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2017-08-20 09:03:40 PM  
McMaster will bury him 10 feet under. Bannon has no f*cking clue even with clearance.
 
2017-08-20 09:09:39 PM  
If half of right wing conspiracy nuts theories about the left we're true Bannon would have been killed years ago.
 
2017-08-20 09:18:30 PM  
To defeat electronic surveillance measures Bannon keeps his pants urine-soaked at all times.
 
2017-08-20 09:31:39 PM  
Soros

DRINK!
 
2017-08-20 09:33:05 PM  
Are we pretending Bannon is going to attack the trump White House and isn't just going to start making a shiatload of money being the true propaganda wing for white nationalists?

Trump basically apologized for firing him. When else has that happened?
 
2017-08-20 09:34:14 PM  
I've never suggested this before, and I doubt I'll ever suggest it again, but if you want a good, solid laugh, go to Breitbart's front page. Spare yourself the unhinged articles, don't bother with the deranged comments, but scan the top 30 headlines.

As I write this, 14 of those 30 headlines are explicitly about Bannon and Breitbart. This doesn't count headlines attacking McMaster or the 'Dems in the White House' which push the number to about 20. This is the action of a narcissist with a messiah complex, nursing an enormous grudge, rallying his troops for battle against his perceived enemies ON HIS OWN SIDE. Imagine if you went to the New York Times and literally half the articles were about how great the NYT and its glorious leader were, and another big chunk were take-downs against progressive rivals to its editor in chief. Of course that is insane, because the NYT is a legitimate news source that leans a little to the left, not an extremist propaganda outlet ruled by a megalomaniac.

Bannon and Breitbart don't have the power Steve thinks they do, or after weeks of sustained smears against HR McMaster, HR would have been the one fired. But they do have a lot of sway on the far right, and for all his talk about going to war 'for Trump', it seems pretty clear he intends to wage that war by attacking the 'globalists' INSIDE TRUMP'S WHITE HOUSE! Fans of history will recognize this as the 'we have to destroy the village to save it' method of warfare. Gary Cohn, Mnuchin, McMaster, Kelly, Haley, even Jared and Ivanka are going to face his not-totally-impotent rage. How will that play out? I doubt it'll be a full-blown civil war within the GOP, but it's going to be messy. I do think it will further fracture the base. When he says he's going to war 'for Trump', he doesn't mean 'on behalf of Trump', he means 'to push Trump into forwarding the nationalist Bannon agenda at any costs.' When he says 'for Trump', Trump is an objective to be captured, not a leader to be served. His tactics will be hyping himself and attacking Trump's team. Get your popcorn ready.

~ Credit to Velocirapstar over at the AV Club.
 
2017-08-20 09:35:32 PM  
If we still had duels, even 100% nonlethal ones, Steve Bannon would die of old age before he finished half of the ones he's earned just from this week alone.
 
2017-08-20 09:35:55 PM  
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2017-08-20 09:36:23 PM  

holdmybones: Trump basically apologized for firing him. When else has that happened?


Flynn?
 
2017-08-20 09:42:23 PM  

Voiceofreason01: If half of right wing conspiracy nuts theories about the left we're true Bannon would have been killed years ago.


If a quarter of them were true, the Clintons would be Clancy-level masterminds and Trump would have been concrete-shoed by his Russian handlers years ago.
 
2017-08-20 09:49:59 PM  
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/helpful Bannon reenactment gif
 
2017-08-20 10:09:22 PM  
I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.
 
2017-08-20 10:35:21 PM  
A measured, carefully-considered evaluation. Kudos for Breitbart for the most incisive analysis out there. I'll bet it would be even more thoughtful if he had been sober.
 
2017-08-20 10:44:59 PM  
Show up this weekend in Phoenix, f*cker.
 
2017-08-20 10:51:44 PM  
Ya know, with all the changes going on in this topsy-turvy world of ours, it's nice that some things remain constant: the sun still rises every day, babies laugh, and Steve Bannon will always be an unmitigated piece of shiat.
 
2017-08-20 10:54:57 PM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.


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2017-08-20 11:07:36 PM  

hubiestubert: Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.

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I get that sentiment. It will weaken the overall effectiveness of the GOP agenda.

But I worry about further damage being done that will lead to more white nationalist rallies and more counter-protests. And the next death at a rally may involve more people, and may affect both sides.
 
