Category Archives: PND Opinion

The left can't rely on boycotts alone

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

"Elected as the businessman president, President Donald Trump is now facing an historically unprecedented revolt from the nation’s business elite. In the wake of a bizarre press conference where he blamed 'both sides' for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, CEOs from major corporations like IBM, General Motors, and Pepsi were weighing their membership in one White House advisory board, while CEOs from Campbell Soup, 3M, and other companies on a second advisory board did the same. Over conference calls, a consensus emerged that they needed to dissolve these boards and rebuke the president. Trump responded with a preemptive strike, tweeting on Wednesday that 'Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy [sic] & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you!' This was the equivalent of saying you can’t quit, because you’re fired." [editor's note: Oh goody, now the "progressives" are openly admitting they favor violence in the streets over peaceful means for resolving problems – SAT] (08/19/17)

Duke president's perfect words to community about statues & painful history

Source: Town Hall
by Jennifer Van Laar

"Wednesday night, a statue of Robert E. Lee on the campus of Durham's Duke University was vandalized. The statue was removed early Saturday morning, university president Vincent E. Price said, to protect the integrity of Duke Chapel, to protect the statue, and to protect students and worshipers who visit Duke Chapel. To announce the removal and explain his reasoning Price published a letter to the university community. His words and proposed course of action are wise and calm, and in a tone not common in today's political conversations: 'The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal. The statue will be preserved so that students can study Duke’s complex past and take part in a more inclusive future. Wednesday night’s act of vandalism made clear that the turmoil and turbulence of recent months do not stop at Duke’s gates. We have a responsibility to come together as a community to determine how we can respond to this unrest in a way that demonstrates our firm commitment to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred.'" (08/19/17)

Trump using old Jim Crow tactics to usher in new era of racist violence

Source: In These Times
by Stephanie Guilloud & Emery Wright

"The Trump administration is having a hard time governing by legislation. We can count the administration’s failures in Congress as cold comfort, but it is imperative to work harder to understand what is really happening on the political landscape. Executive orders, tweets, public speeches, briefs and memos are the signals of governance that point towards repressive state policy and brew social hostility on the ground. The Trump administration is governing by suggestion, and the impact is deadly. Charlottesville is erupting and, similar to the social eruption in Ferguson three years ago, this is not a moment to call ourselves 'protesters.' We are community members who are horrified and outraged at heightened, organized and violent white supremacy, whether it manifests as police murders or Nazi rallies." [editor's note: Spit-take warning … posted mainly for your amusement; no, this did not come from the Onion, it just shows how deep the cocoon actually is – SAT] (08/19/17)

Let’s talk about statues: A little perspective from a Daughter of the Confederacy

Source: Maural Outrage
by Maury Jacob-Etter

"A person is dead, hate groups are marching in the streets with torches, and Fox News wants to talk about statues. You want to talk about statues? I’ll be your Huckleberry. Let’s talk about some fucking statues. A statue is used to commemorate someone. It is an honor. We have no public statues of Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Kaczynski. When someone does something wrong, something that we judge to be immoral, we don’t erect a statue to them. We erect statues to honor people who have done great works. It is a way of saying, 'This person helped to move us forward as a species. We are here because they did what they did.' Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee were talented generals. No person who knows Civil War history would disagree with that. But Ted Kaczynski was also pretty good at bomb making." [editor's note: In case you wondered, this is Paul Jacob's niece, as wise as the rest of her family – SAT] (08/18/17)

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Busting myths about the Confederacy

Source: Our Future
by Bernie Horn

"As white supremacists and neo-Nazis crawl out of the woodwork and try to infest our communities with hate, it is important to contest their revisionist history. Yes, take down the statues that were erected to whitewash the Confederate cause and directly or indirectly support white supremacy. Yes, take down the Confederate battle flags that were placed there for the same reason. Yes, rename schools, roads and parks that honor prominent Confederates. But also, states, cities, counties and school districts should review the untruths currently taught in our schools about the Civil War and its aftermath. Many textbooks still incorporate these politically-motivated lies." [editor's note: Another for your amusement; the Sovietization of America continues, as history is rewritten to better suit the current commisariat – SAT] (08/18/17)

Why hate speech is always protected

Source: Fox News Forum
by Judge Andrew Napolitano

"Last weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public place. For some, Lee is associated with the military defense of slavery. For others, he is associated with the military defense of the right of states to leave the union — a union they voluntarily joined. … Is hate speech protected under the Constitution? In a word, yes. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects 'the freedom of speech' from infringement by the government, has a long and storied history. The drafters of the amendment referred to it as 'the' freedom of speech in order to underscore its pre-political existence. Stated differently, the freedom of speech is a natural right, one that derives from our humanity, and hence it pre-existed the government that was prohibited from infringing upon it. The government doesn’t grant free speech, but it is supposed to protect it." (08/17/17)

Why we terminated Daily Stormer

Source: Cloudflare
by Matthew Prince

"Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer. We've stopped proxying their traffic and stopped answering DNS requests for their sites. We've taken measures to ensure that they cannot sign up for Cloudflare's services ever again. Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology. … Now, having made that decision, let me explain why it's so dangerous." (08/16/17)

Chaos in Charlottesville: No one gave peace a chance, including the police

Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

"Let's be clear about one thing: no one — not the armed, violent, militant protesters nor the police — gave peace a chance during the August 12 demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. What should have been an exercise in free speech quickly became a brawl. It's not about who threw the first punch or the first smoke bomb. It's not about which faction outshouted the other, or which side perpetrated more violence, or even which group can claim to be the greater victim. One young woman is dead because of the hate, violence, intolerance, racism and partisanship that is tearing this country apart, and it has to stop. Lawful, peaceful, nonviolent First Amendment activity did not kill Heather Heyer." (08/17/17)

How to win friends and stigmatize Nazis

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"Two desirable norms seem to be in tension: The vast majority of Americans sensibly want Nazis, the KKK, and other white-supremacist organizations to be condemned, denounced, and stigmatized, so that they remain powerless and ostracized at society's fringes. And many of the very same people are wary of a society where factions vie to deprive one another's members of their livelihoods over politics. … If being fired for one's political views was an ordinary rather than an extraordinary occurrence, it would impose an enormous social cost. So which cases are exceptional enough to justify or warrant termination? If I were a business owner asked to fire an employee, here are some factors I might weigh …" (08/17/17)

The North Korea standoff, like the Cuban missile crisis, exposes the reckless US worldview

Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

"The U.S. of course has possessed the ability to instantly destroy North Korea with nuclear weapons for sixty years. Moreover, we already leveled the country once with conventional weapons during the 1950s, killing perhaps one-fifth of its population. The equivalent number of deaths for the U.S. today would be over sixty million people. That, however, has never been a 'crisis,' just as it was not a crisis when the Kennedy administration put nuclear missiles in Italy and Turkey. It has become a crisis because it appears North Korea may be close to being able to put nuclear weapons on ICBMs that can reach the continental U.S. Now, in an echo of Kennedy's September 1962 remarks, Trump has declared that that 'won't happen!' Just as during the Cuban missile crisis, we start from the position that we must have the power to kill others, but it is illegitimate for them to have the power to kill us." (08/17/17)