Saturday, March 23, 2024

D.L. Gardner: Who is in Charge or Accountable?

Americans have almost always defied definitions. From the beginning, others have struggled to separate patriots from loyalists. Today even MAGA means something sinister to those who used to wear “Make America Great Again” campaign buttons for Bill Clinton for president.

During the past few presidential election cycles I’ve heard more than the usual number of ad hominem attacks against large swarms of voters. In 2016 Hillary Clinton famously branded “half” of Trump’s supporters as belonging in a “basket of deplorables” she characterized as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic….” Name-calling is not a one-sided thing particularly in politics. Donald Trump held his own against “Crooked” Hillary in that race.

When Hillary Clinton lost her race for president in November 2016, she also lost her cool and protested loud and long that Trump had stolen the race from her! Sound familiar?

Name-calling or ad hominem attacks rarely define sides of any issue. Look at attacks President Biden leveled at MAGA Republicans September 1, 2022.

Surrounded by demonic red lighting at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Biden unleashed his salvos as truth. “And here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.

“They refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.

“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.”

These are not only President Biden’s views of his political opponents, but the views of those who are stubbornly entrenched on the left with him. They all agree with Biden that MAGA Republicans have abandoned spirited political debate for physical violence. Biden continued, “On top of that, there are public figures — today, yesterday, and the day before — predicting and all but calling for mass violence and rioting in the streets. This is inflammatory. It’s dangerous. It’s against the rule of law.”

Sometimes angry speeches like this from President Biden make me long for the good old days in the summer of 2020 when leftist activists like BLM and Antifa organized “mostly peaceful” protests across American cities. Authorities estimate $1-2 billion in damage and at least 25 Americans killed that summer.

Four years later as we enter the summer of the 2024 election, hopefully President Biden and his administration have been planning how to curb political violence and mayhem in the streets of our cities. On top of all the political violence Biden has noted the past couple of years, we’ve also seen plain old civil violence sparked by “illegal aliens,” “undocumented immigrants,” or “newcomers” as the White House likes to call those crossing our southern border by the millions. Who is in charge of or accountable for political violence?

Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Anonymous said...

Remember kids, who ever wins lied, cheated, or stole the election. I can’t wait for the sh!t show to begin.

Anonymous said...

What was Biden wrong about D. L?

Anonymous said...

One of the many things Trump tried to steal was the phrase “ Make America Great Again” he even tried to get a trademark for it. He wasn’t the first to use it, neither was Clinton. Reagan and Bush both used it long before him. No political material was produced by any of them. Trump is using it as a dog whistle to stir up his base. Reagan , Bush and Clinton were statesmen who had Americas best interest in mind.

What is is said...

Clinton sure had his hands full.....

Anonymous said...

Broke Don’s pockets are empty.

Anonymous said...

"Reagan , Bush and Clinton were statesmen who had Americas best interest in mind."

Yeah, Clinton was really looking out for America when he sent all those jobs out of the country through NAFTA.

Anonymous said...

What buttons for Bill Clinton? Think you're confusing him with Reagan and George H.W. Bush who did use the slogan in 1980 and had buttons.
Regardless, the MAGA movement is something quite different than even what Reagan meant. He and Bush,as well as many others, are rolling in their graves.

Anonymous said...

@8:03 I guess that is why in historical rankings Clinton is only ranked 19th. Reagan is 9th , Bush is 21st and Trump on the other hand is 41st . Right there with Pierce .

Anonymous said...

"Reagan , Bush and Clinton were statesmen who had Americas best interest in mind."

Clinton allowed China into the WTO. And, he didn't move to the center until he started following the polls to get reelected, and then worked with Gingrich to sign the Contract with America.

Anonymous said...

"What was Biden wrong about D. L?"

He blamed the Republicans for the Democrats' actions.

Anonymous said...

Hillary was right. If anything, she underestimated the size of the deplorables to protect the snowflakes’ feelings.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to DL to equate typical whining after an election with storming and vandalizing our Capitol as well as injuring Capitol officers in an attempt to force our elected leaders to certify Lying Loser Don!

