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Now he has rescinded memos issued during the Obama administration that outlined priorities for federal prosecutions involving marijuana growers and sellers in states where sale of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


Jefferson's Guardian said...

Dave, these are definitely the darkest times since The Great Depression/WWII era. The darkest shadows, and the corporate fascism lurking within them, are creeping closer and closer.

Keep fightin'! Keep writing!

Infidel753 said...

Government rejection of, or interference in, science inevitably leads to decline and backwardness. In the USSR, Lysenkoism wrecked real genetic science, and decades later the Soviets were still trying to catch up with the rest of the world in that field.

By rejecting the global scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming, Trump's government is not only undermining efforts to solve a serious problem, but also ceding leadership in critical emerging technologies to Germany, France, Brazil, China, and other countries.

The wingnuts look at issues like this as if the US existed in a vacuum, not in competition with other countries. They don't grasp that no country is guaranteed a position of technological leadership -- it has to be earned, continuously.

Ex Con servative said...

Good job again Dave, right on the money.

Sessions is another incompetent, small minded, foolish appointee.Saying that good people don't use marijuana is just ignorant. Another case of right wing hypocrisy.Overlook all the damage being done to poor and working class people currently,all the fraudulent,unlawful,AND immoral activity being perpetrated by this administration, then make a statement like that....what a fool.Then they all hide behind their fake religion curtain,all while doing the opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Like I've said before, the conservative(what does that word mean anyway?) right is the political equivalent of a very dysfunctional person. Always projecting all their flaws, sins,and fear based meanness onto the other side. And the loyal CRAP followers believe it.

This is also just another case of this administration,being led by a thin skinned, vengeful boob, trying to undo ANYTHING accomplished by the Obama administration, no matter if it was good for the people or not....purely political. The same thing the big whiners always accuse the left of doing, they do ten times worse.

Keep fighting the good fight!

Dave Dubya said...

At least during WWII we were fighting dictators and fascism. Now our Orange Fuhrer praises tyrants.

The regressive Party of Trump and its authoritarians, rubes, and dupes think making American great means punishing people they don’t like while demeaning science, journalism and education, aka people they don’t like. Their ideology is built on their fear and hate for what they willfully do not understand. And that willful ignorance fuels a lot of fear and hate. All they need to do is keep telling themselves they alone are right, so all others should be ignored or attacked.

Ex Con,

”Like I've said before, the conservative(what does that word mean anyway?) right is the political equivalent of a very dysfunctional person.”

My grandmother was conservative. Mostly from being a small town person unaware of the larger world. No wonder she liked things to stay the same. Not once did I hear her say the rich pay too much in taxes, or corporations should be super persons with their free speech money.

In this New Dark Age, conservative means something new and sinister. Paul Ryan just got a half million donated from the Kochs. This tells us conservatism is greed.

I like to say the Pope is conservative. What we have in the US is a neo-fascist, trickle-up corporatism posing as conservatism. Even the Pope condemns this rigged economic system.

Ex Con servative said...


I agree with your assessment of modern conservatism.I work with a guy that grew up on a farm,and was also not exposed to much of the outside world growing up. He has very conservative social views due to his upbringing, yet he is practically in whacko world politically...he believes all the craziness and corporatism.He believes it with all his being,and I believe it's because of right wing media.That's the big difference between the old days and now.It's literally everywhere,and it hasn't been by accident.So many of the gullible ones get sucked in,which makes this a very scary and frustrating time....good to have sites like yours though.

Jefferson's Guardian said...

When the right's underlying hate and racism is exposed to the light of scrutiny, its paranoia surfaces to shutdown all opposition.

Mission accomplished. ;-)

Dave Dubya said...

It seems just invoking their cult's paranoia about the "secret society" and "deep state" is enough to make them flee any discussion. I wonder why?

Our cult friends can't handle the truth. They never could. Our showing them facts just makes them more angry and hateful. That is the authoritarian mindset.

Jefferson's Guardian said...