Monday, January 16, 2023

MLK Day

 


This Martin Luther King Day would be a good time to note the transformation of MLK’s legacy. White conservatives are doing their best to appropriate his message and shape him into their own image. (Just imagine their raging hate if they knew of his socialist leanings.)

They now share his pain, and relate to the discrimination and racism he endured. Yes, this is true. Stay with me, despite the fact there has never been a thing called, "Driving while white". 

But they still find delight in hating and demeaning Black Americans, especially immigrants and refugees.

On the night that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Donald Trump made a campaign appearance in Bemidji, Minnesota where he stoked nativism in a state that has resettled large numbers of refugees from Somalia.

“One of the most vital issues in this election is the subject of refugees,” said Trump, who has fought to block humanitarian resettlement of displaced people in the United States. “You know it perhaps better than almost anybody. Lotsa luck! Are you having a good time with your refugees?” 

The president then spewed bile at Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who serves Minnesota in Congress. Of course he would spout a baseless theory that she’d once married her brother.

Snopes pointed out the absurdity of this racist, I mean "not racist", trope:

“If Ahmed Elmi were truly Omar's brother, why would he have needed to take the drastic step of marrying her in order to secure a path to U.S. citizenship? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policies qualify immigrants as eligible to apply for permanent residency status (and later become naturalized citizens) if they are the "spouse of a U.S. citizen" or the "brother or sister of a U.S. citizen." Why would Omar commit a federal crime and risk a prison sentence (and possibly her own citizenship status) in order to provide her brother with the opportunity to apply for something he would already have been eligible to seek?”

After that “not racist lie”, Trump moved on to praise his crowed for sharing his good Aryan genes.

“You have good genes, you know that right?” Trump said to the nearly all-white crowd. “A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it? Don’t you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different? You have good genes in Minnesota.”

That was mighty white of him to declare genetic superiority in his followers.

 Would literacy, history and civics aptitude tests show his true believers’ advanced intellect? Would his aging obese crowd prove their physical prowess in athletic competition?

I think we already know how they would perform. His “racehorses” would prove to be swaybacks ripe for pasture.

And pay no attention to “commies” who write, “It is no longer socially acceptable in many quarters to identify oneself as racist. Instead, many Americans purport not to see color”. 

This Martin Luther King Day is when Trump's white Americans with good genes, and who “don’t see color”, celebrate their shared struggle for equality. The delicate souls now FEEL like they are the "real victims" of racist persecution.

In 2021 the harsh reality of their plight was finally brought to light in, of all places, the “fake news, America-hating, enemy-of-the-people” media.

The Washington Post reported:

“More than half of Republicans think minorities are favored over Whites in the United States”.

NBC News discovered how our sensitive white male Trump supporters FEEL their victimization.

"Trump voters say men are discriminated against more than gays, minorities."

No wonder they FEEL so oppressed by the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory, they want to ban those “Anti-American racist” works everywhere forever. Nobody wants to know the history and effects of slavery and racism in America while white conservatives suffer the cruelties of racism more than Black Americans.

They don’t want to hear any claptrap about systemic racism if it isn’t about them, the “real victims” of racism and discrimination. Those Black and Brown immigrants have no idea how much they have it made in a system that works for only them. Just look at how the “Marxist Kenyan” Obama defiled the White House and the “incestuous” Ilhan Omar disgraced the House of Representatives.

It’s time the rest of us follow their example and learn from white Trump supporters.

We should judge them by the content of THEIR character.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Guns, Fear and Loathing

 


On this second anniversary of Trump's violent coup, it’s time again to take a fun-filled dive into the fetid dark pool of the American radical Right belief system, based on the twin pillars of fear and loathing stoked by lies.

After years of observing political and social discourse I’ve learned educated and intellectually curious liberals and progressives generally understand opinions should be based on facts. They know logic only functions when based on evidence and reason.

On the Right, fear motivates and sells. Facts and reasoning are boring, and are rejected out of hand as useless for their agenda.

We understand our fellow Americans on the Right tend to gravitate directly to emotionally reactive beliefs, instilled by propagandists skilled at forming and manipulating those emotional responses. This is especially true with emotionally charged wedge issues like God, guns, abortion, LGBTQ issues, race, etc.