2017-08-20 11:10:11 PM  
You know who else really, really, really wants to see McMaster fired? Russian bots. And, presumably, Putin.
 
2017-08-20 11:11:14 PM  
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2017-08-20 11:33:47 PM  
McMaster's response should be simply "Thank you."
 
2017-08-21 12:53:21 AM  
I've switched from popcorn to ice cream.

/vanilla swiss almond with schadenfreude sauce
 
2017-08-21 12:57:28 AM  
This is how people get federal subpoenas, Steve-o.
 
2017-08-21 12:59:42 AM  
"I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength"

img.fark.net
 
2017-08-21 01:01:34 AM  
FTFA: killed the most people in modern history with his tactics

WTF does this even mean?
 
2017-08-21 01:02:27 AM  
Okay Bannon, why don't you deploy yourself to one of the Muslim nations where US troops have boots on the ground. Talk up your bigot game where it matters, you walking bag of filth.
 
2017-08-21 01:02:32 AM  
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2017-08-21 01:12:03 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Okay Bannon, why don't you deploy yourself to one of the Muslim nations where US troops have boots on the ground. Talk up your bigot game where it matters, you walking bag of filth.


Army don't take drunks.
 
2017-08-21 01:22:22 AM  
Only someone as brick-stupid as Trump could ever take this oily, scheming crackpot as a political mastermind. His policy whiteboard was like a Dr Bronner label.
 
2017-08-21 01:23:57 AM  
It isn't Bannon versus McMaster in a straight war, it's can Bannon manipulate Trump better than McMaster, with propaganda? Yes, he can. If Bannon makes it look like firing McMaster is popular from all the Twitter hashtags (thanks Russia), Trump just might do it.
 
2017-08-21 01:33:38 AM  
Bannon thinks he is more powerful at deadbart?

should ask Jim DeMint how that worked out for him...
 
2017-08-21 01:45:32 AM  

raatz01: It isn't Bannon versus McMaster in a straight war, it's can Bannon manipulate Trump better than McMaster, with propaganda? Yes, he can. If Bannon makes it look like firing McMaster is popular from all the Twitter hashtags (thanks Russia), Trump just might do it.


But if he listens to Breitbart, then he's tacitly agreeing that he doesn't "hire all the best people".

If he ignores Breitbart, it probably has no negative effect on either party.

If he goes on the attack, and refers to Breitbart as fake news, then it's powder keg time.

Since his best option is door #2, he will of course toss a coin with only options 1 and 3 as possibilities, he's that much of an ignoramus.
 
2017-08-21 01:46:11 AM  
I'm sure the Iraqis at 73 Easting thought McMaster was soft and weak
 
2017-08-21 01:46:39 AM  

Emposter: FTFA: killed the most people in modern history with his tactics

WTF does this even mean?


Subby has a hard on for the Iraq Turkey Shoot that McMaster was not involved in.
 
2017-08-21 01:46:54 AM  

Voiceofreason01: If half of right wing conspiracy nuts theories about the left we're true Bannon would have been killed years ago.


From what I can tell, literally none of them are true.  Today's GOP tells more lies than the Stalin-era Soviets.  The end result of feeding they're own constituents such garbage has reduced Republican males to angry, impotent damsels.
 
2017-08-21 01:52:53 AM  
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2017-08-21 01:54:35 AM  
 
2017-08-21 01:59:48 AM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.


Other than Bannon and his Breitbart clowns showing themselves to be the deranged wingnuts that they really are?  Sure, there'll always be the True Believers, but while they tear each other to shreds the rest of us will get quite a show.

/looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue
 
2017-08-21 02:02:06 AM  
Who said what?  Oh him, can't someone pour him a scotch and get him to STFU?
 
2017-08-21 02:10:52 AM  
Well, all these rallies are showing just how puny his weapon really is. They can bring some people out but they face instant backlash the minute they do.

Breitbart isn't going to change that. A TV channel isn't going to change that. The revolution failed and all he can do is rail at the clouds to get off his lawn, because pressure is going to continue, his followers will continue to be ridiculed and vastly outnumbered.

My guess is he's going to try the Trump strategy of closed, private rallies. He should, Trump showed it could work. But because he's not a candidate for president they won't get the coverage and they won't draw new recruits.

Breitbart is now widely known to be toxic to anyone not already in that echo chamber. As long as counter protestors continue to prove their numbers to the bigots willing to march and social consequences follow, he's finished, and the political class will distance themselves because of the known backlash.

