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The Perversion of Democracy by Donald Trump and the Republican Party

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. – Edward R. Murrow

Introduction

     The people of the United States have been on a roller coaster ride since June 2015 when Donald Trump came down that escalator in New York and declared his decision to run for President of the United States. In 2020 the Nation will do more than just vote for a president; this coming election is also a referendum on democracy itself. That is, the future of democracy is on the ballot. The underlying question of this election is: Who are we as a people? The best way to discern who we are is to be look back at our history. One of the most important and influential books of the 19th century was Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

     Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French sociologist and political theorist who traveled to the United States in 1831 to study its prisons and returned with a wealth of broader observations that he codified in “Democracy in America” (1835). With its trenchant observations on equality and individualism, Tocqueville’s work remains a valuable explanation of America to Europeans and of Americans to themselves.

     As “Democracy in America” revealed, Tocqueville believed that equality was the great political and social idea of his era, and he thought that the United States offered the most advanced example of equality in action. He admired American individualism but warned that a society of individuals can easily become atomized and paradoxically uniform when “every citizen, being assimilated to all the rest, is lost in the crowd.” He felt that a society of individuals lacked the intermediate social structures—such as those provided by traditional hierarchies—to mediate relations with the state. The result could be a democratic “tyranny of the majority” in which individual rights were compromised.

     Tocqueville was impressed by much of what he saw in American life, admiring the stability of its economy and wondering at the popularity of its churches. He also noted the irony of the freedom-loving nation’s mistreatment of Native Americans and its embrace of slavery.

     Tocqueville’s works shaped 19th-century discussions of liberalism and equality, and were rediscovered in the 20th century as sociologists debated the causes and cures of tyranny. “Democracy in America” remains widely read and even more widely quoted by politicians, philosophers, historians and anyone seeking to understand the American character.

Questions for you to Ponder with the 2020 Election

     You are at a crossroads my friend and you better get your head straight before you vote this November.  

     Are we as a people worthy to overcome a country where our behavior often does not act in sync with the very principles of a true democracy? The principles I’m referring to are those expressed in the original documents that were laid down in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights by our founding fathers.

     The notion of people in a democracy always being a “work in progress” has always seemed to me like clever conservative rationalizations for keeping the status quo. If you’re always a “work in progress” then by implication with respect to democracy, one doesn’t really need to move quickly toward a more perfect democracy.   

     That status quo in 2020 is the reality of slowly transforming ourselves into a fascist dictatorship with a new monarch—Donald Trump. It is he who overtly wants a “King Trump Dynasty” that would last a 1,000 years. As Dirty Harry once said to a police bureaucrat in the movie of the same name, “You’re a legend in your own mind.” Also, Trump is envious of dictators around the globe, and he despises our allies all the time.

     As Mary Trump reported in her new book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Donald Trump is the most dangerous man in the world.

     Trump’s quixotic world view is based on Adolf Hitler’s world view. Trump’s brown shirts are ultra-right wing extremists who are “un-American to the core.” They are the Republican Congressman and Senators who are soulless banshees who hide behind closed doors plotting to do everything they can to keep POWER and screw over the American people.

     Trump continues to surround himself with people who only agree with him despite how treasonous his own behavior might be. His current administration is run by totally ineffectual small minded sycophants. If this is what you want to vote for, then you are no more America than Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong un.

     Beyond Trump, who is headed for a trial and a possible prison sentence sometime after the election, his near term political destiny is actually rather clear-cut. More than 65% of the country disapproves of the job Donald Trump has been doing. The level of disapproval has been growing ever since he first entered office.

     Trump’s job approval rating is the death knell for his reelection. People who disdain his job approval are not likely to suddenly turn around and vote for him. That’s why I think job approval rating is a significant metric. In November the vast majority of voters in the United States are going to tell Donald Trump—“You’re Fired! And get the f@#k out of Dodge!”

 Where are we in the Upcoming Election?

     As of September 19, 2020, polls are showing Biden is leading in several battleground states and overall nationally. And, it’s true national polls are more accurate than state polls where the standard error rate in sampling is much higher.

     Instead of “Election Day,” we need to rethink the 2020 election as, “Election Month.” We have to be concerned that Trump is illegally trying to cheat to win re-election in 2020. It is likely the election could end up being decided by the United States Supreme Court. With that in mind, here are some polls that have been done so far in September.

