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One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported — Right-Wing Terrorism

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One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported — Right-Wing Terrorism

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.

Following President Donald Trump’s false claim that the press purposefully fails to report on terror attacks, his team released a list of attacks that were supposedly “underreported.” The list supplied, however, was entirely devoid of attacks by right-wing extremists and those inspired by the “alt-right.”

During a February 6 speech at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the central military command based in MacDill Air Force base near Tampa, FL, Trump lied when he claimed that “the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report” on terror attacks. Trump added that the media “have their reasons” for not reporting on the events. Following the speech to military leaders, the White House released a list of 78 terror attacks that officials claim were “underreported” by the media. The list only furthered the lie. According to the audience engagement tool Chartbeat, four of the top 20 most “engaging news stories of 2015 (defined as those that held audiences’ attention for the longest) were events from the list. As CNN’s Chris Cuomo pointed out, none of the events listed “have less than 100 media hits.”

In attacking the media for allegedly having a selection bias when it comes to terror attacks, the administration neglected numerous cases of terror inspired by right-wing extremism. In many of these cases, the terrorists had direct ties to the white nationalist movement, a key component of what has been coined the “alt-right,” or were inspired by conservative media misinformation. Here are just a few of the examples that didn’t make Trump’s list:

“Alt-Right” Assassin Killed Six At Quebec Mosque

Alexandre Bissonnette killed six people at a Quebec City mosque on January 29. As the BBC reported, political science professor Pierre Martin “says that Bissonette may have been influenced by a mix of global nationalist trends, the so-called ‘alt-right’, and ‘currents within Quebec itself’.” Bissonette was reportedly known to many as a “right-wing ‘troll’ who had previously been combative” online “and also openly shared attacks on women’s rights” — another trademark of the “alt-right.”

Dylann Roof, “Face Of The Radicalized ‘Alt-Right’” Killed Nine At Historically Black Church

The University of Chicago’s Divinity School properly identified Dylann Roof, the man behind the June 17, 2015, shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, SC, as “the face of the radicalized ‘alt-right.’” In a confession video, Roof told an FBI agent that he committed the attack because “Blacks are raping and killing white people on the streets every day.”

According to The Daily Beast, “whole passages from Roof’s manifesto first appeared” on the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer. The Daily Beast pointed out, “The parallels between Roof’s manifesto and the comments on The Daily Stormer … suggest that either Roof was the commenter or he visited the site often enough to have plagiarized from it for his manifesto.”

Wired reported that Roof “searched for ‘black on white crime’ and ended up on the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens’ website,” which The Atlantic said has its roots in an organization that “aimed to be a (somewhat) more respectable alternative” to the Ku Klux Klan.

British “White Fascist” Killed Labour MP Jo Cox

Thomas Mair, a British man “with extreme right wing views,” according to CNN, was convicted of murdering British Labour member of parliament Jo Cox in June 2016. According to The Independent, “Reports from the trial proceedings conjure up a profile of a committed right-wing terrorist extremist, with the court hearing details of Mair’s links to white supremacist groups and witness testimony to his exhortations to ‘put Britain First.’” The article went on to say the murder was “an act of political terrorism murder committed by a white fascist.” The Daily Mail reported that jurors in the case were shown the inside of Mair’s home, where he “plotted her murder amongst far-Right literature and a dossier on the MP.”

Man Angered By Debunked Sting Videos Killed Three At Colorado Planned Parenthood

In 2015, Robert Lewis Dear opened fire inside a Colorado Planned Parenthood, killing three people. As Vox noted, when he was arrested Dear mentioned “baby parts,” which was “probably a reference” to the deceptively edited videos meant to slander Planned Parenthood put out by the Center for Medical Progress, which were laden with conservative misinformation. New Republic pointed out that “the narratives he learned from Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones and Bill O’Reilly and countless far-right web sites” contributed to his radicalization and his murders.

