Lakoff: Pay Close Attention—Trump Means Exactly What He Says

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-rhetoric-calculated-sway

Trump is swaying millions with his calculated rhetoric.

By George Lakoff
August 24, 2016

Responsible reporters in the media normally transcribe political speeches so that they can accurately report them. But Donald Trump’s discourse style has stumped a number of reporters. Dan Libit, CNBC’s excellent analyst, is one of them. Libit writes, “His unscripted speaking style, with its spasmodic, self-interrupting sentence structure, has increasingly come to overwhelm the human brains and tape recorders attempting to quote him.”

Trump is, simply put, a transcriptionist’s worst nightmare: severely unintelligible, yet incredibly important to understand.

Given how dramatically recent polls have turned on his controversial public utterances, it is not hyperbolic to say that the very fate of the nation appears destined to come down to one man’s application of the English language, and the public’s comprehension of it. It has turned the rote job of transcribing into a high-stakes calling.

Trump’s crimes against clarity are multifarious: He often speaks in long, run-on sentences, with frequent asides. He pauses after subordinate clauses. He frequently quotes people saying things that aren’t actual quotes. And he repeats words and phrases, sometimes with slight variations, in the same sentence.

Some in the media (Washington Post,Salon, Slate, Think Progress, etc.) have called Trump’s speeches “word salad.” Some commentators have even attributed his language use to “early Alzheimer’s,” citing “erratic behavior” and “little regards for social conventions.”

I don’t believe it.

I have been repeatedly asked in media interviews about Trumps use of language. So far as I can tell, he is simply using effective discourse mechanisms to communicate what he wants to communicate to his audience. I have found that he is very careful and very strategic in his use of language. The only way I know to show this is to function as a linguist and cognitive scientist and go through details.

Let’s start with sentence fragments. It is common and natural in New York discourse for friends to finish one another’s sentences. And throughout the country, if you don’t actually say the rest of a friend’s sentence out loud, there is nevertheless a point at which you can finish it in your head. When this happens in cooperative discourse, it can show empathy and intimacy with a friend, that you know the context of the narrative, and that you understand and accept your friend’s framing of the situation so well you can even finish what they have started to say. Of course, you can be bored with, or antagonistic to someone and be able to finish their sentences with anything but a feeling of empathy and intimacy. But Trump prefers to talk to a friendly crowd.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-rhetoric-calculated-sway

Sexism, meet racism: Trump’s Angela Merkel comments expose the collision of misogyny and white supremacy

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2016/08/19/where-sexism-and-racism-meet-trumps-angela-merkel-comments-expose-the-overlap-between-antifeminism-and-white-supremacy/

Years of blaming feminists for a supposed “demographic winter” fuel Trump’s demonization of Merkel and Clinton


Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Donald Trump has a new obsession: comparing Hillary Clinton to Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany. During a Monday speech, Trump denounced the “massive immigration” to Germany under Merkel, for which he blames crime rising “to levels that no one thought would they would ever see.” He followed up this speech with press releases and a hashtag aimed at equating Clinton and Merkel.

The choice is an odd one on its surface because most Americans don’t have an opinion about Merkel, even when they know who she is. But as Alice Ollstein of Think Progress persuasively argued on Wednesday, the meme makes more sense when one considers that white supremacists definitely know who Merkel is, because they hate her:

To white nationalist communities that fervently support Trump, Merkel has been a popular villain. Sites like the Daily Stormer, the White Genocide Project, American Renaissance, and The White Resister have posted constantly about her since the Syrian refugee crisis began escalating earlier this year. They have accused her of making a “deliberate attempt to turn Germany from a majority White country into a minority White country.” They have called her a “crazy childless bitch,” an “anti-White traitor,” and “a patron saint of terrorists.” They have asked, in articles about Merkel, “Why would you allow a woman to run a country, unless you were doing it as a joke?”

It’s yet another example of how Trump is mainstreaming white supremacist sentiment. But by making two women the center of an attack, he is also highlighting the way that antifeminism and white supremacy are tied into each other, since people in alt-right, white supremacist circles like to blame feminism for what they see as the “decline” of the white race.

Trump alone cannot be blamed for the mainstreaming of this ideology. For years now, mainstream conservative figures have been playing footsy with the antifeminist, racist fringe, cleaning up its ideas and passing them off as mainstream conservative thought. Trump’s elevation to nominee of the Republican Party is just the logical conclusion of these efforts.