The issue is that I am certain that there is big money behind this movement. Someone has been cutting big checks to friendly politicians. Or lots of little checks fronted by others. There's been too much political rhetoric for years that encouraged these guys.

Hopefully at least a few decide that it isn't worth it to keep it up. The last eighteen months has been a disgrace for our country. Words have meaning, they have consequences. This isn't about reading things into the Congressional Record to an empty chamber to make someone happy. This is about encouraging people who actually want to do away with the Constitution and carry out genocide. Maybe they had been convinced that there wasn't any appetite for it. There is, if it is encouraged. There always is. It crops up time and time again when it is tolerated enough for the nationalists to feel safe intimidating others. And once you get to a certain point it is very hard to put back in the bottle without lots of bloodshed.

This isn't really about fascism. That's just what we call it. It's also Manifest Destiny. It's the Great white Burden. It's jihad, it's the Crusades, it's every movement that decided they were going to kill or enslave all the infidels or heathens because it is just right that they do it.

It's how humanity has always been, deep down inside. Not everyone, but always enough that we are led to the same actions time and again. Some conquerors are more "enlightened" than others but they have ambitions to rule others, not to purge them.

The Left has largely been complacent because there are so many people not like that and the modern world highly encourages geographic and social sorting into groups of like-minded individuals.

But there are enough people ruled by hate and fear in every society to be a threat if they are allowed.

And despite how it is portrayed here on Fark it isn't due to upbringing. I have known outright Nazis from the most tolerant of families and highly engaged liberals disowned by their fundy parents. It can shape a person's upbringing, but children are not programmable. They can be influenced, but ultimately it is their decision whether to accept it or not.

And that's the issue with thinking that something is stamped out. It isn't, you have to fight old ideological battles all the time to keep the old victories. At the end of the day, the Constitution only matters because we agree it does. The minute enough people turn their backs on its ideals, the Republic is over.

Get engaged locally, politically. That is literally the only thing that can prevent this sort of thing from happening. People have somehow divorced politics from social conscience. Oh, I care, I recycle. Oh, I care, I signed a petition. Great, but recycling doesn't matter when you separate out your aluminum from your food waste but the government lets toxic waste leach into your water supply via deregulation. Signing a petition doesn't matter when the state shuts down urban polling places because not enough people turned out eight years before to prevent it.

Shrugging your shoulders in apathy to politics surrenders agency, yours and others'. It is vaccination. If enough people do it we remain insulated from the worst effects of our collective inner demons. If herd immunity is reduced enough, we become vulnerable. And just like with all diseases, some are more vulnerable than others and will succumb faster to disease progression. Hell, the fascists of today are pretty obvious about who is at risk. Globalists, immigrants of all stripes, pretty much anyone they don't consider a straight white male.

It's time to fight back. We have seen what apathy leads to. Help select those willing, on all levels of government, to carry the torch of Hope for a better day for us all, instead of fuming at the thought of voting for a lesser evil and sitting at home or saying that it isn't worth missing work over.

I was a big supporter of Sanders but voted for Hillary because she wasn't Donald Trump. She was not a step forward but she wasn't Donald Trump. His rallies terrified me. They were concentrated evil with a facade of populism and empty promises. But people were desperate for a change. I'm just relieved that Trump turned out to be totally unmotivated at his work, as apathetic toward the nation's business as this country's voters were toward him. And yes, I know he lost the popular vote but we don't care how many more people voted for Hillary in LA or NYC because a hundred thousand didn't vote for anyone in Michigan and Pennsylvania and Ohio and that made the numbers in heavily blue states irrelevant. Food rotting in a field means nothing to a child far away with no dinner, except to serve as a reminder of how cruel the world can be. And we now have lots of food doing just that.

I know, preaching to the choir for the most part. But we need to keep pushing for more politicians who reject the language, whether coded or open, of bigotry and exclusion. We need to communicate to them, in letters, our disappointment when they use that language and explain why it is disappointing. Believe it or not, I'm sure that some would take it as a surprise. They sometimes say these things because speech writers feed them lines, or because they are cribbing off of others without knowing its significance. Especially someone in Congress for a long time may have no clue what certain words or phrases might mean. Language changes over time, and they can be very isolated. Educate them.
 
2017-08-21 02:17:02 AM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.


