Sunday, July 26, 2020

Something to Think About . . .

Humanity's weakest souls will always cling to the words, “I was just following orders.” They cower behind those words, making a virtue of their own weakness, lionising brutality over nobility.

– Fred Bowens
via Facebook
July 24, 2020

Image: Nathan Howard / Getty Images.

Related Off-site Links:
Trump’s Paramilitary Units Trained at the Border for the Assaults on Portland Moms – Linus Chan and Carrie L. Rosenbaum (Slate, July 22, 2020).
From the Administration That Brought You Kids-in-Cages, It’s Tear-Gassed-Moms – Tim Dickinson (Rolling Stone, July 22, 2020).
Moms, Tear Gas, and Flash Bangs – Just Another Night in Portland – Justin Grinnell (PSU Vanguard, July 21, 2020).
In Pictures: “Wall of Moms” Joins Portland's Anti-racism ProtestsBBC News (July 22, 2020).
In Portland’s So-Called War Zone, It’s the Troops Who Provide the Menace – Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times, July 25, 2020).
Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border and AbroadDemocracy Now! (July 23, 2020).
MSNBC Analyst: Trump Sending Feds To Portland As “Trial Run” to “Steal” Election – Jake Thomas (The Intellectualist, July 23, 2020).
Do Americans Get That Trump Is Instituting Martial Law? – Umair Haque (Medium, July 23, 2020).
Trump Is Using Federal Agents as His “Goon Squad,” Says ICE's Ex-Acting Head – Daniel Strauss (The Guardian, July 24, 2020).
“Wall of Veterans” Arrives in Portland to Protect Black Lives Matter Protesters from Trump’s DHS Troops – Colin Kalmbacher (Law and Crime, July 25, 2020).
Imperial Wars Always Come Home – Patrick Wyman (, July 23, 2020).
American Catastrophe Through German Eyes – Roger Cohen (The New York Times, July 24, 2020).
A Photographer Says He's Traumatized By What He's Captured in Portland – Amber Jamieson and Gabriel H. Sanchez (BuzzFeed, July 21, 2020).
Videos Show How Federal Officers Escalated Violence in Portland – Ainara Tiefenthäler, Evan Hill, Drew Jordan, Malachy Browne, and David Botti (The New York Times, July 24, 2020).
Local Police Unions Are Colluding With Trump’s Secret Police Force – and Not Telling Elected City Officials – Travis Gettys (Raw Story via The New Civil Rights Movement, July 26, 2020).
The Ugly Terror of a Fascist Abyss Lurks in the Background of This Pandemic – Henry A. Giroux (TruthOut, July 25, 2020).
Understanding Trump’s Game Plan in Portland Could Be the Key to Preventing a Coup in November – George Lakey (, July 25, 2020).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
“Fascism Is Upon Us”
Trump's Playbook
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump
On International Human Rights Day, Saying “No” to Donald Trump's Fascism
Trump's America: Normalized White Supremacy and a Rising Tide of Racist Violence
Global Condemnation for Trump's Latest Ignorant and Racist Comments
Quotes of Note Regarding the Impeachment of President Trump
Quotes of Note Regarding the Senate’s Impeachment Trial of President Trump
Progressive Perspectives on Corruption in U.S. Politics
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Quote of the Day – June 9, 2020
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – June 2, 2020

1 comment:

Marybeth said...

This violent paramilitary group cannot save America. The moms and other protesters were peacefully protesting. This type of protest is an American right written into our constitution. Since when is it against the law? We need to support each other.