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Cyrano

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Regarding knuckle draggers

It seems that Republican insanity is increasing hourly on every issue imaginable. They're into massive voter suppression. -- They oppose anything Joe Biden wants to do to improve people's lives. -- They have no problem with further contaminating our planet. -- They don't give a rat's ass if many more people die from Covid-19. -- Any lie-of-the-day they spout is "Truth!" -- And they can perform the almost impossible task of ignoring the foul stench of their own corruption.

In short, the Republican Party has gone over the edge of the cliff and is in a free fall of moral depravity.

It's almost impossible to not be appalled that so many still vote for them. How much common sense is needed to grasp that, if Republicans ever again seize all the levers of power, democracy will end.

Trump ripped away the camouflage that has long disguised the horror called The Republican Party. It was, in reality, a thin veil that made them seem like "responsible people." It made them look like they were concerned with deficits, "family values," patriotism, flags, morality, personal responsibility, "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps," god, mom, apple pie, ... well, we all know the litany of bullshit they've been peddling the rubes for decades. And it is now glaringly apparent who and what they are. Given free reign, it's conceivable they could return us to the dark ages in which women were burned as witches and anyone who questioned the powers that be were tortured to death.

The Republican Party is leading a parade into some of the darkest eras of the past. And any sane person has to worry if humanity will self-destruct before it can evolve into a stable state of maturity.

Murder in plain sight

I just can't watch Chauvin's trial. That video tells the whole story, -- a nonchalant cop, hands in pockets, kneeling on the neck of a human being named George Floyd until he's dead. It was a horrendous video of a murder, pure and simple. Context and extenuating circumstances aren't even a factor here. To any sane, halfway reasonable human being, it was a public fucking execution.

Anyone but a cop would take any plea he could get. But this murdering prick knows that all he needs is one white supremacist, or one moron on the jury, and he walks away free.

I'm sick of having to share this planet with self-proclaimed "patriots," "cop lovers," flag wavers, god freaks who want to make all the rules, and so many other types of wingnut fanatics, -- including virtually every Republican.

I have no impartiality about this trial, so I never would have made it onto the jury. But no truly impartial juror can watch that video and not understand what they were seeing. If Chauvin is found "not guilty," I fear for the riots that will follow, along with the inevitable deaths that will occur. I really want to see this nonchalant murderer stick his hands into his pockets, look indifferent, and walk into a cell where he'll spend the rest of his life.

Thoughts on surviving four years of pure evil

Some knew on election night how bad it could get. At least they thought they knew. Most had no idea. A monster had inexorably come to power. And the nightmare began.

In reality, the Republican Party has been a nightmare ever since “Saint” Ronald Reagan’s reign. Reagan was an amiable imbecile who sold snake oil labeled “Trickle down economics.” Most had no idea that it meant, “Goodies for the rich and fuck everyone else”, but many bought into it. Especially when the white racist prerogative “Welfare Queen” was added to the mix.

Four decades later, the disguise was stripped away. It turned out that far too many Americans were comfortable with bigotry, hatred and fascism. And some of them saw it as their dream come true.

There’s no need to enumerate the crimes against humanity committed during the reign of the beast and his enablers. Anyone reading this remembers how every day of the last four years brought a new and more outrageous act of depravity. And in the final year, nature added its own contribution to human misery with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, the intense hard work of many dedicated individuals transferred all the reins of power to sane people. But the head has not been cut off the snake. The cultists are still lurking and waiting. And many of them hold high seats in our government. The danger has not passed.

An empathetic, decent, competent person is now in charge, along with a political party that actually believes in the inalienable rights of every human being. This week, they achieved something that seemed impossible a short while ago. They enacted a law to help everyone have food, a roof over their heads, protection for their children, jobs, and so, so much more. And they also restored that incredible something that every human being needs. Hope.

Over half a million people died due to “leaders” who were incompetent and indifferent. The rest of us survived four years of pure evil. But those who thrive on that evil are still hard at work to steal back the reins of power. If they succeed, they will bring into being a world of horrors that decent humans fear and despise. And the only thing that stands in their way is us.

