Fascism Spelled “GOP”

It’s good to see so many other people recognize that the GOP is now, in fact, a modern American fascist movement. Both Howard Dean and Teri Kanefield said as much recently. They’re not the only ones, and I’m sure there will be more to follow.

It sounds extreme, and I know a lot of people aren’t on board yet, but if a political player’s eyes are open and they’re honest, I’m pretty sure they’ll be coming around soon enough and risk saying aloud the verboten.

We are staring into the face of fascism and it’s spelled GOP.

Fascism can’t conceal itself for very long because, unsurprisingly, fascism is actually very proud of itself, its objectives, and its dream of a “better world.”

At first they’ll hide behind foggy weasel words and ideals such as “Tradition” (white), and “America First” (white America), “Freedom of Religion” (theirs, not yours). They are ever vigilant and lie in wait to attack anything that remotely threatens white male dominance, such as civil rights, reproductive rights, open homosexuality, and feminism.

But rest assured, as soon as fascists get the upper hand they will inevitably trumpet their plans and goals loud and clear.

Another signature characteristic of fascism is a pliable political base that prefers a singular authoritarian strongman’s rule because, bottom line, rank and file Republican voters do not like to think for themselves.

The fascist strongman wins over his working class base by pandering to their bigotry, exploiting their ignorance, and amplifying their fears (creating an enemy).

The authoritarian wins over his wealthy corporate donors (corporations and rich people are virtually one in the same) by being at their beck and call and giving them everything they want…that is, everything they want up until the point where his political movement is even stronger than their collective multi-billionaire will, after which they will be in service to him, and not the other way around.

We can’t negotiate with fascists.

We can only defeat them and render them inert.

And that’s why we have to dispense with the filibuster and legislate a federal fair election law, now.

We might not get another chance.

Stupidity, Greed, and Apathy

These three things have plagued civilized man since the days when we were constructing simple, igloo shaped mud huts out of wattle and reed, tens of thousands of years ago. They have been a constant impediment to peace and progress, and someday they may well serve as our demise.

The stupidity side of life needs no explaining. You can’t go out into the world and not see it. Probably the worst thing about stupid people is that they either don’t know that they’re stupid, or they kind of know but just don’t care. They’re smart in other ways, they tell themselves, which is probably true but not very comforting.

I submit that the fundamental stupidity of the working class is the biggest problem of all.

Second to stupidity is the flagrant, self-righteous, and rapacious greed inherent in the upper classes, in particular the richest one-tenth of one percent. This is a class of people wherein a few thousand families have as much wealth and power as the rest of the world combined. A few thousand people literally control the destiny of billions.

Their greed is one thing, but their lust for power and control that goes hand in hand with their great wealth is kind of like a ticking time bomb that only a hero can defuse.

Take this to heart, because it’s the God’s truth: if the rich are ever on the verge of losing control of this country, they’ll burn the place to the ground before letting us have it.

Last but not least is the pervasive apathy of knowing all of this, yet being unable to do anything about it, so you just stop caring. I think there are different degrees of apathy, ranging from a person not caring because they’re too self-absorbed, to a person not knowing enough to care, and finally to a person like me and millions of others who know all too well what the problems are and yet, we’re utterly helpless to effect change.

And that’s kind of where I am at, right now.

There’s still a huge “Trump/Pence” sign on some shithead’s yard in Roswell. It’s in a fortress-like section of land, all fenced off from the hoi polloi. The family living there obviously has money, more than the average Roswellian, but they’re not rich. They just think they are.

Five months after Trump lost the election, his cult is as strong as ever.

While I was gassing my car, I saw this clap-trap, rusty old pickup truck with a Trump/Pence sticker on its badly deteriorated bumper.

Oh, yeah, Trump really cares about those guys, and don’t tell them any differently.

By rights, after fomenting an insurrection on January 6th, Trump should have been detained and on trial by now, but what’s he doing instead? Playing golf on his over-rated Mara Largo resort and raising millions of dollars of campaign donations that he can spend any way he likes. And he likes to spend it on himself.

We’re probably going to have to deal with Trump and his coterie of ignorant assholes again in 2024…and currently, I’m at a complete loss as to what to do about it, so for now…I just don’t care.

Our Health Care Emergency

Make no mistake about it: every one of us is likely to spend the last miserable moments of our lives in a hospital room. It’s not pretty. It ain’t fun. And it sure as hell isn’t cheap.

While there are a lot of good things about the American health care system, let’s not kid ourselves: there’s ample room for improvement.

The list is too long to review in detail, but this is the one thing that I think could be fixed this year, with relative ease, and it would improve our system tremendously: onsite pharmacies where the first prescriptions are included in the general cost of care.

This way, when the patient is discharged, they have at least one cycle of medicine they need to recuperate (be it for a day, a week, or even a month…longer preferably).

