For those Americans who put us through this hell, nothing will be forgiven, or forgotten

first_imgBut this is a guy who intentionally turned his back on Americans in the face of a national emergency. A quarter million Americans are dead, and hundreds of thousands more are likely to die, because he prioritized his own reelection prospects over saving American lives. He lied about the danger of COVID-19, over and over, causing other people to lie as well. That’s not forgivable—it’s actually beyond any reasonable capacity to forgive, or forget.And yet 70 million or so Americans supported that, tried to rationalize it, and they went right back and voted for Trump. That’s what I can’t get past. Is there anything, in fact, that this person could have done that would have been a bridge too far for them?And what he’s doing right now is unforgivable as well. There’s nothing unusual about this election, other than the fact that it’s occurring during a pandemic. There has been no “fraud” or any cause for bringing 10 lawsuits to try to stop votes from being counted. It’s simply anti-American behavior. If it weren’t so dangerous, it would actually be embarrassing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One thing I noticed about the campaign was the preponderance of the “in-your-face” element of Trumpism. From the flags draped on pickup trucks to the obnoxious, oversized signs in their yards, to the fact that half of the voters in my precinct showed up in some type of Trump garb, whether it was a stupid hat or a T-shirt, it made me realize that these people were making known their aggression toward me. Whereas Joe Biden voters certainly supported their candidate, it was evident that Trump supporters wielded their allegiance like a bludgeon. It was intended to offend, to threaten; not only to hurt others, but to negate their existence.In other words, it was just what you’d expect by taking a magic marker out and scrawling the word “FASCIST” across huge swaths of the country. And like spoiled, full-grown infants, they were proud of themselves, as they basked in their imagined power. But there was another type, too, like the GOP poll observers I worked next to on Tuesday. Buttoned up in Oxford shirts and sweaters, they kept their nature well-disguised. Gay also talks about these types, the doctors, the lawyers, the so-called educated among Trump’s base of support.The ones who want to seem urbane. The ones who want to be invited to all the good parties. They lie to pollsters. They lie to family and friends. And when they fill out their ballots, they finally tell the truth.The truth, as Gay observes, is that what we’re seeing is all about identity politics—just not the kind conservatives would prefer to talk about. As she puts it, “There is no greater identity politics than that of white people trying to build a firewall around what remains of their empire as this country’s demographics continue to shift.”So we continue to have two Americas: one which respects democratic institutions and is willing to work for the betterment of society as a whole; and one willing to dispense with those same institutions for their own gain, by surrendering whatever shred of decency and integrity they have to someone like Donald Trump.And as Gay notes, the past few days have proved they’re still out there. They’re not going anywhere, no matter what words of solace or unity are offered.They are not concerned with the collective, because they believe any success they achieve by virtue of their white privilege is achieved by virtue of merit. They see equity as oppression. They are so terrified, in fact, that as the final votes were counted in Detroit, a group of them swarmed the venue shouting, “Stop the count.” In Arizona, others swarmed a venue shouting, “Count the votes.” The citizens of this version of America only believe in democracy that serves their interests.It will be a relief to have a president who I can comfortably refer to as a “President.” Who actually works for the good of the American people, and who doesn’t spend all his time trying to divide us all with hatred. It will be a relief not to wake up each day to some new horror or angry, monstrous  tweet from an unbalanced sociopath.But I won’t have any more illusions about my fellow citizens. I won’t forget this or forgive them for putting the rest of us through this nightmare. As Gay says, by now, I know exactly who they are. And yet, people are supporting him in this.I guess I’m wondering—and I’ve wondered this a lot over the past four years—what the hell happened to these folks?  Did they learn nothing in high school? Or college, if they went?  Didn’t their parents give them some sense of what it means to be an American citizen?Roxane Gay, writing for The New York Times, is shaking her head at this naive white boy.This is America. This is not an aberration. This is indeed our country and who the proverbial “we” are. The way this election has played out shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been paying attention or if you understand racism and how systemic it really is. Polling can account for a great many factors, but unless they ask about the extent to which racism motivates voters — and find a way to get honest answers on this topic — they will never be able to account for this.Some Trump voters are proud about their political affiliation. They attend his rallies. They drive around with their cars draped in Trump posters and flags and other paraphernalia. They proudly crow about America and pride and nationalism. They are the subjects of fawning profiles that aim to explain their voting tendencies as the result of “economic anxiety,” as if they are tragically misunderstood. They aren’t. We know exactly who they are.- Advertisement – This was a close election, far closer than it should have been, and there is simply no excuse for that. Yes, suburban women turned against Trump and so did a smaller group of college-educated white men, but by and large, in the face of record-shattering turnout, most of the same people who voted for him in 2016 voted for him again. And that is just sick—there is no other word for it.I can understand people voting for a scumbag like Trump because their 401ks did well over the past four years. I get the fact that most Americans don’t give a damn about anything but themselves; that’s been true forever, and it isn’t news.- Advertisement –last_img read more

