Is the current political administration inciting violence in the United States? yesterday there were two news stories about the current political administration that made me curious about violence?
One, the President of the United States was complaining that football players don’t tackle, and suggesting the ratings of the NFL are down because of the officiating and the decreased tackles.
two, Betsy DeVos announced the rollback of Obama era rules on college campus violence.
When it comes to violent behavior, I think we have to look at the person in their environment. The environment impacts the individual, and vice versa. With these and other occurrences in the present political climate, might it be possible that we are creating an environment where violence is more accepted and even encouraged? What does that say about us as a society? That we are going backwards to base instincts?




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  1. Yin 3 weeks ago

    I mean, this was happening before the election when Trump was fine with people hitting protesters and promised to pay the assaulter’s legal fees. I think Trump is just trying to rip into the NFL more so his supporters totally boycott it so it can lead to a larger money loss for the NFL so they will fire those that are kneeling for racial equality. He has to target someone to get his base going and that is an easy target right now. I also feel like this was a way to cover up the news that many states had been targeted by hackers that the Department of Homeland Security recently came out with. I mean, today is filled with #TakeTheKnee on Twitter and I haven’t heard much about the hacking, so I think it may have worked, at least to a degree.

    As for Betsy, I think it mainly falls on just taking out any legislation with Obama’s name on it, consequences be damned. There is quite a bit that I could criticize Obama for and some things that need to be changed or taken away with his name on them, but what this administration is doing is gross. It’s personal. This started with the birther movement and now Trump and his team can just remove everything Obama did, even if it was something that made since and is good. I mean, Betsy’s brother is the founder of Blackwater/Academi. They are mercenaries. Mercenaries that the US hired and they continuously did disgusting things in the Middle East. I’m not one to really blame people on what their family does, but these two people seem to have a similar mindset. Do what you want because no one will be able to touch you. It’s gross.

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    • Gina 3 weeks ago

      @Yin Even trump’s buddy’s, NFL owners who donated millions to his campaign, are saying what he said it wrong. There has already been a couple of owners on the sidelines during the national anthem today, locking arms with their players. The owners never go on the sidelines during the anthem.

      I agree with your Betsy assessment, and how this administration is acting. IT is GROSS.

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      • Yin 3 weeks ago

        @Gina Yea, I saw posts and photos of some of that on Twitter. I was finding myself a bit hesitant on applauding them though considering they did donate to Trump. I understand people can change though and hope they did. I hope to see more taking a stand if needed. The first MLB player knelt during the anthem as well. His father was a veteran. There was another photo going around with a WW2 veteran kneeling in, I think, his backyard in solidarity with the athletes. I admit that it was a bit tough to watch and understand why people were kneeling at first. I think I was in the same type of mindset that those against them are in. Over time though, I started to get it. Seeing how a lot of veterans support it saying that they fought for the Constitution and not the flag really helps to get the idea across. I saw a lot of Saints players seated during it. Made me smile.

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      Scarlett 3 weeks ago

      @Yin didn’t know that about betsy’s bro. it just seems so odd to me what with college rape being such a problem and under reported that they need to change the rules because they are unfair to the accused. This is how our education secretary spends her time.
      And DT, wow, it is Amazing the way he constantly picks on marginalized groups in society. Simply amazing.

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  2. Gina 3 weeks ago

    The 45th is feeding his base, trying to get us not to pay attention to the real issues and by the looks of it, he wants a race riot.

    One of the many amazing tweets since 45th disgusting speech in Alabama:

    Tariq Nasheed‏Verified account @tariqnasheed Sep 22

    So Trump calls Black NFL players who protests injustice “sons of bitches”, but white supremacists who ram ppl with cars “very fine ppl”.

    AND,

    Colin Kaepernick’s mom tweeted in response to 45 calling her son, and others who protest a Son of a Bitch:

    “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!”

    BUT, this shit is all backfiring in his ugly, bloated orange face.

    Here is what the coach of my NFL team said in response; Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks:

    “We stand for love and justice and civility,” the statement read. “We stand for our players and their constitutional rights, just as we stand for equality for all people. We stand against divisiveness and hate and dehumanization. We are in the midst of a tremendously challenging time, a time longing for healing. Change needs to happen; we will stand for change. May we all have the courage to take a stand for our beliefs while not diminishing the rights of others, as this is the beating heart of our democracy. As a team, we are united in a mission to bring people together to help create positive change. We can longer remain silent.”

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      Scarlett 3 weeks ago

      @Gina thank you for all of your feedback. What is scary to me is that the fans at the steelers game boo’d the Steelers when they entered the field. It is sad to me that there are so many people that support trump or think like he thinks. What would be rele great is if all the fans too a knee, too.