White Supremacist Gave Nazi Salute After Targeting Jews In Missouri Shooting

Frazier Glenn Miller, a “Missouri man with a long resume of anti-Semitism and white supremacist activism,” according to CNN, killed three people on April 13, 2014, after opening fire on two Jewish centers in Kansas City, MO. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said that just after his arrest, “Miller shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ while handcuffed in the back seat of a police car.” The Kansas City Star also reported that Miller asked the officer, “How many f—— Jews did I kill?” After his arrest, Miller said he “wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, told CNN that Miller was “among the most-over-the-top, violent white supremacists” of the 1980s, adding that he “was one of the pioneers in the modern hate world.”

IMAGE: Sarah Wasko / Media Matters



  1. I Am Helpy February 8, 2017

    Um, for the sake of accuracy I got to point out that ISIS *is* right-wing terrorism.

    1. Independent1 February 8, 2017

      As is attacks by al Qaeda. And neither of those groups has anything on the GOP; at this point, the GOP is quite likely responsible for more people dying each month than ISIS or al Qaeda combined. Thousands of Americans die each month because GOP politicians pass or don’t pass legislation which deprives millions of Americans of the healthcare and social benefit help they need to stay alive – or even be born alive or live to their 1st birthday. ISIS and al Qaeda kills people by some form force because those terrorists are mentally deranged due to fanatical religious beliefs – the GOP kills people by depriving them of the government help they need to just keep being alive – primarily because greed has deranged their minds.

      1. I Am Helpy February 9, 2017

        ISIS is basically al Qaeda’s Tea Party

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 8, 2017

    Trump and the vast majority of the GOP are on a fools-errand thinking that all is well in the US and that we should focus all our attention on Black male youth in the US, and a small group of so-called Muslims wreaking havoc from Syria to parts of former Soviet
    “-stans”, Afghanistan, in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, and parts of Europe. Right Wing racist/nativist thugs in Europe and in America have engaged in committing physical and psychological terror attacks on their own, thank you.
    The difference is that in certain countries in the Mid-East, and in parts of North Africa, the weapons are bombs, and the sword, whereas in the US our Right Wing terrorists prefer to use automatic weapons indiscriminately and then they usually kill themselves
    after the deed is done; others have hidden behind a badge to intimidate, and use the “shoot-first-ask-questions-get an acquittal” method; others use the Internet to abuse and intimidate people.

    Granted, be-headings and explosives evoke a visceral reaction and get the average person dander(and dandruff) up quite easily, but on the other hand, the use of automatic weapons have far less of an effect on the average bigot, extremist, and others who are inured to killings in America. Gun violence has a perfidious appeal for the average conservatives, bigots, psychopaths, and extremists because it kills neatly, fires multiple rounds efficiently, is often directed at the torso of the victims, is good for business, gives “The 2nd Amendment” the feeling that it is still needed and won’t be ignored, and in a twisted nostalgic way reminds many of the days of “Roy Rogers”, “Cheyenne”, “The Untouchables”, etc.

    Whatever method or weapon is chosen for terrorism, the usual outcome is death.
    Quantity of those killed is irrelevant when society is already so deranged as to be OK with killings of citizens by citizens; and whether one person or thousands are killed, to keep a scoreboard to determine who killed how many to determine which “poison” is better, is the acme of callousness and indifference to the notion of being “human”. Keeping a tally of numbers killed in a terrorist act belittles the person or people killed and is an affront to God and what He chose to do in creating humanity. Donald, the GOP, jihadists, and all others need to come to grips with this fact.

    1. BrownDog February 9, 2017

      How about a synopsis? You are anti-gun, obviously. A quick internet check shows 3 crimes in the U.S. since 1934 involved an automatic weapon and 2 deaths, both committed by a police officer. Knives and bombs are more acceptable (?). Terrorism is not good regardless of numbers killed, justification claimed, nationality or locale of the perps. Right wingers are the evil, but not left wingers or religious fanatics. Whether one or 1000 are killed matters not. Death by gun is more heinous. Nonetheless, I still prefer to live in the U.S. I don’t worry about my neighbor or police attacking me with a machete or blowing up my house, poisoning my water supply, stealing my food cache, burning my church, raping and kidnapping my children, or enslaving me. Ain’t the United States of America great!