     New polls in four key battleground states show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with the edge over President Donald Trump. A set of New York Times Upshot/Siena College surveys released Saturday had Biden leading Trump in Minnesota, 50 percent to 41 percent, and more narrowly ahead in Wisconsin, 48 percent to 43 percent. The polls show close races in two more states: Nevada, where the results showed Biden at 46 percent and Trump at 42 percent, and New Hampshire, where Biden had 45 percent to Trump’s 42 percent.

     Back on September 12, 2020 CNN (which shows the national average or poll of polls) shows Joe Biden leading 56% to Donald Trump’s 43%. Politico reports that a Quinnipiac poll shows Biden up by 10% among likely voters. Even Fox News, not known for its objectivity, shows Biden up by an upper single digit lead over Donald Trump. Quite interestingly, only 86% of Trump original voters in 2016 will vote for him again in 2020. Basically, he has now lost 14% of his original 2016 base.  

     Based on the polls so far in 2020, Donald Trump will lose the election by a landslide to former Vice-President Joe Biden. Technically, a candidate for political office just has to earn one more vote than its rival candidate to win a state. One has to remember that even a one-half percent lead in a state may represent thousands of votes. If Biden currently leads nationally by 7-13% he will win a major landslide over Donald Trump. How great a landslide will it be? Now, I do need to point out that landslides in political contests do differ from one another. Consider the following historical facts:

Electoral College

  When Nixon beat George McGovern in 1972 it was one of the largest landslides in recent United States History. Richard Nixon received 520 Electoral College votes to McGovern’s 17 Electoral College votes. Only the District of Columbia (3) and Massachusetts (14) were won by McGovern.

        The Economist publication analyzes three sources of data that includes polling, economic and demographic data. According to an article in the Economist a few days ago, Joe Biden is very likely to beat Donald Trump in the Electoral College. Since there are a total of 538 Electoral College votes Joe Biden is predicted to receive 334 Electoral College votes to 204 for Donald Trump. Only 270 Electoral College votes are needed to become President.

Popular Vote

     In terms of the popular vote, Richard Nixon won 60.7% of the popular vote while McGovern won only 37.5% of the popular vote. In history of the United States only Franklin Delano Roosevelt won larger popular votes (88.9%) in 1932 and (98.5%) in 1936. If we go back to 2016 there were a total of 128,864,246 votes cast in the election.

     Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.9% over Donald Trump. There were 65,884,610 votes for Clinton and 62,979,636 for Trump. There is currently a 97% probability Joe Biden will win the popular vote in 2020 and a 3% probability for Trump. I would conclude from these data that Biden’s landslide win over Trump will be large but not the largest in American History in terms of Electoral College votes or the popular vote.

     After the first one hundred days of the Biden administration, legislation should be introduced to reform government procedures. Part of the process should be to initiate a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the antiquated system of an Electoral College in deference to a popular vote. Had Congress done that prior to 2016, Donald Trump would never have been elected in the first place. In my opinion the Electoral College should have disappeared at the beginning of the twentieth century. Those in the younger generation these days like to say, “That’s my bad!” Well, for many older generations during the last 120 years failure to get rid of the Electoral College was “our bad!”

     I know Donald Trump is a habitual liar, a thief, and a cheat who is doing everything he can to pervert democracy and remain in office for at least another term. Worst case scenario, Donald Trump is reelected. However, consider this: If the Senate wins a few more seats for the Democrats in 2020 (and it looks like it will), the Democrats will become the dominant party in Congress plus Kamala Harris will become the deciding vote (as Vice President) if ever there is a tie in the U.S. Senate. If that happens, they will impeach Donald Trump again with a plethora of criminal and violations of government offenses during his term. But this time he will be permanently removed from office. Either way, Trump’s days are likely numbered.

     Let’s just hope his tactics are thwarted by the courts and he is overwhelmingly defeated at the ballot box this November.  

How Republicans Failed American’s Interests

Lack of true Governing

     Trump shoots himself in the foot every day where political issues are concerned; it is very unlikely anyone will suddenly see a surge in his popularity. For now I’m going to address the issue of the Republican Party.

     In a bestselling book (The Impostors) by Steve Benen, he describes the underlying motivations of the Republican Party over the last decade. I think the Republican’s metamorphosis actually started in the mid-term election of 1994 when people were told the Republican Party was putting forth “A Contract with America.” Years later it became clear they failed to implement any part of their “Contract with America.” It was just more Republican bullshit because nothing happened. It became so obvious that President Bill Clinton once remarked that he thought “The Contract with America” was really more like a “Contract on America.”