In their realm fear is cultivated, not compassion. To be conservative is to be guided by manufactured emotional response. When fear and anger converge hate is the product. It is intentional, of course. Hysteria is the leverage for persuasion, not logic.

This reactionary hysteria is vividly conveyed by our old blogger buddy Darrell at his post “Gun Logic for Beginners”.

As my opinions and information are banned by Darrell, I’ll take the liberty to respond here with some facts, logic and sane questions for rational people. I have no doubt the more authoritarian personalities will be annoyed and dismissive. It is their way.

I’ll briefly discuss each of his nine points of “gun logic”.

1 - Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving. Maybe it's time to raise the age of Smart Phone ownership to 21. 

(I may be a little dense, but I see no logic, or relevance to guns, in his first point of “gun logic”. Or is he suggesting we raise the age for firearm purchases to 21? I agree texting while driving is a problem. It’s is as dangerous as drunk driving. But not for children. The CDC publishes data on the leading causes of death among different demographic groups, providing the most reliable data. In 2020, the leading cause of death among children ages one through 18 involved a firearm. There were 3,219 such deaths in 2020, followed by motor vehicle traffic deaths, of which there were 2,882.)

2 - If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry, USA.

(Um, OK. Meanwhile far from Chicago, a family of three adults and five children were found shot to death Wednesday inside a home in rural southwest Utah. How likely was this done by a “legal gun owner”, until he wasn’t? 

Now for some logical fact-based points:

We know most guns connected to crimes in Chicago come from Indiana, next door. Many countries with sane gun control have significantly lower murder rates. The average firearm suicide rate in Australia in the seven years after the National Firearms Agreement declined by 57 percent compared with the seven years prior. The average firearm homicide rate went down by about 42 percent. In much of the US “All lives matter” but guns matter more.

From the Violence Policy Center:

“States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths. More than 45,000 Americans Killed by Gunfire in 2020, the Highest Gun Death Toll on Record.

Mississippi, Wyoming, Louisiana, Alaska, Missouri, and Alabama Have Highest Gun Death Rates in the Nation; Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York Have Lowest Gun Death Rates in the Nation.”

In the US, more guns in a society means more people die from them. If firearms everywhere made us safer, we would be the safest place in the world.

Paradoxically the most heavily armed among us FEEL less safe. The reason is someone stands to gain politically and economically from their fears. Therefore those who profit from guns are the only voices they will hear.)

3 - The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement.

(So women need to be armed to get equal treatment? Sadly, no. It’s like saying “Driving while Black” and housing discrimination won’t happen if Black drivers and home purchasers are armed. How many women get equal pay and employment opportunities, reproductive freedom, and safety from domestic abuse by brandishing a firearm?)

4 - Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you'd know it.

(Legal gun owners stormed the Capitol, terrorized Congress and beat cops. Legal guns can quickly become lethal weapons when the legal owner becomes sufficiently enraged or frightened.)

5 - When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle.
 

(But the rifle was used to kill JFK. Trump blamed Ted Cruz’s father, but many of our delicate and anxious firearm lovers voted for him anyway.)

6 - The NRA (National Rifle Association) murders 0 people and receives ($$$$ 0) nothing in government funds. Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually.

Logical fact and point 1: (The NRA is a pro-Trump Russian asset. It reported receiving $2,512.85 in contributions and membership dues “from people associated with Russian addresses” or known Russian nationals living in the United States from 2015 to the present. Nobody who believes background checks to be important would logically support the NRA. They do it out of fear, of course.)

Logical fact and point 2: (An embryo can be frozen and revived. Real babies cannot be frozen and revived. Therefore logically, an embryo is NOT a baby.)

7 - I have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms. While we're at it, let's do the same when it comes to immigration, Voter I.D., and candidates running for office.

(Having background checks is the reasonable position of most Americans, as well as permits, age restrictions, and training requirements. The vast majority would like to prohibit the manufacturers from selling AR-15 style weapons to the public. The majority does not want universal confiscation, just reasonable restrictions. If you support the NRA, then your money is going to those who will never allow those measures. They have a conditioned response that programs them to ignore what most Americans say, and see only “Democrat/Socialist gun-grabbers”. 

