First: Republicans aren’t patriots, and that should have been clear from the moment we learned that Mitch McConnell interfered in announcing Russian meddling before the election. amp.slate.com/blogs/the_slat…
Second: imagine having to say that! Like, why do you have to remind people to defend their own country? Because the GOP isn’t interested in it unless they win. And if patriotism means they lose, then why not let Russians run rampant in your elections?
So I'd like to point out that despite being called "bedwetters," "hysterics" and "extremists," those of us who have been calling out GOP hypocrisy for years are actually more accurate than virtually anyone else.
Whether it's racism or sexism or hypocrisy or disdain for rules that limit the party's power: we told you so. We told you it would lead to this. We told you that they weren't to be trusted. In fact, the only thing we've been wrong about is the depth of their depravity.
When conservatives defended Bork's nomination for the court when he was the perpetrator of the Saturday Night Massacre, how could you be surprised when they let Trump nominate someone who will decide his criminal liability?
I don’t know how many times I have to say this but: the right, at this point, has no principles beyond white supremacy and oligarchy.
The “base” is base. They are the animators of white supremacy and tolerate the oligarchy because they conflate whiteness with wealth and well-being. Nothing but the most extreme economic suffering will break this association.
The elites are disdainful. They are the animators of the oligarchy and tolerate the white supremacy because the former is an efficient tool for the latter (a bunch of them also believe in breeding and eugenics; they just don’t think of themselves as alike to the poor).
“Strict constitutionalist” is code for wanting to permanently enshrine the mistakes of the Founders into the Constitution.
If you aren’t as worshipful of the 13th, 14th and 15th as the preceding 12, then you’re a white supremacist who should be kept out of society let alone on the bench.
Seriously, just think through the implications. They praise the amendments decided by the original all-white, all-male, all-wealthy convention as the only necessary foundations for society. And then they trash the ones implemented via the very system created by the originals.
This can explain how Trump has a 90% approval rating within the party, how he got almost the same amount of votes as Romney, and why the “intellectual” wing has a reflexive anti-anti-Trump posture.
This is also why Trump couldn’t be felled by “he’s not a conservative” because there is no actual ideology except hurting liberals and boosting white men (either because they have all the money or because they are white men).
I honestly don’t get what people are waiting for. There is more evidence that Trump is a willing Kremlin agent who coordinated with Putin for money and power than there has ever been for Hillary Clinton nefariously sending classified info in her emails.
Why is the outrage, attention and narrative so markedly different between these two scenarios? One would have foundation-shaking implications for our government, elections, Constitution, and the other is basically imaginary bullshit. And yet...
I get joking about #SecondCivilWar and all, but it’s really important to remember that Alex Jones is preparing his listeners and viewers to feel comfortable perpetrating violence against their fellow citizens for political disagreement...when the GOP runs the country.
Democrats aren’t even in power now! They are, structurally, weaker than they’ve been in a long time, maybe ever. And Alex Jones, who convinced a man to shoot up a pizza parlor to save children from sex trafficking in its nonexistent basement, is saying we’re gonna start a war.
It is very funny and I have laughed and I get it. But it’s important to understand that Jones and his ilk aren’t joking. They’ve been dehumanizing us for years. He is trying to invoke or inspire violence.
Good. We deserve leadership that will fight for their constituents, not suck up to the base of their opposition. They’re NEVER going to love you, Chuck and Nancy. Might as well square your shoulders and punch back.
I think it’s actually more telling that the major responses Republicans have to “abolish ICE” are:
- it will lead to a massive increase in crime because all immigrants are criminals (racist, xenophobic, false)
- it is a political loser because I viscerally dislike it
Instead of saying that abolishing ICE is a political loser (to whom and for what reasons), conservatives who can’t quite give up defending Republican policy should make an affirmative argument in defense of the agency where people are happily committing human rights violations
I mean the head of ICE is crying more over the social censure of ICE agents than the possibly permanent separation of children from their asylum-seeking parents. He has defended the deeply disturbing “techniques” for that separation, also employed by the likes of the Nazis.
White man: I am stunned that a movement based on the idea that representative government is dangerous and collectivist and individuals should run the world according to their impulses and desires would attract racists.
Why would Ron Paul, a man who says that he would have voted against the Civil Rights Act, be attractive to racists? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? Answers the world may never know.
There are people who say that because the times are dire we shouldn’t take a moment to call out how we got here. The fuck we shouldn’t.
We got here because Republicans weaponized our desire for comity and our commitment to democracy against us. No matter how often we come to them as equals, they would demand the obeisance of subordinates.
We got here because our very white, very male media establishment swallowed whole the false notion of neutrality, mistaking their feelings for facts and developing content as though they owed the powerful more than the public.
The reason so many smart and compassionate political figures are reacting negatively to SHS being booted is because that’s a price they all could end up paying.
How many bad takes have they had? Bad people have they defended? How many acts that time and reason will come to rule as sins? If Sanders is guilty, what are they?
But that is to fundamentally misread this moment in history. And to think that what any of these people has done is equivalent to signaling double-speak for fascists and Nazis is to both overstate your influence and understate her treachery.
Yo, Brian Stelter is wasting his time and ours by trying to interview Glenn Beck. So, by my count: 0 immigration activists or experts on @ReliableSources; 1 openly white supremacist who invoked the FEMA camps he used as a conspiracy theory when Obama was president.
Stop fucking trying to save Trump voters is my point
Also, Brian is completely outclassed here because he doesn’t understand the narratives Glenn is playing with or the role he’s been shunted into.
It takes some big brass ones to accept GOP propaganda and messaging in the age of Obama and then get mad about using an evocative image to represent some real shit that is happening.
Literally all Republicans did was manufacture outrage! Fox spent months covering two New Black Panthers calmly opening the door for people at a polling station. Drudge *has a siren* for “big” stories. Alex Jones is a person that speaks!
Beware the “black swan” take of conservatives; they’re eager to put space between themselves and the monster they built. How much airtime did Joe give to Trump in 2016? How much did he disparage the only option between us and the current abomination?
Joe spent years talking up the ridiculous opposition to Barack Obama, failing to create consequences for those who peddled racist conspiracy theories, apologizing away all the same whispered sins that Trump now commits through a bullhorn.
The only way we will truly excise Trumpism is to acknowledge how it developed, the arteries that feed it now, and to attack the whole, every cell, until the body politic is healthy. Joe may not be part of the Stage 4 Trumpism, but he was part of Stage 1.