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Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:11 AM

No end to Republican dickishness (a rant)

Any reasonable person has to wonder why Republicans/Teabaggers are such mean-spirited dicks, completely void of empathy.

What most people would consider to be decent, they are against. Health care, education, jobs, caring for veterans, extended unemployment insurance, a livable minimum wage, immigration, voting rights, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, reasonable gun control, aiding the poor and disabled, school lunches for needy children, meals on wheels for the elderly. But being against all of this is not sufficient. They want to do away with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Not to mention giving less than full rights to women, minorities and anyone they consider to be among the “Thems.”

They have seized partial power of our government through voter suppression and gerrymandering. They can enact their agenda of cruelness in the states they control, and they can block progress on a national basis. And they are aided and abetted in their dickishness by the MSM (which is nothing more than big business).

Their arrogance and non-stop lies make them intolerable. Their leaders and propagandists create a parallel universe in which most of them are content to live in ignorance. Why are they filled with so much anger and hatred? Beats me. But what I know for sure is that there will always be people like them. They’ll never go away and it’s up to us to do everything possible to keep them from ever seizing the levers of power in this country. They are a bigger danger to our freedoms than any outside enemy could ever be.

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Reply No end to Republican dickishness (a rant) (Original post)
Cyrano Dec 2013 OP
spanone Dec 2013 #1
Cyrano Dec 2013 #2
G_j Dec 2013 #3
Little Star Dec 2013 #4
calimary Dec 2013 #5
byronius Dec 2013 #6
ffr Dec 2013 #12
Z_California Dec 2013 #7
Cyrano Dec 2013 #8
ffr Dec 2013 #14
SoapBox Dec 2013 #9
AgingAmerican Dec 2013 #10
yellowcanine Dec 2013 #11
sarchasm Dec 2013 #13
vinny9698 Dec 2013 #15
onlyadream Dec 2013 #16
Cyrano Dec 2013 #17
rustbeltvoice Dec 2013 #18
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2013 #19
freshwest Feb 2014 #23
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2014 #24
Cyrano Dec 2013 #20
Corruption Inc Dec 2013 #21
jimlup Dec 2013 #22

Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:18 AM

1. K&r...

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:34 AM

2. Forgot to mention they'll never accept lgbt rights

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:39 AM

3. I know it's been said before, but

it remains true:

Mean People Suck!

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:09 AM

4. k&r

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. All I can say about this is "BRAVO!!!!"

This needs to be said again and again and again. MEAN-ness. Just damn fucking MEAN. I'm afraid that's how it boils down.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:45 AM

6. It's an ideology that must be shunned and loudly shamed at every turn.

Deep down inside they know they're doing something wrong; the standard primate shame-circuit is just sticky. Public condemnation can help them wake up.

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Response to byronius (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:34 AM

12. Rupublis should hold their heads in shame

After what they've done to harm our country. And that's what I tell them to their faces when they get too high and mighty about how they know what's best.

I slam them pretty hard.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 10:56 AM

7. Yahoo headline yesterday:

"The Rich Pay All The Taxes".

I kid you not.

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Response to Z_California (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:00 AM

8. Part of the parallel universe

If it's a headline on Yahoo, it must be true.

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Response to Z_California (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:37 AM

14. I block Yahoo/AT&T headlines. They're a right-wing outlet.

Saw a similar headline on another computer I was on from Yahoo stating:

"Obama lied to us."

I didn't give it a second thought. Thinking back, I don't remember a single instance where they had a headline stating Bush lied to us. Hmmm.

Block them and shun every advertiser you have seen do business with them. They're all evil.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM

9. Everything you said...

On billboards nationwide.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:31 AM

10. The Republicans take the low road on every issue

 

It's their shtick.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:33 AM

11. "Republican dickishness" Isn't that redundant?

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:35 AM

13. KnR

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:43 AM

15. Stossel is a good example of such a dick

He rants about the evils of government spending, yet he collects FEMA money, he is now on Medicare, and will probably collect his SS benefits. Yet he demands for all of us to do away with such wasteful spending. And he collects a fine check from Fox, so he could afford to follow this own advice.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:48 AM

16. And yet I have more Facebook friends than not who are still posting how wonderful the GOP is

When many have kids in the military and husbands who are public employees (some are also public employees). Much of it stems from the old "I work hard so why so why should my money to to a lazy poor person" fallacy.

I also love when they post the religious shit.

