Republicans/Conservatives and their phony family and religious “values”
Was it your Christian god that enacted genocidal “laws” in this land, in this hemisphere as a means to an end, to establish “order” ?
How about slavery, afro americans being bought and sold, their families being torn apart, or the “schools” our children were sent to ………God authored?
Franklin Graham after months, years even has put on a pair of big boy pants and finally, uncharacteristically, actually raised his voice against this administration’s policy – actually spoken as the Christian he proclaims to be…….. well welcome to the human race Franklin.
How long before you “backslide” into the Trumpian Evangelical herd to bleat anew about how the “lord” has chosen Trump?
I read elsewhere a day or two ago that when the children, over fifteen hundred of them to date are taken from their parents the parents were told it was all about giving them a bath and new clothes.
Is it just me or does that sound a lot like the death camps in Nazi Germany or the “boarding schools where our children were taken ?
Christians and a Christian nation? Bullshit.
A nation that wasn’t satisfied with killing our children or kidnapping them and as yet to learn a single damn thing from it’s own shameful history.
Here we go again readers – buckle up as I refuse to remain silent about this:
Shithole – if any are offended by profanity a couple of options exist, one being read no farther and the other being to accept the reality that a shameless, morally reprehensible, mentally deficient hybrid human orangutan occupies the WhiteHouse fully supported by more of the same.
Accept the reality that the WH is rapidly becoming a festering shithole of dysfunctional ignorance and something of a rallying point for white supremacists.
Accept the reality that the only organic material to be found in this presidents cranium is feces and that a “family values” base apparently not only embraces that but find it cause for celebration.
If poverty, need, lack of opportunity, flagrant inequities, culture and ethnicity are seen as indicators to merit a nation or geographic location being designated as a shithole then I submit shitholes abound in this country in every state in the Union from inner city ghettos to Appalachia and every rez in this country.
Shitholes that are forgotten, ignored, castigated, and ultimately fueled by the indifference of corrupt racist conservative and evangelical ideology.
Shitholes that in many instances have been crafted and maintained by governmental policies.
But what of the shitholes of corporate boardrooms and behind closed doors legislation that panders to them and their lobbyists?
Are they somehow more acceptable – do wealth and influence carry a self sanitizer?
As far as I’m concerned being as it is that the current administration has made of career of wallowing in shit then they can all eat their own.
As an indigenous person with a cultural history of enforced silence and government authored cultural degradation I’ m over entertaining buffoons, failing to say exactly what I mean, or making a pretense of political correctness.
Never has the axiom of “it is what it is” been more obvious – this administration is what it is, and that is racist to the core.
If you elect to watch the video take note of the statistics given by the second commentator Van Jones and then take note of Trumpkin apologist Jason Miller’s attempt to spin, evade, and conflate.
The immigration debate that’s taking place in this country is a serious one, serious enough to warrant sticking to the facts and rejecting hyperbole.
The vetting of applicants shouldn’t rattle anyone’s cage, the extent and method should be constitutional in nature and wherever warranted accompanied by the professed values of compassion and understanding.
Regrettably scapegoating is as much a national tradition here in this country as it is anywhere else.
An easy approach that requires little more than fiction vs fact and what is becoming an embedded desultory bias.
Presidential positions, especially opinions, are noted for setting the national tone, a responsibility that should be accompanied by honesty, not alternative facts and an overtly transparent hatred.
Such is the potential influence and power of the office that the term for it has been referred to as a “bully pulpit” – in the current administration the word bully has been quite literally taken to heart.
In a free society the concept of freedom becomes anathema – free speech is attacked, freedom of assembly declared a conspiratorial plot, freedom of the press becomes an obstacle going so far as to be incessantly ridiculed and portrayed as an enemy of the state.
Known tactics from the likes of Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, Vladimir Putin, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot (Saloth Sar), and an endless list of others.
Attacking freedoms can never be qualified as acts of patriotism, such attacks are what they are, attempts to undermine, control, manipulate, subjugate, and rend the fabric of a nation.
Patriotism isn’t meant to be an instrument to further such agendas, it should in fact be the first line of defense.
The sort of patriotism that embraced the oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic that led a large number of military veterans both men and women to travel to Standing Rock at their own expense and join protestors.
This wasn’t an officially ordered deployment, rather one based upon conviction and dedication.
And while I’m not familiar with the personal or service oriented history of these individuals vets I have no hesitation in saying it was among their finest of hours, a lesson in patriotism for all the world to see, and I have nothing but gratitude and respect for them.
The history of our nations and the military has been one of bloodshed and loss – wounds have been deep and generational.