I must confess that my black sense of humor is stimulated by the horror. Certain moments - I think of Scaramucci getting fired - have been masterpieces of absurdity. And, as for nothing good coming of it - I have to tell you, my epic allegorical comic opera is practically writing itself!
 
2017-08-21 02:19:25 AM  

chrismurphy: raatz01: It isn't Bannon versus McMaster in a straight war, it's can Bannon manipulate Trump better than McMaster, with propaganda? Yes, he can. If Bannon makes it look like firing McMaster is popular from all the Twitter hashtags (thanks Russia), Trump just might do it.

But if he listens to Breitbart, then he's tacitly agreeing that he doesn't "hire all the best people".

If he ignores Breitbart, it probably has no negative effect on either party.

If he goes on the attack, and refers to Breitbart as fake news, then it's powder keg time.

Since his best option is door #2, he will of course toss a coin with only options 1 and 3 as possibilities, he's that much of an ignoramus.


He doesn't have to be seen "listening to Breitbart." He can fire him for any reason.
 
2017-08-21 02:25:43 AM  

BMulligan: Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.

I must confess that my black sense of humor is stimulated by the horror. Certain moments - I think of Scaramucci getting fired - have been masterpieces of absurdity. And, as for nothing good coming of it - I have to tell you, my epic allegorical comic opera is practically writing itself!


There will be books, there will be movies but no one, truly, will understand it until they lived it

It's liked watching Sanford and Sonmixed with Hee Haw,throw some Benny Hill on there with a dash of diabeetus and you get

i.ytimg.com

Do not stop it and you'll get this

image.slidesharecdn.com

Pray we do not alter it further...
 
2017-08-21 02:42:43 AM  
But we already knew this because Breitbart has been running hit pieces on McMaster for the past week. I figured he would've been gone before Bannon.
 
2017-08-21 04:12:43 AM  

Gyrfalcon: This is how people get federal subpoenas, Steve-o.


Especially since he had a security clearance, which means he's on a lifetime non-disclosure agreement. If he does publicly leak out any juicy info (as opposed to something like sharing that info with Mueller for the investigation), they can and will come after him. Given his extreme drinking and propensity for violent metaphors and rhetoric, I wouldn't be surprised if he blurts out some threat of physical violence or dog-whistling something along those lines to his viewers, and ends up with his door getting kicked down by the feds.
 
2017-08-21 04:20:22 AM  
Maybe Bannon is telling his followers that there are friendly aliens behind the moon and he wil lead everyone to them this afternoon.
 
2017-08-21 04:50:11 AM  
Why is everyone so quick to suck McMaster's dick?
 
2017-08-21 05:17:42 AM  

daphne: BMulligan: Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.

I must confess that my black sense of humor is stimulated by the horror. Certain moments - I think of Scaramucci getting fired - have been masterpieces of absurdity. And, as for nothing good coming of it - I have to tell you, my epic allegorical comic opera is practically writing itself!

There will be books, there will be movies but no one, truly, will understand it until they lived it

It's liked watching Sanford and Sonmixed with Hee Haw,throw some Benny Hill on there with a dash of diabeetus and you get

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Do not stop it and you'll get this

[image.slidesharecdn.com image 728x546]

Pray we do not alter it further...


Jim Jones was very interesting. He graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and ordained in the Disciples of Christ, just like my mom several decades later.

They still talked about him, about the problem he represented. Ordaining someone actually carries with it a heavy responsibility in that denomination, as the church hierarchy has zero ways to effectively punish someone who misbehaves. They came from the Congregationalists tradition, like the UCC and the Church of Christ. The denomination has administrative roles only, congregations are free to hire whomever they want or to hire nobody. Pastors are unnecessary for serving at the table. Some do, in some congregations the elders do all of that ceremonial stuff and the pastor is just the master of ceremonies, delivering the sermon and introducing this bit or that bit. The congregations set their own expectations for preferred theology and types of teachings. They run the gamut from the black megachurch Light of the World in Indianapolis to tiny rural congregations that wouldn't dream of interviewing a woman for a leadership role.

And into that freewheeling, unsupervised environment entered Jim Jones. And he was charismatic. They described him in ways similar to how I heard Charles Manson described by those who met him both in and out of prison. They fretted a bit about ordaining him but he met all the qualifications.

It took them a bit of time to find out just what a snake he was. Really, everyone I have heard described in those ways has had an angle, and it always turns bad for others. But defrocking him was not an option; the DoC specifically do not permit it. They had no authority to kick him out, or to kick out his congregation.