  3. BrownDog February 8, 2017

    Let me get this straight: If the right wing can be terrorist for –anti-jew, anti black, anti liberal, etc.behavior, its the evil of evils. Would left-wing thugs be any less evil? I don’t see a clear distinction that make one group less offensive based on postulated political affiliation. Breaking the law, destroying of property, violating the Constitutional rights of others is not acceptable behavior regardless of your political leaning. Thuggery is politically blind.

    1. Independent1 February 8, 2017

      Not true, all the great tyrants of the world that have oppressed and killed people were right-wing zealots (Hitler, Stalin, Putin, Saddam Hussein, and on and on) . Identify some major killer of the masses who has been extreme left wing. There’s a big difference with left wingers committing civil disobedience which ends up primarily in destroying property and right-wingers who commit mass murder time and time again.

      1. Theodora30 February 9, 2017

        Communists like Stalin are considered left wing. Anarchists were big on killing and assassinating, too, back in the day – not that they had the ability to destroy thousands. The problem is extremists of any kind who feel they have the right to force others to go along with their beliefs.
        The US has generally leaned more towards right wing extremists but Europe has had a lot of left wing extremism.

        1. Independent1 February 9, 2017

          Tyrants like Stalin are considered left wing only by those who don’t understand that countries like Russia, North Korea, China and others that claim to be communistic (countries led by leaders PRETENDING to care about the masses) are only perpetrating a ploy. The leaders of these countries care nothing about the masses – which is why they’ve been known to exterminate thousands upon thousands of their own citizens in one heinous way or another..

          These countries are in fact nothing but outright dictatorships by elites just like Hitler tried to create in Germany. They’re run by right-wing extremists who use the lie that they’re communists, when what they stand for is as far from true Communism as is Fascism; because that’s in fact what they are Fascists perpetrating a lie!!

          To understand that lie, all one has to do is read the Bible; read Acts Chapter 4 versus 32 through 37, which describes what true Communism is. And it’s clear that Russia, China, North Korea and other countries who claim to be communistic are not being governed in any manner similar to what’s described in those versus.

      2. BrownDog February 13, 2017

        So, destroying property is acceptable behavior? Civil disobedience is not necessarily a terrorist act, although terrorists, dictators, and others zealots use it as a convenient tool to terrorize the ignorant, weak and defenseless.
        Labeling terrorism and tyrants as left or right masks the fact that wrong doing is happening. The early -pre-20th century missionaries, can hardly be described as right leaning, but the killing, terrorism, torture and destruction to which they subjected indigenous populations world wide for centuries was ghastly. Somehow, I can’t imagine calling Genghis Khan and his clan right or left leaning but they cut a murderous swath through Asia and Europe in the good old days. Perhaps it’s time to give up on these maligned labels, right and left, and call it what it really is: Criminal behavior, anarchy, civil disobedience or some other meaningful term. I really doubt that victims of injustice and inequality give a rat’s but about left or right.

        1. Independent1 February 15, 2017

          You are clearly one misguided character. If you can’t figure out whether Genghis Khan was right or left wing, you clearly don’t know the distinction between right and left wing.

          Looking at Wkipedia, which gives quite a few examples of what separates right from left, I find this example to be one of the better ones:

          “The right has been more favorable to the aristocratic position, to the hierarchy of birth or of wealth; the left has fought for the equalization of advantage or of opportunity, for the claims of the less advantaged.”

          That makes it pretty clear that anyone like Genghis Khan and his family who were out to conquer one land after another, killing thousands of less advantaged people, could only in your obviously confused mind be anything but very right wing!! Someone who chooses like all those individuals I mentioned earlier to believe themselves superior to others and therefore were willing killing off as many of the less fortunate among them as they could who threatened their superior existence (there’s no way anyone like that could be any degree of left wing).

          So as I pointed out earlier, the fact that Stalin and today Kim Jung Un claim to be communistic, but yet choose to be dictators who will willingly kill off anyone who threatens their leadership position, are clearly extreme right wing. And that may even apply to those 20th century missionaries you mentioned if in fact they were more concerned about the objectives of their missionary efforts than the lives of the indigenous populations they were willing to kill to achieve their objective. But then of course there are degrees of being right or left wing.