And why would background checks on politicians matter with the radical Right? Trump voters were OK with his admission of criminal sexual conduct and numerous allegations of assault and rape. They were OK with his paying off a porn star. They were OK with his racist birtherism. They are STILL OK with his violent coup and other criminal attempts to overturn the 2020 election. So what’s their reason for wanting background checks anyway?)

8 - Folks keep talking about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and probably has a trillion rounds. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use. How do you think that would work out?

(Only one side is waving Confederate flags and threatening civil war. Only one side is setting the stage for armed violence against fellow Americans. The demeaning tone of  this “logic” is thinly cloaked in demonizing hate and stereotyping bigotry. It would be mass murder by radical white nationalist extremists. All of this disturbingly echoes the hate rhetoric of Hitler's Nazis. 

I’m among many Democratic voters who has firearms, and not “crying in closet”s and knowing “what bathroom to use”. The “folks” talking about Civil War are the MTG’s, Boebert and her “Today is 1776!” and radical Right NRA militia nuts...and Darrell. They fantasize excuses to shoot people they hate; Democrats and people who vote for Democrats, and people who disagree with them.

In their radical indoctrination they are programmed to believe every lie about those who disagree with them. They will believe the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. Americans who don’t believe the lie are either RINO’s or “commie/socialists who hate America”. Another indication of their indoctrinated paranoia is the contrast we see between their “logic” based on fear and resentment, and that of the firearm owners who don’t share their paranoia. I know of no Democratic voter/gun owner who fears jack-booted police crashing into their home to confiscate their firearms. I know of no Democratic voter/gun owner calling for Civil War, and posturing about how mighty and dominant they are over others. None. I can recall only the “baseball shooter” as an exception to mass shootings by enraged racists, bigots, militia nuts, or otherwise Republican sympathizers.)

9   A man who left 300,000 guns for the Taliban is lecturing us on gun control and lives in the White house.

(Trump was the man who surrendered to the Taliban and set the date for withdrawal, only to leave it for another person to deal with. AND he agreed on the release of 5,000 Taliban before withdrawal. They thank HIM, not Biden.)

Clearly Darrell’s “logic” is almost entirely based on radical Right indoctrinated hysteria and lies. He shares the same radicalization as millions of other duped and deceived Americans. Most of the civilized world will acknowledge the wisdom and logic of basic gun regulation. 

Those who are indoctrinated with gun hysteria and paranoia over election lies, or without compassion will never accept this logic. They have no incentive to understand it, as their fear and loathing are being stoked to the point of the civil war they are being groomed to crave.



Monday, January 2, 2023

Happy New Year!


Welcome 2023!

 

Trump is going to go through some things over his attempt to strong-arm Georgia votes.

Trump is going to go through some things over his fake electors.

Trump is going to go through some things over his January 6 coup.

Trump is going to go through some things over his classified document theft and obstruction.

Trump is going to go through some things over his taxes.

 

Our Christmas present is the J6 report. Our Happy New Year will be his indictments.

 

Trump's January 6, 2021 Crime Spree:


1. Obstruction of an official proceeding (18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)):

2. Conspiracy to defraud the United States (18 U.S.C. § 371):

3. Conspiracy to make a false statement (18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001):

4. “Incite,” “assist” or provide “aid and comfort” an insurrection (18 U.S.C. § 2383):Seditious conspiracy

 

August 8, 2022: Mar-a-Lago search warrant for stolen documents:


5. 18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation

6. 18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defence information

7. 18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations

 

Happy New Year!

Otherwise, as Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN: “If he is not guilty of a crime, then I frankly fear for the future of this country, because now every future president can say, ‘Hey, here’s the bar.’ And the bar is do everything you can to stay in power... As we’ve gotten into this, I look, and I’m like, yeah, if this is not a crime, I don’t know what is. If a president can incite an insurrection and not be held accountable, then really, there’s no limit to what a president can do, or can’t do.”

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas 2022

 

Airing grievances is something we all do, without the occasion of the fictional Seinfeld holiday “Festivus”. It is celebrated by “airing of grievances” and enumerating one’s disappointments with others over the past year. Demonstrations of “feats of strength” around the Festivus Pole may or may not provide the “serenity now” atmosphere to the gathering of friends and family.