Everyone has heard the words, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Yes, the word “women” must be added.) The truth of those words should be evident to all. Now is the time for everyone to do anything they possibly can do to ensure that sanity, progress and basic humanity triumphs over those who would enslave us in their crazed alternate universe.

If you’ve spent your entire life hoping/wishing/longing for sanity and decency to prevail on this planet, now is the time to act in any way you possibly can. All that’s at stake is the future of humanity.

That gold statue is beyond sick

These people are more fucked up than we thought they were. They're actually worshiping some grotesque piece of crap wrapped in a flag (and holding a bible?).

Their alternate reality is a place to which they want to take America and they'll do it at the point of a gun. We're laughing at them and mocking them, while we should be doing everything possible to quarantine them, shun them, and make them irrelevant. They are an imminent and deadly threat to all of us.

When fascism was threatening the world in the 20th Century, America stepped up and defeated it. Now, fascism is here among us and owns the Republican Party. We can't afford to let them take (steal) power again. They would pose a threat to the entire world.

We underestimate Trump and his crazies at our own peril

This article from Buzzflash is a must read. Trump is not only "not going away," but he and his cult pose a mortal danger to our freedoms.

A BuzzFlash Editor’s Commentary entitled, “Progressives Must Stop Getting Queasy Over Comparing Trumpism to Nazism,” detailed how Trump, while obviously not being an exact replica of Hitler, is utilizing many of his propaganda techniques ... to still try and achieve dictatorial power.

A key strategy of Hitler’s was to normalize the transformation of German society into a nation weaponized, with scapegoating as the justification, over a period of many years, until the horrifying became acceptable “patriotism.” What is happening in the post-inauguration stage of Trump’s American version of “Mein Kampf” (as dramatized, metaphorically, in Philip Roth’s “Plot Against America” on HBO Max) is a continuing normalization of sedition, insurrection, violence and hate galvanized by a continued big lie that “enemies of the people” stole the election from Trump. Indeed, the Insurrection is being sanitized by Congressional Republicans so as not to “taint” the big lie with the truth.

-snip-

Even out of office, Trump continues the normalization of a seditionist authoritarian government, built upon a foundation of lies, even as most advocates of democracy believe the peril to the Union is past. It’s not.

Trump will be ramping up the big lie, test marketing how far he can push, as his worshiping cult and elected GOP acolytes promote the idea that the White House is temporarily occupied by a usurper.

https://buzzflash.com/articles/trumps-toxic-big-lie-is-expanding-not-contracting-mark-karlin-buzzflash-editors-commentary

So Wile E. Coyote runs off a cliff,

remains suspended in space until he looks down and realizes there's nothing under him, and only then does gravity kick in.

At this moment, the Republican Party is hovering, but at some point reality will kick in. They are living in a crazed denial of political gravity and will be unable to escape the consequences. But until they fall, they are a great danger to democracy and they might just take us crashing down with them. History provides us with many examples of what the near-term future could bring.

The derangement inflicting them has been there for many decades, but it took a madman to unleash it and bring it out into the open. So here we are with an unrepentant madman, an incredible number of people believing that Dems drink blood and eat babies, and many others trying to bring about their dreams of fascism. If the Republicans can implement their many voter-suppression plans, they could just take over the congress in two years. That can't be permitted to happen.

Right now, Democrats are holding the levers of power and must use them to their fullest. The twin viruses of Covid and Republican madness must be defeated. Sanity must be restored. The alternative is unthinkable.

Republicans can't stop being dicks

A trillion or two in tax cuts? Great. A trillion or two for vaccines, the hungry, the unemployed? Fuck that.

There's cruelty in their words and deeds. Many of them wave their bibles while screwing their neighbors. Many have a deep, venomous hatred for Muslims, People of Color, LGBTs, Immigrants, Jews, Democrats, and anyone else who doesn't ascribe to their vile beliefs.

