Like his comments about Judge Curiel, Mr. Graham said, Mr. Trump’s jabs at Mr. and Ms. Khan were unacceptable. “This is going to a place where we’ve never gone before, to push back against the families of the fallen,” he said.
He added: “The problem is, ‘unacceptable’ doesn’t even begin to describe it” [Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, and Ashley Parker, “Donald Trump’s Confrontation with Muslim Soldier’s Parents Emerges as Unexpected Flashpoint,” New York Times, 2016.07.31].
South Dakota Democratic Party Vice-Chair Joe Lowe, who heard Khizr Khan’s speech in Philadelphia in person as South Dakota delegate to the Democratic National Convention, knows a thing or two about immigrants, sacrifice, and love of country. He responds directly to the brutish, classless GOP Presidential nominee; I annotate with useful links:
One of the most moving moments of the Democratic National Convention was when the father of a fallen Muslim American Soldier spoke about his valiant son’s death. US Army Captain Humayun Kahn gave his life defending the troops that he called his family.
Donald Trump states he has made a lot of sacrifices: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” This quote comes from ABC News, “Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’”—I suggest all of you read it.
I understand what sacrifice is. My father gave his life for our freedom. He died piloting a B-17 on October 22, 1944. My favorite uncle died diving on a hand grenade in a Saigon movie theater to save many lives. I carried his casket to the grave. When I was the Fire Chief for the South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire, I had to tell a mother her 25-year-old son gave his life on the Coal Canyon Fire. These true heroes did not dodge the fight over bone spurs and then dance in New York’s finest nightclubs.
So, Donald, how dare you speak down to a mother and father who a still grieving over the loss of a son fighting for of America?
As for our State of South Dakota Federal Delegation, how can you stand behind this presidential candidate who is not fit for the highest office in this land? [Joe Lowe, statement to Dakota Free Press, 2016.07.31]
If Donald Trump hasn’t attacked, offended, or horrified you, sit tight: he’ll get to you by November 8.
The regents also approved expansion of online courses offered and programs that can be offered through the Sioux Falls University Center.
SDSU expanded minors offered online including: criminal justice, geography, gerontology, history, psychology and sociology. The university will also offer its minor in human development and family studies online and at the University Center.
“The ability to offer any course in more than one modality … is really a way to make sure that students and professionals throughout the state have access to the training and development that they need and want to advance their careers,” [SDSU Dean of Arts and Sciences Dennis] Papini said [Megan Raposa, “New College Programs Aim to Address Workforce Needs,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.04.04].
Governor Daugaard and Jeb Bush both recently said that psych majors can’t find jobs. Daugaard has a good job for another three years; Bush failed his last major job interview. Maybe both should consider expanding their job opportunities by taking psychology online, thanks to SDSU.
South Dakota Democratic Party Vice-Chair returns with another essay on the need for Democrats to stand up with simple truth against the Republicans’ ceaseless malarkey. Last fall he launched a defense of President Obama against GOP mythmaking; now he offers a critique of the Republican Presidential candidates’ detachment from truth.
Captain Chaos and the Rest of the GOP Crew
It is time to speak again about letting the GOP drive the narrative. This election is one of the most important in our country’s recent history. What’s at stake? The soul of America. Many of the GOP candidates believe that each person is responsible for his or her lot in life. I believe it is a shared responsibility. That is why I am a Democrat.
We are a great party and have much to be proud of. For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. We are the party of Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR, and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union. Let’s look at some of our accomplishments:
Under the leadership of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. The 19th amendment granted women’s right to vote.
In the 1930s, Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt to end the Great Depression. President Roosevelt offered Americans a New Deal that put people back to work, stabilized farm prices, and brought electricity to rural homes and communities.
Under President Roosevelt, Social Security established a promise that lasts to this day: growing old would never again mean growing poor. It was largely opposed by Republican legislators.
In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill—a historic measure that provided unprecedented benefits for soldiers returning from World War II, including low-cost mortgages, loans to start a business, and tuition and living expenses for those seeking higher education.
Harry Truman helped rebuild Europe after World War II with the Marshall Plan and oversaw the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In the 1960s, Americans again turned to Democrats and elected President John F. Kennedy to tackle the challenges of a new era. President Kennedy dared Americans to put a man on the moon, created the Peace Corps, and negotiated a treaty banning atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.
