The year was 1910. Pro labor union and anti union sentiment were riding high. Union leaders and politicians began spewing incendiary but false allegations. They called for uprisings, just as some today have in Michigan, in Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

That earlier era did not end well. There was a series of bombings. The worst was at the Los Angeles Times, then as now known as a conservative, not-union-friendly newspaper. That one killed seven people in the building and set off a trial that split our country worse than today.

I’m reminded of GOP President Warren Harding, who endorsed his Indian Affair Bureau order that since whites were smarter and better for the country, every Osage Indian on Oklahoma oil land had to have their money handled by a white”guardian.” That led to whites murdering Indians as land usurpers.

So while it’s perfectly okay and justified for President Trump to take issue with some of the recent city riots and press coverage of his 4 years, it’s something else to fuel his nearly half of the adult population to hate all protestors, most newspapers and TV, stopping just short of saying “why don’t you go out and battle these rowdies and burn down these news fakers?”

It’s what Richard Nixon did in ’68 and ’69 and resulted in that joke of a “trial” for The Chicago 7. Things did not end well for Nixon. When things finally settle down, Trump, too, be damned in history for bad-mouthing protest, trying to bring a free press to heel and discarding two of our most precious pieces of a democracy.

Remember, it’s a “free press,” not one expected to be in lockstep with government, subservient to a current political leadership, or even totally accurate and impartial. Our Founders okayed a free press in a time when no press was fair or impartial. It was vitriolic. But their wisdom said that was better than a toady press with the coverage approved as we see today in autocratic countries. We get some crappy, unlearned coverage of some events along with some spectacularly good and learned coverage of others. Note the good stuff appearing in the Star-Advertiser as a result of its alignment with Pro Publica, which subsidizes the salaries of top-flight investigative reporters.

Here’s the danger Trump has unleashed. It’s not just diminishment of the press. It’s fertilizing anti-press, anti-democratic elements who’ve grown stronger the past four years and almost see themselves as ready to challenge an elected government and arouse from the “deplorables” (Hillary Clinton’s term for some voters) what Hitler made out of “die Vergessenen” (the forgotten) in 1919, when he formed his Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the workers’ party, to disrupt government via the Beer Hall Putsch and bring him to power.

We are loaded with groups these days proud to be called deplorables. A badge of honor.  Anti-abortion extremists, eco-terrorists, the Animal Liberation Front, the Army of God, Aryan Nations, Earth Liberation Front, Jewish Defense League, Ku Klux Klan, May 19 Communist Organization, Phineas Prieshood — you name it and we’ve got it, mainly in small numbers. Always hoping for a spark to catch hold.

That spark is Donald J. Trump. While the antifa and other left groups have done damage to our civility, the others have long waited for a Trump to signal them to take back America to a time of whiteness, religiosity, original marriage, 1800s family values, segregation, unfettered wealth accumulation, execution of criminals and a shut-the-door, build-the-wall immigration policy.

Now Trump is on his way out (Wikipedia lists Joe Biden as President-Elect) and and his most radical fans see their dream dissipating as people wake up. They get more desperate and deplorable. It again reminds me of Hitler, in the last days when he knew he was defeated but threw Germany’s youth into hopeless last-ditch battles; or Japan’s emperor Hirohito telling his people victorious enemies would slaughter them all and ordering defense unto death, training villagers in swordsmanship for hand-to-hand engagement.

They had very bad endings. So will Donald J. Trump.


Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

4 replies on “Trump, The Right, The White = A Deadly Poison & Invitation To Civil Warfare. It Wasn’t Necessary”

  1. When politicians are punished or silenced for telling the truth, most will lie.
    When the “Free Press” or media outlets are punished or silenced for telling the truth, most all will lie in order to remain “mainstream”.

  2. “Note the good stuff appearing in the Star-Advertiser as a result of its alignment with Pro Publica”

    Like today’s SA coverage of the Obama-connected request to destroy beaches, and previous coverage of that story.

    I’m very disappointed that Obama didn’t step up to find a better solution.

  3. We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats’ feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar

    Behaving as the wind behaves

  4. The “Trumpists” and this incredibly sad excuse for a President have become a Stage 4 Cancer on the United States and if good people do not start exposing and rejecting their crusade of hate and division, it will kill us as sure as lung or pancreatic cancer takes lives. The danger has advanced ten-fold because of technology. While”big Corporate” media remains part of the problem, the much bigger problem is Anti-Social media..or as i call it it “The Electronic Lynch Mob”. We now are confronted by lies, fake claims, and other dangerous ideas and calls to violence being spread nation and world-wide within seconds, unlike in the past, when it was letters, newspaper columns, fliers, which carried the hate. How we deal with this will determine the future of our Nation AND our children. We have been warned.I hope we are smarter than the world of the 1930’s which ignored Hitler, Tojo, and the rest of the haters until it was too late for so many. The Republican Party is ignoring that fact and every day, Mtch McConnell and his rabble stain the legacy of the “Greatest Generation” with their cowering and total lack of courage.
    Oh, Bob. Placing the JDL on a list which includes the KKK and other terrorist groups is inaccurate at best. The JDL was formed to protect Jewish merchants and neighborhoods from growing anti-semetism of the 60’s and 70’s.. It’s purpose was to protect, not terrorize. Yes, they had a few nuts but the JDL credo was ” Leave us in peace, or else.” The operative word..defense.

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