Wacky as it seems, every day is “Festivus” for some people.

Airing of grievances is a full-time activity for a certain disgraced criminal and former president. He treats Christmas as just another day of his year-long personal Festivus.

Here are his Christmas messages:

"The Unselect Committee’s January 6th Report is a Hoax, no different than RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of the other Scams that the Disinformation laden Democrats have been planting for years," Trump wrote. "If I weren’t leading by a lot in the Polls, against both parties, this continuation of falsehoods and lies would end quickly. I won in 2016, did much better in 2020 (RIGGED!), and the Radical Marxists don’t want to run against me or MAGA in 2024. I had almost nothing to do with January 6th. FREE SPEECH!"

 "Merry Christmas to EVERYONE, including the Radical Left Marxists that are trying to destroy our Country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is illegally coercing & paying Social and LameStream Media to push for a mentally disabled Democrat over the Brilliant, Clairvoyant, and USA LOVING Donald J. Trump, and, of course, The Department of Injustice, which appointed a Special 'Prosecutor' who, together with his wife and family, HATES 'Trump' more than any other person on earth. LOVE TO ALL!"

How could any Radical Left Marxist not feel the Christian love from such a Brilliant, Clairvoyant, and USA LOVING kind of Bible brandishing guy? Not even Lincoln was treated so badly, he would whine. His base of radical Right Christian nationalists have joined their Dear Leader, and embraced this manufactured and wildly false sense of persecution to the point they believe THEY are the “real victims” of racism. 

Not to be the toad in the punchbowl, but we might perhaps consider there’s something to the maxim regarding Republicans and the radical Right. “Pay attention to their actions, not their words”.

If we pay attention to the chasm between their words and actions, we’ll find the vast Land of Hypocrisy, where anger, hate, and blame are their true values. “Love to all”, not so much.

The radical Right might love their family and friends, but that’s not a characteristic of truly kind and loving people. Even a racist or sociopath can be fond of people close to him.

What do their actions say about them?

Do they care for the poor, the sick, and the homeless immigrant? Do they take away school lunches for children and food stamps for the poor? Do they support Medicare and Social Security for the elderly?

Or do they just give tax cuts to the rich and corporate donor? Do they deny women their reproductive freedom? Do they demonize any and all vulnerable and marginalized demographic, ethnic, or racial group that doesn’t fit in with conservative white nationalist Christians? Do they attack, demean, and smear people who have different religious or political beliefs?

Do they delight in the misfortunes and suffering of those “others”?

Both their words and actions reveal the answers to these questions.

The hate for immigrants from the radical Right is based on their fear of them becoming Democratic voters, and their fear of being “replaced”. Anger, hate and fear can all lead to cruelty. Deliberate cruelty has been their tactical responses to the dreaded “others”. Separating kids from parents and putting them in cages was a deliberate Republican policy. Harsh and dehumanizing treatment of them has become their default attitude and standard policy.

Hate crimes are on the rise, along with horrible mass shootings inflicted upon Mexicans, Jews, Blacks, the LGBTQ community, and progressives.

Trump’s Christmas greetings perfectly encapsulate the seething twisted rage of radical Right white nationalists for those of us outside their far Right white nationalist identity cult. “Radical Left Marxists that are trying to destroy our Country” have allied with scientists, educators, progressives and journalists that don’t agree with them. All of them are branded “enemies of the people”. Welcome to the spirit of 1933 Germany.

The angry white nationalists may not have the concentration camps yet for those they hate and fear, but that won’t stop them from inflicting as much misery as they can upon their targets.

Conservative white Christians celebrated the birth of their Savior this Christmas by presenting our Vice President their special gift of Christian love and charity. In their minds, this only serves her right for being an uppity woman of color.

From CNN:

Two busloads of migrants were dropped off in front of Vice President Kamala Harris' residence in Washington, DC, on Christmas Eve in 18 degree weather, a law enforcement source told CNN. The source said there was no one from any organization or aid group on the ground to receive them in front of the Naval Observatory, where the vice president's home is located.

"It looked like they had to call either family members or somebody else to come and pick them up, but they were standing out there, shivering with blankets for the last five to 10 minutes," the law enforcement source said.

