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Cyrano

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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.

A rant about an agenda driven by cruelty

Whether the issue is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, universal health care, the minimum wage, voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, immigration, education, or dozens of other humane policies, the Republicans have consistently been on the wrong side of history.

Think about that for a moment. How could anyone with a conscience, and a basic sense of decency, oppose policies aimed at improving the human condition? The answer is simple: Today’s Republican/TeaBagger agenda is driven by cruelty. It denies our shared humanity and seeks to deny “The Other” of everything from health care, to food, to education, to basic human rights. The eventual outcome would be that all goods and privilege would be in the hands of the few, and everyone else would be left to eat dirt.

It’s not so amazing that they can get a sizable portion of their victims to go along with them. Perhaps as many as a third of all Americans are aiding and abetting in their own destruction. The tools used to seduce them are anger, hatred, fear, and in all too many cases, “God” and a scripture which is cherry picked to justify anything. The carriers of the message are Fox “News,” hate radio, and toxic politicians acting like modern-day versions of Caligula. And all with an assist from a compliant main stream media.

The outcome of this era is in doubt. Americans of tomorrow may look back on this period of time as one more giant stain on our country. On the other hand, a well-motivated minority can come out on top as history has often proved. Perhaps it will be neither. A future generation may find itself buried beneath a crumbled infrastructure and pummeled by a wrathful climate brought about by our inability to stop the insanity.

I find that I’ve totally depressed myself with what I’ve written here. So I’m planning to take the day off, pull the plug on the TV, do some yoga exercises, eat some fresh fruit and vegetables, get some fresh air and sunshine, read some Isaac Asimov, and check this post occasionally to see if anyone has paid any attention to this rant.

Defining WashingtonSpeak

U.S. Interests: Anything that increases the wealth and power of those who own us.

Boots on the ground: Humans who are used as cannon fodder.

9/11: A vast gold mine for war profiteers.

Pundit: Anyone with an opinion who can get a TV gig.

The enemy: Anyone possessing something that someone else wants.

Common wisdom: Twisted logic believed by people inside the beltway.

Profiling: Looking for anyone guilty of breathing while black.

Sending a signal: Bombing the hell out of some country.

Proportional response: Bombing the hell out of some country.

Ted Cruz: A reckless prick with a Yale degree peddling ignorance and hatred.

Dick Cheney: 666

Income gap: A means for keeping the peasants in their place.

Modern warfare: Corporate profits by other means.

Justice: An abstract concept that many believe actually exists.

Republican Party: A club for those who have lost their souls, or never had one.

Fox News: A rancid, prehistoric cave where delusional people wallow in fantasy.

Heritage Foundation: A place where people come up with utterly demented ideas.

God: An entity that sees, hears and knows everything. Also known as NSA.

Tea Party: Current incarnation of a plague that occurs occasionally.

Benghazi: A word Republicans shout when they can’t think of anything else to say.
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