Thoughts on July 4th
I don’t even recognize America as it is today.
It’s shameful. Embarrassing. Ridiculous.
People all over the world used to admire this country. After Obama was elected I had people call to congratulate us as a country, people from all over the world were applauding.
Now, while visiting Europe, I have heard nothing but “what in the world is going on over there?!?” People are absolutely stunned that trump gets to run again, and that DeSantis is a trump on steroids that is absolutely insane.
They are bewildered.
Me..... I’m disgusted and embarrassed.
Your article was amazing and should appear in prime time as an ad on Fox News. It needs to be part of the message that will go out to the American people during the coming election.
“And he declared America’s most dangerous opponents not to be Russia, China, or North Korea but ‘enemies within’ America.
No, Trump’s exactly right about this — BUT HE is the enemy within America, seeking to enlist all the other, lesser enemies into his own insurrectionist army. We can hardly expect him to point that finger at himself, but we can and must.
At The Faith and Freedom conference. This is some of the disinformation Trump was spewing “Whatever documents the President decides to take with him, he has the absolute right to take them, he has the absolute right to keep them, or he can give them back to NARA if he wants.”
The Presidential Records Act was enacted in 1978 after President Richard Nixon sought to destroy records relating to his presidential tenure upon his resignation in 1974. The law superseded the policy in effect during Nixon’s tenure that a president’s records were considered private property, making clear that presidential records are owned by the public. The PRA requires the President to ensure preservation of records documenting the performance of his official duties (44 U.S.C. § 2203(a)), provides for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to take custody and control of the records (44 U.S.C. § 2203(g)), and sets forth a schedule of staged public access to such records (44 U.S.C. § 2204). Records covered by the PRA encompass documentary materials relating to the political activities of the President or members of the President’s staff if they concern or have an effect upon the carrying out of “constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President” (44 U.S.C. § 2201(2)).
News Flash: The documents belong to the American People. He has absolutely no right to take Classified documents when he leaves the White House! Mad Dog Jack Smith can and will prove beyond a reasonable doubt Trump’s guilt!
Another lie he told was that “I’m proud to be the most pro-life President in American history!”
News Flash: On October 24, 1999 on NBC with Tim Russert Trump said “I am Very Pro-Choice”
Trump's speech is straight-up Hitler Nazi shit.
I totally agree with you, Prof. Reich! It's about time that liberals, progressives, Democrates reclaim the term "patriotism". That word, as well as the American flag, has been hijacked by the regressive, revisionist right for far too long.
Patriotism is my uncle who landed on Omaha Beach on D Day and also fought in The Battle of the Bulge. Never said a word about it. He fought for other people’s freedom. Put the medals in a drawer.
I am once again thankful, Mr. Reich, for your clear and articulate explanation of true patriotism. I am saddened at what is happening to our country. As an American of 71 years, I look back fondly on the years that my mom and pop taught me the importance of loving and taking care of my country. The horrors that others have endured simply because they were born in a country that does not allow them any freedoms like the ones we have here. I fear for my children and grandchildren if the far right continue their march toward authoritarianism. The freedoms so many take for granted will be gone but by then it will be too late.
If Trump is a Christian I’m Virgin Mary.
Here is my opinion on immigration.
The largest majority of people coming across the southern border are running from governmental corruption and aggression in their countries. They are risking personal safety and sometimes death to come to the United States in hopes of having a better life. The majority of these people are willing to work hard for a chance at the American dream. I’ve witnessed many of them over the years doing manual labor jobs that most Americans wouldn’t do!
On the other hand there are many radical right Republicans who would like to overthrow our democratic government. These people are not and will never be happy with our form of government. These are not patriots! They want a country like [Gilead]
the country in the “Handmaid’s Tale”.
My comment never changes. TUCK FRUMP.
Absolutely on the spot. This how I would consider a true patriot too. Trump is not spreading patriotism he’s spewing white nationalism like Hitler. One can deny it as much as they like but there’s always existed elements of extremists white nationalism in America. After the Second World War many Nazis moved under pseudonyms to America and they’ve stayed hidden quietly spreading white extremism and hate but when Trump was seeking to be President they recognised his greed for money and power and racism was already in his genes so they anointed him as their leader to achieve their white nationalistic goals. He needed them to win the election with the support of Russia. The path for the destruction of democracy was set when Trump finally won. In the process they have managed successfully to manipulate and turn many more who in their ignorance thought he could be their saviour from the evils and lies they were falsely spreading that were blamed on minorities and immigrants. This was the manifesto of Hitler when he converted millions of Germans to his cause to cleanse Germany of Jews and minorities who he blamed for economic plight that Germany was going through at that time. The real reason for their plight was like today a combination of worldwide economic failures and greed of few for wealth and power. It’s easy to make intellectuals and those that achieve their success through diligence and hard work despite economic setbacks their escape goats while millions more are not thriving. This is how they manipulated the ignorant by blaming others instead of helping them to thrive through wise economic and political decisions. Hitler’s greed for fame and power was achieved by manipulating the ignorance and the economic instability of the majority. Extremists white nationalism survives by inculcating fear, hate and envy of minorities through lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories. This is exactly what’s done today by white extremists media and their propaganda appeals especially to the weak, ignorant, helpless and religious fanatics. Trump feeds of them. We are living in dangerous times when the world is facing several tumultuous problems like climate change, economic setbacks, wealth inequality, wars and growing number of greed for power by dictators and the accumulation of tremendous wealth by only 1% of the population thereby alienating the masses who are feeling oppressed by them. These are the few major problems that are conducive to failing democracy and the uprising of extremists nationalism. It’s time to save democracy by addressing these issues. Fascism, racism and dictatorship is never the answer.
Excellent piece! Please keep calling out Trump on his White Evangelical Nationalist “rubbish”!
Trump defending Civil War secessionists and advocating the white-washing of history is no surprise, but deeply disappointing. His desire to actively slide backwards toward the Jim Crow days of the South with anti-voting laws is appalling. His continued hate speech through misrepresentation of immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community is reprehensible.
William Pitt , yes that William Pitt of Pittsburg fame ! once said “PATRIOTISM IS THE LAST REFUGE OF SCOUNDRELS” to the British Parliament . What do you think Pitt would say about tRUMP who is so fond of dry humping the STARS AND STRIPES and vomiting 🤮 pseudo patriotic verbal diarrhea when he is not leering incestuously at his daughter Ivanka 🤮🙄🤮
Dear Prof Reich -
(Dear Robert? Not sure how I should address you.)
I agree with you. And that's the problem. I think the vast majority of us here agree with you. And then what? You've said it. We've heard it. And what changes?
Big sigh here.
Right on, Robert. Brilliant article! I would add one thing. True patriots need to spend considerable time to investigate what's going on in politics and society and understand the root cause of our problems. They need to communicate with others about the important issues in a civil manner.
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei
“When the truth stops mattering, that is the precise moment at which a society gives away not just its mind, but its soul.” – George Orwell