According to Steve Benen:

“Most American voters innocently assume the two major parties are equally mature and responsible governing entities, ideological differences aside. That belief is due for an overhaul; over the past decade, the Republican Party has undergone an astonishing metamorphosis, one so baffling and complete that few have fully reckoned with the reality and its consequences.

Republicans, simply put, have stopped governing. As MSNBC’s Steve Benin chart’s in his new groundbreaking new book, the contemporary GOP has become a post-policy party. Republicans are effectively imposters, presenting themselves as officials who are ready to take seriously the substance of problem solving, but whose sole focus is the pursuit and maintenance of power. Astonishingly, they are succeeding—at the cost of pushing the political system to the breaking point.

Despite having built itself as the ‘party of ideas’ the GOP has walked away from the hard but necessary work of policy making. It is disdainful of expertise and hostile toward evidence and arithmetic. It is tethered to few, if any, meaningful policy preferences. It does not know, and does not care, how competing proposals should be crafted, scrutinized, or implemented.

This policy nihilism dominated the party’s posture throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, which in turn opened the door to Donald Trump—who has cemented the GOP’s status in ways that were difficult even to imagine a few years ago. Voters routinely elect Republicans such as Mitch McDonnell and Mike Pense to powerful offices, expecting GOP policymakers to have the technocratic wherewithal to identify problems, weigh alternative solutions, forge coalitions, accept compromises, and apply some level of governmental competence, if not expertise. The party has consistently proven those hopes misguided.

The result is an untenable political model that’s undermining the American policy-making process and failing to serve the public’s interests. The vital challenge facing the civil polity is coming to terms with the party’s collapse as a governing entity and considering what the party can do to finding its footing anew.”                      

     Please see an earlier blog of mine on WordPress that gets into the influence Russians have over the Republican Party titled:

What Really Underlies the Impeachment Decision to Acquit Donald J. Trump?

[The Republican Party in Congress and Their Ties to Russian Money and Foreign National Donations]

Here is a little excerpt from that Blog:   

 “The Republican Party in the United States Senate has just taken a dump on the American people (and that includes also craping on that part of the electorate that voted Trump into office in the first place). In addition, the United States Constitution has just been shredded while the Republican Party has thumbed their noses at all of us with glee.

     Along with our democratic principles, and our moral convictions of what is right and wrong, the country has just been unceremoniously screwed by the Republican Party. People are outraged throughout the country, and do you want to know why the Republican Party voted as they did?”

Past and Current Concerns with Donald Trump    

     Just how much can Americans tolerate not having a real President in office? People often forget but Donald Trump came into office in 2016 having never held any public office. Now he’s the President and has been in office almost four years. Has he been a responsible President and government servant faithfully carrying out and respecting our laws? Absolutely not!

     Donald Trump is currently calling himself the “law and order” president. That’s really funny! Trump could care less about the laws he breaks, and he constantly disregards any laws he perceives as not in his own personal interest. His phoniness extends to everything in his life. I don’t know about “order,” but I do know he needs a good dose of the “law” right now.

     With respect to Donald Trump we know he has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). You see Donald Trump did not write the best-selling book, “Art of the Deal.” Most people don’t know this, but Donald Trump used a ghost writer who ended up writing the entire book on his own. The real author of the book Tony Schwartz said this of Trump, “He has a short attention span.”  He also called Trump a “sociopath.” And, Tony Schwartz absolutely regrets having done this favor for Trump back in 1987.

     I have been covering as a Blogger Donald Trump since 2015. During this 5 year period, I have reported on this man in terms of criminal activity and his deviant behavior psychologically, sociologically and financially, in both his public and private domains.

     I have covered his conduct from his many business failures to his fraudulent undertaking with Trump University. Later I looked at his connection with Jeffery Epstein, a registered sex offender. Along the way there was a federal investigation of his racist attempt to abuse and violate federal civil rights laws. This pertained to apartments he owned in connection with federal Fair Housing Statutes. Racism, angry hate in general, and abuse of women make up his core values and behavior.

     Just consider his racist views of the Central Park Five in New York. Also, he and Jeffery Epstein raped and beat a 13 year old prostitute in 1994. During that time Trump also threated to destroy the family of the child. As it turned out during this time, Jeffery Epstein was committing felonies related to the slave-trafficking of teenage girls.

