Less than six months ago America was outraged by the outcome of the Brock Turner case.
Less than six months ago America collectively mourned the lives lost in the Orlando shooting.
Less than six months ago America promised to change, to get better, to correct these injustices.
Yet here we are choosing by democratic vote to perpetuate the hatred, bigotry and oppression that made those calamities possible.
I’m speechless, horrified, frightened, ashamed.
Only Trump can promise “America First!”, then break his biggest campaign promise with as a result that taxpayers will have to choke up 25 BILLION dollars to pay for a useless wall, while insisting there is no money for universal health care and free education and still have supporters defending him.
It’s very disturbing to me how many people are unaware of the origin of Trump’s slogan “America First”....
The America First Committee was an anti-interventionist group opposed to US involvement in WW2. It’s spokesperson was avid Hitler-fanboy Charles Lindbergh.
Let Doctor Seuss be your guide to the true meaning of “America First”, which I promise you, Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon (proud “Populist Nationalist”, which lingustically has the exact same implications that “National Socialist did in the 1920s/30s) is 100% aware of:
(note, I need to acknowledge before we talk about Geisel’s political cartoons, that he has some that are very unfortunate in terms of hysteria against ethnic Japanese people. Geisel to his credit later apologized for this, and Horton Hears a Who was intended as a parable about post-war Japan and the personhood of the Japanese, dedicated to the Dean of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Mitsugi Nakamura - that said, it would be disingenous of me to show other cartoons of his about the era without acknowledging his moral fallibility)
This one (above) may raise some questions. Between August 23rd 1939, and June 22nd 1941, the Third Reich and the USSR had a nonaggression treaty (despite anti-Communist politics, and scapegoating Jews as Communist conspirators, having underlay Hitler’s ascent to power). During that time-window, before Hitler broke the treaty by attacking Soviet positions in Eastern Poland (Operation Barbarossa), the American Communist Party opposed intervention in WW2 along with the Hitler-loving Far Right. Hence the smallest Kangaroo in the group.
Note that the American Communist Party had major defections by far-leftist Jewish members (already largely Trotsky-sympathetic group who weren’t fans of Stalin) over this.
I’m, uh, looking at a list of US presidential electoral slogans for reasons and… like…. sorry but I have to share I MEAN LOOK AT THESE GEMS
“Defeat the Washington Machine. Unleash the American Dream.” – used by Rand Paul’s campaign
“Tanned, Rested, Ready."– used by Bobby Jindal’s campaign
"Courageous Conservatives” and “Reigniting the Promise of America” – used by Ted Cruz’s campaign, also “TRUSTED,” “A Time for Truth,” and “Defeat the Washington Cartel”
“Our Best America Yet!” - used by Gary Johnson’s campaign, common but unofficial slogans include “Make America Sane Again” and “Feel the Johnson”
“A Safer World and a More Hopeful America” – George W. Bush presidential campaign (??? SRSLY BUSH??)
“Go Pat Go” - Pat Buchanan
“Down with King George” - Pat Buchanan, in reference to Bush
“Ross for Boss” – H. Ross Perot
“I’m Ross, and you’re the Boss!” – Ross Perot (wtf was the 92 campaign???)
“Where’s the Beef?” – used by Walter Mondale in primaries against Gary Hart
“Not Just Peanuts” – Jimmy Carter
“Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion for All” – 1972 anti-Democratic Party slogan, from a statement made to reporter Bob Novak by Missouri Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (as related in Novak’s 2007 memoir, Prince of Darkness)
“Dick Nixon Before He Dicks You” - Popular anti-Nixon slogan, 1972 (THIS ONE IS PURE POETRY)
“In Your Heart, You Know He’s Right” – 1964 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Barry Goldwater+ “In Your Guts, You Know He’s Nuts” – 1964 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Lyndon B. Johnson supporters, answering Goldwater’s slogan
“I’m just wild about Harry” – 1948 U.S. presidential slogan of Harry S. Truman, taken from a 1921 popular song title written by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
“No Third Term” – 1940 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Wendell L. Willkie
“No Fourth Term Either” - Wendell Willkie
“Better A Third Termer than a Third Rater” – 1940 U.S. presidential campaign slogan of Franklin D. Roosevelt (I CANNOT EVEN FDR)
“Make your wet dreams come true.” - Al Smith, referring to his stand in favor of repealing Prohibition.(HONEST THIS IS THE BEST ONE YET BUT COME ON)
“Our choice: Cleve and Steve.” - Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson
“Rum, Romanism and Rebellion” – Republican attack because of supposed Democratic support for consuming alcoholic beverages, Catholic immigrants, and the Confederacy.
“We’ll Buck ‘em in '56” - James Buchanan, playing on “Old Buck”, the nickname associated with his last name. (Also “We Po'ked 'em in '44, we Pierced 'em in '52, and we’ll Buck 'em in '56”. See Franklin Pierce, 1852.)