Trump’s own hometown daily newspaper slams him as an “arrogant monarch.”

By |2018-07-05T09:21:50+00:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

Courtesy of the New York Daily News:

President Trump’s cruelty in deflecting entry of desperate migrants feeling violence coincides with measures to choke legal channels for immigration, drying up needed fresh vigor for America before our eyes.

All told, visas have declined 12% from their prior volume since Trump’s inauguration — for business, school, and travel that are part of this nation’s lifeblood. Green-card holders once waited two months or so for naturalization; now the citizenship process drags on for eight or more. The President would turn back legal immigration by 40% as his price for granting legal status to a million or so Dreamers who’ve grown up as part of this great nation.

The Declaration of Independence spoke to such arbitrary cruelty, against an arrogant monarch who “has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither…”

The President who plays king won’t conquer the bedrock values this nation was founded on.

I am hoping against hope, that the last paragraph is true. 

I hope you had a great 4th of July today folks, and I hope it’s not our last. 

Trust me that is not mere hyperbole, I really think things are that dire.

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  1. Anon July 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I have a level of anxiety now I never had before in my 64 years.
    It is unbelievable what this evil person and his enablers have done
    Sometimes I step away from the news but the anxiety remains.

    • Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Totally with you Anon at 4:16 and I just turned 70 a couple weeks ago. I have never before felt this insecure about the actions of any U.S. President’s administration. The constant lies and desire to destroy what is good about America makes me sick. I do believe that Trump and his family are traitors.

      The afternoon and evening programs on MSNBC, plus Joy Reid on the weekend, keep me sane. I record the programs so that I always have this source of intelligence and resistance to turn to.

    • Patricia Olmstead July 4, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      I just turned 68 on Monday, and I totally agree with this level of anxiety. Our country as I know it, has never been like this before. And, we all lived through the Nixon years. I only read the news now, I haven’t watched network television for years and I closed my Facebook account months before the 2016 elections.

    • anon July 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hey, i turn 55 this summer and feel the same dread. I was really sad yesterday. Didn’t do a damn thing special. I don’t like what we have become and could not seperate that from what the day is supposed to stand for.

  2. Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Immigrants work in the kitchens at Mar-a-Lago and Trump hotels …. I bet they spit on many of the meals going out to diners. Payback is a bitch.

  3. Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 5:40 am

    From Jim Wright yesterday (apologies for length):

    One of the most disturbing trends in recent years, and yet another indicator of imminent fascism, is the increasing fetishization of the US military.
    And nowhere is that more evident than this sudden drive from both the right and the left to turn EVERY holiday into Veteran’s Day.
    Today isn’t about veterans.
    Let me repeat that: Today is NOT Veteran’s Day.

    I don’t care if that pisses you off.
    I don’t care if you find that offensive.
    Today isn’t about veterans. You are not required to offer up some teary-eyed thank you to veterans today. Today is not yet another day for politicians to score cheap points by posting some half-assed tribute to the military on social media.

    The 4th of July is about the birth of the United States.
    It’s a celebration of the nation and ALL of its citizens. All of them, not just veterans.
    This is America’s birthday, not Veteran’s Day.

    When I said this on Twitter earlier this morning, predictably the Flag Waving Patriots arrived to tell me how America wouldn’t be possible without veterans.

    But it ALSO wouldn’t be possible without teachers, and firemen, and bricklayers, plumbers, carpenters, doctors, engineers, short order cooks, scientists, truck drivers, fishermen, pipe fitters, accountants, well drillers, dog walkers, dishwashers, pawnbrokers, dentists, cashiers, computer programmers, shelf stockers, road builders, steel workers, stay at home parents, coffee roasters, postal clerks, railway workers, musicians, students, teacher’s aides, clerks, singers, factory workers, poets, electricians, rope makers, script writers, novelists, toolmakers, well diggers, shoemakers, newspaper reporters, nurses, flight attendants, lab technicians, laundry workers, ranchers, miners, photographers, nannies, gardeners, mechanics, midwives, laborers, cabinet makers, butchers, police officers, barbers, librarians, secretaries, judges, grave diggers, dental hygienists, maids, athletes, managers, chefs, tailors, waiters, riggers, lawyers, architects, bankers, piano tuners, bus drivers, drillers, farmers, and all the myriad other things that Americans do.

    This nation is far, far more than just soldiers and today is about those people.
    Today is about you, Citizen.
    That flag doesn’t belong to the military. Those flags you see everywhere today do NOT represent the military.
    They represent YOU, America. All of you.

    Don’t let these sons of bitches write you out of our history.