          Jesus was clearly very left wing, because he did not even believe in hating his enemies and would not even resist someone who would attack him. On the opposite end of that is Satan, someone like Donald Trump who is so narcissistic that whatever goes on, has to be about him; and the fact that he has destroyed the lives of hundreds maybe thousands of people in his quest to get what he wants out of life, has never bothered him. That is clearly very right wing (and is a clear example of what virtually all GOP politicians and the people who support them have become).

        2. Independent1 February 15, 2017

          And if you’re concerned about the indigenous people who were killed by missionaries, why are you not concerned about the thousands of Americans who die every month, especially in red states, where GOP politicians consistently pass legislation that deprives millions of the healthcare they need and the social benefits they need to just live for another day – just so GOP politicians and their donors can accumulate more wealth???

          The chart below is just one example of the way Republicans kill off those they’d prefer not live any longer. How disgusting is that?? Does that bother you?


          1. BrownDog February 17, 2017

            Posting hypothetical data from a 2013 report with no follow up verification after 4 years is a cheap shot. These so-called needless deaths were for a scenario for curable viral epidemic, not our day-to-day life style. Random numbers and partial portion of quotes and charts do not prove GOP politics resulted in needless deaths. Why do millions need government provided health care and social benefits? Why are so many people in such dire straights? The answer isn’t lack of epidemic virus control or which political party is dominant. It is poor living habits of people, specifically, high-fat high-sugar diets and no exercise. Why don’t you lambast the fast food industry or the legislatures that won’t regulate junk food, or support physical exercise as a priority in the education system? Let’s get real: Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are rampant among the population. We are a bunch of fat and lazy people. Top ten causes of death, 2015, from the CDC:
            Heart disease: 614,348

            • Cancer: 591,699

            • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101

            • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053

            • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103

            • Alzheimer’s disease: 93,541

            • Diabetes: 76,488

            • Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227

            • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146

            • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773
            I don’t see viral deaths anywhere in the list. You worry about a couple of thousand hypothetical deaths, but why not tackle something real. If you want to rant about the evil GOP, it is certainly your right, but try not to be so stupid about it.

          2. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            First of all, those are not ‘hypothetical’ projections. They’re accurate estimates created by experts in the health field and you can be assured that during the last 3 years that over 7,000 and probably closer to 12-13,000 Americans have died prematurely each year in the red states where Republicans have refused to expand Medicaid!!

            And with respect to all those medical statistics you’ve listed, if you do them by state and then separate them between GOP and Dem run states, you’ll find that it’s GOP-run states which BY FAR lead the nation in dying from everyone of those illnesses. And why??

            Because it’s a proven fact that people die younger and at earlier ages where people live in poverty and do not get the proper healthcare. And GOP-run states without question lead the nation in both those regards.

            21 of the 24 states with the highest percentage of people living in poverty are GOP-run states.

            All 25 of the states where people are the most broke and on the verge of bankruptcy are GOP-run states.

            All the states in America where people are not projected by the CDC to live past the age of 77 are GOP-run states. People in Democrat run states live 2-6 years longer than people in GOP-run states. There are 11 states where the CDC projects people will live to 80 and older and 9 of those are Democrat run states.

            And it’s not just with respect to health care related issues where people die more frequently and younger in GOP-run states, it’s also with respect to gun-related homicides. All 15 states with the highest incidences of gun’related homicides are GIO-run states.

            8 of the 10 states with the lowest incidences of gun-related homicides are Democrat-run states.

            24 of the 27 states in America with the highest auto fatality rates per 100,000 population are GOP run states – and those 27 states all exceed the national average of 10.8 auto deaths/100,000 population.

          3. BrownDog February 22, 2017

            Data from the referenced 2013 report is of a hypothetical example.

          4. BrownDog April 28, 2017

            I always get an uplifting jolt of humor from your diatribes. ” hypothetical projections” and ” accurate estimates” are not fact. They are nothing more than someone’s best guess trying to postulate an interpretation of live to best reflect their own opinion.

