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The niece of MLK Jr I know is a conservative. So are a few others in his family. I think MLK Jr himself was a Republican. But we have to put that in context. Blacks become overwhelmingly Republican after the Civil War in the same percentages we see them today for Democrats. That changed with the election of FDR. It wasn't FDR who Blacks changed for but his wife Eleanor who was very outspoken proponent for Blacks. 

The Black community split, most became Democrats but a significant amount stayed Republican because of Lincoln. Another reason why many Blacks in the south remained Republican was because southern Whites became Democrat after the Civil War and they didn't want to be in the same party as white southern and midwestern people. 

Anyway I digress, there are conservative if not 'non activist' relatives of Ali, MLK, even Malcolm X. I have heard one of his daughters talk about race, etc and could be confused for a moderate or right of center. 

Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther endorsed Bloomberg. The murky area when these children say 'my father' wouldn't have...... Ali changed his more militant stances and was open to being friends with anyone. Before he suffered from Parkinsons he was still outspoken but not nearly as much as he was in the late 60s. 

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I will credit Trump with being serious about taking on China. I don't think Hillary would have been as motivated and I don't think Biden will if he wins. That said, its Trump's execution that is not good. For a person who is supposedly the king of deals. So, I think Trump should be applauded for taking on China in earnest. He just isn't capable of pulling it off. 

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trump-adviser-says-his-china-trade-deal-has-collapsed-and-spins-a-wildly-dangerous-conspiracy-theory/

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I will premise the video below with two things regarding my thoughts and the context. First, I think these types of ads are inappropriate. I would prefer for political ads to be about the facts, the issues and their views on the issues and if need be the opposition's view and it be accurate. 

I don't care which party. I will say this, the Republicans are much better at these types of ads. Its the likely reason the Democrats don't try a tit for tat with the GOP. The second thing is this ad is by Republicans. And it must be said, establishment Republicans, forming a group called The Lincoln Project and one of its founders is Trump's former campaign manager and supporter Kellyanne Conway's husband. That household must be fun. It must also be said, Trump is not the Republican party. Meaning, from the start he operated outside the party machine. they never liked him, never wanted him and work with him out of fear based on his rabid support. There are a few elected Republicans that actually like him because they believe in the bigotry. Sessions being one of them. When Trump came out the gate calling Mexicans rapists and criminals he came on board right away. 

 

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I think that Trump can now be best described as - 

 

 

Day 1251:    Underwhelming.

 

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larf? 5555555555555555

 

Trump was just down at the border wall :) 

There has been 200 miles completed/repaired, 3 new miles, Woohoo! Donald signed it!   The border is 1,954 miles.

The Mexicans must be really happy, because it keeps all the Covid-19 ridden Arizonians out of Mexico :) 

Record daily increase!

 

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Trump say, cases not up, testing up, deaths wayyyyy doooown!

 

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The border wall was said by Trump as a symbolic statement. He had no idea about the viability of a wall when said. He had to attempt it when it became a chant "build that wall!". The statement was more about limiting immigration from non western (codespeak for white) countries. 

The 'shit hole' countries statement about Africa says it all. He's only talked about limiting immigration from central America (possibly south America as well) and Africa. He asked why we can't have more immigration from a nordic country. I think Norway was his example, not sure. 

There is a reason why Europeans didn't come back in droves after WW2 or after the 1965 immigration act that opened up immigration globally. There was no need to. Post WW2 democratic socialism worked. Europe eliminated much of its people from  poverty. The only immigration from Europe in any significant numbers were Irish when their economy tanked 30 years ago and eastern Europeans when communism fell. Everyone else came to see Disneyland, Manhattan, Miami beach and then went back. 

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This case illustrates why the police in America have moved dangerously close to a significant portion of the population feeling they are an illegitimate entity. 

The police get a 'no knock warrant', enter the wrong home, unnanounced, shoots a naked woman in her own bed, her partner fires back thinking its a home invasion, shoots a cop and the victim is being prosecuted?! 

Instead of a mea culpa afterwards said police department not only feel fully justified are outraged, the victim is not remanded without bail. It boggles the mind. This is not just unique to Louisville, Ky, this could have played out in NYC, LA, Orlando, and the same result. 

Defunding the police may be a batshit crazy idea but what led people there? The notion didn't come out of a void. The police are so emboldened, so confident that not only the law, but morals and ethics don't apply to them. 

So, I look what led us to a significant number of Americans saying 'Enough, get rid of them', and take their chances with the bad guys out there because at least they have a fighting chance. 

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I know we've been predicting the current situation, but that doesn't make it any good.

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New York City's mayor has confirmed a Black Lives Matter mural will be painted right in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan amid ongoing anti-racism protests sparked by the police-involved killing of George Floyd. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said the mural would serve as a reminder for the president and all who see it painted in bold on the city’s iconic Fifth Avenue, where President Donald Trump has owned his 58-floor skyscraper since 1979. 

“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City”, Julia Arredondo, spokesperson for Mr de Blasio, said in a statement.

She added: “He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/new-york-city-mayor-to-install-black-lives-matter-mural-outside-of-trump-tower/ar-BB15VmSI

 

It's a start.

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