This music video from the Netherlands says about itself:
Fay Lovsky, The Candidate (2016)
12 August 2016
Dutch singer Fay Lovsky writes about her song:
OK, I did a song called THE CANDIDATE that was picked up by the media. It’s on Facebook, too.
If you wish to download it, here it is. But I ask you please, READ my motivation. I am NOT trying to raise my flag, I am merely expressing my horror at a time when all the respectable media are cowered into embarrassed silence, while so much mudslinging is going on.
So much on Facebook about Trump that horrifies me. I know I’m not a US citizen so what is it that has me so worried? Well. Politics seem to lose out more and more to global faceless business. It affects me as a European too, if big business buys up a US presidential candidate who bullies the powerless, whom he dismisses as “losers”. A man like that will deny responsibility for actions affecting people worldwide.
Alright, Bush did that, too. I was worried about the Bush club, but he played the game without setting up the US population against itself. Which brings me to my second horror, a thing I see becoming a trend in my own country too: it worries me that political speeches turn into litanies of shamelessly blaming others. That great institute of parliament – from “parler”, speaking – is changing into hurlement, a place where rude names are called and mud is slung. Where’s the class, the art of debating, the defending of viewpoints based in fact? It’s a trend of disrespect and lack of dignity. Bullying is not a basis for government, or democracy is lost.
NEW TRUMP CAMPAIGN CEO HAS SPOTTY TAX RECORD “The new CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign failed to properly pay his taxes for several years in the 1990s, according to an analysis of public records. Steve Bannon, executive chairman of the conservative website Breitbart News, will be overseeing the Trump campaign staff and day-to-day operations. On Wednesday, Bannon took a leave of absence from his job at Breitbart, which has been one of Trump’s biggest media cheerleaders. The move was seen as a blow to Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who had overseen the campaign for the last two months. Manafort will retain his title, but insiders said his role in the campaign will be significantly diminished.” [Igor Bobic, HuffPost]
“Joseph Schmitz, named as one of five advisers by the Trump campaign in March, is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees.” Schmitz says the allegations against him are lies. (Marisa Taylor and William Douglas, McClatchy)
Daily Kos: Donald Trump got his start like Donald Trump runs his campaign—with racism: here.
> Trump in Louisiana is a Study in Ignorance and Reckless Disregard
> WASHINGTON – Today, Donald Trump is visiting Baton Rouge and a flood ravaged Louisiana. According to WIRED , “This is the eighth time in about a year that 500-year rainfall has hammered the US , and climate change will make extreme weather events like this more common.” The New York Times writes, “Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.”
> Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher at Texas Tech University, told The Washington Post , ‘Louisiana is always at risk of floods, naturally, but climate change is exacerbating that risk, weighting the dice against us … How long will it be until we finally recognize that the dice are loaded?’ ”
> In response, Sierra Club Political Director Khalid Pitts released the following statement:
> “For Donald Trump, this day trip to Baton Rouge is just another episode in the gaudy reality show that his campaign has become rather than a recognition of the real problems American families are facing. Let’s be clear: Donald Trump is taking his reckless and dangerous denial of climate science to the heart of a crisis fueled in part by climate change. That’s like a tobacco lobbyist offering health tips at a cancer ward. The scientific community’s loud calls for action and disasters like the one that is devastating Louisiana should be wake-up calls that we need to immediately shift into high gear to tackle the climate crisis, but Trump has his head buried in the sand. No amount of campaign theatrics can change that.
> Only one candidate in this race has a serious plan to address climate change by cutting the pollution that is fueling this crisis and growing our clean energy economy, and that’s Hillary Clinton. The choice this election for anyone interested in protecting the health of our communities and our families grows clearer by the minute.”
> The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.
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