President Johnson’s enactment of Medicare was a watershed moment in America’s history that redefined our country’s commitment to our seniors.
In 1976, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Americans elected Jimmy Carter to restore dignity to the White House. He created the Departments of Education and Energy and helped to forge a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt.
In 1992, after 12 years of Republican presidents, record budget deficits, and high unemployment, Americans turned to Democrats once again and elected Bill Clinton to get America moving again. President Clinton balanced the budget, helped the economy add 23 million new jobs, and oversaw the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in history.
In 2008, Americans turned to Democrats and elected President Obama to reverse our country’s slide into the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression and undo eight years of policies that favored the few over the many. Under President Obama’s direction and congressional Democrats’ leadership, we’ve reformed a health care system that was broken and extended health insurance to 32 million Americans [“Our History,” Democrats.org]. Source: Democrats .Org
To defend and promote our accomplishments and values, we must fight the GOP’s effort to drive the narrative with falsehoods and flat-out lies. Each of us has to stand up and ensure the truth is known when we speak to our friends and neighbors
Mr. Trump touts family values, but if you weren’t in a coma during the ’90s, you know about Ms. Maples. The aspiring actress’s affair with the mogul 17 years her senior that precipitated the “divorce of the century” [Judith Newman, “Marla Maples Finds Her Groove,” New York Times, Nov. 14, 2012].
Summer 1990: Trump is deep in debt over his opulent Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, NJ . He agrees with a group of lenders to restructure 2.1 billion of loans.
Fall 1990: He struggles to pay the interest on Taj Mahal casino and negotiates with his bondholders. He also told contractors, who were owed money, after the restructure, to accept a 30% cut in what they were owed or risk losing more.
July 1991: Places his casino under bankruptcy protection.
1991: Sells his personal Boing 727 and Trump Princess Yacht.
March 1992: Places two more casinos, Trump Plaza and Trump Castle, into bankruptcy.
1993: Uses part of the proceeds of a Trump Plaza note sale to repay debt in New York.
1993: Sues his co-owner of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, the Pritzker family.
1994: Sells 70% of a West Side Manhattan tract to Hong Investors.
Trump touts his great business prowess, but like his candidacy for President, that prowess doesn’t fit the facts. Trump counts on showmanship to distract from those facts, and the polls show far too many Republicans fall for it.
Trump isn’t the only Republican hiding facts with showmanship. Let’s look at some of the misshapen GOP rhetoric presented in the last GOP debate:
Ted Cruz claim:President Obama’s preparing to send $100 billion to the Ayatollah Khamenei.
Ted Cruz makes it sound if we are giving the largest foreign aid payment to Iran. In reality, we have secured a seven-nation nuclear deal that commits Iran to curbing its nuclear activities. The deal allows Iran to regain access to about $100 billion of its own money that was frozen by international sanctions.
Jeb Bush comments on the prisoner release: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he saw “weakness” in the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran. “Let’s take a step back here,” Bush told a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. “The bigger issue is that we’ve legitimized a regime who shows no interest in actually moving toward the so-called community of nations.”
In truth, the U.S. has not been alone in shifting its pose toward Iran, which is part of what would make undoing it difficult. The nuclear deal was negotiated alongside France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, a coalition that managed to hang together through lengthy discussions and difficult domestic politics. Since then, Iran has joined in international talks seeking an end to the Syrian civil war. White House officials say they see those talks as a test of whether other conversations are possible [Source: “Prisoner Swap Puts GOP Candidates in a Tough Spot,” AP, Jan. 16, 2016].
Again, the GOP Presidential candidates are critical yet offer no other solutions except the normal hawkish talk. In this case diplomacy did work and it did not cost us American lives like the 6,840 U.S. service members that have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom [Source: Washington Post—Faces of the Fallen].
Trump claim about Syrian refugees. “When I look at the migration, I look at the line, I said… where are the women? It looked like very few women. Very few children. Strong and powerful men, young and people are looking at that and they’re saying what going on?”
Trump must have looking from the same spot where he saw Muslims dancing in the street after 9-11. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, of the 4.6 million Syrian refugees, men ages 18 to 59 make up 21.4%. The rest are women and children, or people over 60 or older [Source- Associated Press- Fact Check-“Misshapen rhetoric in Thursday’s Republican debate,” January 16, 2016].
Captain Chaos and his fellow GOP Presidential candidates are living in an alternate world where they constantly misshape the facts. They perpetuate fear as their main tool to gain support in the polls. In addition many are playing the Evangelical card. I do not believe one of the prime tenants of the Christian Religion is to spread hateful statements about Blacks, Latinos, and persons of other faiths.
For our party much is at stake, and I am asking you my fellow Democrats to get involved and not give the election away. Stand up to those that are spreading falsehoods, both at the state and national level. We are a great party with great values, and one of those values is our commitment to telling the truth.
We have outstanding Democratic presidential candidates and well as Paula Hawks, who is running for US Congress. The need you support. I am also asking you to come together after our presidential candidate is picked and support either Hillary or Bernie. Don’t walk away from being involved just because your candidate did not prevail. Whoever leads our ticket, we Democrats cannot give this election away. Let’s fight for the facts and fight for our values.
South Dakota Democratic Party
“Universities ought to have skin in the game,” the former Florida governor said at a South Carolina town hall with Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy. “When a student shows up, they ought to say ‘Hey, that psych major deal, that philosophy major thing, that’s great, it’s important to have liberal arts … but realize, you’re going to be working a Chick-fil-A'” [Curt Mills, “Jeb Bush: Psych Majors Work at Chick-fil-A,” Washington Examiner, 2015.10.24].
Someone told me recently that the most common college major is psychology…. I don’t know if that’s accurate or not, but there certainly are a lot of them. I know when I go to college graduations, sometimes I’ll be a commencement speaker, and you can read through the program, how many graduates there are in this or that field, and boy there are plenty in of psychology grads. There’s philosophy grads, there’s art history grads. And those are great fields of study. They’re interesting. Those who graduate with those degrees will go on to become counselors and historians and great philosophers. Many of them, though, will go on to work at jobs that don’t require those kinds of degrees, and those students will be burdened with lots of debt and a job that has nothing to do with the degree that they spent a lot and borrowed a lot to obtain [Governor Dennis Daugaard, remarks at dedication of A-TEC Academy, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2015.09.01, reported in C.A. Heidelberger, “Funding Vo-Tech Better Than Corporate Welfare; Daugaard Education Philosophy Still Flawed,” Dakota Free Press, 2015.09.02].
If Jeb Bush weren’t doomed, I’d say let’s break out the Daugaard for VP signs and watch Michels drive Jackley, Mickelson, and Noem into the backseat in 2018. The GOP does love its anti-intellectuals, and Bush and Daugaard sound like a pair.
p.s.: Jeb Bush got his undergraduate degree in Latin American studies. Dennis Daugaard got his undergraduate degree in government. Neither has worked at Chick-fil-A.
It’s hard — dang near impossible — to be part of Iowa’s production agriculture system without having relied on taxpayer funded farm subsidy programs authorized in the federal farm bill. A point easily made by feeding the names from Jeb Bush’s farm team into the Environmental Working Group’s farm subsidy database that pulls in raw data from the US Department of Agriculture. All payments are from 1995-2012. Here’s what the database spits out about his farm team’s subsidies, both either direct or subsidies paid to farms they have ownership stakes in:
Fiscal conservatism feels so easy when Uncle Sam foots your bills.
Carr notes that the venerable EWG farm subsidy database can’t track ag welfare payments past 2012 because the latest Farm Bill shifted those welfare payments from traditional subsidies to federal crop insurance, and Congress made sure insurance payments are kept secret. But it’s still government handouts intruding on the free market, something one wouldn’t expect Republicans who are true to their platform to support.
What about the folks who want President Obama’s job?
I clip ratings for just the top five candidates as scored by Real Clear Politics’ poll aggregator. The sample sizes are small, so let’s not generalize too much. But notice that Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the buzziest among our arch-conservative and Tea-flavored voters, also appear to be the least reliable for factual statements. And none of the Republicans have a lower falsehood percentage (Mostly False + False + Pants on Fire) than President Obama’s 26%.