     The moral repugnancy of this type of behavior didn’t bother Donald Trump in the least. But Epstein also provided the place where all criminal activities occurred. Who was Jeffery Epstein? Jeffery Epstein was a very wealthy millionaire (net worth in 2019 was 559 million) and a registered sex offender, and a very close friend of Donald Trump. At that time, they were rich compatriots in “evil.”

     As we all know from many news reports over the years, Donald Trump has been accused by many women of either rape or sexual assault. And, he was not above using hush money to quiet women from coming forward. Nevertheless, many women have shown much courage in coming forward to report such sexual crimes committed by Donald Trump. Many of these offenses have yet to be adjudicated in the courts. In a way, Donald Trump is very much like the late John Gotti, Jr. a crime and mafia boss in New York known as The Teflon Don. Maybe Donald Trump can be called The Teflon President.”

     In addition to his core values of systemic racism, angry hate and misogyny Donald Trump has engaged in treasonous behavior as well. On May 10, 2017 Trump disclosed classified information to two Russians, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

     The classified information came from Israel. The data was given by the Russians to Iran and resulted in Trump’s disclosure endangering the life of a spy placed by Israel in ISIL –held territory in Syria. Nobody in the intelligence business, foreign and domestic, would ever trust Donald Trump again.

     In 2019, the highlight of my year was watching Donald Trump being impeached by the House of Representatives. As we all know Donald Trump deserved to be removed from Office of the Presidency. The Senate Republicans held a “fake trial” and Donald Trump was subsequently acquitted. The Democratic presentation was great, even awe inspiring, but the Republican Party’s response at Trial was a complete and total farce.

     Since last February people in the United States began to see the real consequences of the Pandemic known as Coved-19.  The “King Trump Dynasty” treated the warning signs of the seriousness of this disease like it was all just “fake news.” Trump said it was because he didn’t want to panic the people. This was a lie. If he really didn’t want people to panic in general, why is he still trying so hard to scare the public into believing the nation will be victim to all that anarchy, doom and gloom? Now he is the “sky is falling” president. Trump actually wants people to panic; he could care less if people are scared or panicky. HE WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET RE- ELECTED!!!

     Very soon there will be more than 200,000 Coved-19 deaths nationwide. It is very likely that a significant number of those who supported Donald Trump will not survive the Coronavirus because Trump continues to promote anti-healthy activity like not wearing a mask or not practicing social distancing. As a result more Trump supporters will die disproportionately from Coved-19 compared to all other demographics.  

     Other than Trump’s slowing down our country’s efforts to deal with climate change, I can’t think of any other issue that will adversely affect the United States more than Coved-19. Your health is the most important thing in your life. If you don’t have your health, by comparison all other concerns you may have are secondary or tertiary in importance.

     In the last few weeks several devastating issues have surfaced. These issues include: (1) Donald Trump’s abusive behavior calling deceased World War I marine’s losers and suckers, his continuous jealous rant with deceased John McCain over John’s POW hero status, and his general disdain for both American service members and military veterans. He also continues to call them losers and suckers. (2) Bob Woodward’s book detailing, from filmed interviews, that back in early February 2020 Donald Trump knew how deadly the Coronavirus really was. And, that the virus could be transmitted by air. His National Security Advisor had advised Trump earlier of all dangers of Coved-19 and the greatest threat to his presidency. This was back on January 28, 2020.

     As I reported earlier, Donald Trump is destined to go to prison following his removal as President of the United States. To Trump supporters who have pulled away from him since 2016, you are to be congratulated. As they say, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!

     Eric Hoffer in 1951 wrote the seminal work, “The True Believer.” Shame and dishonor awaits the diehard Trump believers who are fooled again by him in 2020. Why would anyone act so stupid and allow themselves from being fooled twice?  

     One way to look at these phenomena is through the lens of mass movements. That’s because they possess unusual psychiatric characteristics that can only be described as sociopathic in nature. They are the closest group form of mentally disturbed White Trash that ever voted. They are all “True Believers.”

Root Causes of Pain and Turmoil in America   

      Surprisingly, there are really only two root causes that are responsible for all the pain and turmoil we as Americans have had to endure. One problem is sociological in nature related to our culture, and the other root cause is psychological in nature arising from Donald Trump’s mental illness.

