Thursday, January 4, 2018

The New American Dark Age

The times are a-changin’.

Republicans are waging war on not only democracy and voting rights, they are openly attacking science, public education, and journalism. They wish to replace science, education, and a free press with their corporate friendly political propaganda. 

The hysterical shrill whines from the lunatic Right about “fake news”, “liberal media”, and “voter fraud” are as common as rats in a sewer in Trumpistan.

Denial of climate change science is their politically correct, oily dogma.

The Trump administration has banned the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using the words “science-based” or “evidence-based.” Analysts were told they could use instead: The “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes”.

In other words, they need to be “politically correct” instead of scientifically correct. Just ask the oily climate change deniers.

Trumpists are not only actively censoring science, but suppressing the will of voters in many states. Most American now understand how harmless cannabis is.

They really hate democracy. And hippies.

Except more than “hippies” will be affected with their latest authoritarian move. People suffering from cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma and other medical issues will also be their victims. Some are even Trump voters.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” and has called states’ legalization of marijuana “a mistake,” claiming cannabis is only “slightly less awful than” heroin. He criticized the Obama administration for not taking a more forceful stance against the drug.

Now he has rescinded memos issued during the Obama administration that outlined priorities for federal prosecutions involving marijuana growers and sellers in states where sale of marijuana was legal.

This is where ignorance, bigotry, and hypocrisy over “states’ rights” meet. All over a victimless crime where a medieval mentality law wastes tax dollars and does infinitely more harm than its target of enforcement.

The new American Dark Age is upon us.