JUST IN–PAT TOOMEY HAS SOME ADVICE FOR ROY MOORE

The Pa. Republican Senator calls on the embattled nominee to get out of the race. He suggests a write in vote for Luther Strange, who lost the primary. Toomey also would not rule out a move to remove him from the Senate if he is elected!

Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl several decades ago. He has denied the charges, but friends say he dated teenagers when he was in his thirties.

For the latest on Adventure Trump, see the story below.

 

LK

America First? Really? And DJT Walks It Back – plus Ringo On The Film

After the following post was filed, the President walked back his statements with a tweet saying he respects the national intelligence team.

 

America First? Not this weekend. The President’s declaration that he believes Putin’s insistence that Russia did not meddle in the  campaign was not America First, nor was his twitter attack on America’s top intelligence heavyweights who he attacked with such incredibly nasty language. So, it’s the President versus every single intelligence expert including the CIA director he appointed, 98 members of the Senate who voted that Russia was the great perpetrator of Cyberwar tactics in 2016, nor the U.S. House, John McCain, and more people of intelligence than there is space for. America First appears more like America Compromised.

 

His Asian trip was going fairly well, until he decided to go off-script and embarrass the country. A CNN analyst made an interesting point on this Sunday that Trump missed a wonderful opportunity in Vietnam to salute the fifty-eight thousand Americans who died there, especially on this Veteran’s Day.

 

So you can read all about, or hear and watch the developing stories on Radio and TV.

 

The bottom line: The confluence of the President’s outbursts, misinformation, inciting of violence, and of what I would call his sponsorship of Let’s Make American Grim Again, is a completed boxed set of failure.

 

And here is the hopeful part. He can change it by just taking some advice, toning down the rhetoric, and trying to unite the nation he leads. George W. Bush once declared himself “the decider.” The writing is on the ballots counted last Tuesday. Donald Trump can begin to erase the anger that he provoked by taking steps to prevent him from being remembered as “the divider.”

Now, we’ll see if the man who sold the “Art of the Deal” can find a way to heal an anguished nation.

Any thoughts? You can find me at Twitter. @larrykane

A Note: This sight will be changing slightly. There may be brief comments filed at times: longer than Twitter, but shorter than most.

A program reminder: PBS Premiere of Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week film will begin November 25. I will be featured in the national pledge drive. For better ore worse, I have an outsized role in this excellent film, prompting Ringo Starr to say to me,”What the f… Larry. This movie is the Larry Kane life story, also starring the Beatles.” And then, he laughed.

A Message That Is A “Must Read” For All Americans

The following is a special message written by a man of faith. It deserves to be spread across the country and the world. This was written before the President offered new and mixed messages about hatred, including the Phoenix speech where he insinuated he was prodded by his staff to attack the haters. This is not political. It is a heartfelt and clear message by a man who has witnessed what language and attitudes of leaders can do to not only a country but to millions of people.

 

 

August 13, 2017

 

Cry the Beloved Country

 

Dear Friends,

 

Like each and every single one of you (and I sincerely hope that I can state that without the slightest equivocation or reservation) I too have been left utterly horrified by the awful and tragic events we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend beginning with a shameful, bigoted, racially-inspired, torch-lit parade through one of this country’s most beautiful college campuses and ending, yesterday, with the completely inexcusable and utterly contemptible rhetoric and behavior of a marauding gang of white supremacists hellbent on bringing chaos and calamity to one of America’s most iconic cities.

 

As I watched the news on CNN last night, I couldn’t help but shake my head in utter disbelief: where on earth was I? Was this an ugly throwback to the Apartheid years of the old, racially-divided South Africa that I lived under – replete with its overtly white supremacist demagoguery and thuggery that constantly fueled the violent flames of racial intolerance and anti-Semitism – or was this in fact the sad, bedeviled, tortured face of the America of 2017 incapable of letting go of past prejudices; unable to climb out of the dark, sinister dungeons of racial hatred and oppression of the “other” and into the radiant light of a tolerant, hopeful, optimistic, inclusive nation where we are judged, solely, by the content of our good, noble character and not, God forbid, by the color of our skin.

 

I grew up in, to all intents and purposes, a pigmentocracy; the “original” beloved country that we cried for. Little did I realize that such an odious, disgraceful philosophy still exists in certain quarters of our population in this country. And make no mistake about it: the so-called “alt-right” have been significantly emboldened by the ugly, divisive, charged, combative rhetoric that we have witnessed, time and again, by this Administration.

 

J’accuse: I accuse our President of willfully and woefully omitting in yesterday’s verbal comments any specific, explicit reference to the white supremacist factions who were, ultimately, responsible for yesterday’s mayhem and carnage on the streets of Charlottesville.