Long story short: my mom went to the emergency room, and they kept her overnight for observation. Late the next evening, out of the blue, the nurse walks in and tells her she can go home. So they give her a list of medications to buy…all of them abominably expensive for a retired beautician…and send her on her merry way.

Now she has to drive clear the fuck across town, late at night, to try to buy life preserving prescriptions. And to make matters worse, the pharmacy would not be able to fill the order until noon of the next day.

And here’s a kicker: she was supposed to take one of those drugs that very night upon release, per the doctor’s specific instructions. But she didn’t, because she couldn’t.

This is horseshit. This has to be one of the god-damned dumbest things I’ve ever seen, and I know it’s been going on forever.

Also, “Part D Medicare” is a fucking crime against humanity. I can’t think of any logical reason to break those payments off into separate payment plans other than it somehow benefits Big Pharma.

We pay into Medicare all of our fucking lives, yet once we retire and start receiving our Social Security checks, the fuckers deduct Medicare from the benefits.

What the fucking hell?

I’m so mad…it would probably constitute a crime if I wrote just how fucking mad I am, but suffice it to say, I am mad. Seeing red.

The time for change is now.

Fascists, Filibusters, and Floyd

Mandatory Credit: Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10669441e) A view of a graffito produced by painter Fouad Hachmi and his crew ‘CNN199’ paying homage to George Floyd and all the victims of police blunders in Grimbergen, Belgium, 04 June 2020. The artist names of the crew members are EXOM, HMI, AZE, MESK, DOUÉ. Fresco paying tribute to George Floyd, Brussels, Belgium – 04 Jun 2020

Quick post. A “proof of life” screed from the master of ceremonies, me.

Fascists:

Make no mistake about it, the Republican party is fascist. They aren’t drifting toward fascism; they’re already there.

Filibuster:

It’s comforting to know, and to see, every opinion writer with a pulse is urging President Biden and the Democrats to end the filibuster and pass the latest voting rights bill.

Maybe the Dems are holding off to build up the drama, or maybe a few Dems (Manchen & Sinema) are paying lip-service to their base, or maybe a few congressional Democrats are too butt-stupid to see the urgency of the moment….

But it has become abundantly clear that the Republicans do not give a rat’s ass about democracy, or equal representation by way of free and fair voting, and we have to do something about it, now.

If we don’t legislatively punch those fuckers in the nose right now and make sure everybody who wants to vote, can vote…we may never get another chance.

And there is absolutely zero hyperbole in that assessment.

Floyd:

If one lone, lunatic, imbecilic juror decides to rule that Officer Derek Chauvin is innocent of the murder that he committed with a smile on his face for the camera, then a significant area of Minneapolis is going to go up in flames and every Molotov cocktail will be justified.

If Chauvin gets anything less than ten years (he should get forty) then there is no justice in Minneapolis, and all bets are off.

The Tell of Fascism

There are many aspects of fascism, some glaringly obvious, others less so. But one of the most pervasive factors–if not at times the most innocuous–is minority rule.

Fascists are very rarely given control. Fascists take control.

So it’s not exactly a head-scratcher to see how differently the Democrats and Republicans are reacting, legislatively, to the loss of the Orange Baboon King.

Democrats are seeking to make it easier and safer for everybody to vote.

Republicans are in overdrive trying to make it harder.

Quote of the Year:

It is a contradiction to say we must protect minority rights in the Senate while refusing to protect minority rights in the society.”

— Senator Warnoff, GA, March 19, 2021

The SOP of the GOP

Leave it to the Republicans and their noise machines to revert to old tactics when things are going good and getting better under Democratic leadership.

Seems we have a crisis at the border again due to President Biden’s “open border” policy. The thing is, Biden doesn’t have an “open border” policy.

According to Fox News, it’s worse than a crises: it’s an emergency.

Living a scant sixty (60) miles from the Mexican border, this comes as a surprise to me.

And to make matters all the more ridiculous, Fox is intent on sharing footage of dirt poor Hispanic mothers, often with infants in their arms and toddlers in tow while commenting how dangerous they are to the tune of ominous background music.

Relief checks are in the mail for millions of Americans suffering from the economic side-effects of the pandemic…checks that not one single Republican supported sending…and all Fox and its echo chamber has is footage of desperate Hispanic families fleeing to America for their lives.

I hate Republicans with a passion.

The Evil GOP

I’m afraid there’s no other way to accurately describe them. The GOP is evil. Perhaps a light, somewhat passive form of evil, but evil all the same. They serve themselves and their masters, and everybody else can just rot.

It can’t get much more serious than this. War would be more serious than a pandemic, but it would be a hell of a war to kill half a million people in the span of one year, like the pandemic did. And the Republicans basically did nothing.

In many ways, the Republicans did worse than nothing: they actively resisted any common-sense measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

They opened their states early, declared victory, and blamed “illegals” when the virus predictably began to spread more aggressively.