     The essence of the sociological root cause is White Fright and White Flight. There has always been systemic racism from the very beginning of this country. Sad, but true! However, White Fright and White Flight began to make a bigger impact on the white population when whites began to realize that national statistical projections were showing that white America was fast becoming a majority minority. Twenty-five years from now (2045), America will be 49.7% white. With less than 50% population, white America will be a minority racial group for the very first time. It will still be the largest minority, but a minority nonetheless. I wish I had enough space to explain why I think whites have nothing to fear and also every reason to be glad about it.

     It’s time to focus briefly on the second root cause—Donald Trump’s mental illness. As an ultra-liberal person I have to step away from the politics for a moment. To be really objective I have to say, like cancer, mental illness is a scourge on society.

     Part of me really feels sorry for Donald Trump. The very real internal pain, anguish and suffering he probably experiences are only protected by his fragile ego. That kind of suffering I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies. His mental illness is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. What is a Narcissistic Personality Disorder? According to the Mayo Clinic:  

“Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they’re not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

•Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance

•Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration

•Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

•Exaggerate achievements and talents

•Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate

•Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people

•Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior

•Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations

•Take advantage of others to get what they want

•Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others

•Be envious of others and believe others envy them

•Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious

•Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

•Become impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment

•Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted

•React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior

•Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior

•Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change

•Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection

•Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

People with narcissistic personality disorder may not want to think that anything could be wrong, so they may be unlikely to seek treatment. If they do seek treatment, it’s more likely to be for symptoms of depression, drug or alcohol use, or another mental health problem. But perceived insults to self-esteem may make it difficult to accept and follow through with treatment.

Causes

It’s not known what causes narcissistic personality disorder. As with personality development and with other mental health disorders, the cause of narcissistic personality disorder is likely complex. Narcissistic personality disorder may be linked to:

•Environment ― mismatches in parent-child relationships with either excessive adoration or excessive criticism that is poorly attuned to the child’s experience

•Genetics ― inherited characteristics

•Neurobiology — the connection between the brain and behavior and thinking”

Suggestions for the Voting Public

     As you begin to head to your favorite polling place this fall, or send back your ballot in the mail, just keep this in mind: The future of democracy is on the ballot this year.

     This November 3, 2020 election is going to be the most important election in modern American History. I have felt for some time that the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s Presidency would eventually come to an unceremoniously inauspicious ending. You can have a voting role here that will be truly historic. Please get out and vote. The country needs you in its time of need.

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What a White Majority Minority might look like in 2044

Background

Since the first settlers came to America the country has been a predominantly white nation. The country stayed largely white (90% of the population) until the 1950s. Since then the percentage of the population that is white has been declining. It is currently 61 % of the entire U.S. population. A white majority minority in America isn’t expected until 2044 (25 years from now). What are the population projections for 2044?

“Census data projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the U.S. population will become “majority minority” in 2044. At that time, whites will make up 49.7 percent of the population compared with 25 percent for Hispanics, 12.7 percent for blacks, 7.9 percent for Asians and 3.7 for percent multiracial persons. This tipping point will result from two countervailing trends that are projected to continue between now and 2060:

  • A long term decline for the nation’s white population. The white population is projected to increase modestly until 2025 when it reaches 199,867,000; after that, it will sustain a continued decrease until 2060 when whites will make up only 44 percent of the population. Natural decrease, the excess of deaths over births, for this aging population will be the primary component of this decline.
  • A growth of new minorities—Asians, Hispanics and multiracial persons. Between 2014 and 2060 both the Asian and Hispanic populations will more than double at growth rates of 129 percent and 115 percent respectively. Multiracial persons will more than triple, growing at nearly 220 percent. These new projections assume a greater gain for Asians than in previous projections but reduced gains for Hispanics. The former reflects rising Asian immigration and the latter a drop-off in Hispanic fertility.

In addition to the emergence of a majority minority nation, continued racial disparity across generations will occur because of the exit of whites from the younger ages as both old and new minorities take up the slack. Between 2014 and 2060 the minority share of the youth population will rise from 48 percent to 64 percent. While the senior population will also become more diverse, in 2060 whites will still comprise a majority of the age 65 and older population at 55 percent.”

These are the facts as based on projections. Now, we must ask ourselves another important question: What does it all mean and what will be the social effects of such changes? This is a complex question but I have a few ideas.

