By Manifesto Joe
My sense of fairness compelled me to hold off on attacking Donald Trump, at least for a while. I actually thought he might change as the nominee of a major political party.
Might as well wait for the next glacier to move through Texas. The latest Trump travesty was him lamenting about how well the Manhattan bomb suspect was being treated in the hospital, that he will be represented in court by a good lawyer (perhaps), etc.
Essentially, Trump was suggesting to his neo-Nazi admirers that he thinks that the U.S. should suspend constitutional rights for certain terrorism suspects. Perhaps Mr. Trump should move somewhere like Russia, where no such rights would be extended to much of anyone perceived as a threat to the established order.
What Mr. Trump seems to believe is that the U.S., in order to oppose those who would impose a police state on Americans, should establish its own style of police state to combat such an ideology. The absurdity of this should be evident to all who have learned how to use their thumbs.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has been catching shit over characterizing half of Mr. Trump's supporters as "reprehensibles." She said later that she regretted using the word "half" in her statement.
I'd say she should have said two-thirds, or perhaps three-fourths. Mr. Trump has put together a coalition of "alt right" kooks, including white supremacists, gun nuts, xenophobes, homophobes and other assorted crazies who recall the pre-1940 right-wingers who listened faithfully to radio broadcasts by Father Coughlin.
Hillary Clinton is a hero to few. She comes across as a typically corrupt politician, better than some, worse than others. But at least she is, at worst, "the devil we know."
Can the country afford four years of the devil we don't know?
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.