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Response to onlyadream (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:53 AM

17. It's cognative dissonance,

the ability to hold two conflicting thoughts in their minds at one time.

And their selective reading of the bible convinces them that God is on their side.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 11:59 AM

18. fundamental principles of the republican party

this an old post of mine (excuse the eccentric capitalisations):

fundamental principles of the republican party

Saturday, August 11, 2007
fundamental principles of the republican party
1. Mammon
The republican party is the party of money, unrepentant greed, unalloyed capitalism and the pure worship of Mammon. Any rich man who is not a Republican is especially despised. Franklin Roosevelt was called "a traitor to his class" and, in a slightly more civil age, he was, with disgust and disregard, "that man". Louis Mayer, the head of MGM would not allow a picture or mention of Roosevelt in his studio films.

The venom spewed on the Kennedys or George Soros should prove the case. The Kennedys do not use the government to make themselves richer, look into the Bushes and you have another story. Remember the Colorado Savings and Loan scandal, for instance. That is just one example of one Bush being a miserable, greedy failure and, in which, the government had to throw a lot of money to fix. They want financial successes, fail and the government holds the checkbook. They are disasters, which are fully supported by us. The american people benefit in none of their adventures. Is that republican small government at work? George Soros has been vilified on republican radio for his political contributions. Has Rick Perry or Richard Mellon Scaife? The double standard, the republicans could not survive without it.

Being pro-business they are conversely anti everything that hinders the exercise thereof : anti-labor, anti-social justice, anti-environment and so on. As Christ logically taught we have only one master: it is God or Mammon.*

2. False patriotism
False patriotism has been a pillar of support since 1861. In the election of 1860 the south went democratic and left the union soon thereafter. The democrats were the party of rebellion and the republicans ran civil war officers for the rest of the century. After 1932 democrats were called communists and anti-american. Did not Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Bush junior and their supporters suggest all those against them were "the blame america crowd".†

The first Bush wanted to ban flag burning. Flags we all know, are meant to be waved and wagged. Flag burning has been considered the proper manner of disposal. Boy scouts have collected them, annually, for that purpose. Yes, I know, that was not Shrub senior's contention. When did you, personally, last see an american flag burned in america?

3. Bigotry
One of the predecessors to the party, was the american party (know nothings)‡. They were anti-immigrant and anti-catholic. The nativists prided themselves and their ancestors in wresting the land from the original natives. The newcomers were no more welcome than the indians. Burning and blowing up catholic churches was a successful tactic.

The combination of 1&2 we get the military-industrial complex. Mars and Mammon worship. Listen to Dylan's Masters of War.
The combination of 2&3 with the blend of xenophobia, chauvinism and bigotry, along with the heavy calvinist influence of being irreducibly elect we get notions of manifest destiny or, as it is called now, american exceptionalism.

4. Hypocrisy
And the one overall unifying principle is an unending hypocrisy. We can see an example today over immigration. The nativists hate illegal immigrants. Mexicans and other latinos are heavily proselytized by protestants here, and missionaries are sent to their countries of origin to woo them from catholicism. Business interests want them for economic exploitation and to depress the cause of labor. Well, money will allow them to stay and they will be abused.

Another glaring hypocrisy is that practically everyone who lied this country to war were never warriors themselves, e.g. five deferment Gunner Cheney. How many young republicans or college republicans went to Iraq?

The elephant is too noble a symbol. The symbols à propos are vipers and scorpions.
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*No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. -- Matthew vi. 23.
†Patriotism is the last refuge for a scoundrel.-- Samuel Johnson (April 7, 1775)
‡As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except Negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Joshua F. Speed" (August 24, 1855)

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Response to rustbeltvoice (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 12:06 PM

19. +100000000. You are so right

I'd suggest Ebola Virus as their mascot.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 02:32 PM

23. Bet they'd embrace it, too. n/t

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Response to freshwest (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 03:32 PM

24. ebola. Ooooo, big werd.

Sounds impressive--get a line to Roger Ailes, stat!....the base will feel smart.

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Response to rustbeltvoice (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 12:32 PM

20. They give hypocrisy a bad name

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 02:26 PM

21. They set up torture camps and got away with it, who's really to blame?

 

There are always criminals so the real question is why do some people let the criminals get away with their crimes? The answer is not something most people want to hear.

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Response to Cyrano (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 08:01 PM

22. Honestly I think their brains are wired differently...

either that or they are proof of the wonders of corporate propaganda. (That is the rank and file - the leaders are nothing more than corporate lackeys.)

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