In the end he left on his own accord and the rest is history.

But I put this to you: today's political parties are basically just as powerless today as the DoC. They faced the same general problems last year with Trump and Sanders co-opting them once they were let in as the DoC was when Jim Jones was ordained.

We are that close to drinking the not-so-metaphorical Flavor-Aid as a nation.

Now, I supported Sanders in the primary, I am not trying to equate him with Trump except on this one thing. He was permitted to run as a Democrat with the thinking that he wasn't going to be a serious contender. And he wasn't, because he had not laid the groundwork in the states. But he pushed much, much harder than expected and only his early expectation of rejection by voters kept him from giving Clinton a close primary challenge.

Neither he nor Trump were expected by the institutions to be credible candidates, both were outsiders. And once they were in, the national parties had no real control over them except on the administrative side.

There's a lesson in this. The ability to bring coercive power to the table is necessary to keep people like Jones and like Trump from doing damage. Allowing them to continue using your brand once you identify the problems only continues to grant a veneer of authority and implicit trust. They can steal your members as their own and declare that loyalty to them personally is of paramount importance.

You have to police your membership rolls.
 
2017-08-21 06:11:09 AM  

BolloxReader: daphne: BMulligan: Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I find nothing amusing about this. We have Nazi Krang throwing flames onto a tense situation and openly challenging the Grand Oompa Dragon to choose sides.

No good can come of this.

I must confess that my black sense of humor is stimulated by the horror. Certain moments - I think of Scaramucci getting fired - have been masterpieces of absurdity. And, as for nothing good coming of it - I have to tell you, my epic allegorical comic opera is practically writing itself!

There will be books, there will be movies but no one, truly, will understand it until they lived it

It's liked watching Sanford and Sonmixed with Hee Haw,throw some Benny Hill on there with a dash of diabeetus and you get

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Do not stop it and you'll get this

[image.slidesharecdn.com image 728x546]

Pray we do not alter it further...

Jim Jones was very interesting. He graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and ordained in the Disciples of Christ, just like my mom several decades later.

They still talked about him, about the problem he represented. Ordaining someone actually carries with it a heavy responsibility in that denomination, as the church hierarchy has zero ways to effectively punish someone who misbehaves. They came from the Congregationalists tradition, like the UCC and the Church of Christ. The denomination has administrative roles only, congregations are free to hire whomever they want or to hire nobody. Pastors are unnecessary for serving at the table. Some do, in some congregations the elders do all of that ceremonial stuff and the pastor is just the master of ceremonies, delivering the sermon and introducing this bit or that bit. The congregations set their own expectations for preferred theology and types of teachings. They run the gamut from the black megachurch Light of the World in Indianapolis to tiny rural congregations that wouldn't dream of interviewing a woman for a leadersh ...


Well said!
 
2017-08-21 06:20:09 AM  

mdemon81: Why is everyone so quick to suck McMaster's dick?


Exactly!  Why should we all listen to (which in your world is done orally) a guy who's been there and done that?  Why indeed, when the alternative is a navy dropout, failed banker, and wannabe media mogul?  His only claim to fame is reality tv, and for that he deserves a pox on his family for a dozen generations.

So let's listen to the guy with a clue, and not the drunken uncle that talks shiat because he doesn't remember how to say anything else.
 
2017-08-21 06:26:13 AM  

BolloxReader: Well, all these rallies are showing just how puny his weapon really is. They can bring some people out but they face instant backlash the minute they do.

Breitbart isn't going to change that. A TV channel isn't going to change that. The revolution failed and all he can do is rail at the clouds to get off his lawn, because pressure is going to continue, his followers will continue to be ridiculed and vastly outnumbered.

My guess is he's going to try the Trump strategy of closed, private rallies. He should, Trump showed it could work. But because he's not a candidate for president they won't get the coverage and they won't draw new recruits.

Breitbart is now widely known to be toxic to anyone not already in that echo chamber. As long as counter protestors continue to prove their numbers to the bigots willing to march and social consequences follow, he's finished, and the political class will distance themselves because of the known backlash.

The issue is that I am certain that there is big money behind this movement. Someone has been cutting big checks to friendly politicians. Or lots of little checks fronted by others. There's been too much political rhetoric for years that encouraged these guys.

