Liberal Genocide & Hypocrites

Watch the video below… Then read on.

Liberal Genocide

Facts, evidence, truth.  They are the result of objective reasoning, investigation, and rigorous testing.  They are not manifestations of wild, ignorant imaginations.  And yet, in the video you just watched, the number of lies being preached to the minions of madness in attendance, speaks volumes to the great hypocrisy of GOP politicians and their mindless, ignorant, xenophobic, racist, white male dominated, female subjugated, despicable waste of humanity followers.  Three months into the new administration – and quite possibly the most corrupt administration to have ever led the country – the same lies used to subvert reality and put the GOP into the driver’s seat of the United States, are still being used to push an agenda that is far darker than simply trying to win an election.  The very core of all these lies is a festering pustule of hate that welcomingly embraces and celebrates genocidal tribalism.  It’s a grotesque side of humanity that some countries around the world have been unfortunate enough to experience first-hand.  Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, ISIL’s genocide of Yazidis… These are just some of the genocides in the 20th and 21st centuries driven by intense hatred of others for whatever insidious excuse.  But now…

Watch the video again.  Listen to the intense vitriol, barbaric hatred, and the insidious dehumanization of Liberals, Muslims, Jews, and others, by the speakers and interviewees. Pay close attention to the manner with which they deliver their messages.  It wreaks of a thirst for blood.  It smacks of racial, religious, and political purity, of tribalism, of authoritarianism, of fascism.  And all of it spewing from the minds and out of the mouths of people who, FOR YEARS AND YEARS, claimed to be “Patriots”!  This is a political party that SWORE that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were sacred, and that freedom and liberty for all was irreproachable!

Hypocrites

“Lock her up!”  “If she really is that Jewish, she should go back to her country, that girl right there.” Obama’s birth certificate is fake.  “The Democratic party is anti-American… they’re liars and cheaters… and they want to wipe us out.   We need to wipe them out!”   “I just want to let them know that I can’t wait for the Liberal genocide to begin.  That’s the way to make America great again because Liberals are destroying the country.”  These are just a few of the statements from the video you just watched.  How reprehensible and frightening do you find these statements?  Personally, I’m not surprised.  The GOP propaganda juggernaut has been in full swing for nearly 30 years.  It has been tremendously potent, fact free, and completely dedicated to seizing power at all costs.  Party before country.  At the same time, the GOP has repeatedly laid sole claim to a moral high ground that is best described as “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” or simply “I don’t recall”.  Add to this disgusting display of hypocrisy the fellatio-fest they have with the Religious Right every election cycle, portraying themselves as the keepers of liberty… Well, you get the vomitus picture.  Anyway…

I can’t tell you how many times a day for the past 30 years I’ve heard the GOP called hypocrites. Politicians, pundits, radio show hosts, TV hosts, voters… If they are GOP, they seem to be immune to the conventional meaning of the word and the implications of it.   But I have a theory as to why the word doesn’t appear to have any impact on them.  First, the GOP engages in, what psychologist’s call, “projection”. This is a bad thing.


From Wikipedia:

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others”


The word “hypocrisy”, as most sensible and sane folks understand it, is not complimentary.


From Wikipedia:

“Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence in general sense, dissimulation, pretense, sham. It is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another.”


I propose that the GOP doesn’t consider projection as something bad, therefore, to be called a hypocrite is simply a compliment?

The Republic is Burning… to the Ground

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Can you smell the acrid smoke of fascism?  Can you see the flames rising from the once great institutions of the Republic?  Can you hear the screams of the defiant masses as they slowly burn to death in the inferno of authoritarianism as the Constitution chars to ash?  The Republic is burning to the ground.

I’m a cynic.  I can’t help it.  The facts are crystal clear to me.  Der Pumpkin Führer, henchman Steve Bannon, the faithful GOP minions, and the Religious Reich, are gleefully torching the country with blitzkrieg like precision.  Meanwhile, most of the opposing population tries desperately to fight the onslaught using traditional democratically legal and civil means… Protests, calling members of congress, petitions… All of it to no avail.  This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.  This coup was meticulously fantasized about in the wet-dreams of the GOP and the Reich for the past 30 years.  And although it’s far from being well planned and organized, the deceptions that have led to this moment were planned. Instill fear, dehumanize opponents, full tilt legislative obstructions, manufacture “alternative facts”, lie, cheat, steal… The perfect recipe for George Orwell’s “1984” in 2017.