A separate administration official confirmed the arrival and said law enforcement has estimated that approximately 50 more migrants are inbound and expected late Christmas Eve, likely after 10 p.m. ET. The initial two busloads were taken to local shelters, according to the official.

Well, THAT should certainly convince immigrants to support Republicans, amirite? It was probably Abbot of Texas again, but the entire world of Trump fans get a kick out of "owning the libs", no matter who suffers.When cruelty IS the point, then fascism is their guiding ideology. 

Shame on them. They deserve only a lump of coal today.

Merry Christmas and best regards to every Christian who is not among them.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Beliefs v Reality

 

By now most rational observers have learned false beliefs and lies can trump reality in the vast radical Right and MAGA propaganda empire. Over the past few decades a lot of their propaganda penetrated throughout mainstream media as well.

The human species’ susceptibility to cults has fascinated me for as many decades. It doesn’t take years of anthropological cult study to see what happened to the Republican Party. As it wraps itself in Christian nationalism it has a cult like hold on millions of Americans. They tend to be conservative to the degree that most authoritarian personalities will be among them.  Authoritarian followers follow their authoritarian leaders. They find a sense of belonging, unity and protection. Trump was their revered charismatic messiah, their noble, honest and infallible dear leader, sent by God to save America. He told them what to believe, and who to hate. And they believed him. And they hated who he hated.

Yeah. That’s a cult. And in a cult, beliefs trump reality. Always.

So my fascination with cults set me on course to examine the American radical Right. It’s made up of millions of evangelicals, Christian nationalists, and practically every racist hate group and neighborhood bigot across the land. And even some regular, misinformed, incurious types too. Some of whom are even decent neighbors or family.

I have to thank fellow blogger Darrell Michaels for encapsulating the radical Right ideology over the years. He was the conservative everyman. We would have lively exchanges through the Bush and Obama years. Our miniature “marketplace of ideas” was actually informative and entertaining, despite his endless stream of casting false accusations without evidence, the standard MO of the Right.

But the radicalization and false beliefs he was pre-conditioned to embrace eventually set in. He was starting to suggest I was a “leftist who hates America”, and accepted without comment an accusation that I was a “racist commie”.

Inevitably he went all in for Trump and his Big Lie about a stolen 2020 election. He would reject all my requests for evidence of massive fraud or that Trump won, and banned me from his blog. I’m sure this is still the case.

Like everyone under the spell of the radical Right MAGA Madness, Darrell’s “standards” are quite flexible when it comes to Trump, his Big Lie, his coup, and his cult.

Here’s what Darrell wrote at my blog on Jan 8, 2021:

“Dave, Trump was wrong to give encouragement and a wink and a nod to the protestors and delaying any attempt to rein them back. He was complicit. Sadly this ego maniacal narcissist tarnished the myriad of good things he has done for our country with this latest escapade.”

I was surprised and impressed by his brief glimpse of reality and sound judgment. Alas, it was not to endure. Beliefs trump reality with the radical Right.

This is what Darrell wrote on May 15, 2021: “Trump instigates a riot according to the left and the media, but then I repeat myself. (He didn’t.)

We last visited our old friend Darrell fresh off his post of Fascist Fantasies.

He shared “the wisdom and wit” of a "poem" by someone he seems to hold in high regard. “I thought was brilliant and perfectly encapsulated the leftist mindset in their "religion”. 

Some samples of “The religion of the Left” as seen through their peculiar “wisdom and wit”:

“Their Sacrament is Abortion

Their Baptism is a sprinkle of mRNA

Their creed is a CRT screed

Their church fathers are Marx, Nietzsche, Sarte, Marcuse, and Foucault.”

Well, no need to add any more of this nonsense.

Darrell is on another tirade. And if it isn’t actually hate speech, it certainly has several elements of it.

With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways his “Thoughts on the Ruinous Mid-Term Elections” are really just his rabid screed of resentments, anger and false accusations.

“...the senile and corrupt Biden and his flying monkeys in congress”

This would be applauded at a Klan meeting, or Trump rally. It seems his values allow him to accuse a victim of dementia of corruption without evidence.

