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He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.

William Congreve

My Life in a Nutshell

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?
— Pablo Picasso

Yes, I do try to understand the song of a bird. They have much to say according to what they sing. Art too can have much to say. Pablo was making his own statement with his style. I have no idea what his statement was but I often don't know what the bird's is either.
The Republican party -- the once noble party of Lincoln and Eisenhower -- has stained itself today, permanently. With Donald Trump now the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, the party endorses Trumpism as its ideological compass. Donald Trump, like Paris Hilton, is only famous because he was born with money and used it to indulge in a lavish, ostentatious lifestyle, and engage in high-profile, controversial behavior. He became famous for being infamous.

Trump has never served in elected office. Trump has never served the public in any capacity. Donald Trump has only ever served Donald Trump. And his service to himself is a shoddy record at that. Trump is twice divorced, and has declared bankruptcy 4 times. Had he not been born into real estate wealth in New York City, Trump would probably be selling used cars, the notorious gossip king of some trailer park. He does not have the temperament to be the postmaster of a small town, much less leader of the free world, commander of the US military and NATO, holder of the launch codes of 5,000 nuclear warheads.

Trump has used his wealth to bully and con innocent people. From his fraudulent Trump University, to his attempt to use eminent domain to shove an old woman off her property to make room for a limo parking lot, Trump has abused countless people. His campaign for president has been a similar abusive, fraudulent, vapid con. He has gulled just enough Americans, who fall into the demographics most targeted by organized scams, to believe that because he is rich he can't be corrupted. Meanwhile, the central plank of his platform is to reduce his own tax rate to unheard of levels.

He frightens our allies, and makes our rivals giddy. He threatens the US economy with a trade war. He speaks cavalierly about using nuclear weapons. A Trump presidency would exponentially increase American decline at home and abroad. We have no way of knowing how he would wield the power of the presidency, who he would pick petty fights with, what carefully constructed relationships he would destroy for his own ego.

He has made a mockery of our elections, injecting childish, buffoonish innuendo into the exercise of choosing our democratic leaders. He manipulated and massaged the fears of a frightened demographic of Americans in working class decline. He has built up an array of scapegoats and boogeymen to terrorize them with. In doing so, he has threatened black people, Hispanics, Muslims, women, reporters, protesters, activists, and many others. He has repeatedly incited crowds to wield violence against these scapegoated people. The power of the presidency is far too great for someone who plays such games with innocent people's lives for his own narrow gain. Trump's victims are our brothers and sisters, and do not deserve to be the targets of political violence for the aggrandizement of one man. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them.

Trumpism is the most intellectually and morally bankrupt ideology that has ascended to national prominence in our lifetimes. Trump the man and Trumpism the ideology are wholly unqualified to draft our national policies, execute our laws, appoint our Supreme Court justices, represent us diplomatically to the world, or lead our military. History calls upon us to unify and confront it.

In 1776, our Founders declared Independence from King George after a long train of abuses. Today, we must make it clear that we hold these truths to be self-evident:
The Republican party is already fully corrupted by corporate oligarchy.
Its hollowed shell of a democratic institution has been hijacked by the parasitic ideology of Trumpism.
The Republican party has cynically accommodated this parasitic ideology.
The wholly unqualified candidacy of Trump taints the entire Republican ballot from top to bottom.
We will not allow Trumpism to rape the United States of America.
In the name of future generations, we Declare our Independence from the Trumpian Republican party. We swear to crush it completely in November.

~Mark Belisle
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