Hopefully at least a few decide that it isn't worth it to keep it up. The last eighteen months has been a disgrace for our country. Words have meaning, they have consequences. This isn't about reading things into the Congressional Record to an empty chamber to make someone happy. This is about encouraging people who actually want to do away with the Constitution and carry out genocide. Maybe they had been convinced that there wasn't any appetite for it. There is, if it is encouraged. There always is. It crops up time and time again when it is tolerated enough for the nationalists to feel safe intimidating others. And once you get to a certain point it is very hard to put back in the bottle without lots of bloodshed.

This isn't really about fascism. That's just what we call it. It's also Manifest Destiny. It's the Great white Burden. It's jihad, it's the Crusades, it's every movement that decided they were going to kill or enslave all the infidels or heathens because it is just right that they do it.

It's how humanity has always been, deep down inside. Not everyone, but always enough that we are led to the same actions time and again. Some conquerors are more "enlightened" than others but they have ambitions to rule others, not to purge them.

The Left has largely been complacent because there are so many people not like that and the modern world highly encourages geographic and social sorting into groups of like-minded individuals.

But there are enough people ruled by hate and fear in every society to be a threat if they are allowed.

And despite how it is portrayed here on Fark it isn't due to upbringing. I have known outright Nazis from the most tolerant of families and highly engaged liberals disowned by their fundy parents. It can shape a person's upbringing, but children are not programmable. They can be influenced, but ultimately it is their decision whether to accept it or not.

And that's the issue with thinking that something is stamped out. It isn't, you have to fight old ideological battles all the time to keep the old victories. At the end of the day, the Constitution only matters because we agree it does. The minute enough people turn their backs on its ideals, the Republic is over.

Get engaged locally, politically. That is literally the only thing that can prevent this sort of thing from happening. People have somehow divorced politics from social conscience. Oh, I care, I recycle. Oh, I care, I signed a petition. Great, but recycling doesn't matter when you separate out your aluminum from your food waste but the government lets toxic waste leach into your water supply via deregulation. Signing a petition doesn't matter when the state shuts down urban polling places because not enough people turned out eight years before to prevent it.

Shrugging your shoulders in apathy to politics surrenders agency, yours and others'. It is vaccination. If enough people do it we remain insulated from the worst effects of our collective inner demons. If herd immunity is reduced enough, we become vulnerable. And just like with all diseases, some are more vulnerable than others and will succumb faster to disease progression. Hell, the fascists of today are pretty obvious about who is at risk. Globalists, immigrants of all stripes, pretty much anyone they don't consider a straight white male.

It's time to fight back. We have seen what apathy leads to. Help select those willing, on all levels of government, to carry the torch of Hope for a better day for us all, instead of fuming at the thought of voting for a lesser evil and sitting at home or saying that it isn't worth missing work over.

I was a big supporter of Sanders but voted for Hillary because she wasn't Donald Trump. She was not a step forward but she wasn't Donald Trump. His rallies terrified me. They were concentrated evil with a facade of populism and empty promises. But people were desperate for a change. I'm just relieved that Trump turned out to be totally unmotivated at his work, as apathetic toward the nation's business as this country's voters were toward him. And yes, I know he lost the popular vote but we don't care how many more people voted for Hillary in LA or NYC because a hundred thousand didn't vote for anyone in Michigan and Pennsylvania and Ohio and that made the numbers in heavily blue states irrelevant. Food rotting in a field means nothing to a child far away with no dinner, except to serve as a reminder of how cruel the world can be. And we now have lots of food doing just that.

I know, preaching to the choir for the most part. But we need to keep pushing for more politicians who reject the language, whether coded or open, of bigotry and exclusion. We need to communicate to them, in letters, our disappointment when they use that language and explain why it is disappointing. Believe it or not, I'm sure that some would take it as a surprise. They sometimes say these things because speech writers feed them lines, or because they are cribbing off of others without knowing its significance. Especially someone in Congress for a long time may have no clue what certain words or phrases might mean. Language changes over time, and they can be very isolated. Educate them.


Look at Boston: the Nazis and Confederacy had the full support of the Predisent of the United States; the Police were amicable (no doubt, however, they saw which way the wind was blowing and decided not to duplicate Charlottesville PDs egregious mistake; yet only 20 of them were man enough to show up.

Some secret weapon that was.  They came to protest the removal of a single monument and now they're all being torn down.  With Pence on deck let's hope the Dominionists are paying close attention to what happens when you try to force an unpopular ideology on Americans that just want to be left to go along with their business unmolested.
 
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