Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: War and Dick Lebeau

Posted on October 20, 2020
Trump needs a war. And, Joe Biden needs Dick LeBeau.

Let’s go to War first. Sheldon Adelson would prefer it that way. He’s 87 years old and Trump is his last best chance to destroy Iran.

I’ve played the clip of Sheldon at Yeshiva University twice. Take another look. According to Adelson, the way to “negotiate” with Iran is devoid of niceties, “you drop an Atomic Bomb in their desert and you tell them the next one is in downtown Tehran.”

You should have seen that clip many times on the so-called “progressive channel”, MSNBC. Progressives are for peace, right? I mean if they’re not that would mean the Right is correct in saying “they’re hypocrites.”

Back to Adelson. Sheldon plays a number of roles. He is the single most powerful private citizen in both Israel and the USA. He was Trump’s largest financial contributor in 2016 and the largest contributor to the Trump Inaugural Committee. He gave $75 Mil to Trump last week, and coincidentally, Trump has asked for the next debate to be limited to Foreign Policy. In other words, Iran.

Are you telling me that Sheldon Adelson did not have a conversation with Mr. Donald Trump before releasing that $75 MIL? Take it from me, they had a few. And, they talked about Iran. And, Sheldon wants what he’s always wanted. The sole remaining questions are how much of a beating will satisfy the blood lust of the Right Wing of the Israel Lobby and how much of a beating will Trump agree to administer. Continue Reading……..

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: A War if Trump Wants One

Posted on September 24, 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson have a war all teed up for President Trump if he thinks he needs a war to win re-election. Timing is elegant. Iran is available. Use the Debate Sept 29 to take command of the stage. Remind us of your love for Israel. Commence hostilities first or second week of October.

Bye Bye Biden. Everybody knows a President gets a bump in the polls when our troops are at risk. Whether its a legitimate use of force, well now you’re being technical. Our President has an election to win. Nobody likes Iran anyway so its a win, win, win. Do you think Adelson came in $35 Mil strong in the last week of 2016, and gave five times more than the next largest giver to the Trump Inaugural Committee because he’s a flower child and, like Rodney King, just wants us “all to get along.” C’mon, man, you don’t go into the Casino business because you want to give someone a fair shot.

Netanyahu has experience sending the USA to war. Here he is, as a private Israeli citizen, between his first and second term as Israeli Prime Minister lecturing a compliant committee of our Congress on the duty of the United States to go to war with Iraq because in Netanyahu’s words “there was absolutely no doubt” that Saddam had weapons that, as it turned out, he didn’t have. Continue Reading……

Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Trump’s Convention and the War Solution

Donald Trump lives in Washington, DC., but it’s not his town. His Party will meet there this week, but the town belongs to Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of the District of Columbia. She left her calling card on Black Lives Matter Plaza right on Trump’s Front Door. Take a look. This is what Trump sees as he gets up every morning in time to watch FOX and Friends.

The Mayor is tough. She outfoxed Trump, and boxed him in. If their confrontation ever got physical I have her as a prohibitive favorite.

The Trump Convention will be a celebration of Trump Is Tough. We’ll see clips of the Trump Strut, the slow walk, waving the clenched fist. Meeting with other so-called tough guys like Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. What a sick joke. President Bone Spurs meets with Prince Bone Saws.

When you see Trump’s slow walk strut, think of a real tough guy, a Mench, Robert Mueller. When Mueller got out of college, he went down to the Marine Corps Recruiting Office and was turned down because of bad knees. Nine out of ten would have breathed a sigh of relief. No Viet Nam. Bob Mueller rehabbed, went down to see the Marines a year later and made it in on the second try. Viet Nam. Highly decorated, absolutely. Followed by 12 years as FBI Director, appointed by Bush extended by Obama, confirmed unanimously by the US Senate, twice.

When asked what he was most proud of in his illustrious career Bob Mueller replied “the Marine Corps deemed me worthy to lead other Marines.” Now there’s a guy who could wear a Make America Great Again Hat legitimately. Not like the other stiff.