 

J’accuse: I accuse our President of deliberately failing to condemn, in the strongest and most unambiguous terms, the very nature and existence of these malicious groups that have NO place in your America or mine.

 

J’accuse: I accuse our President of failing to recognize the “fire and fury” of these prejudiced thugs – many among his most ardent supporters – and calling them out for who and what they are: the most contemptible and vile among our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual citizenry and, quite frankly, who don’t deserve to see the light of day.

 

I remain consoled by the incontrovertible fact that the overwhelming majority of our fellow Americans are good, decent, kind, generous, compassionate, respectful, law-abiding citizens and that we all yearn, each and every day, for a truly beloved country that will reflect the grand, abiding values and ideals of its founders.

 

On the last day of our congregational tour to South Africa in November 2014, we visited the sprawling township of Soweto where Nelson Mandela once lived. There, outside his humble abode, is a large painted mural adorned with one of his most famous quotes: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

 

May we all learn from and teach by, our own good, rightful conduct.

Thanks for reading.

 

Larry

 

 

 

It Is A Sad Day In America

As shocked White House advisers looked on, President Donald Trump exposed the bigotry that we all thought was beneath the surface. We hoped that it wasn’t real, that it was just to keep the right wing happy,  but there is a difference between the right wing of the Republican Party and the leftovers from the infamous brown shirts of the Hitler era. Frankly, I couldn’t believe the fire in his voice, the hate in his face, the grimace of fury, Trump almost coming completely unhinged. Now we know for sure where his sympathies are.

White Supremacists are different. They just don’t hate like the normal haters, and there are plenty of them.  If they could, they would wipe African Americans, Latinos, Jews, Catholics and Muslims off the face of the earth. I’ve seen hatred up close, watching it unfold against the Civil Rights movement in the sixties. That, in itself, was pretty bad, but this is different. These are individuals and groups who were celebrating Trump’s racially tinged birther movement years after he started it. After all, Trump spent a fortune trying to sell a lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore was not a legitimate President of the United States.

It takes a lot to shock me anymore about Trump’s behavior as a human being. But I have to tell you I was shocked that he made his preferences so transparent. And yet I wonder. For every White Supremacist, there are people that we pass every day, who hold dear their hatred against people “not like them.” But here is the genuine problem we have facing us. Once hatred begins it always spreads from one group to another. The David Dukes of the world and the alt-right advocates hate everybody, except people like them. But is everyone perfect? And what scares the supremacists? Do they really feel supreme, and better than others. Is it about color, or anger against the system? I mean, why waste your energy hating when you can try to love and care. And for every one of the haters, there are thousands, millions of Americans who spend their days caring and loving.

The bad news is that Donald Trump has enabled the violence by ignoring it. Now he has, whether he understands or not, made it acceptable by using the biggest bully pulpit in the world to infer that extremism like the kind we saw in Virginia, was equal on both sides of the divide.

The good news? Americans are better than that. We know it. John McCain knows it. General Kelly , the Chief of Staff, who bowed his head during Trump’s outburst, knows it. Republicans and Democrats and independents know it. We’ve been waiting since November to see signs that President Trump would moderate, be practical, appear to be caring. Now we know it is simply not going to happen.

That’s why it was such a sad day in America.

Through The Mystery Fog, Danger Lurks

Every day around 5 p.m. a new development breaks in the so-called Trump-Russia investigation. Its has dominated the news cycle for about four months, upended the White House, and is the talk of America. It deserves to be reported the way it has – with candor and as much clarity as you can get without all the pieces falling into the puzzle. Those pieces will eventually come together, and we’ll find out if it is all real, or just the result of a coincidences of bad happenings in an administration that has communications problems, starting at the top.

In the meantime, the country as we know it, is being changed as the investigation covers it up with the dark foreboding possibility of scandal.

Some examples: The Secretary of Education is trying to soft pedal sexual assault on campuses. The Interior Secretary is waging a mini-war on beautiful national monuments. The head of the EPA doesn’t seem to care about protection against foul water. The HUD secretary decries the reality of poverty. The Attorney General seems to be disinterested  in civil rights. The First Daughter has a White House office as her fashion companies run with cheaply paid foreign workers. Her husband may be in legal trouble. But he gets the support of the President while the Commander-In-Chief waits three days to defend his son for meeting with possible agents to Russia.

About the only strong point is the national defense team which seems to be filled with real experts. The intelligence community also appears to be on target.

The Republicans are rarely outspoken. But their silence speaks volumes. The Democrats are hardly aggressive in fighting against the chaos and conflicts of interest.

Social style and embarrassing comments have reduced many people in the nation to a wave of anxiety and rage.

In the meantime, the scandal, or whatever it becomes, has devoured the news space, and all the while, the power of the people seems to be diminished.

The only hopeful news is that individuals, millions of them, on whatever side of the divide, will eventually let their votes do the talking.