A LOOK AT TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION STRATEGIES

Turning out the vote is the only way that Trump can be defeated in 2020

OPINION:

A LOOK AT TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION STRATEGIES

By David L. Shadrick

IN TRUMP’S HEAD

Donald Trump has several really bad re-election strategies

Trump has campaigned and raised money for 2020 since his 2016 inaugural

The campaign for the 2020 presidential election is in full swing. President Trump has been campaigning, and raising money since his 2016 inaugural. At that time most liberals, including myself, didn’t believe Trump could win, yet he did. Many pundits chalked it up to an electoral college fluke, but to Trump a win is a win.  Trump has done nothing to make the country great since his election. He is hunkered down in delusion, convinced that despite his poor approval polling he is the greatest President of all time. As the Democrats struggle to come up with a viable candidate to defeat him Trump moves forward.  Let’s look at some potential re-election strategies for The Donald.

BELIEVING HIS OWN RHETORIC

When discussing Trump’s re-election strategies we need to put first things first.  It is important to note that the President himself honestly believes he is doing a truly outstanding job. His cringe worthy attacks on our allies are making America great again.  Trump’s embarrassing lack of leadership on environmental issues means businesses can be profitable again.  And his  acts of cruelty on persons with brown skin will save the nation from immigration.  Trump crows about how great these strategies are for America. In his mind, the 2020 election is over, and he’s already won.

ROBUST ECONOMY

The Trump tax cuts have caused a huge national debt increase

The Trump tax cuts have caused a huge increase in the national debt.

First and foremost, Trump is going to emphasize how great the economy is doing.  This will be a major part of his re-election strategies. The problem is, of course, many of Trump’s policies, particularly his tariff wars are undermining the economy. Economic directives via Twitter are unnerving to most Americans.  A lot of a “great economy” is based on consumer confidence.  The recent GOP tax cuts can already be seen as a catalyst for a spiraling national debt. The increase in our national debt numbers should offer a cautionary note for Trump.  Trump I believe will campaign on the fallacy that he created our current robust economy and the delusion that it will last forever.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Trump understands that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election.  Additionally, his political agenda has cost him much of his initial support. After breaking his promises to guarantee the social safety net programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, support LGBTQ issues and make marijuana legal nationally, Trump has lost voters. The question has become, is there anything Trump can do to win those voters back in the next year and a half.

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A Killer’s Mother Speaks Out

I was doing research for www.calamitypolitics.com when I came across this video. Please watch this amazing docu-video. Thank you, Sue Klebold for telling us about Dylan. His story could save lives. Mental illness is treatable. Learn how to recognize the danger signs-Thanks for watching-Darlene

“CASSIE” By Flyleaf

www.calamitypolitics.com first jukebox choice of the day is “Cassie” by Flyleaf. Cassie’s story morphed out of the Columbine Massacre and it turned out to be a hoax. However, this song was written prior to the hoax revelation. I chose this because it fit with my new article “What Happened At Columbine.” Hope you read it-T.K. McNeil

What Happened At Columbine

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a piece I wrote about the Columbine tragedy. It turned out a bit different than I thought it was going to, but I think it works. It basically centers on the difficulty of really knowing the past with so many factors and interests involved, and ends with a counter-factual. A counter-factual is a sort of intellectual game we historians do to better understand what actually happened. We go through the facts and find a factor, usually a small one, that plausibly could have changed everything; presuming everything else stayed the same.

My factor was the fact that both of the attackers were under the legal age to buy the kind of guns they used and had to get them through an illegal “straw purchase.” In this case, meaning through a third-party, someone who got them at a gun show from unlicensed sellers. Had this not happened they would have been left with their primary bomb plot which if successful would have been the second largest domestic bomb attack after Oklahoma City. We, however, know that the large bombs completely failed and the homemade pipe-bombs were ineffective, all of the deaths coming from gunshots. No guns, no dead and what is seen as the first-mass shooting becomes an embarrassing fuck-up. I have also linked some song ideas- T.K. McNeil

DEFUSING COLUMBINE

What Really Happened At Columbine

By T. K. McNeil

When Are Facts, Really Facts?

Recording history accurately is a tricky business at best. Particularly when there is a degree of shock and trauma involved in the events. Passion, stress and the now known unreliability of eye-witness reports make accuracy difficult if not impossible to piece together.  Furthermore, human memory can lead to things being a matter of record that turn out not to be true. The only reason we have a good idea of what happened on 9/11 is that there is video. But to this day, there are theorists who believe there were explosives inside the towers that were the real cause of the towers collapse.

