I was mowing my lawn this morning, thinking. This is a scene that is passing from American life. And thinking is a dangerous thing to do. My thoughts are running free; I hope that some adhere.
Yesterday, Donald Trump declared his opposition to the TPP, saying: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country.” But of course the main-stream media focuses on his use of the word “rape”. Meanwhile the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee's platform drafting panel appears to be backing away from Clinton's recent campaign stance against the TPP. The Associated Press reports:
Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House: “We’re not going to take away a person’s constitutionally guaranteed rights without due process" Ryan says this as Democrats seek to instill a government "watchlist" -blacklist that will do exactly that. What has happened to the Party of Civil Rights? It takes little imagination to see that an unlegal blacklist would soon become filled with political opponents and leaders of disadvantaged minority groups, in particular Muslim Americans. We must realize that Due Process is the core of our liberal democratic government: Rule by Law; anything else is only the application of power, authoritarianism.
We the undersigned urge your support – including your voice and your vote - for Jill Stein for President on the Green Party line as an essential, urgent step to continue building a true American revolution.
Sadly, Bernie is down for the count. In today's speech live-streamed to his supporters his plans for "political revolution" took a back seat to defeating Donald Trump. As transcribed by TheGuardian: