Monday, August 10, 2020

Unity From Division

There’s no denying the hardship, suffering, and death across the covid-plagued America that Trump’s malfeasance, ineptitude, negligence, and ignorance has wrought.

There's no denying the rise in white nationalism, and the erosion of decency, rule of law, and checks and balances. 

It wasn't that long ago we saw the neo-Nazi hate in Charlottesville, that killed an innocent woman. Right wing white nationalist terrorism wasn't finished. It was going to be far worse.

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on October 27, 2018 left 11 people dead. 

The El Paso shooing on August 3, 2019 left 23 people dead.

However, there’s a faint light beyond the doom and gloom of Trump America. 

The dark cloud of 2016 is lifting. Something is different in 2020.

Droves of former Republicans and former Bush people are declaring their support for Biden. 

The Lincoln Project and 45 Alumni For Joe Biden are two of the most active groups of conservatives who have a conscience.

Of course, conservatives of conscience are summarily dismissed as disloyal “anti-Trumpers”. 

During the sham impeachment trial, Mitt Romney was the lone person of conscience among Senate Republicans. Among all the Trump toadies, Romney alone stood on the right side of history.

Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid has a new book titled, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump”.

He understands what we mean by the right side of history.

From:
The Republican Party Is Racist and Soulless

“Stuart Stevens says he now realizes the hatred and bigotry of Trumpism were always at the heart of the GOP.”

“A lot of us in the party liked to believe the dark side was a recessive gene, but it’s a dominant theme,” Stevens, a seventh-generation Mississippian who was named for Confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart, told me. “And it’s all about race. The Republican Party is a white party and there still are more white people than non-white people.”

“When there was rising anti-Semitism, isolationism, and pro-Nazi sentiment, why did the US not become fascist?” Stevens asked. “Because of FDR. Leaders matter, and the GOP has now completely abdicated its role.”

“This is the complete moral collapse of a governing party of a major superpower...”

The Republican Party has become nothing more than an obedient, loyal, and servile band of stooges bending the knee to an authoritarian bigot. They are a cult following a despotic sociopath who declares Democrats hate America, protesters are terrorists, journalists are the enemies of the people, and he alone can make America great.

“Holy Hitler, Batman!”

And speaking of history, here is how Hitler duped the people:

“The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.” – Adolf Hitler “My New World Order” – Proclamation to the German Nation, Berlin, February 1, 1933

On October 10, 1936 Heinrich Himmler created the Reich Central Office for Combating Homosexuality and Abortion, or Special Office (II S), a sub-department of Executive Department II of the Gestapo.

Hitler would have clinched support of American Evangelicals and other conservative Christians by this measure alone. He won support of big business by relentlessly blaming “Marxists” (his term for socialists and communists) and Jews for the nation’s ills.

Don’t be deceived by the American Right. Hitler was not a socialist and NAZIs were not a socialist party. They were 100% nationalists, with racial purity and bigotry as their foundation. Their rise to power was not that dissimilar to Trump’s rise to power through his racist birtherism, selective harsh treatment of Muslims, demonization of brown immigrants, and other appeals to white nationalism. And of course, anyone not with him is a “Marxist”.

Trump’s former wife reported the only book she knew he read was the one he kept in the bedroom. It was “My New Order”, a book of Hitler’s speeches. Very interesting choice for a guy who doesn’t like to read books.

Hitler declared:

“The German state is gravely attacked by Marxism....The main plank in the Nationalist Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity and to substitute for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound together by the bond of its common blood.”

All we need do is substitute “America” for “German state” and “Republican Party” for “National Socialist” and we have the essential message of the Party of Trump.

It's not a difficult task to show a number of other parallels between Trump and Hitler.

Incremental expansion, and unchecked abuses, of power are notable common indicators. Appeals to racist nationalism is the other similarity. It’s all about who to hate and blame, stoking anger and division, and telling you anyone who disagrees with them is a commie. 

Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, gave us a preview of how Trump would use fascist projection:

“The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

 The far Right’s primary Big Lie is “liberal media” in their war on journalism. Journalism has always been seen as a threat to totalitarians and authoritarians.

The German Nazis used the term “Lügenpresse”, or lying press, in their campaign to destroy journalism. Now American fascists cry “liberal media” and “fake news” when the truth threatens their agenda.

These are the authoritarian fanatics of the fascist Right that have risen to frightening levels of influence in their war on our Constitution’s regulation of commerce and provision for the general welfare. They actively suppress voter rights, democracy, a free press, science, education, unions and minorities.

Their goal is nothing less than a democracy-suppressing one-party dictatorship.

In the United States of America, Constitutional checks and balances, racial equality, democracy, and the rule of law are being viciously destroyed under Trump. 

Defeating America’s Hitler and his authoritarian white nationalism and unchecked abuses of power is the first of many objectives in our struggle to reclaim our democratic republic. 

An important step is uniting with decent and sane conservatives and former Republicans. Trump has unwittingly forged the most unusual political alliance. Let's hope it works, and maybe this can become a foundation for building a more perfect union. 



Thursday, August 6, 2020

"Great Health Care"

A Short History of Great Health Care


2016: "You’re going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost — and it’s going to be so easy.”

2017: Crickets

2018: Crickets

2019: Crickets

July 19, 2020: “We’re signing a health-care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health-care plan.”

August 6, 2020: Crickets


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Reply Someone Doesn’t Want You To See

Our white con-servative buddy Darrell has been stewing lately. For reference, I’m going to post his diatribe of anger, resentment and hate.

Of course my reply will never see the light of day at his blog. And I won’t bore the reader with my broader reply to the nasty tone of his piece.

I’m just going to break down and respond to the first paragraph to underscore the dense concentration of inaccuracy and dishonesty in this angry and reactionary flow of effluent.

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 The Video Chairman Nadler Doesn't Want You to See!

New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of course, has claimed that the protests throughout our nation are generally peaceful and it is a "myth" to characterize them otherwise.  Of course, this "gentleman" also previously denied the existence of the fascist group Antifa. This blatant lie regarding the "peaceful protests" is further promulgated to the ignorant public by socialist Democrats in the main stream media.  They want you to believe that any violence being done is by police on peaceful protesters simply exercising their constitutional rights. 

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution or common decency allow arson, physical attacks, looting, running over people with vehicles, and the destruction of public and private property.  That should be obvious, but I know real civics is no longer taught in school these days so I figured I'd address this as a public service announcement.

I think that the brave law enforcement officers that are trying to protect people and property have been exceedingly patient and very measured in their responses to the horrific violence perpetrated against them and public/private property. 

This small but very vocal minority of mainly snot-nosed white millenial rioters has been allowed to go on for way too long.  The vast majority of silent Americans will eventually stand up and do something about it.  I pray that this includes capturing the House, Senate, and Presidency in less than 100 days.

This inexcusable rioting should now be met with all necessary force, including reciprocal lethal force as required, to shut it down in Portland, Seattle, and wherever else it occurs.  When industrial fireworks are launched at property with people inside and the doors are blocked intentionally by rioters like what has been done at the Mark Hatfield federal courthouse in Portland, this alone amounts to lethal force on the rioters behalf.  This is not protesting and if you don't know the difference between that and rioting, then you are part of the problem.

In related news, Somalia, Afghanistan and Venezuela have issued travel warnings for the former United States.

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I don’t know about you, but I need a shower after wading through all that crap.

I also have to wonder if cons can’t tell the difference between cops choking, clubbing, gassing and assaulting non-violent protesters from actually serving justice.

I’m sick of the Right framing all protesters as violent. Protesters protest. Vandals vandalize. Almost everyone denounces the vandalism. Not that the radical Right allows this truth in their bubble. Their vision is clouded by hate and anger.

You don't hear a damn peep of condemnation or even recognition, of the fact Trump-supporting thugs and white nationalists have instigated vandalism to escalate tensions.

First, the title: “The Video Chairman Nadler Doesn't Want You to See!”

Why on Earth would Mr. Nadler WANT anyone to see a dishonestly edited propaganda video sponsored by House Republicans?

Obviously the highly edited video with missing context was a big hit with Darrell.

Now we’ll examine the opening paragraph.

“(Nadler)...the protests throughout our nation are generally peaceful and it is a "myth" to characterize them otherwise.”

True. The great majority of protests and protesters, were peaceful. Nobody denies the vandalism.

“(Nadler)...denied the existence of the fascist group Antifa.” 

Correct. There is no such thing as the “fascist group Antifa”.

The fact is, “Antifa” stands for Anti-Fascist. They have no leader, no organization, and no agenda, apart from opposing fascist/racist hate groups like the Proud Boys, 3%’ers, neo-Nazis, the Klan, and other white nationalist Trump supporters.

“This blatant lie regarding the "peaceful protests" is further promulgated to the ignorant public by socialist Democrats in the main stream media.”

Utterly false, with an abundance of evidence showing literally hundreds of peaceful protests around the country. And unnamed “socialist Democrats” is a meaningless claim or outright lie. Unless he is talking about AOC, he’s just proving his ignorance of the fact the Democratic Party has almost as any corporate donors and string pullers and the Republicans.

“They (mainstream media) want you to believe that any violence being done is by police on peaceful protesters simply exercising their constitutional rights.”

No mainstream news organization denies the vandalism. Again, there is an abundance of evidence showing police gassing, clubbing, and shooting peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, sending people to hospitals. There is no evidence news media “want you to believe” anything but what is happening. Right wing media, Trump, and Republicans on mainstream media, and our own Darrell, are the ones promoting lies like these.

There.

We have established the tone and nature required to support the Republican propaganda video that Rep. Nadler cares not to see.

Since it takes longer to debunk lies and misleading, demonizing words than to state them, I’ll conclude with Darrell’s prayer mission:

“The vast majority of silent Americans will eventually stand up and do something about it.  I pray that this includes capturing the House, Senate, and Presidency in less than 100 days.”

I have to note the reference to Nixon’s “silent majority”. Trump’s oldest and closest friend and advisor Roger Stone has a tattoo of Nixon on his back. If that alone isn’t enough to shout, “I am a racist!”, then maybe the photo of him flashing the white power hand sign with Proud Boys makes it “perfectly clear”.

Darrell has chosen to disregard that overt racism. Or he condones it. Neither reveals an active conscience.

I won’t join in Darrell’s prayers to keep racists in the White House, or in the Senate, or in the House of Representatives.

Most Americans have determined Trump is a racist and pathological liar. Qualified psychologist and niece Dr. Mary Trump understands he is a sociopath.

I pray the sane and compassionate people of America overturn the Senate, retain the House, and boot the sociopaths, white nationalists and racists out of the White House.


For those curious about my full reply, it will be in the comment thread...here, not over at Darrell's blog, naturally. 

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Americans Pay The Price

The rapidly expanding list of thousands of dead Americans from Covid-19 was avoidable. So too was Herman Cain’s death.

But certain events occurred that sealed his fate. It will prove to be our nation’s worst failure of leadership. That failure quickly resulted in more American deaths than the 47,434

And the body count is rising every day. How long before it reaches a half million, surpassing the American death toll in World War II?

The worst failure of leadership in American history wasn’t an accident. It was through deliberate malfeasance, willful ignorance, dereliction of duty and criminal negligence.

The “Pandemic Playbook” left by the Obama Administration was discarded. The Trump administration didn’t prioritize a mass mobilization of testing, social distancing, masks, ventilators and Personal Protection Equipment. Trump did the opposite. He minimized, denied and dismissed the threat of the Covid-19 virus for too long. His followers got the message. “It’s a hoax!”. “It’s a democrat conspiracy!” And as Rush Limbaugh claimed, it’s just the “common cold”.

Every victim of Covid-19 is a separate heartbreaking tragedy, leaving grieving friends and family.

It’s also heartbreaking to see so many dedicated medical professionals like Dr. Fauci slimed by far Right conspiracy nuts. It’s heartbreaking to hear the president praise a deranged pediatrician for saying, “Hello, you don’t need a mask. There is a cure.” She means hydroxychloroquine.

Trump responded: “I thought she was very impressive, in the sense that, from where she came — I don’t know what country she comes from — but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”

“I thought she was very impressive... but I know nothing about her.” Clearly the judgment of a stable genius.

Dr. Stella Immanuel is the medical “stable genius” who warns of “Alien DNA in medicine”, “a vaccine to prevent people from being religious”, and “people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches” , among other delusions that would qualify as certifiable mental illness.

 So, onward they march. “Good conservatives” follow their leader’s example, refuse to wear masks, and attack Dr. Fauci. 

A certain kind of news story is becoming a pattern these days. People who had previously expressed disdain for masks, rejected medical opinion, or disbelieved and denied the danger of the virus, are dying from Covid. They lose. Darwin wins. 

 But the Leader wanted a rally. Masks optional.

 Ah, the cheering crowd! The glory! The pageantry! The FLAGS!

 Yes, a cult is not a cult to a cult, no matter the consequences.

 A short stroll down Herman Cain’s Twitter trail tells the story.

From the Tulsa Trump rally: “Here’s just a few of the #BlackVoicesForTrump at tonight’s rally! Having a fantastic time!” (Photo showing his group without masks.)

To the hospital: On Trump’s July 4th rally/celebration at Mt. Rushmore, tweeting: "Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!" 

To the end: “You're never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God's strength and comfort to deal.”

The last tweet was posted by someone on his staff. RIP, Herman. You don’t need a mask anymore.

 How could this have happened?

 I’m sure it was a fluke. Masks are for libs, the silly snowflakes. Real men and women (conservative men and women, obviously) don’t need no stinkin’ masks.

 Like Louie Gohmert, still owning the libs. Louis too, was “FED UP!”

 It’s no wonder the US has shown nothing but unprecedented victory after victory in our war on covid, thanks to outstanding Republican leadership and the “war president”.

 America, consider yourself “liberated”. We have won! Nobody in the world whupped the corona virus like Trump whupped it.

 USA! USA! We’re number one!

Ignore all the human sacrifice, the suffering of survivors, the collapsing economy, the rampant police brutality, the racism, the looming depression, the imminent homelessness crisis, etc. These constitute the steep price Americans must pay for Trump’s ego, ignorance, power, and ambition for re-election.

Every sacrifice the American people make will be to the glorification of Donald Trump. 

That’s what’s most important to keep America great, amirite?


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Responsibility And Duty


I’m afraid further dialogue with our conservative friend is going to be difficult, if not impossible.

I have made appeals to facts, evidence, reason and decency. So far it has been utterly futile. I’m not surprised, as I understand the nature of the authoritarian personality. Their brains are wired differently from most people’s brains. Their fight-or-flight mechanism of the amygdala is more easily activated, and their emotional response to other people and different views is generated there.

Our friend Darrell asserts:

“But BLM, the organization, only wants to foster hate and division...Black Lives Matter (the organization) is not about black lives.  They could not care less about the dozens of black people killed every single week...The bottom line is that this not about black lives mattering.  It is about furthering a Marxist, godless agenda... Thuggish people...espouse violence and have very little to do with denouncing actual racism.”

Reader/Commenter Rain concurs:

"BLM and Antifa don't care about blacks as human beings."

Darrell affirms:

“That is absolutely the case, Rain....Marx would be proud, as these useful idiots are following his play book exactly. They seemingly want to remove a phantom "authoritarian government" so that they can put in place their own "progressive" authoritarian government which one dares not deviate from for fears far greater than just what the current cancel culture does. Again, this is evil.”

Politifact quoted Russell Berman, a professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at its conservative Hoover Institution who has written critically about Marxism.

From: PolitiFact: Is Black Lives Matter a Marxist movement?

“Black Lives Matter’s “emphatic support for gender identity politics sets it apart from historical Marxism,” and the goals listed on its website “do not appear to be expressly anti-capitalist, which would arguably be a Marxist identifier,” (Professor) Berman added.”

As admitted by Berman, “support for gender identity politics” isn’t Marxism

So is this belief stated at BLM Marxism?

“To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.”

I’ll answer. No. In fact, it is 100% American values.

Contrast this statement of beliefs with birther Trump’s long term friend, ally, confidant and advisor Roger Stone, flashing the hand signal for white power.

Former Republican political strategist and Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson says this about the GOP. "This is an authoritarian personality cult."

How can we reach these people? Their hearts are hardened and minds are closed by Right wing authoritarian ideology and its pernicious taint of white supremacy and racism.

I try to take a compassionate viewpoint, and understand this way of thinking is rooted in resentment, misunderstanding, and fear.

Nobody is born a racist. Racism, like an authoritarian mindset, is largely cultivated by nurture, rather than nature.

We have a racist president running a campaign dedicated to agitating more resentment, misunderstanding, and fear. Hate is being fueled as a weapon of division and leverage for power, as the president sends legions of unwelcomed militarized federal law enforcement, and possibly private Blackwater mercenaries, to quell property damage and vandals. 

Remember the Right's howls of "States' rights!"? Forget it. It's OK If You Are Republican. IOKIYAR may as well be the only law of the land.

Never mind all the "collateral" casualties. Countless peaceful protesters have been clubbed and gassed by these heavy-handed proto-police state actions.

Millions of white Americans are buying into it. Our friend Darnell is even regurgitating Trump’s MAGA rhetoric, and even Nixon’s “moral majority” slogan. Does he even know Trump has NEVER had a majority of votes or support from Americans?

Does he understand he is regurgitating the words of the nation’s two most criminal, racist, and dishonest presidents?

Nonetheless, I gave it one more shot.

This is what I wrote to Darrell:
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Here is what I know.

I know this will not be published or addressed.

I know you prefer not to tolerate reasoned dissent.

I know you can't refute facts and evidence, but there is something that takes your authoritarian personalities to a dark new low.

"But BLM and Antifa don't care about blacks as human beings."

Is this really how both of you think? Really? I hope not.

I'm horrified. This is exactly how hatred and racism are amplified.

How is this remark NOT demonizing AND dehumanizing of real human beings in the worst possible way? This is Nazi level hate. How is this remark NOT evil?

I would appeal to basic decency, a sense of shame, humanity, and conscience of someone uttering this.

But authoritarians...have no use for those qualities. They have surrendered their souls to a monstrous cruel ideology.

And it fits right in with the hateful words of Republican and "good Catholic" Rep. Yoho. In his sick and hateful mind, I'm sure AOC "doesn't care for people as human beings" either. And I'm sorry to say I wouldn't be the least bit surprised you share that sickness of soul.

This sure as hell isn't the message of Christ. Hypocrites. Yes. I mean it. Your hearts are darkened with anger and fear, and you believe the very worst of people you don’t like.

Trump has really brought out the inner fascist in conservatives.

God help us from all this white nationalist racism.

Have you seen the picture of the gloating criminal Roger Stone, flashing the white power hand signal with a group of racist Proud Boys?

Are these your kind of people? Are you a "Proud Boy" too? It is abundantly clear you would never accuse those racists of the same hateful qualities you want us to think BLM has.

And there's a word for that extreme bias. It is racism, and it is real.

You never did tell us what you think “real racism” is. Maybe it’s time for a look in the mirror.

Maybe an honest examination of your words will give you a clue. I understand self-examination is not a conservative value. I know conservative beliefs are never questioned.

