Tom H. Hastings
I'm from the Heartland, from the lakes and woods of Minnesota. I lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for almost all of the first half century of my life, and I turn to you who make your lives working hard in the woodlands and farmlands, and towns big and small, and ask you, for gosh-sakes, can we unite and end this god-awful Trump experiment?
OK the Republicans got their tax plunder law. They win; we lose. Some 83 percent of the money benefits will go to the top 10 percent of wealthy Americans. A last-minute add-in will mostly benefit Trump and other wealthy real estate developers and investors — buck-naked corruption. The health care crumbs promised to Sen. Susan Collins were mostly absent, breaking the "ironclad" promise to her from Mitch "Ha-ha-gotcha-you-ignorant-woman" McConnell.
Men are dogs (sorry, dogs!). Trump refers to his ambitions with canine instincts, e.g., he wants to spend $1.5 trillion on new nuclear weapons to make sure the USA is at the "top of the pack." We only have a few more than 7,000 of them live, locked and loaded, prepared to overkill humankind by a factor of seven, so it's important to add more, right? Arf.
Satire in the time of Trump is becoming really tricky. Just when a satirist believes he or she has the kernel of a silly or outrageous extrapolative idea, this administration jumps in front of it and even outdoes it. From Saturday Night Live to stand-up comics to the Onion to Andy Borowitz, it's getting dicier by the day.
I'm heading to court from my home in Portland, Oregon, to Missoula, Montana. Leonard Higgins is going to go on trial in a Montana courtroom for his role in the Oct. 11, 2016, coordinated shutdown of several of the dirtiest tar sands oil pipelines that increasingly and dangerously traverse North America. Leonard simply shut off a valve, turning off the Express pipeline in Montana, an act of supreme nonviolent symbolism because he and everyone involved knew the pipeline company would open the valve quickly and get the filthy tar sands oil slogging along again.
Is Donald Trump a Hitler nouveau? Probably not. Still, in this time of preparing a switch from mild, articulate, scandal-free Obama to wall- them-out, shut-them-out, kick-them-out Donald Trump, it might be worth a historical review of German Martin Niemöller (1892—1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. His postwar sermons feature various versions of this: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —