Quote of the Day postsWednesday June 15, 2016
Quote of the Day from Last Week
“Indeed, the road to Trumpism began with ideological conservatives cynically exploiting America's racial divisions. The modern Republican Party's central policy agenda of cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits has never been very popular, even among its own voters. It won elections nonetheless by getting working-class whites to think of themselves as a group under siege, and to see government programs as giveaways to Those People.”
-- Paul Krugman, “Hilary and the Horizontals,” The New York Times,†June 10, or two days before the Orlando shooting. Trump doubled down on that.†
'The Kind of Country We Want to Be'
“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school or a house of worship or a movie theater or a nightclub. We have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. To actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
-- Pres. Obama, after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history,†at an Orlando gay nightclub last night.†
Posnanski on Ali
“He was the most hated athlete of his time and the most beloved of all time. He was the loudmouth kid who couldn't be touched, and the bruised warrior who would not go down, and the aging man who, though trapped by silence, talked about love. He was my father's favorite athlete. I was raised on Ali.”
-- Joe Posnanski, writing that there is no way to sum up Muhammad Ali, then doing a pretty good job of just that, in “Magic Man.”†Stay for the killer ending.†
Quote of the Day
“I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”
-- Ronald Schnackenberg, former†sales manager for Trump University, in sworn testimony recently made public, as recounted in The New York Times. I can't believe this story isn't getting more attention.†
See also:†“'We teach the technique of using OPM ... Other People's Money,' explained the internal instructions for salespeople. The documents pushed employees to exploit the emotions of potential customers. ”Let them know you've found an answer to their problems,“ read confidential instructions to salespeople.”†Plus ca change.†
Hamilton v. Trump
“I am so less informed than your average Rolling Stone reader, just because I've had my head up in this world. But I can tell you that Trump's politics about building a wall, that's old. And it's such a malignant form of a very common American electoral disease, which is, 'Point at the newest people here and say they're the reason you're broke.' That's as old as time itself. That's 'Irish Need Not Apply. That's [Pat] Buchanan in the Nineties. And it's finding purchase with Trump right now.”
-- Lin-Manuel Miranda in, and on the cover of, Rolling Stone magazine.
Miranda definitely tries to avoid the politics of today, saying nice things about Dick Cheney of all people, but his show, the biggest cultural phenomenon of the year, is a good contrast with the biggest political story of year. The story of Alexander Hamilton is about “another immigrant coming in up from the bottom” and “We're finally on the field, we've had quite a run/ Immigrantsówe get the job done.” Cf., Trump, 11 million, rapists, wall, pay for it.
The story of today.†