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  3. Gina 3 weeks ago

    Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  4. Gina 3 weeks ago

    Let’s let a former NASA astronaut, and NFL player answer your question:

    To Donald Trump,

    I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their tenets of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, only applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me.

    Donald Trump, I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say.

    We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit.

    Donald Trump, your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.

    I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student only to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trod by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to make America White again. (their words). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to make America Great Again were “nice people”?

    Comparing this to what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black man peacefully protesting by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is appalling, unnerving and reprehensible.

    Today, you called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.”

    You said he should be fired.

    You are calling his white mother a bitch.

    The strong contrast in language for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?

    Our National Anthem has been edited to try not to offend, because when Francis Scott Key penned the song he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza:

    “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a Country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

    I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain freedom from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution.

    In 1814 former slaves fought with the British for their freedom from their American enslavers.

    Key witnessed a battle from a ship off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry, which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.

    I served my country not in the military, but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans, but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way.

    Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump, maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.

    Donald Trump, please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing.

    May God bless you.

    Sincerely,

    Leland Melvin
    Former Astronaut and NFL Player

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  5. Gina 3 weeks ago

    100 years ago to the day #45 gave his speech in Alabama, in 1917, a Black man was chased, beaten, arrested, and jailed…
    For not taking his hat off during the National Anthem.

    Yeah, this pres*ident wants to incite violence. Always has.

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  6. spitfire3dc 3 weeks ago

    What could anyone possibly expected from a dotard who’s signature phrase is, “You’re fired!”

    You’re pre-existing violent society drives an economy. Profitable private jails, the weapon industry, companies that supply military level equipment to police forces that now do more than “serve and protect”

    The “Administation”, with its utter incompetence would be satirically funny, if not for the irreparable damage it is doing to the reputation built over a very long time to a once great nation that has become a bad joke.

    It takes courage in the face of an established system to express your opinion. Ali did it, MLK did it, even JFK and RFK did it and all paid a huge price, but they all did it with an awareness of the repercussions.

    A leader who promotes anarchy is a weak leader because it is so easy when offered to a society that is living in fear in the first place.

    It comes down to this. Money is a God in America. You have millionaire pastors that illustrate that better than anything. When money becomes more respected than the altruistic things you can do with it, violence is the “jihad” to serve your God.

    From gangs to Walk Street brokerages; you are looking at religious sects acting out in pursuit of their worship at the Almighty Greenback.

    What is being worshipped through Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the probability of North Korea? Think about the American martyrs that died thinking they were fighting for a just cause, as the high priests in their comfy mansions stayed home to “pay” homage to their God.

    The Dotard is the high priest Moneyism. He even has the funny hat to prove it.

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  7. Fletch 3 weeks ago

    he incites separatism, which in turn spreads fear, then violence.

    it’s how the powerful remain powerful

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    • griz 3 weeks ago

      @Fletch
      Powerful people to great extent, rely upon others willingly awarding them power.

      Leaders try to lead followers down certain paths. But in the presence of freedom we can choose not to follow where they lead.

      Either in vociferous protest . . . or by just going a different direction. Perhaps a direction that limits the power awarded to say, a bully.

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      • Fletch 3 weeks ago

        @griz

        ‘willingly awarding them power….. [through fear and intimidation]’

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      • griz 3 weeks ago

        @Fletch
        So how much choice do you think we have in submitting to fear and intimidation?

        Or put another way, is “freedom” just lip-service or window-dressing?

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      • Fletch 3 weeks ago

        @griz you don’t need to submit to fear and intimidation in order to have freedom. I just don’t think people are willing to give up their security for their freedom. You can’t be free and secure.

        Freedom today is a transitional state. Us ‘somewhat older’ people can live without being ‘online’ or ‘connected’ 24/7/365. That’s true freedom

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      • griz 3 weeks ago

        @Fletch
        What if “freedom” was a kind of universal axiom (it either “is” or “is not”), and what “transitions” . . . are our feelings? (Which btw is what our feelings are prone to do).

        Consider how we as a species lose (lost?) track of “true love” when we believed it was “just a feeling” (and therefore subject entirely to “primitive us”). That it came and went . . . well . . . like our feelings are prone to! “True love” is suppose to be eternal (or at least enduring throughout a physical lifetime!). But when “the feeling for us” might not be right there massaging us, we toss people in the trash for no reason greater than “they just aren’t doing it for me anymore”.