“Anything that the left wants to spend tax payers’ dollars on is covered under the Constitution’s “good and plenty” clause.  Er, I mean under the general welfare clause.  Never mind that this is so much nonsense and that anything not specifically enumerated as a right or duty of the federal government in the constitution is supposed to be reserved to the states or the people.”

Is he deliberately saying “promoting and providing for the general welfare” is nonsense, and denying there is Constitutional authority to do so. Why does he hate America and our Constitution so much? ;-)

Let’s quote some our Constitution for those who would twist its words to demonize fellow Americans, shall we?

Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

And Article 1, Section 8:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;

Those silly founders! Why did they go do something so stupid as to mention “general welfare” TWICE! This really upsets our radical Right fellow citizens for some reason. (Maybe we should remind him again later.)

Did the founders also “despise America”? It would seem so, in their view.  Or maybe they just didn’t know the true meanings of their words like Darrell does. “Why would the leftists care about governing in a manner faithful to the constitution when they despise America?”

To flatly state without evidence that anyone who disagrees with the radical Right means they “despise America” is hate-fueled demonization out of the fascist playbook. Again, this would elicit cheers and applause at a neo-Nazi rally, or a Trump rally.

My, they seem to have a lot in common, don’t they?

And for the record, Darrell has never offered any evidence to indicate ONE person on “the left” who says he “despises America”. But he’s fine with applying his incredibly broad and baseless accusation. This is how a bigot sees the world, though. Not that Darrell is a bigot. He just regurgitates their hateful rhetoric. It’s easier than examining evidence and facts.

“Even their previous messiah Obama was swept into office on the promise of fundamentally transforming America with “hope and change” for free stuff for everyone that towed the manifesto line.”

Ah, the less-than-subtle-red-baiting-card and dog whistles. “Free stuff“ = “Socialism”. Manifesto” = “Marxist”. We get it. Obama is a Marxist Kenyan who hates America.

“Question this and one is labelled a fascist, racist, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, xenophobe, authoritarian, blah blah blah.”

Of course, but question Trump, his Big Lie, and his cartel, or even Darrell, and one is labeled a “Leftist/Marxist/Socialist/Communist/Antifa thug who despises America.

“...doing whatever is necessary to ensure that they hold on to their power, elections be damned.  (There are ways to make sure elections always tilt to blue rather than red if the outcome is in doubt.  Just ask Kari Lake in Arizona.)”

Or ask Al Gore. We could remind him again of who perpetually whines, “Rigged! Massive voter fraud!”, and lies about winning when he lost, emboldening his radical followers like Kari Lake to deny any election they lose. Elections are only “fair” when Republicans win. Is THAT in the Constitution?

As the same whiner Trump recently wrote: “Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”

Oh, oh. Who dares ask if Darrell would side with Trump over the Constitution? I dare say Darrell would STILL vote for him. Only a truly authoritarian follower personality would support such a megalomaniacal narcissistic authoritarian leader.

“...I will simply go on about my life and try to associate with good like-minded people who appreciate what REAL old-fashioned Americans are: Those that love liberty, the constitution, and a government that protects those rights and nothing more.”

As a very “REAL old fashioned American”, albeit perhaps not a “good like-minded” one, I take this as directed at me, as he’s done so before. “Nothing more”? Someone hasn’t read, or ignores the preamble to the Constitution, and suggests the founders didn’t know the meanings of their written words. Did he just skip down to the Second Amendment and ignored the rest? Maybe all that text about GOVERNING and other powers was too boring for him?

No wonder he would prefer to ignore what was written into the dreaded Article 1, Section 8:

As mentioned earlier, let’s remind him again.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

There’s much more, but let’s stop right there. These two clauses are enough for far Right extremists to lose their minds and bury their heads in the sand.

TAXES!  Provide for the GENERAL WELFARE..TWICE! REGULATE commerce!

Their worst nightmares are right there in Article 1, Section 8. Funny how he mentions the Constitution seven times, but never cites it’s words. Hmm. He must know something we don’t.

“In the meantime, I will trust in God and keep my powder dry.”

Trusting God is one thing, but he sounds like a Proud Boy, following Trump’s command to “Stand back and stand by”. If Trump ordered him to shoot all those “leftists who hate America”, would he do it? He seems quite prepared for just that. Such is the power of the manufactured hate in his indoctrinated belief system.