ECSA Concerned About Proposed US Steel and Aluminium Tariffs

first_imgEuropean shipowners disagree with the US President Trump’s decision to impose additional duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products into the United States.“This protectionist decision of imposing 25% import duties on steel and 10% on aluminium will obviously have a negative impact on transatlantic relations and on global markets,” Martin Dorsman, European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) Secretary General, commented.“The European Shipping Community is concerned with this development and the potential of full-scale trade war. It is clear that the tariffs might leverage to other products as we have already heard from the EU leaders’ responses. A full scale trade war will benefit nobody,” he added.Shipping is the backbone of global trade, enabling the import and export of affordable goods on a scale that is not possible for any other transport mode. Shipping needs global trade to exist and global trade cannot exist without an efficient shipping industry. Around 90% of world trade in goods is carried by the international shipping industry and EU shipping companies are large players in this global industry, according to ECSA.European shipowners control 40% of the world’s merchant fleet and operate shipping services all over the world. This includes trade between non EU countries such as trade between the Far East and Latin America, so called “cross trades.” For many shipping companies, the majority of their trade activity actually happens outside of the EU.“European shipowners call US and the counterparts to respect the principles of free trade and prevent a full scale trade war,” Dorsman concluded.last_img read more

Ings snatches point for Clarets

first_img Villa more than merited the lead given to them by Joe Cole in the 38th minute on his first Premier League start for the club but paid for not pushing harder for a second. Burnley were looking to make it three wins in a row in the top flight for the first time in almost 40 years and Ings could have scored his fifth goal in five games but hit the post in stoppage-time. Villa remain without a win in nine games after missing the chance to put distance between themselves and the bottom three The Clarets were forced into a change at the back, with Michael Duff failing to recover from a calf injury sustained at Stoke, meaning Michael Keane came in for his full Premier League debut. The Manchester United loanee has had very few opportunities so far and he and centre-back partner Jason Shackell struggled to deal with Villa’s first start. Cole was at the heart of things straight away, linking up well with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Tom Cleverley. Villa almost went ahead inside five minutes, with Agbonlahor’s deflected shot earning a corner from which Dean Marney headed smartly off the line after Jores Okore’s poked effort had spun towards the top corner off Keane. Burnley looked particularly vulnerable from Ashley Westwood’s corners, and Marney was on hand again shortly afterwards with a vital block when Ciaran Clark got his head to another inswinger. The Clarets struggled to clear their lines but, when they did, they looked dangerous on the break and Carlos Sanchez had to be alert to stop Ings running through on goal from his own half. Michael Kightly also threatened after a smart turn in the area fooled Villa but his shot just missed the far post. Danny Ings’ 87th-minute penalty earned Burnley a valuable 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Turf Moor. Agbonlahor was finding lots of space and should have done better in the 19th minute when he was cleverly played in by Cole but shot tamely at Tom Heaton. The former England man was at the heart of everything and it was fitting he should be the man to open the scoring. A misplaced Burnley header played in Weimann down the right and his smart pass was turned in at the near post by Cole, who was definitely onside despite the protests of the home side. Ings was Burnley’s brightest spark and he tested Brad Guzan with a fierce shot after a fine piece of control on the edge of the area. Ashley Barnes came even closer in injury time with a header against the far post but referee Graham Scott, taking charge of his first Premier League game, errantly ruled the ball had come off his hand and then showed Barnes a yellow card for his protests. Burnley continued to push for an equaliser early in the second half, with George Boyd seeing a tame shot blocked and then Kightly doing superbly to break through the Villa defence only for Guzan to pull off an excellent save, with the ball cleared from in front of the line. The game remained open, and it was Heaton showing good reactions in the 57th minute to block an effort from Weimann. Burnley boss Sean Dyche made a double substitution with 25 minutes to go, sending on Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Arfield for Barnes and Kightly. Jutkiewicz almost made an instant impact but Kieran Trippier’s dangerous free-kick just evaded the big striker in front of goal. Cole’s afternoon also came to an early end, Jack Grealish the man replacing him, but the midfielder had certainly more than justified his place in the side. The game looked to be petering out until a ball over the top caught out Okore, who clumsily brought down Jutkiewicz in the box. The Villa defender was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card but Ings exacted the main punishment by lashing the penalty high into the net. Burnley had the better of a frantic finish, with Ings and Jutkiewicz both missing great chances, while Villa will also feel they could have won it after Grealish shot straight at Heaton. Press Associationlast_img read more