So, as you watch the Republican Convention, every time you see Trump, think Mueller. Trump is what can happen to a country, a society, a people if they don’t pay attention in the fullest sense of the word “attention”. Attention is what Benjamin Franklin was talking about when he responded to a question about what the Constitutional Convention had produced. His answer, for the ages, “A Republic if you can keep it.”

It’s on everybody. We didn’t keep it. But we can get it back. Our wonderful Republic. What else have you got to do that’s more important?

MISTER BIG AND TRUMP’S WAR “SOLUTION”

Mr. Big, may not be at the Convention. He’s 87 years old and, with the threat of Covid, he may not want to risk travel. He can afford the trip. He’s got $35 Billion in his wallet and access to 18 planes that he and his company own. He is the single most powerful private citizen in the US and Israel but he can’t get his name in the paper or mentioned on TV in the USA. People who are reasonably informed on public affairs have never heard of him. Continue Reading…….







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Just Win baby

Posted on July 27, 2020

Football fans will recognize the title from Al Davis, longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders. Joe Biden should have that phrase painted in bold letters on the ceiling in his bedroom so its the first thing he sees when he wakes up in the morning…which damm well better be before Six AM.

You got work to do, Joe. Politics ain’t beanbag. The other side is coming for you. You’ve said you’re a fighter. Show us.

Here’s the 2016 Map. It’s Hillary’s loser’s map but, I’m sure you can see a win hidden inside. You should know you won twice with Obama.

2016 ELECTORAL MAP

Joe, you hold what Hillary won and you need to pick up 38 Electoral Votes to win the Election. Are you telling me you can’t win PA? You grew up in Scranton, you got Ed Rendell, two term Governor helping you and you can drive to PA from Wilmington in 15 minutes. I booked it for you. Don’t worry about it. PA has 20, now you need 18.

Next door is Ohio, 18 electoral votes. Isn’t that special. You and Obama won it twice. Hillary lost it by 8 points. That’s ridiculous, absurd and insane. There may have been a worse candidate than Hillary, but I doubt it. Let’s look elsewhere for our 270 Plus No Matter What Block.

Michigan should always be Democrat. You and Obama won it twice. Hillary lost it by less than half a point. I know you’ll go and fight for it. You’re their kind of guy and you got a great Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and former Governor, Jennifer Granholm, pushing you over the top. They have 16 electoral votes leaving you two short in your 270 Plus No Matter What Block.

Let’s go South. You and Obama carried Florida twice. Hilary lost it by a little more than 1%. You gotta have it. It’s 29 electoral votes. Its non negotiable… “Just win Florida, Baby.” You should. I have it on good authority that a big block that traditionally goes Republican in Florida, Cuban Americans, have had a bellyful with the other guy. You have to have a running mate that helps in Florida. I’m writing it down. Biden wins Florida. Its in your 270 Plus No Matter What Block. You’re over the top, by 27 electoral votes. Continue Reading…….







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Consider the Possibilities

Posted on July 13, 2020
I’m trying to figure out what’s likely to happen in our politics given the pandemic, Trump vs Biden, and African Americans demanding their rightful place in all aspects of American life. The best strategy I can think of, in order to make an informed guess about the future, is to eliminate things that clearly are not going to happen and see what we’re left with.

The main event may be Biden-Trump, but the undercard, Nancy Pelosi versus Tucker Carlson, has probative and entertainment value. Carlson and Pelosi haven’t locked horns directly. They would have no reason to. Not yet. But, I have a feeling there will come a time.

Nancy represents the Democratic Party at its best and Tucker represents what Republicans have become. For Nancy, the Democratic Party is a vehicle to help achieve better lives for the the poor, minorities, the working class with an emphasis on peaceful co-existence abroad as opposed to “preemptive” military adventurism and “regime change” stupidity.

Meanwhile, Tucker, is the perfect spokesman for what the Republican Party has become: a vehicle to search for liberal hypocrisy and subject it to merciless ridicule. That’s the whole package. Nobody on the Right talks about “how good Trump is.” How could they? It’s all about how bad Obama was(?!), ridiculing Joe’s obvious challenges (Sean Hannity‘s speciality) and looking for some Democrat somewhere to say something stupid that can then be attributed it to all Democrats and used as “evidence” that democrats “hate America.” That’s Tucker’s area. Judging by the ratings he gets he does it well. And, judging by the ratings MSNBC and CNN don’t get, they’re losing the media battle and keeping Trump in the race….barely.