The Russians are Coming

Yes.  Yes, they are.  And Vladimir Putin wants you to know that you have nothing to worry about.  Western democracies have run their course and it’s time to change the guard.  Think I’m kidding?  What happened to the investigation/s into Russian hacking?  What happened to investigations into Der Pumpkin Fuhrer’s dealings with Russia?  What happened to investigations into Steve Bannon and other Reichstag devotees and appointees as to their involvement with Russia?  Nothing.  And there WON’T be.  Why?  Because the GOP controls both houses, and most of the institutions that are meant to be the checks and balances within our democratic republic.  No checks and balances… No democratic republic.  It’s not rocket science.  Speaking of science… With Betsy Devos now confirmed as the new Education Secretary, the teaching of Evolution will soon be supplanted by the teaching of Creationism.  How?  The GOP has plans to terminate the Department of Education.  Not a big deal.  Turn education over to the States and let them decide what to teach.  And you know who wants that really, really, bad?  The Religious Reich.  No national standards.  No interference with the Jesus juice that will be pumped into the veins of children in an effort to rebuild the “Christian Nation” and the future Christian warriors needed to combat the evil brown people, atheists, secular institutions…

Fight?  Resist?

How?  Really.  How?? The onslaught is only two weeks old and the masses are giving it their all.  Even the mainstream media is starting to fight back.  But, I’m afraid that simply pissing on an inferno will not be enough.  Without a congress willing to put the brakes on the abuse of power – a pipe dream for the naïve – and with more deplorable cabinet appointments about to be confirmed… Checks and balances?  Checks and balances?  There are none!  There are no facts.  There are no truths.  Everything has become subjective.  Unless, of course, you’re on the winning team in the war against democracy.  Fight?  Resist?  Yeah.  I’ll keep fighting.  If for only the fact that it’s the human thing to do.  It’s the right thing to do.  More importantly, given the choice between fight or flight, I’ll take fight for survivals sake.  But, I cannot… I truly cannot see through the flames, and smoke, and utter destruction being brought upon this nation.  It’s not just a travesty of injustice.  The Republic is burning to the ground.

The New America – Authoritarians, Fascists, Doomed

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“They attacked liberalism because it seemed to them the principle premise of modern society; everything they dreaded seemed to spring from it: the bourgeois life, Manchesterism, materialism, parliament, and the parties, the lack of potential leadership.  Even more, they sensed in liberalism the source of all their inner sufferings.  Theirs was a resentment of loneliness; their one desire was for a new faith, a new community of believers, a world with fixed standards and no doubts, a new national religion that would bind all Germans together. All this, liberalism denied.  Hence, they hated liberalism, blamed it for making outcasts of them, for uprooting them from their imaginary past, and from their faith.”

Fritz Stern, The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the Rise of the Germanic Ideology (1961)


If you replace the word “Germans” with “Americans” in the above quote, the paragraph is terrifying.  And it should be.  Because the Republican party, Donald Trump and his cabinet, and Trump voters, have embraced this ideology to the letter.  Anyone or anything that the Right disagrees with is automatically considered, labeled, condemned to be “liberal” and must be expunged from the American landscape. It’s time for a New America!

 Authoritarians Anyone?

Donald Trump and the Republican party are authoritarian by nature.  To them, everything in their fantasy world is black and white.  Evil or good.  Their world is one of absolutes. They’re terrified of the shades of gray (and brown) in the uncertain world of reality.  They have rooted themselves in an imaginary past, where the history of the United States is perfect, sanctified, and sacred.  The only thing that stands between them and living in this imaginary past under a vengeful, righteous god, is anyone who disagrees with them.  And it is here where they have nested their authority to subjugate, rule, and conquer.

 Fascists Please

In the book “American Fascists – The Christian Right and the War on America”, author Chris Hedges lays out 14 ways of identifying what he calls “Ur-Fascism”.  Below are some of the 14 ways which are applicable to the Republican mindset today.

Hedge’s writes:

3. Irrationalism also depends on the cult of action for actions sake. Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, reflection.  Thinking is a form of emasculation.  Therefore, culture is suspect insofar as it is identified with critical attitudes.  Distrust of the intellectual world has always been a symptom of Ur-Fascism, from Herman Goeriing’s fondness for a phrase from a Hanns Johst play (“When I hear the word ‘culture’ I reach for my gun”) to the frequent use of such expressions as “degenerate intellectuals”, “eggheads”, “effete snobs”, and “universities are nests for reds.” The official Fascist intellectuals were mainly engaged in attacking modern culture and the liberal intelligentsia for having betrayed traditional values.”