Continue reading at:  http://www.salon.com/2016/08/19/where-sexism-and-racism-meet-trumps-angela-merkel-comments-expose-the-overlap-between-antifeminism-and-white-supremacy/

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Republicans have themselves to blame for the slow economy, study says

Every one knows that when it comes to the economy, Republicans suck big time.  They plunge us in to a depression or near depression every time they get in power.  The only Republican that didn’t destroy the economy was Eisenhower and we had very high taxes on the rich in the 1950s.

From The Guardian UK:  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/11/us-economy-recession-republicans-hillary-clinton-policy


Thursday 11 August 2016

The US’s slow recovery from the 2008 recession is due to Republican policies on the local, state and federal level, according to a new study published by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

The new report comes as the slow pace of recovery has emerged as a key battleground between Republican candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who will set out her economic policy on Thursday.

The EPI report blames the lackluster pace of recovery on Republican-led budget cuts in 2011 following the row over the US debt ceiling, the unwillingness of local officials to spend money when Republicans in Congress were advocating cuts in spending, and the refusal to expand Medicaid in 19 states.

The report comes as the Republican party once again calls for the reining in of government spending and reductions in the deficit.

“Given the degree of damage inflicted by the Great Recession and the restricted ability of monetary policy to aid recovery, historically expansionary fiscal policy was required to return the US economy to full health,” writes Josh Bivens, research and policy director at EPI.

“But this government spending not only failed to rise fast enough to spur a rapid recovery, it outright contracted, and this policy choice fully explains why the economy is only partially recovered from the Great Recession a full seven years after its official end.”

This economic recovery has been the slowest over the past four business cycles. For example, the employment recovery from the trough of the Great Recession to its pre-recession peak took 51 months. Following the recession in the 1980s, employment recovery took 11 months. In the early 1990s it took 23 months, and in the early 2000s it took 39 months.

The US government would have had to spend an additional $1tn in 2015 alone to match the spending that followed the 1980s recession, Bivens said. While such spending might run up the US deficit – something Republicans in Congress are opposed to – it would also have led to “several years of full employment” and the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates.

Continue reading at:  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/11/us-economy-recession-republicans-hillary-clinton-policy

Russian Muslim Mufti calls for genital mutilation of all women

Islam is Woman Hating Misogyny pure and simple.

How would people react to the leaders of a religion of eliminating illicit fornication by amputating all men’s penises?  I imagine the outrage would be total, at least on the part of men and there would calls to wipe that religion from the face of the earth.

There wouldn’t be a bunch of people running arond calling those who spoke out against that religion _____phobes.

Women who believe in freedom and the rights of women have to stand in opposition to Islam and it woman destroying ideology.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/russian-mufti-calls-for-genital-mutilation-of-all-women/

Agence France-Presse
18 Aug 2016

A senior Muslim cleric in Russia has prompted controversy by urging universal female genital mutilation after a rights group released a report on the practice in the country’s North Caucasus region.

Mufti Ismail Berdiyev, who heads a Muslim association for the North Caucasus region, said Wednesday that if FGM “could be applied to all women, that would be very good” in an interview with Interfax news agency.

The practice, which ranges from pricking of the clitoris to its complete removal, causes infections and loss of sensation.

The procedure has come under massive international scrutiny in recent years, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon in 2014 launching a global campaign to end it.

Berdiyev, who was decorated by President Vladimir Putin in March, said FGM does not stop women from fulfilling their ordained role of motherhood and if all women were mutilated, “there would be less fornication”.

– ‘Compulsory ritual’ –

He later retracted his comments, claiming that he had been joking and Islam does not call for FGM.

A controversial Russian Orthodox cleric and blogger, the Church’s former spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin, backed Berdiyev saying that Muslims had a right to a “time-honoured tradition”.