Nor can DL tell the difference between Trump promoters who babble and witnesses who give testimony under oath with the threat of perjury.

Keep on defending with holier than thou righteousness the serial adulterer who testified (under oath) that the photo of the woman he assaulted and defamed was his former wife, Marla Maples. And, who claimed he had cash he can't seem to find for a bond!

Whatever you do DL keep ignoring sworn testimony with podcast ravings or claims in rags like the National Inquirer so we can continue to wonder whether you are senile, crazy, that blindly loyal to a party or will do anything for a attention or money.

Geez, your Idol even said he'd be " dictator on day one" and put only those personally loyal to him in government jobs. You know, DL, the Putin model of governance.

And, you DARE to call those descended from the actual Patriots, who see Trump and his GOP takeover with nutcases for what it is Traitors?!

No DL, we learned at our dinner tables growing up that our Founders feared " political factions", they scorned the idea of one religion and/or one powerful political faction loyal to one human because Oliver Cromwell and Bloody Mary were distant history to them! They even could recognize CRAZY in a monarch!

And it's pretty obvious that during the Sovereignty Commission and KKK years if control during the '60's and now more time is spent on the Civil War and the Wild West than the Revolutionary War and actual early history in our schools for rather obvious reasons. So maybe that's why you don't know why our Founders were already concerned about some of the religions wanting to assert political power in the colonies...some of their false prophets were already troublemakers!

Our Founders were devoted to The Age of Reason. The Trump GOP is devoted to a con man(see Trump University legal documents) who is unravelling. At his age if he's up at night texting, has little to no impulse control. can't keep a timeline of events, and is known to binge McD's, those are symptoms of dementia.

Be like Sgt Friday, DL..stick with FACTS!

Anonymous said...

People seem to forget Hillary also said the election was stolen. When is she going to be put on trial? Does anyone know that Trump had 10,000 national guards ready and waiting on Jan 6 but no one would accept his help. The amount of money Trump is supposed to pay the government is the largest amount ever set in the U.S. Anyone know where that money is supposed to go to? Can anyone name a single victim?

What has happened to our laws. Is it true that the laws only apply to certain people and others are allowed to break them without anything being done.

KF, I will be very surprised if this is allowed. With the government and social media joined together to get rid of certain people it is very unlikely that you are not part of the coverup. Many people depend on ABC, NBC, CBS, and such for thier news. You will never see any information about Trump offering the national Guard to protect the capital even when it has been proven.

Anonymous said...

11:34 has it as twisted as DL, Clinton did have doubts but as I recall she gracefully attended the swearing in of Trump . As for the conspiracy theories about Trump and the availability of 10k national graudsmen . I leave you this list of fact checks

Anonymous said...

March 24, 2024, maybe you should come out of the past, into the present.

The gaslighting is fading under the harsh light of truth.

Anonymous said...


Bless your heart. I have some ocean front property in Nebraska for sale and it’s really cheap.

Anonymous said...

The very people that vote for NO WATER, NO SEWER & HIGH CRIME are the same ones that voted for $3.00 gasoline over $2.00 gasoline and then they look for someone wearing a RED HAT to blame.

Anonymous said...

@11:34 don't worry, i got you.

The amount of money Trump is supposed to pay the government is the largest amount ever set in the U.S. Anyone know where that money is supposed to go to? Can anyone name a single victim?

Trump saved ~$250M in interest on loans by lying about the actual value of his assets. The banks are victims, as well as regular citizens using those banks as it ultimately effects them.

Anonymous said...

"Trump saved ~$250M in interest on loans by lying about the actual value of his assets. The banks are victims, as well as regular citizens using those banks as it ultimately effects them. "

Prove it.

Anonymous said...


Prove it.

Literally, that was the entire case and basis for the fraud for which the AG "proved" and Trump was found guilty. read a newspaper bud.

Anonymous said...

March 25, 2024 at 11:37 AM so, you can't prove it? Can you provide one quote from the banks you say he damaged condemning Trump? Surely, you can produce one quote.

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