Conservatism Is A Disease – It Says So Right In Its Name…

Though the word “liberal” has a long history, it’s too malleable, too easily redirected in the current vernacular where words have been unmoored from their meanings. That’s what LYING does. I prefer the word “PROGRESSIVE” to describe my politics because, in a culture where getting people to read a goddamned tweet is a challenge, billboarding your meaning is just plain more efficient communication.

We don’t have to guess what progressive politics want to accomplish: PROGRESS.

By the same token, we don’t have to guess what “CONSERVATIVE” politics want to accomplish. It’s right there in the name: conservative politics want to conserve WHAT IS or, more often — what WAS. Conservatives want to live in the past. They want to resist change — progress — any & every way they can. Progress is their kryptonite.

Why?

Well,m who ARE conservatives in America (and most of Europe)? They’re white people who want to CONSERVE the white world they came from. Our multi-ethnic, multi-racial world (where women have an equal say) is completely antithetical to them. They want to shove all the toothpaste back into the tube. As if anyone could.

But this is really the world conservatism wants to drag us back to — an empty toothpaste tube — recognizable but empty with absolutely no future (except perhaps as garbage). In order to accomplish this end — regress — conservatives need to step in progress’s path. Being a minority position — an increasingly minority position — conservatism has resorted to outright treason (on top of gerrymandering and voter suppression) to maintain its weakening grip on power. When electoral politics no longer work for you, what else are ya gonna do?

Conservatism — once the supposed bastion for lovers of the Rule Of Law — is now where liars and con men go to piss on the Rule Of Law instead. The Rule Of Law, conservatives now see is a roadmap to their own extinction. So — like a virus, conservatism now seeks to infect America — like a virus — bent on turning us into it. Conservatives will now try to shove their DNA back into America like toothpaste that will never ever get back into the tube.

It’s all well and good for the toothpaste. Our problem is we’re the tube.

Dear Main Stream Media – No, Both Sides DON’T Do It

I’m dying to know.  Which class is it in America’s Journalism Schools that’s confusing everyone?  Which class is instructing American Journalists that if you can’t write anything else, fall back on ‘Well, both sides do it…!’?

Whichever class it is, it’s screwing up American Journalism to the point where American Journalism is HELPING undermine the Republic.  ‘Both sides do it’ is literally blinding them to the larger — and far, FAR more  important — story.

‘Both Sides Do It’ Journalism accepts that a man stealing a loaf of bread because he’s hungry is the same as an industrialist stealing billions from the commonweal.  Yes — both men are thieves.  BOTH SIDES DO IT.

But there’s a difference of scale between them, yeah?  Stealing a loaf of bread and stealing billions are both thievery but aside from that abstract fact, there’s not an iota of similarity.  And while you could say ‘BOTH SIDES DO IT’ — it doesn’t exactly capture ‘The Truth’.  In fact, it perverts the Truth.

That’s what ‘Both Sides Do It’ instantly eschews: Scale… Proportion… Context.  It’s a headline that doesn’t actually match the story.

As we head toward an election that will absolutely decide this country’s fate, the American News Media is taking ‘Both Sides Do It’ Journalism to bold new heights.

Today’s ‘It’ — Enthusiasm.  Both sides have enthusiasm.  Yes, they do.  But the ‘nature’ of that enthusiasm — that’s actually the story.  People who want to restrict rights have one sort of ‘enthusiasm’ and people whose rights are about to be restricted — they experience a whole ‘other’ kind of ‘enthusiasm’.  Theirs is existential.  The other is merely cruel and mired in fear of the ‘other’.  It’s Lizard Brain thinking (as it were).

When you report them as being the same — it distorts everything about the story.  It screws with the Truth.  It’s not far enough away to be dismissed out of hand, but it’s close enough to blur reality in peoples’ minds.  Damage done.

When you approach every story already fixated on the false narrative that whatever crime one side does, the other is matching it step for step.  The most painful example remains every time a ‘serious’ news media outlet hosts a panel discussion about Climate Change and they invite a Climate Change Denier to sit in on the panel.

Television — this is not a revelation — is a mostly visual medium.  How you see things is key to how you perceive them.  When a news outlet splits a screen 50-50, the inherent message is “These Two Sides Are Equal” (by the same token if they squeezed those screens to represent reality — perhaps that would be a genius way to faithfully represent how arguments compare).  When a Climate Scientist shares a 50-50 screen with a Denier — the two are given equal weight, as are their arguments.  Science gets diminished while bullshit gains credibility.  That can’t possibly end well.

