Opinion: Sorry, Mr. President. We are not a land of quivering cowards

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Donald Trump lies, but in his lies he will almost always tell you a truth. When he tells you the lie that three million people voted illegally, he is telling you that he fears his own legitimacy as president. When he tells you the lie that attendance at his inauguration broke all records, he is telling the truth about his insanely insatiable need to be loved.

And when Trump accuses the news media of ignoring or downplaying terror attacks perpetrated by radical Islamists, he is admitting the truth about his own political needs. He needs fear like other people need oxygen.

Contrary to the president’s claim, the institutional bias of the media has been to overplay rather than underplay terror attacks, because nothing draws ratings and eyeballs better than violence, blood and murder. The words “active shooter” and “possible terror attack” guarantee immediate, breathless wall-to-wall cable coverage.

Indeed, when challenged to produce evidence of his claim, the Trump administration released a list of 78 terror-related incidents that it believes had been ignored or undercovered. The list includes terror attacks in Paris, Orlando, Sacramento and elsewhere that had received non-stop coverage for weeks. (It did not, however, include the infamous “Bowling Green Massacre.”)

The most recent “undercovered” incidents on the Trump list occurred in December, with a truck attack in Berlin and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. I decided to go see how the AJC covered it, and here’s what I found:

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Dec. 20, 2016

Dec. 21, 2016

Dec. 21, 2016

 

Taken literally, then, Trump’s statement is a lie. But the larger truth that his lie reveals is his frustration that you are not yet sufficiently terrified. He wants the land of the free and the home of the brave to act more like the land of quivering cowards, and he demands that the media help him in creating that terror.

You do not yet understand that the incoming Muslim hordes are plotting to impose Sharia law here in the United States, that they are all bad people out to do you harm. You do not appreciate the danger that Syrian refugees pose, even though no  Syrian refugee allowed to enter our country under the current vetting system of 18 to 24 months has ever committed or attempted to commit an act of terror. You do not understand that Mexican immigrants are here to kill you and rape your daughters. You do not understand the “American carnage” that threatens your safety, even though the nation’s murder rate is half what it was 25 years ago.

Where other leaders will seek to calm and reassure, Trump must frighten, for your fear is his power. Only if you are sufficiently frightened will you turn to him for leadership and protection, succumbing to his claim that “I alone can fix it … I alone can solve it.”

The truth is that media coverage exaggerates rather than underplays terrorism as a threat. For example, did you know that two U.S. soldiers were shot and killed by an attacker in Kentucky Thursday night? If not, it’s because they were killed in an act of domestic violence. Had there been any hint of Islamist involvement, believe me, you would have known. In fact, according to data compiled by Business Insider and the conservative Cato Institute, you are six times more likely to be killed by a shark attack and 260 times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a refugee turned terrorist.

Those numbers are not meant to imply that we don’t have to be vigilant or that violent Islamic extremism is not a problem. It is very much a problem, and by far its biggest victims are Muslims themselves. What those numbers do provide is a sense of perspective, which is exactly what Trump is trying to deny you.

 

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N-GA-Online
N-GA-Online

All Trump supporters are bed wetters.....all of them!

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Bruno2

You guys are slow on the draw today.  The first 6 comments were made by Cons.  ; > }

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Wouldn't it be funny if one of these days we heard the "Sheetz" call and just responded: meh. We're fine here.

rimsky
rimsky

Pure conjecture. 

Does not represent any kind of compelling case against Putin.

+++++

So Mr DP you disagree with Trump's assessment "we do it too".  Right?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@rimsky 

I thought I'd already commented numerous times on Trump's remark. 

Yes, OF COURSE, what he suggested was correct: 

Whatever crimes the Putin regime is guilty of, it's a drop in the bucket next to the crimes of US imperialism and its various agencies. 

rimsky
rimsky

@Donnie_Pinko @rimsky I see but he did.  That is all I wanted from you.  That is fair.  As far as comparison to us, I have no idea who is worse without empirical numbers.

Bruno2
Bruno2

I've never announced this before, so here goes: Sheetz.


Bruno2
Bruno2

@honested @Bruno2 You guys are slow on the draw today.  The first 6 comments were made by Cons.  ; > }

P.S. I like the new, more thoughtful honested. 

Mr_B
Mr_B

@Bruno2 Strange: I can read it, but can't post.

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "Why hasn't Obama care been repealed yet? Should be easy..."


@LordHelpUs


Obama is a Harvard graduate and a lawyer !


He has a good brain something the cons


don't have.


heeheeheeheeheehee

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Bernie said that Trump lies constantly about what he was going to do in office.  Trump said to the public that he was going to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (Obamacare was the 4th leg to make that work, financially, btw), but that instead Trump has formed a committee to do away with those programs.