How has such Population Projections Affected American Culture?

Many people in America today seem to feel exacerbated, frustrated (and exhausted) over the fact our country is so politically divided. Unfortunately, race seems to be the hidden bogyman in the room.

Race should be a non-issue in an educated and democratic country. But lack of education in some quarters, along with a moderately sized group (guess who I’m referring to folks) who only reticently give lip service to democratic institutions, has kept race alive as an issue of some concern.

A predicated notion of race should really be based on knowledge and awareness that most of us really have more in common with each other, rather than differences. At an individualistic level, it is both our similarities and differences that make humans so unique.

Socially dividing people today by skin color is a mindless activity that has little meaning when looking back as to where we all originated.

All of us have an identical origin. We are all Afrikaners. Most of our ancestors in the distant past were migrants who left Africa between 180,000-200,000 years ago. Those who stayed in Africa formed what are the African nations today. Not only are we all brothers and sisters under the sun, but we all have the same mitochondrial DNA from one black maternal grandmother living in Africa prior to the mass migrations that occurred so long ago.

In human genetics, the Mitochondrial Eve (also mt-Eve, mt-MRCA) is the matrilineal most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all currently living humans, i.e., the most recent woman from whom all living humans descend in an unbroken line purely through their mothers, and through the mothers of those mothers, back until all lines converge on one woman.

In an article (New gene variants reveal the evolution of human skin color) by Ann Gibbons dated October 12, 2017, she reports:

“Most people associate Africans with dark skin. But different groups of people in Africa have almost every skin color on the planet, from deepest black in the Dinka of South Sudan to beige in the San of South Africa. Now, researchers have discovered a handful of new gene variants responsible for this palette of tones.

The study, published online this week in Science, traces the evolution of these genes and how they traveled around the world. While the dark skin of some Pacific Islanders can be traced to Africa, gene variants from Eurasia also seem to have made their way back to Africa. And surprisingly, some of the mutations responsible for lighter skin in Europeans turn out to have an ancient African origin.

“This is really a landmark study of skin color diversity,” says geneticist Greg Barsh of the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.

Researchers agree that our early australopithecine ancestors in Africa probably had light skin beneath hairy pelts. “If you shave a chimpanzee, its skin is light,” says evolutionary geneticist Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author of the new study. “If you have body hair, you don’t need dark skin to protect you from ultraviolet [UV] radiation.”

Until recently, researchers assumed that after human ancestors shed most body hair, sometime before 2 million years ago, they quickly evolved dark skin for protection from skin cancer and other harmful effects of UV radiation. Then, when humans migrated out of Africa and headed to the far north, they evolved lighter skin as an adaptation to limited sunlight. (Pale skin synthesizes more vitamin D when light is scarce.)”

Most anthropologists today will view race as a very flawed concept. But that discussion is reserved for another time.

As a former social scientist I tend to think of human behavior in factual, psychological, sociological, anthropological and historical terms. This viewpoint is broad, not narrow in scope or limiting. It’s all part of the scientific approach to understanding human behavior. Some people will say culture is more important than one’s genetic make-up. Really? Well, both are important!

Assessment of American Culture Today

Right now, nothing is more contrary to a collective understanding of human behavior than the disconcerting fact that American society has so misread their own social environment. The causes of this are numerous. But fear stands out as a major factor in seeing the world as only “us” and “them.” It is simplicity of observation at its most absurd. Said another way some people prefer to see differences only; other people tend to see our similarities. Those that see similarities are using a wide-angle lens. Those who have a tendency to see only differences just can’t seem to get their social camera working in the first place.

This fear I’m referring to doesn’t act in a social vacuum. It is constantly reinforced by two major elements of American society: (1) Donald R. Trump, and (2) an underlying racist Republican Party, at best a party of abject fools in denial of facts, and at worst, a political party intent on destroying America from within so their treasonous connections to Russia can be hidden from public view. Both elements feed off each other in a callous and sordid political drama that serves no one but themselves.

White America has allowed itself to be duped (and sucker punched) by a racist Republican Party and by that degenerate, bombastic, narcissistic personality defect in the White House. Their purpose is to divide people and instigate conflict—all in the vain hope of returning America to a white dominant society.

All of the recent racist and religious violence from the Ultra-conservative, Nazi, KKK and Alt Right affiliates have been based on a racist ideology (for example, the Charlottesville fiasco and murder, murders committed by Dylann Roof of nine black churchgoers, and the murders of people in various Jewish synagogues across the country).

