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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Charles P. Pierce: Over the weekend, both the New York Times and the Washington Post ran lengthy profiles of Stephen Miller, the chief button man behind the murder of America's image in the world. Some of the passages, particularly in the Post, were unsurprisingly horrifying.

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In Trump's war on immigration, Miller is a war criminal. Something REALLY wrong happened in this guy's life, for him to be this way...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2019-08-22 05:43 PM | Reply

Miller look and acts enough like Goebbels to be right out of a horror movie about reincarnated Nazis.

en.wikipedia.org

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-22 05:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Reduce Millers dosage of Thorazine.

#3 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-08-22 05:47 PM | Reply

Miller look and acts enough like Goebbels to be right out of a horror movie about reincarnated Nazis.

en.wikipedia.org

Posted by Tor at 2019-08-22 05:43 PM

His being a jew is such irony. Even his own uncle thinks he's deplorable.

I'd wager Miller will not be invited to anyone's Bar or Bat Mitzvah for the rest of his life.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-22 06:26 PM | Reply

Here are some excerpts from a 2017 article about Stephen Miller from the LA Times that sheds a lot of light into his psyche:

Too-cool-for-school upper-class students at Santa Monica High scoffed when administrators in 2002 reinstated a daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

Most students in the liberal enclave slouched in their chairs and chatted over the morning ritual, which was widely viewed as a throwback to an American patriotism that seemed outdated in the multicultural mash-up of L.A.'s Westside.

Not Stephen Miller. Every day, the student body's best-known and least-liked conservative activist stood at his desk, put his hand over his heart and declared his love of country.

That solitary rebellion of Santa Monica conventionalism was an affront to the left-leaning sensitivities of many on the campus, making him a nerd to some, a provocateur to others.

How the People's Republic of Santa Monica, as the city is sometimes jokingly called, gave rise to the skinny-suited man now at Donald Trump's side is as much a story about one teen's intellectual tenacity as it is about the backlash to liberalism at the turn of the millennium.

The culturally sensitive environment at Samohi infuriated and ultimately shaped Miller, 31, now a senior advisor to Trump who is helping to draft this week's inaugural address and will have a coveted West Wing office.

Yet that robust progressive tradition nurtured Miller's rise, teaching him how to fight for his beliefs, even if it meant he had to stand alone, in his tennis shorts and polo shirts, as he often did.

"These challenges were some of the toughest I faced in life," Miller said in an interview. "When we think of nonconformity, we tend to imagine kids in the '60s rebelling against the system.' This was my system. My establishment was a dogmatic educational system that often uniformly expressed a single point of view."

In a 2002 letter to the editor of a Santa Monica news website, Miller bemoaned "the rampant political correctness" at Samohi, including condom giveaways and Spanish-language announcements that he considered "a crutch ... preventing Spanish speakers from standing on their own. As politically correct as this may be, it demeans the immigrant population as incompetent, and makes a mockery of the American ideal of personal accomplishment," he wrote.

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), who was the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's board president at the time, remembered Miller showing up at events in coat and tie " "unlike any other student" " to argue against special treatment for immigrants and others.

"He had very conservative views " the exact opposite of what we were trying to accomplish in the school district," she said.

The more opposition he faced, the more Miller dug in. "He was very brave at the time, when you consider the pressures on him," said David Horowitz, who introduced Miller to Sessions.

But in Miller's telling of those days, he was trying to unify the campus, by resisting defining students by their differences and instead by their commonality as Americans.

Some of that rhetoric was echoed in the Trump campaign.

"That Stephen Miller would take the playbook he used to provoke Santa Monica High School students and turn into becoming one of the most powerful people in the country, I think that's something nobody saw coming," Rosmarin said.

How a liberal Santa Monica high school produced a top Trump advisor and speechwriter

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-22 06:30 PM | Reply

@#1 ... Something REALLY wrong happened in this guy's life ...

That's something I've wondered about many times --- what was done to him early in his life in order for him to wind up with so much hatred in his mind?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 06:36 PM | Reply

#6

Read the article and your question might get answered.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-22 06:39 PM | Reply

@#7

I hadn't seen your post when I did #6.

The article explains why he is steadfast about his views.

It does not explain how his views became full of hate, or why his views are full of hate.

That's the aspect I wonder about. People are not born with that much hatred in their soul. It is learned.

Where did he learn it?

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 06:56 PM | Reply

The guy can't--------. That's his problem.

#9 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-08-22 07:01 PM | Reply

--The guy can't--------. That's his problem.

Charles Pierce? Probably. He sounds like a hysterical loon.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-22 07:14 PM | Reply

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#8

Santa Monica was experiencing growing pains as Miller came of age at the start of the 21st century. The city was transforming from a laid-back coastal community of rundown rent-controlled apartments into an upscale celebrity and tourist mecca. But it still suffered from entrenched working-class poverty and on-again, off-again gang violence.

Samohi, the city's biggest public high school, served as a laboratory for addressing the clash between cultures and rising income inequality.

These were the late 1990s, the years immediately after a mostly white jury acquitted Los Angeles police officers in the beating of motorist Rodney King, sparking days of civil unrest; when Latino students staged walkouts to protest Proposition 187, a California ballot measure that would have prohibited children who illegally immigrated from going to public schools or receiving government-paid medical care.

Miller grew up in the tony north-of-Montana neighborhood, the middle child, in a Jewish family of longtime Franklin Roosevelt Democrats. He played tennis and golf. But their status abruptly shifted when his parents' real estate company faltered and the family moved to a rental on the south side of town.

By the time Miller began his freshman year in 1999, minority students were the majority on campus, and the community was engulfed in conversations about race and class.

Then 9/11 hit, and as Miller watched Samohi respond to the 2001 terrorist attacks " he says teachers and administrators openly opposed the Iraq war and mocked then-President George W. Bush " he "resolved to challenge the campus indoctrination machine," he wrote in Frontpage Magazine, a publication from David Horowitz, the 1960s Marxist-turned-conservative author.

"During that dreadful time of national tragedy, anti-Americanism had spread all over the school like a rash," the 17-year-old Miller wrote in "How I Changed my Left-Wing High School," soon after graduation. "I decided to become involved."

Miller contacted radio show host Larry Elder, the conservative African American commentator, becoming a regular guest and attacking the liberal bias he says he felt at school. He welcomed Horowitz to speak on campus, sparking resistance, as he tells it, from the administration.

And he began to garner his first national audience as conservative listeners from around the country called or faxed complaints to the school, much to the dismay of administrators.

"He would take the opposing position and almost shock people. It would send reverberations through the room," said one acquaintance, granted anonymity to speak frankly about Miller. "He would sort of chuckle and enjoy that."

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-22 07:42 PM | Reply

@#11

Thanks for the additional quote. I read that in the article.

Yeah he was a conservative in a liberal environment. Lots of people go through that and survive.

But...

It still does not explain how he went from his firmly held political opinions to the hatred of being radicalized.

How did he become radicalized?

I'll say again, people are not born with that level of hatred in their soul.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 08:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#12 have you read nulli's posts?

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-22 09:17 PM | Reply

Stephen Miller hates immigrant children because they remind him of when his hairline started receding.

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2019-08-22 09:20 PM | Reply

#5 A lot of people grow up in liberal environments and don't turn out to be sociopaths.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2019-08-22 09:22 PM | Reply

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