“You probably don’t need to ‘circumcise’ all women, there’s no need with Orthodox women as they don’t fornicate anyway,” he added.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/russian-mufti-calls-for-genital-mutilation-of-all-women/

Hillary’s economic pitch: She’s recommitting to progressive policies and dismantling Trumpism

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2016/08/12/hillarys-economic-pitch-recommitting-to-progressive-policies-and-dismantling-trumpism/

Speaking on the economy, Hillary Clinton eased the concerns of progressive activists and lit into Donald Trump


Friday, Aug 12, 2016

Heading into Hillary Clintons’ big economic speech on Thursday, there was some concern among progressive groups that the Democratic presidential nominee was going to use the opportunity to nudge her policy agenda towards the center. She’d secured the nomination and no longer had to worry about Bernie Sanders’ challenge from the left, and her campaign was in the middle of a high-profile push to recruit Republican defectors away from GOP nominee Donald Trump, which left open the possibility that she might start moderating for the general election.

 Well, Hillary’s speech seems to have put those concerns to rest. At least for the moment. She also put together an effective line of attack against Trump’s economic agenda, separating his populist rhetoric from the reality of his policy proposals.

Clinton hit a number of progressive themes and issues during her remarks in Warren, Michigan: she called for a large boost in infrastructure spending and the creation of an infrastructure bank, she committed to connecting every household in the country to broadband internet by the end of her first term, she offered a strong defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she backed tuition-free college for everyone except the wealthy.

Perhaps most importantly, she offered an unequivocal statement of opposition regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I will stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” she said. “I oppose it now. I’ll oppose it after the election. And I’ll oppose it as president.”

This is the stuff that activists want to hear, and the progressive groups that were slightly wary of Clinton heading into the speech were pretty ebullient over Hillary’s TPP remarks. “These were Hillary Clinton’s strongest words yet against the TPP,” Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. “For the first time, Clinton signaled she will personally work to kill the corporate-written TPP if it comes up after the election in an unaccountable lame-duck Congress.” The Roosevelt Institute also lauded Clinton’s speech in a statement released in conjunction with Democracy Corps: “With this economic speech, Secretary Clinton has made this election a choice about whether our economy works for all, not just the few, and that allows progressive economics to win a mandate in November.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.salon.com/2016/08/12/hillarys-economic-pitch-recommitting-to-progressive-policies-and-dismantling-trumpism/

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Led by Nazi Apologist, Hitler Youth-Type Group Emerges: ‘Trump Youth’

From Forward:  http://forward.com/news/347793/led-by-nazi-apologist-hitler-youth-type-group-emerges-trump-youth/

Josefin Dolsten
August 16, 2016

A group for millennials supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump bears striking similarities to another youth movement — Hitler Youth.

Both the group’s name, “Trump Youth,” and its rhetoric evokes the Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany’s Nazi party.

In a video posted to the “Trump Youth” website, the group’s blond leader speaks of having to fight a worldwide “parasite” enemy, which he later identifies as “globalists.” Nazi propaganda likened Jews to parasites and condemned them for their perceived lack of loyalty to their “host” countries.

“Our nations have been commandeered international criminal cartel and this parasite is feeding on our energy. It’s in Japan, it’s in China, it’s in Germany, it’s in America — now, if we don’t throw this parasite off our backs, the world will fall into chaos,” group leader Jayme Liardi said in the video message.

Liardi’s videos also have a jumpy, rambling quality: He also criticizes “fluoride in the water” and “GMOs.” But one of his video has had 20,000 views.

“There will be no peace, if they are successful, if the globalists are successful, if this new world order comes to place,” Liardi said. “It’s up to us, the millennials, the children of tomorrow, to become the hero generation and to save the world.”

The “Trump Youth” website encourages prospective members to include their ethnicity in their applications in addition to other things, such as their biggest accomplishments and how many members they can refer.

The site does not reference the Republican presidential nominee other than in its name.

On his personal website, Liardi implies Hitler and Nazism have been unfairly portrayed through history.

“I wanted to understand the mind of the supposed most evil man in history,” Liardi wrote. “And yes, I read Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’. I quickly realized that I was not being given all of the facts — that what passes for history is merely rehashed propaganda from the war.”

Liardi also seems to draw a link between Jewish and globalist interests, referring to the government supporting globalism as “kosher.”

“If you have no identity, one will be installed into you by the kosher forces of The State. Make no mistake, they may say that they are for ‘multiculturalism’ ‘diversity’ and ‘equality’ but their actions would say otherwise. This is the ideology that brought us colonialism, slavery and the chain stores of suburbia. This is our current world—the world of Globalism,” Liardi wrote.

Continue reading at:  http://forward.com/news/347793/led-by-nazi-apologist-hitler-youth-type-group-emerges-trump-youth/

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