          5. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            And to top that all off, all 10 states that Gallup-Healthways identified as being the 10 most miserable states in America, are GOP governed states. And why are they calling them miserable to live in, mainly because these GOP-run states have 1) high unemployment, 2) high rates of poverty, 3) high rates of people being without health insurance, 4) high rates of drug use, 5) high rates of drinking and just overall very poor social activity; virtually every trait that lends itself to what you were decrying in your post: very poor living habits that are fostered by the GOP’s mindlessly stupid governing ideology of running their states on the cheap: with poor police and fire protection, poor healthcare delivery systems, poor basic education, poor management of their citizens bad social habits like drug and alcohol use and on and on. All the traits that lead to people living shorter lives; dying prematurely due to being neglected by the people the vote into their government.

            See this:

            The 10 most miserable states in America

            REUTERS/Robert Galbraith Two unemployed coal miners talk at a bar in Gilbert, West Virginia. West Virginia is the most unhappy state in America, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2014. Gallup-Healthways released its Well-Being Index for 2014 on Thursday, and West Virginia is the most miserable state in America for the sixth straight year.

            It was followed by Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Mississippi to round out the bottom five states.


            And for 2015 the list was almost the same except it was WV, OH, IN, KY and MS as the worst 5. (Note that OH and IN were governed by Kasich and Pence and KY is represented by McConnell who heads the Senate.)

          6. BrownDog February 22, 2017

            Actually in 2016 The Gallup-Healthways poll had 2 of the bottom 10 states with Demo. governors. The rankings have changed little over the years since the poll was started in 2009. You might recall that from 2009-2016 we had a Democrat President. I guess he wasn’t a good enough leader to get any changes of consequence implemented.

          7. Independent1 February 23, 2017

            Everyone of those ‘most miserable’ states is considered a RED STATE!! Look at an electoral map DUMPKOFF!! Having a token Democrat governor once in a while accomplishes little or nothing because the GOP legislatures actually control the states.

            And of course Obama had trouble getting some things accomplished in his 8 years, when Republicans vowed on the day he was inaugurated to do everything to sabotage the American economy and everything positive that he would attempt to do.

            And even in the RED STATES the Republicans worked to undermine the economy, For the first time after a recession, Republican led legislatures did everything they could to hurt the economy and even their own constituents. Unlike in the past when they worked to mitigate the problems created by a recession.

            You’re blind as a bat and dumber than a rock!! Go stick your head in a toilet!! Everything you post is nothing but crap coming out of your mouth!!!!

      3. Ruby Rott February 16, 2017

        What about the not so great tyrants? Their behavior is acceptable to you? How much is a mass? To be a great tyrant one has to kill or torture x number of people? Is there some kind of secret society one can join to climb the ladder of success in the world of tyranny? Infamy gets you in the history books as well as goodness.

    2. Independent1 February 8, 2017

      And don’t forget the right-wing GOP is responsible for thousands dying in America unnecessarily every month!!!!! And they want to add to those thousands by destroying Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare. And many dying each month at the hands of the GOP are our veterans – many who have been wounded fighting for America.

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      2. BrownDog February 9, 2017

        You need to brush up on your U.S. history. The Democrats have dominated Congress and the Presidency for the past 100 years. Perhaps the blame should be proportionality split between the 2 parties. Thus the Democrats are the primary reason this country is a mess. So, exactly how many have died? Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare are still in force, unchanged. Obamacare was doomed from the beginning as a knee jerk response for Obama to gain some kind of, ah, legacy as President. Health reform was and still is needed. Social Security needs reforming. Too many receive benefits that were never ever part of the social security program. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare all came into being under Democrat controlled governments. The results of these financial disasters suggest Democrats are not competent to make major financial decisions.

        1. FireBaron February 9, 2017

          The only reason Social Security and Medicare are in trouble is because Congress (and both parties are guilty of this) use the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds as their piggy banks to “balance the books” and fund pet projects. Also, they are NOT entitlements, but something people who have worked all of their lives have put their money into. I don’t know about you, but every paycheck I ever earned, starting in 1971 and including 12 years in the USN, included deductions for both Social Security and Medicare. That’s 46 of my 63 years. Can you say the same?

