Strange Brew: Part 12: Rise of the Grass Roots

For those who follow this page that are interested in going along with me on my journey of historical research trying to understand how in the HELL we got to where we are in this country at this INSANE moment in time, I invite you to watch the next video in my Strange Brew series.

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Strange Brew: Part 11: Better Dead Than Red

Part 11 of my Strange Brew video DocuCommentary series is now available on Youtube. In this session we examine in more detail the Red Scare of the 1940s-60s in America. We’ll cover the background of the Hollywood Blacklist, the witch hunts of Joe McCarthy,   the Army-McCarthy hearings, and more, as we move forward through time trying to piece together the “historical back-story” of how on earth such Strange Bedfellows as billionaires, blue collar workers, and Evangelical Christians pulled together to elect Donald Trump in 2016… and why and how they may do so again in 2020. Click on the link below to watch…

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Strange Brew: Part 10: Pitchforks and Torches Time

Part 10 of my Strange Brew video DocuCommentary series is now available on Youtube. In this session we examine the anti-Communism of the 1930s and 40s, including the rise of the House Unamerican Activities Committee, as we move forward through time trying to piece together the “historical back-story” of how on earth such Strange Bedfellows as billionaires, blue collar workers, and Evangelical Christians pulled together to elect Donald Trump in 2016… and why and how they may do so again in 2020. Click on the link below to watch…

Pitchforks and Torches Time

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STRANGE BREW: Part 9: Jump-Starting a Slumbering Ogre

Part 9 of my Strange Brew video DocuCommentary series is now available on Youtube. In this session we explore the infamous “Bonus Army” incident of 1932, as we move forward through time trying to piece together how on earth such Strange Bedfellows as billionaires, blue collar workers, and Evangelical Christians pulled together to elect Donald Trump in 2016… and why and how they may do so again in 2020. Click on the link below to watch…

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An American Hero

My contribution to Veteran’s Day 2019 . This is an amazing story about the uncle I never met.

An American Hero

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Trail of Tears: The rest of the story

MY CONTRIBUTION IN HONOR OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2019

One of the very first video DocuCommentaries I made for my Youtube Channel is a deep dive into the background and details of the Cherokee Trail of Tears story.

In 2007 we moved from Michigan to Rome, Georgia, but didn’t realize for several years that we were basically right on top of the “beginning” of the Trail as it is memorialized in plaques on highways from Georgia to Oklahoma. “Major Ridge,” the Cherokee Chief who “sold away” the rights to the Georgia Cherokee land (and was later assassinated by his own people in Oklahoma because of it) had a plantation about 2 miles down the road from our house. It is turned into a Native American museum now.

I had been woefully unaware my whole life about the tragic story, but after visiting that museum in 2012, I was astonished at what I learned, and went home and began devouring all the info from the Internet I could find. It was the first topic that really prodded my research into some of the darker sagas of our American history. And I felt compelled to make a video about the Trail story to help raise awareness.

At one point we moved for a short time to another small town named Cedartown nearby… and discovered that at that point we literally lived a few blocks from the location of the “holding fort” that was used to round up the Cherokee in the area. The Cedartown fort was the farthest point south, the very beginning of the Trail. The Natives were taken from there and marched north toward Chattanooga where others were gathered from all over northern Georgia to be forced all together on the way to Oklahoma.

My DocuCommentary is titled “On the Trail of a Major Story,” making reference to Major Ridge.

 

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STRANGE BREW: Part 8: Manufacturing an Ogre

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The latest video episode of my ongoing Strange Brew docucommentary series is now up on my Youtube channel ready for viewing. Click the link below to go to the video. After you start the video, you can click on the “Youtube” button at the bottom of the video screen to go directly to Youtube, so that you can then use the “Full Screen” feature to see the video in large format for a better view of the visuals.

The STRANGE BREW Series is an ongoing examination of the current reality AND surprising historical background of the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, public education, economics, civil rights, social justice, and even gun rights and gun control.

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STRANGE BREW: Part 7: Boston Bolsheviks?

“Boston Bolsheviks”?” is the latest entry in my Strange Brew video series, and  is now up on my Youtube channel. The STRANGE BREW Series is the result of my deep dive into research that exams the convoluted history that has brought us to the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity, leading to the election and presidential administration of Donald Trump.

 

 

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STRANGE BREW: Part 6: Threading Our Way Through History

The latest entry in my DocuCommentary series “Strange Brew” is now up on Youtube at the link below. The title is “Threading Our Way Through History.”

In the STRANGE BREW Series I share the results of the research I’ve done into the shadowy, surprising history behind the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, public education, economics, civil rights, social justice, and even gun rights and gun control.

 

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Strange Brew: Part 5: Manufacturing a Revival

Part 5 of my Strange Brew video DocuCommentary series is now available on Youtube. Titled “Manufacturing a Revival,” it begins a new section of the series. See the link at the end of this post.

The STRANGE BREW Series is an examination of the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, public education, economics, civil rights, social justice, and even gun rights and gun control.

The term Strange Brew is particularly a reference to the odd conglomeration of special interest groups whose votes in 2016 combined to unexpectedly, and seemingly against all odds, thrust Trump into the presidency. The groups varied from disillusioned blue-collar workers who felt left behind by the mainstream of both political parties, to industrialists eager to support someone who would roll back both taxes and regulations on their industries, to Christian groups eager to roll back the Supreme Court’s past rulings on abortion and the rights of gays.

The word strange in the series title particularly refers to how strange it is for these groups to find common cause in such an unusual leadership choice. You would not historically expect unemployed blue-collar workers and millionaire and billionaire business people to be in harmony in choosing political leadership.

The first four episodes of the series discuss the features of this strange brew that have been observed starting with Trump’s entry in 2015 into the race for the presidency and going clear up to the present.

Starting with this episode, “Part 5: Manufacturing a Revival,” the series jumps backward in time, investigating clues that reveal the unusual and unexpected historical origins of the merging of right-wing politics, libertarian economics, and conservative Evangelical Christianity that characterizes both the current Republican party and the presidential administration of Donald Trump.

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