Posts Tagged ‘Republicans’

Just Relax And Enjoy It

March 19th, 2017

A long time ago, a politician in Texas once remarked that rape was like a hurricane and “if it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it”. His name was Clayton Williams, and he was running for Governor at the time. It was 1990, and he had a sizable lead over his opponent Ann Richards. The remarks led to backlash against Williams, as did allegations that he had visited a brothel while in college. On election day, Williams was toast, his lead in the polls evaporated and he crawled back into the world of oil, natural gas, philanthropy, and political fundraising.

 

Clayton Williams would have been perfect for 2017 politics. Went to a brothel, joked about victims enjoying rape? That would get him on the bill at CPAC. Maybe even as keynote speaker.

 

I’ve had a difficult time with all this. I need to be protected from rich people who think I’m a drain on society. Take a moment or two and read the New Yorker story about the connection between Trump, Steve Bannon and the Mercer family. The piece focuses mostly on the Mercer family, especially patriarch Robert. He is a billionaire kook. What do I mean by kook: he thinks that most Americans won’t be negatively affected by nuclear war. Oh, there might be a few deaths but mainly people will be just fine and it might even strengthen people. Like maybe even people might grow an immunity to nuclear exposure or something.

 

Jesus, lord. . .

 

Here we are, caught in a perfect storm. Living in a surreal nightmare that has been years in the making. While we go about our daily business, weirdos form think tanks and spend money to make things happen that will affect the quality of our lives. Then you find out about them and their worldview and you realize that they are fucking twisted and their thoughts are anti-social. Imagine the guy on the subway who touches himself while staring at women, shooting upskirt videos on his phone of unsuspecting women while walking up and down busy streets. Take that pervert, give him two billion dollars. What’s his worldview like? If he wanted to influence American policy, how would he try to do it?

 

The only way, the only fucking way, this Trump thing could ever have worked is if Trump had the very best and the very brightest people working in his administration and he listened to them. He doesn’t and he doesn’t. His chief strategist is a magazine editor/self-proclaimed Leninist who wants to dismantle the state and who’s favorite book is an incredibly racist French novel about Europe beating back a swarm of Muslim immigrants lead by a shit eater.

 

HOW MANY LENINISTS MAKE $750,000 A YEAR ANYWAY?

 

The sheer amount of lunatics, racists, kooks and incompetents in this cabinet are staggering. They got there by patronage, paying their way in. They bought a ticket and are taking a ride. You better believe the Mercer family have a seat at the table, even if they’re not in any official position. The weirdness is staggering. And it trickles down to the Congress, a Republican-led quagmire. More and more we’re seeing the veneer of normalcy flake away. Clayton Williams was a stone-cold prophet. Now we’re starting to see the freak flag fly, and not in a good way.

 

 

Reaching Across (The Stiff-Arm)

March 13th, 2017

In this social media age, how you say something is half the problem, and the only half you control. Perception informs reality. What I think you said becomes what you said because that’s what I think you said. Strip away real world interaction where you would have to look and talk to one another and everything we say to each other is boiled down to words on a screen left for the other to interpret as they will. That is the other half of the problem, their interpretation.

When echo chambers collide

I’ve given this some thought because some of the more considerate left-wing people out there are wondering how to reach out to the Republican voter, or the Trump fan, or the self-proclaimed “conservative”. You’ll notice that I put “conservative” in quotes, there. I did that in order to distinguish between conservatives, who have a set of ideals and ideas in terms of policy and ways of governance, as opposed to “conservatives”, the kind who like making liberals mad and things that make liberals mad as if politics is some sort of Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals bullshit.

 

The only thing I’ve been able to figure out is to distinguish the Republican voter from Republican leadership. Because when the bullet hit the bone, Republican voters will feel the hurt just as badly if not more. But you can’t say that the GOP is fucking up when they introduce legislation to deregulate coal companies, gut the EPA, make it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns, make it easier for employers to ask for DNA samples of their workers, etc. . . no, you can’t do that, because the little Republican snowflakes take it personally, as if you said they fucked up themselves. Just now, I referred to them as snowflakes because I’m filled with spite. . . because the voters fucked up in November and can’t see it. At least not yet.

 

On January 19th, the day before Trump’s inauguration, I went to see Steve Earle in Nashville. He played a long show, with a lot of in-between-song banter, mostly about the situation with the country as it stands right now. And I distinctly recall him saying near the end of the night that “people get the kind of government they deserve”. It’s been almost two months so I might be fuzzy on the exact wording, but when he said that I thought “no, no they don’t. Nobody gets what they deserve.”  Nobody deserves whatever is about to happen between now and the end of Trump’s presidency (whenever that may be), not the people who voted for him, or against him, or the people who didn’t vote at all, whether they didn’t have time to or because they couldn’t. Nobody.

 

There may be a better way to reach out to the other side, but I doubt you’ll get far with “conservatives” because they are still beating the drum of drinking coffee cups filled with liberal tears and posting pictures of the electoral map from 2016. It hasn’t hit them personally yet. Or maybe it has and they’re too ignorant to realize it. Either way, it’s hard to reach out to people who would stiff arm you at every opportunity.

 

Of course, there’s always open hostility. Whatever you think is best for the situation.

Trump’s GOP Moves To Rape The World

January 27th, 2017

The word “rape” is a harsh, triggering word for a lot of women. Not necessarily a majority of people but people who don’t want the word used to describe situations that don’t merit it. “I’m getting raped at the pump with these gas prices”, for example. And that’s a fair point to make.

 

So when I say “Trump’s GOP Moves To Rape The World”, I don’t say that lightly. And not without reason, especially when concerned with his treatment of the First Amendment, the various departments under his governance, the press that he constantly complains about, the state of the environment, the safety of water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota, his lack of concern for people of color in this country, immigrants and refugees seeking a safe refuge, his attempted rollback of women’s reproductive rights. . . the man has been in office for a week.

 

Take the long view on this and see the number of state houses in the US that have attempted to bring about more restrictive laws regarding abortion, the attempt by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, and the attempted disinformation campaign regarding PP and abortion (which accounts for about 3% of PP’s services and is not paid for with government money on account of the Hyde Amendment). Vice President Pence is a staunch anti-abortionist, and appeared at the March For Life in Washington on the 26th. He proclaimed “Life is winning in America!” to a large, cheering crowd of anti-abortionists.

 

On the 24th, a Tuesday, POTUS essentially okay’d contruction on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite opposition from environmentalists. His would-be Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is another key figure in the debate over removing sanctions against Russia and allowing a $500 billion oil deal between Russia and Exxon Mobil, who’s CEO used to be. . . Rex Tillerson. By the way, Tillerson was awarded the Order of Friendship by none other than Vladimir Putin himself. None of this should be alarming to you in any way.

 

“Friends! How many of us have them?”

 

So when I say “the rape of the world” I clearly mean the plundering, pillaging and seizing of the land, the seizing of people’s rights and the looting and abuse of taxpayer money and goodwill. “Rape” is a stark, violent word and it fits with what this administration is doing in their stark, violent, ham-fisted way. You have to call it like you see it and it isn’t pleasant. I tried once in this blog to call it “the right-wing full-court-press” but that was too sporting. This is authoritarian rape of the country and the planet.

 

What should we do? We identify our attacker(s), we seek out those who believe us and we tell the story. If they call you “snowflake” and tell make a joke about fake news or participation trophies, they aren’t likely to believe you. You wouldn’t believe how many people aren’t like that, though. Something seems off to a lot of people in America and they’re trying to push it in the back of their minds.

 

Because nobody wants to see themselves as a victim.