          1. Independent1 February 9, 2017

            Sorry that I can’t agree with that: the Social Security trust fund has never been raided – stories to that effect have like so many things been nothing but conspiracy theories. The SS trust fund continues to grow as payroll deductions plus the interest that accumulates on the fund, still exceeds payouts; such that at this moment the fund has over 2.8 Trillion built up and during Obama’s administration grew by about 1/2 a trillion.

            The main reason the trust fund is in trouble, is one simple fact, people earning over 115,000/yr or so, are not continuing to pay into the fund for the full year. The SS fund’s longevity could probably be extended to forever, simply by raising the max contribution limit to something like $250,000 rather than the I think it is around 118,000 where it is today. Fact is, that many millionaire CEOs pay their annual SS contribution from just one paycheck in the year – which is absurd.

            And I say it could be extended to forever, because the reality is, that at some point in the next few decades, it’s quite likely that unlike what many people believe, the U.S. population will actually begin decreasing rather than increase; there will be a decreasing population in America just like there is in virtually every other industrialized country on the planet today.

            The population of virtually every European country is decreasing; which is why many European countries welcomed refugees from Syria and other war torn countries. They needed more people to help boost their economies. And Russia’s population is plummeting because many in the Russian population drink Vodka and other alcoholic drinks to excess resulting in the average longevity of a Russian falling well below the age of 70. Some think this is one reason Putin has been so anxious to annex Ukraine – Russia needs more people to boost its economy.

            And with respect to the SS Trust fund, see this from ssa.gov:

            There has never been any change in the way the Social
            Security program is financed or the way that Social Security payroll taxes are used by the federal government. The Social Security Trust Fund was created in 1939 as part of the Amendments enacted in that year. From its inception, the Trust Fund has always worked the same way. The Social Security Trust Fund has never been “put into the general fund of the government.”

            Most likely this question comes from a confusion between the financing of the Social Security program and the way the Social Security Trust Fund is treated in federal budget accounting. Starting in 1969 (due to action by the Johnson Administration in 1968) the transactions to the Trust Fund were included in what is known as the “unified budget.”

            This means that every function of the federal government is included in a single budget. This is sometimes described by saying that the Social Security Trust Funds are “on-budget.” This budget treatment of the Social Security Trust Fund continued until 1990 when the Trust Funds were again taken “off-budget.” This means only that they are shown as a separate account in the federal budget. But whether the Trust Funds are “on-budget” or “off-budget” is primarily a question of accounting practices–it has no effect on the actual operations of the Trust Fund itself.


          2. BrownDog February 13, 2017

            Yep. I surely can. Actually, I have been paying to the system longer than you. Even when self employed I ponied up my share–for decades.

        2. Independent1 February 9, 2017

          Where have you gotten all that total BS?? Those are the most ignorant statements I’ve read on the NM.

          Since 1930, the Dems have been in the presidency for 44 years and the Republicans for 42 years. And every time the Democrats were in office, the GDP did much better, jobs did much better, the stock market did much better and crime went down the Fastest

          Having said that, in the past 20 years, the Republicans have played such dirty pool in Congress, that although the Dems have had sometimes more than 50 Senators, they haven’t been able to get their legislation passed because Mitch McConnell has used the fake filibuster more than 425 times to keep them from getting anything done. In fact, the Dems have only had a super majority, 60 votes for lest than 5 months in 2009 during the last 20 years – aside from that the GOP has either had control of the Senate (which controls Congress); or the GOP has stopped everything the Dems have wanted to do!!!!!!! And since 2011 the GOP has had outright control of the House so they’ve controlled all spending over the past 5-6 years!!!!!!