The monster is gone, but they're still here. They are the same disgusting human beings who made him possible. And they then bowed down to his wishes, whims and insanity. Are they even descended from the same species as the rest of us?

Unfortunately, we're stuck on the same planet with these wretches. And we're not going to change them. Hopefully, for the sake of our descendants, evolution will speed up a bit before the Earth is uninhabitable.

NY Times op-ed prints "Thoughts from wingnutville."

I don't know how many here on DU read Maureen Dowd who only appears in the NY Times on Sundays. She can be snarky, funny, or irrelevant (as can we all). She's a Democrat and occasionally mentions her right wing family. In today's NY Times, she turned the space for her op-ed column over to her wingnut brother. Seems that wingnuts don't just live in a different universe, they also live in some sort of warped "reality." Here's the link.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/opinion/thanksgiving-dowd-2020.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

This may start a DU dispute," but

Joe Biden won the presidency and most of our down ticket (congresspeople, senators, and state representatives) lost. Like it or not, we are a minority party.

IMO, the reason for those losses can be summed up in four words: "Defund the police" and "socialism."

Words have meaning and Republicans have far more understanding of this than do we.

Nobody wants to "defund the police." What that phrase means seems to mean is that we should not give any money to sustain a police force of any kind. What it really means is to stop buying the police surplus military weaponry and put that money to better use.

And then there's "socialism." Most people think that socialism and communism are synonymous. They're not. Socialism was only tried once on this planet. It was in the kibbutzim established by Israel to settle the survivors of the Holocaust. And it worked. Everyone shared, and sustained a humane world that, eventually, led to better lives for all.

(In reality, Russia, China, Cuba and many other countries never practiced Communism. They used that word, but, in reality, they were just fascists using a different title.)

We Dems are in danger of forever losing this country to many selfish, greedy, bigoted, cruel, hateful people who call themselves Republicans.

Time for us to change the words we use to win over the majority of decent Americans. And "defund the police," and "socialism," aren't those words.

Republicans have ruled us and ruined us over the past 50 years because they know how to convince people with their propaganda/words.

Time we caught up. Or we will be the ones who end up on the dust heap of history.

Today's Republican Party has one thing to offer us. Fascism. That's who they are. That's what they are.

Trump's Karma has already kicked in

It’s unlikely that the Trump creature will ever go to jail. And even if he’s fined for his every last dollar, his MAGAts will donate enough to keep him financially secure for the rest of his miserable existence.

But here’s the good news. Donald Trump will never again have another day of peace for rest in his life. He will find himself without cronies, (he never had a friend), broke, and facing endless government and civil prosecutions. His life of grifting may not be over since he will wring every cent he can from those who still love “Dear Leader.” But his life of “being in charge” will soon be gone.

Before becoming president, he fucked every contractor who ever worked for him, sold steaks, colleges, and every piece of pure bullshit imaginable to scam money from people who had hopes, dreams and little money. He’s spent his entire life stealing from those who didn’t “get it.” And then he played on the fears and racism of far too many Americans (and with the help of Vladimir Putin) to turn the American presidency into an office of pure cruelty, hatred and destruction.

His perception of his “own magnificence” didn’t end on Nov. 3. He lost the election. But ever since, he’s been in courts, threatening state legislators, and tweeting his ass off that he won. It ain’t working.

And normal human beings can only rejoice in his impotence and fear. He’s over, done through. Except for one small thing. -- He’s still pResident for about eight more weeks. And, in theory, he can nuke Iran, Sweden, Detroit, or anyplace else that pisses him off at any moment. I truly believe (hope?) the military leadership will ignore his orders/insanity.

This bitter, cruel, beastly creature is now suffering because the scams that he has practiced his whole life are no longer working. He fears what lies ahead if he can’t cling to the power of the presidency. He fears that his puppet master, Putin, will desert him once he’s no longer of use. He fears being prosecuted for his crimes that aren't covered by a presidential pardon. He fears the wrath of decent human beings.

May he live long in fear and suffer horribly.
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