So, given the above, here’s what looks possible and probable:

FIRST. Trump will not win a convincing indisputable re-election. It’s not out of the question that he could win a squeaker(decided by one or two states) but there is no chance that he will win big. He has never been above 49% in his job approval rating and he’s at 38% (Gallup) now. If the pandemic lessened significantly and the stock market was strong he could win a close one but he remains a significant underdog. The only things that give Trump any chance at all are the shortcomings of the Biden campaign underscored every weekday night by Carlson and Hannity, on FOX with lame and ineffective counter by MSNBC and CNN. Where is Keith Oberman when we need him?

SECOND. It’s entirely possible that Biden will win big and convincingly and more likely that he will have a solid win or even a squeaker. Biden has three possibilities: a big win; a smaller but solid win; a squeaker. Trump has one winning possibility, a squeaker. Trump’s base is not getting bigger and the Despise Trump Base is getting bigger. Continue Reading……







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Trump – Talking to Himself

Posted on June 22, 2020

Kennedy drew 60,000 at 3AM in Waterbury; Obama, 150,00 in Denver; Trump 6,200 in Tulsa, including staff, secret service, assorted flunkies, wannabees, and, supernumeraries. That’s about right. The universe is starting to make sense.

The Trump Act is getting stale and tired. The “cover story” of shaking things up does’t wash. Deep state, Antifa (anyone have their phone number?) fake news. It’s all bull and boring to boot. A cover for incompetence that knows no bounds. And, drama. Always drama and lies, the two constants in Trump World.

There’s a New Base in town. The old base, Trump’s, is getting smaller by the day. They showed what they have in Tulsa. Dozens and dozens of them. The New Base is united by their contempt for Trump. They started to coalesce around Trump incompetence on Covid. It took a giant leap forward with the nine minute slow motion execution of George Floyd, under the knee of former Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin. It continues to grow as we speak.

There is a tremendous hunger out there in the country for simple virtues: honesty, empathy, fairness, competence. Enough with the slow motion walk across the Park for the picture with the Bible. He got his picture, but the Mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, seized the moment and more by painting in huge block letters BLACK LIVES MATTER, on 16th St, visible from space, and, most importantly, from the Residential Quarters of the White House.

People are angry, motivated and paying attention. A matter that, in normal circumstances, would get medium level press attention, the replacement of a prosecuting attorney in one of the 90 federal districts in the country, had the full attention of the Country. Continue Reading……







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: What Goes Around Comes Around

I’d heard the name, Emmett Till decades ago and knew it was associated with something awful. It was probably ten years ago that I saw the photographs of his grotesquely beaten face. If you see those photos you will never be able to unsee them. Emmett lived in Chicago with his mother. When he was 14, he took a trip to Mississippi to visit relatives. Not understanding “the way things were”, in a place he’d never been, he foolishly whistled at a white woman in a store. That’s all it took. He was abducted and beaten to death. Emmett’s mother insisted on having an open coffin at her son’s funeral “so people would see what they had done to him.”

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner knew exactly what they were getting into. Chaney was black and grew up in Meridan, MS. When he was 15, in 1958, he started wearing an NAACP button to school. Gutsy. Schwerner and Goodman were Jewish from NewYork. They were in Mississippi as volunteers to help register black voters. That kind of work was viewed as an affront to the existing white power structure of the state. The three were arrested for a traffic violation by Cecil Price, Klan Member and Deputy Sheriff of Neshoba County, MS. The three were held for several hours then released, followed, abducted and killed. The presence of two white victims from the north made it national news and top priority for the FBI. When the bodies were found it was discovered that the white victims had been shot in the heart while James Chaney, the local black man had been chained to a tree chain whipped, castrated and shot. Chaney was 21 years old at the time.

George Floyd was trying to get by. Continue Reading…….







