Get prepared for a deafening clatter

Trump and his staff have held meetings to determine the best response to The Washington Post’s report that the president leaked intelligence about an ISIS plot to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister in the Oval Office, Foreign Policy reported.


Retaliation against Trump’s predecessor was apparently a popular option.


President Trump’s investigation distraction:
Point to Obama’s use of intel-sharing program



Get prepared for a deafening clatter
and a lot of nonsensical chatter
with intent to distract
from each relevant fact
that might get to the heart of the matter.

Lily Beth Baker, 5/19/17

To our sisters and brothers, what’s sadder

In short, our analysis indicates that Donald Trump successfully leveraged existing resentment towards African Americans in combination with emerging fears of increased racial diversity in America to reshape the presidential electorate, strongly attracting nativists towards Trump and pushing some more affluent and highly educated people with more cosmopolitan views to support Hillary Clinton. Racial identity and attitudes have further displaced class as the central battleground of American politics.




While race and racial attitudes have been and continue to play an important role in support for Republican presidential candidates, fears about growing racial diversity appear to be uniquely important to support for Trump compared to previous Republican candidates. Although our analysis does not speak to whether these attitudes were primed by Trump’s campaign, or whether he capitalized on emergent attitudes and rode them to victory, it seems clear that they will play a key role in the future of the Republican Party.


Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump
The 2016 election was really a battle about having an open society.
Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel, The Nation


To our sisters and brothers, what’s sadder
than seeing America splatter
with racial detritus
designed to divide us
by blocking the rungs of the ladder.

Mary Boren, 5/19/17


Budget and the Axe

There’s more than those ones which you’ve heard
like giving the axe to big bird
Take a look at what’s chopping
It’s more than dance hopping
There’s big loss for the poor that’s occurred.

Yes, there’s loss for the poor that’s occurred
Legal aid, meals on wheels-we’re assured-
Just get rid of them all!
Instead build the Wall
Tax payers would rather, Trump heard.

Tax payers would rather, Trump heard
I think that his values are blurred!
So he’ll dump the school lunch
It’s only a hunch
That improvement with grades might occur.

Improvement with grades might occur
Or might not, but still to be sure
For many each day
It keeps hunger at bay
Which should be the goal we prefer.

© 2017 Sandra Melville