This should sound familiar… Climate deniers, creationists, anti-vaccination zealots, home schoolers… These are just some of the folks who take irrationalism to new heights of absurd.  It is here that we find the most robust rejection of facts and evidence, and the afterbirth of the slimy scourge of fake news.  Here, I’m reminded of a quote from “Idiot America – How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” by Charles P. Pierce:

“But Idiot America is a collaborative effort, the results of millions of decisions made and not made, to reduce everything to salesmanship. Debate becomes corrupted argument, in which every point of view is just another product, no better or worse than all the others, and informed citizenship is abandoned to the marketplace.”

Fox News? Breitbart? Name your poison!  Moving on… Back to “American Fascists – The Christian Right and the War on America”

 Hedges continues:

“4. The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.  For Ur-Fascism, disagreement is treason.”

Disagree with the fascist Right? You’re a liberal, communist, atheist, pig! You’re not a “patriot”!

“5. Besides, disagreement is a sign of diversity. Ur-Fascism grows up and seeks consensus by exploiting and exacerbating the natural fear of difference.  The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus, Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”

This should sound VERY familiar.  The war against civil rights is well documented.  More so, the current legislative assaults on immigrants, people of color, and others who hold different religious viewpoints, underscores this one well.

 Doomed

 “Before they seize power and establish a world according to their doctrines, totalitarian movements conjure up a lying world of consistency which is more adequate to the needs of the human mind than reality itself; in which, through sheer imagination, uprooted masses can feel at home and are spared never-ending shocks which real life and real experiences deal to human beings and their expectations. The force possessed by totalitarian propaganda – before the movements have the power to drop iron curtains to prevent anyone’s disturbing, by the slightest reality, the gruesome quiet of an entirely imaginary world – lies in its ability to shut the masses off from the real world.”

Hannah Arendt “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (1951)


Yes.  That about sums up where we are right now.  And it is where we are right now that leads me to believe, based on the facts and evidence at hand, that we are truly doomed.  The United States of America, the people, and the country’s institutions, will be tested as never before.  Unfortunately, I cannot foresee any of us surviving this onslaught.  The coffin has been built, the lid is wide open.  All that’s left for us to do is to lay down and close our eyes one last time.  That shouldn’t be a problem.  We’ve closed our eyes to the possibility of this for a long time.

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc

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“What can be done when an important fact is lost in a flood of impostors, and the voice of truth becomes drowned out in an ungodly din? When that voice, though freely resounding, cannot be heard, because the technologies of information have led to a situation in which one can receive best the message of him who shouts the loudest, even when the most falsely?    – Stanislaw Lem-

 

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc… Tomorrow, December 19, 2016, the Electoral College will convene to allow the nation’s electors to cast their votes for President of the United States.  In all likelihood, Donald Trump will become the nation’s 45th president.

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc… On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office during the inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC.

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc… No matter who you are. No matter your party affiliation. No matter your race, your religion, your lack of religion… No matter who you are… If you are a citizen living in the United States of America, the second-hand on your clocks, watches, smart phones, tablets, will begin a countdown to the end of the country and quite possibly your lives.

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc… If you voted for Donald Trump and are convinced that he’s going to “make America great again”, I forgive you.  If you didn’t vote for anyone, I forgive you.  Both of you are going to face the same demise as those of us who voted, but did not vote for him.  However, when the time comes, when the second-hand stops,  I will be the first to stand, say to you and demand, “Own this moment!  Own this horror!  Own this end!  And as you face this end with all the rest of us, may your last moments be marked by the unbearable guilt of your conscience!”

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc… No.  I’m not joking.  I’m not sounding the alarm.  There’s no need for an alarm.  You’re already awake.

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic…

 

 

 

The Fits and Screams of a Dying Nation

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It isn’t difficult to find deafening vitriol in American politics today.  Comment sections of political, social, and religious websites are littered with poisonous diatribes, insults, and threats. Even news sites are riddled with the bullet holes of seething, scathing, demonizing hatred and rhetoric. The 2016 presidential election has become the monster it was always meant to be. It is the beast that will devour a nation.

Can you hear the fits and screams of a dying nation?  If you don’t, chances are you are willfully feeding the beast.  If you do, then you’ll understand what I’m about to say.