“I think perhaps not focusing on worldly things right now may be the only way we have left of saving our once great nation.”

Good idea. Let’s not focus on tax cuts for the rich, deregulating polluters and Wall Street, demonizing and punishing the “others”, and overturning elections. Or is this what really makes America great?

All I know is Darrell is very clear about hating those of us who try to listen to the message of his Savior.

Not his Republican branded Jesus, but Classic Jesus.

You can’t serve mammon and God. Render unto Caesar his taxes, Love your neighbor and your enemies. Heal the sick and feed the poor, and all those other radical socialist ideas shared by good like-minded Americans.

Isn’t it sad that, according to Darrell’s political beliefs, Jesus “hates America”?

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Comments on Darrell’s “Thoughts on the Ruinous Mid-Term Elections”:

JTF: GOP needs to learn how to "ballot harvest" like the Democrats do.

Darrell M: No sir, they don't. They need to learn how to make sure that the law is followed and investigate and severely punish those found guilty of rigging the system unjustly and illegally.

Dave Dubya (Banned) to DM: Yes sir, I couldn't agree  more. They need to learn how to make sure that the law is followed, and to especially learn when their leader is breaking multiple laws, and rigging the system unjustly and illegally, like:

PAYING OFF a porn star for silence.

LYING about a stolen election.

DEMANDING GA Sec. of State: "So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes.”

DEMANDING the DOJ: “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”

INCITING an armed mob to march to the Capitol to overturn the election.

PRAISING his mob of thugs after they stormed the Capitol, beat cops, terrorized Congress, and threatened to hang Mike Pence: “You’re very special. We love you.”

And:

STEALING secret govt. documents, FAILING to secure them, and LYING about returning them.

18 U.S. Code § 1924 - Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material

18 U.S. Code § 1505 - Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

923. 18 U.S.C. § 371 - Conspiracy to Defraud the United States


DM: I am tired of his infantile ego needing to be stroked and the sometimes stupid things he says or does. That said, he did a LOT of good for the country and we would be far better off today had he remained president. 

Jerry: Trump will probably be in jail by 2024.

DM: If Trump is guilty of crimes, I am okay with that. Biden should be in prison right now for his high crimes and misdemeanors.

Despite all the evidence of Trump’s criminal acts, Darrell will give him the benefit of the doubt, and condemn Biden despite the lack of evidence. The same lack of evidence that the election was stolen from Trump and “the left hates America”.

Beliefs trump reality.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Charming Company


Maybe you remember in October Trump’s friend Kanye West announced: "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”

Well, guess who’s coming to dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

West brought along another fellow MAGA traveler and pal Nick Fuentes.

Maybe you remember him from such patriotic events like the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, and the deadly “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021.

We know Trump had to be prompted several times to denounce the “very fine people” gathered with David Duke in Charlottesville, when he proclaimed, “We’re here to fulfill the promise of Donald Trump. That’s why we voted for him”.

Trump’s kind of people. Just like his mob that terrorized Congress and sent a hundred cops to the hospital. He praised them with, “You’re very special. We love you”.

All charming company, no doubt, and deserving of a lavish dinner party at Mar-a-Lago. Not to mention the promise of a future presidential pardon.

Feeling the stirring neurons from his primitive amygdala, Fuentes crowed to his squealing cheering toadies: “This is going to be the most racist, sexist, anti-semitic, holocaust-denying, speech in all of Dallas this weekend!”

Fuentes is known for telling Jews to, "get out fuck out of America": "You serve the devil. You serve Satan. ... I piss on your Talmud."

Nice guy, amirite? 

West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, posted a video on Twitter claiming that Trump “is really impressed with Fuentes.”

And Trump approvingly wrote of West on Truth Social. “Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on Tucker Carlson.”

The mutual admiration is so, um, Klanish.

Lest I be accused of mis-quoting the racist neo-Nazi Trump supporter, I’ve collected a few more of his white supremacist and openly racist rhetoric.

"When it comes to the Jews, every society where shit has gone down with these people, it always goes from zero to sixty."

“The Jews had better start being nice to people like us, because what comes out of this is going to get a lot uglier for them…”

The Anti-Defamation League has a list of things we should know about Nicholas J. Fuentes:

Nicholas J. Fuentes: Five Things to Know

July 08, 2021

1) Nicholas Fuentes is a white supremacist leader and organizer and podcaster who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP.