But that, too, is part of ‘Both Sides Do It’.  It slides easily into false narratives because it starts from such a distorted place.  Once False Narratives get launched, they take on a life of their own.  The Truth gets harder to discern from all the bullshit surrounding it.

After a while — as we have now — American Journalists start out from a ‘Both Sides Do It’ perspective.  They fail to see any sort of proportionality.  A candidate who equivocates about a senate vote becomes the same as a candidate who lies about raping someone. They both failed to tell the Truth.  BOTH SIDES DO IT.

No, American News Media — Both Sides DO NOT DO IT.

Both sides DO NOT regularly cheat to win elections.

Both sides DO NOT do not disenfranchise and suppress voters.

Both sides DO NOT ‘knowingly’ accept money from FOREIGN DONORS!

Both sides DO NOT lie with such shocking impunity.

Both sides DO NOT so clearly serve the needs of their White, Wealthy, Christian, Male donors at the expense of every other American.

Both sides DO NOT declare Culture War on other Americans.

Both sides DO NOT commit TREASON to hold onto power.

Both sides do not do it.  Period.

 

America Is Still Dealing With Its ‘Original Sin’: We Screwed Up On Slavery

If you really think about it — and you don’t have to think too hard — an awful lot of our current debate about racism in this country is as old as the Republic itself.  When the Founders of this Republic sat down to hash out what this country was and what it wasn’t, what they wanted it to be — and not be — they got bamboozled by the pro-slavery faction.

The fact that the Founders of this country couldn’t/wouldn’t outlaw slavery within our borders was a staggering mistake.  We fought a whole Civil War over it.  We’re battling over it still.

Either ‘All Men Are Created Equal’ or they aren’t.  There can’t be ‘Some Men Are Created MORE Equal’.  Well — there can — but that isn’t this country.

Except it is.  Because we screwed up at the start and allowed slavery to not only ‘be’ but — and here’s where slavery STILL haunts us — to guarantee slavery’s survival, we reverse-engineered how OUR version of democracy would ‘work’.  We empowered the slavers.  We empowered A MINORITY.

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that that minority is WHITE, CHRISTIAN & MALE.

Historically, White-Christian-Male Culture has hated and feared any culture that wasn’t IT.  It’s used the Law to punish ‘the other’ and their culture.  Quick ‘for instance’ – marijuana prohibition never had anything to do with marijuana being a health risk (it isn’t — not compared to thousands of OTHER things we do or imbibe LEGALLY) – it was about the fact that marijuana (unknown to White Christian Male Culture) was enjoyed by MEXICANS who brought it with them when they migrated (many after the Mexican Revolution started in 1910).

Those same White Christian Males hated marijuana even more when Jazz Musicians — code for Black Men – took to it enthusiastically.

If you look at the arguments we’re having today — and it’s heavy with racism — you can’t miss slavery’s echos all over the place.  What is VOTER SUPPRESSION if not white people trying to keep black people from voting?  That’s not occurring in a vacuum.  It’s White People resisting the fact that Black People (‘slaves’ to the republican mindset) are free, are citizens, and can vote.

Republicans despise the fact that Black People or Brown People or Asian People or ANY PEOPLE that aren’t them can vote.  They’ve seen for eons where this would lead — to the demise of White Christian Male Culture as the ‘dominant culture’ in America.  To the End of Slavery, really.

And Republicans desperately don’t want THAT to happen…

Here’s An Absolute Truth: All Results From Election 2016 MUST BE TOSSED. Otherwise It’ll Be ‘SLAVERY: The Sequel’

Excuse me if we ‘cut to the cliche’:  Russia touched, influenced or CORRUPTED virtually every facet of Election 2016.

They penetrated databases, stole & transferred data, weaponized that data and turned it back on us, bought American politicians wholesale via the NRA and thousands of Russian ‘retirees’.  This didn’t happen suddenly.  Vladimir Putin himself had a strong hand in drawing up ‘The Plan To Undermine America & The West’ so as to restore ‘Greater Russia’, remove America from its role as World’s Policeman, and Suppress the Muslim Infidel while retaking The Holy Land For The Mother Orthodox Church.

This HAS been on Vlad’s mind for a while.  And he’s been cultivating various Americans for years (looking at YOU, Dana Rohrbacher!)  — all for the purpose of undermining us, our place in the world and our ability to defend that world against Vladimir Putin.  This is what Vladimir Putin does:  He’s a spy.  A very, very good one.

