Animals do this too, so, I guess we’re no worse than animals.
A crow will watch another crow and follow him to where he’s hiding food and then eat up his stash. Damn exploitative crows. Of course the crows haven’t evolved advanced technology. The crows don’t have tracking software or machine guns, and they don’t make slaves out of each other.
Besides, you’d like to think that humans, who have evolved and possess advanced technology, might have evolved and possess advanced spirituality and morality. You’d like to think that, but truth would emphatically disagree. In a lot of ways we’re much worse to each other than crows. We’re sophisticated and cruel in our exploitation of each other far beyond the level of most ‘lower’ animals.
The Republican party really is the Big Tent Party. It’s the Big Hell Tent for psychopaths, cash worshiping Mammonites, mentally deformed ‘Christian’ zealots, Straight up Nazis, pedophiles and sexual predators.
My, how the GOPers have changed. They’ve become the party who is A-Okay with treason. They’ve become the love-buddies of the Russians. They have no problem at all with blowing up the national debt (as long as it’s for military spending or tax cuts for the rich). Sexual predators? Come on in! Nazis? Fine people! You’re among friends in GOPer-land.
In today’s edition of The Party of Sexual Predators and Nazis:
We needed that. Hopelessness and fear have been palpable for a year or longer now. Finally, a real and serious sign that the sane citizens of America are in this war to win it. The Huffington Post headline: The Future Fights Back, pretty much said it all.
Danica Roem’s win in Virginia against GOPer Bob Marshall, who called himself the “Chief Homophobe” and author of the state’s “bathroom bill”, was especially sweet since Danica Roem is a trans woman. She’s also extremely intelligent and gracious.
There’s a storm of things going on, as usual these days. There’s indictments and mass shootings and the corrupt bombshells and capitalism’s worsening rot revealed in the Paradise Papers . There’s Trump’s Asian tour, complete with a very foul smelling Putin meeting in Vietnam.
Even in all this madness, with so many unanswered questions, the one big mystery that I would really like to know the answer to is: What the hell is going on with Robert Mercer? Without Mercer there is no Brexit, there is no Breitbart, no Bannon, and no Trump. Now he seems to be pulling out of everything, and fast. What’s up with that? Is he spooked by something? Is this a head fake? What the hell’s going on here?
This morning we got the first taste of Mueller’s fire. The Manafort indictment was no surprise, his partner Rick Gates, a little off the radar, but as someone who still has regular contact with team Trump (Pro-Russian Lobbyist Is Lurking Around the White House) and Manafort’s right-hand man, really no surprise. Papadopoulos, though, this one is the big news. He’s obviously flipped to the government witness side of the equation.
Senators McCain, Corker and Flake are being lauded for sounding the alarm about the obvious dangers of Trump. Former President George W. Bush, too, has sounded the alarm. If Trump is to be driven from office; if the country is to be saved; if catastrophe is going to be averted, then we will need people on the Right standing up and helping to make that happen. The problem is, as always: How the hell did someone so obviously unfit for office end up there?
How? Senators McCain, Corker and Flake, and former President Bush, all helped to make that possible. When McCain ran against Bush for the Republican nomination in 2000 and the Bush Campaign spread rumors that McCain had an interracial daughter (she’s adopted), sinking his bid in South Carolina, McCain never said, “There’s a real and dangerous racism in this party that needs to be called out.” George Bush never condemned it either. He took his win and marched on.
America is doomed, and watching this is torturous and exhausting. Every day is a new Trumpian rabbit hole of toxic tomfoolery. But Trump is just a symptom of the illness. Getting rid of the symptom is not a cure. It will get worse. Much worse.
What is the root cause of this madness? Why can’t we have a relatively sane, functional government? Why is it so difficult? As a nation we have a lot of serious problems to address, but really, in all honesty, which of these problems is unsolvable? Take any one of them. Take the debt; take climate change and environmental issues; take campaign finance laws; take racial inequality and tension; take any goddamn issue that we now face– None of them are beyond our ability to solve, so what’s stopping us from solving them?
It’s just what they do now.
Fascists can, and do, target other minority groups for abuse, but, generally, that has to be done more quietly– more ‘dog-whistley’– because of all those historical red flags. If you’re explicit with your racism or antisemitism there will be some push-back from, what passes for, the moderate Right– less and less in the age of Trump– but whoever is still left pretending to be a decent human-being on the Right, they will have to come out against you, because, you know, the whole slavery, blatantly racist past, and the holocaust, and…