It doesn’t take a saint to know some beliefs are horribly wrong.

Yet so many angry and hateful Republicans and conservative Christians call themselves “virtuous”, "patriots" or "racial realists".

Which is why there is one more thing that I know.

There’s one thing they will never understand.

Racism isn't racism to racists. 

I sincerely hope I am wrong, and you regret embracing the hateful racist words.

I hope you find a conscience, so I can say you are not racists and fake CINO, Christian-In-Name-Only, hypocrites.

But that is something I may never know.
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I really don’t have much more to say to Darrell. It is entirely up to him to examine his conscience and beliefs.

It is sad that we cannot hold much hope for this from the right-wing authoritarian personalities.

What I can do is continue to expose, question, challenge, disprove, and condemn their cruel, angry, hateful and false beliefs.

This is not just my responsibility to humanity, truth, and decency. It is nothing less than my patriotic duty to our country.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

When "OK" Is Not OK


Three Questions:

What would be the reaction from Republicans and white conservatives if Obama had expressed well wishes for a criminal sex trafficker?

What has been their reaction to the impeached leader of their party expressing well wishes for a criminal sex trafficker?

Would you please explain to me again how there’s no systemic racism in this country?

Makes one wonder, a bit, doesn’t it?

Oops. That was four questions.

While the far Right howls about Back Lives Matter being “racist commie thugs who don’t even care about Black lives”, why do they deliberately ignore the real racists?

Who are real racists?

Our resident authority on conservative beliefs STILL hasn’t explained what “real racism” is.  Too bad, since only white conservatives are allowed to unilaterally define terms.

Let me suggest something. It’ not just the Klan, folks. Rudy Giuliani is another racist who projects his racism unto Black Lives Matter.

Would a birther who demanded death for exonerated Black kids and re-tweeted someone saying “white power” be considered racist?

Anybody?

How about the friend of that person who was convicted of lying to investigators and witness tampering? He’s a special friend, too. Special enough to have his 40 month sentence commuted.

Yes, the special friend is Roger Stone. And the racist birther is you-know-who. What are the chances Stone might be a real racist too?

Most of you should know by now the hand sign that used to mean “OK”  has been adopted by white nationalists and other “real racists” to signify White Power.

Stone proudly flashed the racist white power sign with a group of fellow racists who call themselves “Proud Boys”.


Yes, we know every racist and every Nazi has been proud of their racism. They all hate the same kind of people and embrace far Right authoritarianism.


We need no further proof the Trump Cartel and Trump Cult are racists.

They are essentially bragging about their racism.

Did you see the BLM demonstration where white counter-protesters re-enacted the cop’s knee to the neck of George Floyd?

They are absolute ghouls, but good conservative Christians, I’m sure.

From the  Washington Post:

White men mocked George Floyd’s death

As a peaceful Black Lives Matter march made its way through Franklin Township, N.J., the group protesting against police brutality and systemic racism walked past a white man kneeling on the neck of another white man in a mocking reenactment of George Floyd’s death.

The men were part of a group of white counterprotesters with flags supporting President Trump and “Blue Lives Matter” that barked, “Black lives matter to no one,” and “Police lives matter.”

No “real racism” to be found there, amirte?

After all, these respectable white guys were only concerned for the poor cop, victimized by his killing of George Floyd.

At least that’s not what the local mayor and police chief think.

Franklin Township Mayor John Bruno and Police Chief Police Chief Brian Zimmer released a joint statement denouncing the actions of “certain individuals”, saying “This is not who we are as a Community”.

It’s a good thing two of the men faced consequences. One was fired by Fed Ex, and the other suspended from his corrections job.

And what kind of Black Lives Matter Marxist would suggest there is systemic racism in law enforcement, anyway?



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

BLM: As Seen By The Conservative Amygdala


Something happened yesterday that illustrates the attitude of white conservative men. Something frightens and angers them to the core. Their fear and anger clouds their vision of anyone not sharing their system of beliefs.