2) Nicholas Fuentes believes that he is working to defend against “leftist” cultural changes that are destroying the “true America:” a white, Christian nation.

3) Fuentes has used his platforms to make numerous antisemitic and racist comments. 

4) Fuentes promoted election fraud narratives and encouraged his adherents to participate in nationwide “Stop the Steal” protests.

5) Fuentes has been embraced and praised by a spectrum of far right-wing fringe conservatives, providing him a larger platform for elevating the America First movement. 

In 2017, Fuentes began hosting his livestream show America First with Nicholas J. Fuentes, which attracted a cult-like following. Fuentes refers to these supporters as “Groypers” or the “Groyper Army,” who see their bigoted views as necessary to preserve white, European-American identity and culture. They believe that the mainstream conservative movement is just as responsible as liberals and the left for destroying white America, and that Groypers are the true future of the conservative movement.

“Our civilization is being dismantled, our people are being genocided, and conservatives can’t think past what will play well with liberal media in the next election.”

 “If you are a White male zoomer, remember that the people in power hate you and your unborn children and they will try to genocide you in your lifetime.”

"I don’t see Jews as Europeans and I don’t see them as part of Western civilization, particularly because they are not Christians.”

“Any serious person thinking about globalization and demographic changes should actually care a lot about racial differences in intelligence. But this subject doesn’t “interest” you because it’s not convenient for your trojan horse brand of kosher nationalism.”

Fuentes and other members of America First were present at the Capitol on January 6, about which Fuentes said, “This is awesome...we have been beat up and betrayed and spit on and stepped on for decades. And to see the tables turned for once was a little bit refreshing.” Fuentes was seen that day giving a speech near the Capitol encouraging his followers to “keep moving towards the Capitol – it appears we are taking the Capitol back!”

“White people founded this country. This country wouldn’t exist without white people…people are done being bullied.”

The last quote is the key to fascism. Every racist, every Nazi from Hitler to our American neo-Nazis, every white supremacist, every Proud Boy, Oath Keeper, every Klansman, and every white nationalist of every stripe (and even color) have this in common. 

They are all victims. When their Dear Leader announced his bid for the presidency he succinctly made this point. “I am a victim!”

It’s the famous, patented, all-purpose, demonizing “Victim Card” they pull out for every occasion. There can be no fascist movement without a strong sense of manufactured victimization, to incite hate for the hated “others”, minorities, immigrants, the left, democracy, and even the legal system. Of course, none ever have as much political power as the Angry White Conservatives, but equality was never in their interest. Only their power and privilege.

I don’t know about most conservatives, but most Republicans have indicated they are quite OK with this. Not a peep of condemnation.

They are what they are.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” ~Maya Angelou

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Minority Rule


James McHenry, a Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention wrote: 

“A lady asked Dr. (Benjamin) Franklin, Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic, replied the Doctor, if you can keep it.”  

Ideally a republic is based on one of our Declaration of Independence’s most important phrases, “consent of the governed”.

That’s not exactly what was protected in the Constitution by the founders. Minority rule, and voter rights, were for the privileged white land owners.

And minority rule is the antithesis of a republic.

It's happened before and will happen again.

Republicans can win the gerrymandered House and anti-democratic Senate with fewer overall votes than Democrats. Along with the Electoral College, these tragic errors in judgment by the founders will impair, undermine and corrupt our representative republic.

Like slavery, the founders codified these inequalities in the Constitution. (Thanks to the slave states.)

White nationalist Republicans will refuse to concede if they lose. They will howl “voter fraud” and “rigged”, as they stir more resentment, anger and hate. (The real values of the radical Right.) 

After 2000 and 2016, Republicans have become accustomed to having presidential power with a minority of votes. 

Americans STILL endure taxation and minority rule without fair representation. 

Washington DC has more people than Vermont and Wyoming combined, yet have no voice in our so-called republic. 

White nationalist Christians are not the majority, but they are louder and are more empowered than the majority.

And that's what they want. Minority rule. And they will violently revolt against the majority AGAIN, if they lose.

This is how a republic dies.