new-logo25Fact-based Opinion by Douglas K. Kinan

March 13, 2016
“America is closing in on 16 years of the Bush and Obama policies of destroying the American way. The evidence establishes that “Change and Hope” hasn’t worked for the American people.
Whether you like it or not, Trump has flipped the coin and instead of speaking “truth to power” he’s power speaking truth to people.”
carlThe news media across America has reported that Donald Trump, “calls off his rally [in Chicago] due to security concerns.”
Trump is being equated with the Ku Klux Klan. One commenter in the Boston Globe wrote in part: “A Trump rally in Chicago is about the same as a KKK rally.”  The comment got me to thinking, is there a parallel to the KKK and Donald Trump? Absolutely.
Does Trump “make America hate?”  Nope. Trump is trying to focus attention on the larger problem – the government is broken and has stopped working for the people or the 99%. Everything it does is for show and a con game on the working families of America.
Am I saying that Donald Trump hates blacks or any other race? Nope.
Am I saying that the KKK is a constant reminder of their value to the black population? You bet. The KKK has been the best ally for blacks in America than any other group or government agency.  
The KKK is a terrorist organization and a hate group aimed at groups or individuals whom they oppose, particularly black citizens. Their movement calls for the “purification” of American society.   The very existence of the KKK successfully focuses the mind on the issue of discrimination and suppression of entire sections of society from the general socioeconomic progress.
How has Congress viewed the conduct of the KKK?   Let’s examine that objectively.
To place many members of Congress in perspective, until his passing in 2010, Senator Robert Byrd had a history second to none as a hater of black citizens.  
Published reports labeled Byrd a former “Exalted Cyclops” and a “Kleagle” of the KKK. Byrd used to sit around campfires making hangman’s nooses with his hooded friends. He said he joined because it “offered excitement” and because the Klan was an “effective force” in “promoting traditional American values,”  that he shared.
“Byrd vowed never to fight ‘with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.’ ”
Despite Byrd’s counterfeit apologies to his colleagues, he filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act for more than 14 hours, opposed the nominations of the Supreme Court’s two black justices, liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas and his separatist views were not a secret.

How was the Democratic hater, Robert Byrd, rewarded for his hate crimes? Byrd’s partisan colleagues elected him to the positions of senate majority whip, senate majority leader, senate minority leader, and senate president pro tempore, which placed him third in the line of presidential succession behind the vice president and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans remained silent. Isn’t that the con game that Trump wants to end?
Trump’s plain and simple message to America is that the government is self-dealing, self serving and corrupt – they have stopped caring about the American people.
Trump’s message is that he wants to “purify” government corruption. He has repeatedly said so and so far is the only candidate this season to even mention government corruption, but many Americans are not listening because the media drums it out. The sole exception thus far is the formidable Matt Taibbi who has agreed in print that everything Trump says about corruption is true.
Ben Carson’s words say it all: “It’s not about me, it’s not about Mr. Trump, it’s about America.”
Corporations have shipped tens of thousands of meaningful jobs out of the country. Were they allowed to do it for free? Of course not. These corporations paid off Congress in one form or another to pass such legislation. Trump wants to stop the crippling of American families and the destruction of the middle-class, which harms us all.
Trump’s message to America has nothing to do with hate for Hispanics, Mexicans, Blacks or any other group. That’s media propaganda designed to continue the divide in America. Dividing is big money for those at the top.
Trump’s corporations evidence the fact that he is an equal opportunity employer. He has hired thousands of minorities and women – it’s in the public record.
Trump, essentially, is saying that America is no longer a “Government of the people, by the people and for the people.”  He’s right.
Trump’s larger message is that he wants to change the way America has been duped by politicians running a con game to keep America distracted so they can stuff their bank accounts at the expense of the working class, both black and white.  It remains a fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead only after he spoke about helping both poor blacks and poor whites. He was in Memphis to march with sanitation workers that sad day. It was not a “Black Lives Matter” march.
If history has taught America anything about the value of the KKK it would be that their brutal terror tactics kept the focus and the attention on the KKK and the need to eliminate this hate organization. Thus, the KKK has done more to aid and assist the black population than any other organization, politician or government agency in America. You may not like the man, but his message is clear. Trump is keeping the focus on the Government.
Black is also the working and middle class white. Working class people pay the bills in America. For the other 1%, almost everything is free.
Despite the claim that the U.S. Justice Department is leading one of the most aggressive defenses of civil rights in recent memory and has been fully engaged in fighting for the rights of all minorities and that Eric Holder was “a true champion of civil rights,” the evidence shows otherwise. The results speak for themselves.
Wall Street defrauded America and stole billions. Any criminal convictions by the Justice Department? No.
In contrast, can a poor or black person get a fair trial in America? Nope. Can a poor or black person get to a jury trial in a civil matter, say, when a bank foreclosed on their home, but didn’t have the documentation to prove they owned it? Nope. The court process is mostly rigged through legal manipulations and “gaming.”
Writing and passing legislation means nothing. What are the results? When it comes to poor or black people, the laws are not enforced. Poor and working class Americans obtain no benefits from the law if they are unable to obtain an honest committed lawyer to obtain these same benefits.  
We have a lawless government that does not follow its own rules and its own laws. Trump supporters are savvy and experienced enough to know that the law is broken and does not work for the majority of Americans.
A most powerful voting block in government is the 40 member Congressional Black Caucus. They, together with President Obama, could stop the well planned discrimination in government. Do they want to “ruin their good thing?”  Nope.
Based on my direct knowledge, the 40 members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Department of Justice have done more harm to the black population in America than any other group by allowing well-planned discrimination in government to continue. That’s the type of government that Trump wants to stop.
Who are the scapegoats of the Justice Department’s flim-flam? The front line police.
Any reasonable person knows that front-line police have one of the most difficult and dangerous, if not the most difficult and dangerous job in society. They place their lives on the line every working minute of every working day (even at details), never knowing if they’re going home, to the hospital or to the morgue.
Keeping the police in the cross hairs is for the worst of all reasons: politics, money, budgets, greed, ego and cowardice.
Shamefully, police have become “sitting ducks” and “scapegoats” for a lot of the wrongs at the “top.”
Anyone in law enforcement and any jurist knows that for poor people and people of color, there is no such thing as due process.
In the “Caging of America” the author, Adam Gopnik, writes: “For most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say. For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones. More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system – in prison, on probation, or on parole – than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”  
In her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” Michelle Alexander writes: “As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them.”  Alexander argues “that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it.”  And she shows “by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.”  There’s no such thing as color blindness.
The new distraction to justify what the Justice Department created is now called “black on black crime.”  In my view, the result of most of the black on black crime is caused by the frustration experienced by minorities within the inner-city – that’s collateral damage at it’s worst.  
America is closing in on 16 years of the Bush and Obama policies of destroying the American way. The evidence establishes that “Change and Hope” hasn’t worked for the American people.

Whether you like it or not, Trump has flipped the coin and instead of speaking “truth to power” he’s power speaking truth to people.

When Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton and the mass media all condemn the same person, that person has to be good for the people of America.
Donald Trump is telling America what America should know – the government is not in business for you. He’s not trying to change your mind, he’s trying to change your thinking.
We ain’t got nothing to lose but the quid pro quo and the status quo and that ain’t bad – it’s good.

Doug Kinan is an experienced sworn & commissioned officer of the court who has retired recently, after spending more than 30 years examining discrimination issues, Title VII claims and practicing equal employment opportunity. He is also a lifelong good governance advocate and expert witness on retaliation and frame ups.