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Gotta Go With Joe

Posted on April 28, 2020

I’m not jumping up and down about Biden. He doesn’t do that for many people. I’m not looking to send him a check. I sent a couple to Tulsi, but that’s another story. If Joe was speaking to a group across the street (and mass meetings were allowed) I wouldn’t go. I’m afraid if I went I’d get exasperated and yell “spit it out Joe you’re driving us freaking crazy!”

You see, Joe can’t talk worth squat. I hate to say that but any other word is worse. The single most impressive thing I heard Joe say in the 483 Democratic Debates was “I see I’m out of time.” Which he said at least three times. To which the very secular politically correct audience responded “if there was a god we’d express gratitude but not in a way that would offend anyone.”

But, I gotta go with Joe because….because of the other guy…..the Drink the Lysol Guy (boy did that stock get a bounce) with his Prayer Breakfast Buddy Mike Pence. I wonder how many times a day Mike Pence says “I’m just proud as punch.” I bet its part of his phone message.

The other guy changes everything. We’re on notice. We can’t pretend we don’t know what he’s capable of. This is one of those moments Benjamin Franklin foretold when he walked out of Constitutional Hall, Philadelphia, 1787 and a woman shouted out to him “Dr.Franklin, what have you given us?” His response, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

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Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: The Trump Effect

Posted on April 2, 2020

From Mike the pillow man, to Barr the jowl man, to the collection of unknowns and lesser knowns spaced out, literally and figuratively, in the White House Press Room it was just a matter of time before Trump would have them stoned on Trumpspeak.

We’re talking about playing Three Card Monte in a room with funhouse mirrors against the President Emeritus of Trump University. Your card is never there. Just like life, its not fair.

By most standards, Trump had a couple of disastrous days. On March 31 he announced that we could lose “as many as 240,000 people” from the Coronavirus. (Our Viet Nam losses times four.)

In a bizarre attempt to soften the blow, Trump went on to say “if it wasn’t for what we’re doing people would be dying all over the place.” BOING! That was one of those “aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play” moments. Completely disorienting. That’s Trump. It’s like trying to nail jello to the wall. The little boy in the man’s body got us again.

Remind me again how Joe Biden is going to beat this guy.

On April 1, the country suffered 1049 deaths from the virus, on THAT day. More, by 1045, than we lost in Benghazi. Trump appeared for his regular briefing with none of the medical personnel that are customarily with him. In their place, were assorted uniformed military officers and the Secretary of Defense. A complete bait and switch. They went on about interdicting drugs and Trump spoke about his Wall, John Kerry and how “Trump was Number One on Facebook.” To their credit, CNN and MSNBC cut away from coverage of the diversionary show. Continue Reading…..







Other Voices | Tom Callaghan: Bernie Sanders. A Man for This Season

Posted on February 14, 2020

Donald Trump is a dangerous force of selfishness, darkness and deceit. He is an existential threat and must be defeated by a more powerful opposing force.

Bernie Sanders is not a man for all seasons. Not by a long shot. But he sure as hell is a man for this season…a fortitutious meeting of man and moment. Most of the time America’s presidential personality and style preferences lean towards affable confidence and casual flair. JFK, Reagan, and Obama had the formula. Bernie does’t do “affable” but this isn’t “most of the time.” This is now and nobody available speaks with the seriousness and passion that Bernie brings to doing the right thing for the “human family” right now. Bernie is impatient to do right. He takes injustice personally. Listening to him is not always easy. We’re not talking Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. I’ve heard him a few times and, if truth be known, sometimes he makes you hunger for the more soothing sounds of fingernails on a blackboard. But, as they say, no pain no gain. Listen to Bernie a few years ago at Liberty University, the school that Jerry Falwell founded, one of the most conservative audiences there is and see how he holds the audience and earns their respect. Anybody who tells you Bernie can’t win is either wrong or intentionally trying to misdirect because they fear his strength. Because his message is strong and true he can tell it anywhere…a biker bar in Steubenville, OH, a truckstop in Breezewood, PA, Silvia’s in Harlem or the Republican Women’s Club in an upscale Philadelphia suburb. Dissemblers and half truth tellers (Hillary Clinton comes to mind) are limited to preaching to the choir. Their message doesn’t travel. People see through them. Bernie can go anywhere because, as it says in the Good Book, “the truth will set you free.”

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