          1. BrownDog February 13, 2017

            One hundred years would take us back to 1917 not 1930. In that 100 years Democrats held the office of President more than the Republicans, although it was close to an equal split. As for Congress, the law making and money controlling part of the government, the Democrats definitely dominated in Congress for almost 80 of the last 100 years. Thus, one can conclude that the Democrats failed at running the government to the benefit of its citizens. Massive debt, erosion of our tax base, loss of private sector jobs, loss of confidence in the government by the citizens didn’t just pop up since 2011. To blame the use of filibuster or to blame Mitch McConnell for the failure of the Democrat party to be an effective ruling party is tripe.

          2. Independent1 February 14, 2017

            And where do you get all these convoluted fabrications of reality that you post??? Everything you posted above is upside down and backwards.

            Fact is that since 1900, Republicans have been in the presidency (which until 1995 when Newt Gingrich changed it) meant that it was the president, not Congress who virtually always dictated spending and the direction our country took. Rarely, did Congress deliberately block the direction the person who had been chosen by the people to lead the country decided to go in, that is the President. It has only been since Newt Gingrich pirated Congress and started the GOP’s notion that legislative idiots could take it upon themselves to deliberately obstruct virtually everything a sitting president wanted to accomplish that Congress has really set the spending. And since 1995 the GOP has had the majority of control of Congress – through the last 5 years of Clinton’s presidency, the first 6 years of Bush’s and the last 5 years of Obama’s.

            So since 1900, when the GOP was in the presidency, the GOP virtually always got what they chose to do – and of the 116 years from 1900-2016, the GOP was in the presidency for 64 years and the Democrats for 52 years. So your comment about the Democrats dominating Congress and setting the spending for 80 years IS UNADULTERATED BS!!!

            And that’s not the worst of it. In the 64 years that Republicans had been in the presidency there are only two truly beneficial things that all of those GOP presidents accomplished for America in 66 years: 1)The interstate highway system and 2) creating the EPA. And GOP legislators allowed the interstate highway system to be created under Eisenhower ONLY BECAUSE Eisenhower twisted their arm and convinced them the nation needed an improved highway system in case America was attacked by any army over land (as if Canada or Mexico would really ever attack us).

            In contrast, in the 52 years the Dems have been in the presidency: FDR rescued America from the Great Depression started by the GOP and Hoover. And under FDR the Dems created Social Security, the benefit that for 80 years millions upon millions of retirees have depended on for their later years; and LBJ not only got the Civil Rights Act passed, He got Medicare passed.

            The Civil Rights act changed the lives of virtually every person of color in America and for over 50 years millions upon millions of senior Americans have depended on Medicare and Medicaid for all the healthcare they needed to extend their lifespans. And under Obama, for the first time in history, healthcare was extended to 20 million Americans who previously couldn’t get healthcare either through a pre-existing condition or cost.

            And, during all those 64 years Republicans were in office, GOP presidents failed miserably at running our economy and with creating jobs and have constantly succeeded in destroying the stock market: all of it being very detrimental not only for America’s seniors but for everyone living in our country.

            Over 64 years since 1900, all GOP presidents have averaged a paltry 2.6% annual GDP growth while Democrats presidents have averaged 4.3% annual GDP gain – an enormous difference.

            And virtually every time Democrats are in office, twice as many jobs are created as under Republicans. Reagan and the 2 Bushes created a paltry 24 million jobs in their 20 years while Carter, Clinton and Obama created 47 million in their 20 years.

            And in the 42 years under Republicans since 1930, the stock market has actually seen a loss while in the 44 years under Dems there’s been more than a 300% market gain.

            And while GOP presidents since Nixon’s 2nd term have all governed running high deficit spending, all the Dem presidents that have inherited high deficit spending have succeeded in dramatically reducing it. Reagan and the 2 Bushes are responsible for more than 90% of America’s current close to 20 Trillion in debts.

          3. BrownDog February 15, 2017

            Again, 100 years is 1917 to 2017, not from 1930 or 1900. The facts are this: During the last 100 years the presidency has been about equally split between the two major parties with a slight lead to the the Dems. Congress has been dominated by a Democrat majority. For the last 100 years the two parties of Donkeys and Elephants have not done a good job running the country, regardless of who has a majority or who is the President. The sirens of fame, wealth and power have successfully corrupted them all. We have massive debt, a significant portion of the population living off tax dollars instead of private sector wages, diminished influence in the world and growing discontent among the masses. It does not good to use isolated examples of just Republican events to rationalize why your pro- liberal pro-big government beliefs that all ill is that party’s fault. Both parties have failed the country. Hence we have Trump.