    • anonymous July 5, 2018 at 7:25 am

      My country ’tis of thee…
      sweet land of liberty…
      to thee I sing…
      And today, sing I do. I also sing America the Beautiful. And I recite the Pledge of Allegiance. These are rituals that harken back to my childhood and which I have sought to pass on to my family, as they were passed on to me. This is to be a joyous day.
      But as I see the American flags on the streets, in shadows and mottled light, awaiting the full force of the summer sun, I feel a deep tug at my heart knowing so many of my fellow Americans are beset by a great sadness at the prospects for our nation. I know the pain, and feel it too. This is a day when we should revel in our liberty, speak knowingly of civic pride, gather with friends and family in the solidarity of our citizenship, and reflect on the great beauty and bounty of our land – how lucky so many of us are to be Americans. However, so much of the news is full of dark clouds over our democracy.
      I understand many today will hear a certain irony in the great lyrics of the secular hymns to our American republic. I recognize there is ample ammunition for a cynic to claim that to celebrate such values as freedom, to speak of our great democracy, and to pay respect to symbols like the flag in these fraught times is to play into the hands of those who are trying to use patriotism as a hammer to undercut the laws and customs that have guided our nation and to drive wedges in the communities that must come together as one. No doubt, our national leadership will wrap themselves in the Stars and Stripes as they try to undermine the very values that have preserved our tenuous republic.
      But on this Fourth of July, I refuse to let Donald Trump have the flag of the United States as his own. I refuse to have the Pledge of Allegiance to that flag, which for me harkens to boyhood civics lessons, and U.S. citizenship ceremonies, and the camaraderie for our military, sullied by the jingoism and divisions of our present national leaders. I refuse to have the Star Spangled Banner used as a cudgel against principled speech. I refuse to let the best of this nation be debased and weaponized against truth and justice. I refuse to bow to cynicism.
      July 4 celebrates a check on tyranny. It celebrates victory against great odds. It celebrates people who demanded to be counted and heard. But it also recognizes that the goal of a “more perfect union” must remain as a North Star by which we chart our course. The first July 4 did not bring freedom to all, not by a long shot. Our path to progress has always been rocky and uneven. It has required new leadership and inspiration with every generation. This also must be celebrated.
      My eyes begin to mist when I think about this nation and what it means to me. I do not apologize for this emotion. It is in me. I have seen the sacrifice done under the umbrella of freedom – from distant beachheads and fox holes, to staring down the dogs and water hoses in civil rights marches, to the quiet heroism of Americans helping their fellow citizens.
      This is my America, and it is yours. This is my flag, and it is yours. This is my July 4, and it is yours as well. Let us not forget that, or let them take it away.”<Dan the Man Rather

      • Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 7:47 am

        Two excellent pieces from men I admire. Thank you!

    • Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Anon 7:25 for the quote from Jim Wright. I appreciate his thoughts and don’t read his blog as often as I should.

      Yesterday, on a “local” TV station in Michigan, the youngish female anchor said something about “those who serve”. I was listening from the kitchen, not too closely, but her gist was a reference implying thanks or remembrance. My reaction was WTH, you have either gotten your holidays mixed up or you don’t know the difference!

      I’m very active in the VFW Auxiliary and my hubby is a Vietnam vet who served in the Navy on an aircraft carrier; it is distressing how many people already get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused…now they are messing up Independence Day.

    • Beaglemom July 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      I agree 1000% percent with Jim Wright’s position on this. Last week I read that one of the performers scheduled for the White House Fourth of July “concert” said it’s always an honor to perform at the White House and especially on a “military” holiday. I wondered where this person had been all of her life. The Fourth of July celebrations that I remember have been more like exuberant birthday parties for our country rather than for a person. That’s what the Fourth of July is supposed to be – a celebration of the very beginning of this country. There are more than enough “military” holidays.

      Even Labor Day has been usurped to some extent. Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of American workers and all that they have done for our country. When I was a child, my family always attended the picnic organized by the union for the workers at the plant where my father worked.

      Memorial Day is the day when those Americans who died in war are remembered. No other days are needed.

      And, we should remember too that “Veterans Day” commemorates a specific event, “Armistice Day,” the day when the guns finally became silent in 1918: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It is a day to remember the sacrifice made by all those soldiers who died or were maimed during the First World War. That is how it is commemorated by all of the other Allied countries who participated in those four awful years.

      I’m waiting for Thanksgiving to be overtaken too and then Christmas.

  4. Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 7:35 am

    “rump thinks that America is his property and that the Southern border is his front yard. He also believes that as the “property owner” he has the power to just tell immigrants to get out of the United States of America. The President Of The United States has proclaimed himself to be bigger than the Constitution
    Donald Trump does not own America. We have a Constitution and a system of checks and balances that prevent a president from acting like a king.”
    “rump’s thoughts are dangerous, and it is one of the biggest reasons why the nation needs a Democratic Congress to stop his LU$T for unCONstitutional actions.”

  5. Anonymous July 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Yes, I am getting tired of every holiday turned into” thank you for your service day”. the United States Of America is more than the military, it is the citizens.

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