demonstrably false: His only documented prewar remarks on the subject support the war, and the interview he likes to cite as evidence of his prescience took place more than a year after the war began. But he keeps saying it anyway; if he did it again, how would Matt Lauer, the moderator, respond?

Well, he did do it again — and Mr. Lauer… let it stand and moved on to the next question.

And meanwhile, if the question is whether Mr. Trump can really get away with his big liar routine, the evidence from Wednesday night suggests a disheartening answer: Unless something changes, yes he can.”
Donald Trump’s ‘big liar’ technique


Please please please un-numb yourselves! Care! It’s important! It really really is.:
Donald Trump gave an interview this morning that should be shocking – but we’re numb

Freedom of speech = freedom to lie, but the bluff needs to be called. How can people let Trump say these things without consequence? “Our vision of hope stands in stark contrast to my opponent’s campaign of hate. Hillary Clinton has been running a hate-filled and negative campaign, with no policy, no solutions and no ideas. By contrast, I’ve been going around the country offering very detailed plans for reform and change.”

No son, you have to hear everyone out. Everyone has something to contribute. Just because his opinion is different from yours doesn’t mean it’s not valid.

Utter rubbish amid more violence at Trump rally.:
Fresh violence at Trump rally as supporter allegedly punches protester

Trump isn’t transparent about anything. Why do we only hear about Clinton’s secrecy?
Comedy is great, comedy is important, but as an opinion piece said, no, Jimmy Fallon, Trump isn’t a laughing matter. But actually, this article is about Trump’s outright lies claiming Clinton started the ‘birther’ conspiracy and how Trump cleared Obama.:
Donald Trump silent as campaign acknowledges Obama born in the US
This is comedy:
Emotional Obama tearfully thanks Trump for granting him citizenship