Inspite of the occasional press handout or campaign photo op referencing the need to heal wounds little in the way of that has eventuated, yet for a moment in time a healing took place as the result of an act(s) of conscience and a faithful remembrance of a pledge made with good intentions.
Lincoln’s call to bind up the nation’s wounds following the Civil War was a call to patriotism, a patriotism that recognizes inclusivity, the overriding need for it, and the rights of all people.
This nation is locked in yet another civil war, not an armed war, but a war of ideology, of my party right or wrong – the Secessionist this time is not the South but a handful of people in the halls of power who seek to once again divide a nation, empower themselves, and the only emancipation they are interested in is freeing and legitimizing corporate greed.
An emancipation that will subjugate the common welfare and visit a Sherman like scorched earth policy or a Viet Nam era Operation Rolling Thunder upon the environment in the midst of unleashing a new generation of carpetbaggers to rape and pillage.
Patriotism is becoming a dirty word? That, as is the way of all things is solely dependent on the examples provided.
At least on the surface it seems like such an untenable position I’m hesitant it even address it, yet increasingly I’ve come to believe that inspite of the proclaimed indignation, anger, and general carping the majority of the electorate find a measure of comfort in the familiarity of current governmental and societal dysfunction.
That it’s better to stay with the pig in a poke than to actively pursue the change that is needed in this country.
If that is correct it speaks to two motivations, one being fear and the other complacency.
A fear that if the boat is rocked things will become worse or a complacency based on a belief that all is as it should be and both corporations and the government actually have our best interests at heart.
People want to believe, and often enough the mere desire to is sufficient to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the realities.
Politicians know this, for them it is axiomatic, and so they enage in a rheotric that facilitates this desire to believe, so much so I’ve actually heard individuals qualify this in saying they don’t take the campaign talking points as actually being what a politician will do or attempt to do.
That’s a wtf moment for me – you don’t actually believe them, which is to say you acknowledge or interpret that what they say are lies and yet will vote for them anyway?
Which in turn seems to substantiate the previously mentioned motivations – fear and or complacency. Seemingly untenable as I said but I’m hard pressed to think of a different explanation.
I suppose there could other possibilities like party allegiance come hell or high water or that casting a vote singularly on the grounds that a woman is running.
But in my estimation they too have a dysfunctional basis as gender in and of itself is far from being a qualification.
Change doesn’t occur overnight, especially when it comes to the political process.
It is incremental in nature – a path is chosen with x number of required steps.
Steps that would include the reinstatement of Glass Steagall and either a retooling of trade agreements like NAFTA that opened the gates to a tsunami of jobs and production leaving the country or the complete dismantling of it.
Medicare and SSI shouldn’t be attacked they should be fortified – when a conservative says the opposite ask them how many parents, grandparents, friends, or constituents do they have who have depend on both? Ask them if they’re willing to kick them under the bus?
If they don’t like a healthcare system that provides services to all regardless of income or ethnicity and say it’s all about family values and taking care of ones own ask them if they or everyday working people have the financial ability to do so?
When they go on about the evil of a tuition free college education ask them if they believe only the best and the brightest seek a higher education or have the ability to afford one?
I seriously doubt the rank and file conservative working class are any better off than others – they have to contend with the same oppressed wages, the same exportation or jobs, and the same financial uncertainties and burdens – yet the familiar comfort of dysfunction is acceptable as long as it’s wrapped in a layer of guns, immigration, ISIS, and the flag.
It’s like being offered the choice of losing an arm or leg, choosing one, and then chanting USA, USA, USA.
America, the land of political savants? I don’t think so, more of a naivete staggering in proportions.
It’s no secret that inspite of stated public positions the Republican hierarchy of the rich entitled corporate variety love “illegals” and immigrants for the low wage workforce they represent.
A reality is the more immigrants that enter the U.S. legal or otherwise the number of applicants for job increases. That’s known as an employers market that serves to keep wages down.
While they will also go on about the “burden” imposed on taxpayers to fund related public assistance programs it doesn’t really make any difference to them as they’ve purchased through their lobbyists all the tax credits and loopholes they need to offset any increase in demand or funding for such programs.
And yes these are in part the realities when it comes to jobs and public assistance, yet the remedy is an obvious one, and that would be to bring back manufacturing and jobs exported overseas, create an equitable tax structure, and a sensibe approach to immigration.
What’s often and conveniently overlooked is the dwindling nature of the middle class due to existing inequities that has led to an increase in the number of people working for less .
For all the denials and attempted spins a very real class warfare exists that I believe in many instances is cultivated.
How so? In part by attempting to pit the lower level income working class one against another in the battle for survival and jobs.
A little sleight of hand to misdirect blame from where it righfully belongs, a part of which is to instill a fear among the middle class that there but “for the grace” they too could descend the economic ladder.