They actively resisted any coordinated nation-wide strategy, which was really the only effective way to fight Covid seriously.

And now, with the advent of a vaccine and millions being inoculated every day, Texas and Mississippi decided to reopen their states without restriction and to do away with the mask mandate…which they were never really enforcing anyway.

Just when things are starting to curve for the better, those assholes toss another monkey wrench into the works for good measure. The malice!

And they’ll blame Biden for the additional deaths, of course.

That’s evil.

I tune into Fox News once in a while to see if they’re still the stupid, lying, Republican propaganda mill that they’ve always been. They are.

Everyone on Fox is shit except for Juan Williams and maybe Donna Brazile (whom we never see)…but the worst of the worst has to be Laura Ingraham. There is a malicious arrogance about the woman that oozes wickedness.

She’s lying, and she knows it, and she thinks it’s funny as hell. She’s constantly telling her audience how badly the Democrats want to ruin their lives. It’s pure demonization, which accounts for half of all Fox News’ content.

And now that we’re trying to pass legislation for Covid relief, what are the Republicans doing? You guessed it, they’re gumming up the works any and every way they can.

They had the temerity to insist that the bill be read aloud on the Senate floor, then they had the audacity to ask if they could adjourn early because they spent the day reading the bill.

Swear to God, if America goes to war, we’re in trouble, because the Republicans have clearly demonstrated that they’re for sale to the highest bidder, and if our enemies outbid us, we’re screwed.

…When They’re Not Around

One of my favorite quotes which I attribute to the great Charles Bukowski:

I don’t hate people; I just feel better when they’re not around.”

I’m in a serious people-hating mood right now. As of late, it seems that regardless of what I do, whether in real life or on the internet, I cross paths with some colossal jerks who always get the best of me. It hurts.

Here’s the story: I strongly believe a certain neighbor of mine—a weirdo teenager—is trespassing on our property and fucking around with us. He steals things, sometimes. Sometimes he just moves shit around. Usually he just seems to be fucking with us for the fun of it.

But I’m not 100% sure it’s the weird teenager, so I’m trying to keep myself in check. It’s just that I’m pretty sure it’s him, because I literally can’t see anyone else getting a thrill out of doing that shit. He’s got the motive—he’s a punk weirdo kid with nothing else going on. And he’s got the opportunity—he lives right next door and can see where we are at a glance.

Anyway….

I went to Metafilter to ask for help. In the past, it’s been pretty helpful, but there are an assortment of trolls on that website that I dread and, sure as shit, the trolls came out, made the whole post about how stupid I was, and got the thread deleted. Out of about 28 replies, most were helpful, some were skeptical, two of them offered helpful links, and at least two of them actually sided with the little weirdo that I suspect of the abuse.

And one of them basically insulted me for daring to suspect anything was wrong at all.

I couldn’t believe it. I knew there would be one or two dickheads, because there always are on Metafilter, but I never thought it would be to that extent.

Metafilter basically panders to trolls. It does so because I suspect that the founders and the operators of that site are trolls themselves.

So they took my question down. The trolls are still there. I’m not.

And I’ve just lost all faith in humanity.

A part of me wants so desperately to help the world and everyone in it. I’ve strongly considered getting into politics, because who knows? I might be good at it. Because I care. I want to help the world. I want to help my people.

But then shit like this happens, and all of my magnanimity and emotional largess for the small, embattled people of the world just goes up in smoke.

Why bother? Why even fucking bother?

Life hurts, and for the most part, humans just make matters worse.

On the plus side: I saw a nine year old Kaley Cuoco playing the imaginary seven year old daughter of Shelly Tambo on Northern Exposure this morning.

People generally suck, but at least life is still filled with pleasant surprises.

Just Following Orders

Today, congress started their investigation into what happened at the Capitol on January 6th. Already, there are conflicting stories. Seems with how things are done at that level of government, there should be a ton of corroborating evidence, but maybe congress doesn’t want to dig that deep. For instance, in the course of the testimony, someone mentioned that “a memo was written” regarding the situation, but nobody asked who exactly wrote the memo.

I do know this, and it makes me sick: the longer this investigation goes on, the more clear it will be that people in high positions of authority had a lot more to do with what happened than they’re willing to admit.

And they were either Republicans, or full-blown Trumpies.

I also know that the higher the investigation climbs up the responsibility ladder, the more resistant the Republicans will be to uncovering the unvarnished truth. They are ready, willing, and able to pull some really dirty shit to keep the facts under wraps.

We have an entire, powerful political party that does not believe in government, and sees no problem with undermining its effectiveness. They’re called Republicans.

It’s a party that has chosen to embrace the likes of Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh and to call anybody who stands opposed to them “a traitor” and “unAmerican.”

This is going to go on for a long time, I’m afraid.

It will probably outlive me.

And that hurts.