She was very loyal to him.
And this is what he has to say about her for the unforgivable act of misstating a poll number:
She was very loyal to him.
And this is what he has to say about her for the unforgivable act of misstating a poll number:
In the past, I've usually posted a photo of one of my favorite sculptures in Boston, The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, which is installed across the street from the Massachusetts State House, on Boston Common.
"Commissioned from the celebrated American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the early 1880s and dedicated as a monument in 1897, the Shaw Memorial has been acclaimed as the greatest American sculpture of the nineteenth century.
The relief masterfully depicts Colonel Shaw and the first African American infantry unit from the North to fight for the Union during the Civil War. The sculpture combines the real and allegorical, and presents a balance of restraint and vitality."
I also have included with the post Robert Lowell's moving poem about the Shaw Memorial in which Lowell ties in the yet unresolved issues of the Civil War with the mindless consumerism that grips the nation in his poem “For the Union Dead”. It is one of my favorite poems; and when I visit the Shaw Memorial, as I often do, I think of Lowell's poem that so perfectly limns the relief and its setting in the Boston Common.
FOR THE UNION DEAD
The old South Boston Aquarium stands
in a Sahara of snow now. Its broken windows are boarded.
The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales.
The airy tanks are dry.
Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass;
my hand tingled to burst the bubbles
drifting from the noses of the crowded, compliant fish.
My hand draws back. I often sigh still
for the dark downward and vegetating kingdom
of the fish and reptile. One morning last March,
I pressed against the new barbed and galvanized
fence on the Boston Common. Behind their cage,
yellow dinosaur steamshovels were grunting
as they cropped up tons of mush and grass
to gouge their underworld garage.
Parking spaces luxuriate like civic
sandpiles in the heart of Boston.
a girdle of orange, Puritan-pumpkin colored girders
braces the tingling Statehouse,
shaking over the excavations, as it faces Colonel Shaw
and his bell-cheeked Negro infantry
on St. Gaudens' shaking Civil War relief,
propped by a plank splint against the garage's earthquake.
Two months after marching through Boston,
half of the regiment was dead;
at the dedication,
William James could almost hear the bronze Negroes breathe.
Their monument sticks like a fishbone
in the city's throat.
Its Colonel is as lean
as a compass-needle.
He has an angry wrenlike vigilance,
a greyhound's gentle tautness;
he seems to wince at pleasure,
and suffocate for privacy.
He is out of bounds now. He rejoices in man's lovely,
peculiar power to choose life and die-
when he leads his black soldiers to death,
he cannot bend his back.
On a thousand small town New England greens
the old white churches hold their air
of sparse, sincere rebellion; frayed flags
quilt the graveyards of the Grand Army of the Republic
The stone statutes of the abstract Union Soldier
grow slimmer and younger each year-
wasp-waisted, they doze over muskets and muse through their sideburns…
Shaw's father wanted no monument
except the ditch,
where his son's body was thrown
and lost with his "niggers."
The ditch is nearer.
There are no statutes for the last war here; on Boylston Street, a commercial photograph
shows Hiroshima boiling
over a Mosler Safe, the "Rock of Ages"
that survived the blast. Space is nearer.
when I crouch to my television set,
the drained faces of Negro school-children rise like balloons.
is riding on his bubble,
for the blessed break.
The Aquarium is gone. Everywhere,
giant finned cars nose forward like fish;
a savage servility
slides by on grease.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.
had the power to restrict Amanda Gorman's poem, which she read at President Biden's inauguration, from elementary school children's ability to read it.
(As Ms. Gorman noted, restriction of her poem is also banning it. This is DeSantis's "Free State of Florida.)
Why is Gorman’s book facing restrictions?
"Oath Keepers' founder Stewart Rhodes was just sentenced to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy in the January 6th attack on the Capitol building.
This is where our country is.
Millions of Americans believe the following sets of ideals…
America needs Christian prayer in public schools, government funding at state levels for Christian academies, parental veto over sex education and bans on text books not deemed sufficiently patriotic.
Further, millions defend white rights, as opposed to equal rights for all Americans, clamor for the use of government to enforce Christian beliefs, practices and morality in public places, and venerate the inviolate freedom for the individual to do as he or she wishes economically, free from government interference.
They believe certain Americans have a right to a constitutional government, as they understand it, and if they do not get it, they’ll “get it in the streets” through the use of violence.
After a simple reading, you might be excused if you thought this sounded like a typical Trump follower or booster. But in fact, these words are from Matthew Dallek’s new heavily footnoted and annotated book, “Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right”.
Dallek takes us on a journey of another time in America, the 50’s and 60’s when Robert Welch and his devoted band of America First people pushed the above series of ideas that bear a striking resemblance to the political rhetoric of the unhinged right we see in politics today.
Here’s more, from an article by Wayne Allen Root at the Gateway Pundit and cited by many on the right across the internet over the last few days...
“We are living in an age of mass deception, distraction and denial, of mass brainwashing. We might as well all be living in Jonestown, Guyana and following the orders of Jim Jones.
