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Trump claims no wars started under him: what about the war on democracy?

The one in the US?

Didn't the MAGAs start the whole anti-mask thing while Trump was for them (Trump soon quit

supporting masks). Then the Russians have been anti vax online for years. This is the great unmooring from science, the media, government and anything approaching actual Christianity.

Heather Cox Richardson on Rick Scott's pplans

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-18-2022?s=r

"SNIP......

The third story that has flown under the radar is that the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Florida senator Rick Scott, has provided a blueprint for what the Republicans will do if they get a majority in the next election. In “An 11-point plan to rescue America,” produced by the group responsible for electing Republican senators, Scott promised that the Republicans “will protect, defend, and promote the American Family at all costs.” The plan continues: “The nuclear family is crucial to civilization, it is God’s design for humanity, and it must be protected and celebrated. To say otherwise is to deny science. The fanatical left seeks to devalue and redefine the traditional family, as they undermine parents and attempt to replace them with government programs. We will not allow Socialism to place the needs of the state ahead of the family.”

The plan promises that children will say the Pledge of Allegiance and “learn that America is a great country,” they will not learn critical race theory, and discussion of race will be banned from American society. The country will build former president Trump’s border wall and name it after him.

To protect the family, the Republican plan calls for destroying the business regulation, social safety net, federal promotion of infrastructure, and protection of civil rights that Americans have embraced since the 1930s and handing power over to the wealthy. It promises to “grow America’s economy, starve Washington’s economy, and stop socialism,” by which Republicans mean not international socialism in which the government owns the means of production—factories—for that is not on the table in the U.S. Instead, they mean a system in which voters can create a government that regulates business and uses tax dollars to provide services for all Americans.  

Republicans, the plan says, will dramatically increase taxes on Americans earning less than $100,000, raising $1 trillion over ten years, although since they will also cut the Internal Revenue Service by 50%, the government might be hard pressed to collect those taxes. Since “government should not be doing anything that the private sector can do better and cheaper,” they will make sure all laws expire after five years, ending them with the idea that Congress will simply repass good laws. They would end Social Security (which, by the way, protects children as well as the elderly and disabled), Medicare, Medicaid, and so on. They will sell off all “non-essential” government assets, buildings, and land (are national parks essential?) and cut funding to states “other than disaster relief.” 

This plan is “easily the most radical document put forward by a member of the leadership of a major political party in modern times,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote.

“Americans deserve to know what we will do,” Scott said in his introduction to the plan. 

Indeed, we do.

......SNIP"

Applegrove:

To get everyone to not like taxes and to avoid paying them leading to corruption in all walks of life in the USA. Taxes on working class people and not enough funding for the IRS. My God! Americans will soon be like that fruit seller in Tunisia who set himself on fire because he was being shaken down every day. And like rich people in Pakistan who go shopping in groups with private security and a few ambulances just for them in case. They want to corrupt our hearts and souls. And they are not satisfied with the government doing bupkiss they want it to actively put workers under duress from government.

Looks like Republicans don't want to face Democrats in 2022

running on lowering drug prices, to me.

Snakes and ladders. The liberal 20th Century was about building ladders. The Authoritarian

trend we are on is about building snakes: corruption, climate crisis, no regulations, inequality. Only the rich can get to the top and avoid the snakes. The ladders are all pulled up for the average guy: cost of college, cost of meds, etc.

They have no policies on anything unless they hurt people. They have nothing to add

on Ukraine. They are just there to social engineer through play-acting populism for their right wing plutocrat masters.

Tweet of the Early Evening:

https://twitter.com/NataliaAntonova/status/1499247548581699587?s=20&t=ZlJQqhSGolB4A6miHxFNUw

Dyslexics work in small little narratives. They keep their narratives

separate. Then they take some of those narratives and make a big picture on that. They test it out and either count or discount it. Then they take another bunch of short and separate narratives and make a big picture on that. If Trump the Dyslexic is trying to appeal to other dyslexics (10 to 15% of the population) the stories do not have to match as they would in one long narrative. It is the scientific method of sussing out reality. Trial and error. Hypothesis. A whole bunch of assumptions come into play when you tell one long narrative that fits. Why would reality have a beginning and middle a climax and and end? That is for language people who got power by their ability to bond over long stories and create the human constructs that make civilization. Two diametrically opposed ways of perceiving the world. If 10% to 15% of Americans are not defending the long stories that came before (like democracy (which is a long story)) and will connect better with little short narratives that don't follow each other and you want their votes you might talk like that too. And pepper each little narrative you give them with lies is what he is doing. Like freedom is a Republican thing rather than a democratic thing make it to the top with completely separate (yeah right) freedom convoy in Canada on the right. ASTRO turf 100s of little freedom narratives to be on the right (parental rights in schools=freedom) and on and on. That is what Republicans do on the right... they turn dyslexics into liars (Reagan, Bushes 1 and 2, Trump was always a liar. Not to be confused with dyslexics who are most often not liars: Washington. Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Kennedy, Churchill, Woodrow Wilson). But in the last few days the narrative in Ukraine has been so dynamic, with so many little stories of Ukrainians being so brave and Putin so reviled, that the bullshit machine on the right was no match and the dyslexics would hypothesize and then keep what a colossal needless horror this war is, and what attack on freedoms really look like, top of mind. So Trump and Tucker backtrack. They are no match for reality with so many moving parts and little narratives and emotional moments as this Ukraine War has. Reality breaks through.

Putin wrote a fevered history of Russia and Ukrain in July 2021. So much

for the theory he decided to attack Ukraine because Biden was weak on the Afghanistan withdrawal a month later.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60458300

People will die so Putin can build up his ego..... Hey that is the GOP motto: die

people so the rich right wing can make more money than they will ever need to pump up their egos. No wonder the right wing rich plutocrats supports Putin.
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