And so another division is created, a threat to whatever comforts and security the middle class may hold – and at the top of the pryamid scheme sit the corporate puppet masters, the wealthy, Wall Street, and the banking/finance institutions who pull the strings and gloat while others dance.
There is no remedy to the existing inequities other than returning jobs and manufacturing to this country and an entire revamping of the tax code.
That accompanied by a “nation building” effort that would create both jobs and production related to a decaying infrastructure – real jobs with real wages that would in turn reduce the need for public assistance.
People with jobs paying a wage that allows for advancement rather than stagnation are consumers, they purchase more, that leads to demand that ramps up the production of supply to meet those demands, which in turn generates jobs and tax revenue.
It’s such a simple equation you don’t need a degree or title of any sort to understand the efficacy of such an approach.
The government of this nation has sold out in a transition from a democracy to a corporatocracy to such a degree as to become fearful that any attempt to reverse course would lead to the collapse of the house of cards they have created, even while in the midst of the collapse of both democracy and the working class.
Conservatives will swear an oath on their mamas name that climate change doesn’t exist – it’s what their corporate handlers expect of them.
They want to gut regulations, even those that would insure you can purchase food without running the risk of Listeria or Salmonella.
What they ignore and want everyone else to ignore that in doing so it will accelerate the day of reckoning that will bankrupt every nation, lead to even more global conflicts, and migration on a never before seen scale.
Even the CIA has drafted reports and proposals concerning these very things to submit to government heads who in turn apparently submit them to their corporate handlers for approval or disapproval.
All of the above are a direct threat to every person who is reading this, a direct threat to their children and the very planet we all inhabit.
Massive numbers of jobs could be created in a proactive move away from fossil fuels, and any who say the technology doesn’t exist to do so is a liar.
What obstructs such an effort? Every last penny has yet to be wrung from fossil fuels – the wealth, power, and influence of corporations in control have been prioritized above all other considerations.
In that is dependency, the assigned role of consumers is dependency to the oil industry, big pharma, and entities like Monsanto – they could care less about you as an individual or your children, they want your money and the dependency that assures that.
Costa Rica, little “third world” Costa Rica has shown the independence and wisdom to make a concerted effort to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels and conventional forms of energy producing something like or in excess of eighty percent of all their energy needs through forward thinking alternative methods.
Yet this country, the affluent giant of the world can’t do the same? Ask yourself why?
Now here’s a simple question for those who are opposed to GMOs and corporate entities like Monsanto – take a look at the list of Monsanto products and ask yourself if you purchase any of them? Ever see one labeled GMO free?
If you do purchase any of these products are you willing to find alternatives or is it merely a matter of convenience to continue doing so?
Maybe you like Aunt Jemima, “Natures” Valley, Heinz, Nestle’s, or even Marie Callendar’s too much to make such a “sacrifice”, better for you if someone else does?
All things considered whether you agree with the Viet Nam war or not I think you have to respect the fact that in that war John McCain was a POW for five and a half years – during that time upon learning he was the son of a naval admiral his captors offered to release him if he would do a propaganda piece for them – he refused knowing what lay ahead of him and the uncertainty of captivity.
But that’s where it ends for me, and all that remains is to say McCain and every other politician, especially those looking for a photo op need to get the hell off ndn land and stay off.
In the linked articles below it should be abundantly clear why I and obviously others would say this.
The bottom line is treaties have never meant a damn thing to the government, all of history verifies that they were never worth the paper written on.
It’s never mattered how many toxins or pollutants we’ve had to face as the result of corporate mining interests.
If it’s all about nation to nation negotiations as the government says then I suggest they take place on neutral ground with observers to record and publicize the proceedings.
With all the discussion about walls, border fences, and immigration I’m half inclined to believe we ought to set up check points around every rez and deny entry to those on our version of a no fly list – maybe require a passport or visa.
Which reminds me of certain events at Onondaga in upstate New York – every time state politicians think they need more money they decide taxes on the sale of tobacco on the rez is the way to go, and it doesn’t matter about treaty rights or status.
Onondaga’s response has been well, go ahead, and we’ll set up toll booths to collect from motorists who cross our land on state highways.
Needless to say the politicians rethink their position.
Maybe McCain will too….uh huh, and maybe the sun won’t come up tomorrow – the odds are probably the same.
Something else I’m not happy about are those who want to “adopt” politicians into a tribe and give them a real “genuine” ndn name – or those who when a politician visits for the photo op opportunity which usually coincides with election season go on about some “presentation” they rehearsed while standing in front of a photo of said politician even though they aren’t a “leader” but kinda, sorta by “reputation” are and can’t resist uploading a video to tell you all about it and what a real last Indian they truly are.