The assumptions made by these ideological entities, or individuals, have no basis in fact. They simply manifest value judgments that run counter to most values such as egalitarianism, humanism, or moral principles like everyday decency,  sensibilities, and caring for other people.

Why is White Paranoia so unjustified?

As corny as this sounds at times President Franklin Roosevelt got it right. He said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

There are several major reasons whites have viewed their future in America incorrectly. For one obvious reason, a white majority minority will still outnumber any non-white racial/ethnic group in 2044. At that time, whites will make up 49.7 percent of the population compared with 25 percent for Hispanics, 12.7 percent for blacks, 7.9 percent for Asians and 3.7 for percent multiracial persons. Collectively, non-white minorities will be 49.3 percent of the entire population in 2044.

Here are some speculations that generally support the belief that whites will have nothing much to fear in 2044:

  1. There will be both positive and negative unintended consequences as a result of a new white majority minority. Liberals and moderates will thrive in 2044 while conservatives will lose much political power except in the rural areas of America (if we still have rural areas that haven’t been made into a paved-over tarmac by then).
  2. Whites will continue to have a disproportionate influence on society but will lose their power through strength in numbers. In this regard issues, not racial designations, may finally become more important. This will impact non-white minority voters as well as white majority minority voters. If this is the case, people having common objectives just might start to act like adults and individuals, not defined any longer by their racial identity. Or at least, less so!
  3. All groups need to finally acknowledge that racial identity is a non-issue. Only social cooperation and individuality is all that really matters. Only time will tell if society in general is capable of achieving Dr. Martin Luther King’s original dream. His speech was a message of unity, not division. He set the bar high for the country.
  4. The country will truly become more democratic consistent with the original intent of our nation’s founding fathers.
  5. Whites will continue to maintain a higher average income but its middle class will continue to shrink. Helping every group’s middle class is an important goal. In order to achieve greater income equality liberals and independents must retake the White House and Congress in 2020.
  6. Whites, for better or worse, will continue to be the best armed majority minority consistent with its income level, and consistent with a 2nd Amendment that remains unaltered.
  7. Assumptions about a monolithic voting block among different racial groups just does not exist. Why? Because thinking the same way on any issue is very unlikely. No group thinks monolithically; all groups are made up of individuals. People vote across racial lines all the time. Joe Biden, a white politician, is favored by 51% among blacks in South Carolina. Or Just think back to 2016 when a fair number of minority voters went for Trump. Obviously, whites were not the only people who got duped in 2016. This reinforces my argument. It doesn’t matter—no one thinks alike. This is at the heart of democratic principles. In a democracy—we want people to think for themselves.
  8. I predict politics will, for the most part, remain the same. There will still be liberals, moderates and conservatives. There will still be a left, right, and a center.
  9. Society will become much more egalitarian with women occupying more places in the House and Senate. Women will have much more political power in 2044.
  10. I predict more non-white minorities will become judges at every level. And they will occupy more seats in local elections and more seats in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. More minorities need to be nominated to the United States Supreme Court.
  11. Democracy will demand accountability in 2044 just as it should now. I predict a century from now historians will look back on 2016-2020 as a pivotal point at which American society had to internally step up and protect the grand experiment of a democratic country against all forms of tyranny foreign and domestic.

Final Comments

Recent comments on Twitter against four women of color suggest that the notion that Donald R. Trump is a racist American is no longer in any doubt. There is a long history that has also documented his racism. His father was a racist who had been arrested at an altercation at a rally for the KKK in Queen’s New York in 1927.

In the 1970s Donald Trump was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for violation of the Fair Housing Act. He discriminated against blacks by lying about the availability of his apartments. In 1989 Trump went on a crusade to villainize the Central Park Five, all four blacks and one Hispanic teenager for a vicious attack on a white female jogger in New York’s Central Park. All five were later exonerated by DNA evidence.

Trump’s opening campaign address was riddled with racial epithets toward Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. When he engaged in the racist Twitter rants about four minority black women in Congress, Civil-Rights Icon John Lewis of Georgia was asked about that. He said of the President’s remarks, “I know Racism when I see it.”

It’s now time for Americans to stand up and take back the country. A good first start is to Impeach Donald R. Trump. There is one book that will never be written by a Republican. The name of that book is, “Profiles in Courage.”

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