The Monday Morning Teaser

A few hours after last week’s Sift got finished, Donald Trump made his don’t-let-any-Muslims-in proposal, which seemed to be about all anybody could talk about for the rest of the week. Not to write about that would feel like dodging, but at the same time I don’t want to repeat the same oh-isn’t-that-horrible reaction you’ve been hearing all week.

Not that it isn’t horrible, but you know that already. Is there anything more insightful to say about it? The articles that I found interesting this week focused on where this stuff comes from and why there is an audience for it: Republicans and their conservative media have been building that audience for years, using white Christian identity politics to manipulate working-class whites into supporting the candidates of the corporate establishment. They’ve built an echo chamber where bizarre conspiracy theories and simplistic views of economics and foreign affairs can avoid the friction of the real world. Now that Trump is playing their game better than they do, they want to call a foul.

I’ll sum up that point of view in the first featured post “How the Republicans Trumped Themselves”. That should be out shortly.

But there’s something else that I think needs to get out there. What Trump’s fans love about him is that he is a “strong leader”, and I feel like that idea needs to be taken on more directly — because what he’s doing doesn’t fit my notion of leadership at all. So the second featured post will be “The Leadership We Need”. That still needs work, so I’m not sure what time it will post.

The weekly summary will discuss the aftermath of the recent mass shootings, quote two new books that illustrate the complexity and diversity of Islam, and pull together a few of the Peanuts references that have accompanied the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, before closing with two attempts to enlist high tech in the effort to replace meat and eggs.

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  • David Mills  On December 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Some terrorists are muslim and wear hoods.

    Only white Christians are allowed as members of the KKK. They wear hoods when they kill other non-white, non-Christians whom they feel as a threat to their white supremacy.

    the KKK is to this day committed to the cause of white christian supremacy by means of violence, Death, And terror.

    The KKK sop is to hunt down different colors, races and religions and slaughter them…..

    To this very day (check Google).

    If all Muslims are to be feared, condemned and excluded…..

    Seems only fair that all white christians south of Philadelphia should be similarly treated.

    After all what’s fair is fair Even if it is stupid and mindless

    Then again Maybe its better for our children and the children of the world if we demanded reason as a substitute for rage and fear.



  • Lance A. Brown  On December 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Isn’t just south of Philly. I recently learned the KKK is alive and well in Pennsylvania, sadly.

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