Thursday, June 04, 2020


A couple of hours ago, President Trump tweeted out an attack on Jim Mattis by John Dowd, a high-level D.C. lawyer and former Marine who's recently done work for the president.

For a few paragraphs, Dowd's letter reads as if it was written by a human being angry at another human being.

I slept on your statement and woke up appalled and upset. You lost me. Never dreamed you would let a bunch of hack politicians use your good ame and reputation—earned with the blood and guts of young Marines. You did what you said you would—engage in this discourse.

Marines keep their word.

The phony protesters near Lafayette park were not peaceful and are not real. They are terrorists using idle hate filled students to burn and destroy. They were abusing and disrespecting the police when the police were preparing the area for the 1900 curfew. Jim, this is the new nihilism. See Dan Henninger in WSJ today.

Marines support the police in harm’s way.

Did you forget that President Bush used active duty Marines to quell the riots in LA?
But then, like a good cultist who's memorized the sacred texts, Dowd starts banging out readymade attack lines from the right-wing media, which has clearly taken over a good portion of his brain.
President Trump has countless cities and some snowflake governors and mayors wetting themselves in the use of force to protect innocent lives and property....

No one divided this country more than Obama. He abandoned our black brothers and sisters. He gave guns to the cartels. He apologized for our precious sacrifice and generosity overseas....

President Trump has done more to help our minority brothers and sisters in three years than anyone in the last fifty. Ask the black pastors. Ask the leaders of the black colleges and universities. He got them funded. Ask them about the prison reform which ended the draconian sentences imposed on young black men by the law enacted by Biden and his hacks....

I understand, you had to stick to the assigned narrative which did not include three years of corrupt investigations and evidence to destroy this President, his office, and his lawful free election. Nancy has no tolerance for dissent in the ranks—including those with stars.

You said nothing of the ugly, hate filled, disgraceful coments of Pelosi, Schumer, Perez and other Democrat hacks defaming the President and his office. You said nothing of the unlawful sanctuary cities and the unlawful release of hoodlums. You said nothing of the resistance movement to paralyze our courts and our government operations. You said nothing of the obstruction and subversion of our immigration laws. You said nothing of MS-13 killers and the drug cartels who own huge sections of our major cities....
Dowd eventually adds a few more sentences that are unlikely to have appeared on Hannity, The Ingraham Angle, or Rush Limbaugh's radio show, but the bulk of the letter consists of off-the-shelf talking points from conservative bloviators.

Everyone knows the country is divided -- but what we need to realize is that the other side has lost the ability to think for itself. It passively receives, processes, and regurgitates whatever conservative media demagogues spew out. They declare us unfit to live based exclusively on those received talking points.

America can't heal, and the industrial generation of right-wing outrage is why.

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