          4. Independent1 February 16, 2017

            All of that is convoluted nonsense. And we have Trump only because the GOP stole the election by rigging the votes. TRUMP LOST the popular vote by 4.5% and in reality, he would have lost virtually all the swing states had the GOP not rigged the election.

            Yes there is a large segment of the population that is very mixed up, and the reason for that is because over the past 3 decades, the GOP has been destroying people’s lives by trying to force austerity on America and by resisting virtually every effort the Democrats have tried to improve our country’s infrastructure, to revamp its outdated tax structure, to enhance Social Security so it provides better benefits to the elderly who struggle so much and on and on.

            And what’s kept a lot of this from happening, has been the fact that Rupert Murdoch and other right-wingers have gained control of a significant sector of America’s news media so Fox News and other right-wing outlets have been brainwashing Americans with a 24/7 stream of propaganda based on lies, fake conspiracy theories and distortions of reality. It has nothing to do with the Democrats failing to try and do things beneficial for the middle class and poor.

            Here’s a couple articles you need to read:

            Can We Count on the Election Results? Exit Poll Discrepancies and Voter Suppression Are Serious Issues


            Hacking voting machines: Easier than ever imagined


          5. BrownDog February 16, 2017

            Proof of rigging is what exactly? Stealing emails and publishing the data? The FBI opening up an “investigation” just prior to the election? Both parties, the media and anyone with internet access saturated the atmosphere with fact, fiction, supposition and nonsense during the pre-election period. With over 100,000 polling places, early voting at the local courthouse, and voting by mail it is difficult to accept that any significant election rigging-altering of cast votes-occurred. Further, going into the election-like the day before and the day of election- just about every news source of consequence was waiting to see how badly Trump was going to be trounced, not if who was going to win.

          6. Ruby Rott February 16, 2017

            I have to wonder, is your computer keyboard made of titanium?
            surely pound incredible amounts of crap out of it. I bet you spit on the
            computer monitor and have bruised fingers from pounding out your furiously generated

    3. FireBaron February 9, 2017

      Those are simple lawlessness grown out of frustration caused by a lack of justice because prosecutors will always take the work of the police officers, even when the Dashboard and Body Cameras show otherwise. None of those acts you point out had anything to do with presenting an agenda (ala DAESH, NeoNazis, KKK, etc.). None of them resulted in incidents (except for one sniper attack who then turned himself in) that targeted individuals or select groups. Instead of instructing others to study History, perhaps you should do so as well, and not using books written by Klan and Neonazi supporters.

    4. Independent1 February 14, 2017

      Let’s get to left wing vs right-wing extremism: Here’s a graph which summarizes the acts of extremists over the past 10 years. Note that it was White Supremacist or right-wing extremism which was 70% of the terrorist actions during those 10 years while only 1% was related to ‘left-wing’ extremism.



      1. BrownDog February 15, 2017

        Why would you limit your diatribe to just the last 10 years? Why only to terrorism in the USA? Did your copy and paste button quit working?

        1. Independent1 February 17, 2017

          For one reason dummy is that it was even more related to white supremacy in the decades before 2006. Name me some ethnic group that was committing significant extremist acts before 2006!! Virtually every extremist act was committed by white supremacists!!!

          Come on!! Name me one!! Wake up!!!

  4. Theodora30 February 9, 2017

    “In a survey we conducted with the Police Executive Research Forum last year of 382 law enforcement agencies, 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations. And only 3 percent identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe, compared with 7 percent for anti-government and other forms of extremism.”

  5. Mama Bear February 9, 2017

    I think what has been forgotten is that right wingers have been taken off Trumpie’s list of “terrorists”. So…no matter if we want to call these rightwing hate crimes terrorist….Trumpie says no, they are not. Down the rabbit hole and out the other end where up is under. All you have to do according to the current “administration” is change the definitions and viola….


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