Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

6 responses to “URI students stand for equality, inclusion and understanding”

  1. Johnnie

    President Obama called Donald Trump’s victory “the usual zig and zag of politics,” as if nothing unusual is taking place. He is either whistling past the graveyard, in denial or capitulating, as Trump appoints the “alt-right” extremist Stephen Bannon to chief strategist.

    This presidential election became a referendum on and a stunning rebuke and repudiation of neoliberalism, the disastrous Obama administration and its legacy, the feckless Democrat and Republican establishments and the increasingly irrelevant mainstream media, all of whom alternately and incessantly slammed and mocked the president-elect ad nauseam. And Clinton still could not win.

    Does anyone believe Donald Trump will simply forget this or put it behind him?

    The ascendency of this crude demagogue signals a crisis of confidence in the ruling institutions. The only mandate Trump received was for change. The voters who elected a black president for two terms had reached a tipping point, it was more than racism, nativism, sexism or xenophobia that determined the outcome. People are fed up with the status quo, and with the duplicitous phonies and frauds in Washington – and Trump promised to “drain the swamp.”

    Adolph Hitler rose to power because the traditional parties of the Weimar Republic came to be seen as ineffectual and illegitimate. Hitler would channel the frustration, humiliation and rage of the German people and unify them around a vulnerable “enemy.” In the beginning, Hitler also spoke of peace and accommodation.

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    1. PinkHatLib

      I’m with you on most of this, but I found Clinton to be the much more dangerous candidate of the two due to the demobilizing affect Democrats have on many progressives. Not to mention that on foreign policy and trade, Trump was considerably to the left of Secretary Clinton.

      Notably we have Obama to thank for much of what is of concern about the coming Trump administration. Greenwald is spot on about that one…
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/11/glenn-greenwald-trump-will-have-vast-powers-he-can-thank-democrats-for-them

      Blinded by the belief that Obama was too benevolent and benign to abuse his office, and drowning in partisan loyalties at the expense of political principles, Democrats consecrated this framework with their acquiescence and, often, their explicit approval. This is the unrestrained set of powers Trump will inherit. The president-elect frightens them, so they are now alarmed. But if they want to know whom to blame, they should look in the mirror.

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      1. PinkHatLib

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/22/does-clintons-defeat-mean-the-decline-of-us-interventionism/
        the most dramatic split reactions to Trump’s victory are exemplified by the left’s reception—liberal or socialist—in the global North versus the global South. If the North reacted to Trump’s victory with suffocated apprehension, the South experienced it as a breath of fresh air, not out of sympathy for Trump but as a rejection of Clinton.

        The global South associates the name of Clinton—Bill or Hillary—with the heralds of humanitarian intervention. If the discourse of humanitarianism seduced the North, it has not been so in the South, even less in the Near and Middle East, which no longer believe in it. The patent humanitarian disasters in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, and Syria have disillusioned them.

        It is in this sense that Trump’s victory is felt as a release, a hope for change, and a rupture from the policy of Clinton, Bush, and Obama. This policy, in the name of edifying nations (“nation building”), has destroyed some of the oldest nations and civilizations on earth; in the name of delivering well-being, it has delivered misery; in the name of liberal values, it has galvanized religious zeal; in the name of democracy and human rights, it has installed autocracies and Sharia law.

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  2. Johnnie

    PHL: There will soon be a fascist demagogue in the White House. To talk of his being Left on anything suggests that you are ignoring all that was brought up and said during the campaign – including those who have written books and followed his career over the years.

    The NY Times has already apologized to Trump about the way they covered his campaign, and soon the Washington Post will follow. Trump is beholden to no one in the establishment, since they all lined up against him, and now he is invested with all the power and repressive apparatus of the state. He can mobilize and unleash his social base and target any individuals or institutions. And I personally think he will. The ruling elites’ interests lie with him and not with us. And they will fall in line.

    We are still being ruled under what is left of a constitution and the so-called rule of law. That could all change under a Trump administration – and I’m not being alarmist. They have been incrementally shredding the Bill of Rights, militarizing society, preparing minds with fear and phantom enemies, whipping up a reactionary social base and in many ways even dropping any appearance of a representative democracy. It wouldn’t take much for the American people to demand and acquiesce to a strongman. However, what ultimately will matter is what we do.

    Capitalism worldwide is in a crisis for which they have no solution.

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    1. PinkHatLib

      Left of Clinton wasn’t saying much, and as a former New Yorker I don’t need anyone to tell me what to think about either of them. Notably you didn’t address my actual concern, that the left would have done little to confront Clinton militarism/neoliberalism. With Trump on the other hand, we have the breathless calls to actual like your response. Good.

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      1. PinkHatLib

        er, action… (need more coffee)

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