It’s all Obama. It’s always been Obama. Obama is the REAL “Big Guy.” Obama is the REAL criminal mastermind. Obama was the head of the snake. Obama was the John Gotti of the US government, overseeing a massive criminal conspiracy. Obama was the head of the “Obama Crime Family.”
And the worst part of all: Obama’s still in charge. Obama is pulling all the strings. He’s the one calling the shots. He’s the ventriloquist, speaking for the wooden dummy puppet Joe Biden. Obama is the real President of the United States, back for his third term.”
What’s the response of typical bloggers to this?
“Obama is the monster, why he wants America destroyed, I don’t know.”
All the while, these folks, the descendants of the Birchers of the 1950’s and 1960’s continue as if the clarion call they are sending is the cure for all that ails America.
If they could even get to a platform for their preferred political party, impossible in 2020, it would surely include this list…
Bring back prayer to school, remove regulations on businesses across America, ban abortion nationwide, don’t speak of sex in schools, give Americans more guns and please, let’s not transition to environmentally safer energies. Oh, and arrest Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe, and Hunter Biden too for their crimes, in spite of a lack of evidence.
The fact is, that crowd, the deplorables as Hillary Clinton once described them, are the ones working daily to destroy America. In a few short years they have…
· Turned their back on their own Christian morality in the service of electing Donald Trump in 2016.
· Waged a war on compassion, believing that compassion, as exhibited by Jesus on the cross, is for losers.
· Have militarized their faith in support of President Trump.
· Called for the death of a sitting US Vice President.
· Excused the beatings of US Capitol Police Officers.
· Excused lie after lie by President Trump, even as they believe other political leaders should be punished for “their” lies.
All of that is recounted in evangelical writer Jon Ward’s newest book, “Testimony, Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed America”
As the indictments seem to be nearing for former President Trump, his supporters seem to be feeling the pressure. And like a defeated army, rather than surrender to the truth, they are digging in, seemingly willing to fight to the death.
Conservatives, and Birchers in America, conspiratorial in nature then and now, stood against FDR’s new deal that provided millions of Americans an economic safety net. They fought against Medicare, expansion of that program to include prescriptions, the ADA and many other measures that have improved health care and the lives of Americans across the country. They also stood against the SCOTUS case that ushered in the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s, the Loving, Griswold, Obergefell cases, and the Voting Rights Act.
Even today, they continue to favor laws that restrict, rather that expand access to the ballot for American citizens. Think I’m wrong? Explain to me why the mostly white GOP in Missouri passed a more restrictive set of polling laws in black and minority areas of the state than in their own suburban neighborhoods?
These present day Birchers, like their ancestors, do not believe in a multiethnic religiously diverse society. They are mostly uninformed, racially ignorant, white “My” America Firsters.
Unless and until we see significant numbers of this crowd step forward and disavow their beliefs, rather than just melt quietly away into the crowd only to return again as the Birchers that they are, America will never achieve her great promise.
This is what happens when ignorant, hateful people are given power to make decisions that affect everyone, not just themselves. If the person who does not like Amanda Gorman's poem is offended by it, then she has the right to not read it.
But who gave this person the right to withhold it from an entire school because of her ignorance?
Think about what's happening in Florida when you hear a Conservative complain that Liberals are destroying the country with their intolerance.
PS. Gov. DeSantis brought this on the state of Florida with his banning of anything that offended his ego. Florida will now lead the US with the MOST BANNED BOOKS AND POETRY, prohibited by ignorant fools.
DeSantis refers to Florida as "The Free State of Florida." Ha!
The "Free State of Florida" where any ignorant person with an axe to grind can get books and poems banned on a whim.
"Florida school bans poem read at Biden inauguration after objection of just one parent
is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
That quote by Arendt aptly describes people like this who believe in and post delusional lies:
"Monday, May 1, 2023
This is WAR!
It’s Day 902 of the coup, the theft of the American Government, by enemies both foreign and domestic."
To be fair, the weak-minded individual quoted above who continues to spread this false narrative is not the only one who's lost the distinction between fact and fiction.
The 45th POTUS, Donald J. Trump, began this delusion as he saw the presidency slip away from him after election day in November 2020.
Since he lost, Trump has continued to push the Big Lie that the election was rigged and that he actually won -- pushed it despite losing 60 law suits adjudicated by judges even Trump himself had appointed:
“Trump uses social media and terms like ‘fake news’ and ‘witch hunt’ and his power there to create the illusion of popularity for ideas that actually have no basis in reality,”
“Often what this does is create a bandwagon effect for supporting false or misleading things, or more generally attacking institutions, which may include health care, science, education, and the government, in addition to the media."
We can thank Trumpublicans and Trumpublican politicians for this idiocy.
This is what happens when weak-minded bigots and chowderheads (especially the ones with firearms) buy into stupid rightwing lies about drag queens, LGBTQ+, and transgender Americans :
"A Vermont father was arrested and charged with harassment in New Hampshire on Tuesday after allegedly threatening his daughter's school. The man said if his daughter were exposed to transgender students or drag queens he would commit a mass shooting, according to authorities."
“In the 11 months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Republicans have underperformed in federal, judicial, statewide and local elections across the country,”