        True freedom is not “just a feeling”. It is the reality of being free from imprisonments and addictions. It is a valuable thing, because absolute freedom is elusive — and a lifetime pursuit. We conjure half-truths that “the price of it is eternal vigilance”. But vigilance of others . . . or of our own processes of imprisoning and addicting ourselves?

        (When we’re intently watching for others “infringing” on us . . . our eyes are off of our own processes running away with us into greater and greater imprisionments and addictions of both substance and thought).

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  8. Gina 3 weeks ago

    Can’t resist posting these.

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    • griz 3 weeks ago

      @Gina
      I wonder if the person who wrote this was out “becoming the change they wished to see” . . . Or was too busy writing lists of excuses why they couldn’t?

      There is a time and a place for organized protest. But that time and place is not “always” and “for everything”.

      Insisting that others need to make change remains the most effective excuse for not changing ourselves.

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      • Gina 3 weeks ago

        @griz This is from Samantha Bee’s show, and it’s satire. They are making fun of all the ways we have been told is a bad way to protest. But tiki torch carrying people chanting “jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” is OK, to Trump; who said some of those people are good people. But if get on your knee before a football game to bring attention to your black brothers and sisters getting killed unjustly, you are a son of a bitch.

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      • griz 3 weeks ago

        @Gina
        To me both standing and kneeling show degrees of reverence and respect. What counts is the respect.
        And at the end of the day each person needs to assess for themselves if their respect is for the flag and what it stands for . . . or just for what they think they can use it for.

        As for Trump thinking it was OK?
        Don’t forget we’re talking about the man who though it was OK to run a scam university with tactics for bilking single mothers out of outrageous tuition fees and dodging federal investigators that might arrive at the door; using charities for personal gain; selling sub-standard steaks as “prime”; same with generic vodka; hocking a plethora of useless kitchen gadgets; to over-ride all kinds of EPA standards to build golf course . . . et cetera ad nauseum.

        As for protests? Perhaps the most effective one is for Americans to return to living their lives like Americans, upholding the standards their nation was built upon . . . and wait for the world’s most powerful toddler to tire himself out and curl up on the Oval Office rug for a nap. And when he does throw tantrums, don’t give him the attention he craves.

        Then, when this chapter is over and done . . . learn from it so it doesn’t have to happen again any time soon. Personally, I think it will be a very very long time before any of those who helped write this chapter in US History . . . will be trusted with power again.

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      • Gina 3 weeks ago

        @griz I know we are going to learn from this dark part of our history. We fell asleep at the wheel, and as many say…we are WOKE!

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      • griz 3 weeks ago

        @Gina
        The ship-of-state is still in motion. It may still crash into a few navigational aids or run aground on shoals or even crash into the shore. Such can happen with a toddler at the wheel.

        But as Americans showed Japanese Admiral Yamamoto in WWII, they are VERY good at damage-control and re-floating a ship most thought was written-off as loss!

        And who knows?
        Churchill was seen by many as just a drunken buffoon; and many becried the foolishness of Reagan in calling the USSR’s bluff of the Cold War in the strongest of terms.
        Trump may yet find a platform to shine on and be fondly remembered for.

        Stranger things have happened.

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  9. Gina 3 weeks ago

    another good one.

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  10. griz 3 weeks ago

    We shouldn’t give [him] more credit than is due. He gives “excuse” for violence. To say he incites it is like putting the child who’s bumbling with matches burns down the barn, in the same class as an arsonist who sets out with intention to destroy for personal gain.

    You hit on an interesting point with violence being a base instinct. No matter what we do, the urge to it will perhaps always be there (and I don’t think I err in pointing out that males have a particular hormone-charged struggle with it, giving rise to the term “a gentleman” for those who learn to control it).
    Personal control is the key . . . not expecting everyone else to “avoid triggering” that which we ourselves have failed to control in ourselves.

    There is an interesting passage in the Lord’s Prayer that most people just glaze over. “You prepare a feast [nourishment] for me in the presence of my enemies”. Someone who is trying to incite violence (or is just being a convenient excuse for it), gives us the opportunity to nourish and exercise our own self-control.

    Yes, we can be concerned that someone with influence might be leading the weak and starving to it. Even a sport like ice hockey that thrills to violence recognizes a penalty for instigating. But punishes only that player and not those who “nourish” themselves by exercising self-control in that person’s presence.

    But if they fail in this exercise, the shame is then also upon them.

    This “group-shame” cannot be put just on a mis-firing leader. They might lead to folly. But if nobody jumps in, that leader is left just masturbating with their own feelings in the middle of the field.

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