SURPRISE!

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@MaryElizabethSings Yea, Obamacare protected Medicare alright.

Robbed it of $700 billion but I suppose in the mind of a liberal worshiping at the feet of Obama that was a save. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Mary Elizabeth Sings

Just last night I heard about all of the political enemies of Putin that he has poisoned to death.

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And where did you hear about it? 

Let me guess:  Maddow.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Google it.


If he didn't 


That is one helluva coincidence.


Nah. Old KGB guy wouldn't do stuff like that.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Bernie Sanders is live now saying that Mitch McConnell owes Elizabeth Warren an apology.  He is further saying that the Senate needs to retake that vote because, in the future, other  U. S. Senators will be stricken, next, from speaking on the Senate floor.  Bernie says, "Does that mean that we cannot enter letters from the past such as Coretta Scott King's on the Senate floor?"


Bernie further said that he read a letter on the senate floor from the past and McConnell did not censure him.  Again, Bernie said McConnell owes Elizabeth Warren an apology.


Sexism, pure and simple, imho.  And, Elizabeth Warren is a formidable woman.  Is that crime for a woman to be?  She will speak out, like it or not.  And, she did so with respect on the Senate floor.  Her views were just different from those of Mitch McConnell.

td1234
td1234

@MaryElizabethSings Bernie got crushed in a debate last night by Cruz on CNN over HC. 


I guess Pocahontas should not have been so nasty in the general election to Trump. Pay back is a itch. 

td1234
td1234

@Hedley_Lammar In your delusional mind. Just like you claiming "lock her up" was a higher priority to GOP voters that SCOTUS justices last night. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JohnnyReb 

 Pocahontas is not taken seriously by anyone but extreme liberals.

Got proof?

LOL!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JohnnyReb 

Soooooooooooooooooo, no proof.

Got it.

Why do you make sh it up?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

i'm not a lawyer, neither do I play one on TV, but a couple of regulars here could not get into law school if they tried.

The idea the judge who issued the stay against the Trump travel ban had to be shown there was a threat is ridiculous and unconstitutional.

The law does not require the judge be given proof of security risk.

The law give the power to the president.

The judge's job and only job is to determine if Trump acted within the law.

Social, economic and bleeding heart concerns does not enter into the picture legally. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@rimsky @JohnnyReb no, but I have a clear logical mind which is not a trait of LIberals so I don't expect you to recognize it.

honested
honested

@JohnnyReb 

What legal concept did the unnecessary EO impose on the LEGAL RESIDENT ALIENS that allowed the states to have standing in challenging the unnecessary EO?

(simple question for the logical mind)

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@JohnnyReb


Lie but that's normal for johnnyredneck. You might want to do a little research if you know how. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@JohnnyReb i'm not a lawyer,


No


You are not. Neither am I. Lets let the lawyers work this out shall we.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@honested @JohnnyReb the states don't have standing.

Individuals may have had standing, but they did not file.

The 9th Circus may ignore the no standing and uphold the stay, but that is expected.

rimsky
rimsky

@Hedley_Lammar If the GOP poll numbers tank prior to 18 election it may happen earlier.

td1234
td1234

@TBS They will have a bill to repeal it before the end of this year. Now the implementation of the new plan will probably not take place until after the mid terms. If they do not then a great deal of them will have primary opposition and most are more afraid of primary challenge than a general election. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@td1234 @TBS There is a base plan.

Once Price is approved, it will kick into high gear.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Hedley_Lammar @td1234 @TBS you whine about it dumping people off insurance.

You whine about it being phased in so it won't dump people.

You whine is the bottom line.

TBS
TBS

Like I said ... my guess is no major changes until after the 2018 election

And as I previously said I'm also guessing the repeal will include caveats to keep pushing out the end date if needed

Heck they've only been saying they have better ideas since before the ACA was passed

What's another two, three or four years

TBS
TBS

You just broke the irony meter

You whine as much as you breath

"You whine is the bottom line"

Thomas "jreb" Jefferson

TBS
TBS

I could be wrong but I'm guessing no major changes until after the 2018 election.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@TBS


I'm not sure there will be any major changes at all. The alt right has no viable plan and they do not want to heat at re election time. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@TBS They want to kick that can as far down the road as they can.

TBS
TBS

I'm guessing there definitely will be parts of the ACA that will be rebranded as new free market ideas.

Many on the right will eat it up as if it was their Last Supper

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @TBS They will have a bill to repeal it before the end of this year.


They might. But it wont mention an immediate repeal date. Nor a specific replacement.


Which means just like all the other repeal votes.


It will be purely symbolic. To fool the rubes.