Ken's View: The last days of democracy
By Ken Robinson
I have just watched a powerful documentary about the campaign for presidency of the Philippines. The story, which takes place over a four-year period, is about the solo candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, and the efforts of a brave woman journalist to reveal this man’s dangerous nature.
There are strong parallels to the Trump administration in terms of style. Duterte is a ‘strongman’ candidate whose platform is to rid the Philippines of drugs. He employs a thuggish security man named ‘Bato’ who directs crews of enforcers to root out drug dealers and users.
In the so-called war on drugs, Bato/Duterte’s men killed 27,000 people, leaving a bloody trail through the city of Manila.
From an article on the site Human Rights Watch: “He presided over forces that routinely shot and killed alleged drug dealers and users, claiming without proof they resisted arrest. Investigations by human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, as well as by the media, have found numerous instances in which the police planted weapons and drugs on victims to cover up summary executions. Dela Rosa (Bato) has been vociferous in defending the anti-drug campaign, calling it a success.”
Duterte’s platform is “If you are a user of illegal drugs, I am going to kill you.” Those are his words. And then his henchmen prowl the city alleyways and kill anyone who looks even vaguely suspicious.
Duterte takes the stage in rallys of supporters to declare that the woman journalist who is attempting to foil is campaign should be raped. People in the crowd hold signs calling for her death.
Like Trump, he hates the free press, freedom of speech and and level of opposition.
My greatest worry is not the coronavirus. I think we will find a medication to control it. Instead, it is the constant drum of lies from Donald Trump and his republican sycophants and paid toadies. And the cowardice of the republican controlled Senate. To me, Trump is an arch-criminal who has hoodwinked his way to the White House and co-opted otherwise intelligent people with his carnival barker style to do his evil bidding in order hang onto their own power and to avoid his condemnation. Trump is using our money to oppress and undermine our democracy. His role models are Hitler, Duterte in the Philippines, Bolsonaro, president in Brazil, Mussolini, and Putin—strongman dictators who brook no dissent. And who disparage our national institutions.
I believe Trump is not done undoing so many years of good works by previous governments, handing our money and favors to supporter like he just did with Kodak. Trump is a very bad guy. His poison is trickling into the far corners of the globe. And we are letting him do it.
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Ken Robinson, shame on you! I will pray for your soul.
Comparing Duterte with Trump is way off base.
Westside Seattle August 21, 2020
Let me say first, like many Americans I cannot stand Trump's undisciplined verbal assaults against those he doesn't like. Personally I don't like him.
However, after being steeped in our idiotic Seattle City government for the past 5 years, including ignorant landlord/tenant laws that are driving small landlords out of town, small business being saddled with fees and policies that are driving small businesses out of town and consent of our political leadership to lawlessness before and after the Spring protests.
I see the entire democratic party headed in the same direction, and after hearing the contrast between the DNC and RNC speaker line up, made it clear to me, the choice is between someone who has serious personal flaws, but understands what it takes to run a business and our foundational American purposes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or a 50 year career politician whose best defense is he somehow will make us all "feel good".
Listen again to these RNC speakers: Tim Scott, Kim Klacik, Herschel Walker, Alice Johnson, Cris Peterson, Jason Joyce, Madison Cawthorn, Amy Johnson Ford, Pam Bondi just to start with. Trump has gotten a lot accomplished in 4 years, much of it I'm happy with. I still don't "like" him.
If you had the choice of two surgeons who could perform a very serious surgery, one surgeon was known as the best in the country, but that he was gruff and had an atrocious bedside manner. You would not like him, and would be glad when it was over, but your prognosis for recovery was very high. Or, you could choose a surgeon who was known as a caring soul who would stay with you from beginning to end, explain everything perfectly and make you feel very comfortable, but everyone the surgeon had operated on had either died or ended up crippled. Who would you choose?
If your standard for leadership is honesty and integrity, you would stop voting all together. Then you bring up the press — is there any fair and balanced press anymore? I see very little unbiased reporting on FOX, CNN, PBS or NPR. Certainly not the Seattle Times. The Wall Street Journal is better. It seems to me, the press is all about taking a side and pounding that side as hard as they can.
While Donald Trump has no interpersonal intelligence, he is not Rodrigo Duterte, Adolph Hitler, Mussolini or Putin. I'm voting for someone who supports law and order, small businesses and knows how to build an economy, and create opportunity for all Americans!
For these reasons this tax paying, honest small business owner will be voting for Donald J. Trump on November 4, 2020.
Respectfully, Ginnie Hance
I will watch the video you send Ken.
But what about Joe Biden and his nefarious dealings with Ukraine and China? The Biden / Harris ticket and the direction the Democrats are heading is more terrifying to me than Donald Trump. Like I said, I don't like him, and I have no doubt he's pushed the limits of the law. But he knows how to build a strong economy. Covid will pass, but bad politics live on for decades.