What happened At Columbine

COLUMBINE High School, Littleton, CO. The day after the massacre, Columbine High School students gather outside their school to pray and place flowers on the ground. (Photo by Zed Nelson)

Though such reports are baseless the “real story (the accepted story)” may be blended truth with myth and mythology. In several cases the same victim was, reported dead, twice or more.  But, how many were never found? Questions, questions, questions, an endless stream of questions. A similar situation from around this same point in history is the infamous Columbine school massacre. History to those too young to remember it, but all too clear to those who were old enough to believe they know what happened at Littleton, Colorado that day. The sad fact is, almost everything people think they know about what happened that terrible day in 1999 is faulty, if not outright false.

Doomed To Repeat It

Some might question why it matters if we get everything right. After all, what happened at Columbine did happen nearly twenty years ago. What happened at Columbine is still important because there is solid evidence that this single event sparked the American cultural phenomena of mass shootings. Not only figuratively in terms of being the first, but literally, in that it is known to have at least partly influenced later shooters. The Sandy Hook shooter for example, is known to have been involved in Columbine related threads. Why this was not a red flag for the police is anyone’s guess. Particularly when there are teenagers such as the YouTuber SeptikSiren, now being suspended from school under suspicion of being potential terrorists for re-tweeting Columbine memes.

Lies and Misconceptions

Columbine shooters

Columbine shooters Harris and Klebold

Some of the misconceptions about what happened at Columbine are small. The shooters liked Goth and Heavy Metal music. The real point, and a fact that was used to feed into a bigger lie was that Klebold and Harris were outsiders, loners, weirdos linked to a group called “The Trench Coat Mafia.”  This is not true. The confusion stemmed in part from the fact that this group and the shooters liked similar bands and dressed in a similar way.

Random Acts

Knowing that they did not belong to the Trench Coat Mafia undercuts many of the assumptions about the victims. What happened at Columbine was basically a random shooting. Eric Harris was a keen athlete and they were not targeting jocks. They were not known to be white supremacists and were not targeting blacks. They were not into witchcraft, a common rumor about the Trench Coat Mafia, and were not actively targeting Christians. Which is the root of one of the biggest bits of propaganda around the shooting.

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THE BENEFITS OF PORNOGRAPHY

JUST MY OPINION:

SEX, SPIN AND THE BENEFITS OF PORNOGRAPHY

By T.K. McNeil

Always With Us

Archeologists have long known that as long as there have been people there has been sex. And nearly as long as there has been human sexuality there have been representations of it.  Whatever medium was available at the time, cave wall, animal tusk, clay or papyrus pornography was available. Obviously, our forefathers understood the benefits of pornography.

Across Cultures

The early civilizations incorporated sex into their art and music

Earliest civilizations incorporated sex into art

Through sculpting, painting, and pottery the ancients depicted the benefits of pornography.  Egyptian artisans depicted the beauty of human sexuality. This goes for the written word, there being some pretty racy entries in the Bible.  The Song of Solomon being a famous example. The Romans through sculpture glorified human sexuality.  Pre-Christian Viking sagas told of great adventures; and no great adventure would be worth telling if there wasn’t plenty of sex.

Today

The benefits of pornography have followed us through the ages; emerging today primarily in streaming videos on the internet.  Thanks to the vision of our forefathers we have reached for the stars and surpassed them.

Under the Corset

There is a misconception, particularly among the young, that “porn films” are a new phenomenon with a history dating back to the mid-1960’s. In terms of commercial availability, this is correct. Though woefully inaccurate when it comes to the history of the genre.  The allegedly stodgy and prudish Victorian Brits were one of the first societies to recognize the potential benefits of pornography.

Stag Films

Stag films flourished during Victorian era

Stag films flourished during the Victorian era

Not only did some of the earliest erotic photography come out of the Victorian era but it was a time that gave rise to “stag” films. The “stag” film is one of the earliest examples of modern film pornography. The earliest examples of the genre use many of the same story contexts and camera angles used in films today.

Banned

“Stag” films, banned under the censorship of the Motion Picture Production Code, did little to show the benefits of pornography. The censorship authority also known as the “Hays Code” was in effect from 1922 through 1968. Despite the ban, “stag” films dominated the lucrative underground black market of that time.

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