Read some of the comment sections of the websites I mentioned earlier and you will inevitably come across some of the sharper, more vitriolic, diatribes from “patriots”. The meaning of the word, in the minds of these commenters, is far from what I’ve understood it to be.  As I understood it, the word “patriot” had a universal meaning in America.  It represented a commitment to freedom for all people in the United States of America.  To that end, wars were fought to preserve that freedom and compromise was the foundation of its governance. Differences of opinion were just that.  Differences.  When push came to shove, we always found a way to work through it all. Now, take a look at the national motto E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many One). Isn’t that the arrow that pointed to freedom for millions of people from all over the world?  Isn’t America supposed to be a melting pot masterfully designed by the nation’s forefathers, and held up as an example of what was possible?

When I hear the word “patriot” today, I cringe.  In most cases it’s being used as a declaratory barrier of self-righteousness, tribalism, and condemnation.  Who is, and is not, a “patriot” is no longer determined by a commitment to freedom and its foundation of compromise.  It’s determined by party affiliation, religion, race, culture… just about anything people want it to be other than what it truly is. Today, the question, “Are you a patriot?” has become an assessment of one’s indoctrination and conditioning for admission into the club of authoritarianism. The word has been parlayed into a call to arms, a referendum against anyone who doesn’t share the same political, religious or social values.  It’s an inducement for uncivil discourse. It’s an indictment of diversity.  It’s the judge, jury, and executioner, for anyone who will not submit.

“Patriot” used to be a word that felt visceral, tangible, normal.  It held a certain romance of fortune, knowing how lucky it is to be a part of a free nation.  Now, it embodies the fits and screams of a dying nation turning against itself, destroying compromise and devouring the freedom it once stood for.

Real Is No Longer Reality

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“But Idiot America is a collaborative effort, the results of millions of decisions made and not made, to reduce everything to salesmanship. Debate becomes corrupted argument, in which every point of view is just another product, no better or worse than all the others, and informed citizenship is abandoned to the marketplace.  Idiot America is the development of the collective Gut at the expense of the collective mind.  It’s what results when we abandon our duty to treat the ridiculous with ridicule.  It’s what results when the politicians make ridiculous statements and we do not only surrender our right to punish them at the polls but also become too timid to punish their ideas with daily scorn – because the polls say those ideas are popular, and therefore they must hold some sort of truth, which we should respect.”

 “Idiot America – How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” –  Charles P. Pierce (2009)

Real is no longer reality.  From the stumps of the political arena, the airwaves of television and radio, and the Internet… To the eyes, ears and mouths of brain-dead consumers…  Real has become a matter of opinion.  And reality is now roadkill.  Up is down.  Down is up.  Science isn’t a noble endeavor. Science is sacrilegious. News isn’t news. News is views. Hot isn’t hot.  Hot is cold. Cold isn’t cold.  Cold is hot. The Land of the Free is no longer free.  It’s “How much can you afford to spend to be free? “

President-elect Trump and his cabinet picks should strike fear into the hearts of the 26% of eligible voters who voted for him.  “Drain the swamp” has turned into widening it, digging it deeper, building a dam, and reinforcing it with $12 billion worth of corporate concrete.  And let’s not forget Trump’s attempt to militarize the civilian controlled military.

Real is no longer reality.  As Charles P. Pierce said: “It’s what results when we abandon our duty to treat the ridiculous with ridicule.”

Three Minutes to Midnight – Two – One…

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On January 26, 2016, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board announced to the world that the hands of their Doomsday Clock would remain at three minutes to midnight:

“Three minutes (to midnight) is too close. Far too close. We, the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, want to be clear about our decision not to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock in 2016: That decision is not good news, but an expression of dismay that world leaders continue to fail to focus their efforts and the world’s attention on reducing the extreme danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change. When we call these dangers existential, that is exactly what we mean: They threaten the very existence of civilization and therefore should be the first order of business for leaders who care about their constituents and their countries.” 

– Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2016 –

Tick. Tick. Tick. 2017?

From Daily Kos:

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I wrote about Blind Trust, Faith = Fail in my last post.  Should we place blind trust, and faith, in the leaders of the world because they’re “popular”, “outgoing”, “politically incorrect”?  Should we place blind trust, and faith, in leaders who rule their countries with an iron fist?

I suspect that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board are considering moving the minute hand one minute ahead for 2017.  If they do, your blind trust… your faith… your hope…

This is not a back story to some dystopian television or motion picture screenplay.  This is reality.  And, unfortunately you’re not an actor.  None of us are.  We will be the cannon fodder for blatantly ignorant greed and folly.

Meanwhile… This is what people worry about?

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