A news item from yesterday illustrates the issue at play in our discussion of Black Lives Matter. 

Before we get to the news report, let's review our ongoing discussion of Black Lives Matter, a group founded by Black women.

Conservative white men seem particularly threatened by progressive women, especially those of color. I can’t imagine why, apart from it having something to do with the over-reactive amygdala of the authoritarian personality. MRI Brain scans have shown an enlarged amygdala in self-described conservatives. The primitive “fight-or-flight” mechanism is more readily triggered in them when confronted by something new, unfamiliar and different.

This usually results in conservative white men believing only the worst in others. “BLM are looters and racist commies bent on destroying America, and Black lives mean nothing to them”, for example. Do I exaggerate?

Our friend Darrell asserts:
“But BLM, the organization, only wants to foster hate and division...Black Lives Matter (the organization) is not about black lives.  They could not care less about the dozens of black people killed every single week...The bottom line is that this not about black lives mattering.  It is about furthering a Marxist, godless agenda... Thuggish people...espouse violence and have very little to do with denouncing actual racism.”

See what I mean about their need to show BLM in the worst possible light? We expect this reaction from conservative white racists, not from an informed and objective viewpoint.

And we’re still waiting for what constitutes “actual racism” or “real racism”. All we know is only white conservative men have authority to define the terms.

The fact is there is NOTHING about a “Marxist, godless agenda” among the beliefs shared at the BLM website. Darrell was misinformed and misreported this falsehood.

People involved with BLM have a range of political opinions. It is not a commie cult, nor an armed terrorist militia of roving Black gangsters. In case he hasn’t noticed, BLM has been protesting racism and police brutality, not gathering a rabble of armed Stalinist insurrectionists. But this is what frightened white conservatives CHOOSE to see.

We understand conservative men have a deep suspicion and mistrust of the LGBTQ community as well. They're different, and should know their place and not demand to be treated as equals. This reaction to the unfamiliar is typical of the conservative mindset. 

Nowhere does BLM show intent to “destroy” capitalism and “disrupt” the nuclear family. 

(It was the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement”.)

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

But their amygdala’s reaction to advocacy for single mothers and LGBTQ people is the same as when confronted by most other unfamiliar ideas, different people, and traditions other than white American conservatism. They feel threatened. Remember when gay marriage was going to destroy the American family?

And what on God’s green Earth scares them more than progressive women of color? To the white conservative world view, the lives and experiences of these women are as unfamiliar and different to them as nomads in yurts. 

Their very existence is seen as mortal threat to these powerful white men. We understand equality has always been viewed as a threat to the power of an established and privileged class. This is exactly what is driving the White Right’s war on voter rights, voter registration, and poll access for minority communities.

I’m sure Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) is a good conservative Republican Catholic. He probably shares the same values, and views the world through the same lens, as our conservative Catholic friend Darrell.

Here is what happened yesterday:

The Hill Reports:

Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was coming down the steps on the east side of the Capitol on Monday, having just voted, when he approached Ocasio-Cortez, who was ascending into the building to cast a vote of her own.

In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was "disgusting" for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.

"You are out of your freaking mind," Yoho told her.

Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being "rude."

The two then parted ways. Ocasio-Cortez headed into the building, while Yoho, joined by Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), began descending toward the House office buildings. A few steps down, Yoho offered a parting thought to no one in particular.

"Fucking bitch," he said.

“Rude” is a generous term for that display of white conservative anger and hate.

She tweeted her reaction:
“I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday. Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door. But hey, “b*tches” get stuff done.”

AOC shows class and empathy that few conservative white men are able to demonstrate. 

This must enrage and scare the hell out of them even more.

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Update: July 22, 2020


After denying what he said to AOC, the hateful Republican "apologized" while never mentioning her name. Instead he said, “I cannot apologize for my passion..or for loving my God, my family and my country.”


These racist Republican bastards are no different than Nazis. They hate the very same people Hitler hated.