Putin turned every last bit of his ‘shadow world’ machinery against us.  The results we got are (for the most part) the results that Vladimir Putin wanted.  He employed — with significant American assistance (Cambridge Analytics) — stolen information for the express purpose of suppressing some votes while deliberately misinforming the others.  That’s not a billboard we’re talking about, remember — it’s an add on a specific individual’s computer or phone — designed to speak directly to them because it’s speaking in a voice, in essence, STOLEN FROM THEM.

This is Cyber Crime, boys n girls.  Gonna be harder to keep up with than before but that’s just how it is.  The last ones in the pack are usually the ones that get eaten, yeah?

The RESULTS of Election 2016 are, literally, EVIDENCE OF A CRIME — the THEFT of the Will of the American People.

Our WILL was not answered by the election — rather, our will was CIRCUMVENTED.  Illegally — and with the help of a hostile foreign power and it’s greedy, hostile Czar-In-Everything-But-Name.  THAT MAN — Vladimir Putin — using the Republican Party — caused America to walk away from Election 2016 thinking THE OPPOSITE of what REALLY HAPPENED happened.

What REALLY happened was Hillary Clinton won Pennslyvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.  It wasn’t really all that close.  When you factor in the MILLIONS of SUPPRESSED VOTES?  It was a little embarrassing actually.  For Donald Trump — and the Republican Party.

Now, since the election, the Republicans went at the American Government with a sledgehammer in one hand and a vacuum cleaner in the other so they could suck up every bit of available cash.  They’ve changed policies, revised legislation or simply imposed outright insanity upon us and called it ‘Republican Victories’.  And they’ve appointed Judges — all of them DARLINGS of the ‘But We’d Rather Be Fascists’ Federalist Society.  And then there’s Neil Gorsuch — and the strange ‘Odyssey’ Neil took to get there – sailing right past Merrick Garland.

Makes skeptical minds wonder what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knew and when?  Another day, Mitch — another day…

Election 2016 is, top to bottom, illegitimate.  The election itself was/is a crime scene and the results EVIDENCE as I said.  I cannot see ANYWHERE in our CRIMINAL CODE where we catch a thief, prosecute him — PUNISH HIM EVEN — but, at the end of it all, LET HIM KEEP WHAT HE STOLE.

We don’t do it.  No one does.  Thieves, when caught NEVER get to keep WHAT THEY STOLE.

The Republican Party are no less THIEVES than a guy who ripped off your bike.  They’re punks — all of them.

Each Republican recipient of Russian Largess is a CRIMINAL and their election A CRIME.  Everyone who HELPED THEM — and knew about Russia — ALSO CRIMINALS.

Everyone who even SUSPECTED that ‘MAYBE RUSSIA’ — Guilty of being part of the CONSPIRACY.

Is this horse dead yet?  Can I please stop hitting it?

The results of Election 2016 HAVE to be tossed.  Everything that ‘flowed from’ that election HAS TO BE TOSSED.  Becasue it DOES NOT BELONG TO THOSE PEOPLE.  It belongs to WE THE PEOPLE — and it’s time we had what we actually VOTED FOR — the way our Constitution says it’s supposed to be.

Not complicated actually.  Ah, but — it doesn’t say in the Constitution what to do in the event of a TRAITOR — and his whole POLITICAL PARTY — betraying  the Nation.  The Founders — shortsighted bastards all — failed to see THAT possibility in America’s future.  Meaning — the SOLUTION to our problem may not be IN the Constitution but can be valid as an answer because it’s so deeply rooted IN the Constitution.

Fortunately we have a lot of very smart people who know their stuff on the subject of the Constitution.  It may take a lot of late days and HubGrubbed meals.

But there is a very ‘bottom’ line.  The Will of the American People was CIRCUMVENTED by a HOSTILE FOREIGN POWER in Election 2016.  To accept the results would be to ACCEPT the IMPOSITION OF A CRIME onto our Democratic DNA.

American Democracy, we will tell people, is sacred & sacrosanct — except for THAT election — the one RUSSIA WON…

Can’t see ME having that conversation with anyone.  I bet there aren’t a lot of people reading this (if anyone ever does) who’d fight me too hard on it.  I’m not including TRAITORS in that ‘people’, of course.  Traitors aren’t ‘people’.  They’re TRAITORS.

But if we let a Traitor WIN an election — in any way, shape or form — it would haunt us as surely and as terribly as Slavery did and does.  Why on Earth would we go and make TWO catastrophic mistakes/

How much more do we think even a sturdy Democracy can take?