What Republicans think doesn’t matter.
Here's what I mean. The story isn't what Republicans believe. The story is that Republicans are not participating in reality.

Their beliefs are dangerous—but their beliefs don't matter. The beliefs of Republicans mustn't be considered as we make policy. They must be ignored.
There is a dominant cultural narrative that the only way we can survive this moment is by coming together with Republicans. That's dangerously incorrect.

The only way to survive is by addressing reality, which means ignoring the beliefs of people who have rejected reality.
There is a dominant cultural narrative that the only way we can survive is by convincing Republicans to rejoin reality. That's dangerously incorrect.

The only way to survive is by doing what's necessary, without seeking permission from people who have abandoned reality.
People are free to believe anything they want. They have the right to believe in a false reality.

They don't have the right to live in it.

They mustn't be treated as if their opinion on reality is relevant. It's our job to refuse to do that.

Republicans' beliefs don't matter.
We have to insist on reality, because it's reality we all have to deal with, whether we believe it or not.

We can't seek some middle ground between reality and unreality.

We can't join them. We have to beat them.

Perhaps we'll lose. But we have to try.

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Saw a clip of Trump blathering to strangers at his gross resort for rich Christian fascists, and it really brought home what hostages we all were to the mundane grotesque whims of this dull-minded pathetic bully.
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And you all voted for him. Your gross pig king. We see you.
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In case you thought the defense of the nazis who invaded Charlottesville was limited to just Trump.
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Impossible, not because we hate compromise, but because compromise presupposes a second party that is participating in the same reality and in the same organization.

Republicans are, quite simply, not participating in America.
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I would say that the government that imposed a Muslim travel ban, a family separation policy, sweeping deregulation of environmental protection, multiple trillion dollar giveaways to billionaires and deliberately spread misinformation about a pandemic, was also “big government.”
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Government that spends all our money on things with positive civic or social benefit = dangerous scary “big” government.
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Anyone suggesting that we could have a “small” government is a lunatic or a thief.
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You know what? We *should* persecute Republicans.

Nothing stops them from saying they’re being persecuted anyway. Let’s give them the reality they demand.

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They want to be the persecuted ones? Let’s show them what that is.

Every law they’ve passed against others for decades, let’s pass against them for a few decades.

No fly lists. Travel bans. Bathroom laws. Gerrymanders. Criminalize McMansions.

Oh—let’s take their burgers, too.
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(This should also be the penalty for listening to Joe Rogan.)
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